The 1972 pornographic film Deep Throat made headway (no pun intended) as the first film of its kind to feature a plot, earned $100 million – or $600 million, depending on whom you believe – and ultimately became an unforgettable piece of pop culture. But what you see in the film, its reception and figures in no way represent what was going on behind the camera, and director Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Lovelace is here to shed some light on just that.
Amanda Seyfried leads as Linda Lovelace. While she may have become a household name for her sexual freedom and talents, growing up, Linda was an innocent young girl who always obeyed her parents’ strict curfew. That is until Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard) walked into her life. Chuck took Linda under his wing, made her his adoring wife, and, ultimately, turned her into a star. But despite the fact that Linda essentially capitulated the couple to fame, money, and success, Chuck always wanted more, even if more came at Linda’s expense.
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Neil Patrick Harris says it best, “Smurfs is baby crack cocaine.” Perhaps that isn’t a PG-approved assessment of the film franchise, but nevertheless, it is true. During our screening of The Smurfs 2 in Las Vegas ahead of interviewing the cast, we were joined by a theater full of kids, and they loved every minute of the film, to say the least.
In the sequel, the Smurfs are back, but this time, they’re joined by a new breed of Smurfs dubbed The Naughties. Distraught over his inability to capture real Smurfs and suck up all the Smurf essence he wants, Gargamel (Hank Azaria) decides to manufacture his own. Trouble is, his Naughties aren’t true blue. The only way for Gargamel to turn Vexy and Hackus (voiced by Christina Ricci and J.B. Smoove) into essence machines is by getting a hold of Papa Smurf’s (voiced by the late Jonathan Winters) secret formula, so he kidnaps Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) in an effort to get her to divulge the ingredients that once helped her go from a Gargamel creation to a true blue Smurf.
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