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2:31 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

For 533 Kids, 'Starbuck' Is One Prolific Pere

In the French-Canadian comedy Starbuck, David (Patrick Huard) learns that he's fathered more than 500 children through his anonymous donations to a sperm bank.
Jan Thijs Entertainment One

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 7:20 pm

When it comes to fatherhood, how many kids are too many? Reasonable types might say you should draw the line at eight β€” maybe 10? Twelve?

How about 533?

In the French-Canadian comedy Starbuck, that's the number of kids sired by 42-year-old David Wozniak (Patrick Huard) who, in his youth, picked up extra cash, and plenty of it, by masturbating into a little cup at the local sperm bank.

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Movie Reviews
2:31 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

What Happened In The Overlook's 'Room 237'?

Documentarian Rodney Ascher remains skeptical about the Shining theories he entertains in Room 237. Still, he gives his nine Stanley Kubrick enthusiasts ample room to explore their ideas β€” however outlandish.
IFC Films

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 6:46 pm

Of all the great filmmakers, Stanley Kubrick may be the one most associated with control β€” there's nary an inflection, gesture, camera movement or prop out of place in his movies, and significance invested in every detail.

Tales of his perfectionism have become the stuff of legend: projects developed over years or even decades, open-ended shoots where actors were bullied into 100 takes if necessary, special lenses crafted just to achieve a certain lighting effect in Barry Lyndon, obsessive micromanagement of every aspect of a production.

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The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Amazon Buys Book-Recommendation Site Goodreads

The Amazon Kindle e-reader could see greater integration with Goodreads, following Thursday's announcement that the online retail giant was buying the the social book-recommendation site.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 6:39 pm

Amazon, the online retail behemoth that has made a much-publicized foray into publishing, has just bought Goodreads, the social book-recommendation site.

"Amazon and Goodreads share a passion for reinventing reading," Russ Grandinetti, Amazon vice president for Kindle Content, said in a statement on Thursday. "Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books and, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world."

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Movie Reviews
2:29 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

There's Madcap, And Then There's Plain 'Mental'

Shaz (Toni Collette), a hotheaded stranger new to the Australian town of Dolphin Heads, becomes the unlikely answer to a local politician's problems when she steps in to nanny his children.
Dada Films

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 4:03 pm

Human beings are imperfect β€” which is one reason we have the movies.

The Australian comedy Mental, written and directed by P.J. Hogan β€” the man behind the 1994 hit Muriel's Wedding β€” is filled with troubled people who, like most of us, strive not for perfection but at least for some understanding.

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Movie Reviews
2:28 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

'The Place Beyond The Pines': It's A Far Piece

Angsty stunt performer Luke (Ryan Gosling) quits the circus and becomes a busybody father after a former girlfriend reveals she's had his child.
Focus Features

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 4:03 pm

There are moments, as Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine informed us, when the barely controlled rage that is masculinity can be tempered by feelings for woman and child. But eventually the male Id will erupt, and everything will go to hell.

That happens more than once in Cianfrance's new The Place Beyond the Pines, a would-be epic that shifts from character to character and story to story to show how fury passes from fathers to sons. But too much of this seething drama is devoted not to characterization but to posturing.

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Movie Reviews
2:28 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

'Retaliation': Harsh Payback For Poor G.I. Joe

Duke (Channing Tatum) and Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) are live-action G.I. Joes in the big-screen franchise's latest thoroughly disposable installment.
Jaimie Trueblood Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 4:03 pm

What's the difference between an action figure and an action star? Very little in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which features no performances of note, even from such combat-tested thespians as Bruce Willis, Jonathan Pryce and Dwayne Johnson.

The sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the latest Joe is a near-surrealistic mashup of serious themes and juvenile humor, realistic locations and cheesy CGI. Adapted to 3-D after it was shot, the movie is also one of the most aggressive examples ever of the chucking-stuff-at-the-viewer aesthetic.

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All Songs Considered
2:28 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

10 Great Album Art Fake-Outs

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 11:54 am

This week, the Strokes put out the new album Comedown Machine, the band's fifth collection of wiry, tightly-produced throwback rock.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
2:26 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Want To Help Animals? No Vegan Extremism Required

Ron Chapple iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 3:16 pm

You're "an animal person." You care about animals, and not only the furry, cute ones. You strive to make personal choices that don't contribute to animals' suffering.

Maybe you stopped eating meat from factory farms first. Before long, as you experimented successfully with vegetarian foods, you decided to stop eating meat altogether.

Now you're thinking about taking the next step: going vegan. You're ready to give up dairy and eggs. But something worries you. Can you ever be vegan enough?

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The Two-Way
2:26 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Why You Probably Didn't Notice The 'Worst Cyberattack In History'

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 11:59 am

What had earlier been widely billed as the largest cyberattack in history, causing Web-wide disruptions for Internet users, appears on closer inspection to have been not quite so dramatic as first thought. But what did it mean for the innocent bystander sitting at his or her computer?

Probably not much, as it turns out β€” particularly if that bystander's computer wasn't in Europe.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:24 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Marches Madness: Spielberg's Symphonist

Wendy Maeda Boston Globe via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 2:45 pm

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