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Kansas man charged with murder of Indian engineer due in court

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OLATHE, KS (Reuters) - A white U.S. Navy veteran charged with murdering an Indian software engineer at a Kansas bar was due in court on Monday over the shooting, which federal authorities are probing as a possible hate crime.
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George W. Bush Is Sending A Powerful Message To Trump 

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In an interview with TODAY’s Matt Lauer on Monday, former President George W. Bush weighed in on Donald Trump’s first month in office, covering his immigration ban, Trump’s assault on the media, and Russian involvement in the election. Spoiler alert: It was not a glowing review, to say the least.   

Right off the bat, Bush criticized Trump’s attack on highly respected news outlets, saying media is "indispensable to democracy." He added, "We need an independent media to hold people like me to account," additionally telling Lauer, "Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power."

From there, they moved on to Russia’s involvement with the 2016 presidential election after Bush mentioned he spent much of his presidency trying to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to support his citizens’ right to free press. In a clear dig at Trump, Bush said, "It’s kind of hard to tell others to have an independent free press when we’re not willing to have one ourselves." 

As a segue into Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Lauer pulled up a quote in which Bush made a clear distinction between extremists and Muslims simply trying to practice their faith. When asked what he thinks about Trump’s divisive tactics, Bush said,

“I think it’s very important for all of us to recognize one of our great strengths is for people to be able to worship they way they want to or not worship at all. The bedrock of our freedom—a bedrock of our freedom—is the right to worship freely. I understood right off the bat, Matt, that this is an ideological conflict and people who murder the innocent are not religious people. They want to advance an ideology.”

When Lauer asked if banning people made it easier or harder to fight the war on terrorism, Bush said, “I am for an immigration policy that is welcoming and upholds the law.”

It’s worth noting that Bush came on the morning news show to promote his new book, Portraits of Courage, featuring portraits of veterans painted by Bush himself. To see George W. Bush, the man who launched an unrelenting war against the Middle East, become a likeable, sympathetic character just goes to show how skewed our perception of political figures has become. We’re looking to George W. Bush to provide reason and we consider John McCain to be a maverick. Clearly, the political sphere has reached a new level of abnormality. 

To watch the full interview head over to TODAY.

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“Just trying to raise a girl in a sexist world.”

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Mahershala Ali Wins Best Supporting Actor for 'Moonlight' at 2017 Oscars

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Mahershala Ali has been swooping up accolades and nominations for months now, all leading up to his big win on Oscar night. On Sunday the Moonlight actor took home the prize for Best Supporting Actor for his role as drug dealer Juan.

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So, What’s Going on With the Gambit Movie?

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Since it was announced, Fox’s solo Gambit movie has gone through just about every ring of production hell, including scheduling delays, rewrites, and losing its latest director to Justice League Dark. However, in a recent statement to ComicBook.com, X-Men producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that the film is still in “active development” and could be shooting by early 2018.

“It’s a movie that we hope will be ready to go by the end of this year and shoot next year,” said Kinberg. “We have two or three X-Men related movies this year, so it can wait for a moment. The process has been that Channing [Tatum] is as determined about getting the character right as Ryan Reynolds was about Deadpool and Hugh [Jackman] was about this Logan movie. We know that when we get those right, the movie succeeds. So we want to make sure we get Gambit right, because we want him to be the beginning of a whole new franchise.”

The Deadpool comparison is the most flattering spin on the situation, but the patterns really are similar so far. Deadpool also struggled to find a director. It was also delayed, and it also had to schedule its production around Ryan Reynolds’ other obligations. However, when it finally came out, it was a critical and box office success.

If Gambit uses its time wisely, it could be similarly successful–but it’s also dealing with an entirely different sort of character. As Nerdist points out, “You don’t see Gambit merchandise on the level of Wolverine or Deadpool…he’s not a breakout character in the way Marvel (and probably Fox) has always hoped he would be. A successful solo Gambit movie is a huge gamble, and a lot more of its potential success has to do with Channing Tatum’s power to draw in audiences, vs. the draw of the character itself.”

Logan and Deadpool both had to work hard to capture the essence of a well-loved, well-known character. Gambit, on the other hand, needs to find a way to make its less famous character’s traits work with Tatum’s not-insubstantial charms. Personally, I find Tatum can be very funny, and projects like Magic Mike show that he can have a lot of fun as a sex symbol. Both of those are assets for an actor playing Gambit. My biggest question is how well Tatum can capture Gambit’s slyness, or his slicker, less trustworthy side. I’m basically on the same page as the Nerdist, in that I think Fox’s key to success here is crafting an effective vehicle for Tatum’s existing talents. If they play to their star’s strengths in this interpretation, they could still pull this off.

Kinberg’s talk of “franchise[s]” does have me a little worried, though he may have just been hyping the studio’s commitment to the project. This movie is not going to work if they spend half of it setting up sequels or some other nonsense. Given Gambit’s relative profile, they need to spend their screen time helping audiences get to know and love him–not promising audiences more of him before they even know who he is.

But what do you think? Are you worried about this one? Optimistic? Or just meh?

(Via Nerdist and ComicBook.com; image via Marvel Comics)

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Bill Paxton | Rare celebrity photosBill Paxton having a smoke break on the set of Monolith.

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