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The French duo put out the album on May 20 but have so far done little to no promotion personally for tit, instead leaving it to the various collaborators on the record to speak for them. Rumours of live appearances, particularly at the Coachella festival, have also gathered but speaking toTriple J radio in Australia, the duo said that they want to focus on getting the album released and have no plans to play live at the moment.
"We spent five years working on this record," they said. "That’s really the first step by releasing it is we’d like to have people experience the record as the focal point."
Speaking about their decision to reveal new music at a playback during Australian festival Wee Waa, bandmember Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo said: "It feels like [Australia] understands our music. It could be anywhere, that’s what the record is made for, anywhere and everywhere."
Discussing the topic of playing live, Daft Punk previously said they could allow actors to perform their songs and wear their costumes if they ever fancied experiencing a Daft Punk gig as punters instead – but they don't play frequently enough to make it appealing. "It would be possible but we play too few concerts. It would be dumb not to want the acclaim of 20,000 people," the said.
These two tracks are low quality and only partial of the full tracks so take it with a grain of salt.
Please click: Giorgio by Moroder
Last but not least a link to the Spotify full album page
And these are the tracks:
Sleigh Bells - Crown On The Ground
Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - 212
Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi - All Of The Lights
Schoolboy Q - Hell Of A Night
Rick Ross feat. Lil Wayne - 9 Piece
Reema Major - Gucci Bag
Big K.R.I.T. - Live From The Underground
Sammy Adams - Big Lights
Brian Reitzell - Cotton Candy
Brian Retizell - Dans Beat
Oneohtrix Point Never - Ouroboros
M.I.A. - Bad Girls
Rye Rye feat. M.I.A. - Sunshine
Ester Dean feat. Chris Brown - Drop It Low
Reema Major - Arabic Princess
Plastikman - Locomotion
Klaus Schulze - Freeze
Young Jeezy - Everythang
Can - Halleluwah
deadmau5 - FML
2 Chainz - Money Machine
Bassnectar - Disintegration Part IV
loscil - Showers Of Ink
Kanye West - Power
Phoenix - Bankrupt
Frank Ocean feat. Earl Sweatshirt - Super Rich Kids
You can listen to it HERE
Last night I was on Bill Maher's HBO show "Real Time". There have always been numerous views of Maher's with which I agree. But he has become one of the most vocal and extreme advocates of the view that - while religion generally should be criticized - Islam is a uniquely threatening and destructive force and that Muslims are uniquely oppressive and violent, and that mentality has infected many of his policy views (see here and here for some comprehensive background; just two weeks ago, he had a fairly typical outburst on this topic). When I was scheduled to do the show, I was hoping that the opportunity would arise to debate these views (or that I could create the opportunity), and last night it did.
The resulting exchange, which was somewhat contentious and sustained for a show like this, can be seen on the recorder below. The segment begins at the 4:45 mark and our specific exchange begins a couple of minutes after that (the first segment on this video is a debate on whether Benghazi is now a "scandal" in light of newly released documents). Our exchange ends up, I believe, capturing the crux of this debate - which is essentially similar to the one I had recently with Sam Harris and friends - rather well:
You can watch just the last two minutes or so - the heart of the matter - with this clip:
The snobs and critics will have a field day with the US author’s latest work – but I’m not joining in
Renowned author Dan Brown woke up in his luxurious four-poster bed in his expensive $10 million house – and immediately he felt angry. Most people would have thought that the 48-year-old man had no reason to be angry. After all, the famous writer had a new book coming out. But that was the problem. A new book meant an inevitable attack on the rich novelist by the wealthy wordsmith’s fiercest foes. The critics.
Renowned author Dan Brown hated the critics. Ever since he had become one of the world’s top renowned authors they had made fun of him. They had mocked bestselling book The Da Vinci Code, successful novel Digital Fortress, popular tome Deception Point, money-spinning volume Angels & Demons and chart-topping work of narrative fiction The Lost Symbol.
The critics said his writing was clumsy, ungrammatical, repetitive and repetitive.
