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Penn and Teller On Broadway - Opening Party

Penn Jillette, Dick Cavett and Teller - Opening night party for Penn and Teller On Broadway held at Sardi's. at Sardi's, - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 12th July 2015

Penn Jillette, Dick Cavett and Teller
Penn Jillette, Debbie Harry and Teller
Penn Jillette, Debbie Harry and Teller
Penn Jillette, Debbie Harry and Teller
Georgie Bernasek, John Rando, Penn Jillette, Mike Jones and Teller

'Penn & Teller on Broadway' opening night

Martha Rogers Cavett and Dick Cavett - 'Penn & Teller on Broadway' opening night - Arrivals at Marquis Theatre, - New York, United States - Monday 13th July 2015

Gilbert Gottfried and Dick Cavett
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Best of Enemies Trailer


When an influential and forward-thinking writer locks horns with a conservative author, things get a little intense. Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr. made headlines when they were enlisted to debate the Republican and Democratic presidential ideals in 1968 for ABC, and subsequently found themselves in a controversial feud as they became more and more incensed by each other's opinions. With threats of violence and insulting jargon leaving a shocking mark on the legendary televised argument, it became a landmark moment in political media and, indeed, continued - albeit indirectly - with later publications and lawsuits from both parties. While there used to be an element of poise and dignity with political conversation, from this moment, things heated up considerably when it came to fighting about the government.

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East Hampton Library Authors Night

Dick Cavett - East Hampton Library Authors Night held at Gardiner Farm - East Hampton, New York, United States - Sunday 10th August 2014

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Gore Vital: The United States of Amnesia Review


Essential

Not only is this documentary a superbly well-assembled biography of the notorious author-commentator, but it's also a bracingly clear-eyed look at the America most people don't want to admit exists. The late Gore Vidal was a thorn in society, using his snappy intelligence to speak the truth even if it left him persona non grata. But when asked about his legacy, he famously replied, "I couldn't care less."

This echoes in his main message that America is resolutely ignoring its own history. "We miraculously forget everything," he said. "The lessons we should be learning we will have forgotten in no time at all." But history was his passion, as he wrote novels, plays, films and essays about the USA's evolution from a republic to an empire. No one wanted to hear this, even as he astutely noted how the nation essentially turned into a military monolith after WWII, and then became even more driven after 9/11, waging war without provocation or respect for any other country while using the Patriot Act to remove fundamental rights of habeas corpus and due process at home.

Filmmaker Wrathall packs the film with interview footage, allowing Vidal to narrate his own story and deliver his own lacerating comments (there's also narration from his literary executor Parini). And the screen is littered with Vidal's pithy, eerily astute remarks about politics ("Our form of democracy is bribery on the highest scale") and life in general ("Love is a fan club with only two fans"). This is all set within the framework of Vidal's life story. Descended from a long line of authors, politicians and innovators, he was raised to be a deep, free thinker. So it's no wonder that he took on society's "basic values", which he knew were false notions of what is natural.

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New York Premiere of Six By Sondheim - Arrivals

Dick Cavett and Martha Rogers - The New York Premiere of the HBO documentary Six By Sondheim, held at the Museum of Modern Art - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 19th November 2013

HBO and Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley

Dick Cavett - HBO hosts Special Screening of Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley at The Apollo Theater 253 West 125th Street - NYC, New York, United States - Friday 8th November 2013

Dick Cavett and Martha Rogers Cavett

Video - Michael Douglas And 50 Cent Arrive At The 'Last Vegas' NY Premiere - Part 2


Michael Douglas was among the cast to arrive for the 'Last Vegas' New York Premiere alongside rapper 50 Cent who makes a cameo in the comedy as himself.

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Duane Hopwood Review


Grim
Call it the Leaving Las Vegas effect: Everybody wants to make a movie where they play a disgusting antihero who, even as he self-destructs, manages to find a way to redeem himself in the end, even if he's still a dangerous drunk and his personal growth is just minimal. That's well and good, but I'm not sure that David Schwimmer is the go-to guy for such a role. Obviously trying to break free from a decade of typecasting as a nervous geek, he's uncomfortably out of place here and the performance just doesn't work. Things turn out better for Jeneane Garofalo as our pal Duane's ex-wife, though her underwritten role meant that I barely recognized her before the end. Safe to skip. "Hopwood," incidentally, was the plaintiff in the famous "reverse discrimination" lawsuit that ended affirmative action in many arenas. When it's more entertaining to think about an old legal case than watch a movie it has nothing to do with, well... hmmmm.
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