Kim Kardashian accused of cultural appropriation for braids again, and some fans are defending her.

In this life, nothing is certain but death, taxes, and Kim Kardashian wearing a traditionally black hairstyle despite not being black.

To promote her husband Kanye West’s dish towel-inspired fashion brand, Kim Kardashian-West wore some bespoke Raggedy Ann pants, a sports bra, and—you guessed it—braids.

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— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 3, 2020

And yes, there was backlash, from people sick of her using elements of black culture like they’re accessories and mere fashion trends.

Cultural appropriation season 67 https://t.co/7DvjeYWadn

— medusa? (@draco_dusa) March 3, 2020

WILL SHE EVER STOP??? YOU ? ARE ? NOT ? BLACK https://t.co/Sei630FzAy

— tevin (@tevinauguste) March 3, 2020

When will Kim Kardashian learn that she’s not black?? Like these braids don’t even look good on her either lmao pic.twitter.com/M1TgFx5xeZ

— ? (@nhc_xx) March 2, 2020

Some fans are defending her, saying that it’s not appropriation because all humans have a braiding custom of sorts, and mentioning that she is raising black children.

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— J KAIO (@JOEY_ROO_) March 3, 2020

#KimKardashian is married to Kanye West. They have kids that are half-black. She’s accused of #culturalAppropriation for braids.

So White mothers of black children, must be raise their kids with black culture but without celebrating black culture themself? Got it.

— Shae? (@ShaaeFiske) March 3, 2020

It’s 2020 we know it’s y’all culture. It’s a badass hairstyle and you don’t control the hands that braid it. On top of that , this is only an American issue. No one on earth besides African Americans deem this cultural appropriation

— мајче ;* (@MajaC95) March 2, 2020

And some are suggesting that this is all part of Kris Jenner, Momager’s master plan to be talked about.

She real wack… she posted this and then popped up with braids AGAIN… Does she not get tired of stealing Black women? kim kardashian is relying on Black outrage to keep her relevant and it fucking shows https://t.co/VU1KWzEqfo

— JASON (@_yaysun) March 2, 2020

Despite rebranding as a law student, Kim has yet to learn her lesson about why appropriation might be insulting.

The last she spoke on this was in 2018, when she explained to Bustle what she means when she wears Fulani braids:

I [do] remember the backlash when I had the blonde hair and that I called them ‘Bo Derek braids.’ But I obviously know they’re called Fulani braids and I know the origin of where they came from and I’m totally respectful of that. I’m not tone deaf to where I don’t get it. I do get it…In no way am I ever trying to disrespect anyone’s culture by wearing braids.

She means, “I like the attention! Thanks everyone!”

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Kate Middleton stuns royal fans in a metallic green dress at a bar in Ireland | HELLO!

It may only be day one of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s whistle-stop tour of Ireland, but Kate has already impressed royal fans with her gorgeous outfits. Changing out of the green Alessandra Rich peplum dress and deep green coat she was pictured wearing earlier in the day, the stylish royal opted for an equally stunning outfit that was another gorgeous shade of metallic green. It looks as though the dress was by designer The Vampire’s Wife, and Kate paired it with black heels for the special reception at the Guinness Storehouse’s Gravity Bar. 

VIDEO: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the evening reception

The 38-year-old’s beauty look is always spot on, and Tuesday night was no exception. She wore her hair down and wore the barely-there makeup look she is renowned for. Meanwhile, her husband Prince William also looked chic in a navy suit and smart black shoes. Considering the number of royal engagements they attend together, it comes as no surprise that they have nailed coordinated couples outfits – we’ll be taking notes from them for our next date night!

The Duchess of Cambridge looked flawless in a metallic green dress

During the reception at the Guinness Storehouse, hosted by the British Ambassador to Ireland, William and Kate met a broad range of people from the creative arts, sport, business and charity sectors. This follows Kensington Palace’s announcement last week which said the royal tour would see the pair “learn about local organisations working to support and empower young people and projects which provide opportunities to help them develop important life skills.” 

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This was not the first time Kate and William have visited a bar, and one previous occasion even saw them put their own drink-serving skills to the test. In early 2019, the Duke and Duchess embarked on a two-day visit to Northern Ireland where they attended an informal party at Belfast Empire Hall. Photos show Kate making hilarious faces as she pulled a pint in the bar before her husband took on the task. Although her gorgeous sparkly blue dress appeared slightly out of place behind the bar, Kate certainly looked as though she could give a few bartenders a run for their money!

