Clint Eastwood’s indignant, Oscar-buzzed new drama Richard Jewell tasks itself with a noble and initially justifiable aim: to tell the truth about a man whose name has been unfairly slandered. It’s written, quite literally on the poster, with the words “true” and “truth” promising, at long last, facts behind the headlines that followed the tragic bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. But there’s a catch. In an attempt to clear the name of Jewell, the security guard wrongfully accused of creating and planting the pipe bomb that directly killed one person and injured 111 others, the film throws another name under the bus, that of Kathy Scruggs, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution journalist who broke the story that he was under investigation. Its recent premiere at the AFI festival was accompanied by unease over a scene where Scruggs trades sex for a tip from an FBI agent, a damaging allegation that’s yet to be supported by any tangible … [Read more...] about ‘Crass and contemptible’: is Clint Eastwood’s new movie built on a lie?
REAL Housewives of Dallas star LeeAnne Locken apologised after becoming embroiled in a racism scandal on Wednesday. LeeAnne Locken came under fire from fans on Twitter, as they called for her to be sacked after calling a co-star a "chirpy Mexican". The reality star came under fire after she was filmed making a racially insensitive comment about co-star Kary Brittingham during the cast’s trip to Thailand. "The little chirpy Mexican has to have her way and so she drug everyone there," Locken said about Brittingham. The situation started after a night out in Bangkok’s Red Light District and Locken expressed her disgust over witnessing a “ping pong show”, which had been Brittingham's idea to go to. “Do you have any clue how many sex workers we just looked at?” Locken, 52, asked co-star Kameron Westcott when they returned to their hotel room.Locken then laid into Brittingham for being the first to leave the show, saying: “That f***ing c*** … [Read more...] about Real Housewives’ LeeAnne Locken apologies after being accused of ‘racism’ for calling Kary Brittingham ‘chirpy Mexican’
When Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday, it marked the first time black women have simultaneously held the top titles of four major beauty pageants.Media outlets jumped on the news and many on social media celebrated.Some said that along with Ms Tunzi, Cheslie Kryst (Miss USA), Kaliegh Garris (Miss Teen USA) and Nia Franklin (Miss America), she represents a new age for beauty pageants, one of diversity and inclusion. Ms Tunzi has been especially praised, with her dark black skin and short, natural hair.Even Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber shared a video on Instagram of her reaction the moment Ms Tunzi won. "Miss Universe looks like me!" she shouted to the camera over and over.But Ms Barber also told the BBC that black women still faced discrimination when competing, and that representation could be the first step towards fixing it."If you come from a group that's rarely under-represented, it's hard to understand what representation means," she said.'I was … [Read more...] about What are beauty pageants really like for black women?
The latest opinion polling average for the general election shows the Labour Party struggling to catch up to the Conservative Party, though a final poll for the Telegraph on Wednesday night showed the election was “on a knife edge”. Mr Johnson and Mr Corbyn have made their final push for Downing Street before polling stations open today, with opinion polls so far showing the Conservative Party still in front with an average lead of 10.2-points. Despite both leaders facing criticism, Mr Johnson’s "get Brexit done" message has appeared to be cutting through the noise, while Mr Corbyn has struggled to break over 35 points in the polls. Mr Johnson gave the Tories an initial boost when he was elected party leader at the end of July, with average polling figures showing Conservative support jumping from around 25 per cent to almost 35 per cent by the start of September, pulling well clear of Labour. This was helped by a crash in support … [Read more...] about General election polls 2019: Final UK data before vote halves Tory lead
If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up hereThe UK goes to the pollsMillions of people across the UK have until 22:00 GMT to cast their votes in the third general election in less than five years. Following the first December election in nearly 100 years, the candidate with most votes in each of the 650 MPs constituencies across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be elected to Parliament. Almost as keenly contested as the battle for marginal seats will be the race to be the first constituency to declare a result, with seats in north-east rivals Newcastle and Sunderland usually in the running.The BBC is restricted in what it can report before the polls close - see the note below. But you can expect clips of party leaders smiling after casting their ballots and pictures of dogs at polling stations, this year with added tinsel. As polls close, the BBC will publish an exit poll across all its platforms. Most constituencies are expected to declare results in time … [Read more...] about News Daily: UK goes to the polls and BBC Sound of 2020 longlist revealed