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Johnny Depps blasts cancel culture: Pirates star warns ‘grotesque Hollywood is in chaos’

JOHNNY DEPP denounced “cancel culture” with a stark warning for all of us at the opening press conference of the San Sebastián Film Festival. The actor also blasted the “chaos” of a Hollywood system controlled by ‘large corporations who grotesquely underestimate the audience.”

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Gov. Gavin Newsom marks California’s reopening with a lottery, a Hollywood robot and no mask.

With crowds at the Disneyland entrance, traffic jams on the Los Angeles freeways and triple-digit heat from Sacramento to the San Fernando Valley, California’s governor celebrated the reopening of the state’s economy on Tuesday, raffling off 10 prizes of $ 1.5 million each to people who had been vaccinated against Covid-19.

“We are here today, June 15, to turn the page,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom, hosting the event from Universal Studios Hollywood with an assortment of Minions from the “Despicable Me” movie franchise and the “Transformers” robot hero Optimus Prime.

Speaking without a face covering, the governor said it was time “to move beyond capacity limits, to move beyond these color codings, move beyond social distancing and physical distancing, and — yes, as you saw me walk up to the stage — to move beyond mask coverings.”

The nation’s most populous state officially ended most of its coronavirus health restrictions just after midnight, lifting gathering limits on bars and restaurants, and largely dropping face-mask requirements for vaccinated people.

California has been in better shape economically than most states, although its tourism sector “really had the sledgehammer taken to it,” Mr. Newsom had noted on Monday. The state’s unemployment rate remains about 4 percentage points higher than before the crisis and higher than the national average, largely because of layoffs at restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions.

Spending on California tourism fell 55 percent last year. Half of the industry’s work force — some 600,000 employees — lost their jobs in the first month after the pandemic hit.

But overall, California’s economy has emerged from the pandemic with preternatural strength. The state budget is running a record surplus, largely because so many tech start-ups went public and so many white-collar employees were able to continue to work remotely. Mr. Newsom is preparing to issue his second round of statewide stimulus checks, this time including taxpayers earning less than $ 75,000 annually.

And tourist attractions, such as the Universal Studios theme park, are bracing for a rebound. Disneyland, which had reopened to in-state visitors before this week, was jammed on Tuesday as the park expanded its rules to welcome out-of-staters and announced its fireworks shows would return in July.

Jerry Nickelsburg, an adjunct professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the director of an economic outlook called the U.C.L.A. Anderson Forecast, said that the state’s relative economic health appeared to be linked to its public health measures. He added that the data supported the governor’s repeated claims that California had economically outperformed Texas and Florida, both of which were largely open throughout the pandemic.

“California was one of the most rapidly growing states in the last expansion, and all the factors that led to that still exist,” Mr. Nickelsburg said.

What has been good for the state has been good for Mr. Newsom, who is facing a recall campaign against him. But his approval ratings have improved as the pandemic has receded, and his fellow Democrats, who control the Legislature, now are weighing whether to expedite the anticipated fall election so that he can capitalize on post-pandemic good will.

And Mr. Newsom has been ebullient in recent weeks as he has barnstormed the state, giving away $ 50,000 vaccine lottery prizes in the run-up to this week’s grand prize drawings.

“Today is a day to reconnect — to give people hugs, to remind them we’re not out of the woods yet, to remind them we’re all in this together,” the governor said on Tuesday.

“Protect the planet, protect each other,” Optimus Prime added. “Autobots, roll out.”

Author: Shawn Hubler
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

Freaky Friday cast now from Hollywood royalty to Netflix return

A content warning for millennials – what you are about to read is going to make you feel really old.

Everyone’s favourite childhood movie Freaky Friday is turning 18 years old.

Yep, it won’t be long before Anna Coleman is saying “I’m old! I’m like the cryptkeeper” in her very own body as the hit Disney film will soon be old enough to purchase alcohol in the UK, while voting in elections and getting a tattoo at the same time.

Hitting the cinemas in August 2003, Lindsay Lohan starred alongside Jamie Lee Curtis in the remake of family comedy Freaky Friday, playing a mother and daughter who switch bodies and have to take on each other’s roles, The Mirror reports.

We take a look at what the cast have been up to in all the years that have passed since we first saw them all together on the big screen…

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Lindsay Lohan – Anna

Lindsay Lohan, Freaky Friday

Already an established actress before joining the cast of Freaky Friday, Lindsay had previously been seen in films such as The Parent Trap and Life Size when she took on the role of Anna at just 17-years-old.

Her portrayal as the musical teen saw her win the award for Breakthrough Performance at the 2004 MTV Movie Awards and her career soared – going on to dominate the 00s teen comedy landscape by starring in pictures including Mean Girls, Just My Luck and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.

