Sacha Baron Cohen has ‘no respect’ for President Donald Trump

Sacha Baron Cohen was “disappointed and angry” after U.S. President Donald Trump was elected in 2016.The British actor and comedian has participated in an interview with fellow Hollywood star Don Cheadle for Variety, and during the chat, revealed he wa…

Sacha Baron Cohen was “disappointed and angry” after U.S. President Donald Trump was elected in 2016.

The British actor and comedian has participated in an interview with fellow Hollywood star Don Cheadle for Variety, and during the chat, revealed he was inspired to make his show, Who Is America?, in response to the former real estate mogul taking political office at the White House.

Sacha said his fury at Trump being elected forced him to make the series – in which he goes undercover in various disguises using prosthetics – to explore why people across America had been prompted to vote for the Republican.

“I thought I would never do this kind of undercover stuff again, because it’s exhausting. It’s terrifying for me. It’s occasionally dangerous. And then Trump gets in, and I immediately felt disappointed and angry,” the 47-year-old shared.

Sacha, who shot to fame as his fictional character Ali G back in 1998, went on to showcase a variety of different personas during his career, including Kazakh reporter Borat Sagdiyev.

And he noted that he had interviewed Trump while outfitted as those characters.

“This was a guy who I’d had no respect for. I’d interviewed him as Ali G. And in Borat, I defecated in front of Trump Tower. That guy becomes the president? And he gets to be the president through adopting these despicable views that were so reprehensible that everyone dismissed him,” Sacha raged. “People felt powerless. I thought, ‘I have to do something with this anger and frustration.'”

While meeting pro-Trump supporters across America during making Who Is America?, the father-of-three told the Marvel star he never intended to hurt or embarrass those who took part.

“I don’t want anyone to get hurt, but I want to see people’s real thoughts. I’m provoking them sometimes to see the effect of this new political culture that we’re in. It’s not just Trump. We’re in the biggest revolution that’s happened in the history of civilisation,” Sacha said.

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Miguel makes political statement with controversial Nipsey Hussle T-shirt

Miguel has sparked controversy after the star wore a T-shirt suggesting that U.S. President Donald Trump should have been killed instead of Nipsey Hussle.The Adorn hitmaker debuted the statement shirt in a clip posted to his Instagram page, which showe…

Miguel has sparked controversy after the star wore a T-shirt suggesting that U.S. President Donald Trump should have been killed instead of Nipsey Hussle.

The Adorn hitmaker debuted the statement shirt in a clip posted to his Instagram page, which showed him wearing the plain white T-shirt which bore the words “How Nipsey before Trump?”.

He teamed the top with black pants and accessorised the look with a pair of white-framed sunglasses and a simple gold chain around his neck.

The R&B star since removed the post, but The Blast reported that Miguel, full name Miguel Pimentel, was also seen wearing the outfit at Coachella over the weekend (13-14Apr19)

Miguel has spoken candidly in the past about his distaste for President Trump, and has slammed his treatment of Mexico and his decision to build a border wall to keep immigrants away from the United States.

Nipsey Hussle, 33, was shot and killed on 31 March near his clothing store Marathon Clothing Company in Los Angeles, California.

The star was later memorialised at a service at The Staples Center last week with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Barack Obama and Kendrick Lamar all paying tribute.

Following news of the rapper’s passing, Miguel took to Instagram to share his sadness and send his love to the star’s family and friends.

“Heavy. Sending nothing but love and condolences to Nipsey’s family, friends, Lauren, loved ones,” he posted. “Man had a lot of positive things he was working on for his community and overall consciousness not to mention always solid energy when we crossed paths. S**t is wild we’re the same age. Heart breaking.”

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Gotti and Holmes & Watson lead 2019 Razzie Awards nominations

Gotti and Holmes & Watson are among the top contenders to be named worst movie of 2018 at the upcoming Golden Raspberry Awards.The spoof film prizes, also known as the Razzies and Razzie Awards, were announced in a YouTube video by organisers on Sunday…

Gotti and Holmes & Watson are among the top contenders to be named worst movie of 2018 at the upcoming Golden Raspberry Awards.

