We Will Make Sure Trump Is Removed from Office


President Donald Trump will be “impeached” and “removed from office,” promised Hollywood director and left-wing activist Rob Reiner at an impeachment rally in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

The rally, sponsored by the left-wing and partisan Democrat organization MoveOn, was attended by approximately 500 protesters before Wednesday’s scheduled vote in the House of Representatives on articles of impeachment against Trump.

“Fact, he has abused his power by attempting to bribe a foreign country for his own personal political benefit. Fact, he has obstructed Congress in covering up all of his wrongdoing, and fact, tomorrow, he will be the third president in the United States ever to have been impeached,” Reiner Said.

“We all care about the rule of law. We care about our Constitution. We care about our 243 years of self-rule, and we care about it. We will make sure that not only is he impeached, but he will be removed from office. Thank you. I love you all for coming. Thank you,” Reiner said. 

Actress and fellow left-wing activist Alyssa Milano was also a featured speaker at the event. “We will vote them all out,” she promised, while describing herself as “premenopausal” and “angry.” Milano led attendees in a chant of, “THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!”

Breitbart News reported on signs held by the rallygoers, including messages such as: “Impeach and Remove”; “Trump Is Not Above the Law”; Impeach 45″; “Fuck Cheeto Voldemort”; and “Make the Asshole Go Away.”

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A rubber prop depicting Trump’s head was seen on the end of a pike held by a man at the event. He told Breitbart News he wished it were Trump’s actual head.

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Reiner derided Trump as “the most criminally corrupt president in our nation’s history” via Twitter prior to his rally address.

Reiner regularly frames Trump and Republicans as agents of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Every elected Republican knows that this President is guilty of countless Impeachable offenses. But they, along with many White Evangelicals & White Supremacists have made a pact with Putin,” Reiner said in November. “But unlike a pact with the Devil, this one can be unsigned.”

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Halfway to the Oscars: Quebec directors react to making shortlists


You know your day can only get better when you start off by getting run over by an Uber Eats bicycle.

Montrealer Theodore Ushev was out for his morning jog Monday in Paris when the incident occurred. He emerged relatively unscathed, and by evening his NFB-produced film The Physics of Sorrow had been shortlisted in the Oscar category of best animated short.

“I still cannot realize if it’s real or not,” he said, reached on his cellphone shortly after the news broke. It was past midnight for Ushev, but he had already written off sleeping.

Fellow Montrealer Meryam Joobeur was in her family’s hometown, Seyada, Tunisia, when she learned her film Brotherhood had made the shortlist for best live action short. She, too, was having trouble processing her good fortune.

“It’s really surreal,” Joobeur said. “I feel like the whole journey of this film is very surreal. When I was making the film, my only intention was to be able to show it to the community who helped make it. I didn’t think about how it would impact others. The fact that it has gone this far is pretty crazy, to tell you the truth.”

Ushev and Joobeur are now halfway to the Oscars. The Physics of Sorrow and Brotherhood were culled from pools of 92 films and 191 films, respectively, to reach their respective 10-title shortlists. Each now has a 50-50 chance of ending up in the group of five nominees in their respective categories.

Ushev has been here before. His eight-minute film Blind Vaysha was nominated for an Oscar in 2016.

“That year, we lost to Pixar,” he said. “Luckily this year Pixar didn’t make it, so we are going to lose to someone else.”

Jokes aside, his previous Oscar experience didn’t make the wait any easier.

“This year, I felt like it was much more difficult, because this film is much more personal,” Ushev said.

 

A brooding exploration of love, loss and the meaning of home, The Physics of Sorrow is the first animated film made using the encaustic painting technique. Ushev, a Bulgarian immigrant who came to Quebec in 1999, says it’s dedicated to his father, who died in December 2018.

Fittingly, he recruited another father-son team for the project. The filmmaker convinced Rossif Sutherland to lend his striking baritone to the film, and Sutherland in turn convinced his father, Donald, to contribute a secondary voice-over.

 

Launched at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, The Physics of Sorrow has been racking up the accolades since.

“Up to now, it has won 16 (festival) prizes in only three months,” Ushev said. “It’s going extremely well.”

There’s still a way to go before the Oscar nominations are announced Jan. 13, and Ushev isn’t getting ahead of himself.

“No one knows what’s going to happen,” he said, “but I’ll be very happy if we end up speaking again in a month.”

Monday was a doubly good day for Joobeur. Just a few hours before the Oscar shortlist announcements, Quebec funding agency SODEC announced that her feature film Motherhood was among the new projects it had chosen to support.

Joobeur was in Tunisia doing research for the Motherhood, which is based on Brotherhood’s dramatic tale of a Muslim couple in the Tunisian countryside who must adapt to the return of one of their sons from fighting in Syria.

 

The film has screened at 150 festivals in 48 countries, winning 63 prizes since its premiere at TIFF in September, 2018, where it was named best Canadian short.

For Joobeur, all the accolades are confirmation that she’s on the right path.

“Going into Brotherhood, I decided to change my way of approaching filmmaking,” she said. “I decided to listen to my instincts, to let go of any pressures I had regarding success or festival acceptance, and just enjoy the process.”

