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In a new teaser for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess of Sussex says the royal family has taken an “active role” in “perpetuating falsehoods” about her and her husband. “I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that the firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” Markle said in the clip. “And if that comes with losing things, there’s a lot that’s been lost already.” The two-hour special, set to air Sunday on CBS, is the couple’s first televised interview since they stepped aside from their roles as senior members of the royal family last year. Also Read: Meghan Markle Fans Call 'Racism' on Palace's Accusations of Bullying According to CBS, the first portion of the interview, a one-on-one conversation between Markle and Winfrey will cover “everything from stepping into life as a Royal, marriage, motherhood and philanthropic work, to how she is handling life under intense public pressure.” Harry, the Duke of Sussex, will join for the second part of the conversation to “speak about their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family.” The special is produced by Harpo Productions. Executive producers are Terry Wood and Tara Montgomery, co-executive producer is Brian Piotrowicz. The interview will air just days after a U.K. newspaper report accusing Markle of “bullying” during her time with the royal family. Citing unnamed sources and an email allegedly sent by a former employee of the couple, the Times report said Meghan “drove two personal assistants out of the household.” Meghan Markle denied the accusations through a spokesperson, calling them an “attack on her character.” On social media, fans denounced the accusations as racist. Read original story Meghan Markle Says Royal Family Is ‘Perpetuating Falsehoods’ About Her and Harry (Video) At TheWrap
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Ahead of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah, Buckingham Palace has announced it is investigating accusations that Markle bullied several royal aides in 2018. But Markle’s fans are firing back, with many calling out racism as the reason behind the accusations. “Keep Meghan Markle’s name out of your goddamn mouth. You are racist,” Kamala Harris’ cousin, Meena Harris, tweeted angrily. “You’d think Meghan Markle was pure evil with the way she is treated by the press & certain so called ‘journalists.’ It’s pure character assassination due to her colour & the fact she isn’t afraid to stand up for herself. She also has Harry supporting her & they all hate to see it,” tweeted British fashion designer and illustrator Hayden Williams. The report was initially published by the Times of London, citing complaints that Markle “drove out two personal assistants from Kensington Palace” due to how she managed them. Meanwhile, in a preview of her interview with Oprah, Markle said the royal family is “perpetuating falsehoods” about her. Also Read: Meghan Markle Says Royal Family Is 'Perpetuating Falsehoods' About Her and Harry (Video) NBC News obtained a statement from a Sussex rep for the couple, which said “let’s just call this what it is–a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation. We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of the Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet. It’s no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining the duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly before she and the duke are due to speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years.” “Lissen, every Black woman has been in a situation where a white person (usually a woman) has accused her of being aggressive simply for stating an opinion that doesn’t center the white person’s feelings. I give no credence to reports of Meghan Markle being a bully. Not an ounce,” proclaimed writer Alex Brown. See more reactions below. Keep Meghan Markle's name out of your damn mouth. You are racist. — Meena Harris (@meenaharris) March 3, 2021 You’d think Meghan Markle was pure evil with the way she is treated by the press & certain so called “journalists”. It’s pure character assassination due to her colour & the fact she isn’t afraid to stand up for herself. She also has Harry supporting her & they all hate to see it — Hayden Williams (@Hayden_Williams) March 3, 2021 How the British press come up with Meghan Markle headlines 🥴🗞#meghanmarkle pic.twitter.com/ksy7qb0lHa — Munya Chawawa (@munyachawawa) March 3, 2021 https://twitter.com/QueenOfRats/status/1367164540274675713 Very cool that on the eve of Meghan Markle speaking out about the British press drumming up vicious, racist lies, the British press is coming out with a vicious, racist lie! — Bess Kalb (@bessbell) March 3, 2021 This Meghan Markle press dump ahead of the Harry and Meghan Oprah interview is so painfully and comically calculated I'd swear Malcolm Tucker is behind it. pic.twitter.com/vntXJGR8LK — 🍅Jacqueline🍅 (@THATJacqueline) March 3, 2021 5 White Men discussing how Meghan Markle killed Khashoggi with her ear rings, bullied people like the Home Secretary, & has scared the living daylights out of the establishment without having said anything, yet Misogyny & Racism is a toxic mix pic.twitter.com/GsBwdIBLH8 — nazir afzal (@nazirafzal) March 3, 2021 Meghan Markle's neighbours in Canada: She's the nicest! Meghan Markle's co-workers: We love her! She so kind! Meghan Markle's friends: She's the best. She's so supportive and sweet! You racist palace aides and reporters: She's so mean! She won't let us bully her in peace!!! — σηє уєαя яєνιєω му αѕѕ! 