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Kim Kardashian Talks Hillary Clinton, Gun Control and Feminism

"I guess people would call me a feminist," she said. "I just do what makes me comfortable"

Kim Kardashian got serious Tuesday night at an event in San Francisco, where she discussed gun control, feminism and whether the U.S. will elect its first female president next year.

Kardashian was interviewed by retired state judge LaDoris Cordell in an event organized by the prestigious Commonwealth Club of California, an institution founded in 1903 that has previously hosted speakers like Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. When Cordell asked Kardashian to give the audience an idea to change the world, she answered, “Gun control.” She also said she hopes Hillary Clinton will be the first female U.S. president. But when asked whether she’s a feminist, Kardashian said “I don’t like labels.” She said she wouldn’t use that word but didn’t distance herself from the phrase. “I guess people would call me a feminist,” she said. “I just do what makes me comfortable.”

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star said she has consciously flipped the script on media objectification of women, and taken control of her own image. “You really can take that power and put out what you want people to look at,” she said. Even her new book of selfies, entitled Selfish, is an exercise in purposeful self-objectification, as she explained: “I’ve taken them … I’m proud of them … I have the control to put out what I want, even if I’m objectifying myself.” Kardashian also noted that the key to a good selfie is excellent lighting, and said that she doesn’t use filters, ever.

Kardashian revealed that she got her start in the fashion universe after she got her dad to buy her seven pairs of Timberland Manolo Blahnik shoes (at $750 each) after she saw Jennifer Lopez wearing them in a music video, then sold them on eBay for $2,400 each. She credits that experience as proof of her early love of “selling and hustling.”

The interview in the Commonwealth Club’s “Inforum” series is part of a string of slightly more substantial interviews Kardashian has been giving in the past few weeks, including an appearance on NPR and a cover story in Rolling Stone. Some people haven’t taken kindly to the appearances, with NPR listeners writing in to complain that they were “disgusted” and that “the Kardashians represent much of what is wrong with America today.”

There was plenty of self-promotion from Kardashian during the event in San Francisco, including a video ad played before the event for her app Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. When responding to a question from Cordell about whether she promotes an “unhealthy standard of beauty,” Kardashian pivoted to speaking about how her hair care and makeup lines are affordably priced so they can be consumed by “the masses.”

But when Cordell asked Kardashian what she thought of backlash to her appearance on public radio—and at the Commonwealth Club event—she said, “I don’t know. And I really don’t care.” The crowd cheered for her, some yelling, “We love you, Mrs. West!” Still others just begged for her to take selfies with them.


New York’s 30 Rock Just Got a New Name

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NBC—NBC via Getty Images 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Rooftop sign will replace GE's initials

The iconic 30 Rock building will now be known as the Comcast Building.

The new name may not sound as cool, but the building does get a colorful peacock to help illuminate New York’s skyline.

Located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Midtown Manhattan, the iconic New York City skyscraper will light up Wednesday evening with its new corporate name.

The rooftop sign will replace General Electric’s initials. Comcast acquired full ownership of General Electric’s NBCUniversal business in 2013.

According to NBC, this will be the third name for the iconic building: It was first known as the RCA building, and later as the GE building.

“I remember when it said RCA up there,” Michael Miscione, Manhattan’s borough president, told NBC. “The fact that they’re bringing GE down is just one step in a many decade evolution of the signage on the building.”

The building reportedly first opened in 1933 and is 70 stories high.

For more on Comcast, check out this in-depth Fortune feature on the company’s management.

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Robert Downey Jr’s Pinocchio Enlists Paul Thomas Anderson to Write

Robert Downey Jr. at "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in New York City on April 27, 2015.
Theo Wargo—NBC/Getty Images Robert Downey Jr. at "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in New York City on April 27, 2015.

There Will Be Blood director to take on script while Downey will play Gepetto

Warner Bros. and Team Downey are moving forward with their live-action take on Pinocchio and have enlisted Paul Thomas Anderson to write a draft with an eye toward directing.

Though the film would seem far outside of Anderson’s wheelhouse, the move shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Downey was poised to star in Anderson’s Inherent Vice until his Avengers: Age of Ultron obligations got in the way and Joaquin Phoenix stepped in to play the lead. Downey and Anderson are good friends and have been looking to work together for some time.

