Time names ‘The Silence Breakers’ Person of the Year for 2017

First it was a story. Then a moment. Now, two months after women began to come forward in droves to accuse powerful men of sexual harassment and assault, it is a movement.

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Time magazine has named ‘the silence breakers’ its person of the year for 2017, referring to those women, and the global conversation they have started.

The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, said in an interview on the Today show Wednesday that the #MeToo movement represented the ‘fastest-moving social change we’ve seen in decades, and it began with individual acts of courage by women and some men too.’

Rose McGowan reached a settlement with producer Harvey Weinstein in 1997 after accusing him of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room. McGowan’s decision to speak to the press this year helped expose Weinstein as a serial harasser. "The number of people sharing their stories with me is so intense, especially since all of this is incredibly triggering for me as well. People forget a lot that there’s a human behind this, someone who is very hurt. But that’s O.K. It fuels my fire. They really f-cked with the wrong person." (Weinstein has denied all allegations of non­consensual sex.) @rosemcgowan is among the Silence Breakers, TIME's Person of the Year. Read the full story on TIME.com. Photograph by Billy & Hells for TIME. #TIMEPOY

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Investigations published in October by The New York Times and The New Yorker, both of them detailing multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, helped fuel the sudden rush of women coming forward.

In a joint interview after the choice was announced, Tarana Burke, who created the Me Too mantra years ago, and actress Alyssa Milano, who helped promote it more recently, focused on what was still left to do.

‘I’ve been saying from the beginning that it’s not just a moment, it’s a movement,’ Burke said. ‘I think now the work really begins. The hashtag is a declaration. But now we’re poised to really stand up and do the work.’

Milano agreed, laying out her aspirations for the movement.

‘I want companies to take on a code of conduct, I want companies to hire more women, I want to teach our children better,’ she said. ‘These are all things that we have to set in motion, and as women we have to support each other and stand together and say that’s it, we’re done, no more.’

Radio DJ David Mueller groped Taylor Swift during a photo op in 2013. She reported him to his radio station, KYGO, and he was terminated. He said her accusations were false and sued Swift. She countersued for $1 and won. "When I testified, I had already had to watch this man’s attorney bully, badger and harass my team, including my mother … I was angry. In that moment, I decided to forgo any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened. This man hadn’t considered any formalities when he assaulted me … Why should I be polite? I’m told it was the most amount of times the word ass has ever been said in Colorado federal court." (Mueller’s lawyer did not respond to multiple requests for comment.) @taylorswift is among the Silence Breakers, TIME's Person of the Year. Read the full story on TIME.com. Photograph by Billy & Hells for TIME. #TIMEPOY

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It is a testament to the size of the movement that the set of Today itself, where the announcement was made, had recently been the site of such a reckoning. Matt Lauer, one of NBC’s most well-known personalities for decades, was fired last week after an allegation of sexual harassment from a subordinate.

Time’s 2017 runner-up for person of the year, Donald Trump, was accused during his presidential campaign by more than 10 women of sexual misconduct.

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How many Supermans and Batmans does the universe need?

In a simpler time, we knew exactly who our heroes were. There was just one Clark Kent who ducked into phone booths and emerged as Superman, one Bruce Wayne who slid down the Batpole to get suited up as Batman.

But times are no longer simple. As the DC comic book characters become more central to the ambitions of Warner Bros., they appear in more and more TV shows and movie franchises. Where it once took decades to arrive at a single film in which Batman and Superman finally threw down, now there are numerous fictional worlds that exist side by side — intersecting occasionally, or not at all — where these champions reside and do battle, and even multiple versions of the same characters across several properties. It can all be very confusing.

Is there a way to solve this crisis on infinite Earths? Probably not, but this guide to the DC media universe will help explain just how complicated it has become.

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The ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy

Batman Begins

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight Rises

Though not strictly speaking a part of the current DC motion picture universe, Christopher Nolan’s Batman films — with their somber mood and multibillion-dollar box office — had an enormous influence on the contemporary vogue for caped crusaders. The ‘Dark Knight’ series told the story of Bruce Wayne’s rise, fall and redemption, and then had the good sense to end.

