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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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Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ video is a perfect parody of all your favorite teen movies

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Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” already cemented itself as a 2018 banger, and the official video is a party of its own. Full of classic teen movie tropes and references to Mean Girls, Bring It On, Legally Blonde, and more.

The movie references are fun on their own, all teased by Grande on social media leading up to the video’s release, but the cameos make “thank u, next.”

From Mean Girls‘ original Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett) to Kris Jenner as a cool mom, everyone in the video is having a blast – perhaps none more so than Jennifer Coolidge recreating an entire scene of Legally Blonde with Grande as Elle Woods.

The song talks about Grande’s exes, but the second part is all about self-discovery (“But this one gon’ last / ‘Cause her name is Ari). The movie references are strategic – though they all contain central love stories, they remain iconic because they are stories of female empowerment and a protagonist finding her voice amid all the noise.

And that shit’s amazing.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/ariana-grande-thank-u-next/

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Michael B. Jordan demonstrates just how fast his hands are

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“Having starred in two Creed movies and probably endured some pretty rigorous physical training, Michael B. Jordan is pretty quick on his feet — and fast with his hands.

On The Late Late Show, Jordan demonstrated to host James Corden just how quick he can actually move them.

In a game of good old try-to-slap-my-hand-before-I-move-it-away, Jordan beat a shrieking James Corden pretty convincingly.

Oh, Michael. Your hands are faster than the speed of our love for you.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/michael-b-jordan-james-corden-fast-hands/

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Idris Elba is People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ for 2018

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(CNN)He’s still not James Bond, but for now this honor will do.

He is the 33rd man to hold the title and appears this week on the magazine’s cover.
Elba told the publication, “I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’ ” when he first learned he had been selected.
“Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today,’ ” the “Thor” star joked. “But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure.”
“Elba first became famous in the States for his portrayal of drug kingpin Russell “Stringer” Bell on HBO’s hit series “The Wire” (HBO is owned by CNN’s parent company) and since then has branched out to the big screen.
His early days were far from sexy, Elba said, growing up “tall and skinny” at an all-boys school in London, where he played football, basketball, cricket, hockey and rugby.
Now considered one of Hollywood’s sex symbols, Elba said he definitely had an awkward stage as a youth.
“And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, OK?,” he said. “I got picked on a little bit. But as soon as I could grow a mustache, I was the coolest kid on the block. Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers.”
Bonkers indeed.”

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/06/entertainment/idris-elba-sexiest-man-alive/index.html

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