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Michael Moore to Target America’s ‘Infinite War’ in Next Movie

"12-12-12" New York Premiere
Craig Barritt—Getty Images Michael Moore attends the 12-12-12 screening at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on Nov. 8, 2013

Moore briefed fans on new film Where to Invade Next

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore will return to the topic of U.S. foreign policy for his first film in six years, he announced Monday.

The movie, entitled Where to Invade Next, will premier at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and will examine America’s state of “infinite war” by satirizing the military-industrial complex, Moore said.

The Oscar-winning director, whose 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11 remains the highest-grossing documentary of all time, called the new movie a film of “epic nature.” He said his frustration with America’s “constant need to have an enemy … so we can keep our whole military-industrial complex alive and keep the companies that make a lot of money for us in business,” would provide the film’s comedic edge.

Moore made the announcement via Periscope, Twitter’s live video streaming app. He also answered fan questions and expressed thanks for the support he has received throughout the years.

The often controversial filmmaker remarked that he has kept out of the spotlight during the making of the movie, giving a special shout-out to his “NSA fans who are watching right now.”

 

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Bill Clinton to Appear on StarTalk Season 2 Premiere

Former President Bill Clinton and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson attend the 65th Anniversary Artists & Writers Celebrity Softball Game at Herrick Park on Aug. 17, 2013 in East Hampton, New York.
Steven A Henry—Getty Images Former President Bill Clinton and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson attend the 65th Anniversary Artists & Writers Celebrity Softball Game at Herrick Park on Aug. 17, 2013 in East Hampton, New York.

The former president will appear alongside show host Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Neil DeGrasse Tyson will sit down with President Bill Clinton for the season 2 premiere of StarTalk, NatGeo announced at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour.

“I couldn’t think of a more appropriate guest to kick off our second season,” said Tyson. “President Bill Clinton is a public figure whose impact and influence spans politics, pop culture and science—with an occasional dose of humor. That’s exactly the mission statement for StarTalk, and I look forward to sharing our conversation with viewers.”

Other season 2 guests include Susan Sarandon, David Byrne, Larry Wilmore, Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp and Penn and Teller.

StarTalk returns Sunday, Oct. 25 at 11 p.m. ET on NatGeo.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Here Are Famous People Posing With Animals They’ve Killed

The recent killing of the beloved Cecil the Lion by Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer has ignited outrage across the world. Game hunting has a long history, and people from all walks of life have long been known to kill large animals, sometimes illegally, and then pose with their bodies. Here are eight well-known people with their kills, stretching back over a century

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Trevor Noah Plans Big Daily Show Changes

Trevor Noah at 2015 Summer TCA event in Beverly Hills, Calif. on July 29, 2015.
Matt Sayles—Invision/AP Trevor Noah at 2015 Summer TCA event in Beverly Hills, Calif. on July 29, 2015.

For starters, there will be less Fox News-bashing

The Daily Show is really going to change when Trevor Noah takes over the Comedy Central series this fall. One big switch off the bat: Noah says he’ll focus less on Jon Stewart’s favorite source of outrage, Fox News.

The Daily Show was based on an emerging 24 hour news cycle, that’s everything it was,” Noah told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour on Wednesday. “That’s what inspired The Daily Show. Now you look at news and it’s changed. It’s no longer predicated around 24 hour news. There are so many different choices. Half of it is online now. Now you’ve got the Gawkers, the BuzzFeeds. The way people are drawing their news is soundbites and headlines and click-bait links has changed everything. The biggest challenge is going to be an exciting one I’m sure is how are we going to bring all of that together looking at it from a bigger lens as opposed to just going after one source—which was historically Fox News.”

Here are more revelations from the panel:

The set will change: “We’re changing the sets a tiny bit,” Noah said. “But we still want it to be recognized as The Daily Show.”

The perspective will change: “We’re still dealing with the same issues, it’s just a different angle we’re looking at things from—and it’s my angle, really. I’m taking things in a slightly different direction, but to the same endpoint.” Noah then ran down the biographical differences between himself (describing himself as a 31-year-old half-black, half-white South African man who immigrated to the United States in 2011) and Stewart (as a 52-year-old Jewish man who grew up in New Jersey). “The way we look at the same story will be completely different,” he said. “We have different access to different jokes, different sides, different sensitivities … the most important thing is the place that you come from.”

