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A Brief History Of Hollywood's Complicated Relationship With Cocaine

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 4:44 PM

"Cocaine is a hell of a drug," Rick James once said on an episode of "Chappelle’s Show." It was hilarious, and people laughed. But a few months later, James was dead at the age of 56 -- a mixture of drugs, including cocaine, found in his body. 

Cocaine abuse remains an ongoing problem in U.S. culture. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of deaths by cocaine overdose has increased over 40 percent in a the past decade. 

But the TV and movie industry has always had more of a complicated relationship with cocaine. At one moment, the drug is glorified on the big screen; the next, it is the representation of depravity. To explore Hollywood’s double-edged depiction of the drug, The Huffington Post asked audio and video auteur Swede Mason to craft the above video tapestry. We combed through over 100 hours of movie footage and then handed our findings over to Mason, who edited together the visuals and incorporated the source material in creating the audio track.

Need help with substance abuse or mental health issues? In the U.S., call 800-662-HELP (4357) for the SAMHSA National Helpline. 


Full list of movies used in mashup:

"Flight" (2012)
"Requiem for a Dream" (2000)
"Bad Lieutenant" (1992)
"Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" (2009)
"Pulp Fiction" (1994)
"Wolf of Wall Street" (2013)
"True Romance" (1993)
"Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" (2007)
"Traffic" (2000)
"Crocodile Dundee" (1986)
"Tango and Cash" (1989)
"Showgirls" (1995)
"Superbad" (2007)
"American Psycho" (2000)
"Airplane!" (1980)
"Magnolia" (1999)
"The Big Chill" (1983)
"Very Bad Things" (1998)
"Casino" (1995)
"Boogie Nights" (1997)
"Goodfellas" (1990)
"Blow" (2001)
"Scarface" (1983)
"The Crow" (1994)
"The Hangover Part II" (2011)
"The Hangover Part III" (2013)
"Up In Smoke" (1978)
"Greenberg" (2010)
"Lord of War" (2005)
"Modern Problems" (1981)
"Pain and Gain" (2013)
"Basic Instinct" (1992)
"The Departed" (2006)
"Robocop" (1987)
"Any Given Sunday" (1999)
"Wall Street" (1987)
"Bad Boys" (1995)
"Code of Silence" (1985)
"Léon: The Professional" (1994)
"Starsky and Hutch" (2004)
"Donnie Brasco" (1997)
"King of New York" (1990)
"Bright Lights, Big City" (1988)
"Crank" (2006)
"Annie Hall" (1977)
"This is the End" (2013)

Video scored and edited by Swede Mason


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Bernie Sanders Plays The Bongos To Ben Harper's ‘Burn One Down’

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 1:34 PM

Bernie Sanders has become a household name as the liberal firebrand shaking up the Democratic primaries. A lesser-known...

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Donald Trump fala 'China'. 234 vezes (VÍDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 5:13 PM

Se você quiser ouvir o candidato à presidência dos EUA Donald Trump dizer a palavra "China" 234, clique no vídeo. Esse é o momento.

Para facilitar sua vida, disponibilizamos a transcrição completa do vídeo acima. :P

Transcrição completa:

DONALD TRUMP: Vamos dizer "China". China. China. China....

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Donald Trump Says 'China'

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 11:24 AM

If you would like to watch Donald Trump say the word "China" 234 times then click the video...

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Sunday Shows Talk Trump, Trump And More Trump

(49) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 3:03 PM

NEW YORK -- If it's Sunday, it's Donald Trump time.

The political media didn't take even a day of rest last weekend from its ongoing obsession with the real estate developer-turned-Republican candidate.

Every presidential candidate, governor, journalist and pundit making the rounds could anticipate a Sunday...

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Movie Mashup Pays Tribute To William H. Macy, Cinema's Number One Loser

(31) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 9:42 AM

He may be cinema’s biggest loser, but William H. Macy never fails to win our hearts.

Macy first rose to prominence with his Oscar-nominated turn as a hapless would-be criminal in the 1996 cult classic, "Fargo." Since then, the actor has become a household name, playing a...

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Frank Underwood's Slickest Lines From 'House Of Cards' Season 3

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 6:19 PM

Oh, Frank, you think you're so slick.

After collecting all of Frank Underwood's most melodramatic idioms, metaphors and often hilariously over-written lines from both Seasons 1 and 2 of "House of Cards," we just knew we had to take a crack at...

