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Former White House Photographer Reveals Never-Before-Seen Photos of Obama's Private Anguish After Sandy Hook: It Was 'the Worst Day' of His Presidency

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Former White House Photographer Reveals Never-Before-Seen Photos of Obama's Private Anguish After Sandy Hook: It Was 'the Worst Day' of His Presidency
Former official White House photographer Pete Souza shot close to two million photographs of then-President Barack Obama during his eight years in office — and they weren’t all cute candids with kids.

In his new book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait, Souza reveals that one of his hardest days on the job was also what he described as “the worst day” of Obama’s presidency: December 14, 2012, when 20 first-grade students and six staff members died in the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“ affected me in a profound way that no other situation in the eight years did.
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Julianne Moore to Star in Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem Biopic

Moore in “Still Alice

Julie Taymor’s upcoming adaptation of Gloria Steinem’s memoir has found a leading lady. “My Life on the Road” — which already seemed too good to be true — just got even better. Julianne Moore has signed on to portray the iconic feminist in the June Pictures project. Deadline broke the news.

Described as a coming-of-age story chronicling Steinem’s “growth from a reluctant spokesperson of a movement, into a galvanizing symbol for equality, with a focus on the encounters along the road that helped shape her,” the film is being penned by Tony-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl.

“My Life on the Road” was published in 2015. Steinem’s other books include “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions,” “Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem,” and “Doing Sixty & Seventy.” Along with Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan, Steinem co-founded the Women’s Media Center, an organization that works towards making women more visible in media. She also co-founded Ms. magazine.

“We can talk about glass ceilings, but we have to remember there was a time when there wasn’t even a door,” Moore has said. “I don’t take any of it for granted for a minute.” She emphasized that she’s “not of a generation who might have forgotten,” and explained, “for those of us who were born in the ‘60s and came of age in the ‘70s, and remember the women’s movement — I mean, my God, birth control wasn’t legal in the U.S. until 1965, I think. That’s insane! And there are girls today who don’t know that.”

Moore’s upcoming projects include “Bel Canto,” an adaptation of Ann Patchett’s novel about an opera singer who is held hostage in South America, and a re-imagining of Sebastian Lelio’s critically acclaimed 2013 drama “Gloria,” which will see her playing a lonely, free-spirited woman in her 50s. She won an Academy Award in 2015 for her portrayal of a linguistics professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in “Still Alice.” She’s also earned nods for “Far from Heaven,” “The Hours,” “The End of the Affair,” and “Boogie Nights.” She took home an Emmy and Golden Globe for depicting Sarah Palin in HBO’s “Game Change.”

Julianne Moore to Star in Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem Biopic was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Four Mother-Daughter Movies Could Dominate Awards Season

Four Mother-Daughter Movies Could Dominate Awards Season
Mother-daughter relationships have always been the stuff of great drama. And the Oscars are no exception. Three decades ago the “Moonstruck” acting duo Olympia Dukakis and Cher both won gold for playing a strong-willed New York Italian mother and her feisty daughter. Six years later, as a mute Scottish teacher and her de facto interpreter in New Zealand, Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin repeated that twofer triumph with Jane Campion’s “The Piano.”

Onscreen mother-daughter conflict has resulted in other dual Academy Award nominations: selfless Barbara Stanwyck tricked Anne Shirley into marrying rich in tearjerker “Stella Dallas” (1937); Meryl Streep’s big mouth inspired a rebellious Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County” (2013); Piper Laurie was literally crucified by Sissy Spacek in “Carrie” (1976). At the start of this decade, Mo’Nique won an Oscar portraying the sexually abusive parent of fellow “Precious” nominee Gabourey Sidibe. Back in 1984, both Shirley MacLaine and
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HBO Drops Election Miniseries Based on Book By Mark Halperin, Now Accused of Sexual Harassment By Five Women

HBO Drops Election Miniseries Based on Book By Mark Halperin, Now Accused of Sexual Harassment By Five Women
The fallout continues from new allegations that journalist Mark Halperin sexually harassed several women. HBO, which had been developing a limited-run series based on an untitled book on the 2016 Presidential election, co-written by Halperin, has now dropped the project.

“HBO is no longer proceeding with the project tied to the untitled book co-authored by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann on the 2016 Presidential election,” the network said. “HBO has no tolerance for sexual harassment within the company or its productions.”

HBO had previously aired a TV version of the book “Game Change,” which chronicled the 2008 United States presidential election and was also co-authored by Halperin. HBO adapted the novel into an Emmy-winning television movie, starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin.

