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    Fox News anchor Bret Baier grilled a guest who signed on to a letter published by Politico ahead of the 2020 election suggesting the Hunter Biden laptop story was a Russian disinformation operation. Shortly before that election, the New York Post published a story about a computer reportedly belonging to the son of Joe Biden – then a presidential candidate. The Post reported the laptop was dropped off at a computer repair shop, but was never picked up. Subsequently, then-President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani obtained a copy of the hard drive, which contained documents related to Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the U.S. and abroad. It also featured numerous videos and photos of him doing drugs. The story was widely dismissed or ignored by major media outlets, and in some cases was de-prioritized and even censored by social media algorithms. Joe Biden went on to win the election. On Tuesday’s edition of Special Report on Fox News, Baier pressed one of the signatories to the letter in Politico, former CIA officer David Priess. Baier quoted an excerpt from...
    Donald Trump criticized late Secretary of State Colin Powell as a 'RINO' who 'made plenty of mistakes' in a Tuesday statement one day after Powell's death of COVID-19 complications at age 84. In a statement full of mixed messages Trump commented on the posthumous praise Powell has been receiving since Monday morning and said he hoped he'd get the same treatment 'one day.' 'Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media,' Trump said in a statement through his Save America PAC. 'Hope that happens to me someday. He was a classic RINO, if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans. He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!' Powell's family announced his death in a Facebook post where they also mentioned the trailblazing government official was fully vaccinated against coronavirus. However he'd  previously been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that impacts the body's ability to fight infections. Powell...
    For nearly 50 years it has been regarded as one of music's best-loved classics, a poignant ode to a lost era of America after the untimely death of Buddy Holly. But Don McLean has revealed his anthem to 'the day the music died', American Pie, may have also been about the untimely passing of his father who had Scottish roots. The well-known song dating back to 1971, which is frequently crowned the best of all time in polls, has lyrics that have been endlessly debated over by music fans.  Until now it had been thought that it told the story of the 1959 plane crash that killed Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP 'The Big Bopper' Richardson, plus pilot Roger Peterson. But in an interview today about his career, when asked about whether the first verse could be about the death of his father, McLean said: 'You've hit the nail on the head.' Don McLean (left, pictured in Las Vegas in November last year) had been thought to have written his 1971 hit American Pie about Buddy Holly (right, pictured...
    The first $20,000 went quickly. Charles Webb simply just gave it all away, along with the VIP passes for the premiere of “The Graduate,” the soon-to-be Hollywood classic based on his book. Though Webb kept on writing — sometimes to acclaim, sometimes not — he lived in poverty, a life choice he made by giving away his earnings, his inheritance and the occasional house he bought. After giving away the $20,000 he received for the film rights to “The Graduate,” he gave the copyright for the novel to the Anti-Defamation League, only because he admired the group’s work. “When you run out of money, it’s a purifying experience,” he told the Times of London after he abruptly left Los Angeles and moved to Brighton, England, with his wife, Eve. Rather than conform to the expectations of the publishing world — book signings, speaking engagements, talk shows — he worked stocking shelves at a Kmart, cleaned hotel rooms, cooked late-night meals at a diner and managed a nudist colony. He lived in campgrounds and shelters and once spent three years at...
    Despite only appearing in two movies, the Gremlins remain a fan-favorite, with the first movie, in particular, having gone on to become a Christmas staple for many. Discussions surrounding a third installment have been going on for some time now, but sadly Gremlins 3 has never come to fruition. Well, screenwriter Carl Ellsworth has now revealed a few details regarding a draft he penned for Gremlins 3 which had been in development as recently as three years ago. The idea was to adhere the third movie closer to the 1984 original, with the tone of Gremlins 3 more in line with the family-friendly horror and less of the slapstick seen in the 1990 sequel. Carl Ellsworth had this to say about the movie that wasn’t. RELATED: Gremlins 3 Will Be a Full Reboot Says Director Chris Columbus “(It) was thought of as a direct sequel mostly to the first film-not discounting the second one by any stretch, but I saw it as very much a passing-the-baton story, staying in the tone of the original. I think that helped get me...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. REUTERS/Athit PerawongmethaThe analysis revealed that the most common symptom was fever, which was experienced by 78 percent of the patients across all the studies.A fever and a persistent cough are the most common symptoms reported by people with COVID-19, according to a major new review of dozens of studies from around the world. Other major symptoms include fatigue, loss of smell and difficulty breathing. These findings back up the list of symptoms that the World Health Organization (WHO) issued when the pandemic started, as well as those currently listed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Yet, although this is the largest review done to date on COVID-19 symptoms, its findings come with a major caveat. As the review’s authors point out, many people who have the virus do not display symptoms. So everybody should take precautions against spreading COVID-19 to others — including wearing a mask —...
    Pretty in Pink is one of John Hughes’ early hits and, much like his other cinematic creations, it has managed to endure in the pop culture landscape. In this case, for nearly three and a half decades. Directed by Howard Deutch, the movie helped to cement the icon Hughes would become. It also included a stacked cast led by Molly Ringwald full of future stars, including Jon Cryer, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy and the late Harry Dean Stanton, among others. The movie has also remained popular enough to make the jump to various forms of home media over the years. Case in point, Paramount Pictures has just released a brand new Blu-ray of Pretty in Pink. This latest release was supervised by Howard Deutch personally as part of the studio’s “Paramount Presents” line. RELATED: 10 Pretty in Pink Facts You Never Knew I had the opportunity to speak with Howard Deutch about the movie in honor of the release. We chat about the enduring legacy, what it was like having his debut feature become so successful, his work in TV...
