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Obama, Teaming up with ‘Vice,’ Will Become the First U.S. President to Visit a Federal Prison

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Over the course of 43 different American presidents, you’d think that at some point, just one of them would have thought — even if for PR purposes — to visit a federal prison, given that our country boasts the largest prison population in the world and the second largest per-capita rate of incarceration. (As Deadline explains, America encompasses only 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of its prisoners.) Thus far, however, it’s never happened — but that’s about to change, thanks to Obama and, less expectedly, Vice and HBO. Through its deal with HBO, Vice is making a special that’s an “in-depth look into the dire impact the current criminal justice system is having on millions of Americans.”
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HBO’s ‘The Brink’ Is a Slow Boil, But Worth the Wait

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The odd thing about reviewing new television shows — which your film editor is occasionally lucky enough to do — is that you end up binge-watching shows that aren’t intended to be seen that way. Unless you’re reviewing the latest Netflix series, you’re not experiencing a new show the way most hesitant potential viewers will: one episode at a time, once a week, quite possibly resting the program’s DVR-or-not fate on how well its initial outing sits. Yet this massive dump of episodes can have a positive effect, and that’s the case with HBO’s new geopolitical comedy The Brink. It’s a show that starts uncertainly, wearing its influences a bit too starkly, before finding its particular groove and settling in with its characters. It’s a good show, but it takes a minute to get there.
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