The last couple of years has been filled with both peaks and valleys for Gwyneth Paltrow. TheInquisitr reported numerous times showcasing the dynamic instability of Paltrow’s popularity. Some news on the upside of her career includes rumors of her being in a band with Robert Downey Jr. and starring in the current season of American Horror Story. On the other end, Paltrow has taken verbal jabs by Martha Stewart and has personal issues with Jennifer Lawrence. So despite not being the center of attention as of late, Gwyneth Paltrow is still prominent enough within the Hollywood scene and media.
Recently, Gwyneth Paltrow was a speaker at the Democratic National Committee fundraiser. This should be expected because Paltrow is a staunch liberal, but what was interesting about her speech is it consisted of a lot of lavish praising of our president, Barack Obama. One could even say that Paltrow was probably “flirting” with the big man in the White House.
According to both ABC News and Entertainmentwise, Gwyneth Paltrow gave Barack Obama the kind of fawning praise that would make even the first lady Michelle Obama jealous. At one point, Paltrow’s speaking was losing composure as she started to use a lot of “in between” or “filler” words (um, uh, et cetera). To took this to account and blamed Obama’s for her speech foibles.
“You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”
Such high praise is contrasting to the fact that the majority of Americans – about 52 percent – see Barack Obama as a failure according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. His ratings for strong leadership also dropped to a new low too. Still, that wouldn’t stop Gwyneth Paltrow from buttering up the president.
“I’m one of your biggest fans, if not the biggest. The life that you brought to this country and the passion will historically be the most looked at and scrutinized presidencies of all time.”
As for the fundraiser, the proceeds benefited the Democratic National Committee. It consisted of 200 guests at a $1,000 per person reception and 50 attendees at a $15,000 per person dinner. The event was also closed to coverage by press cameras and only Pool reporters were allowed to hear Obama’s remarks provided quotes for reports.
However, there is one statement by Gwyneth Paltrow that is quite frightening depending on who you are, and only the Republican sites are reporting on it. The Blaze reported all the info provided above but also had this little tidbit to report too. Apparently, Paltrow said this in her speech as well.
“It would be wonderful if we were able to give the man [Barack Obama] all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass.”
That quote alone might express that Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t like the checks and balances system the government is set up to be. Nevertheless, Barack Obama seemed to admire her words as his first sentence right before making his speech is the following.
“I’m taking her to the next event.”
What do you think about Gwyneth Paltrow’s words at the Democratic National Committee fundraiser? Did they sound like flirtatious praise or was she just upselling the president. Let everyone know in the comments below.
The NHL’s Los Angeles Kings began the 2014-2015 regular season the same way they began the 2013-2014 post season, with a blowout loss to the San Jose Sharks.
With the way history repeats itself so often, this should scare the rest of the NHL.
The Bleacher Report is reporting, and expecting, big things from the Kings this year. Defenseman Drew Doughty, for example, should score at least 55 points to help lead the Kings towards another run at the Stanley Cup.
Look for Doughty to rack up a ton of assists by feeding Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik and Jeff Carter both at equal strength and on the power play.
Doughty is coming off an excellent year with great performances in both the Olympics and postseason. In crunch time he came up big offensively, and there is no reason he can’t do the same this season.
The key will be playing at least 75 games, earning a good chunk of second assists and setting up the Kings’ top snipers on the rush.
Another player to keep an eye on is center Tyler Toffoli. He finished eighth on the team last year with 29 points while playing just 62 games.
Toffoli is a dynamic player. He has good speed, quick hands, an accurate shot and has developed better vision in the offensive zone, with and without the puck. He must continue to work on going hard to the net and scoring dirty goals in close.
If he plays alongside Jeff Carter and Tanner Pearson as he did in the playoffs, the goals should come in bunches.
CBS Sports reports that for the Kings, the Championship ceremony on opening night was really the only thing that went according to plan.
Tommy Wingels scored two goals, Antti Niemi made 34 saves in his 28th career shutout, and the Sharks crashed the Kings’ Stanley Cup banner celebration with a 4-0 victory in the season opener Wednesday night, seizing the chance to erase a bit of last season’s bad playoff memories.
”It’s been a long summer, thinking about this game,” Wingels said. ”When the schedule came out and we saw that this was our first game, the media loved it, the fans loved it, and we as players loved it, too. There’s not a better way for us to start the season, and for us to be able to come in here and have this kind of success, it’s a big win.”
The Kings will try to right the ship when they visit Phoenix to play the host Coyotes on Saturday night. The Sharks will host the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.
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J.J. Watt is a defensive end for the Houston Texans. And so far this season, Watt has scored more touchdowns than Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin “Megatron” Johnson.
According to a report from Sports Illustrated, during the 33-28 loss against AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts, J.J. Watt recovered a fumble and returned it 45 yards to the end zone. This latest touchdown marks the third for Watt this season, and he now has as many as New Orleans Saints receiver Jimmy Graham; Carolina Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin; and Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones.
The other two touchdowns that J.J. Watt scored were off of an interception, and when he went in on offense as a receiver. On Twitter, Pro Football Talk managing editor Michael David Smith that the different kinds of touchdowns Watt has is not something that is seen that often in football.
JJ Watt is the 5th player in NFL history to have a fumble return TD, receiving TD and INT TD in the same season. First in 53 years.
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) October 10, 2014
There was a moment during the Texans/Colts matchup in which Watt could have scored another touchdown, as he attempted to intercept a screen pass from Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. After the game, Luck told reporters that J.J. Watt is a tough player.
