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2008-10-06 09:00:30

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot TORONTO Clad in a yellow T-shirt and carrying a bright red backpack, Michael Cera, age 20, looked like the proverbial deer caught in headlights. "Uh, hey," he said to a reporter as he pulled the backpack off and dropped it on the floor. This is the guy whom they were calling, at the Toronto Film Festival, "comedy's current wunderkind." He's the one Entertainment Weekly recently named No. 1 among under-30 actors in America. His comic...

2008-10-04 00:00:18

By Michael Machosky Michael Cera, at 20, already has a very interesting body of work behind him -- from the critically acclaimed TV show "Arrested Development" to the quirky teen romance "Juno." His newest movie, "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist," isn't much of a departure for Cera. Actually, it's right down the middle of his strike zone -- playing the role of a smart, funny, awkward guy who almost reluctantly becomes the story's romantic lead. Cera says he's not worried about...

2008-10-03 09:00:00

Club-hopping across what is left of New York's East Village night spots is a winning invitation at any age. (Yes, we've been known to do it, and more recently than we're admitting.) In the case of "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," the titular couple are sweet mini-hipsters in search of the mythic rock group Where's Fluffy? The band is giving a "secret" concert in Manhattan, and it's a must-see for CD mixers. Where's Fluffy? promotes its "secret" shows on the walls of restroom stalls....

2008-10-02 06:00:24

By Katrina Onstad A Michael Cera joke is not a joke at all. Often the laugh comes at the end of the sentence, when Cera's words have slowed to a dribble, leaving an emptiness filled only by his blank Pez- dispenser face, which is the real punch line. In Cera's roles as a devoted baby daddy in "Juno" and a thwarted party seeker in "Superbad," his muted comedy was his signature. But in real life the dialed-down persona is a little unnerving. Jason Reitman, who directed him in "Juno,"...

2008-10-01 21:00:15

By Jessica Yadegaran In the romantic comedy "Nick and Norah's Infinite Play- list," Michael Cera and Kat Dennings are musical soul mates thrust together on a crazy Manhattan night that involves dramatic exes, an underground concert and way too much parking karma. It's "High Fidelity" for teens, and Cera's their Cusack. At 20, the Canadian actor already has the resume for such comparisons. To many of us, he's George Michael Bluth, the awkward, approval-hungry adolescent from Fox's...

2008-09-27 00:00:25

A Thoughtful, quirky film that bloomed amid the shoot-em-up blockbusters this year, Juno (12A), is today's feature at the fledgling film club, Mumbles Movies. This immaculately-conceived and perfectly-delivered comedy introduces Ellen Page, who was Oscar nominated for her portrayal of a 16-year-old mother-to-be who is wise beyond her years, but naive when it comes to romance or the emotional strain of motherhood. Page is delightful, capturing the maelstrom of emotions of a girl who is...

2008-09-15 12:00:21

YANGAROO Inc., (TSX-V: YOO, OTCBB: YOOIF) the industry's leading secure digital media distribution company, has entered into an agreement with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the organization responsible for the JUNO Awards. CARAS will utilize YANGAROO's patented Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS) to distribute all music and related promotional materials submitted for JUNO Award consideration to both the judges and CARAS' members. In past, music has...

2008-09-15 00:00:22

By NICK HASTED Pop KIMYA DAWSON Union Chapel LONDON ** "I feel like I don't have the charisma," Kimya Dawson plaintively mumbles. "I can't play my guitar and look at you at the same time." It must be a relief that her songs have reached No 1 almost anonymously, on the soundtrack to the film Juno, put there by its teenage star Ellen Page. The 35-year-old Dawson already had a decade's work behind her on New York's anti-folk scene, largely as one half of The Moldy Peaches with Adam Green....

2008-09-10 06:00:29

By Tammerlin Drummond In the photograph, a young woman cradles an infant against her breast. A young man leans over and plants a tender kiss on the child's forehead. The couple depicted are Bristol Palin, the 17-year-old pregnant daughter of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, and Levi Johnston, the 18-year-old father of Bristol's baby. The child is Bristol's brother, although if you didn't bother to read the fine print in the caption, you would assume that he was the...

2008-08-01 21:00:25

By STEPHANIE SCHOMER There are many assumptions about graduating from high school. It is assumed that you'll become an immediately responsible person. It is assumed that you'll go to college in pursuit of a fruitful career. And it is assumed that all your awkwardness will magically disappear, and you will become a confident, properly functioning adult. As Luke Shapiro discovers in "The Wackness," all of that is going to take some time. Luke (Josh Peck) has gone through high school as a...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'