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Minutes after President Barack Obama left a stage flanked by supporters where he implored Congressional Republicans to support a tentative deal to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, Sen. John McCain (R-az) took to the floor of the Senate to accuse the president of “antagonizing” Republicans. He said that, based on the president’s casual press conference, he and the American people have to wonder whether Obama believes it is in his interest to go over the cliff. »
- Noah Rothman
Approximately a week and a half before last weekend’s release of Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, Glenn Greenwald, a lawyer and blogger for the Guardian newspaper, wrote this piece about the film’s approach to torture. Greenwald freely admitted that he was writing that piece of criticism which film critics hate most: social commentary from a person who had not yet seen the film (Greenwald later wrote this piece after seeing the film). He was later joined by director Alex Gibney, whose film Taxi to the Dark Side was about an innocent man who was tortured and killed at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, and a trio of U.S. Senators including John McCain, who was himself tortured by the Viet Cong as a prisoner of war.
If the positions of all of those letters and blog posts could be summed up in one word, it would be Greenwald’s “propaganda. »
- Mark Young
In case you were wondering why Kathryn Bigelow.s Zero Dark Thirty isn.t on the short list of eligible documentaries in this year.s Academy Awards race, it.s because the director.s intense, seemingly thorough procedural on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden isn.t actually a documentary at all. I mean, I.m sure most of us could have figured that out on our own. The presence of actors like Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke and Kyle Chandler give it away. But acting CIA director Michael Morell felt the need to clarify that detail . and a few other points . in a press release circulated over the weekend Morell jumps on a bandwagon driven by senators like John McCain claiming the depiction of torture employed by our military in the hunt for Bin Laden as overstated. .What I want you to know is that Zero Dark Thirty is a »
Earlier this week, Senators John McCain, Dianne Feinstein, and Carl Levin sent a letter to Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Michael Lynton criticizing Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty's depiction of torture in the hunt for Osama bin Laden as "grossly inaccurate." Now, as people begin to seriously consider what to see with their families (or after Chinese food with friends) over Christmas, acting CIA director Michael Morell has come out against the movie. "I would not normally comment on a Hollywood film," wrote Morell in a Friday night press release. "But I think it important to put Zero Dark Thirty, which deals with one of the most significant achievements in our history, into some context."Like McCain, Feinstein, and Levin, Morell takes issue with "the strong impression" Zero Dark Thirty gives that "the enhanced interrogation techniques that were part of our former detention and interrogation program were the »
- Caroline Bankoff
If you live in either New York or Los Angeles, there's a good chance you've seen "Zero Dark Thirty" by now. The film was released in limited release on Dec. 19, which means that audience members have had a chance to start witnessing for themselves the torture scenes that have become a point of debate around the project. Many people have come forth to rebel against "Zero Dark Thirty's" supposed implication that waterboarding a prisoner revealed the clue that helped Jessica Chastain's character find Osama bin Laden, and Sen. John McCain is one of them.
"You believe when watching this movie that waterboarding and torture leads to information that leads then to the elimination of bin Laden. That's not the case," McCain tells CNN's "The Situation Room." He says he's standing up against the film because "movies, particularly by very highly credentialed producers, directors and cast, [do] have an effect »
MTV replaces Jersey Shore, Tom Sturridge turns 27, and Rebel Wilson gets a hosting gig: See what Us Weekly's preferred partners are buzzing about in this Thursday's roundup! Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson will host the 2013 MTV Movie awards on April 14, 2013. Watch her promo video! (Just Jared) See Lily Allen's adorable holiday nail art. (toofab) Check out 15 trends that should disappear in the fashion apocalypse. (Fashionista) Now that the Jersey Shore has ended, take a look at MTV's newest reality show, Buckwild. (Et Online) Sen. John McCain [...] »
What pundits and victims had to say in the past, after a tragic mass shooting John McCain in a letter to the-President Bill Clinton following the shooting at Columbine: "Our concerns have been heightened by the pattern emerging from the recent school massacres, which indicates that the gunmen involved have been immersed in and fascinated with hyperviolent films, record lyrics, videogames, or Internet sites in varying combinations." Torrence Brown Jr., victim of the Aurora shootings, said Warner Bros., among others, to blame: Through his attorney, Donald Karpel, insisted that "Dark Knight Rises" was particularly violent, and Holmes »
- Rebecca Rosenberg
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain amped up his criticism of the Oscar-contending film Zero Dark Thirty Thursday, calling its depiction of U.S. intelligence agents torturing an Al Qaeda prisoner “really harmful.” Film Review: 'Zero Dark Thirty' The one-time Gop presidential candidate was one of three senior senators who Wednesday sent a letter to the movie’s distributor, Sony Pictures, protesting the script’s suggestion that information obtained by water boarding an Islamist detainee eventually allowed U.S. forces to locate and kill terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. The lawmakers—McCain, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Carl Levin
- Tina Daunt
Recently nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of Sen. John McCain in HBO’s “Game Change,” Oscar nominee Ed Harris plays the captain of a Cold War Soviet missile submarine in this trailer for Phantom.
Secretly suffering from seizures that alter his perception of reality and forced to leave his wife and daughter, Captain Demi is rushed into a classified mission, where he is haunted by his past and challenged by a rogue Kgb group (led by David Duchovny) bent on seizing control of the ship’s nuclear missile. With the fate of humanity in his hands, Harris discovers he.s been chosen for this mission in the belief he would fail. Phantom is a suspense submarine thriller about extraordinary men facing impossible choices.
