Flo Rida, Emmitt Smith Back Out of Miss USA

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Vincent Sandoval—WireImage/Getty Images Rapper Flo Rida attends the 2015 BET Awards on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Donald Trump must be feeling pretty lonely right about now

Shortly after co-hosts Cheryl Burke and Thomas Roberts pulled out of the Miss USA pageant following Donald Trump’s offensive comments about Mexican immigrants, Miss USA performer Flo Rida and pageant judge Emmitt Smith have reportedly followed suit on Wednesday by bowing out of their duties as well.

Flo Rida had been scheduled to perform at the upcoming Miss USA pageant, scheduled to take place on July 12 in Baton Rouge, La, but decided to withdraw, reports the Associated Press. The “GDFR” musician had been scheduled to headline the event alongside “The Voice” winner Craig Wayne Boyd, “Somebody” singer Natalie La Rose and reggaeton artist J. Balvin, all of whom had dropped out prior to Flo Rida’s announcement.

Football star Emmitt Smith has also dropped out from his duties as Miss USA judge. In a press release issued last month, the former Dallas Cowboys running back had been named one of fives judges including HGTV “Property Brothers” personality Jonathan Scott, country crooner Jessie James Decker, E! News anchor Terrence Jenkins and former Miss Universe winner Zuleyka Rivera. Of those five names, only Decker’s remains listed as a telecast judge on the Miss USA website.

A spokesperson for the pageant could not confirm the news about the event’s judges and performers.

And Trump’s derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants has hurt more than just his Miss USA/Miss Universe pageant organization. In a statement released Wednesday, Macy’s announced its decision to end its business relationship with Trump, a move which follows NBC’s decision earlier this week to cut its ties with the real estate developer and his Miss USA/Miss Universe pageants.

“We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation,” Macy’s said. “In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004.”

Trump reacted to the news by releasing his own statement, declaring the end of the business agreement was his decision.

“I have decided to terminate my relationship with Macy’s because of the pressure being put on them by outside sources. While selling Trump ties and shirts at Macy’s is a small business in terms of dollar volume, my principles are far more important and therefore much more valuable. I have never been happy about the fact that the ties and shirts are made in China, and should I start a new product line somewhere in the future, I would insist that they are made in America.”

Miss USA/Miss Universe pageant president Paula Shugart told EW that the Miss USA pageant will proceed as scheduled for July 12, and that plans are being made to live stream the event online. Under her direction, the organization has also begun talks with prospective broadcasters. “We’re doing many, many different things at once,” Shugart said. “I kind of liken it to when the Golden Globes aired during the writer’s strike [in 2008]. Obviously, they couldn’t do their typical Golden Globes show, but that event went on and it was different the year of the strike. That’s kind of the approach I’m taking to this.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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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.


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8 Things We Learned About Charlie Rose When Nancy Gibbs Turned the Tables on Him

On politics, Twitter and naps

Charlie Rose has been practicing the art of the interview for decades on the stark black set of his popular self-titled PBS show—but on Monday night, his routine got a little shake-up. TIME’s Editor Nancy Gibbs helped Rose flip the script at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York, where the two took the stage for Gibbs to ask Rose a few questions. Here’s what we learned about the interviewer extraordinaire:

He bought the round oak table on his set himself.

When Gibbs asked Rose about the set of his TV show—”What’s the deal with the table—and the black?”—Rose’s response was a straightforward one. “The deal was poverty,” Rose said. “I bought that table myself. I knew that if I could put a table in a room with not much light and a couple of chairs, I could have a real conversation. And I know that people…like to eavesdrop on a conversation. All of that came to me because I had no money.”

He always has backup questions.

Rose is no stranger to the “tough nut to crack”—he’s interviewed everyone from Bashar Al Assad to Charles Manson. But he told Gibbs he always has a whole list of “megaquestions” in the back of his head “if all else fails”—”questions I know will elicit something,” Rose said. Questions like: “Tell me about your obsessions.”

He has his Big Three all picked out.

“If you look at sheer fame and impact, the three big interviews today are the Pope, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin…and…[Chinese President] Xi Jinping,” Rose told Gibbs. “I’ve gotten one now [Putin] and I’m on the prowl.”

He takes two or three naps a day.

Rose starts his day at 4 a.m. with a cup of coffee and “about seven newspapers” spread across his table—so naturally, he takes a couple of naps before his 10:30 p.m. bedtime. The first one is usually just after his morning stint at CBS This Morning and his work on 60 Minutes, and by the end of the day, he’s up to “at least two naps, and maybe three,” he said. “Keeps you young, that’s right!”

He doesn’t like to air his politics.

“I’m flattered by the fact that most people tell me they don’t know what my politics are,” Rose told Gibbs. “I’m not an advocacy journalist—that’s not what I do. My role in journalism is to be able to engage the most interesting people with the best ideas.”

When asked which presidential candidate he thought would be able to engage with what he identified as the “best debate question”—Who are we at this place and where do we want to be?—Rose pointed to candidates on both sides of the aisle, including Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.

He thinks Twitter is “essential.”

That’s what he said in a lightning round with Gibbs. Rose also pointed to just how important social media has been for ISIS. “The threat of ISIS now,” Rose told Gibbs, “is that people…are being so moved by what they read and see online that they go out and commit acts of terrorism without ever having gone to a training camp, or even having had any sort of instruction in some mosque somewhere.”

And he’s never been afraid of an interview…

“Fear is something I would feel if I did what so many heroic journalists do who are going to risk their lives in Syria and Iraq…and places around the world where you never know what’s around the next bend,” Rose told Gibbs. “The highest admiration I have for my colleagues is not for someone in a studio in New York but for somebody on the ground in places that they’ve gone to fight to tell the story.”

…not even with Charles Manson.

Back in 1986 when he was with CBS News, Rose traveled to San Quentin Prison near San Francisco to interview Charles Manson, the notorious cult leader sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in a murder conspiracy. For many, Manson is the stuff of nightmares. But Rose said the experience was “exhilarating.”

“[Manson] walked in and said, ‘Rose, I’ve been watching you,'” Rose recalled to Gibbs. “I said, ‘What do you mean?’ And he said, ‘On television!'”

“[But] we had this conversation that was really inside his mind—which was really: how are you who you are?”

TIME Television

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.


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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.

TIME movies

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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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.

TIME Music

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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