Hollywood directors and movie studios, under fire for ‘whitewashing’ characters in Gods Of Egypt

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Director Alex Proyas and Lionsgate issued an apology on Friday for the lack of racial diversity in the movie Gods Of Egypt.

The fantasy adventure set in ancient Egypt and starring Gerard Butler is already in the can and prompted a backlash when its first look trailer was released online earlier this month.

‘The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse,’ Proyas said in a statement posted by Forbes.com. ‘I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.’

Lionsgate added: ‘We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize.’

‘Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better.​​

Actress and entertainer Bette Midler was among those who took to social media to protest the lack of diversity in the Lionsgate film directed by Australian Alex Proyas

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It’s not the first time recently that Hollywood directors and movie studios have come under fire for ‘whitewashing’ their characters.

Ridley Scott was criticized for casting Christian Bale as Moses and JOel Edgerton as the Pharaoh Ramses in last year’s Exodus: Gods And Kings.

The British director defended his choices, however, saying it had been necessary in order to get funding for the film.

Gods of Egypt Official Trailer #1 (2016) – Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaites Movie HD

Gods Of Egypt, which is slated for release in February 2016, is described by Lionsgate as an ‘action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt.’

‘The survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek (Thwaites) undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus (Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against Set (Butler), the merciless god of darkness,’ the official blurb reads.

Link To Full Story: http: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3336938/We-failed-reflect-diversity-Director-new-Gerard-Butler-movie-Gods-Egypt-apologises-casting-white-actors.html

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Share of the royalties! Chris Brown pledges $1 from every copy of new album sold before Christmas to children’s charity

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A few months ago, Chris Brown revealed he planned on naming his upcoming album after his 1-year-old daughter Royalty. Now he’s revealed the album cover on Instagram.

“#ROYALTY ALBUM COVER,” he captioned with the photo, a black-and-white picture shot by Francesco Carrozzini showing a shirtless Brown as he holds his baby girl in a loving embrace.

Brown has said fatherhood has forced him to grow as a man, making public strides to show the devotion he has for his daughter.

Royalty dropped out on December 18th 2015.

according to daily mail.com, share of the royalties! Chris Brown pledges $1 from every copy of new album sold before Christmas to children’s charity

The 26-year-old has pledged to donate $1 from the sale of every copy of his upcoming album Royalty to a children’s charity.

The singer uploaded a video selfie to his Instagram account on Friday letting fans know of his promise.

The holidays are all about giving back, so this Christmas, from now until Christmas, if you order the album, pre-order the album, one dollar of every album sold will go to Children’s Miracle Network hospital,’ he said.

‘So please do your part. Give back, return it for the holidays,’ he added.

The album Royalty, named after his recently discovered daughter, is available to buy online or in shops near you.

Link To Full Story: ://singersroom.com/content/2015-10-17/Chris-Brown-Reveals-Royalty-Album-Cover-Release-Date/#HGLX8evvQdPtkHCr.99

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3337980/Chris-Brown-pledges-1-copy-new-album-sold-Christmas-children-s-charity.html#ixzz3ssgfxdRt

 

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Bombing Syria: “Don’t add fuel to the fire!”

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Demonstrators protest against British bombing of Syria outside Downing Street in London on Saturday [Andy Rain/EPA]

Protesters in UK and Spain demand their governments not to launch air strikes against ISIL in Syria after Paris attacks.

Thousands of people demonstrated in London and Madrid against the potential participation of their countries in air strikes in Syria, as political momentum grows to broaden the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) reports aljazeera.com.

At least 5,000 people gathered in central London on Saturday carrying placards reading “Don’t bomb Syria”, “Drop Cameron, not bombs”, and “Don’t add fuel to the fire.”

“[Prime Minister] David Cameron’s incoherent proposals for action in Syria will do nothing to weaken ISIL, but will instead inflame the civil war, deepen the misery of the Syrian people, and increase the terrorist risk,” said the Stop the War Coalition protest movement.

Cameron on Thursday laid out the case for British fighter jets, already bombing ISIL targets in Iraq, to join France, the US, and others in targeting ISIL strongholds in neighbouring Syria.

A parliamentary vote on bombing Syria is expected as early as this week, and many formerly reluctant politicians are thought to have changed their minds after the Paris attacks earlier this month.

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who faces a December general election, said he would hold off on any decision on action in Syria [JJ Guillen/EPA]

Also on Saturday, about 5,000 people demonstrated against potential Spanish involvement in the conflict, with protesters chanting “No to war” outside the Reina Sofia museum in the capital Madrid.

Link To Full Story: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/thousands-rally-uk-spain-bombing-syria-151128165623222.html

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Black Friday Is Expected To Be The UK’s first Ever Billion Pound Shopping Day.

