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Lawrence Bender’s Movie ‘White Man’s Burden’

Lawrence Bender is a celebrated American movie producer. He was born in the year 1957 in Bronx, New York, USA. He was born to two Jewish parents. His mother was a kindergarten teacher while his father was a college history professor. His original names are Lawrence Kirk Bender. So far, Lawrence Bender has been in the industry of entertainment for over 20 years. He has engineered a variety of movies. Some include the excellent hunting will, Safe, Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, An Inconvenient Truth, Reservoir Dogs, Django and Inglorious Bastards among others. Bender attended Cherry Hill School East. While still in high school, he envied to be like his grandfather. His granddad was a civil engineer. When he completed his secondary education, he joined the University of Maine. He registered and enrolled in a civil engineering course. In 1957, Lawrence Bender graduated with a degree in civil engineering.


Bender decided to do civil engineering because he had previously heard that the field had plenty of job opportunities. While still on campus, Bender got attracted to dancing. So, after graduating Bender pursued this passion in dancing for several years. Lawrence was able to visit most parts of the United States where he and his colleagues performed in many shows. Something unexpected happened. Lawrence Bender sustained a critical injury that saw him quit dancing. He decided to pursue another career. Today, Lawrence Bender is a hero to most Americans because of the many movies that he has produced and have been aired on our televisions. With his proven experience, Lawrence Bender produced the film white man’s burden’.

The movie’s storyline is in alternative America where black Americans are members of the social elite. On the other hand, the whites inhabit the inner city ghettos. We meet Louis Pinnock who is employed at a chocolate plant. He is a father of two kids and a loving husband. One event occurs when Louis delivers a package for one black man Thaddeus Thomas. Accidentally, he is mistaken for a voyeur. He eventually lost his job and later beaten by black cops. To make matters worse, his family gets evicted from their home. In return, Pinnock kidnaps the black CEO Thomas with a gun and demands that he be served true justice.

 

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Jimmy Kimmel Lights up ABC’s Upfronts

When it comes to slinging zingers, Jimmy Kimmel has never been shy. And his recent performance at ABC’s advertiser presentation was certainly no exception. The late-night comedian took to the stage to lambast the network’s failing shows, joking that it couldn’t even make a deal with the devil. Then he went on to joke about Comcast coming back into the picture, comparing the company to an ex-boyfriend who “weasels” his way back into a gal’s life.

 

Of course, the elephant in the room was the absence of Shonda Rhimes show as she has gone on to work with Netflix. And Kimmel had a good time making fun of the situation, no jokes were off limits. He made light of the fact that “Quantico” and “Deception” had fared so poorly, stating that no one had seen the second and third seasons of “Quantico” either. A joke about the show “Inhumans” prompted uproarious laughter. After all, as Kimmel mentioned, Marvel projects have always been wildly popular. In his opinion, it was a real feat that ABC was able to have a bad Marvel project on the air.

 

For Kimmel, the one bright spot for advertisers was the fact that technology has been advancing at breakneck speeds. Pretty soon, he said, they would have so much information on viewers that they’d be able to blackmail them. Never afraid to go for the jugular, Jimmy Kimmel once again proved that he is the true king of late-night television.

Ariana Grande Impresses Audience on Jimmy Fallon

Ariana Grande is back in the driver’s seat when it comes to me music. She has taken the time off to celebrate her accomplishments and live life. Now she wants to get back to the basics with a new album, and she has teased the audience on Jimmy Fallon with some possibilities of what the new music to sound like.

There are not a lot of artists out there that have the ability to cross over like Ariana Grande, and her talent in doing impressions has always been something that people have looked for on Jimmy Fallon.

The thing that makes the arrival of Ariana Grande a lot of fun when it comes to her time on the Jimmy Fallon show is her quirky personality and her ability to always come up with something that is humorous.

Ariana Grande has proven herself to be a force in pop arena, and people are waiting to see what the new album is going to sound like. The video that she has released as already got millions of views on YouTube and this is an obvious sign that the fans that have supported her down through the years are still there for her.

Ariana Grande really shines as a celebrity that knows how to position herself with a diverse crowd. She has worked with people in the rap industry, but she is also worked with other pop artists as well. This has solidified her as a mainstream artist that crosses over in different genres.

Celebrities Rihanna and Drake Not Friends!

As many of us may know Drake and Rihanna used to be a couple and were infatuated with one another. They’ve made songs together and have performed on stage with one another and captured our hearts yes. But it looks like since their breakup the road has been kind of Rocky. according to an article on The Huffington Post about the current terms between Rihanna and Drake, Drake had confessed his love for Rihanna on the live MTV VMA Awards show. They then started dating but this Love fast only lasted a couple of months when they Then separated from one another. Rumors say that Drake had a thing with Jennifer Lopez for a bit and Rihanna was into someone else as well. A source from Vogue recently stated that when Rihanna was asked about the relationship she had with Drake, she had stated that they did not have a friendship but weren’t exactly on bad terms either. During the VMAs, Rihanna was giving a speech and Drake went in to give her a kiss but instead was awkwardly dodged by the singer and his head went to be buried in her shoulder. Now, we can’t be certain what the real relationship is like between Drake and Rihanna but the fact that the singer said they weren’t friends sort of implies that they aren’t on good terms, doesn’t it?