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Alison Hammond breaks down in tears over weight struggles on Celebs Go Dating | Entertainment Daily

Alison Hammond broke down in tears on Celebs Go Dating last night, admitting her weight issues are because she ‘doesn’t love’ herself.

The This Morning presenter, 45, made the heartbreaking admission on camera while talking to dating experts Anna Williamson and Paul C Brunson.

Alison Hamond broke down over her weight issues on Celebs Go Dating (Credit: Channel 4)

Alison has struggled to find love on the E4 dating show and in last night’s episode, Anna told her she wasn’t trying hard enough on dates.

Anna went on to ask: “Have you ever felt any hurt through a relationship?”

Breaking down in tears, Alison revealed her parents’ divorce still affects her attitude to herself and relationships.

Alsion said: “Just with my dad… it’s just abandonment issues.

“I was always happy for my mum, I wanted her to be happy, because he wasn’t there for her.”

Alison opened up while talking to the dating experts (Credit: Channel 4)

She then heartbreakingly added: “I think that’s the reason why I put on so much weight, because I don’t care, I don’t love myself.

“Maybe I’m not ready for a relationship yet. Because I don’t love me.”

Alison recently admitted to taking a shine to fellow Celebs Go Dating star James Locke – but sadly, feelings weren’t reciprocated.

Alsion revealed on This Morning: “He actually said, ‘Alison, you’re my perfect girlfriend personality-wise.’ – I was absolutely devastated.

“So I went to the gym and worked out! So personality-wise I’m his perfect girl.”

Alison in looking for love in Celebs Go Dating (Credit: Channel 4)

Host Holly Willoughby was shocked and said: “That’s so rude!”

At the end of the interview, Phillip Schofield pointed out that Alison had revealed she didn’t find love on the show.

Alison said: “I’ve given it away, haven’t I?”

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Peter Andre admits he and wife Emily might move to Australia | Entertainment Daily

Singer Peter Andre has suggested he might quit the UK with his wife Emily and move back to Australia.

The dad of four, 47, was born in Harrow, London and spent his early childhood in the UK before moving to Australia with his family at the age of nine.

Peter was born in London but moved to Australia when he was a child (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Last month, the Mysterious Girl hitmaker returned Down Under to visit his relatives.

And in his most recent column for New magazine, Pete revealed why he left the country’s idyllic Gold Coast, where his family eventually settled.

“The simple answer is work, then I had children,” he explained. “I probably would have stayed there otherwise.

“My heart lies with both and UK and Australia, but maybe one day I’ll move back Down Under.”

Peter, who is of Greek-Cypriot descent, then revealed what a move might mean for his wife, 29-year-old doctor Emily.

Emily, Peter’s wife and the mother of his two youngest children, is a doctor (Credit: Brett D. Cove / SplashNews.com)

“Doctors are in demand in Oz, so there will always be work for Emily,” he wrote.

While he was away in Australia recently, Peter shared a sweet snap of his mum on Instagram and told followers she “hasn’t been great”.

He delighted fans with a string of photos of himself and his eldest children – Princess, 12, and Junior, 14 – meeting their relations Down Under.

In one photo, the pair posed and smiled next to their nan, Peter’s mum Thea, as she planted a big kiss on Princess’ cheek.

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Pete captioned the pic, which also included his sister Debbie’s son, Savandy: “Mum, we love you so much it’s unreal. #australia.”

One of his other relatives commented on the pic, “Gorgeous, cuz” and in his reply, Peter admitted his mum hasn’t been too well: “Cuz I’m so sorry I haven’t got to see you guys, but had to come back for a flying visit to see mum.

“She hasn’t been great. Love her too much.”

Another photo posted on Peter’s Instagram account showed him sharing a hug with his sister, Debbie.

He captioned it: “Love you sis @the.beauty.couture #Australia.”

And in the comments, fans rushed to point out how much the two look alike.

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Meghan and Harry to announce pregnancy this year? | Entertainment Daily

Royal watchers believe Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle will announce they are expecting their second baby this year.

