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‘The Adjustment Bureau’: Fate Accompli

Free will is not a subject that comes up a lot in the movies—not, certainly, as the main topic of dramatic conversation. On the other hand, however, it could be argued that it is the hidden subject of almost every film.

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Singing the Gadhafi Blues

A host of songsters apparently have cashed in on the Libyan regime in recent years, with several stars, including Nelly Furtado, Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Lionel Ritchie, being paid $1 million a pop to entertain the Gadhafi clan.

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Warning From a ‘Burning Land’

Greg Myre and Jennifer Griffin, husband and wife and both seasoned journalists, have written a realistic—although perhaps not totally impartial—assessment of the Israeli-Palestinian issue based on their observations during eight years in Israel.

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The Kiss the Oscars Missed

You’d think the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would be cool with Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin’s stolen Oscar kiss, as it involved two demonstrably straight men locking lips for the sake of filmed entertainment, but audiences at home ...

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Studies in Self-Compassion

“No pain, no gain” may have its limits as a personal mantra, according to researchers exploring the idea of self-compassion as a motivating attitude for everything from mood regulation to fitness and weight control—in other words, less stick, more carrot.

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Dior Drops Designer for Allegedly Anti-Semitic Barrage

John Galliano has been thrown out of the house of Dior. The 50-year-old couturier, given to sporting a look that might be described as swashbuckler chic, was booted from his top post at the French fashion firm after his bosses saw footage of Galliano allegedly declaring “I love Hitler” to two women at a Parisian cafe, according to the BBC.

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‘Reality’ Revisited

Because society has moved into new realms of storytelling, traditional conventions, especially the standard, Victorian formula of the novel, are passé, David Shields argues in “Reality Hunger.” The contours of fact and fiction are now blurred, so why can’t the novel—or the biography, for that matter—be just as mixed up and piecemeal?

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Fine, She’s Not a Witch, but Can She Cha-Cha?

As if schlocky TV and American politics weren’t harrowingly similar enough already, this week brings the word that onetime tea party Senate hopeful Christine O’Donnell of Delaware got the invite to join the prancing cohort of celebs on the next “Dancing With the Stars.”

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Lady Gaga Takes Target to Task for Little LGBT Monsters

So, Lady Gaga struck a deal with Target to release a special version of her new album, “Born This Way,” which rankled some of her core devotees, as the retail giant had made a supersized slip-up in the political arena with contributions to a political action committee ...

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The Difference Between Public Art and Vandalism

Last week we told you about a new Banksy mural that was reportedly threatened by the people who own the wall it was painted on. Such street art is often derided as vandalism by property owners and city managers, but on a trip to see the painting ourselves we discovered, sadly, that some idiot really had vandalized the wall.

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