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POSTED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 2:07 PM
Carol (James Gandolfini) and Max (Max Records) wander the dunes. Let the wild rumpus start.

Maurice Sendak -- who died Tuesday, age 83, leaving behind a wealth of words and drawings that will live on and on -- had invited the visionary music video maker turned filmmaker Spike Jonze to try his hand at adapting what is perhaps Sendak's best known book,  Where the Wild Things Are.

In an interview with Jonze when his fittingly wild, live-action interpretation of Sendak's bedtime tale came out in 2009, the director talked about the impact Sendak's work had had on his own childhood, and on shaping his imaginative world. In the book, and the movie, a misbehaving kid, Max, is sent to bed without his supper, and somehow journies to a land inhabited by horned, clawed, feathered and unruly giant monsters.

"I would look at those pictures -- where Max's bedroom turns into a forest -- and there was something that felt like magic there," Jonze said in the interview. "Just the power of that creation, when somebody invents something that seems so familiar to you -- that's a strong feeling.... And for me, even at 5, I probably had dreams that were similar to that story in some way."

POSTED: Friday, May 4, 2012, 1:11 AM
Filed Under: Movies

In the summer months, Hollywood is often accused of doing the same thing, over and over and over again. Well, that all changes this summer.

This summer, Hollywood is doing the same thing, over and over again, but with entirely different people!

Here’s a quick look at how studios are putting new faces in old roles, bringing new life to old brands.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 3:27 PM
Brit Marling stands over her devotees in "Sound of My Voice."

In Sound of My Voice, an eerie indie thriller starring (and co-written by) Brit Marling, a woman who claims to be from the future sets down in Southern California, and starts preaching  to a small core of devotees. She has seen the apocalypse, and she is here to teach believers how to survive. Being led blindfolded and shackled to her house, scrubbing down, donning hospital gowns and learning a secret handshake are all part of the process.

There have been a number of cult movies over the years – that is, movies about cults. In last year’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, Elizabeth Olsen delivered what many felt (me included) was an Oscar-worthy performance as an escapee from a hippie-like commune, traumatized by events she was party to there. And just this February, Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd were party to Wanderlust,  a comedy about a couple who stumble on a seemingly idyllic community led by a singing, free-lovin’, bearded dude played by Justin Theroux. Of course, he’s up to no good.

Here’s a chronological list of a half dozen other notable cult pics:

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