William Jackson Harper on 2019’s scariest film: ‘Midsommar’s a microcosm for humanity’

The actor on Ari Asters new pagan horror and the end of Netflixs hit show The Good Place William Jackson Harper is moving on from Midsommar, where he is trapped in the middle of the countryside for an onslaught of unsavoury pagan rituals. By coincidence, the same day we discuss Harpers new movie, The Good Place so far, Chidi has died and been damned to hell multiple times, had his mind blown by witnessing a trillion different realities in the blink of an eye, and eaten his body weight in chilli mixed with marshmallow, all of which might be preferable to Harpers situation in Midsommar. The follow-up to Asters breakout/freakout horror hit Hereditary, Midsommar brings a group of Americans to …

Gloria Estefans show not a jukebox musical

“Queen had a show here in the West End, We Will Rock You, before anything ever happened [in film], so it makes for a great story because it’s things that have actually happened, they’re actual people. And I think it’s expanded into film because people are interested in seeing how these careers happened.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Emilio and Gloria Estefan received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama In 1975, Gloria met Emilio Estefan, and she began singing with his band, Miami Sound Machine. Her vocals helped propel the group to global success, and she became a star in her own right. But her tour bus was involved in a crash which almost killed her …

Trump Dismisses Bad Conditions In Detention Centers Amid Jarring Reports

President U.S. detention centers at the southern border, saying that if migrants are “unhappy” there, “just tell them not to come.”  “If Illegal Immigrants are unhappy with the conditions in the quickly built or refitted detentions centers, just tell them not to come,” Wednesday. “All problems solved!”    In earlier tweets, he said that are not hospital workers“living far better now horrific conditions “dangerous overcrowding,” DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL Inspectors observed families crowded into the Border Patrol’s McAllen, Texas, station on June 10. Earlier this week, Rep. (D-N.Y.) and other members of Congress visited migrants held in detention centers in Texas. The congresswoman said that women inside a CBP facility in El Paso were in cells …

Influencer Bride With 55K Followers Tries To Get Wedding Shot For Free, Photographers Destroy Her With Sarcastic Response

Need more proof? Last week 195,000 people followed Goop employee Marissa Fuchs on a six-day scavenger hunt that ended in a “surprise” wedding. The elaborate affair was orchestrated by her partner Gabriel Grossman, which the pair alleged was done without her knowledge – that was until the Atlantic published a piece by Taylor Lorenz revealing the whole extravaganza was set-up for, probably for brand sponsorship. Before the proposal, multiple brand marketers had received a PDF of a pitch deck, “in the context of a potential sponsorship.” The agent of an “influencer” reached out to a photography/videography company in the hopes of exchanging free services for exposure Image credits: Melissa wrote in the email that her client was a “well known …

Yoko Ono’s bells ring for peace in Manchester

Ono, 86, has been unable to travel to Manchester, but will appear on screens to lead the attendees through a series of instructions from 18:00 BST before the massed ring-a-thon. She told BBC News by email she wanted to be involved “because Manchester has strength and energy”. The event would have “an incredible vibration” that “might just change the world”, she added. ‘Peace is not passive’ Bells For Peace co-ordinator Emily Lim said the artist and musician “didn’t want this to feel like something people were passive in”. Lim said: “She doesn’t feel or think of peace as a passive thing. She wants this moment to feel like something that is really active and energised, and that people feel like …

Border Patrol Head Condemns Agents’ Sexually Explicit Facebook Posts About AOC

The existence of the group was reported by ProPublica as roughly a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, including Democrats Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Veronica Escobar of Texas, toured border facilities where attorneys said they had found migrant children living in fetid, filthy conditions. Ocasio-Cortez said she wasn’t surprised by the posts, especially after the treatment of migrants she said she witnessed at the facility. The revelation about the Facebook posts only added to the vitriolic atmosphere surrounding immigration and the treatment of tens of thousands of migrants who have crossed the border, vastly straining the system that has been struggling to keep up amid Trump’s hardline rhetoric. The Democrats delivered an emotional denunciation of what they saw …

In Defense of Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is the internet’s favorite condiment villain. The egg, oil, and vinegar emulsion is a symbol not only for blandness, but for whiteness and all its attendant cultural appropriation and entitlement. It symbolizes the whitewashing of culture. It looks like something extruded from a teenage pimple or a long festering wound. Plus, haters love to point out, it’s terrible for you. It’s all fat! And salt! And because of the eggs, it's dangerous! If you leave a potato salad made with it out too long at your BBQ, everyone could get salmonella and then you're literally a murderer. Do you really love mayonnaise enough to murder a Fourth of July party for it? Yes, I do. And it's worse than …

The firm with 900 staff and no office

Saving costs Her employer is one of a small but growing number of businesses that are choosing to have no central office. Faster internet connections, messaging and video apps, and the rise of collaborative and monitoring software are allowing some firms to do away with their offices entirely. Instead, they hire staff from multiple locations and ask them to work from home or from shared working spaces near where they live. How to stay focused when working from home How to cope with email overload Automattic’s staff work across 70 different countries and, instead of paying for a central office, the company pays to fly staff to regular meet-ups throughout the year. It also pays workers to equip their home …