🤣 (@gordon_izabella) March 3, 2021 Meghan Markle has those royals acting totally different over there. Hope she airs them all out in that interview — philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 3, 2021 The character assassination of Meghan Markle by the press is insane and so blatant! Yet Prince Andrew is out here…. let me not even start — TROY the MAGICIAN (@TROYmagician) March 3, 2021 Yeeeeaaahhh, I don't trust a goddamn thing Buckingham Palace or their staff have to say about Meghan Markle. I feel like I've seen this season of "The Crown" already. — Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) March 3, 2021 Meghan Markle gets a " full investigation" for an allegation of bullying, while Prince Andrew is running around raping minors. Nothing racist or misogynistic happening here at all. Nope, not at all. — Joshua Gale (@joshuafett75) March 4, 2021 Buckingham Palace would like you to know that Meghan Markle was very, very rude to a couple of people and we’re investigating that and if she ever says we were very rude or racist toward her then that’s just because we said it about her first so don’t believe her. — Young Daddy (@Toure) March 3, 2021 Meghan Markle and Harry are really just shaking the table, freeing themselves from toxicity and it's pleasing me and my homegirls. — Denai Moore (@DenaiMoore) March 3, 2021 This obsession with Meghan Markle is a sickness. The overdrive of attention is not normal. I once wrote a story about the Palace for work and they were in touch within a couple of hours asking for a correction. They could step in and they are choosing not too. Disgraceful. — Genelle Aldred (@genellealdred) March 3, 2021 Read original story Meghan Markle Fans Call ‘Racism’ on Palace’s Accusations of Bullying At TheWrap
Mariah Carey was sued by her brother, Morgan, for depicting him as a “violent man” in her best-selling memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey.” The lawsuit, filed in New York’s Supreme Court on Wednesday, zeroes in on several passages in the memoir that Morgan Carey contends “vilify” him. The passages in question include descriptions like “sometimes drug dealing, been-in-the-system, drunk-ass brother” and “Morgan had a long history of violence, of being mixed up with shady characters and shady situations,” which Carey’s brother contends are false and defamatory. The suit also claims that as a result of Carey’s memoir, negotiations that Morgan Carey was involved in for a film project were “abruptly broken off” and that he was not contacted by anyone editing or publishing the book prior to its release. Also Read: Mariah Carey Says She Was 'Extremely Uncomfortable' Being Confronted With Pregnancy Rumors on 'Ellen' “[Morgan Carey] brings this action more in sorrow and disappointment in his sister’s betrayals and malicious falsehoods than in anger at them. He is by no means envious of his sister’s enormous artistic and personal success, has enjoyed his own successes both professional and personal, and has always wished her well,” the lawsuit said. Representatives for Carey and Macmillan Books, which published Carey’s memoir, did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. The lawsuit comes a month after Carey’s older sister, Alison Carey, filed a $1.25 million complaint against the singer over claims of emotional distress caused by the memoir. Also Read: Parler Sues 'Bully' Amazon for a Second Time “The Meaning of Mariah Carey” was published in September and quickly topped the New York Times’ best-seller list for nonfiction. Pamela Chelin contributed to this report. Read original story Mariah Carey Sued by Brother for Depicting Him as ‘Violent Man’ in Her Memoir At TheWrap
Sinclair Broadcasting Group, one of the largest local station groups, is laying off around 5% of its staff amid a continued economic impact by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt across all sectors of the economy, something that can have a profound impact on a company as diversified as ours,” a spokesperson for the company said in a statement. “From local businesses and advertisers to distributors and partners, no component of our business’s ecosystem has been fully shielded from the impact of the global pandemic. In response to this, we are currently undergoing enterprise-wide reductions across our workforce, including corporate headquarters, to ensure we are well-positioned for future success.” Sinclair, which acquired the regional sports networks that Fox sold off to Disney as part of its $71.3 billion sale, was particularly impacted by the sports shutdown last year. The company operates around 130 local TV stations. Also Read: Disney CEO Suggests There's No 'Going Back' to Pre-COVID Film Releases Though the majority of sports leagues were able to start back up, the number of games was far fewer than they would have been in typical years. For example, the 2020 MLB season was drastically reduced from 162 games to only 60 this year, while the NBA and NHL had fewer cancelations. Those sports, especially during the regular season, play out primarily on local markets’ regional sports networks. Both of the current NBA and NHL seasons are shorter than usual as well. Some cable operators have given its customers refunds over lost sports games. Read original story Sinclair Broadcast Group to Cut 5% of Staff Amid ‘Profound Impact’ From Pandemic At TheWrap
