- EntertainmentThe Telegraph
Sometimes when critics especially enjoy a film, we’re asked to host a Q&A; screening, at which the film itself is followed by an on-stage discussion during which audience members can put questions to “the talent”. You get to watch actors play themselves – or at least, versions of themselves that can think of no better way to spend an evening than on the publicity circuit – and the gulf between their screenbound and flesh-and-blood selves is often striking. That said, I’ve met three whose blockbuster charisma was entirely undimmed in person, and who at the end of the talk have had the auditorium spellbound, hanging on their every word. One was Tom Hanks – well, duh. Another was Meryl Streep – ditto. And the third was John Boyega. It was at an opening night screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in central London, and the panel was crammed with big names and bigger personalities, from Harrison Ford to Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy. But Peckham-born Boyega stole the show. Just 25 years old at the time (he’s 28 now), he spoke in a way that made the whole room crane in, even though most of it had probably neither seen nor heard of him before that night. (Pre-Star Wars, his biggest credits were a stint on the London-set 24 miniseries, a handful of independent dramas and the cult alien invasion thriller Attack the Block.) He told stories about his life on set, and before and after, with the almost mathematically calculated bounce and cadence of a great stand-up comic, but with none of the emotional distance that kind of technique often entails. I suspect everyone in that room believed we were listening to the real him speaking, regardless of whether we actually were, or if it was just another, more invisible kind of performance.
- U.S.NBC News
“People don't have a baseline of an understanding of what anti-blackness even is,” a Hmong American organizer told NBC Asian America.
- U.S.ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports
Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who possibly has political aspirations, may be rethinking his future career choices after jumping onto a third rail with both feet on Wednesday. Brees, at a critical moment in American history that has caused many to reconsider the message arising from the anthem protests launched by Colin Kaepernick in 2016, has [more]
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Video 'Literally, the National Guard': Local in Disbelief as Military Vehicles Line Hollywood Boulevard
National Guard soldiers lined up on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles ahead of anticipated protests, as seen in this footage from Tuesday, June 2.Police and National Guard troops were reportedly guarding many streets throughout the city on Tuesday, as protests continued after more than a week of civil unrest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. It was estimated that 1,000 people descended on Hollywood, according to the LA Times.“I used to live 2 blocks away from that same spot and used to walk by that area every day and to see them all there for such peaceful protests was scary,” Taylor Santiago, the uploader, told Storyful. Credit: Taylor Santiago via Storyful
- PoliticsAssociated Press
Former President Barack Obama is taking on an increasingly public role as the nation confronts a confluence of historic crises that has exposed deep racial and socioeconomic inequalities in America and reshaped the November election. In doing so, Obama is signaling a willingness to sharply critique his successor, President Donald Trump, and fill what many Democrats see as a national leadership void. On Wednesday, he’ll hold a virtual town hall event with young people to discuss policing and the civil unrest that has followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Ashton Kutcher addressed fans that commented "All Lives Matter" on his social media post in a tearful video message, telling them that they're "missing the point."