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Carole Baskin Says It Would Be ‘Wonderful’ If Ad Leads To Finding Missing Husband Don Lewis

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Carole Baskin is taking a positive view of an ad from her husband Don Lewis’ family calling her out.

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Approached by TMZ on Wednesday, the “Tiger King” star was asked about the ad and whether she thinks it might help find Lewis.

“That would be wonderful, if that was a side benefit,” Baskin responded.

The ad in question, which was taken out by the Law Offices of Phillips & Hunt during “Dancing with the Stars”, on which Baskin is a contestant, asked the public for tips on Lewis’ disappearance.

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“Do you know who did this, or if Carole Baskin was involved?” the lawyer in the ad asks, before reiterating that there is a $100,000 reward for helping find the missing person.

Attorney John Phillips told TMZ that since the ad aired, his office has received numerous calls but no solid tips yet.





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Exclusive: Mark Webber Looks Back On Scott Pilgrim vs. the World!

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Mark Webber Looks Back On Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 10 Years Later

Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs the World exploded onto the screen? Neither can Mark Webber, who discussed the cult classic while promoting his upcoming film The Place of No Words.

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“Oh my God, yeah! Scott Pilgrim is the best,” Mark said. “That film means so much to me. Every single person that worked on that film still means so much to me and is a part of my life. And to have reconnected with everyone recently — we did a read for charity, for Water for People … and it was so rad to see everyone after these ten years — which is crazy to all of us that it’s been ten years. What the f**k? How did that happen?”

Webber revealed that he and the cast knew at the time they were making something special.

“I knew at the time — we all knew,” he said. “Yeah, it didn’t make the amount of money it was supposed to make at the box office, but we all knew we made a really incredible, special film. And so it feels extra special now having seen the generations of fans and the cult status the film has achieved is just so rad.”

The actor then spoke about how he experienced the film as both a participant and a fan. “It’s cool to be able to watch a film that you’re in and feel that way. Every time I watch the movie it’s just so enjoyable. And being able to play my Sex Ba-Bomb albums in the car for the kids. They’re like, ‘That’s really you dad?’ And I’m like, yeah! It’s pretty awesome. I’m bragging to my pre-teen son that I’ve got 11 million streams on Spotify! Sex Ba-Bomb, this fictional band, actually ended up succeeding. It’s really a cool kick.”

Finally, he ended by reiterating his love for cast and crew and his hope that Scott Pilgrim will continue to thrive in the annals of pop culture.

“I love everyone on that film – we all have this really cool love for each other. And it’s really cool to see so many people rediscovering it and keeping it alive. It’s a bummer because the plan was it was going to hit theaters and be re-released, but then this situation we’re all in right now has turned everything upside down. It’s still nice that, despite the re-release not happening, it’s still being honored again.”

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World starred Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim, a young man who falls hard for Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Ramona Flowers. But to win Ramona’s heart, Scott has to face her seven evil exes, including Lucas Lee (Chris Evans), Todd Ingram (Brandon Routh), Roxy Richter (Mae Whitman), and Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman). Alison Brie also appears as Scott’s evil ex, Envy Adams, alongside Alison Pill as Kim Pine, Aubrey Plaza as Julie Powers, Kieran Culkin as Wallace Wells, and Ellen Wong as Knives Chau.

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Even though the film had a poor box office performance, it had still earned positive reviews from critics and has amassed quite a cult following. Even though a sequel is off the table, Edgar Wright has instead revealed that there are talks currently happening about a potential animated spinoff series.

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‘The Perfect Weapon’ and ‘A World of Calm’ Trailers: HBO and HBO Max Capture Both Sides of the Stress Spectrum

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HBO and HBO Max have released new trailers that fall on the complete opposite sides of the stress spectrum. And based on their titles, it doesn’t take much to figure out which project falls on which side.

Check out The Perfect Weapon and A World of Calm trailers below, with one detailing the increase of international cyber crimes (including the Sony hack, with Seth Rogen reliving the wild scenario surrounding his 2014 movie The Interview), and the other providing a much-needed sense of serenity with A-list actors aiming to put you to sleep over peaceful nature footage.

The Perfect Weapon Trailer

Based on the book by New York Times writer David E. Sanger, The Perfect Weapon traces some of the most high-profile events of global cyber attacks in recent history. Here’s the official synopsis:

Directed by John Maggio, the film explores the rise of cyber conflict as a primary way in which nations now compete with and sabotage one another. Cheap, invisible and devastatingly effective, cyber weapons are the present and future of geopolitical conflict – a short-of-war pathway to exercising power. THE PERFECT WEAPON draws on interviews with top military, intelligence and political officials for a comprehensive view of a world of new vulnerabilities, particularly as fear mounts over how cyberattacks and influence operations may affect the 2020 U.S. election, vulnerable power grids, America’s nuclear weapons arsenal, and the global networks that are the backbone of private enterprise. The film also explores how the U.S. government is struggling to defend itself from cyberattacks while simultaneously stockpiling and using the world’s most powerful offensive cyber arsenal.

