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Mel & Maccabee




Mel & Maccabee
If you thought that Mel Gibson was permanently in the doghouse after his drunken, anti-Semitic rant, think again. The trouble-prone actor is now directing and acting in a biopic on the great Jewish warrior hero Judah Maccabee. Asked about his anti-Jewish ravings by Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, Gibson pleaded drunkenness: "I was loaded, and some stupid shit can come out of your mouth when you're loaded. " As the interview progressed, the topic of circumcision popped up. This is how the interview ended:

MG:

Hey, did you know they use foreskins for replacing eyelids?

JG:

No they don't.

MG:

Yeah, they do.

JG:

Come on, really?

MG:

You tend to look a bit cock-eyed, though.

JG:

I can't believe I just walked into that one.

MG:

Me either. .


Harry at University
Harry Potter has got itself some serious academic credentials. The UK's Durham University is offering its undergraduates a module called Harry Potter and the Age of Illusion, and already 70 Potterphiles have signed up. The module will require undergraduates to set the series "in its social, cultural and educational context" and explore issues such as "prejudice and intolerance, peer pressure, good citizenship and ideals of adulthood, (as well as) ways in which the Harry Potter series has helped to rebrand Britain". The Guardian reported, "There'll be no flying lessons, potions or defence-against-the-dark-arts classes. " But perhaps there will be butterbeer and Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans.

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