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Watch Kendrick Lamar’s Provocative New Music Video for ‘Alright’

Fresh off playing the BET Awards last weekend and his stirring performance of “Alright,” Kendrick Lamar unveiled the video for his latest single. The scope of the 7-minute short film by Colin Tilley goes far beyond the high-concept “King Kunta” video.

Sure, Lamar does crazy things, like ride around in a car throwing $100 bills while doing donuts in an Oakland parking lot, cutting to hovering and standing atop street lights outside Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center. The video echoes the message of “Alright,” enhanced by stark images of the police’s relationship with black America. It’s simultaneously visually stunning, harrowing, and beautiful. Watch the video above.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s Divorce Is the End of an Era for Celebrity News

The stars made every effort to appear as boring as possible—not that it quelled the endless tabloid scrutiny

Over the (almost exactly) ten years of their marriage, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, who announced their divorce Tuesday, found themselves in the press a great deal. This is generally good news for people who make their incomes off of their relationships with their fans, but for the Dallas Buyers Club actress and the Argo director, every bit of good news came with a nasty twist. When Affleck won the Best Picture Oscar in 2013, his speech kicked off a lengthy news cycle over what, exactly, he’d meant when he told Garner that their marriage was “work, but the best kind of work.” And endless paparazzi photos of the growing Garner-Affleck family on family outings around the Los Angeles area gave rise to suspicion, online, that the image the two performers was projecting was meant to cover for discontent.

The Garner-Affleck storyline, in the celebrity press, was one that proved no matter how hard celebrities try to be boring—no matter how close to 100 percent of their time they spent on couples’ trips to Starbucks—celebrities will always exist as templates onto which we can project our darker impulses. The tone of coverage around the stars was, by and large, both suspicious and derisive, willing both to chase down rumors (unsurprising) and to impute at all times the worst possible motives to both partners (surprising, a little). This continued while the couple projected little but either vague positivity or an earnest interest in becoming better partners.

Of course, the image a star projects is just that. And those who suspected that Garner and Affleck were headed for divorce, were proven right, eventually. But the obsessively analytical tone of the coverage the pair was met with was strange in its tone. When, a decade prior, Affleck broke up with Jennifer Lopez, it came at the end of similar public obsession, but Affleck and Lopez made a music video together and made a point of flaunting their rather lavish shared lifestyle. The story of Garner and Affleck’s impending divorce was one told both through anonymous sources (which is par for the course) and through the careful parsing of every trip to Starbucks. The latter aspect, the degree to which the celebrity press was determined to make the “separate lives” narrative work largely on the basis of projection, made it, more than anything, the worst sort of thing a celebrity-gossip story can be: Boring.

Really, who cares as much about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner as the American public has been made to care over the course of the very long breakup narrative? He’s a reasonably talented, vastly decorated actor-director who’s funny on Morning Joe; she’s a movie actor whose most productive years are definitively behind her. They both seem like perfectly nice people. When, last summer, Beyoncé and Jay Z’s concert tour was the site of a long-running rumor that the pair was about to divorce, with every song choice examined and every declaration of love split finely, that made sense. The divorce of music’s two biggest stars would send shockwaves throughout the industry.

The divorce of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner matters, in a meaningful sense, only to the Garner-Affleck family and those who are close to them. That’s why a conclusive end to the ongoing hyper-focus on how they look at the farmers’ market isn’t unwelcome. But that same close attention to their lives over the past decade is no longer surprising. Now, they’re one of many seemingly boring celebrity couples who are subject to the scrutiny that used to be reserved for the exceptional.

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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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Split Up

People broke the news

Bennifer is no more, People magazine has exclusively learned.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their divorce Tuesday, just one day after their 10-year anniversary. “After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce,” the power couple told People in a statement.

Affleck and Garner met on the set of the film Daredevil in 2003, and now have three kids: Violet, 9, Serafina, 6, and Samuel, 3. The Oscar-winning actor and director famously raised eyebrows in 2013 when he described his marriage as “work” when accepting the Best Picture Oscar for Argo.

