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10 Reasons Why the Slurs Should Stay in ‘Huck Finn’

If you find this book offensive, don’t buy it or read it. There are plenty of books that none of us have an interest in reading for one reason or another. We don’t rewrite them. We simply choose not to read them.

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Filmmaker to Spill Scientology Story

His defection from the Church of Scientology’s celebrity coterie was big news in 2009, and now writer and director Paul Haggis is following up with a detailed exploration of his former organization, in the form of a book collaboration with journalist Lawrence Wright.

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Artists Write Protests in Light on L.A. Museum Wall

Last month, Jeffrey Deitch, director of MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary in Los Angeles, made the contentious decision to whitewash a politically themed mural composed on a wall of the museum by Italian artist Blu. On Monday night, a group of ...

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‘Huckleberry Finn,’ Minus the N-Word

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is about to get a major makeover in the form of a significant edit to be made in NewSouth Books’ edition of Mark Twain’s iconic novel. Specifically, the notorious n-word will be swapped out for “slave,” along with one other race-related alteration.

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Is Congress More Progressive Than Hollywood?

Who would have thought that the political capital of Washington would be ahead of the entertainment capital of Hollywood when it comes to allowing gay folks to serve openly?

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE



2010: Best of the Big Screen

I don’t know when the practice began or who had the initial brainstorm, but it is now written in fiery letters that at the end of every year that movie reviewers must set aside the really fun stuff and spend a day or two tripping down short-term memory lane to concoct a list of the year’s 10 best movies.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 READ MORE



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‘Another Year’: The Tragedy of Everyday Life

As its title forthrightly states, writer-director Mike Leigh’s “Another Year” simply records the spring-to-spring passage of the annual round of days in these very ordinary lives. I think, for reasons difficult to explain, that it is a near-to-great film.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Chamberlain: Gay Leading Men Still Trapped in the Closet

The path out of the proverbial closet is still riddled with potential career pitfalls for gay actors, according to veteran screen star Richard Chamberlain, who himself came out in 2003 but, as he tells The Advocate, wouldn’t recommend that closeted actors angling for leading roles follow his example.

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Jon Stewart: Shades of Edward R. Murrow?

Although he has repeatedly insisted that his is not the role of a straight-up journalist and that he has no designs on a conventional political career, that doesn’t stop people like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg from casting Jon Stewart in a nobler light ...

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Mark Twain’s ‘Hundred-Year Book’

You wouldn’t really expect Mark Twain to go about the business of composing his autobiography in a conventional manner, now would you? The iconic American author’s personal history, released in full this fall after a century, is quite an extraordinary tale—as is the story behind its creation.

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