“You absolutely have to be aware for where he is on the field — a lot of respect for the way that guy plays football, he’s a premier football player. We knew our backs were going to help out, we were going to try to double him as much as we could. He obviously disrupted some of the plays and made some big ones, but I thought our guys did a nice job hanging with him.”
In addition to the touchdown, J.J. Watt also had seven tackles, three tackles that resulted in loss of yards, and two pass deflections against the Colts. With the way Watt is playing, one person suggested he campaign to be the next president of the United States.
I’m going to go ahead and start a @JJWatt for president 2016 campaign. Clearly he can do anything, why not run the country
— Jenna Clark (@JennaClarkkk) October 10, 2014
J.J. Watt now has more touchdowns Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, who broke Jerry Rice’s record for most receiving yards in a single season in 2012, according to a related report from The Inquisitr. So far this season, Johnson has two touchdowns.
[Image credited to Karen Warren via Houston Chronicle]
If there is one place in the United States that has some very unique (at times fatal or controversial) interactions among its people, Chicago probably fits the bill very well. The Inquisitr has reported numerous times on some of the most interesting happenings to come out of the Windy City. This includes news of a hippo hiding in the Chicago River, becoming the hometown of a burger inspired by the one behind the one in 21-1, and arguments that a new elite school rumored to be named after Barack Obama was not built in a black community. Randomly unique but still interesting right?
Now, there are reports of a woman, acting extremely crazy actually, with a man who was bicycling on the sidewalk. Her outlandish aggression and inability to control the situation lands her a visit with karma after she assaults the bicyclist.
The video started to get attention on multiple sites, including MSN Sports, within this week. Some of the websites even write that it is safe to say the woman in the video isn’t playing with a full deck of cards (quote that she isn’t thinking straight for our international readers who may not know American sayings). However, the video is actually a lot older than that and was published back on July 20, 2014 on Grayson Throckmorton’s Youtube profile.
The first part of the argument between the bicyclist and woman, which is not on film, is actually described in detail in the first paragraph of the video’s description.
“So, I’m coasting down the sidewalk (at walking speed) when I hear a woman scream: ‘Get off the sidewalk you a**hole!’ I respond by saying ‘Why are you so angry on a Saturday evening? It must really suck to wake up everyday so miserable.’ She does not like this. She starts pointing her finger in my face while continuing to scream and ending every one of her sentences with ‘…you a**hole!'”
The Blaze followed up with details in their article in which they report specific details from the video. Apparently, the woman who was nasty to Grayson Throckmorton started acting differently once he pulled his phone out and started to record the situation. That should have been a sign for the woman to just let it go, but she gets angry again and even attempts to touch Grayson’s phone, in which he tells her to not touch his phone or to touch him. Afterwards, a bit more banter occurred until the woman intentionally spills her drink all over Grayson.
Unfortunately for the woman, she did not realize that an off-duty police officer was nearby in which a dialogue of bickering between the woman and the police officer initiated. At one point, the officer asks Grayson Throckmorton if he’d like to press charges in which he agrees. However, both Grayson and the off-duty police officer agree to simply let it go after arguing with the woman for almost ten minutes.
Now that you’ve seen the video of the woman assaulting the bicyclist, what are your opinions on it? Was the woman out of line? Did the bicyclist cause the situation if it is true they are not supposed to bike on sidewalks? Please let everyone know in the comments below.
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Some families teach their parrots to swear but this family taught their parrot how to pray. Poncho the Parrot, was taught by his family to pray the “Hail Mary” and the video is becoming a viral sensation.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, public prayer is a of controversy when a high school superintendent tells student not to pray before lunch. In a separate event, a demand by The Freedom From Religion Foundation was sent to a middle school for a picture to be removed because it encourages children to pray.
Religious families will often teach their children to pray, but it is unusual for the family pet to be seen as part of the prayer.
“Let’s pray, Poncho!” Then begins the parrot’s prayer ritual. The parrot climbs up to his stage before he will begin to say the “Hail Mary.” Watch as he works his way through a set of the rosary.
The “Hail Mary,” also commonly called the Ave Maria or Angelic Salutation, is a traditional Catholic prayer that is asking for the intercession of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Besides being a bird of prayer, Poncho was also taught by his family to sing “Take me out to the ballgame.”
The original YouTube video of praying Poncho was posted in 2012, but the pious parrot has only just begun to be shared widely online, with the video acquiring tens of thousands of views in the past week.
What do you think of this of praying bird friend Poncho? What part does prayer play in your family?
Teresa Giudice might have her husband to blame for the 15-month prison sentence she’s facing, but the Real Housewives of New Jersey star said she isn’t leaving him.
In the second part of her much anticipated, post-sentencing interview, Teresa said she has no plans to leave husband Joe when he goes to prison after his term. There has been widespread speculation that Teresa is planning on divorcing Joe, who was said to be the instigator of the couple’s fraud plans.
In her interview on Watch What Happens Live, Teresa Giudice said she does not blame Joe for the situation, and doesn’t plan to leave him when her prison sentence ends.
“I don’t think he meant to hurt me in any way,” a tearful Teresa told interviewer Andy Cohen.
As the interview ended, the couple exchanged kisses and said they loved each other, while Joe accepted the blame for their legal troubles.
“I just want to apologize that I got you into this mess,” he said to his wife. “If I could take it all back, I would.”
Teresa Giudice has some support from within the Real Housewives family. Nene Leakes, who is featured on Real Housewives of Atlanta, said she “hurts” for Teresa. She also compared the situation to Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Apollo Nida, who himself is headed to prison for a fraud conviction.