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DC Extended Universe

Man of Steel

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Suicide Squad

Wonder Woman

Justice League

This is the hub of the DC movie system, where new characters are introduced and occasionally reunited to fight each other. But wildly differing tones and mediocre reviews — save for the unqualified hit Wonder Woman — have resulted in a shaky foundation on which to build a film franchise, and the deflated reception for Justice League this month didn’t help.

Stand-alone ‘Batman’ and ‘Joker’ Movies

The Batman (starring Ben Affleck)

Joker (creative team unclear)

These in-the-works projects will focus on characters seen in DCEU films but may not be part of official franchise continuity. A Joker movie, possibly produced by Martin Scorsese, wouldn’t star Jared Leto, the Joker in Suicide Squad, while the Batman movie, intended for Ben Affleck, may or may not star Affleck at this rate.

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Arrowverse

Arrow

The Flash

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

An ever-growing framework of interconnected shows on The CW network, starting with Arrow and all sharing the executive producer Greg Berlanti. Two new online shows, Constantine and Freedom Fighters: The Ray, will also take place in this universe, though a coming CW series, Black Lightning, based on that DC hero, will not (for now). Legends of Tomorrow recently revealed that its universe contains Themyscira, the secret island where Wonder Woman was born and raised. The Wonder Woman of the movies, you ask? No one’s answering.

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‘Supergirl’

Based on the adventures of Superman’s cousin, Supergirl — which started on CBS, then moved to CW — takes place in its own distinct reality and is only occasionally allowed to cross over to the Arrowverse under unique conditions. To make life interesting, this continuity has its own Superman, who isn’t the Superman of the DCEU movies.

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Stand-alone Movies and TV Shows

The Lego Batman Movie

Gotham

The Lego Batman Movie imagines a colourful, kid-friendly reality where heroes and villains alike are made from plastic building blocks. Meanwhile, on TV, Gotham is set in a gloomy era before Bruce Wayne became Batman and the members of his future rogues’ gallery had grown into their fully realised, homicidal selves. Needless to say, these worlds never intersect with each other.

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Notable Prehistory

When all this contemplation of shared narrative universes becomes too taxing on the old grey matter, it’s nice to think about past efforts like the Adam West Batman series of the 1960s or the Christopher Reeve Superman movies of the ‘70s and ‘80s. They told their stories in two hours or less, while inadvertently whetting our appetites for more complicated worlds to come.

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Avengers 4 is going to bring Marvel movies to an end (kind of)

But what does an ending even look like for a cinematic universe?

We’ve spent ten years watching and talking about movies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while we likely will spend many more doing the same, it’s only natural to wonder: When is it all going to end? Turns out that’s also something the people making these movies are contemplating a lot lately, as Vanity Fair‘s latest cover story delves into the past, present, and future of the MCU. Most interesting, of course, is that last part. Because while Marvel’s future is top-secret stuff, the studio’s top executive is unusually candid about one thing: They’re building toward an ending.

This is all in anticipation of Avengers: Infinity War, the next Marvel movie scheduled to debut after this February’s Black Panther – you can probably expect its first trailer any day now – and a prelude to the currently untitled fourth Avengers film set to premiere in 2019. Avengers 4, according to MCU architect Kevin Feige, is going to be a finale.

‘There will be two distinct periods,’ Feige told Vanity Fair. ‘Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after.’

Finale is a tricky word to parse when it comes to something like the MCU, which, when you boil it down, is an extremely corporate web of intellectual properties spun into franchises and crossovers and meta-narratives that, almost entirely through sheer luck, have managed to remain good and exciting for an entire decade. Marvel Studios will continue to make movies for as long as people will go out and see them – something Disney’s Bob Iger also tells Vanity Fair when he notes that there are 7 000 characters Marvel Studios has the rights to. Whatever ending the Marvel Cinematic Universe has in store will only ever be an ending of sorts.

