Marvel's Black Widow Solo Film Finds its Director in Cate Shortland

... | Jul 12 @ 23:14

Black Widow has officially found its director in Cate Shortland, an Australian auteur with three female-led features under her belt. After years of waiting for a Black Widow solo film, Marvel is finally getting the ball rolling—and they just took a huge step forward in the intricate pre-production process. This makes Black Widow Marvel’s first solo female-directed venture, with Captain Marvel as the first female-directed venture overall thanks to co-helmers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Black Widow also sports a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer (TiMER). Shortland was apparently chosen in part due to backing from Black Widow herself.

Peter Dinklage Breaks Emmys Record for Most Best Supporting Actor Nominations

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Today’s Emmy nominations announcement revealed a record-breaking achievement for Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, as his seventh Supporting Actor in a Drama Series nomination makes him the most-nominated actor ever in the category. Dinklage has been nominated for his performance as Tyrion every year Game of Thrones has been on the air, and his supporting actor nod contributed to the soon-to-wrap series’ 22 Emmy nominations. If Dinklage wins the Emmy for playing Tyrion Lannister, as he did in 2011 and 2015, he will tie Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul for the most wins in the category. Other Game of Thrones cast members up for Emmys include Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister. Dinklage surpassed The Waltons’ Will Geer, LA Law’s Jimmy Smits, St. Elsewhere’s Ed Begley Jr. and Hill St. Blues’ Bruce Weitz, all of whom co-held his previous record of six nominations.

Sub Pop, Adult Swim Releasing Rick and Morty Soundtrack as Double Album in September

... | Jul 12 @ 22:15

The Rick and Morty Soundtrack Album Art:The Rick and Morty Soundtrack Tracklist:01. The Rick and Morty soundtrack is getting a double album release, Sub Pop has announced. Further down, check out The Rick and Morty Soundtrack album art, as well as the tracklist. The album features music by Rick and Morty composer Ryan Elder, as well as songs by Chaos Chaos, Blonde Redhead, Mazzy Star and Belly. So if you’re hoping to get your copy of The Rick and Morty Soundtrack tricked out with some wild accoutrements, definitely wait until November to make your purchase.

Trump: “Hopefully Someday Maybe [Putin] Will Be A Friend”

... | Jul 12 @ 22:12

' He's not my enemy… we've got along very well… hopefully someday maybe he will be a friend. Trump on why he thinks he'll get along with Putin: "He's a competitor. As expected, Trump’s visit to NATO was an unmitigated disaster where he threatened to pull the United States out of NATO. His job is to undermine the post-World War II order, and replace it with one more friendly to his brand of kleptocratic authoritarianism. " — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 12, 2018Putin is a competitor in the same way that lions were competitors with gladiators in ancient Greece.

Glass Animals Cancel All 2018 Tour Dates After Drummer Is Injured in Road Accident

... | Jul 12 @ 22:06

English indie-pop band Glass Animals were forced to cancel all their remaining 2018 tour dates after drummer Joe Seaward sustained life-threatening injuries in a road accident. As of now, Glass Animals just seem grateful that Seaward survived the accident. Thursday, however, Glass Animals took to Instagram to detail how Seaward was hit by a truck while biking in Dublin, Ireland. “After a couple long operations, he is now on the road to recovery,” reads the post. Seaward suffered a broken leg and a complex skull fracture, but, miraculously, survived the accident.

10 of the Best Young Adult Novels of July 2018

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We predict that the best Young Adult novels of July will make you want to skip the backyard BBQs in favor of reading a great book. If you’re into YA fantasy novels that blur the lines of contemporary fiction and the fantastic, you’ll dig this series. In short, you’ll love it. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren JamesRelease Date: July 3rd from HarperTeenWhy You’ll Love It: We all know that the movie Passengers was terrible. Zen and Gone by Emily FranceRelease Date: July 3rd from Soho TeenWhy You’ll Love It: Emily France’s debut, Signs of You, was a moving contemporary novel about love, loss and family.

Sacha Baron Cohen's Feud with Sarah Palin Continues

... | Jul 12 @ 21:37

We recently reported that Sacha Baron Cohen had gotten dressed up as a military vet and fooled Sarah Palin in a recent interview for his forthcoming Showtime show (which he teased earlier in a fake Trump University promo). Cohen’s in character as his latest persona, Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr, Ph.D, when interviewing Palin for his forthcoming seven-episode comedy Who Is America? Through Ruddick, Cohen satirizes the Fox News audience, cooking up an impressively robust porfolio of conspiracy theories, from “Crooked Hillary” to “Obamanoids—For Real!,” on his website, Given Palin’s reaction and this huge show of dedication to the character, we frankly can’t wait to check out Who Is America?, which debuts on Showtime July 15. The good doctor responded to Palin’s criticisms in an official statement issued via his Twitter account:If Ruddick seems like a parody of your average American right-wing nut job, that’s because he is.

