Why Would A Gay Teenager Commit Hate Crimes Against Herself?

Why Would A Gay Teenager Commit Hate Crimes Against Herself?

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Why Would A Gay Teenager Commit Hate Crimes Against Herself?
Ten years ago, a liberal San Francisco suburb was traumatized by a rash of hate crimes against a 17-year-old lesbian. But when it was revealed that the victim herself had staged the attacks, the entire community turned on her and she never spoke about the incidents publicly. Until now. View this image › Illustration by […]

Ten years ago, a liberal San Francisco suburb was traumatized by a rash of hate crimes against a 17-year-old lesbian. But when it was revealed that the victim herself had staged the attacks, the entire community turned on her and she never spoke about the incidents publicly. Until now.

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Mrs. K can’t remember what it was specifically that made her suspicious. Maybe how the eggs were splattered on the Jeep, or maybe her daughter’s disposition. “I was starting to think, There’s something wrong here,” she says once she finally allows me to turn on a tape recorder. She doesn’t want me to do this story and two nights ago tried to talk her daughter out of cooperating. Her daughter is a teacher now, and the reality is that having all this, all the hateful words — the fabricated ones and the real ones that followed — dredged back up could harm them both. I assure her I won’t be using either of their names.

It’s been 15 years, probably, since I’ve seen Mrs. K, and she looks the same, but slimmer. Her hair is still long and golden. We sit in her living room, almost knee to knee. A vase of fresh-cut daffodils stands on the coffee table. If I’m going to tear open these old wounds, she wants me to at least have the right information, so an hour into my visit, she stands up, walks to a cabinet behind me, and takes out two white binders. Inside these are just about every email she ever sent to the school and the police and others; a calendar she’d made documenting every act of vandalism, death threat, and venomous anti-gay slur; newspaper clippings; the fliers. And then the court petition, probation documents. She insists she hasn’t opened the binders since she made them. “I have every piece of correspondence from my divorce,” she explains. “I have my tax records for the last 10 years. This is how I roll.”

Soon after the Jeep was egged, she did confront her daughter — we can call her Mary — at the Cheesecake Factory, but was convinced to back off. Those were hard years. She’d gone back to work and separated from her husband as her older daughter had gone off to college back East. There were tuition bills, bitter fights, a restraining order, an ever-waning trickle of alimony. She was working six days a week at some points. She remembers one night even taking work she had to do out to the car, watching the house through the night, trying to catch whoever was attacking Mary. And Mary, who’d always been independent, was drifting from her. “I had absolutely no control over her whatsoever,” she says.

“I remember the people that were sympathetic — like this note,” she says, holding up a greeting card from PTA representatives, still in its envelope, opening it with care. “‘Dear Tam Student and Family, we’re writing to offer friendship, support,’” her voice breaks, “‘and solidarity with your family during this tremendously difficult time.’ I’m telling you this meant so much to me. They’ll never know.” She shakes her head and wipes tears from her cheeks.

“So many people had expressed sympathy and now those same people were angry, too, that she had fooled them and did I know. I got that question a lot: Did I know?” Though they’d already planned to move out of Mill Valley before the truth came out, the timing was certainly serendipitous. “I literally could not go to the grocery store,” she says.

She tells me emphatically about how Mary met all the conditions of her probation, how she immediately enrolled in community college, and from there, state school; from there, her teaching program. How good her grades were. Their relationship has healed.

“I do think she feels she needs to be an upstanding citizen now, that she needs to be the person that she was always capable of being. She is going to be that role model, that mentor, that leader of young people who are struggling, because she’s been there.”

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Tamalpais High School is over 100 years old, which is really old for California. Its white stucco buildings are arranged on a steep green hill, and a clock tower stands at its center, fringed by sycamores, overlooking the intersection of Miller Avenue and Camino Alto in Mill Valley. It serves about 1,100 students from the southernmost chunk of Marin County, which borders San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. The county and Mill Valley specifically are white and affluent and very liberal: Its median home price is more than $1 million and fewer than 1 in 8 are registered Republicans. Its redwood-shaded canyons are home to many helicopter parents and Priuses and some celebrities — film producers, actors, rockers of ‘60s and ‘70s repute. The weather is almost without exception pleasant. Days often begin shrouded in fog, but by midday it usually burns off, revealing the mountain, for which the school is named, rising 2,500 feet above, green skirts laid out around it. Locals mostly call the mountain, and the school, Tam.

It was characteristically pleasant the Monday morning of Nov. 1, 2004, when Vice Principal Candace Curtis was alerted on her walkie-talkie that she needed to go down to Ruby Scott Gym, to the girls’ locker room. Curtis, a petite woman with a mess of brown hair, had been working in the schools for over two decades, first as a teacher, and for the last dozen or so as an administrator. In the cement-floored, low-lit locker room, a custodian pointed out what he’d found. It had been done with a ballpoint pen, evidently. The three letters were blocky and strange but what they said was clear: “FAG.”

Ms. Curtis determined that the locker belonged to Mary, who was a senior and active on several sports teams. Ms. Curtis didn’t know whether she was in fact a lesbian, though, like many, wouldn’t have been surprised if she were. She was heavyset. Her light brown hair was buzzed into a crew cut and she dressed in more masculine clothes — collared shirts, plain T-shirts, baggy jeans. When Ms. Curtis called Mary to the office and explained what had happened, her reaction was hard to parse, but she accepted an offer to go home early. She asked only that Ms. Curtis not tell her mother why. The locker was repainted.

A few days later, her mother did find out, and that Sunday wrote Ms. Curtis a pointed email. Her daughter, she explained, had been under a lot of stress as of late, so much so that just two weeks before she’d asked the school counselor for a psychiatrist referral. She could not believe that Ms. Curtis wouldn’t have alerted her of this obviously troubling incident. Ms. Curtis hardly had time to reply before the second graffiti was discovered, on Monday. This time it was on the door of the girl’s white Jeep. Again those same odd, blocky letters, only larger: “DIE FAGGOT.”

A week later, on Nov. 14, a note was found on her windshield, one that’d been typed up large enough to fill the piece of paper. “YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE,” it read, “WE KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE. WHEN WE’RE DONE WITH YOU YOU WILL BURN IN HELL.” The next day, the gym locker again, “RUN FAG RUN,” as well as urine. This, Curtis and others presumed, was probably the work of a man, and yet how did a man not only go into the girls’ locker room without being noticed, she wondered, but know which was the correct locker? The administration, her counselors, and now the police, asked Mary again and again who might be behind these attacks, whether she could recall anyone bullying or stalking her. She said she had no idea. She said she couldn’t recall being victimized on account of her sexuality before.

Soon Mary confided in her small group of friends about what was happening. They were horrified. One of her best friends, Nina Hirten, recalls: “I identify as bisexual and I know plenty of other kids when I was there identified themselves as not straight. Maybe it’s going to be me [next]. Who’s going to write on my car?” But then it became clear whomever it was was targeting Mary: “That’s fucking lame,” Hirten recalls thinking. “In some ways she’s an easy target because she’s obvious and outspoken and well-known and makes herself known.”

Rumors spread. Nobody official gave a name, but nobody needed to. We heard a girl, a senior, an athlete, was the victim of anti-gay attacks, and we guessed rightly who was meant. Mary and I had been friends in middle school, but by senior year, we had grown apart. I wouldn’t have felt comfortable approaching her and saying I was sorry about what was happening. This is partly because I had no real confirmation she was the victim, but also because whatever was happening to her was embarrassing and strange. Years later, I wondered if this was cowardly.

