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Ben Affleck Responds to the Snyder Cut’s Release

UPDATE: Ben Affleck shared his response to the Justice League Snyder Cut news via Kevin Smith‘s Fat Man Beyond podcast.

In a video message Affleck said he’s “very excited that Zack is getting a chance to finally see his vision realized” and thanked the fans for helping to make the Snyder Cut’s release a reality.

“I love Zack and I love his version of the movie, and I look forward to everyone getting a chance to see it,” Affleck said.

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BATMAN ON FAT MAN BEYOND! Last night on #fatmanbeyond, @benaffleck sent a message to all the fans who made the #zacksnyder @justiceleague a forthcoming reality on @hbomax with their passionate #releasethesnydercut campaign! Ben also sent some love to his director Zack in the clip – and for you @jayandsilentbob Strike Back fans, he included a bomb of a button! Big thanks to the Dark Knight for swinging by our little show – @marcbernardin & I appreciated it, and the audience was ecstatic! (See the whole episode at my @youtube channel.) #KevinSmith #benaffleck #justiceleague #benaffleckbatman #hbomax #zacksnydersjusticeleague

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The cast of Justice League seem to be as happy as their original director about the announcement of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the recut version of the 2017 movie.

Henry Cavill (Superman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg) and Jason Momoa (Aquaman) all posted on Instagram about their happiness regarding the announcement of the long-awaited ‘Snyder Cut’.

Fisher kept it simple, referencing the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement by saying: “For those who fought. For those who believed. Thank you.” Momoa also thanked fans for their part in the Snyder Cut’s release: “finally it’s happening. your welcome. justice served. all my aloha to everyone who made this happen. all the fans. we love you.”

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Cavill provided the longest message, and referenced the occasionally volatile online arguments about the Cut, saying “be nice to each other” while congratulating Snyder himself:

“Ladies and Gents, it finally happened. The Snyder cut will be out next year! Now, I know there have been two camps over the whole Snyder Cut thing and whether it will ever happen for a while. Just remember, we all get to have more Justice League now, it’s a win win. So, be nice to each other ;). Big congratulations to you, Mr Snyder!”

Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be released on HBO Max in 2021, but its format is still undecided – it may be a 4-hour movie, or a miniseries.

If you’re not sure of how we got here, we wrote a full history of the Snyder Cut shortly before this announcement.

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The beauty vlogger and brand founder posted a 20-minute video on his YouTube channel Wednesday talking about his namesake beauty brand’s upcoming eye shadow palette, called the Cremated Palette, which has been met with criticism over its insensitive theme amid the coronavirus crisis.
“Nothing ever comes from a bad place, so if you were thinking that, absolutely not,” he said in the video while sporting a gothic-themed makeup look created from the palette. “My brand, I created this to make people smile. I created a brand for all the weirdos and the people that didn’t really feel like they fit in, so in no way was this created to be offensive ever.”

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Man Proposes To Boyfriend At Church, Church Responds Perfectly

Love is love, and this congregation embraced that. 

Trevor Harper and Davis Covin, who have been dating for nine years, are active members of the First United Methodist Church of Austin in Texas. Harper proposed to Covin at the church earlier this month in front of the congregation — a moment which was captured in a video and shared on YouTube.

The congregation responded to the magical moment in the best way possible — with a standing ovation. We must say, we’d totally be lying if we didn’t tear up a bit ourselves while watching the proposal. 

Harper told BuzzFeed News that the couple’s church, which they’ve belonged to for two years, has been supportive of the pair’s relationship and welcome people of all sexual orientations to attend. When Harper proposed, the pair had actually been sharing the story of their faith during the service, according to the video. 

While clergy belonging to the Methodist church aren’t permitted to perform same-sex marriages, Harper said that his pastor, the Reverend John Wright — who helped plan the moment — thought the proposal in front of the congregation was a great way to celebrate the pair’s love, BuzzFeed reported. The couple hopes that the church will allow them to hold their wedding ceremony there by the time they plan to get married in 2016. 

 

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In Leaked Memo, the NRA Responds to Child Shootings

(The below email from National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre was forwarded to your humble correspondent, who feels it his civic duty to share with the public, in light of the fact that American kids are accidentally, but quite regularly, shooting themselves, their siblings, and sometimes their own parents).

TO: NRA, All Staff
FROM: Wayne LaPierre, CEO
SUBJ: Retiring Eddie Eagle 🙁

Dear colleagues,

Many of you no doubt recall with great fondness the moment Eddie Eagle, our beloved gun safety icon, first made a landing in your life, either at school or online, especially after his spiffy digital upgrade. For almost thirty years now Eddie has been charming American youngsters, and his catchy firearm safety limerick (“Stop, don’t touch! Run away, tell a grown up!”) is one of the most popular songs in the nation.