    Braveheart is a stone-cold Hollywood classic by virtually any definition. Directed by Mel Gibson and written by Randall Wallace, the blockbuster was released in 1995 and almost instantly cemented itself as a memorable piece of cinematic history. The epic tale of William Wallace and the liberation of Scotland from the English went on to win five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in addition to becoming a box office smash. Paramount Pictures is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the movie by releasing a new Blu-ray steelbook which is hitting shelves on June 16. I was lucky enough to speak with Randall Wallace in honor of the upcoming Braveheart release. We discussed the movie’s legacy all these years later, how he and Gibson collaborated to bring the story to life and more. Enjoy. Hi there Randall, how are you doing? Randall Wallace: I’m doing great. Boy, you’ve sure got the best name for this interview. [Laughs] Well that’s good to hear. It’s a pleasure to chat with you today. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. Randall...
    George Steinbrenner made his fortune in shipbuilding, and earned his fame in baseball. But in his heart of hearts, what Steinbrenner always yearned to be was a showman, a Broadway impresario, a little bit P.T. Barnum, a little bit George M. Cohan. The Yankees were his life, “Yankee Doodle Dandy” his muse. “From the first day he owned the team he wanted to make the Stadium experience fun from start to finish,” says Marty Appel, who spent some time as a Yankee PR man early in Steinbrenner’s tenure and is now one of the encyclopedic authorities of Yankees history. “One of his partners was James Nederlander [producer of ‘La Cage Aux Folles,’ among many others]. He loved everything about New York City, but may have loved Broadway most.” So it was that Steinbrenner walked from his press-level office at Yankee Stadium out into the main stadium one afternoon in the late spring of 1980. Steinbrenner was also an aficionado of the city’s finest nightspots, including “Le Club,” a trendy discotheque in those days located on East 55th Street, steps from...
    A one-of-a-kind Ford concept car that popped up for sale on the internet this week was sold for $11,000 … to the man who designed it. (BringATrailer.com) Ford Vice President of Design Moray Callum was one of two exterior designers who worked on the 1989 Ford Via Concept by Ghia, a swoopy compact sedan that debuted at the 1990 Chicago Auto Show. (BringATrailer.com) Callum was working at the Ford-owned Carrozzeeria Ghia design house at the time and worked on the car, which was engineered to use an experimental T-Drive drivetrain, which incorporated an eight-cylinder engine transversely mounted under the hood with four cylinders on either side of the transmission attached to the middle, but never had one installed. The T-Drive was featured the following year in the Ford Contour concept. (BringATrailer.com) According to Autoblog, Callum first joined the comments in the BringATrailer.com listing to offer some history on the unique vehicle, then entered the bidding. The car was being offered by an Ontario Ford dealership that had purchased it in 2002 and used the non-running vehicle as a display....
    Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” was released 60 years ago today, and though it is considered by many, including me, to be the greatest horror movie ever made, it’s one that achieves the singular feat of scaring you to your soul without monsters or demons. Of course, you could say that it does have one: Anthony Perkins’ stammering, bird-eyed Norman Bates, the nebbish motel clerk who thinks, at certain moments, that he’s his mother — and that she’s the killer inside him. Yet Norman is a monster of warped humanity; he’s a nervous schizoid freak. The booby trap of “Psycho,” the joke of it, and the endlessly rewatchable pleasure and profundity of it is that Norman is one sick puppy, but the movie keeps fooling you into thinking it’s the tale of a grander, more metaphysically unsettling evil. The Bates house looks like a haunted mansion out of the 19th century. The character of Mrs. Bates (“Naw-man!”) is like a Victorian ghost who haunts it. And, in a sense, she is a ghost. She’s just the ghost who happens to live in...
    “Gone With The Wind,” the classic 1939 film based on Margaret’s Mitchell’s brilliant novel, garnered 13 Academy Award nominations, winning eight, including best picture, best director, best actress, and best adapted screenplay. The film also featured a major milestone: Hattie McDaniel, who played “Mammy” in the film, won for best supporting actress — the first African American to win an Oscar (interesting aside, she was also the first black woman to sing on the radio in the United States). The nearly four-hour film (with intermission) begins just before the start of the Civil War and follows the two main characters, Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable, who actually didn’t win an Oscar for his portrayal), as well as slaves and former slaves on an Atlanta plantation. The plot is complex, with 25 main characters and another dozen or so supporting roles. The whole mess doesn’t work out so well for Scarlett, who finally figures out that she really loves Rhett, only to have him utter the most famous line in movie history, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t...
    “The Carol Burnett Show” is making its streaming debut. Starting Monday, all eleven seasons of the fabled comedy/variety show, which aired on CBS (1967-1978), will stream on shoutfactorytv.com, Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Android apps. Fronted by Burnett, the series featured a stellar ensemble cast — Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway and Lyle Waggoner — and cooked up a weekly recipe of comedy sketches, musical numbers and A-list guests. In 1973, it moved to Saturdays at 10 p.m., capping CBS’ vaunted lineup of “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Bob Newhart Show.” Burnett, 87, spoke to The Post about the impact of her trailblazing series, her memories of working with her supporting cast and some very special guest stars. What made the show work? We all had great chemistry. I know it sounds Pollyanna-ish but we loved each other and I think it showed. I remember when I was doing ‘The Garry Moore Show,’ when I was in my 20s — Gary was the star and Durward Kirby and I were...
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