MTV Movie Awards shatters gender barriers one trophy at a time

AP

LOS ANGELES — Film hit “Beauty and the Beast” and Netflix newcomer “Stranger Things” were the night’s big winners with two trophies apiece as MTV partied with its Movie & TV Awards show.

For this, the 26th edition of what was formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards, TV was added to the mix. “Stranger Things” was decreed the Show of the Year, and its cast member, Millie Bobby Brown, was named Best Actor in a Show.

“Beauty and the Beast” was the Movie of the Year, with its star, Emma Watson, the Best Actor in a Movie.

But the awards had another trick up its sleeve, introducing a policy of breaking down gender barriers, as men and women competed jointly in the acting categories. Continue reading

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Pope Francis appears in ‘climate change’ movie featuring Obama, Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio

Pete Baklinski
LifesiteNews

ROME, April 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis made a climactic appearance in a National Geographic film about “global warming” that was narrated by Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and released on DVD this week.

The film, titled Before The Flood, contained a line-up of left-leaning activists renowned for pushing the theory of man-made global warming. The list included Ban Ki-moon, Bill Clinton, Oprah, Elon Musk, John Kerry, and Barack Obama.

The film’s climactic ending shows DiCaprio, the United Nation’s Messenger of Peace, being received at the Vatican by Pope Francis. According to the film, they spoke about the necessity of the “world community” accepting the “science” behind so-called climate change. The meeting took place in January 2016.

“One of the most important spiritual leaders on the planet…has now called upon the world community to accept the modern science of climate change. A pope has never done anything like this in history,” related DiCaprio in the film.

“He feels we all need to be speaking out about this issue as loud as we can, that we must immediately take action,” he said.

DiCaprio described Francis’ leadership on climate change as “inspirational and essential” in the inscription of a book that he gave to the pope during their visit.

Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato si’ called for a “broad cultural revolution” to reverse the effects of human activity on the planet. He has called upon Catholics to have an “ecological conversion,” telling them to confess sins against creation, such as using “plastic and paper,” not “separating refuse,” and not “turning off unnecessary lights.”

Under Francis’ watch, the Vatican has hosted numerous conferences on topics such as the environment, sustainability, and population, involving some of the Church’s most vocal opponents to Catholic teaching on life, marriage, and family. Some of these speakers include Bernie Sanders, Ban Ki-Moon, Jeffrey Sachs, Paul Ehrlich, and John Bongaarts.

The Vatican’s most recent conference, titled Biological Extinction, featured the pro-abortion population controller Dr. Paul Ehrlich. He told LifeSiteNews in an exclusive interview just days before the March conference that he was “thrilled” with the direction Francis is taking the Church.

Carleton University professor Michael Hart argued in his 2016 book Hubris that the climate change advocacy is based on “poor science.”

“I learned that both domestic and international actors had succeeded in using the poorly understood science of climate change to advance an ambitious environmental agenda focused on increasing centralized control over people’s daily lives,” he told LifeSiteNews in an August 2016 interview.

Hart made the case that “climate change” has become the Left’s new Trojan horse for ramming through its social agenda on an unsuspecting population.

“Left-wing politicians discovered in climate change renewed ways to press their agenda of social and economic justice through coercive government programs. As John Sununu, the former governor of New Hampshire, sees it, ‘The alarmists have learned well from the past. They saw what motivates policy makers is not necessarily just hard science, but a well-orchestrated symphony of effort … announce a disaster; cherry pick some results; back it up with computer modeling; proclaim a consensus; stifle the opposition; take over the process and control the funding; and roll the policy makers,’” he said.

Hart quoted philosopher of science Jeffrey Foss whom, he says, sees how environmental science has become the new religion with its own god, its own unique sins, and its own ultimate solution.

Environmental science […] prophesies an environmental apocalypse. It tells us that the reason we confront apocalypse is our own environmental sinfulness. Our sin is one of impurity. We have fouled a pure, ‘pristine’ nature with our dirty household and industrial wastes. The apocalypse will take the form of an environmental backlash, a payback for our sins. … environmental scientists tell people what they must do to be blameless before nature.”

