Deadline is reporting that Jennifer Lawrence may soon sign on to star in Steven Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation of Lynsey Addario’s memoir What I Do: A Photographer’s Life Of Love And War. The book tells the Addario’s real-life story of traveling to some of the most violent places on earth—including Afghanistan, Iraq, Congo and Darfur—as a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist ... Discuss
Marvel just unlocked its newest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, and it's a visual feast. It also gives a few more clues as to the actual plot, features plenty of that big Iron Man/Hulk showdown and a lot of Black Widow being the coolest Avenger. Watch the trailer now, see the whole movie on May 1 ... Discuss
The marketing team behind Vince Vaughn’s new movie Unfinished Business found a funny way to get people talking about the new workplace comedy: They’ve partnered with Getty Images to put the cast in a bunch of cheesy iStock photos. The movie itself looks pretty raunchy, but the satirical stock photo campaign nails the weird world of board meeting-style stock photos, with plenty of goofy grins, people pointing at computers, employees staring triumphantly into the horizon and ambiguous growth charts. Do your co-workers a favor, and interject some star power into your next big presentation, free of charge ... Discuss
A 60-year-old pastor from Canada named Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim has gone missing after traveling to North Korea on January 30. His church and family say that he was scheduled to come home on Feb. 4, but hasn’t been heard from since the day after he left. Lim’s church, Light Korean Presbyterian Church, helps operate an orphanage, children’s nursery and nursing home in the country, and the pastor has reportedly visited the area dozens of times.
The church said he never showed up at the humanitarian facility this time. Initially, church members believed that Lim may have been held as part of the country’s strict Ebola prevention measures, and thought he was being quarantined for 21-days—the typical incubation period for the virus. Now, however, there are growing concerns that Lim is being detained liked several other religious missionaries have been in the past. Evangelizing is prohibited in the country, where even possessing a Bible could be met with severe punishment. His church says Lim was familiar with the rules and would not have broken them. A friend of Lim’s told AFP that the pastor was summoned to meet with officials before going missing: “As far as I know, he was asked by officials to come to Pyongyang on Jan. 31 before he went incommunicado" ... Discuss
Filmmaker Patrick Willems—the man who rightly describes himself as “pretty much the Terrence Malick of YouTube”—has released his latest short fan film, and it’s pretty great. Finally, we can find out what X-Men would have looked like if the studio would have done the smart thing, and let Wes Anderson direct it ... Discuss
An investigation by the Department of Justice has found that the Ferguson police department engaged in a years-long pattern of racial discrimination against members of the black community, who of regularly had their constitutional rights violated. The numbers from the new report are staggering. From The New York Times: “Over the past two years, African-Americans—who make up about two-thirds of the city’s population—accounted for 85 percent of traffic stops, 90 percent of citations, 93 percent of arrests and 88 percent of cases in which the police used force. Black motorists were twice as likely as whites to be searched but were less likely to be found in possession of contraband.”
The investigation has uncovered a pattern of discriminatory practices from police officers including making traffic stops without justification, the regular use of excessive physical force and even racist statements and “jokes” found in email conversations between officers. One such email said President Obama would not be president for long because "what black man holds a steady job for four years."
The federal inquiry into the police department kicked off following the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown this summer. The officer who killed Brown was not indicted. The shooting sparked weeks of confrontations between protestors—and some rioters—and police. If city officials do not seek a settlement with the DOJ following the release of the report, they could face a lawsuit ... Discuss