Like many other child stars, Lindsay fell victim to the trappings of finding fame at an early age and her twenties saw her appearing in more mugshots than she did movies at one point.

Lindsay Lohan now

After an era where she was never out of the tabloids, or rehab, Lindsay found peace after relocating to Dubai in 2014.

“Moving here was a fresh start,” she told Emirates Woman in 2018.

“You hear more about real current events rather than celebrity gossip, which I really appreciate,” she added.

The actress is due to be back on our screens again soon though in an upcoming Netflix Christmas special.

The 34-year-old star will play the lead role of a ‘spoiled hotel heiress’ in a festive rom-com due to be available to stream in 2022.

Jamie Lee Curtis – Tess

Jamie Lee Curis played Tess

While Jamie Lee Curtis seems like the perfect choice to play Anna’s widowed therapist mother, she very almost didn’t get the role.

Originally, producers had wanted Jodie Foster, who played Annabel in the original 1976 film, for the role but she declined.

The character was Jamie’s when Annette Bening dropped out for unknown reasons just four days before filming began.

Already a Golden Globe winning actress, the Halloween actress was the biggest name on the Freaky Friday billing when the film hit cinemas in 2003.

Just three years after the film’s release, the 62-year-old told Access Hollywood that she had “closed the book” on her acting career to focus on her family.

Jamie Lee Curtis

However, her break from the industry didn’t last long and in June 2007, she appearing in another Disney movie – Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

In 2018, Jamie reprised her iconic role Laurie Strode in the horror film sequel Halloween which went on to become a huge box office success. It not only became the highest-grossing of the entire franchise but it’s opening performance was the best-ever for a movie starring a lead actress over the age of 55.

The mum-of-two is ready to break more records with two more Halloween films scheduled to be released in 2021 and 2022.

Chad Michael Murray – Jake

Chad Michael Murray plays the heartthrob of the film

Appearing as Lindsay’s love interest, Freaky Friday kick started Chad Michael Murray’s reign as the ultimate heartthrob for teenage girls throughout the 00s.

In the same year as the film’s release, he went onto secure his breakthrough role as Lucas Scott in the successful WB television series One Tree Hill.

As well as continuing to act in films such as The Cinderella Story and House of Wax alongside Paris Hilton, the pin-up actor went on to have a turbulent love life off-camera.

In 2005, the 39-year-old married his One Tree Hill co-star Sophia Bush after meeting on the set of the hit teen drama.

The marriage wasn’t to last and the pair separated in 2005 and were granted a divorce in December 2006.

Following his split from his colleague, Chad started dating a former Miss Teen USA pageant star, Kenzie Dalton and the couple were engaged to be married for seven years before they called time on their relationship in August 2013.

In 2014, the actor mixed work and pleasure again and started dating his Chosen co-star Sarah Roemer.

Chad Michael Murray

It was second time lucky for Chad as the couple are now happily married and share two children together.

The dad-of-two was most recently seen on screen in his recurring role as Edgar Evernever on The CW show Riverdale.

Mark Harmon – Ryan

Mark Harmon was already a well-known figure when he took on the role of Anna’s unwanted future step-father Ryan in Freaky Friday.

The actor has barely aged since he played Lindsay Lohan’s step-dad 18 years ago

The former football quarterback was named “Sexiest Man Alive” by People in 1986 and a year before the hit Disney remake was released, he received an Emmy Award nomination for his 2002 performance as Secret Service special agent Simon Donovan in The West Wing.

In the 18 years since Freaky Friday was made, it appears that Mark has not only continued acting but also found the secret to eternal youth as the 69-year-old seems to have not aged as day since we saw him as Jamie Lee Curtis’ love interest.

The actor is now best know for his lead role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs in in the hit television series NCIS.

Christina Vidal – Maddie

A little movie trivia – Kelly Osbourne was originally set to play Maddie, Anna’s bandmate, but had to turn down the part when her mother Sharon Osbourne was diagnosed with cancer.

The role of course went to Christina Vidal who wowed audience with her iconic performance of Take Me Away.

The now mum-of-two went on to have a successful career in television after appearing in Freaky Friday – starring in Blue Bloods, Training Day and, most recently, ABC’s United We Fall.

Ryan Malgarini – Harry

Ryan played Anna’s little brother

Ryan Malgarini was just 11-years-old when he played Anna’s annoying younger brother, Harry.

In 2004, just a year after starring in Freaky Friday, the child-star appeared with Tom Hanks in a test film to develop the “performance capture” technology for The Polar Express.

