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Liberal critics are desperate for an excuse to cancel Chris Pratt. First it was his supposedly ‘homophobic church’, now it’s cultural appropriation

Chris Pratt can’t escape the ire of the woke mob. The man can’t even praise God without being attacked for his Christian beliefs. And now, the ‘Jurassic World’ actor has come under fire for the sin of ‘cultural appropriation’ by voicing Mario in the upcoming ‘Super Mario Bros.’ animated movie.

Some critics are slamming Pratt and the studio by raising ‘concerns’ over Italian representation. But is the anger directed towards Pratt based solely on cultural appropriation, or is it being used as another excuse to hate on the ‘problematic’ actor?

“When people hear Chris Pratt’s performance, the criticism will evaporate, maybe not entirely,” Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri said in an interview with Deadline. “People love to voice opinions, as they should. I’m not sure this is the smartest defense, but as a person who has Italian-American her..

Rescuers found Kazuki Takahashi’s body off the coast of Okinawa

Kazuki Takahashi, the manga artist who created ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ and helped launch one of the biggest game franchises in world history, has died. His body was found by the Japanese coast guard, floating off the coast of Okinawa on Wednesday. The 60-year-old was wearing snorkeling gear and appeared to have drowned. An investigation into the cause of death is ongoing.

“We are shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Mr. Kazuki Takahashi,” the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Twitter account posted on Thursday. “We are deeply grateful for the wonderful ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ universe that he has created, and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.”

“Together with his countless fans, we pledge to carry on the ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ legacy with all the love and care it deserves,” the company added.

Earlier in the day, the Japanese coast guard told reporters it had identified the body found on Wednesday floating off the coa..

‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris received 12 years in prison for soliciting sex from a minor and possessing child porn

‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years in a federal prison for traveling with the intent to have sex with a minor and receiving child pornography. The male cheerleader, who once campaigned for Joe Biden, had five additional charges against him dropped as part of a plea deal.

Harris was handed his sentence by a federal court in Chicago on Wednesday. The Netflix star had been in custody since his arrest in September 2020, and pleaded guilty in February to two out of seven charges against him, including traveling with the intent to engage in “illicit sexual conduct” with a 15-year-old boy and paying a 17-year-old for sexually explicit images.

Five additional charges – which involved Harris soliciting sex from teenage boys at cheerleading events and receiving obscene photographs of them – were dropped as part of the plea bargain. During an FBI invest..

The billionaire entrepreneur now reportedly has nine children known to the public

Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk reportedly had twins with a top executive at his Neuralink brainchip firm last year, weeks before the birth of his second child with musician Grimes, according to court records obtained by Insider.

Filed in April, a petition to change the twins’ names indicates they were born last November to the 51-year-old Musk and Shivon Zilis of Neuralink, 36. The request was later approved by an Austin, Texas judge, allowing the children to “have their father’s last name and contain their mother’s last name as part of their middle name.”

The twins were born just weeks before Musk’s second child with Claire Boucher, who performs as Grimes, was delivered via surrogate.

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An economics and philosophy graduate from Yale, Zilis reportedly met Musk through her work at OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research firm founded..

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is probing whether the merger will result in higher prices and lower quality for gamers

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on Wednesday opened an antitrust investigation into the proposed takeover of video game company Activision Blizzard by Microsoft. Should the deal go through, Microsoft would own some of the world’s most popular gaming franchises.

The CMA said in a statement that its investigation would probe whether the $69 billion takeover would harm competition “for example, through higher prices, lower quality, or reduced choice.”

Notices were sent to both companies on Wednesday, and the CMA said that it would make a decision on the proposed deal by September.

The takeover bid was first announced in January, with Microsoft stating that it would purchase Activision Blizzard for a cash price of $68.7 billion, or $95 per share, more that $10 above the share price at the time.

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Grammy Award-winning guitarist Carlos Santana suffered from heat exhaustion and dehydration

Legendary rock star Carlos Santana collapsed on stage during a show near Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday. Around an hour into his concert, he needed medical attention.