It’s potentially the second straight Oscar nomination for Brotherhood co-producer Maria Gracia Turgeon, who also produced Jeremy Comte’s Fauve, one of two Quebec films nominated for best live action short at the 2019 Academy Awards.

“Firstly, it’s due to the fact that both Fauve and Brotherhood are wonderful films,” said Turgeon, who is also working with Joobeur on Motherhood.

The two spoke Monday night.

“It’s a lot of excitement,” Turgeon said. “We were trying not to think about it, and to say it probably won’t happen so we didn’t have expectations. But when the news finally comes, it’s hard not to be excited.”

There is one other Canadian nominee in the animated short film category, Regina Pessoa’s Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days.

Montrealer Paul Cadieux, of Filmoption International, also had cause to celebrate, as Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche’s film Advocate, a film he co-produced about Israeli human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel, was shortlisted for best documentary feature.

The 92nd Academy Awards take place Feb. 9.

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Olly Murs debuts new look at The Voice launch



Olly Murs sports a new hair-do with pale frosted tips instead of his usual brown locks (Ian West/PA)
Olly Murs sports a new hair-do with pale frosted tips instead of his usual brown locks (Ian West/PA)

Olly Murs debuted a new look as he stepped out in London for the launch of the new series of The Voice.

The singer, one of the coaches on the ITV show, was sporting a new hair-do with pale frosted tips instead of his usual brown locks.

Murs was joined by his fellow returning coaches Sir Tom Jones and Will.i.am and newcomer Meghan Trainor, who is taking over from Jennifer Hudson.

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The show’s host Emma Willis and backstage presenter AJ Odudu were also at the launch in Soho.

The singing show is returning for its ninth series in 2020.

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Hudson announced earlier this year that she was stepping down from the panel, and American star Trainor was revealed to be her replacement.

The All About That Bass singer said at the time: “It’s a dream come true and I can’t wait to sit in the chair with my own button and listen to some incredible new talent!”

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I’m A Celebrity trio prepare for final



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Roman Kemp, Jacqueline Jossa and Andy Whyment will compete to become king or queen of the jungle on Sunday night.

The trio are in the I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! final after Kate Garraway was booted out of the show, following in the footsteps of Caitlyn Jenner and Nadine Coyle the previous night.

Good Morning Britain presenter Garraway, 52, said she was “flabbergasted” to have got so far.

“It was amazing. There was so much love in the camp… I’ve learnt so much,” she said.

Garraway repeatedly turned down the ITV show before signing up this year.

“I kind of felt it was now or never. I never thought it was going to be this hard though,” she said.

The presenter cannot wait to put on “clean socks” – but the show has made her think about her priorities.

“Life is busy. You’re racing around from the minute you get up,” she said.

“Clearing everything out makes you feel like actually… you have got stuff in you, bravery in you and really treasure what’s important to you and it is people.”

She said she would “show a bit of sisterhood” and tip ex-EastEnders actress Jossa to win on Sunday, against Capital FM DJ Kemp and Corrie actor Whyment.

Myles Stephenson, Ian Wright, James Haskell, Cliff Parisi, Adele Roberts and Andrew Maxwell were previously voted out.

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Grammy nominations 2020: Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X lead the pack – National


The 2020 Grammy nominations were announced on Wednesday morning, and Lizzo garnered the most nominations — a whopping eight — while Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X followed closely behind with six each.

CBS This Morning‘s Gayle King invited Grammy host Alicia Keys and two-time nominee Bebe Rexha on the show on Wednesday morning to help announce the nominees.

After much success at last year’s Grammy Awards, Ariana Grande and H.E.R. have once again been honoured with five nods each. The two are matched by Recording Academy newcomer Finneas O’Connell, who is also the older brother and producer of Eilish.

Canadian chart-toppers Michael Bublé and Shawn Mendes made Canadians proud, too, with each picking up a nomination for the upcoming ceremony.

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Bublé, 44, goes up against the likes of Barbra Streisand and John Legend in Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, while Mendes, 21, pairs up with girlfriend Camila Cabello for a joint Best Pop Duo Performance nomination thanks to Señorita.

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The 62nd annual Grammy Awards take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Here is the list of major nominees:

Album of the Year

i,i — Bon Iver
Norman F—ing Rockwell! — Lana Del Rey
When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go — Billie Eilish
I Used to Know Her — H.E.R.
7 — Lil Nas X
Cuz I Love You — Lizzo
Father of the Bride — Vampire Weekend

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Record of the Year

Hey Ma — Bon Iver
Bad Guy — Billie Eilish
7 rings — Ariana Grande
Hard Place — H.E.R.
Talk — Khalid
Old Town Road — Lil Nas X
Truth Hurts — Lizzo
Sunflower — Post Malone

Song of the Year

Always Remember Us This Way — Lady Gaga
Bad Guy — Billie Eilish
Bring My Flowers Now — Brandi Carlile
Hard Place — H.E.R.
Lover — Taylor Swift
Norman F—ing Rockwell! — Lana Del Rey
Someone You Loved — Lewis Capaldi
Truth Hurts — Lizzo

