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›  Brandi Glanville dishes on her friendship with Kim Richards


Brandi Glanville stopped by the brand new BUILD Series NYC studio at 692 Broadway to discuss her reality show, "My Kitchen Rules."

The unscripted cooking series pits celebrity duos against each other as they cook and critique each other's food in Hollywood homes. Who is Brandi paired with? "Oh, our spouses fucked each other," says Brandi in the show's trailer. Brandi's partner is Chef Dean Sheremet. Brandi reached out to her "ex-husband's wife's ex-husband" after booking the show because she is a, in her own words, "shit-stirrer."

Fans of Bravo franchise "The Real Housewives" know Brandi from her stint on the Beverly Hills series. Brandi dished a little on the show at BUILD Series, including which housewife she is besties with in 2017. "I will always be a part of it. Not only because they flashback to me every fucking week. Is there a flashback check?"





For longtime Housewives fans, you might be surprised to hear Brandi is closest with Kim Richards. "Kim's my neighbor, we live very close. I see her all the time." Brandi also noted she is closer with Andy Cohen now that she is not working under him. When asked which housewife she was closest to, she discussed her friendship with Kim in greater detail. "I'm close with Kim. Yolanda and I are friendly, we text over birthdays and holidays, she's not in Los Angeles much anymore. I see Kim all the time. She's doing really well and I'm really happy for her."

Brandi then shared a hilarious story about introducing your loved ones to a new lover. "[Kim Richards] was the first person to meet my new boyfriend. We were driving over to his place and I had to pull over and throw up because I was having a panic attack. I was worried, you know, Kim says some crazy shit and DJ is very normal. Boyfriend, the whole word, makes me ahh."

Watch Brandi's entire BUILD Series talk on aol.com/BUILD



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›  Hope Permeates Sundance As Celebrities Join Thousands For Women's March





“Hello, all you pussies,” Mario Bello exclaimed as she took the microphone at the Sundance Film Festival’s women’s march on Saturday. An already spirited crowd swelled at her invocation.


Miles from Washington, where a gargantuan protest was unfolding, snow covered the ground but fire filled the air. Thousands of festivalgoers and Park City locals took a break from seeing movies to storm Sundance’s downtown hub in solidarity with nationwide demonstrations. Traffic delays stalled movement throughout the Utah town, but bright spirits prevailed.


Protesters ambling down Main Street waved signs, banged drums and chanted the refrain of Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up” in the name of equality. At one point, a woman behind me proclaimed to her companion, “I feel so united with everyone. I feel like smiling. I feel so happy.”



Sundance is, of course, a watering hole for movie stars, and Hollywood made a grand showing at the march. Chelsea Hander led the rally, which was independent of the festival’s organizers, and was joined by the likes of Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Laura Dern, Jessica Williams, Connie Britton, Benjamin Bratt, Kevin Bacon, John Legend, Aisha Tyler, Jennifer Beals and Joshua Jackson.


“This isn’t 1917 ? this is 2017,” Handler said in her speech. “We shouldn’t have to fight for progress we’ve already made, but we’re ready to. It’s our duty to take care of the next generation and to ensure that our children have the same access to the essential services that we all did.” 






Meryl Streep was there in spirit: Festival director John Cooper was among many sporting “I’M WITH MERYL” stickers, and the crowd went wild when Bello said Streep’s political Golden Globe speech helped her out of her post-election stupor.


But for such a star-studded gathering, celebrities were hardly the morning’s highlight. There was a widespread sense of community as protesters huddled together, the Park City mountains providing a picturesque backdrop. Volunteers handed out bagels and miniature American flags. Strangers offered one another help through the slush and snow. Even a few dogs attended the event, including one wearing a sign that read “STRONGER TOGETHER.” 


The most surprising element? Humor. As speakers urged protesters to fight for human rights, the crowd was moved to laughter again and again. It was a two-hour church service for the worried, with hopeful benedictions all around. 


