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‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Is Osama bin Laden’s Last Victory Over America

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 17, 2013

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zerodarkthirtyI went to see Zero Dark Thirty this weekend with great anticipation. I’ve always loved Kathryn Bigelow’s movies – I’m a fan to an almost embarrassing degree. Like most people I liked the Busey-Keanu surf-and-bromance film Point Break, but I also loved the The Weight of Water, as well as Strange Days, The Widowmaker… Bigelow’s movies are visually engrossing, innovative and smart, and I couldn’t wait to see what she did with a real-life subject matter that had the potential to be both the greatest detective story and the greatest action-movie plot of all time.

So I went to see the movie and like most people I know who watched it, I was blown away. On a pure whodunit level, the bulk of the film was an unbelievably compelling thriller, and purely on the level of action cinematography, the final scene – with all its real-world drama and consequence, plus the unique fact the movie revealed secrets about one of the shadowiest, most highly-classified operations ever – was about as pulse-pounding and exciting as movies get.

The way Bigelow shot that last sequence in Abbotabad, constantly declining to Michael-Bay-ize the action sequences with goofball explosions and kung-fu battles, and not glossing over the brutality or the mission’s mistakes (God, what a screw-up to crash that helicopter!), it was ingenious. For however long it lasted, you felt exactly how long 14 or 15 minutes can be, with so much on the line, crowds beginning to form, Pakistani jets on the way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tom Morello & Paul Ryan At Odds As Rage Against The Machine Guitarist Rejects His Appreciation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 19, 2012

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Paul Ryan has previously cited Rage Against the Machine as his favorite band, but the group’s guitarist isn’t returning the niceties. In a blistering op-ed published Thursday night on Rolling Stone‘s website, Tom Morello blasts Mitt Romney’s new VP choice as “the embodiment of the machine our music rages against.”

In painting Ryan as antithetical to progress, Morello compares the Congressman’s appreciation of RATM to Charles Manson’s love for The Beatles and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s liking for Bruce Springsteen.

At the heart of Morello’s distaste for Ryan is “his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent.” He goes on to say Ryan has plenty of “rage,” but claims its “A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment.”

The Grammy-winning guitarist has a history of outspoken activism. Together with actor Mark Ruffalo and Coldplay singer Chris Martin, he has recently advocated for a “Robin Hood Tax” which would levy a tax on all financial transactions. That money would then be used to assist those who suffered at the hands of the recession.

Morello also put out a call for 10,000 guitarists to join him in an Occupy Wall St. “guitarmy” in April.

It’s been a rough week for the Romney-Ryan ticket. The Silversun Pickups sent Romney a similarly scathing cease-and-desist when it was revealed that the campaign had played their song “Panic Switch” at an event. A spokeswoman for Romney said that though the song was played without permission, the use was legal because it was covered under a blanket licensing agreement. The campaign said the song was not a part of their regularly used playlist and would not be used again. Read the rest of this entry »

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Madonna & Guns: Singer Brandishes Fake Pistols & Machine Guns Despite Warnings, Recent Events (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 24, 2012

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In this photo from her Hyde Park concert, Madonna is seen with the guns she would use in Scotland — just days after the Aurora shootings.

Maybe she really just doesn’t read the news, but Madonna’s managed to do it again: Despite being warned by police, the singer — who named her album after a thinly veiled drug reference — defied a ban and waved fake machine guns and pistols on stage at her show in Scotland on Saturday.

Her performance drew the ire of Mothers Against Guns, who said the 53-year-old singer “should know better.”

“Madonna and her dancers using replica guns was always in bad taste but given what happened in Colorado it is even worse,” a representative for the organization told theSaturday Morning Herald. Read the rest of this entry »

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Morgan Freeman: ‘I Think We Invented God’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 9, 2012

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Does playing God onscreen give you unique insight into deity? The Science Channel seems to think so: It cast Morgan Freeman as the host of its new series, “Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman.”

When TheWrap asked the man with the magnificent voice about one of the coming episodes, titled “Did we invent God?,” the distinguished actor didn’t hold back.

