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40 years since Saigon's fall, napalm attack haunts woman in iconic image

theguardian.com — On 8 June 1972, Ho Thi Hien was at her cousin Kim Phuc's house in the village of Trang Bang in South Vietnam. The adults were out when the children heard the plane overhead and fled, trying to outrun their terror. A South Vietnamese Skyraider had just dropped a napalm bomb, propelling civilians down Vietnam's Highway 1.

Vincent Kartheiser on the End of

vulture.com — The final seven episodes of Mad Men will begin to burn off on April 5, and with them, Vulture's annual tradition of decoding Vincent Kartheiser. We gleaned everything we could about Pete Campbell and the rest of the gang walking off into the sunset.

Choreographing Empire’s Sprawling Gospel Number -- Vulture

vulture.com — Embedded in over-the-top story lines and mic-drops are its sincere musical performances. Originally, the season's final two hours were shot as two separate episodes, 11 and 12. The first hour (Episode 11, "Die But Once") focuses on the themes of death, resurrection, belief, and betrayal.

Loneliness -- Vulture

vulture.com — Saturday night at the Human Rights Campaign's Los Angeles gala, Shonda Rhimes gave a thoughtful speech about writing, Shondaland, and the importance of creating diverse representations. She said that her writing basically boils down to one thing: loneliness.

The Empire Cast on the the Bib -- Vulture

vulture.com — Fox screened the first half of Empir e's two-hour season finale for Television Academy members Thursday night in Los Angeles, followed by a Q&A with creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, producer Brian Grazer, showrunner Ilene Chaiken, and the cast: Terrence Howard (Lucious), Taraji P.

Amanda Peet on Togetherness, Game of Thrones -- Vulture

vulture.com — HBO's Togetherness ends its first season tonight, wrapping up eight episodes of sexual, marital, and career tension. But don't expect neat resolution: The dramedy, created by mumblecore kings Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, and Steve Zissis, hinges on the idea that intelligence, attractiveness, and ambition might not be enough to elevate the torture of daily existence.

Vulture’s Behind-the-Scenes Oscar-Party Timeline

vulture.com — Every year, Vulture sends out a team of L.A. reporters to monitor the scene at every glitzy Oscars pre-party, after-party, and party-party. Herewith, an epic timeline of the week leading up to and following Hollywood's biggest awards show.

How the 'Hunger Games' Got Their Guns

hollywoodreporter.com — The Hunger Games rebellion was almost squashed - not by the Capitol's forces, but by international gun laws. In Mockingjay - Part 1, Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen sports a fiery bow and arrow, but everyone else in the dystopian Panem needs to rely on conventional weapons.

Bill Cosby Accuser Details Her Alleged Sex Abuse, Reveals Her Parents Were Duped

hollywoodreporter.com — Yet another woman has come forward to detail Bill Cosby's alleged sexual abuse when she was an underage aspiring actress. "I get so excited when I see what I feel are my sisters coming forward," Jena T., who did not want to be identified by her full name, tells People magazine.

Ex-Model Says Bill Cosby Forced Her to Touch His Genitals

hollywoodreporter.com — Another former model has come forward to say Bill Cosby forced sexual contact with her when she was a young model, reports the New York Daily News . In a now-familiar narrative, Brooklyn resident Jewel Allison says her agent, Sue Charney,introducedher to Cosby in the late 1980s during the height of his popularity with The Cosby Show .
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