Universal cancels release of violent satire The Hunt after Trump criticism

Studio scraps movie about a group of elites hunting deplorables following gun violence across US and tweet by Trump The Hollywood studio behind a violent satire depicting a dozen supposedly red state Americans who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals, is to scrap the movies release , days after announcing it Blumhouse, the independent film house known mostly for low-budget horror films such as Paranormal Activity and The Purge as well as also the Oscar winner BlacKkKlansman, was due to come out on 27 September. News of the decision was first the Hollywood Reporter. But a string of extremist gun massacres in Ohio, Texas and California which resulted in more …

Sportsman who bit head off live chicken faces legal action

Brigitte Bardot foundation says video of Basque pelota player Bixente Larralde is sickening Animal rights campaigners say they will sue a sporting champion for animal cruelty after he was filmed biting the head off a live cockerel during a dinner with friends. The Brigitte Bardot foundation said the actions of the Basque pelota player Bixente Larralde were shocking and sickening. In the brief video apparently made in June, a smiling Larralde is seen sitting at a table with several wine bottles and a cockerel. Larralde grabs the bird and, as it struggles, bites off its head, which he then spits out. Daniel Raposo from the BB foundation said the organisations lawyers had been instructed to sue. We must absolutely highlight …

Ads for ultra-violent satire The Hunt pulled in wake of US mass shootings

Promotion for movie, in which humans are hunted for sport, is stalled after El Paso and Dayton killings and studio reported to be rethinking strategy TV ads for The Hunt, an ultraviolent political satire in which elites stalk and kill deplorables, have been pulled in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings. A poster for the The Hunt. Photograph: Universal Pictures Original Article : HERE ;

We worship the body: India’s kushti mud wrestlers a photo essay

Caste and religion are left at the door of Indias traditional wrestling academies, where the pursuit of physical grace and brute force is a pathway out of poverty By day Amol Patil, 23, is a security guard, standing in a sentry box outside a company office in Mumbai, his limbs coiled inside a polyester uniform. By evening, when he enters the hallowed square of the clay pit, he is released in a blaze of brute force. Patil is a wrestler of the traditional Indian school of mud-clay wrestling called kushti which dates back to the Mughals and is passed down from generation to generation. Kushti is practiced in an akhara, or wrestling academy, where everything is governed by strict rules …

Cuba Gooding Jr charged with forcible touching after incident in New York

Actor denies allegations that he groped a woman at a Manhattan nightclub on Sunday Actor Cuba Gooding Jr turned himself in to police on Thursday amid allegations that he groped a woman in a Manhattan nightclub. Minutes later he was charged with forcible touching, the New York police department said. Gooding, 51, smiled and waved as he arrived to speak to investigators in the NYPDs special victims division. A 29-year-old woman told police that Gooding, who won a best supporting actor Oscar for Jerry Maguire, grabbed her breast when he was drunk at about 11.15pm on Sunday. Gooding denies the allegations. He pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges at a night court arraignment. He was released …

‘Drake curse’: Canadian star vindicated after Raptors’ NBA championship win

Prior to the victory over the Golden State Warriors, many had fallen victim to the music stars reputation for bringing bad luck His repeated interactions with athletes before critical games and their subsequent losses have earned Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose team lost to loss in almost two decades after defender Layvin Kurzawa posed for a picture with him. Also, boxer Instagram with the caption bout to break the curse only to subsequently lose to his little-known rival. Such is the extent of Drakes reputation for bringing bad luck that AS Roma enforced a tongue-in-cheek win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, which made them the first ever Canadian said: They said I was a curse, now they …

Unbuilt Tokyo: ‘depthscrapers’ and a million-person pyramid

Had the creators of the underground skyscraper had their way, the Japanese capital might have looked very different indeed Protected by cylindrical walls of reinforced concrete, the steel and glass depthscrapers extend hundreds of metres underground. Only a single floor of each inverted 35-storey skyscraper is visible at ground level. Giant mirrors mounted directly above the central wells reflect sunlight to the apartments below. Prismatic glass ensures even light throughout the day, while fresh, conditioned air is pumped down from the surface. The whole structure, in case of an earthquake, will vibrate together, resisting any crushing strain, declared a 1931 edition of Everyday Science and Mechanics that called the design the product of the best engineering brains of Japan. The …

Michael Caines best films ranked!

As The Italian Job gets a 50th anniversary re-release, we have painstakingly charted the charming hardnuts 50 greatest performances, from Alfie to Zulu 50. Escape to Victory (1981) Theres much to find risible about this Hollywooded-up footballers-against-the Nazis yarn, but Caines avuncular presence keeps it watchable, bridging the gap between Sylvester Stallones sub-Rocky histrionics and the sheepish line readings of the real-life footballers involved. Not nearly as awful as it could have been. 49. The Swarm (1978) Probably the best or least bad of Caines late-70s-into-the-80s do-anything-for-money period, which included Beyond the Poseidon Adventure and Ashanti. The Swarm is actually pretty nifty: an insect-based carve-up from disaster-master Irwin Allen, featuring killer bees cutting a swathe through Texas. Caine is the …