The spoof film prizes, also known as the Razzies and Razzie Awards, were announced in a YouTube video by organisers on Sunday night (20Jan19), with John Travolta’s crime-drama Gotti and Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s buddy comedy Holmes & Watson each receiving six nominations.

In addition, Melissa McCarthy’s black comedy The Happytime Murders garnered six nods, as did Dinesh D’Souza’s political documentary Death of a Nation, while Winchester, Robin Hood, Fifty Shades Freed and Death Wish all received multiple nominations.

Travolta is up for the Worst Actor for his performance as mob boss John Gotti, with the category rounded out by Bruce Willis in Death Wish, Ferrell in Holmes & Watson, Johnny Depp in animated feature Sherlock Gnomes, and perhaps most controversially, U.S. President Donald Trump is nominated over archival footage of himself in documentaries Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9.

Travolta and his real-life wife Kelly Preston also scored a nod for Worst Screen Combo.

Meanwhile, McCarthy is up for worst actress in two films, The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party, while Peppermint’s Jennifer Garner, London Fields’ Amber Heard, Winchester’s Helen Mirren, and The Clapper’s Amanda Seyfried join her in the category.

The winners of the 39th edition of the Razzie Awards will be announced on 23 February – the night before the 91st annual Academy Awards.

The full list of Razzie Awards nominations is as follows –

Worst Picture:

Gotti

The Happytime Murders

Holmes & Watson

Robin Hood

Winchester

Worst Actress:

Jennifer Garner – Peppermint

Amber Heard – London Fields

Melissa McCarthy – The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party

Helen Mirren – Winchester

Amanda Seyfried – The Clapper

Worst Actor:

Johnny Depp (voice only) – Sherlock Gnomes

Will Ferrell – Holmes & Watson

John Travolta – Gotti

Donald Trump – Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9

Bruce Willis – Death Wish

Worst Supporting Actor:

Jamie Foxx – Robin Hood

Ludacris (voice only) – Show Dogs

Joel McHale – The Happytime Murders

John C. Reilly – Holmes & Watson

Justice Smith – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Worst Supporting Actress:

Kellyanne Conway – Fahrenheit 11/9

Marcia Gay Harden – Fifty Shades Freed

Kelly Preston – Gotti

Jaz Sinclair – Slender Man

Melania Trump – Fahrenheit 11/9

Worst Screen Combo:

Any two actors or puppets – The Happytime Murders

Johnny Depp and his “fast-fading film career” – Sherlock Gnomes

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly – Holmes & Watson

Kelly Preston and John Travolta – Gotti

Donald J. Trump and his “self-perpetuating pettiness” – Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9

Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel:

Death of a Nation

Death Wish

Holmes & Watson

The Meg

Robin Hood

Worst Director:

Etan Cohen – Holmes & Watson

Kevin Connolly – Gotti

James Foley – Fifty Shades Freed

Brian Henson – The Happytime Murders

Peter and Michael Spierig – Winchester

Worst Screenplay:

Death of a Nation – Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley

Fifty Shades Freed – Niall Leonard

Gotti – Leo Rossi and Lem Dobbs

The Happytime Murders – Todd Berger and Dee Austin Robinson

Winchester – Tom Vaughan, Peter and Michael Spierig

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Emma Thompson’s romcom Last Christmas won’t be like Mamma Mia!

Emma Thompson’s upcoming George Michael-inspired romcom will be much more “dramatic” than films like Mamma Mia! The actress and screenwriter had conceived an idea for a romantic comedy based on Wham!’s iconic 1984 festive hit with George before his dea…

Emma Thompson’s upcoming George Michael-inspired romcom will be much more “dramatic” than films like Mamma Mia!

The actress and screenwriter had conceived an idea for a romantic comedy based on Wham!’s iconic 1984 festive hit with George before his death on Christmas Day in 2016.

