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‘Promised Land’ Review: Eugene Jarecki’s Brilliant Documentary Uses Elvis Presley To Explain Donald Trump — Cannes 2017

‘Promised Land’ Review: Eugene Jarecki’s Brilliant Documentary Uses Elvis Presley To Explain Donald Trump — Cannes 2017
A documentary as sprawling and brilliant and flawed as the country it traverses, Eugene Jarecki’s “The Promised Land” is a fascinatingly overstuffed portrait of America in decline. In the process, it’s also: a biography of the 20th century’s most famous musician,; a story about how a man became king of a democratic nation; a nuanced analysis of cultural appropriation in a multi-racial society; a southern-fried rock n’ roll performance piece; a horrifyingly sober look at the rise of Donald Trump; a closed-casket funeral service for The American Dream; the best recent film about how the hell we got here; and more. So much more.

It’s the latest project from a filmmaker who has always been obsessed with the forces that fuel America (watch 2005’s “Why We Fight” for a perpetually relevant dissection of the military-industrial complex) and who always returns to the same one: Money.

The
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Mike Walden, L.A. Sportscaster and 'Super Dave' Interviewer, Dies at 89

Mike Walden, who called games for UCLA and USC for more than two decades and lent a sportscaster's touch to Bob Einstein's Super Dave comedy shows on Showtime in the 1980s, has died. He was 89.

Walden died Sunday in the Los Angeles suburb of Tarzana from complications of a stroke, USC announced.

Einstein, the future Marty Funkhouser on Curb Your Enthusiasm, was first seen as "Super Dave" Osborne — a poor man's Evel Knievel and daredevil whose stunts always failed in spectacular fashion — on television in the early 1970s. He played the character on Bizarre, which ran...
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“That’s Good Enough, Short Stuff”: Top Ten Films Featuring Little People

Quick…name a favorable film where the landscape is run by (or at least partially include) the demographic of little people as part of the instrumental storyline? C’mon…it should not be that difficult, okay? If you want to mention say Darby O’Gill and the Little People then that would fine. How about Bad Santa or Poltergeist for that matter?

In That’s Good Enough, Short Stuff: Top Ten Films Featuring Little People we will take a look at some of the mini megastars that inhabited these movies and contributed their fair share of entertainment value to the on-screen proceedings. The debate as to whether some of these selected films featuring these pint-sized performers are considered positive, exploitative or dismissive are not up for discussion (although one of these considerations could apply in the minds of a few folks). Instead, we want to celebrate the inclusion of
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The 16 Weirdest Celebrity Baby Names of 2014

The 16 Weirdest Celebrity Baby Names of 2014
Celebs just don't even know what to call their kids anymore.

2014 brought us a plethora of adorable celebrity babies-- with names that gave us pause. Now, to be clear, there is Nothing Wrong with these bundles of joy, we're just saying their famous parents got a little... creative when deciding what to call them.

Photos: You Named Your Kid What?! Bizarre Baby Names

Oh Boy, the creativity. Let's call out the most weird Af celebrity baby names we saw this year.

News: And Don’t Forget About All the Weird Af Things Your Kids Are Saying Now

1. Marlowe Monroe (Jenna von Oy + Brad Betcher)

Admit it. If Drunk History makes a Marilyn Monroe episode, This Is How The Hammered Comedian Will Say Her Name.

2. Wyatt Isabelle (Mila Kunis + Ashton Kutcher)

This is Not because Wyatt is traditionally a boy’s name (normativity is lame!). Wyatt and Isabelle (or rather, Isabella) are just so trendy right now. The
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12 Musicians You Didn’t Realise Have Truly Bizarre Alter Egos

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It must be hard being a famous musician, because so many of them desperately want to be other people. How else do you explain the sheer volume of alternate personalities that have been invented in music over the last few decades?

From David Bowie to The Beatles, even the most famous and beloved musicians get the urge to live in someone else’s skin for a bit. Sometimes, as with Ziggy Stardust and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the results are a smashing success and become catalysts for future musician’s to indulge in some split personality fun.

With the number of musicians who take a stab at acting later in their careers, it seems a lot of alter egos are born out of frustration for having chosen the wrong profession in the first place. Or maybe they were struggling actors at one point, made
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McM announce October’s London Comic Con guest line-up

McM Expo/London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 25th – 27th October. As well as hosting a galaxy of great sci-fi, movie, games, comics, anime and cosplay content, they’ve also got their usual huge line up of special guests – with more guests being added all the time! see www.mcmcomiccon.com for the latest London Comic Con news – but here’s a round-up of who’s been announced so far:

Red hot fantasy-noir show Lost Girl is coming to McM London Comic Com, with stars Ksenia Solo (Black Swan, Life Unexpected) and Rachel Skarsten (Transporter: The Series, Birds Of Prey) plus executive producer Jay Firestone (Andromeda, La Femme Nikita). Stars from hit sci-fi series Warehouse 13: Kelly Hu (Arrow, X-Men 2, The Vampire Diaries); Eddie McClintock (Bones, Desperate Housewives) and actor/director Saul Rubinek (Frasier, Curb Your Enthusiasm). The stars of new crime thriller By Any Means: Warren Brown (Luther,
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DVD Playhouse--August 2009

DVD Playhouse—August 2009

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Allen Gardner

Watchmen—Director’S Cut (Warner Bros.) Director Zack Snyder’s film of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ landmark graphic novel is as worthy an adaptation of a great book that has ever been filmed. In an alternative version of the year 1985, Richard Nixon is serving his third term as President and super heroes have been outlawed by a congressional act, in spite of the fact that two of the most high-profile “masks,” Dr. Manhattan (Billy Cruddup) and The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) helped the U.S. win the Vietnam War. When The Comedian is found murdered, many former heroes become concerned that a conspiracy is afoot to assassinate retired costumed crime fighters. Former masks Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson), Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman) and still-operating Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley, in an Oscar-worthy turn) launch an investigation of their own, all while the Pentagon’s “Doomsday
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