Director Francis Ford Coppola some angry rebukes this weekend after he went a step further than Martin Scorsese in his criticism of Marvel superhero movies, calling them “despicable.”
The 80-year-old “Godfather” director made the incendiary comments while in Lyon, France, to receive the Prix Lumiere for contributions to cinema, AFP reported.
Earlier this month, Scorsese had likened popular superhero flicks to “theme parks” rather than true cinema.
“I don’t see them,” Scorsese said during an interview with Empire magazine. “I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well-made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks.”
He added: “It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”
His comments drew a slew of backlash, including from some of the writers and directors of the films he criticized.
But for Coppola, Scorsese was being too kind.
“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right, because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration,” Coppola said while speaking to a journalist in Lyon. “I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same move over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”
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James Gunn, who directed the Guardians of the Galaxy, took to Instagram on Sunday to argue that Scorsese and Coppola essentially were repeating the same line of criticism that older generations gave them when they were younger.
He noted that gangster movies, which have been closely associated with Coppola and Scorsese, were once called “despicable” by “our grandfathers,” who also regarded the films of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, and Sergio Leone as “exactly the same.”
“Some superhero films are awful, some are beautiful,” Gunn wrote. “Like westerns and gangster movies (and before that, just MOVIES), not everyone will be able to appreciate them, even some geniuses. And that’s okay.”
Fox News’ Jessica Napoli contributed to this report.
Jana Kramer is feeling the love from husband Mike Caussin after a topless photo scandal shook their already-fragile marriage.
“Well this was a way nice way to wake up,” Kramer, 35, captioned a snap of a handwritten note from Caussin, 32, on Saturday. “It’s the little things that make me feel the most loved so waking up to this meant the world.”
The note read, “You inspire me and I am so incredibly proud to be your husband!” He signed it, “forever yours, Michael.”
The former “One Tree Hill” actress continued, “I also wanted to share this because I feel so often all we do is complain about our partners to our friends etc instead of saying how amazing our partners are. So here’s a shout out to my husband for making me feel loved this morning. It’s the little things like this that goes the long way for me.”
Earlier this month, Kramer and Caussin revealed on her podcast, “Whine Down with Jana Kramer,” that Caussin, a recovering sex addict, received a topless photo on Oct. 5 from a woman he said he didn’t know. The former NFL player said he deleted the text, but Kramer found it on his Apple Watch.
During the podcast episode, Kramer initially seemed unclear as to whether or not she believed Caussin, given his history of cheating on her.
“I saw it, and… my heart just fell. I was like, it’s here. It’s happened again. I’m such a f—ing idiot… Like, how is this happening again?” she said at the time (via Us Weekly). “I don’t want to live this kind of life. We just moved into this beautiful house, and we had our second kid, and we fought so hard. Why is this happening again?”
Kramer later said the photo came from a bot.
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The couple married in May 2015 and welcomed daughter Jolie in January 2016, only to separate in August of that year after Kramer found out about Caussin’s infidelity. The pair renewed their vows in 2017 and welcomed son Jace in November 2018.
In March, Kramer revealed that Caussin had a relapse in his sex addiction in 2018. Although Caussin said at the time that he had not had sex outside his marriage since he was caught cheating in 2016, the incident affected her opinion of their current situation.
“Whether he ends up meeting with someone or not… That last relapse, he almost did, and I was going to sign the [divorce] papers,” she explained on her podcast Monday. “So, it’s like, he gets even close to the fire, and I’m gone. I’m like, ‘Does he not know that and realize that and love our family enough?’”
Fox News’ Mariah Haas and Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.
Julianne Hough embodies the redheaded temptress Jolene in “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings.”
In images newly released from Netflix, Parton, 73, is pictured with Hough, 31, who stars as the inspiration for Parton’s signature country ballad.
Hough rocks auburn locks and a series of crop tops for the role in the anthology series.
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Entertainment Weekly reports that Parton will appear as a character named Babe in the episode.
Babe runs the local bar where Jolene, “a flirtatious free spirit with aspirations of escaping her small hometown of Coventry, Ga., to follow her dreams of becoming a successful singer-songwriter,” works.
Babe will reportedly serve as a maternal figure to Jolene in the show.
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Kimberly Williams-Paisley will also appear in the episode as a woman pulled into Jolene’s world after becoming president of the Coventry Women’s League.
Actor Dallas Roberts plays a husband in the series going through a midlife crisis and questioning how happy he is in his marriage.
“Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” drops on Netflix on Nov. 22.
