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Laverne Cox Says Transgender People Need More Than Just Media Visibility

Time And People's Annual Cocktail Party On White House Correspondents' Weekend
Larry Busacca—Getty Images for Time and People Actress Laverne Cox attends TIME and People's annual cocktail party on White House Correspondents' Weekend at St Regis Hotel in Washington on Apr. 24, 2015

It's time to focus on "how we treat transgender folks"

Laverne Cox, transgender activist and star of Orange Is the New Black, stopped by the TIME/People party in Washington, D.C. Friday night. Standing on the patio in a gold sequin dress, she talked about Florida’s bathroom bill and the next steps in the trans movement, and also gave a hint about the next season of Orange Is the New Black.

Who are you most excited to see at the White House Correspondents Dinner this weekend?

I haven’t really thought about it, honestly. I feel like this neophyte in D.C. for this weekend, and I’m just coming to explore and be curious and open.

There’s a bill being put forward in Florida to make it illegal for trans people to use the bathrooms that don’t belong to their biological sex. What do you think of this and other bathroom bills around the country?

These bathroom bills are unfortunate in that they are sort of scare tactics. If you look historically at cities like New York City that have passed public accommodations protections for trans people, nothing crazy has happened when trans people go to the bathroom. We just want to go to the bathroom. It’s a way to sort of scapegoat us… We are the ones that are really unsafe. The first eight weeks of 2015, seven trans people were murdered, almost one a week. So we’re the ones whose lives are in danger. So to portray us as potential predators is unfortunate.

2014 was a watershed year for the trans movement. What do you see as the next steps?

I would say that 2014 was a watershed moment for visibility, but the record unemployment rates, homicide rates, and discrimination that we experience, that has not changed. So we need more of what’s happening in the media in terms of visibility to affect policies and how we treat transgender folks.

Can you give me any sneak previews of the upcoming season of Orange Is the New Black?

Jenji [Kohan, the show’s creator] was really interested in faith in the third season, what do you believe in?

TIME Television

Daniel Radcliffe Cast in BBC’s Grand Theft Auto TV Show

"Horns" - UK Premiere - VIP Arrivals
Dave J Hogan—WireImage Daniel Radcliffe attends the UK Premiere of "Horns" at Odeon West End on Oct. 20, 2014 in London.

The 'Harry Potter' star has been cast alongside Bill Paxton

Daniel Radcliffe’s latest onscreen adventure? Bringing the wildly popular, and equally divisive, video game Grand Theft Auto to life.

The Harry Potter star has been cast along with Bill Paxton in the BBC’s upcoming drama called Game Changer, Entertainment Weekly reports. The series focuses on Grand Theft Auto and the controversy surrounding the game in popular culture.

Game Changer is written by Rev’s James Wood and directed by Black Mirror’s Owen Harris. Radcliffe is set to play Sam Houser, one of the co-founders of Rockstar Games, the studio behind Grand Theft Auto, and Paxton will play opposite him as Jack Thompson, a lawyer who campaigned against violent video games.


TIME Television

Get Ready for a ‘More Adult’ Version of The Muppet Show

The series will examine the Muppets' personal lives as they start a new TV show

ABC’s revival of The Muppet Show will take a “more adult” approach, according to a new report.

Entertainment Weekly reports exclusively that the new show, shot in mockumentary style, will examine the Muppets’ personal lives as they start a new TV show.

According to ABC: “The Muppets return to prime time with a contemporary, documentary-style show that—for the first time ever—will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires; a more adult Muppet show, for kids of all ages.”

The show, from the co-creator of The Big Bang Theory Bill Prady and Anger Management writer-producer Bob Kushell, is returning to the small screen after 19 years.


Read more at EW.com

TIME safety

Trek Recalls Nearly 1 Million Bikes After Accident Paralyzed Rider

Black bicycle at yellow wall
Frank Duenzl—picture-alliance/DP/AP Black Trek mountain bike with road tires in front of a yellow wall in San Diego's neighborhood Pacific Beach, in March 2015.

Three accidents were reported as a result of improperly installed release levers

Trek has recalled almost 1 million bikes after improperly adjusted release levers on bikes led to multiple accidents, including one that left the rider paralyzed.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Trek is recalling 900,000 bicycles in the United States and 98,000 in Canada. Three accidents were reported, all of which resulted in injuries. One of the riders suffered a fractured wrist, one suffered facial injuries and the third became paralyzed.

Trek released a statement detailing how improper installation of a front quick release lever on the bike could lead it to get caught in the front disc brake, resulting in a separation of the front wheel and loss of control for the rider. Trek will provide each owner with a free installation of a new release lever as well as a $20 coupon.

Read Trek’s statement on the recall below:

TIME Television

Game of Thrones Piracy Reaches Record High


The first episode was illegally downloaded 13 million times

Illegal downloading of Game of Thrones has reached a record high in season five, despite HBO’s new streaming service.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the season five premiere was illegally downloaded 13 million times, a new record for the series. Of those downloads, 10% were from the U.S., more than from any other country. One estimate found that piracy of the premiere episode cost $44 million in lost U.S. revenue, EW reports.