Now, Emma has shared that fans should expect the film to deal with darker themes than jukebox musicals like 2008 movie Mamma Mia! – as the singer always wanted the film to address political issues.

“I’d met with George Michael,” she told The Daily Mail newspaper. “He was concerned about the homeless, which is a large part of this story. We spoke a lot about life and death, and there’s a lot of that in this film as well. This is not a George Michael-Mamma Mia! movie. It’s inspired by the songs, and inspired by him. It’s a dramatic romantic comedy.”

In addition, director Paul Feig confirmed the plot of the film will explore how Britain leaving the European Union and U.S. President Donald Trump’s elevation affects its characters, including Kate, the struggling daughter of an immigrant mother who finds romance in troubled times.

“It’s first and foremost a love story set in 2016, against a backdrop of Brexit and Trump, and a chance to go against so much intolerance and see what a melting pot London, and the world, is,” he said.

Emma, who is playing Kate’s mother, added that her character “had to leave the former Yugoslavia to come to Britain and now feels unwelcome because of Brexit”.

Her daughter is portrayed by Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, who she described as a “hopeless young lady” who works as a Christmas elf before falling for Tom, played by Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding.

Last Christmas will hit cinemas in November (19).

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Green Book producer apologises to Mahershala Ali for anti-Muslim tweet

Green Book writer/producer Nick Vallelonga has apologised to the film’s star Mahershala Ali for a historic anti-Muslim tweet.The writer and producer of the critically acclaimed movie, which is based on the relationship between his father, Frank ‘Tony L…

Green Book writer/producer Nick Vallelonga has apologised to the film’s star Mahershala Ali for a historic anti-Muslim tweet.

The writer and producer of the critically acclaimed movie, which is based on the relationship between his father, Frank ‘Tony Lip’ Vallelonga, and virtuoso jazz pianist Dr. Don Shirley, was at the centre of a storm after an offensive tweet he posted online containing anti-Muslim sentiments resurfaced.

On Thursday (10Jan19), he apologised to Muslim-American actor Ali, who plays Shirley, in a statement and promised to “do better in the future.”

“I want to apologize. I spent my life trying to bring this story of overcoming differences and finding common ground to the screen, and I am incredibly sorry to everyone associated with Green Book,” Vallelonga told Entertainment Tonight. “I especially deeply apologize to the brilliant and kind Mahershala Ali, and all members of the Muslim faith, for the hurt I have caused.

“I am also sorry to my late father who changed so much from Dr. Shirley’s friendship and I promise this lesson is not lost on me,” he added.

In the offending tweet, Vallelonga agreed with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, who claimed to have seen people, who he suggested were Muslim, cheering when the World Trade Center towers collapsed during the 9/11 terror attack. The false claim was swiftly debunked, and no factual video evidence exists to support it.

“100 per cent correct,” Vallelonga reportedly replied to Trump from his now deleted Twitter account. “Muslims in Jersey City cheering when towers went down. I saw it, as you did, possibly on local CBS news.”

Vallelonga’s misstep is the latest controversy to hit the Golden Globe-winning movie. On Wednesday the film’s director, Peter Farrelly, was forced to apologise after an article from 1998 resurfaced revealing how the filmmaker used to flash his genitals at cast and crew members as a “prank”.

“True. I was an idiot. I did this decades ago and I thought I was being funny and the truth is I’m embarrassed and it makes me cringe now,” the director said in his statement. “I’m deeply sorry.”

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Christian Bale not keen on another body transformation

Christian Bale has all but ruled out another major body transformation for a film.Since launching his career in the late ’80s, the actor has become known for his award-winning movie roles and ability to totally transform his physique to play certain ch…

Christian Bale has all but ruled out another major body transformation for a film.

Since launching his career in the late ’80s, the actor has become known for his award-winning movie roles and ability to totally transform his physique to play certain characters.

He famously slimmed down to a skeletal size for The Machinist, before bulking up to play Batman, and then piling on the pounds for American Hustle. And Christian was once again required to gorge on food for his latest film, Vice, where he plays former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.