But while his flight has been a long and distinguished one, this year the sun will gently set on our singing bird of prey. It is with a heavy heart that I share with you all the suspension of our association’s Eddie Eagle Gun Safety program, effective immediately. Despite our best efforts and decades of diligence, the program has, unfortunately, proven to be an abject failure.

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Almost every day it seems, untrained American youngsters are still getting their precious little fingers on firearms, with tragic consequences (who can forget those unfortunate young parents in New Mexico, or most recently in the Buckeye State, where a 3-year old boy just used his mother’s gun to take his own life).

Now for the good news. With Eddie flying off into the sunset, the National Junior Shooter Department has been working overtime on a new program to pick up where he left off, and to correct certain mistakes made in the past. With Eddie Eagle we tried to teach vigilance, but I regret to say he also taught fear. In his naivete, Eddie may have unwittingly made young Americans afraid to bear arms, and that’s a mistake I’ll never forgive myself for — a mistake we’re going to correct. The National Rifle Association will no longer be in the business of scaring American youngsters. Instead, we’re going to arm them. With knowledge.

Our new training program, Second Amendment Avengers™, will teach a new generation of young Americans to be proud of their Constitution again. The new program will no longer abide by the fallacy that young Americans curious about their second amendment rights should be told to “run away” from firearms. After all with over 300 million guns in homes all across this country, and gun sales through the roof, if American youngsters had to run every time they found a loaded weapon, they’d never get a moment’s rest!
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Instead we’ll offer a rigorous curricula with a focus on marksmanship, urban combat, second amendment history, terrorism avoidance, and of course, gun safety. With regular online and interactive pop quizzes, we will teach the nation’s youth to know the difference between an AR and an M4, a TEC-9 and a Taurus 9MM. We’ll be rolling it out this fall in major school districts nationwide, as well as in eligible day care centers and preschools. The minimum age of enrollment is two years old.

One of the most exciting features of the program is a partnership with Machine Gun America, Orlando’s delightful new armed and loaded amusement park (watch out Disney, you’ve got some competition!). The park will host our young Avengers on chaperoned field trips, where they’ll be given the opportunity to test their sharp shooting skills against real targets!

It is, truly, morning in Machine Gun America.

After all, we can’t afford to tiptoe around anymore; Lord only knows what kind of gun grabbing bureaucracy Hillary Clinton is cooking up at her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn. In all fairness Eddie’s “Stop, don’t touch!” tune served it’s purpose, but this new, terrifying era demands a more muscular curriculum for our youth. The new tune our Second Amendment Avengers™ will be singing along to is, “Stop. Stand your ground. Ready. Aim for the head!” Millions of young American firearm enthusiasts will finally receive the training they deserve, to protect their parents, themselves, and their freedom.

This is an emotional moment for many of us, and Human Resources has made arrangements with a grief counselor who will be available all this week to discuss any feelings of discomfort or loss related to Eddie Eagle’s sudden departure. But mostly I hope you share my excitement about this new direction for our association, and the youngsters of America. Just think of the many young lives we’ll save!

We can’t stand by while one more precious angel goes to heaven after mishandling a firearm, just to protect our second amendment rights. That’s simply not who we are.

Sincerely,

Wayne LaPierre
Executive Vice President and CEO
National Rifle Association (NRA)

P.S. Later this evening some of us will be saluting Eddie Eagle’s last flight and sharing some of our personal favorite “Eddie stories” at O’Ryans over on Lee Highway. I hope you’ll join us!

P.P.S. This is clearly a work of satire, inspired by a new play exploring American gun culture, Bullets Over Preschool, premiering in New York City on June 19th.

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Michael B. Jordan Responds To Trolls Saying A Black Man Can’t Play Johnny Storm

Michael B. Jordan is responding to Internet trolls saying a black man can’t play Johnny Storm in the upcoming “Fantastic Four” film.

After online commenters expressed their displeasure over the fact that the actor is playing a character who was blond and blue-eyed in the comic, the “Friday Night Lights” and “Fruitvale Station” star penned an essay in Entertainment Weekly addressing the topic:

Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, “I’ll be the one to shoulder all this hate. I’ll take the brunt for the next couple of generations.” I put that responsibility on myself. People are always going to see each other in terms of race, but maybe in the future we won’t talk about it as much. Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that “it has to be true to the comic book.” Or maybe we have to reach past them.

To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It’s okay to like it.

After the essay was published, Jordan took to Twitter to thank fans expressing their support:

“Fantastic Four” hits theaters Aug. 7. Head over to Entertainment Weekly to read Jordan’s insightful piece in full.

