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Straight Tooken: How Liam Neeson and an Older Generation Became Action Superstars

20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox

Since its inception, movies have starred the beautiful people. Young people. The kind of people you simply wouldn't see on every street corner. It's such a Hollywood cliche to discuss the film industry chewing up young stars and spitting them back out once they start to get up there in years, but it's only a cliche because it's happened enough times to take on truth.

But, there have been times in cinematic history where youth and beauty have taken a backseat to age age and experience. Every so often, we stop caring about traditional movie stars and start embracing something the folks who look like they've taken a beating. Sometimes, the older folks start to take over the spotlight and right now, we're living in the age of the Old Man Action Hero.

But why now?

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‘True Detective’ and Women: Does the Hit HBO Show Have a Problem With Female Characters?

True Detective
HBO/Illustration by ScreenCrush.com

There's been some talk in recent weeks about the trouble with the female characters on 'True Detective,' and that talk hit a boiling point this week following the airing of "Haunted Houses," in which Marty gets up to his old habits and Maggie retaliates, causing many critics to lash out at the show's portrayal and treatment of women -- but the show isn't treating its female characters poorly, the men are. And there's a big difference. 

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Reel Women: James Franco’s Whiny Male Privilege, and Why Actresses Don’t Pull Stunts Like Shia LaBeouf

Reel Woman James Franco Shia LaBeouf
Getty Images

This week, James Franco, the multi-hyphenate talent and student of all things art, finally chimed in on the ongoing shenanigans (Shia-nanigans?) of Shia LaBeouf -- from his plagiarism of Daniel Clowes, to his plagiarized apologies for his plagiarism, to his bizarre public appearances wearing a bag over his head declaring "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE," among various other ridiculous things. Franco's op-ed in The New York Times read like a myopic declaration of male actor privilege, particularly because you'll never see actresses pulling the same stunts LaBeouf's been pulling (or that their other male counterparts have, for that matter) -- and if they have or had, they certainly wouldn't have a career afterward. 

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‘The Walking Dead’ Is As Good As It Will Ever Be: A Rebuttal

The Walking Dead Good As It Gets
AMC

AMC zombie drama 'The Walking Dead' has divided critics and fans alike over the course of its first four seasons, weaving in and out of comic storylines to tell a unique tale whose effectiveness can often be as bleak as the zombie apocalypse itself. It may not ever live up to the comics, but is it beyond saving?

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Sorry, ‘The Walking Dead’ Will Never Be As Good As the Comics

Walking Dead Season 4
'Walking Dead' Creator Robert Kirkman, Photo Credit: AMC

With 'The Walking Dead' returning for the second half of its fourth season, I decided it was time to revisit the Image comic book series that inspired the show in the first place. What I found was inconsistent, talky, often wooden and frequently uneventful. What I found was also compelling in spite of itself and superior to its TV adaptation in virtually every way. As a comic, 'The Walking Dead' is flawed but hugely entertaining. As a show, 'The Walking Dead' is broken and needs to be completely retooled.

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Reel Women: Greta Gerwig Is Headed to CBS and It’s Okay to Feel Conflicted About It

Frances Ha
IFC Films

News broke this week that indie darling and 'Frances Ha' star Greta Gerwig is headed to CBS to write, produce and star in the new sorta-spinoff of 'How I Met Your Mother,' titled 'How I Met Your Dad.' Cue surprising controversy as fans lashed out at the precious star: is she selling her soul to the home of lesser cable programming, or is this an opportunity for Gerwig to line her pockets and make more of the films she wants to make? Should we feel angry and betrayed, or thrilled and supportive? Why can't we have mixed feelings about it? In the realm of the internet, our reactions can only ever be extreme.

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Justice League’s Dry Run: What ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Can Learn From the Animated ‘Justice League: War’

Justice League War
DC Entertainment

Warner Bros. has been trying to bring the Justice League to the silver screen for some time, if only to compete against Marvel's 'The Avengers' franchise. Following Christopher Nolan's now-famous trilogy of Batman films, Zack Snyder stepped up to the plate and served up a rebooted take on the 'Man of Steel'. After that film's success, Snyder agreed to direct the follow-up, a still untitled 'Batman vs. Superman' movie, which will feature three of the most famous DC heroes of all time -- Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) -- and will mark a major step into making 'Justice League' a reality.

But before that happens, Warner Bros. Animation recently released the latest the animated direct-to-DVD 'Justice League: War,' which unites the DC superhero team for an epic battle to save Earth from destruction, and may also serve as a dry run, for a live-action 'Justice League' movie.

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So, How Exactly Did They Make ‘The Lego Movie’ Anyway?

LEGO Movie
Warner Bros.

Filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller have made it their business to turn seemingly tired properties (a children’s book about giant food, an eighties television show about cops masquerading as kids) into intelligent and incredibly funny feature films that appeal to kids and adults alike, and their latest outing, ‘The LEGO Movie,’ is no different – it just comes with the added caveat of centering its action on tiny plastic things. If anyone could make a film about LEGOs work, it’s Lord and Miller, and that’s just what they’ve done with their witty and inspired take on the classic toys – but how did they actually make it, well, work?

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In Defense of Jesse Eisenberg: Why We Think the Lex Luthor Casting is Brilliant

Jesse Eisenberg Lex Luthor
Sony Pictures

Yeah, it's jarring casting. It's out of nowhere. Jesse Eisenberg is very possibly the last person anyone expected to be cast as Lex Luthor. And, in an odd way, that's why it may be completely brilliant.

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Reel Women: Why ‘Best Night Ever’ Is Bad For Women (and Everyone)

Best Night Ever
Magnet Releasing

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer -- better known for their spoof comedies like 'Meet the Spartans' and the recent 'Hunger Games' riff, 'The Starving Games' -- try their hand at found footage with 'Best Night Ever,' an attempt to level the gender playing field with a plot similar to 'The Hangover.' Rather than follow around a quartet of men on their outlandish adventures through Vegas, however, the film follows a quartet of women on one wild and crazy evening as they celebrate their BFF's last night of freedom. The end result is a clumsy, often tedious chore of a film that tries too hard to prove that women can be just as raunchy as men. Yes, ladies, we can all relax now: sexism has been solved. 

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