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New Declassified Memo: CIA Shaped and Whitewashed Zero Dark Thirty Movie Script

Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden revenge-porn flick Zero Dark Thirty was the biggest publicity coup for the CIA this century outside of the actual killing of Osama bin Laden. But the extent to which the CIA shaped the film has remained unclear. Now, a memo obtained by Gawker shows that the CIA actively, and apparently …

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Shameless Star Comedian Does Kink On Unsuspecting Women

    Male comedians are weird. They jerk off all the time, and then go on stage and talk about jerking off all the time, for money and laughs. But our nation’s most hilarious stand-up comic and critically cherished sitcom auteur adds a thrilling twist to his onanistic escapades: He traps unsuspecting women in his …

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Every Story Teller Has A Secret

In the Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction with his book The Sense of an Ending. In his boyhood in the 1950s, Tony Webster remembers, adolescence felt like a holding pen where the young were imprisoned for what seemed like eternity. Finally they were released into adulthood and …

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David Lynch: Hide And Seek With A Post-Modern Master

    David Lynch has seared his vision across both popular and avant-garde culture. While many of his fans continue to wait for something new on big or small screen, the director stays busy in other media, including a “Works on Paper” book and an exhibit currently on display in Paris.         …

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: John Le Carre and Reality

By Gordon Corera The new film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, premiered at the Venice Film Festival last week, has been praised for its atmospheric depiction of 1970s London. But how firmly is John Le Carre’s novel rooted in reality? (Spoiler alert: Key plot details revealed below) Trying to establish the precise relationship between …

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Unchecked Evil: Uday Hussein Film Study

Stepping Into the Shoes of a Psychopath In “The Devil’s Double,” Dominic Cooper, with Ludivine Sagnier, plays Uday Hussein. IT’S hard to conceive of too many narratives in which Saddam Hussein might emerge as a second-tier villain. But in “The Devil’s Double” he is portrayed as a man who at least operated according to his …

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