There are important stories in “Boogie” about young love, about abusive marital and parental relationships, and about navigating Western culture as the child of Asian immigrants, but the film seems determined to be about the rise of a promising high-school basketball player, even though the basketball storyline is the least interesting of the plotlines on display. Restaurateur and “Fresh Off the Boat” author Eddie Huang makes his feature debut as a writer-director, bringing a great deal of emotional honesty and cultural specificity to the table. But while his approach to the characters and their interactions feel fresh and personal, the entire basketball plot is cobbled together from countless sports-movie clichés. Japanese-American actor Taylor Takahashi debuts as Alfred, aka Boogie, a high-school senior who carries the hopes and dreams of his Chinese-born parents (played by Pamelyn Chee and Perry Yung) on his shoulders. The film opens with a flashback of his mother and father visiting a fortune teller, and while it’s clear that the two of them are already in near-constant conflict, the psychic advises them to be kind to each other, since their offspring will reflect their individual strengths. Also Read: 'Fresh Off The Boat' Writer Eddie Huang's Basketball Drama 'Boogie' Scores March Release Boogie has transferred to City Prep, whose basketball team he describes as “hot trash,” because he wants to be noticed by college recruiters. He’s gotten some nibbles, but no scholarship offers, and his debt-ridden parents are pushing him to get a free ride on his way to the NBA. (Recruiters admire Boogie’s skill while also noting that his brash arrogance makes him a terrible team player.) When a slick recruiter (Mike Moh, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) nabs a $750,000 deal for Boogie to play in China for a year, which would forfeit his college eligibility, Boogie and his parents have to deal with their conflicting dreams and expectations. This part of “Boogie,” from the star player learning to be humble and cooperative to his showdown with a fierce rival (a memorably indelible bad guy, played by the late rapper Pop Smoke, in his one and only film role), you’ve probably seen before. What genuinely resonates is the intensity of the love-hate relationship Boogie has with parents (and that they have with each other), Boogie’s burgeoning romance with Eleanor (Taylour Paige, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), and his bro-banter with best friend Richie (Jorge Lendeborg Jr, “Love, Simon”). Also Read: 'Fresh Off the Boat' Author Eddie Huang Responds to Steve Harvey's Asian Men Joke Takahashi — a first-time actor working with a first-time director — brings real depth to the character and makes his interactions with the people around him heartfelt and affecting. As a story about a high-school senior unsure about his future, coping with a volatile family and falling in love for the first time (for once, it’s the girl who talks the hesitant and insecure boy through a sexual encounter), “Boogie” is genuine while weaving Black, Hispanic, Asian and White teenage New Yorkers together with effortless ease. It’s only in assuming that we care more about Boogie’s athletic journey than his interpersonal relationships that the film falls short. Cinematographer Brett Jutkiewicz (“Ready or Not”) and editor Joan Sobel (“Nocturnal Animals”), for their part, don’t find as much of interest in the basketball sequences (including the inevitable climactic Big Game) as they do in other aspects of Boogie’s story; the scenes with Eleanor are as romantic as the moments at home are stressful. One dinner sequence, in particular, is held in one continuous shot at a distance, tensing us for the violence we worry will erupt. Watch Video: 'Fresh Off the Boat' Reveals the Truth About Santa in Midseason Finale (Exclusive) It’s those moments of real specificity, be they tender or terrifying, that give “Boogie” its impact, and it’s that ability to access human moments that will make Huang’s next film one that will be eagerly anticipated. “Boogie” opens in select U.S. theaters on March 5. Read original story ‘Boogie’ Film Review: Eddie Huang’s Basketball Saga Plays Best Off the Court At TheWrap
