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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Gaga's Hoo-Ha, Britney's Toe, and Billy Joel's New Dancers

This Week: Gaga's Hoo-Ha, Britney's Toe, and Billy Joel's New Dancers

It's mostly about the ladies this week. There's Britney Spears who wants men to suck an unexpected body part of hers, and Jackie Fuchs who leapt to the defense of rape survivors everywhere after Chrissie Hynde said a bunch of…
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Film, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire": A Girl Torn Between Two Boys and an Evil President

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire": A Girl Torn Between Two Boys and an Evil President

The seeds of rebellion take root in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, an across-the-board superior sequel thanks in part to the stewardship of Francis Lawrence. Ditching predecessor Gary Ross' ceaseless shaky-cam, Lawrence's direction has a clean precision that amplifies the…
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Film, "Silver Linings Playbook": Mostly Cloudy Storytelling

"Silver Linings Playbook": Mostly Cloudy Storytelling

Silver Linings Playbook, which stars Bradley Cooper as a manic-depressive man-child attempting to get his life back together after a breakdown, won the coveted Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and subsequently shot to the top…
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Film, "House at the End of the Street": Don't Root for This Underdog

"House at the End of the Street": Don't Root for This Underdog

A proficient suburban thriller that distributor Rogue has left to sell itself through the inducement of Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence's presence, House at the End of the Street has at its center the almost-universal experience of teenage mortification at one's…
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Film, "Winter's Bone": Looking for truth in the woods

"Winter's Bone": Looking for truth in the woods

Never ask for what ought to be offered," 17-year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) tells her little brother in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's dark and flinty Ozark fairy tale. Those are words to live by for Ree and her people, scattered…
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