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‘Captain Marvel’ star Brie Larson pushes for off-screen inclusion

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Brie Larson is using her starring role in “Captain Marvel,” the first female-led superhero story from Marvel Studios, to advocate for women behind the scenes as well.

Cast member Brie Larson poses at the premiere for the movie “Captain Marvel” in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Larson, 29, who won a best actress Oscar in 2016 for independent drama “Room,” began campaigning for stronger female representation on and off screen more than a year ago.

So when it came to promoting “Captain Marvel,” which begins its international rollout on Wednesday, she lobbied for more women and people of color among those interviewing her.

“This film allows me an opportunity and a platform to be able to have more flexibility to do more, and I just took that opportunity,” Larson told Reuters Television.

In a speech last year, Larson noted that 64 percent of the reviews for Hollywood’s 100 top grossing movies in 2017 were written by white men.

“Captain Marvel” is not the first female-led superhero movie. DC Comics “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot, broke that barrier in 2017.

But like “Wonder Woman,” Larson said “Captain Marvel” had to pay more than lip service to women. The movie’s co-director and co-writer is Anna Boden.

“We’re telling a female story, but it’s not good enough to just be like, ‘You just hired a female lead and then we did it!’,” Larson said.

“You have to infuse it in every aspect. We have to make sure that we are actually bringing more seats to the table, that we’re walking the walk. We’re not just putting it on a poster, that we’re living it,” she added.

In the film, Larson stars as 1990s former fighter pilot Carol Danvers, who goes on a journey of self-discovery and becomes the powerful Captain Marvel, a superhero caught in the midst of a galactic war between two alien races.

It is also a tale of female friendship, with black actress Lashana Lynch playing Danvers’ best friend and fellow pilot Maria Rambeau.

Lynch said the film marked a “really special moment to be able to represent women and people of color in such a positive light.”

Larson, whose directorial debut “Unicorn Store” hits Netflix next month, said she felt encouraged by steps Hollywood studios were taking to be more inclusive.

“Sometimes it’s just (that) it takes one person being like, ‘Something seems weird,’ and people are like, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re right!,” she said.

Reporting by Reuters Television; Editing by James Dalgleish

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Emily Ratajkowski shows exposed rib cage in bikini snap

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Emily Ratajkowski is still posing in bikinis.

The brunette bombshell showed off another piece from her Inamorata Woman line on Instagram.

In a black and white snapshot, Ratajkowski, 27, wore a light colored string bikini top with matching high-cut bottoms as she posed on a chair, revealing her visible rib cage.

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She accessorized with small hoop earrings and had her brown hair swept into a messy updo.

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This post got much less hate than another recent black and white photo she posted to Instagram.

Last week, Ratajkowski posted a photo of her and plus-sized model pal Caitlin King’s rear ends to promote her swimwear and lingerie line.

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She was hit with a lot of flak for allegedly bodyshaming her friend.

Last month, Ratajkowski posed in lingerie and bikinis in a convenience store to promote her Inamorata brand.

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She’s previously expressed that her clothing choices are a feminist act, saying it was “important” to wear “a string bikini on the beach and at a protest.”

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Allison Mack is in ‘active plea negotiations’ to avoid trial for alleged involvement in NXIVM sex cult

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Allison Mack is in 'active plea negotiations' to avoid trial for alleged involvement in NXIVM sex cult

“Smallville” actress Allison Mack along with two other defendants swept up in the alleged sex trafficking conspiracy by the self-help group, that many call a cult, NXIVM may avoid their respective trials next month thanks to a plea deal.

It was revealed in court that Mack and the others are in “active plea negotiations” as a fourth defendant, NXIVM co-founder and alleged ringleader of the cult, Keith Raniere, appeared in court to plead not guilty to child pornography charges related to the case.

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Mack is best known for her long-running role on the superhero TV show about the early days of Clark Kent’s life. However, it was previously reported that she was heavily involved in the NXIVM organization. Mack allegedly got involved with the organization when she was unhappy with her acting career. She reportedly rose in the ranks to become a key player in its activities, which allegedly included branding its members and finding sex slaves for Raniere.

Mack is currently on pretrial house arrest at her parent’s home in Los Alamitos, Calif., on a $5 million bond. However, next month she’s expected to travel to New York to stand trial, unless she’s able to make a plea deal.

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Additionally, defense attorney Mark Geragos said that his client, Seagram liquor fortune heiress Clare Bronfman, will be asking for a separate trial on charges she bank-rolled the Albany-based group that has been compared to a cult. Bronfman and Mack have previously denied the charges.

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“We don’t need to be the collateral damage,” Geragos said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘The View’ host Meghan McCain says her late father would laugh that Trump is ‘so jealous of him’

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‘The View’ host Meghan McCain says her late father would laugh that Trump is ‘so jealous of him’

“The View” co-host Meghan McCain thinks her late father would be amused that President Trump keeps him in the news with on-going attacks via Twitter.

Trump has repeatedly tweeted about John McCain – who died in Aug. 2018 – in recent days, falsely claiming the iconic senator graduated “last in his class” at Annapolis and slamming his role in the Russia investigation.

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The president also responded recently to reports McCain and an associate had shared with the FBI and various media outlets the unverified dossier alleging that Moscow held compromising information on Trump – but the outspoken ABC News host thinks her dad would laugh it off.

“If I had told my dad, ‘Seven months after you’re dead, you’re going to be dominating the news and all over Twitter,’” Meghan McCain said on Wednesday. “He would think it was so hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death.”

“He would think it was so hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death.”

— Meghan McCain

“The View” co-host then advised viewers not to feel bad for her family despite the president mocking her father on a regular basis.

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“We are blessed. We are a family of privilege,” she said. “Feel bad for people out there who are being bullied that don’t have support.”

Meghan also thanked her “View” colleagues for the on-going support when it comes to defending her father. Co-host Joy Behar slammed Sen. Lindsey Graham on Monday for aligning with President Trump over his old friend, saying the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman needs to “find his testicularity.”

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Earlier this week, the same topic came up on “The View” and Meghan bashed the president for the Twitter attack on her father.

“He spends his weekend obsessing over great men because he knows it and I know it and all of you know it — he will never be a great man,” she said.

Meghan closed out the rebuke by adding: “I genuinely feel bad for his family. I can’t imagine having a father that does this on the weekends.”

Fox News’ Liam Quinn contributed to this report.

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