“Everything hurts now, I’ve got to really start thinking about if I can manage this again and the answer is probably no,” the Oscar winner admitted to reporters at Vice’s Los Angeles premiere on Tuesday (11Dec18).

Vice sees Christian reteam with his The Big Short director Adam McKay, as well former co-stars Amy Adams, Steve Carell, and Eddie Marsan.

During his red carpet stint, the 44-year-old also recalled the time he met now U.S. President Donald Trump while shooting one of the Batman movies.

“I met him, one time. We were filming on Batman in Trump Tower and he said, ‘Come on up to the office,'” he said. “I think he thought I was Bruce Wayne, because I was dressed as Bruce Wayne. So he talked to me like I was Bruce Wayne and I just went along with it, really. It was quite entertaining. I had no idea at the time that he would think about running for president.”

Vice opens in cinemas from Christmas Day.

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Jason Blum’s anti-Trump speech met with boos at awards ceremony

Jason Blum got booed off stage when he slammed President Donald Trump during an acceptance speech at the 32nd Israel Film Festival on Tuesday night (06Nov18).The Get Out producer, who helms Blumhouse Productions, was honoured with the 2019 IFF Achievem…

Jason Blum got booed off stage when he slammed President Donald Trump during an acceptance speech at the 32nd Israel Film Festival on Tuesday night (06Nov18).

The Get Out producer, who helms Blumhouse Productions, was honoured with the 2019 IFF Achievement in Film and Television Award, but he upset the crowd at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center, Saban Theater in Beverley Hills when he took a swipe at the U.S. leader.

The awards coincided with midterm elections night, and the audience didn’t take kindly to Jason’s Trump diss.

Talking about the midterms, Jason said: “The good thing about this country is that you get to like Trump but I don’t have to and I don’t like him.

“As you can see from this auditorium, it’s the end of civil discourse. We have a president who calls the press the enemy of the people. Thanks to our president, anti-Semitism is on the rise.”

As the audience jeered and booed, organisers ran on stage and asked for security, reports Deadline.

Jason continued to exercise his right for free speech, exclaiming, “you are going to have to drag me off the stage,” before he eventually walked off.

Following the incident, which happened just weeks after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, double Oscar nominee Jason took to Twitter to share his acceptance speech in full in a series of posts.

Among his comments, the 49-year-old urged communities to “step up and speak up” as hate continues to be spread anonymously through the Internet.

“We cannot allow anti-Semitism or bigotry of any form to become mainstream. Those of us who work in film and television have a vital role to play in telling stories that portray all kinds of people from all corners of the world. Stories that entertain, but also make us think more and harder about who we are and where we are going,” he stated.

He concluded: “If we are not accountable, we may wake up one day in a country we don’t even recognize. Let us all hope that today’s election starts to chart a different course – not just for the U.S., but for the world – one that reaffirms the values that we all cherish. Thank you.”

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Rose McGowan opens Nicholas Kirkwood’s ‘Me Too’ fashion show

Rose McGowan led a defiant group of models walking in Nicholas Kirkwood’s Hacking and Activism catwalk show at London Fashion Week on Sunday (16Sep18).The actress and activist, who was one of the first women to publicly accuse disgraced Hollywood produ…

Rose McGowan led a defiant group of models walking in Nicholas Kirkwood’s Hacking and Activism catwalk show at London Fashion Week on Sunday (16Sep18).

The actress and activist, who was one of the first women to publicly accuse disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, made her stage debut at the British shoe designer’s show, which centred around the female empowerment themes of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

Unsurprisingly, shoes formed the crux of Kirkwood’s powerful message, with the designer’s trademark spindly heels replaced with sturdier picks including bulbous moon boots, flat sandals and thigh-high boots.

McGowan, however, opened the politically-charged show barefoot, instead choosing to model Kirkwood’s spring/summer 2019 shoe designs by holding a pair of boots high above her head as she emerged from the curtain.

The show was set in an imaginary future dystopia and was choreographed to mimic an immersive theatre piece about a female uprising. It also featured veiled references to U.S. President Donald Trump, who hit headlines during his 2016 presidential election over a slew of derogatory comments against women.