“I probably felt the same way about Teresa as I did about Apollo…And just being a part of that, sometimes you have to sit and think, ‘Gosh I did not know my life would even take me these places or around these people,'” she told E! News. “And you form a connection with these people and you like them. And I just hurt for Teresa and I hurt for Apollo and I hurt for Phaedra. It’s sad! Because how I see it is they are good people. I know they broke the law but I still see them as good people and I hate that they have to go away for so long. It’s so hurtful.”
Teresa Giudice still has a bit of time to enjoy with her husband before she heads off to prison, but then will go close to four years without him. She is set to start her sentence in the beginning of January, and when her term is up Joe will head to prison for 41 months.
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American Horror Story returned for its fourth season, Freak Show, and with it came the highest ratings for the series so far, as well as approval from acclaimed author Stephen King.
According to a report from Deadline, the premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show drew in 6.127 million viewers and a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic. That’s a 10 percent jump from last season’s Coven, which brought in 5.54 million during its premiere episode.
FX won’t release official numbers for the American Horror Story premiere until three days after its initial airing. The Coven premiere jumped to 7.27 million viewers three days after the live airing and 7.77 million after seven days.
Variety reports that each season of American Horror Story has seen a jump in viewers each year. The first season, Murder House, premiered with 3.18 million viewers and a 1.59 rating, while Asylum debuted with 3.85 million viewers and a 2.20 rating.
Last season’s Coven finale was the strongest for American Horror Story so far with 4.2 million viewers. The Live + 7 numbers had the ratings rise to more than 7.2 million overall viewers.
Freak Show also got the approval by acclaimed horror author Stephen King. King posted on his Twitter account that one other person might have enjoyed it, if he were still alive today.
Loved the season premiere of AMERICAN HORROR STORY. Bet Ray Bradbury would have, too.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 10, 2014
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Freak Show is supposed to be the final season for actress Jessica Lange. However, American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy said that may change.
“This is her favorite season, without question. I really want her to keep her hand in [future seasons]… Does that mean 13 episodes? Does that mean six? Does that mean one? She and I are probably going to have a dinner date when the holidays come.”
Murphy added that Lange might stick around if there is a character that she would like to play.
“It always starts with a character for Jessica, so I think I’d have to present her with something she was very interested in. Before, I was met with a really quick ‘No.’ Now, I’m hearing, ‘Well, let’s keep talking.’ So I thought that was a very good sign. “I think if I presented her with the right character, and it could work with her schedule, she might be interested. That’s my hope.”
American Horror Story: Freak Show airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.
What did you think of the season premiere of American Horror Story?
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‘American Horror Story’ Has Strong Return, Stephen King Approval is an article from: The Inquisitr News
The Purge may perhaps be the epitome of what Hollywood considers to be the high-concept film, which is a film premise that can be easily pitched in just a sentence or two. Based in a world in which there are twelve hours of complete lawlessness and anarchy, the first two Purge films have reeled in a combined $200 million plus on just a combined $12 million budget, and Universal has every reason to believe a new Purge film would bring in more.
James DeMonaco, the man who wrote and directed both The Purge and The Purge: Anarchy, will be lending his talents to the third film of the series for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions, Deadline reports. Blumhouse Productions currently has a ten-year studio deal with Universal Pictures, so it makes sense that Universal would bank on The Purge yet again. On top of The Purge‘s current success, horror films are known for their incredibly low costs and high returns, and the only other horror film in recent memory that compares to The Purge in success is the Paranormal Activity series, which has made a combined $800 million plus on very limited budgets.
“I never imagined that The Purge would become the phenomenon it has become, and I am thrilled to continue my collaboration with Blumhouse, Sebastien Lemercier, Platinum Dunes and the great team at Universal in building The Purge into a worldwide franchise.”
There is no word yet on what the third Purge film will be about. The first Purge movie focused itself on a single family, and the second film, Purge: Anarchy, broadened the story across multiple groups. As the two films were so different, it’s practically impossible to guess what kind of scope the third will have. The only thing in this series that we can remotely guarantee is that it will take place in one night of the year–and that night will be on the night of The Purge.
The Purge is a franchise that, judging from the numbers, has hit the entire world by storm. Rarely is it that one sees a series that takes on such a form as this one–a series that excites the world into thinking such a world could indeed exist. Since the first film’s debut, there have been numerous threats of a “real life purge,” wherein citizens would throw laws aside with reckless abandon. While this has yet to truly happen, the fact that the simple threat exists says a lot about the kinds of questions the series raises.
Are you excited about the new Purge film, or has the execution of the last two movies put you off? Let us know your thoughts below!
That angry sound you hear is not the voice actors from Dragonball Z: Battle Of Gods doing their best to power up. That’s the sound of the rage inspired by the so-called Fat Cosplayers 2.0 Facebook page that was apparently set up with the intention of fat shaming overweight women dressing up as their favorite anime characters.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, a slut shaming study claims the usage of the insulting term is actually a fight caused by class warfare. A fat shaming study claims the practice does not motivate obese people to lose weight and also offers advice on what does work.
The Fat Cosplayers community page was set up on September 27, 2014 and already has become infamous with the anime communities. Although there are relatively few Facebook likes for the page, it is being spread around on social media if only to criticize the message. For example, the admin writes in the description for several photos that the women are a “disgrace to the character” and advises that people should not “insert anything into [their] eyes if they hurt, just switch tabs.”