Stormy Daniels' Charges Dismissed After an Arrest Her Lawyer Called 'Politically Motivated'

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However, Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti claims that forcing a patron’s head onto her chest is part of Daniels’ act in her “Make America Horny Again” national tour. #SetUp#Basta — Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 12, 2018Avenatti later tweeted that Daniels would plea “not guilty” to the three misdemeanor charges against her. However, after Daniels posted a $6,054 bail and was released, Avenatti reported that the charges against her had been dismissed. In 2016, Daniels sued Trump claiming that he never signed the nondisclosure or “hush” agreement, in hopes of making it invalid. The three “illegal sexually oriented activity” misdemeanor charges against Daniels have since been dropped.

U2's "Love is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way" (Beck Remix) Is Turned Into a Stop-Motion Story

... | Jul 12 @ 21:25

Watch the animated video for “Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way” below and find a performance by U2 from the Paste archives further down. At the end of last year, U2 released their latest record Songs of Experience. The artists return to stop-motion on the “Love is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way” video, which follows a forlorn widower wrestling internally, but also struggling to leave the house. Since then, two of the songs have been remixed by Grammy-winning artist Beck: The “Lights Of Home” remix was released back in April and the “Love is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way” remix followed in June. Now, “Love is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way” has been collaborated on further, with the Beck-remixed version receiving the music video treatment courtesy of Broken Fingaz Crew.

ATO Releasing Vinyl Reissue of Alabama Shakes' Boys & Girls Featuring B-Sides

... | Jul 12 @ 21:18

Boys & Girls “Platinum Anniversary” Album Art: Not only was Boys & Girls a breakthrough, Grammy-winning leap, but their sophomore effort, 2015’s Sound & Color, was also a rainbow success. Below, watch a 2011 Alabama Shakes play tracks from Boys & Girls in the Paste offices. ATO Records is releasing a vinyl “Platinum Anniversary” reissue of Boys & Girls, in stores this Friday, July 13, with the U.S. independent retail-exclusive version featuring a bonus “7 of b-sides. Further down, catch another look at the smoothie-esque “Platinum Anniversary” vinyl.

Exclusive: Rodney Crowell Shares Acoustic Classics Album Stream

... | Jul 12 @ 21:00

Elder statesmen of Americana Rodney Crowell will release his 19th solo album Acoustic Classics via his new imprint RC1 on Friday, July 13, and the award-winning troubadour has shared an advance stream of the extraordinary LP, available exclusively here at Paste. Acoustic Classics find Crowell revisiting a select few of his many contributions to the country music canon, handpicking a dozen of his most beloved songs. Stream Crowell’s Acoustic Classics and revisit his 2017 Paste Studio session below, and find his tour slate, which includes a headlining set along Emmylou Harris at the inaugural Troubeliever Festival in August, further down. In reimagining these songs, Crowell aims to capture the original spirit of each composition, riding the lightning that’s struck time and time again over the course of his decades-long career. You can preorder the album here.

Daily Dose: Phoebe Bridgers, "The Gold" (Manchester Orchestra Cover)

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Bridgers’ version doesn’t make any drastic changes, but it is more toned down—where the original version stops you in your tracks when the chorus hits, Phoebe takes a more subtle approach. The cover mellows out the song in a similar way that Hope, the acoustic version of Manchester Orchestra’s 2013 album Cope, did. Since the release of her debut album Stranger In The Alps, Phoebe Bridgers has been keeping herself busy doing very cool things. Bridgers and her band are currently on tour and she’s covered artists like Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow and Gillian Welch. Keep scrolling to get a look at Bridgers’ upcoming tour dates, some of which will see her opening for The National and Sylvan Esso.

Sandra Oh Becomes First Asian Woman Nominated for Emmy in Lead Role

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Sandra Oh made history during Thursday morning’s Emmy nomination announcements when she became the first Asian woman to be nominated in a lead role for her work on BBC America’s spy drama Killing Eve. Oh was nominated for five consecutive Emmys for Best Supporting Actress during her previous run on Grey’s Anatomy, but never won. As the title character on Killing Eve, Oh plays a bored security services operative who finds herself at odds with a talented murderer named Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Find a full list of all of this year’s Emmy nominees here, and find our account of all the nominations’ biggest snubs and surprises right here. The show is an adaptation of Luke Jennings’ Codename Villanelle novella series.