Best New Artist

Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Maggie Rogers
Rosalía
Tank and the Bangas
Yola

Best Pop Vocal Album

The Lion King: The Gift — Beyoncé
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go — Billie Eilish
Thank U, Next — Ariana Grande
No. 6 Collaborations Project — Ed Sheeran
Lover — Taylor Swift

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Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

— Andrea Bocelli
Love — Michael Bublé
Look Now — Elvis Costello & The Imposters
A Legendary Christmas — John Legend
Walls — Barbra Streisand



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Best Pop Solo Performance

Spirit — Beyoncé
Bad Guy — Billie Eilish
7 Rings — Ariana Grande
Truth Hurts — Lizzo
You Need to Calm Down — Taylor Swift

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Boyfriend — Ariana Grande ft. Social House
Sucker — Jonas Brothers
Old Town Road — Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
Señorita —  Camila Cabello ft. Shawn Mendes

Best R&B Album

1123 — BJ The Chicago Kid
Painted — Lucky Daye
Ella Mai — Ella Mai
Paul — PJ Morton
Venture — Anderson .Paak

Best R&B Performance

Love Again — Daniel Caesar ft. Brandy
Couldn’t Been Her — H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller
Exactly How I Feel — Lizzo ft. Gucci Mane
Roll Some Mo — Lucky Daye
Come Home  — Anderson .Paak ft. Andre 3000






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Taylor Swift ‘not allowed’ to perform her own songs

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Time Today — BJ The Chicago Kid
Steady Love — India.Arie
Jerome — Lizzo
Real Games — Lucky Daye
Built for Love — PJ Morton & Jazmine Sullivan

Best R&B Song

Could’ve Been — H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller
Look at Me Now — Emily King
No Guidance — Chris Brown ft. Drake
Roll Some Mo — Lucky Daye
Say So — Pj Morton ft. Jojo

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Best Rap Album

Revenge of the Dreamers III — Dreamville
Championships — Meek Mill
I Am > I Was — 21 Savage
Igor — Tyler, the Creator
The Lost Boy — YBN Cordae

Best Rap Performance

Middle Child — J. Cole
Suge — DaBaby
Down Bad — Dreamville ft. J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, Earthgang and Young Nudy
Racks in the Middle — Nipsey Hussle ft. Roddy Ricch and Hit-boy
Clout — Offset ft. Cardi B

Best Rap/Sung Performance

Higher — DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle and John Legend
Drip Too Hard — Lil Baby and Funna
Panini — Lil Nas X
Ballin — Mustard ft. Roddy Ricch
The London — Young Thug ft. J. Cole and Travis Scott

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Best Rap Song

Bad Idea — Ybn Cordae ft. Chance The Rapper
Gold Roses — Rick Ross ft. Drake
A Lot — 21 Savage ft. J. Cole
Racks in the Middle — Nipsey Hussle ft. Roddy Ricch and Hit-boy
Suge — DaBaby

Best Rock Album

Amo — Bring Me The Horizon
Social Cues — Cage The Elephant
In the End — The Cranberries
Trauma — I Prevail
Feral Roots — Rival Sons

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Best Rock Performance

Pretty Waste — Bones UK
This Land — Gary Clark Jr.
History Repeats — Brittany Howard
Woman — Karen O and Danger Mouse
Too Bad — Rival Sons

Best Rock Song

Fear Inoculum — Tool
Give Yourself a Try — The 1975
Harmony Hall — Vampire Weekend
History Repeats — Brittany Howard
This Land — Gary Clark Jr.

Best Alternative Music Album

U.F.O.F. — Big Thief
Assume Form — James Blake
i,i — Bon Iver
Father of the Bride — Vampire Weekend
Anima — Thom Yorke

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Best Metal Performance

Astorolus – The Great Octopus — Candlemass ft. Tony Iommi
Humanicide — Death Angel
Bow Down — I Prevail
Unleashed — Killswitch Engage
7empest — Tool

Best Country Album

Desperate Man — Eric Church
Stronger Than the Truth — Reba McEntire
Interstate Gospel — Pistol Annies
Center Point Road — Thomas Rhett
While I’m Livin’ — Tanya Tucker

Best Country Solo Performance

All Your’n — Tyler Childers
Girl Goin’ Nowhere — Ashley McBryde
Ride Me Back Home — Willie Nelson
God’s Country — Blake Shelton
Bring My Flowers Now — Tanya Tucker

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Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Brand New Man — Brooks & Dunn ft. Luke Combs
I Don’t Remember Me (Before You) — Brothers Osborne
Speechless — Dan + Shay
The Daughters — Little Big Town
Common — Maren Morris ft. Brandi Carlile

Best Country Song

Bring My Flowers Now — Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth and Tanya Tucker
Girl Goin’ Nowhere — Jeremy Bussey and Ashley Mcbryde
It All Comes Out in the Wash — Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori Mckenna and Liz Roset
Some of It — Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde and Bobby Pinson
Speechless — Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers and Laura Veltz

The full nomination list is now available on the official Grammy Awards website.

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