Joseph Fiennes: Ive done my bit for society Ive illustrated the patheticness of misogyny

The star of the hit dystopian drama says he doesnt like to equate Donald Trumps politics with the show. But, he adds, sometimes you just have to point out the blazingly obvious Its alluded to in the novel someday, something will happen to Fred. Quite soon. In a neutral-looking cafe in central London, Joseph Fiennes is talking about the future of his role in The Handmaids Tale. Why, though? I plead with him. Why does he have to die? Its in the novel, Fiennes explains very patiently. Hes got to. Come on, there are some very angry women in red out there. When The Handmaids Tale first appeared on our screens in 2017, it was a bit like having an …

Universal cancels release of violent satire The Hunt after Trump criticism

Studio scraps movie about a group of elites hunting deplorables following gun violence across US and tweet by Trump The Hollywood studio behind a violent satire depicting a dozen supposedly red state Americans who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals, is to scrap the movies release , days after announcing it Blumhouse, the independent film house known mostly for low-budget horror films such as Paranormal Activity and The Purge as well as also the Oscar winner BlacKkKlansman, was due to come out on 27 September. News of the decision was first the Hollywood Reporter. But a string of extremist gun massacres in Ohio, Texas and California which resulted in more …

‘A brutal dinner’: celebrities talk about meeting Donald Trump

Woody Harrelson is the latest person to share his embarrassing story of meeting the reality TV star before he became president If you think its bad enough just sharing a planet with Donald Trump, spare a thought for poor Woody Harrelson. Because according to the man himself, Harrelson once shared a dinner table with the president, and it went just as well as you would expect. In recalled in 2016. When the jeweller took a look, she recoiled and said: In their finest moment, they were cheap pewter and bad zirconia. They had Trump stamped on them. I think that says a lot about the man. Daniel Radcliffe was just 11 years old when he met Trump, before an appearance …

Monsters, men and magic: why feminists turned to witchcraft to oppose Trump

Whether its hexing the president, chatting in WhatsApp covens or featuring in TV reboots, radicalised women have been finding strength in the ancient pagan arts This is the time for getting scary, the writer Andi Zeisler told Elle magazine on the eve of the 2017 Womens March. We need to go full witch. At the dawn of the Trump administration, witches were suddenly everywhere in the US. Neo-pagans used blogs and social media to circulate popular rituals for hexing Brett Kavanaugh (accused of sexual assault, which he denies), and Donald Trump himself. The Trump curse was enacted by thousands of people, including the singer Lana Del Rey. Basic Witches, in which they explained: If you speak when youre told to …

#ConstitutionalCrisis? Trump’s battle with Congress comes to a head

The presidents claims of executive privilege over the Mueller report have set new alarm bells ringing for the fate of democracy Police this week arrested an alleged arsonist who started a fire outside the National Archives building in Washington, claiming that voices told him to While the physical object remains fragile but secure, the political framework it represents is facing one of the severest threats in its 232-year history. The arsonist is Donald Trump and he is getting ever closer with his tiki torch. On Wednesday, the House judiciary committee voted to hold the presidents attorney general, William Barr, #ConstitutionalCrisis to trend on Twitter. Hyperbole? Republicans and their allies naturally think so. The justice department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec accused Nadler …

Robert De Niro calls Donald Trump a ‘wannabe gangster’

Oscar-winning actor says US president has proven himself to be a total loser with no morals Robert De Niro has criticised Donald Trump again, calling the US president a total loser and wannabe gangster. The actor has been involved in a long-running dispute with Trump, saying fuck Trump at the Tony awards last year. Trump responded by saying De Niro was a very low IQ individual. During an appearance on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Friday, De Niro told the host he had tried giving Trump a chance. Thats what I said right after he was elected. Give him a chance. I give everybody the benefit of the doubt. This guy has proven himself to be a total …

Why is Donald Trump obsessed with Bane in The Dark Knight Rises?

Is this supervillain the kind of role model we expect the US president to adopt? There are many superheroes an The Dark Knight Returns features a version of Superman who is in thrall to Ronald Reagan. In the film version of the Avengers in Marvel comics that was put together by George W Bush. With so many virtuous options available to him, it seems bizarre that Donald Trump has chosen the Batman supervillain Bane to cosy up to. Observers first noticed Trumps fascination with Christopher Nolans stole one of the villains lines for his 2017 inaugural speech. This week, which he reviewed positively on his YouTube channel on its release in 2012. But the more interesting question is why on …

Donald Trump gags and D&G ads: how Game of Thrones took over the world

The highs and lows of the shows rise from the small screen to the big time Sheerans season seven cameo wasnt actually that bad. He had one line and a bit of song in a rare soldiers-can-be-tender-too scene towards the end of the first episode, as Arya met members of the Lannister army on the road. While it was a little bit distracting having one of our worlds biggest pop stars in a scene for literally no reason at all, the main worry is that this will encourage more redheaded music icons to apply for a cameoship. When all the flames have burned down to nothing and all the Walkers have been conquered, if it turns out Horner sits on …

‘Same rhetoric’: Bolsonaro’s US visit to showcase populist alliance with Trump

Brazilian president shares some of Trumps habits: he is active on Twitter and also dismisses negative media coverage as fake news Brazils president, showed the priority the government gives to building a solid partnership with the United States of America, while Trumps national security adviser, called the trip a historic opportunity (although the effect was somewhat undermined by a tweet in which he called the Brazilian president status, which could help it buy cheaper military equipment. President Bolsonaro brings a real energy to the relationship, hes determined to make progress, Bolton told TV Globo. Were really very excited about being able to partner on a number of issues internationally. The crisis in Venezuela is a priority, he said. The visit …

Preet Bharara: I didnt call Trump back and its one of the best decisions I ever made’

Fired by the president, the former US attorney has written his first book. He talks about if and when Trump will face justice and why he fears for his own safety Preet Bharara is used to dealing with bullies. When he was the Osama bin Ladens son-in-law, Crips and Bloods gang leaders and mafia bosses. For going after the infamous arms dealer Recep Tayyip Erdoan once tried to persuade the then US vice-president, Billions is loosely based on his legal battles with a hedge-fund billionaire. As he puts it himself: Neither I nor anyone I know was too afraid to prosecute rich men in suits. So when Bharara says that even he is now feeling apprehensive about his personal safety, …

Anti-vaxxers, the Momo challenge … why lies spread faster than facts

With Trump making six false claims a day and bogus Brexit claims spreading, we live in a disorienting post-truth era. It all began with the David Irving trial, writes Jonathan Freedland The queasiness keeps coming back, a very specific malady that I thought Id put behind me nearly 20 years ago. But each time I read about, say, the bogus version of the Momo challenge, or the rise and rise of the anti-vaxxer movement, the symptoms return, stronger than ever. If asked by a doctor to describe the sensation, Id say it feels as if the ground beneath my feet is slipping away, that there is nothing firm or solid to stand on. What triggers it are lies, usually in …

Donald Trump has a new fixer: House Republicans | Wajahat Ali

How long will the Republican party continue to do Donald Trumps bidding? With Michael Cohen testifying in front of the House oversight and reform committee, congressional Republicans were gifted with another opportunity to sink lower in their moral abyss due to their self-immolating fealty to Donald Trump. Cohen, who has dropped a blistering 20-page opening statement painting an overwhelming and damning portrait of a Trump as a morally corrupt, vain and insecure criminal with a history of using fraud and intimidation to slither out of trouble. Cohen alleges Trump lied about his efforts to build a Trump tower in Moscow and insinuated Cohen should do the same. Cohen also named Trump as Individual 1 who directed him to engage in …