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    Just For Laughs

    Imagine my surprise when, last week, I was contacted by a producer from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She told me that they were preparing an annual fundraising event called The Night of Too Many Stars, to raise money for Autism education. Launched several years ago by comedian Robert Smigel, better known to most people as the voice of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and whose son has autism, the charity event has raised millions of dollars thanks to its airing on Comedy Central and the participation of Jon Stewart as host… not to mention a truly impressive array of stars. The producer explained to me that Smigel and Sarah Silverman had crea...

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Easy A Star Emma Stone Lands Spider-Man Lead as Gwen Stacy

    If you don't know who Emma Stone is, get thee to a showing of Will Gluck's witty high school comedy Easy A (trailer below), one of those easy-to-digest teen flicks that's delectably smart and high concept enough to play across a wide demo. (That's hard to pull off.) The ingredient that makes it magi...

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    "The Social Network" Complaints: Sexist! Racist! Antigay!

    If only Lars von Trier had made a movie about Facebook. Then there would actually be fewer complaints about the supposed misogyny and sexism involved. Because it would be expected from him, I think. But just as I'll always argue with people against the claim that Von Trier is anti-women, I must now also make the case against charges that "The Social Network" and those who made it are anti- or at least ignorant of the female sex. If you read any movie site on the net you've no doubt seen at least one article or post or comment addressing the film's apparent "woman problem," how there aren't enough of them and that the few female characters in ...

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Small Screen | "Human Centipede" and "The Pentagon Papers" Make for an Eclectic Week

    This weekend, the gross-out hit of the year Tom Six's "The Human Centipede," the Oscar-nominated animated feature "The Secret of Kells," and the Sundance flicks "Don't Let Me Drown" and "Holy Rollers" come home on DVD. Also on the small screen, POV debuts the Oscar-nominated doc "The Most Dangerous...

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    Postcards From Iceland

    You want to go to here:

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    Director Watch: Snyder Takes Superman, Gilroy on Bourne 4, Hobbit Inches Closer, Luhrmann Goes Glee

    - Superman has a new daddy: Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) will direct Warner Bros' franchise revival, with Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas producing--the dynamic duo that rebooted Batman. Nolan came up with the story; Batman Begins scribe David S. Goyer wrote the screenplay, which brings back villain General Zod. “I feel super awesome,” Snyder told the LAT, while admitting that he lies awake at night thinking of how his Superman - who "has to be a man" - will be recreated. No boys need apply for the job; this is a the "biggest and baddest of them all," Snyder says, "The greatest of them all, right? We all want to know how the next chapter tak...

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    In His Own Words: Jeff Malmberg Discusses an Exclusive Scene from "Marwencol"

    Jeff Malmberg's documentary "Marwencol," which premiered earlier this year at SXSW, winning their Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary, premieres this Friday, October 8, at the IFC Center in New York City. In anticipation of the film's opening, Malmberg shared an exclusive scene from his film with ...

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