‘Incel’ violence is horrific, but Joker is complex, and doesn’t take sides

Alarmist reactions to the rightwing film starring Joaquin Phoenix as a needy, dangerous wannabe star comic overlook its subtler points Tincel culture, or involuntary celibates men who see themselves as losers and beta males who women dont want to sleep with. Angry, misogynistic and feeling entitled to sex and attention, incels have been prone to real-world violence, as with the Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (obsessed by Betsy), he becomes romantically intrigued by Sophie (Zazie Beetz), a pretty girl he barely knows, his fantasies go into overdrive. Yet romance and sex, or lack of these, is not a major factor in Jokers move towards violence; he never expresses any particular malice toward Sophie. Rather, Arthur is driven by a ( …

Trump seems to think he’s an emperor but we are not entertained | Lloyd Green

Commodus was mad and, at least the way Russell Crowe told it, it took a heroic gladiator to bring him down. America has the polls Hail the imperial cult: ancient Rome is reborn on the Potomac. This week, Donald Trump ascribed to himself the roles of Chosen One, a first for an American president but definitely not for an emperor. Then, to immediately start looking for an alternative to China. The president cited no authority for his directive, but then again it looks like Trump thinks the law and he are one and the same and that Article II of the constitution is a limitless font of power, Congress and the courts be damned. To quote him: Then I have …

Theatre and #MeToo: ‘There’s a new anger in women’s stories’

The Weinstein scandal has inspired several new plays ranging from sharp satire to crass comedy. As the mogul heads to trial, we gauge theatres response Katie Arnstein tells a story of a day at drama school when a tutor told her to perform her graduation show in a bra because Im a blonde with a big chest. It is one of several experiences that informed Arnsteins solo show #MeToo numerous allegations of rape and sexual assault levelled at Harvey Weinstein since 2017. (Allegations he continues to deny in the run-up to his trial in September.) I was inspired by the strength shown by people who have called out abuse in the acting industry, Arnstein says. This play is my version …

Miley Cyrus: I was fired from Hotel Transylvania over penis cake photos

Actor-singer says Sony let her go from family animation after seeing images of her licking a phallic gateau bought for her then-boyfriend Liam Hemsworth Miley Cyrus claims she was fired from childrens animation Hotel Transylvania after posing with a penis-shaped cake purchased for her then-boyfriends birthday. Listing a series of her lowest points on Twitter on Thursday, Cyrus who started her career as a Disney Channel star said she was kicked off Hotel Transylvania for buying Liam a penis cake and licking it. Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) I got kicked off hotel Transylvania for buying Liam a penis cake for his birthday and licking it. comedian Sarah Silverman spoke about being fired from a recent film the night before shooting …

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 …

Ferguson: five years on from the police shooting of Michael Brown

The fatal shooting on 9 August 2014 was followed by months of protests. Five years on, the legacy of that shooting of a black teenager by a white officer depends on who you talk to. Photographs by Jeff Roberson/AP. Co-written by Jeff Roberson and Jim Salter. People affected by the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown and those who have sought change in the aftermath acknowledge his death and the upheaval that followed changed race relations in Ferguson and beyond for ever. Here are some of their stories. Michael Brown Sr In 2014, Williams and Brown were both 18 and knew each other, though not well. Williams took to the streets of Pulliam recognizes that more than 50 years after …

Ads for ultra-violent satire The Hunt pulled in wake of US mass shootings

Promotion for movie, in which humans are hunted for sport, is stalled after El Paso and Dayton killings and studio reported to be rethinking strategy TV ads for The Hunt, an ultraviolent political satire in which elites stalk and kill deplorables, have been pulled in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings. A poster for the The Hunt. Photograph: Universal Pictures Original Article : HERE ;

Cesar Sayoc, who sent pipe bombs to Trump critics, gets 20 years in prison

Sixteen crude explosives sent to 13 intended victims, including Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama bombs to prominent critics of 2018 midterm elections, was sentenced in New York to 20 years in prison on Monday. A fanatical Trump supporter, Sayoc was also a former bodybuilder and male exotic dancer. He sent 16 crude explosives to 13 intended victims across the US, prosecutors said. None of the bombs, which prosecutors called improvised explosive devices, exploded. Sayocs targets included the former vice-president 2020 presidential candidate John Brennan, former national intelligence director Hillary Clinton, the New York offices of cable news network Robert De Niro, Democratic senator and 2020 candidate Eric Holder, former US president George Soros, Democrat presidential candidate …

Bruce Lee’s daughter hits out at father’s portrayal in Tarantino film

Shannon Lee says that actor depicting Lee was directed to be a caricature in Quentin Tarantinos Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Bruce Lees daughter, Shannon, has hit out at the portrayal of her father in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantinos new film set in the late 1960s film industry, saying it was disheartening and uncomfortable. 2019 TV show Warrior, based on one of her fathers unmade projects. Lee added: What Im interested in is raising the consciousness of who Bruce Lee was as a human being and how he lived his life. All of that was flushed down the toilet in this portrayal, and made my father into this arrogant punching bag.