One of the targets of the Fast Cosplayers Facebook page noticed she was being criticized and took it all in stride, simply highlighting who made the costume for her. The comments that followed were all supportive and congratulated her on the quality of her cosplay costume.
Another photo shows a woman is only slightly overweight, which actually fits the character. One comment called out the Fat Cosplayers admin for highlighting the photo in the first place.
“This woman is beautiful, and what gives you the right to say she is fat? Really? FAT? No wonder so many women feel they have to be a size 0 to be accepted in this world. It’s because of people like you who don’t know what true beauty is. So how about you grow up and stop being a ignorant a**hole.”
Unfortunately, these type of fat shaming Facebook pages have become a popular trend in recent times. One fat shaming page was dedicated to the Iowa State Fair and, although the focus seemed to be on humor, not many people found it too funny. The so-called 530 fatties Facebook page became infamous for collecting photos of obese and overweight people in California only to mock them publicly. When reporters began investigating, the 530 fatties page was taken down but by then the damage had already been done.
On Wednesday, it became crystal clear: there’s no getting her back. Paula Patton is divorcing singer Robin Thicke. What’s not so clear, though, is what the starlet’s path forward will be as her marriage to Thicke is finally undone.
Paula Patton and Thicke’s relationship has been gossip fodder for months now, at least since Thicke got his first certifiable hit single with last year’s “Blurred Lines.” At the time critics wondered how Paula could possibly be okay with with the song’s racy video, which featured Robin, T.I., and Pharrell Williams cavorting with a number of topless models.
The video itself might not have killed Patton and Thicke’s marriage, but the fame Thicke got from it looks to be a likely culprit. Almost overnight, Thicke went from virtual obscurity to stardom and that’s about when the cheating allegations started stacking up. There were reports of “threesomes gone awry” and questionable photos of the singer appearing to feel up starlets that weren’t Paula.
Paula and her husband of nine years separated in February of this year, and Thicke mounted a frankly embarrassing campaign to get Patton back. “Get Her Back” was, in fact, the lead single off Thicke’s newest album, entitled Paula.
The gambit didn’t work, though, and Thicke’s album flopped even as Paula appeared to move on.
Worse still, Patton filed for divorce this week. Citing irreconcilable differences, Paula asked a court in Los Angeles for joint legal and physical custody of the couple’s four-year-old son, Julian Fuego Thicke.
Thicke might be looking to see how he’ll bounce back both in his career and in his relationships, but Patton has a career of her own and Patton will have to move on after the dissolution of her marriage. What does the future hold for Paula?
Patton will turn 39 this year, but she’s still been pretty busy in the movie biz. She played the female lead in 2011’s Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and she also had roles in 2013’s Baggage Claim and 2 Guns. Going forward, she’s also rumored to have a role in Mission: Impossible 5, which may have a 2015 release. Teaming with Tom Cruise again could certainly provide a boost to the newly single Patton’s prospects, even though Paula has yet to take a true lead role in a film.
Even further out, Patton will have a role in 2016’s Warcraft, based on the popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft. That flick is set for a March 11, 2016 release, not the most optimistic scheduling for a film that is obviously meant to be a blockbuster.
In terms of relationships – because that’s totally what we all care about with famous women – Patton is already said to be moving on. Reports in September had Patton flirting with Justin Theroux, the betrothed of none other than Jennifer Aniston. That supposed bit of canoodling reportedly didn’t sit too well with Aniston, and rumor has it that she put the kibosh on Paula and Justin’s flirting tout de suite.
More recently, Paula is said to have been getting close to singer/writer/DJ Zak Waters. How close? The pair are said to have already moved in together even as Thicke self-immolates on the tabloid scene and wonders if maybe one more single-topic album would be enough to swing Paula back his way.
[Lead image via TheIApolis]
Brittany Maynard has decided that November 1 will be the last day of her life, and in doing so the 29-year-old cancer patient has sparked controversy and a nationwide debate over assisted suicide.
In April, Maynard was told by doctors that she had only six months to live. She was suffering from a malignant brain tumor that could not be treated, and opted instead to move with her husband to Oregon, where she is taking advantage of a new law that allows physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to terminal patients.
Maynard maintains that she is not committing suicide.
“There is not a cell in my body that is suicidal or that wants to die. I want to live. I wish there was a cure for my disease but there’s not.”
Maynard continues, “My glioblastoma is going to kill me, and that’s out of my control. I’ve discussed with many experts how I would die from it, and it’s a terrible, terrible way to die. Being able to choose to go with dignity is less terrifying.”
But not everyone agrees with the decision. The Blaze columnist Matt Walsh wrote that he is dismayed to see such one-sided coverage, with Brittany Maynard widely referred to as “brave” for her decision to end her life.
Other supposedly unbiased publications have taken to substituting the word ‘euthanasia’ with the phrase ‘dying with dignity,’ which is what you might call doctor assisted suicide if you’re advocating for the practice, rather than reporting on it.
Across national media and social media, I’ve been sickened to see that suicide is now most commonly described with words like ‘dignity,’ ‘bravery,’ ‘courage,’ and ‘strength.’ Popular refrains apparently only ever used to justify some form of murder and destruction have been trotted out once again: ‘it’s her body,’ ‘it’s her choice,’ ‘it’s her life.’
While Brittany’s decisions and the coverage it has received may generate controversy, experts say it is also doing something else — bringing the debate about end of life rights to the forefront.
“[A] whole new generation is now looking at Brittany and wondering why their state does not permit physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to the dying,” wrote Arthur L. Caplan, head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center. “Brittany is having and will have a big impact on the movement to get measures before voters or legislators.”
