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Movie Review: Moonrise Kingdom

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Written by: Dan O’Connell, Guest Contributor

Wes Andesron’s latest entry into the Museum of Quirk is “Moonrise Kingdom,” or as I like to refer to it, “Wes Anderson’s Bible Stories.” Set in 1965 New England, two pre-teen lovers, Suzy and Sam (newcomers Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman, respectively) begin a lengthy pen-pal courtship and decide to run away, putting the local sheriff (Bruce Willis), Sam’s scout master (Edward Norton), and Suzy’s parents (Frances McDormand and Anderson mainstay Bill Murray) on the alert – not to mention the dozen or so Khaki Scouts who are also dispatched to find them.

See if you can pick up a pattern here – Sam and Suzy find their own personal EDEN but are soon forced out of it by the adults, a big flood endangers NOAH’S Church, in which the Khaki Scouts disguise themselves as ANIMALS to aid Sam & Suzy’s flight… yes, Wes hit the Good Book as inspiration. As with every Anderson film, the production design is stunning and the kids are solid along with the newcomers to Anderson’s repertory company (and nary a Wilson Brother in sight), but the tone is so subdued and lightweight that it’s hard to believe that this is the guy who wrote and directed “Rushmore,” with its punk attitude and British Invasion-based soundtrack. It’s entertaining, it’s never dull, but it feels very slight – cute and maybe a little twee, but I’d probably put it somewhere in the middle of Anderson’s oeuvre.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Dishes

Monday

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Guilty v. Not-Guilty: Is John Edwards a Sinner or a Criminal?

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Written by: Rik Sault, Contributing Editor


I liked John Edwards when he ran for office in 2004 –  not as much as Howard Dean – but he seemed alright.  When his personal life deflated; however, I largely gave up on him.  I’m no moral cop, but cheating on your wife while she’s dying of cancer seems pretty heinous.

When a North Carolina grand jury indicted Edwards on six felony violations of federal campaign contribution laws on June 3, 2011, I would have guessed that he was guilty of at least one of them.  I don’t know much about these campaign finance laws, but even a seasoned attorney could slip-up and violate one of them.

In short, prosecutors, including some from the Justice Department, accused Edwards of seeking more than $900,000 from two wealthy supporters to conceal his pregnant mistress – former campaign worker Rielle Hunter (she has gone by many other names, including Lisa Jo Druck) – during the 2008 campaign.

When Edwards’ trial began on April 23, 2012, he faced up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.  But last Thursday, after nine days of deliberation, the jury found him not guilty on one count of taking illegal campaign contributions – a $200,000 check written as the Edwards campaign was collapsing, and cashed only after the campaign was over.  And the jury deadlocked on the five remaining charges, thereby resulting in a mistrial on those counts.  Justice Department sources say that a new trial is unlikely.

“The failure to get a criminal conviction on any count raises a serious question about whether it should have been brought as a criminal case,” said a former North Carolina deputy attorney general who sat through the trial. “It’s just hard to see how they could have a better opportunity for conviction than they had… it’s a huge setback for the government.”

So why was this case brought in the first place?

At first, the motivations appeared to be highly political.  The initial investigation was overseen by a federal prosecutor in Raleigh, George Holding, a Bush appointee who stayed on for an extra two years during the Obama administration to complete investigations of Edwards and another Democrat, former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley.  Just days after Edwards was indicted, Holding resigned so that he could run for Congress as a Republican.

To the bafflement of many in the Democratic Party’s legal establishment, the decision to proceed with the case was actually made by Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.  Breuer, who previously worked in the White House Counsel’s Office under President Bill Clinton and represented him during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, said, “We will not permit candidates for high office to abuse their special ability to access the coffers of their political supporters to circumvent our election laws.”

When Edwards’ lawyers complained that the case appeared to be politically motivated, the Justice Department pointed out that career prosecutors were involved in all key decisions and the judge ultimately rejected a motion to toss the case out based on Holding’s role.

Maybe the Justice Department (or Lanny Breuer’s) decision to move forward with what now seems like a weak case was motivated by some kind of morality gut-check.  When explaining the decision, Breuer said that Edwards’ actions were an affront to “the integrity of democratic elections.”  I don’t know about the integrity of democratic elections but they were certainly an affront to the integrity of U.S. politicians across party lines.  As Politico’s Josh Gerstein put it, “There’s a kind of rough justice in putting Edwards through the emotional ordeal and financial cost of a trial, given his outrageous behavior, flagrant lies and utter lack of consideration for people ranging from his wife to campaign aides to supporters.”

