MTV Movie Awards shatters gender barriers one trophy at a time

AP

LOS ANGELES — Film hit “Beauty and the Beast” and Netflix newcomer “Stranger Things” were the night’s big winners with two trophies apiece as MTV partied with its Movie & TV Awards show.

For this, the 26th edition of what was formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards, TV was added to the mix. “Stranger Things” was decreed the Show of the Year, and its cast member, Millie Bobby Brown, was named Best Actor in a Show.

“Beauty and the Beast” was the Movie of the Year, with its star, Emma Watson, the Best Actor in a Movie.

But the awards had another trick up its sleeve, introducing a policy of breaking down gender barriers, as men and women competed jointly in the acting categories. Continue reading “MTV Movie Awards shatters gender barriers one trophy at a time”

Pope Francis appears in ‘climate change’ movie featuring Obama, Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio

Pete Baklinski LifesiteNews ROME, April 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis made a climactic appearance in a National Geographic film about “global warming” that was narrated by Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and released on DVD this week. The film, titled Before The Flood, contained a line-up of left-leaning activists renowned for pushing the theory of man-made global warming. The list included Ban Ki-moon, Bill Clinton, … Continue reading Pope Francis appears in ‘climate change’ movie featuring Obama, Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio

Aaron Hernandez Dies by Apparent Suicide in Prison

NBC New York

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, an explosive tight end who had been convicted of murder and last week cleared in two other killings, was discovered dead in his prison cell by a corrections officer early Wednesday morning.

Hernandez, 27, hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell window at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, at approximately 3:05 a.m., and was pronounced dead about an hour later at UMass-Memorial Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster, according to a statement from the Massachusetts Department of Correction. He had attempted to block the door from the inside by jamming it with various items, prison officials said. He was in a single cell in a general population unit in the maximum-security state prison. Continue reading “Aaron Hernandez Dies by Apparent Suicide in Prison”

NCAA returns to North Carolina after transgender bathroom law repeal

Reuters The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Tuesday formally reversed course and scheduled championship games in North Carolina, returning to the state after previously stripping it of events to protest a law on transgender use of public bathrooms. Transgender advocates immediately criticized the decision, saying although the bathroom law was repealed last month, North Carolina still discriminated against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people … Continue reading NCAA returns to North Carolina after transgender bathroom law repeal

Comey OKs new TV series to boost FBI’s image

Kaja Whitehouse
The New York Post

FBI Director James Comey said he let cameras into the New York FBI offices to film a new television series in hopes that he might build trust with the American people.

“I worry sometimes that people don’t know us,” Comey said in explaining why he green-lighted “Inside the FBI: New York,” a new television documentary by Dick Wolf of “Law & Order” fame and documentarian Marc Levin. Continue reading “Comey OKs new TV series to boost FBI’s image”

Disney installs metal detectors, bag searches and pat downs at hotels and park entrances

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Imagine going through a metal detector before you check into your hotel room, imagine being patted down and searched before you get inside your hotel. Imagine Disney using facial biometrics to spy on everyone in your family.

Well imagine no more, it’s already happening.

According to an article in the Orlando Sentinel, Disney World has made going to your hotel and amusement park a virtual trip to a TSA checkpoint. Disney World has installed metal detectors and bag searches at all of their hotel entrances and park entrances. Continue reading “Disney installs metal detectors, bag searches and pat downs at hotels and park entrances”

The surprising Catholic message in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Greg Kandra
Aleteia

My wife and I went to see the film Thursday night—we liked it—and picked up on something that writer Jacob Popcak also noticed and appreciated:

I want to draw attention to an incredibly beautiful “exclusively Catholic moment” that many of us have missed as we argued about a clip that barely made it into the film.

The scene is this: during the memorable opening number of the 1991 animated classic, the titular “Beauty” walks down the thoroughfares of her “provincial” village on her way to her regular place of refuge: a book shop, where even the cruelest and most small minded of the villagers can’t distract her from the solace of her books. The live-action adaptation’s opening proceeds similarly, with Belle purposely making her way through the town as her neighbors go about their excessively predictable daily lives.

But that’s where the live action veers from its animated counterpart: instead of finding her way to the local bookshop (admittedly something of an oddity in an otherwise illiterate town), Belle arrives at the local Catholic Church. She’s there, in her own words, to see “Père Robert” (Father Robert). In lieu of a photo or clip (I’d rather not link you to any pirated copies of the film), I’ll let the film’s novelization take it away:

“Finally, Belle arrived at her destination — the vestry of the church. Pushing open the doors, she breathed a sigh of relief as the quiet and serenity of the building enveloped her. The hubbub and noise of outside faded away, and for the first time that morning, Belle felt at peace. Hearing her enter, a kind man in a long black robe looked up from his book. The man was tall and slender, with warm eyes that crinkled as he smiled at Belle.

While standing in front of a truly massive Crucifix, the man – revealed to be Père Robert, the parish priest – discuss their mutual fondness of Shakespeare. Then, the scene continues:

“The well-read priest was one of two people in the entire village Belle felt she could talk to. ‘Thank you,’ [Belle] said softly. ‘Your library makes our small corner of the world almost feel big.’”

Some people I respect have already pointed out that the scene may merely be “a nod to the idea that the religious caste was the literate caste in the period portrayed.” But regardless of the meaning intended, I think we as Catholics can – and should – draw a greater meaning from the picture painted.

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Dave Chappelle intelligently questions mandatory vaccines in new Netflix special

Thomas Dishaw
Natural News

Comedian Dave Chappelle has been making the comedy rounds again, much to the delight of his fans. After his abrupt exit from Comedy Central’s “The Chappelle Show” in 2006 and walking away from a $50 million dollar deal with the network, many conspiracy theories have still lingered regarding the circumstances. Some claimed he had simply lost his mind; others said he had left America and was living off the grid in Africa. To hear Chappelle tell it, he did suffer a bit of a breakdown, but it was related more to stress than anything else. He felt like the material he was being expected to produce with Comedy Central was not honest and no longer lived up to his standards.

After years of silence, Chappelle is back on the comedy scene, doing only a few select shows around the country. Because of these rare appearances, fans were elated to hear that Netflix would be producing not one, but two stand-up specials with the comedian. On Tuesday, March 21st “The Age of Spin” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas” appeared and have gained mass critical and vie wer acclaim. Continue reading “Dave Chappelle intelligently questions mandatory vaccines in new Netflix special”

Jay Z, Weinstein Company to Make Trayvon Martin Film and Documentary Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Justin Kroll, Brent Lang
Variety

Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and the Weinstein Company are partnering on an ambitious series of film and television projects about Trayvon Martin, Variety has learned.

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Power Rangers Will Feature Big Screen’s First ‘Queer’ Character

Newsbusters  This weekend, LGBT activists across the country rejoiced to see Disney’s first gay character, LeFou, in Beauty and the Beast. Now, superhero fans are celebrating a similar milestone. Power Rangers, coming to theaters this Friday, will feature a character who is questioning her sexuality, director Dean Israelite told Hollywood Reporter editor Aaron Couch. “For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” … Continue reading Power Rangers Will Feature Big Screen’s First ‘Queer’ Character