Harry and Meghan could announce a pregnancy this year, according to Royal watchers (Credit: SplashNews.com)

The couple, who had their first son Archie in May 2019, will cease to be working members of the Royal Family at the end of this month to focus on their own projects – one of which could be expanding their family.

Speaking to Yahoo’s Royal Box, Royal Expert Omid Scobie revealed what he thinks the couple will focus on in 2020: “I don’t think we’ll see many new patronages or anything like that.

“I think it will really focus on what they have on the table now – possibly another baby, who knows.”

Harry and Meghan, here with their son Archie, could be planning a second child (Credit: SplashNews.com)

He added: “I think the big thing next year is the launch of the Sussex Royal Foundation, that is their focus now. Although they’re technically not working at the moment I don’t believe for a second that they’re not spending time planning this because a launch will be around the end of the first quarter, beginning of second quarter, of next year.”

Bookmaker Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead told The Daily Express: “We think that a second baby for Harry and Meghan is well and truly on the cards soon and make them just evens to announcing this year that they are expecting.

“This makes them more likely than William and Kate to announce a 2020 pregnancy, who are 2-1 in our book to do so in the next twelve months.”

Harry and Meghan are about to embark on their final engagements this week, attending the Endeavour Fund Awards on March 5, and the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall on March 7.

Archie could soon have a sibling, according to Royal experts (Credit: SplashNews.com)

It’s also been confirmed Meghan will also mark International Women’s Day on March 8.

Harry and Meghan will join senior members of the Royal family at the annual Commonwealth service on March 9.

The couple cease carrying out Royal duties on March 31.

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25 Facts About Alan Rickman, Who Got a Part in a Movie Because He Was a “Cheap Actor”

A great theater actor, a perfect candidate for any villain role, the owner of one of the most memorable voices in the history of cinema — all these things are true about Alan Rickman. On February 21, 2020, he would have turned 74 years old.

We at Bright Side learned some more about this actor and decided to share some interesting facts with you.

He was the son of a Welsh mother, Margaret Doreen Rose, and an Irish father Bernard William Rickman.

His parents were very conservative people, which influenced Rickman. One of the rules of their house was that children were supposed to be as quiet as possible.

Alan had 2 brothers, David and Michael, and a sister Sheila. When Alan was 8 years old, his father died of lung cancer. After his death, it was very hard for their mother to raise the children, this is why they always knew how hard it was to earn money and why they were always ready to work to help the family.

In his childhood, Alan was quite good at calligraphy and watercolor painting. Later, he said that a profession as a designer seemed more stable and in demand.

After finishing college, Rickman and his friends opened a studio of calligraphy design called Graphiti. But after 3 years, he decided that he still wanted to be an actor and he entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. During his studies, Alan was a costume designer.

The role in Christopher Hampton’s play, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, was the biggest success for Rickman. This was when producers saw him and offered him the role of Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

Alan himself said that he got the part in this film only because he was a “cheap” actor. The producers paid $7 million to Bruce Willis, so they had to find other actors that wouldn’t demand a lot of money.

On the set, Rickman’s principles led to a very expensive pause in the shooting process for one day. It wasn’t because of some creative crisis. Rickman totally refused to throw Bonnie Bedelia down, who played the main female character: as evil Hans Gruber, he was supposed to do this. But the actor thought it was too much and that it was inappropriate.

During the shooting of the scene where Gruber falls from the building, the stuntman literally threw Rickman on a pillow that was about 12 feet away. They had agreed to do it on the count of 3, but the stuntman did it on 2, so we can see the real emotions of the actor.

Rickman was not the type of person that was easy to talk to during an interview. He made a list of topics he wouldn’t talk about: family, relationships, the talent for playing villains. Also, he didn’t want to talk about any of the aspects of acting, because this was too complicated. Also, he thought that his clothes were a boring subject for a conversation.

There is a legend that he kept refusing the role of the sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves until he was allowed to do anything with the character that he wanted. As a result, he won a BAFTA award.

Rickman was the only actor that appeared twice on the list of the “Greatest Villains of all Time” for his roles in Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Despite the fact that J.K. Rowling created Severus Snape with Alan Rickman in mind, he might have not even gotten this part in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The actor got the part only after Tim Roth left the project and chose to star in Planet of the Apes.