Backstage, 38-year-old Kirkwood, making his London Fashion Week debut, described the models as “symbols of defiance” and explained that they were using shoes as “a means of self-expression”.

Speaking with The Guardian after the show, McGowan, who worked with Kirkwood on the collection after meeting him last summer, warned that society is “still on a razor’s edge” in terms of tackling sexual harassment.

“We are a lot further along than where we were, but we are still on a razor’s edge. We have to start a new conversation,” the 45-year-old shared. “It’s been a long haul. I’m really gratified that people are questioning what is acceptable, but it’s been a hell of a year.”

McGowan’s comments come just days before the producer goes on trial in a Manhattan court charged with six counts of sexual assault. He denies all of the charges.

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Karlie Kloss: ‘Duchess of Sussex is my wedding inspiration’

Karlie Kloss is taking wedding inspiration from recent royal bride, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.The model announced her engagement to boyfriend Joshua Kushner in July (18), sharing a photo of the happy couple vacationing in Italy. Karlie has been the dat…

Karlie Kloss is taking wedding inspiration from recent royal bride, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

The model announced her engagement to boyfriend Joshua Kushner in July (18), sharing a photo of the happy couple vacationing in Italy.

Karlie has been the dating 33-year-old businessman, the brother of U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, since 2012, and looking forward to the big day, she hopes she looks as happy as the former Suits star did when she married Prince Harry in May.

“(Meghan) looked gorgeous on her wedding day,” the 26-year-old gushed in an interview with Refinery 29. “I feel it’s a day that you want to just feel happy, beautiful, and not stressed. I think what makes someone most beautiful, especially on their wedding day, is when that glow comes from the inside.”

When it comes to the rest of her look, Karlie is adamant that her hair will be styled in an up-do “so you can dance and have a good time,” and she will most likely go for an understated natural make-up look.

While she admitted she’s “still kind of enjoying the engagement bliss,” the style star is preparing for a busy few weeks now that Fashion Month has kicked off.

And Karlie has already planned how she’ll spend her time once all spring 2019 presentations have concluded.

“When I have some time off, especially after a lot of travel, I really take the time to unplug and just completely ignore my devices,” she explained. “I sleep in, read, eat nourishing and delicious food, and spend time with my loved ones. It’s going into hibernation mode and really resetting.”

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Alec Baldwin exits Joker movie

Alec Baldwin has dropped out of Todd Phillips’ upcoming Joker movie.On Monday (27Aug18), it was reported that the 30 Rock actor had signed on to play Gotham City philanthropist Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne/Batman, in Warner Bros.’ project. B…

Alec Baldwin has dropped out of Todd Phillips’ upcoming Joker movie.

On Monday (27Aug18), it was reported that the 30 Rock actor had signed on to play Gotham City philanthropist Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne/Batman, in Warner Bros.’ project.

But on Wednesday, Baldwin shut down the casting news and told reporters at USA Today that he wouldn’t be involved in the flick.

“I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part,” he said, going on to cite “scheduling” issues as part of the reason for his departure.

In addition, he later took to Twitter to emphasise that he was not involved and rejected a claim by editors at The Hollywood Reporter who stated that Baldwin’s Wayne was to be a “cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mould of a 1980s Donald Trump”.

“Let me state, for the record, that I have NOT been hired to play a role in Todd Phillips’ JOKER as some Donald Trump manque. That is not happening. Not. Happening,” the 60-year-old, who has previously received worldwide attention for his portrayal of U.S. President Donald Trump on sketch series Saturday Night Live, wrote on the social media site.

At present, little is known about the plot for the Joker film, though it is believed to centre on how the popular comic book villain came to be. Joaquin Phoenix has been cast in the part of the Joker, while Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy and Marc Maron have all been attached to the film in unknown roles.

Production on the superhero flick is scheduled to begin on 10 September, while studio executives have slated 4 October 2019 as the U.S. release date.

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