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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood mock President Trump at CMAs

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 Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood had no time for the Country Music Association’s guidelines.

The CMA hosts came out swinging Wednesday night with a response to a pre-show warning that press was to avoid topics including guns and the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest festival shooting.

“Now, Brad, I don't know if you've heard about this, but the CMA has given us some guidelines with specific topics to avoid,” Underwood said. “So we can't be doing any silly little songs because this year's show is a politics free zone.”

Paisley, however, wasn’t interested in staying away from current events, instead offering songs such as “Way Down Yonder on the Scaramucci,” “She Wrote a Memoir, Hillary’s Back” and “Stand By Your Manafort.”

But one song did get through the censors: a parody of Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” about President Trump.

“Right now, he’s probably in his PJs, watching cable news, reaching for his cellphone. He’s probably asking Siri how in the hell you spell Pocahontas. In the middle of the night from the privacy of a good-plated White House toilet seat, he writes little Bob Corker, NFL and covfefe. And it’s fun to watch until little rocket man starts a nuclear war. Maybe next time he’ll think before he tweets.”
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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Aaron Sorkin wouldn’t write a sex scene for Nicole Kidman and Alec Baldwin

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 Aaron Sorkin refused to script a crude sex scene for Nicole Kidman.

For the 1993 thriller “Malice,” Sorkin said director Harold Becker asked him to write a steamy scene for Kiman and co-star Alec Baldwin.

Instead, Sorkin turned in “four pages of banter that ended with them falling into bed and we cut to the next day,” the screenwriter told USA Today.

Becker sent him back to the drawing board.

"I hadn’t written that much at the time, I’d only written A Few Good Men. And I said, ‘Boy, exactly what do you mean?’ And he said, ‘Look, it’s easy, just go back to your hotel and write what you’d like to see Nicole Kidman do,” Sorkin said.

“I said, ‘Are you out of your mind?’ First of all, I just did a movie with her husband (Tom Cruise)! And second of all, no, I’m not going to write down what I’d like to see Nicole do and then hand the pages out to the crew and Nicole.”

When Sorkin refused to rewrite the scene, Becker, Baldwin and Kidman worked it out on their own.

“It got done. It’s a terrible scene,” he told USA Today.

Sorkin’s reluctance counters most news out of Hollywood recently, with almost daily accusations of men taking advantage of others.

Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, James Toback, Brett Ratner and Dustin Hoffman are among those who have been accused of sexual misconduct.
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Monday, 6 November 2017

Social media users defend TV anchor after woman says she ‘looks ridiculous’ because of her size

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 An angry news viewer got called out by thousands of social media users — and even Chance the Rapper — for her negative comments about a new reporter.

Jan Shedd took to Facebook on Wednesday to call out Channel 8 in Dallas’ new traffic reporter, Demetria Obilor, who she said was a “size 16/18 woman in a size 6 dress.”

“Has anyone seen Channel 8’s new morning traffic reporter? Her name is Demetria Obilor & she’s a size 16/18 woman in a size six dress and she looks ridiculous,” Shedd wrote in the now-deleted post.

“I understand that when I watch Channel 8 I’m going to get biased reporting and political correctness, but clearly they have taken complete leave of their senses. I’m not going to watch Channel 8 anymore.”

The post went viral after it was shared by Twitter user Mother of Draggings, who wrote: “Jan is big mad. Don’t be like Jan.”

Obilor’s story even got more attention when rapper Chance the Rapper chimed in.

“BIIIIIIG MAD,” he wrote, referring to Shedd.
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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Ben Affleck wants to be ‘part of the solution’ to Hollywood’s sexual assault

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 Ben Affleck, who has been accused of groping Hilarie Burton in 2003, wants to help cure Hollywood of its sexual assault problem.

The “Justice League” star said Sunday that he’s “looking at my own behavior and addressing that and making sure I’m part of the solution.”

Last month, after Affleck condemned Harvey Weinstein, a video resurfaced of him seemingly grabbing Burton’s breast during a 2003 episode of “TRL.”

"I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize,” he tweeted after the “One Tree Hill” star said that she “didn’t forget” about the incident.

Another resurfaced video, from 2004, showed Affleck pulling “Box Office” interviewer Anne-Marie Losique onto his lap and asking her to show more cleavage.
Affleck was accused of groping Hilarie Burton on "TRL" in 2004.

Affleck has a two-part plan to stop sexual assault in Hollywood: “more women need to be pushed to power” and making sure men do their part to call out inappropriate behavior.

Matt Damon recently revealed that Affleck had told him about ex-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow’s accusations against Harvey Weinstein.

