John Oliver explored the overzealous and overused tactic of police raids on Last Week Tonight Sunday, February 28th. In the segment — which began with a very worthwhile, if unrelated, digression into the short-lived TV musical Cop Rock — Oliver traced the rise of police raids back to the War on Drugs and highlighted reports that showed how they are still predominately carried out in black and Latino neighborhoods. Oliver also tied police raids to militarization, with police taking part in over-the-top training exercises that prioritize, say, taking down a cult leader over general conflict deescalation. And even supposedly “non-lethal” tools like flash bangs can be harmful, especially when a cop manages to throw one into a crib, which happened in a 2014 incident. Related Stories Vic Mensa Taps Wyclef Jean, Peter CottonTale for Two-Song Set on 'Colbert' Billie Eilish Teases New Album Made in Quarantine on 'Colbert' Related Stories 4 Ways Venue … [Read more...] about John Oliver Examines Damage Done by Over-the-Top Police Raids on ‘Last Week Tonight’
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Whether by accident or design, the ultra-low-budget Language Lessons feels like a definitive film for the Covid-19 era, as the two main actors never appear in the same shot together until the very end. Seemingly created on two computers, this exceedingly modest tale of a Spanish-language instructor and pupil who meet online becomes more genially engaging as it goes along, although it never aims very high other than as a technical experiment that more or less succeeds. It plays just fine on home equipment and it’s hard to imagine that there would be anything to be gained from experiencing this Berlinale Special world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on the big screen. The script by indie stalwart Mark Duplass and director-actress Natalie Morales is entirely restricted to the chats the two characters, Adam and Cariño, have in the course of online language lessons bought for the former by his partner — 100 of them, no less. Adam and his mate Will are … [Read more...] about Int’l Critics Line: Todd McCarthy On ‘Language Lessons’ – Berlin
Actress, activist and living legend Jane Fonda was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2021 Golden Globes . In a mostly remote ceremony, the 83-year-old Fonda appeared onstage at the Globes while following Covid-19 safety protocols to accept her award. Eschewing the usual script for Golden Globes honorary acceptance speeches, Fonda turned the attention away from herself and onto the nominees this year, and highlighted both the diversity of the films and television series recognized (or not recognized) that made her empathize with people of all backgrounds and experiences. “Just this year, Nomadland helped me feel love for the wanderers among us,” Fonda said, “and Minari opened my eyes to the experience of immigrants dealing with the realities of life in a new land, and Judas and the Black Messiah , Small Axe , United States vs. Billie Holiday , Ma Rainey and One Night in Miami and others have deepened my empathy for what being Black has meant. Ramy … [Read more...] about Watch Jane Fonda’s Moving Acceptance Speech at the 2021 Golden Globes
Getty Taylor Swift 's new album is creating a major mix-up between folks looking for her tunes, and those looking to get their goblin on ... at least according to a fantasy park. The owners of the Utah-based park called Evermore are suing Tay-Tay for trademark infringement -- claiming they own the rights to the name “evermore,” and saying Swift trampled said rights when she started selling merch with that branding to promote her album by the same name. Waiting for your permission to load the Instagram Media. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, the Evermore park camp claims it's poured many millions of dollars into building the facility, branding and selling its own gear since the park was conceived in 2014 and, of course, when it opened in 2018. The park owners say they've got 'Evermore' trademarked for a number of different purposes -- including clothing and other merchandise they sell ... all of which they claim was diluted once TS dropped 'evermore' … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift Sued for Ripping Off ‘Evermore’ from Fantasy Theme Park
This year, the festival of Holi will mark the beginning of a new chapter… a chapter much awaited. Super Dancer , a show that has enjoyed three consecutive successful seasons, will be back on the small screen, with a new season, Super Dancer – Chapter 4. Judges Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Geeta Kapur and Anurag Basu along with the dynamic duo, hosts Paritosh Tripathi aka beloved Mamaji and Rithvik Dhanjani are all set to witness the best kids’ dancing talent from across the country. As the new chapter unfolds starting March 27, every Sat-Sun at 8 pm, it also promises to bring alive # NachpanKaTyohaar– a celebration of dance in all its glory, promising to engage one and all in its festive fervour. Shilpa Shetty Kundra, who has been one of the judges since the inception of Super Dancer, says, “There has never been a moment when I've not been excited to be sitting on the judge’s chair of Super Dancer. For me, we are all one big happy family... the … [Read more...] about Sony TV Announces Super Dancer Chapter 4, Starting 27th March, Promising Nachpan Ka Tyohaar!