Actor John Krasinski Blew a Customs Agent’s Mind When He Revealed This

On Tuesday’s airing of the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, actor John Krasinski, best known for his work on ‘The Office’, revealed that a British customs agent was in absolute disbelief when he shared that he is married to actress Emily Blunt. John Krasinski was there as a guest on the popular late night show to promote his recent horror flick “A Quiet Place,” that opened in theaters on Thursday, April 6th. The American horror film was directed by the actor and it also co-stars his wife Emily Blunt.

John Krasinski shared that as he landed in London to visit his wife during the time she was filming a remake of Mary Poppins, the customs agent almost gave the actor a hard time as he did not recognize him. Krasinski then decided to explain to him that he was one of the actors that was in the American adaptation of the U.K.’s Office, an original comedy television series that first aired on the BBC. When the bearded actor shared that he came to see his wife Emily Blunt during his visit, the agent replied, “You married Emily Blunt?” The disgruntled agent immediately pounded the stamp down hard and let Krasinski go. Krasinski jokingly shared to Jimmy Fallon that he knew he had ‘married up’ after that incident occurred. “A Quiet Place” is John Krasinski’s third film as a director, he also had directed three episodes of The Office during its run on the NBC network.

President Trump’s Congratulatory Phone Call To Vladimir Putin – Odd or Oddly Normal?

Recent headlines suggest that President Trump’s phone call to Russian President Vladimir Putin, congratulating him on his victory in Russia’s presidential election is yet another indication that our commander in chief is secretly working with the Kremlin. Putin’s landslide victory on March 18th with over three-quarters of the vote secures him another six years in office. So why would President Trump calling President Putin to congratulate him on this victory become a major headline in every media outlet in the known world? According to The Weekly Standard, President Obama extended the exact same courtesy to President Putin when he won Russia’s presidential election in 2012. (https//weekly standard.com/Obama-calls-to-congratulate-putin/article.)

It is obvious that any communication President Trump has with President Putin will be immediately concluded by many that the two are working together to take over the operations of the entire planet. Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi was the first to congratulate President Trump on his presidential victory as per an article by haaretz.com (https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/egypt-s-sissi-first-world-leader-to-congratulate-trump-on-win). One would argue that these two countries are allies and exchanging pleasantries would be routine between the two leaders. It is this sentiment that is being echoed by news anchors and radio pundits on a daily basis that the two presidents are secretly working together on a daily basis. You do not hear about the distaste these television and radio personalities had when President Obama made his call, with The White House and Washington as a whole remaining largely neutral to Putin’s victory. An article from The New York Times relays this position http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/world/europe/observers-detail-flaws-in-russian-election.html.

Whether you support or oppose President Trump and his politics, it is important to have respect for the office that he represents. A phone call is just that, a phone call.

“Haters” May Hate But Judge Dismisses Taylor Swift Lawsuit

A US judge ruling on a lawsuit against Taylor Swift decided to “Shake It Off,” and dismiss the case. Swift was being sued by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler for similarities between their 2001 minor hit “Playas Gon’ Play” written for girl group 3LW and Swift’s 2014 mega hit “Shake It Off.” While the song “Playas Gon’ Play” experienced mediocre success, both songwriters have had notable careers individually, working with talent such as Justin Bieber, Backstreet Boys, Maroon 5, and Luther Vandross.

The issue at the case’s core was whether the lyrics “playas gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” were unique enough to warrant a copyright protection. Hall and Butler argued that the phrases were quintessential to the structure of their 2001 song and that Swift, in essence, had plagiarized their work.

The judge, Michael W. Fitzgerald, spoke strong words about the basis of the case, stating that Hall and Butler’s lyrics are “too brief, unoriginal, and uncreative to warrant protection under the Copyright Act.” Fitzgerald argued that the phrases “playa” and “hater” were commonplace in culture prior to 2001 and did not originate with Hall and Butler. He also called the lyrics “banal,” claiming that “actors acting in accordance with their essential nature is not at all creative” and could be compared to “runners gonna run” or “drummers gonna drum.” Hall and Butler were unhappy with decision. Their lawyer, Gerard Fox, was displeased that the judge didn’t seek out a music expert to give an opinion on the lyrics’ originality. Meanwhile, Swift will continue prepping for her Reputation Stadium Tour, which is set to kick off May 8, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona.