On Nov. 19, a note was found under her doormat at home: “THEY MAKE IT HARDER BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE AND WE ONLY FIGHT HARDER THIS IS YOUR LAST WARNING WE’RE AROUND EVERY CORNER AND IT’S TIME.” Two days later, in the evening, Mary went out to her car. She noticed an egg had been smashed on the back of it, and saw another on the ground nearby. It was then, she’d later tell authorities, that a third struck her in the temple. She looked up, she told them, shocked, confused, and heard laughing and unintelligible yelling. When sheriffs arrived on scene, emotions were running high. They had to separate Mary and her mother so they could calm them down and get statements. When they investigated the scene, authorities also discovered “FAGMOBILE” scrawled in dirt on the car.

“She never saw who it was,” Mill Valley Police Department Captain Jim Wickham told the Marin Independent Journal that week in the first news story about the incidents. “It may be students; that’s one thing we’re looking at.” Multiple former classmates who are gay but weren’t yet out now cite the incident with the eggs as one that scared them the most — the idea that she’d been followed home.

In late November, they found “FAG CLASS” on the doors of one of her classrooms. In early December, it was “DIE FAG” spray-painted red in two-and-a-half-foot-tall letters in the school’s central Keyser Hall, a location that investigators noted the victim had to pass to get to her first class. “DIE FAGGOT” was found scrawled on the girl’s bathroom door. “FAG CLASS” on another classroom. Around this time the sheriff and police department devoted further resources to the investigation; the FBI was contacted. Still, as the IJ reported, “No suspects have been identified.”

“The mother was calling me constantly,” Ms. Curtis says. “‘How are you keeping my daughter safe?’” She didn’t have a good answer. No matter what she did, she would get another call early in the morning across the walkie-talkie, a custodian saying she better get down and take a look at something. “My stomach would just get in knots. I was on edge every day for all those months, never knowing when something else was going to happen.”

When she’d worked at another high school in the county a few years prior, Curtis remembered the IJ “blasting” the school because of some what she terms “racial incidences” that had occurred. On an impulse, with no permission, and certainly no budget, she and her secretary designed and ordered a big banner and had it hung from the clock tower. “I had no idea when I got it how expensive it was going to be,” she says now, chuckling. It read: “AccepTance, compAssion, eMpathy.”

Curtis made a point of attending the Gay–Straight Alliance meetings, which were now occurring weekly; Mary was co-president. A letter was sent to the students and their families by Principal Chris Holleran, detailing the crimes and their efforts to curtail them, including the “establishment of a $1,000 reward for information, support services for the targeted student, and promotion of our anonymous tip line.” Fliers littered campus. “Got information?” they asked, adding, “It’s your community.” Another of the victim’s friends began a campaign passing out rainbow ribbons.

Finally, one night, police seemed to catch a lead: They caught three students on campus dressed in camouflage. This included the 18-year-old Perry twins, who were somewhat infamous around campus and town, always, it seemed, protesting their innocence to a hall monitor or jumping off something tall. Police drew firearms and got them on the ground. Their 17-year-old companion was released, but the Perrys were photographed and fingerprinted and charged with trespassing while detectives tried to get them to confess to the crimes. But they insisted they’d been trying to solve the crimes: “We were trying to figure out who was doing this,” Clayton Andrew Perry explains now. “I have family members that are gay.” (They were maybe also interested in the cash.)

“We’re good people, right, but we just had this stereotypical kind of outlook on us,” he says, adding that he and his brother are both paramedics. He spent two days in county lockup, the only time in jail he says he’s ever done.

A candlelight vigil was held in the front of the school in mid-December, where 250 attended; even the TV news was there. Guest speakers included two representatives of a local LGBT organization called Spectrum and a woman from the office of the local San Francisco state Sen. Carole Migden, herself openly lesbian. The winter sun descended early and candles flickered. The event ended with a junior on a guitar leading the crowd in a tearful rendition of “Let It Be.”

“That place was packed. Absolutely packed,” Candace Curtis recalls.

Jeff Vendsel / Marin Independent Journal

This wasn’t surprising, given the moment: Earlier that year, and 20 minutes away, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom began marrying same-sex couples at City Hall. A month later, Gov. Schwarzenegger and the State Supreme Court stopped them, and those 4,000 couples who were married, some of whom had kids at Tam, found themselves in a legal gray area that wouldn’t be resolved in their favor until the landmark Supreme Court decision that defeated Prop 8 last summer.

Inspired by what Newsom had done, a group of drama students had been developing a Laramie Project–style oral documentary play called Are We Married Yet?: How the Rainbow Reached Marin. “This has taken on special resonance as anti-gay incidents have recently surfaced on the Tam campus itself,” director John Warren stated in the play’s pink playbill.

After a quiet winter break, the crimes erupted again. The GSA had put up fliers that included statistics about the frequency of LGBT teen suicide. One was found on Mary’s car, alongside blocky words in column, instructing “SO DO IT.” “DIE FAG” was written in dry-erase pen on another teacher’s classroom door.

Then one afternoon, Nina Hirten recalls, she and Mary walked out to Mary’s car, which was parked by the football field. After they got in, Mary slammed her fists into the steering wheel and swore loudly. Hirten asked what was happening. “The door,” Mary said, indicating to the passenger door. Hirten got out and saw another slur written there in big black letters. She was confused as to how Mary had seen it, but more confused that she’d missed it. She sat with her friend as she called the police, as they filed a report. “She was like, ‘I don’t want to go home right now,’ because at that point she’d been egged once or twice at her house. I told her, ‘You can stay with me whenever you want’ and she did.” Each time something else happened, Hirten would get a text. “She was practically living at my house that year,” she says. “It came to the point where I felt like I was really babysitting her.”

This was in part because Mary was high all the time — cough medicine. Most of her friends knew about it. Teachers occasionally sent her to the counselor’s office. Mary’s other best friend recalls covering for her a lot: “I didn’t think it was my place to confront her about that, given that I was under the impression that she was fearing for her life most of the time.”

One night in mid-February, the police found Mary on campus drunk and sent her home. At least once, her mother called the sheriff, worried that her daughter had run away, or worse. One comment Mary made about wanting to drive off a cliff worried investigators so much they put a GPS unit on her car and kept a laptop with them at all times so they could keep track of her. Mary didn’t know about this. Neither she nor her mom were aware that the retired couple across the street had allowed a camera to be installed on their property, either.

Fliers blew away or were rained on and then replaced. The edges of the rainbow ribbon on my own book bag frayed. The feeling around campus was one of tension, and slight disbelief: They haven’t figured this out yet? Suspects were few, and no theories stuck. Maybe a parent? some wondered. The crimes showed no sign of stopping; if anything they escalated.

Right before the big spring multicultural assembly, which this year would have a big LGBT component, the school’s main office received a threatening letter. “I remember having the police there in force, all over the place,” recalls Curtis, “for fear that there was going to be some horrible thing that some perpetrator was going to try and pull off.”

And then at the end of spring break, in mid-April, five teachers received threatening voicemails. The voice was deep and sounded mechanized. It said: “…force [sic] to tolerate it when we see you every day, we sit in your classes and we tolerate you because we have to. This is our expression: We don’t want you here and it’s just the beginning. We have supporters and will only get bigger. Take your opportunity to leave now.”

“I had to play it a couple times,” recalls one recipient, who, along with his other targeted colleagues I spoke with, asked to remain anonymous. “I didn’t understand what it was saying. It was a little bit cryptic.” At first he wasn’t sure if it was a threat or a prank. “I don’t think I put two and two together until after, when a number of us were targeted and I’m like, ‘Oh, all of us are gay.’ And that’s when a lot of questions started coming through my mind: ‘How did this person know?’”

Mary was turning 18. She and her friends drove out to Muir Beach. They wanted to not think about the attacks. They drank and built a bonfire and planned to spend the night on the cold, gray sand. But Mary was wasted and, Hirten remembers, things got dark: “She was saying, ‘What’s the point of going on? All this keeps happening to me, why is it happening to me?’ At one point she said she wanted to kill herself and we’d all be better off without her.”

After a sheriff kicked them off the beach, they ended up sleeping in their cars. They drove back in thick silence the next day along the winding highway. Hirten says quietly, “I just really didn’t know what to do at that point.”

