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Culture, The Exhibitionist Rebecca Brando Is Pleased With <i>Listen to Me Marlon</i>

Rebecca Brando Is Pleased With Listen to Me Marlon

More than a few people consider Marlon Brando (1924-2004) to be among the greatest actors of all time. His performances in classics like A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), On The Waterfront (1954) and The Godfather (1972) continue to inspire entire generations of actors to…
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News, The Snitch A Media Lobbyist's Shameless Love Note to Ousted Political Pal

A Media Lobbyist's Shameless Love Note to Ousted Political Pal

Do the campaign contributions from Big Media to various pro-Big Media congressional representatives amount to quid pro quo? Without direct proof (such as a tape recording of a lobbyist saying, "Here's a bunch of money, now support my legislation"), it…
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Calendar, Night&Day Heroes and Villains

Heroes and Villains

Knowledge isn’t power; context is. That’s the timeless lesson that Vito Russo, the fearless queer activist and devoted film buff, taught us. A cofounder of ACT UP! and GLAAD, Russo recognized that politicians wired to voter perceptions — rather than…
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News, The Snitch Brian Wilson Goes over to Charlie Sheen's House to Play

Brian Wilson Goes over to Charlie Sheen's House to Play

In the latest of his series of Herculean feats of increasing awesomeness, beloved San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson took himself and his beard on a play date at the Los Angeles digs of actor Charlie Sheen, according to TMZ.Sheen…
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Film, In a triumph of his will, Tarantino makes Holocaust revisionism ridiculously fun in <i>Inglourious Basterds</i>

In a triumph of his will, Tarantino makes Holocaust revisionism ridiculously fun in Inglourious Basterds

Energetic, inventive, swaggering fun, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds is a consummate Hollywood entertainment — rich in fantasy and blithely amoral. It's also quintessential Tarantino — even more drenched in film references than gore. Tepidly received in Cannes and thereafter tweaked,…
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Film, Alien invasion as apartheid metaphor? It works in <i>District 9</i>

Alien invasion as apartheid metaphor? It works in District 9

The aliens have been with us for 20 years already at the start of South African director Neill Blomkamp's fast and furiously inventive District 9, their huddled masses long ago extracted from their broken-down mothership and deposited in the titular…
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Film, Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler, together at last in <i>Funny People</i>

Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler, together at last in Funny People

After devoting his first two films as director, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, to getting laid and having kids, respectively, Judd Apatow brings the circle of life to a close with Funny People, which stars Adam Sandler as George…
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Film, Up close and personal with <i>Humpday</i> star Joshua Leonard

Up close and personal with Humpday star Joshua Leonard

Joshua Leonard came undone at Cannes. It wasn't just that Humpday, the film in which he stars, had made it into the festival's prestigious Directors' Fortnight — unlikely enough for a movie about two straight friends who decide to shoot…
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Film, Francis Ford Coppola talks film, critics, and marriage

Francis Ford Coppola talks film, critics, and marriage

Out from under the $25 million debt incurred from self-financing Apocalypse Now and One from the Heart, and so no longer seduced by Hollywood moolah, 70-year-old wine mogul — and, oh, yeah, legendary filmmaker — Francis Ford Coppola returns to…
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Film, Papa Coppola returns, successfully, to the clan in <i>Tetro</i>

Papa Coppola returns, successfully, to the clan in Tetro

As Tetro, Francis Ford Coppola's baroque genealogical melodrama, reaches its appropriately hysterical denouement, Vincent Gallo fixes his pale gaze on young co-star Alden Ehrenreich and reassures him that "it's going to be okay — we're a family." Gallo's warmth is…
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Film, To Sir, with Attitude

To Sir, with Attitude

Compare and contrast Laurent Cantet's terrific The Class with any of the following schoolroom chestnuts — Mr. Holland's Opus, Dangerous Minds, or To Sir, with Love. Note the structural similarities: misbehaving students, an educator who wants them to succeed, and…
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Music, Reviewed Eagles of Death Metal

Eagles of Death Metal

In a recent Eagles of Death Metal promotional video, singer Jesse "The Devil" Hughes described the current state of his hometown: "Hollywood feels like this opening sequence to Saturday Night Fever. Everyone seems like they're ready for action." If only…
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News, Feature Our critics name the best films of 2008

Our critics name the best films of 2008

Is it a sign of the apocalypse? Something in the water? Or is it just the way the wind is blowing? Whatever the case, when our often-contentious quintet of film critics put their heads together about the best movies of…
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Film, It's a Miserable Life

It's a Miserable Life

Two years ago nearly to the day, Will Smith and Italian director Gabriele Muccino released The Pursuit of Happyness, one of the most underrated of recent Hollywood movies, which starred Smith as a single father navigating a hand-to-mouth existence on…
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Film, To Sir, with Attitude

To Sir, with Attitude

Compare and contrast Laurent Cantet's terrific The Class with any of the following schoolroom chestnuts — Mr. Holland's Opus, Dangerous Minds, or To Sir, with Love. Note the structural similarities: misbehaving students, an educator who wants them to succeed, and…
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Film, A Tale of Two Movies

A Tale of Two Movies

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear: 1992, to be exact. Gus Van Sant, the filmmaker who had just thrilled the world with his young-hustlers-in-love classic, My Own Private Idaho, was picked to direct The Mayor of…
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Film, No&euml;l Hell

Noël Hell

To brand, then dismiss, Four Christmases as a disappointment would be giving it too much credit — never, for a second, did this New Line Cinema castoff scream or even whisper decent in the run-up to its opening. The story…
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Film, Leashed Lightning

Leashed Lightning

With his blazing white coat and pig-pink ears, to say nothing of the zigzag of lightning cut into his flank, the eponymous canine lead of Disney's lively new animated movie, Bolt, looks a little bit real and a whole lot…
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Film, FilmCap

Were the World Mine

Tom Gustafson's queer-centric take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream teeters between banal conceptualizing and inspired execution. When high school homo and jock punching bag Timothy (Tanner Cohen) is cast as Puck in his all-boys-school's production of Midsummer, he stumbles…
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Music, The Knux: From street warfare to soir&eacute;es with socialites

The Knux: From street warfare to soirées with socialites

"It may be one of the worst cities in the world to live in," says rapper Krispy Kream of New Orleans, where he and his brother Rah Al Milio lived before being chased out by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "When…
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