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“I want Hunger Games to stir up a revolution,” explains Canadian actor and longtime leftie activist Donald Sutherland in a recent interview with “The Guardian.” And he isn’t kidding. Sutherland, who again plays evil Panem president Coriolanus Snow in the second installment of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling Hunger Games trilogy, doesn’t mince words in describing his frustration with his perceived apathy of today’s millennials. “You know the young people of this society have not moved in the last thirty years,” he observes. “They have been consumed with telephones....

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True confessions. I enjoy “Homeland.” Like six million other weekly TV viewers, including President Obama, I tune in every week to Showtime’s wildly successful Emmy Award winning spy show, conceived by “24” creators Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and based on Israeli writer Gideon Raff’s series “Hatufim” (“Prisoners Of War”). Where else on TV will you find a fictionalized dive into (in no particular order) C.I.A. intrigue, PTSD’s impact on war veterans, sexting and teenage angst, drone warfare, Beltway family jockeying, Middle Eastern money laundering, and the spinning of super-secret spy and counter spy scenarios? Not to...

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“If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to be afraid of.”

-Google’s Eric Schmidt

I killed my TeeVee when I went to college in 1985. Stopped watching. Cold turkey. An active watcher all my young life, I grew up and decided that television was too corporate, too commercial, and too invasive. University life, with its infinite distractions, intellectual and otherwise, proved much more compelling. I continued my television-free life into my twenties, and found I didn’t miss the screen a bit. The “boob tube’s” critics, meanwhile, savaged the...

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Prescription drug addiction has emerged as one of Vermont’s most pervasive and most hidden public health problems. Now, “The Hungry Heart,” produced by Kingdom County Productions and directed by Peacham, Vermont filmmaker Bess O’Brien, provides a powerful and intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction in a moving documentary that bears witness to the struggles of drug addicts, their families, and the medical professionals who do their utmost to support them.

The hero of...

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Turn on your TeeVees. It's screen-driven pop culture propaganda dissemination time once again in the U.S. of Empire.

Season 3 of Showtime's wildly successful spy drama "Homeland" kicks into high gear this Sunday, September 29 at 9:00 pm. With multiple Emmys and two seasons worth of spy mojo under its belt, "Homeland" has delivered some of TV's most memorable moments of our post 9/11 era. Six million Americans (2% of the population, including President Obama) count themselves regular die-hard weekly viewers.

Here are four different ways "Homeland" fans pledge allegiance (season 3's tagline) to...

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If Argo was the big winner on 2013 Oscars night, Kathryn Bigelow’s acclaimed film Zero Dark Thirty (ZDT) proved the big loser. Or was it?

As a director, the talented Bigelow has crafted a deserved reputation for gritty realistic depictions of war—think Jeremy Renner as an emotionally detached bomb squad leader in The Hurt Locker. ZDT, which garnered multiple Oscar nominations, emerged as a gripping story—“witness the greatest manhunt in history”—based on Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal’s recasting of facts...

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Consider the seven Academy Award nominations received by the hugely popular film Argo, Hollywood’s 2013 Oscar winner for Best Picture, as well as Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay (#irony?), directed by Ben Affleck—who credits the film’s popularity with reviving his Hollywood career. In case you missed Argo (spoiler alert), the story revolves around Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez (played by Affleck), who convinces the Agency to build a fake movie production agency from scratch, slip into post–Revolutionary Iran, and liberate six Americans stranded in hiding at the Canadian embassy...

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School is back in session. The U.S. of Empire trundles on. Vermont continues to explore independence. But, before we get back to routine - can you name this past summer's best movie? Plenty of Hollywood imperial blockbusters busted through, from "Star Trek" to "Superman" to "Wolverine" to (ugh) "Lone Ranger." And yes, moviegoers experienced the usual summer outbreak of predictable comedies, sequels, and the like. But the best movie of the summer, by far, came courtesy of co-directors Nat Faxon (who gave us such stinkers as "Bad Teacher") and Jim Rash.

If you've seen the film trailer...

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This is an excerpted chapter from the forthcoming Project Censored 2014 book - available in September 2013. Visit www.projectcensored.org for more information.

Every day . . . our children learn to open their imaginations, to dream just a little bigger . . . I want to thank all of you tonight for being part of that vitally important work. -Michelle Obama on Argo, via White House satellite feed to the Academy Awards...
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Time was, you could count on a Hollywood western to deliver an exciting if predictable imperial story. Thanks to director John Ford, actor John Wayne, and other well-known characters in “The Western” canon, American moviegoers have been conditioned to a certain set of expectations: set against an epic western landscape comprised of cacti, mesas, sand, and shimmering vistas, white hats would vanquish black hats, save distressed damsels, tame the wild frontier, and mete out justice.

Around the late 1960s, the “revisionist” western, however, began to challenge...

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