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The MovieFilm Podcast: Ride Along 2, 13 Hours, and the Suicide Squad Trailer!

Zaki Hasan | Posted 01.20.2017 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

For this week's show, we're joined once again by our old friend (and editor-in-chief) Paul Shirey, for a fun and free-ranging conversation on all the latest out of Hollywood.

What If We Really Knew What Media Does to Us

Marty Kaplan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Media
Marty Kaplan

What if we knew that the fictional rapes in HBO's mega-hit Game of Thrones caused real rapes in the real world? What if we knew that the portrayals of gay characters in Modern Family caused actual states to legalize same-sex marriage? The catch, of course, is causation.

"Vhy you alvays terrorist?": Musing on the Lack of Middle-Eastern Role Models in Pop Culture

Maz Jobrani | Posted 12.04.2012 | Entertainment
Maz Jobrani

I myself had the privilege of dying at Chuck's hands once in a movie (I know, you're jealous!) Later I was cast as a terrorist again on the TV show 24 though on this occasion my character changed his mind halfway through the mission. I called him the "ambivalent terrorist."

The Keystone Cops Meet the Parents; And Let's Not Invade Yemen

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

So before airport security screening start to feel like your annual medical check-up and American troops head into Yemen, here are some common sense ideas aimed at preventing anti-American terrorism.

What Jack Bauer Has Not Done

Brigadier Gen. David R. Irvine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brigadier Gen. David R. Irvine

It is particularly regrettable that Jack Bauer, in his new season, is shown persuading a "naïve" FBI agent that torture is the ultimate weapon in democracy's arsenal.

McCain's Favorite TV Show, 24, Brings Torture Back This Sunday

Jon Wiener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Wiener

John McCain's favorite TV show, 24 -- the one that glorifies torture - is returning to Fox TV this Sunday night with a two-hour special. McCain nam...