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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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Anya Taylor-Joy Weighs In On Possibly Playing Magik In NEW MUTANTS Movie

Back in March, it was reported that Anya Taylor-Joy (Morgan), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), and Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) were up for the roles of Magik, Wolfsbane, and Storm respectively in Josh Boone's upcoming New Mutants movie. Since then, the latter two have expressed some enthusiasm about starring in the spinoff, and so too has Taylor-Joy in an interview with IGN.

"I think the world is really fascinating," she said without confirming or denying her involvement with the highly anticipated project. "I'd love to be a part of it. It would be wonderful." Other characters expected to appear include Mirage, Cannonball, Sunspot, and Warlock, and when she was asked if we'll be getting an official announcement about her involement in the near future, the actress teased: "I guess when they make decisions the world will know." It sounds like she's definitely in then!

Still, with no release date and the script still being worked on, chances are we'll have to wait for quite some time before hearing anything official about the New Mutants cast.


Brother Voodoo Rumored To Appear In Doctor Strange Movie

Fans only have a few months left to go until Doctor Strange reaches theaters, leaving moviegoers more antsy than ever to see the Sorcerer Supreme hit the big screen. As the film’s release date grows closer, more rumors about the movie continue to be released, and now sources are saying a couple of cameos might be making their way into Doctor Strange. According to That Hashtag Show, it seems like Tina Minoru and Jericho Drumm (Brother Voodoo) could be appearing alongside Stephen Strange in some way.

Of course, Doctor Strange fans should recognize who Brother Voodoo is. The character is a long-standing Marvel character who uses Haitian voodoo magic and adopts his superhero alter-ego once his brother Daniel dies. In fact, the character has even taken up the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme in the past in the pages of Marvel Comics when Stephen Strange lost the title. Those fans, then, have been somewhat expecting this announcement. After all, Jericho’s brother was teased earlier this year through Doctor Strange's MCU-canon comic book, Doctor Strange Prelude.

The comic follows several Masters of Mystic Arts as they pursue an unknown woman who’s weaponized a mysterious magical tool. Featuring characters such as Wong (here also a Master of the Mystic Arts) and Kaecilius (the villain being played by Mads Mikkelsen), the comic also spotlights Daniel as a sorcerer alongside Tina Minoru. Obviously, Daniel is deceased in Marvel’s comics, so fans have been wondering whether Jericho would show up in Doctor Strange should his brother die in the film. So, if That Hashtag Show is correct, then fans can celebrate knowing they were right.

As for Tina Minoru’s involvement, her surname might also sound familiar to comic book fans. She is the mother of Nico Minoru, one of the main characters from Runaways. Written by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, the comic follows Niko and her friends as they come to realize their parents are part of Pride, a secret society of super villains. With Tina allegedly appearing in the Doctor Strange, the film could introduce the character (and thus her family name) however briefly to audiences. After all, with Marvel Television having green-lit a Runaways TV series at Hulu, now would be a great time to familiarize fans with the teenage team of heroes.


Why did Hillary give her alt.right speech now?

Answer: North Carolina begins voting September 8.

Trump: Clinton's Secret Seevice should drop all weapons

Making the rounds on Twitter. Haven't had time to confirm.

The One big Senate race that Asian-Americans could decide

LAS VEGAS — Days before Democratic Senate hopeful Catherine Cortez Masto appeared at a reception honoring Asian-American labor activists, Donald Trump proposed expanding his controversial immigration ban to natives of the Philippines.

Cortez Masto — running against GOP Rep. Joe Heck in one of the nation’s most competitive Senate races, and in a rare state where Asian-American voters could tip the election — pounced.

"Under a Trump presidency, no immigrants from the Philippines would be able to come to the United States,” she told the crowd. “With Donald Trump in power and Congressman Heck enabling him and supporting him, the [Asian-American and Pacific-Islanders] community here in Las Vegas and across the country would suffer."

Her comments weren't just the standard Democratic strategy to tie GOP opponents to their provocative standard-bearer. Both Cortez Masto and Heck are intensely courting Asian-American voters in the battle to replace Harry Reid in Nevada, and for good reason: Asian-American voters, by some estimatesAside from their sheer numbers, Asian-Americans have shown they can vote as a powerful bloc. Nearly 80 percent of the Asian-American electorate backed Reid in his 2010 victory over Sharron Angle, when polls right up until Election Day projected that Reid would narrowly lose. Asian-Americans in Nevada tend to favor Democrats, potentially giving Cortez Masto a boost in a neck-and-neck race.


‘Southside With You’: A charming first date with Barack and Michelle Obama

Being the third wheel on someone else’s first date is rarely as delightful as it is in “Southside With You,” Richard Tanne’s charming film about two 20-something lawyers spending some time together outside of the office in 1989 Chicago. It is, at heart, a long conversation — think “Before Sunrise” crossed with “My Dinner with Andre.” And, because those two lawyers are named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter), it’s the beginning of a story that we already know. (Spoiler alert: The date, ultimately, goes well.)

