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Steven Spielberg: Oprah would make a brilliant president and I will back her

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Calling her the ambassador of empathy, The Post director endorses Winfrey and says America needs a mindful, empathetic human being in the White House

The undeclared but burgeoning campaign to elect Oprah Winfrey the next president of the United States has received another boost, with the full-throated backing of one of Hollywoods biggest figures: Steven Spielberg.

I think Oprah Winfrey would make an absolutely brilliant president, the Oscar-winning director told the Guardian on Thursday. Spielberg, in London to promote his new movie The Post, said: If she declares, I will back her.

Speculation about a Winfrey presidential run in 2020 took off following Sundays Golden Globes awards ceremony, where the TV host and impresario delivered a barnstorming and intensely political speech. Afterwards her partner, Stedman Graham, told the Los Angeles Times: Its up to the people. She would absolutely do it.

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Steven Spielberg, left, with his The Post lead actors Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, at the films European premiere on Wednesday. Photograph: Karwai Tang/WireImage

Spielberg, widely acclaimed as the most commercially successful film-maker in cinema history, was effusive in his praise: She is crackerjack on the money on womens issues and I call her the ambassador of empathy. And our country could use a dose of empathy right now.

Spielberg, who directed Winfrey in his 1985 film The Color Purple, said the actor-turned-TV-mogul would be a unifying figure. Shes been on the air for 35 years with all kinds of social outreach, building bridges between different ideologies and different points of view.

Asked if she has the skill set to be president, he replied, Does our current president have the skill set to be president?

Pressed on whether Democrats should look to replace Donald Trump with a candidate with governing experience rather than another TV celebrity, Spielberg said: I think we need a mindful, empathetic human being in the White House who understands people and puts people ahead of their own ideas of power and self-aggrandisement and I think Oprah has already proved her capacity for selflessness.

He noted that previous presidents had often arrived in office having fulfilled no role comparable to the US presidency. I think shell learn on the job the same way Bill Clinton learned a former governor of Arkansas or Barack Obama, a junior senator, learned on the job. Id much rather go for someone like Oprah Winfrey than a career politician.

Asked if his endorsement was serious, Spielberg said it was and that hed like the next president to be a president of the people.

Spielberg was speaking ahead of a press conference in London for The Post, at which the films star Meryl Streep said Winfrey talked like a presidential candidate should talk, and that she had the voice of a leader. Whether she is leading us to the candidate we need or whether she herself is a candidate, she sets the bar pretty high on campaign talk.

Asked about the #MeToo and Times Up movements Streep said we were seeing a global seismic change. She said: As a movement it is pretty interesting to be involved because there isnt a leadership hierarchy, we dont know who the top dog is. We have a hive, it is like a hive of bees, there are more and more coming in. Everybody is making honey, everybody is doing the good work.

It is a moving thing and thats good because it needs to fly, it needs to alight on many different industries, many different enterprises … government, military, the church. The inequities and the imbalance of power isnt just in Hollywood. The exploitation of women, their labour and their reticence to come forward… that goes right through societies, not just in the United States.

It is a growing thing and the most heartening thing for me is that it doesnt feel like a one-off, I dont think well go backwards.

Streep added that the movie industry, of course, needed to be diverse; a sentiment echoed by her co-star Tom Hanks who said, when it came to diversity, television kicks movies ass. In television, which is probably better than it has ever been … women are much better represented than they are in motion pictures.

Hanks said he had worked with women directors such as Penny Marshall and Nora Ephron. Im of the generation who, frankly, didnt give too much of a shit about the gender of the person in charge.

The Post, which tells the story of the 1971 battle by the Washington Post to publish the Pentagon Papers detailing decades of US government dishonesty over the war in Vietnam and which champions the role of the press, is also set to be seen as a coded attack on the Trump administration, which has made no secret of its hostility to what it calls the fake news media.

The Guardians full interview with Steven Spielberg will appear next week.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jan/11/steven-spielberg-oprah-would-make-a-brilliant-president-and-i-will-back-her

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Alison Brie just told a hilarious story about attempting a backflip at Donald Glover’s apartment

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While they were filming Community together, Alison Brie used to hang out with co-star Donald Glover, despite the fact that he was – in her own words – “much cooler” than her.

Brie was a guest on The Late Late Show, where she told a story about a time she was at a party at Glover’s apartment and attempted to do a backflip and ended up breaking a lamp. Oops.

“I decided to just yell out, ‘hey everyone, watch this!'” Brie said. “I might have been a little drunk.”

