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Film, "Jobs": More Than Just "That '70s Start-Up"

"Jobs": More Than Just "That '70s Start-Up"

This first of the year's two Steve Jobs biopics lacks the free pass of an Aaron Sorkin script, but sort of makes up for it by stunt-casting Ashton Kutcher in the title role. As enabled by director Joshua Michael Stern,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>The Newsroom</em>: "Episode 3" Many Montages, Jane Fonda F-Bombs -- Plus, a Note on Sexism

The Newsroom: "Episode 3" Many Montages, Jane Fonda F-Bombs -- Plus, a Note on Sexism

Before we get started on this week's recap of HBO's great new series The Newsroom, we feel the need to talk about the accusations of sexism thrown around after the second episode last week. Usefully, Britain's The Guardian gathered together…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist David Fincher Directs <i>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</i> -- Expect <i>Serious</i> Darkness

David Fincher Directs The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo -- Expect Serious Darkness

You will have no doubt already heard that the much-anticipated English-language version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is out later this month (Dec. 21, to be precise), based on the first of Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium book…
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News, The Snitch Sorry, Simba -- <em>Moneyball</em> is King of the Jungle

Sorry, Simba -- Moneyball is King of the Jungle

Back in 1994, The Lion King's Simba gave his competitors fair warning via song -- "I'm gonna be a mighty king, so enemies beware" -- but that didn't stop Moneyball from dominating San Francisco's box office this weekend. In fact,…
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Music, All Shook Down Facebook Movie Sneak Peek: "The Social Network" in Comic Form

Facebook Movie Sneak Peek: "The Social Network" in Comic Form

Coming to a theatre near you in October is The Social Network, a movie about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. Written by Aaron Sorkin (of Sports Night and West Wing fame) it stars Jesse…
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Film, A Gorier, Meaner, and Uglier Rambo

A Gorier, Meaner, and Uglier Rambo

A fourth Rambo? The question isn't "Why?" — it's "What took him so long?" Was America's avenging angel of meat planning to just sit out Fallujah and what we're cooking up for Iran and Syria? (Oops — pretend that last…
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Film, Moolah for Mullahs

Moolah for Mullahs

Hell of a thing, getting Mike Nichols to adapt the yer-kiddin'-me story of Charlie Wilson, the congressman from Lufkin, Texas, who damned near single-handedly helped the Afghans kick out the Russians in the 1980s. Says right there on page 11…
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Film, Dull Roar

Dull Roar

Less a war drama than a set of dueling position papers, Robert Redford's Lions for Lambs may be the gabbiest movie ever made about American foreign policy — and it wasn't even written by Aaron Sorkin. Hot young screenwriter Matthew…
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