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Culture, The Exhibitionist The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all,…
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Film, "Welcome to the Rileys": Kristen Stewart is an antistar

"Welcome to the Rileys": Kristen Stewart is an antistar

Some young actors yearn for that flashy role in a blockbuster movie that will prove their bankability to a doubting Hollywood. Kristen Stewart, on the other hand, seems determined to accentuate her antistar bona fides, delivering aggressively affectless interviews and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Missing Beauty

Missing Beauty

Her deglamorized, no-bullshit portrayal of a middle-aged single mother in grim financial straits earned Melissa Leo a Best Actress nomination for Frozen River (2008). The Oscar nod was also an acknowledgment of two decades of gutsy, gimmick-free character roles in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ice in the Veins

Ice in the Veins

If Melissa Leo were Charlize Theron with artfully applied bags under the eyes, an Oscar nomination would surely be forthcoming (Update: Leo has been nominated for Best Actress. -Ed.) for her terrifically truculent turn as Ray, a single mother of…
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Film, Film Feature The Actress Who Came in from the Cold

The Actress Who Came in from the Cold

Those of us who write about movies tend to play things cool, but we're all fans at heart, complete with running tallies of those actors and filmmakers whose work speaks to us on a personal level — artists we think…
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Film, Hard-Knock Life

Hard-Knock Life

When I heard that Quentin Tarantino handed the Grand Jury Prize for best feature to Courtney Hunt's Frozen River at this year's Sundance Film Festival, telling the audience that the movie "put my heart in a vise and proceeded to…
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