Best films of 2019 so far

Charlize Theron flips into funny with Seth Rogen, Mel Gibson picks Vince Vaughn as his accomplice and Avengers reach their Endgame the finest movies yet this year released in the UK The Favourite A New Years Day release date in the UK for Yorgos Lanthimoss period romp kicked the year off in fine style; Olivia Colmans Oscar win two months later was the crowning glory. What we said: A reminder that the idea of royalty as polite and picturesquely sentimental is something that came in with Queen Victoria: The Favourite is more punk than that. Its a rousingly nasty, bleary, hungover punchup. Read the full review An Impossible Love A daughters life is shaped by her fathers arrogance and her …

Drake’s Toronto superfandom: annoying, ludicrous and completely understandable

The rapper has spent the last six weeks making the Raptors playoff run about him rather than the team, but celebrity fans are part of the NBAs heritage To get the most obvious controversy out of the way first, the debate over whether Drake Of course Drake is annoying. Whether flailing his arms about in celebration of the most humdrum layup, counter-productively trash talking Players You Should Not Piss Off like Kevin Durant or Draymond Green, Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) DRAKE GIVES NICK NURSE ANOTHER SHOULDER RUB EXCEPT NOW THE RAPTORS ARE GOING TO THE NBA FINALS May 26, 2019 Weve come a long way since the days of Jack Nicholson in his shades at the Great Western Forum, grinning conspiratorially …

A Game of Thrones outsider reviews the finale: ‘It’s just a bunch of faces looking sad’

As far as I could tell, theres only one throne, which raises the question of why the show is called Game of Thrones and not just Game of Throne WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS WHAT I ASSUME ARE SPOILERS. I am not a Game of Thrones fan. I tried to get into it a while ago, but the first episodes felt to me like a combination of violence porn and porn porn. With every severed head and gratuitous sex scene, the shows creators seemed to be saying: Forget your sanitized Lord of the Rings this is how things really were back then, an argument that made no sense because theyre both made up. Many people explained to me that it wasnt …

Keanu Reeves: Grief and loss, those things dont ever go away

From Bill & Teds excellent dude to assassin John Wick, the actor has carved out a stellar career. But it hasnt come without personal tragedy Hey, Im Keanu, he introduces himself unnecessarily, of course, and yet very Keanu-ishly. Despite being so famous his surname has long been superfluous, Keanu Reeves has always given the impression of being utterly unaffected by his own celebrity. He is regularly described by his co-stars as kind (Winona Ryder) and humble (Laurence Fishburne) and it is easier to imagine him walking on the moon than knocking back champagne with other celebrities on a yacht in St Barts. After all, the most famous paparazzi photo ever taken of Reeves that devastating smile he flashed at Sandra …

James Holzhauer closes in on Jeopardy’s all-time earnings record

A Las Vegas sports bettor has taken the 45-year-old American game show to its strategic conclusion, and earned $1.69m how high can he go? In a month when eyeballs are glued to Game of Thrones final season, Veeps last season and an all-you-can-eat buffet of other television choices across a variety of platforms, its perhaps unlikely that a 45-year-old syndicated network TV show would become destination viewing. But for many Americans, Jeopardy! has never been hotter, thanks to the unprecedented and lucrative run of Las Vegas sports bettor James Holzhauer. Holzhauer, 35, has now won 22 games, the highest of all time, and brought Jeopardy! its & Beyonce, and strategic wagering, with modest rewards. Until 2003, the show capped winners, …

Bret Easton Ellis: My ability to trigger millennials is insane

The former enfant terrible of 80s literature is now a self-appointed scourge of victimhood and outrage. He talks about his first book for a decade Poor Bret Easton Ellis. For someone I imagine to be rather fastidious years ago, a friend of mine visited his New York apartment, where he was a little surprised to be told not to touch any of its owners CDs this can hardly be the easiest of Monday mornings. For one thing, Virgin Atlantic has lost his luggage. Ahead of my arrival at his pristine London hotel, he had to dash out to buy deodorant; his black tracksuit bottoms are faintly marked with a stain that may (or may not) be airline toothpaste. For another, …

Stephen Colbert: Nielsen is leaving to ‘spend more time separating her family’

Late-night hosts recall departing secretary of homeland securitys time in office, where separating families is apparently not tough enough for Trump Stephen Colbert The University of Virginia Cavaliers resigned from her job over the weekend. I believe shes leaving to spend more time separating her family, Colbert surmised. Nielsen did not resign willingly, according to several reports, though she recognized her job was in limbo for weeks. Limbo is the right word here because weve all been watching how low she can go, Colbert joked. Sure, she puts people in cages, he continued, but Trump was disappointed that Nielsen didnt enact even harsher immigration measures. So he just needs someone who can be crueler to children than Kirstjen Nielsen, Colbert …

Anyone else would have kicked him out: celebrity flatmates reveal all

Stealing clothes, sharing a bed, cereal for dinner… from Shaun Ryder and Bez to the boys from Busted, former housemates remember their first house share He could burn all your clothes, eat all your food, rob all your money, but hed always have your back in a fight Happy Mondays bandmate blackgrapemusic.com. Happy Mondays play Katherine Ryan lived with photographer Katherine Woroniecka when they were undergraduates at Ryerson University in Toronto in 2001 Comedian Katherine Ryan (left) and Katherine Woroniecka. Katherine Ryan I met Katherine the day we both moved to the big city from our respective small towns. We were 18 years old. Our landlady, Bonnie, was a very eccentric older lady with a cat and a lovely house …