Skip to main content

Image Hosted by Tonight on TDS, Ricky Gervais ; and on TCR, Alan Cumming, who's performing all the roles in Macbeth on Broadway.

sausage grinder of snark

The Daily Show
Tom Cruise, Oblivion
PR twitter
movie wikipedia
movie site
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
Ricky Gervais, something-or-other
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.

at NYTimes
Wilson Center page (sourcewatch, wikipedia)
vaguely familiar

publisher page
Amazon, B&N
excerpt in FP
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
Renee Montagne NPR interview (summary)
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

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

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)
[Disney Publishing PR release at Reuters Disney-Hyperion (and an easier version to read0
Alan Cumming
Broadway show, Macbeth

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...

Richard Engel
Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site