Rose McGowan, who accused Weinstein of raping her in 1997, tweeted that she had told Affleck about the assault.

 you said that to my face," she tweeted at Affleck after he said he didn’t know about the accusations against Weinstein.

Affleck's brother Casey has been accused of sexual harassment by two women.

"The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie."

McGowan and Affleck worked on "Going All the Way" together in 1997 – the same year she settled with Weinstein – and "Phantoms" in 1998.

Affleck’s brother Casey has also been accused of sexual harassment by two different women.
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Bono, Madonna named in the leaked Paradise Papers

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 Politicians aren't the only famous faces named in the leaked "Paradise Papers" — Bono, Madonna and actress Keira Knightley all pop up, too.

The papers — which were released Sunday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists after being obtained by a German newspaper — include 13.4 million documents that detail offshore holdings by high-profile figures like Wilbur Ross, Rex Tillerson and Queen Elizabeth II.

Bono — who is listed by his real name, Paul Hewson — is revealed to have been a part-owner of a shopping mall in the small town of Utena, Lithuania, after investing with a company based in Malta.

The U2 frontman had a stake in Nude Estates, a Maltese company which bought the Ausra mall just after it opened in 2007, according to the Guardian.

Because the island nation — located between the south of Italy and the North African coast — is a low-tax jurisdiction, the tax paid on any profits earned by foreign investors is reduced to 5%.

The mall was transferred in 2012 to a company based in Guernsey, England, with a similar name: Nude Estates I.

Power players named in leaked 'Paradise Papers'

"Bono was a passive, minority investor in Nude Estates Malta Ltd., a company that was legally registered in Malta until it was voluntarily wound up in 2015. Malta is a well-established holding company jurisdiction within the EU," a spokesperson for the singer told the Guardian.

Meanwhile, the ICIJ also claims the documents reveal pop star Madonna has a share in a medical supplies company, while actress Keira Knightley has invested in a Jersey-based real estate firm.

The celebrities' inclusion in the leaked documents joins several other high-profile figures, including the Queen.

Her Royal Highness was named, as her private estate invested millions of dollars in a Cayman Islands fund previously unknown to the public.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was also revealed to have a stake in a shipping firm that has received more than $68 million in revenue from a Russian energy company co-owned by Vladmir Putin's son-in-law — information Ross failed to disclose during his confirmation hearing.
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President Trump reportedly worked to squash Jon Bon Jovi’s attempt to buy Buffalo Bills

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 President Trump knew Jon Bon Jovi wasn’t going to make the Buffalo Bills great.

A community push to stop the rocker from buying the football team in 2014 reportedly had a surprise instigator: the then-real estate mogul, who was also in talks to buy the Bills.

Part of that push came from a fan group called 12th Man Thunder, which pulled together thousands of signatures for a petition, handed out “Bon Jovi Free Zone” posters and called for a ban of the group’s music on radio stations.

According to Michael Caputo, a Buffalo public relations consultant who also worked on Trump's presidential campaign, the real estate developer was behind 12th Man Thunder, specifically focusing on rumors that Bon Jovi wanted to move the Bills to Canada.

”Mr. Trump was convinced that the community wouldn’t stand for a move,” Caputo said.

”So he sent me off to try to organize something with local fans to get that rolling.”

Ultimately, neither man went home happy; Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula bought the team for $1.4 billion in September 2014.

A month later, Trump tweeted that he was “glad” he hadn’t won the bid.

“Even though I refused to pay a ridiculous price for the Buffalo Bills, I would have produced a winner. Now that won’t happen,” he wrote.

“The people of Buffalo should be happy Terry Pegula got the team but I hope he does better w/the Bills than he has w/the Sabres. Good luck! The @nfl games are so boring now that actually, I’m glad I didn’t get the Bills. Boring games, too many flags, too soft!”
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Richard Dreyfuss’s son says Kevin Spacey groped him at 18 years old with dad nearby

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Richard Dreyfuss’s son came forward Saturday to detail a shocking account of Kevin Spacey groping him while his unsuspecting father sat nearby.

Harry Dreyfuss, in penning his story in Buzzfeed News, became the latest of more than 10 men to accuse Spacey of sexual assault.

The younger Dreyfuss said he was just 18 when he accompanied his father to Spacey’s London apartment in 2008 to rehearse lines for the play “Complicit.”

The trio had been reading the script for some time when Spacey put his hand on Harry’s thigh.

“I thought, surely he can’t be coming on to me like this right in front of my dad,” Harry wrote. “But his hand stayed there.”

Harry twice moved away from Spacey, but the lecherous actor followed him each time, according to the Buzzfeed piece.

“Once again Kevin followed me, sat down, and with considerable effort, slid his hand between my right hand and my right leg,” Harry wrote.

