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In these divided political times, you might think it’d be difficult to unite five former presidents of different parties for a common cause. But that’s exactly what the father and daughter team of Roy and Courtney Spence did — and in just 48 hours — when they helped organize and film bipartisan PSAs for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief featuring former commanders in chief Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Roy, a co-founder of the Austin-based advertising firm Gsd&M, and his daughter Courtney, the founder and CEO of the creative film agency CSpence Group, »
- Tierney McAfee
Think your friends are bad at keeping their lips sealed? Just imagine how much more of a struggle it would be if they were constantly bombarded with questions on camera.
Even these media-seasoned celebs have accidentally spilled the beans about their buddies’ would-be secrets, proving that no one is immune to the occasional goof.
The actress‘ This Is Us costars inadvertently spoiled her engagement news while chatting with Et at a soundtrack release party this week. “I was just in the studio with her boyfriend, well now-fiancé, Taylor ,” said Sullivan. »
- Lydia Price
Natural disasters don’t pay attention to party lines — or generational ones. In a new video for the charitable fund “One America Appeal,” every former Potus that’s still living urge the American people to give aid to those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The video debuted during the season opener of NFL’s Thursday Night Football, featuring former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. “As former presidents, we want to help our fellow Americans begin to recover,” Obama says in the video. Also Read: Telemundo Evacuates Florida Headquarters »
- Ashley Boucher
All five former U.S. presidents have come together in one video to raise money toward Hurricane Harvey relief.
“Hurricane Harvey brought terrible destruction — but it also brought out the best in humanity,” Clinton, 71, says.
“As former presidents we wanted to help out fellow Americans begin to recover,” Obama, 56, says.
“Our friends in Texas, including Presidents Bush ’41 and ’43, are doing just that,” Carter, 92, adds.
“People are hurting down here, but as one Texan put it, »
- Alexia Fernandez
When it was announced in the late ’90s that Jim Carrey had been chosen to play Andy Kaufman in a major Hollywood biopic, my gut reaction was skepticism. Carrey, then at the height of his star power, was a brilliant comedian who had more than proved his acting chops (in “The Truman Show”), yet both temperamentally and ethnically he seemed wrong for the part: Kaufman was a doughy nerdy Jewish space cadet, Carrey a hypomanic string-bean Wasp. I knew that Carrey had the talent to “impersonate” anyone, but could he really merge with Kaufman’s antic yet morose there-but-not-quite-there quality?
When I saw the film, I became one of its greatest champions (it wound up being my movie of the year for 1999), and Carrey’s extraordinary performance vaulted over all my doubts. In “Man on the Moon,” he nailed every nuance of Andy Kaufman’s spirit, and he used his own mercurial quality as a comic to »
- Owen Gleiberman
As The View revs up for its 21st season launch on Tuesday, ABC News chief James Goldston announced Brian Teta had been upped from co-ep to Ep. Candi Carter remains Ep on the show and both execs continue to report to Senior Ep Hilary Estey McLoughlin. In his announcement to staff (read it below), Goldston said Teta will continue to lead the show’s segment producing team and manage the studio floor while Carter will continue to “guide” the show from the control room and set… »
Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…
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Hello, and welcome to episode 244 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.
Following an unexpected diversion with the last episode, we’re back on track this week with a look at Fantastic Four #178. The Brute has joined the Frightful Four, and the team of villains is holding the Fantastic Four hostage in the Baxter Building. Will New York pay the princely sum of… One Million Dollars? Or will Marvel’s First Family pay the ultimate price? »
- Gary Collinson
August marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, and the world is still mourning one of music's biggest losses to this day. Elvis passed away at age 42 when he suffered a heart attack on Aug. 16, 1977, and his funeral was held in his adopted hometown of Memphis just two days later. President Jimmy Carter issued a statement that said Elvis "permanently changed the face of American popular culture," and thousands of mourners flocked to the streets to pay their respects as his casket was driven through town. While an estimated 80,000 people turned up to watch the processional route to Forest Hill Cemetery, more than 30,000 fans attended a public viewing of Elvis's casket at his Graceland home, which was ordered by his father, Vernon. Elvis was buried next to his beloved mother, Gladys, but they were both later reburied at Graceland. Keep reading to see how the world mourned his heartbreaking death 40 years ago. »
- Caitlin Hacker
The singer, 29, sat down with Elvis Duran on The Z100 Morning Show to explain how he stays positive through the tough times, thanking “all the people who support me, and the ones who don’t, because you motivate me.”
“I came out about my history and said I’m attracted to men and women equally. I just can’t live a lie anymore. It’s hypocrisy, even the ones that claim they love you will let you down, »
- Nicole Sands
“I want the humans to be able to hold their own against the strength of the machines.” That was perhaps the most ominous line spoken from the stage at the summer Television Critics Association press tour, and it came not from an actor or showrunner but FX Networks chief John Landgraf.
He wasn’t describing the plot of a new scripted drama. He turned to the classic science fiction trope as a metaphor for the situation that he and other cable programming executives now find themselves in as Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple engage in a “titanic struggle” — Landgraf’s words — for domination in the video entertainment marketplace.