“My ancestors were slaves,” Williams said while addressing the congregation. “Williams is my last name, but it is not my real name ? it is my slave name. I am my ancestors’ dream. They fought for me to be able to stand up here in the cold-ass snow in front of a bunch of white people wearing UGGs.”



As I left the march to catch a movie, stragglers holding signs wandered through the streets nearby. People joked and carried on, seemingly encouraged that the conviviality they felt would result in continued resistance. As the day continued, the good mood seemed to cover Park City and provide a welcome, if temporary, reprieve from the festival’s dour aura on the eve of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

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›  "The Resurrection of Gavin Stone" Relies On the Charm of Actor Brett Dalton
Movie Review - Jackie K Cooper
"The Resurrection of Gavin Stone" (High Top Releasing)

"The Resurrection of Gavin Stone" is a faith based film playing in a thousand or more theaters. It has no big name actors so being "faith based" is its only drawing card. Brett Dalton is the star of this movie and he is very good in the title role of Gavin Stone. He creates a character full of brashness, cockiness and charm. His performance alone is worth attending this movie. If this was a mainstream movie it would propel him to stardom.

At the start of the movie former child star Gavin Stone has finally partied to such an extent the law can't look the other way. His antics have gotten him some two hundred plus hours of community service which he will serve out in his hometown in Illinois. He will serve these hours at a local church, pastored by Allen Richardson (D B Sweeney). His father (Neil Flynn) has agreed to him have having his old room back at his home.

His first day is spent mopping floors but then he learns of a play about the life of Christ being produced at the church. Knowing no one can do the part better, he volunteers to take on the role. The pastor's daughter, Kelly (Anjelah Johnson-Reyes), is directing the play and she reluctantly agrees to this.

As Gavin goes through the rehearsals the impact of the role begins to affect him. The way he is changed and the way he changes others is the heart of the film. It is told and shown in a simplistic manner and because of Dalton's charm and charisma as Gavin Stone, it is all believable.

D B Sweeney has had a fairly long career in movies. Thus his presence as the pastor lends a touch of authenticity to the film. This is seconded by the appearance of Flynn as Gavin's father. Flynn is currently portraying Mike Heck, the father on ABC's "The Middle".

Johnson-Reyes pays the love interest in the movie. She is a competent actress but it takes a while for her to grow on you as Kelly. Just when you have about given up on any sparks between these two leads, Johnson-Reyes breaks out of her shell and brings life to her role. She is still out charmed by Dalton but she is at least in the race.

The movie is rated PG and who knows why. There is no profanity, no sex, no nudity and no violence.

Faith based movies have become very popular in certain parts of our country. They are low budgeted and if they strike the right chord with the Christian community they make a good bit of money. If people hear of the charm of Dalton's performance this one could do alright for itself.

I scored "The Resurrection of Gavin Stone" a religious 6 out of 10.

Jackie K Cooper
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›  Kristen Stewart Addresses Donald Trump's Creepy Old 'Twilight' Tweets





Before President Donald Trump was running our country, he was just a man, tweeting about the stars of a teen vampire franchise with a particular interest in its leading lady, Kristen Stewart.














Stewart and Pattinson’s highly publicized relationship ended following the release of the last “Twilight” film, after the actress kissed her “Snow White and the Huntsman” director, Rupert Sanders.


On Friday, Stewart was asked during a talkback event with Variety at the Sundance Film Festival what she thought about Trump’s tweets, now that he’s the president.


“He was mad at me a couple years ago, really obsessed with me a couple years ago, which is fucking crazy,” said Stewart, who was in town to promote her short film, “Come Swim.” “I can’t even understand it. I literally cannot even understand it. It’s such far-out concept that I don’t want to believe that actually is happening. It’s insane.”


At the time, Stewart said she dismissed Trump’s tweets because he was a “reality star.” But now she sees his social media obsession with her as much more troubling. 


“At that point, he was just, like, a reality star. I had no reference. It wasn’t like really a thing,” Stewart added. “But in retrospect, somebody reminded me of that and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re right!’ He’s probably, like, going to tweet about this.”


Probably, Kristen. Probably. 




