The true genius of ‘Jane the Virgin’

(CNN)The Best Show on Television is coming to an end Wednesday. Don’t take it from me. Vulture has bestowed that honor on “Jane the Virgin” and the CW series has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score. I recognized early on that the true genius of the show was its ability to bring a Latino family into our living rooms and onto our streaming devices in a way that marks a coming of age for this country and American television. The show has touched me as no other, not only for taking me on a familiar journey through my childhood and adulthood, but for showing Hollywood and this country that we can celebrate Latino culture as a part of who we are. …

James Murdoch: ‘I Really Disagree’ With Some Of Fox News’ Views

James Murdoch ― son of conservative media titan The Wall Street Journal, the Fox News ― is proving that not everyone in the family wants to ascend that particular throne. New Yorker interview published Monday, the younger Murdoch spoke out against authoritarian regimes and disinformation campaigns, decrying societal divisions in a quote that writer Jane Mayer described as sounding “an awful lot like a person describing Fox News.” “There are views I really disagree with on Fox,” he added. But he said he wouldn’t cast his world view “as some reaction to that.” Unlike his younger brother, Lachlan Murdoch has defended Fox News, whose primetime hosts often praise President white nationalist rhetoric. New York Times DealBook conference whether he was embarrassed by …

Edward Snowden Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Edward Snowden, who admitted to leaking information about US surveillance programs to the press. Father: Lonnie Snowden, former Coast Guard officer Mother: Elizabeth Snowden, federal court administrator Other Facts:Dropped out of high school. The Guardian reported that in 2009, Snowden got the first of several jobs with private contractors that worked with the National Security Agency (NSA). Timeline:May 7, 2004 – Enlists in the Army Reserve as a Special Forces candidate. September 28, 2004 – Is discharged from the Army Reserve without completing any training. 2013 – Works for Booz Allen Hamilton for less than three months, assigned to a team in Hawaii. Snowden is terminated on June 10, 2013. May 16, …

Brad Pitt Opens Up About His Faith Journey: ‘I Cling To Religion’

Brad Pitt opened up about how his faith has evolved over the years ― and how he’s “very optimistic” about the possibility that everyone is connected.  religion. October issue of GQ. Pitt has started attending Christian revival meetings, where His religious questioning continued when he enrolled as a journalism student at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He dropped out of college during his last semester to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles.  Pitt said he then called himself an atheist for a while, as an act of rebellion. Eventually, he shifted into a more spiritual mindset. Like Pitt, a growing number of Americans have become disenchanted with organized religions. About Mike Blake / Reuters Brad Pitt poses for a picture …

AT&T chief executive defends the company’s costly media acquisition strategy

New York (CNN Business)AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson on Tuesday deflected criticism that the company is too big and paid too much for its media businesses. Ellliott disclosed that it has taken a $3.2 billion stake in AT&T (T). In a letter to AT&T’s board, Elliott took issue with the company’s streaming strategy, saying that “there is still confusion over strategy and a growing sense that AT&T doesn’t have a plan” — particularly with regards to the HBO cable network and the company’s upcoming HBO Max streaming service that is set to launch in October. But Stephenson said he was excited about HBO Max, arguing that it’s not Disney, Netflix or Hulu and that it will take advantage of all the …

Mercury Prize-winner Dave: What you need to know

Image copyright BL@CKBOX/YouTube Dave made his debut in May 2015 with an attention-grabbing freestyle on the YouTube channel Bl@ckbox. Hard-hitting, honest and vulnerable, it had all the hallmarks of his future hits. But he bided his time before committing to an album – releasing 11 singles and two EPs over the next four years. Along the way he caught the attention of rap superstar Drake, who jumped on the remix for Wanna Know. Dave later featured on Drake’s More Life mixtape, and the two collaborated on the Netflix drama Top Boy, in which Dave plays drug dealer Modie. Drake later revealed he’d discovered the South London MC by absentmindedly browsing YouTube and stumbling across a playlist called “best new songs …

Marianne Williamson entertained 9/11 conspiracy theories in 2012 interview

(CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson once entertained 9/11 conspiracy theories on a radio show hosted by a prominent “truther” who claimed that the World Trade Center attacks were orchestrated by a “Zionist organized crime outfit.” “I don’t know if you knew it, but I was chased out of the academy back in 2006 for talking about, uh, the questions surrounding what really happened on September 11, 2001,” Barrett said to Williamson on the show. “I’ve lost two jobs, one tenure track job at the University of Wisconsin and I’m unemployable at the American academy right now. So, if we have a fascist country — if that means that you can’t even come close to telling the truth about the most …

