"MARILYN MONROE DIES; PILLS BLAMED" That was the front-page headline on an Aug. 6, 1962, Los Angeles Times story that began, "Marilyn Monroe, a troubled beauty who failed to find happiness as Hollywood's brightest star, was discovered dead in her Brentwood home of an apparent overdose of sleeping pills Sunday." More than 60 years after her death at age 36, the "blonde bombshell" is as much of a sensation as she ever was. The longevity is fueled in part by bizarre speculation that the actress was murdered, with suspects ranging from the Kennedys and the CIA to Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa and the Mafia. But mainly Marilyn Monroe's sex appeal has lasting commercial appeal, as capsulized by a 1973 headline in the Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal: "MM: Still Making Money." Just this year, Andy Warhol's silk-screen portrait "Shot Sage Blue Marilyn" sold for more than $195 million at Christie's, a record for a 20th-century artwork sold at auction. On Wednesday, Netflix will release a … [Read more...] about Marilyn Monroe: Larger than life, and even larger in death
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Note: This story contains spoilers for the new film "Don't Worry Darling." - - - In conversation with fellow actress-director Maggie Gyllenhaal for Interview magazine, Olivia Wilde asked, "You know the incels?" She was explaining to Gyllenhaal how she based a character in her latest film, "Don't Worry Darling," on Jordan Peterson, a professor-turned-proselytizer whom Wilde described as "this pseudointellectual hero to the incel community." Gyllenhaal responded with a concise, "No." She did not know the incels. But after a single viewing of "Don't Worry Darling" - an actual film released Friday, not just a vehicle for star-studded scandals - it would be hard to maintain this ignorance. Based on a story by Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke and screenwriter Katie Silberman, the thriller follows a 1950s housewife as she descends into what men around her decry as madness, despite it actually being a state of enlightenment. The dysfunction she becomes suspicious of in her once-perfect … [Read more...] about Let’s talk about the big reveal in ‘Don’t Worry Darling’
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 The CIA Museum covers the intelligence agency's long history - from spying on the Soviets to the Argo mission in Iran - but the latest addition is practically ripped from the headlines: a model of Ayman al-Zawahiri's compound in Kabul used weeks earlier to plan the U.S. drone strike that killed the al-Qaeda leader. The model is part of the newly renovated exhibition hall located deep inside CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. Like the NSA's Wall of Spies museum in Bethesda, Md., the CIA Museum isn't open to the public. But it's not exactly top secret either, welcoming CIA employees, official guests, foreign partners, potential recruits - and, early on a Saturday morning, a handful of carefully observed reporters with old-school notepads and pens (electronics are banned). There are plenty of fun gadgets to see, like a polygraph machine in a briefcase and a communication … [Read more...] about The CIA renovated its museum. The public still can’t go see it.