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Does ‘The Post’ Seek To Glorify The Press In The Era of Fake News?

Steven Spielberg’s latest drama, The Post, may be a celebration of the free press, but in the age of “fake news” it feels more like an attempt to glorify the press rather than focus on its habit of misrepresentation. The Post tells the story of the The Washington Post and its publishing of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The Pentagon Papers (as they came to be called) was a series of documents detailing the extent of the US involvement in the Vietnam War. Upon learning of the atrocities of the war, military analyst Daniel Ellsberg secretly copied and leaked the documents to the press in the hopes that the public would be made aware of the truth.

Kay Graham (portrayed by Meryl Streep in Spielberg’s film) was the acting publisher of The Washington Post at the time. She inherited the role of sole proprietor following her husband’s untimely death by suicide. Graham not only faced a board of all-male stock holders who were ready to oust her at any moment, but also a more hostile-than-friendly editor named Ben Bradlee (portrayed by Tom Hanks), who reportedly informed her that he’d give his left nut to run the Post, himself. Shortly after Graham came into her new position, Martin Weil (Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk) was sent to meet with Ellsberg to collect the top secret documents in Boston and transport them safely back to Washington. Continue reading

Today Marks 50th Anniversary of Beatle’s ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

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Today (May 26th) marks the 50th anniversary celebration of The Beatle’s revolutionary album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The LP was the first released by the band following their retirement from touring after their final performance at Candlestick Park in 1966. Although The Beatles had already begun a steady transition from being a more traditional pop-rock group with albums like Rubber Soul and Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s has been hailed as their ultimate creative masterpiece, followed closely perhaps by 1969’s Abbey Road. Released at the beginning of the Summer of Love, it set a new precedent for what a rock and roll record could be. The concept behind the album began following the exhaustion the group experienced after the whirlwind of Beatlemania. Paul McCartney came to Lennon, Starr, and Harrison with an idea that they would record an all new album under an alternative persona, which would free them from the weight of being the Beatles and usher in a fresh wave of musical creativity. Sgt. Pepper’s not only ushered in a new era for the Beatles; it also marked the beginning of the psychedelic rock movement that would see new groups like The Doors, Pink Floyd, and Jefferson Airplane begin to climb the pop music charts. Now, 50 years later, Sgt. Pepper’s is known not only for its conception and importance to 60s rock (and music in general), but also for the history of its production. Continue reading

Tye Sheridan Cast As Lead In Steven Spielberg’s Upcoming ‘Ready Player One’

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There’s been a lot of excitement surrounding acclaimed writer/director Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One over the last six months. Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Lincoln) has been dealing with various production delays, including Warner Bros. pushing the release date back to March 2018 to avoid conflicting with Disney‘s Star Wars: Episode VIII, but now with a final release date set, production should get underway relatively quickly, especially seeing as the cast has just added a lead actor. The Tree of Life and Mud actor Tye Sheridan has been selected to play the lead role of Wade Watts, a teenager in a futuristic world where the human race prefers to live in a virtual reality universe called Oasis. When the found of Oasis dies, he offers up his fortune in a treasure hunt across Oasis that Wade and an ensemble of other contestants comes out to compete in. Continue reading

New ‘Breaking Bad’ Spin-Off ‘Better Call Saul’ Now Playing On AMC

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Fans of the hit series Breaking Bad on AMC can now tune in for the new spin-off drama Better Call Saul from writing partners and Breaking Bad creators Vince Gilligan (The X-Files, Hancock) and Peter Gould (Double Dragon, Too Big To Fail). The series stars Emmy-winner Bob Odenkirk (Saturday Night Live, Nebraska) back in his role of Saul Goodman in the time before the character was Saul Goodman. Instead we see him as Jimmy McGill, a young lawyer trying to make ends meet but lacking in the confidence and self-assurance of Saul Goodman. Also back from Breaking Bad is Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, the former cop-turned-muscle-man under the employee of Gus, plus new-comers Rhea Seehorn (Whitney, Franklin & Bash), Patrick Fabian (General Hospital, The Last Exorcism), Michael McKean (Clue, Planes Trains & Automobiles), and Michael Mando (The Far Cry Experience, Orphan Black). The series is already three episodes in, so you should check out On-Demand if you need to catch up, then tune into AMC on Monday nights at 9pm/central.

Banksy “Better Out Than In” Day 31

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A little late on this one, but British street artist Banksy has finally concluded his “Better Out Than In” residency of New York City. His final piece is a simple balloon print stencil of his name, complete with a jpeg image of his signature NYC t-shirt. Word on the street is that the city of New York has already erased the tag, however a lot of the other pieces can still be found around the city. Banksy left the NYC print up to his fans to actually go out and get printed for clothing purposes, if you’re interested it’s 100% up to you. No news on what’s next for the Brit, but we’re sure it wont be long before he makes his mark again.

Banksy “Better Out Than In” Day 30

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As Banksy wraps up his “Better Out Than In” residency of New York City, Day 30 pops out as one of my favorites. The Brit took on the legendary Yankee Stadium as a canvas, painting a leopard stencil along the wall. If you’ve ever been to the Big Apple, you know that the city can indeed take on a “Concrete Jungle” like feeling. This might not be one of his most provocative or satirical, but in my opinion it’s definitely one of the better pieces over the entirety of the exhibition. Today is day 31 marking the end of “Better Out Than In”, stay tuned for the conclusion to what’s been a wild ride.

Banksy “Better Out Than In” Day 29

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British street artist Banksy seems to have taken a more classical approach to Day 29 of his month long “Better Out Than In” residency in New York City. Entitled “The Banality of The Banality of Evil”, Banksy is said to have bought the painting for $50 from a New York City thrift store and replaced it a couple days later. Initial reports are estimating that the newly painted piece will now fetch up to $1,000,000 and of course is no longer for sale to the general public. Stay tuned for more as Banksy wraps up “Better Out Than In” tomorrow.

Banksy “Better Out Than In” Day 28

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Banksy continues his “Better Out Than In” campaign with an interesting piece located in Brooklyn’s Coney Island neighborhood. The piece shows a “caught in the act” looking robot spray painting a barcode while a pigeon flies from the scene. Initially one might be confused by the image, but upon further inspection you’ll come to find a few discreet clues. The numbers under the barcode read “132741”, when plugged into google; the number set is the exact set indicating the number code for navy blue. No confirmation on whether there is any correlation, but the NYPD wears a strikingly similar shade of blue and many have interpreted the pigeon as another warning that the police are present (Training Day). Reading in too much? Maybe, either way another dope piece from the British street artist; stay tuned for the conclusion to “Better Out Than In” this week.

Banksy “Better Out Than In” Day 27

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British street artist Banksy’s Day 27 piece might be taking shots at The New York Times. He originally planned to have his op-ed featured in the paper, however they declined (obviously) his submission. In response Banksy took his talents to the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn where he painted the above stencil regarding censorship. Not sure if this was all apart of the plan, it’ll be interesting to see what he cooks up for these final days; stay tuned.

Banksy Resumes “Better Out Than In”

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After cancelling yesterday’s piece for his “Better Out Than In” exhibition, Banksy has resumed the campaign with a new piece entitled “Waiting in Vein”. The street artist chose a good location as the stencil resides on the door to New York City’s famous Hustler Club, an establishment dedicated entirely to nude dancing. Not sure if Banksy is just anti-everything or if a stripper once broke his heart, hopefully the piece lasts awhile as the door is completely removable; don’t be surprised if it pops up at one of the city’s many auction houses.