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‘The Post’ writers: It’s ‘not a liberal movie’

It's the story of a woman navigating her role as a powerful leader in a male-dominated industry..

It's the story of a woman navigating her role as a powerful leader in a male-dominated industry. It's a suspense-filled tale about commitment to the truth. It's a mirror in which, politically and otherwise, 1971 looks strikingly like the first cousin of 2017. It's what screenwriter Liz Hannah jokes is "the most gripping business school movie you'll ever watch." But what it isn't, according to fellow screenwriter Josh Singer? A so-called "liberal movie." That's because as Singer, already an Academy Award winner for penning "Spotlight," about the Boston Globe's efforts to expose decades of child sex abuse and systematic failure within the Catholic Church, thinks the documents at the center of "The Post" were damning on all sides. "The [Pentagon] Papers were non partisan," he told CNN recently. "They were about a functioning democracy, and that's how we feel about the movie. I think a functioning democracy needs institutional journalism, needs a strong Fourth Estate to serve as a check on power." This film, starring Meryl Streep as newspaper publisher Katherine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee, is a "reminder of that," said Singer In some ways, "The Post" is a criticism of the media's failure in many respects, too. "There was a much closer relationship and a trust between government and the press and this broke all of that," Singer said. "It was a bunch of people in the press looking at people who had been their friends and realizing those people lied to them, and realizing that the responsibility of the press is not to be friends with those in office but to hold those people accountable." Hannah emphasizes, though, the movie is not a "condemnation of anything except the lies that four different presidents told and the lies that led to many, many, many American soldiers dying." "It's about the truth," she said. "The Post" started a labor of love by Hannah. An admirer of Graham, Hannah wrote the first iteration of the script in summer of 2016, having no idea if it would be purchased. Not only would it serendipitously land on the desk of producer and former Sony film executive Amy Pascal, who bought the script 10 days before the 2016 presidential election, but her idea would turn into a high-speed train with Spielberg as conductor. Spielberg has made it no secret that the rush to make "The Post" — he first read the script a little more than nine months ago — was fueled by his desire to release the film in a time when the smorgasbord of relevant themes would best resonate.For Hannah, however, Graham's story is one that's evergreen. "The story of a woman finding her voice and the story of a woman in a male-dominated industry and being the only woman at the table, that's relevant in 1971, that's relevant in 1985, and obviously it's relevant in any decade or year," she said. It's hard for it not to feel especially so this year, however, as Hollywood continues to reel from a string of sexual misconduct allegations that have had a ripple effect, shattering years of silence over the issue and resulting in the public downfall of many high-powered entertainment figures. Hannah and Singer call the reckoning a long-time coming, and the moment has shed a fresh light on their roles as creative voices. "I think it's the responsibility of art and artists to reflect on the current climate, to reflect on what we're going through in the world because we have such amazing opportunities to reach so many people and so many groups of people," she said. "And we need to take that responsibility seriously and try to inspire some of these conversations."


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Big Brother will return next year on ITV2 and online

Big Brother, one of the original UK reality TV shows, will return to screens in 2023, years after being axed by both Channel 4 and later Channel 5.

The show, which launched careers of ITV presenter Alison Hammond and Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts, will be revived by ITV2 and new streaming platform ITVX.

A promotional video aired during the Love Island series finale on Monday evening.

Officials said the famous house will return with a “contemporary new look”.

The returning programme – which was originally on for 18 years – will see a cast of “carefully selected housemates from all walks of life” live together under strict surveillance for up to six weeks.

Similar to previous editions, the public will regularly vote contestants off in live evictions, as well as deciding on an overall cash prize winner.

“This refreshed, contemporary new series of Big Brother will contain all the familiar format points that kept viewers engaged and entertained the first time round, but with a brand new look and some additional twists that speak to today’s audience,” said Paul Mortimer, ITV2’s reality TV chief.

“We’re beyond excited to bring this iconic series to ITV2 and ITVX where it should especially engage with our younger viewers.”

