Cast: Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams Movie Score:65%
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What happens when an alien parasite comes in contact with you? Well, it scares you and controls you like hell; but also becomes a good buddy too! Seriously? Does that happen in the case of Venom, the movie?
Sony is among those studios right now who are rushing towards making up their own universes of character-based movies, like Marvel Studios’ MCU. There’s no doubt about it, and its inevitable taking in consideration the current taste of audiences and what their preferences are. That’s okay if they want their own established franchises too. Sony decided to have its Spider-Man (extended) universe, by bringing every major villain one-by-one (building the Sinister 6 maybe) and then doing a crossover.
But the only problem for Sony and other studios like them is just one small thing. The treatment of characters, especially when it comes to the superhero movies. It has become the mandatory thing, which MCU movies absolutely adhere to, and that’s why nearly every film in the Disney owned Marvel Studios’ franchise is the best one in its own.
The film stars ‘Tom Hardy and only Tom Hardy’, as a reporter/journalist Eddie Brock, who comes in contact with an alien Symbiote called Venom. And then they share an inseparable bond till the movie ends.
You must be wondering why I didn’t mention any other names in the cast. Because there is, in fact, no one else, except Tom Hardy! Thanks to heavens that the actor was there in this parasite storyline since he’s the only reason Venom somehow survives to give you a dose of full-entertainment. Yes, I used the word ‘full’. Why?
There are lots of portals and rating sites out there with their own standards of judging a film. But I am giving my own views and opinions here after watching this flick.
One thing is clear, at first that Venom fails on many aspects, yet wins on some crucial ones.
The story is a mess, the plot is a mess, the supporting cast is void (for me), and on top of it, the CGI-filled action scenes (not all of them) are complex in a way when you just can’t decide what’s really going on. But it’s not an issue.
Director Ruben Fleischer manages to bring many interesting elements here, but the film being mistreated hangs like a dead bird! Still, it’s not absolutely dead. It’s got some air of life.
Tom Hardy and Venom have a great time together.
And all that is due to one man’s charisma, Tom Hardy aka Eddie Brock aka Venom. The sole reason you will get stuck to this movie from beginning to end is him. Hardy has managed to strike a brilliant connection with his character and the symbiote itself. In fact, after Eddie Brock, the other best thing is Venom himself.
Tom Hardy’s voice gives the symbiote a compelling impact and the moment they both meet and come together after some lazy 30 minutes of the film, it just gets better from there. Venom’s quirks with Brock and his own violent spirits in-between keep you hooked to see their bond, progressing further. The one positive of this film is enough to make you watch this Sony/Marvel’s ambitious flick.
The woman who accused Nicki Minaj‘s husband, Kenneth Petty, of sexual assault criticized the rapper for attempting to make her retract her claims in her first TV interview.
Jennifer Hough appeared on daytime talk show The Real on Wednesday, September 22, where she revealed she was tired of being afraid.
She previously accused Nicki and Petty of running a campaign of intimidation and bribery to drop her claims.
Hough alleged that Nicki and her associates repeatedly reached out to her and her family in an effort to get her to deny she was sexually assaulted by Petty in 1994, when she was 15.
Petty, 43, served four years in prison for attempted rape and seven years for first-degree manslaughter as a young man.
Speaking to hosts Garcelle Beauvais and Adrienne Bailon on The Real, Hough said:
“I feel like the actions that were taken in regards to this whole situation have put me in a different type of fear… and it was wrong. I don’t want to be afraid anymore. So the only way not to be afraid is to continue to speak up.”
She recalled her sexual assault, saying Petty forced her into a house after they met at a bus stop. Afterwards, Hough called the police and watched as they brought Petty out of the house in handcuffs. Police took her to a nearby hospital for a rape kit.
Petty was convicted and placed on a sex offender list, but Nicki has always maintained her husband and Jennifer were dating at the time of the incident. She insisted Petty was 15 at the time.
“It wasn’t true,” Hough said. “We both were 16, we were never in a relationship. I just felt woman to woman that was wrong of her.”
Petty recently pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender in California. He has entered a plea deal which calls for him to serve prison time. He will learn his sentence in an upcoming hearing.
Petty is suing New York officials to get his name off the state’s Sex Offender Registry.
He claims he never got the chance to challenge the default ruling back in 2004 because he was in prison at the time, and he was never served with a summons.
Hough is suing Nicki and Petty for intentional infliction of emotional distress, harassment, and witness intimidation.
Jelani “J.J.” Day, a 25-year-old graduate student at Illinois State University, has been missing since August 24.
His family last heard from him on the evening of Monday, August 23, 2021.
Jelani’s mother is desperate for answers. “I can’t even describe it to you, because it hurts really bad because I don’t know where my baby is.”
Carmen Bolden Day reported Jelani missing after he failed to show up for classes at ISU. She said she last heard from him on Aug. 23.
