American duo win world's largest short film festival in Australia

American duo win world’s largest short film festival in Australia

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A stop-motion animation by two Americans has won the world’s largest short film festival, Tropfest, in Australia.

The film called Shiny, by Los Angeles filmmakers Spencer Susser and Daniel Campos, uses the clothing of people to tell the story of a battle for a diamond

“A damsel in distress gets undressed when a man from the midwest puts to rest a world that’s obsessed with the priceless, also know as ‘the shiny,'” the video description reads. Translation: Love is more important than material possessions

Susser and Campos beat out 16 finalists in the competition, which pulled an audience of close to 100,000 people to Centennial Park in Sydney. The short films must all be under seven minutes long, be made specifically for Tropfest and include the Tropfest signature item, which this year is “card.” Read more…

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Backlash after Bafta host Stephen Fry calls 'Mad Max' costume designer a 'bag lady'

Backlash after Bafta host Stephen Fry calls ‘Mad Max’ costume designer a ‘bag lady’

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LONDON — Bafta host Stephen Fry provoked outrage during the ceremony Sunday night after he described the winner of the Best Costume Design award, Jenny Beavan, as a “bag lady.”

Beavan was barely off the stage having accepted the accolade — dressed in jeans, a grey scarf and a leather jacket — when he made the quip.

It was her work on Mad Max: Fury Road that earned her a place among the winners of the night.

Jenny Beavan was accepting the award for costume design.

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Fry’s comments didn’t go down too well.

Some, meanwhile, found it funny.

Fry jumped onto Twitter to defend the quip later in the evening. Read more…

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Leonardo DiCaprio gave Maggie Smith a massive Valentine's kiss at the Baftas

Leonardo DiCaprio gave Maggie Smith a massive Valentine’s kiss at the Baftas

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LONDON — The 69th BAFTAs took place at London’s Covent Garden Sunday, and there was a new addition this year: an unexpected “kiss cam” that singled out pairs of people in the audience for impromptu snogs.

The Valentine’s feature saw a number of celebs get affectionate after the camera zoomed in on them: Bryan Cranston kissed Julianne Moore, while Rebel Wilson got stuck in with comedian Eddie Izzard.

The best pairing by far, though, was Leonardo DiCaprio and Maggie Smith, whose moment took everyone by surprise.

Nice one, BAFTA; we’ll have this feature back again next year, please. Read more…

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The first 'Ghostbusters' teaser is here, along with a trailer release date

The first ‘Ghostbusters’ teaser is here, along with a trailer release date

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There’s no need to call the Ghostbusters — they’re already here.

Or, the trailer announcement is. This Valentine’s Day, Sony Pictures Entertainment finally gave audiences what they were waiting for: a 28-second announcement, revealing the big date of the trailer. Featuring loud noises, big fonts and the infamous ghost, the clip will get you sufficiently pumped. Sure, it’s not the official movie, it’s not even the official trailer for the movie, but it’s the trailer for the movie trailer, which has to count as something.

The trailer is set to be released March 3.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger's Mercedes Unimog is for sale on eBay for $350,980

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mercedes Unimog is for sale on eBay for 0,980

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Former Governor of California and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger might have popularized the Humvee for civilians, but dare I say there is no vehicle on the planet more “Schwarzenegger” than the Mercedes-Benz Unimog.

That’s because it’s essentially a study in Teutonic overload. I mean, look at the thing. Although this 1977 U1300 model only has two doors and for wheels, it is nearly 10 feet tall, weighs more than 9,700 pounds and boasts 17.5 inches of ground clearance. It’s practically screaming, “Come with me if you want to live!” Read more…

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Disney princesses speak less than men in their films, data shows

Disney princesses speak less than men in their films, data shows
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“Seen and not heard” is an adage that applies more to Disney princesses than you think.

Interesting (and disappointing) new research shows that since 1989, Disney princesses speak less than men in their films, according to The Washington Post

Data linguists Carmen Fought and Karen Eisenhauer analyzed all dialogue in Disney princess films and found that men have three times as many lines as female characters. This trend started with the Little Mermaid, where men speak 68% of the time. The statistics carry on well into the ’90s from there, with men speaking 71% of the time in Beauty and the Beast, 76% of the time in Pocahontas and 77% of the time in Mulan Read more…

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Sundance: Werner Herzog's 'Lo and Behold' plumbs the Internet's impact

Sundance: Werner Herzog’s ‘Lo and Behold’ plumbs the Internet’s impact

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PARK CITY, Utah — Does the Internet dream of itself?

Will people even need human contact in the future?

Isn’t it weird to see monks looking at their smartphones?

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These are just a few of the modern existential humdingers explored in Lo and Behold, the latest deep-dive documentary from none other than Werner Herzog. The nihilistic filmmaker plumbs the digital revolution’s impact on humans, from the birth of the Internet to its inevitable (or, possibly already existing) sentience

Mashable brings you this first look at the full-sized poster for the film, which has its world premiere Saturday in Park City at the Marc: Read more…

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Key and Peele made a movie about a cat, and it looks awesome

Key and Peele made a movie about a cat, and it looks awesome

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If you feel yourself getting Hollywood sequel fatigue, fear not: Original movies are still out there, like the upcoming Keanu, from the minds and faces of Key & Peele.

Jordan Peele, who co-wrote the film’s script with Alex Rubens, stars as a man who finds an adorable kitten on his doorstep after his girlfriend breaks up with him. Keegan-Michael Key plays his loyal best friend, who helps Peele investigate when the kitten, Keanu, goes missing.

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When it turns out Keanu is in the custody of gangsters, the two friends go deep undercover, lying about their copacetic suburban life to fit in with the thugs and bring the cat home. Read more…

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Christian Bale exits 'Ferrari' movie because he can't gain weight fast enough

Christian Bale exits ‘Ferrari’ movie because he can’t gain weight fast enough

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The “health concerns” that prompted Christian Bale‘s exit from the title role in Enzo Ferrari are unusual, to say the least. The actor, who has frequently gone to great lengths in the past to morph his body for different roles, can’t gain the weight he needs to in time for director Michael Mann’s spring 2016 shoot.

It’s not that the task is impossible, but getting there on Mann’s timetable wouldn’t be a safe process for the 41-year-old actor.

Mann will reportedly start searching for his new lead right away, according to Variety. The film, which is based on the book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, The Cars, The Races and set in 1957, examines a significant moment in the famed automaker’s life. Read more…

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7 things you didn't know about Adam Driver

7 things you didn’t know about Adam Driver

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Whether he’s wielding a lightsaber or behaving like a psycho on Girls (no offense), Adam Driver is becoming one of Hollywood’s most ubiquitous stars. But who is the man behind the (theatrical) mask?

Here are seven fun facts you might not know about Kylo Ren.

He sang in church choir

Driver’s stepfather is a Baptist minister, and young Adam and his sister sang in the church, where his mother played piano. Driver also sang in his school choir and acted in plays

He posed for this photo

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He used to be a marine

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