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›  xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage
"Rock. Paper. Scissors. Grenade launcher." Those are some of the essential power-play components in this badass action film. Vin Diesel, the lord of the The Fast and the Furious franchise, has just upped the mojo of his spy-thriller xXx sagas to a high-adrenalin stratosphere that will take action-film junkies to the land of nirvana. Fasten your seat belts.

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The cast of the action/spy/thriller xXx: Return of Xander Cage.


Sinister folks have invented a devise called "Pandora's Box." It's about the size of a VHS tape cassette, but not nearly as benign. This deadly killing machine is capable of sabotaging satellites and forcing them to crash land on earth, on a dime. Whatever they target and want blown-up goes kaboom! As Jane Marke (Toni Collette), a government official who has the president on speed dial, leads a meeting of international higher ups explaining the problem, covert warriors break into the meeting room and steal the device. Then they disappear like ghosts.

Marke needs help. She tracks down extreme athlete-turned-government operative Xander Cage (Diesel) on the island of Santo Domingo. He is reluctant to join her in her crusade until she mentions that one of the falling satellites killed his mentor Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson), the now deceased leader of the xXx spy program. Cage is psyched to go on this revenge mission. He enlists the aide of Adele (Ruby Rose, Orange Is the New Black), a sexy sharpshooter lesbian, Nicks (Kris Wu), a DJ who is a fighting machine and Tennyson Torch (Rory McCann), a getaway driver with a heavy foot. Call them the underground rave version of the CIA or MI6.

Cage and his crew of xXx foot soldiers are up against Xiang (Donnie Yen, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) a martial artist warrior, Serena (Deepika Padukone), a gun-wielding killer, and their deadly crew. The first encounter between the rebel spies and the mysterious insurgents, who have their own plans for Pandora's Box, takes both parties in an unfathomable direction.

If you are looking for a coherent, plausible script, look elsewhere. The task for screenwriter F. Scott Frazier was to come up with a framework that could support high-intensity, mind-blowing action scenes, and he did just that, nothing more. He chose international settings, created fiendish characters, developed an outline for crazy action scenes and made everything crescendo into an orgy of violence. He did his job.

Director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) takes the reins, with a keen eye on pacing and a flair for staging action sequences that become pretty outlandish. Cage skiing down a rain forest slope is almost as wild as him chasing Xiang on a motorcycle that turns into a jet ski and finds him surfing through the barrel of a huge wave. At points what he does resembles reality. Other times he's doing stuff that is simply infeasible. But who cares?

The music by Robert Lydecker and Brian Tyler comes with a thunderous base beat that erupts like a volcano. Imagine standing next to the speakers at a nightclub and almost going deaf. Millennials will eat the music up. Vince Filippone and Jim Page edit the footage down to a tight clip that is so fast you almost don't notice Diesel's stunt doubles as he glides down hills on a skateboard or some obvious CGI effects. The Filipino base camp looks a bit like a cross between a luau and a Victoria's Secret keg party with a color palette of tans and browns (Jon Billington, production designer; Erin Magill, Aleksandra Marinkovich and Ken Sinclair art directors). Kimberly A. Tillman gives Marke's career woman costumes a postmodern look and the xXx gang wears a very simple array of clothes that add to their enigma.

Vin Diesel is a two-dimensional actor, which suits the action genre just fine. He is stealth, macho, self-assured, cocky and snarky. Which plays into the Cage character well. He ain't your daddy's Jason Bourne. Even when Frazier's dialogue falls a bit flat, Diesel delivers it with attitude to spare. Padukone and Rose balance toughness and a sexy component well. Watching them stand back-to-back shooting up the bad guys who are coming from all directions is like watching a violent ballet. Yen and Wu are equally fun to view.

The cheeky dialogue, hard-to-imagine action sequences and daring extreme-sport exploits will have great appeal to young, hip moviegoers who are looking for an escapist film that is a cross between The Fast and the Furious and the very sardonic Deadpool.

It is written: Those who are looking for wall-to-wall giddy action scenes will come in throngs.