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The Dishmaster’s Podcast — This Week in Celeb News

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If you’re interested in The Dishmaster’s musings/rantings on celebrity news, then listen to this week’s podcast below. You’ll find lots of useless insight on John Edwards, Justin Bieber, Adam Levine, Billy Joel, and that whole S.E. Cupp penis-in-mouth scandal. Enjoy!

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Tabloid Gossip — Celebrity News In a Nutshell

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  • Glee’s Dianna Agron has a new boyfriend. Just Jared
  • Eva Longoria is a Beckham baby Godmother. Wonderwall
  • Hugh Hefner reunited with Crystal Harris. Celebuzz
  • Anne Hathaway’s ex-boyfriend was released from prison. Daily Mail
  • Gregg Allman is getting married for the seventh time to a woman 40 years younger. Crazy Days and Nights
  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye West might be moving in together. E! Online
  • Eva Longoria called Teri Hatcher a loner. Entertainment Wise

 

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Gotye Will Release 10 Versions of “Somebody That I Used To Know” — Career Suicide

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I actually feel sorry for Gotye. He just doesn’t get it. When you get your hands on fame, you’ve got a very limited amount of time to navigate it. And over-exposure will sink your ship. So when I heard he’s releasing a digital album with ten different versions of “Somebody That I Used to Know,” I wanted to make a personal phone call to his manager for the poor decision. Sure it’s a great song, but unfortunately, it might be the only one people ever hear.

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The Black Keys Debut “Gold on the Ceiling Video” — Um . . . Huh?

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To make it in music these days, you not only have to be talented, you have to also be creative. The Black Keys have both. I’d describe their video for “Gold on the Ceiling,” but I don’t think it’s possible to do so. Actually, here’s a description from the frontman himself: “Pat and I are dressed up like babies, in onesies, and we’re in BabyBjörns being carried by giants who have our faces. And [the director] also had the ATL Twins in it … they’re these twins who are all Fubu’ed out, but they only have sex with the same girl. They’re really strange. They sleep in the same bed together.” Make sense? Watch below.

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Quote of the Day — Tyler Shields Explains Birkin Bag Photo-Shoot

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“I think if people are [upset] because I spent money on a photo shoot, then they should be upset about every single photo shoot that takes place ever. A $100,000 photo shoot, actually — Paris Hilton spent $200,000 on her album cover. The catering budget for the movie “John Carter” was $5 million. It takes money to make art. People spend money to make their work. If I was operating a McDonald’s, would people be upset because I bought inventory? How many people buy sports cars? How many people buy watches? What if I bought a $100,000 car and I crashed it? I’m not taking anything away from anybody else.” Tyler Shields’ surprisingly astute explanation about why it’s okay that he destroyed a $100,000 Birkin bag for a photo shoot.

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Quote of the Day — Adam Levine Brags About Getting Laid

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“I felt like people only knew me as a singer who dated pretty girls. . . . A little bit of a bimbo. Maybe the reason I was promiscuous, and wanted to sleep with a lot of them, is that I love them so much. . . . I was the music dude that was naked all the time with the girls, and that’s fine. . . . But I wanted to create a little balance. When ‘The Voice’ came around, I thought, ‘People now know that I have a brain.'” The always douchey Adam Levine on the deep reason behind his man-whore syndrome.

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Dominic Monaghan on Lost Co-Star Matthew Fox: “He Beats Women”

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This story is so shocking I had to read it multiple times to verify it’s truth. When asked by a fan during a Q&A session to implore Matthew Fox to join twitter, his Lost co-star Dominic Monaghan simply said, “He beats women. No thanks. When a fan challenged his accusation, Monaghan continued, saying, “He beats women. Not isolated incidents. Often.” Monaghan clearly knows the rules of defamation, because when another fan explained the risk, he rightly asserted that you can’t be sued for defamation if you speak the truth. Ouch. If the story is true, then Dominic Monaghan is a bad-ass. And just for the sake of some good memories between these two actors, watch the clip below.