The Giver writer Michael Mitnick penned the latest draft of Pinocchio, and Downey has been quietly tweaking the script for the past six months. Downey has been developing Pinocchio for years, but the project has found new urgency in the wake of a string of live-action hits based on kids’ classics, most recently Disney’s Cinderella.

Ever since auteur Tim Burton turned Alice in Wonderland into a billion-dollar live-action franchise and the Angelina Jolie starrer Maleficent earned $758 million worldwide last year, the studios have been angling to set up projects based on live-action kids’ tales, with A-list directors flocking to the projects across town.

Disney is bringing Beauty and the Beast to the big screen in March 2017 with Emma Watson in the lead and Bill Condon directing. Jon Favreau is filming The Jungle Book, also for Disney, for an April 2016 release. Not to be outdone, Warners has its own Jungle Book in production that stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett. That version, which will be released Oct. 6, 2017, will be a mix of live-action and performance capture CGI.

Over at Universal, a live-action version of The Little Mermaid is in the works, though Sofia Coppola recently dropped out due to creative differences. Burton, who was initially attached to direct Pinocchio, will instead direct a live-action Dumbo for Disney.

Downey is onboard to play Geppetto in the tale about a wooden puppet who wants to become a human boy.Bryan Fuller and Jane Goldman wrote previous drafts of the story that is based on a novel by Carlo Collodi. Downey, who most recently starred in Ultron, has a long-standing relationship with Warners (he recently starred in The Judge for the studio). He will produce Pinocchio alongside Team Downey partner Susan Downeyas well as Dan Jinks (Milk).

Anderson is a six-time Oscar nominee who received a director mention for 2007’s There Will Be Blood. He most recently received a screenplay nomination this year for Inherent Vice.

Anderson is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman. Mitnick is repped by WME, Grandview and Sloane Offer.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter

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Here’s the Trailer For The Upcoming Steve Jobs Movie

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It stars Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet

A full trailer for the upcoming biopic of Steve Jobs, the late founder of Apple [fortune-stock symbol=”AAPL”], has just been released.

The trailer, which is two-and-a-half-minutes long, is the first extended look at the movie, which is based on the biography of Jobs written by Walter Isaacson.

Danny Boyle, who won an Academy Award for Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, directed the movie. It stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs, along with Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, and Kate Winslet.

According to the film’s official website: “Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.”

The movie is due in theaters on Oct. 9.

You can watch the full trailer here:

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This Is the Biggest Change in Magic Mike XXL From the Original

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Claudette Barius—Warner Bros.

The sequel has less on its mind than the first installment

Magic Mike XXL is justly getting praised as both a showcase for its cast’s easy, natural charisma and for the degree to which it pushes the envelope of male objectification. The sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 Magic Mike goes farther than the original did in depicting, and slavering over, its male subjects’ physical forms; it’s more creative, too, in the dance routines the characters execute. This is a welcome addition to a multiplex that has, generally, been far more apt to objectify women than men. But Magic Mike XXL adding more stripping, more jokes, and more focus on the good times the cast shares together—all that necessarily squeezes something else out. The melancholy tone of 2012’s Magic Mike was something special in the summer-movie season, and something we’ve yet to see at the multiplex this year.

The first Magic Mike presented stripping as a complicated endeavor; while the entertainers were hardly ashamed to show off onstage, it was also clearly a waystation to whatever they hoped might happen next in their lives. Channing Tatum’s Mike desperately wants to start a custom-furniture-design business, but is constrained by his economic circumstances. His fellow dancers are all subject to the whims of a promoter (Matthew McConaughey) who’s alternately generous and controlling. Magic Mike is a story of strippers trying to break free from their existence (and, at film’s end, Mike does, quitting the game). Magic Mike XXL, at whose start Mike returns to stripping, is the story of strippers having fun as they try to be the very best strippers they can!

There are obstacles in the guys’ path in Magic Mike XXL, but they’re largely self-created, or loopily surreal. The men want to put on the absolute best show they can at a stripping convention. That’s a worthy goal, and one that lends itself to a bravura final sequence of various routines executed with aplomb. But ultimately, there’s little at stake. We know they’re great at what they do, even when they aren’t. Several of the routines the group executes at the convention are charming but not really stripping, relying on the attendees’ familiarity with the personalities of the men onstage in a way that defies logic.

