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Pluto TV Pulls Skywriting Stunt, Unveils Marijuana-Themed Marathon For 4/20

Online TV platform Pluto TV is feeling festive this April 20 (4/20) -- a counterculture holiday that celebrates all things cannabis.

In addition to piloting a skywriting stunt in Los Angeles today, where a plane wrote a message urging passersby to “Get High” (above), the free Ott service offered up a special block of programming on its very own Thc channel -- located at number 420, naturally -- which celebrates marijuana year-round with cartoons, documentaries, and live music. Today’s marathon features The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled, following comedians and potheads Doug Benson and Graham Elwood on a comedy tour; Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, where Ice-t travels the country to speak with prominent hip hop artists; and more.

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What's Leaving Netflix in November 2015

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Halloween is ending abruptly on Netflix: You only have until midnight on October 31st to stream "Scream" and several "Saw" installments as these horror films are all expiring on November 1.

And if you want to watch "Fargo" (1996), "Rudy" (1993), "Stand by Me," or "The Blues Brothers" (1980), they're also vanishing on November 1.

Here's the complete list of what's leaving Netflix streaming in November 2015.

Leaving November 1

"1492: Conquest of Paradise" (1992)

"America in Primetime" (2011)

"Bali": Season 1 (2006)

"Balto 3: Wings of Change" (2004)

"Batman & Robin" (1997)

"Best Kept Secret" (2013)

"Best Laid Plans" (1999)

"Changing Lanes" (2002)

"Cleopatra" (1963)

"Conspiracy Theory" (1997)

"Death Warrant" (1990)

"Fargo" (1996)

"Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon" (1982)

"Funny Games" (1997)

"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" (2012)

"Hero and Terror" (1988)

"House of Flying Daggers" (2004)

"Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie" (2002)

"Lunopolis" (2009)

"Move Over, Darling" (1963)

"Norman" (2010)

"Pajanimals": Season 1 (2010)

"Rudy" (1993)

"Saw" (2004)

"Saw II" (2005)

"Saw III" (2006)

"Saw IV" (2007)

"Saw V" (2008)

"Scream" (1996)

"Secrets of Mary Magdalene" (2006)

"Soul Plane" (2004)

"Stand by Me
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Tribeca Review: Nas Fans Rejoice! 'Time Is Illmatic' Was Made For You

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Tribeca Review: Nas Fans Rejoice! 'Time Is Illmatic' Was Made For You
No modern American music genre reflects its environment better than hip hop, which is why documentaries about its history have proliferated over the years. In some cases, a well-honed treatment of the scene actually has the ability to open up the insulated community to a broader range of listeners, like Ice-t's "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," which magnifies the creative process behind various hip hop performers. But others merely stick to their base with less thrilling results for anyone already onboard. It's this category where "Time Is Illmatic," a slim overview of the conditions behind the recording of rapper Nas' seminal debut album "Illmatic" on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, neatly fits in. The debut feature of multimedia artist One9 does justice to the record's significance for the hordes of fans that have consumed it over the course of a generation. But by almost entirely focusing on the album's conception,
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Interview: Ice-t Talks To S&A About Doc 'Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp' & Parallels To Iceberg's Life (Opens Fri.)

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“You name a movie ‘Portrait of a Pimp’ and people don’t know what to expect. The biggest fans of this film are the people going in expecting to hate it, and walk out changed,” says veteran rapper, actor, author and film producer Ice-t of his latest documentary – and follow up to Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap from last year - Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, directed by his long time manager Jorge Hinojosa, and which Ice-t executive produced. Iceberg - which got a warm reception when it premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, and in theaters on a limited release starting this Friday 7/19 - is a complex, compelling and provocative portrait of Robert Beck, who became...
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Bet Awards 2013: Full winners list

Drake might have been the top nominee at the 2013 Bet Awards, but he wasn't the top winner. Heck, he didn't even show up! The winners were spread out pretty evenly across the wide pool of nominees.

Check out the full list of winners below. Do you think the deserving artists won?