Whatever people think of her decision, Brittany Maynard will leave behind quite a legacy, Caplan wrote.
[Image via People]
Dear White People is taking the film world by storm, placing racism under a glaring spotlight, using a college campus riddled with underlying racial tension as its backdrop.
Calling itself “a satire about being a black face in a white place,” the film was a breakout hit at the highly regarded Sundance Film Festival and has been garnering rave reviews ever since, particularly with the release of its “red band” trailer (video below) and just announced October 17th release date.
SF Gate reports that Dear White People writer and director, Justin Simien, first began writing the script in 2006 while a student at Chapman University in Southern California.
The Dear White People title was still years away at that point. Simien’s original working title was Two Percent, reflecting the approximate percentage of African American students at Chapman which was the inspiration for Justin Simien’s fictional Dear White People campus, Winchester University.
The title of what would evolve into Dear White People wasn’t the only thing that changed as Simien continued developing his script, but also a previously deleted scene where white students show up at a party wearing blackface.
But once again proving the old adage, “truth is stranger than fiction,” a very real student party at UC San Diego with a “ghetto” theme and dubbed the “Compton Cookout” brought Simien’s similar scenario in Dear White People back to life.
“I took the blackface party out because I thought it was too outlandish. Then when that happened at UC San Diego, I sort of rabbit-holed down the research path, (thinking) ‘Oh, I wasn’t pushing buttons. I was talking about something that actually happens.'”
The Sundance Film Festival wasn’t the only place Dear White People had film goers enthused. Audience after audience has picked up where Sundance left off as Dear White People makes its film festival rounds, leading up to its official theatrical release.
For Justin Simien, the response to Dear White People is, of course, a dream come true and having Variety identify him as one of its “10 Directors to Watch” and winning a special Sundance jury prize for “breakthrough talent” hasn’t been too shabby either.
Whether or not Dear White People will have equal success with its wide release in “post-racial” America remains to be seen. But for Simien, Dear White People seems to have sprouted wings and taken flight on its own, becoming another piece in the cinematic history of African American Film.
“I always felt like this conversation had a very pop sensibility to it,” Simien told SF Gate. “I think Dave Chappelle set us up. I think Spike Lee set a path back in the ’80s and ’90s. I was like, why hasn’t anyone done a movie like this? I was surprised that I’m one of the first to sort of head-on take on that issue.”
Dear White People has been given an R rating, as has the Dear White People film trailer, thus the trailer’s “red band” designation. A red band trailer can only be run in theaters before R-rated, NC-17 rated, and unrated movies. But of course outside of theaters the internet offers myriad ways red band trailers can be seen.
That said, please be forewarned that the YouTube posting of the Dear White People trailer below is, again, a red band trailer.
[Images via YouTube and Rollout.com, video via YouTube]
Two time capsules in the United States were opened this week, one in New York and the other in Boston. Both were over 100 years old, containing documents and mysteries that historians will have to figure out. The time capsules were retrieved and opened with a ceremony, both publicly.
The time capsule in New York was opened Wednesday on its 100th anniversary. The New York Historical Society opened the capsule created by Wall Street businessmen celebrating New York as a center of commerce. According to Boing Boing, the contents of the time capsule were encased in a bronze box whose lid was sealed by 26 screws.
A Mashable photo gallery captured the time capsule’s opening. Inside were newspapers and other items depicting the state of business affairs in 1914. The Lower Wall Street Business Men’s Association buried it at the foot of Wall Street and then entrusted it to the New York Historical Society, said an American history professor. Its condition was extremely well-preserved thanks to the time capsule being buried indoors, rather than hidden under a statue or outside. Some of the items are considered priceless and some were very old even at the time the capsule was made, including a letter believed to have been written before the American Revolution.
In Boston, things were a bit more mysterious, though. A time capsule was hidden inside the head of the crowned lion which adorns one side of the Old State House, itself an exceedingly historical building. That time capsule, placed there in 1901, was made of copper and had been hidden away at the time of the statue’s erection and was only a rumor until workers refurbishing the statue noted that the crown was held on by copper wires.
CBS News reports that the copper box time capsule was about the size of a large shoebox and contained many items whose contents were not immediately obvious. A red hardcover book with no visible title was surrounded, it appeared, by newspaper that had been stuffed into the space around it. The box is likely much deeper than the book, so other items are probably in there as well.
The fragile condition of the box and its contents was cause for concern, however, so archivists did not immediately remove them in front of attendees at the ceremony. Instead, it will be taken to a climate-controlled facility and its contents will be removed and cataloged carefully in more sterile conditions. The time capsule was placed in the lion’s head by persons unknown, but an article from the Boston Globe in 1901 indicated that the copper time capsule was placed there with contents “which will prove interesting when the box is opened many years hence.” The Globe now reports that the Bostonian Society says that the time capsule’s contents are in “remarkably good condition.”
The contents will be cataloged and shown to the world within the week, the Society promised.
Century-Old Time Capsules Opened in U.S., Mysteries Inside is an article from: The Inquisitr News
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said earlier this week that if the Republican Party doesn’t stop placating gay marriage supporters then he would leave the party.
Huckabee was speaking via phone with Right Wing Watch News, and he was discussing how the Republican party has wavered back and forth on the gay marriage. He says his utter exasperation with the party’s choices may cause him to become an independent and “find people that have guts to stand.”
“If the Republicans want to lose guys like me and a whole bunch of still God-fearing Bible-believing people, go ahead and just abdicate on this issue.”