Also on Thursday, Showtime said no decision has been made on whether “The Circus,” which includes Halperin as a host, will return for a third season — or what Halperin’s involvement might be.
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HBO Drops Election Miniseries Based on Book By Mark Halperin, Now Accused of Sexual Harassment By Five Women

HBO Drops Election Miniseries Based on Book By Mark Halperin, Now Accused of Sexual Harassment By Five Women
The fallout continues from new allegations that journalist Mark Halperin sexually harassed several women. HBO, which had been developing a limited-run series based on an untitled book on the 2016 Presidential election, co-written by Halperin, has now dropped the project.

“HBO is no longer proceeding with the project tied to the untitled book co-authored by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann on the 2016 Presidential election,” the network said. “HBO has no tolerance for sexual harassment within the company or its productions.”

HBO had previously aired a TV version of the book “Game Change,” which chronicled the 2008 United States presidential election and was also co-authored by Halperin. HBO adapted the novel into an Emmy-winning television movie, starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin.

Also on Thursday, Showtime said no decision has been made on whether “The Circus,” which includes Halperin as a host, will return for a third season — or what Halperin’s involvement might be.
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Game Change Author Mark Halperin Accused of Sexual Harassment by 5 Women: Report

Veteran political journalist and author Mark Halperin has been accused of sexual harassment by five women, according to a new report.

“During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” Halperin, 52, said in a statement to CNN Wednesday night. “I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize.”

He added, “Under the circumstances, I’m going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation.”

Halperin is stepping away
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Mark Halperin Suspended by NBC News Following Harassment Allegations

Mark Halperin Suspended by NBC News Following Harassment Allegations
Morning Joe contributor and political analyst Mark Halperin has been suspended by NBC News in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

According to CNN, Halperin is said to have harassed up to five women during his tenure as ABC News political director more than a decade ago. Those detailed accounts include junior employees being propositioned for sex, as well as kissing and groping against their will.

“We find the story and the allegations very troubling,” MSNBC said in a statement. “Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood.”

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October Horrors 2017 Day 2 – The Beyond (1981)

The Beyond, 1981.

Directed by Lucio Fulci.

Starring Catriona McCall, David Warbeck, Ciniza Monreale and Antoine St John.

Synopsis:

In New Orleans in the 1920s, an artist is gruesomely killed by an angry mob who believe he is a warlock. Several decades later, a young woman named Liza acquires the hotel where the artist was killed hoping to reopen it, unaware of its gruesome past. After a series of horrific deaths at the hotel, Liza soon discovers that her hotel actually sits upon one of the seven gates of hell and that its opening has allowed the living dead to spill out and terrorise the living.

Horror nerds need no introduction to horror maestro Lucio Fulci, the cult Italian director whose gory specialities in films such as the gloriously daft Romero cash-in Zombie Flesh Eaters (aka Zombie vs Shark aka Shard vs Eyeball) and the intestine spewing oddity City of the Living Dead
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Jan Ravens: perfect mimic for our times | Observer profile

With Theresa May and Angela Merkel featuring large in her new stage show, this brilliant and acute impressionist has found her moment

When it comes to potent television satire, Americans don’t have to rely on the desk-bound wit of the hosts of their late-night shows. The big male stars of the smart political take-down – from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, to Stewart’s successor on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, and our own John Oliver – are not the only ones with a licence to fire piercing jibes at will. Over the last decade, the political impersonations of women such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy have also had real impact in Washington.

Fey’s impersonation of the Republican candidate Sarah Palin on the popular comedy show Saturday Night Live was a powerful weapon that proved to have a longer and more toxic half-life than any
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Prediction: It's CNN — Not the N.Y. Times — Headed to Supreme Court in Defamation Battle

Prediction: It's CNN — Not the N.Y. Times — Headed to Supreme Court in Defamation Battle
Being bold enough to predict which cases the Supreme Court will review is a foolish endeavor. The high court grants just five percent of the thousands of petitions it receives every year. Nevertheless, inspired by the intense feelings surrounding a federal judge's dismissal of Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit against The New York Times, we'll go out on a limb to prophesize the nine justices will accept a defamation case soon enough. However, it's not the Palin suit we envision being tackled. Before that case was rejected, CNN highlighted the case as an exemplar of...
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Sarah Palin’s Defamation Suit Against New York Times Dismissed

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Sarah Palin’s Defamation Suit Against New York Times Dismissed
A defamation lawsuit filed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin against The New York Times was dismissed on Tuesday. The lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff, who wrote in his ruling that Palin did not demonstrate that the Times showed actual malice against her when publishing an editorial that mistakenly connected one of her political action committees to the 2011 shooting that wounded then-Arizona Congressman Gabrielle Giffords. The Times later added a correction to the editorial. Rakoff also said that while mistakes can be made in political reporting, lawsuits filed by public figures against news outlets must.
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Steve Bannon: 6 Things to Know About President Trump’s Chief Strategist Who Was Ousted from the White House