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Damon Dash Responds To Jay Z’s ‘Stream Of Consciousness’ YouTube, Spotify Diss

Jay Z debuted his latest freestyle last weekend at the Tidal X: B-Sides show. In the freestyle called “Stream of Consciousness,” the business mogul defended his streaming service by flipping the dialogue and questioning consumers’ existing support of YouTube, Apple and Spotify.

The Grammy Award-winning rapper’s lyrics went on to garner the attention of many fans , including his former business partner, Damon Dash.

During an interview this week with Dr. Boyce Watkins, Dash –- who has previously expressed his own displeasure over the practices of corporate America taking advantage of artists — shared his thoughts on Jay’s decision to take aim at his new tech rivals.

“I know Jay, and as my experience with him, whatever’s winning is what he’s going to embrace,” he admitted during the interview. “So if bringing awareness to being robbed as a culture is what’s now in style… that’s what I wanted to happen… Of course, the timing of it may make it look like he’s doing it as a marketing plan, but good. Everything that he does is a marketing plan.”

“So if being independent is a marketing plan then that’s good,” Dash continued. “And bringing awareness to being robbed so he can make money is a marketing plan, as opposed to bringing awareness to selling drugs and shooting, or ‘I’m better than you because I have more money’… Like when the most commercial person is saying that – even though he’s talking about independence at the most commercial level – I still like that’s the mentality.”

Check out more of Damon Dash’s interview in the clip above.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson Responds After Tuc Watkins Deems ‘Modern Family’ Couple The Gay Equivalent Of ‘Blackface’

Jesse Tyler Ferguson took to social media after a fellow actor criticized the portrayal of a same-sex couple on “Modern Family” as being “the gay equivalent of ‘blackface.’

The 39-year-old Ferguson, who has nabbed five Emmy nominations for his work on “Modern Family,” said he knew “lots of guys” who could relate to Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitch (Ferguson).

We can’t be expected to represent every gay person,” he wrote on Facebook. “We can only represent these two people. Also, Mitch is basically a version of me…so I never know how to take it when people say
that he is stereotypical. And in defense of Cam, I still can’t figure out how a clown & football coach who also happens to be gay is a stereotype.”

He went on to note, “As a closeted kid of the ’80s I would have loved to have had a show like ‘Modern Family’ to watch with my parents. It would have meant a lot to me to see who I secretly was reflected on television. TV has come a long way and it continues to forge new ground.”

You can check out Ferguson’s full Facebook post here.

Ferguson’s remarks followed those of “Desperate Housewives” actor Tuc Watkins. The openly gay Watkins, who played Bob Hunter on “Housewives” and can currently be seen on “Awkward,” said he had “a hard time laughing at the gay guys” on “Modern Family,” arguing that the show’s portrayal of a same-sex couple “doesn’t feel ‘modern’ at all.”

“It feels a little bit like the gay equivalent of ‘blackface,'” he added, according to reports. “Sure, people come in all shapes, sizes, etc. So why are we fed such ’80s stereotypes every week?”

Earlier this year, “Modern Family” came under fire from the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, who argued that the ABC series was “designed to make you think that same-sex households are wonderful” and “the optimum nurturing environment for children,” while depicting heterosexual marriage as “bondage, dreary,” and “gloomy.”

“People are just watching TV to be entertained,” Fischer said at the time, “not realizing that their view of life is being twisted in a way that’s very harmful to them and harmful to our culture.”

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The “Fault In Our Stars” heartthrob, 20, cleared up persistent rumors about his private life, noting:

He also added:

Earlier this year, Elgort teased fans by replicating the now-iconic “The Fault In Our Stars” poster with his co-star Nat Wolff stepping in for Shailene Woodley, who played his love interest in the actual film, on Instagram:

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‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris Defines New Show And Responds To Critics

This fall, ABC will add more diversity to its slate of programming with the new family sitcom “black-ish.” Starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne, and executive produced by Larry Wilmore and “America’s Next Top Model” co-creator Kenya Barris, the half-hour comedy series takes a look at one man’s determination to establish a sense of cultural identity for his modern African-American family in suburban California.

Some critics have questioned whether the show, which premieres Sept. 24, will resonate with ABC’s viewers. But Barris hopes that “black-ish” will translate as an applicable lesson on race relations and cultural assimilation in today’s America.

During a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Barris opened up about the creation of “black-ish,” and offered his thoughts on the importance of the show’s airing amid passionate discussions about race in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere.

How would you define “black-ish”?

