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



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.

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.

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Amy Schumer Marries Boyfriend Chris Fischer After A Few Months Of Dating

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Amy Schumer married chef Chris Fischer in a secret ceremony on Tuesday after just a few months of dating, People and Us Weekly reported.

The two were married at a house in Malibu, California, in front of 80 friends, including stars Larry David, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, David Spade and Jake Gyllenhaal, according to the reports.

Schumer, 36, and her chef boyfriend made their relationship public (as in Instagram-official) this week after attending Ellen DeGeneres’ star-studded birthday party. The two reportedly started dating around November after they were spotted having an intimate dinner in New York City.

They later attended a taping of “Saturday Night Live” together, though Schumer’s rep wouldn’t comment on the relationship.

Fisher once worked at Mario Batali’s New York City restaurant, Babbo, after being introduced by his friend, Jake Gyllenhaal.

The chef later returned to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where he grew up, to work at the Beach Plum Inn (a favorite of the Obamas) and The Covington Restaurant.

Fisher  who penned the James Beard Award-winning cookbook, Beetlebung Farm Cookbook  recently opened Beetlebung Farm Market on Martha’s Vineyard, and plans to turn part of it into a restaurant.

“After years of working for other people, my intuition is, ‘I’m doing this on my own terms,’” Fisher told Boston magazine in July. “You can create a destination restaurant anywhere.”

Prior to meeting Fischer, Schumer dated furniture designer Ben Hanisch. The two met on a dating app in 2015 and were together for a little over a year.

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Schumer and Hanisch at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Jan. 17, 2016. 

“I feel like Ben is the first guy who’s really been my boyfriend,” the “I Feel Pretty” actress and author told Marie Claire in July 2016. “There are guys who, if they heard me say that, would want to punch me in the face, but yeah, it’s the truth.”

A rep for Schumer confirmed that she and Hanisch split in 2017, but said the two remained friends. It certainly seems like things are amicable, as the comedian thanked her ex for some furniture he’d built for her in September.

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Idris Elba Proposes To Girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre In Front Of Cheering Crowd



Idris Elba appears to be off the market.

Video shows the “Luther” star getting down on one knee and proposed to girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre during a screening of “Yardie” — the first film Elba has directed — in Dalston, London.

Neither Elba nor Dhowre have publicly confirmed the engagement, and reps for Elba didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment. But screening attendee David Marsden-Sainou posted a clip of the sweet moment on Twitter Saturday.

Rio Cinema, where the screening took place, also posted about the proposal.

“Still 5 days to Valentines Day but @idriselba went down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend live on stage this morning,” read a tweet from the theater.

The theater also noted that that Dhowre, a model and former Miss Vancouver, said yes and there was “much clapping and cheering.”

The British actor met Dhowre in Canada while he was filming 2017′s “The Mountain Between Us.”

“Falling in love while making a movie about falling in love is pretty special,” he told People editor-in-chief Jess Cagle in September.

Congrats to Elba and Dhowre, and condolences to many of the rest of you out there.

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Kim Cattrall Accuses Sarah Jessica Parker Of Exploiting Brother’s Death

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Kim Cattrall has no interest in accepting condolences from Sarah Jessica Parker.

“I don’t need your love or support at this tragic time @sarahjessicaparker,” reads a scathing Saturday Instagram post from Cattrall.

Parker earlier in the week commented on Cattrall’s Sunday announcement that her brother, 55-year-old Chris Cattrall, had been found dead in Canada.

“Dearest Kim, my love and condolences to you and yours and Godspeed to your beloved brother. Xx,” Parker wrote.

But Cattrall made it clear she had no time for any kind words from her former “Sex and the City” costar.

“Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now,” Cattrall wrote. “Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven’t already) You are not my family. You are not my friend. So I’m writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your ‘nice girl’ persona.”


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Cattrall linked to an October article in the New York Post, headlined “Inside the mean-girls culture that destroyed ’Sex and the City.” The article came out after Cattrall, who played Samantha on the “Sex and the City” TV series and in the first two movies, declared she had no interest in reprising her role for a third film.

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Kim Cattrall at the Women in Film & TV Awards in London.

Representatives for Parker didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Cattrall’s Instagram post. But Parker has said previously that she found Cattrall’s comments “upsetting.”

“That’s not the way I recall our experience,” she told Andy Cohen earlier this month.

Though Parker said last year that “Sex and the City 3” was off, she told “Entertainment Tonight” on Friday that there’s actually been no “substantive ruling” that the movie is canceled.


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