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In a brief snippet of his upcoming interview Thursday morning, “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison apologized again for his comments that defended a “Bachelor” contestant who appeared in racially insensitive photos. “It was a mistake,” Harrison said in an interview that will air Thursday morning on “Good Morning America,” which you can watch above. “I made a mistake. I am an imperfect man. I made a mistake and I own that.” Thursday’s “GMA” interview, which airs on the same network as the longrunning reality TV franchise, marks his first interview since he stepped away from the ABC dating series’ currently airing season amid backlash over his support for a current contestant accused of racist behavior. Also Read: 'The Real' Hosts Applaud Emmanuel Acho's New 'Bachelor' Gig: 'He Can Have a Real Conversation' In a Feb. 9 interview with former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay for “Extra,” Harrison defended Rachael Kirkconnell — a frontrunner on Matt James’ currently airing season of “The Bachelor,” the first to feature a Black bachelor — for a resurfaced photo in which she appears to be attending a plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018. Harrison was roundly criticized for the interview and his treatment of Lindsay, leading to two public apologies from Harrison, a public apology from Kirkconnell, and the Feb. 13 announcement that Harrison would temporarily be “stepping aside” as host of the show. (Emmanuel Acho has been tapped to replace him for the upcoming live season finale and “After the Final Rose” special on March 15.) “The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions. To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special,” Harrison said at the time. “I am dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before.” A little over a week after Harrison made the announcement he was stepping aside, James posted a lengthy statement on Instagram calling the situation “devastating and heartbreaking.” “Chris’s failure to receive and understand the emotional labor that my friend Rachel Lindsay was taking on by graciously and patiently explaining the racist history of the Antebellum South, a painful history that every American should understand intimately, was troubling and painful to watch,” James wrote. “As Black people and allies immediately knew and understood, it was a clear reflection of a much larger issue that The Bachelor franchise has fallen short on addressing adequately for years.” On Monday, “Bachelor” producers issued a statement condemning the online harassment Lindsay has received over her interview with Harrison and her remarks of uncertainty regarding if Harrison should remain host of the ABC reality dating franchise, which led her to delete her Instagram account. Read original story Chris Harrison Apologizes (Again) for ‘Bachelor’ Comments in First Interview: ‘I Made a Mistake’ (Video) At TheWrap
This story about Delroy Lindo in “Da 5 Bloods” first appeared in the Oscar Nominations Preview issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine When Delroy Lindo talks about his character, Paul, in Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” he’s hesitant to break down the ins and outs of what makes the Vietnam vet tick. “There’s a danger that every time one deconstructs an aspect of Paul’s character, his personality, I am demystifying who this man is in a way I don’t think is helpful,” Lindo said. “In many ways, I want the man to exist and speak for himself on his own terms.” Maybe that has something to do with the travesty of Lindo’s monumental performance being overlooked by both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards voters. When you look into Lindo’s eyes, you see not just Paul but the 50 years of baggage and torment he brings with him from the Vietnam War. Also Read: 'TheWrap-Up' Podcast: Spike Lee and Delroy Lindo From 'Da 5 Bloods' We see it most clearly when he erupts after a salesman pesters him to buy a chicken or when he’s evoking his father’s sacrifice on the beaches of Normandy to a stubborn Frenchman. It’s not just rage he’s expressing, but guilt and grief that has led Paul to feel suspicious of others and perhaps led him to vote for Donald Trump. Lindo’s preparation included speaking to Vietnam vets still experiencing PTSD, as well as reading literature, watching films and discussing the movie with Lee and the rest of his cast, which included Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Jonathan Majors and Chadwick Boseman. But all of that simply helped him inhabit the “prodigious vessel” that was Paul. “I’m bringing as much as I can to flesh that out and to enable Paul, my Paul, to live and breathe,” he said. “The notion of loss is huge for Paul. And loss is not insignificant to me.” Also Read: Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods' Wins Best Film and Director From National Board of Review Late in the film, as Paul has ventured on his own into the jungle, he addresses the camera with a jittery yet focused and magnetic soliloquy. It’s not unlike the many tragic Shakespearean characters Lindo has portrayed on stage — but, he said, there’s a key difference. “In a soliloquy, you’re speaking to the person that has the answer, or you’re speaking to the person who you hope has the answer,” he said. “From that point of view, the camera was the other person that I was talking to and expressing my truth. People have referenced that Paul is losing his mind, and I have to tell you for me at that