Nina Hirten says she never suspected the truth. Most of Mary’s former friends and teachers didn’t. I know I surely didn’t. Like many, I remember where I was when I saw the story. It came out on Sunday, May 8, Mother’s Day. It was above the fold, next to an infographic about Marin’s unsolved murders. It declared: “Tam High Anti-Gay Attacks a Hoax.”

“She did admit to police that she basically did it all for attention,” Superintendent Bob Ferguson stated in the story. The police and the story did not name her. It was picked up by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times. The internet was smaller then, and social media more or less nonexistent. A couple of right-wing bloggers — including Michelle Malkin — reveled in it, asserting that odd, hyper-bigoted point that the occasional fake hate crime somehow disproves the existence of real bigotry.

That Monday, that week, we stood around in hallways and on lawns just asking one another what just happened and mostly why. People were confused, people were furious. I remember a particularly hotheaded peer kicking at a chain-link fence. In a subsequent IJ story, the Perry twins expressed “outrage” at their prior arrest. They demanded Mary be punished. “It’s still a hate crime,” Clayton Andrew Perry said, “She did it to a teacher.” She was never seen from again; we heard she was expelled, that her athletic scholarship to a state school had been rescinded.

She did write an email to her friends the day the story broke. Few wrote back. One of her best friends was so upset by it, she set up a filter to block Mary’s emails and hasn’t had any contact with her since. “It feels to me like the healthy choice, and I feel comfortable with that choice,” she says to me now.

I’d think of all this when I’d see another one of these stories: a lesbian waitress who faked a hateful note. A transgender high schooler who lied about being beat up. I am not surprised, of course, that bigots still revel in such incidents, but am surprised by how others, even LGBT blogs, react insensitively to them. (Take this Queerty roundup about five different fake hate crimes titled “Pants on Fire.”) Of course this anger, the anger our community felt, makes sense: A fake hate crime is like a mutiny, and in giving ammunition to the enemy it hurts the greater — and very real — movement to end LGBT discrimination and hate. But then I’d remember carpooling to a Weird Al concert with her in seventh grade, and waiting after for autographs, or a birthday party in her driveway where we spun our own cotton candy. The idea that she’d done what she had because she was just evil or something never felt like explanation enough.

“I do feel a responsibility to make amends whenever possible,” she wrote when I first approached her. “I’m happy to talk and answer questions, although I may not have any satisfying answers.” I was apparently the first person from our high school with whom she’d had contact in nearly 10 years.

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“It’s the fucking stupidest thing,” she says. We’re sitting in a crowded family-friendly restaurant in a strip mall in the suburb where she now lives, on a Sunday morning. “I had a whole bunch of homework to do and I hadn’t done it. None of it. Hadn’t read anything, hadn’t done the notes. I don’t remember what the assignment was, but it was something that we had a week or two to do and I hadn’t done any of it. So I broke into the locker room and I graffitied my locker. Then the first or second period of the day, they called me out of the office, they said, ‘You can go home if you want to.’ I was like, Sweet. I went home and did my homework.”

She puffs air between her freckled cheeks and meets my eyes, summarizes: “I started a whole fake hate-crime thing with the police so I didn’t have to do my homework.” She stacks her three empty coffee creamers into one another. It had to have been more than that, I say.

“It was the whole situation,” she admits, and the details of the years that had preceded flow out of her: the divorce, the strain between her and her mom, her sister going away to school. The sense that she couldn’t go to a college herself that would add to that financial burden as her friends made preparations to apply out of state. Big conflicts with certain teachers. And then there was the loneliness of being out and feeling like hardly anyone else was. I ask, why cold medicine? “It doesn’t show up on drug tests. It’s really cheap. They sell it two for one at Walgreens.”

Each time she committed another crime, she says, “It was a little like pressure-release valve.’”

“Imagine someone was like, ‘You have zero responsibility now.’” In her voice, I can still hear a glimmer of how incredible she found this effect. She could go to school if she wanted. She could still play sports. Her mom, friends, teachers, and coaches rallied around her, told her how much they loved her: “All that shit that you just wish somebody would have said without there being an explicit reason to.”

She hadn’t anticipated the community being so supportive. She didn’t want the candles, the fliers, the ribbons. She recalls lying on the floor of a classroom as the vigil was starting, not wanting to go. “I was convincing myself that nobody was really being affected by this. I remember feeling it was very victimless, which I now recognize was obviously not true.”

And then there was the problem of needing to escalate the crimes in order to keep everyone engaged. She recorded the voicemails using a computer program that distorts voices. She used a pay phone behind a gas station by the freeway. I ask about this break of pattern — targeting the teachers. This is the element of what she did that I’ve had the hardest time understanding.

“It was probably about calling them out,” she admits. “None of our teachers were really out. Even ones we knew were gay. You definitely got a sense like they wanted to let you know, very old-school gay code shit where you drop hints about things but you never come out and say it. It’s kind of fucked up to be on the other end of that as a gay person, like, ‘Oh, we can’t talk about this.’” But she insists she didn’t do what she did out of a spirit of activism. Her motives were totally selfish: “If I put us two steps forward, I definitely took us 10 steps backward.”

She says she wasn’t thinking about what she was doing in terms of the long-term consequences. She didn’t have some fake person in her imagination who was committing these crimes; she knew on some level that this scenario was becoming less and less believable. She took precautions not to get caught but didn’t imagine what it’d be like when she was arrested. “That’s the level of the hubris that I was working under.”

They matched the voicemails to the pay phone by the gas station and confirmed her car was there at that same time. They called a meeting up at the county courthouse and insisted she meet them there. Meetings like this had become her life. But there was something in the way they insisted she attend the meeting that she suspected she’d been caught. When she got there, they explained who was present: a counselor from the school, her mom — and her dad.

She confessed to everything. They told her she could go home. Her mom took work off the next day. Her sister flew back from college not long after. But she doesn’t remember them sitting down and talking about all that happened, like a big intervention. “That’s how we function. That’s how I function, anyway. It’s my problem. I don’t talk to people about things.”

Her friends totally cutting her off surprised her, she says, choosing her words carefully, emphasizing that she doesn’t blame them. “I accepted that they were going to be very upset with me, but at the same time I felt like if you were a friend, you could talk to somebody while you were upset with them. The isolation set in really fast. Any kind of plan I did have was out the window.”

She and her mom were fighting a lot. She moved out and in with a roommate. She was high all the time. She bought a gun. She confessed to her roommate she was thinking of killing herself when she was fucked up and was committed, held for 24 hours.

She can’t pinpoint when it was that things started getting better. That summer she went on a road trip with her dad, she recalls fondly, and they drove all around America. She started community college classes. She worked as a dog washer, as a barista, in an office. She paid a restitution to the high school, attended meetings with a parole officer, and did community service, for which she volunteered at school. At one point she realized she looked forward to that each day more than anything else, and that informed her decision to be an educator. When she was 19 and working at a summer camp, she met the woman who’d become her wife.

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Their apartment is nearby, up in the hills a bit. It’s modest and carpeted and tidy. There are framed photos of their wedding day — she’s grinning widely, her bride’s in white. A green lawn and big yellow sunflowers. Both of their families. That ceremony was a few years ago, and last summer they married legally. There’s a goldfish and a schedule of meals they’ll cook and take to work each day on the fridge. Her wife, an elementary school teacher, kneels by the coffee table, preparing a model craft project for Monday morning. We stand on her back patio and listen to the freeway and admire the trees. It’s hot for winter, even in California. Hummingbirds zip up and away.

For the first four or five years, she says, she would think about what she did every single night as she fell asleep. She’d wonder what everyone else was doing, what they thought about what had happened. She’d feel tremendous regret. For the relationships she’d ruined. For the fact that she hadn’t realized her actions would ultimately harm the LGBT cause: “Like, how could you not fucking think about that?” she says, raising her voice. “It was all part of not thinking about the end game, not considering what was going to happen.”

