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Bill Burr and Bill Maher think Louis C.K. should be uncanceled: ‘It’s been long enough’

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Bill Burr and Bill Maher think Louis C.K. should be uncanceled: ‘It’s been long enough’

Bill Burr says cancel culture is over. Bill Maher isn’t so sure. The one thing the two Bills in comedy can agree on? Louis C.K. should be welcomed back into their industry.

On Sunday’s episode of Maher’s podcast, “Club Random,” the political commentator and comic had a nearly two-hour conversation that touched on everything from self-driving cars to the Israel-Hamas war.

Disgraced comedian C.K. came up when Maher told Burr he had a bright future as a director and likened his work to C.K.’s directorial ventures. The pair agreed they enjoyed the 2022 film “Fourth of July,” which the “Louie” actor directed, independently produced and financed.

“Don’t get me started on that,” Maher said of C.K.’s struggle to successfully return to the entertainment industry after being accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct at the height of the #MeToo movement.

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“Isn’t it time everyone just went, ‘OK, it wasn’t a cool thing to do, but it’s been long enough and welcome back?’” Maher said.

In a 2017 New York Times article, actors and comedians Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Abby Schachner, Rebecca Corry and a fifth woman who remained anonymous alleged that C.K. masturbated — or requested to — in front of them. He later admitted to the behavior and acknowledged there was a power imbalance between him and the female comics, saying he “wielded that power irresponsibly.”

Burr agreed with Maher’s assessment, and said, “They took $50 million from him, I think they punished him,” referring to the $35 million C.K. said he lost in “one hour” from the blow to his reputation, likely speaking hyperbolically.

“Enough! For Christ’s sake, it’s not the end of the world,” Maher added. “People have done so much worse things and gotten less. There’s no rhyme or reason to this #MeToo-type punishment.”

Burr and Maher agreed that C.K.’s future work should be embraced instead of avoided, as it has been since the allegations were made public. In the wake of the scandal, “I Love You, Daddy,” the 2017 movie that C.K. wrote, directed and starred in, was shelved. “Fourth of July” was a box office bomb, making just under $10,000 in its U.S. opening weekend.

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They disagreed, however, when Burr declared that cancel culture was over, saying, “nobody cares anymore.” The comedian went on to say he doesn’t think about being canceled based on his comedy and disagrees with the idea that the content of a comic’s jokes are cancel-worthy.

“That’s so not true. Either one of us could get canceled in the next two minutes,” Maher said.

Even though his films following his Hollywood ouster were unsuccessful, C.K. has managed to make a somewhat quiet return to comedy. He started touring again in 2019 with an “anti-woke”-themed stand-up show meant to appeal to those fed up with cancel culture. He won a Grammy in 2022 for his comedy album “Sincerely Louis C.K.” and was nominated again in the same category last year.

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Movie review: Furiosa shifts into first gear

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Movie review: Furiosa shifts into first gear

Furiosa is a madcap summer blockbuster, with soul, intelligence, and a gnarly production design that together make for a white-knuckle night at the movies

Buckle up, road warriors: there’s a new sheriff in the wild, wild wasteland. Her name is Furiosa, and her cinematic epic is now blazing on screen with a blistering ferocity.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga comes nearly a decade after the Australian apocalypse series returned with the Oscar-winning mega-hit Fury Road in 2015. What (obviously) makes this instalment unique is that this is the first time someone other than Max gets the spotlight – true to the name, he isn’t even in the film except for a two-second cameo.

Instead, Fury Road’s deuteragonist Furiosa is in the driver’s seat, and she proves to be just as compelling and driven a lead character. After being originated by Charlize Theron nine years ago, her younger versions are now played by Anya Taylor-Joy and Aylya Brown.

The main plot sees a young Furiosa (Brown) kidnapped from her family in a desert oasis, sometime in the future when the world is nearly covered in sand, gas and grime. The rest of the film follows the growing Furiosa determined to exact revenge on her kidnapper – the warlord Dementus (Chris Hemsworth) – and return home.