“Over the course of about 20 seconds, centimeter by centimeter, Kevin crawled his hand from my thigh over toward my crotch. My mind went blank. Suddenly, he had completed his journey...”

“I stopped reading the script and my eyes went wide. I lifted up my head and faced him. Looking into his eyes, I gave the most meager shake of my head that I could manage.”

The elder Dreyfuss was too engrossed in the script to notice. Several years passed before Harry finally told his father about the abuse.

“House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey has been accused of inappropriate sexual contact by a number of men spanning back decades.
“Kevin Spacey is a sexual predator,” Harry wrote. “But I still never thought talking about it seriously was ever an option.”

Richard Dreyfuss, in a Saturday tweet, lauded his son for telling the painful story.

“I love my son more than I could explain with all the words in the world,” Richard Dreyfuss wrote.

“And I am so incredibly proud of him right now."

Amid the cascading tales of abuse, Netflix announced Friday it was severing ties with Spacey and shutting down production of “House of Cards.”

Harry Dreyfuss’ account emerged hours after three more men stepped forward to describe sexual assault at the hands of Spacey.

The men who came forward met Spacey several years ago. One was a minor at the time of the inappropriate contact, and another was a journalist who alleges Spacey screamed at him for not “wanting to f--k him,” according to a story published by BuzzFeed News on Friday.

The journalist, who wanted to remain anonymous to protect his career, told BuzzFeed News he interviewed Spacey for a story in the early 2000s in his office at the Old Vic and later found himself being yelled in the middle of a bar at by the actor for not wanting to have sex with him.

“He was charming and doing impressions of Jack Lemmon and so on," he said of the in-office encounter.

But after taking Spacey up on an offer to go out for some drinks, the actor started aggressively grabbing his genitals.

“He just kept reaching between my legs and, you know, just grabbing my d--k,” he told BuzzFeed News. “I would move his hand away, and say something that I thought was pretending was funny or whatever at first. And then I was starting to get annoyed by it, and that was pretty clear.”

The journalist even attempted to leave, but Spacey kept trying to make him stay.

“I ended up sitting back down. He kept rubbing my leg. I moved seats. He came over and sat next to me again. I was trying not to make a big scene, because I had an assignment to write about him,” the man stated.

The man also shared that no one with Spacey appeared to react to his behavior — and instead chose to turn a blind eye.

“(Spacey) came out after me and literally stood between me and the door," he said. "This man (Spacey) was screaming in my face outside of the main bar area, red-faced, spit flying out of his mouth, screaming at me with fury because I didn't want to f--k him. He was actually saying that I did want to and I was a coward. That was his tactic. It was unbelievable.”

The journalist recounted the story to his editor, who confirmed hearing it to BuzzFeed.

Both the journalist and editor, working at an unidentified national magazine, were ready to move forward with the story when the reporter had a realization: the story would out Spacey as gay.

“It has occurred to me since then that there's this weird way that Spacey had discovered that the closet would shield other things,” the journalist said. “Being closeted has for him enabled him to use this privacy claim as a shield against anybody looking closely at his actual behavior. And then it may have served as this strange, protective mechanism, to say, 'My whole sexual life is off limits because of my sexuality.'”

Justin Dawes, who was 16 in 1988, met Spacey at the play “National Anthems” and was invited to his apartment to watch Roman Polanski’s “Chinatown.”

Instead when they arrived they were offered drinks while porn was playing on the TV.

“We all had a drink, and we were kind of like, ‘Oh, no one else is coming?’ And he’s like, ‘Oh, no one else decided to come,’ and he never mentioned that this porn was playing. It was really awkward,” Dawes told BuzzFeed News.

Dawes shared that Spacey, who was 29 at the time, was well-aware he was in high school. He called the experience “cringey” but “benign.”

He also added that though Spacey was “sleazy and manipulative” it was not as if the star was pushy.

Dawes, who is straight, admitted he may have given Spacey the wrong impression.

“I think I had this weird kinda like, Oh gee. Oh man, I feel bad.”

Dawes and his friend decided to leave and never interacted with Spacey after that day.

He also told BuzzFeed maybe he “should’ve realized” Spacey wanted him over for sex.

Anthony Rapp was the first to come forward and accuse Kevin Spacey of trying to seduce him when he was a minor.
“Like maybe this was kind of a coded thing or something that I agreed to.”

A third man named Mark Ebenhoch said outing Spacey also held him back from telling his story.

Ebenhoch was a 35-year-old military adviser working on Spacey’s film, “Outbreak” — which also starred Dustin Hoffman — when an assistant of Spacey’s invited him to the actor’s trailer “to flat out engage in a sexual act.”

“It was enough to stun me. It blew me away,” he said.