Soon after Alan started playing Severus Snape, Rowling revealed some of the secrets of this character to him, that were not unveiled until the last book was released. More than that, for more than 7 years, Rickman was one of the few people who knew that Snape was in love with Lily. Rowling said that she shared this information because Alan had to understand where these negative feelings toward this boy were coming from. He was living proof of the fact that she had chosen a different man. When the directors of the films asked Rickman why he played certain scenes in certain ways, he just said that he knew something that they didn’t know.

During the shooting process of the scene with the sleeping bags in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon (Dumbledore), and Alfonso Cuarón decided to prank Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter). And the time, he liked a girl and he asked to be placed near her. When it was time to start the shooting process, it turned out that the men put a fart machine in his bag. According to Cuarón, Daniel tried really hard to stay in character while everyone else was laughing.

The first film he watched was Swiss Family Robinson, which he saw in 1960. And the film that changed his life was Robert Altman’s Nashville.

Even though Alan was a really successful actor, he often turned down offers to participate in movies in order to have more time for the theater. The theater was a place he called magic and his first love.

At the age of 19, Rickman met 18-year-old Rima Horton. For a while they just talked and then they started dating. 12 years later, they started living together.

In 2015, Rickman confirmed the information that they had gotten married in a private ceremony in New York 47 years after they met each other. In an interview, he mentioned that everything went great, because nobody was there. After their marriage, they walked down the Brooklyn Bridge and had dinner at a cafe. And even though Rima didn’t want a ring, Alan bought her one for $200. But she never really wore it.

Rickman and Horton didn’t have children.

Rickman was an active philanthropist for the research fund Saving Faces and president of the International Performers’ Aid Trust that fought against poverty among performers across the entire world.

Alan is Tom Burke’s (Third Star, War & Peace, The Musketeers) godfather.

In 2000, he appeared in a Texas’ music video for “In Demand.”

2 researchers, a linguist, and a sound director found that the combination of Alan Rickman’s and Jeremy Irons’s voices creates the perfect male voice.

The last projects of the actor Eye in the Sky and Alice Through the Looking Glass were dedicated to his memory.

Which of Alan Rickman’s roles was the most memorable to you? Which of his movies do you like to watch over and over again?

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Director Rian Johnson Admits He Didn’t Care About Star Wars Canon And History

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson admitted he really didn’t care about Star Wars canon in a recent interview discussing Johnson’s Knives Out film.

Johnson was asked by The Hollywood Reporter’s Natalie Heltzel:

“Whenever you are writing, let’s say you are creating your own universe, you said you don’t think about actors, you are starting something from scratch, how is that approach versus something where you have a pre-existing universe? If you are writing characters for Star Wars, you have this universe, you have characters that everybody knows, and then now you are doing something from scratch. Do you find your approach is different for that?”

Johnson would respond, “No, not at all. Because I don’t really think in terms of universes or in terms of creating worlds or whatever. That’s not that interesting to me.”

He continued, “The only thing that is interesting to me is story. And the story specific to, like whether you are writing a Star Wars film that’s part of a three movie trilogy or a quote unquote original thing like Knives Out, you are still telling a story that is new to the thing that you are doing that it has to work within the context of that movie.”

Johnson added, “So, to me the notion of what’s the entire galaxy or world that you are creating or something, I can’t imagine getting excited about creating that. To me what I’m excited about is creating a two hour long experience for an audience to have in the theater. And that means how they engage moment to moment with the story and the characters that are on the screen. And that doesn’t change in either one of those.”

This answer is not really shocking given the product we saw in The Last Jedi. The movie threw away and completely ignored characterizations and story moments from The Force Awakens. The opening scene of the film is probably the biggest example. General Hux played by Domhnall Gleeson is turned into a complete and utter buffoon as he gets prank called by Poe Dameron.

This is a stark contrast to not only the opening crawl of The Last Jedi, that reads:

“The First Order reigns. Having decimated the peaceful Republic, Supreme Leader Snoke now deploys his merciless legions to seize military control of the galaxy.”

It continues, “But the Resistance has been exposed. As the First Order speeds toward the rebel base, the brave heroes mount a desperate escape….”

