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Trailerama! – New Previews for Rosewater, Leviathan, Foxcatcher, and Bang Baby Bang

Bang Baby Bang

Here’s a synopsis you don’t see everyday:

A small town teenager in the 1960s believes her dreams of becoming a famous singer will come true when her rock star idol gets stranded in town. But a leak in a nearby chemical plant that is believed to be causing mass mutations threatens to turn her dream into a nightmare.


The newest film by Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. There have been other previews out for a while now – it was originally scheduled to be released for the last awards season, but got pushed back a year – but this new trailer gives a little different look at the tone of the film.


Last year, Jon Stewart took an extended break from The Daily Show to direct this film. He also wrote the script based on the memoir, Then They Came For Me, by journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael Garcia Bernal). According to Wikipedia…

Bahari’s imprisonment is connected to an interview he conducted on The Daily Show in 2009; the authorities presented the interview as evidence that he was in communication with an American spy.


This dark take on corruption in Russia is considered a heavyweight for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. (Sadly, it’s not about a mythological giant sea-monster.)

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The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, on Ferguson, MO

As you probably know, up until this summer I had lived in St. Louis for 6 years. I worked a just little south of Ferguson. In fact, my office was ON Ferguson Ave.

And of course, the protests and riots and violence spread beyond just that one little suburb. There were incidents at the mall I used to go to all the time. There was even a shooting in my old neighborhood, a couple blocks from my house. It was probably “officially” unrelated, but I guarantee that the high tension that had permeated the area in the 2 weeks following the killing of Michael Brown helped to make every bad situation just that much worse.

It’s been surreal, seeing the places I just left covered non-stop by social media and the 24-hr news cycle. I know it’s even crazier for all my friends that still live there. I’m three states away, and I still felt the fear and tension. I feared for my friends and family just trying to travel to and from work.

Anybody who knows me, knows my politics and values. I even let it slip from time to time in this blog. So you probably has a pretty good idea where I stand. I won’t add any more commentary or analysis, because there’s absolutely nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said.

But you know who can say it for me? Jon Stewart.

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to watch The Daily Show regularly, but apparently he had been away on vacation – probably airing reruns – during the worst of the situation. Upon returning, he offered this particularly enraged segment, in which he gave his usual hilarious and biting commentary. He directed his rage specifically at Fox New’s (unsurprisingly, yet still offensively) skewed coverage of this situation.

Note how fast he is talking in this segment. He is doing everything he can to get out as much information as possible in this 9-minute segment.


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