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Culture, Kill Your Television Missing Persons Report: Fewer People, More Subplots

Missing Persons Report: Fewer People, More Subplots

It's really hard to tell what HBO show will survive and which one won't, which, I suppose, is a good metaphor for the plot of its newest show, The Leftovers. Based on a novel by Tom Perrotta (Little Children), the…
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Calendar, Night&Day To the Pain

To the Pain

Literature of the type created by Tom Perrotta and Katherine Taylor does not usually lend itself to put-up-your-dukes type fighting. But you never know what to expect at a Literary Death Match. The very first of the Opium magazine-sponsored events…
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Film, In the Playroom

In the Playroom

Little Children, a second excursion into middle-class unease by Todd Field after his intelligent but overrated In the Bedroom, opens with a slow pan around a living room whose shelves are crowded with cheap china figurines of ... little children.…
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High School Unhinged

Election Directed by Alexander Payne. Screenplay by Payne and Jim Taylor, from a novel by Tom Perrotta. Starring Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, and Jessica Campbell. At the AMC 1000 Van Ness. The latest release from Paramount Pictures'…
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