They said it was full of unnecessary tautology. They said his prose was swamped in a sea of mixed metaphors. For some reason they found something funny in sentences such as “His eyes went white, like a shark about to attack.” They even say my books are packed with banal and superfluous description, thought the 5ft 9in man. He particularly hated it when they said his imagery was nonsensical. It made his insect eyes flash like a rocket.
Renowned author Dan Brown got out of his luxurious four-poster bed in his expensive $10 million house and paced the bedroom, using the feet located at the ends of his two legs to propel him forwards. He knew he shouldn’t care what a few jealous critics thought. His new book Inferno was coming out on Tuesday, and the 480-page hardback published by Doubleday with a recommended US retail price of $29.95 was sure to be a hit. Wasn’t it?
I’ll call my agent, pondered the prosperous scribe. He reached for the telephone using one of his two hands. “Hello, this is renowned author Dan Brown,” spoke renowned author Dan Brown. “I want to talk to literary agent John Unconvincingname.”
“Mr Unconvincingname, it’s renowned author Dan Brown,” told the voice at the other end of the line. Instantly the voice at the other end of the line was replaced by a different voice at the other end of the line. “Hello, it’s literary agent John Unconvincingname,” informed the new voice at the other end of the line.
“Hello agent John, it’s client Dan,” commented the pecunious scribbler. “I’m worried about new book Inferno. I think critics are going to say it’s badly written.”
The voice at the other end of the line gave a sigh, like a mighty oak toppling into a great river, or something else that didn’t sound like a sigh if you gave it a moment’s thought.“Who cares what the stupid critics say?” advised the literary agent.“They’re just snobs. You have millions of fans.”
That’s true, mused the accomplished composer of thrillers that combined religion, high culture and conspiracy theories. His books were read by everyone from renowned politician President Obama to renowned musician Britney Spears. It was said that a copy of The Da Vinci Codehad even found its way into the hands of renowned monarch the Queen. He was grateful for his good fortune, and gave thanks every night in his prayers to renowned deity God.
“Think of all the money you’ve made,” recommended the literary agent. That was true too. The thriving ink-slinger’s wealth had allowed him to indulge his passion for great art. Among his proudest purchases were a specially commissioned landscape by acclaimed painter Vincent van Gogh and a signed first edition by revered scriptwriter William Shakespeare.
Renowned author Dan Brown smiled, the ends of his mouth curving upwards in a physical expression of pleasure. He felt much better. If your books brought innocent delight to millions of readers, what did it matter whether you knew the difference between a transitive and an intransitive verb?
“Thanks, John,” he thanked. Then he put down the telephone and perambulated on foot to the desk behind which he habitually sat on a chair to write his famous books on an Apple iMac MD093B/A computer. New book Inferno, the latest in his celebrated series about fictional Harvard professor Robert Langdon, was inspired by top Italian poet Dante. It wouldn’t be the last in the lucrative sequence, either. He had all the sequels mapped out. The Mozart Acrostic. The Michelangelo Wordsearch. The Newton Sudoku.
The 190lb adult male human being nodded his head to indicate satisfaction and returned to his bedroom by walking there. Still asleep in the luxurious four-poster bed of the expensive $10 million house was beautiful wife Mrs Brown. Renowned author Dan Brown gazed admiringly at the pulchritudinous brunette’s blonde tresses, flowing from her head like a stream but made from hair instead of water and without any fish in. She was as majestic as the finest sculpture by Caravaggio or the most coveted portrait by Rodin.I like the attractive woman, thought the successful man.
Perhaps one day, inspired by beautiful wife Mrs Brown, he would move into romantic poetry, like market-leading British rhymester John Keats.That would be good, opined the talented person, and got back into the luxurious four-poster bed. He felt as happy as a man who has something to be happy about and is suitably happy about it.
This makes some good points about popular fiction. Making money is important.
But also: LOL .
Do you have guilty pleasure reads, ontd?