Huckabee also said he believes the party will continue to lose elections if they give up on the issue of gay marriage and abortion.
“I am utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue when, if they continue this direction, they guarantee they’re gonna lose every election in the future. Guarantee it.”
He goes further on to infer that the core voters of the Republican party will not stand for the party trying to win voters over the gay marriage issue.
“And I don’t understand why they want to lose. Because a lot of Republicans, particularly in the establishment and those who live on either the left coast or those who live up in the bubbles of New York and Washington, are convinced that if we don’t capitulate on the same sex marriage issue and if we don’t raise the white flag of surrender and just the accept it as inevitable, then we’re going to be losers.”
What do you think of the GOP’s stance on gay marriage?
Katy Perry has been confirmed to perform at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, and there are a lot of people on Twitter who are hoping for her to have a “wardrobe malfunction” like Janet Jackson did in 2004.
According to a report from the New York Post, Perry was one of many artists rumored to perform during the halftime show, others including the likes of Coldplay and Rihanna. But a source close to Perry says that the NFL is moving forward with the “Roar” singer.
“A deal is being hammered out for Katy to play the Super Bowl,” the source said.
The New York Post report points out parents do not need to worry about Perry pulling some unethical stunt like Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004, or when M.I.A. flipped the bird to the audience in 2012.
“Perry’s bubble-gum pop brand could certainly sweeten the image of a league that’s been rocked by bad press this season over domestic abuse and questions regarding player safety,” the report says.
Back in August, Billboard columnist Jason Lipshutz listed five reasons why it would be possible that Katy Perry could perform during the Super Bowl halftime show. Along with having several hit songs, being family-friendly, and having 58.1 million followers on Twitter, Katy also isn’t performing any shows in 2015 until February 16. The Super Bowl is on February 1.
“She has a big gap in her tour dates around the Super Bowl,” Lipshutz writes
But there are some on Twitter who are not too happy about Katy Perry being selected for the 2015 Super Bowl.
I’d rather sit in silence with my TV off. RT @SportsCenter: Katy Perry will perform at Super Bowl XLIX halftime show.
— Jeff Maker II (@jeffmaker) October 10, 2014
Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Beyoncé. All dominated the Superbowl, Then they downgraded to Katy Perry. — Beysus † Godga (@GagaLovesBey) October 10, 2014
Hey. Katy Perry will perform at the Super Bowl half time. Meh…
— Johnny Crickets (@jperk1) October 10, 2014
And there were quite a few who are hoping to see Perry have a “wardrobe malfunction” during her performance.
Katy Perry for Super Bowl Halftime……can we get a wardrobe malfunction PLS??
— James Tyron (@James_Bondman) October 10, 2014
Katy Perry is doing the Super Bowl halftime show. Come on, wardrobe malfunction! — Peyton’s Head (@PeytonsHead) October 10, 2014
please, please wardrobe malfunction….RT @Deadspin: Report: NFL chooses Katy Perry to perform Super Bowl halftime show
— Colin Daniels (@southstands303) October 10, 2014
A recent article from The Inquisitr stated Perry expressed interest in performing during the halftime show, but she didn’t want to spend her own money to do so. During an appearance on ESPN’s College Gameday, Perry explained that if the NFL wanted her to perform during the ceremony, they would have to drop their “pay-to-play” model.
“I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl,” she said.
[Image via GotCeleb]
The government watchdog group claimed today that “Islamic terrorists have entered the United States through the Mexican border and Homeland Security sources tell Judicial Watch that four have been apprehended in the last 36 hours by federal authorities and the Texas Department of Public Safety.”
Last night, U.S. Congressman and Marine combat vet Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) declared on FNC that his U.S. Border Patrol sources told him that agents have detained at least 10 ISIS fighters at the U.S.-Mexican border. Added Hunter: “If you really want to protect Americans from ISIS, you secure the southern border. The U.S. southern border is the only way that Americans get harmed by ISIS… If they catch five or 10 of them, then you know there is going to be dozens more that did not get caught by the Border Patrol.”
There has been no official U.S. government confirmation of these claims, however.
Early last month, Judicial Watch asserted based on its high-level intel contacts that from a staging point in the crime-ridden city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, ISIS was planning a car bomb attack on the Fort Bliss army base in El Paso, Texas, which is only about 15 minutes from the southern border. Security at Fort Bliss was supposedly beefed up at the installation as a result.
Last month, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) claimed during a Capitol Hill meeting that four known Middle Eastern terrorists tried to sneak into the United States from Mexico on September 10, the day before the commemoration of the 2001 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center.
Several border sheriffs have also warned that ISIS terrorists may have already penetrated the wide open U.S. border with Mexico, where human traffickers and violent drug cartels have also been operating extensively.
Despite the recent surge of immigrants from Central America and other parts of the world at the southern border, the Obama administration has been unwilling to deploy the National Guard or other military assets to back up the Border Patrol to restore order there. With the Border Patrol overwhelmed by a massive influx, illegal immigrants have been walking across the southern border into Texas from at least 75 different countries, and not just from Central America, a separate Inquisitr story revealed. Many of those apprehended in the Rio Grande area and elsewhere are released into the country after being initially detained by Border Patrol agents.
Do you think it is plausible that ISIS is already in America after crossing the U.S.-Mexican border?
ISIS In America: Four Terrorists Allegedly Arrested In Texas is an article from: The Inquisitr News
How would you like to see Robert Downey Jr. brightening up a dull episode of Agents of SHIELD? How about rocking a crowd in a band with Gwyneth Paltrow? Well, good news! RDJ would like to see those things just as much as you would!