It literally describes Hux and the First Order as merciless legions. But what we get is a bumbling buffoon, who falls for a prank phone call and delays killing Poe Dameron. That’s pretty much the opposite of merciless. If Hux were indeed merciless, he would have blasted Poe Dameron out of the sky without even communicating with him.

It also notes that the First Order decimated the Republic. Who gave that order? General Hux in The Force Awakens. Here’s a refresher.

This is the guy Rian Johnson had on the receiving end of a prank phone call from Poe Dameron in The Last Jedi.

These three moments prove that Johnson believes what he’s preaching, and apparently so did Kathleen Kennedy and the head honchos at Lucasfilm. It’s why the script, the prank phone call scene, and The Last Jedi were approved.

However, radically changing characters that are part of a much larger narrative doesn’t work on audiences. It doesn’t work with Hux and it most certainly doesn’t work on Luke Skywalker, who is probably an even bigger example when it comes altering characters to fit a singular narrative despite three previous films defining who he is as a character in the minds of audiences.

Luke was tested by the Dark Side Force in Return of the Jedi. He even succumbed to those temptations when he attempted to strike down the Emperor and subsequently dueled Darth Vader. However, he would eventually resist those temptations and chose to sacrifice his own body rather than allow his soul to be corrupted by the Dark Side as Anakin Skywalker’s had.

This choice ultimately awakened Vader to his wrong doing and his failure as a father. He then decided to throw Palpatine down the central shaft in order to save his son’s life. That choice also redeemed his soul. He might have been previously consumed by the Dark Side as Obi-Wan Kenobi had previously stated, but this choice to save his son, was also a choice to reject the Dark Side.

In contrast to this Luke Skywalker, who overcame the temptations of the Dark Side, Rian Johnson depicts Luke as an old hermit who has isolated himself from his friends and family. He’s also cut himself off from the Force.

In order to explain why Luke has done this, he shows Luke attempting to murder his nephew, something that would have been previously unimaginable given the Luke Skywalker we knew from The Return of the Jedi. The Luke Skywalker who threw down his lightsaber and sacrificed his own life in an attempt to redeem his father.

Even if you could accept that Luke Skywalker attempted to murder his nephew (I don’t), how can you accept the fact that Luke Skywalker decided to hide himself away in shame. If he came to the realization that Ben was falling to the Dark Side, would he not have gone to the same lengths he went to, to redeem Darth Vader?

This is the major problem with Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, which he is now finally admitting. He didn’t care about the legacy of Star Wars. It was all about the single movie, the “two hour long experience for an audience to have in the theater.”

That’s not how movie series work. That’s not how a trilogy works. And it’s ultimately why the Disney Star Wars films are an utter disaster story and character wise.

What do you make of Johnson’s latest comments? Do you think he’s finally being truthful about Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

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Art the Clown talks ‘Terrifier 2’ with iHorror – iHorror | Horror News and Movie Reviews

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iHorror: Fans, including myself, have been following the progress of Terrifier 2 since the highly successful release of the first installment.

Director and writer Damien Leone’s guarantee to top the hacksaw scene has the horror crowd in a frenzy of anticipation!  Do you agree with this scene topping what Art did to poor Dawn (portrayed by Catherine Corcoran) in Terrifier?

David: Well, we do have a few scenes that I think are pretty brutal and might just match, if not top, the infamous hacksaw scene of the first. One of them is especially pretty mean, to say the least. We also have a scene in the film that will definitely be controversial with the subject matter and will most likely create a discussion, which I think might be good. That is what (no pun intended) art is supposed to do.

iHorror: You are a master of pantomime. You convey SO much without saying a single word. How did you develop these skills?

David: I developed those skills over a life time of being a human sponge when it came to physical comedy. I grew up watching the great physical comedians and clowns and did my best to emulate their routines growing up doing theater. It was not until I toured as Stefan Karl’s (Robbie Rotten of Lazy Town fame) understudy as the Grinch for 5 years that I had a true master of the art help me fine tune my abilities. I consider Stefan to be my Socrates of physical comedy, so to speak. I think it is important for all actors to learn from the best and adapt and make what they have learned their own.

iHorror: Going into Terrifier 2, was there anything you personally wanted to see specifically for your character?

