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Fifty years ago, the University of Alabama admitted its first black students, but not before putting up an infamous fight. As you might recall from your Us history class, Alabama Gov. George Wallace - who had promised "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" - attempted to block the entry of two black students to the school on June 11, 1963, in what was known as the "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door." Thanks to intervention from President Kennedy, the students were eventually allowed in. Now, generations later, the school is back in the spotlight for the apparent segregation of its Greek system. Earlier this month, student newspaper The Crimson White reported that four sororities had stopped two otherwise-qualified black women from rushing. According to the paper, chapter alumnae were behind the discrimination. As this story gains national attention and highlights modern race realities, let's look at how it's unfolded so far. Aug. 9: »
- Annie Gabillet
If you're a Michael Shannon fan (and if you're not, take a long hard look at your life), this month is probably going to go well for you. His take on iconic Superman villain General Zod has been front and centre in the marketing for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, which hits cinemas next week.
In the meantime, Shannon stars in true-crime thriller The Iceman, turning in another mesmerically intense performance as impassive and ruthless contract killer Richard Kuklinski.
Digital Spy looks back at five of Shannon's most notable previous roles.
Adapted by Tracy Letts (Killer Joe) from his own stage play, Bug rivals The Exorcist as William Friedkin's most disturbing film to date. Shannon plays psychotic war veteran Peter Evans, who literally drives Ashley Judd's lonely waitress insane over a period of days, gradually convincing her that their shared motel room is becoming infested by insects. »
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Hunger Games: Catching Fire (released 22 November)
Katniss Everdeen is back in the deadly arena for the Quarter Quell in the second instalment of the Hunger Games. This time, the action takes place on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Most of Oahu's hotels are clustered in the Waikiki district of Honolulu, the state capital, but the island's rural accommodation might be more relaxing. The Ke Iki Beach Bungalows on the North Shore (+1 866 638 8229, keikibeach.com) are perfectly placed for summer snorkelling and winter surfing (from £95 a night, sleeping two). Two mountain ranges provide great hiking and there are dozens of white-sand beaches for sunbathing and watersports.
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Mud (out now)
This coming-of-age movie about two 14-year-old boys helping a fugitive is set »
- Rachel Dixon
Michael Shannon has been around for a few years now but it was his role as the mentally unstable (but only logically stable) John Givings in Revolutionary Road that really started to get him noticed. He followed that up with the magnificent Take Shelter as Curtis and Nelson Van Alden in Boardwalk Empire (including that iron scene), which has rightfully placed him in the arena with some the best actors around. Always unbalanced at his most affective, he has now taken on an American sorority letters as his next (Funny or Die) venture and my, what an impact! He’s here to read the Delta Gamma Sorority Letter that went viral last week, from the University of Maryland including the opening line:
“If you just opened this like I told you to, tie yourself down to whatever chair you’re sitting in, because this email is going to be a rough f**king ride. »
- Dan Bullock
In case you missed it, the ugly side of Greek life reared its head last week when University of Maryland Delta Gamma sister Rebecca Martinson sent out a crude, expletive-filled e-mail to her fellow sorority members because they are "Literally being so f**king awkward." The message was posted in its entirety to Gawker and shared Martinson's faults with her sisters with the world, and we've never been the same since.
While Martinson's e-mail in itself is insane and horrifying, what's come after is undeniably amazing. Michael Shannon, an actor best known for playing roles like Nelson Van Alden in "Boardwalk Empire" and General Zod in "Man of Steel," has recorded a dramatic reading of the e-mail for Funny or Die and it is hilarious. Be warned, this video features the same inappropriate language as the original e-mail.
Sure, all this video does is highlight everything wrong with Martinson's message to begin with, »
In the absence of a full official copy of Manning's statement, journalists have had to rely on their own note-taking from court
Bradley Manning read out a personal statement to the court in Fort Meade, Maryland, at a pre-trial hearing over his prosecution for leaking the largest trove of state secrets in Us history. It provides the first account in his own words and under his own name of how he came to download hundreds of thousands of classified documents and videos from secure military databases and transmit them to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
The Us government has refused to publish contemporaneous transcripts and documents from the Manning court martial, prompting legal complaints from open government groups. In the absence of a full official copy of Manning's statement, journalists covering the case have had to rely on their own note-taking from the courtroom.
Here the Guardian publishes a transcript compiled by independent journalist Alexa O'Brien, »
6 items from 2013
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