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North Korea Warns U.S On Consequence of Film Release

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World War III, here we come.

In Seth Rogen and James Franco’s upcoming action comedy The Interview, the duo play a producer and host of a tabloid talk show respectively, who after landing an interview with Kim Jong-un, are tasked with killing the dictator for the CIA. The comedic cronies, who are known for their outlandish behavior (i.e. recreating Kanye’s “Bound 2″ video) are no strangers to causing controversy for the sake of a few laughs. Well, North Korea is not laughing — quite the opposite in fact.

Reports that executive director of The Centre for North Korea-US Peace, Kim Myong-chol, responded hit the net last week via the UK Telegraph in which he condemned the film in behalf of his nation:

There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society. A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. And let us not forget who killed [President John F.] Kennedy – Americans. In fact, President [Barack] Obama should be careful in case the US military wants to kill him as well.
Myong-chol went on to praise Britain’s “James Bond” films and to say that while offended, Kim Jong-Un will probably in fact watch the film. Seth Rogen responded to the statement via Twitter saying “Apparently Kim Jong Un plans on watching #TheInterview. I hope he likes it!!”

Now it seems over the course of a few days things have escalated a bit with a spokesperson from North Korea’s Foreign Ministry saying in a statement to Korea’s state run KCNA news agency that, “The act of making and screening such a movie that portrays an attack on our top leadership… is a most wanton act of terror and act of war, and is absolutely intolerable.” The unnamed official went on to promise a “resolute and merciless response” from North Korea if the US proceeds to screen the film.

Seth Rogen responded to North Korea’s threat in true troll fashion via Twitter saying, “People don’t usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they’ve paid 12 bucks for it. Hiyooooo!!!”

The film is set to release on October 14, and as of yet there has been no word of any plans to stop its release.

One has to wonder though, how would our government react if North Korea made a film depicting the assassination of our highest officials?

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Meanwhile, In Parenting: Dad Who Left Kid In Car Has Suspicious Internet History, & More (DETAILS)

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In bad parenting news, one father has been charged with murder after leaving his son in the car for seven hours, and a Florida mother was arrested after refusing to treat her newborn with ‘non-vegan’ medicines.

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Some strange new details have emerged in the case of the Georgia father who left his 22-month-old child in the backseat of his car while he went off to work.

A local station in Memphis reported Wednesday afternoon that Justin Ross Harris, the father of the 22-month-old boy, searched online for how long it would take for an animal to die if it were trapped in a hot car. This bizarre twist in Harris’ story has sparked some suspicion by the Cob County police, and authorities are saying this isn’t the only source of their suspicion since the tragic incident.

“Within moments of the first responders getting to the scene…

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Bring Da Resumes: Wu Tang Clan Is Looking For Social Media Interns (DETAILS)

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What are unpaid internships worth in a world where cash rules? A LOT if you’re interning for the Wu.

New York’s very own Wu-Tang Clan allegedly posted an ad on Craigslist offering an intern position with the company. The legendary rap supergroup specifically asked for people interested in posting on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) on their behalf. Among the qualifications for the job, Wu-Tang lists “professional demeanor,” “excellent written communication skills,” and “ability to meet deadlines.”

Six members of the eight-member group are currently working on a new album, A Better Tomorrow (Raekwon and GZAare reportedly not involved). Meantime, their $5 million one-of-a-kind album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, is set to go on tour to museums around the country.

So to all the young people still looking for summer internships: what better way to gain experience than under the wing of Shaolin’s finest? If you want to contribute…

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Deportation Separates Thousands Of U.S.-Born Children From Their Parents (VIDEO)

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According to reports delivered to Congress, Immigration and Customs Enforcement last year carried out more than 72,000 deportations of parents who said they had U.S.-born children.

The report also states that a large portion of those children, about 5,000, have been placed in foster care as a result.

The reports were sent by ICE in April to the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee, as required by law. ICE confirmed the authenticity of the two reports, which lay out 72,410 removals of immigrants who said they had one or more U.S.-born children in 2013.

The reports show that even parents of U.S. citizens are among the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants being expelled from the United States each year.

Children born in the U.S. are given automatic citizenship, regardless of their parents’ immigration status, and a 2013 report by Human Impact Partnersestimated that 4.5 million U.S. citizen children…

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Dr. Dre’s Son Curtis Young Talks On His Fathers Success

As he works on making a name for himself in entertainment, Chris Young, one of Dr. Dre’s sons, says that the task is difficult.

“You can’t get out of that giant’s shadow,” Young says during an interview with XXL. “So I’m still in his shadow—and because of him, I have the Young name, and the Foundation—but what I understood was, he paved the road that I gotta walk down regardless, so I need to brand myself as an artist to understand that. And by me saying that, I mean I have different entities besides music, so that’s what helped me kind of stay out of his shadow, because I’ve got things that he’s not doing. Kind of like how he’s got the headphone thing, I’ve got other things.”

Young has rapped as Hood Surgeon and has appeared in a few independent films, though he was not cast to portray his rather in the forthcoming N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton.

“I actually tried out for the role, ’cause the casting company called me,” Young says. “But my father wanted somebody with more acting experience, and I haven’t been acting for a long time, so I’m happy for the guy that got the role. It’s one of those things where we want what’s best for the movie and for the film. I had a lot of fans that were upset about it, but whatever’s best for the film, that presents it in that light, then I’m for it.”

