5 Must Watch Comedies With Surprisingly Powerful Messages

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For many of us, movies are a central part of our lives. We can relate to them, they make us laugh, they make us cry and they offer us an escape from the trials and tribulations of daily life. As Jeff from the CE team eluded to in a recent post entitled 10 Movies That Could Change Your Understanding Of Life, movies can also seek to answer profound life questions and address themes we are curious to explore. In this list, however, I’m going to talk about 5 movies one would likely never expect to learn life lessons from, but yet offer wonderful food for thought.

Before starting the list I would like to give a spoiler alert. The core themes/ message of each of these movies will be mentioned in the write-up of this article, so if you prefer to keep it a surprise simply make a mental note of the title and skip onto the next one. I’d also like to note that these 5 films are comedies that were marketed as comedies, so films that were centered around powerful messages or heartfelt stories that also had comical bits to them were not considered (ex. Forrest Gump, Patch Adams). Here are 5 comedy movies with surprisingly powerful messages:

1. Don Jon

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Check out – Sunny Leone’s upcoming song Pink Lips Teaser !

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First Look: Sunny Leone in item song ‘Pink Lips’

Sunny LeoneBollywood actress Sunny Leone recently shot for her item number from ‘Hate Story 2′ The first look of the song ‘Pink Lips’ has just been released. The actress is looking quite hot in the picture. ‘Hate Story 2′ has Surveen Chawla and Jay Bhanushali debuting on the big screen with this upcoming revenge saga.

Is Surveen Chawla competing with Sunny Leone in Hate Story 2?

Is Surveen Chawla competing with Sunny Leone in Hate Story 2?

Whoa, what?!

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Jesse Eisenberg is your new Lex Luthor in ‘Batman vs. Superman’

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It’s most certainly a younger take on Luthor than we’ve seen on the big screen before. Gene Hackman played him in the original Superman films, while Kevin Spacey donned the bald cap in Superman Returns. That said, that’s not necessarily a bad thing; audiences are probably most familiar with Eisenberg from his excellent turn as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, a role that showed he certainly has the skills to portray the mix of megalomania and emotional damage that could serve Luthor well. As for Irons, he’s been impressing audiences for decades in everything from Dead Ringers to The Lion King, and while at first blush he has a more sinister air about him than Michael Caine, he certainly has the gravitas to play the role.

Black Airbnb hosts earn 12 percent less than white hosts, study says

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Study says black Airbnb hosts earn less than their white counterparts

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Two professors at Harvard Business School have found evidence of racial discrimination on Airbnb, the site that lets people rent their extra space to guests for short term stays. The study, which was based on 3,500 listings in New York City, concludes that black hosts are earning 12 percent less than white hosts for similar properties. The authors say that suggests that white hosts are able to charge more simply because they’re white.

Airbnb puts an emphasis on the people behind the properties in order to build trust, including large profile pictures, biographical information, and connections from Facebook and Twitter. A thumbnail of the host’s photo shows up next to the main photo of the property in the search results page. The study’s authors believe that emphasis exacerbates the problem of racial discrimination in online marketplaces.

Discriminatory effects have been found in online marketplaces including Craigslist, where names commonly used by black people resulted in lower response rates, and the dating site OKCupid, where the site’s statistician writes that “although race shouldn’t matter in messaging, it does. A lot.”

“ALTHOUGH RACE SHOULDN’T MATTER IN MESSAGING, IT DOES. A LOT.”

Christopher Nolan gave a Q&A at the Slamdance Film Festival yesterday. Here are the highlights

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Christopher Nolan on internet movie theories, his indie roots, and editing ‘Inception’

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Every January the Sundance Film Festival takes over Park City, Utah, but since 1995 the town has also played host to the festival’s younger upstart sibling: Slamdance. Initially founded by a group of filmmakers who weren’t accepted into Robert Redford’s showcase, the Slamdance Film Festival has gone on to become a vital event in its own right — and one of its early discoveries was Christopher Nolan.

Nolan’s first feature Following was a black-and-white mystery shot over the course of a year for around $6,000. It screened at Slamdance in 1999, and tonight the festival honored the director with its inaugural Founder’s Award. Nolan then sat down to talk to the audience of filmmakers and fans about the lessons he learned as an indie filmmaker, his frequent collaborations with brother Jonathan, and how Brad Pitt helped Memento get made.

BRAD PITT AND ‘MEMENTO’

Christopher Nolan: Truthfully he did read the script, I mean that’s where the story [about Pitt being the first choice for the lead role] comes from, is he read the script and he met with me about it when he didn’t have any reason to know who I was or anything about it. And nothing came of it. Other than him being interested in it, I think within the sort of [talent] agency world where the script was circulating, just sort of perked up a bit of interest in what was a very obscure project, otherwise. And I think really that’s how it came to Guy Pearce’s attention, and you know, he sort of got the ball rolling. … It was a very nice thing that he liked it.

