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The Male Marilyn Monroe, Trashiest Film of the Year & Taylor Kitsch's Multiple Failures

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood December 6, 2012 at 3:30PM

In NYMag's The Year in Film: A Collection of mini-riffs, they cover some important topics that made headlines in 2012--like Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron and the Top Two Films of the Year That Involved Someone Riding Through a City in a Stretch Limo (1. "Holy Motors" and 2. "Cosmopolis").
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Nicole Kidman in "The Paperboy"
Nicole Kidman in "The Paperboy"

In NYMag's The Year in Film: A Collection of mini-riffs, they cover some important topics that made headlines in 2012--like Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron and the Top Two Films of the Year That Involved Someone Riding Through a City in a Stretch Limo (1. "Holy Motors" and 2. "Cosmopolis").

They also consider the tragedy of the "romantic lead trapped in an action hero’s body," Taylor Kitsch:

"At the start of 2012, Taylor Kitsch, the 'Friday Night Lights' star, seemed destined for glory. Then came 'John Carter,' which crash-landed. Next up: 'Battleship,' a movie based on a board game that played out as if it were based on a Michael Bay acid trip. A starring role in Oliver Stone’s 'Savage's failed to salvage this disastrous run. And just like that, a promising career seemed to lay in ruin."

The modern day Marilyn Monroe (male version), and People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, Channing Tatum:

"it is surely obvious — even objectively provable — that Tatum, with his reversible name and his box-office potency, is the leading Sex Symbol of our times. He is the male Marilyn Monroe."

And the trashiest film of the year:

"'The Paperboy' embraces everything the year’s more tasteful films carefully avoided: lust, sex and all the mad desires that guide (or misguide) so many of our actions. In fact, despite — or maybe because of — all its sex, silliness, madness and jellyfish, 'The Paperboy' may have been the year’s least cynical film. It’s trash, yes. But it’s trash you can believe in."
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.