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John McCain: Uphill Both Ways

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John McCain: Uphill Both Ways

John McCain’s campaign strategy seems to be to throw as much shit against the wall as possible until something—anything—sticks, and his current tactics are the most transparent thing to come out of Washington since before George W. Bush took office. Last week saw a particularly desperate assault that included a sad string of misguided advertisements: “Troops” falsely accused Obama of going to the gym rather than visiting wounded troops in Germany (it’s still posted on the official McCain website, despite its inaccuracy); “Celeb” juxtaposes Obama with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton and is as vapid as the celebrities it tries to skewer; while “The One” mocks Obama’s popularity by comparing him to the Second Coming and taking a quote in which he calls himself a “symbol” out of context (Obama’s full statement maintained that the positive reception he received throughout Europe two weeks ago was symbolic of the world’s optimism about America’s future).

On Friday, McCain said he thinks “Celeb” has “a lot of humor in it,” but the only comical part of the ad comes at the end, when the happy music gets cued and McCain proudly tells us he approved the message. That particular ad is so self-damning, revealing the McCain campaign’s lustful envy of Obama’s popularity throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world that I didn’t even think it or any of the other ads were worth commenting on. That is, until today. In a blog posted on The Huffington Post over the weekend, Kathy Hilton called the ad featuring her daughter “a complete waste of the country’s time and attention at the very moment when millions of people are losing their homes and their jobs.” She also called it “a complete waste of the money John McCain’s contributors have donated to his campaign.” And by “John McCain’s contributors” she actually means “me and my husband,” who, according to the Associated Press, have donated $4,600—the maximum amount allowed by law—to the Arizona senator’s campaign earlier this year.

Pissing off Mrs. Hilton is exemplary of how many in the right wing feel about their presumptive nominee. Of course, the McCain campaign doesn’t really need to spend much of the Hilton fortune to lampoon its most infamous family member: Why spend advertising dollars when you can post the thing on YouTube and wait for the media (and—ahem—bloggers) to rant or rave about it? What’s most disturbing about the ads, however, is that they might actually be working. The latest poll results show McCain and Obama in a statistical dead heat. The fact that a man who comes off a lot like a flailing, tasteless-joke-telling uncle who can’t tell his nieces and nephews apart or remember how long it took him to walk uphill both ways to school when he was a boy still has a legitimate shot at the presidency speaks to either his rival’s weakness as a candidate or the profound stupidity of the electorate. That the public is buying into the hype surrounding McCain talking points like the surge and offshore drilling, I’m willing to bet on the latter.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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