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Beyond selfies and twerking … the words that really mattered in 2013

Forget twerking, selfies and taking selfies when you're twerking. Not everything we said this year was completely trivial. Steven Poole explains the words that actually meant something in 2013 – while Anna Hart reminds us of the ones that were annoying nonsense

Big data

This was a year in which sheer hugeness was exciting, as vividly demonstrated by Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro's excellent film about giant robots punching giant monsters in what passed for their giant faces. Similar thrills attended the mainstreaming of the phrase "big data", which made everyone wonder in embarrassment how they had got along with their pathetic wad of tiny data for so long.

Metadata

Edward Snowden's revelations about government spying revealed nothing if not a triumph of big data for the organisation once jokingly referred to as the No Such Agency. They also introduced the wider world to the sneakily deployed term "metadata". As the
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'Captain America: The First Avenger' Reactions And An 'Avengers' Set Visit In Today's Twitter Report

People cool enough to get in to "Captain America: The First Avenger" on its premiere night sounded off on Twitter Tuesday. Kevin Smith and Edgar Wright spoke highly of the film, and Smith also had some praise for the "Avengers" trailer.

Mark Millar, meanwhile, had to turn down a visit to the "Avengers" set, and shared his sorrow with his followers. His reasons, an evaluation of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man and pre-Comic-Con travel tweets await after the jump.

I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is the Twitter Report for July 20, 2011.

"Captain America" pt. 1: @ThatKevinSmith As expected, Johnston crushed Captain America. It's elegant & fun like his Rocketeer. Evans was an ace Rogers/Cap. Avengers trailer killed.

-Kevin Smith, Writer ("Batman: The Widening Gyre," "Green Arrow")

"Captain America" pt. 2: @edgarwright 'Captain America' is so much fun. A proper ripping yarn. Go Evans.

-Edgar Wright, Director ("Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,
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Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony: The Highlights

On Friday night, the eyes of the world were on Vancouver's BC Place, as the games of the Xxi Winter Olympics got underway with a lavish, joyous opening ceremony that had soul, showmanship and plenty of Wayne Gretzky.

Some 60,000 people packed inside the arena (this was, after all, the first indoor opening ceremony), and, unfortunately, I was not one of them. But I was next door, at the Molson Canadian Hockey House, a raucous viewing party/concert/celebration of all things Canuck that featured plenty of beer, ladies clad in skin-tight hockey dresses, and a piano painted with the maple leaf. It was a pretty excellent time, so I started to write an impromptu LiveTweet of the entire event -- and, by proxy, the opening ceremonies -- over on the @MTVNews Twitter account.

And since you probably weren't glued to your computer during the ceremony, I figured I'd recap some
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Dexter S4E12 "The Getaway" Recap

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Like most of you I was seriously anticipating this finale, and Dexter didn't let me down. It kept me on my toes for forty-six minutes, trying to guess which of the season's threads would come back to bite Dexter in the ass. It's not typical of the series to do a shocker or cliffhanger ending; in fact the past three season finales have always wrapped things up in a way that works for Dexter, allowing his double life to move forward. The finales have always resolved the chaotic events of the season, making everyone better, stronger, safer -- well, except all the dead people. But I sensed catastrophe, and I was right: this one was different. Not to spoil it for you. But then again, you are reading a recap.

We pick up exactly where we left off last time, with Dexter and Arthur face-to-face in the middle of Homicide.
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Film review - 'Pink Nights' By DUANE BYRGE"Pink Nights'' is a rosy, indie charmer about a shy teen who suddenly finds his blue love life, well, in the pink. Playing as part of the AFI USA Showcase, "Pink Nights'' is a bright, nicely sketched tale of teenage romance.

Set in the working-class, non-trendy area of Chicago's near north side, "Pink Nights, '' despite its focus on high school romance angst, is in essence a look at Four Teens (one guy, three girls) from dysfunctional families who bond together through the weird rituals of "dating.''

In this perceptive production, screenwriter-director Phillip Koch's narrative focuses on the romantic woes of one shy guy named Danny (Kevin Anderson) who, despite not too shabby looks and a docile charm, can't buy a date. In short, girls don't notice him because he thinks they don't notice him.

Sex appeal is all in the head, his brassy sidekick-adviser Jeff (Larry King) harps. Jeff's from the school of dating that theorizes if you ask 100 girls out, one will, invariably, say yes.

In Danny's sad-sack case, this comes true: initially, through no efforts of his own. A clubbed-out punker (Shaun Allen) bets her girlfriends she can get a date with anybody, and Danny happens to be the Guy Standing in her sites. As those in the entertainment business so keenly appreciate, appearance transcends reality, and Danny's reputation is quickly made by merely being in the presence of club hound Terry.

Unfortunately, in Koch's often droll story, the narrative itself is as lackadaisical as Jeff's dating initiatives. Suddenly, two more girls enter his life: an exotic-looking new girl at school (Peri Kaczmarek) and a rich North Shore beauty (Jessica Vitkus). He starts hanging out with all three, bumbling his way through a series of non-dates, much to the surprise and chagrin of his baffled best buddy.

While the story line is itself often bland and meandering, "Pink Nights, '' in its own soft, stumbling way, shows the naturalness of this nondescript guy's easy attraction to three widely different girls: All three of the girls are, essentially, alone -- their families are either traveling, bar-hopping, or motoring off to Detroit, and the time they spend in Danny's abode (mom's out of town on a weeklong date) becomes a family-like experience.

The performances in "Pink Nights'' are gold and silver, particularly Anderson as the soft-spoken, sincere teen and Kaczmarek as the estranged new girl in school.

Technical contributions in this decidedly low-budget production are highlighted by the sharp and scruffy soundtrack, featuring songs by Bohemia and several full-sounding Chicago-area bands.

PINK NIGHTS

A Koch-Marschall Production

Producers Phillip Koch, Sally Marschall

Screenwriter-director Phillip Koch

Director of photography Charlie Leiberman

Original music score Jim Tullio, Jeffrey Vanston

Editors Phillip Koch, Sally Marschall

Color/Stereo

Cast:

Danny Kevin Anderson

Jeff Larry King

Esme Peri Kaczmarek

Terry Shaun Allen

Marcy Jessica Vitkus

Zero Jonathan Michaels

Running time -- 87 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG

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