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Megan Thee Stallion calls Internet insensitive after gunshot incident with Tory Lanez: ‘I’m real-life hurt’

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On Friday, July 17, rap artist Megan Thee Stallion chastised social media users for being insensitive. She wrote on Twitter, “Black women are so unprotected and we hold so many things in to protect the feelings of others [without] considering our own.”

Megan added, “It might be funny to y’all on the internet and just another messy topic for you to talk about but this is my real life and I’m real-life hurt and traumatized.”

The ‘Savage’ artist recently became the topic of widespread speculation and controversy after she got shot last Sunday. The following Wednesday, she clarified what happened after it was initially reported that she was arrested.

Megan wrote in a statement, “I was never arrested. This whole experience was an eye-opener and a blessing in disguise. I hate that it took this experience for me to learn how to protect my energy.”

She further wrote, “The narrative that is being reported about Sunday morning’s events are inaccurate and I’d like to set the records straight. On Sunday morning, I suffered gunshot wounds, as a result of a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me. I was never arrested, the police officers drove me to the hospital where I underwent surgery to remove the bullets.”

“I’m incredibly grateful to be alive and that I am expected to make a full recovery, but it was important for me to clarify the details about this traumatic night,” she concluded then.

Per reports, Megan and an unidentified woman were in a car with rapper Tory Lanez when he was arrested early Sunday for having a concealed weapon in the vehicle after officers received reports that Lanez was present when shots were fired outside a house in Hollywood Hills.

While Megan did not identify who shot her, the internet was rife with speculation, with many wondering if Lanez was behind it, and where Kylie Jenner was — after all, the three were seen together in photos and videos early on Saturday evening at a party in Jenner’s house.

Megan’s latest tweet is perhaps in the context of these speculations. Comedian Rae Sanni quoted the tweet and said, “How awful that she had to write this.”

Music producer Prosodi J wrote about the tweet, “The same people mad that about the people that shot Breonna Taylor are on here making memes ‘a-ki-ki-ki’-ing about Megan getting shot. Aint s*** funny.”

Bossip magazine’s official Twitter account wrote, “The community loves you, Meg! Take whatever time you need to heal. We’re praying for you and also for justice on your behalf. Those responsible for your harm have to be held accountable.”

Many other fans too expressed their sadness at Megan’s plight. A fan wrote on Twitter, “Black women aren’t even seen as humans with emotions. We’re treated like we’re just supposed to take everything and be strong without showing any negative emotions or needing help. It’s so tiring and it hurts. This makes me so angry and sad at the same time I hope she’s okay.”

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How Cobra Kai season 3 will change everything you know about Mr. Miyagi

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In the first teaser for season three, Daniel says, “Mr. Miyagi treated me like a son, he wouldn’t keep any secrets from me.” Someone off-camera responds, “Are you sure about that?” Tellingly, we then see someone bring down a trident-style weapon near Daniel’s head.

When he took Daniel on as a student, Mr. Miyagi insisted that karate should only be used for self-defense. Additionally, the sensei was always depicted as a calm, wise adult with all the answers. Since Cobra Kai delights in re-framing all of the small details that the franchise previously told fans, right down to the assertion that Johnny is an irredeemable villain, it only makes sense that Mr. Miyagi wasn’t always the perfect mentor and teacher that Daniel believes him to be.

If Cobra Kai has a mission statement, it’s that people are rarely ever entirely good or bad. Most people exist in the gray zone, and that presumably includes Mr. Miyagi. If Daniel is going to continue to grow as a mentor to his own students, then his journey into his teacher’s past will be essential. Whether he discovers that Mr. Miyagi didn’t always believe that karate should be a nonviolent practice, or something even more shocking, the revelation will no doubt serve as a reminder that even our heroes are fallible.

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Mads Mikkelsen Ties One On for Thomas Vinterberg

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That esteemed contemporary sage Homer Simpson once observed that alcohol was “the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” The idea behind that joke permeates “Another Round” (“Druk”), the latest from director Thomas Vinterberg (“Far from the Madding Crowd”), a film that centers drinking to excess but winds up being more about mid-life crises and less a jeremiad about the evils of demon rum.

Working from an incisive and insightful screenplay he wrote with Tobias Lindholm (a longtime Vinterberg collaborator, and also the director of “A War”), Vinterberg crafts another drama that presents the best and worst of human nature as paths to be explored. His characters don’t necessarily choose the right one, and sometimes we’re left to wonder which selection they’ve made, but Vinterberg — in marked contrast to his fellow Dogme 95 filmmaker Lars von Trier — at least concedes that redemption might exist.