Scooter Braun, who manages both Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, answered some fan's (@heyshelbaybay) DM today on Twitter:
this is what i get for going on rants about hating all beliebers and wanting them out of my fandom. now they'll never go the fuck away. stopppppppppppppppppp it scooter braun stopppppppppp iiiiiiiiiiiittttttttttttttt. stop mixing them together, i can't escape them on any site. if there's any group of people i wish hated ariana it's the beliebers but instead they're all #beliebersloveariana ugggghhhhhhh.
On making her own decisions because that’s her prerogative…
Since I was a little girl, being active and taking care of myself has been a part of who I am. So when I’ve been heavier or I haven’t met my own standards, it’s been a personal choice to get back in shape — not because of anyone else’s opinions.
On time-traveling speed backwards on the treadmill to achieve dat ass…
My favorite way to tone my butt is going in reverse on the treadmill and the elliptical. It targets those muscles that are often overlooked. Yeah, that’s my big secret: Do everything backwards!
On her upcoming residency in Vegas…
Take one look at Britney Spears and it’s clear she’s never been in better shape. “I’m working out really hard for my upcoming shows in Vegas,” the singer says of her two-year engagement at Planet Hollywood, which should open by fall. “The performances won’t be special—they’ll be a massive party from start to finish. And to pull this off, I have to be in top condition and running at full speed.”
“I’m excited because the shows will have state-of-the-art technology and be really cutting-edge. But a big part of my decision to do this was my boys. When they’re not with me in Nevada, I can hop on a plane and be with them in Los Angeles in 45 minutes.”
On Album 8, also known as Blackout 2.0: It Gets Urbaner…
She recorded the single “Ooh La La” for this summer’s family comedy The Smurfs 2, and is currently in the studio working on her eighth CD. While a release date hasn’t been scheduled, the word from Britney is that “the record is definitely going to be more hip-hop than pop this time around.”
rest at the source
Sorry for the massive pics, mods. I resized all of them to message board size now.
The New York Times sat down to talk with RuPaul and it's a lovely little interview. Seeing Ru sans makeup and talking very frankly about his personal life is a nice change, and he addresses issues surrounding drag and gay rights that he doesn't often talk about -- including his opinion that acceptance of gays will inevitably take a downturn. On a sweeter note, we also hear about his 19-year relationship and how he and his partner may get married "for business reasons." Watch above to see RuPaul get real and still be just about as fabulous as a person can be.
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The single actually came out a little over a week ago but I don't think it was ever posted here. It's available now on iTunes.
Reps for Ramona, Carole, LuAnn, Heather, Sonja and Aviva have come to an agreement that the women will sign their contracts for Season 6, an individual told TheWrap.
The insider said that no contracts have been finalized, but are expected to be completed early next week during business hours, despite reports to the contrary on Saturday. The network is remaning cautious about the agreements until the women actually sign on the dotted line.
We're told the network didn't budge on its previous offers, despite the women's "Friends-style" negotiating tactic that postponed production earlier this week. Production is expected to resume as soon as the agreements are inked next week.
On Friday, Bravo insiders told TheWrap that the network was not going to back down on its previous salary offers to the ladies. It would rather fire the entire cast, postpone production and recast the show then set the precedent of allowing its casts to band together during negotiations.
Production insiders said Singer, Radziwill, Thomson and Drescher had accepted the network's offer and were on their way to inking their contracts before deciding they wanted more money.
"They're getting greedy and feeling entitled," an insider said about firing the entire cast if they don't stand down. "They are all replaceable." While Bravo wanted to avoid recasting, it already had new cast members waiting in the wings and was prepping to find more if the women didn't accept their offers.
Kyle's lips are sealed when it comes to her season-four status, but that doesn't mean she won't drop any clues.
Tipping toeing around the much-buzzed about topic, the mother of four would not confirm whether she'll be back on Bravo, but she did dish deets on sister Kim's status.
"Our relationship is in a much better place," the reality told E! News while promoting her contribution to the new Clorox Ick-tionary. "My sister is in a great place, she's very strong."
Although Kim's recovery from her alcohol addiction was a big storyline for season three, there were rumors the former child actress would not be returning to the show, but Kyle hints the twosome will return together.
"We can't really talk about [the next season] whether we're moving forward or not, but if we did, it would be together," she said.