The Cathartic Lyrics of Chester Bennington

The music world is again reeling today after the loss of Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington, who was found deceased in his California apartment yesterday due to an apparent suicide. The rockers death comes just one month after the suicide of grunge icon Chris Cornell. Music itself is a well-known cathartic process and Chester made it well known in his lyrics and interviews about his struggle not only with depression and addiction but his traumatic experience with molestation as a child. His vocals would scream pain and agony over each melody but ironically his songs gave those who could commiserate with his afflictions – hope. Linkin Park magnificently walked the bridge of rock and rap effortlessly in their career, even collaborating with rapper Jay-Z to birth Collision Course – a 2004 EP mixing hit songs from both artists into singles. This 6 song experiment thrilled fans and skyrocketed to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and even went on to win one of the highest honors in music – a Grammy, one of two awarded to the group during their reign. In a 2009 interview with Noise Creep, Chester discussed how his addiction lended itself to the band’s song “Crawling”, a near literal depiction of the emotional turmoil he experienced as a drug and alcohol addict. As battled recovery, fans were able to lyrically view his journey through each song and album released. His most recent song “Heavy” continued this trend. While Chester may be gone, his music and lyrics provided a voice to those who felt they had no way to express the darkness or sadness that often visits them. With his music, his fans will always have an opportunity to verbalize their pain through his lyrics and through that gift, his legacy will always live on.

Jimmy Kimmel Asks Gays “What’s Straightest Thing You’ve Ever Done?” In Honor Of LGBTQ Pride Month

June happens to LGBTQ Pride Month, an annual anti-discrimination effort made official in 2014 with a proclamation from then President Obama. By the way, we all know LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The added Q letter is now used and stands for either “questioning” or “queer.”

Young people have come to embrace the word “queer” and taken it back as a respected word. Years ago, “queer” was used in a perjorative manner against the gay community.

TV host Jimmy Kimmel of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” did something unique and hilarious in honor of Gay Pride Month, and people can’t stop buzzing about it. He sent a reporter to West Hollywood with one question in mind:

“What’s the straightest thing you’ve ever done?”

Gay people took the question with a good sense of humor. Some of the replies were sensible and others crazy.

For example, one gentleman says the straightest thing he ever did was “baled hay.” Another answered that he went to a Dodgers game and didn’t know what was going on. One woman said that at age 16 before she came out to her relatives, the straightest thing she ever did was go to a Barnes & Noble store with her family.

One gentleman said,”I’ve never done anything straight,” and the audience howled with laughter.

Perhaps the heartiest response came when a young man told the Jimmy Kimmel Live! reporter that the straightest thing he ever did was “dated a girl.” When she then asked him what the gayest thing he had ever done, he answered, “F—ed a guy.”

It was all in good fun and a clever way to celebrate LGBTQ people around the world.

Hats off to Jimmy Kimmel for keeping it real and respecting all people who choose to be themselves.

In the meantime, Ivanka Trump has shown her celebration of June’s Gay Pride Month with a tweet, saying she is proud to support her friends in the LGBTQ community and those LGBTQ Americans who have contributed tremendously to society and the economy in the United States.

Unfortunately, there has been no official White House statement commemorating LGBT Pride Month.

Mandy Moore Filmed Her New Movie In Broccoli Soup

As a teenager, Mandy Moore sang about “Candy” and was the school mean girl in The Princess Diaries. Since then though, she’s expanded her acting horizons to include all manner of genres. TV audiences know her for her work on the critically acclaimed This Is Us and kids know her voice for her work with animated Disney characters. Now, she’s taking on a thriller at the bottom of the ocean floor in 47 Meters Down, but filming the movie was no picnic.

Moore stars with Claire Holt as a pair of sisters who try cage diving while on vacation, but when the cage breaks from the boat, they are left racing against their own air tanks in shark-filled waters. As Moore pointed out to Jimmy Kimmel in an appearance on his talk show, the movie is “95% under water,” which meant Moore and Holt spent a lot of time in a water tank, but not just any water tank – one filled with broccoli and urine.

The movie’s team needed their water to look like they were filming on the ocean floor, and the closest they could mimic the algae was by finely chopping broccoli and placing it in the 20 foot water tank with the girls and the camera crew. The broccoli was the only part of the movie that “concerned” her, Moore revealed, after being asked about the possibility of pruning skin when shooting in water for eight weeks. She explained that the chlorinated water was kept warm, so it was like filming in “broccoli soup” for five weeks, with a “pungent” smell.

What she discovered while shooting for hours on end though was that no one in the water crew was taking bathroom breaks, meaning that to save time, and not disrupt the shooting schedule, the crew and the actors were relieving themselves in the water tank, something Moore had trouble with, but she eventually hopped on the bandwagon.

That’s one unique filming experience she’ll probably never forget.