Cardi B Is Not Here for Your Government Shutdown, Okurrt!

Cardi B has thoughts on the government shutdown, which, at 27 days, is now the longest in U.S. history. The outspoken rapper shared a passionate message via Instagram video yesterday afternoon, where she criticized President Trump (which she’s done a number of times before) and his desire to build a border wall. Voicing her concern for federal employees who have to work without pay, she urged her followers to understand the gravity of the shutdown.

Cardi’s comments arrive after the Trump administration announced it would summon tens of thousands of federal workers to resume their jobs unpaid, The New York Times reported. About 420,000 government employees are already working without pay, and 380,000 are on unpaid leave, according to earlier reporting by the Wall Street Journal.

This is what the “Bodak Yellow” rapper had to say about it:

Read her full message below:

As most Cardi-related things go, the video went viral as fans spread and reacted to the footage on Twitter. The clip even caught the attention of some Democratic lawmakers, who were quite conflicted about whether to share the rapper’s tape.

Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii kicked off the convo by tweeting what we hope was on every politician’s mind: “(Trying to decide whether or not to retweet the Cardi B video).”

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy then chimed in: ” Omg, I had the same argument with myself 30 minutes ago!”

The senators continued their back-and-forth in an attempt to see who would post first. Murphy teased, “DHYB” (AKA don’t hold your breath).

Even Minority Leader, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, was dying to know if Schatz or Murphy would retweet. “Guys, I’m holding my breath,” he commented.

Ultimately, they declined the opportunity. Retweeting “wouldn’t be senatorial,” Schatz explained. Understood.

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Popcorn to hand, EU watches Brexit show but frets for own future

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) – EU Brexit negotiators are “watching the BBC and eating popcorn”, in the words of one of them, as Britain’s domestic rows over leaving make for compelling TV but frustrate Europe’s hopes for a clean break.

Unsure whether Britain will crash out of the European Union 10 weeks from now, prolong the agony in the hope of salvaging an orderly divorce or even change its mind and stay, its neighbors are torn between “Brexit boredom” and a worry it is distracting from their own pressing problems as campaigning gets under way for EU parliament elections in May.

Hours after a packed and rowdy House of Commons tore up the deal Prime Minister Theresa May spent two tortuous years arguing over, only a few dozen of their 751 counterparts in Strasbourg showed up on Wednesday to hear EU negotiator Michel Barnier tell them all he could do is wait for Britons to make up their minds.

Several in the debate praised Britain’s democratic history and were bemused by its poisonous meltdown over Brexit. Among them was Dutch conservative Esther de Lange: “Collectively, they don’t know what they want,” she said of watching the Commons in action. “But, boy, do they hold great speeches about it.”

Compared to a full house to mark the 20th anniversary of the euro, the EU currency Britain snubbed, the hundreds of empty seats around her were a mark of Europe’s weariness with Brexit.

But it also belied anxiety that paralysis in London will distract and divide leaders on other EU problems, from a slowing economy amid global trade disputes to deep divisions over money, migrants and Brexit-inspired Brussels-bashing by many members.

French President Emmanuel Macron says he does not want to “waste time” on Brexit as he presses to reshape the euro zone and the broader Union after the European elections in four months’ time.

His EU affairs minister Nathalie Loiseau said Brexit took up a third of her time: “It’s too much,” she said, “Because we have many other things to do in Europe than dealing with a divorce.”

“TIME TO MOVE ON”

Manfred Weber, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is leading the center-right campaign, said that “Europe’s door is still open” should Britain decide to stay. But he told Reuters: “It is now time to move on and get Brexit over with.”

Weber complained that a “never-ending Brexit process” had taken “huge amounts of time, money and expertise” from the EU.

“It has consumed valuable political energy, especially in this election year,” he said, “And has held us back from shaping a real positive European agenda for the future.”

Nearly three years after Britain’s shock referendum vote to leave put supporters of European integration on the back foot, a push to regain momentum lies behind a summit of the remaining 27 leaders to be held in the Romanian town of Sibiu on May 9.

It was intended by EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker to focus minds on a future without one of Europe’s three biggest economies and two nuclear military powers, and be the culmination of efforts to end divisions threatening EU cohesion.

During last month’s EU summit, which they hoped would be the last on Brexit, leaders were visibly weary of it: “The fatigue was palpable,” said one diplomat in the room. “They don’t want to be bothered with it. They want to get it over with.”