Aaron Hernandez Dies by Apparent Suicide in Prison

NBC New York

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, an explosive tight end who had been convicted of murder and last week cleared in two other killings, was discovered dead in his prison cell by a corrections officer early Wednesday morning.

Hernandez, 27, hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell window at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, at approximately 3:05 a.m., and was pronounced dead about an hour later at UMass-Memorial Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster, according to a statement from the Massachusetts Department of Correction. He had attempted to block the door from the inside by jamming it with various items, prison officials said. He was in a single cell in a general population unit in the maximum-security state prison. Continue reading

NCAA returns to North Carolina after transgender bathroom law repeal

Reuters

The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Tuesday formally reversed course and scheduled championship games in North Carolina, returning to the state after previously stripping it of events to protest a law on transgender use of public bathrooms.

Transgender advocates immediately criticized the decision, saying although the bathroom law was repealed last month, North Carolina still discriminated against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and did not deserve to be rewarded.

The controversy started with the March 2016 approval of House Bill 2, which required transgender people to use bathrooms matching the sex on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity. In response, the NCAA disqualified North Carolina from hosting neutral-site championship events for the 2016-17 academic year.

Similar boycotts by other sports organizations, companies and entertainers cost North Carolina hundreds of millions of dollars worth of business. In a basketball-crazed state, losing events such as the NBA all-star game and big NCAA tournament games was also a blow to residents’ pride.

Seeking to win back business, state lawmakers repealed the law on March 30, but they also approved a new measure banning cities from passing their own anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people until 2020, drawing outrage from civil rights advocates.

Still, the repeal of the bathroom law was enough to win over the NCAA, which announced on April 4 its board of governors would consider returning to the state. At the time the NCAA said its board would have preferred an unconditional repeal of House Bill 2 and that a majority of the board “reluctantly” decided to return to North Carolina.

On Tuesday, the NCAA selected more than 600 host sites for events to be held from the 2017-18 through 2021-22 seasons, including placing events such as men’s basketball games in North Carolina.

For example, the first- and second-round men’s basketball games in 2020 will be held in Greensboro.

Greensboro will also host regional women’s basketball games in the championship tournament in 2019.

Rights groups criticized the NCAA for returning to North Carolina while its cities were still banned from passing anti-discrimination laws.

“By rewarding North Carolina with championship games, the NCAA has undermined its credibility and is sending a dangerous message to lawmakers across the country who are targeting LGBTQ people with discriminatory state legislation,” JoDee Winterhof, a senior official with the Human Rights campaign, said in a statement.

The American Civil Liberties Union called the decision a “shame” and the anti-discrimination group Athlete Ally said it was “deeply concerning.”

Comey OKs new TV series to boost FBI’s image

Kaja Whitehouse
The New York Post

FBI Director James Comey said he let cameras into the New York FBI offices to film a new television series in hopes that he might build trust with the American people.

“I worry sometimes that people don’t know us,” Comey said in explaining why he green-lighted “Inside the FBI: New York,” a new television documentary by Dick Wolf of “Law & Order” fame and documentarian Marc Levin. Continue reading

Disney installs metal detectors, bag searches and pat downs at hotels and park entrances

Mass Private I

Imagine going through a metal detector before you check into your hotel room, imagine being patted down and searched before you get inside your hotel. Imagine Disney using facial biometrics to spy on everyone in your family.

Well imagine no more, it’s already happening.

According to an article in the Orlando Sentinel, Disney World has made going to your hotel and amusement park a virtual trip to a TSA checkpoint. Disney World has installed metal detectors and bag searches at all of their hotel entrances and park entrances. Continue reading

The surprising Catholic message in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Greg Kandra
Aleteia

My wife and I went to see the film Thursday night—we liked it—and picked up on something that writer Jacob Popcak also noticed and appreciated:

I want to draw attention to an incredibly beautiful “exclusively Catholic moment” that many of us have missed as we argued about a clip that barely made it into the film.