But mostly, she’d wonder why she’d done it: “It’s so stupid and so pointless. Not having a good reason — I have somewhat of a reason but it’s not a good reason — so there’s no way to justify to yourself. You’re going to live with that forever: Wow. I did this really horrible shitty thing to all these people for absolutely zero reason.”

That she doesn’t have a good reason makes sense to a clinical psychologist I later talk with, Dr. Michael Friedman. He points out that one of the reasons people like Breaking Bad is that we get to witness how you don’t just go from being a schlubby science teacher to a sociopathic meth kingpin overnight. “Each little individual decision gets made based off where the person is at that moment in their life and the contingencies that are right before them. We inappropriately assume that there’s a cause and then there’s a solution. And we all want to feel more safe.”

The fact that she was a teenager, the fact that she was using drugs, to him these are all the more reason to believe her when she says she doesn’t know why she did what she did. While growing up gay can be and was, for her, isolating, he says that’s an element of this story, not the story. “What I’m hearing in the story is a series of extremely unfortunate things that all kept piling together to create this perfect storm of a moment.”

I’ve always thought of her story as so exceptional, but now I’m thinking about how many of us nearly do things that we’ll regret for the rest of our lives when we’re 17. Some of us, more of us than we’d like to acknowledge, do. There’s a reason juvenile records are sealed, purged, as hers were. She’s been background checked for basically every job she’s ever had and there’s never been a problem. (The first few times were pretty “white knuckle,” she says.)

We’re leaned against the rail, each sipping from a Longboard lager. (“I have Longboard lager or Longboard lager,” she’d joked before.) I find myself trying to grasp at the string of our friendship, which floats by, thin as a spider’s thread on the hot air. I find myself suddenly telling her about how my last 10 years were, recapping whatever struggles I had too. I point out that late high school, early college, is a difficult time for many of us. She chuckles a deep chuckle.

“No, just me. I’m the only special flower who didn’t know what they wanted to be at 17 years old.” She sighs. “And I handled it so beautifully, didn’t I?”

The school she teaches at is in another town, nestled in oak trees. Her classroom is big, with a lab. Cubes with the planets dangle. She wears a blue button-down over a white T-shirt with gray slacks and a wristwatch.

“I was fine grades-wise, but behavior-wise I was a nightmare,” she recalls before the period starts. “And to just look at that and know what my motivations were and to see how I can apply that to my students. So, like, instead of screaming at them and sending them out, just go over and be like, ‘Oh, that’s hilarious, but you need to stop.’ It’s not like they don’t want to be here. It’s that they’re looking for something more from you.”

Being a teacher makes her think back on the adults who invested so much time and energy in her. The day before, it was in discussing one teacher in particular with whom she’d been close, and whom she’d targeted with a voicemail, that she’d verged on tears. (I don’t believe I’ve ever seen her cry.)

“It’s hard when you have 170 kids and you might see that one or two of them is struggling with something but you’ve got a job to do,” she now says.

The mania of children entering, all backpacks and sneakers and chairs squeaking on linoleum — you can tell they respect her, even the boys in the back, the kinds who wear Giants caps, it seems, so that she can authoritatively motion for them to take them off, which they do.

She paces back and forth beneath a hanging potted plant and an American flag and gives a lecture on the carbon cycle. At one point she says the word “combustion” and references an experiment about density she’d done earlier that year, “when I lit that $20 bill on fire.” (It was doused in alcohol and didn’t actually burn.) They titter.

“That means you should go to jail,” one student calls out and they all laugh.

She makes a big faux-surprised face. “Don’t tell anybody,” she says.












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Renjith Chittade’s ‘Pathinonnamathe Sthalam’ zooms in on Wayanad and its people

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Renjith Chittade’s ‘Pathinonnamathe Sthalam’ zooms in on Wayanad and its people
Renjith Chittade’s debut film Pathinonnamathe Sthalam (Nailed to Suffer), produced by Keraleeyam Collective, is a film that portrays the state of the underclass whose lives are marginalised and made Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/renjith-chittades-pathinonnamathe-sthalam-zooms-in-on-wayanad-and-its-people/article9026198.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

Benedict Cumberbatch will voice Shere Khan in the upcoming Jungle Book movie

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Benedict Cumberbatch will voice Shere Khan in the upcoming Jungle Book movie
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The Issue With Halloween Is That You Don’t Know Who’s Faking It And Who’s Crazy

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The Issue With Halloween Is That You Don’t Know Who’s Faking It And Who’s Crazy
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Sounds Like Deadpool Might’ve Officially Salvaged the Long Awaited Film Adaptation of The Goon

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Sounds Like Deadpool Might’ve Officially Salvaged the Long Awaited Film Adaptation of The Goon
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4 Film Couples That Are Gross When You Really Think About It

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4 Film Couples That Are Gross When You Really Think About It
Real romances take a long time to develop — much longer than the eight minutes between car chases. So movies don’t have time to realistically portray a relationship. All those anticlimactic milestones, like the first joint trip to IKEA or the first time one poops at the other’s house, fall by the wayside in favor […]

Horror Film About Racism Earns Coveted 100 Percent On Rotten Tomatoes

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Horror Film About Racism Earns Coveted 100 Percent On Rotten Tomatoes
The actorJordan Peele is best known for his comedy, or his impression of former President Barack Obama. That may change this weekend, based on early reviews of his inaugural film a fusion of comedy and horror set to debut in the U.S. on Friday. That means that all reviews for the film on the site […]

Sigourney Weaver hoping to reprise ‘Alien’ heroine Ripley

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Sigourney Weaver hoping to reprise ‘Alien’ heroine Ripley
Sigourney Weaver apparently isn’t finished fighting aliens. The original star of the “Alien” film franchise says she’s hopeful about reprising her role as tough-as-nails survivor Ellen Ripley in a Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/sigourney-weaver-hoping-to-reprise-alien-heroine-ripley/article8893774.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

She Was Riding The Bus When She Had A Brush With Death — And It Was All Caught On Film

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She Was Riding The Bus When She Had A Brush With Death — And It Was All Caught On Film

This Girl Was Trying On Clothes When She Looked Down. What She Saw Sent Her Running.

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This Girl Was Trying On Clothes When She Looked Down. What She Saw Sent Her Running.
In Palatine, Illinois, police are on the hunt for a peeping Tom who attempted to film a minor while she was trying on clothes in a Target dressing room. Allegedly, the girl had just entered the fitting room when she noticed a hand holding a cell phone under the door. Immediately, she began to scream, […]

These Two Weren’t Just Sadistic Serial Killers — They Also Filmed Their Atrocities

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These Two Weren’t Just Sadistic Serial Killers — They Also Filmed Their Atrocities
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); In the world of serial killers, there are plenty out there who have done more than their fair share of horrifying things to those around them. We all know the big names like Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy, but two serial killers you probably don’t know about are Leonard Lake and […]

Mysterious Man-Like Creature Caught On Film Roaming Through Portuguese Desert

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Mysterious Man-Like Creature Caught On Film Roaming Through Portuguese Desert
Monsters have always been both a nightmare and fascination for many. While we associate monsters as mythical creatures, there are indeed real life animals out there who are very monster-like in appearance. Yet its those mystery monsters which fascinate us so. The thought of lurking deep within a forest or deep down in the ocean, […]

Songs you must listen to this week

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Songs you must listen to this week
‘Maayaavi Penne’ Bayam Oru Payanam (Tamil) Music: Y. R. Prasad Call it coincidence but there’s a lot of name repetition in the crew list of Bayam Oru Payanam. The film’s director is Manisharm Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/songs-you-must-listen-to-this-week/article9059503.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

Walk On The Sun Without Melting In This Beautiful Exhibition From NASA

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Walk On The Sun Without Melting In This Beautiful Exhibition From NASA
Suck it, Icarus. 1. An ongoing NASA exhibit called Solarium lets you get close to our star without the threat of being burned. View this image › NASA / Via nasa.gov One full minute of the exhibition’s footage is about 10 hours of work threaded together using imagery from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). 2. […]

Soldier Uses GoPro To Film Wife Using Domestic Violence Against Him

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Soldier Uses GoPro To Film Wife Using Domestic Violence Against Him
This man is known only as Michael, as he would rather keep his true identity a secret; well, Michael is the victim of domestic abuse from his soon-to-be ex-wife. What’s sad, is that in order to prove to the courts that he wasn’t lying, and hopefully to get an edge up in their custody battle, […]

Film on Urs to now follow transparency norms

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Film on Urs to now follow transparency norms
The ambitious idea of the Congress government to produce a full-length feature film on the former Chief Minister Devaraj Urs has runs in to rough whether, with a few film-makers demanding greater tra Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/film-on-urs-to-now-follow-transparency-norms/article9012355.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

An awkward boy falls for another guy in this short film, and people are loving it.