More mimicry: Noah speaks seven languages and is learning more, and impersonating accents is part of his stand-up act already. “I have an affinity for picking up on accents and tones,” he said. “But I don’t think somebody’s accent is inherently funny.” A reporter brought up how Stewart recently made headlines after a former writer from The Daily Show recounted a writer’s room arugment over Stewart’s Herman Cain impression, and wondered whether doing impressions of accents is really a wise idea. “The story wasn’t about the accent itself, the story was framed around an incident in the office,” Noah countered. “The incident with Herman Cain wasn’t a bad joke in particular.” Noah added that a writers room is supposed to be a place where creatives fight about content. “That’s the whole point of having a great writing team. You’re trying to find the best way to tell the best joke. What happened with Jon is exactly what the writers’ room is for. We hope to get to a point where we’re really passionate for our subject, because when we get the fight on screen we’ve already had the fight [behind the scenes].”

About those tweets: Noah was asked about Twitter history that was slammed when as insensitive when he was announced as The Daily Show’s new host. “I don’t strive to be offensive,” he said. “But you can never control what people find is offensive or not. Any joke can be seen as offensive. When people get to know you, and when you know a person, you know the context of a joke. Luckily, Comedy Central hasn’t limited me to 140 characters on the show, so I should be able to [better articulate context].”

About being chosen by Stewart: “The biggest pressure is living up to the expectations that Jon has for me,” he said. “Jon believes in me … for years we’ve been talking. I never dreamed I’d be sitting in this chair. I guess he knew something about me that I didn’t know at the time. There’s an immense pressure, personally. But it’s about the show first, it’s not about me.”

At the top of Noah’s panel, Comedy Central also revealed the show will retain Stewart’s five executive producers.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Actor Who Played Joffrey Thinks the Misogyny on Game of Thrones May Be ‘Unjust’

Jack Gleeson would also advocate for more male nudity on the show

Jack Gleeson, who played the cruel, woman-torturing Joffrey Baratheon on Game of Thrones, weighed in on the misogyny debate that has plagued the HBO show this season.

Since his character was one of the main perpetrators of the violence and sexual abuse of women on the show, Gleeson had a unique perspective on whether it should depict those actions as often as it does. In an interview with the Daily Beast, Gleeson said that he has not watched the series since he left because he cannot suspend his disbelief after being on set, so he cannot comment on the infamous Sansa rape scene. But Gleeson admitted that past representations of sexual violence may been “unfair.”

MORE: Maisie Williams on How Game of Thrones Treats Women and Her Dream Superhero Role

When asked if he found it difficult to film some of the scenes where he abused women, Gleeson replied:

Yeah, of course; it’s a tricky thing when you are representing misogyny in that way because I wouldn’t say the show ever implicitly condones misogyny or any kind of violence towards women. But, perhaps, it’s still unfair or unjust to represent it even if the gloss on the representation is a negative one.

Obviously as a 23-year-old man, I can never put myself into the mindset of a woman who has been sexually assaulted, but I think that sometimes you have to represent awful things happening onscreen even if they’re for entertainment because you have to expose the brutality of them, because the chances are you’re not going to see that anywhere. So there’s a chance it engages some kind of empathy but it is a gray area. It might be very traumatic and stressful to watch those scenes.

The show has also come under fire—like many HBO shows before it—for excessive female nudity. Despite not being a regular viewer, Gleeson said he supports the instances of male nudity he’s heard about from friends and colleagues.

As I say, I don’t watch it so I can’t really comment, but I have heard that there is male nudity — so I think that is one good thing, to not just objectify women but also objectify the beauty of the male genitalia! We’re all objects together.

The 23-year-old Gleeson said last year that he plans to retire from acting.