Best Collaboration

2 Chainz f/ Drake - No Lie

A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar - "Problems"

French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne - "Pop That"

Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake - "Poetic Justice"

Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-z - "Suit & Tie"

Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz - "Mercy"

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

2 Chainz

A$AP Rocky

Drake

Future

Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Azealia Banks

Eve

Nicki Minaj

Rasheeda

Rye Rye

Best Actor

Don Cheadle

Common

Jamie Foxx

Samuel L. Jackson

Denzel Washington

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
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2013 Bet Award Nominees: Chris Brown Vs. Rihanna & More — Full List

Some of the biggest names in entertainment will collide at the 2013 Bet Awards! Did your favorites make the cut?

Chris Brown is practically a staple of the Bet Awards at this point, so it was only fitting to have the singer on-hand May 14 for the announcement of the 2013 Bet Award nominees. The Chris Tucker-hosted ceremony takes place June 30 at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, and now, we know exactly who we’ll see there!

Bet Awards Nominees — Full List:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Beyoncé

Tamar Braxton

Alicia Keys

Rihanna

Elle Varner

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Chris Brown

Bruno Mars

Miguel

Justin Timberlake

Usher

Best Group

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Mary Mary

Mindless Behavior

Slaughterhouse

The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-z)

Best Collaboration

2 Chainz f/ Drake – No Lie

A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – Problems

French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne – Pop That
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Netflix Launches the Flixies Awards

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Netflix Launches the Flixies Awards
While Netflix already has a stranglehold on the online streaming business, the company is breaking into the "awards" business in their own unique way. Netflix launched a brand new site for their very own awards dubbed The Flixies. Take a look at this introductory video, then read on for more information.

Voting will be open until March 10 for both subscribers and non-subscribers alike. Unlike typical awards shows, these categories truly cater to everyone, not just an "academy" of voters. Take a look at the categories below, and visit TheFlixies.com to cast your vote.

Best Guilty Pleasure

Which movie or TV show do you publicly condemn but secretly adore? Don't be ashamed, we're all complicit and it's time to come clean...

Hoarding: Buried Alive

Cruel Intentions

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Teen Wolf

Bad Boys II

The Vampire Diaries

Gossip Girl

Pretty Little Liars

90210

Clueless

Toddlers and Tiaras

Transformers: Dark of the Moon
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Flixies let Netflix viewers vote on streaming favorites

Flixies let Netflix viewers vote on streaming favorites
Just when you thought awards season was over, Netflix unveiled the “Flixies,” where voters choose favorites in seven categories for movies and TV shows on the online streaming site.

Categories include “Best Guilty Pleasure,” ”Best Pms Drama, “Best Commute Shrtnr,” and more. See full list of the nominees below:

Best Guilty Pleasure

Hoarding: Buried Alive

Cruel Intentions

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Teen Wolf

Bad Boys 2

The Vampire Diaries

Gossip Girl

Pretty Little Liars

90210

Clueless

Toddlers & Tiaras

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

Best Commute Shrtnr

Louis C.K. Chewed Up

Dreamworks Shrek’s Swamp Stories

Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap
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Netflix Users’ Habits Become Fodder For Flixies Awards

  • Deadline TV
After a busy year spent securing exclusive streaming deals and producing original programming, Netflix is stretching its muscles again by getting into the awards game — sort of. The service will honor the viewing habits of its members with the Flixies Awards, which features nominees culled from the service’s most popular streamed selections (and also Netflix’s original series House Of Cards). Categories for the inaugural edition include Best Hangover Cure, Best Pms Drama and Best Tantrum Tamer and aim to reflect the way people consume Netflix content. Voters can also write in categories for possible inclusion in future Flixies. Voting is open to Netflix customers and online visitors from any of the 40 countries and the Netflix Facebook page (check out the main page here). Voting ends March 10, with the top three winners from each category announced the next day. Here are the nominees: The First Annual Flixies Awards Nominees
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Indomina, Home to Indiewire's Top 2012 Title, 'Holy Motors,' Is Leaving Domestic Distribution