UNITED ON BREXIT, DIVIDED ON EUROPE

If there has been a positive from Brexit, leaders say, it has been the exceptional unity the 27 have shown in negotiation — though a scary end-game could yet test that togetherness.

Many also believe turmoil in Britain has dampened appetites to follow suit, with European voters warming to the Union and euroskeptic governments, such as in Italy, Hungary and Poland, stressing their criticisms of the EU do not presage an exit.

Yet Sibiu and the EU elections on May 26 are set to expose continuing schisms on how to move the Union forward. Founders France and Germany disagree over tightening monetary union, as do Italy and its northern neighbors over sharing out migrants arriving by sea. Rich contributor states and the ex-communist east are split over filling a Britain-sized hole in the EU budget and over some eastern governments’ maneuvering to stifle their opponents.

“On Brexit, the EU has shown exceptional unity — if only we could show the same kind of unity on everything else,” lamented one diplomat involved in preparing the summit.

One result of May’s troubles could be that Britain is still a member come Sibiu and the EU elections — a new headache that makes some wary of extending the Brexit deadline. Few, however, seem willing to force Britain out against its will — yet.

Prolonging the process, though, is bad news, said an envoy to Brussels from a non-EU country. Leaders have tried to drive it down their list of priorities and ring-fence the negotiations in Barnier’s task force: “But Brexit sits around like a bad penny,” he said. “You can’t ignore it. It’s in your face and will continue to be in your face until it’s resolved.”

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How Did Princess Margaret Die? The Depressing End to an Unconventional Royal Life

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The second season of Netflix’s hit series The Crown shed lots of light on Queen Elizabeth II’s hapless younger sister, Princess Margaret. From her dramatic love life and nude photo scandal to her penchant for drinking and smoking, it’s been made abundantly clear what most royal family aficionados knew all along: Margaret was never meant to blend in. She was always going to stand out.

Margaret was everything you’d expect a spare heir to be; much like Prince Harry and Princess Charlotte after her, she was irresistibly charming, attention-seeking, extroverted, and much more rebellious than her older sister — after all, if you don’t bear the direct responsibility of one day taking the throne, you have less pressure put on you to be perfect. Margaret was only 22 when her sister became queen, and while her duties mostly consisted of representing the family on royal tours of Jamaica, Japan, Australia, and the US, she also had a vested interest in welfare charities, music, and the ballet.

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How ‘Glass’ Star Sarah Paulson Coped With Being The New Kid On Set

In Glass, in theaters now, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan brings together characters from 2000’s Unbreakable and 2016’s Split, which was revealed in its final moments — though it seemed at first to standalone — to be a sequel to the former. The new movie introduces one prominent, brand new player to the universe. Sarah Paulson plays Dr. Ellie Staple in Glass, and though the actor signed on to the movie before she even saw a script, she also felt the pressure of joining a trilogy already in progress.

"Every time you walk on a film set, it’s like the first day of school," Paulson says, sipping tea at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York City. "Like in fifth grade. So, it’s always a little bit awful and then you very quickly you find your people, and just like school, it ends up being just fine. But this was, like, triple-fold."

The People v. OJ Simpson star took home the Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG Award for her performance as Marcia Clark, and she’s American Horror Story royalty. But when it comes to Shyamalan movies, Paulson is also just a fan — a fan who’s walking onto a set where most people already know each other, including the crew, who she says "basically have been with [Shyamalan] for every single movie he’s made."

Paulson’s character is also an outsider — a psychologist who specializes in treating people who have the delusion that they are superheroes. It’s her who puts the three possibly super-human men from the two previous movies in the same room together, for the first time. The scene where Dr. Staple hosts a tense group therapy session with David Dunn (Bruce Willis), Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), and Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) proved to be particularly surreal for Paulson.

"What I’m looking at are three extraordinary actors that on any day would be nerve-racking enough for an actor to be working opposite," she says of her costars. "But then you add to it the iconic characters that they’re playing." Having "immersed" herself in their stories as a fan of those previous movies, the actor says she had to do an "interesting internal dance" to embody someone who’s "in a position of power and authority" over them.

Paulson recalls Shyamalan explaining Dr. Staple to her as someone who is "very, very, very good at her job," in all its specificity and theoretical danger. So appearing to be intimidated by the Overseer, Mr. Glass, and the Horde was not an option. The doctor is, however, genuinely sympathetic to their circumstances. "It is not just cut and dry, it’s not just clinical," the actor says. "She does believe she can provide them with a better way of thinking that would benefit them first and foremost, and ultimately be better for the world."

