Have you ever been reading a book and pictured a certain Hollywood star playing one of the characters? Ever been disappointed with the casting selection when your favorite book is made into a movie?
Who would you cast in the book you’re reading?
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I am really surprised by this list.
March 6, 2014 in Books, Music, Movies & Entertainment, Celebrity News & Gossip, Random Stuff, Strange and the bizarre
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After a 5-hour-long fight, a 10-foot python eats a crocodile whole in front of a shocked crowd of onlookers at Lake Moondarra in Queensland, Australia.
via Barcroft Media
This video will make you cringe.
Forget using a coin. The tires already have something built in.
In the first half of the program, author Brian Kannard detailed his research into the life of John Steinbeck and how that investigation revealed that the famed writer may have secretly worked as a spy for the CIA. Kannard recalled that, while studying Steinbeck’s interest in Arthurian legend and Holy Grail lore, he serendipitously discovered that the author had secretly worked for the OSS during World War II. Although Steinbeck was allegedly a war correspondent during the conflict, Kannard revealed that the author was also part of a “prototype SEAL unit” called the Beach Jumpers. Following the war, when the CIA was in its infancy, Kannard said, they turned to patriotic celebrities, such as Steinbeck, who could gain access to areas and information abroad that “the average tourist wouldn’t have.”
Although Steinbeck was considered extremely liberal and possibly a communist, Kannard observed that the author, unlike his contemporaries in the arts, was never called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Citing a letter written by Steinbeck where the author expressed certainty that he would never be called to testify, Kannard surmised that this confidence was due to protection afforded to him via his work with the CIA. Based on his research, Kannard theorized that Steinbeck worked for the CIA at least until 1964, when he visited the Soviet Union, and possibly even later when the author traveled to Vietnam “at the behest of Lyndon Johnson.” Interestingly, while much of Kannard’s work is informed by FOIA documents, he noted that the FBI destroyed numerous files concerning Steinbeck, which suggests that the government wanted to conceal something about the author’s past.
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- Why did the FBI admit to destroying elements of Steinbeck’s FBI file when it is accessible through their “FOIA Vault” website?
- Did Steinbeck actively gather information for the intelligence community during his trips to the Soviet Union?
- Why are Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway mentioned in the same 1944 FBI document?
- Why was the controversial author of The Grapes of Wrath never called before the House Select Committee on Un-America Activities, despite alleged ties to Communist organizations?
- Could the CIA have influenced Steinbeck to produce Cold War propaganda as part of Operation MOCKINGBIRD?
- Why did the CIA admit to the Church Committee in 1975 that Steinbeck was a subject of their illegal mail-opening program known as HTLINGUAL?
via Coast to Coast AM
Cast the role of John Steinbeck when they make a movie out of this.
More info: http://www.steinbeckcitizenspy.com/
Here is Bryzgalov right before being called for a high sticking penalty.
The Mall of America confirmed Monday that it has closed on the financing for its upcoming Phase 1C expansion project, paving the way for groundbreaking to occur later this month.
The $300 million expansion — located on the north side of the existing mall — will include a 342-room JW Marriott luxury hotel, the MOA Crossing office building, 150,000 square feet of upscale retail, a new dining area and an underground parking ramp.
via Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal
Were we all depressed in 1994? Great song. Rare footage on the roof of EMI in London.