Stephen Malkmus Shares New Solo Acoustic Rendering of "Solid Silk": Watch

... | Jul 12 @ 20:38

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks also recently performed a full-band rendition of “Solid Silk” on CBS This Morning. The former Pavement frontman perfects the horn-imitating technique during a new solo acoustic video of him performing “Solid Silk,” one of the standout tracks from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ latest album, Sparkle Hard. Only Stephen Malkmus could make mouth trumpeting sound like mature, meaningful art. Then get updated on all things Stephen Malkmus with our feature on the artist from May. Again, you can watch Malkmus jam it solo-style below, and you can revisit the Paste review of Sparkle Hard right here.

Reporter Claims to Have Given Information to the FBI that “Directly Implicates the President”

... | Jul 12 @ 20:32

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2018Comey gave Strozk his marching orders. Witch Hunt! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018Trump's National Security Adviser pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI over his contacts with Russia. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2018....The greatest Witch Hunt in political history! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2018The Russian Witch Hunt is Rigged!

Severed Members Abound in The Trailer for Netflix's The Package

... | Jul 12 @ 19:49

Today, on the other hand, it’s The Package getting the promotional treatment, and all we can say after reading a synopsis is … wow. A teen movie about severed genitals in the woods that is also … a comedy? Sometimes, we really do wonder what is going on over at Netflix’s acquisitions department. It stars Daniel Doheny as the lead, seen most recently in this year’s Alex Strangelove, as well as Eduardo Franco, who memorably appeared as a supporting player in Netflix’s American Vandal, as the kid whose “package” has been severed. Regardless, The Package hits Netflix on Aug. 10, 2018.

Montréal Jazz Festival Was A Diverse Musical Lesson For All

... | Jul 12 @ 19:38

It struck me how intentionally multicultural Montréal Jazz Festival is, and festival programmer Maurin Auxéméry echoed that thought to me. But there was another aspect in particular I noticed that Montréal Jazz Festival did better than any music festival I’ve ever attended: They made their festival grounds especially accessible to disabled attendees. Here’s to next year’s 40th Anniversary of Montréal Jazz surely being all about the vibrant, diverse celebration that it is. You could say I went to Montréal Jazz Festival on a whim. Jeremy Dutcher at GesúThe next morning, Montréal Jazz Festival announced that they had cancelled all future performances of SLAV at the festival.

Obama and Biden Solve a Mystery in Hope Never Dies, But What's the Point?

... | Jul 12 @ 19:34

Hope Never Dies launches a new mystery series in which Joe Biden and Barack Obama team up to solve crimes. Emily Dickinson wrote that “hope sings a tune without words.” Andrew Shaffer’s Hope Never Dies sings words without a tune. There’s a moment where Obama and Biden team fight a biker gang, however, and that comes close. Then Biden learns that his favorite Amtrak conductor has mysteriously died, and the Obama-Biden duo reunites to investigate the case. Or why Shaffer insists that Obama and Biden have a Secret Service chaperone for most of the narrative, therefore dulling most of the possible tension.

The DOJ is reopening the investigation of Emmett Till’s death. Will its findings mean anything?

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On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that the DOJ had reopened its investigation into Till’s murder, according to a letter sent to Congress earlier this year. But Till’s death did not affect how a jury of all white men handled the trial of Bryant and Milam. Till’s murder reignited the civil rights movementIn 1955, 14-year-old Till left Chicago to spend the summer with relatives near Money, Mississippi. The federal government opened an investigation into Till’s death in 2004, citing “renewed interest” in the case and new information gleaned from scholars and journalists. Historians have paid close attention to his case; the white men accused of his murder, Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W.

All These People Mad About Sacha Baron Cohen’s New Show Sure Are Doing a Good Job of Promoting It

... | Jul 12 @ 19:27

#boycottShowtime — Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 11, 2018As for Baron Cohen, he has not responded to any of the complaints. Here is what happened...#BoycottShowtime — Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 11, 2018I was invited to a pro-Israel dinner that honored defenders of Israel. #boycottShowtime — Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 11, 2018And just like that producers rushed me out of the studio as an apparent fight broke out. — Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 11, 2018So - I was truly honored to be named as a pro-Israel voice in America. Ex-congressman Joe Walsh was also “honored” by Baron Cohen’s team for his pro-Israel views, as he explained in a Twitter thread with the hashtag #BoycottShowtime.

Scotland is preparing a two finger welcome for Donald Trump

... | Jul 12 @ 19:18

Making Scots more angry, his other golf course, Turnberry, this year banned Irn-Bru, an iconic local neon-colored drink, because it stains the carpets. Donald Trump is deeply unpopular in many countries outside of the United States—but perhaps nowhere more so than in Scotland. Protestors are also planning to gather in Glasgow and Dundee on Friday night (July 13) and at Trump’s resorts. Scotland police turned down a request to fly the baby Trump blimp over Turnberry while Trump plays there on Saturday, citing security, but protestors are already amassing outside. At his course in Aberdeenshire, Trump will probably be greeted by the Mexican flag a disgruntled neighbor has been flying since 2016.

