Turkish capital bans all public LGBTQ events

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Turkey’s capital Ankara has banned public LGBTQ events until further notice, with safety concerns cited for the prohibition.

In a statement by the Ankara Governor’s Office on Sunday, all LGBTQ “cinema, theater performances, panels, interviews and exhibitions are banned until further notice in our province, in order to provide peace and security” from Nov. 18, according to a translation by Hurriyet.

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The governor’s office stated it discovered “a number” of LGBTQ events were being planned in the province via social and traditional media, and said they posed issues for public order. Read more…

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See Oprah, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling as celestial beings in Disney’s trailer for ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

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The first teaser trailer looked plain magical, and this latest look amps up the drama — and the Oprah.

Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s classic science fantasy novel, A Wrinkle in Time is directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma) — with one pretty huge cast.

The film stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling as the celestial trio of your dreams, alongside Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris Pine, Michael Peňa, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, André Holland, Rowan Blanchard, Zach Galifianakis and 14-year-old newcomer Storm Reid.

A Wrinkle in Time opens in U.S. theatres Mar. 9, 2018. We are pumped. Read more…

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Chris Miller and Phil Lord discuss their unceremonious exit from the Han Solo movie

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Getting fired is no fun, but for former Han Solo movie directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the glass is half full.

The pair were unceremoniously removed from Solo: A Star Wars Story in June, three weeks before filming was due to be finished. A statement at the time cited “creative differences” as the reason for their departure.

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Miller and Lord discussed the exit at the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on Sunday, during a panel for their MTV series Clone High. 

Lord generously described the experience of shooting the film as “wonderful,” and both were rather kind-hearted about the unfortunate turn of events. Read more…

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Al Franken cut from PBS’ David Letterman tribute after groping allegations

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PBS is cutting Sen. Al Franken from their broadcast of the Kennedy Center’s ceremony for Late Show host David Letterman, reports The Wrap.

Franken, a Saturday Night Live alumni, had given a speech in Letterman’s honor at the Mark Twain Prize ceremony on Oct. 23 in Washington D.C. 

As of Nov. 17, Franken is facing allegations of sexual misconduct from news anchor Leeann Tweeden, who said Franken kissed her without consent and groped her while she was asleep in 2006.

I’ve decided it’s time to tell my story#MeToohttps://t.co/TqTgfvzkZg

— Leeann Tweeden (@LeeannTweeden) November 16, 2017

In a press statement, PBS detailed their intention to keep the show focused as a “celebration,” and that to do so, they would have to remove Franken’s speech entirely. Read more…

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Elon Musk suggests the new Roadster could get a ‘rocket’ car upgrade package

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Always a fan of theatrics, Elon Musk unveiled a surprise new Roadster at Tesla’s Semi Truck event on Thursday night. 

And though the unexpected rollout already has tech media talking, Musk threw another detail into the mix on Sunday, claiming on Twitter that the Roadster might (big emphasis on “might,” here), as an upgrade option, have the limited ability to fly.

SEE ALSO: Tesla unveils their latest roadster and it’s beautiful

As Musk teased on Twitter: “Not saying the next gen Roaster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe…”

Not saying the next gen Roadster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe …

Certainly possible. Just a question of safety. Rocket tech applied to a car opens up revolutionary possibilities.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2017 Read more…

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Jeffrey Tambor on sexual misconduct allegations: ‘I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.’

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Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor has announced that he can’t see himself returning to the Amazon series following allegations made by costar Trace Lysette and Tambor’s former assistant Van Barnes.

Tambor, who denies both allegations, told Mashable through a spokesperson that the “politicized atmosphere” of the set has led him to choose to exit the Emmy-winning show.

SEE ALSO: Jeffrey Tambor accused of sexual harassment by a star of Amazon’s ‘Transparent’

Tambor’s statement reads as follows:

There has not yet been confirmation of the actor’s formal exit from Transparent from Amazon or Tambor, only the language that he “can’t see how [he] can return.” Amazon responded to a request for comment, but has no statement to share right now. Read more…

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Two months after Hurricane Maria, thousands march in Washington for Puerto Rico

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It’s been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving the island without power and causing the longest blackout in United States history.

Thousands of protesters marched throughout Washington D.C. on Sunday in the “Unity March for Puerto Rico,” a show of support for ongoing disaster relief efforts after the U.S. territory was decimated by Maria, a Category 4 storm.

SEE ALSO: Trump says Puerto Rico hurricane response was a ’10’ but these numbers prove otherwise

The march, attended by numerous politicians, as well as celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda and chef José Andres, led protesters from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. Read more…

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Mom gives her daughter’s college diploma the photoshoot it deserves

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Let’s face it, moms will go above and beyond expectations for their child no matter what. 

Manuela Torres-Orejuela asked her mom for pictures of her college diploma, but received a full-on photoshoot instead.

If your parents aren’t praising your accomplishments like this than you’re doing something wrong. 

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“I asked my mom to send pics of my diploma and she had a whole ass photo w it,” she tweeted. 

I asked my mom to send pics of my diploma and she had a whole ass photo shoot w it pic.twitter.com/Ls7ybQ6I7k

— Manuela (@caritadepincel) November 16, 2017 Read more…

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Lena Dunham issues a hollow apology for defending a ‘Girls’ writer accused of rape

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Following serious backlash, Lena Dunham is walking back a previous statement made in support of Girls writer Murray Miller, who’s been accused of raping then-17-year-old actress Aurora Perrineau when he was 35. 

After The Wrap‘s initial Friday report on the allegations, Dunham and Girls co-creator Jenni Konner sent a joint statement to The Hollywood Reporter that called the allegation “misreported.”

SEE ALSO: Lena Dunham defends ‘Girls’ writer accused of rape

“We believe, having worked closely with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller,” the statement reads. “While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year.” Read more…

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‘Justice League’ had DC’s worst box office yet. What does Warner Bros. do now?

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The DC Extended Universe is in deep crisis.

With $96 million on opening weekend, Justice League is by far the weakest box office performer of all the DCEU films. This was supposed to be their Avengers. Instead, it was their Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem.

SEE ALSO: Maybe the problem with ‘Justice League’ is that it’s not enough like ‘Batman v Superman’

Five movies deep, with all your key heroes activated and united, is this where you want to land on the DCEU opening weekend rankings? 

  1. Batman v Superman: $166 million

  2. Suicide Squad: $133.6

  3. Man of Steel: $116.6 million

  4. Wonder Woman: $103.25 million

  5. Justice League: $96 million Read more…

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