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On Tuesday’s episode of “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert channeled “Thelma & Louise” to poke fun at one of the silliest presidential traditions: the annual Turkey pardon, in which presidents ‘pardon’ a Thanksgiving turkey instead of having it killed and cooked.Yes, the yearly event is mega eye roll, but since so many presidents have done it it’s not likely to go away any time soon. And so it is that on Tuesday, Donald Trump performed his final turkey pardon. This time, he was given a choice between two turkeys, one named “Corn” and one named “Cob.”In the end, Trump chose to grant a formal pardon to “Corn.” However, unlike several federal prisoners whose executions were cruelly moved up by Trump’s attorney general — a blatant disregard of another presidential tradition, halting executions during presidential transitions — Cob’s life was also spared by Trump.Also Read: GSA Finally Acknowledges Biden Victory After Weeks of Delay, Will 'Begin the Formal Transition'But obviously things could have gone a bit differently, so it is that Colbert imagined what it would be like if Corn and Cob decided to make a break for it and go out like Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in “Thelma and Louise.”In the clip, which shows two turkeys in a convertible similar to the one from the classic 1991 Ridley Scott film, the passenger seat turkey frets that “I bet Trump won’t pardon either one of us.”“He’ll pardon himself and eat us,” the driver’s side turkey says.“I don’t want to be eaten by Trump,” passenger seat says. “What do we do?“We drive,” replies driver’s seat.And as they speed toward the Grand Canyon, passenger side asks: “Aren’t we flightless?” “Not anymore,” replies driver’s side. Cue a parody of the final moment of “Thelma and Louise.”Click to see it here, or watch the clip below:On LSSC tonight: Turkeys Corn and Cob had a tough decision to make before being pardoned by the current president. pic.twitter.com/Tm01WzO5dx— A Late Show (@colbertlateshow) November 25, 2020Read original story Colbert Imagines if Trump’s Turkeys Ditched a Pardon and Went Out Like ‘Thelma and Louise’ (Video) At TheWrap
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Tucker Carlson was unusually animated on Tuesday night as he spent his entire opening segment on his Fox News show shrieking about Joe Biden’s cabinet picks. As usual, the rant was filled with falsehoods from the very beginning.“So here’s a question for you: what does Joe Biden believe? What are his plans for our country? Well it’s hard to comprehend this, but the truth is we still don’t know the answers to those most basic questions. We don’t,” Tucker disingenuously complained. “Somehow Joe Biden made it through an entire presidential campaign, most of the year, without telling us. A partisan press corps let him get away with it. That may be the single most dishonest thing that has ever happened in American politics.”It’s ironic that Tucker would make such a dramatic statement, since in reality it’s Carlson himself being extremely dishonest here. In truth, Biden’s team published a robust platform from the get-go, and posted it on his website for everyone to see — it’s the first result if you search “Biden agenda” in Google.Also Read: Tucker Carlson Cites His UFO Obsession as Proof He's 'Open Minded' (Video)Donald Trump, by contrast, literally just recycled his 2016 platform without any updates.But Tucker barreled ahead with even more bizarre rhetoric, claiming that Biden hiding his agenda in plain sight on his website somehow qualifies as rigging the election in some sense.“If you’re looking for election rigging, there you go. Tens of millions of people voted for a candidate who wasn’t real. They voted for a ghost with a whitened smile,” Tucker said.Also Read: Tucker Carlson Struggles to Pronounce 'Incontrovertible' While Bashing Rev Warnock (Video)“They had no idea who this man was. They had no idea who they were voting for or what he might do if he got elected. But at the urging of the media they voted for him anyway. And so now the rest of us get to find out what they voted for.”From there, Tucker honed in on Biden’s cabinet picks.“Joe Biden has started to assemble his cabinet. So we’re going to go by his choices to let us know what we can expect. And what is emerging so far as of tonight looks a lot like the HR department at a large left-wing multinational,” Tucker cried.Also Read: Tucker Carlson in a Panic Over Facebook, Google 'Censorship Cartel' (Video)“Heaps of woke, authoritarian social policy mixed with a corporatist economic agenda. So the rest of us will get stern lectures about our moral failings — those never end — while a small group of highly connected people will get even richer. Does that sound familiar to you? If Jeff Bezos and the Google guys took over the entire US government, and effectively they have, this is what it would look like.From there, Tucker went after each of Biden’s cabinet picks one by one, seething through the list for the next ten minutes until his first guest appeared.You can watch the quoted portion of Tuesday’s episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in the video embedded up at the top of this article.Read original story Tucker Carlson Freaks Out Over Biden’s ‘Woke’ Cabinet Picks (Video) At TheWrap
