Camera firm distances itself from Tiananmen Square advert

Leica, whose biggest growth market is China, say short film was not officially sanctioned Western companies trying to do business in China learned long ago that they must bow, at least in part, to the political demands of an authoritarian state. So when the German camera-maker Leica Tiananmen Square crackdown appears to have been an extraordinary and potentially very expensive mistake. China is currently Leicas biggest growth market, told the dating back years and taking in several award-winning short films in a similar vein to the most recent one. One of the ads directors told the tank man photo that came to define the Chinese protesters peaceful showdown with heavily armed authorities. This film is dedicated to those who lend …

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 …

How North Korea got away with the assassination of Kim Jong-nam

No one from the regime will stand trial over the death of Kim Jong-uns half-brother, leading to fears it will act again The morning of 13 February 2017 was like any other at Kuala Lumpurs hectic international airport terminal so it would have been easy to miss a lone North Korean man, clad in a blue polo shirt and jeans, heading to check into his flight to Macau. As he ambled past a column, a backpack slung over one shoulder, a woman approached him and wiped an oily substance on his face before disappearing, her unusual actions caught on CCTV. Moments later, another woman came from behind and covered his eyes with her hands. She then slid them down over …

Ukraine election: will voter anger propel TV comic to presidency?

Actor Vladimir Zelenskiy is tapping into the protest vote as favourite in Sundays vote Ukraine goes to the polls on Sunday with a comic who plays the president on his own TV show the favourite to become the next president in a protest vote against the countrys leaders. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, an actor with no prior political experience, is Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Jacob, Boris and the so-called coup what really happened at Chequers? | Hannah Jane Parkinson

I thought if anything would finally see off Theresa May it would be a blizzard of white men in expensive cars. Apparently not, says Guardian columnist Hannah Jane Parkinson On Sunday, in a sit-down meal probably a shade more horrific but less cerebral than the supper, which, as you can recall, turned out extremely well and was not at all a prelude to treachery and betrayal and zero people got nailed to a cross. Before the first bottle of wine had even been poured, however, there was great competition to see which particular snowflake of the mostly arch-Brexiter group could arrive in the most embarrassing manner. Duncan Smith rolled up dressed as a two-thirds-life crisis. Driving a classic Morgan sports …

Delhi Crime: Netflix drama takes on gang rape that shocked India

Series focuses on aftermath of crime that pushed government into changing sexual assault laws Two Delhi police officers drive along a dark highway to the home of an accused rapist, reflecting on the increasingly sadistic violence they are seeing in the Indian capital. Its simple, one tells the other. The bigger the gap between the rich and poor, the more the crimes. Delhi Crime, a Netflix miniseries debuting globally on Friday, reconstructs the police investigation into the notorious 2012 gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh. The students killing triggered protests across India, reform of the countrys sexual assault laws and an ongoing reckoning about womens safety in the country. The appropriately moody drama dwells on the role that Indias …

From Serial to Bryan Singer: why Amy Berg is the documentarian to fear

She has tackled injustice and abuse in the film industry and the Catholic church. The Oscar-nominated director reveals why she is telling the shocking story hit podcast Serial failed to cover The Maryland court of appeals this month decision to grant Adnan Syed a new trial for the murder of his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. The story of Syeds conviction in 2000 was brought to the worlds attention by the podcast was a phenomenon and an unprecedented hit. In 2017, the producers revealed that its episodes had been downloaded over 175m times. Its release coincided with the beginning of the appeals process for Syed, and the decision to deny him a new trial appears to have blindsided everyone involved. …

‘He’s not a bad person, but ‘ scandal-hit Justin Trudeau turns voters off

In the Canadian prime ministers Montreal base the Lavscam imbroglio has taken a toll on previously staunch support Nicola Papadakis says he is done voting for Pierre the a consistent and sustained effort on the part of senior members of Trudeaus Liberal government to secure a deal for the company that would have seen it avoid criminal prosecution on bribery charges against which the company has said it will vigorously defend itself. Play Video 3:05 Quebec, which is a crucial political battleground in the general election this fall. Nowhere is that clearer than in Papineau. The multi-ethnic neighbourhood of 111,000 is home to recent immigrants and burgeoning gentrification and in many ways reflects Trudeaus conspicuous liberalism. It is also a …

‘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 …

Michael Jackson fan groups to sue accusers for ‘sullying his memory’

Robson Wade and James Safechuck, who in HBO documentary accuse Jackson of child sex abuse, face legal action in France Three dropped Jackson-themed clothing on Thursday from a collection it had shown at Paris fashion week in January, saying it found the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing. Virgil Abloh, the first black designer to lead a major Paris fashion house, was assailed by Jackson fans on social media for the decision. Shame on you for removing all items related to Michael Jackson, one wrote on Instagram, while another accused him of being a traitor on the white people side. In 2014, French lawyer Ludot won nominal damages of 1 (80) from Jacksons personal doctor Conrad Murray for …

Pete Buttigieg to Fox: ‘Ideological spectrum has never been less relevant’

If successful, Democrat would become the first openly gay president and the youngest president in history Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is succeeded as mayor of South Bend, where he has been in office since 2012, by governing in accordance with progressive values but earning support from Republicans and independents through not trying to manage exactly where I was on the left-right spectrum but by trying to do the right thing. I view myself as a progressive but these labels are becoming less and less useful, he said. The US navy veteran said he porn star presidency with Donald Trump, with whom the adult film star Stormy Daniels claims to have had a sexual liaison. Since …

Pete Davidson is dating an older woman – why is the world shocked?| Arwa Mahdawi

Misogyny is behind the criticism of the Saturday Night Live comedians relationship with Kate Beckinsale Quiz time! Put your calculators away, please, I have a maths problem designed to test every inch of your natural intelligence. Ready? Here we go: Pete Davidson is a 25-year-old comedian. He is dating Kate Beckinsale, a 45-year-old actor. Whats their age difference? Twenty years? Wrong. The correct answer, judging from popular responses, is: Too many years to be acceptable. While society takes older men hooking up with younger women for granted, we still seem to have a lot of hang-ups about women dating younger guys. There is a one-word explanation for this: misogyny. Davidson has addressed such double standards head-on. eople have a crazy …