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FX’s Donald Glover Comedy Atlanta Gets Its Cast

attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Magic Mike XXL" at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on June 25, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
David Livingston—2015 David Livingston Donald Glover attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Magic Mike XXL" at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on June 25, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

The show will follow two cousins navigating their way through the Atlanta rap scene

Donald Glover’s pilot for FX, Atlanta, has officially found its leads, the network announced Thursday. The rapper and comedian best known for playing Troy on Community will not only write the show but also star alongside Brian Tyree Henry (The Knick, Boardwalk Empire), Lakeith Lee Stanfield (Short Term 12, Dope) and Zazie Beetz (Applesauce).

Glover, who received a Writer’s Guild Award as a writer for 30 Rock, will play Earnest “Earn” Marks. Earn snags the opportunity to manage the career of his rapper cousin, Alfred Miles (Brian Tyree Henry). The two come into conflict over music, money and race. Stanfield will play Darius, Alfred’s collaborator, and Beetz will play the mother of Earn’s child.

Hiro Murai, who has directed several of Glover’s music videos (the actor raps under the name Childish Gambino) and worked as a cinematographer on shows such as Drunk History, will direct the pilot. The show begins production this month.

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The Wet Hot American Summer Trailer Will Get You Pumped for July 4

Count the celebrities

We have the first real (and slightly NSFW) trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and it’s…a prequel? Yep. Though the actors may have aged 14 years, we’re all just going to pretend they’re still teenagers in the Netflix reboot of the cult classic film.

And boy are there are lot of celebrities in this trailer: Amy Poehler, Jon Hamm, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Jason Schwartzman, Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Wiig, Lake Bell, Josh Charles, John Slattery, Michael Cera, Jordan Peele…and woah — is that camp director the voice of Archer in Archer?

Happy Independence Day.

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Cynthia Nixon: Don’t Get Complacent About LGBT Rights

The Sex and the City star argues that there's still work to be done

Cynthia Nixon, star of Sex in the City, wrote an op-ed in Variety urging LGBT activists to continue to fight for marriage equality.

Even though the Friday Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage in every state may seem like the ultimate victory, Nixon argued in the op-ed that the work is not done yet. The reason the LGBT movement has come so far is constant perseverance both in the face of adversity and after achieving community goals, she said.

“Equality proponents knew they were going to win, but didn’t take it for granted for a moment; they worked, they organized, leaving no stone unturned. And to have the vote come from the general population was absolutely game-changing,” the star wrote.

“The important thing to remember going forward, though, is no outcome is ever 100% assured. We have to keep organizing like our lives depend on it.”

Nixon has been active in the fight for marriage equality and married a woman herself in 2012. But she has also drawn controversy: in 2012 she came under fire for saying that “homosexuality can be a choice” and was for her in an interview with the New York Times Magazine. Other LGBT celebrities like Perez Hilton fired back that millions of people around the world were born gay.

[Variety]

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Robot Kills Man at Volkswagen Plant

The machine grabbed and crushed the technician

A robot crushed a worker at a Volkswagen production plant in Germany, the company said Wednesday.

A 22-year-old man was helping to put together the stationary robot that grabs and configures auto parts Monday when the machine grabbed and pushed him against a metal plate, the Associated Press reported. He later died from the injuries. Volkswagen did not release the man’s name.

A spokesperson for the car company told the Associated Press that the robot can be programmed for specific tasks and that the company believes the malfunction was due to human error.

Though the company uses some lightweight robots to work on the production line next to humans, a spokesperson told the Financial Times that this was not one of those robots. The type of robot that crushed the employee is usually kept in a cage. The man was working on the robot inside the cage when he was grabbed.

Prosecutors are still deciding whether to bring charges and whom they would pursue.

[AP]

Read next: Driverless Car Maker Denies Claim of Near-Miss With Google Car

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Whole Foods Admits to Sometimes Overcharging Customers

They promise customers that incorrectly weighed products will be free

Following an investigation that revealed the grocery store chain Whole Foods was overcharging customers in New York City for some products, the company released a video Wednesday vowing to fix the problem.

“Straight up, we made some mistakes. We want to own that and tell you what we’re doing about it,” said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, in the video.

Robb and his fellow CEO John Mackey said that a small percentage of their fresh food was being weighed incorrectly. “We know they’re unintentional because there are mistakes in the customer’s favor and sometimes not in the customer’s favor,” said Robb.

The two CEOs promised to increase training of their staff across the country and implement a third-party auditing system to track improvements, which customers will be able to follow. They also said customers can ask the cashier to check weights. “If there is a mistake that’s not in your favor, we promise to give you that item for free,” they said.

