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Up Close With Clint Eastwood: Unpacking The Mysteries Of J. Edgar Hoover

In an in-depth interview, the legendary American director explains how he scanned dusty files from the past in search of the keys for understanding longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, one of the 20th century's most powerful and indecipherable

Clint Eastwood (Siebbi)
Clint Eastwood (Siebbi)
Samuel Blumenfeld

In Clint Eastwood's new film, J. Edgar, the John F. Kennedy assassination is depicted with such violence that it shocks audiences. There's no empathy for the victim. The death of the president is a mere footnote.

The award-winning director was himself surprised by the impact the sequence had on those who've seen the movie. In the much talked-about bio pic of longtime FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover, Eastwood had intended to keep the attention accorded to the Kennedys to a minimum."Everything about them had already been written and said – John's affairs, the affairs of both brothers with Marilyn Monroe, the dreadful relations between Hoover and the whole Kennedy family. What else was there to add?" Nothing, obviously – except presenting the fall of the clan in a completely different way.

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Yes, Her Too: A Feminist Reading Of The Depp Vs. Heard Case

The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation suit has become a Hollywood media (sh*t) storm, but there are troubling real consequences in the way domestic violence is being portrayed, when the victim is less-than-perfect.

Fans welcome Johnny Depp with "Justice For Johnny" signs at the defamation trial against Amber Heard.

Catalina Ruiz-Navarro*

First the background: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met in 2012. They started a relationship when Depp was still with Vanessa Paradis, and eventually married in 2015. Fifteen months later, Heard filed for divorce, accusing Depp of domestic violence and asking for a restraining order.

In the lawsuit, Heard said, ”I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.” They then made a million-dollar settlement, and soon after, Heard asked for the restraining order to be dropped.

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