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An awkward boy falls for another guy in this short film, and people are loving it.
It’s just 25 seconds long, and no one says a word in it. But the trailer for “In a Heartbeat” has the internet talking. Even the two creators behind the project can’t believe the response. Beth David and Esteban Bravo, students at Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida, were “floored” when their Kickstarter […]

See Your Favorite Dysfunctional Families From TV and Film In These Fake Family Portraits

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See Your Favorite Dysfunctional Families From TV and Film In These Fake Family Portraits
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Why the Han Solo shakeup may just have saved the film

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Why the Han Solo shakeup may just have saved the film
Phil Lord and Chris Miller in happier times, at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 in London.Image: Nils Jorgensen/REX/Shutterstock One week after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were unceremoniously fired as directors of Lucasfilm’s still-untitled Han Solo film, the public perception of what went wrong behind the scenes is going from bad to worse for the […]

Farhan Akhtar tweets Rock On!! 2 poster

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Farhan Akhtar tweets Rock On!! 2 poster
Actor Farhan Akhtar uploaded the first look poster of his film Rock On!! 2 and tweeted, ‘Woohooo! Here we go… #RockOn2 poster. #ReliveTheMagik’. Woohooo! Here we go… #RockOn2 poster. #ReliveTh Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/farhan-akhtar-tweets-rock-on-2-poster/article9064954.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

My Friend Got Married Near Where They Film The Tv

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My Friend Got Married Near Where They Film The Tv
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The Grim Beauty of Kicks: A Hip-Hop Coming-of-Age Film Exploring Masculinity and Violence

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The Grim Beauty of Kicks: A Hip-Hop Coming-of-Age Film Exploring Masculinity and Violence
Filmmaker Justin Tippings stunning debut explores a Bay Area teens dark journey in search of his stolen Jordans. “> In the Bay Area-setKicks, the debut feature of writer-director Justin Tipping, inner city teenager Brandon (Jahking Guillory) hustles to afford the red and black Air Jordans that will bring him all hes ever dreamed ofconfidence, respect,girlsonly […]

Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher’s mom and film legend, reportedly hospitalized

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Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher’s mom and film legend, reportedly hospitalized
Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at a benefit in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2003.Image: AP Photo/Jill Connelly LOS ANGELES Debbie Reynolds, Singin’ in the Rain star and the mother of Carrie Fisher, was hospitalized Wednesday with a possible stroke, TMZ reported. The 84-year-old Reynolds was at her son Todd Fisher’s home in Beverly Hills where […]

Jake Gyllenhaal Loses His Legs But Becomes Stronger In Powerful First Trailer For Boston Marathon Bombing Film

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Jake Gyllenhaal Loses His Legs But Becomes Stronger In Powerful First Trailer For Boston Marathon Bombing Film
This looks like one hell of a moving story. While Patriots Day told the story of the Boston Marathon bombing in its entirety, Stronger takes a look at one particular survivor — and his struggle long after that tragic day. Jeff Bauman, played by Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, went to the marathon to cheer on […]

The New York Times and The National teamed up for a VR film with 100% more angst

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The New York Times and The National teamed up for a VR film with 100% more angst
The kings of the alt-rock musical equivalent of a black and white photograph, The National, have a new virtual reality experience they’ve released with The New York Times. The VR documentary, “The National: Something Out of Nothing” could be an article about the secrets of the band’s success, but is actually a behind the scenes look […]

Holocaust Nightmare Son of Saul Is the Best Foreign Film of 2015

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Holocaust Nightmare Son of Saul Is the Best Foreign Film of 2015
Lszl Nemes brilliant directorial debut thrusts audiences into the grim despair and misery of the Holocaust, forcing viewers to not only imagine the seemingly unimaginable, but to feel it. The Holocaust has been filtered through all manner of cinematic prisms, from the harrowing non-fiction lenses of Marcel Ophls The Sorrow and the Pity and Claude […]

They were shooting scenes for a Michiel de Ruyter movie.

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They were shooting scenes for a Michiel de Ruyter movie.
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Sony, Lone Star End Film Funding Deal With $50 Million Remaining

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Sony, Lone Star End Film Funding Deal With $50 Million Remaining
Sony Pictures, the studio behind “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” parted ways with film-financing partner LStar Capital, which opted out of a deal to provide as much as $50 million through 2019, according to a person familiar with the matter. The affiliate of Lone Star Funds won’t meet a Monday night deadline to provide funds for “The Emoji […]

Classic Nic Cage Film

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Classic Nic Cage Film
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He Was Just Cleaning His Room When He Stumbled Upon An Epic Treasure

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He Was Just Cleaning His Room When He Stumbled Upon An Epic Treasure
If you own a house and you take the time to clean it thoroughly, chances are you’ll find some lost items. And everyone knows that looking under furniture is the best way to start exploring for lost treasures. While he was cleaning his home one day, this guy happened upon a piece of film history. […]

Help crowdfund a movie of nonstop paint drying to annoy the British film board

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Help crowdfund a movie of nonstop paint drying to annoy the British film board
No, Charlie Lyne doesn’t want you to help fund a movie about paint drying. He wants you to help fund a movie ofpaint drying. If that sounds incredibly boring to you, then you’re not alonebut don’t worry, you aren’t the film’s intended audience. Lyne is upset with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which […]

This Beautiful Short Story Puts Into Words How A Thankful Rescue Dog Really Feels

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This Beautiful Short Story Puts Into Words How A Thankful Rescue Dog Really Feels
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTAT_ATF’); }); If you’re an animal lover, this short story is about to send you on the best kind of emotional rollercoaster. The story starts off rather dark with a man jogging on a quiet country road when he sees something in the corner of his eye: a black plastic bag shaking in […]

Michael Moore to Megyn Kelly: Trump Totally Mischaracterized TrumpLand Film

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Michael Moore to Megyn Kelly: Trump Totally Mischaracterized TrumpLand Film
The liberal filmmaker went on Fox News Thursday night to make the case against Donald Trump to those who might be confused.”> Michael Moore appearing on Fox News is always an exciting proposition, never more so than on a day when he was publicly lauded by Donald Trump. Just a few hours after Trump said […]

This would have made a great line in some movie. Why not The Big Lebowski?