MORE: Sophie Turner on Defending Sansa Stark and Her Surprising Dream Role

[Daily Beast]

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Terrence Howard Sued by Ex-Wife for Assault and Defamation

Terence Howard at the Monte Carlo TV Festival in Monte-Carlo, Monaco on June 16, 2015.
Pascal Le Segretain—Getty Images Terence Howard at the Monte Carlo TV Festival in Monte-Carlo, Monaco on June 16, 2015.

The complaint filed states the 'Empire' actor punched, kicked and strangled his ex-wife

Terrence Howard’s ex-wife filed suit against the actor Tuesday claiming he assaulted her in 2013.

In the civil complaint filed in Los Angeles, Michelle Howard claims the alleged assault took place while they were staying in a rental house in Costa Rica.

The complaint describes that on the evening of July 29, 2013, Howard “followed Plaintiff into the restroom of the rental house and punched her on the left side of her face. Defendant also grabbed Plaintiff by her neck and pushed her against the bathroom wall and strangled her for several seconds,” states the complaint. The filing continues he “grabbed her neck again and pinned her against the shower glass and her head hit the wall” when she tried to flee the room, leading the actor’s son-in-law Billy to intervene.

“While Billy tried to pry Defendant’s hands from Plaintiff’s neck, Defendant whispered to Plaintiff, ‘Remember what I told you in Bora Bora? That is what I’m gonna do,’ referring to a prior instance where Defendant told Plaintiff that her body would never leave the island,” states the complaint. “Plaintiff interpreted the reference to mean that Defendant was going to kill her.”

Later on the evening of July 29, claims Michelle, he charged at her and she pepper-sprayed him in the face. “Defendant continued swinging his arms and caused Plaintiff to fall down. While Plaintiff was on the ground, Defendant repeatedly mule-kicked Plaintiff in the head and shoulders,” states the complaint.

She claims assault and battery, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. In the same complaint, she claims he defamed her by “mak[ing] false accusations disseminated to the public through the media that Plaintiff had made death threats and other threats against Defendant and his family through various social media accounts.”

She doesn’t specify damages.

This is not the first time the Empire star has been accused of spousal abuse. He was arrested in 2001 on charges of assaulting his then-wife Lori McCommas, and in Michelle’s 2011 divorce papers she claimed he repeatedly threatened and hit her throughout their marriage. In 2013, she received a restraining order against him on claims including the allegations regarding the Costa Rica trip in the Tuesday complaint.

Howard and executives for Fox, which airs Empire, were questioned about the accusations at the Television Critics Association’s winter tour in January. Fox TV group chairs Dana Walden and Gary Newman claimed they weren’t aware of the accusations until December 2014, when they were already in business with him. “A lot of the things I did were the product of not knowing how to deal with frustration, not knowing who Terrence Howard is,” said the actor. “I’ve grown so much from anything that’s happened in the past.”

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Howard’s reps for comment.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter

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Watch Antonio Banderas in the Trailer for the Chilean Mining Drama The 33

The film also stars Juliette Binoche and James Brolin

On August 5, 2010, the San José copper-gold mine in Copiapó, Chile caved in, trapping 33 miners underground. The story made international headlines as Chilean authorities scrambled to devise a plan to rescue the men. For 69 days, the men survived underground, awaiting rescue, until finally, on October 13, all 33 were brought to safety.

That story heads to the big screen this fall in The 33, starring Antonio Banderas as Mario Sepúlveda, a miner who hosted many of the videos the group sent to the surface during their time underground. The trailer captures the heightened drama of the ordeal for not only the miners—one an expectant father and another just weeks away from retirement—but also their distressed families, waiting above ground for good news.

The 33 hits theaters Nov. 13.

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Taylor Swift Has Absolutely No Bad Blood With Her Adorable Newborn Godson

He's her friend Jaime King's son

Taylor Swift has been getting into all kinds of drama lately, but she appears to be on very good terms, at least so far, with her new godson, Leo. He’s the son of actress Jaime King (one of Swift’s close friends) and her husband, Kyle Newman.

Swift posted a photo of her first meeting with baby Leo. People are really excited, because the photo has already earned 1.6 million likes:

Meeting my boy. @jaime_king @kyle_newman

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Look at that loving gaze. That’s the kind of gaze that says, “If anyone ever crosses you, I will hunt them down and I will write a revenge song about them and I will start several Twitter feuds over it.”

