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Penelope Houston: Influential editor of 'Sight & Sound' magazine

Without the profile afforded by a regular and well-promoted spot in the popular press, radio or television, Penelope Houston was not the most widely known of film critics; yet, having edited the British Film Institute’s magazine Sight & Sound for 35 years, her influence on British cinema culture was enormous. She helped create a space where British criticism could develop and, while she did not invent the magazine’s decennial “best film” poll, it was under her that it became an international marker of film culture.

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The Week in Comedy: Zany debut that set Louis C.K. on his way

Long before Anchorman and the American Office, Steve Carell played Mail Room Guy without Glasses. And long before Parks and Recreation and the Golden Globes, Amy Poehler was Woman Sprayed with Hose. Now superstars of comedy with Hollywood at their feet, both had their first, minor film roles in Tomorrow Night, alongside another comedy titan of the future, Louis C.K.