Babel Brad Pitt

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The story of the Tower of Babel turns up in Hebrew and Muslim texts, as well as the Bible, but the basic gist is that men tried to build a stairway to heaven and God subverted them by giving them different languages. They could no longer understand each other, so the whole construction fell apart.

It's a powerful myth because it carries so many ideas: that there are two worlds and we got the lesser one; that God is spiteful; that cultural differences are the root of all our woes since then; even that crossing a border without permission will get you in a whole world of trouble.

Some scholars believe the tower was in southern Iraq, or in Babylon itself. The tragedy of modern Iraq is never mentioned in this superb new film but I'm sure that's one of the things on the minds of the filmmakers, the same Mexican writer and director team behind Amores Perros and 21 Grams.

The story of the tower works so well for what the film is about, which is that the relationship between rich and poor, as individuals or countries, is much more connected than we might think. It's a film about the terrible consequences of bad decisions.

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Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel are intended as a loose trilogy about the modern world. They fit together as a fairly pessimistic statement but that in itself is exciting. It tells us that writer Guillermo Arriaga and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu don't underestimate either audience or medium. Just when it seemed like the infantilisation of cinema was complete, along comes a film like Babel to challenge and revive your senses.

There are four stories here, taking place more or less simultaneously in four countries. Part of the challenge is to work out the film's complex time shifts. A phone call at the start recurs later in the film, to clarify the sequence of events, but it takes a while to realise that we're going back in time. Babel literally means confusion and the filmmakers take that as one of their (dis)organising principles. Chaos is a good thing in these movies; the fact that we're not sure what's going on is liberating.

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The film begins in the mountains of Morocco. A man trades a gun to a family of goatherders. The father gives the rifle to his two sons, so they can shoot jackals. The boys take a pot shot at a distant tour bus, not expecting to hit anything. The bullet hits Susan (Cate Blanchett), an American woman, in the shoulder. At a small village where there is supposed to be a doctor, Richard (Brad Pitt) carries his wife into a dark house, where an old crone watches in silence. He then gets on the only phone in the village. Pretty soon the airwaves flash a story that terrorists have shot an American woman in Morocco.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Involved in Car Accident

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One of the hottest soccer players in the world was involved in a car accident but thankfully he is allright. His car...not so much! Cristiano Ronaldo was driving through a tunnel at Manchester Airport when he hit the wall and completely destroyed his very expensive Ferrari.

A witness told the UK Sun: "The front of Ronaldo's car was completely mangled. There was metal all over the road and debris - and we had to dodge our way through it. Ronaldo was just standing at the side of the road looking forlorn and bewildered...My daughter said to me, 'Oh my God - that's Cristiano Ronaldo!' It's amazing he was okay because his car looked so bad.”

We don't know what we would have done with ourselves if something happened to Ronaldo. Surprisingly, he left the accident scene without a scratch and was at practice later in the day. Now that's our man!
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Britney Spears new bikini body picture covers the May 5 issue of Star magazine. Britney looks happy and hot at a Malibu beach as she has dropped 20 pounds and the cellulite is almost disappeared! Britney Spears Bikini

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Jennifer Aniston has the most perfect legs in Hollywood.
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Cristiano Ronaldo Wallpaper - CR7

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Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, left, duels for the ball with Nemanja Vidic of Serbia, during their Group A, Euro 2008, qualifying soccer match in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, March 28, 2007.

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Germany's Arne Friedrich, left, and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo vie for the ball during the quarterfinal match between Portugal and Germany in Basel, Switzerland, Thursday, June 19, 2008, at the Euro 2008 European Soccer Championships in Austria and Switzerland.

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MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 30: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United battles for the ball with Steve Sidwell of Reading during the Barclays Premiership match between Manchester United and Reading at Old Trafford on December 30, 2006 in Manchester, England.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 2: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United leaves the pitch with a head injury during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and Roma at Old Trafford on October 2 2007 in Manchester, England.

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Portugal's soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, nominee for the election of the FIFA Mens`s World Player of the Year, speaks at a press conference ahead of the 17th Fifa World Player Gala in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 17. 2007 Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the national soccer team of Portugal's hotel in Neuchatel, Switzerland Friday, June 20, 2008, as the team returns home after loosing 2-3 to Germany in the quarterfinals of the Euro 2008 European Soccer Championships in Austria and Switzerland.
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