point, I’m not thinking that at all. I’m speaking my truth to this person that is in front of me. I’m speaking about reality as I see it at that moment in my life. And frankly, I’m really clear about what has happened.” Paul says it himself as he sings Marvin Gaye’s “God Is My Friend” just before he meets his fate, insisting, “I ain’t never been more sober in my life.” Lindo sees things clearly, too, and he’s grateful that audiences have been able to see Paul as more than just the sum of his imperfections. “When you have a part like this, meaning such a multifaceted, emotionally complex part, you jump in, you do the very best you can with finding and giving expression to the various aspects of who the human being is,” he said. “To have audiences say they got it, that’s profoundly rewarding.” Read more from the Nominations Preview issue here. Read original story Why Delroy Lindo’s Soliloquy in ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Differs From His Shakespeare Roles At TheWrap
Movies like “Gone With the Wind,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and John Wayne’s “The Searchers” are all-time Hollywood classics and beloved by many. But they also have material touching on their depiction of nonwhite characters that could make audiences cringe, especially in 2021. Beginning on Thursday, Turner Classic Movies plans to re-introduce these problematic films in a four-night series called “Reframed: Classic Films in the Rearview Mirror,” that aims to shed modern light on the history and shortcomings of 14 different classic Hollywood films. “It’s not about censoring the film, it’s not about treating your audience as though they’re not intelligent enough to see the issues, and it’s not putting a childproof lock on the movie or a caution label,” Alicia Malone, one of the hosts of the “Reframed” series, told TheWrap. “It’s about giving it some context.” Also Read: HBO Max to Keep 6 Woody Allen Movies to 'Allow Viewers to Make Their Own Informed Decisions' The discourse around some of these films has been extensively covered. Mickey Rooney’s portrayal of a stereotypical Asian landlord in “Breakfast With Tiffany’s” is a well-known sore spot. The portrayal of Native Americans in many Westerns, but especially films like “The Searchers” or “Stagecoach,”...Read original story Why TCM Is Showing Problematic Films Like ‘Gone With the Wind’ – And Won’t Rule Out Woody Allen Classics At TheWrap
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'An enormous legacy': Museum of Contemporary Art director calls it quits after 22 yearsElizabeth Ann Macgregor turned Sydney’s MCA into the most visited public contemporary art gallery in the world Elizabeth Ann Macgregor will step down as director of the Museum Of Contemporary Art in October after 22 years at the helm. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
As the NFL enters the red zone for its next round of TV deals, Amazon is looking to take on a larger piece of the pie. The retail giant, which has been streaming “Thursday Night Football” for the last few seasons, is in talks for more exclusive games as part of its new rights contract, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Wednesday that Amazon was looking to take over “Thursday Night Football,” which its been sharing with Fox, on a more exclusive basis, though it is not clear how many games that would entail. That followed up a report from Sports Business Journal last Friday, which hinted that Amazon could become the main broadcaster for the Thursday primetime package. The Journal added that Amazon could pay as much as $1 billion for the rights, which would be nearly double than the $660 million that Fox is paying out for its current five-year deal. Reps for Amazon and the NFL have declined to comment. An announcement of its new TV deals with ESPN, NBC, Fox and CBS appears imminent. Also Read: Irv Cross, Former NFL Player and CBS Sports Commentator, Dies at 81 Amazon has been slowly inching toward a larger status among the NFL’s media partners. Amazon has been streaming “Thursday Night Football” games since 2017, when the TV package was split between CBS and NBC. Fox acquired the broadcast rights beginning in 2018, and its current contract carries through the 2022 season. But “TNF” has never been as an attractive a TV package despite its high ratings compared to everything else on TV. That’s because, as evidenced by Amazon’s involvement, it’s not been exclusive to TV like the league’s other primetime packages on Sunday and Monday nights. NFL Network, where “TNF” originated in 2006, has to air a handful of games exclusively as to not run afoul of its contracts with cable and satellite providers. Amazon aired its first exclusive game last season, which came at the end of the season on a Saturday afternoon. The “Thursday Night Football” deal would represent Amazon’s biggest foray into live sports programming and the biggest bet on streaming made by a major sports outfit. Any Amazon-exclusive games would be carried by the participating teams’ local broadcast stations. Read original story Amazon in Talks for More Exclusive NFL Games as Part of New TV Deal At TheWrap
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