Ebenhoch, who is now openly gay, was not at the time. He said he turned down the proposition and never went anywhere near Spacey on set after that.

“As a military adviser the last thing you’d want anyone to know is that you were gay,” he said.

A friend of Ebenhoch, Roy Locke, confirmed he had told him the story at the time.

Dawes, Ebenhoch and the anonymous journalist are just three of several men who have come forward accusing Spacey of similar behavior.

Actor Anthony Rapp first publicly accused Spacey of trying to seduce him when he was just 14 in an interview with BuzzFeed News.

Eight Netflix employees recently accused Spacey of targeting young male staffers on set with “predatory” behavior, CNN reported.

One account alleged Spacey put his hands down a staffer's pants.

Since the allegations have come to light, Spacey admitted he has chosen to live his life as a gay man and is now seeking evaluation and treatment.
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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Weak political elements take punch out of Gerard Butler's ‘Geostorm’

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 “Geostorm” finds ways to draw attention away from an interesting use of weather as a weapon by using a cold front of political jabber.

The problems in “Geostorm” were caused by director Dean Devlin and co-writer Paul Guyot as they have taken a passable action film and buried it under a tsunami of political muck. Politics can work — even in an action movie — but each smart twist needs to be followed by an even smarter turn. Both Devlin and Guyot have worked heavily in television and their writing comes across like the half-baked plot lines of a low-grade TV show.

Jake Lawson (Gerard Butler) is the creative mastermind behind the development of an interconnected series of satellites positioned around the planet in such a way that can be used to stop severe weather from hurricanes to heatwaves. It wouldn’t be a role for Butler if he wasn’t playing a character who has no time for authority figures. His snippy attitude goes too far and it finally gets him fired as the main man at the International Space Station where the weather controlling system known as Dutch Boy is run. The name comes from the story of the boy who stuck his finger in a damn until repairs could be made.

There would be no movie if everything was blues skies and sunshine. After a couple of freak accidents result in major catastrophes, it’s decided that Lawson is the only person who can make the quick jaunt into space to find the problem and correct it before more bad weather arrives. No one needs another sub-zero event like the one in Afghanistan that turned an entire village into a tribute to Disney’s “Frozen.”

Of course, the guy who has to convince Lawson to take the job is his brother, Max (Jim Sturgess). He just happens to be the person who fired Lawson three years ago. The brothers haven’t spoken in years but Lawson is willing to take the challenge because he feels so connected to Dutch Boy.

As Lawson and his odd team try to find the problem, Max and his secret girlfriend, Secret Service agent Sarah Wilson (Abbie Cornish), must deal with the political elements that are little more than recycled plot points. Is the president corrupt? Who can be trusted? Why is there no security for Air Force One? Are all politicians so stupid they think no one will be that upset with billions of people being killed by deadly weather patterns created by a system under the control of the United States government?

The ending is so loaded with overwrought political rhetoric that even a massive tidal wave couldn’t wash away the hackneyed dialogue and unbelievable actions.

“Geostorm” would have been better had it been more like the 2004 release “The Day After Tomorrow.” No one cared about politics or big conspiracies in that Dennis Quaid movie. It entertained by putting people in peril from a new Ice Age.

That would have worked here. The action scenes in “Geostorm” are strong, from a dramatic space walk by Butler’s character to a sudden blast of frigid cold on a Rio beach that freezes sun worshippers in their tracks. The weather woes around the world are slow to show up but when they do, they hit like a hurricane.

Butler makes the space station action work because he brings the same kind of bravado to his performance that he used in “London Has Fallen,” “Olympus Has Fallen,” “300” and even the forgettable “Gods of Egypt.” He’s a blue-collar hero who is driven by only one force — a promise he made to his 13-year-old daughter (Talitha Eliana Bateman) that he would come back from space. If he can save the world in the meantime, all the better.

The problem is that the film keeps slowing down for the political moments. There often is this kind of problem when a director works from his own script. Even with a co-writer, there needed to be another voice.
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Blake Lively’s dull ‘All I See Is You’ lacks vision:

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 Inside the endlessly dull, oh-so-serious “All I See Is You” there’s a short, fun, trashy movie dying to get out.

And dying. And dying.

The film we’re stuck with stars Blake Lively as Gina, a pretty blind woman living in Thailand with James, her lunky, over-protective husband. Then, suddenly, thanks to a corneal transplant, she can see.

And what she sees, she doesn't like.

Now, there's a good exploitation movie in there somewhere. Imagine if Gina began to wonder if her legitimate businessman hubby really was a legitimate businessman. Imagine if her slowly returning sight was so unreliable she wasn't sure what she was seeing.