Kanye West is speading a serious message with his film “Jesus Is King.”
“We’re here to spread the Gospel. I’m not here for your entertainment,” the 42-year-old rapper says in a voiceover in a new trailer for the documentary that dropped Saturday.
“I’m an evangelist,” he continues, “so my music, my films, every conversation, every room I go in, we’re here to save souls, save you from eternal damnation.”
“Jesus Is King” will be released in IMAX on Oct. 25.
The film will focus on West’s Sunday Service and feature 13 songs from his choir, as well as music from his upcoming (and oft-delayed) album “Jesus Is King.”
A rep for IMAX told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement: “Filmed in the summer of 2019, Jesus Is King brings Kanye West’s famed Sunday Service to life in the Roden Crater, visionary artist James Turrell’s never-before-seen installation in Arizona’s Painted Desert.
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“This one-of-a-kind experience features songs arranged by West in the gospel tradition along with music from his new album ‘Jesus Is King’ — all presented in the immersive sound and stunning clarity of Imax.”
Adam Tyson, a pastor from Southern California, told Fox News recently he has been leading West in a Bible study for months now and “would teach from God’s Word about how salvation is only by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.”
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The “Jesus Walks” rapper-turned-gospel singer publicly shared last weekend that his conversion to Christianity became real this year, when he started holding weekly Sunday Service pop-ups. The services started out in January as private and only recently have been opened up to the public and all across America.
Last week, West and wife Kim Kardashian made a surprise appearance at Howard University, in Washington, D.C., for a pop-up service where West gave a 10-minute speech, in which he shared, “If you believe that Jesus died for your sins, then you know the Gospel… It’s simple. Christians we be making it too hard for people to come and be involved in this.”
Fox News’ Caleb Parke contributed to this report.
Hilary Duff struggles with son’s homework after admitting she ‘stopped going to real school in 3rd grade’
Hilary Duff is having a hard time with her son’s homework.
The former “Lizzie McGuire” actress recently lamented her struggle to help her 7-year-old son, Luca, with his homework on Instagram.
“Homework is already no joke in 2nd grade,” Duff jokingly lamented.
The Disney star, who is set to star in a future “Lizzie McGuire” reboot, noted that she stopped going to school from an early age due to her acting career.
“I stopped going to ‘real’ school in 3rd grade so I’m actually doomed…,” she wrote on Instagram. “I am left scratching my head [all] the time looking at his homework and I’m terrified for next year!”
In August, Duff announced the return of “Lizzie McGuire” in a reboot that is set to stream on Disney+. The original hit television series aired from 2001-2004 and followed a 13-year-old Lizzie in her struggles to become a popular girl in high school. The reboot will follow a 30-year-old McGuire as she works as a fashion apprentice and navigates life as an adult through New York City.
In an interview with People, Duff revealed that son Luca was excited to see his mother return to the small screen in her most famous role.
“I recently started talking to him about Lizzie McGuire and showing little clips on YouTube,” Duff said. “I think he’s pretty fascinated to see me so young, not looking the same, but obviously he knows that’s his mom,” she added.
Since 2017, Duff has been in a relationship with singer Matthew Koma. In 2018, they welcomed a daughter, Banks. The duo’s engagement was announced in May. She had her son Luca in 2012 with ex-husband and NHL player Mike Comrie.
LAGOS (Reuters) – British-born Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was taken into foster care by a white family near London as a baby in the 1960s. As a youth, the unthinkable happened: the black boy joined a gang of violent white supremacists.
Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje attends the world premiere of “Suicide Squad” in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo
Now an award-winning actor, he has brought his story to cinemas in his country of origin – Nigeria. He hopes his directorial debut will be part of a “healing” process for people who sought foster care to give their children a better life.
Farming, the film’s title, takes its name from a term used to describe the practice of Nigerian immigrants fostering their children to white families in Britain so they could work, study and save money. It refers to the idea that the children were “farmed” out.
The aim of the practice, mainly prevalent from the 1960s to 1980s, was for the immigrants to eventually return to Nigeria.
“Perhaps this can provide a healing in some sense but ultimately a re-evaluation of our child-rearing processes,” Akinnuoye-Agbaje told Reuters at the film’s Nigerian premiere on Saturday in the country’s commercial capital, Lagos, after first being screened in London last month.
“I’m hoping that it will create a dialogue and a collective therapy for those that are still suffering, and a healing because many of the Nigerian farmers don’t actually go back for the children that were fostered,” he said.
