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“Hillbilly Elegy” director Ron Howard admits he was “surprised” by J.D. Vance’s embrace of Donald Trump and the GOP’s conservative ideology during his recent successful campaign for Ohio senator. “To be honest, I was surprised,” Howard told Variety at the Academy’s Governors Awards Saturday in Los Angeles. “When I was getting to know J.D., we
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Donald J. Trump will run for President of the United States again, seeking the Republican Party nomination in 2024. The former president announced his campaign Tuesday evening during a rally event near his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida. “In order to make American great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for President of
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For the last 16 years, the New York Comedy Festival has hosted Stand Up for Heroes, which brings together elite comedy talent to raise money for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, a non-profit that has raised and distributed more than $120 million to support veterans.  This year featured Hasan Minhaj, Iliza Shlesinger, Jeff Ross and Jon
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Hulu hosted a screening of the Season 5 finale of “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Monday night. I asked the cast and creatives on the carpet if producers or the streamer intentionally planned the event to coincide with Election Day. “We’re weirdly aligned with what’s happening, aren’t we?” Yvonne Strahovski said. The series adaptation of Margaret
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IATSE has joined the list of supporters for Karen Bass’ mayoral race and endorsed the congresswoman for Los Angeles mayor. With early voting underway ahead of election day on Nov. 8, Bass made a pitstop Thursday morning at IATSE headquarters in Burbank, Calif. where she met with representatives from various locals. Among the topics Bass
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Media, technology and entertainment have a diversity problem. Barely 5% of films are directed by Latinos and less than 4% by people of Asian descent, while only 1% of venture capital funding is invested in companies with Black founders and just 5% of music executives are Latino. Plenty of stories have been written about how film and
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The publication date and title of Prince Harry’s memoir has finally been confirmed by Penguin Random House. The publishing titans have said the British royal’s memoir will be titled “Spare” and have set a release date of Jan. 10 – notably missing the usually crucial Christmas market. The hardcover edition has been priced at $36.
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New U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has re-appointed Michelle Donelan as culture secretary. Donelan was appointed by Sunak’s predecessor Liz Truss, who lasted only 44 days as Prime Minister before she was dramatically forced to resign last week. Donelan was formerly universities minister and education minister, the latter role lasting only two days in Boris
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Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is all set to become the next Prime Minister of the U.K. after comfortably seeing off leadership challenges from former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Leader of the House of Commons Penny Mordaunt. By 2pm U.K. time on Monday, Oct. 24, the cut off time for the leadership
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Less than three weeks before the midterm elections in the U.S., the Republican National Committee has sued Google — claiming Gmail is flagging the group’s fundraising emails as spam because of the RNC’s conservative views. The RNC filed a lawsuit Friday, Oct. 21, against Google in federal district court in California claiming the internet giant
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It’s no exaggeration to say that parts of Los Angeles look like scenes from a disaster movie.  The swelling ranks of people living in tents, vehicles and makeshift shelters on the streets of Los Angeles have reached humanitarian-crisis proportions. The dire need to address the upsurge of slumlike encampments dotting the city’s streets, the San
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Embattled U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss has been ousted from office. Truss, a Conservative politician who was voted in as leader of her party only on Sept. 6, announced her resignation on Thursday. She served the shortest term ever for a U.K. Prime Minister, 44 days. A leadership election will take place in the next
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Update: Liz Truss has appointed Jeremy Hunt as the new Chancellor of the Exchequer. Hunt, who has previously served as culture secretary and health secretary, supported Truss’s rival Rishi Sunak in the recent Conservative leadership contest. Previously: U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss has sacked Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor of the Exchequer – the government’s top
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Prince Harry has launched yet another lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, the publisher of British tabloids the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday. Also suing Associated are musician Elton John and his husband, producer David Furnish, actors Elizabeth Hurley and Sadie Frost, and campaigner Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon. The group claim they have been
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Investigation Discovery is launching a campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Variety has learned. The initiative, “No Excuse for Abuse,” is designed to raise awareness about the crisis of domestic violence, furthering the network’s commitment to educating viewers about the complex dynamics of domestic violence.  In partnership with the organizations One Love Foundation
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