Visit NNPA Syndication Film Critic Dwight Brown at DwightBrownInk.com.

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›  Madonna Lets The F-Bombs Fly On Live TV In Anti-Trump Speech At Women's March





Unapologetic as always. 


Madonna was among a host of celebrities who joined the Women’s March on Washington Saturday, in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of women marching in the capital and around the country the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.


The singer, who has been vocal about her distaste for the former reality TV star since the beginning of his campaign, took the stage in D.C. to deliver an impassioned and profanity-laced speech about the importance of a political moment that forces everyone to “wake the fuck up.” 


“Welcome to the revolution of love, to the rebellion, to our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny, where not just women are in danger, but all marginalized people,” she said. “It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the fuck up. It seems as though we had all slipped into a false sense of comfort that justice would prevail and that good would win in the end. Well, good did not win this election, but good will win in the end.”



Madonna went on to issue a simple message to those who believe the Women’s March will amount to little political action: “Fuck you.”


“Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything,” she continued. “We cannot fall into despair.”


The speech was broadcast live on a variety of different television networks. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CNN and MSNBC cut away from Madonna after the singer dropped her third F-bomb, with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin later apologizing to the audience. C-SPAN, however, continued to cover her remarks uninterrupted. 






“I just need to apologize for the multiple f-bombs by Madonna,” Baldwin said. “That happens, and we apologize here at CNN for that.”


After closing her speech with a powerful quote from poet W. H. Auden, the pop star performed “Express Yourself” and “Human Nature.” But it wouldn’t be a Madonna show without one last dig, so she dedicated her final song to “DT.”


“The new DT in the White House,” she said. “’D’ could stand for dick. I don’t know.”


But later in the song, she made things abundantly clear by changing the lyrics to “Donald Trump, suck a dick.”


Watch her full speech below: 




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›  Ian McKellen's Women's March Sign Said More Than Words Ever Could

Of course we’d expect Sir Ian McKellen’s sign at the Women’s March to be amazing, but few could have predicted how truly perfect it ended up being.






McKellen, who reportedly attended a London event held in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, brought a sign that included no words ? only an image of Sir Patrick Stewart, in the role of Star Trek’s Captain Picard, face-palming.


McKellen’s sign clearly references the hilarious, inspiring and well-documented friendship the two legendary actors share. This specific image has become a popular meme that people use to express total exasperation and disbelief with the idiocy of a person or a situation.


We can’t think of a better reaction to the status quo.


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›  Janelle Monáe Shares Powerful Moment With Mothers Of The Movement





Janelle Monáe is ready to fem the future, and the Mothers of the Movement are joining her. 


During Saturday’s Women’s March demonstration in Washington, DC, actress and singer Monae delivered warned the new presidential administration to respect women and “get off our areolas and get off our vaginas.”


“It was woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,” Monáe said.


“It was woman that gave you Malcolm X.  And according to the bible, it was a woman who gave us Jesus... We birthed this nation and we can unbirth it when we want to.”


Calling for the protestors to fight against systemic abuse of power, performed a call-and-response song called “Hell You Talmbout,” encouraging the crowd to say the names of black women like Sandra Bland and Maya Young who have died as a result of police encounters, sexual violence, and transphobia. 


Monáe made a statement against police brutality when she invited the Mothers of the Movement (Sybrina Fulton, Lucy McBath, Maria Hamilton, Gwen Carr),  to chant their slain son’s names as the crowd chanted: “Say his name!” 


The moment moved some people on social media to tears:














“This is not about me,” Monáe declared, “This moment is about you.” 

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›  Kim Kardashian Says Goodbye To Obama With Family Photo And Now We're Crying Just Like North





In this political edition of “Stars, They’re Just Like Us!” Kim Kardashian bid farewell to now **deep breath** former President Barack Obama on Friday with a series of family photos and now we need a moment to emotionally recover. 





The reality TV star shared some throwback photos of husband Kanye West and daughter North meeting Obama on her app to thank the outgoing POTUS for his eight years in office. And for those who prefer not to set their hard-earned money on fire by subscribing to the app, Kardashian also blessed us with three pics on Instagram. 


