In a misguided attempt to take a page from the book of Edward Snowden, some clandestine individuals have taken it upon themselves to share with the free world the darkest secrets and most regrettable follies of the Central Intelligence Agency. Here's the thing, though... these particular secrets and follies are, in a word, fiction. The would-be revolutionaries in question actually just leaked the Season 3 premiere of Homeland online, approximately one month prior to its nationwide debut on Showtime (Sept. 29), as reported by Variety.
It's an honest mistake, really. The third-year drama focuses on CIA Agent Carrie Mathison's (Claire Danes) tireless efforts to stop/help/sleep with suspected terrorist Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), tossing in all the code words and black sedans and loony file webs that you'd find in each crevice of the real Quantico. According to Variety, the illegal video went online at some point on Sept. 2, earning hundreds of thousands of downloads in the 24-hour period to follow.
A minor setback in the quest for free information. But no matter, the next case will be legit: a free download of deleted scenes from RED 2!
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For some ungodly reason, "texting and driving" has been written off as a psuedo-problem. A laughable misdeed worthy of a pointed finger-wagging rather than something to really incur the shame it decidedly deserves. Fortunately, we have figures like Werner Herzog who are making a mission out of expressing the severity of the often lethal practice.
Filmmaker Herzog has created the above documentary — From One Second to the Next — as propagation of the dangers of texting while driving. The 70-year-old Grizzly Man director uses real people and their true stories to hit the viewer with a thick heap of heartbreak, pulling no punches in the message that texting and driving is, undoubtedly, a terribly dangerous and thoughtless thing to do.
Watch the video above to ensure that you'll break the habit altogether, and perhaps share it with a few friends who might need a little extra convincing.
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Every week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of June 10 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
LIGHTEN UP WITH A LEMON SHANDY
Miley Cyrus wore a stupid pair of pants to the Myspace relaunch party, and honestly we're really confused. What are those supposed to be?
Will Paris Hilton's new album make her relevant again? We sincerely hope not.
No one wants to play Hillary Clinton in the developing biopic Rodham. Come on, ladies, this is the one and only pantsuit aficionado we're talking about (not the mention former first lady, secretary of state, and a viable candidate for President)!
WASH THIS WEEK DOWN WITH A CLASSIC MOJITO
Roberto Cavalli's curve-less Beyoncé image caused an uproar. But really guys, it's just a fashion sketch. All the women in those things look like a daddy longlegs in a dress.
Scientologists are not happy that everyone keeps saying After Earth is about Scientology, but people are going to keep saying it anyway (because it really, really, seems like it's true). Pipe down, Scientologists!
An aspiring actor spent $5,000 to look like Ryan Gosling. But... he still looks nothing like Ryan Gosling.
Amanda Bynes continues to tweet questionable things and wear heinous wigs. What would Bynes' characters from The Amanda Show think of her behavior? Well, we know Judge Trudy would definitely not approve.
THIS WEEK WAS HARD. GET SLOSHED WITH A LONG ISLAND ICED TEA.
A French teacher was suspended after showing Saw to his class of 11-year-olds. Seriously? If you want to play a game, go with heads up seven up. No one dies.
Mumford and Sons bassist Ted Dwayne was hospitalized because of a blood clot on his brain. Please get better, Ted. We don't cope well without our daily dose of folky, banjo-infused goodness.
Laura Poitras is the perfect choice for a documentary about Edward Snowden and the NSA, because someone needs to turn this whole thing into an Academy Award-winner.
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When former CIA employee Edward Snowden decided to leak classified information about the government's top-secret surveillance programs, the first person he contacted was documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras.
Poitras, who received a $500,000 "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation, has a lot of experience with controversial political topics. Her 2006 documentary, My Country, My Country, about life in Iraq under U.S. occupation, was nominated for an Academy Award, and she extensively interviewed one of Osama bin Laden's former bodyguards for her 2010 film The Oath. The latter film examines the impact of anti-terrorism actions on individuals in the Middle East.
The filmmaker has since turned her focus to the U.S. government's surveillance of its own citizens. She plans to follow up My Country, My Country and The Oath with a new documentary about covert spying on the American public and attacks on whistleblowers, making all three films part of a trilogy focused on the effects of the War on Terror.
It's not a huge surprise, therefore, that Edward Snowden turned to Laura Poitras with what is perhaps the biggest whistleblowing story of the century. This is particularly true considering the risk of sharing a story with so many political implications to a major media outlet (i.e. the New York Times' decision to wait a year before publishing its 2005 story about the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program). Poitras is certainly not waiting to capitalize on Snowden's leak. She shared bylines with The Guardian's Gleen Greenwald and The Washington Post's Barton Gellman when the publications broke the story; furthermore, she released a video interview with Snowden in which he defends his decision to reveal this classified information.
Poitras recently told Salon.com that she has even more video footage of Snowden, taken from the former spy agency contractor's refuge in Hong Kong. She plans to use it in her upcoming documentary, the aforementioned final chapter in her War on Terror trilogy. The filmmaker has herself been subject to government surveillance and even border-crossing challenges as a result of her journalistic work, so she has a personal stake in exposing the extent of the snooping. Given the urgency of this political situation, which is unfolding as we speak, this may be one of the most quickly produced documentaries in history.
So, will Laura Poitras get another Oscar nomination for her upcoming documentary? Time (and maybe not even all that much of it) will tell.
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Director Debra Granik's acclaimed new movie stars Jennifer Lawrence as an impoverished teen who goes in search of her drug dealer father after learning he's put the family home up as a bail bond.
The chilling tale proved to be a hit with judges at the Gotham event, which is considered by many to open the awards season, taking home the best picture award ahead of Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan and Annette Bening and Julianne Moore's family drama The Kids Are All Right. Blue Valentine and Let Me In were also nominated in the category.
Winter's Tale went on to claim the Best Ensemble Performance for its cast, which also includes John Hawkes, Dale Dickey and Lauren Sweetser, although Lawrence lost out on the Breakthrough Actor title to Daddy Longlegs star Ronald Bronstein.
Speaking about her film's win, Granik tells the Hollywood Reporter, "The year started with getting recognition at Sundance, so that was a very intense night. It doesn't get any easier, though, to win awards."
Kevin Asch was named Breakthrough Director for Holy Rollers, a drama about an Orthodox Jew who embarks on a career as a drug pusher, while Laura Poitras' study on the war on terrorism in The Oath was hailed as Best Documentary.
Education system documentary Waiting For Superman earned the Festival Genius Audience Award, which was determined by online voting, and Mike Ott's Littlerock scored the prize for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.
In addition to the competitive awards, Hilary Swank, Robert Duvall, Aronofsky and movie mogul James Schamus were each presented with a career tribute.
Honouring his Get Low co-star Duvall, Bill Murray told the crowd, "He is better than all of you... He is better than me, too."
Black Swan star Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Leighton Meester and Anthony Mackie were also among the guests at the 20th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, hosted by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci and held at Manhattan's Cipriani Wall Street restaurant.
Last year's (09) Best Feature winner, The Hurt Locker, went on to win the Oscar's Best Picture prize.