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Tues
4/16
Tom Cruise, Oblivion
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RottenTomatoes (51 reviews, 65%):
Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of TRON: Legacy and producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. 2077: Jack Harper (Cruise) serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying alien threat who still scavenges what's left of our planet, Jack's mission is almost complete. In a matter of two weeks, he will join the remaining survivors on a lunar colony far from the war-torn world he has long called home. Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack's soaring existence is brought crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Drawn to Jack through a connection that transcends logic, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew. With a reality that is shattered as he discovers shocking truths that connect him to Earth of the past, Jack will be pushed to a heroism he didn't know he contained within. The fate of humanity now rests solely in the hands of a man who believed our world was soon to be lost forever. (c)Universal
Weds
4/17
Ricky Gervais, something-or-other
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Thurs
4/18
Mark Mazzetti is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author who writes about national security for The New York Times. His latest book is "The Way of the Knife," the story of the new kind of war being waged by the CIA and the American military.

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NPR interview(Terry Gross). Stood out:

The CIA has morphed from a traditional espionage service concerned with stealing the secrets of foreign governments into an organization consumed with hunting down its enemies...

"But really, because the White House has wanted the CIA's focus to be man-hunting and killing, that has been its focus..."

SFChronicle review
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Blog review:
Mazzetti discusses a number of important changes in the world that you may not be aware of. There has been an exponential increase in the number of Private Military Corporations and Private Intelligence Activities that are undertaken by non-state people on behalf the US Government. They don't have the same level of accountability as official government agencies - though technically they do. A lot of this activity is deniable.

The book is well-written, but I didn't find anything new here. That, of course, is a heavily loaded statement because some people will be shocked at the disclosures that Mazzetti makes.

'Way of the Knife': Mark Mazzetti's lively tour of the third war we've been fighting email interview FP.com

WaPo review
Top revelations from The Way of the Knife:

The main focus is the evolution of the CIA's targeted killing program, which Mazzetti locates in a secret 2004 agreement between the U.S. and Pakistan. It is, for the moment, the definitive history of how the intelligence agency became something much more like a paramilitary wing — de-evolving, in a sense, back to the days when the agency's adventurism influenced foreign policy around the world...

...The heart of the book concerns the story of Michael Furlong, a Pentagon contractor who set up a private intelligence network that seemed to be only partly visible to both the military and the CIA. It's a fascinating expose of what information the U.S. was not collecting — and how an attempt to fill the gap fell through oversight mechanisms and complicated geopolitics in Pakistan. ]

Overcoming gridlock: The secret use of American power (related commentary)

Discussion: Covering the Frontlines of the Drone War live chat at ProPublica Friday, 1 PM EST, ProPublica’s Cora Currier (@coracurrier)with  Mark Mazzetti and others, #DroneChat

The Colbert Report
Tues
4/16

Caroline Kennedy
Author, Poems to Learn by Heart
Caroline Kennedy talks about her family's love for poetry in her new book, Poems to Learn by Heart.
Release date: March 26, 2013 | Age Range: 1 and up (Amazon), B&N)
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[Disney Publishing PR release at Reuters Disney-Hyperion (and an easier version to read0
Weds
4/17
Alan Cumming
Broadway show, Macbeth

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Alan Cumming dares do all in 'Macbeth' on Broadway:

The actor tackles 15 roles from the Shakespearean tragedy along with a mental patient in a story that frames the performance. He finds it 'terrifying' but relishes the chance to try something that's never been tried before.||

...In a stage turn that will last nearly two hours, Cumming is set to play the part of Macbeth. Or, rather, the parts of Macbeth, as he tackles 15 roles from the Shakespearean tragedy, including the title character, Banquo, Duncan, Lady Macbeth and plenty of others (as well as, in a story that frames the performance, a disoriented mental patient reenacting the play).

Starting April 21, Cumming will do this six times each week through June 30 at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre, playing in every scene of "Macbeth." With the exception of two actors who appear occasionally playing mental-hospital staffers, he will act in every one of these scenes by himself.

"Part of the whole thing about this production, I am aware, is the chutzpah of it, and maybe the stupidity of it," said Cumming...

Thurs
4/18
Richard Engel
Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News
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