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Today's Cold War farce: The startling relevance of 1964’s ‘Dr. Strangelove’

Signs reading “Peace is Our Profession,” proliferate on the U.S. military base that orders a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union in “Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964). When Stanley Kubrick first set out to make the film, he envisioned a political drama in the vein of his source material, Peter George’s “Red Alert.” As soon as he began writing the script, it became clear to him that it had to be a satire. “Peace is Our Profession” could only be understoo…

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‘Game of Thrones’ is coming: The alliances and deaths to expect from Season 7

Season 7 of the beloved HBO fantasy action series “Game of Thrones” will premiere on July 16, and the internet is swimming with theories and rumors. The following explores what we can expect from the upcoming season, as well as some possible character and plot revelations.

All the major players have already been established, and few, if any, important new characters will be introduced. What we can, of course, always expect from “Game of Thrones” is the death of significant characters. We learned …

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Clickbait late-night TV: Trump and the free rein of liberal bigotry

 

“The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c*** holster,” spewed Stephen Colbert as host of “The Late Show,” whose ratings have soared since the election of President Donald Trump, the man allegedly engaging in a sexual act with another man in this joke.

After wide criticism for the horribly “crude” language, Colbert offered the following unapologetic defense: “I had a few choice insults for the president in return. I don’t regret that…. It’s a fair fight. So while I would …

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Inside the heartbreaking truth behind the sibling rivalry of ‘Better Call Saul’

To tell the story of how Jimmy McGill became the crooked lawyer Saul Goodman on “Breaking Bad,” Vince Gilligan created “Better Call Saul.” At the emotional center of this spinoff series, now nearly at the end of its third season, is the relationship between Jimmy and his brother Chuck. They share a tumultuous dynamic that is sometimes tender, sometimes bitter, and always conflicted. Both are hardworking and passionate, but their differences create a considerable blockade between them, made furth…

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How Cannes is adapting to the changing media landscape

The 2017 Cannes Film Festival is leaving behind some outdated traditions and welcoming some new ones. While there has been protest against the changes on display at the upcoming festival—primarily the inclusion of non-theatrical releases produced and to be distributed by Netflix and the growing prominence of virtual reality—many of us are excited about the broadening outlook of the most lauded international film festival. These are the three main ways this year’s Cannes sets it apart from those …

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Inside the 2017 Cannes Film Festival's hottest premieres

The most prestigious international film festival is upon us. From May 17-28, the French Riviera will host some of the greatest film talent working today. Here is an inside look at some of the most anticipated world premieres of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, from the directors and actors whose past work promise more greatness.

With the premiere of “Happy End,” his first feature in five years, Michael Haneke has a chance to make history as the first director to win the coveted Palme D’Or three ti…

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