I’ve been trying to keep up with the ongoing reports about Ferguson, Missouri, and I’m actually pleased with this bit of news. I don’t how far this investigation will go, or what good it will ultimately do, but the feds have announced that they will launch an investigation into the Ferguson police department. I think one of the most sickening things I’ve seen since we learned that Mike Brown was killed by a Ferguson cop was that video with different clips of the cops leaving Brown’s body from the middle of the street, only to eventually load it into a SUV. So yes, please do investigate the bejeezus out of this police department now. Click inside for more.
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That was fast!
Well, I was stuck in house watching French movies this weekend (not that I’m complaining), but lots of folks made it to theatres to check out the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And by “lots of folks,” I mean $65 Million worth. Which is insane. Trent gave the movie a good review, and now the rest of the world has spoken. As a result, we’ve already got news about the sequel! Click inside for more!
Channel 7 ABC news station WXYZ in Detroit used their traffic helicopter to film arial footage of the upcoming superhero film Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, currently filming in the metropolitan Detroit area. As you can see in the clip above, the fictional city of Metropolis looks all messed up and stuff … clearly the fall out of a major battle … possibly between Batman and Superman. While we don’t get to see any of the actors in the film, this first look at the film set is still pretty cool. Enjoy.
Yesterday it was announced that Girls actress Allison Williams won the role of Peter Pan in NBC‘s upcoming live production of the musical, set to air in December. Last night, Allison‘s father Brian Williams was tasked with reporting the news of her casting on the NBC Nightly News and as you can see above, he did so in the CUTEST way ever. It’s a short clip, deffo worth your time :)
One person was killed and seven others have been hospitalized.
Terrible news to pass along right now. Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan is in critical condition at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital after a six-vehicle car crash in New Jersey. Morgan was riding in his limo bus, and it turned over. Authorities are saying that it looks like a the tractor-trailer may have rear-ended the bus, but they’re not sure. Many of you know that I’m a huge fan of Tracy Morgan– just the other day I was watching him during the Don Rickles tribute, and he was his usual, hilarious self. This news is just the worst, so all I can do is hope for the best. Sadly, there has already been one casualty as a result of the crash. Click inside for more.
'Why Did Chris Die?'
In an effort to keep the conversation about the UCSB shooting going, I want to share this Facebook post from documentary filmmaker Michael Moore. But before I do I want to share a comment from a recent review I wrote. I watched a film called Farmland and a reader suggested that the film might have been “merely propaganda” given the people behind it. People have, similarly, accused Michael Moore of using propaganda in his documentaries (even as he accuses the subjects of his films of the same). In a way, I think most films carry some sort of propaganda with them. Documentarians have their own agendas, and—sure—everything should be taken with a grain of salt. So, before someone accuses me of supporting propaganda, or a particular agenda, let me just acknowledge my own bias. I don’t understand the value of guns. I understand the value of rights, but I don’t understand the specific value we have placed on the right to bare arms. So yes, sure. This piece (like every piece I’ve ever written) reflects my own personal agenda. Click inside for more of that!
Don't Let This Become Yesterday's News
As I wrote the headline to this piece I cringed a little bit at the word “trending.” I am asking us to keep a social movement “trending” because that’s the language we use, but it’s a funny word for a movement. A trend is something that comes and goes, changes with the weather, with the celebrities, with whatever. It’s the thing of the moment. And so here we are to discuss another thing of the moment, which is what we do when something bad happens. Someone’s exposed for being a racist, someone kidnaps a slew of young girls, someone shoots up a movie theatre, or an elementary school, and we start a conversation that trends for a while, until something else happens. That sucks. And, I’d rather contribute to the trending conversation than say nothing, so here it is. Click inside for a discussion on #YesAllWomen and Elliot Rodger‘s Retribution. (P.S. I added that “forever” bit just now).
'All My Children' Actor Matthew Cowles Was 69
Really sad news to pass along to you guys today. As many of you know I started watching The Good Wife sometime last year, and like many of you, fell in love with the CBS series. In my opinion, Christine Baranski plays one of the most important television roles (especially for women) in existence right now, as Diane Lockhart, head of the LG law firm. Baranski has suffered a devastating loss, as her husband of thirty years just passed away. Matthew Cowles was also an actor, best known for his work on All My Children. He was 69 years old, and leaves behind Baranski and their two daughters. Click inside for more.
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“I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am."
V. Stiviano, the woman who recorded conversations with LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling — conversations that revealed him to be a horrible racist who was punished this week by the NBA with a lifetime ban and a fine of $2.5 million dollars — broke her silence last night in an interview she gave to Barbara Walters on 20/20. Both Stiviano and Sterling were scheduled to speak with Walters but he decided to back out at the last minute (he did speak to DuJour magazine and the only quote released was, “I wish I had just paid her off”), she decided to go ahead with the interview. Until now, we haven’t heard from V. Stiviano, the woman who calls herself Sterling‘s “right hand arm” (not his lover), about the controversy and what we saw last night was … odd. The woman, shifting her eyes the entire interview, slowly revealed herself to be a very crafty person, who chose her words very carefully and seemed to be relishing in the attention she’s been receiving. Without question, Donald Sterling is a terrible person who has no place in the NBA but this Stiviano woman, yeah, she’s a piece of work, too. Check out this interview above to get the latest on the Sterling controversy.
In the wake of the release of audio recordings that feature Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers basketball team, making extremely racist comments, the NBA has decided to issue a lifetime ban on Sterling from the NBA. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is right now making the announcement about this punishment. Read on for all the known deets about this hard and swift punishment. More »