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This would have made a great line in some movie. Why not The Big Lebowski?
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This Doll Factory Film Is The Creepiest ‘How’s It Made’ Video I’ve Ever Seen

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This Doll Factory Film Is The Creepiest ‘How’s It Made’ Video I’ve Ever Seen
There are some things in this world that lose all appeal once you see how they’re actually made. Hot dogs and sausages are among them, but I think I’d like to add one more to that list: dolls. Have you ever seen pictures of a doll factory? Or worse yet, seen a video? Well, if […]

Unfortunate Souls Reveal The 16 Most Ridiculous Christmas Gifts They’ve Ever Gotten

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Unfortunate Souls Reveal The 16 Most Ridiculous Christmas Gifts They’ve Ever Gotten
We’ve all gotten at least one Christmas gift in our lives that has made us shake our head in disbelief. And Christmas shopping for adults can be pretty hard. Shopping for kids has always been easy, and it doesn’t hurt that most kids give Santa guided lists. Unfortunately, adults aren’t on Santa’s radar, so when […]

A title and ship for new ‘Star Trek’ series

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A title and ship for new ‘Star Trek’ series
The next chapter of the . Hot on the heels of the film series, the team announced the title for the film. The title and footage of the starship Discovery were teased at the end of a Comic-Con Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/a-title-and-ship-for-new-star-trek-series/article8893723.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

Shanghai Film Shares Rise by 44% Daily Limit in Trading Debut

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Shanghai Film Shares Rise by 44% Daily Limit in Trading Debut
Shanghai Film Co. shares surged by the 44 percent daily limit in their trading debut, echoing the popularity of China Film Co. among investors flocking to buy into the nations expanding movie industry. Shanghai Film, which distributes movies and operates cinemas in China, climbed to 14.67 yuan in early trading on Wednesday in Shanghai, compared […]

This ‘Alice In Wonderland’ Film Is Much More Unsettling Than The Cartoon We All Love

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This ‘Alice In Wonderland’ Film Is Much More Unsettling Than The Cartoon We All Love

Beautiful short film will remind you of the punching and pain from the ‘circle game’

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Beautiful short film will remind you of the punching and pain from the ‘circle game’
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Check Out The Hilarious Moment Little Girls Find Out Mom’s Going To Have A Baby

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Check Out The Hilarious Moment Little Girls Find Out Mom’s Going To Have A Baby
Announcing a pregnancy is often a happy occasion for expecting parents. When there are other kids involved, there’s often the excitement of having a new sibling to care for. A new brother or sister also brings change, and sometimes that can make kids worry that their parents won’t have enough time for them or be […]

Quentin Tarantino’s Next Film Will Center On Manson Family Murders

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Quentin Tarantino’s Next Film Will Center On Manson Family Murders
Specifically, sources believe the script will revolve around the 1969 killing of famed actress Sharon Tate. Margot Robbiehas reportedly been approached about the role. Tarantino faves Brad Pitt and Samuel L. Jackson are also rumored to be involved with the film, as well as Jennifer Lawrence. The legendary Hollywood tragedy often described as the end […]

This Is How Candy Is Made — And It’s Just As Disturbing As Sausages

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This Is How Candy Is Made — And It’s Just As Disturbing As Sausages
I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth, but I definitely enjoy the occasional treat. Sometimes, those delicious sweets are all you need to satisfy your cravings, but have you ever thought about what exactly goes into your favorite candy? If it’s anything gummy, chances are that it includes gelatin. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); At […]

Hywel Bennett, star of television and film, dies aged 73 – BBC News

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Hywel Bennett, star of television and film, dies aged 73 – BBC News
Image caption He also played Kevin in Last of the Summer Wine He joined EastEnders in 2003 as Jack Dalton, a gangland boss who ended up being killed in an act of revenge. He also featured in episodes of Last of the Summer Wine and in the Dennis Potter mini-series Karaoke and Cold Lazarus. Bennett […]

The Most Important Film of All Time: 26.6 Seconds by Abraham Zapruder

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The Most Important Film of All Time: 26.6 Seconds by Abraham Zapruder
Abraham Zapruders amateur footage of the JFK assassination not only documented a tragic historic event, but broke cinematic taboos and anticipated the rise of citizen journalists. What is the most influential film of all time? If you trust the 846 cinema experts polled by film magazine Sight & Sound magazine, you might pick Alfred Hitchocks […]

Selena Gomez Is Dropping A Film For Bad Liar And Fans Are Freaking Out

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Selena Gomez Is Dropping A Film For Bad Liar And Fans Are Freaking Out
Hold the freaking phone. Shut the freaking front door. Get the freaking freak out. Is Selena Gomez making a movie? On Monday, June 12, the Bad Liar singer tweeted a mysterious teaser making us think um, yes, and apparently whatever it is, its happening this Wednesday, June 14. #BadLiar a film. Coming Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/E6j4BPJLf9 Selena […]

Film critic’s review of @RedSteeze attending female-only screening of Wonder Woman is UNREAL

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Film critic’s review of @RedSteeze attending female-only screening of Wonder Woman is UNREAL
If it weren't for double standards they wouldn't have any https://t.co/6UqXkFvVAG — Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) May 27, 2017 Screencapping this hot take https://t.co/XrObWIe7G2 — EducatdHillbilly (@RobProvince) May 27, 2017 As we’ve told you previously, the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater in Brooklyn is hosting a women-only showing of Wonder Woman on June 4th, with the proceeds […]

Dad Noticed Something In His Rearview Mirror, So He Began To Film It…LOL!

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Dad Noticed Something In His Rearview Mirror, So He Began To Film It…LOL!
From duck faces to Snapchat filters, kids today have a LOT of options when it comes to capturing the perfect selfie. Back in my day, you had to take a photograph on an actual roll of film, then wait days or weeks for it to be developed. I can’t even count how many times I […]

‘Trainspotting’ cast recreate iconic film poster 20 years on

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‘Trainspotting’ cast recreate iconic film poster 20 years on
The poster for Trainspotting has to be one of the most iconic movie posters of all time. The updated, 20-years-on version created on The Graham Norton Show, meanwhile well, let’s just say, it’s certainly eye-catching. SEE ALSO: Here’s why Ewan McGregor and Danny Boyle didn’t talk for years During Friday’s show the cast of Danny […]

Getting Attacked By A Great White Shark Is Exactly As Scary As You’d Imagine.

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Getting Attacked By A Great White Shark Is Exactly As Scary As You’d Imagine.
BREAKING: getting attacked by one of the most fearsome predators in the world is scary. (Shocking, I know.) No matter how much you prepare yourself for a potential shark attack, you’re still going to be absolutely terrified if it ever happens. Just see for yourself. This video was captured by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s REMUS […]

Good Luck Getting Anything Else Done Today After Watching This Panda Roll Around

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Good Luck Getting Anything Else Done Today After Watching This Panda Roll Around
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); You know those days where nothing can bring you down? I wish they rolled around more often. Nothing’s better than feeling like you’re on top of the world and being completely yourself. That’s why I’m so jealous of this bear, because it has a blast all day, every day. Hua Rong, […]

The FBI posed as journalists to film a fake documentary on the Bundy family but it’s not tied to Trump so _()_/

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The FBI posed as journalists to film a fake documentary on the Bundy family but it’s not tied to Trump so _()_/
Imagine for a second the outrage from the MSM if the FBI under President Trump used fake journalists to film a fake documentary to implicate critics of the administration ina crime. It would be nuclear, right? But when it’s the FBI under President Obama and the targets of the investigation are the Bundy family members? […]

This Is Like Something Out Of A Jackie Chan Film

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This Is Like Something Out Of A Jackie Chan Film
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The lowdown on Chennai International Queer Film Festival, 2016

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The lowdown on Chennai International Queer Film Festival, 2016
Over the past decade and more, Chennai has created a space for LGBT culture — film festivals, workshops, literary events… but it was limited. There still exist huge misconceptions about the commun Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/the-lowdown-on-chennai-international-queer-film-festival-2016/article8911242.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

Look, They're Making A Movie!

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Look, They're Making A Movie!
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Anyone Else Loved This Movie…

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Anyone Else Loved This Movie…
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A Hollywood film about disability has a lot of people feeling left out.

