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How the Director of The Spy Who Dumped Me Made a Graphic, Funny, Feminist Action Film

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In Susanna Fogel’s The Spy Who Dumped Me, men are drowned in fondu and household items are repurposed as weapons. The movie follows heartbroken Audrey (Mila Kunis) and her best friend, Morgan (Kate McKinnon), who go globetrotting after Audrey’s recent breakup — and it turns out that her ex, Drew (Justin Theroux), is a CIA spy on the run whose activities put Audrey in danger, forcing her to take on his final mission with Morgan at her side. But unlike many modern studio-funded action-comedies, Fogel’s isn’t just joking around: The film is surprisingly violent, with its action scenes including a significant amount of bloodshed from its villains and heroes alike. Vulture recently sat down with Fogel to talk about the movie’s shocking violent side, what sets its portrayal of female friendship apart from other contemporary female-led comedies — and why movies still rely on those old, lazy gender tropes.What made you go for that heightened level of graphic violence, when so many action-come…

VIDEOS: Something"s floating in my Coke; spaza shop food questioned

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The authenticity of products bought from spaza shops in townships throughout the country is being questioned.
Products bought from ‘my friend’ – a term used to refer to foreign nationals who have mushrooming shops in townships nationwide – are being examined.
In videos, the quality of bread and two bottles of branded cooldrinks have many on social media crying foul.
In the first video, a woman questions the quality of bread she has had for longer than two weeks. The woman claims ‘Pakistanis’, another word referring to small shop owners in townships, sold her the loaf of white bread, which after more than two weeks has maintained its shape.
The woman goes on to say the bread remained intact despite the time and date difference.
“This bread I bought more than two weeks ago at a spaza shop, ‘my friend’s spazas’. It’s still fresh, it’s still bouncy, there’s is no odour, there’s no mould, there’s nothing. It’s still as I bought it. It seems, what they do is they changed packaging, and they buy …

Deputies warn of "funny money" in circulation

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Judge awards man nearly $9 million in lawsuit against wife"s loverJudge awards man nearly $9 million in lawsuit against wife"s loverPosted: Monday, July 30 2018 10:52 PM EDT2018-07-31 02:52:11 GMTUpdated: Monday, July 30 2018 11:24 PM EDT2018-07-31 03:24:37 GMT Video of the fight between Keith King and his wife"s lover Francisco Huizar III is an example of how intense the anger became between the men. A North Carolina man feels vindicated after winning an almost $9 million judgment against his wife"s lover. He took the lover to court under the state"s "alienation of affection" law.Full Story > A North Carolina man feels vindicated after winning an almost $9 million judgment against his wife"s lover. He took the lover to court under the state"s "alienation of affection" law.Full Story > New father dies in car crash after visiting baby, wife at hospitalNew father dies in car crash after visiting baby, wife at hospitalPosted: Tuesd…

Government R&D tax break raid "mind-numbingly stupid", says Daniel Petre

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Cutting $2.5 billion out of the research and development tax break and returning the savings to general revenue to balance the budget was a "mind-numbingly stupid" thing for the Turnbull government to do, according to one of Australia"s highest-profile venture capitalists Daniel Petre.Mr Petre is a co-founder of AirTree Ventures and a colleague on the board of Innovation and Science Australia with chair Bill Ferris and Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, who recommended that savings from tweaking the R&D tax break should be ploughed back into innovation via direct R&D grants because they are more effective.But Jobs and Innovation Minister Michaelia Cash told The Australian Financial Review Innovation Summit 2018 on Monday that the government decided to pocket the savings because it wanted to balance the budget.Ms Cash said she would be willing to discuss the creation of a new program of direct R&D grants for a future budget, an olive branch that Mr Ferris welcomed. …

Dog owner speaks out after workmen smash car windows to free pets left in baking hot vehicle

A dog owner has spoken out after workmen smashed his car widows to free three pets left in the baking hot vehicle. Worried members of the public told police the dogs had been in the car for nearly two hours, before helping to break into the drivers side window to release them. All windows of the car were reportedly shut as temperatures reached 27C outside in Bristol on Thursday, July 26.Now the dog owner has revealed it was "stupid" of him to leave the animals in the hot car.A crowd had gathered around the silver Nissan car near Old Market Roundabout after hearing the dogs were left on their own. A police officer and members of the public could be seen holding a blanket over the boot window to try and provide some shade for the dogs, reports the Bristol Post .