They might be a little cheesy, sure, but at least plot twists like that could provide some actual thrills. But instead of drama we get two hours of complaints from two privileged people.

Obviously annoyed to suddenly open her eyes and realize she’s married to Jason Clarke, Gina mopes around, flirts with a hunky guy at the swimming pool, goes to a peepshow.

Meanwhile, thrown by this newly independent wife, James sulks. He grumbles about her wearing sexy clothes in front of his colleagues. He’s even jealous of their new dog.

Director Marc Forster works so hard to try to keep things interesting, you can almost see him sweat.

Before Gina’s eye operation, the film is a bad acid trip of shadows, sounds, colors, surreal images — what we’re supposed to imagine she “sees.” After, it turns into a travelogue with colorful scenes of Thailand and an extended trip through Spain.

None of it adds anything except an incredibly annoying brother-in-law named Ramon, who likes to pour red paint over himself, wear his wife’s dresses and ask Gina and James what they do in bed.

He’s certainly different. But, like Gina and James, the movie itself remains safely inside a bubble, refusing to explore its people or their pasts.

How did Gina and James even meet, and what had their lives been like before? Why did they end up in Thailand and what, after all these years, brought them to a doctor?

For a script about people doubting their relationship, “All I See Is You” never asks the right questions. For a film about vision and visions, all it had me looking at was my watch.
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‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ is a gift that keeps on disappointing

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 In “A Bad Moms Christmas” it’s double the moms, double the bad.

A year and change ago, “Bad Moms” meant a trio of Wine Moms — Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) — letting loose with some shots while letting go of perfectionism.

Now their respective moms — Ruth (Christine Baranski), Sandy (Cheryl Hines) and Isis (Susan Sarandon) — are in town for the holidays. There’s a veritable cornucopia of naughty mommies — and emotional manipulation.

The existential plight of the Wine Mom — who seeks relief from the crushing weight of heteronormative capitalist patriarchy at the bottom of a chardonnay bottle — is a real cultural crisis. Someone should shine a light on this, but co-writers and co-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore are not those storytellers. Mostly because one has to wonder if Lucas and Moore have ever even met human women. These characters are cartoonish campy drag personae of women, categorized by their attributes, like Santa’s reindeer or the Smurfs: Stressy, Crazy, Slutty, Critical, Clingy and Drifter.

Kunis stars as Amy, always harried, always “busy.” She’s divorced with a couple of kids (Oona Laurence and Emjay Anthony), whom she warily apprises, as if she’s not quite sure who they are or why they’re in her house. She shares the same chemistry with Baranski and Peter Gallagher, who play her parents, treating them like a couple of wayward strangers.

Like “Bad Moms,” this second installment seems to spring from a single inspirational scene, with the rest of the movie written around it. So when the “twerking on Santa” sequence is over within the first 10 minutes, the film is adrift, filled with tedious male-stripper filler, emphatic line deliveries and slow-motion montages of mayhem set to pop tunes.

On the plus side, Baranski is wonderfully sharp as the monstrous Type A 1 percenter Ruth, and she does get a few amazing lines. Hines is also delightfully surreal as the overprotective Sandy. Hahn is always the best around, but you can’t help but internally scream “this is beneath you” almost every moment she’s on screen.

What’s offensive about “A Bad Moms Christmas” — like “Bad Moms” — is just how shoddily made it is. Female audiences deserve better movies than this. Furthermore, it positions the enemies of moms as other moms — not the rigidly gendered social structures and expectations that demand women do the majority of the domestic and emotional labor. Rather than men or money being the enemy, it’s other women, and that’s not fair. Here’s to hoping for “A Bad Moms Revolution” as the final installment.
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50 Cent and exonerated ex-con go into showbiz together

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 That’s what we call making things Wright

Isaac Wright Jr, who was sentenced to life on drug charges, then exonerated after spending nine years in a New Jersey prison, says that he is the subject of an upcoming TV series that he says is being produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

And that’s not even the happy ending.

Wright was also sworn in as a licensed attorney and granted admission to the bar of the New Jersey Supreme Court on September 27, 2017.

We’re told that Wright crossed paths with Fitty after an illegal fight club up in the Bronx approached him with hopes he could help them become legit. Apparently someone in da’ club had a connection to 50 Cent, a known fight enthusiast, and wanted to him to get behind the underground boxing league, which is called BX Fight Club.

“The guy running the fight club came to me and said ‘If we can get 50 to come to the fights, it will really blow us up,” Wright told us. “But he has a promoter's license and he won’t come because we're illegal. Can you help us get a license?”

At the time, Wright says the fight club had spent around $70,000 with other lawyers, but none of them could land a knockout blow in court.