Now 28, the American actor has remained in the industry since his early breakthrough and has gone on to star in TV shows such as Fresh of the Boat, Malcom in the Middle, Mike and Molly and Bones.

Julie Gonzalo – Stacey

Julie played mean girl Stacey

Since appearing as Anna’s nemesis Stacey, Julie Gonzalo has actually gone on to reunite with a few of her Freaky Friday co-stars in the years that followed the films release.

In 2004, she played a similar mean girl role alongside Chad Michael Murray and Hilary Duff in A Cinderella Story and in the same year, starred as Jamie Lee Curtis’ daughter in the cult-classic Christmas with the Kranks.

The Argentine-American actress has made her name as a star of Hallmark television movies over the years and was most recently seen in Supergirl – a CBS superhero series.

Stephen Tobolowsky – Mr Bates

The actor regularly portrays teachers on screen

Since appearing as nasty teacher Mr. Bates in Freaky Friday, Stephen Tobolowsky may have fallen victim to being typecast as his roles since have mainly been that of high school professors and doctors.

He has starred in The Goldbergs as Principal Earl Ball, Community as Professor Peter Sheffield and The New Adventures of Old Christine as Principal James Merrow to give just a few examples of his work in academia on screen.

Outside of fictional schools, the dad-of-two, is also a podcaster. In 2009 he began the series The Tobolowsky Files, where he tells stories, in a similar fashion to Tobolowsky’s film Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party.

Willie Garson – Evan

He may have only played a small role in the film but we couldn’t risk leaving needy Evan off this list.

When Willie Garson took on part of Tess’ most demanding patient in 2003 he was already a household name thanks to his time spent portraying Stanford Blatch on the HBO series Sex and the City.

The 57-year-old actor has never been far from our screens since Freaky Friday was released with multiple cameos on hit TV shows.

It was recently confirmed that the dad-of-one will reprise his role as Carrie Bradshaw’s BFF in the upcoming Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That…

Author: [email protected] (Zoe Delaney, Lucy Marshall)
This post originally appeared on Hull Live – Celebs & TV

Disney, White House to co-host panel discussion on Asian American representation in Hollywood

WASHINGTON — The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) and The Walt Disney Company are co-hosting a panel discussion on Monday focused on diversity in Hollywood and AAPI representation in behind-the-scenes talent.Panelists for “Diversity in Hollywood: AAPI Representation Behind the Scenes” include Nisha Ganatra, the director of “Late Night,” Kevin Kwan, the bestselling author of the “Crazy Rich Asians” trilogy, Melvin Mar, an executive producer with “Fresh Off the Boat,” and Jessica Yu, an Oscar-winning director/writer.

The event will feature introductory remarks by Laura Shin, acting director of WHIAAPI; Howard Ou, associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement; and Erika Moritsugu, deputy assistant to the president and senior AAPI liaison at the White House.KGO-TV’s own Dion Lim will be moderating the event. Lim, an Emmy Award-winning TV news anchor and reporter, is the author of “Make Your Moment: The Savvy Woman’s Communication Playbook to Getting The Success You Want,” which is based on her experiences as the first Asian American woman to be at the helm of a weekday newscast in three major markets, including Kansas City, Charlotte and Tampa Bay.

She is passionate about amplifying voices of color and has led the charge in shedding light on the hate and assaults targeting Asian Americans in the Bay Area.Watch the panel discussion Monday starting at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/11 a.m. PT on this website and wherever you stream: Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku.

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UFC stunner Shevchenko shares footage of Hollywood icon Berry

UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko has revealed what Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry told her after her latest win, congratulating her, sharing a clip of the pair talking while UFC president Dana White watched on.

The scenes played out following the Kyrgyzstani-Peruvian’s latest victory in the octagon, producing a dominant victory before being congratulated by the icon she worked with on a movie, ‘Bruised’, which was directed by Berry last year.

Making a personal call after watching Valentina enjoy a brutal second-round TKO win against Jessica Andrade at UFC 261, the A-list actress can just be heard telling Shevchenko that she would have been on the front row if she could have attended, while the brawler thanks her for her kind words.

“The most amazing and inspirational person,” Shevchenko captioned the video, which was watched almost 500,000 times in less than 24 hours on Instagram. “Dear Halle, your friendship is priceless.”

Berry replied: “I love you, champ. You are my inspiration. You are the most focused and determined person I’ve ever met. And I can’t wait for the world to see what a movie star you are.”

Released soon on Netflix, Berry features in the film as disgraced aging MMA star Jackie Justice, who has to face an upcoming, rising star played by Shevchenko while also taking care of a complex custody issue relating to her six-year-old son.