"There have been so many rumors," Kyle said of the new castmember, who will be filling Maloof's high-heeled shoes. "There's that woman [the Baroness] there's Lisa Rinna, there was another one yesterday and all of these are exactly what you just said: rumors."
She continued, adding she has no idea who will be joining the upcoming season, "That really is true, that's not even like, 'Oh I can't talk about it.' I really really don't know."
Kyle can talk about the type of woman she hopes will join the show.
"Someone who's a girl's girl, someone who is supportive, someone who is intelligent, someone with a sense of humor and likes to have fun," she explained. "So I feel like it's someone that I could have fun with and wouldn't stab you in the back and try to make up lies about you and make you look bad so they look better—ha!"
Over the years, we've all gotten to know and love Miss Lawrence on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. He started off his RHoA run as Sheree Whitfield's trusty gusband, but has since flocked to Kenya Moore's side on Season 5.
But back in Season 3, he collaborated with a different Housewife, Kandi Burruss. The pair worked on "Closet Freak" together, a song that proved Miss Lawrence wasn't just a great hairdresser — girl's got some pipes on her, too! Unlike Kim Zolciak, Lawrence can actually sing and Kandi loved that. Kandi and Lawrence seemed excited about their future business relationship … until things got sour.
During a recent interview with The Jasmine Brand, Lawrence opened up about their demise.
"I think Kandi developed ill feelings because I declined her offer to be signed to Kandi Koated Entertainment and I declined because it wasn’t really a fair contract," Lawrence explained.
Apparently, signing with Kandi meant giving up a percentage of everything he ever worked on for the rest of his career, and Lawrence wasn't cool with that. He went on to share that Kandi doesn't love rejection, so she never really got over the snub. In fact, his song has been taken down from iTunes.
But Lawrence opted to skip the drama and just let it go, since it really didn't affect him in the end.
"I’m fine. I’m gonna still eat my caviar honey and feel nothing. It’s no tea. I don’t eat caviar for real, but you understand what I’m saying," he said.
TheWrap, WetPaint, E!
Quick Gifs & Caps:
Or just search the #snl tag on tumblr.
(Or go to tvpc.com and look for NBC)
Here is the rundown for the season so far.
Week number, Host, +SkitsWithHader -SkitsWithoutHader
Week 1: Seth MacFarlane +6 -6
Week 2: Joseph Gordon Levitt +7 -6
Week 3: Daniel Craig +4 -6
Week 4: Christina Applegate +4 -6
Week 5: Bruno Mars +6 -7
Week 6: Louis C.K. +2 -7
Week 7: Anne Hathaway +5 -5
Week 8: Jeremy Renner +7 -4
Week 9: Jamie Foxx +3 -7
Week 10: Martin Short +3 -5
Week 11: Jennifer Lawrence +6 -6
Week 12: Adam Levine +4 -8
Week 13: Justin Bieber +5 -6
Week 14: Christoph Waltz +5 -6
Week 15: Kevin Hart +7 -5
Week 16: Justin Timberlake +3 -7
Week 17: Melissa McCarthy +4 -6
Week 18: Vince Vaughn +6 -4
Week 19: Zach Galifianakis +2 -9
Week 20: Kristen Wiig +4 -7
(I am excited to see Kristen back, but she hasn't even been gone for a year. Come on now...)
Benghazi Trial (Hader)
Monologue: Kristen is "So Excited" to be back (Hader) (Surprise Maya Rudolph and Jonah Hill
The Californians (Hader)
Aw Nuts! Moms a Ghost!
The Lawrence Welk Show
Dates with 6th Graders
A few of the promo photos are a little grusome but this is Hannibal so it's to be expected.
Hannibal - Episode 1.09 - Trou Normand
05/23/2013 (10:01PM - 11:00PM) (Thursday) : A SERIAL KILLER’S MACABRE TROPHY RAISES QUESTIONS AND CLUES TO MOTIVES AS WELL AS SECRETS - The BAU team hunts a serial killer who digs up his victims, creating a totem pole of their bodies as a macabre trophy. When Nick Boyle's (Mark Rendall) body is found, Jack (Laurence Fishburne) & Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) question Abigail (Kacey Rohl) about his death. The resurrection of Nick's body enlightens Will (Hugh Dancy) to some of Abigail's secrets and Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) convinces Will to keep some of his own. Attempting to assert independence, Abigail agrees to write a book with Freddy Lounds (Lara Jean Chorostecki) and in the process, reveals her biggest secret to Hannibal.