Still, an ending must come, for both realistic reasons and narrative ones. The first is easily the real reason why the word ‘finale’ is even being batted about: Actors have contracts, and the Avengers Marvel has spent the past decade assembling are at the end of theirs. Robert Downey Jr., at least two Chrises, and Scarlett Johansson are all done with this last Avengers film, and it would be extremely weird to send them off without any sort of farewell in the movie. Do they die? Fade into the West and diminish, like Cate Blanchett in Lord of the Rings? Get recast as teenagers played by unknowns owned by Disney, because Marvel is essentially replicating Old Hollywood’s studio system?

Narratively, just about any of this is possible in whatever plot that has been cooked up for these past two Avengers movies – the story is about every hero we’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe going up against a guy who gets the power to bend all of reality to his will. When the dust settles, the Marvel Cinematic Universe can look like just about anything. The hope, then, is that it isn’t exhausting – and is less focused on white dudes than its first decade.

[Via GQ]

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Jay-Z is ready to forgive Kanye

In a new, must-read interview, Jay-Z opens up about the newest stage of his career, and being a vulnerable, complete human being.

For one of the most prominent rappers on the planet, Jay-Z has cultivated a reputation for being extremely reserved, rarely granting extensive interviews. But, with last summer’s release of 4:44, it seemed that Jay-Z’s career had arrived at a deeply introspective place, one that found him looking at everything from his career to race to his marriage and personal failures, culminating in one of the most fascinating albums of his career, and one that only Jay-Z could make. But outside of a two-part tell-all released alongside the album, the mogul has remained mostly out of the public eye in much of 2017. However, on Wednesday, T Magazine published an in-depth interview with Jay-Z, and it’s a tremendously good read full of all sorts of stuff you’d want to ask Jay-Z about in 2017 – including, of course, Kanye.

‘It’s a complicated relationship with us,’ he says, addressing the feud that’s been quietly simmering since Kanye’s Saint Pablo Tour. He goes onto say that while they’ve spoken recently, this is the longest period between fights that they’ve had to give each other space. But like a lot of things in the interview, Jay-Z seems extremely at peace with things, and certain their relationship will work out in time. ‘There’s gonna be complications in the relationship that we have to get through. And the only way to get through that is we sit down and have a dialogue and say, “These are the things that I’m uncomfortable with. These are the things that are unacceptable to me. This is what I feel.” I’m sure he feels that I’ve done things to him as well.’

The tenor Jay takes when talking about Kanye is one that’s present throughout the interview – which, it can’t be stressed enough, is worth reading/watching in full – the rapper is remarkably candid about his current perspective, and attributes a lot of it to therapy. (And Jay-Z himself frequently refers to 4:44 as a therapeutic work.)

‘I grew so much from the experience,’ he says. ‘But I think the most important thing I got is that everything is connected. Every emotion is connected and it comes from somewhere.’

It’s easy to gloss over due to his frank delivery, but a lot of what Jay-Z says both here, and in his album – about the strength in vulnerability, about the aggression and emotional disconnect that afflicts people from poor backgrounds because they go into ‘survival mode’ – feels quietly revolutionary. This new era in Jay-Z’s career has seen him become more relevant not in spite of his past work but because of it: a rap patriarch who is able to show people denied a future what it looks like to live for one. And that the picture he paints is one that includes therapy, and thoughts about what it means to be a more complete human being, is tremendous. Because as he’ll tell anyone, Jay-Z’s plan has always been to live forever. As he puts it in the interview:

‘Would you rather be a trend, or you rather be Ralph Lauren?’

[Via GQ]

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Khalid, the teenager with 5 Grammy nominations: ‘They got it right this year’

Khalid, the breakout pop-soul and R&B singer, was not yet 16 when he tweeted a stray thought: ‘I want to go to the Grammys one day.’ It was early 2014, and he didn’t even mean as an artist, let alone one who was nominated. ‘Just to watch, just to see,’ he recalled on Tuesday of his mindset then.