Videos shared on social media show the musician passing out at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston. Santana was treated on-site and was eventually taken offstage as he waved to fans.

🚨BREAKING NEWS… Famed guitarist Carlos Santana passed out on stage tonight during a Michigan concert and has been hospitalized. Early reports this may be due to heat exhaustion & dehydration. #CarlosSantana #BreakingNews #Santana
— Steve Norris (@SteveNorrisTV) July 6, 2022

According to a statement from his manager, Michael Vrionis, the 74-year-old guitarist experienced heat exhaustion and dehydration, but is now “doing well.” He was taken to the emergency department at McLaren Clarkston for observation. His next sh..

Macy Gray and Bette Midler have found themselves in the crosshairs of transgender activists

Actress Bette Midler and singer Macy Gray have both landed themselves in trouble with transgender activists for arguing that men can’t become women through surgery, and that transgender-friendly language strips women of their rights. Amid the outcry, ‘Harry Potter’ author JK Rowling came to Gray’s defense.

In an interview with British broadcaster Piers Morgan on Monday, Gray agreed that transgender women – who are biologically male – shouldn’t compete in women’s sports.

“Everyone’s gonna hate me but as a woman, just because you go change your parts, doesn’t make you a woman, sorry,” Gray stated. “If you want me to call you a ‘her’, I will, because that’s what you want but that doesn’t make you a woman… just because you got a surgery,” she continued.

“What women go through is a completely unique experience and surgery or finding yourself doesn't change that.”
Macy Gray explains why sh..

The protesters glued themselves onto the frame of a copy of Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ to demonstrate against fossil fuels

Five protesters glued their hands onto the frame of a 500-year-old reproduction of Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ in London on Tuesday, in what they called “an act of civil resistance” against fossil fuels.

The five activists entered the Royal Academy of Arts on Tuesday morning and spray-painted “No new oil” beneath the 20-foot (six-meter) painting, and glued their hands onto its frame. Security guards cleared visitors away before attempting to unstick the eco-warriors, the Daily Mail reported.

The activists’ organization, Just Stop Oil, said in a press release that they were “calling for the government to commit to immediately halt new oil and gas licenses in the UK,” and for art institutions like the Royal Academy to join their “peaceful civil resistance.”

For the fifth time in the last week supporters of Just Stop Oil have taken an act o..

French media previously reported that Paris’ Iron Lady is in dire shape

The landmark Eiffel Tower “has never been looked after better than now,” said its directorate on Monday, commenting on reports alleging that the symbol of Paris is in a dismal state.

Patrick Branco Ruivo, general manager of the Eiffel Tower operating company, has provided assurance that the tower will “continue to stand, with its iron being flawless,” according to the news agency AFP.

“For the first time in its history, the tower was scrubbed of all the layers of paint,” he said. “We discovered that the wrought iron was flawless despite the fact we inspected the part that had suffered [from rust] the most.”

The French magazine Marianne reported last week, citing confidential sources, that the iconic tower was in dire shape, and that the authorities had only undertaken cosmetic measures instead of comprehensive repairs.

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The stage director won acclaim for his controversial productions, including putting Shakespeare on stilts

British theater director Peter Brook died in Paris on Saturday, aged 97. Brook’s groundbreaking reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s classics, and his willingness to stage performances in the most unusual settings, earned him adoration, acclaim and awards.

Brook’s death was reported by multiple media sources, with the director’s son, Simon, confirming his passing on Sunday. Born in Britain to Lithuanian Jewish parents, Brook had resided in Paris since the mid 1970s, and is survived by his two children, Simon and Irina. His wife, actress Natasha Parry, died in 2015.

Brook's cousin, Valentin Pluchek, went on become a famous director and actor in the Soviet Union, winning multiple state prizes and leading the Moscow Theater of Satire from 1957, through the fall of the USSR until 2000.

After directing Christopher Marlowe’s ‘Doctor Faustus’ in 1943 and Jean Cocteau’s ‘The Inferna..