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Writer Gore Vidal Dies at 86

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Writer and cultural critic Gore Vidal died at his home in the Hollywood Hills Tuesday from complications with pneumonia, his nephew told the New York Times. He was 86.

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The Simpsons Turns 400: We Name the Greatest Guests!

David Hyde Pierce, Bette Midler and Marcia Wallace do The Simpsons

After 18 seasons and 400 episodes, Fox's The Simpsons (Sundays at 8 pm/ET) has attracted more than 350 celebrities to offer their voices to animated doppelgangers. Some have played themselves (Steve Buscemi, anyone?), some new characters (Reese Witherspoon as Rainier Wolfcastle's daughter, for instance), some old characters (Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub, who reprise their roles from 24 on May 20) — and in one instance, a mix (Elizabeth Taylor played herself and voiced Maggie's first word). Throughout, producers have attract read more

Award-Winning Film Asks Why We Fight

(Clockwise, from top left) John McCain, Wilton Sekzer, Gore Vidal and Richard Perle

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." The Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Why We Fight (now in select cities) uses President Dwight Eisenhower's legendary 1961 farewell speech — in which he presciently coined the term "military-industrial complex" — as a launching point into a dense discussion of why and for whom the United States decides to go to war. In tackling the formidable topic, director Eugene Jarecki (The Trials of Henry Kissinger) assembles an impressive and more than balanced roster of opinionators, including Senator John McCain, veteran newsman read more

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