It just so happened that while in jail, Wright says he passed time studying law and learning to write motions. He looked into the way that policemen and firemen were able to put on fight cards and found the loophole he needed.

As soon as the fight club became legal, 50 Cent attended a match. Once there, he apparently heard about Wright’s story and took an interest in bringing it to the big screen.

Wright likes to call his story “From Life To Litigator” though it’s unclear whether that title will stick when the show goes into production.

50 Cent did not respond to a request for comment.
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Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood might be written off ‘House of Cards’

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 Producers of the Netflix show “House of Cards” are considering killing off Kevin Spacey’s character in the wake of sexual assault allegations against the actor.

Its creators are discussing alternatives for the popular show’s future without the actor, who portrays protagonist Frank Underwood, a villainous politician in the series, according to a Variety report.

One possibility is to concentrate the series’ sixth and final season on Underwood’s wife, played by Robin Wright.

Producers are leery of keeping the actor on board after CNN reported that Spacey created a “toxic work environment” on set. Allegations of groping and propositioning were among the claims in the report.

The show is produced by Media Rights Capital, whose producers are looking for a way to keep the show alive — and to keep its 300 cast and crew members employed, Variety reported.

Filming on the show's sixth season had recently begun, which suggests it’s not too late to amend plotlines, according to the report.

Fans say they’d be interested in seeing Wright’s character take over the lead role.

Producers could face legal hurdles if they try to write Spacey out of the show.

Spacey’s contract could prevent the show from continuing without him, according to Variety.

Production on the show’s sixth season was suspended Tuesday, two days after Anthony Rapp claimed Spacey sexually assaulted him when he was 14 years old.

On Thursday, Spacey was dropped by his agent at CAA. His publicist, Staci Wolfe, also severed ties with the actor.

On Friday, Scotland Yard said it was investigating an allegation that Spacey sexually assaulted a male actor in London.

Media Rights Capital is also reportedly weighing a possible spinoff of “House of Cards,” Variety reported.
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NBC cancels 'Tonight Show' taping due to Jimmy Fallon 'family matter'

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 The live taping of Friday's "Tonight Show" was canceled so host Jimmy Fallon can tend to a private "family matter."

The late-night program will instead air an episode that ran in September that features guests Madonna and Camila Cabello, NBC confirmed.

Fallon's mother Gloria is sick, and the comedian is spending time with her and their family in the hospital, a source close to Fallon told the Daily News.

Production for next week's episodes is not expected to be impacted.

Fallon, 43, has hosted "The Tonight Show" since 2014.
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Julianna Margulies reportedly 'squirmed' out of hotel room encounters with Steven Seagal, Harvey Weinstein

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 The Emmy award-winning actress Julianna Margulies said she “squirmed” her way out of a hotel room with Steven Seagal before a second close encounter with Harvey Weinstein.

In an interview with Jenny Hutt on SiriusXM on Friday, the former “ER” actress said a female casting director told her, “Steven Seagal wants to go over the scene with you in his hotel room at 10 o’clock at night.”

Margulies, who was 23 at the time, tried to resist, saying it was late and she didn’t have money for a cab to the hotel from her home in Brooklyn.

But the casting director reassured her by saying, “Don’t worry, we’ll reimburse you. And I’m here,” Margulies recounted.

When she turned up at the hotel at 10:40 p.m., however, Margulies found herself alone with Seagal, who she claimed was armed.

Steven Seagal attends qualifying ahead of the Russian Formula One Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on Oct. 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

“He made sure that I saw his gun, which I had never seen a gun in real life,” Margulies said.

And while she did not delve into exactly what happened in the room, she said, I got out of there unscathed. It’s a long story...but I never was raped, and I never was harmed, and I don’t know how I got out of that hotel room.”

“It always starts with, ‘I’m a healer, I want to massage you.’ I sort of squirmed my way out,” Margulies said.

Several other women have accused Seagal of sexual assault and harassment in claims dating back decades.

Harvey Weinstein speaks at the UBS 40th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference in New York City on Dec. 5, 2012.

Margulies said her experience with Seagal set off alarm bells several years later when she was invited by "another woman" to meet with Weinstein about a movie role.

Margulies said she refused to go up to his hotel room alone, and was met with Weinstein, wearing a bathrobe with lit candles inside the room.

“And I saw him stare at her - daggers...and he looked at me, furious, and he took the door and he said, ‘Just wanted to say great audition.’ And he slammed the door. And of course I didn’t get the part.”

Weinstein faces accusations of sexual assault, harassment and misconduct from nearly 100 women. Police in Los Angeles, New York and London, have opened criminal investigations.
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Justin Verlander, Kate Upton reportedly get married in Italy, miss Astros’ World Series parade

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 Love is in the Houston air.