The Perfect Weapon debuts on HBO on October 16, 2020.

A World of Calm Trailer

After you’re done pulling your hair out about the likelihood of more election hacking in our future, maybe you’d like to enter A World of Calm, HBO Max’s new original series based on Calm’s popular Sleep Stories. Billed as “a totally new type of television experience that combines mesmeric imagery with narration by A-list stars,” this series features voice work from Mahershala AliPriyanka Chopra Jonas, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Lucy Liu, Cillian Murphy, Keanu Reeves, and Kate Winslet. Each episode will take you to a different location, “from a noodle maker’s kitchen in Seattle, to the forests of Latvia, and beyond our solar system to the outer stretches of the universe.”

A World of Calm launches on HBO Max on October 1, 2020…but it might be smart to save a couple of these half-hour episodes to use as an antidote to The Perfect Weapon.

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Netflix Responds to GOP Senators’ Questions About ‘Three-Body Problem’

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In a letter Friday night, Netflix responded to several questions posed by a group of GOP senators about its upcoming TV series adaptation of the Chinese sci-fi trilogy “The Three-Body Problem,” after the series’ author appeared to express support for China’s treatment of the Uighur minority.

And the company’s main point: Liu Cixin, the trilogy’s author, is not the creator of the show.

On Wednesday,  five Republican senators — Marsha Blackburn, Rick Scott, Kevin Cramer, Thom Tillis and Martha McSally — published an open letter to Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos asking him to “seriously reconsider” adapting Cixin’s series. At issue, a 2019 New Yorker interview with Cixin, which only received widespread attention in September after Netflix announced the project, in which he defended policies — widespread concentration camps — that have been widely condemned by human rights activists.

“If anything, the government is helping their economy and trying to lift them out of poverty,” Cixin told the New Yorker. “If you were to loosen up the country a bit, the consequences would be terrifying.”

According to PBS and multiple other reports, there are at least nine million Uyghurs being held in state-run concentration camps where prisoners are beaten, humiliated by before forced to violate halal dietary rules, and forced into slave labor. China’s government is also accused of operating a “mass rape” program against Uyghur women.

The senators’ letter also asked several questions, essentially demanding the company explain why it has not halted the project in light of Cixin’s comments. In its response Friday night, Netflix answered every one of the questions, said it agreed that China’s oppression of the Uighurs is “unacceptable,” but also explained, again and again, that the TV series has absolutely no involvement from Cixin.

“Netflix judges individual projects on their merits. Mr. Liu is the author of the book – The Three Body Problem – not the creator of this show. We do not agree with his comments, which are entirely unrelated to his book or this Netflix show,” Netflix said in one instance.

Much like the crackdown on what remains of Hong Kong’s autonomy, the treatment of Uighurs has sparked several Hollyw00d-related uproars thanks to the increasing involvement of Chinese companies in the American film industry. For instance, Disney suffered a serious public relations black eye after it was discovered that in the credits for its live action version of “Mulan,” it specifically thanked the state security agency that has overseen the brutal treatment of Uighurs.

Read Netflix’s response below:

Dear Senators Blackburn, Scott, Cramer, Tillis, and McSally:

Thank you for your letter from September 23, and your interest in the upcoming Netflix series adaptation based on The Three-Body Problem. First, we’d like to note that Netflix does not operate a service in China. We address your questions and concerns below:

Q: Does Netflix agree that the Chinese Communist Party’s interment of 1.8 to 3 million Uyghurs in internment or labor camps based on their ethnicity is unacceptable?

A: Absolutely. As the UN Declaration of Human Rights (which China has signed) states “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

Q: In order to avoid any further glorification of the CCP’s actions against the Uyghurs, or validation of the Chinese regime and agencies responsible for such acts, what steps will Netflix take to cast a critical eye on this project – to include the company’s broader relationship with Mr. Liu?

A: Mr. Liu is the author of the books, not the creator of this series. Mr. Liu’s comments are not reflective of the views of Netflix or of the show’s creators, nor are they part of the plot or themes of the show.

Q: Were Netflix senior executives aware of the statements made by Mr. Liu Cixin regarding the CCP’s genocidal acts prior to entering into an agreement to adapt his work? If so, please outline the reasoning that led Netflix to move forward with this project. If not, please describe Netflix’s standard process of due diligence and the gaps therein that led to this oversight.

A: Mr. Liu is a Chinese citizen living in China – he is the author of the books, not the creator of this Netflix series. The creators are David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of Game of Thrones, and Alexander Woo, executive producer/writer on the series True Blood.

Q: Does Netflix have a policy regarding entering into contracts with public-facing individuals who, either publicly or privately, promote principles inconsistent with Netflix’s company culture and principles? If so, please outline this policy. If not, please explain why not.

A: Netflix judges individual projects on their merits. Mr. Liu is the author of the book – The Three Body Problem – not the creator of this show. We do not agree with his comments, which are entirely unrelated to his book or this Netflix show.

Sincerely,

Dean Garfield

Vice President, Global Public Policy

Netflix

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