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A Hollywood film about disability has a lot of people feeling left out.
The trailer for the upcoming romance film “Me Before You” promises everything you expect from a good love story. “Me Before You” stars Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) and Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games”) and is an adaptation of the 2012 book of the same name. The trailer promises an epic love story between Will, […]

Obi-Wan Kenobi film set to join Star Wars universe

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Obi-Wan Kenobi film set to join Star Wars universe
A standalone adventure focused on the character played by Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor is in the works, with Stephen Daldry in talks to direct A standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi film is set to join the ever-expanding Star Wars universe. According to the Entertainment Weekly earlier this year. But Ive always said that Id be happy […]

Burt Reynolds steps out for rare public appearance at Tribeca Film Festival

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Burt Reynolds steps out for rare public appearance at Tribeca Film Festival
Burt Reynolds turned up at the Tribeca Film Festival, making a rare public appearance and struggling to walk at times. Robert De Niro was seen assisting 81-year-old Reynolds onto the red carpet for the premiere of his new movie “Dog Years” Saturday night in New York.  Reynolds was given a chair on the red carpet, […]

Someone Played the Preview for the R-Rated, Gross-Out CG Film ‘Sausage Party’ Before ‘Finding Dory’ and People Are PISSED

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Someone Played the Preview for the R-Rated, Gross-Out CG Film ‘Sausage Party’ Before ‘Finding Dory’ and People Are PISSED
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Stray Dog On The Brink Of Death Was Given A Home To Die In…But Then This Happened!

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Stray Dog On The Brink Of Death Was Given A Home To Die In…But Then This Happened!
When experienced animal rescuer and foster mom Valia Orfanidou came across a photo on Facebook of a stray dog roaming a rural area in Greece, she was shocked. The photo of the poor dog named Billy was like something straight out of a horror film. On top of being extremely malnourished, he suffered from mange, […]

Ever Wanted To Take A Spin On The Titanic? Well, That Dream May Soon Come True.

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Ever Wanted To Take A Spin On The Titanic? Well, That Dream May Soon Come True.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock your entire life, you’ve probably heard of the Titanic or shed a few tears while watching the eerily accurate 1997 James Cameron film of the same name. Whether you’re familiar with the fictional version or the much less glamorous reality, the basic premise of Titanic’s tragedy is the […]

Samuel L. Jackson recreates his entire film career in 11 glorious minutes

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Samuel L. Jackson recreates his entire film career in 11 glorious minutes
As James Corden points out at the beginning of the above segment, Samuel L. Jackson has been in a lot of films. That doesn’t mean they can’t all be compressed into 11 gloriously chaotic minutes, though. SEE ALSO: Tom Cruise recreates Tom Cruise’s entire film career in 9 minutes For his “Roll Call” segment on […]

LOL: This ‘short film directed by Mitt Romney’ might make Dems curb their enthusiasm

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LOL: This ‘short film directed by Mitt Romney’ might make Dems curb their enthusiasm
At today’s House Intelligence Committee hearing about allegations of wiretapping and Russian attempts to influence the U.S. election, Democrats were among those shining a light on the threat Russia poses. It was NOT always that way: A short film directed by @MittRomney. pic.twitter.com/DroZdH6mi7 — Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) March 20, 2017 Read more: http://twitchy.com/dougp-3137/2017/03/20/lol-this-short-film-directed-by-mitt-romney-might-make-dems-curb-their-enthusiasm/

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Actually Looks Like a Dramatic Film in This Edited Trailer

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail Actually Looks Like a Dramatic Film in This Edited Trailer
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New Film Features Multiracial Actors Reading Powerful Transcripts From Former Slaves

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New Film Features Multiracial Actors Reading Powerful Transcripts From Former Slaves
Michelle Jackson wanted to make another film about slavery. The 37-minute film reenacts the original transcripts from former slaves Lewis Jenkins, Fannie Moore, William Moore, Delicia Ann Wiley Patterson,Mary Reynolds and Elizabeth Sparks. They were seven of 2,300 free men and women interviewed in the Federal Writers Project Slave Narrative Collection 1936-1938. Jackson said that […]

Movie Theatre Bathrooms In Switzerland…

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Movie Theatre Bathrooms In Switzerland…
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Dunkirk veteran has a heartbreakingly emotional reaction to the film

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Dunkirk veteran has a heartbreakingly emotional reaction to the film
If you’ve seen Dunkirk, it is quite simply not quite like any war movie you’ve seen before. The film made a big impact on 97-year-old veteran Ken Sturdy, who watched the film in Calgary and is one of the few people in the world who is still alive and was in Dunkirk, France, during World […]

They Were Doing Underwater Research When — Suddenly — Something Massive Came To Say Hello

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They Were Doing Underwater Research When — Suddenly — Something Massive Came To Say Hello
On April 15, 2015, researchers from E/V Nautilus sent a robot named Hercules down into the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. They were exploring the biology, geology, and archeology of the ocean, and when they reached a depth of 1,962 feet, they suddenly encountered something magnificent — a sperm […]

A Python And This Frog Are The Strangest, But Most Adorable, Friends.

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A Python And This Frog Are The Strangest, But Most Adorable, Friends.
Inter-species animal friendships are among the cutest things on the planet, but this animal friendship is something different. No, it’s not between a cat and a dog, but between a green tree frog and a python. Yeah, I know right?! Crazy. The two grew up in captivity together and are very comfortable around each other, which […]

Glenn Beck takes on Turkey to promote new film on the Armenian Genocide

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Glenn Beck takes on Turkey to promote new film on the Armenian Genocide
Glenn Beck set his sights squarely on Turkey on Friday in a 15-tweet tweetstorm over that country’s genocide against 1.5 million Armenian Christians from 1915-1923. Beck starts off in a weird way, but wait for it as he makes the case for why the U.S. should not trust our NATO ally: 1. Could you trust […]

Kardashian Sisters Get Political, Film Visit To Planned Parenthood

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Kardashian Sisters Get Political, Film Visit To Planned Parenthood
Kim, Kourtney and Khloe were spotted holding hands as they walked into aPlanned Parenthoodclinic in West Los Angeles on Thursday. According to TMZs sources, the goal of the Kardashians visit, which was taped for their E! series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, was to find out how the family can raise awareness for Planned Parenthood […]

This beautiful, 3D-animated short film takes a shockingly dark turn

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This beautiful, 3D-animated short film takes a shockingly dark turn
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If Transsexuals were allowed in the Military, This movie would be named

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If Transsexuals were allowed in the Military, This movie would be named
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Pornhub posted a Putin critic’s film online after court ordered it to be removed from the internet

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Pornhub posted a Putin critic’s film online after court ordered it to be removed from the internet
Pornhub has posted a film from Putin critic Alexei Navalny after a court ordered it to be taken off the internet.Image: KOCHETKOV/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Russian censorship just met its match: Pornhub. Yes, thats right. Pornhub. Activist Alexei Navalny, known for his consistent opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, was told by a Russian court to take down […]

The Insides of these Abandoned Cooling Towers Look Straight Out of a Sci-Fi Film

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The Insides of these Abandoned Cooling Towers Look Straight Out of a Sci-Fi Film
REGINALD VAN DE VELDEWebsite | Facebook | Instagram In an ongoing series, Belgian photographer Reginald Van de Velde explores the inner workings and mechanisms of cooling towers across Europe. Capturing abandoned ones, active ones, decommissioned ones, towers on maintenance and ones slated for demolition. For Reginald, the interiors of cooling towers yield astonishing vistas, so […]

Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies host and film expert, has died

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Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies host and film expert, has died
(CNN)Robert Osborne, the film aficionado who shared his knowledge and passion for movies with millions of viewers as the longtime host of Turner Classic Movies, has died. He was 84. “All of us at Turner Classic Movies are deeply saddened by the death of Robert Osborne,” read a statement from Jennifer Dorian, general manager of […]

A gay man got his childhood bully’s heartwarming apology on film.