Yes […] Well, here’s a scientific question: Has anybody ever seen hard evidence? What we get is theories from our earlier prophets. Now, people who think that God invented us think that the Earth can’t be more than 6,000 years old. So I guess it’s a question of belief. My belief system doesn’t support a creator as such, as we can call God, who created us in His/Her/Its image.

Freeman said answering whether he was an atheist or agnostic was “hard” because the actor thinks “we invented God.”

“So if I believe in God, and I do, it’s because I think I’m God,” he said.

“Through the Wormhole” is a show that deals with weighty philosophical questions like the existence of God and whether we’re alone in the universe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Michelle Obama’s ‘Daily Show’ Appearance: First Lady Discusses President’s Past, Joe Biden (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 1, 2012

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First Lady Michelle Obama weighed in on recent revelations about her husband’s past drug use on Tuesday, acknowledging that President Obama realized at a young age that he “could do more with his life.”

During an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” to promote her new cookbook, the First Lady was asked by host Jon Stewart about the president’s high school and college years. An excerpt released last week from David Maraniss’s forthcoming biography of the president contained details about Obama’s marijuana use as a teenager. Stewart joked that the stories about the president as a young man resembled the “script of a Cheech and Chong movie.”

While the First Lady didn’t directly address the claims in Maraniss’ book, she did say that her husband underwent a change during his college years.

“By the time he was in college, like so many young people, he realized that he could do more with his life,” Obama told Stewart. “He had a mother that was always saying you’re so gifted, you’re so talented, slap him on the head, ‘get yourself together.'”

She continued: “When he lost his father, that was one of those click-in moments. And he really buckled down, he transferred schools, went to Columbia, and thought about how to use his life to the fullest.”

Obama also commented on her relationship with Vice President Joe Biden, who Stewart joked was like an uncle who brings guns to family events. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bob Dylan Medal Of Freedom: Obama Awards Legendary Musician Prestigious Honor (PHOTO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 30, 2012

Legendary musician Bob Dylan visited the White House on Tuesday to receive the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Dylan released his first album in 1962, and his music had a considerable influence on the civil rights movement. Below, President Barack Obama awards Dylan the prestigious medal.

The president said he found Dylan’s music transcendant, claiming it led to his “world opening up, because [Dylan] captured something about this country that was so vital.”

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Dylan was one of 13 to receive the Medal of Freedom on Tuesday, including former astronaut and Senator John Glenn, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former University of Tennessee women’s basketball head coach Pat Summitt. Read the rest of this entry »

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Clooney To Lend Obama A $6 Million Hand

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 10, 2012

George Clooney will host a 150-person, $40,000-a-head fundraiser at his home in support of President Obama’s reelection campaign, ET reports.

“I’m proud to do whatever I can to support the President,” Clooney said. “As long as no one asks me to sing.”

According to ET, the event will take place at Clooney’s Los Angeles residence, with proceeds going to the Obama Victory Fund, a committee which raises funds for Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and state Democratic Parties. If it sells out — and that’s not much of an “if” — the night could rack up approximately $6 million. Read the rest of this entry »

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Charlize Theron Nude: Snow White And The Huntsman Trailer (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 19, 2012


Nude, nude, nude……What about nude in politics?

A second trailer for the upcoming dark fairytale Snow White And The Huntsman has been released.

Featuring Charlize Theron as The Evil Queen, the tantalising clip features the South African blonde disrobing as she wades into a pool of water before emerging an alabaster white. Read the rest of this entry »

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Britney Spears In Final Talks To Be New ‘X Factor’ Judge

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 9, 2012

Long after her “Mickey Mouse Club” days, is Britney Spears finally headed back to TV? The pop superstar is reportedly nearing a deal to become a new judge on Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor,” The Hollywood Reporter revealed.

According to a THR inside source, Spears’ fianceJason Trawick is negotiating the final contract, which could be signed as soon as next week.

In January, “The X Factor” axed judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones from the Fox singing competition series.

If Spears joins Cowell and the only other remaining judge, LA Reid at the judges’ table, that leaves one more seat to fill for Season 2 of the struggling singing competition. LeAnn Rimes is reportedly in talks to judge “The X Factor,” while Janet Jackson has officially declined her participation in the show.