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It takes more than a handful of festival favorites to make box office gold. Last year, Indomina Releasing, the distributing arm of independent studio the Indomina Group, distributed two of the more acclaimed films of last year: Leos Carax's Cannes-competing "Holy Motors" and the hit Sundance documentary "The Impostor." But neither those movies, nor the recently opened "Luv" or the Ice-t-directed documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap" yielded strong domestic turns. Now the company has decided to shutter the North American operations of Indomina Releasing, laying off 15 people from its Los Angeles office. The news first broke today on Deadline. Read More: 'Holy Motors' Tops Indiewire's Poll For the Best of 2012 Film A rep for Indomina confirmed the shift, noting that acquisitions VP Rob Williams would remain on board as the company shifted its focus to development and production of film and...
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Trailer trash

A disappointingly CGI TV Christmas… and the Trailer Trash awards 2012

Telly troubles

Christmas movies on TV were all so... how shall I put it? Computer-generated. It seems now that when the major channels look for a family movie they turn rather ploddingly to Pixar. This year felt like wall-to-Wall-e cartoons. Any movie pre-watershed and it's a Toy Story, an Incredibles or, for this New Year's Day treat, for example, an Up that plugs the gap. Although Up may indeed have managed to cram all the power of Michael Haneke's Amour into one six-minute cartoon montage, my gripes are more with the texture and rhythms of seeing all these animations in close array. The hand-drawn charm of Lady and the Tramp on Christmas Eve stood out like a beacon.

The failure of TV programmers to consider that families might want something different has been really worrying. Surely the ideal Christmas movie would bring generations together,
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Peter Bradshaw picks his favourite films of 2012

At the end of a bumper year for film-making, Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw unveils the contenders for his very own – imaginary – film awards

Most critics compile year-end roundups in a mood of shrugging acceptance that not every year can be great. But actually 2012 has been vintage, with some really brilliant films from the biggest names doing their best work – and some fascinating documentaries. So once again, I have created my imaginary awards nominations in the following categories: best film, best director, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best documentary and best screenplay. You will have to imagine me, in full tuxedo-style evening wear announcing the Braddies at the Dorchester. (I have put Seth MacFarlane, Michael Haneke and Kylie Minogue on my table.)

So, the nominations are …

Best film

Amour (dir. Michael Haneke)

The Master (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)

Holy Motors (dir. Leos Carax)

Killing Them Softly (dir.
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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

Dark Shadows; Wrath of the Titans; Top Cat; Something from Nothing – The Art of Rap; Strawberry Fields

Heralded by a laugh-out-loud trailer that painted it as the kookiest comedy of the year, Tim Burton's Dark Shadows (2012, Warner, 12) arrived in cinemas as a head-scratchingly weird mess of a movie more notable for its deadpan drollery and bizarre tonal shifts than for the advertised rib-tickling kitsch. Based on an arcane TV show little known here in the UK, this casts Johnny Depp as 18th-century vampire Barnabas Collins, escaping centuries of entombment to reclaim his now ruined family estate in the cultural void of 1972.

Faced with rebellious teens, garish wardrobes and "tiny songstrels" hiding within television sets, Barnabas attempts to reassert his authority over Eva Green's witchy temptress, with the help of Michelle Pfeiffer's haughty matriarch, Helena Bonham Carter's sozzled shrink and an apparently ageless Alice Cooper. Flitting from
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What to Buy This Week: DVD and Blu-ray releases for October 8th

It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a jam-packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, October 8th 2012.

Pick Of The Week

Nash Bridges: The First Season (DVD)

In the first season of this action-packed police drama, Don Johnson stars as Nash Bridges, the charming street-smart inspector for San Francisco’s elite Special nvestigations Unit. Always behind the wheel of his signature yellow ‘Cuda,’ Nash often goes undercover to track down the city s most vile criminals, from drug dealers and smugglers to the Russian mob. Never far behind is Nash’s loyal partner Joe Dominguez (Cheech Marin), a retired cop who’s
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Ice-t Grills Dr. Dre & Q-Tip In Unseen Outtakes From 'Art of Rap' (On DVD/VOD + Soundtrack)