WRITING WITH JONATHAN NOLAN

CN: Jonah’s my brother, as most people probably know, so we’ve worked together on a lot of different projects for a long time. Really the process has been different on different films. Sometimes we’ve written completely separately. You know, he’s done a first draft, and then given it to me and I’ve done a second draft and given it back to him, and he’s done a third draft. Sometimes we’ve been a little more together in that process.

“WE DON’T TEND TO SORT OF WRITE TOGETHER IN THE TRADITIONAL SENSE.”

Generally the way it works is we’ll get in a room together, throw a bunch of ideas around — a lot of arguments, a lot of fights, that kind of thing — and then he’ll go off and write something and then I’ll take it and write. We don’t tend to sort of write together in the traditional sense, and that’s been a very productive way of working for us. Particularly because it allows both of us to work on other things at the same time. But you know, he just gets busier and more expensive so it gets harder to get his attention, but it’s really been terrific having a brother to work with on these projects. It’s been an important part of why they’ve been any good, if they’ve been any good.

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HP tries again

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HP smartphones come back big with 6- and 7-inch ‘voice tablets’

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HP has announced plans to launch a pair of small tablets that can make calls in its first move towards making a smartphone since canning webOS. The HP Slate6 VoiceTab and HP Slate7 VoiceTab are a pair of Android tablets with 3G onboard designed for users who want to “consolidate their phones and tablets” into a single device.

 

THE SMALLER TABLET IS THE SAME SIZE AS SOME SMARTPHONES

Both tablets run Android 4.2 and feature unspecified quad-core processors, 16GB of storage, microSD slots, HD front and rear cameras, dual SIM slots, and stereo speakers. In an interview with Re/code, HP’s Ron Coughlin reveals the 6-inch device has a 720p display while the 7-inch version has a 1280 x 800 display. The back of both is coated in what HP describes as “a premium pixilated, scratch-resistant back cover design.” It’s been 16 months since HP CEO Meg Whitman admitted the company will “have to ultimately offer a smartphone,” and the VoiceTabs — the smaller of which is the same size as smartphones already on the market like the LG G Flex — are the closest the company has come to a smartphone yet.

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Meet the Blackphone

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Renowned cryptographer believes his phone can stop the NSA

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Revelations about how insecure our communications are have been a daily fixture of the news cycle recently, and it’s in this climate that a pair of companies are combining tolaunch a new smartphone focused on privacy. The Blackphone will run a “security-oriented” version of Android named PrivatOS, which the companies say will will allow users to securely place and receive phone calls, text messages, video chat, transfer and store files, and “anonymize your activity” through a VPN.

The project is the brainchild of Phil Zimmermann’s company Silent Circle and Geeksphone, a Spanish startup that created the Firefox OS developer devices. Zimmermann rose to fame as the creator of PGP, an early email encryption standard, before founding Silent Circle, a company focused on encrypted communications. In a press release announcing the project, Zimmermann says the Blackphone will offer users “everything they need to ensure privacy and control of their communications, along with all the other high-end smartphone features they have come to expect.”

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How exactly Zimmermann and his associates will achieve this goal is unclear, but Silent Circle has a number of encryption products it’s likely to add to Android in place of the stock apps. You can expect to hear more about the phone at Mobile World Congress, a yearly conference that usually features a number of product announcements. The company says Blackphone will be available for pre-order on February 24th, the first day of the show.

Let the MoCap begin

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James Cameron locks up lead actors for his new ‘Avatar’ trilogy

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We already knew that James Cameron had some big plans for the Avatar franchise by making not just one but three sequels, and now he’s officially signed the stars from the first film to reprise their roles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, both Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana have signed on for the new trilogy. In case it’s been a while since you’ve seen the 2009 original, Worthington played Jake Sully, the human who ends up having his consciousness permanently transferred into the body of his Na’vi avatar, while Saldana (Star Trek) plays his love interest Neytiri.

Truly wonderful

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Chewbacca actor tweets awesome collection of behind-the-scenes ‘Star Wars’ shots

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Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew recently tweeted a variety of revealing and often hilarious behind-the-scenes photos from Star Wars. Mayhew’s collection includes candids with a Tauntaun, Carrie Fisher and her stunt double sunbathing, and an early C3PO costume. Not every photo is new, but the collection as a whole paints an interesting depiction of Mayhew’s involvement in the legendary science fiction films.

Amidst the furor around Star Wars: Episode VII marketing and rumors, Mayhew’s photos are a wonderful way to relive past glories. Check out the entire collection on his Twitter page.

A new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is out

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Electro destroys Times Square in New Year’s Eve ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ trailer

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If you were one of the New Yorkers crowding Times Square last night, you got a quick look at what your life might be like in the world of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, living at the whim of godlike beings who enjoy ripping up public utilities and harassing beat cops. Now, that trailer has been released on YouTube: we’re seeing some more of Jamie Foxx’s Electro this time around, a little more of Paul Giamatti’s Rhino, and a lot more special effects, as well as an introduction from Stan Lee. Amazing Spider-Man 2 is coming out in the summer of 2014, not long before the team behind it moves straight into filming a third installment.