And it’s not just Carlos Correa.

Justin Verlander, days after winning the World Series with the Astros, one-uped his teammate.

The pitcher, who played a large part in Houston’s October playoff run, missed Friday’s championship parade because he and fiancĂ©e Kate Upton are reportedly in Italy getting married.

Verlander was a trade deadline pickup by the Astros, who acquired the hurler from Detroit.

At the time of the deal on Aug. 31, the Tigers were well out of playoff contention, so Verlander and Upton very likely picked this weekend far in advance, not thinking the veteran would be missing a championship parade.

His teammates understood the circumstances and gave him a shoutout in front of thousands of fans in downtown Houston.
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Friday, 3 November 2017

Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston are comic gods in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’: review

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 Thor loses his long hair and most of his pretentious attitude in the newest chapter of the god of thunder’s story.

“Thor: Ragnarok,” the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is so delightfully funny that it’s almost a shame when the film reverts to its campy, melodramatic roots. Thankfully, that’s not hammered too hard.

The movie’s fiery opening is just one of the many laugh-out-loud moments when Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is sarcastic and witty, and his arrogant confidence is a comedic tool instead of a personality fault that makes him one. Finally.

Thor is faced with the task of rescuing his home planet, Asgard, from the antler-topped, leather-clad Hela (Cate Blanchett), Marvel’s first female villain. Her bad-guy vernacular is predictable, as is the hero-villain relationship she and Thor share. A couple of Led Zeppelin-scored fight scenes can’t mask that her character is standard Hela-on-wheels.

The dumpster-fire planet where Thor is held captive is where he’s reunited with an old friend and makes a new one, too.
The dumpster-fire planet where Thor is held captive is where he’s reunited with an old friend and makes a new one, too.

Fortunately, she’s not the only warrior woman. She’s joined by a heavy-drinking Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who stumbles onto the scene. She drowns her painful past in booze on the garbage-strewn planet, where Thor is held captive. She must decide if she wants to strap on a hero’s cape once more, or waste her life away hanging out with an odd group of friends that includes the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the blue-mascaraed Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

The once heroic Valkyrie’s biggest competition for the most self-obsessed character in director Taika Waititi’s movie is Thor’s brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Loki’s natural narcissism puts him in a similar predicament, and the typical hero movie plotlines take over just in time for a cookie-cutter resolution.

The Thor movie franchise seems to be gradually falling in line with the rest of its comic book movie peers and trading its too serious, full-of-itself attitude for a lighter, funnier approach. Once you get past the eye-roll that “Ragnarok” isn’t a person, place or thing, it’s an idea (similar to Asgard, apparently), the film's ability to make fun of itself is just one of the many things that make it a joy to watch.
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‘Lady Bird’ is Greta Gerwig’s graceful take on the coming-of-age tale: movie review

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 Greta Gerwig is spreading her wings as a filmmaker — and she soars with "Lady Bird."

The actress, best known for co-writing and starring in "Frances Ha," makes her directorial debut with an intimate study of an eccentric high school senior in Sacramento. Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is just dying to stand out — and insists that everyone call her Lady Bird.

Set in the early 2000s, the film opens with Lady Bird's stern but loving mother Marion (Laurie Metcalf) driving the teen to her Catholic high school. One passive aggressive comment from Marion sparks a defiant act from Lady Bird and sets up the dichotomous mother-daughter dynamic that continues over the film's 93 minutes.

Lady Bird, who is pegged as an outcast from the get-go with her dyed pink hair and contrasting schoolgirl threads, charms with innocent and clever musings. We giggle along with our protagonist as she navigates teenage life over a one-year span: trying out school plays, boyfriends, best friends, applying to colleges with mediocre grades while longing to escape her hometown, and working part-time jobs as she grapples with her family's modest means.

"Lady Bird," which Gerwig also wrote, is not exactly autobiographical, but definitely self-reflective. Gerwig, like her title character, is a Sacramento native with a computer programmer dad and nurse mom who attended an all-girls Catholic school. But the coming-of-age story does not align chronologically with Gerwig's life. Of course, Gerwig's past experience as a teen informs the narrative and makes Lady Bird's story feel authentic. Gerwig's current view, as a mature New York woman, imbues the script with a sort of dramatic irony — and a lot of laughs.

Ronan and Tony winner Metcalf are the obvious scene stealers, but the entire cast is excellent. Tracy Letts is all heart as out-of-work dad Larry, whose sympathetic parenting style balances out his wife's authoritativeness. Lucas Hedges lends an emotional wallop as Lady Bird's first boyfriend, Danny.

