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    Rob Ford Elected Mayor of Toronto; Global Embarrassment Awaits

    Hallowe'en has come early to Toronto as everyone with reasonable intellect is gasping in somewhat expected horror at the outcome of today's municipal election, which has made this immigrant hating, bike lane destroying, racist, homophobic, compulsive liar of a wife beater our mayor:

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Kanye West's Puzzling But Pretty 'Runaway'

    Kanye West has been threatening to drop his short film "Runaway" before his new album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" hits stores November 22nd, and here it is. "Runaway" follows the story of Mr. West, a scantly-clad phoenix (Selita Ebanks) that falls from the sky and the saddest explosions ever to grace the small screen. Unleashed onto YouTube over the weekend (you can find the curses-and-all cut right here), West's first short film stands to prove the man demands respect as an artist; there's barely a shred of subtlety to the damn thing and the plot is gaunt, and your only bits of cryptic info are handed to you by a stone-faced West, who deadpans to the phoenix, "First rule in this world, baby, don't pay attention to anything you see in the news."

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  • The Playlist
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    Francis Ford Coppola Has Started Shooting His Next Film 'Twixt Now And Sunrise'

    Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning & Bruce Dern StarWhile he's set to receive a honorary Oscar next month, Francis Ford Coppola continues with his late-career burst of energy, as he has already quietly begun filming his third feature in four years.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Full 35-Minute "Video" For Kanye West's "Runaway"

    Say what you want about Kanye West the human (and I'll probably agree with you), but musically I continued to be surprised and excited by the man... I even loved the vast majority of his alleged disappointment "808s & Heartbreak." And while I do not look forward to the possibility of hearing him accept awards or go on talk shows as the result of his upcoming album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," so far I'm all about what it has to offer. Its single "Runaway" is remarkably catchy and with clever (and self-deprecating!) lyrics to boot, and has been a staple on my iPod for the past few weeks. And now he throws a wild, 35 minute art film of a video at us, which was released online this weekend. Said to be inspired by everything from Purple Rain to The Wall to Thriller to Picasso to Matisse to Stanley Kubrick to Federico Fellini, it's expectedly messy and definitely a bit much... But you have to hand it to Kanye for continuing to be a totally distinctive artistic presence in the very mainstream. And, like Lady Gaga as of late, treating the music video as the kind of medium it was circa Michael Jackson and Madonna's heydays: A big one.

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  • The Playlist
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    Director Warwick Thornton Talks Follow Up To 2009 Camera d'Or Winner 'Samson & Delilah'

    First time director Warwick Thornton turned heads last year with his directorial debut "Samson & Delilah," which took home the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. While that film is only just now rolling into theaters stateside, Thornton is already looking to his next project, which surprisingly sounds like a period film in the horror/thriller genre.

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  • The Playlist
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    New International Colin Firth-Centric Trailer For Tom Hooper's 'The King's Speech'

    A new, very Colin Firth-centric international trailer has been unveiled for Tom Hooper's much loved, highly touted "The King's Speech."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Keith Richards' Memoir Life Wins Raves

    Keith Richards' Memoir Life Wins Raves

    I bought my first issue of Rolling Stone in a long time to get a slice of the Keith Richards memoir Life (on sale October 26) and I will try to convince my book group (which tends to read fiction) to assign it. Friends and I talked about Life at dinner Saturday night (after which I had the pleasure of singing "Gimme Shelter" during a rousing session of Rock Band). And the NYT's Michiko Kakutani writes her most enjoyable book review in a while--a rave. UPDATE: Here's The NYorker's David Remnick.

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  • The Playlist
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    The Feelies Not Down With 'Carlos,' But Olivier Assayas Still Has A Killer Soundtrack To Epic

    Three-Part Epic Features A Post-Punk Mix Of Wire, The Feelies, New Order & MoreThis writer finally caught up with Olivier Assayas' sprawling three-part epic, "Carlos," starring the excellent Edgar Ramirez and centering on the rise and downfall of Ilich Ramírez Sánchez aka "Carlos The Jackal," the international terrorist who menaced the world in the 1970s (this author also agrees most with our review from Cannes; it's pretty engaging at first, but then tends to drag in its last half).

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  • The Playlist
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    Oscar Best Actress Race Far From Over: Halle Berry To Make A Run With 'Frankie & Alice'

    This year's Best Actress race is one of the most competitive in years. With no clear front runner and a number of fantastic performances throughout the year, this one remains the biggest wildcard on the ballot and the field will be bracing themselves as another strong competitor enters the fold.

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  • Spout
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    Gregory Isaacs in "Rockers," "Land of Look Behind" and "Made in Jamaica"

    The great reggae singer Gregory Isaacs died today after a long battle with lung cancer. As per tradition, I'm going to use this moment to celebrate the deceased through his documentary appearances. Isaacs can be seen prominently in three films ("Rockers," "Land of Look Behind" and "Made in Jamaica"), and though one is not technically or completely non-fiction, it does somewhat fit the documentary tradition and format. This is his first, "Rockers," a 1978 musical from Ted Bafaloukos originally intended to be an actual doc about reggae. It has a plot, inspired by realist films like "Bicycle Thieves," and some bad acting, mostly from the non-non-actors. But it also functions at times as a concert film. Isaacs, for instance, plays a character named Jah Tooth (or was that really a nickname/alias of the artist musically and/or personally?), but also is introduced as himself when he performs on stage.

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