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When the title promises this will be a “saga”, writer/director George Miller isn’t kidding. Just as Fury Road was about a man (Max) finding his quest and purpose in a woman’s odyssey, the inverse is realized in Furiosa, which is about a woman finding her pursuit within the male-dominated wasteland. 

Taylor-Joy and Brown get nearly equal screen time following Furiosa from childhood to grown woman, and they each dominate scene after scene showing their tactics, efforts, fears and discoveries through stunt after remarkable stunt in mountains, storms, and through every sort of dune buggy and truck you can imagine.

But because they split the film’s (maybe overlong) run time, the actor who we spend the most time with is Hemsworth’s Dementus, who shifts from graceful and brutal to giddy and manic. The degradation of the two main characters are fascinating: like their surrounding world, it’s like watching two warriors fighting the threat of literally wasting away.

George Miller has become famous for the meticulously evolving Mad Max series just as he has for family films like Babe and Happy Feet (yes, really!), but his regular detailed world building are in full force for Furiosa, with excellent production design, cinematography and editing sharper than the on screen spikes. It’s brutally beautiful.

The only real downgrade from Fury Road, which draws several easy comparisons, is that the first two chapters of the film are a bit slow, with the story’s engine only really revving once Taylor-Joy begins her scenes. But this is a small critique.

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Furiosa is a madcap summer blockbuster, with soul, intelligence, and a gnarly artistry that all builds to several white-knuckle scenes. It’s well worth the ride.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

9 out of 10

14A, 2hrs 28mins. Action Adventure Epic.

Co-written and directed by George Miller.

Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke and Lacey Hulme.

Now Playing at SilverCity Burlington Cinemas and Film.Ca Cinemas, 5 Drive-In.

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Nicki Minaj apparently arrested in Netherlands on suspicion of drug possession

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Nicki Minaj was apparently arrested at an airport by Amsterdam police upon her arrival in the Netherlands on Saturday on suspicion of carrying drugs in her luggage. The rapper filmed herself being questioned by police who detained her before she could leave the airport for her show in Manchester at the Co-op Live arena for the next stop on her Pink Friday 2 Tour.

In the video, which she posted to Instagram Live, the 41-year-old rapper whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty tells the authorities she was not carrying any drugs. Despite her denial, she was told she needed to go to the police station in video captured on her live recording.

Minaj was “arrested … at Schiphol Airport because of possession of soft drugs,” a spokesperson for the police in the Netherlands told NBC.

According to Minaj’s recording, a man in a police uniform explained to her that she “would get a lawyer at the office” and they would go “as fast as possible.” She was then told “to get into this [police] van and go into the precinct with no lawyer present.”

During the verbal exchange, Minaj alleged that airport security asked that she make a “statement with no lawyer present” after “pre-rolls” (ready-to-smoke joints filled with marijuana) were allegedly discovered in her luggage.

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Before the supposed arrest, the “Anaconda” hit-maker made a series of posts on X (formerly known as Twitter) about her bags getting searched at the airport.

Nicki Minaj attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “Camp: Notes on Fashion” exhibition in 2019 in New York.

(Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

“They’ve been trying everything they possibly can to TRY to stop this tour,” she wrote in one tweet. She also accused authorities of trying to “plant things” in her luggage.

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Minaj also shared a recording on her Instagram of her verbal exchange with a man who told her that police were going to be searching her bags.

Minaj then asked: “But wasn’t that what you planned on doing from the get-go? Why didn’t you guys search it before it went on the plane?”

The man responded: “They did just a random quick check, but now they want to open it” and said Minaj choosing to film the authorities resulted in them wanting to search her bags.

The rapper replied: “ ‘Do I have any more in those purses’ and I said, ‘No,’ and I asked him where are my bags.” “They took my bags and put them on the plane before I could know what bags are on the plane.”

The airline crew member simply said he was “so sorry for that.”

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Minaj replied “OK, of course,” before the video ended.

Minaj also tweeted: “they said they found weed…they took my bags without consent,” seemingly admitting that there was marijuana in her luggage that may have belonged to her security staff.

