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Ricky Martin Says Donald Trump ‘Makes My Blood Boil’

The Jorge Ramos incident sparked the singer's op-ed

Ricky Martin has written an op-ed disparaging Donald Trump’s remarks about Latinos, saying that the presidential candidate’s attitude toward the community “makes my blood boil.”

The Latin singer apparently saw Trump’s kerfuffle with Univision journalist Jorge Ramos as the last straw. “Jorge Ramos was doing HIS JOB as a journalist at a press conference in which he appeared freely and democratically, representing one of the most important Latin television networks in the world,” Martin wrote. “But this new character in American politics verbally attacks him and ejects him from the press conference.”

Trump has said that Ramos was “totally out of line” at the press conference in question, and that Ramos should have waited his turn to be called on to ask a question, while Ramos told TIME that he was just trying to make Trump answer some tough questions on his immigration proposals.

In the op-ed for Univision (translated from the original Spanish to English on Billboard), Martin called on the Latino community to hold Trump accountable for his “racist, absurd, and above all incoherent and ignorant” comments. “Xenophobia as a political strategy is the lowest you can go in search of political power,” he wrote.

[Univision, Billboard]

Read Next: Univision’s Jorge Ramos: Reporters Need to Get Tougher on Donald Trump

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Pierce Brosnan’s First Kiss Broke His Little Heart

Bet she's sorry now

Sure, Pierce Brosnan is an international movie star now, but back when he was a young teen, he apparently wasn’t such hot stuff. As the actor told Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night, the girl who gave him his first kiss broke his wee little heart.

Carol, whom Brosnan described as “a lovely girl,” apparently did not see that she would be missing out on a relationship with a superstar. “I bet her husband wasn’t even James Bond once,” Kimmel said.

Brosnan is now appearing in No Escape alongside Lake Bell and Owen Wilson.

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Watch J Law and Amy Schumer Dance Barefoot on Billy Joel’s Piano

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Jason Merritt—Getty Images; Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer

The new BFFs got it on the fun at the singer's concert in Chicago

Billy Joel might just be in love with two new Uptown Girls. Or at least, his audience certainly is.

Gal pals and American sweethearts Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer got on stage at the singer’s concert on Thursday at Wrigley Field in Chicago, dancing along to “Uptown Girl” (which features on the soundtrack of Schumer’s movie, Trainwreck). In one video posted to Instagram, Lawrence kisses Schumer on the foot.

The new friends recently announced earlier this week that they’re working on writing a movie together in which they’ll play sisters. “We start the day off on the phone, laughing,” Lawrence told the New York Times. “And then we send each other pages. And we crack up. I’m flying out tomorrow to see her in Chicago.”

[Chicago Tribune]

TIME Bizarre

Car Thief Suspect Does Dance for Police During Chase

If it was meant as a distraction, it didn't work

A woman suspected of stealing a car gave the cops pursuing her a bit of a show.

After Los Angeles police engaged in a chase with the woman on Wednesday night, they threw down a spike strip, which punctured a tire. In an unusual turn of events, she then got out of the car, did a little dance, and got back into the car. Cops eventually surrounded the vehicle and pulled her out.

The woman is believed to have been driving under the influence. Watch her performance in footage from the local ABC station.


[KABC]

TIME movies

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Craig Zobel on Z for Zachariah‘s Surprising Ending

Roadside Attractions Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Z for Zachariah

The actor and director on working with a small cast, religion and what they'd do in a post-apocalyptic scenario

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What would you do if you thought you were the last person on Earth, and then someone else came along? That’s the question faced by the characters in the new Craig Zobel-directed movie Z for Zachariah, in which Margot Robbie plays Ann Burden, a young woman who’s been protected from nuclear fallout by the self-contained weather system of the valley where she lives alone—until John Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) shows up. And unlike Ann, a devout Christian, Loomis is an atheist and a scientist—he’s been protected from radiation by a high-tech suit—and views their situation in practical terms. Just when it seems they may be ready to take on the work of repopulating the planet, scruffy coal miner Caleb (Chris Pine) shows up, proving that three’s a crowd.

