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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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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." The Daily Beast's Rebecca Davis O'Brien believes the film's females are props, not characters.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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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 created a—

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  • The Lost Boys
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    James Franco In Drag on the Cover of "Candy"

    What a special treat to return back to North American soil too, and to rev up passion for my own late October dragging tradition: Here's James Franco continuing to draw question marks regarding his sexuality and looking mighty fine while doing so on the cover of new "transversal style magazine" Candy:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Byltingu!

    One final Icelandic note... Last night as I getting ready to head back North American way, I got to experience a very different side of the country as some 8,000 people (or like 7% of Reykjavik) gathered outside parliament - which was essentially a block from my hotel - to protest the government's response to the domestic economic situation, as many households face mounting debts and foreclosures. It was largely peaceful, but it was certainly passionate. A local explained to me that essentially everyone in the country support the protests, and "it was about time" they started going down.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    The 2010 New York Film Festival | MEEK'S CUTOFF

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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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 magic is Emma Stone, who popped opposite Jesse Eisenberg in Zombieland and now has landed the plum role as Gwen Stacy opposite Andrew Garfield as the new Peter Parker in Sony/Marvel's reboot of Spider-Man.

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  • Spout
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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 the movie are stereotypes, over-sexualized, one-note, prizes, fantasies, props, underused, underdeveloped, etc. In some, the complaints extend to even calling "The Social Network" racist and potentially homophobic in addition to sexist. Once again, I'm saddened to see so many people misunderstanding how movies -- no, narrative stories in general -- work.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Prodding My Memory...

    Gloria Stuart was no empty-headed ingénue: here she plays chess with George Sanders on the set of The Lady Escapes (1937).

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  • Enzian Theater
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    September Slams AFTER

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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