Tanne knows full well that this isn’t just any date (“Barack O-what-a?” asks Michelle’s puzzled father, reminding all of us of when we first heard the name), and the film is sprinkled with reminders of what these two people will become: Barack giving a charismatic speech at a community meeting; Michelle breaking into an impromptu dance with a little girl; Barack’s casual “Maybe” to Michelle’s equally casual question about his future, “Politics?”

But most of what happens is the unremarkable, yet pleasantly tingly stuff of a promising first date. There’s plenty of activity: an art exhibit, sandwiches in the park, that community meeting, drinks, a movie (“Do the Right Thing”), ice cream, one sweet kiss and a few lingering smiles as they contemplate — from armchairs back in their own quiet homes — what might happen next. There’s lots of talk about their families, their frustrations at work (particularly Michelle, who struggles with the weight of being black and female in a mostly white male firm), their favorite Stevie Wonder albums, their childhoods, their dreams. And through it all, as they wander the city on that warm summer’s day, Michelle insists that they’re not on a date. (“We work together. It’s inappropriate.”)

Sawyers (who looks a lot like a young Barack Obama) and Sumpter (who doesn’t look much like Michelle Obama, but makes us believe that she does) have a tricky task here as actors: They’re playing youthful variants on people we came to know in midlife, and they’re believable in every frame. Watch him, gazing at her through a cigarette haze as she earnestly tells him that he needs to forgive his absent father (the camera’s on him, though she’s speaking), and you see the end of a laid-back date and the beginning of a love story. It’s a sweet-natured, gentle film that might remind more than a few watchers of a special date in their own life, long ago.


While the M$M was busy tearing down Hillary......

Outgoing UKIP leader Nigel Farage has urged Republicans to "get your walking boots on" and drum up support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

He appeared before 15,000 activists in Jackson, Mississippi, being introduced by and sharing the stage with Mr Trump.
And he said the party could "beat the pollsters" in the presidential race.

Mr Trump, who is trailing his rival Hillary Clinton in the opinion polls, backed the UK's exit from the EU.
In a tweet last week, Mr Trump said: "They will soon be calling me Mr Brexit."

Mr Trump introduced Mr Farage as the man who "brilliantly" led the UK Independent Party's campaign to secure a vote on the future of the UK's 40-year membership of the European Union.

Mr Farage began his address by saying he had a "message of hope and optimism" for the Republican Party.

He drew on parallels between Mr Trump's bid for the White House and that of the Brexit campaign's "people's army of ordinary citizens", which he said engaged successfully with the public prior to the UK's referendum vote on whether to leave the EU.


Democrats Have a 60% Chance of Winning Senate

The Upshot’s new Senate election forecast gives Democrats a 60% chance of winning control of the chamber in November.

Included within this 60 percent is a 17% chance that the Senate ends up evenly split with a Democratic vice president providing the tiebreaking vote.


“Justice League Dark” Film Moving Forward with Director Doug Liman

The long-gestating “Justice League Dark” movie — which has also gone under the name “Dark Universe” — is indeed happening with “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Bourne Identity” helmer Doug Liman attached to direct.

Due to Liman’s commitment to direct “Justice League Dark,” he’ll no longer helm the X-Men spinoff movie, “Gambit.” Sources say Liman’s departure is a “mutual split” between him and the studio, 20th Century Fox.

According to Variety, revered filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Pacific Rim”), who was originally set to direct the project, and contributed to the original script, is still attached as producer.

The site notes that the team featured in the film will consist of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon — all members of the super-team in the original DC Comics series.


Ex-Aide Suggests Black Communities Not 'Safe Environment' For Trump Rallies

Donald Trump's ex-campaign manager on Monday defended his former boss' choice to deliver speeches supposedly aimed at black voters while in largely white communities, explaining that the last time Trump tried to give a speech in a black neighborhood it was "overrun" and "not a safe environment."

"You know what ' amazing to me is that no one remembers that Donald Trump went to go have a rally in Chicago at the university," Corey Lewandowski said on CNN. "And do you remember what happened? It was so chaotic and it was so out of control that Secret Service and the Chicago Police Department told him, you could not get in and out of that facility safely, and that rally was canceled."

In March, the Trump campaign canceled a rally planned at the University of Illinois in Chicago because of protests outside of the venue.

"And you showed the footage many times of the individuals who attended that rally. Donald Trump had that rally booked," Lewandowski added.

The other panelists pressed Lewandowksi on what that event had to do with the current scrutiny of Trump's comments to black voters.

"That is a black community. He went to the heart of Chicago to go and give a speech to the University of Chicago in a campus, which is predominantly African-American, to make that argument," Lewandowski said, mistaking the name of the university where the speech was supposed to take place. "And you know what happened? The campus was overrun and it was not a safe environment."

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