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John McCain - Senator John McCain arrives at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to catch a flight - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 16th November 2014

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Gwyneth Paltrow's 'War' Language Too Figurative For Cindy McCain?

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Perhaps making comments in which you compare the traumas of celebrity with being enrolled in the armed forces isn't the best idea around Memorial Day. But Gwyneth Paltrow wasn't remotely perturbed and blundered through a minefield (sorry Mrs McCain) of press questions at a technology conference held on Monday (27th May). The 41-year-old actress compared the constant threat of internet trolls with the prospect of going to war.

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Paltrow was describing the difficulties of seeing negative comments and deliberately hurtful remarks posted online, especially as she is such a high profile figure. The Iron Man actress told the assembled press, as Re-Code reports, how the barrage of comments was "almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it."

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John McCain's iPhone Poker Game During Crucial Syria Hearing

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John McCain iPhone poker game was clearly more important than the crucial Washington hearing on the Syrian regime this week.

While America's most senior foreign policy and military officials were making President Obama's case to forcefully remove Bashar al-Assad, Arizona Republican John McCain was....well, losing at poker.

An eagle-eyed Washington Post photographer snapped an over-the-shoulder shot of Mr McCain playing poker on his iPhone, with the image going viral in minutes.

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This Is Torture! Just Go See Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty

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The torture scandal surrounding Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar nominated movie Zero Dark Thirty has somewhat marred the acclaimed movie's release, though the message from its creators is clear: go and watch film as it is supposed to be enjoyed, in a movie theatre free of propaganda, criticism, and silly American politicians.

The movie - starring Jessica Chastain and focusing on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden - is at the centre of a storm concerning its torture scenes, specifically that it suggests illegal methods were used in the acquirement of intelligence. A number of pundits and senators, including the former presidential candidate John McCain, attacked the movie in an open letter to Sony Pictures saying it was a "grossly inaccurate and misleading" insinuation that torture led to Bin Laden's location. Refusing to be swayed and judging the movie on its cinematic merits, critics have been unanimous in their praise. Cath Clarke of Time Out magazine said, "This is an instant classic," while Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times mused, "Kathryn Bigelow proves herself once again to be a master of heightened realism and narrative drive in this retelling of the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden." Turan's use of the word "retelling" is important - Zero Dark Thirty is exactly that, the retelling of the story by a screenwriter paid to make the story interesting and fun for audiences. Bigelow could have made a documentary on the hunt for Bin Laden though we're guessing it would have been largely boring until somewhere near the end. In fact, the Oscar winning filmmaker defends the use of torture and insists it was, in fact, part of the process. In an essay to the L.A. Times, she writes, "Experts disagree sharply on the facts and particulars of the intelligence hunt, and doubtlessly that debate will continue. As for what I personally believe, which has been the subject of inquiries, accusations and speculation, I think Osama Bin Laden was found due to ingenious detective work. Torture was, however, as we all know, employed in the early years of the hunt."

In a parting blow, Bigelow added, "As a lifelong pacifist, I support all protests against the use of torture, and quite simply, inhumane treatment of any kind. But I do wonder if some of the sentiments alternately expressed about the film might be more appropriately directed at those who instituted and ordered these U.S. policies, as opposed to a motion picture that brings the story to the screen."

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John McCain Slams Zero Dark Thirty For "Grossly Inaccurate" Torture Scenes

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Three Senate leaders - including the former Presidential candidate John McCain - have condemned Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar tipped movie Zero Dark Thirty for its "grossly inaccurate and misleading" torture scenes. The film is a dramatization of the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden.

In a letter to Sony Pictures boss Michael Lynton, senators Diane Feinstein, Carl Levin and McCain say, "We write to express our deep disappointment with the movie 'Zero Dark Thirty.' We believe the film is grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the location of Osama bin Laden." The film depicts the hunt for Bin Laden though begins with scenes of torture at a CIA "black site" that results in a key piece of intelligence. The letter continues, "We understand that the film is fiction, but it opens with the words 'based on first-hand accounts of actual events' and there has been significant media coverage of the CIA's cooperation with the screenwriters.. 'Zero Dark Thirty' is factually inaccurate." Screenwriter Mark Boal did not have an immediate comment, though told the Los Angeles Times last week, "This was a 10-year intelligence operation brought to the screen in a two-and-a-half-hour film. We depicted a variety of controversial practices and intelligence methods that were used in the name of finding bin Laden."

Despite the Senators' criticism, Zero Dark Thirty has emerged as a serious contender for an Oscar in 2013 and has received almost unanimous praise from critics. 

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VP Joe Biden To Make Cameo On Parks And Recreation

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The November 15, 2012 episode of Parks and Recreation will feature a very special guest, Entertainment Weekly has revealed! Vice President Joe Biden, who recently got re-elected for a second term in the White House is going to make an appearance in the comedy series. 

Ben Wyatt (played by Adam Scott) takes his fiancée (and city councilwoman) Leslie Knope (played Amy Poehler) to the White House to meet Biden and it’s no secret that Knope has a crush on Joe Biden – she’s previously stated that her ideal man would have “the brains of George Clooney and the body of Joe Biden”).

When the show travelled to Washington DC to film the Season 5 debut, they managed to bag some time with the VP, in addition to the appearances from Barbara Boxer, Olympia Snow and John McCain. The executive producer of the show joked “[Leslie] has a lot of social figures that she considers heroes, but the funniest hero is Joe Biden. There’s an episode last season where she says, ‘Joe Biden is on my celebrity sex list — well, he is my celebrity sex list’… It was amazing to have her meet Olympia Snowe and Barbara Boxer because that meant something to her politically. But this transcends that. She’s meeting the man that she’s in love with on some deep level. It was a bigger deal to us in some ways that she meet Joe Biden than it was that she meet Barack Obama.”

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