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International Beats: The Desire for the Foreign in Kerouac's 'On the Road'

With the film adaptation of On the Road just a month away, it's important to once again define what characterized the Beat movement: an infatuation with the foreign.

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Deriding Desire: Dorothy Dandridge and the Raced and Gendered '50s

In 1957, Academy Award-nominated actress Dorothy Dandridge found herself at the center of a smear campaign that betrayed the patriarchal and racial politics of Hollywood and the US at large. The '50s were far from calm.

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The Not-So-Global Globes: International Tensions in the Film Industry

Now that The Artist gave the Golden Globes a distinctly French flavor, and Meryl Streep fueled the controversy in the British camp, a simultaneous rapprochement and tension defines the relationship between the European and American film industry.

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Hollywood's Steep Hills: Gender Inequality and 'Miss Representation'

Gender inequality in Hollywood reigns supreme, but as Miss Representation shows, the male/female binary is so insidious that it even makes its way into productions that aim to counter it.

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The Celestial Railroad: Shifting Debates on the Immigrant Experience in 'Sin Nombre'

Illegal immigration is a hotly contested topic in American society and politics. Sin Nombre opens up important questions about migration that documentaries often ignore: there is no such monolithic category as "the immigrant", and migration is not solely an economic decision.

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Tainted Pasts: Pornography in 'Meet Monica Velour' and 'The Girl Next Door'

Meet Monica Velour and The Girl Next Door demonstrate that mainstream representations of pornography, even in a society in which sex proliferates, are still surprisingly one-sided and inconsistent with counter-narratives offered by industry insiders themselves.

Music

Online Fantasy: Kreayshawn's Meteoric Rise to Fame

Female rapper Kreayshawn is on her way to becoming 2011's international sensation after her song "Gucci Gucci" ridiculed all "basic bitches" that value designer clothes. So who is this Oakland-based revelation?

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The All-Sex Hex: Why Olivia Wilde Deserves More Credit

Now that Olivia Wilde has put rumors of a turbulent post-divorce love life to bed by revealing a "no sex hex" on her new home, it's confront the all-sex hex that has plagued valuations of her acting.

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Frustrated Fantasies: Misperceptions of Fandom and 'Gone with the Wind'

The value of fandom is often underestimated. Rather than the stereotyped burnt-out housewives or socially inept teenagers that obsessively and indiscriminately consume popular culture, fans are active agents.

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Was Megan Fox Right? The Women of 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon'

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is another exercise in the one-dimensional portrayal of women for Michael Bay.

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Trouble in Wonderland, or The Crisis of the Fairytale in Film

Live-action fairytale adaptations are more popular than ever, with Red Riding Hood just out and four others -- including two Snow Whites in the works. But film and the source texts do not effortlessly go together, and children emerge as the losers.

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The Mother of All Evil: The Two 'Mother's Day' Films

If you’ve seen Charles Kaufman’s Mother’s Day, you know that loving mothers come in many forms. Now, Darren Lynn Bousman comes with a remake of the 1980 cult classic. A lot less scary, but still, not all moms will appreciate a ticket to the movie theater.

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Feeling at House in Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey is the How the Other Half Lives of period dramas. But rather than inside/outside, upstairs/downstairs emerges as the central division.

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Actresses Shining Behind The Cameras

Many columns have been devoted to the successful transitions of actors such as Clint Eastwood and Ben Affleck from acting into directing, but who are some of the women that have excelled behind the camera?

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Why Do So Many Aliens Look Like Tony Blair?

The unfamiliar will only find acceptance if it is expressed in familiar terms; thus, aliens "...may have bulbous heads and triangular eyes, speak in a chillingly robotic monotone or emit a strong stench of sulphur, but otherwise they look much like Tony Blair."

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The Many Faces of Rutger Hauer

Hauer’s entire career is characterized by elusiveness; it is impossible to pinpoint him on genre, type of character, or the scale or format of the productions he stars in, and this is what makes his oeuvre so exciting. Also in 2011.

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