- Melissa Thompson
I’m sure if I called Jason Schwartzman a funnyman to his face, he’d have some biting response that would put me in my place. Still any onlookers would laugh, thus reaffirming my decision. What further reaffirms it is the actor’s newest gig. Schwartzman is paying Pawnee a visit as he guest stars on Parks and Recreation.
The Huffington Post had the latest on Schwartzman’s character. He will play one Dennis Lerpiss, owner of the Pawnee VideoDome. What’s a VideoDome? No, it’s not a civic center. It’s a video store and the only place in Pawnee where you can rent an film. At least it was. Cue the violins. This economy has led to a downturn for the video spot. Maybe the well-intentioned Leslie Knope can help.
In the episode Dennis and Leslie will pool their resources to get the Pawnee VideoDome put on »
- Sasha Nova
Art and politics, two worlds that generally don’t know all that much about each other, have come to an angry head-on collision in the continuing debate over the portrayal of torture in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. Most recently, three senior U.S. senators have called the film “grossly inaccurate and misleading” in a letter to Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. In the missive, Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is joined by her colleagues John McCain and Carl Levin in condemning the film’s depiction of the CIA’s “coercive interrogation techniques »
- Keith Staskiewicz
Three U.S. senators have criticized Zero Dark Thirty for its depictions of torture, calling Kathryn Bigelow's film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden "grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the location of" the Al Qaeda leader, The New York Times reports.
Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Carl Levin (D-Michigan) and John McCain (R-Arizona) penned the letter to chairman and chief executive of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Michael Lynton, saying that the movie "has the potential to shape American public opinion »
Former Republican presidential candidate says Kathryn Bigelow's film about hunt for Bin Laden is 'grossly inaccurate'
The former presidential candidate John McCain is one of three Us senators who have criticised the depiction of torture in Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's fact-based drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. The film suggests that waterboarding and coercive interrogation tactics were instrumental in gathering information ahead of the successful raid on Bin Laden's compound in May 2011.
McCain, a Republican senator for the state of Arizona, joined two Democrats – Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin – to write a public letter to Michael Lynton, the chairman and chief executive of Sony Pictures, which backed the picture. They claim that Zero Dark Thirty is "grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the capture".
Feinstein is the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has been »
- Xan Brooks
It's already been noted that while the first scene of Zero Dark Thirty shows a terrorist being waterboarded, in reality, torture didn't yield information that led the CIA to Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan. But now the film has the distinction of being labeled "grossly inaccurate and misleading" by three senators. The Wrap reports that on Wednesday, John McCain, Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin sent a letter (full text here) to Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Michael Lynton in which they write that the Senate Intelligence Committee found “the CIA learned of the existence of the courier, his true name and location through means unrelated to the CIA detention and interrogation program." Whether the film is endorsing torture, critiquing the practice, or simply showing that it was one of the methods used by the CIA at the time is up for debate, but according to the senators, the film »
- Margaret Hartmann
One of the most eagerly-anticipated movies of the holiday season, Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, is getting very positive critical reviews ahead of its release, and it has emerged as an early Oscar contender. However, critics of the film are alleging it paints a misleading picture of the role of torture in getting the intelligence that led to tracking down Osama bin Laden. John McCain told Greta Van Susteren tonight that he has serious concerns with the portrayal of torture in the film, and has sent a letter to the head of Sony, the movie studio behind the film. »
- Josh Feldman
Zero Dark Thirty continues to impress and annoy. Sen. John McCain, who, saying it made him sick, slammed the film on the Senate floor yesterday for its suggestion that torturing enemy combatants proved instrumental in the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, is not alone. Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin joined McCain today in informing Sony Pictures chairman Michael Lynton of their "deep disappointment" with the film, calling it "grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information" that led to bin Laden's location. They also ask Lynton if the filmmakers' wouldn't consider "correcting the impression" that Zero Dark »
Jason Schwartzman is about to bring some indie spirit to Pawnee: The actor/musician (Bored to Death, Rushmore) will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Parks and Recreation, NBC has confirmed. (The Huffington Post first reported the news.) Schwartman plays Dennis Lerpiss, the owner of the town’s only independent-movie video store who joins forces with Leslie (Amy Poehler) to try to get his slumping business classified as a historical landmark.
- Dan Snierson
Senators John McCain, Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin wrote a scathing letter to Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Michael Lynton on Tuesday, condemning "Zero Dark Thirty" for its suggestion that the use of torture played a part in locating terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. "We write to express our deep disappointment with the movie 'Zero Dark Thirty,'" the letter begins. "We believe the film is grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the location of Usama bin Laden." While acknowledging that the Kathryn Bigelow »
- Tim Kenneally
Jason Schwartzman will guest star in an upcoming episode of Parks and Recreation, The Huffington Post reports. The Bored to Death actor and Coconut Records musician will play Dennis Lerpiss, the owner of Pawnee VideoDome, the only independent video store in town. In the episode, the VideoDome faces a tough economical situation, but Leslie Knope is quick to team with Dennis to secure historical landmark status for the store.
Best TV Moments of 2012: 'Parks and Rec''s Ben and Leslie Get Engaged
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John McCain is a survivor of real life wartime torture, so it's understandable he has strong opinions about how it's portrayed on the silver screen. Zero Dark Thirty suggests that the CIA's extreme interrogation techniques helped the United States to capture and kill Osama bin Laden. But McCain, who was held captive during the Vietnam War, is upset by the film's portrayal of torture as an effective tactic. Per the Huffington Post, the Republican Senator from Arizona felt sick Monday after watching an advanced copy of Kathryn Bigelow's movie. "Not only did the use of enhanced interrogation techniques on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed not provide us with key leads on bin Laden's courier, Abu »
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