In Minaj’s caption on Instagram, the rapper wrote “they took my bags before I could see them” then “put it on the plane…This is what it looks like when ppl are paid big money to try to sabotage a tour after all else failed. Everything they’ve done is illegal.”

In her final post on X, Minaj tweeted that she was being told she had to “go 5 mins away to make a statement about my security to the police precinct.”

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Love Me Telugu Movie Review, Ashish, Vaishnavi Chaitanya

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Love Me Telugu Movie Review, Ashish, Vaishnavi Chaitanya

Movie Name : Love Me

Release Date : May 25, 2024

123telugu.com Rating : 2.25/5

Starring : Ashish, Vaishnavi Chaitanya, Ravi Krishna, Simran Chowdhary, and others

Director: Arun Bhimavarapu

Producers: Harshith Reddy, Hanshitha Reddy, Naga Mallidi

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Music Director: M.M. Keeravani

Cinematographer: P.C. Sreeram

Editor: Santosh Kamireddy

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Love Me, starring Ashish and Vaishnavi Chaitanya, has hit the screens today. This romantic thriller is directed by debutant Arun Bhimavarapu. Let’s see how the movie is.
 

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Story:

Arjun (Ashish) is a YouTuber. He always tries to find answers to unsolved questions and does things that others ask him not to do. Arjun finds out there is a ghost named Divyavathi, and whoever tried to go near her lost their lives. Arjun falls in love with the ghost and in the process of learning what happened to Divyavathi, he comes across many surprises. Who is this Divyavathi? What happened to her? How did Prathap (Ravi Krishna) and Priya (Vaishnavi Chaitanya) assist Arjun in unraveling the mystery surrounding Divyavathi? This is what the movie is about.
 

Plus Points:

Ashish has improved a lot compared to his debut film. He has shown more maturity in his performance in a role that requires him to behave in a subtle manner. Ashish looks charming in every frame, and his dialogue delivery is also neat.

The screenplay in the first half isn’t perfect, but the core idea of the movie, which is the hero falling for a ghost, makes us sit through. The movie begins on an interesting note with the backstory of the ghost. Though the film remains flat thereafter, the solid visuals and the central theme engage us to an extent. Ravi Krishna is alright in his role.
 

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Minus Points:

Not all interesting ideas look good on the screen. The hero falling in love with a ghost is an idea that isn’t explored much, but the presentation isn’t convincing. The interest factor created in the first half dies down by the end after the big revelation. Once the final twist is disclosed, everything looks silly and illogical. The character development of an artist upon whom the entire film revolves isn’t done well.

One would expect a thrilling ride in the second half, but what we get to see is a confusing narrative that tries to pack in a lot. When the hero and Vaishnavi Chaitanya start unraveling the mystery, we come across many characters, and it is too much to absorb. A lot of information is presented that goes over our heads. The second half makes us wonder what actually is happening.

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Vaishnavi Chaitanya doesn’t get much scope to shine, and this is due to the way her character is written. The complex narration is not the only drawback. The film scores low in terms of emotions, too. They don’t look natural, and not enough time is taken to showcase the emotional connection between the key characters.
 

Technical Aspects:

Keeravani’s background score is decent. The songs are just about okay. The writing isn’t good, so we can’t expect much from the music department. The art work is superb, and the visuals by P.C. Sreeram are top-notch. The movie is splendid visually, and credit should go to the legendary cinematographer for the fantastic visuals. The CG works are satisfactory.

The editing is below par and creates too much confusion. Director Arun Bhimavarapu has come up with some interesting ideas, but he isn’t successful in translating them effectively onto the screen. The first half is somewhat watchable, but the proceedings in the second half go for a toss with the complicated screenplay.
 

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Verdict:

On the whole, Love Me tries to be a unique horror thriller but ends up being a silly and unconvincing flick. The fascinating ideas are not told in an effective manner, and the movie looks illogical in many places. Ashish is good in his role, and the first half is somewhat watchable. But the whole second half is confusing with too much information, and the key twist disappoints big time. You can skip this film.
123telugu.com Rating: 2.25/5

Reviewed by 123telugu Team

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