The film is an adaptation of the 1974 novel by the same title, though the character of Caleb was invented for this version; the addition complicates every aspect of their existence, from religion (Caleb, too, is a Christian) to sexual tension (Ann now has a choice of mate), making their valley a microcosm of human relations.

TIME caught up with Zobel and Ejiofor ahead of the film’s release on Friday to talk about small casts, the sci-fi genre and the film’s surprising ending.

TIME: What drew each of you to this project?

Zobel: I was drawn to the idea that it was a way to talk about relationships. It has a moment of people who are being individuals, and being alone and living with that, and then having to be with another person—even in a platonic way, just having to share a house with another person changes your life slightly, you know?—but then of course any romantic feelings… changes things. Adding a third person, it becomes a community.

Ejiofor: I thought it was fascinating for much the same reasons. I’d also been a huge fan of Craig’s film Compliance, which was a really fascinating film. Even though it’s very contained [because it’s] set in a fast-food joint, it had an epic scope and a dynamic quality to it—the discovery of characters and the nuances of language and personality. And to get into the interpersonal relationships of a two-hander and then into a three-hander, being able to ratchet up the dramatic tension just on the basis of personality—I thought, as an acting exercise, it was pretty exciting.

Had either of you done any post-apocalyptic reading in preparation, besides the book this is based on?

Zobel: In my life I have. I’m a big fan of The Last Babylon, which is kind of in the same vibe of being a realistic post-nuclear situation.

Ejiofor: I hadn’t really looked at it in terms of novels, really, but the [cinematic] sci-fi reference points are always quite strong. You [Craig] were talking about that movie The Quiet Earth. I was thinking about it in terms of the films that I’ve seen that have a minimal amount of characters. The ones that spring to mind are Dead Calm. Then there’s that movie Sleuth with Michael Caine and Lawrence Olivier.

How was working with such a small cast different from other movies you’ve worked on?

Zobel: The more I think about it, it’s still the same work. The plus is you get to know each other enough where the communication is a little faster.

Ejiofor: It’s interesting. I don’t know 100% if that’s right. There is a point that we got to where we were actually communicating at a very high rate. I remember, there was a conversation we had outside the trailers, and it was the four of us standing up, talking in a kind of a huddle. By that point we had such a rapid shorthand that there was this quickfire session that actually went on for quite a while, all of us pinging the ideas we were thinking about that scene. It’s very hard to imagine that occurring, actors and director, without ego—to be able to build that level of conversation, of trust, engagement, is quite rare. It required all that time and isolation.

Zobel: That’s true. And I’m not sure that that scene was, frankly, written as good as it could have been, and I like it in the film—it’s one of the dinner table scenes. I think it’s a strong scene in the movie, but I don’t know that it would have survived the edit if we hadn’t done that.

How did the religious aspects of the film come together?

Zobel: It’s baked into the story from the novel on. I didn’t want to make it about that first and foremost, but it’s a tribe we all do or don’t join. The interesting thing is [Ann] truly believes, and I don’t necessarily have that strong a faith, but there is a part of me that when I see people who really, truly believe, it’s fascinating to me. That does help them, and it’s something that I don’t have. If I were in her place, I would probably not feel the same way. More than anything, [it’s] essentially a level of politics that they can play.

Chiwetel, your character is more science than church. Personally if you were in this world, would you be more on the science side or the church side?

Ejiofor: I think it would be a transition from atheist to agnostic. Loomis is definitely an atheist, and cannot and will not shake that—even in the face of his minoritization when Caleb turns up and they’re starting to bond over their religion, at which point he’s completely outmaneuvered. Loomis’ close-mindedness to all that ends up not being very helpful to him than a more broadly agnostic approach might have. That’s probably where I would have ended up.

 

Obviously you didn’t pick the title, but who or what do you think is Zachariah?

