• Merritt's vocals tend toward the deadpan tuneless, but he writes lovely melodies with a sting.

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  • My mother had recently filled half a red Silvine exercise book with startlingly deadpan revelations.

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  • It's got these wonderful, deadpan kids' voices who are playing the role of 7.

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  • The film's outrageous deadpan humour recalls the early efforts of its producer, Peter Jackson.

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  • His speechwriters are skilful and he delivers punchlines with a certain deadpan panache.

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  • And friends say that, in private, the dolefully deadpan look can rapidly give way to a sparkly, sometimes feminine, charm.

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  • Buster Keaton went deadpan, altering his expression with only the tiniest of inflections, and became a modernist icon of fortitude.

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  • Nielsen has taken the art of deadpan into uncharted territory, marrying a polite, paternal manner to a state of acute mental shutdown.

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  • These are often distilled into deadpan rituals, with the director maintaining his Proustian interest in habit—in its capacity both to mortify and console.

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  • Jarmusch lacks for nothing in his deadpan pastiche of spy thrillers, but some viewers may experience a residual, vulgar longing for the real thing.

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  • The film is full of grand gestures and deadpan humor, including what is likely the finest scene of Noh theatre yet filmed in France.

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  • Like many Nouvelle Vague reinventions, the lyric for "The Killing Moon" is delivered in a girlish deadpan, removing the song from its sad sentiments.

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  • But, while Cummings is lacerating and deadpan, her fictional avatar reminds me less of Roseanne, or even of Silverman, than of someone much older: Lucille Ball.

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  • The funniest of the lot is the hefty Melissa McCarthy, a deadpan lewd comic, who is proud of her weight and alarmingly active in throwing herself at people.

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  • This weekend the questions were painful and the answers deadpan.

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  • Alternately deadpan and lacerating, this persona risks alienating the audience, a quality that also happens to be the signature of male sitcom auteurs, including Larry David and Louis C.

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  • Assessing their costs, their risks, their marketability, attending doggedly to every detail, Mr Littlejohn provides a sort of deadpan breakdown of what will pass as saleable poshness with the public.

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