Now 19, Khalid will make his first trip to the ceremony — on Jan. 28 in New York — as a five-time nominee, up for awards including best new artist, best R&B song (‘Location’) and song of the year (for his guest feature on Logic’s suicide prevention song, ‘1-800-273-8255’).

The industry recognition caps a year in which Khalid Robinson went from an everyday teenage misfit to an internationally known one, carrying the relatable-outcast torch alongside artists like Lorde, Alessia Cara, Lil Uzi Vert and Julia Michaels (all of whom are also up for Grammys).

Jon Caramanica, writing in The New York Times, said Khalid’s debut album, American Teen, ‘most vividly recalls the promise embedded in the soundtracks of John Hughes films — that an outsider’s story might in fact be the thing that can unify and move millions.’ That was certainly the case for ‘Location,’ the three-times platinum single that peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, and its follow-up ‘Young Dumb & Broke,’ which also reached platinum status and has been streamed more than 290 million times on Spotify.

He has also been a near-constant presence on the award show circuit, including the MTV Video Music Awards and the BET Awards, and has proved himself a cross-genre chameleon with appearances not only on ‘1-800-273-8255’ but also Alina Baraz’s ‘Electric,’ Calvin Harris’ ‘Rollin’ and Marshmello’s ‘Silence.’

Over the phone on his way to the airport not long after the Grammy announcement, Khalid was ebullient and bursting with praise for his fellow nominees as he discussed the diverse crop and looked back on his dreamer days. These are edited excerpts from the conversation.

Q: So how did it feel? Where were you this morning? Take me through it.

A: I woke up at like 5:30 in the morning in L.A. It was one of those anxious moments, like Christmas, where you wait to go see what’s under the tree. I was very excited, but it doesn’t feel all too real right now. Not long after seeing the nominations, I got a phone call from my mom congratulating me — that was very special. She was screaming on the phone, telling me how proud of me she was and how all my work paid off. And [saying] that she has to go find a dress for the award show.

Q: So she’s your date then?

A: Definitely.

Q: Take me back to January 2014, when you wrote a tweet about wanting to go to the Grammys. What was your life like then?

A: I was in high school in New York — I think I was a sophomore. I was very confused with where my life was heading, but I knew that whatever I did, music was going to be involved. I didn’t know if I’d be singing my own songs or writing for others. I was super into Broadway. I don’t even remember tweeting it. It was just off of energy.

In 2015, that’s when I started writing music. I didn’t remember the tweet until 2017. I couldn’t have prepared myself for the roller coaster that I just rode this whole year. Even as a young boy who was very confused, I put that out in the world, and it came true.

Q: How many times do you think you’ve performed ‘Location’ this year? Are you sick of it yet?

A: I wouldn’t say I’m sick of it — it changed my life forever. But I’ve performed it a lot. Every time I feel a special energy to see everybody in the audience sing every single word super loud. It’s almost like that song is competing with ‘Young Dumb & Broke’ at the shows — some days ‘Location’ will be louder, some days ‘Young Dumb & Broke’ will be louder. They love ‘Silence,’ with Marshmello, too.

Q: When you look at the slate of best new artist nominees — none of whom are white men — what does that tell you about where music is right now?

A: I feel like music is in a place where — I mean, I feel like it’s crazy that I’m nominated. I’m not the most attractive, I’m very young — I’m only 19, and I am an African-American artist. The categories are just filled by so many versatile artists — minorities — who accept their own individuality. Uzi is insanely good and super creative. I’m so glad he’s nominated, because it’s a win for hip-hop music. SZA is a win for R&B and hip-hop. Julia Michaels, so amazing — a win for pop music. Alessia Cara, a win for soul and pop.

Q: And what about where the Grammys stand in general? They’re always fighting the criticism that they’re out of touch.

A: They definitely got it right. They got it right this year. All the way down from rock to hip-hop to R&B to pop, they got it right. There’s so many amazing songs in 2017. I’m very excited to see who wins, because it’s tough — every song is good.