Hannibal - Episode 1.10 - Buffet Froid
05/30/2013 (10:01PM - 11:00PM) (Thursday) : BAU investigates a murder in which two victims' faces are similarly mutilated; given a “Glasgow Smile.” For the first time, Will (Hugh Dancy) contaminates a crime scene thinking he committed the first murder and an MRI shows he suffers from Advanced Encephalitis. But Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) intimidates the attending physician, Dr. Sutcliffe, (John Benjamin Hickey into telling Will he's okay. Meanwhile, the team doubts Will who says, while revisiting the crime scene alone, he saw a mysterious, “dead-looking” woman (Ellen Muth) who may be involved. With his fears fed by Hannibal, Will returns to Dr. Sutcliffe for more mental health tests, when the doctor is murdered.
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Have you ever wondered what your favourite pop stars’ personalities are really like? MTV Lebanon has compiled a summary of the personalities of MENA’s biggest pop stars based on their appearances on Kalam Nawaem. Here is the round-up about Haifa Wehbe, Nawal Al Zoghbi, Najwa Karam and Elissa.
Elissa is the one who is most often at the centre of real drama and feuds (as opposed to those created by the tabloids). This is probably because she is so honest that she tends to hurt people’s feelings. Naïve to a fault, Elissa is often moody and hurt. She wears her heart on her sleeve and this is why she is believable as the Voice of Romantic Music.
Najwa Karam, known as Shams el-Ghinnieh (the sun of song), is the Great Voice of Arabic music. She is also known as a true lady: classy, respectable and good-hearted, Najwa conducts herself with the utmost respect of self and of others. She is never seen to be unkind. Her longevity puts her in the same sphere as Umm Kulthum and Fairouz.
Nawal Al Zoghbi has been around for a very long time and, through it all, has kept her emphasis on emotional realness at the forefront of her public persona. She is down-to-earth and quite a jokester, often prompting others to call her “cute” as the go-to description. She does not forget faces as she is quite the people person, her popularity making her a favourite among all classes of people.
Haifa Wehbe is known to be very sexy and naughty, often pissing off the MENA conservatives because of her sexpot status. However, Haifa is also very gentle in her dealings with others and is also known to be very generous. She laughs a lot and tries to keep others laughing, preferring to deal with her troubles and her mourning behind closed doors.
A Real Doll/Nancy Ajram Round-Up for Your Time
Nancy Ajram’s Interview with OMG! Nujoom
This won’t embed. Watch it here.
Nancy Ajram Meets Okan Yalabık
Nancy Ajram met Okan Yalabık who stars on the Turkish soap opera Muhteşem Yüzyıl as Ibrahim Pasha. The television show published a picture of the two on its Facebook page and this pleased many people since the Lebanese Nancy Ajram is hugely popular in Turkey and, in turn, Turkish soap operas are hugely popular in Lebanon.
Nancy Ajram Divorce?
Divorce rumors were surrounding the Lebanese super star Nancy Ajram, but to show everyone she is happily married to her dentist husband Fadi Al-Hashem, Nancy went for a walk with her husband and 2 daughters in the streets of Beirut.
Some say that the reason there are divorce rumors surrounding Nancy is that she cried during a performance by Mirna one of the contestants at Arab Idol, when Nancy Ajram could not stop crying.
But Nancy Ajram then explained that she was crying because of the difficult decision she had to make in choosing one of the contestants and eliminate the other.
Other MENA entertainment news is also included.
Maya Diab Gossip
Sources say that Maya Diab is indeed divorced, despite some insider claims to the contrary. It helps, of course, that her ex-husband, Abbas Nasser, is prohibited from entering Lebanon because of the marital divorce drama of his other wife and two sons in Africa. Despite his problems with his other family, however, Nasser is still taking Diab to court in Syria, in attempts to get custody of their daughter Kay. His lawsuit claims that she is unfit as a parent.