In her position, Staple gets to deliver some of the movie’s meta cracks about the rise of superhero and comics culture in the mainstream. Unbreakable begins with a title card explaining that there are people who collect comic books, a prologue that seems hilariously extraneous 19 years later, but which speaks to how much the influence of that art form has grown, and how fan culture has expanded to include other genres and formats. Some of the biggest laughs in the screening I attended were prompted by Paulson’s line about how comic-cons now exist to sell teen TV shows. Because we’re rooting for the villains and heroes, it reads as Shyamalan’s jab to critics who find superhero movies to be too prevalent, or comic-con attendees stunted or sheep-like. A genre fan and now icon herself, Paulson isn’t going to rain on anybody’s parade.

"I think it’s an extraordinary thing to have people be wholly committed to something that they love," Paulson says, comparing that passion to her childhood love of Kirk Cameron and Alyssa Milano. "I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. I don’t think it’s destroying the film community. I don’t think it’s ruining anyone’s attempt at artistry." In fact, the actor finds comic-con culture to be indicative of how hungry fans are for stories that move them. "All you want to do in life is do work that’s going to affect someone in a positive way, and to me that’s just a huge reflection that something people are doing is landing somewhere," she adds. "I’m all for it."

At the far opposite end of that spectrum, her performance as Dr. Staple is so effective and convincing that you may find yourself questioning what you saw in Unbreakable and Split, and whether Mr. Glass was really right about heroes living amongst humans in Shyamalan’s vision of the world. As is the case with all the filmmaker’s movies, there are surprises in store. Paulson recalls hearing stories that she’d receive scripts with pages redacted or containing multiple false endings, but that wasn’t the case in practice. She knew everything up front, as did the rest of the main cast.

"Because I was such a fan and because I was getting so excited to do it, I mean, the last thing I would ever do in the world would be make it known to anybody what the ending was, and I think everyone working on the movie felt that way and feels very protective of Night," she says. Anchoring many seasons of American Horror Story has made Paulson extremely confident in her own secret-keeping abilities, though, she does add with a smile that she "[longs] for the day" when she doesn’t have to be quite so tight-lipped about something she’s working on.

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Celebrity Chef José Andrés, Longtime Critic Of Trump, Plans To Open More Kitchens To Feed Furloughed Workers

Whether it’s because of his humanitarian work, or his longstanding criticisms of President Donald Trump, celebrity chef José Andrés is no stranger to making waves.

As reported by Food & Wine, Andrés made quite the splash at this year’s Cayman Cookout, hosted at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. In 2017, Andrés rode in on a horse — literally. Last year, he opted to jump out of a helicopter, landing in the water and swimming to shore. This time around, Andrés showed up in a small yellow submarine, one which rolled up on the shore of the hotel. After the celebrity chef emerged from the submersible, he proceeded to shower the crowd by spraying Champagne everywhere.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Sure, his cooking demonstration was light-hearted — and as Food & Wine reports, flowing with alcohol — but that shouldn’t color your opinion on Andrés. When he isn’t showing up to ritzy events in over-the-top modes of transportation, the Spanish-American chef devotes much of his time to humanitarian work.

In 2010, Andrés formed the World Central Kitchen, a non-governmental organization (NGO) which aims to deliver healthy meals to individuals and families affected by disasters. Since it was founded, Andrés’ organization has organized food for those living in the Dominican Republic, Zambia, Peru, Cuba, Uganda, and Cambodia.

Andrés garnered widespread attention in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Back in 2017, the Michelin Star chef took it upon himself to provide disaster relief in Puerto Rico. Despite encountering numerous obstacles — usually in the form of red tape from FEMA and other government organizations — Andrés organized an on-the-ground movement to feed as many affected individuals as he could. By establishing a network of chefs, volunteers, and food suppliers, the World Central Kitchen was able to serve over 2 million meals in the first month following the hurricane.

In response to the ongoing government shutdown, Andrés opened a kitchen in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, in an effort to feed furloughed workers and their families.

During his cooking demonstration at the Cayman Cookout, Andrés stated that he aims to open 20 more kitchens around the country, should the shutdown continue.