Magic Mike XXL is great fun, and it does things most other movies wouldn’t do. In the process, it sacrifices the moody, vaguely depressing realism of the first installment. It makes sense: That tone wouldn’t have made much sense for a sequel in the first place (if they were all still in the same emotional and economic place, why check in with the crew again?), and it would have kept the film from indulging its rapacious appetite for more. Magic Mike XXL has less on its mind than its precursor, but it only confirms what, earlier in the summer, Jurassic World showed us: To keep us interested, franchises must constantly up the ante—even if that means altering an entity’s DNA.

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Watch Philip Glass Look Back on Decades of Bringing Music to Art

The iconic composer talks about his longstanding friendship with sculptor Richard Serra, his recent performance inside an art installation and his advice for young artists

Early in his career, Philip Glass gave intimate performances in art galleries and downtown New York City lofts. Today, at the age of 78, the acclaimed composer still hasn’t stopped playing in unconventional spaces.

“The kind of music that I was doing, that my friends were doing, was not welcomed in the concert halls,” says Glass. “But we had no problem playing in museums and galleries, so that’s where we went. And then we never really left them.”

Glass recently partnered with sculptor and longtime friend Richard Serra to organize a concert in which Glass and violinist Tim Fain perform inside Serra’s exhibition, Equal. The installation, currently on view at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York and recently acquired by MoMA, is composed of four pairs of stacked 40-ton steel cubes.

“His work possesses a very strong presence and identity,” says Glass. “So when we put music into a sculptural environment that his work is, it’s a real encounter.”

Yet Glass and Serra don’t talk explicitly about the relationship between music and sculpture.

“We’ve never discussed it, actually,” says Glass. “Yet over the last 30, 40 years—it’s a long time—there have been many times when we have put the music and sculpture together.”

One recent notable performance was in 2008, when Glass performed a solo piano concert at the Grand Palais in Paris inside another Serra exhibit. For their latest collaboration, the decision to put together the concert was simple. Serra had invited Glass to watch the process of installing his new work in the gallery—something Glass often does—and mentioned the idea to him.

“Richard said, ‘What would you think about playing here?’ And I said, ‘I think that’s a good idea,'” says Glass with a laugh. “That was it!”

They agreed to make the event a benefit concert to support House with Heart, an organization for women and abandoned children in Nepal that needed funds to rebuild their facilities following the earthquake in April.

As is evident in his relationship with Serra, Glass values collaborating with his peers in various fields. He advises young artists to do the same.

“When I talk to young composers, I always encourage them to find people their age who make music and make dance,” he says. “Don’t work with the older people. Work with the people your age, because then you’ll grow old with them. You’ll have them for your lifetime.”

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Watch Michael Fassbender Channel Steve Jobs in the New Biopic Trailer

“Musicians play their instruments. I play the orchestra.”

If, like the majority of critics, you weren’t satisfied with the 2013 Steve Jobs biopic Jobs, there’s hope yet that a second attempt might make you forget a bespectacled Ashton Kutcher. The second film, Steve Jobs, is based on Walter Isaacson’s official biography, with Danny Boyle in the director’s seat and a screenplay penned by Aaron Sorkin.

The trailer plays like one long Sorkin-esque reproach of the demanding, arrogant Jobs, as played by Fassbender, with criticism levied by colleagues (Steve Wozniak, played by Seth Rogen, and Joanna Hoffman, played by Kate Winslet), executives (John Sculley, played by Jeff Daniels) and his spurned ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan (Katherine Waterston).

Though Steve Jobs will be released two years after Jobs, Sony Pictures acquired the rights to the biography roughly a year before production began on Jobs. Sorkin has said that the film will consist of three acts, each one dramatizing the events leading up to a major Apple product launch.

Steve Jobs hits theaters Oct. 9.

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Kim Kardashian: ‘I Am So Much Smarter Than I’m Portrayed’

Terry Richardson photographed Kim Kardashian for the cover of Rolling Stone.

The reality star talks Caitlyn Jenner, Kanye West and Rob Kardashian in her new Rolling Stone cover story

Kim Kardashian knows what people think of her, and she’s setting the record straight in the new issue of Rolling Stone. “I believe that I am so much smarter than I’m portrayed,” she says in the magazine’s cover story, unveiled just a day after she gave a talk about selfie empowerment and the objectification of women in the media. The issue doesn’t hit newsstands until Friday, but the magazine is offering readers a preview of its contents:

She’s blunt about her brother’s appearance and lifestyle: “It’s not that mysterious, what’s happening with Rob,” she says. “He has gained weight. He feels uncomfortable being on the show, and that’s OK. Do I think he smokes weed, drinks beer, hangs out and plays video games with his friends all day long? Yes.”