“If you look at the Silicon Valley model it’s to use platforms and algorithms and scale to serve people what they need and grind out the margins of brands,” Landgraf said Wednesday. He added, “It’s about scale, it’s about data and technology and finance to bring »
- Daniel Holloway
From Martha Thomases’s column of August 4: Last week Heather Antos, an editor at Marvel, went out with a bunch of her colleagues for milkshakes at a nearby Ben & Jerry’s and posted a selfie on Twitter. She said “It’s the Marvel milkshake crew! #FabulousFlo.” The hashtag refers to Flo Steinberg, who had just died.
So, you know, a Friday after a long week, Heather and a group of her pals went out to remember a woman who was their friend and mentor. They didn’t go to a bar. They went for ice cream. They posted a photo on Twitter because that’s what the kids do these days. I don’t know what could be more wholesome.
Naturally, there was an upset. To some, this photo represented everything that was wrong with Marvel today. Women and people of color in editorial offices apparently is a menacing concept to them, »
- Mindy Newell
Carter’s rep said in a statement, “Aaron and Madison love each other and respect one another dearly. It was a mutual decision and Aaron’s personal statement released speaks for itself. Now back to the music.”
A source further told Entertainment Tonight that the split was “very amicable,” and happened last week.
Carter, 29, shared an emotional public letter about his sexuality to Twitter, revealing, “when I was around 13-years-old I started to find boys and girls attractive.”
“There were years that went by that I thought about, »
- Lindsay Kimble
The “Lightning Bolt” has struck one last time – although not with as much force as expected.
Usain Bolt completed what he says will be the final 100-meter dash of his career on Saturday night at the 2017 Iaaf World Championships at London’s Olympic stadium, taking third behind two Americans: Justin Gatlin, who won gold, and Christian Coleman, who took silver, reported the New York Times.
The history-making sprinter finished at 9.95 seconds, while Gatlin clocked in a 9.92. Going into the finals, Bolt had placed second behind Coleman.
After the race, Gatlin bowed down to Bolt despite beating the champ. The two also hugged, »
- Lindsay Kimble
María Elena Salinas, one of the best known anchors in Spanish-language TV broadcasting, intends to leave Univision News at the end of 2017, after an on-air tenure of more than three decades.
“I am grateful for having had the privilege to inform and empower the Latino community through the work my colleagues and I do with such passion at Univision every day,” said Salinas, in a statement. “I thank our audience for their trust and loyalty through the years, and want them to know that as long as I have a voice, I will always use it to speak on their behalf. I am excited to begin a new stage in my career, and look forward to new projects to reach new and diverse audiences on multiple platforms.”
Univision said it would unveil plans “in the coming months” for an anchor Jorge Ramos on its flagship newscast, which regularly reaches two million viewers, as »
- Brian Steinberg
The family of Conrad Roy III is outraged after learning that his girlfriend, Michelle Carter, will remain free pending her appeal after being sentenced to 15-months in jail for encouraging Roy to commit suicide in 2014.
Makenna O’Donnell, Roy’s cousin, said she was distraught when a Massachusetts judge suspended half of Carter’s two-and-a-half-year sentence and agreed to allow Carter to remain free as she appeals her involuntary manslaughter conviction.
“I was just sick to my stomach the fact that she can just be free and my cousin, he’s not here. Two-and-a-half years isn’t enough,” O’Donnell »
- Char Adams
Former President Jimmy Carter is back in action, just one day after collapsing from dehydration at a Habitat for Humanity work site in Winnipeg, Canada, on Thursday.
The home-building charity tweeted out a smiling photo of Carter, 92, as he returned to the build site on Friday.
“President Jimmy Carter has arrived at the build site to start the final day of the 2017 #HabitatCWP in Canada,” read the accompanying message.
The Carter Center also released a statement Friday morning: “Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was discharged from St. Boniface General Hospital this morning to return to the Habitat for Humanity build site in Winnipeg. »
- Tierney McAfee
Former President Jimmy Carter was taken to a hospital on Thursday after he collapsed at a Habitat for Humanity work site in Winnipeg, Canada, People confirms.
“President Carter was dehydrated working in the hot sun. President Carter told us he is okay and is being taken offsite for observation. He has encouraged everyone to stay hydrated and keep building,” a Habitat for Humanity spokesperson tells People.
Reporters for CBC News who were on-site covering the build said paramedics and firefighters rushed to the scene after Carter collapsed.
According to Canada’s Global News, a reporter on the scene spoke with »
- Tierney McAfee
When the Hall of Presidents and First Ladies in Pennsylvania shut down in January, Rachel Maddow, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart each bought a presidential wax figure. John Oliver bought five, spending $13,700 on the wax presidents.
On Sunday, Oliver revealed his team purchased the wax figures of Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, William Henry Harrison and Warren G. Harding. The Last Week Tonight host expressed his disappointment that there is no Harding biopic, despite Harding's interesting life story.
"The problem is, who would do it? It would have to be someone with way too much time on their hands, »
- Lorena O'Neil
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Juho Kuosmanen's The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016) is playing July 1 - August 1, 2017 exclusively on Mubi in the United States.The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is a subtle bait-and-switch of a film, but that’s okay. Certain generic conventions imply that it will head in a certain direction, but I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to tell you that it doesn’t. In fact, the refusal of Olli Mäki—the film and the man—to play by the rules is the most interesting thing it has going for it. The man, like the film, has a very clear trajectory mapped out in front of him, and a super-human form of concentration—the kind that makes “winners”—is demanded of him. Instead, Olli prefers to live a life of distraction, »
“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me,” Trump tweeted. “She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came. »
- Stephanie Petit
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