The series, which takes its name from the all-seeing ruler in George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, first appeared on Channel 4 in 2000, and was won by Liverpudlian builder Craig Phillips.

It was influential, both as a public social experiment and also in creating a new form of celebrity, with normal people prepared to have their every waking (and sleeping) moment caught on camera and broadcast to the world.

Celebrity editions aired, featuring the likes of Katie Price, Gemma Collins and Mark Owen.

Despite its early success and influence, the National TV Award-winning programme soon found itself embroiled in controversy over reports of bullying, racism, fixing, and general toxic behaviour in the house, with complaints being made to both the police and Ofcom.

The show moved to Channel 5 in 2011 but was axed in 2018 amid a ratings slump. Channel 5 controller Ben Frow later said he had no regrets over the decision and that the media landscape had become “very crowded with reality shows”.

‘Jumping the shark’

Speaking on the BBC Sounds Podcast, Unreal: A Critical History of Reality TV, this summer, Big Brother’s creative director Philip Edgar-Jones said audiences “very clearly hated it” when producers intervened in the programme too much.

“We call it ‘jumping the shark’ in television, when you the hand of the producer is too overt and you feel like the show has therefore lost that sense of authenticity – that’s when the audience gets more angry.

“Being authentic to the show, you create this world with its own internal logic, and you can’t break that internal logic, otherwise you break the magic and you lose the trust of the audience.”

At the time, Big Brother producers said they were open to “future possibilities”, apparently leaving the door open for a return one day.

Irish singing duo Jedward, the identical twin brothers who twice appeared on the celebrity version of the show, have made an early bid online to host the returning series.

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Kim Kardashian ‘wasn’t planning on’ a relationship with Pete Davidson

Kim Kardashian did not see loe coming with Pete Davidson.

In a conversation for Hoda Kotb’s “Making Space” podcast, Kardashian explained that she’d been single for about 10 months before she was ready to date again.
“I think that, you know, sometimes things happen when you just least expect it. It was the last thing that I was really planning on,” she said, “And so when it did happen, we were kind of, like, ‘Oh, my God, I wasn’t planning on this. And this isn’t even what I was thinking of,’ and it just makes it that much sweeter and so much more fun.”
In February 2021, Kardashian filed for divorce from Kanye West.
Kardashian and Davidson appeared in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch together last fall where they shared a kiss. They became Instagram official in March.
“I definitely took my time,” Kardashian said. “I took, you know, 10 months or something before I dated or talked to anyone. And I just wanted that time to really figure out and go through the motions: ‘Am I making the right decision? How do I feel about this?’ So once I went through all of the motions, I finally was, like, ‘OK, guys, I am so ready to meet someone.’ And I randomly did.”
Despite their very public relationship. Kardashian says she is keeping some aspects of her time with Davidson private.
“I do think that I am holding, you know, a little bit more close to my heart on certain aspects of my relationship with Pete, and it feels good just to know that, like, we have this connection and we have our little bubble of a relationship world that we live in that, like, not a lot of people know about,” she said.
For now, Kardashian said just being with Davidson puts a smile on her face.
“We were driving in the car yesterday and I just, like, looked at him and I was like, ‘Thank you.’ And he was like, ‘What?’ And I was like, ‘For running errands with me, like, this is so much fun just to, like, go to a doctor’s appointment or go to the dentist and just, like, run errands. I’m having so much fun.'”
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007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those ele..

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.

Image: Cast members (l-r): Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch at the launch of the new Bond film

Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.

"I think that's b*******. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.

"It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly.


"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."

Sean Connery and Mie Hama in You Only Live Twice, 1967
Image: The Bond films have been criticised for their sexism
Dr No turned Sean Connery into an international superstar
Image: Dr No featured the famous scene with Ursula Andress walking out of the sea in a white bikini

Waller-Bridge says she intends to ensure the female characters, including those played by Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas, feel "like real people ".

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She added: "I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Lea and Ana open them and go, 'I can't wait to do that'.

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