But the show’s legal viewership is also at an all-time high: the season five premiere had a record 8 million live viewers on HBO.

Read more at EW.com

TIME celebrities

Sandra Bullock Named People Magazine’s ‘World’s Most Beautiful Woman’


"I've told no one"

Sandra Bullock has been named the most beautiful woman in the world by People magazine.

But the actress, 50, told People that despite her glamorous cover photo shoot, real beauty isn’t based on looks.

“Real beauty is quiet. Especially in this town, it’s just so hard not to say, ‘Oh, I need to look like that,'” she said. “No, be a good person, be a good mom, do a good job with the lunch, let someone cut in front of you who looks like they’re in a bigger hurry. The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren’t trying.”

Accordingly, she said this was her response when she heard she was named the most beautiful woman: “I just said, ‘That’s ridiculous.’ I’ve told no one.”

Read more at People.com

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TIME movies

Stanley Tucci Will Play a New Piano Character in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Karwai Tang Stanley Tucci attends the London Critics' Circle Film Awards on January 18, 2015.

He's described as a "neurotic maestro"

There is going to be a new character in the upcoming Beauty and the Beast movie, and it will be played by Stanley Tucci.

Tucci will play Cadenza the grand piano, Variety reports, a character described as a “neurotic maestro.” Tucci as Cadenza will be joined by Emma Watson as Belle, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere the candlestick and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth the clock, among the rest of a star-studded cast.

The live-action Disney movie is set to be released March 17, 2017. It is unclear how fans will be able to wait that long to see the film.

TIME public health

New Orleans Smoking Ban Takes Effect

Judy Hill, owner of the Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar in New Orleans, enjoys a smoke just days before the new city smoking ordinance on April 17, 2015.
David Grunfield—The Times-Picayune/Landov Judy Hill, owner of the Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar in New Orleans, enjoys a smoke just days before the new city smoking ordinance on April 17, 2015.

You can no longer smoke in bars, restaurants or casinos

At the stroke of midnight on April 22, it became illegal to smoke in bars, restaurants and casinos in New Orleans.

Smoking is now also prohibited in fairgrounds and within 5 feet of Lafayette Square, as well as in outdoor sports stadiums, except during concerts, festivals and parades, WDSU News reports.

“People will be able to breathe fresh air, and it’ll be a good thing overall,” Hannah Bourque, who works on Bourbon Street, told WDSU.

But while many cheer the public health benefits of the ban, not all small business owners in the city are thrilled.

“It’s that overall bohemian kind of free spirit that we have in New Orleans that makes it so unique, and it’s why people love it,” Shelly Waguespack, owner of Pat O’Briens, told the New York Times. She is one of the businesses joining with Harrah’s, the city’s casino, to sue over the ban.

The New Orleans city council unanimously passed the ban in January. The city was one of the last in the U.S. to allow smoking in bars and restaurants, and decided on the new rules for the safety of restaurant staff and performers.

TIME celebrities

Ben Affleck Apologizes for Trying to Hide Slave-Owning Ancestors

Ben Affleck
Bill Clark—AP Ben Affleck testifies during the Senate Appropriations Committee State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on "Diplomacy, Development, and National Security" on March 26, 2015.

PBS is conducting an internal review

Ben Affleck publicly apologized for asking PBS to conceal his slave-owning ancestors on the show Finding Your Roots, as PBS announced that it is going to conduct an internal review of the case.

Emails about Affleck’s request first surfaced in the hacked Sony documents that WikiLeaks made public last Friday. Affleck broke his silence on the controversy by posting an apology on Facebook Tuesday night, saying, “I regret my initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story. We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors and the degree of interest in this story suggests that we are, as a nation, still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery. It is an examination well worth continuing. I am glad that my story, however indirectly, will contribute to that discussion. While I don’t like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country’s history is being talked about.”

Affleck later sent out a tweet identifying his ancestor who owned slaves.

Also on Tuesday, PBS and WNET issued a joint statement announcing an internal investigation.

“In order to gather the facts to determine whether or not all of PBS’ editorial standards were observed, on Saturday, April 18, we began an internal review,” the statement said. “We have been moving forward deliberately yet swiftly to conduct this review.”

Read Affleck’s complete Facebook post below:

TIME Crime

Michael Brown Memorial Tree Vandalized a Day After Its Dedication

Ferguson Awaits Darren Wilson Grand Jury Decision
Sebastiano Tomada—Getty Images Memorial seen on November 19, 2014, for Michael Brown, a man who was shot by police officer Darren Wilson.

Police are investigating

A tree planted in memory of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. was damaged within one day of its dedication.

The sapling, purchased by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association in Chicago, was cut down and the plaque at its base was stolen, the Washington Post reports.

Another tree in January-Wabash Memorial Park, where Brown’s memorial tree was planted, was also damaged over the weekend.

“Officers canvassed the area talking to anyone who might have seen or heard anything related to the incident,” the city said in a statement on Monday, according to the Post. “No witnesses were located, and at this time police have no leads. An investigation into the incident is ongoing, and the City of Ferguson is replacing the trees today.”

The death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot by a white cop last summer, sparked a national debate on race and law enforcement.

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