12 items from 2017
Bristol Palin is in the final stretch of her third pregnancy.
The daughter of former Alaska governor and failed vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin took to her Instagram on Thursday to share a selfie of her growing baby bump.
In the photo, the mother of two is wearing skinny jeans, a long black blouse and a tan sweater as she looks at her reflection in the mirror.
“Last trimester!” she captioned the photo.
Palin and Marine »
- Tierney McAfee
Less than one month after leaving office, the Obamas have signed Washington, D.C., attorneys Robert Barnett and Deneen Howell to “manage contract negotiations with potential publishers for the former president and Mrs. Obama’s respective books,” Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for the former president, says in a statement to People.
With an eye on the equally lucrative speakers’ circuit, the Obamas also announced on Friday that they have »
- Tierney McAfee
For celebrities — much like Marlo from The Wire — their name is their name. It’s their livelihood, it’s their first point of recognition for their fans, and in some cases, it’s roughly 90 percent of their earthly value. So you can understand why they might be pretty protective of it.
With the dust still settling from the recent Kylie Minogue vs. Kylie Jenner courtroom battle, we decided to take a look back at some other celebrity lawsuits involving either their name or, in some cases, a certain phrase very near and dear to their heart.
Sarah and Bristol Palin vs. »
- Alex Heigl
Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercial, centered on an immigrant coming to America, sparked strong reactions following its release on Tuesday in light of President Donald Trump’s recent controversial travel ban. Anheuser-Busch says the ad was not created with political intent.
The commercial, released on YouTube on Tuesday, tells the fictionalized story of Adolphus Busch, one of the founders of Budweiser who emigrated from Germany to the Us in 1857.
“You don’t look like you’re from around here,” says a man in a bar to a disheartened looking Busch.
Trump’s executive order signed on Friday, barring admission of refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, gives the ad an unexpected extra layer of context and commentary. Several conservative commentators and politicians reacted on Twitter by calling it “heavy-handed” and claiming that it has left “Americans speechless.” The controversy sparked the Twitter hashtag #BoycottBudweiser.
Dear Budweiser, your immigrant founder came here to make beer, not »
- Will Thorne
Danny Strong is recognizable from numerous noteworthy projects: Jonathan on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Paris’ paramour Doyle on Gilmore Girls, Albert Fekus on Justified, and Danny Siegel, the guy who punched Roger Sterling in the crotch on Mad Men. But all that time on camera also motivated his prolific pursuit of screenwriting: “I just write things because I spent so many years as an actor trying to get any job I could get,” he explains. “Literally anything to pay my bills and to get my health insurance. So when I started writing, I made a decision really early on: ‘I’m just going to do things I think are cool.’” His writing resumé now possibly surpasses his acting one, including his Emmy-award-winning Sarah Palin campaign movie Game Change, the also politically themed Recount, and two Hunger Games: Mockingjay movies. He also co-created Lee Daniels’ Empire, where he’s scripted and »
- Gwen Ihnat
Park City — The presidential election is over, but for the many people still wondering just how Donald Trump pulled off one of the greatest upsets in modern history, Showtime thinks it has the answer with “Trumped.”
The documentary, culled from the cabler’s campaign-season weekly reports, debuts for the press Monday at 2 p.m. at the Sundance Film Festival before getting its official premiere Friday in Park City.
Symmetry almost demands that “Trumped” debut in the final days of the 11-day festival, which began, after all, with a spasm of politics — most notably Thursday’s opening premiere of Al Gore’s global warming update, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” followed by Saturday’s fiery march of more than 1,000 against President Trump and in favor of a host of causes, ranging from access for the disabled, to Lgbtq rights to support for Planned Parenthood.
“Trumped” will get its public premiere Feb. »
- James Rainey
The producers of A Dog's Purpose have addressed the recent allegations of animal abuse surrounding the film after footage surfaced on Wednesday showing a trainer apparently forcing a scared, struggling dog into a pool during filming.
Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment released a statement to Et on Thursday announcing that they have decided to call off this weekend's red carpet premiere and press junket as they continue to review the allegations.
"Because Amblin’s review into the edited video released yesterday is still ongoing, distributor Universal Pictures has decided it is in the best interest of A Dog's Purpose to cancel this weekend’s premiere and press junket," the statement read. "Amblin and Universal do not want anything to overshadow this film that celebrates the relationship between animals and humans."
Watch: 'A Dog's Purpose' Star Josh Gad 'Shaken and Sad' After Seeing Controversial Video, Investigation Launched
"Since the emergence of the footage, Amblin has engaged »
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Kirk has been with “Frontline” since the PBS series’ inception in 1983. In addition to covering the 2008 financial crisis and numerous other major news events, he is a producer on the “Frontline” documentary “The Choice,” which profiles each candidate before every presidential election.
This month, in addition to a profile called “Trump’s Road to the White House,” “Frontline” will premiere Kirk’s “Divided States of America,” a brilliant and destabilizing four-hour miniseries about the deep ideological rifts that currently define American politics. “Divided States” may well be the most important piece of journalism about this tumultuous era of identity politics and populist backlash; with close detail, the docuseries uncovers the anger and institutions that underpinned the ultimate failure of President Barack Obama’s grand dreams and set the stage for Donald Trump’s surprising and unprecedented victory.
Variety spoke with the veteran journalist about the difficulties of creating cogent narratives in an era »
- Sonia Saraiya
We’re getting the first look at Embeds, an upcoming original political comedy series executive produced by Megyn Kelly, Michael de Luca and Scott Conroy. The digital series from Complex Networks’ Seriously.TV was inspired by Conroy's and co-creator Peter Hamby's experiences as journalists for CBS News and CNN on the road with Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin's presidential campaigns. The six-episode, half-hour scripted comedy focuses on five recent college graduates working as… »
From Capitol Hill to Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, cyber-security is all the buzz this week, thanks to WikiLeaks, a self-described non-profit media organization that publishes leaked documents, news and classified information from anonymous sources. The man behind Wikileaks is Julian Assange and, although he’s been under fierce fire from American political leaders in the recent past, a few are warming up to him — starting with President-elect Trump, who once went so far as to say Assange should face “the death penalty or something” for his crimes.
Who is Julian Assange?
Assange is the Australian leader (and alleged founder) of WikiLeaks. »
Sarah Palin has backtracked on her previous comments regarding Julian Assange, and thanked him for “exposing the truth” about the Democratic Party. “Exposing the truth re: the Left having been oh-so-guilty of atrocious actions and attitudes of which they’ve falsely accused others,” Palin wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “The media collusion that hid what many on the Left have been supporting is shocking. This important information that finally opened people’s eyes to democrat candidates and operatives would not have been exposed were it not for Julian Assange.” Palin promoted Assange’s interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Supposedly ‘inspirational’ films tend to leave our critic reaching for the sick bag. He finds defeated boxers, desperate weathermen and boozy, cantankerous widowers far more uplifting
More uplifting culture for 2017
Can films be inspirational? Well, the good ones all are. And, in a broader sense, going to the cinema is a narcotic, luxurious experience that makes you feel inspired, uplifted and stimulated. But when people talk about “inspirational” films – underdogs achieving spectacular sporting success, charismatic teachers winning over pupils, people overcoming disabilities – I am sometimes a bit agnostic. An inspirational film often feels soupy and syrupy, schematic and cliched, faintly coercive and reactionary. Inspirational means aspirational, no arguments – and it brings out my ironic, grumpy Brit. When I’m asked for my favourite inspirational scene, I nominate Tom Courtenay’s final, miserable act of defiance in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.
One movie that was lauded as inspirational, »
- Peter Bradshaw
12 items from 2017
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