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The Top 20 Stories of the Week are the stories we think you should check out on /Film from the previous week.

This week brought a bunch of new trailers for family fare such as The Angry Birds Movie, Trolls, Zootopia, Kubo and Two Strings and The Secret Life of Pets. Plus we got updates on the developing NickToons movie, the next season of House of Cards, The Exorcist TV series and a ton of Sundance coverage.

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Cool Stuff: Nan Lawson’s Meet Cute Art Show

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This past Friday night was the opening of Gallery 1988’s Nan Lawson solo art show “Meet Cute.” We’ve featured Nan’s cute artwork on the site many times over the past years, and her latest art show features limited edition prints that celebrate the artist’s favorite pop culture relationships – all perfectly timed for Valentines Day (yes, there could be a perfect gift for your loved one).

The opening night reception has come and gone but the art is still on display at Gallery 1988 East (7021 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles, CA) through February 13th 2016. But you don’t need to come to LA to see and buy the artwork as the available artwork is now online for everyone to purchase. Check out our favorite pieces from Nan Lawson’s Meet Cute art show after the jump.
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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we talk about commercials for a fragrance, get to know Dee Snyder a little better, make it up that mountain, and deal with the untimely death of a kid and a marriage. Yay! 

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Bridge of Spies trailer

The Academy didn’t even think to nominate Tom Hanks for Best Actor this year, despite their overall affection for Bridge of Spies, but in the hearts of Americans he’s already secured the #1 slot. According to the new poll, Hanks is the country’s favorite movie star, beating out fellow A-listers like Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, and Jennifer Lawrence.

Which isn’t that surprising, really. Hanks is an unquestionably talented actor who does dad movies (Bridge of Spies) and kiddie fare (Toy Story), prestige dramas (Captain Phillips) and bankable franchises (Da Vinci’s Code), and even throws the occasional artsy curveball (Cloud Atlas) for good measure. On top of all that, he enjoys a sterling personal reputation — the only gossip you ever hear about Hanks is about how nice he is.

No, far more surprising is who placed #2: Johnny Depp, who hasn’t led a solid commercial hit since that last, terrible Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Read More »

quentin tarantino and Robert rodriguez read kill bill script

This is a cool piece of vintage video footage captured by director Robert Rodriguez. His friend and fellow filmmaker Quentin Tarantino reads him the opening of an early version of the Kill Bill screenplay in 1994, nine years before the movie was released. Hit the jump to watch Quentin Tarantino read from his very early draft of the Kill Bill script and hear Rodriguez’s in-the-moment response.

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vin diesel street sharks

There are two versions of Vin Diesel: the glowering, mumbling tough guy at the center of the Fast and Furious films and the energetic nerd who happily talks about his Dungeons & Dragons campaigns in public.

That second incarnation of Diesel is on display in today’s must-watch video, which finds the pre-fame actor showing off Street Sharks action figures at a 1994 toy fair and doing one helluva job. The next time you watch a new Diesel movie, whether it be Fast 8 or XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage, know that this dorky fount of pure, unbridled enthusiasm probably still lurks beneath that bulk and that constantly furrowed brow.

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Jeff Victor Artwork

We’re fans of fantastic pop culture art, and Jeff Victor is one of those artists that we’ve featured several times before. One of Victor’s trademarks is creation “Evolutions” of characters or actors, but he’s also been putting together a collection of pop culture characters that he’s been calling “Bubbleheads” because they have giant heads and look absolutely adorable.They’re all awesome.

Now he wants to put his art in your hands by way of his second book, Adorkable. And if you want to get your hands on it and some other goodies from Victor you just have to support the project on Kickstarter. Get the details below! Read More »

Best Opening Shots

We’ve previously featured videos taking a look at some of the most beautiful opening shots on film, not to mention the importance of opening shots in cinema, but this next video is going to stir up some debate. CineFix has rounded up what they believe to be the Top 10 Opening Shots of All Time. On the list you’ll find shots from Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and more. Check out the full list of the best opening shots after the jump! Read More »

The Hangover Sequels

In the summer of 2009, the comedy The Hangover came out of nowhere to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all-time. The film pulled in $467 million worldwide, which is impressive considering the biggest star of the movie at the time was Bradley Cooper, and he wasn’t quite as famous as he is today. And when a film is that successful, it gets sequels, even if comedy sequels rarely work out.

In the case of The Hangover franchise, replicating the quality of the first film didn’t happen with the box office success. Critics and audiences alike were majorly disappointed in The Hangover Part II and while The Hangover Part III was a bit better, it still felt extremely obligatory. We’re not the only ones who feel that way as breakout star Zach Galifianakis wishes they didn’t make the sequels. Find out what he had to say about The Hangover sequels below. Read More »