Sunday, May 20, 2018

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  • Saturday, May. 19, 2018
In HBO film, McCain says Americans deserve more from Washington
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at an event on Capitol Hill to debut a documentary film about McCain, in Washington, Thursday, May 17, 2018. McCain, currently away from the Senate, was diagnosed in last July with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 

Sen. John McCain ends a documentary about his life by sending the message that Washington is not giving the American people the government they deserve.

The Arizona Republican also makes clear he is doing everything he can to fight the brain cancer that has stricken him. He says he loves life and wants to stick around forever but also believes "there is a great honor that you can die with."

McCain's comments come in the HBO documentary "John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls." The title stems from McCain's favorite book and his current condition. The 81-year-old was diagnosed in July with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. He left Washington in December and has yet to return, though he continues to weigh in on an array of issues.

Earlier this month, he urged his fellow senators to reject President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA. A White House aide subsequently dismissed his opposition, saying it "doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway," setting off a firestorm of criticism and calls for a public apology.

There was no mention of that episode as dozens of McCain's Senate colleagues took nearly two hours out of their day to watch the documentary Thursday afternoon. Some of them spoke about McCain before the movie aired.

"The movie is excellent. It tells the story, warts and all," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of McCain's closest friends.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said she will always remember McCain interrupting a supporter in her home state to stick up for Barack Obama, his Democratic opponent in the 2008 presidential race. The supporter had said she couldn't trust Obama and called him an "Arab."

McCain replied: "No, ma'am, no, ma'am. He's a decent family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that's what this campaign is all about."

That scene made it into the movie, which was followed by praise from Obama, who said he admired McCain's civility in an uphill battle. "For John, in the middle of that to say, 'Hold on a second. We don't demonize each other. We're all Americans. We're all on the same team,' I thought was an indication of who John fundamentally was," Obama said.

Indeed, praise from Democrats was featured prominently in the film, including from former Vice President Joe Biden, previously a colleague of McCain's in the Senate, and former Sen. Joe Lieberman. In the film, McCain expresses regret for not picking Lieberman as his running mate in place of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. He said advisers talked him out of it.

"That was another mistake that I made," McCain said.

Fewer appearances were made by Republican lawmakers. Trump, with whom he has feuded, is not interviewed, though Trump's 2016 Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, was.

The film's closing moments include McCain's deciding vote against the GOP's health care bill and his Senate speech before departing for Arizona. As bells begin to toll, McCain gives a quick take on Washington: "We need to make sure we give the American people what they deserve, and right now they're not getting it."

And on his current circumstances: "I'm confident, I'm happy and I'm very grateful for the life I've been able to lead and I greet the future with great joy."

The final scene includes McCain's October address after receiving the National Constitution Center's Liberty Medal. In the speech, he blasted a "half-baked, spurious nationalism" in the United States "cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems."

  • Saturday, May. 19, 2018
Filmmaker Luc Besson targeted in Paris rape complaint
In this March 19, 2017 file photo, Director Luc Besson poses for photographers with his Inspiration award at the Empire Film Awards show in London. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
PARIS (AP) -- 

French authorities said Saturday they are investigating a rape accusation against "Valerian" filmmaker Luc Besson, who denies wrongdoing.

A judicial official told The Associated Press that a 27-year-old woman filed a complaint Friday accusing the 59-year-old director of drugging and penetrating her at the hotel Bristol in Paris.

The official was not authorized to be publicly named.

BFM television and Europe-1 radio cite Besson's lawyer as saying he denies the accusations. His attorneys did not return messages from the AP.

The reports came as the Cannes Film Festival is wrapping up; accusations of sexual misconduct and inequality in the movie industry have been prominent themes at the festival this year.

Besson has produced nearly 100 films and written and directed many of them. His films include the "Taken" series, "The Fifth Element" and "Leon." His Europa Corp. production company didn't respond to requests for comment.

  • Thursday, May. 17, 2018
Facebook's Zuckerberg to meet EU next Tuesday
In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet with leaders of the European parliament in a closed-door meeting next Tuesday about the data protection scandal that has engulfed his company.

Even though his visit had been announced, it was left unclear exactly when Zuckerberg would visit the European Union legislature.

The EU and British parliaments have been calling for Zuckerberg to appear before them for weeks ever since it emerged that a company, political consultants Cambridge Analytica, had been allowed to misuse the data of millions of Facebook users.

The EU meeting however is set to be private with the leaders of the political groups and a justice and civil rights expert. Many in the European Parliament had been calling for a public hearing.
 

 

  • Thursday, May. 17, 2018
Cannes: Brazilians stress land plight of indigenous people
Cast and crew from the film 'The Dead and The Other' Thiago Macedo Correia, from left, producer Ricardo Alves Jr., producer Isabella Nader, co-director Renee Nader Messora, co-director Joao Salaviza and actor Ihjac Kraho, right, hold placards calling for the demarcation of indigenous lands and a halt to the genocide of indigenous people in Brazil, upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Dogman' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
CANNES, France (AP) -- 

Cast and crew members of the Brazilian film "The Dead and the Other" held up placards on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet Wednesday to protest what they called "the genocide" of indigenous people in Brazil.

The movie is based on the filmmakers' experience living for nearly a year in a village of Kraho people in north Brazil. It is playing in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.

Co-directors Joao Salaviza and Renee Nader Messora joined actor Ihjac Kraho in displaying the signs calling for the protection of indigenous lands. They were attending the premiere of "Dogman."

Brazilian politicians last year changed how land is to be demarcated for 900,000 aboriginal people. Activists maintain that without more protection, indigenous groups are being pushed off their land in violent disputes.

