See Flannery O’Connor’s Story “The Displaced Person” Adapted to a Film Starring a Young Samuel L. Jackson (1977)

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There are strong people quietly willing to do “what needs to be done” for the public good, and then there are those who enjoy insinuating that they are that sort of person, usually as justification for their self-serving, frequently racist or xenophobic actions.

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Free: Read 9 Travel Books Online by Monty Python’s Michael Palin

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Most of us come to Michael Palin through his work as a comic actor (in the role of dead parrot salesman or otherwise), but at this point almost as many know him second as a founding member of Monty Python, and first as an affable globetrotter.

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Rare Video: Georges Bataille Talks About Literature & Evil in His Only TV Interview (1958)

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“Where other transgressive figures of the past have mostly been tamed,” wrote Josh Jones in a post here last year, “[Georges] Bataille, I submit, is still quite dangerous.

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Watch a New, “Original” Episode of Seinfeld Performed Live on Stage

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The last episode of Seinfeld aired in 1998. So maybe you’re ready for a brand new episode of the show featuring “uncanny portrayals of the central characters, 90s commercial parodies, and original Seinfeld standup”?
You won’t get it from Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David.

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Watch Sherlock Hound: Hayao Miyazaki’s Animated, Steampunk Take on Sherlock Holmes

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With such majestic, painstakingly crafted films as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro, and Princess Mononoke, Hayao Miyazaki has made his name as Japanese animation’s preeminent artistic visionary — and quite possibly animation’s preeminent artistic visionary as well.

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David Lynch’s Twin Peaks Title Sequence, Recreated in an Adorable Paper Animation

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Yea, and there was a rejoicing all round the land last week when Showtime and David Lynch finally worked out a deal to bring back Twin Peaks after initial reports that Lynch had backed out.
So while we wait for 2016, check out Matthew Fuller’s re-creation of the Twin Peaks title sequence in animated paper cut outs.

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Chris Burden (R.I.P.) Turns Late-Night TV Commercials Into Conceptual Art

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Chris Burden got shot with a rifle, closed up in a locker for five days, made to crawl across fifty feet of broken glass, crucified on a Volkswagen Beetle, and wedged for an extended period under a large piece of non-broken glass.

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Watch Twin Beaks, Sesame Street’s Parody of David Lynch’s Iconic TV Show (1990)

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Who killed Laura Palmer?
If the answer comes unbidden to your lips, you’re no doubt old enough to have spent much of 1990 glued to Twin Peaks, cult director David Lynch’s supremely creepy series. (Note: US-based viewers can watch the show for free on Hulu.

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Watch the Pilot of Orson Welles’ Never-Aired Talk Show, Starring the Muppets (1979)

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The Henson Rarities site on YouTube keeps giving and giving. Not only has it given us access to some of Jim Henson’s earliest (and delightfully violent) commercials, but it has discovered this: a pilot of The Orson Welles Show from 1979. The show was never aired, and you might be able to discern why from checking it out.

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Johnny Cash Machines: Johnny Cash Stars in 1980s Commercials for ATM Machines

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Back in the 1980s, Canada Trust installed a bunch of ATM machines and began convincing customers that banker’s hours were a thing of the past. Now customers could get money 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And who better to tell customers how they could conveniently tap their cash than Johnny Cash. Enter the Johnny Cash Machine.

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