“We feed people of all parties,” Andrés explained. “We opened a kitchen because right now we have workers who are in pain… I’m a guy that believes in building longer tables, not higher walls. I have friends of both parties, and when we are around the table, somehow, everybody knows where to find common ground. And we respect each other, and that’s the way it should be — in America or anywhere around the world. If anybody’s hungry, we will be there.”

At the time of this writing, the ongoing partial government shutdown has reached its 28th day. In the past, Andrés has clashed with President Donald Trump over a lawsuit. As reported by the Washington Post, the celebrity chef refused to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., despite being contractually obligated to do so.

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‘Top Chef’ alum Fatima Ali with terminal cancer motivates ‘bittersweet’ reunion with cast

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The contestants of “Top Chef” Season 15 came together for a “bittersweet” reunion in support of castmate Fatima Ali after she revealed her cancer had returned “with a vengeance.” 

In an emotional essay published to Bon Appetit in October, Ali, 29 says doctors determined her diagnosis was untreatable and terminal, with her oncologist estimating she has a year to live.

In an Instagram post earlier this week, contestant Tanya Holland shared a photo of the group huddled together.

“A bittersweet reunion. Our dear @cheffati (Fatima Ali) is the glue…we are bonded forever now,” Holland wrote in the photo’s caption with hashtags #topchef and #season15.

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Others in the group also shared the photo on their social media accounts with their own sweet captions, including Rogelio Garcia.

“So happy to see you this week @cheffati… praying for you…🙏🏽when one of us hurts we all hurt,” he captioned the photo on his Instagram. “The friends that became Family.”

Melissa Perfit also shared a message with the photo: “So bittersweet to see all these amazing friends come together to see our sweet @cheffati. It’s impossible to explain how we all feel. You are so amazing. We love you so much.”

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Manny Pacquiao-Freddie Roach marriage back after mysterious split

With Manny Pacquiao set to fight Adrien Broner Saturday night in Las Vegas, the curious case of Freddie Roach lingers.

In short, how is it that Roach, the esteemed boxing trainer, is back in Pacquiao’s corner?

Over the past 15 years, he has played an instrumental role in the rise of Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), the Filipino boxer who has won world titles in eight divisions. But unceremoniously, Roach then became a castoff.

In July 2017, after Pacquiao suffered a controversial loss to Australian Jeff Horn, Pacquiao didn’t bother to call Roach before Pacquiao’s next fight. And without Roach in his corner, Pacquiao delivered his first knockout in nine years with a TKO victory in July over Argentine brawler Lucas Matthysse.

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Celebrity Big Brother: Exclusive first video from inside the house

We’ve met the cast for season 2 of Celebrity Big Brother. We’ve gotten a house tour from host Julie Chen Moonves. Kato Kaelin even told us why he is like a piece of sushi. But now we have the really good stuff: our first actual footage from the game itself!

In this EW exclusive, Tom Green takes himself to task for making a serious strategic snafu while talking to Anthony Scaramucci. What did Green let slip while conversing with the Mooch? Allow him to tell you himself in our first Diary Room footage of the season. Then watch on as Green (a Canadian, I might add) challenges himself to something that I am guessing not many Americans could complete.

Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy your first official footage of the season in the video above, and then tune in Jan. 21 on CBS for the premiere episode.

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What is The Umbrella Academy UK release date on Netflix, who's in the cast with Ellen Page and what's it about?

Here's everything you need to know about the new series starring Ellen Page and how to catch it…

What is The Umbrella Academy UK release date on Netflix?

The new Netflix series will debut on the 15th February 2019 – just in time for Valentine's Day.

Based on the comic books of the same name, the series will be spread across 10 one hour episodes.

Fans will need to have a Netflix login ready and available in order to tune in.

Who's in the cast with Ellen Page?