As a six-week-old baby in 1967, Akinnuoye-Agbaje was left in the care of a white family in Tilbury, a southeast England town around 20 miles east of central London. And, as a youth, he joined a gang of skinheads – a far-right subculture often associated with racist violence in Britain.
Membership in a gang that previously tormented him ended when his biological father, who had relocated to Nigeria where he worked as a barrister, paid for him to attend a private school in the affluent English county of Surrey.
That step was taken after he was contacted by Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s foster mother.
“It is an important part of British history as well as Nigerian culture, so to be able to bring a story that I have harboured for so long home to the Nigerian audience is… a wonderful sense of accomplishment,” said Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
The film – which cost 3 million pounds ($3.89 million) to make and stars British actor Kate Beckinsale as the foster mother – was greeted with cheers and applause in a packed cinema hall in the upmarket Lagos district of Lekki.
Thousands of Nigerians leave the west African country each year in search of a better life abroad – often in Europe and the United States. Some of those who attended the screening said it was interesting to see a depiction of life overseas that differed from their expectations.
“When it comes to racism… we normally focus on America but it was nice to see what actually happened in the UK (United Kingdom),” said broadcaster Simi Drey.
Similarly, a cinematographer who goes by the name T-Cent said he was surprised by the portrayal of people typically seen as having benefited from life in a nation richer than Nigeria, where most people live on less than $2 a day.
“We look at these people and we say they are very, very privileged, but then everyone has their internal struggles,” he said.
Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram; Editing by Mark Heinrich
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Jennifer Lopez is still serving up looks at the age of 50.
Fresh off the release of her new single “Baila Conmigo,” JLo has taken to Instagram to share another impressive pic — this time in a gym.
JLo’s most recent Instagram post, which has received 1.7 million likes, shows off the Latina sensation getting in a good sweat while also showing off her six-pack abs after an intense workout.
In the photo, the “Selena” actress donned a long-sleeved yellow crop top along with gray leggings courtesy of her Niyama Sol line. The photo also shows off a bejeweled smoothie cup, which features the monogram “JLo.”
Many Instagram users praised the singer for her incredible shape in the photo.
“When I am 50 I aspire to look even half as good as she looks go JLo!” one user wrote.
“One of the most beautiful people in the whole world,” another user stated.
The 50-year-old artist is no stranger to showing off some skin, as JLo recently uploaded a semi-nude post in preparation for her latest single, “Baila Conmigo.” In the post, JLo donned a tiny bodysuit that covered a very minimal amount of skin.
Prior to the release of her single, JLo also appeared at the Versace Spring 2020 runway show in Milan, Italy and further showed off her curves.
The “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” songstress stole the show in a jungle-printed dress with a deep V-cut from her chest to her navel. The “Hustlers” star later walked out again with the legendary designer herself, Donatella Versace, to pose for photographs. They both received standing ovations.
Closing out the runway show, JLo took the fashion world by storm with the iconic green dress that she sported on the Grammy’s red carpet in 2000.
Marie Osmond opened up on “The Talk” on Monday about how being sexually abused as a child caused her to question her sexuality.
While the co-hosts were discussing Miley Cyrus’ recent comments about her ill feelings towards men, Osmond, 60, spoke out about the similar thoughts she had as a child.
“When I was about eight or nine, I actually thought I was gay,” Osmond, 60, said. “The reason is because I had been sexually abused to the point that men made me sick. I didn’t trust them, I didn’t like them.”
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Osmond said she remembers having body image issues and constantly looking at other women’s bodies.
“I was looking at women and I thought ‘why am I looking at women? I must be gay.’ And then I realized — because I’m a thinker — why did God give me all these great brothers and why did He give me this amazing father?” Osmond said. “And truly, the changed my opinion of men, which made me feel that it was something that I was going through.”
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In an Instagram Live on Sunday night, Cyrus, 26 said: “You don’t have to be gay, there are good people with d–ks out there — you’ve just got to find them. You’ve got to find a d–k that’s not a d–k, you know.”
“I always thought I had to be gay because I thought all guys were evil, but it’s not true,” added the Disney alum.
Cyrus was referring to her new beau, Cody Simpson, who has shared headlines with Cyrus lately for their very public romance taking place a few months after Cyrus’ high-profile divorce from Liam Hemsworth and breakup from model Kaitlynn Carter.
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Cyrus took heat for her comments with one individual tweeting: “people aren’t queer because they ‘gave up’ on men. This is so insulting.” Others called the language “homophobic” and “straight up harmful.”
