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Anti-piracy dolts gobble up content with "pixels" DMCA takedowns

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Several Vimeo members whose videos had "pixels" in the title are victims of the latest overly broad DMCA takedown request by Entura International, working on behalf of Sony's summer schlockbuster Pixels.

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Is bad CGI ruining movies? A nuanced critique

It's an age-old complaint about video games and films: bad graphics make them suck. But plenty of classic entertainment holds up even if the effects don't. RocketJump Film School examines the issue in a brisk overview.

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Roddy Piper in THEY LIVE: great analysis by Slavoj Žižek

They Live stars Rowdy Roddy Piper, who died July 31. It's one of the greatest political sci-fi films of all time, and fittingly, it's the opening film analyzed by Slavoj Žižek in The Pervert's Guide to Ideology.

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Read John Hughes's original story that sparked the Vacation movies!

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The classic Vacation movie series began as a 1979 short story about the Griswold family's disastrous trip to Disneyland that John Hughes published in National Lampoon magazine. At the time, Hughes was a copywriter at ad agency Leo Burnett Worldwide in Chicago.

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Where to get that “Bruce Lee as a DJ” t-shirt Tony Stark wore in “Avengers”

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Robert Downey wore it well as Tony Stark in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and you will, too.

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Fugitive caught after being spotted in horror film photos

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I imagine most fugitives would want to keep a low profile, but not so for Jason Stange, of Olympia, WA, who was found guilty of armed bank robbery in 2006. Rather than show up for probation, after a 117-month sentence, he was busy playing the part of a deranged Planned Parenthood doctor in the low-budget horror film, Marla Mae. Then last week, an article ran in The Olympian about the movie with lots of photos of 44-year-old Stange. Finally his days in the spotlight caught up with him. According to The News Tribune:

Brandon Roberts, the film’s producer, called Stange a talented actor who was well-liked by the cast and crew. He said the film was rewritten to suit Stange, who had “really nailed the audition” and brought a different element to the role than what the film’s creators originally sought.

Filming had just ended, and everyone was checking out the article in Friday morning’s newspaper when Stange headed out in his costume to buy cigarettes, Roberts said. Agents arrested Stange and allowed him to return the costume to the filming location.

Stange's leading role will remain in the film, which is scheduled for release in 2016.

WATCH: Fantastic Four as a direct-to-VHS trailer

The fine folks at Vulture took clips from the doomed Roger Corman Fantastic Four and made a retro-style trailer. ICYMI, here's what they're parodying:

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“Pixels” movie is sexist pile of crap

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You don't need the Bechdel test to call this movie a boy's club dud.

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Trump to the Future: “Back to the Future” + Donald Trump parody video

“Contrary to popular belief, the 2015 Donald Trump presidential campaign actually extends all the way back to 1985.”

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What's the most beautiful movie ever made?

Where do you start? Kubrick? Malick? Bay? [via Jason Kottke]

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Sony Pictures Animation plans animated “emoji movie,” starring emoji characters

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My emoji choice for this entertainment news would have to be “poop” or “frown.”

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Films with aliens

Digg takes a journey through time and space and all the aliens to grace celluloid, accompanied by Radiohead's Subterranean Homesick Alien.

From their earliest cinematic appearance in Georges Méliès's "A Trip to the Moon" in 1902, our conception of life beyond Earth has changed to reflect our hopes and fears, the technology we've mastered, and our growing knowledge of the universe. Watch our depictions of extraterrestrial life change over nearly 100 films and 112 years.

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Supercut of terrible movie special effects

jawsThe collection includes, but does not conclude, with The Rock's turn in The Scorpion King. There is far worse in store! [World Wide Interweb via Kottke]

Fair Use App: a guide to fair use for online video creators

Art from New Media Rights writes, "We spend our time working with online video creators on fair use, so we created The Fair Use App. We filtered down our experiences working with video creators to create an app that can help them better understand:"

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Excellent mashup: “It's a Mad Mad Mad Max Fury Road”

This works. Created by Ezequiel López.

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11 movies that made less than $400 at the U.S. box office

How is it possible that a movie with the catchy title of Zyzzyx Road, staring Tom Sizemore and Katherine Heigl, could only gross $30 at the box office? Mental Floss has a fun list of "11 Movies That Made Less Than $400 at the U.S. Box Office."

If this film’s looks-like-a-typo title (it’s pronounced ZYE-zix, by the way) wasn’t enough of a turnoff, its tagline — “Dead Ahead” — should have served as a harbinger of the box office doom that would eventually befall it. To be fair, the thriller—which stars Tom Sizemore and Katherine Heigl—only played in one theater (the Highland Park Village Theater in Dallas). But it played in that theater for an entire week! By the time its run had ended, six people had seen it for a grand total of $30 in ticket sales, making it the lowest-grossing movie of all time (yes, even still today). This dubious honor became a key part of the marketing plan when the title was acquired by GoDigital for distribution in 2012, with the company’s marketing director telling The Hollywood Reporter, “I am confident it will make us more than $30.”