Robert Downey Jr. has been all over the internets as of late, promoting his new film The Judge, and the Iron Man star has been saying some pretty wacky things. Wednesday, though, held some of his wackiest material yet, as the megastar teased possible appearances on ABC’s Avengers-affiliated show, Agents of SHIELD and other possibilities and fantasies.
Asked in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) what ongoing television show he would most be willing to guest star or do a cameo on, Downey quickly responded Agents of SHIELD, no doubt sending the internet rumor mills into overdrive.
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) October 7, 2014
It’s just an internet post, but it’s definitely possible. Agents of SHIELD already has Clark Gregg, SHIELD‘s Agent Coulson, who first appeared in Marvels Avengers film universe. The show has also seen guest star turns from Marvel movie personalities already, including Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Jamie Alexander’s Lady Sif.
Getting Downey onto the small screen would be no small task, though, even though he’s already affiliated with the Disney-Marvel-ABC family. Downey pulled in $75 million last year, and it would likely be pricey to see him even pop his head into a room on the show.
Then again, a cameo on Agents of SHIELD could be just the sort of thing Downey was talking about on Tuesday when he first appeared to confirm and later walked back confirmation that there would be an Iron Man 4. In walking it back, Downey said that he was talking with Marvel about “other stuff” besides Iron Man 4, and this could be just the sort of thing that is under discussion.
“Nothing is impossible,” Downey said when asked about a turn on Agents. “But there might be a fair amount of red tape involved in something like that. I love Clark Gregg, and am pleased the show is doing so well.”
He didn’t stop there, though; Downey also said “nothing is impossible” when asked if he would consider taking up the starring role in nerd-favorite series Doctor Who. Robert Downey, Jr. in the lead role of a Doctor Who series seems utterly impossible, but Downey said that he’d actually been watching the show of recent.
“It’s funny you’d bring that up,” Downey wrote. “A writer asked me to watch a particular episode about a month ago, in hopes of helping us break a story on a project. An incredible series. Anything’s possible.”
Downey on Doctor Who seems far less likely than a Downey guest spot on Agents of SHIELD, but again, anything’s possible. Perhaps the best answer the actor gave, though, came when he was asked what stars he’d most like to form a rock band with.
“Me,” Downey started off, of course. “Jimmy Fallon, Jack Black, Jamie Fox… and… We’d all be the back line for Gwyneth Paltrow up front. ‘GP and the Goops.'”
The Redditors loved it, and one even did him one better on the name.
“Paltrow and Her Primadonnas.”
The U.S. Drug war has been raging forward since the 1970s and has suffered unintended consequences to a disturbing degree. In its more than 40 year history, the unintended consequences are growing and becoming more severe. Some say that it has caused a rise in the militarization of police.
The Inquisitr reported early last month on a situation in Los Angeles that some might reference as an example of this charge. The school district police were found in possession of an armored vehicle and grenade launchers, some of which were in a “secret location”.
Despite the latest string of marijuana legalization legislation in the states, it seems that the “War On Drugs” rages on with even more ferocity. This massive bureaucracy is heavily funded at a combined amount of over $30 billion annually, reports estimate. Sometimes in this ongoing push to end drug use, the unintended consequences can be overt mistakes and lapses in judgement.
13WMAZ reported an incident that occurred exactly two weeks ago, where police raided a man’s home, shot and killed him based solely on the admissions of the man who robbed him twice earlier that week. 13WMAZ obtained the warrant that the Georgia Bureau Of Investigation was issued to conduct a night time no-knock raid on David Hooks’ residence.
“It says the night before that raid, a man claimed he found 20 grams of suspected methamphetamine inside a pickup at Hooks’ home. Rodney Garrett reportedly told investigators that he took a plastic bag from the pickup, believing that there was money inside, and a set of digital scales. Then he stole another vehicle from Hooks’ home, a Lincoln Aviator SUV.”
According to Attorney Shook’s account, Rodney Garrett had stolen Mr. Hooks’ vehicle and other items in the early morning hours of September 23. David Hooks filed a police report of the robbery with the Laurens county sheriff’s department.
Within 24 hours of issuing the arrest warrant for Mr. Garrett, he was taken into custody and confessed to burglary and theft of Mr. Hooks’ vehicle. It was then, reportedly under the influence of methamphetamine, he made the allegation against Mr. Hooks.
Mr. Garrett said that when he discovered that the bag allegedly had methamphetamine, he “feared for his safety” and turned himself in. David Hooks’ attorney Mitchell Shook stated that David and Teresa Hooks were unaware that the police were even there until they broke down the back door.
He recounts Mrs. Hooks’ account of being woken up and looking outside to seeing what she described as “people with hoods.” Feeling that the burglars had returned, she woke her husband and alerted him to hearing the men in their backyard. The original release from the sheriff’s office stated that the Hooks were alerted to their presence prior to entering the home.
Upon investigating the disturbance that Mr. Hooks’ wife alerted him to, he brandished a gun. According to Attorney Shook, the police broke down the back door and fired off 16 shots, shots that led to David Hooks’ death. There are no reports on how many times Mr. Hooks was shot and by how many of the officers.
The police entered the home and fired from multiple.40 caliber handguns and assault rifles. There is no evidence to suggest that Mr. Hooks fired a single shot at this time. Attorney Mitchell Shook explains that there were some discrepancies in the warrant and location of the shots fired from officers, according to 13WMAZ.