We’ve all been there, Alison.

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/alison-brie-james-corden-donald-glover/

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John Legend just achieved EGOT status, the youngest ever to do so

Charmaine Blake

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John Legend, winner of the award for outstanding variety special.

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“John Legend has made history as the youngest person ever to achieve that sweet, sweet coveted EGOT status.

That’s someone who has received the big four, the holy grail of performance accolades: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards.

Legend, 39, completed the acronym at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, as did Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, all for producing best variety special winner Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

He’s also the first black man to land EGOT status, making history in more ways than one.

Legend also played the role of Jesus in NBC’s production of the 1970 concept album-turned-Broadway musical, so he’s also up for the Emmy for outstanding actor in a limited series or movie, which will be revealed at the big primetime Emmy Awards on Monday.

“Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories,” wrote Legend on Instagram……………………..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/john-legend-egot-emmys-2018/

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20+ People That Were Surprised At How Nice These Celebrities Were In Real Life

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Many people agree that it’s an awful feeling to meet a celebrity you look up to and realize they are a horrible person. We’ve all read about (some of us even met) celebrities who are rude to everyone and full of themselves, despite trying to look nice on the media.

Fortunately, it seems that the vast majority of celebrities are really nice people and treats those who surround them with respect. Don’t believe us? Scroll below to read a list of stories compiled by Bored Panda about the nicest and friendliest celebrity encounters.

#1

 

“I was jogging at the San Francisco Marina back in 1988 I think it was and I saw Robin Williams sitting in the side of his van just chillin’. I said, “How you doin’ Mr. Williams?” He said, “I’m doing great, you running from the cops?” I laughed and stopped to chat with him for about 5 minutes. He was absolutely delightful. Such a fond memory. I wept when I…

“I was jogging at the San Francisco Marina back in 1988 I think it was and I saw Robin Williams sitting in the side of his van just chillin’. I said, “How you doin’ Mr. Williams?” He said, “I’m doing great, you running from the cops?” I laughed and stopped to chat with him for about 5 minutes. He was absolutely delightful. Such a fond memory. I wept when I heard he died.”

#2

“Jim Carrey gave me a ride to the gas station after my car ran out of gas in Bel Aire. I told him I was a huge fan of Ace Ventura and I could mimic his laugh from the movie. Then we both had our heads out the window cackling away. He bought my gas and drove me back to my car. One of the greatest moments in my life.”

#3

“Keanu Reeves. I remember seeing him while walking through New York a long time ago when I was a young, probably very annoying pre-teen. I yelled out, “Yo, Neo!” And then I obnoxiously mimicked the bullet dodge motion from The Matrix. He looked back at me, laughed, and mirrored the same move in acknowledgement. It’s such a great memory because I feel like anyone would have been justified in getting annoyed…

“Keanu Reeves. I remember seeing him while walking through New York a long time ago when I was a young, probably very annoying pre-teen. I yelled out, “Yo, Neo!” And then I obnoxiously mimicked the bullet dodge motion from The Matrix. He looked back at me, laughed, and mirrored the same move in acknowledgement. It’s such a great memory because I feel like anyone would have been justified in getting annoyed and shrugging this stupid kid off, but instead he was a good sport and humored me. I’ll never forget it.”

#4

Tom Hanks at Best Buy. He was in line in front of me with a cart full, all by himself. I was only buying a bottle of water because they didn’t have what I was looking for. I just blurted out” Forest Gump is my favorite movie” like a creep, and he turned around, and said “that was my favorite movie to make! I’m glad you love it.” He then…

Tom Hanks at Best Buy. He was in line in front of me with a cart full, all by himself. I was only buying a bottle of water because they didn’t have what I was looking for. I just blurted out” Forest Gump is my favorite movie” like a creep, and he turned around, and said “that was my favorite movie to make! I’m glad you love it.” He then chatted with me while about movies as we stood in line. When it was his turn to check out while they were ringing up his stuff he said “oh let me get that water for you” and paid for my water. He kept talking to me and then we walked out and he said “nice talking to you! You’re a very nice young lady and always remember… life is like a box of chocolates.. you never know what your gonna get” in his Forest Gump voice. IT WAS THE BEST THING EVER.

#5

 “My sister was waiting tables in NYC, and ended up serving Patrick Stewart. She didn’t want to bother him, so she just did her job, but at the end of the night she told him how much she had enjoyed seeing him in a production of Hamlet that year (2008), and that she hoped he was planning to do more theater in the US. My sister was prepared to leave it…………..”
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