Valentina Cervi as Maria Bolkonskaya in War and Peace (TV Mini-Series, 2007).

I like a holiday. I like a quiet corner of a room to sit and contemplate. I like sitting and looking at beautiful landscapes. I like looking at other people’s work. I like being with the people I love. I like being at home. I like all the things that are the complete opposite of working at the pace that I’m currently working. But the thing that gets me out of bed every morning is that I love it. I just have to occasionally remind myself not to love it as much as I do and leave time for the rest of my life… I want to do as much as I can, but I also wan to vary it, maybe as a producer, director or writer, but I also want to be a person of the world and live a life…It’s got to be more than working non-stop. (x)

I want to make a date movie that results in at least 15 million divorces… I want it to work and live in the area of slightly tongue-in-cheek, but also morally repellent
—  David Fincher, in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, on his hopes and aims for his latest film, the Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike-starring marital murder mystery Gone Girl.

Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government)

  • China 1949 to early 1960s
  • Albania 1949-53
  • East Germany 1950s
  • Iran 1953 *
  • Guatemala 1954 *
  • Costa Rica mid-1950s
  • Syria 1956-7
  • Egypt 1957
  • Indonesia 1957-8
  • British Guiana 1953-64 *
  • Iraq 1963 *
  • North Vietnam 1945-73
  • Cambodia 1955-70 *
  • Laos 1958 *, 1959 *, 1960 *
  • Ecuador 1960-63 *
  • Congo 1960 *
  • France 1965
  • Brazil 1962-64 *
  • Dominican Republic 1963 *
  • Cuba 1959 to present
  • Bolivia 1964 *
  • Indonesia 1965 *
  • Ghana 1966 *
  • Chile 1964-73 *
  • Greece 1967 *
  • Costa Rica 1970-71
  • Bolivia 1971 *
  • Australia 1973-75 *
  • Angola 1975, 1980s
  • Zaire 1975
  • Portugal 1974-76 *
  • Jamaica 1976-80 *
  • Seychelles 1979-81
  • Chad 1981-82 *
  • Grenada 1983 *
  • South Yemen 1982-84
  • Suriname 1982-84
  • Fiji 1987 *
  • Libya 1980s
  • Nicaragua 1981-90 *
  • Panama 1989 *
  • Bulgaria 1990 *
  • Albania 1991 *
  • Iraq 1991
  • Afghanistan 1980s *
  • Somalia 1993
  • Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *
  • Ecuador 2000 *
  • Afghanistan 2001 *
  • Venezuela 2002 *
  • Iraq 2003 *
  • Haiti 2004 *
  • Somalia 2007 to present
  • Libya 2011*
  • Syria 2012

Q: Why will there never be a coup d’état in Washington?

A: Because there’s no American embassy there.

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