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Steve Bannon: 6 Things to Know About President Trump’s Chief Strategist Who Was Ousted from the White House
Steve Bannon once got top billing within Donald Trump‘s administration and served at the embattled president’s side during the early days of his leadership. Now, Bannon is saying goodbye to the White House.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed in a statement on Friday. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”

The news came as a shock to some considering the former Breitbart News executive chairman had served as the White House Chief Strategist and Trump’s senior counselor.
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Watch Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers Play Founding Fathers on 'SNL'

The same day President Trump compared Confederate General Robert E. Lee to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson on Twitter, SNL alumni Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers appeared in character as the two founding fathers to clear their names on Weekend Update: Summer Edition.

Following the weekend's events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where protests against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue turned violent, Trump tweeted, "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can't change history,
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Watch Tina Fey Take Out Charlottesville Angst on Sheet Cake on 'SNL'

Watch Tina Fey Take Out Charlottesville Angst on Sheet Cake on 'SNL'
Tina Fey, a University of Virginia graduate, appeared on Weekend Update to talk about Charlottesville and how "sheet caking" is the best way to ignore white power groups.

"It's a beautiful school and I have nothing of fond memories of my time there," the former Saturday Night Live star said.

"So it broke my heart to see these evil forces descend on Charlottesville, and then our president, Donald John Trump – which I don't think people talk about enough what a stupid jackass name that is… – anyway Donnie John comes out
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Judge Allows Sarah Palin’s Lawyers to Grill New York Times Editor in Defamation Case

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Judge Allows Sarah Palin’s Lawyers to Grill New York Times Editor in Defamation Case
The New York Times’ editorial page editor James Bennet will testify in a defamation lawsuit against the news outlet filed by former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Times’ deputy general counsel David McCraw said. Bennet’s testimony is necessary to determine whether or not to grant a motion set forth by The Times last month seeking to dismiss the case, Judge Jed S. Rakoff of Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Thursday. “One close question presented by motion is whether the Complaint contains sufficient allegations of actual malice, an essential element of the claim,” Judge Rakoff.
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Donald Trump Originally Slated To Play ‘The President’ In ‘Sharknado 3’

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President Donald Trump was originally signed on to play ‘The President’ in 2015’s Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Donald Trump Was To Play President In Sharknado 3 The DC-set disaster film’s first choice for the role was former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, but those negotiations fell through. Ian Ziering, the star of the ridiculous franchise, inspired the casting directors to go […]

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Surprise! Trump Was Asked to Play the President in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! But Turned It Down to Run for Office

Surprise! Trump Was Asked to Play the President in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! But Turned It Down to Run for Office
Donald Trump‘s first six months in office have been far from smooth sailing – and that’s without any interference from a terrifying, shark-spitting storm.

Long before he became the real commander in chief, Trump nearly took on a fictional version of the gig for 2015 film Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

After two successful installments of the ridiculous – yet popular – SyFy franchise, producers approached former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin to play the president in the film series’ third iteration, the outlet reported.

But, negotiations fell through, so Sharknado star – and
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Donald Trump Almost Played the President in Sharknado 3

Donald Trump Almost Played the President in Sharknado 3
The Simpsons aren't alone! Sharknado 3 almost "predicted" Donald Trump's presidency too. The Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday that he was offered the role of the U.S. president in the 2015 film Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. The outlet said the producers had hoped to cast Sarah Palin in the role but that negotiations with her fell through, after which cast member Ian Ziering suggested Trump, after having starred on his show The Celebrity Apprentice. The Hollywood Reporter said an offer was made and Trump accepted. "The Donald said yes," David Latt, co-founder of production company The Asylum, told the outlet. "He was thrilled to be...
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Donald Trump Was Set to Play Potus on ‘Sharknado 3’ Two Years Before He Actually Became President

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Donald Trump Was Set to Play Potus on ‘Sharknado 3’ Two Years Before He Actually Became President
Donald Trump was in “serious talks” to play the President of the United States in 2015’s “Sharkado 3: Oh Hell No!” — two years before the real estate mogul actually became POTUS.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Palin was the producers’ first choice to play the leader of the free world, but those negotiations fell through. That’s when “Sharknado” star Ian Ziering proposed getting the Donald to play the part after he formed a relationship with Trump while filming “Celebrity Apprentice.”

The future president said yes, and was “thrilled to be asked.”
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