I would say it’s an adjective, and I would even say it’s a dynamic adjective. I think some of the controversy has been around the idea that some people think that we’re trying to define what “black” is, and it couldn’t be further from the truth. I think it’s a really inclusive word much less than an exclusionary word, in terms of [how] it really speaks towards the homogenized society we’re living in today … If you look at the main character, Andre Johnson [played by Anderson], from his eyes, he’s raising kids and a family in a time where he looks around at his kids and he feels like their idea of being “black,” from what he remembers growing up, is different from what it was for him…

And I say that in terms of how he looks at his kids, and his kids are at a Macklemore concert or skateboarding. And so the ideology of what he saw, growing up, to be black, there’s a little bit of a filtered, subtracted, watered-down version of that. And so they’re kind of “black-ish” in that version. But then at the same time, he looks around and sees that there’s an additive version when he looks and sees a lot of the cultural impact that black culture has had on what America is today, [how it] has spread beyond our particular race. He sees, Kim Kardashian is “black-ish.” Dirk Nowitzki has a “black-ish” style of playing basketball. And he looks and feels like culture, in general, is at a place where it reached this sort of convergence, where it’s all become sort of this one thing, and we’ve all sort of merged into this big homogenized pot of where we’re [borrowing] from each other. And everyone else, in his eyes, has become a little bit more “black-ish.” So it works both ways.

Did you experience any difficulties or hurdles while shopping the pilot to networks?

We were really lucky. I’ve sold a bunch of pilots, and this time, when I did this pilot, I was like, I didn’t care who bought it. I was kind of like, “This time I’m going to do it honestly. I’m going to try to say, ‘I’ll make the family white or I’ll just make it about a family who just happens to be black.'” And for some reason, sometimes when you just have to go from a purer place, it hits harder. I went to a bunch of production companies and we decided to do it with Laurence Fishburne’s company, because Laurence said he’d be in it. And based on his own life, he immediately got the story … And we sold it everywhere we pitched. I’ll be honest — we got offers in the room almost everywhere we pitched. It was sort of a competitive situation. And we were actually going to go with FX, because we knew they would let us do what we wanted to do. But I’m so glad that we made the decision we did going with ABC, because they have really stepped up and [done] this show where every week we’re like, “They’re letting us do this?” [laughs]

How important was it for you to highlight modern-day situations in which race relations take place — for example, how African-Americans manage to navigate through the dynamics of office politics?

It’s the fundamental premise of the whole show for me. Dave Chappelle has this great joke of how he doesn’t [like] this sort [of] racism in Hollywood where it’s behind closed doors. He likes that old Southern, “fine-brewed to perfection” racism where it’s just in your face. And it’s something more dangerous when it’s not as malicious or done on purpose, when it’s more institutional. Because they don’t get that they’re doing it, and it’s not being done on purpose. And I want to shed light on it, because it works both ways … There’s sort of a duality and a counterintuitiveness to the main character’s problem, because he wants the promotion, but he’s mad that they gave him the promotion of the “Urban Division.” But like his wife says, “You’re mad that they gave you the Urban Division because you think they gave it to you because you’re black. But if they gave the Urban Division to someone white, you’d be mad that they didn’t give it to someone black.”

There’s a counterintuitive [aspect] and a duality to that type of thinking that we deal with every day […] and I want to shed a light on that. I think that this show is a test study. We don’t get a lot of opportunities like this. Unfortunately, if it works, it becomes […] somewhat of an understood standard. But if it doesn’t work, it becomes, “Oh well, that experiment failed. Back to the norm.” And that’s scary.

What are your thoughts on the relevance of the show airing on network television in the midst of the Michael Brown shooting investigation and other race-related news items?

It’s weird. As the pilot had just gotten picked up for a series, the [Donald] Sterling thing came out. And we were like, “Yooo, this is crazy!” And then as that was happening you had the guy in New York [Eric Garner] get strangled […] and it’s like, this is still a part of the world that we’re in. And people want to say, “Well, [President] Barack [Obama] is this…” I think in some aspects, Barack has shot us 25, 30 years into the future. But at the same time he has given people the ability to say, “Well now you don’t have anything else to complain about … We’re no longer a country that has any type of biases. Because look, we have a black president.” But that’s not the case. Ninety-five percent of the biases against Barack, there’s a lot of that that comes from a place that’s saying, “I personally don’t agree with him because he’s black.” It has nothing to do with his policies, but more of the policies coming from a black man.

So I think it’s a really important time for this show to air. I think that I am not trying to get on a pulpit and preach. This is comedy. At its heart, it’s a family comedy. It’s not a political show … We wanted to make this show the same way for me, growing up, “The Cosby Show” was like, “Oh my God! I want that to be my family.” We wanted to make this show aspirational and we wanted to build off of what Dr. Cosby did in a really positive way.

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