“Despite the fact that the illegal search warrant did not have a ‘no knock’ clause, the Drug Task Force and SRT members broke down the back door of the family’s home and entered firing in excess of 16 shots. Several shots were fired through a blind wall at David with the shooters not knowing who or what was on the other side of the wall.”
Reportedly, no evidence of contraband was found after a 44 hour search. There are no reports that any of the officers involved in the raid or investigation are to face suspension or any type of punishment. An investigation into the incident is so far not been announced.
It is important to note that this is the same GBI S.W.A.T. team that was involved in another mistaken drug raid that left a baby disfigured from a flash grenade that was thrown into its crib.
Attorney Shook is calling for the FBI to investigate David Hooks’ death.The family has also asked for the local district attorney to commit to his own investigation of the matter. No comment has come out the police department at this time and the officers involved have not been named.
In Attorney Shook’s released statement, he explained that David Hooks was a successful businessman with two reputable businesses.
“His construction company worked on military bases, including Hunter Army Airfield and Fort Stewart. As such, he was vetted and underwent background checks by state and federal authorities including the Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Based on those background checks, he was granted a security clearance which allowed him to work on these military bases.”
A flying car may soon be coming to a parking space near you thanks to AeroMobil’s third generation prototype, a new design that has seemingly solved the problems involved with taking a car into the air.
The AeroMobil is the product of a Slovokian firm, The Daily Mail reports. Billed as a flying car that makes use of existing infrastructure, the AeroMobil is set to be launched on October 29th at Austria’s Pioneers Festival. The designers claim that the AeroMobil is production ready and the current, third prototype is designed to facilitate door-to-door travel.
— Skip (@sundoghigh) October 8, 2014
When in car mode, the AeroMobil is designed to fit into a normal parking space, as the wings fold into the passenger seat located behind the driver. When the wings are deployed, the aircraft is capable of flying 430 miles on a single tank of the same gasoline currently offered by service stations.
The current design, AeroMobil 3.0, is the result of years of work by Štefan Klein, Motor Authority notes. The previous version, AeroMobil 2.5, made its first successful flight nearly a year ago powered by a Rotax 912 aircraft engine. Weighing around 992 pounds, it features a steel chassis and a carbon fiber body, with a rear mounted propeller for flight.
— Hero X (@Iamherox) October 8, 2014
In airplane mode, the AeroMobil features a 27 foot wingspan. The flying car can achieve an airspeed of 124 mph while still allowing for a top ground speed of 100 mph. Power is shifted from the rear wheels to the propeller via cockpit-mounted controls.
“We have been developing the concept of a flying car since 1990,” said Tatiana Veber, a spokeswoman for AeroMobil. “Our first model looked quite bizarre and it would have problems in the regular use. That was a signal to improve the concept of the flying car in a way to become an integral part of the regular road traffic.”
Despite its impressive design, the AeroMobil isn’t the only flying car on the market. As The Inquisitr has previously noted, a Massachusetts firm developed a flying car design they dubbed the Terrafugia Transition, which debuted last summer. Equipped with wings that fold vertically instead of horizontally, the Transition seats two.
Further details of AeroMobil’s 3.0 prototype will be available after the flying car debuts later this month.
[Image: AeroMobil via Twitter]
No matter what CM Punk does, he will always be in the news. Whether it is for leaving the WWE, having his wife come out to chants for her husband, or rather just buying an iPhone 6, it will be covered. Yes, that last one actually took place today, when Punk was spotted at a phone store buying the newest Apple product. Luckily, that isn’t the crux of this article. Instead, real intriguing news came out about CM Punk’s status in professional wrestling.
Along with his appearance at Ohio Valley Wrestling to support his good friend Cliff Compton, Punk’s name was thrown around with another wresting company. That isn’t a typo, as TNA and Dixie Carter reportedly made a play at CM Punk to become their flagship superstar.
“TNA recently made a play for CM Punk.”
“This was done similar to how they reached out to Alberto Del Rio, through an intermediary who is friends with Punk. The idea pitched was said to be a huge deal for Punk to be the top star of the company with pay similar to what Hulk Hogan was making. The idea is that Punk could be TNA’s flagship star and if he signs now, he could help get a strong TV deal.”
“Punk reportedly expressed no interest in working in pro wrestling again.”
There really isn’t a surprise with that end result. Carter had to have known the consequences of this getting out. CM Punk will never go to Impact Wrestling. A Chris Benoit mention on Monday Night Raw has a better shot of making it onto the script than CM Punk appearing for TNA. That’s no dig at Carter’s product, but Punk is above TNA.
Without even being in the professional wrestling industry, CM Punk still gets chanted and adored by fans all over the world. When Raw was in Chicago two weeks ago, WWE officials were afraid of the fans “hijacking” Raw. His name still carries importance in the wrestling industry. For the fans that are sick of the CM Punk chants, then stop watching the product because they will not stop. To their credit, all they want is for their “hero” to come back, and he will — eventually.
As for CM Punk in TNA, if he were to ever go there, then it would automatically become relevant and WWE would finally have the competition they desperately need. To be candid, isn’t that what the WWE Universe clamors about all the time? Yes, the WWE needs competition and CM Punk would bring it if he went to Dixie Carter’s promotion. It sounds crazy, but it would help the WWE.
Then again, CM Punk could just return to the WWE after his hiatus and do what he wants. Either way, the WWE couldn’t lose. The only way both lose is if CM Punk doesn’t return — period. That might become reality before the former options.
[Images via wrestlestars.com and wrestlingnews.com]