“Thank you Mr. President. You will be missed!” she captioned a photo of herself mid-conversation with Obama. 



Thank you Mr. President. You will be missed!

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on





What an era! I posted some amazing memories on my website/app! I can't wait to show these to my kids one day!

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on




Apparently, North was less than thrilled with the visit because, according to Kim’s caption, she fell and proceeded to cry as much as we did watching the inauguration. 


“Oh Northie!!! North fell and was crying so Potus gave her White House M&M’s. She smiled when I opened the box but I wanted to save them for memories so wouldn’t let her eat them so she cried again,” she captioned the photo. 




Taking candy from a baby, Kim?




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›  Celebrities Join Women's Marches Around The World In Solidarity





The day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump millions of women  organized in cities around the world on Saturday to express their disapproval of the new administration. From Washington D.C. to Los Angeles, from Chicago to London, from Sydney, Australia, to Paris, France, protesters are marching, united in their shared belief that women’s rights shouldn’t be ignored.


A long list of politically active A-listers hit the pavement in solidarity with the cause to lend their voices to the growing chorus of citizens who’ve vowed to resist Trump’s presidency. Stars like Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, America Ferrera, Chelsea Handler, Jessica Chastain and Katy Perry were all in attendance to march under the banner of human rights for women, immigrants, the queer community and more.


Much of the celebrity activity was centered around Washington D.C., where an Artist Table was formed, featuring “a diverse group of celebrities who will participate in and join in solidarity.” Ferrera is serving as chairwoman for the group and delivered impassioned remarks to the crowd on Saturday morning. 


Perry, who was one of the biggest supporters of Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, shared an old photo of herself and sister Angela on social media before joining the crowd in D.C.




“I will not let anyone suppress me, silence me or clip my wings,” she wrote in the caption. “For a long time I misunderstood the true definition of being a feminist, but now that I know, I am empowered! I am indisputably a feminist. I am here today to break the cycle of suppression and inequality. I stand with you all!”


Amy Schumer also posted a throwback photo of herself and detailed her reasons for marching in the caption. 




“I’m marching for so many reasons. But mostly just to show up and say I will be here next to you all fighting for what’s right,” she wrote. “So we can all live safely and equally together. We will protect each other. And when tomorrow is over we will realize that it’s just the beginning. We will need to show up for each other for years to come and we will every time. I’ve got your back and you’ve got mine. Let’s march.”


Schumer later shared a group shot of her crew for the day of the march, including fellow comedian Rachel Feinstein, with everyone wearing orange NASA jumpsuits, because why the hell not? 



March like everyone's watching

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Chelsea Handler was on hand to lead a sister march in Park City, Utah, where celebrities have gathered this week for the Sundance Film Festival. She was reportedly joined by Charlize Theron, Aisha Tyler, Connie Britton, Mary McCormack, Benjamin Bratt, Jessica Williams and Maria Bello.


The comedian shared a video from the front lines of the march, chanting, “Love, not hate makes America great.”



#MARCHONMAIN #WOMENSMARCH @marycmccormack @charlizeafrica

A video posted by Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) on




Take a look below at the rest of nasty women (and men) who came out in support of women’s rights on Saturday. If you’re marching, keep an eye out for famous faces in the crowd. 



@womensmarch

A photo posted by Jessica Chastain (@jessicachastain) on









I love women. I live for my two daughters. And I am full of pride and unity with all women today.

A photo posted by Drew Barrymore (@drewbarrymore) on





Parks & Menstruation

A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on





#WomensMarch

A photo posted by John Legend (@johnlegend) on









Love this woman. @ellenpage #WomensMarchDC

A photo posted by Amber Tamblyn (@amberrosetamblyn) on















#womensmarchonwashington

A photo posted by Melissa Benoist (@melissabenoist) on





#nastywomen making some noise for their rights!!!! #womensmarch #offtodc #twinningandwinning #littlehands

A photo posted by Padma Lakshmi (@padmalakshmi) on









Women's March!