  • Ellen Page stars as Vanya, a character with no superpowers who is estranged from her family.
  • Tom Hopper takes on the role of Luther aka Spaceboy who has super-strength.
  •  Emmy Raver-Lampman plays Allison aka The Rumor who can influence and manipulate reality through lying.
  • David Castenada takes on the role of Diego or The Kraken who is an expert knife thrower and who can hold his breath for indefinite amounts of time.
  • Robert Sheehan stars as Klaus aka The Seance whose powers only kick in when he's barefoot and include levitation, telekinesis and the ability to speak to the dead.
  • Aidan Gallagher stars as Number Five or The Boy who doesn't age and can travel in time.
  • Colm Feore plays Sir Reginald Hargreeves, the leader of the whole academy. He is the wealthy man who adopted all of the kids to form the superhero team.
  • Adam Godley plays Pogo, a chattering chimpanzee who can speak. He takes on a nurturing, paternal role within the Umbrella Academy.
  • Ashley Madewe plays Detective Patch who is against the vigilantes that protect her city.
  • Mary.J.Blige plays Cha-Cha, the insane time travelling assassin who always chooses the most violent option.
  • Cameron Britton takes on the role of Hazel or Mindhunter who becomes at odds with Cha-Cha after their time-travelling wears him down.
  • John Magaro plays Leonard Peabody who gets romantically involved with Vanya.
  • Kate Walsh stars as The Handler whose charm is her greatest strength.

What's it about?

In 1989 forty three babies are randomly born to unconnected women who didn't seem pregnant the day before.

Billionaire industrialist Sir Reginald Hargreeves adopts seven and creates The Umbrella Academy to prepare them to save the world.

But when the kids become teens they grow apart and the team disbands.

Until Hargreeves dies and six of the surviving thirty-somethings reunite – Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five.

The six work together to solve the mystery of their father's death but their personalities start to clash once again especially as a global apocalypse draws near.

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UniFrance Announces New Incentives To Expand VOD Presence

PARIS — With the annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema now well underway and its month-long MyFrenchFilmFestival about to kick-off, UniFrance has announced an ambitious slate of measures designed to more fully support French productions on VOD platforms in 2019.

“Digital distribution is part of everything we do now,” said Quentin Deleau-Latournerie, the organization’s aptly titled head of digital distribution. On top of his responsibilities co-managing the MyFrenchFilmFestival, Deleau-Latournerie will oversee an expanded portfolio intended to leverage UniFrance’s existing partnerships and to expand the French industry’s digital footprint.

The promotional body will execute its plan on three fronts: Introducing new financial incentives; rolling out a yearlong marketing campaign; and offering members extensive data and analysis.

In terms of financial incentives, the organization will allocate part of its promotional budget to its digital arm. UniFrance has long partnered with international distributors to cover P&A costs on theatrical releases; while continuing this program, it will also reserve a portion of those funds to pay upfront fees on royalty-sharing TVOD platforms like iTunes and Google Play.

“Contracts with VOD platforms take time, and these services often want a revenue-share model instead of flat fees or minimum guarantees,” added Deleau-Latournerie. “We want to create initiatives to ease that placement.”

Once on such platforms, the films face a different concern. “Discoverability is the key issue in VOD,” says Deleau-Latournerie. “A VOD platform is like a supermarket. Some items get put on prominent display, while others get buried on the bottom shelf.”

 

In order to enhance visibility, UniFrance is teaming with iTunes Canada and Mexico’s Cinépolis KLIC to create yearlong promotional verticals called ‘French Cinema Rooms.’ With the Gallic fare consolidated in one access point, the digital team will then run geo-targeted ad campaigns on various social networks to promote those ‘rooms.’

“We’ll say, ‘hey, you live in Canada. How about watching a French film this weekend?’ And then provide a link,” Deleau-Latournerie explained. “We’ll pay for a campaign with the intention to drive royalties, and hopefully spur the platforms to carry more French films.” For the time being, UniFrance will test the model in Canada and Mexico, with the hopes of expanding to other markets should it bear fruit.

Finally, Deleau-Latournerie plans to assemble the data culled from nine editions of MyFrenchFilmFestival into a detailed index of the international marketplace, available to all UniFrance members.

“MyFrenchFilmFestival can serve as a B2B tool thanks to the stats we collect,” he noted. “We can know who the audience is, where they are, and what interests them.”

“Because we collect that data, we can then re-use it for different purposes. We can give it to sales agents, so that they understand what works in what market, and to what extent different platforms are adept with French cinema.”

Deleau-Latournerie plans to release a study that encompasses the digital festival’s 50-plus partners by the end of the first quarter, and hopes it will clarify a complicated international scene.

“Some traditional distributors are evolving slower than the VOD market, so it’s our job to scout for potential platforms and for new opportunities,” he remarks.

“Plus, there’s just a lack of data right now, in terms of who buys what and where. The objective is to put that information together in a simple, transparent way. And ideally, by 2020, 2021, everyone will have the right info, and they won’t need us anymore.”

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