Read these first words out loud. Pretty simple, right? Not for everyone.The simple act of speaking is something most people take for granted. Similar to breathing, it’s a motor function that most people never once think too deeply about or how it’s working. Not for people with Spasmodic Dysphonia. Spasmodic Dysphonia, aka “SD,” is a neurological condition that I’m sure most of you have never even heard of. That makes sense because it only affects roughly 50,000 people in the United States. Chances are you don’t even know anyone with it, until now.Nice to meet you, my name is Shane Hartline. I’m an actor, filmmaker and comedian living in Los Angeles and I have been living with a mild case of Spasmodic Dysphonia since I was 5 years old. If you know me, I always have to emphasize “mild” because people that suffer from this condition truly suffer. Spasmodic Dysphonia affects a person’s ability to speak, causing breathiness, breaks, spasms, etc. It affects each person differently and worst of all, there’s no cure — only a temporary treatment of injecting Botox directly into the vocal cords. Yeah, that was never for me. Now, let’s backtrack a little bit …At a very young age, I knew that I wanted to be an actor/filmmaker. I picked up my very first video camera at the age of 10 and haven’t put it down since. Not the same one obviously, VHS cameras aren’t really the thing anymore. Then I started making my own little videos with my friends, family, whomever. Anyone that came to visit my house was subjected to watching these “works of art.” I loved watching people’s reactions and I still get no greater joy. Being born in Central Florida and before the internet was a big thing, I had no idea how to break into the entertainment business. I used to go as far as picking up the phone and calling Universal Studios asking, “How do I get on the Nickelodeon shows?”When I first got Spasmodic Dysphonia at the very rare age of five, my family and I didn’t even think anything of it. Kids at that age are oblivious and mostly kind. It wasn’t until many years later, when bullying kicked in, that we went to a speech doctor to get diagnosed. Being a red-headed kid, who was overweight, with freckles and a funny voice, I was the total package for being bullied. That’s why I really did as much as I could to bring my performances into the classroom, and turn the “laughing at me” to “laughing with me.” Many comedians have similar stories. What’s interesting about my case of SD is that when I change the pitch of my voice, most of the time it goes away entirely. So I found making funny voices was an easy way for me to do speeches in front of class, which was terrifying to me. Many teachers got impersonated back in the day (Sorry, Mrs. B).In acting, your voice IS your tool. Many people with a condition that limits their ability to speak freely don’t choose an acting career. That thought never came into my mind. After high school, I dove headfirst into entertainment. I got involved in pro wrestling and wrestled independently around Florida as the blond surfer “Rip Malibu.” I was able to change my voice and I looked at wrestling as a way for me to start acting. Around the same time, YouTube made its debut. I began posting silly videos, like I had been doing for years, to my YouTube channel. This snowballed into me getting my first agent, booking some commercials, etc. YouTube was a way to make the videos I want, say things the way I wanted and control my narrative. In June of 2011, that little “acting hobby” became very real. I booked a life-changing role in the film “Rock of Ages,” which was shooting in Miami. I played Jimmy the Bartender alongside stars such as Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand. My confidence was through the roof. Someone who was told he could never do it, did it. Soon thereafter is when the mental rollercoaster kicked in. I was on a set of another project only a month after that, confidence still through the roof, when things changed. The director — who couldn’t have been a nicer guy — asked me to say a line in an exact certain way that he wanted. At the time, I didn’t have the confidence I do now to say, “Sorry, I have a neurological condition that affects my speech so that pitch on that word is very difficult for me.”Instead, I used my usual excuse at the time, “Sorry, I’m sick.” He gave part of my line to someone else. My job was affected by my condition. After that, while I was still able to book jobs, the mindf–k really took control of me. A constant spiraling of different self-produced scenarios: “What if I get to set and they fire me because I can’t say something a certain way?” or “I’ll never be able to book X job because of my stupid voice.”A condition that already in some ways strangles my voice was now strangling my mind. Stress only makes this condition worse, so spiraling like that made it pretty bad at times. While