I wanted to see him branch out more into the world around him and really get his hands dirty. You’ll definitely see a lot more of this in Terrifier 2 for sure. Art is even more physical in this one and is truly a force to be reckoned with. I also wanted him to have a truly worthy opponent. The Joker needs his Batman, after all. We will be building that up in this one for sure. In future films, I would like to delve into more of who he is as well and what makes him tick. You’ll have to wait and see.

iHorror: Did you improvise anything in Terrifier 2?

David: Ohhh yes! Yes indeed. There is one scene, in particular, that I really got to play around a lot like I did in the pizzeria scene in the first.

iHorror: You have memorabilia already manufactured after your character. How does it make you feel to see Art as a mass produced Halloween costume, on t-shirts, and as a toy (*cough*) collectible?

David: It’s still sinking in, honestly. I still can’t believe it. That has always been a dream of mine, to have an action figure of myself. It’s pretty surreal, but I love it! I’m truly honored!

iHorror: You have been hitting the horror circuit, so horror fans now know what you look like. Are you recognized on the street as well?

David: On VERY rare occasions. Ha ha! People aren’t used to seeing me out of make up. Plus, Art is still building a following. We’ll see what happens after part 2 comes out.

iHorror: Meeting the late and great Sid Haig of the horror world (RIP to an extraordinary man and actor) did you learn anything from him in regards to acting, or just about the horror genre in general?

David: Unfortunately, I did not get to spend nearly enough time getting to know Sid before he passed away. Though I will say that my interactions with him at conventions was a learning experience. One thing that I truly noticed and respected about him was how he was with his fans. He was always the first person at his table and the last one to leave, despite his health. He also did not charge his fans a whole lot of money for an autograph and spent time talking to each of them. That said a lot about him.  He truly appreciated his fans, and they appreciated him as well.

iHorror: How do you feel about Art the Clown being up among the ranks with Freddy, Michael, and Jason?

David: I don’t know if he is quite there yet, but if he ever is, that would be quite the honor indeed!

iHorror: Besides the announcement of returning characters including Victoria (Samantha Scaffidi) and some new blood, including slasher icon Felissa Rose from 1983’s Sleepaway Camp, can you tell iHorror something you may have not yet revealed?

David: Well, we did book a pretty big name recently to film a cameo roll in the film. The scene that involves this person is going to be a lot of fun too since I get to play around a lot as Art in it. I wish I could say more!

iHorror: Will Terrifier 2 be the last we see of Art the Clown?

David: Well, Damien has always wanted at least a trilogy for the character and we have developed a fun ending for him if we get that chance. So as long as the fans want a third one, we’ll make it! We aren’t done with him yet!

Damien Leone, writer and director of Terrifier 1 and 2, and David Howard Thornton as Art the Clown

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Evil Dead: WWE fans want CM Punk to replace Bruce Campbell as Ash

Last October, Sam Raimi confirmed that he’s developing another EVIL DEAD movie under a new director and Bruce Campbell producing. Campbell recently teased that the new movie will begin filming this year. And today it looks like WWE fans really want CM Punk to take over the role of Ash.

Check out some choice tweets:

@CMPunk would probably be the only person who could look and play the part of Ash from the Evil Dead. pic.twitter.com/AH6qw0mbkK

— Fidel Murillo (Chicano) (@fidelasincastro)

After watching Girl on the third floor, @CMPunk would make an awesome ash Williams in an evil dead reboot. Just saying.

— Macmaniac.art (@macmaniac_art)

Just watched Girl on the third floor (3/10) BUT what I would be into is CM PUNK as Ash in Evil Dead remake/reboot/spinoff. He’s got the style #Groovy #Netflix

— Graham Whitfield (@GDotWhit)

Hey #SamRaimi! You wanna reboot #EvilDead, @CMPunk is your man! Its like he’s #BruceCampbell‘s son! pic.twitter.com/IK3C53CSk7

— Big Tim Stiles ???????? (@BigTimStiles)

What do you think of GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR and WWE star CM Punk as new Ash? Let us know below!

The last time we saw the titular evil dead on the big screen was in director Fede Alvarez’s 2013 remake, which followed:

Mia (Jane Levy), a drug addict, is determined to kick the habit. To that end, she asks her brother, David (Shiloh Fernandez), his girlfriend, Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore) and their friends Olivia (Jessica Lucas) and Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) to accompany her to their family’s remote forest cabin to help her through withdrawal. Eric finds a mysterious Book of the Dead at the cabin and reads aloud from it, awakening an ancient demon. All hell breaks loose when the malevolent entity possesses Mia.

