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‘Django’ cast debates: How does movie violence influence violence in real life?

[CNN] Friday’s nightmarish shooting has left some in Hollywood examining the relationship between the violence we see in the real world and the violence we watch in movies and on TV.

Interestingly enough, the cast members of “Django Unchained,” an upcoming Quentin Tarantino project about a slave-turned-bounty-hunter and his mission to save his wife from a cruel slave-master, come down on all sides of the debate.

Christoph Waltz, who stars as the bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz, told CNN in a recent interview that he doesn’t “entirely disagree” with the argument that violence in entertainment can inspire violence in the real world.

“But I find it interesting to look at who says it,” Waltz went on. “And interestingly enough, it’s mostly the media who says it. Meaning the media get[s] out of their responsibility again. Because we’re talking about fiction. And it is unmistakably fiction. And to claim that you confuse it with reality is somewhat far-fetched.”

Waltz clarified that he’s not saying Hollywood depictions of violence don’t have an influence, it’s just that he’s more concerned with how violence is portrayed.

“What I consider the really significant and dangerous aspect is the sensationalization of it,” he went on. “And movies don’t sensationalize, they just tell. Who is it who sensationalizes it? It’s the media. So we have to keep these a little bit apart, and look at them separately, and not just meddle everything up and point fingers at the opposite side. I find that very important. And I would also consider gun control indispensable. Rigorous gun control! Because a gun that you can’t have, you don’t use.”

But to Waltz’s co-star Jamie Foxx, the issue isn’t one of only gun control, but also counseling.

“Here’s the thing – even if you get rid of all of the guns, I think that symptom will still be there,” Foxx told CNN. “So it will be a knife, it will be something, it will be their bare hands – but we have to, one, get the guns off the street … and then address the problem of the person, how do we reach out to that person, how do we make that person feel like, you don’t have to do this.”

Director Tarantino, on the other hand, dismisses the theory that violence on-screen breeds violence off-screen, finding it to be a point that lacks substance.

“This has gone back all the way down to Shakespeare’s days – alright, when there’s violence in the street, the cry becomes ‘blame the playmaker.’ And you know, I actually think that’s a very facile argument to pin on something that’s a real life tragedy.”

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The tragic aftermath in Connecticut continues to develop

Watch CNN’s LIVE TV coverage of the Connecticut elementary school shooting as the story continues to unfold.

Newtown, Connecticut (CNN) — Authorities in Newtown, Connecticut, put together more pieces of the puzzle Saturday to explain what happened inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, one day after a gunman opened fire there, killing 20 students and six adults.

All the victims died from gunshot wounds and were struck more than once, according to H. Wayne Carver II, chief medical examiner for the state of Connecticut. Their deaths were classified as homicides.

“I’ve been at this for a third of a century. My sensibilities may not be the average man, but this probably is the worst I have seen or the worst that I know of any of my colleagues having seen,” Carver told reporters.

The deadly school shooting shattered the quiet of this southern New England town and left a nation reeling over the number of lives, particularly young lives lost. It also reignited the perennial debate about gun laws in America.

President Barack Obama spoke tearfully about the massacre on Friday and is scheduled to travel to Newtown on Sunday to meet with families of the victims. He will deliver remarks during an evening vigil.

Law enforcement officials have identified the gunman as 20-year-old Adam Lanza. He apparently took his own life, after taking that of his mother and the 26 people at the school. [continue]


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Tim Swartz once again enters the realm of mysteries to unravel! This time he’s staying for good!

Yep, Tim is BACK.  He’s such an informative, engaging guest that we had to ask him for a repeat performance… This time to talk about everything from cryptozoology to inner earth mysteries, and even onward to the many mysteries concerning Barsoom, a.k.a. “Mars”.

Tim R. Swartz is an Indiana native and Emmy-Award winning television producer/videographer, and is the author of a number of popular books including The Lost Journals of Nikola Tesla, Secret Black Projects, Time Travel: A How-To-Guide, Richard Shaver-Reality of the Inner Earth, Admiral Byrd’s Secret Journey Beyond the Poles, and is a contributing writer for such books as, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The First Ghostbuster, and Brad Steiger’s Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside.

As a photojournalist, Tim Swartz has traveled extensively and investigated paranormal phenomena and other unusual mysteries from such diverse locations as the Great Pyramid in Egypt to the Great Wall in China. He has worked with television networks such as PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, ESPN, Thames-TV and the BBC.

His articles have been published in magazines such as Mysteries, FATE, Strange, Atlantis Rising, UFO Universe, Flying Saucer Review, Renaissance, and Unsolved UFO Reports.

Tim Swartz is also the writer and editor of the online newsletter Conspiracy Journal; a free, weekly e-mail newsletter, considered essential reading by paranormal researchers worldwide.

Now Tim has joined the show not as a guest but as the full time new co host. He takes over where Rick, Brian, and Dennis left off… Along with William Michael Mott they are now set, and ready to start Unraveling the Secrets together.

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