Workmen smashing their way into the car
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The three dogs were locked in the car as temperatures reached 27C outside
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Please don"t jump out of your car and dance to Drake, NTSB pleads

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"Driver distraction features prominently in this viral challenge, but the more obvious risk is the poor decision to hop out of a moving vehicle to dance," NTSB safety advocate chief Nicholas Worrell wrote. "Although "bad decision making" is not on our [list of poor driver behaviors], we have seen a variety of crashes attributable to making poor choices."LMFAOOOOO pic.twitter.com/iUCVN19qWm— carolina🍊 (@caarolin9) July 15, 2018The In My Feelings challenge started as a Drake meme, via a dance featured on @TheShiggyShow. Soon, videos started popping up on social media, showing various Darwin candidates jumping out of moving cars in traffic, and naturally, falling on their faces. One particularly clueless individual planned to jump out of a car, dance, and then hop on the hood of another moving car. However, he slipped on a wet spot on the pavement and got hit by said car instead, luckily suffering only bruises and scratches.The NTSB managed to both mildly t…

12 hilarious Harry Potter memes to celebrate the boy wizard"s 38th birthday

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Did you find these Harry Potter memes funny? Written by J.K. Rowling , the first Harry Potter book (Harry Potter and the Philosopher"s Stone) was released in the UK in 1997. There are seven books in total, each following the adventures of Harry and his two best friends (Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger) at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Daniel Radcliffe , Rupert Grint and Emma Watson starred in the Harry Potter films.
Read More Harry Potter"s story continues with play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child . It"s currently playing on both the West End, and on Broadway. The play is also available to buy as a book. A Harry Potter prequel series of films was launched with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them , which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander. The upcoming film - The Crimes of Grindelwald - will feature Jude Law as a young Dumbledore. Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/interactives/12-hilarious-harry-potter-memes-13009925

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Hot Water Challenge: Why You Shouldn"t Pour Boiling Water On Someone

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Why on Earth would you pour boiling water on someone as a prank? (Photo: Shutterstock) There are stupid challenges. Then there are really stupid challenges. And then there is the Hot Water Challenge. Why on Earth would you think that pouring boiling water on someone or drinking boiling water through a straw would somehow not be a very bad idea?It is not clear how many people have been foolish enough to even try this challenge. But there have already been some victims such as the 15-year-old in this ABC 10 News report:As you can see, the teen was left with severe burns after his "friend" apparently poured boiling hot water on him as a prank. Sorry but a prank is putting a "kick me" sign on your back, filling your office with rutabagas, or replacing your underwear with lettuce. It is not doing something that lands you in the hospital and could potentially scar you for life and even kill you.And your friends need to understand simple science: very hot liquids can scald…

Don"t scoff at Love Island. It"s British society laid bare

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Two TV shows have been endlessly debated during the long, hot summer of 2018. One was a vacuous, pointless, and time-consuming programme where cartoonishly attractive, stupid people shagged endlessly in a tacky villa; the other a fascinating social experiment where the complexities of the heart, so often hidden from view, were laid out for inspection.
That is to say, no programme has split opinion like ITV2’s Love Island. But those who use the first description tend not to have seen it. Or, they dipped into one episode, caught a ridiculous challenge where the men performed a fireman striptease, and couldn’t fathom why this was ITV2’s most-watched show ever.

As someone who watched the second season by myself, when it was still very much a niche hit, I can tell you that the Love Island experience is not complete without people to talk about it with. It’s now a national conversation, lending itself to heated debate with your mates, your mates’ mums, your hairdresser, or perfect strangers.
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Everything You Need To Know About Jason Tartick, Per Jason Tartick

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Following his departure, Refinery29 spoke to Tartick about his exit, Jordan Kimball"s famed Tinder swipes, and what really happens in the Bachelorette manse. A few important details before we embark: Tartick is the vice president of protocol for Key Bank in Seattle, and yes, he knows he looks like Andrew Keegan. (Or, in a different light, Milo Ventimiglia.) In other news, his current celebrity crush is Jennifer Lawrence.Source: https://www.refinery29.com/2018/07/205462/jason-tartick-the-bachelorette-interview

Storyville: Insha"Allah Democracy review – pulls its punches... but better than Morgan v Trump

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When Piers Morgan interviewed his pal Donald Trump inside Air Force One earlier this month, he was accused of being soft on the president. The sycophant in the room; Air Force One, that’s their pet name for Trump’s rectum, right? Etc.
To be honest, I didn’t think it was too bad – not the greatest interview, but he did at least tackle him on a few things. But these days you’re not allowed to think something is a bit meh, you have to hate it.
Anyway, Morgan has nothing on the film-maker Mohammed Naqvi when it comes to playing kiss-ass. Naqvi has gone to see his mate’s uncle, Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, in exile in Dubai, in Storyville: Insha’Allah Democracy (BBC Four, 9pm, Monday).
“Aren’t you going to ask me about this?” Musharraf says, indicating the framed Time magazine cover bearing his face and the cover line “The World’s Toughest Job”.
“Why don’t you pick it up and show it to the camera?” suggests Naqvi from behind the camera.
“No, you have to say: ‘What’s this I…

John Cleese suggests Monty Python is too funny to be shown on TV today

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31st Jul 18 | Entertainment NewsThe Fawllty Towers star was responding to the BBC"s comedy controller who suggested the Pythons would struggle to get on television today.
Comedian John Cleese has suggested the reason Monty Python’s Flying Circus is no longer regularly shown on TV is because it’s “too funny” compared to modern comedies.During an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Cleese, 78, laughed off comments in July from the corporation’s comedy controller Shane Allen, the Pythons would struggle to get on TV today because they were “six Oxbridge white blokes”.Reacting to Allen’s comments in June Cleese wrote on social media: “Unfair! We were remarkably diverse for our time.”When Allen’s comments were brought up by presenter Nick Robinson, Cleese joked that being well-educated had been a “big disadvantage”.John Cleese has suggested Monty Python is too funny to be shown alongside modern comedy shows (Andy Gotts/PA)He added: “If people are stroppy with me, I get stroppy b…

Russell Wangersky: Drivers cause accidents, too

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Two weeks ago in Nova Scotia, the provincial and federal governments announced a combined total of $285 million — $90 million from the federal government, $195 million from the province — to twin a dangerous stretch of Nova Scotia highway.