  • Thursday, May. 17, 2018
Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary "RBG" has box office muscle
This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in a scene from "RBG." (Magnolia Pictures via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary "RBG " is turning into a mini box office phenomenon. The film cracked the top 10 this weekend with $1.2 million from only 180 screens nationwide.

In just over two weeks of limited release it's made over $2.2 million

Exhibitor Relations box office analyst Jeff Bock says documentaries don't often enter the top 10 if they're not politically charged or about cuddly animals, noting that "RBG" is neither. He says that for a documentary, "RBG" is essentially doing blockbuster business.

The film from directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West gives an intimate peek at the life of the famed Supreme Court associate justice from her childhood to her present day pop culture icon status and even her impressive workout routine.

"RBG" expands to 330 screens on Friday.

  • Wednesday, May. 16, 2018
DJ Khaled is the top nominee for the BET Awards with 6
In this March 23, 2018 file photo, DJ Khaled performs as the opening act for Demi Lovato during her "Tell Me You Love Me World Tour" in Philadelphia. Khaled received six BET Award nominations including one for video of the year. The BET Awards 2018 will be held on June 24. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

DJ Khaled has reason to be grateful — he's been nominated for a leading six trophies for the BET Awards.

The nominations for next month's ceremony were announced Tuesday night. Among the awards Khaled was nominated for include album of the year for "Grateful" and video of the year for "Wild Thoughts" which featured Rihanna and Bryson Tiller.

Other top nominees include Migos and SZA, both of whom were nominated for four awards.

Bruno Mars, Drake, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Cardi B, and Chris Brown are also up for key awards.

Recent Pulitzer Prize-winner Kendrick Lamar is among the nominees for best album, and he's got competition from himself, for his "Black Panther" soundtrack.

The blockbuster is also nominated for best movie along with "Girls Trip" and "Wrinkle in Time," among other films. Tiffany Haddish is nominated for best actress along with the likes of Issa Rae and Lupita Nyong'o, while Michael B. Jordan faces off against Chadwick Boseman and more for best actor.

Venus and Serena Williams are among the nominees for sportswoman of the year while LeBron James and Steph Curry are among the sportsman of the year nominees.

The BET Awards will air live on BET on June 24 from Los Angeles.

  • Tuesday, May. 15, 2018
ABC says "Roseanne" will concentrate on family, not politics
This image released by ABC shows Roseanne Barr, left, and John Goodman in a scene from the comedy series "Roseanne." (Adam Rose/ABC via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Expect "Roseanne" to cool it on politics and concentrate on family stories when it returns for the second season of its revival next year.

That's the word from ABC Entertainment chief Channing Dungey as she introduced the network's plans for next year on Tuesday. The show's return exceeded all expectations this spring, with the support of Roseanne Barr's character for President Donald Trump attracting attention.

Dungey noted that as the first season went on, the focus shifted from politics to family. She said that direction will continue next season.

ABC is bringing back its "TGIF" Friday comedy schedule in the fall, and Alec Baldwin will star in a Sunday-night talk show.

  • Tuesday, May. 15, 2018
Spike Lee's electric "BlacKkKlansman" premieres at Cannes
Actors Laura Harrier, from left, Topher Grace, and director Spike Lee pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 14, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
CANNES, France (AP) -- 

Spike Lee's Ku Klux Klan crime drama "BlacKkKlansman" received a rousing, lengthy standing ovation at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.

Lee's film tells true-life tale of a black police detective in Colorado who infiltrates the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. It was among the most highly anticipated titles at Cannes this year and immediate reaction was positive.

"BlacKkKlansman" ties its story to the violent protests of Charlottesville, Virginia. It stars Denzel Washington's son, John David Washington, alongside Adam Driver and Topher Grace, who plays David Duke.

Lee was outfitted in a shiny purple-and-orange tuxedo and wore one ring declaring "love" on one hand, and "hate" on the other. He bounced into the premiere announcing: "Brooklyn's in the house!"

The "love" and "hate" rings pay homage to his film "Do The Right Thing"; the same jewelry was worn by character Radio Raheem.

  • Monday, May. 14, 2018
CBS Corp. sues majority shareholder to gain independence
In this March 29, 2017, file photo, Shari Redstone attends the premiere of "Ghost in the Shell" at AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

CBS is suing its controlling shareholder as part of its long-running attempt to avoid a combination with Viacom.

Both companies are controlled by National Amusements. That's the holding company run by Shari Redstone, the daughter of media mogul Sumner Redstone. Though National Amusements abandoned a proposal for CBS and Viacom to combine in 2016, CBS fears it may come up again.

Now, CBS is suing to block any interference by National Amusements ahead of a CBS board vote on a dividend that would dilute National Amusements' voting interest from 79 percent to 17 percent. CBS says that would make CBS independent and allow it to "more fully evaluate strategic alternatives."

National Amusements says it is "outraged" and has no intention of forcing a deal not supported by both companies.

  • Monday, May. 14, 2018
Facebook suspends about 200 apps that may have misused data
In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Facebook is suspending about 200 apps that it believes may have misused data.

The social media giant said in a blog post Monday that the suspensions resulted from its investigation into all apps that had access to large amounts of information before Facebook changed its platform policies in 2014. Those changes, according to Facebook, significantly reduced the amount of data that apps could access.

Ime Archibong, vice president of product partnerships, says that if any evidence is found that the suspended apps or other apps have misused data, they will be banned. Users that may have been exposed will be notified, as was the case when the Cambridge Analytica case broke.

The company says that it's canvased thousands of apps so far.