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The Debater as a Gladiator

Lev Hakak | Posted 05.02.2016 | Religion
 Lev Hakak

Do debaters try to receive "compensation" by demonstrating their skills and abilities? Are they drawn to the presidency as a public service only, or do they have additional considerations such as power, status, and honor?

Invoking Camus to Live

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.13.2016 | Home
Michael Shammas

In just two words of five syllables, medieval man brewed a bitter antidote to all from melancholy and regret to hubris and ostentation: memento mori.

Ridley Scott's Exodus: Splitting the Sea for a Whole New Generation

Howard Barbanel | Posted 02.28.2015 | Entertainment
Howard Barbanel

Ridley Scott is no Cecil B. DeMille. That's not necessarily a bad thing. What it means is that Scott's new epic Exodus: Gods and Kings is as much a product of our high-tech new-millennium era as The Ten Commandments was of the Eisenhower gray-flannel suit period.

'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

Michael Jones | Posted 02.21.2015 | Chicago
Michael Jones

I walked out after the parting of the Red Sea, which was depicted more as if an iffy forecast by Tom Skilling missed a low pressure system forming over Lake Michigan, than God majestically parting it to let his people go.

Live From the Marrakech Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.10.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You've been to Ouarzazate, Morocco -- at least visually -- even if you don't know it.

WATCH: Gladiator School Unearthed, Recreated

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 02.27.2014 | Science

An ancient Roman gladiator school has been discovered in Austria, complete with cell blocks, a training arena and a bath complex, archaeologists say. ...

Fall in Love With Pompeii

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 04.27.2014 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

12 Years a Slave closed down 2013 as the most powerful movie of the year, a movie that continues to speak to us today. It told the tales in history of...

Mike Ryan

'The Legend Of Hercules' Is Really Terrible | Mike Ryan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

As you are reading this, “The Legend of Hercules,” a very bad movie starring Kellan Lutz as the son of Zeus, is playing in many, many theaters. As...

Visiting the Set of "Game of Thrones" and "Lawrence of Arabia" in Morocco

Karin Badt | Posted 02.02.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The Marrakesh International Film Festival, in conjunction with the Moroccan National Tourism Bureau, treated 60 journalists and film industry professi...

Did Emperor From 'Gladiator' Fight In Personal Colosseum?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.16.2013 | Home

Legend has it that the fearsome Roman Emperor Commodus fancied himself a gladiator, once slaughtering 100 lions in a single day. Now researchers say t...

'Gladiator' Sequel Was To Be Called 'Christ Killer'

Posted 07.13.2013 | Entertainment

So, about that "Gladiator" sequel that's been in the works for, oh, 12 years? Some odd new details have emerged regarding its progress -- or lack ther...

Being Arab and Proud

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 08.04.2013 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

The race card...! Where do I begin with this ever so sensitive topic for Americans?! From filling out a simple job application, getting a loan, applyi...

European Set-Jetting: Lights, Camera, Travel

Kensington Tours | Posted 07.10.2013 | Travel
Kensington Tours

Both globetrotters and entertainment critics alike will agree that Europe sets the stage for some of the world's greatest adventures, from Greece in Mamma Mia to France in Les Misérables. What film will inspire your next holiday?

Maureen Ryan

'Spartacus' Insiders On The Darkest Season Yet | Maureen Ryan | Posted 02.14.2013 | TV

Nobody truly expects "Spartacus" to have a happy ending, but the Starz drama's final season, "War of the Damned," goes to some very dark places indeed...

Modern Gladiators - Calcio Storico Fiorentino

designboom | Posted 02.13.2013 | Arts

Modern Gladiators - Calcio Storico Fiorentino Image © Stefano Pogliani Every year in June and July, amidst the traditional ceremonies, parades and...

My First Rodeo

Lewis Krell | Posted 10.06.2012 | Sports
Lewis Krell

As I watched the more off-putting events like calf roping and steer wrestling I couldn't help but feel like I was watching a group of people who didn't realize that society has evolved past them.

Rare Statue Of Female Gladiator Found

Posted 04.20.2012 | Arts

A new study suggests that a rare statue of a gladiator is housed in a German museum. The catch: the warrior may be a woman. In the Internatio...

Russell Crowe Saved My LIfe

Dori Hartley | Posted 04.10.2012 | Women
Dori Hartley

Was I a general who became a slave who became a gladiator that gave an ass whoopin' to the Emperor of Rome? Hell no. I was just Dori -- a married mother of two in New Jersey.

Interview: Weekend Director Andrew Haigh

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.26.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Yes, potential backers worried about the gay subject matter of Andrew Haigh's Weekend, which opened in limited release last weekend. But they were worried even more, Haigh says, by all the dialogue in the low-budget romantic drama.

An Ancient Racket: Fake Gladiators Face Off With Police In Rome

La Stampa/Worldcrunch | Posted 10.16.2011 | Home

ROME - Thesedays, in the center of Rome, tourists might just see a real gladiator fight. The modern-day Roman tough guys -- long a photo-op attraction...

Sony PlayStation Move Ready for Holiday

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

PlayStation Move, Sony's answer to Microsoft's Kinect for XBOX 360, is not simply a wireless controller: it's an ecosystem focused on the Move motion controller.

For the Love of Film, Two Young Documentarians Journey to Siberia

Fabio Periera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Fabio Periera

Everyone falls in love a different way. Maybe it's a particular scene or the collected works of a particular director, or even just a catchphrase. Wha...

Russell Crowe 'Threatened To Kill Producer With Bare Hands,' Says New Book

The Guardian | Ben Child | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Russell Crowe threatened to kill a veteran producer with his bare hands during a 3am phone call while filming his Oscar-winning role in Gladiator, acc...

Roman Colosseum's Tunnels Opening In August For First Time EVER (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

2,000-year-old underground tunnels beneath Rome's Colosseum (one of the 7 Wonders of the Middle Ages)will open this summer for the first time ever, re...

Hollywood Needs a Revolution!

Julie Gray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Julie Gray

Hollywood has become a corporate wasteland and the results are so plainly obvious that it's painful. It is time for a new generation of visionary writers and directors in Hollywood. Those driven by raw creativity.