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Sarandon held at anti-Trump protest

Susan Sarandon was among 575 women arrested in Washington on Thursday after they staged a sit-in protest against Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy inside a Senate office at the Department of Justice.

The actor tweeted extensively from the rally, at which she and fellow protesters held aloft placards demanding an end to immigration camps and declaring, “We care” — a reference to the controversial jacket worn by first lady Melania Trump when visiting a detainment centre last week.

There were chants of “What do we want? Free families!” and “This is what democracy looks like” before the women were arrested, charged and then released.

Organisers the Women’s March and the Center for Popular Democracy sported foil blankets like those worn by children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

Sarandon has encountered hostility since Trump’s election, with many blaming her for suggesting people vote for a third-party candidate, Green party nominee Jill Stein, potentially reducing the number of ballots cast for Democratic party candidate Hillary Clinton.

Speaking to the Guardian last year, Sarandon, 71, confirmed that she still felt Clinton was in some ways more dangerous than Trump.

“I did think she was very, very dangerous. We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if she was president]. It wouldn’t be much smoother. Look what happened under Obama that we didn’t notice.”

Film on abortion doctor gets US release

A controversial film based on the real-life case of abortion clinic doctor and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell will now be released in US cinemas, after the conclusion of legal action against it by the judge involved in Gosnell’s 2013 trial. Variety magazine reports that the makers of Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer, are free to release their film after they settled with Judge Jeffrey P Minehart, who objected to his portrayal in the film.

Gosnell’s case became a lightning rod in the battle over abortion rights in the US. Having owned and operated clinics in Pennsylvania since the early 70s, Gosnell was repeatedly accused of performing illegal late-term abortions in unsafe and grotesquely unhygienic conditions, and in 2011 was arrested and charged with killing seven infants who had survived the initial termination procedure. In 2013 he was convicted on three counts of murder and the involuntary manslaughter in 2009 of Karnamaya Mongar, one of his patients.

Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer stars Dean Cain as a detective investigating the case, and Earl Billings as Gosnell. Among the team behind the camera are executive producer John Sullivan, who previously shared directing credit with Dinesh d’Souza on America: Imagine the World Without Her and 2016: Obama’s America; writer-producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney who previously collaborated on anti-environmentalist documentaries Not Evil Just Wrong and Mine Your Own Business; and conservative political columnist and novelist Andrew Klavan, who is credited for the “teleplay”.

Plus-size superhero to get own film

Hollywood is breaking new ground with its first plus-sized superhero, as a film featuring Faith Herbert, AKA Zephyr, from Valiant Comics’ Harbinger stories gets underway. According to Deadline, Sony have hired writer Maria Melnik (American Gods) to work on the project. The film is part of a 2015 deal the studio made with Valiant to develop movies from the publisher’s stable of characters. (Sony currently has the Vin Diesel starrer Bloodshot in development.) Faith is described as “a jubilant, comics-and-science-fiction loving geek who also happens to have telekinetic superpowers”. She first appeared in 1992, as one of the Harbingers, teenage superhero outcasts, and went on to found the Harbinger Resistance to oppose the world-conquering intentions of powerful Harbinger Toyo Harada. No details have yet been released as to casting or plot details. The project joins the burgeoning list of superheroes catering for a new demand for diversity, in the wake of Black Panther’s record-breaking box office success.




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Pranaam Pawas: A poetic event organised to welcome monsoon

17 Jul 2018 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Phir Khule Akaash me Judde Ghataon Ke, Phir Hawaon Ke Dupatte Ho Gaye Jheene, a poetic event centered on creations about monsoon ‘Pranaam Pawas’ concluded in city. The event was organised by the Dushyant Kumar Memorial Manuscript Museum to welcome the monsoon season...

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