“He told me he was going to class and that he would call me later. He called me later on that night. (He) didn’t want nothing, we were just talking. And he said again, ‘OK momma, I’ll talk to you later. I just wanted to hear your voice.’ And that was our last conversation, on Monday the 23rd.”
She said Jelani was studying to be a doctor.
Security footage showed Jelani wearing a black Jimi Hendrix Band T-shirt outside a cannabis store in Bloomington around 9:12 a.m. on August 24.
The Bloomington Police Department revealed they have no leads after his Chrysler 300 was found abandoned about 60 miles away in a wooded area near a YMCA.
The clothing Jelani wore outside the cannabis store were found in his car.
A man’s body was pulled out of the Illinois River on Sept. 4 in LaSalle County, according to WMBD. Police don’t believe the case is linked to Jelani.
The Day family is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to Jelani’s whereabouts.
Jelani’s sisters, Dacara Bolden and Zena, created a GoFundMe account to raise the reward money.
“Jelani is the one I could tell jokes to, like any joke. It can be anything. It could be a part of a movie. It can just be. We don’t even have to talk. We got it. We can already know whats gonna make each other laugh.”
“Everything’s been hard, but the hardest part is just missing his presence. He’s just not there,” said Dacara.
William “Willie” Garson kept his sexuality secret to avoid the controversy of a heterosexual playing a ghey man on TV.
Garson died Tuesday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.
Willie Garson played openly ghey Stanford Blatch, a beloved talent agent who was referred to as the “Fifth Lady” in HBO’s Sex and the City.
Garson played his role so well that fans of the show assumed he was homosexual in real life.
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Blatch was besties with Sarah Jessica Parker‘s character Carrie Bradshow on the HBO series.
In the last two seasons of the show, his character, Blatch, was romantically linked with Broadway dancer Marcus Adente (Sean Palmer).
In real life, Garson was involved in a longterm relationship with a woman who didn’t want children. So he adopted a boy, Nathen, as a single father.
“He’s an adult and soon to be taking care of me which is really why I got him to be honest,” Garson said about Nathen, now 20. “He’s lovely and a really special guy. He’s wonderful and he’s in college in Ohio.”
In an interview with Page Six last year Willie explained how he kept his sexuality a secret “for years” over fears his heterosexuality would be “offensive to gay people”.
“For years I didn’t talk about it because I found it to be offensive to gay people. People playing gay characters jumping up and down screaming that they’re not gay, like that would somehow be a bad thing if they were.”
“When the question would come up during the show I would say, ‘When I was on White Collar no one ever asked me if I was a conman, and when I was on NYPD Blue, nobody ever asked me if I was a murderer.
“This is what we do for a living, portray people.”
A top border official criticized White House secretary Jen Psaki for her reaction to horrendous photos of border agents on horseback corralling Haitian migrants.
Border agents on horseback chased down frightened Haitian immigrants in Del Rio, Texas on Sunday.
About 15,000 immigrants who migrated to Texas from South America and Mexico were living in squalor under the Del Rio international bridge at the US-Mexico border.
Reportedly, the border agents were ordered to round up the migrants for deportation back to Haiti.
When asked about the shameful behavior of the border agents, Psaki said the videos were “horrible to watch,” and condemned the agents’ actions.
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Psaki and other Democrats claimed the agents were “whipping” the Haitian migrants.
However, Border Patrol agent and head of the National Border Patrol Council, Brandon Judd lashed out at Psaki for “perpetuating the narrative that police are bad.”
Judd claims Psaki and the Biden administration knew the border agents were not whipping people with their reins.
He said it is protocol for agents to “twirl” their reins to keep people away from the horses.
“There are very few things that will boil my blood as bad as the White House directly coming out and condemning an action before they know what happened,” Judd told Just the News.
“Jen Psaki came out yesterday, and she condemned these actions, when in reality, it is a legitimate law enforcement action. This was meant to protect the illegal aliens.”
Judd said agents are trained for crowd control by the Homeland Security Department to “twirl the reins” so humans aren’t trampled by the horses.
“We have to keep those individuals away from the horses. If they get too close to the horses, the horses could step on them and they could break bones. They could kick them. They can get kicked in the head. It could cause death.”
Former blogger-turned-consultant Karen Civil is paid a lot of money to be a publicist and a “fixer” for her clients.
Along the way, Karen has managed to make enemies out of her famous clients.
Every 5 years or so, her former clients claim she ripped them off. Then she denies the allegations and the stories fade away.
For example, in 2016, she was accused of stealing $60,000 from rapper Cam’Ron and his cousin.
The 36-year-old Brooklyn native, pictured left with Haitian actress Garcelle Beauvais, is also accused of scamming a non-profit organization in Haiti.