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According to bbc.co.uk news on-line, This Friday is expected to be the UK’s first ever billion pound shopping day. Black Friday is fast becoming a day we love – and a day we hate. And we all expect to watch, with a kind of delighted outrage, dramatic footage of excessive spending and violent shopping habits.

It is not without humour. One tweet ran: “Make every day feel like Black Friday by knocking over your family as you run out of the house with the TV.”

But the day is fraught with conflicting emotions.

While one shopper tweets “Can’t wait for #BlackFriday”, another begs: “please don’t support any retail stores with black friday deals today. just stay home with your family or something”.

Even in the US, where it all started, there are doubts among those you would suppose have the most to gain.

Fortune magazine has called it in an article “The Most Rotten Part About Thanksgiving Day”, complaining that low paid employees don’t get a break and that stores see discounted sales concentrated on one day, and higher margin sales falling off for the next four weeks.

So the BBC canvassed a range of views on the shopping phenomenon that is Black Friday.

 

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Asdas Andy Clarkes  has talked of “Shopper fatigue” around flash sales

Asda has been the UK’s most high profile Black Friday dissident, due to what it calls “shopper fatigue setting in around flash sales on big-ticket, non-essential items at Christmas.”

The move is all the more unexpected since its parent company Walmart in the US is at the forefront of Black Friday discounting.

Asda President and CEO, Andy Clarke said: “The decision to step away from Black Friday is not about the event itself.

“This year customers have told us loud and clear that they don’t want to be held hostage to a day or two of sales. With an ever changing retail landscape, now more than ever we must listen carefully to exactly what our shoppers want and be primed and ready to act the minute their needs change.

“When it comes to putting customers first, Asda has always led the way, which is why we’re just as confident in our decision to step away from Black Friday as we were in introducing it to the UK.”

In the US one apparel company has turned its opposition to Black Friday into a marketing opportunity, actually closing its doors on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

REI sells outdoor and recreational kit online and in 143 outlets and, appropriately, told its customers not to spend money, but to get outdoors.

It claims its #optoutside has been taken up enthusiastically. It estimates a million Americans have committed to “opt outside” activities on Black Friday.

Jerry Stritzke, CEO of REI tweeted; “The response has been humbling and inspiring”

He had given his management team the task of coming up with a novel marketing campaign nine months ago. He said: “They came back with this, and I have to admit, the idea was a bit shocking. But the more we thought about it, the more excited we got.

“I don’t expect to see a lot of retailers closing on Black Friday. The attention creates the platform to talk about the power of getting outside.”

“My three-year-old grandson is coming out [to Washington] for Thanksgiving, so we’re going to go out on the mountain and see if we can find a little bit of snow.”

Meanwhile many of the US National Parks are pushing what they call “Green Friday” to get people into the wilderness, with Olympic and Mount Rainier national parks offering free entrance passes for the day.

Link To Full Story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34933486

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Confidential – D’Banj ft Idris Ideba & Shadow Boxxer [Official Video] 2015

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D’banj Records presents the official music video for “Confidential” featuring Idris Elba and Shadow Boxxer. D’banj Records 2015.
Idris Elba Raps and shows off his versatility.

Link To Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaHaK9BR5Jg&sns=fb

 

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Cop Shoots Teen Boy 16 Times, Executes Him for “Holding a Pocket Knife”

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Officer Jason Van Dyke accused of Killing Laquan McDonald in 2014

Update (11-24-15 6:45 PM PST) – PROTESTS ERUPT IN STREETS OF CHICAGO

Hundreds of citizens have already taken to the streets in response to the video of Laquan McDonald’s execution by police.

Many of them are upset that a second video which showed the shooting was deleted by police, and many feel that a cover-up was involved throughout the case, calling for officer higher in the chain of command to be terminated.

Riot police have descended in familiar fashion, and they already seem to be escalating tensions.

In one incident, they were seen initiating physical aggression on citizens who were peacefully crossing a bridge.

Protests are expected to begin in cities around the country as the video continues going viral, and police departments are on alert for more potential civil unrest.

Dashcam Video of Officer Jason Van Dyke Shooting Laquan McDonald (October 20 2014)

The officer has had 18 complaints of abuse and misconduct filed against him, including reports of racial slurs.

The video shows Laquan’s body spinning around as bullets riddled his body.

The officer continued unloading the entire magazine on him.

He continued shooting Laquan’s body as it laid on the ground, as can be seen by the bullets causing puffs of debris.

Over 80 minutes of additional footage was captured by a nearby Burger King which showed the entire shooting, but police are reported to have deleted this footage.

Police are on standby in multiple cities in the event of civil unrest.

Link To Full Story: http://filmingcops.com/cop-shoots-17-yr-old-boy-nine-times-in-the-back-wont-release-video

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