A & E Briefs – March 15, 2011

Elika Roohi / Sun Star Reporter
March 15, 2011

Spies in love

Robert and Danya Baer met at work, fell in love, and got married.  It’s a typical story.  Except for small detail of their work: Robert and Danya are spies.  The Baers met while they were a part of a covert team of CIA operatives sent into Bosnia to protect a high-ranking CIA official who had been targeted for assassination by Hezbollah.  Several months later they returned to the United States, and Robert and Danya ran into each other at the CIA headquarters.  They decided to go out to dinner, and the rest is history.  Since then the Baers have published a book, The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife-True-Life Spy Story.

Source: NPR

Online dating in India

In 2008, a group of people started Ignighter.com, an online dating site for group dates.  After about a year, the site had a decent amount of registered users, but not enough to put it on the digital dating map.  The creators of the site, Kevin Owocki, Adam Sachs, and Daniel Osit were trying to figure out what to do when they noticed they were getting a lot of traffic from Asia, specifically India.  And in January 2010, the site officially decided that they had become an Indian dating site.  Osit suspects that a part of the site’s success is due to the culture of India, and the fact that a group date is easier to sell to parents who are worried about safety.

Source: The New York Times

Julianne Moore as Palin in upcoming movie

HBO’s film “Game Change” is about John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.  The movie is based on the book of the same name by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.  It will follow everything that happened during McCain’s campaign from his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate to his defeat in the general election. Julianne Moore is set to play Palin.

Source: The Huffington Post

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