Ooh, Matron! Why Carry On films refuse to remain dead

The return of Britains direst comedy franchise is thankfully nothing but a recurring rumour but the fact that its persisting is cause for national alarm Great news! The Carry On films are coming back! Finally, a win for Britain. We might have become the global punchline to an unfunny joke, and things are almost certainly going to get worse, and were all going to die penniless and humiliated, scavenging for food with our broken fingernails, but the Carry On films are coming back! At last, well get to show the world what were really good at: dirt cheap films that highlight our collective national fear of sexual arousal. Except theyre probably not coming back. Despite a flurry of excited noise …

1MDB: Wolf of Wall Street producer charged with embezzling millions

Riza Aziz, stepson of former Malaysian PM Najib Razak, accused of receiving $248m into Swiss bank accounts The Wolf of Wall Street producer Riza Aziz, who is the stepson of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, has been charged with embezzling millions of dollars from the Malaysian government. Riza, who ran a Hollywood production company 1MDB, which was controlled by Najib. Each charge carries a five-year jail sentence. Riza is now the third member of the former first family of Malaysia to face multiple charges linked to misappropriated 1MDB funds. Najib, who was toppled from power in May 2018, is facing 42 corruption charges and his first trial of at least three is ongoing. Najibs wife and Rizas mother, Rosmah …

Joe Biden explained opposition to desegregation busing in 1981 CNN interview

(CNN)Joe Biden said in a 1981 CNN interview that he opposed busing to desegregate schools and that he supported efforts to cut back on courts’ ability to order busing. “What I have argued as one who grew up in the civil rights movement and ran for office as a public defender and a member of an active participant in civil rights cases, I have argued that the least effective remedy to be imposed is the busing remedy,” Biden said at another point in the interview. In a statement to CNN, Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates reiterated that the former vice president always supported voluntary busing and federally mandated busing to end “de jure” segregation. “He has also always been an …

The rise of the CEO as social justice warrior | Jill Priluck

Corporations are stepping into the moral vacuum left by Republican officials. But their motives arent exactly altruistic On the heels of JP Morgan and Wells Fargo, which both no longer finance the operations of prisons and detention centers. While the bank has cited political disagreement as the reason for the divestment, its decision to sever ties comes after a Miami Herald article revealed that Bank of America had provided a $380m loan and a $75m credit line to Caliburn, operator of a facility that houses separated migrant children. Bank of America claimed the decision was down to the prison industrys lack of needed criminal justice and immigration reforms, though it didnt elaborate. But its obvious bad PR was a factor. …

Pope Francis Praises Trump And Kim Jong Un’s ‘Significant’ DMZ Meeting

Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hours after the two leaders’ Addressing thousands at St. Peter’s Square in Italy’s Vatican City, Francis said he “salute[d]” Trump and Kim for taking the step to meet. The Catholic leader said he hoped the “significant gesture” would be a stepping stone to the resolution of conflicts in the Korean peninsula and worldwide. central teachings about the need to reach across physical and political boundaries to build friendships with others.  according to Reuters. The pope has not always spoken favorably of Trump and his foreign policy actions.  builders of walls,” saying such leaders would “end up becoming prisoners of the walls they build.”  Trump and Kim met for the third time …

MAD Magazine Is Winding Down And Fans Are Devastated

MAD Magazine, the iconic comic that taught generations of kids to laugh at the absurdity of the world around them, will no longer publish monthly new content, according to reports.  In what may be a small silver lining, publisher DC plans to produce end-of-the-year editions with new material, MAD books and special collections, THR reported.    “After issue #10 this fall Publisher William M. Gaines and editor Harvey Kurtzman launched MAD in 1952. Over the years, the magazine earned a reputation for its unforgiving satire of authority figures, especially politicians (and presidents in particular), and its pop culture parodies, including send-ups of movies and TV shows. It was also known for regular features, including Spy vs. Spy, Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions …

Cantina Talk: What Do The Rise of Skywalker‘s International Titles Mean?

If you're already at the stage where you can't help but wonder how you're going to spend the next few months until the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, here's some good news: At least you can wait impatiently on some high-end Star Wars-inspired furniture. Yes, high-end Star Wars furniture. The best item in the collection? The Chewie rocking stool, but we can't deny that the Sidious Easy Armchair looks pretty comfortable, too. What else is happening in the galaxy far, far away? Cantina Talk starts now. But What Could Dawn of Skywalker Possibly Mean? The Source: The internet, noticing international titles for Rise of Skywalker Probability of Accuracy: Well, the titles are accurate, at least. The Real …

‘May God bless you’: evangelical pastors’ hidden role in human smuggling’s boom

As trusted individuals in a Guatemalan culture rooted in religion, pastors and priests play a role in the booming business behind immigration Early in the morning, Antonio knelt before an altar with white candles and a small statue of the Virgin Mary and prayed for a miracle. It was still dark when he piled into a blue van with his six-year-old son, Gaspar, and a group of other farmers and their family members hoping to reach the United States. They set out from their home town in the highlands of Guatemala and rode for hours before pulling down a narrow dirt road which ended in a clearing near the Mexican border. The migrants bowed their head as their guide an …