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During an appearance on the Howard Stern show, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein announced that he's in cahoots with Meryl Streep on a "big movie" that will make the National Rifle Association "wish they weren’t alive." I hope revealing his agenda so casually and so early on doesn't backfire. People have to actually, you know, watch the thing in order for it to get the message across, otherwise he's simply preaching to the choir.
Our futuristic technology may not have granted us time travel or eased our dependence on fossil fuels, but now thanks to Reddit we know what happens when you digitally combine every male lead from every Nicholas Sparks movie. The result is a perfect slice of everyman-next-door, fit for movie posters and drugstore paperback covers alike. Considering the advancements in 3-D printing, you're probably just a few more years away from being able to craft literary robot boyfriend of your dreams.
The Federalist thinks critics are hypocritical for giving "12 Years a Slave" a free pass on its scenes of brutal violence, while deeming the roughest scenes in 2004's "The Passion of the Christ" to be gratuitous. If you read closely, however, it seems that critics mainly just found "Passion" to be an inferior movie altogether, and odd that the story should focus heavily on the torments of such a loving figure instead of upon his teachings. (Also, that whole Mel Gibson thing.)
When How the Grinch Stole Christmas was adapted into a feature film in 2000, we learned that Hollywood's wildest dreams and biggest budgets could never eclipse the original TV special. Just kidding, a fully animated feature will be released in 2017, in the spirit of recent adaptations like "The Lorax." If you want your heart to grow even one size that day, you'd better start stretching now.