Representative Joe Courtney of Connecticut sent a letter to Steven Spielberg pointing out an error in his film Lincoln. It seems, at the time, all four of Connecticut’s representatives voted against slavery. In the film, however, Spielberg depicts two representatives as voting FOR slavery. It turns out this is just the opening shot (sorry) in a host of mistakes and omissions in the film that are only now coming to light.
Yesterday, Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln received 12 Academy Award Nominations including one for Best Picture. The film is a stirring, wonderful tribute to the Great Emancipator, which is more than we can say about this cartoon from MAD #500. It comes courtesy of the twisted mind of Mr. Duck Edwing.
It was announced this week that Pepsi and Beyoncé have become “global partners.” What that means (other than sounding like a “Risk” alliance) is that Beyoncé is getting $50 million to do a bunch of Pepsi stuff — including having her face on Pepsi cans. We figured there must have been other candidates for the job — and luckily, we discovered some of the other celebs Pepsi considered for the can-treatment before they settled on Beyoncé!
Building on Toni Morrison declaring that Bill Clinton was "The First Black President," Newsweek this week declared Barack Obama "The First Gay President" on its cover. Given all the press that her magazine received for the cover, it's only a matter of time before Newsweek editor and media opportunist Tina Brown will try to duplicate this success with other ridiculous presidential covers.
Fans of heavy, outmoded reference books everywhere are in a state of mourning after yesterday’s announcement that, after 244 years in print, the Encyclopedia Britannica would be moving to an all-digital format. While this may cause some to get all nostalgic for the old-fashioned pleasures of plagiarizing book reports from a physical source, we think that, frankly, the change is long overdue. For years, the print editors have been resting on their laurels.
Artist: Sam Sisco
A new book by Mimi Alford, a onetime intern of President Kennedy, alleges that JFK carried on a yearlong affair with her—and even offered the then-19-year-old to other White House staffers for sexual favors. While shocking, this kind of behavior is hardly unique. In fact, historians have recently discovered a slew of other presidential indiscretions.