New York City investigators said after a probe into the charging practices of grocery stores across the city that Whole Foods was “the worst case” they had ever seen. The investigation came just one year after Whole Foods paid an $800,000 settlement for overcharging customers in California.

Even when the company is not overcharging, Whole Foods, which has been nicknamed “Whole Paycheck” by some, has a reputation for its high prices. The grocery store announced in May that they plan to open a lower-price chain for customers turned off by Whole Foods’ prices.

 

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How Joe Biden Helped a Man With a Childhood Stutter Overcome His Fears

The Vice President sent this young man a letter that eventually led him to be sworn in as a prosecutor—by Beau Biden

An attorney named Branden Brooks—known as Skip—shared a story on Twitter Wednesday about how Vice President Joe Biden and his late son, Beau Biden, helped him overcome his fears and achieve his dreams.

According to Brooks, Joe Biden spoke to his class during a trip to Washington, D.C. when Brooks was in grade school. Biden, who had a stutter as a child, noticed that Brooks also stuttered during the question and answer session. He sent the boy an encouraging letter afterwards

Biden told Brooks to keep working to overcome his stutter and to treat everyone with respect as he did. Brooks offered more background on the story:

Biden replied to Brooks’ tweets:

After hearing from the Vice President, Brooks went on to share with him that he had been sworn in as a prosecutor in Delaware by Biden’s late son, Beau Biden, in 2008.

The Vice President’s office confirmed Brooks’ account to TIME.

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TV Land Pulls Dukes of Hazzard Amid Confederate Flag Controversy

Gabriel Bouys—AFP/Getty Images A 1969 Dodge Charger, dubbed 'The General Lee' from the TV series 'The Dukes of Hazzard', is displayed during the 37th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Cars auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, 16 January 2008. The Barrett-Jackson auction company specializes in classic and collectors cars, and their auction in Scottsdale is the world's largest collector car event.

The 1980s show prominently displayed the flag on the roof of the featured car

TV Land is yanking the 1980s show Dukes of Hazard amid controversy over the Confederate flag, which is prominently displayed on the roof of the Duke Boys’ car, named the General Lee.

The move, reported by TheWrap, comes as the country debates whether the controversial flag has a place in media and public spaces. After a mass shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. last month, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and President Obama have called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the South Carolina statehouse’s grounds.

“Removing the flag from this state’s capitol would not be an act of political correctness. It would not be an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers. It would simply be an acknowledgement for the cause for which they fought, for slavery, is wrong,” the President said during the funeral service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the victims of the shooting.

TV Land didn’t say why they were dropping Dukes of Hazzard, PEOPLE reported.

Warner Bros., who produced the show that ran from 1979 to 1985, said earlier this week that it will no longer sell merchandise adorned with the flag, including toy versions of the General Lee.

But the actor Ben Jones, who played mechanic Cooter on the show and who currently runs a group of Dukes of Hazzard stores and museums, recently argued in favor of the Confederate flag in a Facebook post. “Our beloved symbol is now being attacked in a wave of political correctness that is unprecedented in our nation of free speech and free expression,” he wrote. He said that he will continue to sell products with the offensive symbol.

[TheWrap]

TIME viral

President Obama Will Absolutely Not Put Peas in His Guacamole

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SAUL LOEB—AFP/Getty Images US President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee, July 1, 2015.

Because who would?

President Barack Obama has officially weighed in on guacamole-gate, and he is definitely not a fan of mixing peas into guac.

The controversy began when the New York Times encouraged its readers to try adding peas to their guacamole. Guac fans the world over didn’t just question the Times’ taste. They exploded.

The leader of the free world added his own opinion during a Twitter Q&A, and guess what? He’s on the side of the truly patriotic, God-fearing Americans.

In turns out peas in guac is one of the only issues both side of the aisle can agree on. Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush and the Texas GOP both agreed with Obama:

Here are some other great reactions to the great guac controversy of 2015:

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Baltimore Will Put Working Cameras in Police Vans

A Baltimore Police transfer van pulls into the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center on May 7, 2015.
Karl Merton Ferron—Baltimore Sun/TNS/Getty Images A Baltimore Police transfer van pulls into the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center on May 7, 2015.

More than two months after the death of Freddie Grey, the department plans to install cameras that record

The Baltimore Police Department is installing video cameras capable of recording in its vans following protests over the April death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered severe injuries in the back of a police van.

While the van that was carrying 25-year-old Gray had a camera in it, it was only meant for surveillance, not recording, and it was broken. Gray died a week after sustaining spinal injuries in the van.

