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Sure it’s March Madness, but if you can pull yourself away from the office pool for a moment, there’s still a roving pop culture world out there. Here’s five more things to get you through the Ides:
1. Sophia Coppola’s Bling Ring

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I know it won’t premiere for another few months, but the newest trailer for this one leaked online and it’s sure to spark quite the conversation. First of all, it’s nice to see Emma Watson truly casting off the shackles of her confiningly prim Britishness (Yes, The Perks of Being A Wallflower was fantastic, but not because of her) and diving head first into the vapid world of Paris Hiltony, LA scene-girl culture. Throw in Leslie Mann as a Dina-Lohan-ish mother-of-the-year, and this is appointment cinema. I know many accuse Sophia Coppola of making esoteric mood pieces, but I think no one captures the complicated travails and emotional triumphs of females coming of age like this delicate director. Can’t wait to see this one!

 

2. Kubrick/Spielberg Napoleon Project

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Before you jump down my throat reminding me of the last Spielberg Kubrick “collaboration”, 2001’s A.I., hear me out. Yes, Spielberg watered down much of his mentor’s dark and probing vision, but I would watch Uwe Boll “interpret” a project if it originated in the obsessively curious mind of Kubrick. For this passion piece, the deceased auteur spent years researching Napoleon’s life with his characteristic obsession to detail (check out the library-size card catalogue of information he amassed, displayed at the LACMA exhibit of Kubrick’s work). This time there is talk of breaking the film up into a miniseries with different directors taking the reigns. That means potential segments from Scorsese, PT Anderson, Todd Haynes, or Darren Aronofsky, and of course, Spielberg himself. C’mon this is porn for movie geeks!
3. Room 237

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Still think that Spielberg should let sleeping dogs lie and give up the hope of ever “interpreting” Kubrick’s restless mind? You might be right. In fact, according to Rodney Ascher’s illuminating and eerie documentary, this Mensa card carrier had a mind that was so expansively curious it couldn’t be contained by simple linear moviemaking. Through analysis of 1980’s The Shining, a fan favorite (and a masterpiece in its own right), the documentarian gives us a glimpse into Kubrick’s prescient mind, detailing various theories that have sprung up around the horror classic. You might not believe all the conspiracies that Room 237 lays out, but you’ll certainly never view The Shining the same way again.
4. Tina Fey

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I could probably put her on this list every week just because her presence in pop culture always brings a smile to my face, but this time, the girl’s especially earned it. First, there’s her upcoming adult rom-com, Admission, with Paul Rudd, from vastly underrated director Paul Weitz. But c’mon, the peace de resistance has got to be her handling of the “Taylor Swift feud”. Yes, Amy came out classy, funny and first, but it was Tina who politely acknowledged the ridiculousness of it all through the media, and then gave her best NYC “go f yourself” to a Pap who just couldn’t let it go. You’re right Tina, bitch is the new black and we love you for it.
5. Daenerys Targaryen

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Ok, I might provoke the ire of Fanboys everywhere when I say this, but while I’m a devoted fan of Game of Thrones, I sometimes find myself bored and confused. I love the fantastical and feudal element of the show, but something about a myriad of old white guys who look alike giving endless soliloquies about honor, not to mention all the useless back stories about Dinklage’s whores, leaves me wanting more. Thank God for Emilia Clark’s magnetic Khaleesi! As Daenerys Targaryen, last of a once powerful clan, the actress is equal parts girlish and bloodthirsty, not to mention the owner of the best pets in the Kingdom. Let’s hope there’s a lot more of Daenerys and her dragons this season!