Dark days ahead: Yesterday, the 112th Congress convened and the Oompa Loompa-colored John Boehner was elected
Skeletor Speaker of the House.
Thanks to Auburn University scholar Alan Gribben wanting to edit the “nigger” out of Huckleberry Finn, we’ve got our first official race flap of 2011.
The latest edition of “Best Pictures from the Outside In” is now up at Goatdog’s Movies. For this 20th edition, Mike Phillips, Nick Davis, and Nathaniel Rogers bravely compare and contrast Gentleman’s Agreement with Rain Man.
Want to take your pants off on the subway?
Thanks, Stephanie, for calling more attention to what I long-ago described as the date rapist’s thrill many critics take in ragging on Sofia Coppola. Somewhere, a gorgeously lensed film that I found almost agonizingly chill, won the top prize at Venice early last year: Coppola’s ex, Quentin Tarantino, who headed the jury at the fest, had to defend the decision at the time, and now he’s been forced to explain why the film didn’t show up on his much-hyped Top 20 list.
Source Code, Duncan Jones’s follow-up to Moon, is SXSW’s opening-night film.
Fernando F. Croce is catching up.
Over at The 99 Percent, Francis Ford Coppola discusses risk, money, craft, and collaboration.
Her royal moi-ness has never looked draggier: Behold, the muppets with people eyes.
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