As she explained to Jimmy Fallon in a well-received episode of the Tonight Show last year, Berry “broke some stuff” on set when shooting fight scenes.

I always get hurt, but I realized that, when you go hard, you’re bound to get hurt,” she explained. “When you do your own stunts, you’re bound to get hurt.

“In this movie, I was fighting the real UFC flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko. She had to throw some real kicks and I had to really take them, and that really broke some bones.

“She’s a beast but I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher, a better scene mate, a better fight partner. She just brought so much reality to it for me. At times, I felt like I was really fighting.

“Our referee that was in the movie is a real referee, and he says a couple times, ‘Man, I thought I was watching a real fight’ because she brought so much power and authenticity to our fight scenes.”

Inviting her director to cheer her on in a win against  Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 247, Shevchenko returned the compliment by claiming Berry could provide “competition” to other female fighters in MMA’s most competitive championship.

“We trained four hours a day with Halle, training non-stop” Shevchenko told Sports Illustrated.

“She did everything amazingly. For this movie, she started training MMA – Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, everything – two or three years ago.

“And she’s now in such a great shape that I can say she can be very [competitive] for girls in the UFC as well.

“I don’t know if she will want to be a fighter, but she has the skills and level… and you will see it when the movie is released.”

Also on rt.com Clinical Shevchenko labeled ‘demonic’ by UFC boss White after title win over bloodied Andrade as fans demand Nunes trilogy (VIDEO)

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This post originally appeared on RT Sport News

Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 12, Embraces Angelina On Mother-Daughter Shopping Trip In Hollywood – Pic

The close bond between Angelina Jolie and her daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, was apparent in this sweet photo of their shopping outing in Hollywood on March 29.

Angelina Jolie[1] and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt[2] have two things in common, besides their last name: a love for shopping and one another! The 45-year-old Maleficent star and her 12-year-old daughter were seen on another shopping excursion, this time in Hollywood, on March 29. As they left a Forever 21 store, they were seen with their arms sweetly wrapped around one another in a half-embrace.

Angelina Jolie, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt
Angelina Jolie and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt walk with their arms wrapped around one another as the mother-daughter duo leave a Forever 21 store in Hollywood, CA on March 29, 2021. [BACKGRID]

Angelina opted for a business-casual ensemble for the mother-daughter outing: a cinch-tie trench coat and black slide-on sandals[3]. Meanwhile, her mini-me opted for a trendy oversized sweater with a dainty floral graphic and athletic sneakers. Vivienne was nearly as tall as her famous mother in the photo!

Angelina and Vivienne really do love to shop together. Just three days before this outing, they were seen leaving a fabric store[4]. Angelina wore a similar longline coat that time (beige, minus the tie) while Vivienne also rocked a sporty streetwear look for the outing.

Angelina Jolie, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt
A throwback photo of Angelina Jolie and her daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt shopping on Aug. 4, 2019. [MEGA]

As you can see, Angelina is hanging out with her kids per usual amid a custody battle playing out with her estranged husband Brad Pitt[5]. Angelina accused her 57-year-old ex, whom she filed for divorce from in Aug. 2016, of domestic violence in court documents[6] filed on March 12. She also claimed to have “proof and authority” to back up this allegation; AKA, potential “testimony” from her children (Vivienne, in addition to her five other minor children Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and Knox, 12). Angelina and Brad’s eldest child, Max, is 19 years old and therefore a legal adult — he is currently studying in South Korea.
This development in Angelina and Brad’s years-long custody drama[7] happened a few months after Brad requested full 50/50 custody of the children in Oct. 2020. This was a shakeup to their prior temporary agreement, which was reported in Nov. 2018. Brad had reportedly been awarded less than 50 percent of custody, and would “see an increase in his custodial time with the kids,” The Blast[8] reported at the time.


  1. ^ Angelina Jolie (hollywoodlife.com)
  2. ^ Vivienne Jolie-Pitt (hollywoodlife.com)
  3. ^ slide-on sandals (hollywoodlife.com)
  4. ^ leaving a fabric store (hollywoodlife.com)
  5. ^ Brad Pitt (hollywoodlife.com)
  6. ^ court documents (hollywoodlife.com)
  7. ^ years-long custody drama (hollywoodlife.com)
  8. ^ The Blast (hollywoodlife.com)

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Study: Lack of diversity in Hollywood costs industry $10B

Despite regularly outperforming other films, Black-led projects have been “consistently underfunded and undervalued,” concluded the McKinsey study.

NEW YORK — For years, researchers have said a lack of diversity in Hollywood films doesn’t just poorly reflect demographics, it’s bad business. A new study by the consulting firm McKinsey & Company estimates just how much Hollywood is leaving on the table: $ 10 billion.