Following the backlash, Cyrus — who is both pansexual and gender fluid — tweeted to clear the air, saying: “It has always been my priority to protect the LGBTQ community I am a part of.”
HOUSTON — The Washington Nationals had workouts throughout the past week.
They played a simulated game Sunday night before their flight to Houston.
And, man, did they have plenty of rest.
Lots and lots of rest.
The trouble with the Nationals winning the National League pennant over the St. Louis Cardinals that they did it much too fast, a four-game sweep in the NLCS.
They haven’t played a game since Oct. 15.
And now, at 8:09 p.m. ET Tuesday at Minute Maid Park, they’ll be playing Game 1 of the World Series against the Houston Astros.
“It’s a concern.” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. “How can it not be?’’
Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman holds the National League championship trophy. (Photo: Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports)
Indeed, history will tell you that teams with a layoff of six or more days are doomed in the World Series.
Only one of the last eight teams to sweep the LCS since 1985 have gone on to win the World Series.
Just ask former Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, whose teams twice swept the ALCS, and disappeared each time in the World Series.
They swept the Oakland A’s in 2006, had six days off, came into the World Series as heavy favorites over the St. Louis Cardinals, and lost in five games.
They swept the New York Yankees in 2012, had five days off, came into the World Series as favorites over the San Francisco Giants, and were swept.
Now, here comes the Nats, who will be facing Astros co-ace Gerrit Cole on Tuesday, a pitcher who has not lost a game since May 22, going 19-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his last 25 starts.
Talk about a jarring wake-up call.
“I think the biggest thing is the hitting,’’ Leyland told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s just so hard to simulate the speed of the game. The layoff is much worse for the hitters than the pitchers. The pitchers can at least simulate, and can throw where ever they are, but the hitters really can’t do that.’’
Those Tigers’ teams are living proof.
In 2006, they batted .199 with a .246 on-base percentage and .335 slugging percentage. Why, if not for Sean Casey, who went 9-for-18 with two homers, the Tigers would have hit .160. The heart of their order – Curtis Granderson, Craig Monroe, Magglio Ordonez, Pudge Rodriguez and Placido Polanco – hit .127.
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Justin Verlander, who’ll start Game 2 for the Astros, remembers it all too vividly.
“We just won too quickly, that time off killed us,’’ Verlander said. “I mean, we had the talent, but when it comes to the playoffs, it’s the hottest team at the time. And those layoffs cooled us off. It sucked.
“It’s the one sport where time off hurt you because you get completely thrown off your routine.’’
The Tigers, who worked out at Ford Field because of the cold temperatures in 2006, changed it up in 2012. They brought in players from their instructional league to play simulated games outdoors at Comerica Field, hoping to resemble the real thing.
The Tigers barely showed up against the Giants, hitting .159 with a .243 on-base percentage and .248 slugging percentage. They scored just six runs and had five extra-base hits the entire series. The slugging duo of Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera hit .148 (4-27), with one homer and eight strikeouts.
The star-studded rotation led by Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, Verlander, and ERA leader Anibal Sanchez, couldn’t save them.
“You just lose your edge sitting around for a week,’’ Leyland says, “and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s not just the players, but the whole organization, the fan base, everyone is sitting around and loses their edge.
“It’s a mental layoff, as much as anything.
“Maybe it’s because we weren’t expecting to be there in the first place, I don’t know, but it cost us.’’
The Nationals weren’t’ supposed to be here, either, having a dramatic comeback victory in the wild-card game against the Milwaukee Brewers, upsetting the heavily favored Los Angeles Dodgers in five games in the division series, and then sweeping the Cardinals.
By the time they return to Washington, D.C., to play their first game in front of their hometown fans, they will have gone 10 days without seeing them.
“Maybe it’ll be different for those guys,” said Leyland, “and they’ll do a better job with it.’’
History tells us it will be no different.
The Cardinals just had one day off in 2006 before stunning the Tigers.
The Giants also had just a day off before the start of the 2012 World Series.
The Astros are coming in with two days off, allowing them to perfectly line up their rotation with Cole, Verlander and Zack Greinke.
“To have Cole on full rest going Game 1, and Verlander on full rest Game 2,’’ Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said, “that’s exactly what we were looking for.’’
The last team to win with at least six off-days were the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008, who were off four more days than the Tampa Bay Rays, before winning in five games. The Chicago White Sox had five off-days in 2005, and swept the Astros
The longest layoff belonged to the Colorado Rockies, who were off eight days in 2007, six longer than the Boston Red Sox, lost Game 1 13-1, and were swept.
