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Links for the Day: Gay Suicides, Armond White vs. the Rotten Tomato, The Social Network, Facebook, and Michael Atkinson on L’Age d’Or

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Links for the Day: Gay Suicides, Armond White vs. the Rotten Tomato, The Social Network, Facebook, and Michael Atkinson on L’Age d’Or

A week after 43 assholes in our U.S. Senate blocked the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal, maintaining the status quo of repression and persecution that plagues gays in the military, a number of gay suicides due to bullying have taken the national spotlight. Props to our national media (especially to Dan Savage and his “It Gets Better” campaign) for treating this string of tragic deaths for the epidemic that it is. Our hearts go out to the families of Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, and the countless others whose personal tragedies have yet to be televised.

Speaking of bullying, Armond White finally addresses the “agitated fanboys” that spam his reviews regularly on Rotten Tomatoes. The New York Press critic brings up many fine points about the groupthink fostered by review-aggregate sites like Rotten Tomatoes, shady review-mongering publicity tactics, and the fear of the almighty spoiler.

White’s take on The Social Network is less defensible. I didn’t see much deepness in the film, but I found its tone to be rather chilling, and as I texted Keith Uhlich last week after seeing it: “It’s not great, but it definitely made me feel like I was looking at the face of a very depressing, very American, very intellectually bred evil.” Now, if Armond believes that David Fincher was extolling Mark Zuckerberg’s assholeness and not giving it the finger, did he become complicit by hobnobbing at the film’s New York Film Festival after-party at the Harvard Club last Friday?

Related: New York Magazine’s Mark Harris wonders if Fincher and Aaron Sorkin’s depiction of Zuckerberg is fair, with Sorkin revealing that—like Armond—he’s “not quite getting the Internet.”

Finally, read this groovy, predictably evocative piece on my man Luis Buñuel’s L’Age d’Or by Michael Atkinson, which the critic published on, um, Facebook.

Links for the Day: A collection of links to items that we hope will spark discussion. We encourage our readers to submit candidates for consideration to ed@slantmagazine.com and to converse in the comments section.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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