She doesn’t keep up with the latest technology—at least when it comes to music: “I still make mix CDs,” says Kim, who was a self-professed “Backstreet [Boys] girl” in high school. “I have an older computer with a disk drive so I can do it.”Her first concert was an Earth, Wind and Fire show.

She first learned her stepfather wore women’s clothing 12 years ago: “I was shaking,” she says of the encounter with Caitlyn Jenner back when she was still living as Bruce. “I didn’t know if I’d just found out his deepest, darkest secret, and he was going to come after me.” Jenner called her and told her not to tell anyone until Jenner was ready to talk about it. Kardashian’s husband, Kanye West, has since helped her understand Jenner’s transition. “He lives his life the way he wants, a really authentic life, and he was like, ‘If you can’t be authentic and you can’t live your life, what do you have?'”

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Demi Lovato’s New Song ‘Cool for the Summer’ Is Seriously Hot

Update your Fourth of July playlists immediately

The thing about the yearly quest to name an “official” song of the summer is that it’s usually over it before it begins—most of the winning songs are released well before memorial day, and most hit No. 1 on the charts by mid-June. History also tells us that songs with the word “summer” in them never live up to their titles’ ambitions, otherwise we’d all be taking about Maroon 5 right now instead of the likes of Fetty Wap or Wiz Khalifa.

Demi Lovato does not seem to care about those odds with her new single “Cool for the Summer,” and it’s pretty clear why after one listen: Lovato’s sultry vocals and producer Max Martin’s Midas touch melt the track’s air-conditioned synths into a sweltering, rock-infused banger. Martin is on a roll this summer (is he ever not?) with Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” remix, Adam Lambert’s “Ghost Town” and the Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face,” but if there’s anything we learned from Katy Perry in the summer of 2008, it’s that the kind of bi-curiosity Lovato seems to be singing about won’t hurt her chances of success, either. Consider this the season’s dark horse.

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Essence Music Festival to Get Serious on ‘Black Lives’

Activist Sybrina Fulton participates in a panel conversation at the Manifest:Justice pop-up art space on May 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Amanda Edwards—WireImage Activist Sybrina Fulton participates in a panel conversation at the Manifest:Justice pop-up art space on May 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Much of the annual 4-day event will focus on the black lives matter movement

Correction appended, July 1

Civil rights leaders will join survivors of tragedy for a frank discussion on the black lives matter movement in New Orleans this week.

The 21st annual Essence Festival, hosted every Fourth of July weekend, will take on a more serious tone during a series of daytime events at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. At the festival’s Empowerment Series, Rev. Al Sharpton will share a stage with Sybrina Fulton, mother of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, in conversations on injustices facing the black community.

Organized by Essence magazine, which is owned by TIME’s parent company Time Inc., the festival comes amid a renewed discussion of race relations in America, especially the relationship between the black community and police and violence against African Americans. Last week, many of the Essence festival’s featured guests were in Charleston, S.C., for the funeral of a pastor gunned down along with eight parishioners by a man allegedly driven by racial hatred.

“The work that the community needs is urgent and pressing,” says Essence Communications President Michelle Ebanks. “We can’t just have a party.”

Essence Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa K. De Luca recently told the Huffington Post that she hopes to focus on positive solutions that can come out of recent tragedies.

“What better place than the festival to bring harsh conversations to light and deliver solutions?”

The event will also commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, with a series of community service events around the city, focusing on still-struggling areas.

For the past 21 years, the Essence Festival has brought a “party with a purpose” to New Orleans, tackling issues of from gentrification to mental health during the day and rocking out to performers like Prince, Beyoncé, and Mary J. Blige every night over the Fourth of July Weekend. City officials credits the festival with helping add energy to the often-quiet holiday weekend in the Big Easy.

Over the past 20 years, the festival has generated over $2 billion for the local economy, according to Ebanks, including over $240 million that was generated in 2014 alone.

“New Orleans is very early to this discussion,” says New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We’re losing way too many lives on too frequent a basis. It is a conversation that we have had every year in New Orleans around this and we’re going to continue to have it as we go forward.”

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the name of the festival. It is the Essence Festival.

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