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Hugh Jackman And Jason Reitman Talk The Front Runner At Tiff 2018

If you were old enough to pay attention to politics in 1988, odds are you’ve heard this story before. U.S. Senator Gary Hart was running for President of the United States, and was considered the front runner for the Democratic party to do so, when suddenly his campaign was derailed by a scandalous love affair. Canadian director Jason Reitman loved the story so much that he decided to make a movie about it, and he pulled Hugh Jackman with him to star as the disgraced Senator.

In a press conference for the film, Jason Reitman admitted that the movie was a different type of movie for him to make. First it was about American politics, and being Canadian, not to mention eleven years old at the time it happened, meant he didn’t really follow the story when it was happening. It is also a true story, which meant it deals with real people and their lives, something that Reitman had never had to deal with before and something that he found to be a little scary. He did say however that the film was still relevant today, which is why he decided to make it. In the end he thinks everyone will have a different experience after viewing the movie, which he hopes will lead to conversations. He wants people to talk about it. And while movies always have to take at least a little creative license, he stated that the facts in the movie are the facts. They are relevant, and what we need to know about the scandal. 

Hugh Jackman told the crowd that when the events portrayed in the film were happening in real life he was around 19 years old, and probably drunk somewhere. Being from Australia, he hadn’t even heard anything about the scandal until the script was put in front of him. He knew however that he wanted to make the film, because he liked the idea of working with Reitman. As a journalism major in school, Jackman really enjoyed the story and he thought that it still connected to today’s world. To prepare for the role, Jackman spent a lot of time with the real life Gary Hart and his family, and during his research he kept hearing the man described as being smart, yet an enigma. Jackman himself found Hart to be very smart, interesting and knowledgeable, and in the end found that he respected him. He believes the world would be a very different place if Hart had ended up getting elected. One thing Jackman learned while filming the movie is that he has even less desire to run for public office than he did before, because he doesn’t think he could handle the journalists looking for flaws to take him down. 

If you go into The Front Runner thinking the film will make you look down upon the whole Democratic process, and be disheartened by the things that happen behind the scenes, think again. Reitman believes in voting, and thinks we just need to ask ourselves what sort of flaws are we fine with in our elected officials. Jackman on the other hand thinks that even though the process is broken, that it is fixable and worth fighting for. We couldn’t agree more.

By: Roderick Thedorff

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Jason Momoa Shaves Off Beard For A Good Cause

From Game of Thrones, to Aquaman and Frontier, Jason Momoa is front and centre, along with his iconic beard. The actor posted a video on Wednesday though, stating it was time for a change, and shaved for the camera. It wasn’t without a purpose though as one might initially think. The massive actor is trying to raise awareness for aluminum recycling.

“I just want to bring awareness that plastics are killing our planet, and I think I have a solution,” Momoa said in the video as he shaved. “I don’t wanna bitch about it, but there’s only one thing that can really help our planet and save our planet, as long as we recycle, and that’s aluminum.”

Momoa goes on to say he’s specifically talking about aluminum cans making a return to replace all the plastic bottles that are used these days. He states that aluminum can continue to be recycled, and that “75 percent of aluminum that’s ever been used is still in circulation today.” He backs himself up with stats too, so it’s not just him talking for the sake of talking. He also says that it only takes 60 days for aluminum cans to go from the recycling bin, to back on the shelves with a new beverage. 

One of Momoa’s biggest pet peeves too, was not being able to find water available in aluminum cans. A new product seems to be on the way though to change that, but other than the fact that it will be coming from the Ball Corporation, not much else is known about it. 

“There’s a change coming, and it’s aluminum,” Momoa said. “You gotta get rid of your plastic water bottles. Aquaman’s trying to do the best he can for my kids, for your kids, for the world. Love you guys.”

In case you were wondering, it’s been seven years since Momoa had shaved his beard off. He also said he won’t be shaving his head though, as his wife wouldn’t like that.

You can watch the entire video below.

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Billie Eilish’s Debut Album Set To Become The Second-Biggest Album Release of 2019

If you haven’t heard of Billie Eilish before, it’s pretty much a given you will be hearing a lot of her in the future. In the first full week of release, the teenage sensation’s debut album is expected to reach between 250,000 to 275,000 equivalent album units sold, which would make it the second-biggest release of the year. 

Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, appears to be only trailing Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” for the title of the biggest 2019 album debuts to date. The album itself has benefitted from strong streaming figures, but also traditional album purchases as well. That in itself is unusual considering Eilish’s fan base has grown up mainly just streaming music, and not buying physical albums. Even more unusual is the fact that 5 of the albums 14 tracks were also released before the album, which usually cuts back on album purchases, yet in this case it doesn’t seen to have affected the sales at all.

Eilish released her debut single, “Ocean Eyes” in 2016, and it quickly went viral and became a huge success. She released an EP in 2017, which was also a huge success. It September 2017 Apple named her as its newest Up Next artist.  In her short career, Eilish already has seven gold and two platinum singles.

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Apple Set To Launch Their Own TV Streaming Service

Netflix and Amazon might need to be looking over their shoulder, and not at the upcoming Disney streaming service. Apple announced on Monday that their long-anticipated streaming TV service, Apple TV+ is ready to launch, and they’ve brought a lot of heavy hitters along with them for the ride.

When Apple made the announcement on Monday, they bought along Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Momoa, Alfre Woodard, and Kumail Nanjiani with them. The presentation stated that Apple TV was set to launch this fall in more than 100 countries.

While Apple didn’t state how much the service would cost when it was finally launched, it did give a glimpse into the kinds of shows we can expect. Speilberg for instance indicated that his 80s science fiction anthology series Amazing Stories, was set to be revived. While Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell would be starring in a new drama called The Morning Show, that they said would take the viewers behind the scenes of morning TV. Other shows on the way include Sara Bareilles and J.J. Abrams’ new series Little Voice, Momoa and Woodard’s drama Seeing, and Nanjiani’s Little America. Apple also announced a new Sesame Street spin-off, Helpsters. Oprah Winfrey was also on hand, but no word was given as to what her role will be, although last year it was announced that she signed a television deal with Apple. 

Other series expected on Apple TV+ include a show starring Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson, the Jennifer Garner series My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, the drama Are You Sleeping starring Octavia Spencer, an adaptation of the book Defending Jacob which will star Chris Evans and a new CIA drama starring Brie Larson.

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