Panic Attack review: a wake-up call the woke won’t read

Tagging Robby Soaves book with a Tucker Carlson quote is a mistake he makes a good case for the virtues of free speech When a member of the American Nazi party spoke at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964, he did so at the invitation of a leftwing student group. As a stunt to promote the event part of a series which also featured Malcolm X, the conservative according to the feminist scholar Jo Freeman, and no one tried to stop them speaking. Debates about what the speakers had said, not whether they should have been allowed to say it, dominated student bull sessions for days. Contrast that episode with another recounted by the libertarian journalist American Civil Liberties …

Sarah Jessica Parker reports ‘countless’ cases of on-set harassment

Sex and the City star comments on NPR about impact of #MeToo and reveals harassment by a big movie star Sarah Jessica Parker has spoken about countless incidents of men behaving inappropriately on film and TV productions, including one with a big movie star that was only resolved after her agent threatened she would walk off the set. on the NPR Original Article : HERE ;

Ross Perot: billionaire who ran for president dies aged 89

Perot, who founded the computer services giant Electronic Data Systems, challenged George HW Bush and Bill Clinton as an independent in 1992 Ross Perot, an eccentric Texan billionaire who lived a picaresque life and twice ran for president as an independent, has died. He was 89. Among Republicans, historians and followers of US politics the world over, debate will forever rage about whether Perot cost George HW Bush the presidency in 1992, when he took 19% of the vote and Bill Clinton won the White House. On Tuesday, one commentator chose to call him a wiry Texas gadfly. The Dallas News seeking the nomination of the Reform close control of EDS employees appearance and behaviour. Beards and moustaches were banned …

Teen wrestlers, sci-fi road trips and lesbian vampires: the brave new world of trans film

San Franciscos Frameline43 festival highlights the evolution of trans lives onscreen from bigotry to complex reality Things are tense. The 18-year-old who left home to find herself in the big city has just had her first lesbian encounter concluded with a savage bite to the neck. Turns out that her sexual partner is a vampire, and now shes a vampire too. Will she take the antidote and go back to being human, or will she embrace eternal life and a diet of blood? Its a tough choice but the fact that years ago she made a different kind of transition makes things easier. Welcome to the brave new world of trans film. Once dominated by misunderstanding, exoticization and bigotry, transgender …

Reparations for slavery to get a hearing in Congress

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and Actor Danny Glover to testify at House subcommittee on 19 June Juneteenth The topic of Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor John Conyers of Michigan, the longtime sponsor of House Resolution 40, first proposed the measure calling for a study of reparations in 1989. Conyers reintroduced the bill every session until his resignation in 2017, following sexual harassment allegations. The Texas Nancy Pelosi, said in February that she supports a reparations study, a topic that has not been the subject of a House hearing since 2007. Reparations had been a semi-dormant issue and occasional punchline in recent years, until Coatess 2014 movies such as the Lethal Weapon series and the classics Barack Obama questioned the implementation of reparations, …

Frank Lucas, the drug lord who inspired American Gangster, dies aged 88

Mobster who climbed ranks of New York crime in 1970s was played by Denzel Washington in acclaimed 2007 movie Frank Lucas, the former New York drug kingpin whose life was the subject of the 2007 movie American Gangster, has died. Lucas, who was 88, died on Thursday in New Jersey, his nephew Aldwan Lassiter said. Lucas had been in declining health, according to his former lawyer. Raised in North Carolina, Lucas climbed the ranks of crime in Harlem in the 1960s and 70s, becoming a major drug dealer known for supplying huge amounts of particularly potent heroin. Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in a scene from American Gangster. Photograph: David Lee/AP He said it netted him millions, and authorities seized …

‘I wouldn’t be the refugee, I’d be the girl who kicked ass’: how taekwondo made me

The long read: When she arrived in the US as a 10-year-old refugee, Dina Nayeri found it hard to fit in. But that all changed when she hatched a plan to get into Harvard by becoming a taekwondo champion When I was 13, three years after arriving in the US with my mother and brother, I devised a plan to get into the Ivy League. I was a refugee kid with no money and I lived in Iran, she had done horse-riding and tennis. But then the revolution happened, and her sporty body was draped and forgotten. Banned from public exercise, she took to pounding her ass against walls to get that chic, saddle-flattened effect of the late 70s. Sometimes …