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Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t care if his Trump stance costs him fans

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Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t care if supporters of President Trump no longer see his movies.

During an interview with Esquire published this week, the veteran actor trashed the president, referring to him with some unflattering expletives.

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“This motherf–ker is like ruining the planet and all kinds of other crazy s–t,” the 70-year-old actor said. “And the people think that’s OK. It’s not f–king OK. And if you’re not saying anything, then you’re complicit.”

When asked if he was worried about antagonizing Trump voters, the “Avengers” star dismissed concerns: “I know how many motherf–kers hate me. ‘I’m never going to see a Sam Jackson movie again.’ F–k I care? If you never went to another movie I did in my life, I’m not going to lose any money. I already cashed that check. F–k you. Burn up my videotapes. I don’t give a f–k.”

Jackson also slammed critics who say he shouldn’t wade into politics and that he should “stick to acting.”

“No, motherf–ker. I’m a human being that feels a certain way. And some of this s–t does affect me, because if we don’t have health care … and my relatives get sick, they’re going to call my rich a–,” Jackson continued. “I want them to have health care. I want them to be able to take care of themselves. This is how I feel. And I count to 100 some days before I hit ‘send,’ because I know how that s–t is.”

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The Academy Award-nominated actor is known for his iconic performances in films like “Pulp Fiction,” “Jurassic Park,“ “Coach Carter” and “Django Unchained.” He has also appeared in numerous film franchises like “Star Wars,” and “The Incredibles,” while also playing Nick Fury in multiple Marvel superhero films. His latest is the box-office smash “Captain Marvel.”

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Steven Spielberg called out for promoting Apple streaming service while working against Netflix

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Famed director Steven Spielberg has been on a campaign to get streaming films like those made by Netflix removed from consideration from the Academy Awards. As a result, many were perplexed to see him front and center promoting the release of Apple’s new streaming service.

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled Apple TV+ to the world on Monday and got a little help from a lot of star power. Chief among the Hollywood stars that came out to drum up excitement for the new platform was Spielberg, whose Amblin Entertainment series “Amazing Stories” was ordered for the new platform.

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Spielberg appeared in person at the Steve Jobs Theater in California to discuss the new platform, but industry watchers both at the event and on social media spent the whole time wondering if his involvement in the new streaming platform colors his previous campaign to walk back Netflix’s eligibility for awards.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: Film maker Steven Spielberg arrives for the Premiere Of Universal Pictures And Amblin Entertainment's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" held at Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 12: Film maker Steven Spielberg arrives for the Premiere Of Universal Pictures And Amblin Entertainment’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” held at Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

“Did we know Steven Spielberg was shilling for Apple during the kerfuffle with Netflix? Seems relevant!” BuzzFeed’s Kate Aurthur noted on Twitter.

“Steven Spielberg, who has openly argued that movies that are just on a TV aren’t real movies and shouldn’t be considered the same kind of art, is being paid to tell you why Apple TV+ is good,” wrote Game Informer’s Imran Khan.

“If and when Spielberg brings a movie to Apple TV+, is he going to want it to be considered for Oscars?” asked Gizmodo’s Charles Pulliam-Moore.

As previously reported, Spielberg has been outspoken about his distaste for movies that launch on streamers.

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“I don’t believe that films that are given token qualifications, in a couple of theaters for less than a week, should qualify for Academy Award nominations,” he said. “Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. If it’s a good show, you deserve an Emmy. But not an Oscar.”

It’s worth noting that, despite his rhetoric on the matter, Spielberg has appeared on streaming services before, and does not seem to be getting into the streaming movie game at Apple TV+, but is instead throwing his hat into the TV series ring.

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As Variety notes, Amblin Entertainment is a full-service production company that does both ends of the entertainment spectrum. Furthermore, it’s unclear at this time if Apple even plans to release its movies in theaters to make them eligible for the Oscars or will merely use them as fodder to convince people to sign up for the new service. As a result, it’s too early to definitively call Spielberg’s motives into question.

