A new trailer at Oliver Stone’s take on the story of Edward Snowden has been released, and it looks like an interesting look at the controversial real-life whistleblower. At recent screening of the film at Comic Con, Snowden himself—who is wanted by the United States and is currently living in Russia—appeared via video chat, and said that though at first, the idea of the movie made him uneasy, he likes the final film.
As The Verge notes, he told reporters, "I don't think anybody looks forward to having a movie made about themselves" but is glad it is a way to "reach new audiences in new ways and get people talking about things that they don't have time to read or look for in the academic sense.”
The film, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, hits theaters on Sept. 16. Discuss
The future is now. A company called Modobag has unveiled their new product that allows travelers to no longer have to worry about long walks between airport terminals. Instead, they can literally just ride on top of motorized suitcases like a true boss.
They’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign, which has (obviously) already surpassed its fundraising goal of $52,000, so there’s a good chance you’ll start seeing business travelers proudly riding atop luggage in airports around the world when they ship in January. The bags cruise at 8 MPH and are already TSA and FAA approved.
Seriously, watch this video. The revolution has begun. Discuss
We are making it very clear to our Turkish friends—we are fully behind the institutions, the democratic institutions, the legitimate institutions. But there is no excuse, there is no way in which the reaction can undermine fundamental freedoms and rights.
What we're seeing especially in the fields of universities, media, the judiciary, is unacceptable.
In the aftermath of the failed coup, thousands have been jailed, academics have been banned from leaving the country and many more crackdowns.
#Turkey: We call on Turkish authorities to respect under any circumstances the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms. 1/2
Officials in Austin have opened an investigation on a police officer's violent arrest of a black woman during a traffic stop. They are also investigating a second officer's racist comments to her.
The June 2015 incident was previously unreported, but dashcam video was released this week.
The video shows officer Bryan Richter pulling up behind Breaion King, a 26-year-old woman, to ticket her for going 15 miles over the limit. King had just parked her car and was exiting to walk into a restaurant. The officer asks to get back into the car and to close her car door completely and within seven seconds begins physically removing her from the car. He then throws her to the ground twice and pushes her against the hood of the patrol car.
Richter wrote that he escalated the situation because King had an "uncooperative attitude."
As King was being taken to jail, a second officer, Patrick Spradlin, had a conversation with her about racism and the way white and black people interact.
Why are so many people afraid of black people? I can give you a really good — a really good idea why it might be that way: Violent tendencies.
I'm not saying anything, I'm not saying it's true—I'm not saying that I can prove it or nothing. But 99 percent of the time, when you hear about stuff like that, it is the black community that's being violent. That's why a lot of the white people are afraid and I don't blame them.
But yeah, some of them, because of their appearance and whatnot, some of them are very intimidating.
Police Chief Art Acevedo released a public apology to King, addressing the actions of both officers.
I'm sorry that on the day that you were stopped for going 15 miles per hour, you were approached in a manner and treated in a manner that is not consistent with the expectations of this police chief, of most of the officers of this police department, and most importantly I think of all of us as human beings.
We need to help our community overcome the fear or reluctance, which I understand, to file a complaint. This is critical if we are to weed out bad officers and bad behavior.
When we don’t come forward, everyone loses and it just saddens me that something I’m not doing or something that I’m doing, for over a year we didn’t hear from Miss King.
He went on to call Spradlin's comments as racist, saying, "I can’t denounce what he had to say any stronger."
Both officers are on administrative duty during the investigation. Discuss
Netflix is going all-in with its Marvel franchises. At San Diego Comic Con this week, the streaming network not only show teasers for the new season of Jessica Jones and the first season of Luke Cage, but also announced that its hit Daredevil would be returning for a third season.
The streaming provider has big plans for the shows. In addition to creating another show based on Jon Bernthal’s Punisher—who appears in Daredevil—Netflix is also bringing the Hells Kitchen heroes (along with Iron Fist), together, for their own super-team in another series, called The Defenders.
You’ll soon have a lot of binge watching to do. Discuss
The NBA is planning to announce that the 2017 All-Star weekend will be moving from the current planned location Charlotte, North Carolina, because of the state's anti-LGBT legislation, according to multiple sources.
The league is currently looking at New Orleans as the main contender to be the host city for the festivities.
Back in March, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver voiced his concerns over North Carolina's new law to force everyone to use the bathroom that matched their biological sex.
The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all who attend our games and events. We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte.
Silver doubled down on his sentiments, citing the league's commitment to diversity and inclusion in June.
It was a value built from the ground floor up in this league long before I ever got involved in it, and I'm sort of carrying the mantle now. But I know I speak on behalf of our owners, our teams and our players. I think they all feel very strongly that this is a core principle of our league, and that where we choose to celebrate something like an All-Star Game, that those values should be honored.