A photo posted by Krysten Ritter (@therealkrystenritter) on





LONDON LADIES OUT IN FULL FORCE TODAY!! #womensmarchlondon

A video posted by cynthiaerivo (@cynthiaerivo) on



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›  xXx: Return of Xander Cage'>Zaki's Review: xXx: Return of Xander Cage
In today's age of studios looking to turn any dormant IP into a chance for synergized, sequelized glory, I suppose it was inevitable that we'd circle back around to xXx. For those of you too young to remember back to fifteen years, this franchise had its first go from Sony during the summer of '02 as star Vin Diesel's follow-up to his first (and at the time only) Fast & Furious installment. Starring Diesel as extreme sports enthusiast/secret agent Xander Cage, xXx was such a clumsy assemblage of boardroom-concocted "cool" and "edgy" cliches that I referred to it at the time as "Poochie: The Movie."

Though it did well enough at the global till to warrant a follow-up, Diesel bolted in favor of 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick. And while Sony tried to keep the fires lit via 2005's xXx: State of the Union (with Ice Cube in the lead), it didn't land with audiences, which would presumably have been the end, were it not for the sustained success of Universal's Furious franchise (which has its eighth installment dropping in a few weeks) convincing studios that audiences will turn out to watch Diesel play anyone other than his street racer alter ego Dominick Toretto.

Now, while you'd think the recent failures of both 2013's Riddick sequel and 2015's The Last Witch Hunter -- star vehicles built entirely on the ineffable appeal of Mr. Diesel -- would have divested the money people of that notion, here we are with the belated xXx: Return of Xander Cage, arriving about twelve years past its sell-by date. Directed by D.J. Caruso (of The Salton Sea and Disturbia) and released by new studio Paramount, xXx 3 isn't so much a fully-formed film as it is an $85 million celluloid monument to Vin Diesel's image of himself.

We begin the story this time around with Diesel's retired superspy believed ead, and living off the grid in Central America while doing the Robin Hood thing for poor people (and by "doing the Robin Hood thing" I mean giving them access free cable, because screw those corporate cable company CEOs, or something). Anyway, when the United States government's satellite control device called Pandora's Box is stolen by a group of spies that are just as extreme as Our Man Xander, the NSA is forced to find him and draft him back into duty. Will he do it? Can you say, "To the extreme"?

(By the way, does anyone else find it amusing that the government would actually call their "evil will be unleashed upon the Earth if this gets out" device Pandora's Box? A little on the nose, no?)

Serving the "exposition" role this time alongside series regular Samuel L. Jackson (whose Augustus Gibbons character was sort of like the 1.0 version of his Marvel Studios spy honcho Nick Fury) is Toni Collette as NSA director Marke, whose platinum mane and white pantsuit evoke a kind of technocratic nightmare version of Hillary Clinton. Also along are such global stars as Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, and Kris Wu, on whom the studio is presumably leaning to bring in those international box office bucks.

Unfortunately, other than Yen (who's imminently watchable in just about everything he does), every other actor is adrift in the backwash of Diesel's ego exercise. In fact, it's hard to figure out which audience this picture is even aimed at, exactly. I doubt the folks who made the original '02 flick a moderate hit are holding much nostalgic attachment to the property, and I also don't think kids today are particularly interested in seeing fifty-year-old Vin Diesel skateboarding down a mountain, or being told again and again how desirable he is by women half his age.

The script by F. Scott Frazier is so awash in action pic cliches that it would probably be the most brilliant parody of the genre since Team America: World Police if it had the self-awareness to go all in on that. But then, that was never really the mission statement behind the xXx franchise, so why switch things up now? There's no expression of artistic intent in Return of Xander Cage. It's a Frankenstein's monster lab creation constructed from focus groups, dial tests, and the Peter Pan fancies of its outsized star. Let's hope this "return" is a brief one. D

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›  Protesters Nationwide Stand In Solidarity With D.C. Women's March





Meet America’s sisterhood.


