Hillary Clinton

Political Satires That Came Uncomfortably Close to the Truth

Everyone sleep easy. Earlier this week, the New Yorker let us know that the outrageous events in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 satire Dr. Strangelove aren’t terribly far from the truth, and the “risk of an accidental or unauthorized nuclear detonation hasn’t been completely eliminated.” Decades after its release, Roger Ebert noted that the black comedy is still “clear-eyed, irreverent, dangerous satire” — and it’s not alone. We’ve highlighted ten other political spoofs that came uncomfortably close to the truth. Many remain relevant today. … Read More

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“Planet Hillary”: Further Interpretations of the Weirdest ‘NY Times Magazine’ Cover of All Time

Just like pretty much everyone else on the internet, our response to the, er, adventurous image of Hillary Clinton on the cover of the New York Times magazine went something like this: a) really? and then; b) what else can we photoshop this image onto? The answer to the second question awaits, although we’ve got a feeling that this is just beginning… … Read More

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‘Female Force’ Comics Celebrate the Lives of Powerful Women

Yesterday, Blue Water Productions unveiled, via The Huffington Post, the newest cover star of its Female Force series: the legendary Gloria Steinem. She’s the latest in a long line of powerful female thinkers, writers, media figures, and politicians to have gotten the comic book series’ biographical treatment. “Our goal is to show the behind-the scenes machinations — many of them ignored by the mainstream media — that resulted in Gloria Steinem becoming a leading voice in emerging women’s rights movement,” Blue Water publisher Darren G. Davis stated in a press release. “A visual medium provides perspective that is not only accessible but more relatable to the average person without losing any of the information involved.” Here, we look back at some of Female Force‘s other empowering covers.  … Read More

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10 Essential Martin Amis Cultural Essays

When Martin Amis spoke to GQ about his 60th birthday, he seemed defeated, noting: “It all ends in dissolution and chaos and indignity and tears.” We can only imagine what he’s thinking today, on his 64th birthday. While the British novelist ponders mortality with cranky resignation, we’ve gathered a few of Amis’ must-read cultural reviews and essays on literature, art, film, porn, and politics. … Read More

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NBC Planning Hillary Clinton Miniseries and Remake of ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ Stephen King’s ‘Tommyknockers’

This story reported on The Wrap is still developing, but NBC just announced a set of limited… Read More

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Films That Have Impacted the Political Landscape of Their Time

There is, perhaps, no such thing as an apolitical film. But when a movie takes an inherently political subject — say, Margaret Thatcher, global warming, or Hillary Rodham Clinton — it is no doubt even more saturated in its politics. It’s not unusual for films to generate political discussion about current events; what’s more remarkable is when they directly impact or even change them. Following the news of an upcoming film that dares to attempt just that — a biopic about the early life and career of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, expected to be released ahead of the 2016 primaries, when the former first lady is likely to make a second run for president — we’re left to wonder whether the movie will help or hinder a possible campaign. Of course, we won’t know until we’ve seen Rodham. In the mean time, we’ve looked at other films that had a particular political influence at the time of their release. … Read More

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10 Politicians and Their Fictional Pop Culture Doppelgängers

Sunday night, viewers of History’s hit miniseries The Bible (haven’t read the book; does the show work as a standalone?) were given their first look at Satan — and several immediately took to Twitter, pointing out what they saw as a marked resemblance to the President. Good ol’ Glenn Beck led the way, tweeting “Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on HIstory (sic) Channel looks exactly like That Guy?” (Beck apparently uses “That Guy” as a substitute for Obama, whose name he refuses to say, because Glenn Beck is a child.) Though the show’s producers have dismissed the connection, we’ve gotta say — he’s kind of a dead ringer. On the other hand, politicians are so ubiquitous that it’s pretty easy to find resemblances in pop culture. Don’t believe us? Here’s a few more examples. … Read More

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