Scherzinger recently told “Access Hollywood” that she was completely committed to the showduring Season 1. “Well, all I know is that I gave 110 percent to that show,” she said. “I know everybody’s talking about it. They’re saying good, bad, they love me or hate me, but the one thing you can’t say is that I didn’t give it my all.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Jessica Sanchez ‘I Will Always Love You’: 16-Year-Old’s Rendition Stuns ‘American Idol’ Judges

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES — Gutsy “American Idol” contestant Jessica Sanchez took on Whitney Houston’s biggest hit, delivering a performance that awed the show’s judges.

When host Ryan Seacrest asked the panel to name Wednesday night’s top two singers among the 13 finalists, Steven Tyler was ready.

“Jessica Sanchez and Jessica Sanchez,” Tyler said.

The 16-year-old San Diego high school student’s assured version of “I Will Always Love You” was “just amazing. I don’t even know what to say,” Jennifer Lopez exclaimed during the performance show.

“Jessica, you may be the one. You just made 40 million people cry,” Tyler said (adding a dose of hyperbole by roughly doubling the show’s biggest Wednesday night audience for the season so far). Read the rest of this entry »

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Kevin McGuire, Teen Cancer Patient, To Be Taylor Swift’s Date To Academy Of Country Music Awards

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 28, 2012

Taylor Swift might not be going to prom with teen fan Kevin McGuire, but the songstress has invited the 18-year-old to the Academy of Country Music Awards as her date.

His answer? Yes!

McGuire, a New Jersey high school student, is battling cancer for a second time, but he’s not letting treatment hold him back.

Earlier this week, McGuire’s sister Victoria took to Facebook and created a page titled “Taylor Swift Take Kevin McGuire To Prom!” The athlete is a big fan of the country singer, and his sister thought it would be a worthwhile idea to ask Swift to the dance on his behalf.

McGuire was all for the idea, but didn’t think anything would come of itThe Courier-Post reports.

Well, buzz about the Facebook page garnered plenty of media attention, and on Friday Taylor Swift took to her Facebook page and gave McGuire a response:

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Oscar Nominations 2012: Academy Award Nominees List

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 24, 2012

The nominees for the 2012 Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning, and as expected, films about films led the way.

“The Artist,” the silent, black and white tribute to old Hollywood, earned a nod for Best Picture, and, after a series of recent critics and guild award wins, is considered the favorite. Writer/director Michel Hazanavicius received nominations for both Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Jean Dujardin was handed a bid for Best Actor for his turn as George Valentin, a silent film star who refuses to move into the era of the talkies; he earned the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy earlier this month. Bérénice Bejo, for her role as starlet Peppy Miller, earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

“Hugo,” Martin Scorsese’s 3D family homage to film preservation, earned 11 nominations.

“The Descendants,” the Alexander Payne-directed dramedy considered the other top awards contender, was also nominated for Best Picture; Payne earned a nod for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, the latter of which he shares with writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. George Clooney, who stars as a beleaguered father, soon-to-be-widower and trustee of sacred family land in Hawaii, earned a nomination for Best Actor; he was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama earlier in January.

“The Help,” the tale of domestic workers in segregated Mississippi at the beginning of the Civil Rights era, also earned a Best Picture nod, as well as a nomination for Viola Davis for Best Actress and nods for Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress.

“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” the polarizing film about a boy in search of a secret from the father he lost on 9/11, earned a surprise nod for Best Picture, while Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” also slipped in. “Bridesmaids” earned a nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, while Melissa McCarthy got a nod for Best Supporting Actress. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘X Factor’ Winner Melanie Amaro: Song Performances (VIDEOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 23, 2011

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2011 MTV VMA Nominees Announced: Katy Perry Leads The Pack With Nine Video Music Award Nods

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 21, 2011


Congratula­tion to winners
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Sarah Palin Documentary Premiere: Film Opens To Nearly Empty Audience

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 17, 2011


This influentia­l lady’s documentar­y will give positive impact or negative in her future political carrier?
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