EVIL DEAD (2013) was directed by Fede Alvarez from a screenplay written by Alvarez along with Rodo Sayagues based on The Evil Dead by Sam Raimi. Raimi produced the remake along with Campbell and Robert Tapert. The flick starred Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and Elizabeth Blackmore. If for some reason you don’t already own the movie on Blu-ray, you can snag a copy on UNRATED Blu-ray HERE.

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Ayn Rand Helped the FBI Identify It’s A Wonderful Life as Communist Propaganda | Open Culture

If you wanted to know what life was really like in the Cold War Soviet Union, you might take the word of an émigré Russian writer. You might even take the word of Ayn Rand, as the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) did during the Red Scare, though Rand had not lived in her native country since 1926. Nonetheless, as you can see above, she testified with confidence about the daily lives of post-war Soviet citizens. Rand also testified, with equal confidence, about the nefarious influence of Communist writers and directors in her adopted home of Hollywood, where she had more recent experience working in the film industry.

The 1947 HUAC hearings, writes the blog Aphelis, led to “the systematic blacklisting of Hollywood artists.” Among the witnesses deemed “friendly” to capitalism were Gary Cooper, Walt Disney, and Ayn Rand. Prior to her testimony, the FBI had consulted Rand for an enormous, 13,533-page report entitled “Communist Infiltration of the Motion Picture Industry” (find it online here), which quoted from a pamphlet published by her group:

The purpose of the Communists in Hollywood is not the production of political movies openly advocating Communism. Their purpose is to corrupt non-political movies — by introducing small, casual bits of propaganda into innocent stories and to make people absorb the basic principles of Collectivism by indirection and implication. Few people would take Communism straight, but a constant stream of hints, lines, touches and suggestions battering the public from the screen will act like drops of water that split a rock if continued long enough. The rock that they are trying to split is Americanism.

Rand and her associates helped design a “film regime” that dissected other post-war movies like William Wyler’s The Best Years of Our Lives and George Cukor’s Keeper of the Flame. These McCarthy-era film critics sought to root out “ideological termites” in the industry; they were especially distrustful of movies that elevated what Rand called, with contempt, “the little man.” One of the films identified as particularly pernicious to the “rock” of Americanism was Frank Capra’s classic It’s a Wonderful Life, a movie that today seems built on bedrock U.S. nationalist values—commitment to family, redemption through faith, contentment with modest small-town living….

Listening to Capra’s motivation for the film—as quoted in The Los Angeles Times—makes it hard to believe he had anything like promoting a worker’s paradise in mind: “There are just two things that are important,” he said, “One is to strengthen the individual’s belief in himself, and the other, even more important right now, is to combat a modern trend toward atheism.”

But in the FBI’s analysis—and possibly Rand’s, though it’s not clear how much, if any, of the report she authored directly—the tale of George Bailey manifested several subversive tendencies. Flavorwire sums up the charges succinctly: “Written by Communist sympathizers,” “Attempting to instigate class warfare,” and “Demonizing bankers.”

We live in odd times, such that this rhetoric—which seemed so quaint just a couple short decades or so ago—sounds jarringly contemporary again as the politics of the mid-20th century reappear everywhere. The charges against the seemingly innocuous Capra film hinged in part on the alleged Communist ties of its principle screenwriters, Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett. In their report, part of which you can see above, the FBI wrote that the screen writers “practically lived with known Communists and were observed eating luncheon daily with such Communists as Lester Cole, screen writer, and Earl Robinson.” Palling around, as it were.

In addition to naming the writers’ acquaintances and lunch buddies, the report quotes a redacted individual who “stated that, in his opinion, this picture deliberately maligned the upper class.” Another blacked-out source “stated in substance that the film represented a rather obvious attempt to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as a ‘scrooge-type’ so that he would be the most hated man in the picture. This, according to these sources, is a common trick used by Communists.” Finally, a third redacted source compares the plot of Capra’s movie with that of a Russian film called The Letter, screened in the U.S. fifteen years earlier.