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Here's Proof That Naomi Campbell Is The Undisputed Queen Of The Catwalk

(7) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 9:15 AM

"You can’t help but be captivated by her. It’s not charisma. It’s more powerful than that," designer Anna Sui has said of Naomi Campbell. Truer words have never been spoken when it comes to the supermodel. There is no one who works the runway quite like...

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Let's Relive The Funniest Moments Of 'Wet Hot American Summer'

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 1:28 PM

By now, you've probably heard the news that "Wet Hot American Summer" is coming to Netflix as a new series. The show will reunite most of film's original cast, including, say it with me now, Bradley Cooper.

To prepare for the occasion, take a walk down memory...

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These Were The Most Shocking TV Deaths This Year

(17) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 12:03 PM

The 2014 television season was like the Red Wedding on repeat: non-stop brutal deaths. From beloved characters to those we hated, many were killed off gruesomely, many were too traumatic to accept and others have incited fan petitions.

Look back on the...

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Here's A Close Look At John McCain's Long-Running War Powers Act

(95) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:45 PM

As you may have noticed if you've been unfortunate enough to have tuned in to any TV coverage of American politics in the past decade, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is always there. So much McCain being there! He is constant, like death and taxes and gravity.

Why is...

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This Retro Arcade Movie Mashup Will Bring You Back To Your Youth

(17) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 12:26 PM

Hey, kids. Remember arcades? We sure do. Good times, great games. Go ahead and call us nostalgic. We don't care. Since there aren't many arcades left anymore, we decided to turn to the movies to relive the glory days of our youth. So fill those pockets...

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The Ultimate Charles Bronson Movie Trailer

(10) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 1:36 PM

Charles Bronson. Charles Bronson. Charles ... BRONSON. Just writing the name puts a few extra hairs on a man's chest.

Over the course of a 50-year career, Charles Bronson starred in 95 films and made 156 television appearances; including such classics as "The Magnificent Seven," "The Great Escape,"...

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Every Time Samuel L. Jackson Has Said 'Motherf--ker' In Film

(18) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 12:42 PM

It's a safe bet that there’s no swear jar in Samuel L. Jackson’s household. If there were -– even after appearing in over 150 movies and television shows since 1978 -- the iconic actor would probably be broke.

From childhood, saying “motherfucker” and other swears...

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Here's 'True American' Star Tom Hardy Playing True American From 'New Girl'

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 9:26 AM

Late Wednesday, Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures announced that Tom Hardy would star for director Kathryn Bigelow in "The True American," an adaptation of New York Times writer Anand Giridharadas' non-fiction book about a tragedy that happened in the shadow of Sept. 11, 2001. With that kind of pedigree -- Bigelow...

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WATCH: Music Festival Dancing: The Best Of The Best

(10) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 9:23 AM

If dancing is a form of self-expression, then we're not sure we want to know these people.

Just kidding, they're still way better dancers than us.

Check out our compilation of the best (worst) music festival dancers. We're not saying they were inebriated during these clips, but it would certainly...

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In Honor Of 'Chef,' Here's Our Supercut Of The Best Food Porn In Movies

(2) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 6:01 PM

Jon Favreau's new culinary delight "Chef" is 115 minutes of food porn. The comedy opens in limited release on May 9 and will expand wider in the weeks to come. Starring Favreau as a lauded Los Angeles chef who goes bonkers when a critic gives his latest creations...

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Frank Underwood's Slickest Lines From 'House Of Cards' Season 2 Are Even Better

(11) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 1:33 PM

After collecting all of Frank Underwood's funniest idioms, metaphors and dramatically over-written lines from season one of "House Of Cards," we just knew we had to take a crack at season 2.

Now that you've all had some time to watch the second season, sit back and...

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Christopher Walken Can't Stop Dancing

(100) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 4:45 PM

If you've ever seen the music video for Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" then you know that Christopher Walken has got the moves. If you're a real fan of his you might even know that before becoming a film star, Walken initially trained as a musical theater dancer...

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President Obama Holds Nothing Back On 'Between Two O'Reillys'

(41) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 2:53 PM

We'll probably never hear more candid reactions from President Obama than we did during his episode of "Between Two Ferns" with Zach Galifianakis.

That is, until now.

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly wasn't too pleased with the President's decision to sit down with a comedian to...

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