1999 Was The Pinnacle For The Dark Teen Comedy. Then It Disappeared.

As the Halloween dance rages — a gymnasium of high schoolers in cheap costumes bouncing around to the sounds of The Offspring — one teen arrives with murder on the brain. Anton (Devon Sawa) cuts through the crowd, vaults onstage and waves the bleeding stump of his arm at his schoolmates. “Everybody go home! There’s a psycho killer here!” he shouts, as annoyed kids laugh and pelt him with garbage. “I cut off my hand, and it’s going to kill you all!” The lead singer wrestles the mic away from Anton and tries to restart the show, but he can’t: The possessed, bodiless hand has dropped onto his head and ripped off his scalp.  This is the climax of “Idle …

Brad Pitt opens up about fathers, sons and confronting Harvey Weinstein

(CNN)Twice declared People magazine’s “sexiest man alive,” Brad Pitt might be an expert in American ideals of masculinity. “And with that, to different degrees, some of us more than others, carry pain and confusion from that. I think it almost takes a lifetime to understand what was yours, and what was theirs,” he told Amanpour. “My dad always said he wanted to give me a better life than he had coming from extreme poverty, and he did it. And it makes me think, as a dad, what do I have to offer that’s better than I had, to my kids?” he added. The film explores themes of father-son relationships, masculinity and vulnerability and loneliness — a topic Pitt was eager …

Ahead Of Do-Over Election, Embattled Netanyahu In Fight Of His Political Life

With Netanyahu locked in a razor tight race and facing the likelihood of criminal corruption charges, a decisive victory in Tuesday’s vote may be the only thing to keep him out of the courtroom. A repeat of the deadlock in April’s election, or a victory by challenger Benny Gantz, could spell the end of the career of the man who has led the country for the past decade. Throughout the abbreviated campaign, Netanyahu has seemed to create new headlines at will. One day he is jetting off for meetings with world leaders. The next, he claims to unveil a previously undisclosed Iranian nuclear site. Then he vows to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. Nearly every day, he issues …

California Winery Reverses Course After Refusing To Host Same-Sex Wedding

their refusal to host a same-sex couple’s wedding, saying the local community’s response to the news helped them to see they were “wrong.”  The Lawrences “have very strong personal religious beliefs regarding marriage, which is for marriage to be between heterosexual couples only,” the email added. As such, Biddle and Reyes would be permitted to hire the venue for their reception, but not their ceremony.  according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I will still have a beautiful wedding when my time comes. I just want others to be aware of this venue … so our LGBTQ community knows about this venue so when they do start looking [for wedding venues], they can be aware.” Nikki Levy, a Los Angeles film executive best …

The Year That Broke TV And Paved The Way For The Reality Show Era

Consider this: In 1999, there was no Tiffany “New York” Pollard. The exploits of Bethenny Frankel and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps were unknown to us. Millions of people did not tune in every night to see the sexcapades of twentysomething strangers looking for love on a secluded island. TV — particularly the reality television landscape — was completely different. Variations of what we’ve come to know as reality television date back to the game shows of the 1940s and 1950s, such as “What’s My Line?” and “This Is Your Life,” where guests would be surprised with a retrospective of their life in front of a live studio audience, complete with appearances from old acquaintances and long-lost family. There were also …

Boris Johnson Mocked For Channeling The Hulk In Brexit Ramblings

Boris Johnson said Britain will break out of the European Union’s “manacles” like The Incredible Hulk if a deal cannot be struck by the end of next month. In an interview with the Mail On Sunday, Johnson – who will meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Luxembourg this week – likened Britain to the fictional scientist Bruce Banner, who transforms into the monstrous green Hulk when he is angry in the Marvel superhero comics and movies. “Hulk always escaped, no matter how tightly bound in he seemed to be – and that is the case for this country. We will come out on October 31 and we will get it done.” The PM struck a confident tone on reaching …

Youth clubs ‘key to tackling drug gang rise’

People in the Seaside area of Llanelli were once so scared to leave their homes due to the amount of crimes linked to drugs, they organised a public meeting to tackle the problem. A drug user’s story Image caption The Seaside area of Llanelli has been given special funding to help tackle drugs after a public meeting Mr Llewelyn said: “I think it’s fantastic that the community has come together. “These organised crime groups want to disrupt communities, so the community coming together, with the support from this funding, should hopefully help things to improve.” The commissioner believes the best way of fighting the gangs is to make communities like Seaside more resilient and resistant to their influence. “We can …

‘She Said’ shifts the ground beneath our feet

(CNN)The epilogue to “She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement” is written around a scene that would land on the cutting room floor even of a feminist dream film. And, of course, what it didn’t. In “She Said,” the Harvey Weinstein saga takes on a new life. The publication of the Weinstein story in the New York Times in the fall of 2017 is the book’s apex, but Kantor and Twohey give us the before (candidate Donald Trump) and the after (Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh). Situating the downfall of Weinstein in between the stories of these other powerful men complicates the story, turning a narrative of sisterhood and female power into a more complicated, …