Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop is a 2011 documentary film by Rodman Flender featuring Conan O'Brien and focusing on his comedy tour, The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour, which took place in 2010 following his departure from The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien due to the controversial 2010 Tonight Show conflict. Flender is Harvard classmate; the film opens with a short segment explaining the events which transpired to culminate in O'Brien's launch of the Legally Prohibited Tour. It focuses on the rift with NBC and the outpouring of support shown by his fans while the fiasco played out; the documentary continues with O'Brien explaining that the idea for the tour came to them while thinking of things they could do in the six months after his exit from NBC, during which time he was prohibited from appearing on television, radio or the Internet. The following segments show glimpses of the thought process for the tour, an nervous Conan and team members as they wait in realtime to see the results of whether or not their show would sell.

All the venues begin to sell out at a fast pace and the stage is set for them to proceed with the planning of the tour. The rest of the documentary details the creative process behind various jokes/musical acts by O'Brien's team. In between segments of the live show, the film depicts Conan interacting with fans, attending functions, hosting an entire day at Bonnaroo and encounters with celebrities are shown — not all of which are pleasant for an exhausted O'Brien as the tour progresses. O'Brien worries that he will get burned out and be unable to return to television, leaving his team without jobs, he holds a secret show for his fans at the studio of Jack White, with White participating in the show itself. During the film there is little interviewing between Conan and director Rodman Flender, though the few questions that are captured are answered in great detail. A constant companion during the entire documentary is O'Brien's personal assistant, Sona Movsesian, with whom he shares humorous banter till the close of the film.

The documentary ends with a title card displaying the end date of the tour and that Conan had a few weeks off before starting his next assignment as the host of his cable talk show at TBS, a shot of Conan walking out onto the studio stage after the Conan theme is played by the band is shown after the title card. A performance at Jack White's studio is played; the documentary was given a limited release, it was well-received by film critics. At movie review website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has received an aggregated score of 80% from 70 reviews. Film critic Roger Ebert gave the documentary three out of four stars, stating, "To be sure, NBC paid him $40 million in a send-off package, but the Conan O'Brien we see in the film wasn't in it for the money, he was in it because he can't stop." The New York Times review by Stephen Holden was critical of the film's subject and its direction which left much of the tour's performances off camera, stating, "The film spends too much time with Mr. O'Brien and his team backstage, where he is the needy focus of attention at all times."

Holden did state though, that as a whole, the documentary is "consistently watchable". Official website Conan O'Brien Can't Stop on IMDb

Ben Brosnan

Ben Brosnan is a Gaelic footballer from County Wexford, Ireland. He plays with the Wexford intercounty team and he transferred to Castletown Liam Mellows GAA Club from his native side Bannow Ballymitty, he was part of the Wexford panel in 2008. Wexford won Division 3 of the National League. Having beaten Meath and Laois, they reached that year's Leinster Championship final, but were comprehensively beaten by Dublin; however subsequent victories over Down and Armagh, meant Wexford reached the All-Ireland semi-final. In the semi-final they lost to eventual All-Ireland champions Tyrone. In 2008, he was part of the Wexford Under 21 team, he was sent off in the Leinster semifinal and missed out on the final loss to Kildare. In 2009, he was not part of the Wexford senior team, he made a huge impact in the 2011 championship with a number of high scoring displays. He scored 9 points in the 2011 Leinster Senior Football Final, he now plays his club football with Liam Mellows. He played soccer with Wexford Youths in their first season in the League of Ireland.

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Anti-Quebec sentiment

Anti-Quebec sentiment is opposition or hostility expressed toward the government, culture, or the francophone people of Quebec. French-language media in Quebec have termed Quebec bashing what it perceives as defamatory anti-Quebec coverage in the English-language media, they cite examples from the English-Canadian media, in coverage from other countries based on Canadian sources. Some sovereignist journalists and academics noted that unfavourable depictions of the province by the media increased in the late 1990s after the unsuccessful 1995 Quebec referendum on independence. Francophones have been criticized by their Anglophone counterparts who feel discriminated against because the law requires French as the only working-language; the expression pure laine, used to denote Quebecers of French descent, has been cited as a manifestation of discriminatory attitudes. Pure laine has been portrayed as an expression of racial exclusion in Quebec, while counter-critics deem the term obsolete. Critics note the low percentage of minority participation in any level of the Quebec public services.

While some efforts have been made to increase the percentage of minorities, the public service of Quebec is European-Canadian and francophone. Language laws in Quebec that promote the use of French and restrict the use of English are believed to reflect nationalist goals designed to preserve and strengthen the French language within the province, criticized as excluding non-French speakers; the Commission de la protection de la langue française, the Office québécois de la langue française that it has been merged into in 2002, which enforce the Charter of the French Language, have been called the "language police". It has been criticized for enforcing sign laws requiring that French wording dominate English and other languages on commercial signs. English-speaking Quebecers oppose these sign laws; the public servants of the OQLF have sometimes been compared to the Gestapo or "brown shirts". Some unrelated events have been linked to the independence movements and the language laws, such as the departure of the Expos baseball club from Montreal, suicide rates in Quebec and has affected tourism in the province.

Quebec is a Canadian province with a French-speaking majority. In contrast the rest of Canada has a majority of English speakers, compared to 11% who have a working knowledge of French. Before 1763, most of the land, the Province of Quebec was part of New France, an area of North America colonized by France. After the defeat of France in the Seven Years' War, the territory was ceded to Great Britain and became a British colony and province, it was a region united with the future province of Ontario in 1840, a province of Canada in 1867. An early Quebec nationalist movement emerged in the 1820s under the Parti Patriote, which argued for greater autonomy within the British Empire and at times flirted with the idea of independence; the Patriote Rebellion was put down by the British Army, at the same time as the failure of a similar rebellion among the English-speaking people of what is now Ontario. After the suppression of the rebellion, Quebec became a more conservative society, one in which the Catholic Church occupied a more dominant position.

Major players in the Quebec media opposed Canadian participation in World War I and World War II. In the late 1950s and 1960s, a tremendous social change, known as the Quiet Revolution, took place. A second independence movement developed, along with a reassertion of Quebec's French language and identity. During this time a terrorist organization called the Front de libération du Québec arose, as did the peaceful Parti Québécois, a provincial political party with the stated aims of independence and social democracy. Over time, the terrorist organisations vanished. While French is the majority language in Quebec, it is a small minority in most of the rest of Canada, had faced demographic and economic pressures. Assimilation, the fate of the francophone culture of the former Louisiana Territory in the United States, was feared; the French language was discriminated against in parts of Quebec. The Quebec government of the Liberal Party leader, Premier Robert Bourassa, passed the Official Language Act in 1974, abolishing English as an official language and making French the sole official language of Quebec.

In 1976, the Parti Québécois was voted in with René Lévesque, a major figure of the Quiet Revolution, becoming Premier of Quebec. The PQ enacted the Charter of the French Language. Many of the French Language Charter's provisions expanded on the 1974 Official Language Act; the protective language law outlawed the public display of English, making French signs obligatory, regulations that would be overturned in the course of court challenges. A first referendum on sovereignty was held in 1980, a second in 1995; the histor