We cannot say for certain, but it’s reasonable to assume that many of these hidden FBI sources were associates of Rand. In any case, Rand—in vogue after the success of her novel The Fountainhead—appeared before HUAC and re-iterated many of the general claims made in the report. During her testimony, she focused on a 1944 film called Song of Russia (you can hear her mention it briefly in the short clip at the top). She chiefly critiques the film for its idealized portrait of life in the Soviet Union, hence her enumeration of the many evils of actual life there.

Curiously, many critical treatments of It’s A Wonderful Life have said more or less the same thing of that work, calling the film “sentimental hogwash,” for example, and a representative of “American capitalist ideology.” These readings seem persuasive to me, but for those like Rand and her followers, as well as J. Edgar Hoover and his paranoid underlings, no film it seems—no matter how celebratory of U.S. nationalist mythology—could go far enough in glorifying heroic capitalists, ignoring class conflict, and minimizing the struggles of “the little man.”

As Raw Story notes, testimony from others at the HUAC hearings brought “redemption of an odd sort” for Capra’s movie, which “has been more than redeemed as it slowly became a sentimental and beloved holiday perennial.” But even if It’s A Wonderful Life may now look like apple pie on celluloid, Flavorwire points out that it’s still liable to raise suspicions among certain aggressive pundits and culture warriors who push a “war on Christmas” narrative and see socialist subversion even in acts of charity, like those displayed so extravagantly in the film’s mushy ending (above).

It’s A Wonderful Life “is a holiday movie that doesn’t mention Christmas until the 99-minute mark…. It takes a mostly secular reading of the holiday as a time to take stock of your life, of the true blessings of family and friends. To those obsessed with the preferred holiday greeting or the color of Santa’s skin… this must sound like quite the Communist subversion indeed.”

Read much more about the HUAC investigation of Hollywood at Aphelis, who include links to a redacted version of the FBI “Communist Infiltration” report and many other fascinating documents.

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**PRESS RELEASE**International Superstar Christina Aguilera Announces Final Show Dates For “Christina Aguilera: The Xperience” At Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino


LAS VEGAS, March 2, 2020 /– Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera has announced the final six performance dates for her exclusive headlining residency show Christina Aguilera: The Xperience at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. 

Designed exclusively for Zappos Theater and promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, Christina Aguilera: The Xperience is a multi-sensory immersive experience engaging the audience with enigmatic vocals, spectacular visuals and surprising scents. Christina brings her audience through a journey of her music, showcasing some of her global hits including “Genie in a Bottle,” “Beautiful,” “Dirrty” “Lady Marmalade” and “Ain’t No Other Man.”

Tickets go on sale to the public starting Friday, March 6 at 10 a.m. PST. Fan presale tickets will be available starting Tuesday, March 3 at 10 a.m. PST through Thursday, March 5 at 10 p.m. PST. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, March 3 at 12 p.m. PST through Thursday, March 5 at 10 p.m. PST. In addition, members of Caesars Rewards, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, and Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers will have access to a presale running Thursday, March 5 from 10 a.m. PST to 10 p.m. PST. A limited number of meet and greets will also be available. 

The final six performances going on sale are:

Nov. 2020: 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21

A limited number of tickets and VIP packages are available for the following previously-announced performances:

March 2020: 4, 6, 7  

General ticket prices begin at $40 plus applicable tax and fees, and may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com/Xtina or in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office. All shows begin at 9 p.m.

Additionally, Christina Aguilera, Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment are donating $1 of every ticket purchased to Christina Aguilera: The Xperience at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino to The Shade Tree, Southern Nevada’s only 24-hour accessible emergency shelter for women and children in crisis, servicing many who are victims of domestic violence and/or human trafficking

‪Christina Aguilera‪ is a six-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter renowned for her powerful voice and hit songs. Throughout her career, she has sold more than 43 million records worldwide. Aguilera has achieved five No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart making her the fourth female artist to top the chart over three consecutive decades (1990s, 2000s, and 2010s). She has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and holds the prestigious honor of being the only artist under the age of 30 included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. In 2011 she entered the world of television as a coach on NBC’s Emmy Award nominated show The Voice. Aguilera has served as global spokesperson for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort since 2009 and has helped raise over $150 million for the World Food Program and other hunger relief agencies.

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