Aspiring filmmakers: Be sure to enter Parameter, The A.V. Club’s short film competition

Filmmakers: Were you aware that The A.V. Club—with some help from our corporate sponsors, Grolsch—is running a short film competition? It’s true. Named Parameter and inspired by Lars Von Trier’s super-restrictive Dogme 95 film movement, it’s open to filmmakers who want to make a three to seven minute short film and…

Alice Walker protests Palestinian situation by refusing to allow The Color Purple to be translated into Hebrew  

In the last several years, Alice Walker has virtually abandoned fiction as she’s devoted more of her time to political activism, but she’s still probably best known as the author of The Color Purple. Walker brought her two worlds together with a bang on Sunday, when a letter bearing her signature and addressed to…

Ryan Reynolds joins Snoop Dogg, everyone else you know in cast of Dreamworks' Turbo  

Acting on the general principle that if you pack enough stars into a feature film it can’t possibly be bad (right, New Year’s Eve?), Dreamworks has cast a veritable clown car full of actors for its latest animated feature, Turbo. Deadline reports that Ryan Reynolds is the latest to join the cast of the film, which is…

Deluxe reissue of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version due Nov. 22

To paraphrase songwriter and composer Meredith Wilson, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas gift-guide season, as websites and inboxes are aglow with images of handsomely packaged, generously tracklisted reissues, box sets, and other pop artifacts too pricey to purchase during the other three-quarters of the…

The Great A.V. Club Swindle: The 2010 Holiday Gift Guide

A few weeks ago, we received an e-mail from the fine folks at William Grant & Sons with the following subject line “Are you doing a Holiday Gift Guide?” The upshot: If the answer was yes, they would like to send us samples of their top-shelf liquors, which include such brands as Sailor Jerry Rum and Milagro Tequila.…

Oscar-O-Meter™: The A.V. Club’s fourth annual guide to the fall prestige movies, part two

Yesterday, we launched our annual fall film preview by reminding readers about the Oscar-O-Meter™, a handy prognosticating formula that measures Academy interest in upcoming films on a scale of 1 to 10. Today, we wrap up the rest of the prestige season into a neat little list, suitable for framing, collecting, and…