The scene is this: during the memorable opening number of the 1991 animated classic, the titular “Beauty” walks down the thoroughfares of her “provincial” village on her way to her regular place of refuge: a book shop, where even the cruelest and most small minded of the villagers can’t distract her from the solace of her books. The live-action adaptation’s opening proceeds similarly, with Belle purposely making her way through the town as her neighbors go about their excessively predictable daily lives.

But that’s where the live action veers from its animated counterpart: instead of finding her way to the local bookshop (admittedly something of an oddity in an otherwise illiterate town), Belle arrives at the local Catholic Church. She’s there, in her own words, to see “Père Robert” (Father Robert). In lieu of a photo or clip (I’d rather not link you to any pirated copies of the film), I’ll let the film’s novelization take it away:

“Finally, Belle arrived at her destination — the vestry of the church. Pushing open the doors, she breathed a sigh of relief as the quiet and serenity of the building enveloped her. The hubbub and noise of outside faded away, and for the first time that morning, Belle felt at peace. Hearing her enter, a kind man in a long black robe looked up from his book. The man was tall and slender, with warm eyes that crinkled as he smiled at Belle.

While standing in front of a truly massive Crucifix, the man – revealed to be Père Robert, the parish priest – discuss their mutual fondness of Shakespeare. Then, the scene continues:

“The well-read priest was one of two people in the entire village Belle felt she could talk to. ‘Thank you,’ [Belle] said softly. ‘Your library makes our small corner of the world almost feel big.’”

Some people I respect have already pointed out that the scene may merely be “a nod to the idea that the religious caste was the literate caste in the period portrayed.” But regardless of the meaning intended, I think we as Catholics can – and should – draw a greater meaning from the picture painted.

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Dave Chappelle intelligently questions mandatory vaccines in new Netflix special

Thomas Dishaw
Natural News

Comedian Dave Chappelle has been making the comedy rounds again, much to the delight of his fans. After his abrupt exit from Comedy Central’s “The Chappelle Show” in 2006 and walking away from a $50 million dollar deal with the network, many conspiracy theories have still lingered regarding the circumstances. Some claimed he had simply lost his mind; others said he had left America and was living off the grid in Africa. To hear Chappelle tell it, he did suffer a bit of a breakdown, but it was related more to stress than anything else. He felt like the material he was being expected to produce with Comedy Central was not honest and no longer lived up to his standards.

After years of silence, Chappelle is back on the comedy scene, doing only a few select shows around the country. Because of these rare appearances, fans were elated to hear that Netflix would be producing not one, but two stand-up specials with the comedian. On Tuesday, March 21st “The Age of Spin” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas” appeared and have gained mass critical and vie wer acclaim. Continue reading

Power Rangers Will Feature Big Screen’s First ‘Queer’ Character

Newsbusters 

This weekend, LGBT activists across the country rejoiced to see Disney’s first gay character, LeFou, in Beauty and the Beast. Now, superhero fans are celebrating a similar milestone.

Power Rangers, coming to theaters this Friday, will feature a character who is questioning her sexuality, director Dean Israelite told Hollywood Reporter editor Aaron Couch.

“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” Israelite explained. “She hasn’t fully figured it out yet. I think what’s great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, ‘That’s OK.’ The movie is saying, ‘That’s OK,’ and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe.”

David Yost—the actor who played the blue ranger in the 1990’s TV show—was thrilled to hear the news. “I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation,” he told Couch.

According to Couch, several figures are portrayed as gay in comic books, but have been turned straight for the big screen. These include DC’s Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Batwoman and Harley Quinn, in addition to Marvel’s Ice Man.

But the opposite is also the case.

In July 2016, Star Trek Beyond featured Sulu as gay, although originator Gene Roddenberry had not written the character that way. Original Sulu, and gay actor, George Takei, expressed some concern over the modification.

“I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,” Takei told The Hollywood Reporter. “Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.” Instead of making Sulu gay, Takei had suggested that the writers create a completely new character — one without Sulu’s ingrained history — and make him gay instead.

Israelite obviously didn’t use that advice for his own film.