Rami Ayach Gossip
Rami Ayach has cultivated a reputation as a pop star who is friends with many and, this time, his friendship with Tamer Hosny was put on display when he congratulated the Egyptian and his wife Basma Boussil on the birth of their daughter Talia on his Twitter account.
Ahlam and Shams have been going at it for years now. Shams, back in February, alleged that Ahlam had made death threats against her and took her case to court via a lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged that Ahlam had threatened to kill Shams and that the UAE singer also defamed and libelled Shams. The case has been stalled thus far in Beirut as the prosecution, represented by Maya Knaan, waits for more evidence from Shams and her lawyer, Samer Simon. If Ahlam is found responsible, she could faces anything ranging from fines to up to three years in prison.
Elissa has always been known to be outspoken in areas where others stay silent. Most recently, her opinions turned political when, on Twitter, she spoke of the current Syrian Civil War. Elissa said that the world should be ashamed of itself because it sees what is happening to the Syrian people and says nothing. She then stated that she prays for Syria and hoped that her followers would follow suit.
The Voice Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope has officially announced that she will be premiering her new single on the June 4th episode of NBC's The Voice. This will be her first single after her win from her debut album which she has been working on in Nashville since her December win.
Working my booty off for the rollout of this new single. I'm premiering it June 4th on @nbcthevoice! I think it'll be worth the wait!! :D— Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope) May 12, 2013
Pope is currently on a radio tour to support her single
So she still can't sing but that should surprise no one. I honestly thought that she would put something out before this to ride that wave of fame but it's almost 6 months since her win so she's more likely to go the Route of Irrelevance that the other Voice winners have gone so far. Also, she's going to need less bland songs to avoid dissolving into the country world of white girls with guitars. Her stuff with Hey Monday was better than this by far.
Eagle Rock have released a clip of Dio performing Sacred Heart live in 1986. View it below.
It’s taken from upcoming DVD Finding The Sacred Heart – Live In Philly 1986, which comes out on May 28.
It was the second leg of Dio’s tour in support of 1985 album Sacred Heart, which was the last to feature guitarist Vivian Campbell. He went on to join Whitesnake and Def Leppard, and by the time the video was shot he’d been replaced by Craig Goldy. He and Ronnie James Dio performed alongside Jimmy Bain, Vinny Appice and Claude Schnell.
The 16-track package has been restored from the original 16mm film and includes bonus features.
01. Draco Ignis
02. King Of Rock And Roll
03. Like The Beat Of A Heart
04. Don’t Talk To Strangers
05. Hungry For Heaven
06. Medley: The Last In Line / Children Of The Sea / Holy Diver / The Last In Line (reprise)
07. Drum Solo
08. Heaven And Hell
09. Keyboard Solo
10. Guitar Solo
11. Sacred Heart
12. Medley: Rock ‘n’ Roll Children / Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll / Man On The Silver Mountain / Rock ‘n’ Roll Children (reprise)
13. Time To Burn
14. Stand Up And Shout
15. Rainbow In The Dark
16. We Rock
Sacred Heart Tour featurette
Interview with Dio and Goldy
Rock ‘n’ Roll Children music video
Behind the scenes footage
Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden revenge-porn flick Zero Dark Thirty was the biggest publicity coup for the CIA this century outside of the actual killing of Osama bin Laden. But the extent to which the CIA shaped the film has remained unclear. Now, a memo obtained by Gawker shows that the CIA actively, and apparently successfully, pressured Mark Boal to remove scenes that made them look bad from the Zero Dark Thirty script.
The CIA's whitewashing effort is revealed in a cache of documents newly released under a Freedom of Information Act request about the CIA's cooperation with Bigelow and Boal. The documents include a 2012 memo—initially classified "SECRET"—summarizing five conference calls between Boal and the CIA's Office of Public Affairs in late 2011. "The purpose for these discussions was for OPA officers to help promote an appropriate portrayal of the Agency and the Bin Ladin operation," according to the memo. (Hundreds of pages of CIA documents about the film were released last year; the memo obtained by Gawker was approved for release late last month.)