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Kathie Lee Gifford suffering from ‘crippling loneliness’ following deaths of her husband, mother

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“Today” host Kathie Lee Gifford revealed she has been “dealing with crippling loneliness” following the deaths of her husband and mother.

Gifford, 65, is preparing to say goodbye to the “Today” show on April 5 after 11 years on the program. However, the longtime television personality got candid about being a widow and empty nester. Gifford’s mother Joan Epstein died in September 2017. Her husband, Frank Gifford, passed away in August 2015.

“You battle a lot of things when you get older, especially as a widow, when you lose a spouse,” Gifford told AARP The Magazine, according to “Entertainment Tonight.” “It dawned on me the other day, I’m a widow, I’m an orphan, because my mother also passed and I’m an empty nester all at the same time. If you’re not careful, what you’ve lost in life can define you. It’s so much healthier to be defined by what you still have. I’m making big changes in my life because I need to, really big changes that are feeding my soul. Otherwise, despair sets in and loneliness can be crippling.”

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“I didn’t have to stay in this big house anymore,” she continued. “I found myself dealing with crippling loneliness. I had to make moves and spiritual moves. You gotta make new memories or the old ones are going to kill you.”

Gifford spoke about leaving “Today” and said she can focus on a new dream.

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“Maybe it is someone else’s dream job,” Gifford told AARP The Magazine. “But there was a more powerful dream within me that had yet to be fulfilled. All I ever wanted to do, from the time I was a little girl, was sing and be in movies.”

Before Gifford was on “Today,” she co-hosted “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee” from 1988 to 2000.

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Michael Avenatti once dated Kelly Dodd of ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’

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More of Michael Avenatti‘s alleged dirty laundry is going public, this time with the beleaguered attorney’s dating life.

Real Housewives of Orange County” star Kelly Dodd revealed she dated Avenatti last year — and dumped him right before the most romantic day of the year.

“I can’t believe I dated @MichaelAvenatti… I dodged a bullet on that one,” Dodd tweeted Monday.

When a fan asked how long they were together, Dodd, 43, replied, “4 months… broke up with him last year the day before Valentine’s.”

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She posted a photo with her now-ex to drive the point home.

On Monday, federal prosecutors accused Avenatti, 48, of trying to extort Nike for up to $25 million.

After his arrest, Avenatti told press, “As all of you know, for the entirety of my career, I have fought against the powerful; powerful people and powerful corporations. I will never stop fighting that good fight. I am highly confident that when all of the evidence is laid bare in connection with these cases, when it is all known, when due process occurs, that I will be fully exonerated and justice will be done.”

Mark Geragos, an attorney and now-former CNN personality who’s repped celebrities including Chris Brown and Jussie Smollett, was reportedly listed as an alleged co-conspirator in the case.

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At a separate news conference in California, federal investigators accused Avenatti of embezzling a client’s settlement money to pay his own expenses and debts — as well as those of his coffee business and law firm.

Avenatti was charged with wire fraud and tax fraud stemming from a two-year IRS tax investigation after he allegedly obtained $4.1 million in loans for his law firm and coffee business from a Mississippi bank by using phony tax returns stating that he had made $4,562,881 in 2011, $5,423,099 in 2012, and $4,082,803 in 2013.

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Avenatti also stated that he had paid more than $1 million in estimated taxes to the IRS in 2012 and 2013 when, according to prosecutors, he actually owed the IRS $850,438 plus interest and penalties for the years 2009 and 2010. In addition, authorities say, Avenatti paid no personal income taxes for 2011, 2012 and 2013 and paid no estimated taxes in 2012 and 2013.

Kelly Dodd and Michael Avenatti

Kelly Dodd and Michael Avenatti
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Avenatti, who briefly considered a 2020 bid for president, most famously represented Stormy Daniels in her failed non-disclosure suit against President Donald Trump. He’s also credited with bringing new criminal sex abuse charges against singer R. Kelly.

Fox News’ Lucia I. Suarez Sang and Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.

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