The singer posted another adorable picture of Leo’s tiny hand wrapped around her finger. She used lyrics from her song “Never Grow Up” as the caption:

"Your little hand's wrapped around my finger and it's so quiet in the world tonight…"

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

“Choosing a godmother is a very sacred and important thing in our family,” King told Elle back in March. “They’re going to be guiding your child, and they’re responsible for them if something was to ever happen.”

King said Swift will be “the perfect godmother” thanks to her “thoughtfulness, her kindness, her authenticity.” And also, we assume, because she’s going to get baby Leo invited to so many awesome parties.

 

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Here Is the 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist

man booker longlist grid

Five American novels made the cut

The 2015 Man Booker Prize longlist is in, and this year’s selection is roughly half men (six) and half women (seven). The prize was historically limited to authors from the U.K., the Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe; this is only the second year that it has been open to anyone writing in the English language and published in the U.K. The longlist includes five American authors, up from four last year.

One author on the list, Anne Enright, has already won a Man Booker Prize for her 2007 novel The Gathering. Tom McCarthy, Andrew O’Hagan and Marilynne Robinson have all previously been shortlisted, though Robinson was then in the Man Booker International Prize category, which has been reenvisioned to award a book in translation now that the general award is open to all Anglophone writers.

This year’s roundup also includes three debut novels, from Bill Clegg, Chigozie Obioma and Anna Smaill.

Bill Clegg (U.S.) — Did You Ever Have a Family

Anne Enright (Ireland) — The Green Road

Marlon James (Jamaica) — A Brief History of Seven Killings

Laila Lalami (U.S.) — The Moor’s Account

Tom McCarthy (U.K.) — Satin Island

Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) — The Fishermen

Andrew O’Hagan (U.K.) — The Illuminations

Marilynne Robinson (U.S.) — Lila

Anuradha Roy (India) — Sleeping on Jupiter

Sunjeev Sahota (U.K.) — The Year of the Runaways

Anna Smaill (New Zealand) — The Chimes

Anne Tyler (U.S.) — A Spool of Blue Thread

Hanya Yanagihara (U.S.) — A Little Life

The shortlist will be announced on Sept. 15, and the winner on Oct. 13. Shortlisters will be awarded with £2,500 ($3,918) and the winner will receive an additional £50,000 ($78,358).

 

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Orange Is the New Black Actress on Nicky Nichols’ Fate in Season 4

"It makes sense that a self destructive person would end up where she did"

Orange Is the New Black’s third season launched with one of the most shocking moments as one of Litchfield’s own was shipped down the hill.

Deciding to sell Vee’s (Lorraine Toussaint) heroin, Nicky (Natasha Lyonne) enlisted the help of baboonish guard Luschek (Matt Peters), who was unfortunately quick to throw her under the bus when Caputo (Nick Sandow) found a bag of the drug in his office. The recovering drug addict—and arguably the heart of Litchfield—was then shipped off to Maximum Security, never to be seen again in season 3.

“I was excited to read it,” Lyonne told reporters at the Television Critics Associations summer press tour on Tuesday. “I would actually argue that there were huge stakes for Nicky Nichols this season much more than any previous season. It makes sense that a self destructive person would end up where she did.”

So, is there hope for Nicky to return next season and get redemption? “I can’t speak to [that],” Lyonne said coyly. But considering the actress was in attendance during the panel, it seems quite clear that Nicky Nichols should resurface in season 4.

Either way, Lyonne is excited at the prospect of seeing how a stint in Max will impact someone as mouthy as Nichols.

“It could really go both ways,” she told EW after the panel. “People respond all kinds of ways to intense [situations] beyond rules. That kind of discipline sometimes brings out the best in people and sometimes brings out that much more anger and rebellion. Certainly, at a certain point, I think Nicky would have to come to terms with her childhood and do some reconciling with her past if she’s going to make peace with being an adult.”

Orange Is the New Black is slated to return for a fourth season in summer 2016.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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