Mads Mikkelsen stars as Martin, a middle-aged schoolteacher in a middle-aged fog – he has all but checked out on his duties to his wife Trine (Maria Bonnevie) and his students. (His rambling history lectures somehow jump from the Industrial Revolution to Churchill and back again.) He and two other teachers, Tommy (Thomas Bo Larsen, Vinterberg’s “The Hunt”) and Peter (Lars Ranthe), attend a 40th birthday dinner for their colleague, Nikolaj (Magnus Millang); Martin tries to be the designated driver that night, but succumbs to peer pressure and the waiter’s florid descriptions of the wines and vodka being served.

Nikolaj proposes that they test out a theory from Norwegian psychiatrist Finn Skårderud, which suggests that man’s blood-alcohol level is actually 0.5% too low, and that a small but steady intake of alcohol during work hours would help people reach peak performance. The men decide to give it a go, taking notes throughout to assure themselves that this is all for science and not just for sneaking shots of vodka in the bathroom between classes.

At first, it works: They become better teachers, better coaches, and Martin and Trine connect emotionally (and physically) for the first time in ages. But we know this experiment is going to take a disastrous turn, and Vinterberg and Lindholm know we know it, and they make sure we witness every step of their downfall.

This is the kind of story you can imagine Hollywood getting wrong in any number of ways, but Vinterberg and Lindholm very precisely balance a clinical perspective with empathetic understanding, and quite a bit of humor along the way. By the finale, Martin finds himself at a crossroads, and that uncertainty comes to full fruition in a brilliant closing sequence that’s both joyous and heartbreaking. (It’s also inconceivable that a mainstream American movie would include the scene where Peter advises a nervous student to slam a few shots before taking an oral exam — advice that actually works.)

Mikkelsen adds to his gallery of unforgettable characters; we’ve seen so many handsome, charismatic actors turn to fake mustaches, bad haircuts, and slovenly posture when they try to hide their light under a bushel, but Mikkelsen turns himself into a nebbishy failure in the subtlest ways possible. He’s greatly aided by the other three actors (particularly Millang) that make up the film’s central quartet, both jovial and tragic, and Bonnevie gets to go big in Trine’s confrontation scene with Martin, but she’s even more affecting later as she endures his attempted reconciliation at a restaurant.

Cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen (“Victoria”) thankfully never overplays this hand, but the movie does offer the subtlest bit of POV for the characters: Martin’s classroom suddenly seems brighter when he’s got a buzz on, and there’s a sunny, ESPN-house-ad majesty to the kiddie soccer game that Tommy coaches late in the film as well. She may have perfected the “Beer Goggles” setting on a movie camera.

Cautionary tales about booze tend to go big and go definitive — think “The Lost Weekend,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Leaving Las Vegas” — but Vinterberg and Lindholm take a substantive look at substance abuse, placing it in character context and avoiding dramatic hysterics. “Another Round” is a film of more quiet desperation and a more thoughtful morality, and it goes down with a kick.



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Harry Styles to Star in ‘My Policeman’, A Love Triangle Romance at Amazon

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After making his feature film debut in Christopher Nolan’s war drama Dunkirk, recording superstar Harry Styles looks to be putting some more focus on his acting career. Along with recently being cast in Olivia Wilde’s new film Don’t Worry Darling, Harry Styles is now in final negotiations to star in My Policeman, an adaptation of Bethan Robert‘s novel of the same name, which focuses on a love triangle between a policeman, his wife, and a secret lover.

Collider has new of Harry Styles starring in the My Policeman movie, which is set up at Amazon Studios with Greg Berlanti on board to produce with his husband Robbie Rogers and his production partner Sarah Schechter through their newly named Berlanti/Schechter Productions. Tony Award winner Michael Grandage (Genius) will direct from a script by Oscar-nominated writer Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia). Cora Palfrey and Philip Herd will also produce for Independent Film Company along with Grandage through his MGC production banner.

For those who may not be familiar with the book, here’s the official synopsis

It is in 1950s’ Brighton that Marion first catches sight of Tom. He teaches her to swim in the shadow of the pier and Marion is smitten—determined her love will be enough for them both. A few years later in Brighton Museum Patrick meets Tom. Patrick is besotted with Tom and opens his eyes to a glamorous, sophisticated new world. Tom is their policeman, and in this age it is safer for him to marry Marion. The two lovers must share him, until one of them breaks and three lives are destroyed.

Joining Harry Styles in the movie, which may not go by the title My Policeman, will be Lily James (Baby Driver, Cinderella) as Tom’s wife Marion. The role of Patrick has not been cast yet. However, there might be the need for multiple actors to play the roles of Tom, Marion, and Patrick, because the movie will be told through a narrative that flashes back from when the characters are elderly in the 1990s. Patrick, now an invalid man, is taken in by Tom and Marion, and the two begin to revisit the love triangle that shook all of their relationships 40 years earlier, when homosexuality was illegal.

This sounds like it has the making of a prestige drama, the kind that Amazon may be looking to be a contender during awards season, presumably in 2021. This will be a true test of Harry Styles’ acting chops. Though Dunkirk was certainly a solid performance from the singer and songwriter, this will be a lead role resting on his shoulders.

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