The McKinsey report, released Thursday, analyzes how inequality shapes the industry and how much it ultimately costs its bottom line. The consulting firm deduced that the $ 148 billion film and TV industry loses $ 10 billion, or 7%, every year by undervaluing Black films, filmmakers and executives.
“Fewer Black-led stories get told, and when they are, these projects have been consistently underfunded and undervalued, despite often earning higher relative returns than other properties,” wrote the study’s authors: Jonathan Dunn, Sheldon Lyn, Nony Onyeador and Ammanuel Zegeye.
The study, spanning the years 2015-2019, was conducted over the last six months and drew on earlier research by the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Southern California and Nielsen. The BlackLight Collective, a coalition of Black executives and talent in the industry, collaborate with McKinsey researchers. The company also interviewed more than 50 executives, producers, agents, actors, directors and writers anonymously.
McKinsey attributed at least some of Hollywood’s slow progress to its complex and multi-layered business — an ecosystem of production companies, networks, distributors, talent agencies and other separate but intertwined realms.
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But the lack of Black representation in top positions of power plays a prominent role. The study found that 92% of film executives are white and 87% are in television. Agents and executives at the top three talent agencies are approximately 90% white — and a striking 97% among partners.
Researchers found that films with a Black lead or co-lead are budgeted 24% less than movies that don’t — a disparity that nearly doubles when there are two or more Black people working as director, producer or writer.
Among other measures, McKinsey recommends that a “well-funded, third-party organization” be created for a more comprehensive approach to racial equality. The film business, it said, is less diverse than industries such as energy, finance and transport.
Following the Black Lives Matter protests last year, McKinsey said it would dedicate $ 200 million to pro-bono work to advance racial equality.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin Abubakar aims to avenge UFC debut defeat this month after ‘Hollywood’ jibe at Sterling over Yan fight

Abubakar Nurmagomedov will face fellow UFC newcomer Jared Gooden in his second fight for the promotion at UFC 260, when he will hope to avoid the kind of farcical finish that he mocked Aljamain Sterling for at the weekend.

In a clash of two experienced welterweights looking to avenge debut defeats in their UFC careers, Russian Nurmagomedov will seek a 16th win in his 20th professional fight on the undercard of the event headlined by Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou in Las Vegas on March 27.

Nurmagomedov will be fighting for the first time since his first-round defeat to David Zawada at UFC Fight Night in Moscow in November 2019, when a submission by triangle choke ended his night prematurely.

That is former amateur National Fighting Championship title holder Gooden’s favored grappling technique, which could give the 27-year-old confidence when he looks to bounce back from a decision defeat to veteran Alan Jouban last November.

Lightweight champion Khabib described how “everything was going to plan” for Abubakar on Tuesday, posting a photo of the pair together alongside another of his fighting cousins, Usman, and trainer Javier Mendez.

“The Eagle” described Abubakar and Usman as “next in line”, and Abubakar shared a photo of himself embracing the retired great and his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, at a table last week, writing: “Now is good.”

Abubakar took an entertaining swipe at UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling following his bizarre win over Petr Yan at UFC 259 on Saturday.

Having watched his countryman dominate the fight before suffering a disqualification after being adjudged to have landed an illegal knee on a ground Sterling, Abubakar accused Sterling of theatrically exaggerating his injury as he tried to resume the scrap and was attended to by doctors.

“Let’s make a donation for Aljo and send him to Hollywood casting,” Nurmagomedov wrote on Twitter, watching the fight being called off as a result of the stricken Sterling being unable to continue.

Nurmagomedov’s joke received a mixed reaction, with some fans laughing and others attempting to mock him over his loss to Zawada.
Also on rt.com ‘Glad to see the champ is fine now’: Petr Yan mocks Aljamain Sterling for ‘celebrating’ controversial UFC 259 DQ win


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Ricky Gervais sends message to fearful Hollywood stars ahead of Golden Globes: 'Relax'

Taking to the comment section of his Twitter post, the majority pined for the actor to return and host the ceremony once again.

One cheered: “Pure brilliance! I’m giving the show a miss this evening as there is no-one else who can bring incomparable wit, charm & laughter to every single viewer! You’re always the best host & have a great night as well, sir!”

Another agreed: “Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are great, but last year when you hosted was the absolute best Golden Globes ever.”

A third begged: “One year more year, please Ricky.”

“I don’t want to relax, I want to see celebrities getting roasted. Have fun at their expense. Love Tina and Amy, but let’s face it; you were THE reason those Golden Globes were so great,” a fourth laughed.