Congress Might Actually Create a Tax Break for Gym Memberships

... | Jul 12 @ 19:14

As the Tax Policy Center’s Leonard Berman tweeted:Every year, I charge my Tax Policy and Politics class with designing and promoting a stupid tax incentive. The big question, in my mind at least, is whether the PHIT Act will subsidize your sneaker collection, too. Lawmakers behind the PHIT act argue that it will encourage Americans to stay healthy now, which will save the government money on medical expenses later on. The promoters of the PHIT Act, which just passed out of committee on bipartisan basis, would have gotten an A+ for this effort. Taxpayers are about to subsidize a raft of SoulCycle classes for buff 25-year-old professionals because Congress needed a feel-good vote.

The 10 Biggest Emmy Nominations Snubs and Surprises

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At least The Assassination of Gianni Versace is the frontrunner as Emmy season begins. As I’ve grown longer in the tooth, at least in TV critic years, I’ve become preemptively disappointed with the Emmy nominations, mostly as a defense mechanism. Let’s break down the 10 biggest snubs and surprises—emphasis on the snubs—from Thursday morning’s announcement. (Admittedly, Twin Peaks racked up a raft of nominations in the technical categories. (Photo: Will Heath/NBC)Snub: One Day at a TimeAre Emmy voters simply not watching Netflix’s witty, heartwarming update of Norman Lear’s classic?

The Justice Department Wants to Go Another Round With AT&T Over Its Merger With Time Warner

... | Jul 12 @ 19:07

KENA BETANCUR/Getty ImagesThe Department of Justice is appealing a federal court’s decision to approve the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger last month. AT&T is already making big changes, even as the DOJ moves to appeal the merger decision. We are ready to defend the Court’s decision at the D.C. AT&T announced the merger in October 2016, but the DOJ sued to block it in November 2017. Circuit Court of Appeals.”Bloomberg noted that AT&T fell 0.9 percent to $31.95 in extended trading at 4:19 pm, after the announcement.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s New Show Has Already Pissed Off Sarah Palin and Roy Moore

... | Jul 12 @ 19:04

“As an American, I would never hide my identity and deceive others only to mock and ridicule them as this Showtime series is designed to do. Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show Who Is America? premieres on Showtime on Sunday, and marks like Sarah Palin and failed Alabama Senate candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore have already expressed outrage over the comedian’s brand of gotcha humor. The disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse. (It’s safe to assume Palin has never seen Da Ali G Show, right?

Jim Jordan's Former Boss Admits He Was Aware of Sexual Abuse

... | Jul 12 @ 19:03

Hellickson’s statements were filmed before allegations arose claiming that congressman Jim Jordan knew of the sexual abuse and failed to stop it. Not for an hour, doc.”Hellickson also indicated that he told his superiors about the sexual abuse. In the video, Hellickson doesn’t specify whether the wrestlers told him about the abuse. His now conflicting statements will not bode well for Jordan, who currently has nine former wrestlers accusing him of turning a blind eye to the sexual abuse. In the statement, the group said, “None of us saw or heard of abuse of OSU wrestlers.

Juul Is Coming Out with a New Formula

... | Jul 12 @ 18:57

The valuation came not long before news Thursday that Juul was set to diversify its product offerings to include low-nicotine pods. Juul Labs Inc. is still a private company, so we can't peek into its books, and an initial public offering hasn't even been floated. And now the company behind it is being valued at a sparkling $15 billion, as CNBC reported. For context, ride-share service Lyft was recently valued about the same as Juul, while competitor Uber (also not public) was said earlier this year to be worth more than $70 billion. They could help some longtime smokers come closer to quitting, and some evidence suggests higher-percentage e-cigs are more habit-forming.

Benny Blanco Releases Debut Single “Eastside,” ft. Halsey and Khalid

... | Jul 12 @ 18:55

Now, he’s finally stepping into the spotlight with his debut single “Eastside,” featuring Khalid and Halsey. Uber-producer Benny Blanco has spent the past decade working with everyone from Rihanna to Maroon 5. Speaking with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Blanco explained that the song came about with help from friends and collaborators like Ed Sheeran and Cashmere Cat. Over plaintive guitar strums and a dancehall-inspired rhythm, they trade verses about the slow-burn drama of adolescent love. It is supposed to be fun.”Listen to the song below, and check out a teaser for its forthcoming video over on Blanco’s Instagram.

Starbucks’ comfortable control of the Chinese market is being challenged by a Beijing startup

... | Jul 12 @ 18:52

But a Chinese startup could change that. Starbucks’ comfortable control of the Chinese market is being challenged by a Beijing startup$1 billionStarbucks is doing pretty well in China: The Seattle coffee chain has over 3,300 stores in the country, and it operates with virtually no serious competition. Published | Photo by Reuters/Carlo Allegri

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