Gray’s death set off riots in the city resulting in hundreds of injuries and millions of dollars of property damage. Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby indicted six officers allegedly involved with Gray’s death. They will be tried in October.

The Baltimore Police Department, which has paid millions of dollars in settlements involving police misconduct in the last several years, will also review its riot gear, some of which failed to work during the spring riots. The city has also pledged to arm every policeman with a body camera by 2019.

[Reuters]

TIME

Magic Mike XXL and the Rise of Man-jectification

In Magic Mike, Last Man on Earth and Marvel movies, is the male gaze looking in the mirror?

The innuendo-filled Magic Mike XXL, out Wednesday, is anything but subtle, but we knew that from the film’s extended promotion. The hashtag the studio used to promote the film is #comeagain, in some posters placed over star Channing Tatum’s pelvic area. One teaser shot featured Tatum with sparks literally emitting from his groin. Another showed Joe Manganiello (Sofia Vergara’s fiancée) thrusting a water bottle in front of his crotch, sending liquid flying through the air. The film is one phallus after another. Its stars are blatantly, hilariously subjecting themselves to what women like Vergara experience on a regular basis (like at last year’s Emmys): objectification.

Manganiello and Tatum are helping to usher in an era of “man-jectification,” in which women can judge men’s bodies openly — the way their male counterparts have long done for women.

Any woman in the public eye, from actors to politicians, can expect to have their looks critiqued, discussed, made object. That’s the way it’s always been. There were always handsome leading men, but they were rarely subject to the same scrutiny as women. Men still take most of the major lead roles — in 2014 just 12% of movie protagonists in the top 100 grossing films were women, according to the Center for Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University — while women are relegated to being sex objects. Male directors who dominate the industry shoot films from the male perspective, allowing the camera to linger on beautiful women and judge them.

But Tatum struck gold with 2012’s Magic Mike, which he wrote, by turning the camera on himself; the movie made $113.7 million at the box office. At its heart, Magic Mike was a drama about the recession, and about a man struggling to gain his independence — from the stripper pole, from his boss and from a world of drugs. Nobody remembers it as that. Audiences dubbed it “the stripper movie,” and groups of women and gay men crowded into theaters to see Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey’s guns, six packs and even butts. It’s no wonder then that Magic Mike XXL has dispensed with all the darkness of its predecessor in favor of becoming a pec-filled romp.

Manjectification is taking place on the little screen, too. In the final episodes of Fox’s Last Man on Earth, the women on the show fawned over a ripped newcomer (Boris Kodjoe) and schemed for ways to sleep with him as he repaired various appliances. These episodes came after a long and almost unbearable run in which the main character, Phil (Will Forte), cursed his luck for having agreed to marry a nagging woman (Kristen Schaal) before a hot blonde (January Jones) to show up on the scene. The joke of the series was Phil getting a taste of his own medicine, but it was a reversal not often seen on television.

Tatum and Kodjoe are voluntarily submitting to the objectification, of course, and they’re in on the joke. But other men are beginning to experience what women have for years. In March, Game of Thrones star Kit Harington complained about being objectified by the media. Unlike the Magic Mike actors who are, more often than not, shirtless in the films, Harington’s costume on the fantasy show involved so many bulky layers of fur that sleeping he might be confused with a dire wolf.

And the pressure on male actors seems to be building. In order to get your own Marvel movie franchise, you’ve got to be prepared for the inevitable shirtlessness. Comedians Chris Pratt and Paul Rudd shed extra pounds for six-pack abs for Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, respectively. (No woman will get her own Marvel franchise until Captain Marvel in 2017.)

Of course, the strain on male actors hardly equates to what female actors suffer. This was captured best when comedian Amy Schumer parodied 12 Angry Men on her show, in which a jury of dudes determines whether she is hot enough to be on television. Rather than assessing her comedy, the men mull whether — if they were a little drunk and had their glasses off — they might contemplate masturbating to Schumer’s blurry blonde image on the TV.

Is turnabout fair play? Magic Mike XXL seems to think so. In the film, Jada Pinkett Smith asks women if they’re ready to be worshipped. Donald Glover says that male strippers are “healers.” Naked men, they reason, make women feel good and perhaps are some small recompense for how women have been treated.

It’s hard to imagine a female stripper film where the characters could make the same argument about women being healers — can you imagine the same of Showgirls, Strip Tease or Coyote Ugly? None of those movies had the high-minded aspirations of Magic Mike. And after this one premieres, Channing Tatum will still be able to return to dramatic roles like the one he had in Foxcatcher. Women who strip for the camera don’t always engender such steadfast or serious support. But in some small way, XXL does try to hand power back to the female viewer, and man-jectification may just be balancing the scales.

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