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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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Check Out Thandie Newton’s dress she wore to Cannes’ ‘Solo’ premiere

Charmaine Blake

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I, for one, welcome our new amazing sci-fi overlord, Thandie Newton

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Thandie Newton is amazing and her unique dress at the Cannes Film Festival screening of Solo only further cements it.

On Tuesday night, Newton and the rest of the cast and crew of the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story were on hand for the film’s screening at Cannes and Newton’s dress paid special tribute to her Star Wars fandom (via io9).

While the dress is, according to Red Carpet Fashion Awards, a Vivienne Westwood Couture gown (for all you red carpet fashion nerds), what takes the dress to the next level would be the print overlays of other black characters from the Star Wars universe taken from Newton’s personal action figure collection. 

Thandie Newton’s Star Wars fandom goes next level at Cannes

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As seen above, the dress includes Mace Windu, Finn, Captain Panaka, and a deep cut: Lando Calrissian in his Jabba’s Palace disguise from Return of the Jedi.

Check out this close-up for another view of how the figures are included in the dress’ pattern.

Amazing

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That is stellar fandom. 

Of course, maybe Newton can add her own action figure to the dress as her Solo character, Val, is added to that all-too-small demographic (something that didn’t escape Donald Glover’s notice as noted in that excellent sketch from his recent Saturday Night Live appearance). 

And, finally, just because it’s amazing and awesome, here is a photo of Newton standing with Glover, the young Lando himself. 

Nothing but respect for MY presidents

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One has to wonder what we did to deserve such an amazing pair together in one place, in one movie.

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Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/05/16/thandie-newton-dress-black-star-wars/

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Interview with Alden Ehrenreich interrupted by Harrison Ford

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Alden Ehrenreich, the new Han Solo, was visited by the original Han Solo during an interview.

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The original Han Solo gets to crash whatever interview he wants.

Alden Ehrenreich, the titular star of Solo: A Star Wars Story, was in the middle of an interview with Entertainment Tonight when a door opened behind Ehrenreich and in walked the OG Solo himself, Harrison Ford, along with Solo director Ron Howard.

“You’re shitting me,” Ehrenreich said after he saw Ford, in a clip ET shared on Twitter.

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Scarlett Johansson Wore A Very Controversial Dress To The Met Gala And People Were Divided

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For Scarlett Johansson, it seems as though life is pretty perfect right now. Two weeks ago, the 33-year-old actress debuted her new beau, SNL star Colin Jost, on the red carpet of her latest film, Avengers: Infinity War – which took an epic $641 million during its opening weekend, making it the highest grossing film opening of all time.

Her kick-ass portrayal of Black Widow earned her rave reviews (yet again) from critics, leaving it in no question that the New York-born star is an international treasure.

So it’s easy to see why all eyes were on the brunette beauty as she graced the red carpet at this year’s Met Gala.

Watch her strut her stuff on the iconic Met Gala red carpet…

The star-studded event is known for causing controversy given its focus on fashion, however, this year the scandal was at an all-time high thanks to the questionable theme which has left a bad taste in the mouth of many who deem it inappropriate.

The theme, ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’, saw A-list stars strut down the red carpet in religious-inspired garments, usually worn exclusively by the Pope. Understandably, this vision caused a stir with devout Catholics who took issue with celebrities using their religion as the theme for a glorified fancy dress party.

But whilst the Met Gala’s theme is certainly controversial, it was nowhere near as gossip-inducing as Scarlett Johansson’s dress.

The mother-of-one wore the flowing red gown with confidence and a full awareness of the message that it sent.

You may be wondering what all the fuss is about, because in all honesty, the dress is pretty basic when compared to the outfits worn by stars such as Rihanna, Katy Perry and Sarah Jessica-Parker. Well, here’s the thing… her gown was made by Marchesa, a designer brand best known for its links to disgraced movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein.

Marchesa is the label created by Weinstein’s now ex-wife, Georgina Chapman. The luxury label, which was founded in 2004 – coincidentally, the same year Chapman began dating Weinstein – has long been a favorite with A-list stars.

Over the years the label has been repeatedly supported by industry icons such as Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lopez and Penélope Cruz. Johannson was also a big fan of the fashion house, choosing to wear their lavish gowns on more than one occasion.

However, when Weinstein was exposed as a serial sexual harasser in October 2017, practically every loyal customer turned their back on the brand after it was alleged that the movie mogul forced stars of his movies to wear the label on the red carpet.

Since then, Marchesa has been noticeably absent from any formal Hollywood gathering. That was until ScarJo breathed some life back into the brand by proudly posing in a pink Marchesa gown on the Met Gala red carpet.

Naturally, her statement divided opinion. Especially on Twitter where the users were quick to comment on the award-winning actress’ decision.

Read some of their reactions here… 

But Scarlett Johansson was not deterred, and in a statement to People magazine, she revealed why she chose to wear the dress:

“I wore Marchesa because their clothes make women feel confident and beautiful and it is my pleasure to support a brand created by two incredibly talented and important female designers.”

However, this isn’t the first time that ScarJo has been called out for making some questionable choices within the film industry.

The celebrated actress has previously come under fire for working with controversial film director Woody Allen on multiple projects, despite allegations against him for inappropriate conduct with underage girls.

This, combined with her Marchesa statement at the Met Gala, has prompted many to call out the actress for her apparent disregard for the #MeToo movement – a campaign she has passionately supported.

Or, by wearing Marchesa, is she doing more for #MeToo than most by supporting a woman who was victimized for her husband’s inappropriate behavior?

Read more: http://www.viralthread.com/scarlett-johansson-wore-a-very-controversial-dress-to-the-met-gala-and-people-were-divided/?all

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