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    "Polytechnique" Toronto Critics' Best Canadian Film

    "Polytechnique" Toronto Critics' Best Canadian Film

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    The Girl Can't Help It: Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank"

    Even after the advent of psychology, feminism, and the sexual revolution, female desire remains culturally discomfiting, a topic to be avoided or willfully mystified. Outside of hyper-hormonal slapstick, adolescent desire is just as taboo. Furthermore, female adolescent desire is so socially unsavory that even the dubiously chaste Twilight counts as a welcome corrective. Enter Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank, a film so fearless, honest, and wise about emergent female sexuality that no grading curve is necessary. She approaches sex not as an aspect of politics but of experience, continuous with life’s other impulses, bafflements, dangers, and joys.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Conan O'Brien Takes a Stand

    Conan O'Brien has thrown down the gauntlet to NBC. He doesn't want to move The Tonight Show back by half an hour to make way for Jay Leno. Here's his statement. I agree with the argument that in a world of DVRs and TiVo, O'Brien's belief that he must be on at 11:35 PM to be successful is probably misguided. I suspect he feels betrayed more than anything else and fears that being pushed back will make it tougher for him to succeed.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Disney's Aviv Exits as Ross Relies on DreamWorks

    It's deja vu all over again. A studio in management upheaval. A new studio head recruited from TV being directed to reinvent the wheel by a boss who is a film biz outsider.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Defending Mo'Nique

    One of the ongoing narratives of this awards season has been about Mo'Nique. About how great her performance is, and also about how supposedly ungrateful she is because she hasn't been criss-crossing the country to gather all her accolades.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Conan Goes Nasty on NBC

    In his first Tonight Show monologue following the NBC announcement of Jay Leno's return to 11:30, Conan O'Brien lets loose on NBC:

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Betty White Gets a New Sitcom!

    Betty White Gets a New Sitcom!

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  • The Playlist
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    Interview: Director Andrea Arnold Talks 'Fish Tank'

    "Everytime I see a film with a car chase, I always want to fast forward the car chase," director Andrea Arnold says about the traditional thriller model. It's not a shocking answer from an average maker of low-budget British dramas, but Arnold has created enough tension in her two features to make anyone but Hitchcock jealous.

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    BAFTA Announces Rising Star Nominees

    BAFTA Announces Rising Star Nominees

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    Berlinale Sets Shorts Program

    Berlinale Sets Shorts Program

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