During these calls, Boal "verbally shared the screenplay" for Zero Dark Thirty in order to get the CIA's feedback, and the CIA's public affairs department verbally asked Boal to take out parts that they objected to. According to the memo, he did.
Here are the key changes:
The much-discussed opening scene of Zero Dark Thirty features the main character Maya, played by Jessica Chastain, observing a detainee at a CIA black site as he is water-boarded and shoved into a tiny box during an interrogation. It appears that an early version had Maya participating in the torture. But during their conference calls, the CIA told Boal that this was not true to life. The memo reads: "For this scene we emphasized that substantive debriefers [i.e. Maya] did not administer [Enhanced Interrogation Techniques] because in this scene he had a non-interrogator, substantive debriefer assisting in a dosing technique."
According to the memo, "Boal said he would fix this." Indeed, in the final film Maya doesn't touch the prisoner during this scene. The decision to have Maya abstain from the torture was as significant artistically as it was factually. Her ambivalence was a key part of her character, and critics picked over every detail of the torture scenes, including Maya's status as an observer rather than a participant, for meaning in the debate over torture that the movie sparked.
Wired's Spencer Ackerman, for example, interpreted Maya's complex relationship to on-screen torture as a sign of a complex inner life: "Maya is... a cipher: she is shown coming close to puking when observing the torture. But she also doesn’t object to it." Of course, the scene reads a bit differently if the choice was dictated by a CIA propaganda officer.
The CIA also took issue with an interrogation scene that featured a dog intimidating a detainee. Boal took it out: "We raised an objection that such tactics would not be used by the Agency," the memo reads. "Boal confirmed in January that the use of dogs was taken out of the screenplay."
The CIA might not have done it, but threatening detainees with dogs was a well-known feature of the War on Terror, even allowed in certain circumstances by U.S. Army interrogation manuals. The technique was pioneered in Guantanamo Bay and cruelly elaborated upon at Abu Ghraib. Some of the most disturbing photos from the Abu Ghraib scandal featured military dogs menacing naked prisoners.
The CIA also successfully pressed for a change outside of interrogation scenes. One scene in the early script featured a wild party in Islamabad, and the CIA asked Boal to take it out. He did.
From the memo:
"One scene early in the film that was objected to was a rooftop party in Islamabad where an officer, after drinking fires a celebratory burst of AK-47 gunfire into the air. We insisted mixing drinking and firearms is a major violation and actions like this do not happen in real life. We requested this be taken out of the film. Boal confirmed he took this out of the film."
To be fair, drunken firearms abuse was more a Blackwater thing.
Another minor issue was the fact that Maya analyzed videos of detainee interviews in order to track down Osama bin Laden's courier. The CIA told Boal that they didn't videotape interviews and use them in analysis. (This is itself a lie of course—the CIA did record 92 tapes, totaling hundreds of hours, of the interrogation and torture of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. It subsequently destroyed them.) But Boal explained "visually this is the only way to show research in an interesting cinematic way," according to the memo. The CIA "did not request Boal take this scene out of the movie," and it remained.
The document reveals the extent to which CIA access was a quid pro quo arrangement, in which Boal made substantive changes to his script to appease them. "As an agency, we've been pretty forward-leaning with Boal," wrote a CIA flack to her peers in documents released last year. "He's agreed to share scripts and details about the movie with us so we're absolutely comfortable with what he will be showing."
Reached for via email, Mark Boal wouldn't comment on the record. But a person with knowledge of the Zero Dark Thirty production process confirmed that specific changes had been made to the script after suggestions from the CIA, including Maya's lack of participation in the torture scene. But this person said these changes were only due to security or accuracy concerns, and the CIA had no input on creative decisions.
Update: in an email, Boal wrote:
We honored certain requests to keep operational details and the identity of the participants confidential. But as with any publication or work of art, the final decisions as to the content were made by the filmmakers.
Memo at the source