February 4th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Also this week: CAT POWER was once known for her unpredictable live shows and predictable — because

Also this week: CAT POWER was once known for her unpredictable live shows and predictable — because they were always excellent — CDs. Then came a much-publicized trip to rehab and a much-lauded collaboration with Teenie Hodges and other great session musicians, "The Greatest" (Matador). And now she is a much less well-kept secret than she used to be. On Sunday she comes to the Hiro Ballroom to entertain an audience that still, even after her triumphant year, doesn't know exactly what to expect. 7 p.m., 371 West 16th Street, Chelsea, (212) 727-0212; $25.
Chris Keeley

Hannibal Rising

Hannibal Rising


Type: Features
Distributor: MGM
Release Date: February 9, 2007

Rating: R (for strong grisly violent content and some language/sexual references)

Starring: Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li, Rhys Ifans, Dominic West
Directed by: Peter Webber

PLOT DESCRIPTION
Curious filmgoers looking to get better acquainted with the silver screen's most notorious cannibalistic serial killer are sure to get their fair share of shocks and thrills as director Peter Webber teams with author Thomas Harris to explore the early life of well-read psychopath Hannibal Lecter. Based on author Harris' gruesome novel of the same name, Hannibal Rising travels back in time to World War II-era Lithuania, where an impressionable, well-to-do young boy named Hannibal (Gaspard Ulliel) was forced to watch helplessly as his family was massacred and his young sister suffered a terrifying fate at the hands of desperate, famished soldiers. After seeking temporary shelter at the Soviet orphanage that was once his family's home, Hannibal later flees to Paris in search of his long-lost uncle. Though his uncle has passed away, his uncle's beautiful Japanese widow, Lady Murasaki (Gong Li), warmly accepts the frightened orphan into her home. But even the love and kindness of this generous stranger isn't enough to calm the raging storm that is brewing inside this troubled young boy. Plagued by nightmares and determined to seek vengeance on the murderous war criminals who brutalized his family, the profoundly disturbed but academically gifted Hannibal enrolls in medical school in order to hone the skills that will allow him to exact horrific justice. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide » View Trailer

http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/trailer.html?v_id=336976
Chris Keeley

sybarites and the cyborgs, feminine wiles are as good as artificial intelligence.

sybarites and the cyborgs, feminine wiles are as good as artificial intelligence.

Slide Show SLIDE SHOW: Rewind/Fast-Forward

Spring 2007’s dueling personalities — and the beauties who embody them.


Tom Munro for The New York Times


Tom Munro for The New York Times


Tom Munro for The New York Times


Tom Munro for The New York Times


Tom Munro for The New York Times


Tom Munro for The New York Times


Tom Munro for The New York Times


Tom Munro for The New York Times

Chris Keeley

the unanswered question hanging over Libby's trial is, did the vice president's former chief of staf

Throughout this period, Cheney kept a news clipping of Wilson's criticisms on his desk, annotated with the question, "did his wife send him on a junket?" according to court statements. Libby told a grand jury that he and Cheney discussed it on multiple occasions each day.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/03/AR2007020301344.html

the unanswered question hanging over Libby's trial is, did the vice president's former chief of staff decide to leak that disparaging information on his own?

Vice President's Shadow Hangs Over Trial
Testimony Points Out Cheney's Role in Trying to Dampen Joseph Wilson's Criticism

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, February 4, 2007; A05

Vice President Cheney's press officer, Cathie Martin, approached his chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, on Air Force Two on July 12, 2003, to ask how she should respond to journalists' questions about Joseph C. Wilson IV. Libby looked over one of the reporters' questions and told Martin: "Well, let me go talk to the boss and I'll be back."

On Libby's return, Martin testified in federal court last week, he brought a card with detailed replies dictated by Cheney, including a highly partisan, incomplete summary of Wilson's investigation into Iraq's suspected weapons of mass destruction program.

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Chris Keeley

Nation Article on Brady Kiesling--12/25/06

   Brady Kiesling's Tale

by SCOTT SHERMAN

[from the December 25, 2006 issue]

In January 2003 John Brady Kiesling, political counselor at the US
Embassy in Greece, hosted a dinner party for a dozen European artists
and intellectuals at his apartment in Athens. Most of the guests were
friendly to the United States, but none of them could fathom the Bush
Administration's inexorable march to war in Iraq. As a career diplomat
obligated to defend his country's foreign policy, Kiesling reflexively
counterattacked with prowar arguments, but the rhetorical effort left
him exhausted and irritable. "At the end of the evening," he later
explained, "I realized how threadbare and unconvincing my arguments had
been. And these were people who like Americans!"

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