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Ice-t's documentary (and directorial debut), Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap, made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and was later acquired by Indomina in a world rights deal, for a June 15 theatrical premiere (in the USA), grossing $288,312 total. It was released in the UK on July 20th. In the film, Ice-t engages several of rap’s most influential artists in conversation about the craft of rapping – among them Chuck D, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mc Lyte, Mos Def, and Kanye West - with the goal being to explore the roots and history of rap, and reveal the creative process behind this global...
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New DVD Blu-Ray: 'The Cabin In The Woods,' 'Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures'

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Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "The Cabin in the Woods" What's It About? Joss Whedon does for slasher movies what he did for vampires with "Buffy." If we told you anything more, we'd ruin the experience. See It Because: If you're a horror movie fan you're used to being served the dumbest, most illogical garbage and just accepting it. "Cabin" is actually one of the most clever, unique and entertaining horror movies in years (years!) with a funny cast, totally off-the-wall premise and secret twists that we can't tell you anything about. Zombie Lovers: Watch a Special Behind-the-Scenes Look at "Cabin in the Woods" - (Also Available on Redbox DVD & Blu-ray | Amazon Instant Video | Netflix) Moviefone's Blu-ray Release Pick of the Week "Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures" What's It About? The complete "Indy" series is brought to Blu-ray for the first time with hi-def restorations and a museum's worth of behind-the-scenes special features.
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Jorge Hinojosa On “Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp”

Premiering in Toronto this year is Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, director Jorge Hinojosa’s portrait of the legendary black author and pimp, whose work influenced generations of rap artists as well as urban fiction — or Street Lit — writers.

Making his directorial debut, Hinojosa has been Ice-t’s manager for the past 28 years and previously executive produced the features Urban Menace, The Wrecking Crew and Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap. In the below video, offered by Hinojosa to Filmmaker, he discusses the origins of the film, his interest in Slim and how he and his collaborators visualized Slim’s work for the screen.

… Read the rest
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Cool Clicks: 6 Ways to Break Up Like a Celebrity

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We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...

Breaking up is hard to do ... but it doesn't have to be. The Frisky reluctantly admits that celebrities know how to break up in style and offers six steps on how to follow suit — as opposed to, you know, indulging in mopey Facebook status updates and drunk texting.

Summer's winding down, but luckily cinema keeps temperatures high all year round. BuzzSugar says goodbye to the warmer months with a gallery of the hottest shirtless guys in movies — guys on the beach, guys in bed and beyond.

Who is the Mightiest of Monsters? Monster Madness at the official "The Cabin in the Woods" Facebook page is in full swing as various supernatural beasts are pitted against each other to be declared the worst of the worst. Vote for your favorite nightmare creature.

Beware "the Mold.
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Cool Clicks: Jennifer Lawrence Is In the 'House'

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We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...

The one "at the End of the Street," that is! The Playlist has some new pics of the "Hunger Games" star going to some scary PG-13 places, armed with only her wits and white tank top. Hates (the cool way to refer to it) opens Sept. 21.

Feeling a bit empty inside now that the Olympics are over? The inspirational dramas, rude comedies and classic documentaries of Time Out New York's Top 50 Sports Films of All Time will fill the void for athletic action left behind by the Olympics.

Let Jake Gyllenhaal be your role model with the Live By the Code contest! Follow "End of Watch" on Twitter to get the Value of the Week; tweet your photos demonstrating those values for your chance to win a Sony PlayStation 3 with Move.

Tom Waits with
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Eminem: 'I almost quit rapping after my first gig'

Eminem: 'I almost quit rapping after my first gig'
Eminem has revealed that he almost quit rapping after a bad reception at his first gig. The hip-hop star said that he found being booed while on stage so "traumatic" that it nearly led to him giving up his musical ambitions entirely. According to NME, Eminem divulges in Ice-t's new film documentary Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap: "The first time I rapped in front of actual people that mattered, in a club, I got booed. And it was very traumatic for me. I just remember it being so f**king traumatic, and I think I went home and I was like, 'Man, I quit'." However, he added: "And you know a week later, a day later, an hour later I got the urge, and I was like, 'I gotta get up, I gotta do it again'." The Recovery star went on to say that rapping has
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