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    "The Social Network" Complaints: Reality Bytes

    I almost included the issue with the film's truth problem in yesterday's post about "The Social Network" complaints, but it's a big enough criticism to warrant its own address. Anyway it doesn't quite fit with the alleged discrimination and intolerance concerns. It is, however, just as ridiculous and unnecessary. I mean, since when has any movie, even a drama based on a true story, been completely accepted as factual? Most documentaries aren't even dependable as truth. Perhaps it's that Mark Zuckerberg isn't a literal rock star. Maybe the idea of Zuckerberg pining over an old flame is as accurate as Jim Morrison following Pam Courson home and...

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    Toniko Melo's "VIPs" Sweeps Rio de Janeiro Film Fest Awards

    Toniko Melo's "VIPs" swept the Premiere Brazil Jury Awards at the 12th annual Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, which comes to a close Thursday night after fifteen days of screenings and events.

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    "Fair Game" and Joe Drake to Launch FIND's Filmmaker Forum

    A screening of Doug Liman's "Fair Game" and a keynote by Lionsgate's Joe Drake will kick-off the 2010 Film Independent Filmmaker Forum at the end of this month. Presented this year by indieWIRE, the Filmmaker Forum is a weekend conference in Los Angeles aimed at arming filmmak...

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    Gender Watch: Is Social Network A Sausage Fest or Sexist? Franco in Drag, Manly Names

    - If The Social Network wasn't scoring at the box office and with critics would women writers keep piling on this ongoing debate? Women And Hollywood's Melissa Silverstein argues that controversy surrounding the film's lack of female characters proves "in no uncertain terms that you can’t get away with this even if the movie is good and even if it may be an Oscar front runner." She's referring to what PopWatch's Jennifer Armstrong defines as "downright appalling depiction of women," which "is horrendous, like, ’50s-level sexist - if this were fiction, the snubs would be inexcusable," serving as "strong evidence that we still need feminism." T...

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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 2010 New York Film Festival | MEEK'S CUTOFF

    The 2010 New York Film Festival | MEEK'S CUTOFF

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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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    The 2010 New York Film Festival | Mike Leigh and ANOTHER YEAR

    The 2010 New York Film Festival | Mike Leigh and ANOTHER YEAR

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