I was still able to continue a career as an actor, it became one of my biggest internal roadblocks. This was all happening to me, and outside those in my immediate circle, nobody knew. Now let me again state, I have a very mild case. I don’t suffer like the people with severe cases do. But all I know is, at my worst times with this condition, I was suffering. So my heart breaks at what it must be like to live with a severe case. In January 2019, while on a long road trip and listening to the Duplass Brothers’ audiobook, it hit me like a brick. I needed to start really letting this go. I needed to tell my story. I recognize that I have a very privileged life. So I knew that if I tried to tell any story that made it come across like, “Oh man, I’m Shane, my life is so hard,” it would not be received well. Nor did I want to do that because I don’t believe that. But I know I’ve had struggles many people have. And like EVERYONE, I have a story.I began working on “Cookie,” the story of a woman with a severe case of Spasmodic Dysphonia that took away her dream of being an actor. I wanted it to be a little bit of my story and a little bit of everyone’s with the condition. I wanted the viewer to really feel what we all feel with SD. Having made films for years with almost no budget, I planned on making this short for around $2,000. Before doing that, I needed the blessing of the SD community. The condition has never been represented on film. The only thing close was in “Us” — Lupita Nyongo’s haunting voice was inspired by someone with SD — which didn’t get a great response from the SD community. I’ll never forget the night I posted on a Facebook group what I wanted to do with “Cookie.” I wanted to share our story; I wanted to raise awareness like never before. The outpouring of support was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. People wanted to help; people wanted to become a part of this.I decided to do a Kickstarter because I knew if people wanted to be involved, I could potentially make this better than I ever had dreamed of. Together, we all raised $50,000 and made “Cookie” in the summer of 2019. I knew what I was doing with “Cookie” was bigger than me and we’ve only hit the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential awareness it could raise. “Cookie” was the first time I ever went public about my condition. I never wanted to, but I needed to. I was afraid I would never work again if people in the business found out about it. That is so dumb because it is what makes me me. I’m so grateful for “Cookie” and what it’s done already for people with SD and for me.I’m not at the place of fully accepting it but I’m a hell of a lot further than where I was. I want my story to inspire those with SD or similar conditions to still go after your dream of acting, singing or whatever. Don’t let it strangle you. I want my story to encourage people in the entertainment business to be more inclusive with people’s vocal conditions. Because much like colors of skin, we all have different colors of voice and they should all be represented.Check out the trailer to “Cookie,” below:COOKIE – A Short Film By Shane Hartline (Teaser Trailer) from Shane Hartline on Vimeo.Read original story What It’s Like Being an Actor with Speech-Affecting Spasmodic Dysphonia (Guest Blog) At TheWrap
(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you haven’t watched “Happiest Season.”)Despite starring in one of the most popular heterosexual relationships on screen (“Twilight”), openly bisexual actor Kristen Stewart said she felt the need to be a part of the first LGBTQ Christmas rom-com movie released by a major studio, called “Happiest Season.”“Not only is it very, very funny, [but] it feels really lived-in and reflective of something really familiar to me and a lot of people that has not been evident in really big commercial rom-com type movies,” Stewart told TheWrap. “The movie really broadcast how everyone’s coming-out story is totally theirs and individual, and there are so many different versions of that story. We’ve progressed a lot — there are a lot of people that don’t live in fear and anxiety — but there are so many people that do. If this movie allows them to laugh at things that are normally really painful, it’s a nice welcome feeling. And also, it’s a bit of an invitation to anyone who maybe still harbors judgment to realize that love really does look the same on everyone when it’s true and coming from a real place.”Kristen Stewart’s costar, Mackenzie Davis, was intrigued by working with co-writer/director Clea DuVall and Stewart, as well as a “queer female crew.”“Both the people that I knew were involved — which was Clea, who I love, and Kristen, who I hadn’t met yet but really admired — I was like, ‘Oh yeah. Of course I want to do this movie with her,'” Davis said. “And also just this vision for the making of the film that Clea had, this very sort of queer female crew … and lots of really lovely people all around. It just felt like the most ideal version of making a movie.”Also Read: 'Happiest Season' Film Review: Kristen Stewart Makes Merry in LGBT Christmas Farce“Happiest Season” stars Kristen Stewart as Abby, who meets her girlfriend Harper’s (Davis) family for the first time at their annual family Christmas dinner. However, Abby soon realizes that Harper kept their relationship a secret from her family, and she begins to question their relationship. Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Daniel Levy, Mary Holland, Burl Moseley, Victor Garber and Mary Steenburgen also star.DuVall wrote the screenplay with Mary Holland. Sony Pictures and eOne co-financed the film, which debuts on Hulu on Wednesday.Read TheWrap’s full Q&A with Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis below.TheWrap: How did you guys get involved? Who signed on first? Kristen Stewart: Clea sent me the script first because I’m the star of the movie in this case? The script is really beautiful. Clea wrote it with Mary Holland so it is imbued with both of them — their soulful natures. And not only is it very, very funny, [but] it feels really lived-in and reflective of something really familiar to me and a lot of people that has not been evident in really big commercial rom-com type movies. And it was so balanced and really intelligently sort of constructed. I was just like, gosh, I know that I’m going to have a nice, lovely, warm and possibly transformative time on set making this movie, and it was all of those things. I’m so happy I got to meet everyone. It was the best group and the best experience.Mackenzie Davis: Kristen cast me, and it was so great to be invited [laughs]. I read the script and I just finished shooting something very rigorous and hard. And this just seems like the nicest possible thing you could walk into — both the people that I knew were involved — which is Clea, who I love, and Kristen, who I hadn’t met yet but really admired — I was like, ‘Oh yeah. Of course I want to do this movie with her.’ And also, just this vision for the making of the film that Clea had, this very sort of queer female crew … and lots of really lovely people all around. It just felt like the most ideal version of making a movie.Also Read: 'Happiest Season' Trailer: Kristen Stewart Meets Her Girlfriend's Family at an Uncomfortable Holiday Dinner (Video)This is the first major LGBT Christmas movie from any major studio — how do you guys feel about this film being “groundbreaking” in that sense?Stewart: I think [I’m] somebody who really enjoys a lot of comfortability and shameless freedom to be myself and really enjoy that with the people that I love the most, not only romantically. I think it’s really important to kind of just realize how fringy that is and it’s not completely across the board normal for everyone. The movie really broadcast how everyone’s coming-out story is totally theirs and individual, and there are so many different versions of that story and thankfully, we’ve progressed a lot. There are a lot of people that don’t live in fear and anxiety, but there are so many people that do. If this movie allows them to laugh at things that are normally really painful, it’s a nice welcome feeling. And also, it’s a bit of an invitation to anyone who maybe still harbors judgment to realize that love really does look the same on everyone when it’s true and coming from a real place.Davis: A conversation I’ve had a lot in my career in promoting movies is, ‘What does it feel like to be like a strong female character? Is this what the world needs? Are we done with these other characters? And you’re a strong woman!’ And I always bristle at that conversation. I’m like, can we stop having this conversation and just accept that I’m in the movie and we don’t need to talk about it all the time? But the truth is, that is the place that culture is at and you do need to kind of walk through that sort of awkward threshold where you’re addressing what it is all the time. And this movie deserves to be celebrated as being the first major studio release of a queer love story. But I do always feel that when you’re speaking about it being past due, to where it’s both exciting to be the first and you’re like, OK, now let’s be one of a thousand and then never speak to it again. It’s just the most normal thing in the world because speaking to it somehow makes it feel more alien than just being like, ‘don’t talk about it.’ It just exists.Stewart: Well, it’s sort of like when people say, ‘Well, I mean, gender’s going away. At some point we’re not even going to have to come out.’ And that is sort of like, no, but it really is a useful thing for someone.There have been movies and TV series about same-sex couples. Mackenzie, you portrayed a lesbian in ‘Black Mirror,” for example. How does this movie portray same-sex couples differently?Davis: I think there’s embedded comfort in a rom-com. It’s a really safe genre because you know that everything’s going to work out OK in the end. And to put queer women at the center of that or any queer couple that historically in media representations of those relationships — I mean, Clea just said it so beautifully that, you know, the best version that we have most of the time is these two people that have sort of repressed lives get to be the fullest versions of themselves and then kiss goodbye and never speak to each other again. And that’s one of the most positive depictions that we have of queer love. And then there’s all of these other tortured or truly tragic renditions of love stories or just their existence. So to take this thing that’s been, you know, unfairly burdened with tragedy and to put it in this genre, that you’re like, ‘Oh, I know that I’ll be scared a little bit that they won’t end up together, but they will because that’s the movie’ is just a safe, nice thing to do.Stewart: We have a ton of really raw, honest, indie movies… that really explore the turmoil and fear that can go into being gay. But then also it’s so fun and joyous to date your best friend and go have Christmas with them. But I mean, that’s also not the whole experience. It’s not just a salve — it’s also true. It’s not like everyone is always over raw and fearful.Also Read: Kristen Stewart's 'Happiest Season' to Debut on Hulu Next MonthIt’s a rom-com, but there are also super heavy moments. How was it to ping-pong between those moments?Stewart: It was always so easy because I never wanted to stop laughing with my new friends that I loved so much, and then a scene would come up and it would be sad or alienating or difficult, and it really hurt to step away from, you know, the joy of it all. But that’s it. That’s life. You know, it’s all balanced. I was so happy that when I was sad, it really was extremely painful.Davis: Also, it’s kind of true of being with your family in the holidays… things go really beautiful and cookie-cutter and you’re all sort of having this manic fun that you’re together again. And then the next minute everybody’s in a separate room crying because, like, someone passed the water rudely.Kristen, earlier you mentioned there were times when you couldn’t stop laughing. What was your favorite scene?Stewart: Well, Mackenzie and I couldn’t stop laughing about things that weren’t in the movie, but really like crying and pissing myself. There was something that she said while we were shooting the end of the movie where Mary Holland’s character is doing a reading of her book. So we’re in the audience being quiet. We had so little to do that day and the rest of the movie for us really is heavy lifting, so this day we were just the audience members. I kind of lost myself a little bit. We were just talking and she said something really dirty and disgusting! I can’t say the whole thing. It’s just too personal and it’s not my story.It honestly did kind of shock me. And I’m not usually shocked. It was so visceral. Also, any scene that Mary Steenburgen or Mary Holland were in, especially when they were together, I couldn’t be around that either because I couldn’t stop laughing. I wasn’t the only one. Mary Steenburgen could not stop laughing either. I think we constantly had to breathe and contain ourselves.The film wrapped pre-COVID — many other projects shut down. Many people had to stop production. How has the pandemic affected your other projects? Kristen, you’re soon going to play Diana in “Spencer.” Stewart: Luckily, it’s such a contained movie that our quarantine is going to be really particular and we’re going to have a tiny little bubble. We don’t shoot until the end of January. Things change so quickly nowadays. I really hope that nothing gets in our way and messes that up because I’m very much raring to go on that. Not in a bad way at all, but I’m like, oh man, I can’t wait another month! I really want to just eat that and have it off the plate. I’d really like that to be behind me, even though I can’t wait to see how it goes. But yeah, this was really a nice experience to have right before we went into quarantine because it was such a together experience and so much fun and kind of reinforced the idea that you should always cultivate your experiences because as you grow older, you can choose who you want to hang out with and make sure you don’t work with jerks that you don’t like. COVID and quarantine and just the constant fear and anxiety and uncertainty has definitely led to a lot of boundary-creating and cultivation of experience, and making the right choice in this movie totally helped me do that. And I’m like, dude, if I don’t feel this tie to the people that I’m working with, there’s no reason to do it.Davis: I had a production push… I’m going to shoot that show that was pushed this summer, which is about a pandemic, in Toronto. [It’s] also just exciting to work… between every job, I feel like I forget how to be on set and how to be an actor. And this has been a long time. So I really feel sort of anxious to see how those first few days go. But I’m very, very excited to get going and be useful again. Not that when you’re an actor on set, you’re always like, ‘This is useful. You’re welcome for my skill.’ I’ve been so unnecessary this whole year, so it’ll be nice to feel needed.Watch the full interview above.Read original story Kristen Stewart on How LGBTQ Holiday Film ‘Happiest Season’ Shows ‘Love Really Does Look the Same on Everyone’ (Video) At TheWrap