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Links for the Day: Anna Kendrick’s Career Non-Strategy, CNN & Baltimore, Supreme Court’s Marriage Ignorance, Bernie Sanders Runs, Irrational Man Trailer, & More

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Links for the Day: Anna Kendrick’s Career Non-Strategy, CNN & Baltimore, Supreme Court’s Marriage Ignorance, Bernie Sanders Runs, Irrational Man Trailer, & More

1. “Anna Kendrick on ’Pitch Perfect 2’ and Not Trying Too Hard.” The actress talks about her continuing adventures in musical comedy and Hollywood at large.

“’In case you can’t tell, I don’t really have a career strategy,’ she said. ’My decisions are entirely based on, “Well, I’m around, and this is something that the 15-year-old me would be excited to do.” ’A star without a meticulous plot to become famous and stay that way? Now that is a rare breed. In person, Ms. Kendrick, while certainly ambitious, comes across as enormously down to earth. She arrived early for breakfast, alone, wearing no makeup and a basic T-shirt and jeans. Afterward, she texted a follow-up question: ’What was the name of that reality show you said I should watch?’ (’Southern Charm’ on Bravo.)”

2. “CNN and Baltimore: A Crossfire with 100 Percent Casualties.” Welcome to Abnegation Room: we are ignoring the screams of black America very, very casually.

“This is an old trope, one in which the American media demands that any non-hegemonic group leaders—from any racial or gender or social minority—condemn the actions of any hammershit fool who does anything ugly while existing within their demographic. This is often the initial engagement of any minority, regarding any minority action, regardless of the merits of that minority action. Thank you for being on our show, and we’ll get to your concerns in a moment, but first, apologize and explain yourself. Like the old political line, ’If you’re explaining, you’re losing.’ By the time they’re done defending their mere existence, there’s no time left for their points. You can silence any problem by running out the clock.”

3. “Same-sex marriage: Supreme Court Justices don’t know much about history.” Is there a “traditional” definition of marriage? Supreme Court conservatives said yes, but they’re dead wrong.

“The most interesting, and dispiriting, aspect of Tuesday’s Supreme Court arguments on same-sex marriage was the absence in the court chamber of any real understanding of the history of marriage. Several justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, seemed to have the impression that the ’definition’ of marriage has been fixed for ’millennia.’ Their goal, plainly, was to make an accommodation of same-sex marriage seem a far more momentous step than it really is. ’It’s very difficult for the court to say, oh, well, we—we know better,’ said Justice Anthony Kennedy.”

4. “Game of Fear.” What if a stalker had an army? Zoe Quinn’s ex-boyfriend was obsessed with destroying her reputation—and thousands of online strangers were eager to help.

“In September 2014, Quinn, 27, appeared in Boston Municipal Court to ask Judge Jonathan Tynes for a restraining order against Gjoni, her ex-boyfriend. In a handwritten affidavit to the court, Quinn tried to explain what had happened over the past month. After their brief romance ended, she noted, Gjoni ’wrote and published a long post about my sex life and private dealings to several websites that he knew had a history of harassing me.’ Quinn is a video-game designer and, like many women in the business, routinely receives misogynistic threats from strangers. Gjoni, Quinn contended, was aware that his blog post would result in her being harassed and stalked, and she claimed he had published it in order ’to damage my professional reputation as an independent artist.’ What’s more, she told the judge, the results had been particularly severe: Since Gjoni’s initial blog post, ’I have received numerous death and rape threats from an anonymous mob that [Gjoni] had given details to,’ she wrote. ’My personal info like my home address, phone number, emails, passwords, and those of my family has been widely distributed, alongside nude photos of me, and several of my professional accounts and those of my colleagues have been hacked.’”

5. “What Bernie Sanders Would Have to Do to Win.” Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is entering the race for the Democratic nomination for president. Here is a look at what he will need to do if he hopes to win.

“Mr. Sanders starts with the support of some of the most liberal activists in the Democratic Party, the sort of progressives who favored Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio in his quixotic presidential bids. Just how abundant these followers actually are will depend on how many other candidates decide to challenge Hillary Rodham Clinton from the left. Mr. Sanders will need to expand his reach beyond a heavily white, college-town demographic to other elements of the Democratic coalition, notably African-Americans.”

Video of the Day: Watch the trailer for Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, and Parker Posey:

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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