Read more at People.com

TIME

Mexico Pulls Out of Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Pageant

Trump's beauty pageants are in deep trouble

Donald Trump called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “drug dealers.” Now, the country’s pageant organizers have decided they won’t send contestants to Trump’s Miss Universe pageant.

Two weeks after the real estate mogul angered many Mexicans with inflammatory remarks about immigrants to the United States, Mexican media conglomerate Televisa, which sends contestants to the pageant for the country, said in a statement that it would not be taking part in Miss Universe.

But that’s not the only Trump beauty contest losing support from its participants. The hosts of the Miss USA pageant, Thomas Roberts and Cheryl Burke, quit on Tuesday. Burke, a former contestant on Dancing with the Stars, singled out Trump’s comments in a Facebook post:

The latest double blow to Trump’s beauty pageant franchise comes a day after NBC announced it was not going to air Miss USA “due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants.” Spanish language network Univision announced earlier it too would not air the pageant, for the same reasons.

Trump is now suing Univision for $500 million under the First Amendment for, the suit said, a “politically motivated attempt to suppress Mr. Trump’s freedom of speech … as he begins to campaign for the nation’s presidency.”

Trump said at his campaign launch for the Republican presidential nomination that immigrants coming across the Mexican border were “rapists” and insinuated immigrants were drug dealers; he has proposed building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border that he would make the Mexican government pay for.

And the outspoken entrepreneur does not seem eager to back down. On Tuesday, he took to his Twitter account to reiterate his claims about the country south of the border:

The pageant is set to continue in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 12.

TIME Television

Lester Holt Kicks Off NBC Nightly News Gig With a Jump in Ratings

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Ben Gabbe—Getty Images Journalist Lester Holt visits SiriusXM Studios on June 29, 2015 in New York, N.Y.

Brian who?

NBC Nightly News does not seem to be missing Brian Williams.

Lester Holt, the Dateline anchor who took Williams’ seat after the star anchor’s February suspension, drew in a total of 8 million viewers over his first official week as chief anchor last week, the New York Times reports.

This put the Nightly News just ahead of their main competitor, ABC’s World News Tonight, which led NBC in evening news viewers from April to June but received only 7.7 million viewers this past week.

Williams, who was suspended after it emerged in February he had exaggerated an anecdote about coming under attack during a 2003 helicopter ride in Iraq, will remain with the company as an anchor for MSNBC despite being ousted from his evening news seat.

[NYT]

TIME movies

See Jennifer Lawrence in Exclusive Hunger Games Portraits

Along with new photos of co-star Jena Malone

Fans eagerly awaiting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 can whet their appetites with new, gorgeous photos of the cast members, including pictures of stars Jennifer Lawrence and Jena Malone provided exclusively to TIME.

The photos were shot by Tim Palen, chief brand officer and president of worldwide marketing at Lionsgate, and published in Tim Palen: Photographs From The Hunger Games available to order at Assouline on June 29 or to buy on July 29. Though the final installment of the Hunger Games series doesn’t premiere until November 20, fans will get a peek at how the saga will end during Comic-Con on July 9.

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Here’s What Back to the Future Director Says About Possible Reboot

Christopher Lloyd in a scene from 'Back To The Future.'
Universal Pictures—Getty Images Christopher Lloyd in a scene from 'Back To The Future.'

Will they be going ... "back in time"?

With the number of classic movies getting reboots (and the box-office success of sequels like Jurassic World), fans may be wondering if a certain 1980s time-travel series could be returning to the big screen. But director Robert Zemeckis says that Back to the Future won’t be remade until well after he and co-writer Bob Gale have died.

“That can’t happen until both Bob and I are dead,” Zemeckis told the Telegraph. “And then I’m sure they’ll do it, unless there’s a way our estates can stop it. I mean, to me, that’s outrageous. Especially since it’s a good movie. It’s like saying, ‘Let’s remake Citizen Kane. Who are we going to get to play Kane?’ What folly, what insanity is that? Why would anyone do that?”