The 38-kilometre span between Sutherland’s River and Antigonish has seen more than 400 accidents, with 16 deaths, since 2009.In Newfoundland and Labrador, $4.8 million is being spent to add rumble strips, passing lanes and new on-ramps to the Veterans Memorial Highway, after more than 200 incidents on the 40-kilometre stretch of road in the past four years, and a string of fatal accidents.But will the money really reduce car accidents, or just move them to different places?First, let me be clear that I’m not suggesting that the work doesn’t need to be done, nor that people killed and injured are to blame for what happened to them.I’ve driven both roads; they’re poorly designed for their respective traffic loads and use, and are in need of the critica…

Please don"t jump out of your car and dance to Drake, NTSB pleads

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"Driver distraction features prominently in this viral challenge, but the more obvious risk is the poor decision to hop out of a moving vehicle to dance," NTSB safety advocate chief Nicholas Worrell wrote. "Although "bad decision making" is not on our [list of poor driver behaviors], we have seen a variety of crashes attributable to making poor choices."LMFAOOOOO pic.twitter.com/iUCVN19qWm— carolina🍊 (@caarolin9) July 15, 2018The In My Feelings challenge started as a Drake meme, via a dance featured on @TheShiggyShow. Soon, videos started popping up on social media, showing various Darwin candidates jumping out of moving cars in traffic, and naturally, falling on their faces. One particularly clueless individual planned to jump out of a car, dance, and then hop on the hood of another moving car. However, he slipped on a wet spot on the pavement and got hit by said car instead, luckily suffering only bruises and scratches.The NTSB managed to both mildly t…

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"Drunk", "stupid" fire extinguisher prank on Clydesdale horses ends in $4000 fine

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Posted July 31, 2018 14:28:34 External Link: An attack on Clydesdale horses in early 2018 in Rockhampton A man convicted of setting off a fire extinguisher in the faces of two Clydesdale horses in a Rockhampton entertainment district has publicly apologised.Giobi Geiger, 20, was dubbed "immature" in Rockhampton"s Magistrates Court today over the incident on a Friday evening in January.The court heard he had drank about 13 cans of rum on the night he was being driven around the city by a friend, Brandon Hohn."I was pretty out of it," Geiger told the court.The 20-year-old said they were driving down Rockhampton"s popular Quay Street when he found the fire extinguisher under the car"s passenger seat.He said he then decided to set it off outside the car window."I thought it would be something funny for the people to see," Geiger told the court.Clopping past on a cart for tourists at that moment was Steve May, pulled by his two Clydesdale horse…

Emotional story draws Director Marc Foster to Disney"s "Christopher Robin"

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Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger relax at the beach in Disney’s CHRISTOPHER ROBIN.
Marc Foster, the acclaimed director known for his eclectic range of films—including “Finding Neverland,” “Quantum of Solace” and “The Kite Runner”—now returns to direct Disney’s heartwarming live-action adventure “Christopher Robin” starring Ewan McGregor and Haley Atwell.
Foster grew up loving Disney live-action films and was immediately drawn to the story of “Christopher Robin.” It had a sense of magic realism, and he believed it had the potential to become an artistic, emotional, funny and timeless film.
Disney’s “Christopher Robin” brings the timeless charm and nostalgia of A.A. Milne’s stories and characters to the big screen in an imaginative tale about the joy and purity of youth. Speaking to the child in all of us, the film is a gentle reminder to let some of those qualities infuse our adult lives.
Winne the Pooh in Disney’s live-action adventure CHRISTOPHER ROBIN.
“Translating a lovely, si…

The Radical World of Agnès Varda: Your Five-Point Guide

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As a nationwide touring programme of her visionary work begins, we explore the life and work of the ‘grandmother of the French New Wave’July 31, 2018 Agnès Varda is one of the great filmmakers of the 20th century, and – rather amazingly, given that she is now approaching her 90th birthday – 18 years into the 21st century, she shows no sign whatsoever of slowing down. Her most recent film, Faces Places, a documentary made in collaboration with the photographer and muralist JR, was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year, making the so called "grandmother of the French New Wave" the oldest person ever to be put forward for the award. For decades, Varda has quietly devoted herself to her art, constantly experimenting with new techniques and media to capture the world through her own, entirely unique, lens – producing some of cinema"s most poignant, funny and fabulously feminist films along the way. But it"s taken the world a long time to catch up, and finally recogni…