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A gay man got his childhood bully’s heartwarming apology on film.
Growing up gay wasn’t easy for Irish YouTube star Riyadh Khalaf (aka “Riyadh K”), who was targeted by bullies from a very young age. “I was being harassed about my sexuality even before I knew what my sexuality was, which was terrifying,” Khalaf told Upworthy. “Because the worst fear in the world for a young […]

Samuel L. Jackson Acts Out His Film Career W/ James Corden

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Samuel L. Jackson Acts Out His Film Career W/ James Corden
A whole movie career in 10 minutes. GO! “Samuel L. Jackson and James Corden act out snippets from Samuel’s legendary film career, covering everything from ‘Pulp Fiction’ to ‘Jurassic Park’.” Read more: https://www.viralviralvideos.com/2017/03/11/samuel-l-jackson-acts-film-career-w-james-corden/

What Made This Movie Awesome

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What Made This Movie Awesome
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James Bond may get another 007 film with Daniel Craig after all

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James Bond may get another 007 film with Daniel Craig after all
According to The Mirror, the 49-year-old star is in talks to reprise the James Bond role once again, despite previously making it very clear that he had little interest in returning after the 2015 film Spectre. The report indicates that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli said she and the studio has secured Craig to star. Furthermore, she […]

12 Things Never To Say To Someone Who Has Cancer

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12 Things Never To Say To Someone Who Has Cancer
You mean well, but seriously, stop. 1. “That’s a good cancer to have.” View this image › imgur.com There are no good cancers. There are definitely some which respond better to treatment than others, and I’m allowed to observe that as the patient, but you are not. Please don’t tell me how lucky I am. […]

Film offers first-ever look into the depths of sunken Pearl Harbor ship

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Film offers first-ever look into the depths of sunken Pearl Harbor ship
In an image taken from PBS’ “Pearl Harbor: Into the Arizona” film, a remote controlled underwater vehicle explores the lower decks of the sunken U.S.S. Arizona, where 1,177 sailors and Marines died during the Pearl Harbor attack.  (PBS) It was a sight that Donald Stratton, a Pearl Harbor survivor, thought he would never see again. […]

British Guy Crashes The Premiere James Bond Spectre Film

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British Guy Crashes The Premiere James Bond Spectre Film
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‘The Lion King’ Live Action Film Has Cast 2 More Characters And They’re Perfect

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‘The Lion King’ Live Action Film Has Cast 2 More Characters And They’re Perfect
I’m just gonna jump right out and say it, our world is decaying right before our eyes. It’s an absolute dumpster fire out there, y’all. That’s OK, though, because a live-action version of is making its way to theaters and there is literally nothing as exciting as that. I mean, really, what a time to […]

Here Are 20 Animals You Had No Idea Existed. Some Of These Will Haunt My Dreams Forever.

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Here Are 20 Animals You Had No Idea Existed. Some Of These Will Haunt My Dreams Forever.
You probably haven’t seen most of these animals before. In fact, most people haven’t. One is only visible for two weeks out of the whole YEAR, but we’re bringing them to you because they are so strange. They would look completely at home in any Tim Burton movie, but these creatures are totally real. You’ve […]

Dad Noticed Something In His Rearview Mirror, So He Began To Film It…LOL!

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Dad Noticed Something In His Rearview Mirror, So He Began To Film It…LOL!

Useful Tricks That Will Help You Survive During An Apocalypse

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Useful Tricks That Will Help You Survive During An Apocalypse
Whether or not you believe that the zombie apocalypse is coming, it can’t hurt to be prepared… But we’re not talking about stocking up on canned goods or building an underground shelter, no, we’re speaking in far more realistic terms. When something goes wrong, it’s good to know some survival tricks — from how to […]

Boxer Comes Out As Gay, Explains Why He Lied About Starring In Porn Film

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Boxer Comes Out As Gay, Explains Why He Lied About Starring In Porn Film

Cheers greet premiere of new ‘Star Wars’ film

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Cheers greet premiere of new ‘Star Wars’ film
Dec. 14, 2015: Stormtroopers march on the red carpet at the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES –  “Star Wars” is back, and audiences at the world premiere of “The Force Awakens” excitedly greeted the mix of familiar characters and […]

This Animated Short Film Is Shocking Audiences For One VERY Surprising Reason

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This Animated Short Film Is Shocking Audiences For One VERY Surprising Reason
ove over Pixar. There’s a new animated short that’s taking over the Internet for all the right reasons. In a Heartbeat is a thesis project made by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, senior Animation students at Ringling College of Art and Design. In their Kickstarter, they describe the film as “not only a culmination of […]

It’s Official, a Live-Action Pikachu Film Is in the Pipeline

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It’s Official, a Live-Action Pikachu Film Is in the Pipeline
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Northbound: A Skateboard Film Shot on Frozen Sand

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Northbound: A Skateboard Film Shot on Frozen Sand
Four skaters head north to the cold Norwegian coast, applying their urban skills to a wild canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand and pastel skies. The result is NORTHBOUND, a beautiful mashup — biting winds and short days, ollies and one ephemeral miniramp. Skaters: Hermann Stene, Didrik Galasso, Henrik Lund, Karsten Kleppan Director: Jørn Nyseth […]

Kalpana 2: This one neither scares you nor makes you laugh

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Kalpana 2: This one neither scares you nor makes you laugh
A popular belief in the Kannada film industry today is that if you include a ghost in your film it will be successful. , which is a remake of Raghava Lawrence’s , might have thought of cashing in on Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/cinema-reviews/kalpana-2-this-one-neither-scares-you-nor-makes-you-laugh/article8859690.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

This Short Film About A Boy And His Dog Is Winning Every Award. Watch It And Youll Know Why

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This Short Film About A Boy And His Dog Is Winning Every Award. Watch It And Youll Know Why
It was a story about a boy who, as a gift from his mom, receives a three-legged dog. The boy does not like his gift. He ignores the dog. This story started out four years ago as a web-comic called Three-Legged Dog and the hearts of readers everywhere were touched by it. A German filmmakers […]

Cristiano Ronaldo film captures giant ego and strange, lonely world of being CR7

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Cristiano Ronaldo film captures giant ego and strange, lonely world of being CR7
Ronaldos rivalry with Messi and extraordinary self-regard are to the fore in this vanity project but the suffering his success has brought his mother and the forwards sheer competitive drive also catch the eye As a snapshot of what life must be like for Cristiano Ronaldo, there is one clip in the Real Madrids Dcima […]

Jordan Davis was killed over loud music. Now his parents tell their story in a gripping new film.

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Jordan Davis was killed over loud music. Now his parents tell their story in a gripping new film.
312 minutes. That’s all it took for 45-year-old Michael Dunn to approach black boys listening to loud music at a gas station, shoot 10 bullets into the car of unarmed teens, and leave 17-year-old Jordan Davis dead. Those 3 12 minutes in Jacksonville, Florida, on Nov. 23, 2012, didn’t just end Jordan’s life. They sparked […]

Here Are The 20 Dumbest Questions Ever Asked Online. And The Hilarious Answers.

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Here Are The 20 Dumbest Questions Ever Asked Online. And The Hilarious Answers.
You’ve probably heard the expression, “There’s no such thing as a dumb question.” While I typically agree with that, this really challenges the entire premise of that philosophy. Some of these questions will leave you questioning the status of humanity. The 20 most ridiculous questions ever asked on Yahoo! Answers. 1. So this is how […]

And In That Moment, The Entire Movie Theater Burst

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And In That Moment, The Entire Movie Theater Burst
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Here Are 8 Disney Classics With More Realistic Endings. They’re Disturbingly Truthful.

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Here Are 8 Disney Classics With More Realistic Endings. They’re Disturbingly Truthful.
Disney movies are all about fairytales, happy endings and being filled with warm, fuzzy feelings after you watch them. They’re they perfect way to improve your mood. You have to admit though, if you look beyond the talking animals and magic, the endings are still pretty unrealistic. That’s why Nickelodeon storyboard animator Jeff Hong decided to put […]

Nicolas Cage crashes Nicolas Cage-themed film festival

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Nicolas Cage crashes Nicolas Cage-themed film festival
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