And in a 2014 Ripoff.com report, Karen was accused of absconding with $5000 that was paid to one of her clients to hop on a track with an unknown rapper.
Recently, Joyner Lucas accused Karen of taking his $60,000 and dipping without providing valuable PR services.
Despite all of the drama in her professional life, Karen has managed to emerge unscathed.
She was even asked to provide PR services for Hillary Clinton‘s failed presidential campaign in 2016.
However, this latest scandal might be the one that cancels Karen Civil for good.
According to Instagram blogger DJ Akademiks, Karen once disappeared a video that shows rapper Meek Mill assaulting a woman.
“The type of chick Karen is, she’s a scrappy b*tch who saves artists. I’ve seen her save artists. She begs platforms like mine, ‘Don’t embarrass n*ggas.’ She’s worked for Nicki, Nicki’s a f*cked up human being. She’s tried to make her seem personable. That’s all I’m sayin’ my n*gga.”
“Anytime I’ve had interactions with her, she’s makin’ f*cked up artists look better. I’m telling you. People who do sh*t—Meek got, apparently, somebody got Meek on video beatin’ up a chick, bro! That video never came out! Who made that sh*t never [come] out? Karen, bro!… All of these n*ggas, they need somebody like that because they make mistakes, they f*ck up, they do human sh*t.”
Karen, pictured with client, beauty entrepreneur Ming Lee, has vigorously denied all of the allegations.
Just 2 months after a judge ordered Dre to pay his estranged wife, Nicole Young, $300,000 per month in temporary spousal support, he is now ordered to pay an additional $1.5 million in attorney’s fees.
According to legal documents, obtained by The Blast, the judge presiding over Dre’s divorce case has issued a temporary order covering Nicole’s attorney’s fees.
Besides the massive spousal support, the judge ordered Dre to pay an extra $1.55 million in attorney fees – for a total of over $4 million.
The legendary rapper has already shelled out a payment of $2 million to her lawyers. And in the past year, he made two separate payments of $500,000 each.
Dr. Dre objected to the excessive attorney’s fees – which now total more than $4 million, but the judge dismissed his complaints.
The judge said Nicole’s attorneys can charge exorbitant hourly rates because they are “certified family law specialists” with “significant years of experience”.
“Ms. Samantha F. Spector and Lisa Helfend Meyer, certified family law specialists, have significant years of experience in family law and have extensive practical experience in complex family law matters. Considering the level of the case’s complexity, and the issues involved, an attorney of their level and skill is reasonably necessary; and therefore, the various hourly rates of the primary and secondary attorneys participating in this litigation are reasonable and justifiable.”
Dr. Dre is being ordered to pay all of Nicole’s lawyer’s fees based on the “disparity” in their assets and income.
According to the court order, Nicole has assets totaling “approximately 39 million dollars” while Dr. Dre has a net worth of approximately “243 million dollars.”
The judge also ordered the estranged couple to settle out of court for permanent spousal support before the case goes to trial. Otherwise, their divorce case could end up being the most expensive in history.
Either way, it’s a lose-lose situation for Dr. Dre.
Federal agents, state police, and U.S. Marshals continue their search for fugitive Brian Laundrie inside the 25,000 acre Carlton Reserve in southwest Florida. But he may have been spotted 500 miles away.
Laundrie, 23, is a “person of interest” in the death of his fiancée Gabby Petito.
A man who resembles Laundrie was spotted on a deer camera in Baker, Florida, about 500 miles away from his parents’ home.
Sam Bass spotted the man on his deer cam and snapped a photo.
Bass wrote on his Facebook page on Monday:
“I’m not saying this is the guy but whoever was on my trail camera this morning in Baker, Fl strongly fits the description of Brian Laundrie, authorities have been contacted but people in the North West Florida area be on the look out.”
Chris Brown is among the few celebrities to speak out about border agents “rounding up” Black Haitian immigrants to deport them back to Haiti.
Border agents on horseback chased down frightened Haitian immigrants in Del Rio, Texas on Sunday.
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Over 15,000 immigrants, mainly Haitian, migrated to Texas from Mexico and were living in squalor under the Del Rio international bridge at the US-Mexico border.
Texas officials declared a state of emergency, citing health issues due to the unvaccinated immigrants.
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The order was given to round up the immigrants and deport them to Haiti before they could have the chance to apply for asylum.
In a video filmed by MSNBC, agents on horseback are seen flicking long reins at fleeing Haitians who desperately clung to their bags of food.
Chris Brown took to Instagram on Tuesday to express his outrage over the lack of attention being paid to the border crisis.
“I hope everyone is seeing what is happening with the people of Haiti at the border!!!!!! All the f***ing billionaires in that state alone should be trying to help. We have no peaceful strategies.. Hurding [sic] us up like cattle farmers… Hey everyone Please take a f***ing look at what’s going on!! Please!!!??????”