Zobel: In the book, the idea is that it’s kind of like a reference on “A is for Adam” would be the first man—this certainly has an Adam and Eve thing going on—and Z is for Zachariah, he’s the last man.

Ejiofor: What is the character Zachariah? I can’t remember now.

Zobel: In the Bible? Gosh, now I can’t remember either. It doesn’t correlate quite correctly.

So, I have to ask: Did John drop Caleb?

Zobel: I think you know.

I think he does…

Zobel: Yeah. I feel like it’s heavily hinted at.

Definitely, but I did leave wondering if maybe he did decide, It’s too crazy, I’m just gonna hit the road.

Ejiofor: That’s not a terrible thing to think. I think it’s slated one way, heavier in one direction than the other.

Zobel: Sure. Because you don’t get that moment, you’re allowed to have hope.

Do you think Ann knows?

Ejiofor: She’s gotta be deeply suspicious either way. The real thing is what they can rebuild—and if they can. Or is there a point where she does drive him off the land. Is that in their future? Or is there a future in which they actually figure it out?

Zobel: It certainly isn’t superfluous why Caleb isn’t there anymore, but certainly the fact that he’s gone and Loomis is by himself is enough of the problem for her. I think it’s a different story if you fast-forward two days after the movie ended to, like, six months after the movie ended—might totally be different stories.

TIME Companies

Starbucks CEO Asks Baristas to Be ‘Sensitive’ to Customers as Stock Market Plunges

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Stephen Brashear—Getty Images Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz speaks during Starbucks' annual shareholders meeting on March 18, 2015 in Seattle.

"Our customers are likely to experience an increased level of anxiety and concern"

The CEO of Starbucks asked his employees to be especially sensitive to customers because of the stress they may be feeling over the plunging stock market.

In an email to his 190,000 employees, Howard Schultz wrote, “Today’s financial market volatility, combined with great political uncertainty both at home and abroad, will undoubtedly have an effect on consumer confidence and perhaps even our customers’ attitudes and behavior. Our customers are likely to experience an increased level of anxiety and concern…Let’s be very sensitive to the pressures our customers may be feeling, and do everything we can to individually and collectively exceed their expectations.”

Schultz has made a reputation for himself as a CEO who cares, emphasizing his commitment to improving society and launching initiatives to accomplish this goal—including the “Race Together” campaign that asked baristas to write that phrase on cups and discuss America’s racial issues with customers, a move that some criticized as tone-deaf.

“I can assure you that we will continue to lead and manage the company through the lens of humanity” Schultz wrote in his email on the market, “doing everything we possibly can to continue to make your families proud of our company and all we stand for.”

[Washington Post]

Read TIME’s cover story about Howard Schultz, ‘Starbucks For America’

TIME Crime

Cop Shoots and Kills Man Threatening Him With a Spoon

Law enforcement says Jeffory Tevis was "suffering from a mental episode"

A police officer in Tuscaloosa, Ala. fatally shot a man wielding a “large metal spoon in a threatening manner.”

The officer was wearing a body camera at the time, but it was not turned on, the Guardian reports.

The man, 50-year-old Jeffory Ray Tevis, had a confrontation with the officer on his balcony on Thursday after a report that there had been an assault on the premises. When the police arrived arrived, Tevis was seen to have blood on his face and legs; he said someone had attacked him in his home, while another man said Tevis had threatened him.

Officials say they believe the wounds to have been self-inflicted, and that Tevis was either on drugs or “suffering from a mental episode.”

When Tevis became physically aggressive, the officer responded by using a stun gun, which was not effective. Tuscaloosa police say Tevis then charged at the officer with the spoon, reportedly about 10 to 12 inches in length, which prompted the officer to shoot twice. Tevis was pronounced dead on the scene.

The officer, who was treated for minor injuries and whose identity has not been released, has been on the force for 16 years. It is unclear why the body camera was not turned on. A grand jury will determine if wrongdoing occurred.

[The Guardian]

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