Zemeckis’ next film, The Walk, will be released Oct. 2.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME TiVo

Pretty Much Everybody Is Binge-watching TV

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FPG—Getty Images I want my binge TV.

A new TiVo survey says 9 out of 10 people binge on television.

If you’ve ever seen the hours melt away as you watched episode after episode of your favorite (or any) television show . . . Congratulations! You’re easily in the majority.

A survey released on Tuesday by TiVo finds that 9 out of 10 people are engaging in “binge viewing,” which the digital video recording company defines as watching more than three episodes of a particular TV show in one day. According to TiVo, 92% of respondents to the company’s latest Binge Viewing Survey said they have engaged in the act of television gluttony at some point.

Not surprisingly, binge-watching is also less frowned upon, with only 30% of respondents reporting a negative view of binge-viewership (there would appear to be some self-loathers in that bunch) compared to two years ago, when more than half of respondents felt the term “binging” had negative connotations.

Most people said they binge-watch simply because they fall behind on watching new episodes of a certain show, while others said they simply didn’t hear about a new show until several episodes had already aired and they wanted to catch up. But 32% of those surveyed said they intentionally avoided watching certain programs until an entire season, or the whole series, had ended so that they could then binge-watch the show.

Of course, you may want to take the report’s findings with a grain of salt. Most of the survey’s respondents are TiVo subscribers (about 30,000 people out of 42,000 surveyed) and one would imagine that people who are willing to pay for the DVR service are also probably more likely to binge-watch recorded shows.

Those who did participate in the survey, though, mostly seem to be doing their binge-watching in one place: Netflix. TiVo found that 66% of those surveyed use Netflix to binge-watch their favorite programs, with Netflix original series House of Cards and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt topping the list of the most-recently binged upon shows. (Does that mean people are still working their way through the new season of Orange is the New Black?) Those results aren’t all that surprising given all of the work Netflix has done to expand its stable of original content as the online streaming platform looks to challenge more traditional media outlets like broadcast and cable television networks.

Despite binge-watching’s march toward ubiquity, there are still some downsides to the voluntary force-feeding of television series. For instance, 31% of respondents to TiVo’s survey said they have lost sleep to their binging habit while another 37% said they have spent an entire weekend binging on a show.

It may be a contradiction, but please do remember to binge in moderation.

TIME Video Games

Watch What Happens When Mario’s Creator Meets the Muppets

Take a peek behind The Jim Henson Company's studio doors with Nintendo video games luminary Shigeru Miyamoto.

Did you catch Nintendo’s zany puppet-filled E3 showcase? Were you left wondering whether those were just slick Nintendo-fashioned Muppet knockoffs or the real thing?

The video above lays the question to rest. In it, Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto confabs with The Jim Henson Company chairman and Muppets maven Brian Henson, and tours the company’s historic Charlie Chaplin Studios headquarters. (Yep, that’s Mr. Miyamoto grabbing a shot of Kermit with his smartphone.)

That’s also pioneering Zelda and Mario collaborator Takashi Tezuka as well as Nintendo Senior Product Marketing Manager Bill Trinen accompanying Mr. Miyamoto on the tour. It sounds like Nintendo reached out to The Henson Company when it was pulling its idea for the E3 video together. The Henson Company then built the puppet likenesses of Nintendo’s executive team (including Mr. Miyamoto) as well as their elaborate Star Fox analogues. And Nintendo asked Brian Henson himself to sit in ther director’s chair:

Also of interest, it seems The Henson Company gave Mr. Miyamoto a rare award back in 2008 (they’ve only handed out 15 total) for, as Mr. Miyamoto describes it speaking to Brian Henson, “all the games [he] made for children and helping them to dream different dreams.”

“We gave them out to who we thought were the most imaginative people in the world,” says Henson.

“Even now I have it in the center of my room,” says Mr. Miyamoto.

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