Q: Do you have personal favourites among the nominees, people you’re really rooting for?

A: Oh, Kendrick. Kendrick Lamar deserves a Grammy. He’s one of the biggest, most influential rappers of my generation.

Q: How are you going to celebrate tonight?

A: I’m actually heading to Chicago. I’m probably just going to chill with my best friend. I don’t want to psych myself out, and I don’t want to step away from normalcy. I’m not really the type to — I’m only 19, so I can’t pop bottles at the club.

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The Weeknd deletes Instagram posts featuring Selena Gomez

Canadian star, The Weeknd has deleted all of his Instagram posts that featured Selena Gomez.
The Weeknd recently split from Selena after 10 months of dating, and he has now decided to remove any trace of his ex-girlfriend from his page on the photo-sharing website.

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The Canadian star previously had a number of sweet snaps of Selena on his page, including one dating back to April this year in which she is seen clutching his face and giving him a kiss on the cheek.

By contrast, Selena – who recently rekindled her romance with Justin Bieber – still has a series of pictures featuring her ex on her own Instagram page.

Among the pictures still appearing on Selena’s Instagram is one of her first red carpet appearance alongside The Weeknd at the Met Gala in May.

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The Weeknd’s decision to remove Selena from his Instagram account came shortly after it was reported that her family are ‘still getting comfortable’ with the idea of her reuniting with Justin.

Selena and the ‘Sorry’ musician recently decided to give their relationship another try, having ended their five-year on/off romance in 2015.

But while the high-profile duo seem happier than ever together, Selena’s family are said to be less than thrilled with the idea.

Speaking after the Thanksgiving holiday, an insider explained: ‘They both spent Thanksgiving with their families. Justin went to Canada and Selena was in Texas. They are still doing really well together, but they agreed it was best for them to be with their families for the holiday.’

‘Selena felt it was too soon for Justin to come to Texas with her. Her family is still getting comfortable with the idea of them back together.’

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Grammy nominations 2018: Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar lead the way

Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar are the top contenders for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, leading a crop of nominations that is heavy on hip-hop and R&B but has left some mainstream pop stars, including Ed Sheeran, shut out of major prizes.

Jay-Z got eight nods for his album 4:44, which mixed dark personal confessions with meditations about race; Lamar had seven for DAMN., a critical favourite and a smash on streaming services that also addressed racial politics and self-reflection. Bruno Mars had six nominations, and Childish Gambino, Khalid, SZA and No I.D. (Jay-Z’s producer) each had five.

With all major awards shows under scrutiny for how they incorporate diversity, the Grammy nominations are striking, as minority artists dominate the ballot in nearly all of the most prestigious categories, including record, song and album of the year.

Contenders for record of the year include Jay-Z for ‘The Story of O.J.’; Lamar for ‘HUMBLE.’; Mars for ’24K Magic’; Childish Gambino for ‘Redbone’; and the Latin pop phenomenon ‘Despacito,’ by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with Justin Bieber.

For album of the year, Jay-Z and Lamar face Mars’ 24K Magic, Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love! and Lorde’s Melodrama. Nods for song of the year went to the writers of ‘Despacito,’ Jay-Z’s ‘4:44,’ Mars’ ‘That’s What I Like,’ Logic’s ‘1-800-273-8255’ and Julia Michaels’ ‘Issues.’

Notably absent is Sheeran, whose tropical-tinged song ‘Shape of You’ has been one of this year’s biggest hits. In 2016, Sheeran took home song of the year for ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ but this time his two nods are outside the top fields: ‘Shape of You’ for pop solo performance; and ÷ for pop vocal album.

The best new artist category includes the rapper Lil Uzi Vert, the singers Khalid and Alessia Cara, and two young women, SZA and Michaels, who have developed successful songwriting credentials in addition to their own work as performers. Cara and Khalid are also the featured singers on Logic’s ‘1-800-273-8255,’ whose title is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The 60th annual awards will be broadcast from Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28.

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