One day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, hundreds of thousands of women made their way to Washington, D.C., for the Women’s March on Washington. But across the country, hundreds of “sister marches” also took place.


In New York City, waves of people rallied in Manhattan to march toward Trump Tower. Train stations all over the city were packed with sign-toting protesters, and streets in Midtown were clogged with people. 






Paul Williams, a 43-year old father of four daughters, brought the whole crew out for the historic march in the city.


“For my children’s entire lives, they’ve known Obama and his progressive agenda,” he said. “Having four black daughters, we’ve talked to them about civil rights. It’s a bit of a jolt that now we have to work to make sure everything we’ve built doesn’t go away under Trump.”


His daughter, 7-year-old Zorra, said she was excited to be at the march, but also a little nervous because “there are so many people!”



Protesters also came out to show their support for the LGBTQ community. Nick Reid, a 25-year-old gay black man, worries that under Trump, discrimination will be normalized.


“I already face discrimination every day, and now I think people are going to be more vocal about their hate,” Reid told The Huffington Post.


Seattle, Denver, Miami, Los Angeles, Houston and other major cities saw similar crowds. Though many of the national numbers were estimates, several news sites reported that their cities were on track to make protest history.


“This march and its global scale … we haven’t seen something like this,” Margaret O’Mara, an associate professor of political history at the University of Washington, told The Seattle Times


Rail services and other public transportation were at a standstill in major cities on the East Coast as hopeful demonstrators purchased last-minute tickets to various events, according to The Associated Press.






Sisters Christina and Elizabeth Kim, 26 and 15, marched in Los Angeles to support undocumented immigrants. They’re undocumented themselves, and said they hoped to show Trump that they are “hard-working people who hope to make this country a better place.”


Christina, who’s pursuing a Ph.D. in musicology, told HuffPost: “I’m here because I believe Obama has let me go to my dream school, UCLA. I am incredibly thankful for his help and the help of countless others who have let my dreams come true.” 



Even in smaller jurisdictions, people accumulated in the thousands. In Bellingham, Washington, protesters assembled with Canadians who’d crossed the border to show their support, according to Carolyn Nielsen, a journalism professor at Western Washington University. 





The grassroots women’s march movement began on election night, when a grandmother in Hawaii created an event on Facebook in the hopes of gathering people to protest Trump’s win. Forty of Teresa Shook’s friends agreed to march in Washington, D.C., the day after Trump’s inauguration. By the next day, 10,000 people had signed up.


Since then, the movement has grown to a historic size. In New York City alone, more than 70,000 people pledged to attend. New York’s last massive protest occurred in 2014, when 30,000 people peacefully protested police brutality.


“Our mission is to provide a safe and accepting platform for supporters of equality to rally and march in promotion of civil rights for every human regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, religion or creed,” Katherine Siemionko, the chief coordinator for the New York’s Women’s March, said in a previous statement. 


Chief among protesters’ complaints are the sexist, racist undertones that were part of Trump’s presidential campaign. Many of those marching on Saturday undoubtedly remember the moment Trump described the satisfaction he gets from sexually assaulting women.






In the months following Trump’s electoral win, people outraged and frustrated over the future of the country have made periodic pilgrimages to Trump Tower. The day after the election results were announced, thousands of people swarmed the building in protest. And they did it again. And again. And on Saturday, again. 


Friday, the day of Trump’s inauguration, pockets of violence sprang up with the protests in Washington, D.C. Some people smashed the windows of local businesses and set a car on fire. More than 200 people were arrested. 


Flights to the nation’s capital over the last few days were packed with women ready to protest.






Those traveling to the nation’s capital on Southwest Airlines were treated to a show of solidarity when the flight crew turned on pink lights.


It was unexpected and unannounced,” passenger Jennifer Moran told NBC news. “There was no announcement explicitly from the staff and no one screamed this is for the March. Nothing, just spontaneous and everyone knew exactly why they were cheering.” 














Sebastian Murdock and Kate Auletta reported from New York City. Anna Almendrala reported from Los Angeles.


This story has been updated with additional quotes from protesters and experts.

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