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What? The Big-screen Big-budget 'Lincoln' Isn't Entirely Accurate? Say It Ain't So

Daniel Day-Lewis in ‘Lincoln’/Image © Touchstone Pictures
Daniel Day-Lewis in ‘Lincoln’/Image © Touchstone Pictures

What does "historical accuracy" really mean in a film that is not a documentary? Even if you base a film on a biography or autobiography, imposing a cinematic structure on the narrative forces you to make edits and outright changes to the text. See the case of Tony Kushner, who is still defending his "Lincoln" script against cries of inaccuracy. In response to a Connecticut State Representative's protests, Kushner replied: "We adhered to time-honored and completely legitimate standards for the creation of historical drama, which is what "Lincoln" is. I hope nobody is shocked to learn that I also made up dialogue and imagined encounters and invented characters." Oh snap. It's a nice reminder to teachers that while showing historical movies in class is a great way to inspire students, it's by no means a replacement for good old-fashioned book learnin'.

Hipster horror couture just turned a corner thanks to these great new "Hellraiser"-inspired Nike dunks. Now you can appropriate Cenobite culture without having to puncture your face or figure out diabolical puzzles! Talk about shoes you'd sell your soul for.

Notorious biographer Kitty Kelley hasn't lost her edge, she's just shifted her priorities a bit in the last few years. Instead of digging up dirt on royal families such as the Kennedys or the Bushes, she's working on a book about the women of the 113th Congress. Quoth she: "I’m going in with a very positive bias as a woman who genuinely genuflects to women of achievement, especially that achievement." After a lifetime of delicious muckraking, it must feel nice to write something that will make your subjects feel good for a change.

The trailer for "Room 237" (see below) is knocking me out a little! You can read details about the movie here; it's basically a documentary about "The Shining" that explores some of the strange symbolism embedded in the film. Re-creating the blood-elevator effect with a VCR is so clever that I'm willing to plunk down $11.50 right this instant. Unfortunately we'll all have to wait for March. If the universe is benevolent, maybe Stephen King will even review it!

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