“Hey, we’ve got the oldest team in baseball,’’ Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki said last week. “We need the days off.’’
And for the Astros?
“To be honest, if we could have won it in four, we’d have loved to,’’ Astros MVP candidate Alex Bregman said. “But this worked out well for us. We still got a little rest, and we’re ready. The trouble with getting too many days off is that it ruins your routine.
“We’re on a roll. We’re ready’’
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Both Jacoby Brissett and Deshaun Watson have managed to outduel reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes in consecutive weeks — on his home turf no less.
Now it’s time for the young quarterbacks to face off against each other for the first time since Brissett took over as the Indianapolis Colts’ starting quarterback with Andrew Luck’s retirement.
And the top of the AFC South is on the line for the winner.
Brissett and the Colts (3-2) are coming off a bye after handing the Chiefs their first loss this season on Oct. 7. Watson led the Houston Texans to a 31-24 win last weekend, and the defending AFC South champs head to Indianapolis on Sunday with a chance for a little payback of the wild-card game they lost to the Colts last January when Luck was at quarterback.
“We’ve just got to keep it going,” Houston coach Bill O’Brien said. “We just had a really good win against a good team, but we’re 4-2 and 4-2 gets you nowhere.”
The Colts will have linebacker Darius Leonard back after missing three games being in the concussion protocol, and the Texans are expected to be without rookie right tackle Tytus Howard because of an injured knee that knocked him out of the Chiefs’ game.
“When Deshaun Watson gets in the open field, Darius can make it interesting and not many guys can,” Colts coach Frank Reich said. “So you need guys like Darius that can make it interesting.
The Texans are ranked No. 6 in the AP Pro32, while the Colts are 12th. The Colts are healthier and rested in a pick ’em game so …
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No. 32 Miami (plus 16 1-2) at No. 7 Buffalo
The Bills may be rusty after their bye. The Dolphins are struggling so that not even Fitz-magic back in Buffalo can help against this defense.
No. 1 New England (minus 10) at No. 28 N.Y. Jets
Sam Darnold may be ready for the challenge of taking on New England. He also gave the Patriots bulletin board material not that they need it.
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No. 2 New Orleans (plus 3) at No. 15 Chicago
Teddy Bridgewater has been simply perfect replacing Drew Brees. Better yet, the Saints’ D is giving their replacement quarterback plenty of help.
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No. 9 Kansas City (minus 3) at No. 23 Denver
Tyreek Hill is back, but the Chiefs have defensive issues. The Broncos are at home with a running game to play keepaway.
No. 10 Baltimore (plus 3 1-2) at No. 4 Seattle
The Seahawks are back home with their 12th man. Lamar Jackson knows how to run and throw no matter where the road takes him.
No. 14 L.A. Rams (minus 3) at No. 29 Atlanta
The Rams swapped Pro Bowl cornerback for Pro Bowl cornerback, and Jalen Ramsey will be ready for his L.A. debut even if it is out of town.
No. 22 Jacksonville (minus 3) at No. 31 Cincinnati
The Jaguars won’t miss Ramsey this week as Minshew-mania refreshes.
No. 20 L.A. Chargers (plus 2) at No. 25 Tennessee
The Titans switched quarterbacks hoping for an offensive spark. The Chargers need their QB to quit turning the ball over.
No. 3 San Francisco (minus 10) at No. 30 Washington
A wise man once wrote only teams good enough to start 6-0 would start 6-0. Even with the early kickoff for San Francisco …
No. 15 Philadelphia (plus 3) at No. 17 Dallas
The banged-up Cowboys are at home.
No. 24 Arizona (plus 3) at No. 26 N.Y. Giants
Kyler Murray versus Danny Dimes with Saquon Barkley finally back.
No. 18 Oakland (plus 6) at No. 5 Green Bay
Yes, the Raiders are coming off their bye. They’re back on the road in Lambeau, and the Packers won’t need as much help as they got in their previous game.
No. 8 Minnesota (minus 1) at No. 13 Detroit
Kirk Cousins has found his comfort zone throwing the ball. The Lions still aren’t over missing out on a big win in Green Bay.
Last Week: Against spread (6-8). Straight up (9-5)
Season Totals: Against spread (48-43-1). Straight up: (54-37-1)
Best Bet: 4-2 against spread, 4-2 straight up
Upset special: 3-3 against spread, 3-3 straight up
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