Legendary Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

By : Wire Report
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ABOVE: Director Franco Zeffirelli. (By Alexey Yushenkov, from Wikimedia Commons)

ROME (AP) | Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic “Romeo and Juliet” and the miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth,” died on June 15 at 96.

While Zeffirelli was most popularly known for his films, his name was also inextricably linked to the theater and opera. He produced classics for the world’s most famous opera houses, from Milan’s venerable La Scala to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and plays for London and Italian stages.

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The Wonderful World of Wanzie: The lying liar who lies

By : Michael Wanzie
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“I’m the President and you’re not.” Nanny-nanny boo-boo. Henie-meanie-whoonie-Hinie-Ho!

What a fucking embarrassment this man is. Between the total disrespect he showed German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her recent visit to his outrageous lie regarding Great Britain and his slanderous unsubstantiated allegations against President Obama – one of the most decent men to have ever held the office – of committing a felony! I can’t even. So I won’t.

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Screened Out – Hacksaw Ridge

By : Stephen Miller
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Andrew Garfield, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington

Continuing my coverage of the Oscar-nominated…

Let us forget for a moment that director Mel Gibson hates “Jews” and other minorities. Let’s talk about his oeuvre as a whole. Wow, Mel sure LOVES his violent films where one moral person stands against prevailing culture. Braveheart, Apocalypto, and especially The Passion of the Christ – all thoroughly bloody and with a martyr as the hero.

Hacksaw Ridge continues that. In fact, this might be the bloodiest, goriest WWII ever made (putting the first minute of Saving Private Ryan to shame). And yet right in the center is an unflappable hero standing up against the world for what he believes in.

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