Music, in particular, helps nail the story's 2002-2003 setting. Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" blasts on the stereo during a house party. In the car, Lady Bird tells her dad that Alanis Morissette wrote "Ironic" in just a few minutes, to which he replies, "I believe it." And Gerwig manages to evoke genuine feeling with a Dave Matthews Band motif, eschewing the "too cool" attitude and embracing the song "Crash into Me" as wholly meaningful.

With that last feat Gerwig marks herself as a true artist, and hopefully, an auteur in the making.
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Model Carol Alt doesn't agree with the NFL 'take the knee' movement

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 Queens-born model Carol Alt doesn’t agree with the “take the knee” trend that’s popular in the NFL right now.

“I’m from a military family,” she told Confidential. “I would much prefer to keep football, football. There are many ways to talk about equality and these gentlemen have social media. They have great forums in which to talk about social issues and political issues. For me, football is football. I’m a big hockey fan so I got to see a game, I don’t have to hear people’s political views.”

Alt, 56, graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in 1982 and has appeared on the cover of more than 500 magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan. She was also a contestant on the 2008 edition of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” which featured Donald Trump as the judge.

“I’ve known Donald Trump for 36 years,” she said. “I’m politically neutral," adding that he never hit on her.

In the wake of numerous allegations of sexual assault against producer Harvey Weinstein, the statuesque cover girl also says that she never entered a hotel room for a meeting with a male producer by herself and was always aware of the situation.

“I would always have a girlfriend walk me to the door so the producer could see that somebody was with me and then she would wait outside,” she added. “I always did that bit of something. You always have to protect yourself, always...It’s better to be defensive in case [sexual assault] happens than to think you’re going into a situation, that it’s not going to happen and then it does and you don’t know how to respond.”

Alt says she feels for all the victims of sexual assault who have told their stories in the last couple of weeks and that she too has been in horrible situations, remembering men who would “lean across and grab and kiss me.”

The former wife of retired New York Rangers defenceman Ron Greschner remembers thinking, “Okay, what signal did I put out [that] they think they could do that? I would abruptly stand up and say, ‘It’s time to go,’ and head for the door.”

Alt, who had a health and fitness show on Fox News, is currently shilling a new line of interchangeable wedges called Cat Perkins.
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Chris Hemsworth weighs the ups and downs of being a Nordic god

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 Revisiting his Thor character is a bit of a recurring dream for Chris Hemsworth, who plays the Norse God for the fifth time in his new film “Thor: Ragnarok.”

“Each time it's been very different,” he told us at the film’s premiere. “When I was a kid, I used to want to be a super hero like most kids and run around the yard like I had special powers. And now I get to do it an adult.”

The 34-year-old Aussie actor concedes there is one downside to the role. Or at least there was before he unleashed his own golden locks.

“Putting the wig on every day,” he cited as what he liked least about this role. “That’s why we got rid of the wig in this film.”

Hemsworth will next be seen as Thor in “Avengers: Infinity War” which hits theaters next year.

“Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi tells us that Thor is his favorite Avenger, but what else could he say?

“I’m not just saying this because I made the movie," the filmmaker insisted. "He is my favorite Avenger. Him and Hulk.”
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'Betty Boop' composer David Foster moves to Manhattan seeking Broadway cred

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 Composer David Foster has uprooted and moved to New York to make sure his musical “Betty Boop” finds its way to Broadway.

“I bought a place in New York City,” he told us at the Princess Grace Awards in L.A. “You cannot be that West Coast pop guy who rolls into New York and says, ‘Hey, I am going to do a Broadway musical’... I want to be accepted and not be 'that guy from the West Coast.’ ”

Foster, who has won 16 Grammys as a producer for artists including Madonna, Alice Cooper, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand, has spent the past seven years trying to bring “Betty Boop” to the Great White Way. He plans to do a reading as early as December. “Kinky Boots” director Jerry Mitchell will oversee the project.

“It has been a long time in the making, but it is finally reaching fruition,” Foster said.

Laying down roots in Tribeca in Manhattan will be quite a change for Foster. On Tuesday, the ran a feature story on Foster’s flashy bachelor pad in L.A., which he’s had for 12-years. Foster finally moved into that place full-time after leaving his sprawling Malibu home to his reality TV star wife Yolanda Foster. The couple split in January after 10 years together. But his new life—at least for now—is the Big Apple.

“It is vibrant and it is on fire 24/7,” he said of his new Lower Manhattan neighborhood. “I am having a great time there.”

There are lots of changes afoot for the 67-year-old music man, who has been linked to 33-year-old starlet Katharine McPhee. He insists they’re only friends.

“At a certain point in your career you need to go where you belong,” he said. “I love top 40 music, but it is not what I do anymore. But on Broadway, I can still write a good song that moves people.”
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