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Iraqis In a U.S. Court, Accusing Blackwater of Killings in 2007

AWASHINGTON — The witness wore a suit with no tie, the top button of his gray shirt undone. He had told this story many times, and now that he was in the United States, telling his story at last to a jury, he appeared neither hurried nor anxious.

Sarhan Deab Abdul Moniem, the witness, was a traffic officer that day in September 2007, when a convoy of Blackwater Worldwide trucks pulled into his traffic circle in Baghdad and started shooting. He held up two hands, showing jurors how he had pleaded with the American security contractors to stop. Through an interpreter, he spoke in a matter-of-fact way about running toward a victim inside a white Kia sedan.

“There was a lady. She was screaming and weeping about her son and asking for help,” Mr. Moniem said. He showed jurors how she had cradled her dead son’s head on her shoulder. “I asked her to open up the door so I could help her. But she was paying attention only to her son.”

More than four dozen Iraqi citizens like Mr. Moniem are scheduled to travel to Washington in the coming months to testify against the Americans who they say fired wildly on unarmed citizens, leaving 17 Iraqis dead. For years, they have waited as the case wound its way through the American court system. In a courtroom steps away from the Capitol, they are finally having their say. The Justice Department says it will be the largest number of foreign witnesses to testify in a criminal trial.

Video | The Blackwater Shooting Witnesses shed new light on the killing of 17 Iraqis by American contractors in Baghdad.
“Significant resources have been expended to ensure the witnesses have access to the U.S. court system,” said Andrew C. Ames, a spokesman for the F.B.I., which is coordinating the travel arrangements.

Family members and survivors have said they see this trial as a test of America’s judicial system. And though they have expressed frustration and skepticism, dozens have volunteered to take part.

They are not all as understated as Mr. Moniem. The government’s first witness, Mohammed Hafedh Abdulrazzaq Kinani, broke down last week as he talked about his 9-year-old son, Ali, who was shot in the head while riding in the back seat of the family car. Mr. Kinani sobbed so uncontrollably that Judge Royce C. Lamberth sent the jury out of the room. The next day, one juror said she had been too haunted to sleep. The judge excused her from service.

The Nisour Square shooting was a signature point in the Iraq war, one that inflamed anti-American sentiment abroad and contributed to the impression that Americans were reckless and unaccountable. The Iraqi government wanted to prosecute the security contractors in Iraq, but the American government refused to allow it.

A car that burned in September 2007 when Blackwater Worldwide security contractors opened fire in a Baghdad traffic circle, killing 17 people.
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When the Justice Department indicted five former Blackwater guards in 2008 and reached a plea deal with a sixth, prosecutors said it was a message that, whether in a war zone or not, nobody was above the law.

But the case has suffered repeated setbacks, frequently of the government’s own making. In Iraq, the delays contributed to the impression that Blackwater operated with impunity. Prosecutors ultimately dropped charges against one guard, citing a lack of evidence, and have gone to trial against the remaining four: Dustin L. Heard, Evan S. Liberty, Nicholas A. Slatten and Paul A. Slough.

For the most part, the horrors of the Nisour Square shooting are uncontested. Nobody disputes that a team of Blackwater guards, working for the State Department, drove four armored trucks into a busy traffic circle and opened fire. It is clear that it all began with the white Kia, and that by the time the shooting subsided, there were many dead.

But the four former security guards standing trial — three on manslaughter charges, one on a murder charge — say they believed they were being ambushed in the traffic circle. A car bomb had just detonated a short distance away and the white Kia, defense lawyers argue, looked like a potential follow-up bomb lurching toward the convoy. The guards also said they were under fire from insurgents.

Defense lawyers hope that inconsistencies in the Iraqis’ stories will raise doubts about what happened. Mr. Moniem, for instance, said the first shots came from one of the gunners standing in a turret atop one of the vehicles. Prosecutors say it was Mr. Slatten, a former Army sniper, who fired the first shots from inside his armored truck. His murder charge hangs on whether that is true.

That is the risk of having such a long list of witnesses. With so many people recalling a shooting from so many vantage points, there will be inconsistencies. The prosecution is counting on these inconsistencies fading away as witness after witness agrees that the shooting was unprovoked and the victims were unarmed.

Majed Salman Abdel Kareem al-Gharbawi, a 55-year-old commodity trader, testified Tuesday that he was riding in a small truck with his friend Osama Abbas when the shooting started directly in front of them. Mr. Gharbawi tried to run away and was shot in the abdomen. As he slumped to the ground, he said, he saw another man who had been shot.

“He was screaming and praying to god, for Allah to save him from this calamity,” Mr. Gharbawi testified. In Islam, he explained, it is customary for the dying to say a final prayer. “So I told him, let’s do that together.”

As Mr. Gharbawi lay in the street, Mr. Abbas also tried to run. He did not make it far. “His body was shaking violently as the bullets were piercing him and hitting the sidewalk,” Mr. Gharbawi said. He said the American security guards kept shooting at Mr. Abbas even after he was on the ground, clearly dead.

The F.B.I. will not discuss details of the arrangements it has made for the Iraqis. In court documents, the Justice Department describes the effort as “a significant logistical challenge” involving coordination with State Department and immigration officials. Because it is impossible to predict when exactly a witness’s testimony will begin and end, some people are inevitably on call, waiting to see if they will need to go to court.

On the third day of Mr. Moniem’s testimony, T. Patrick Martin, the prosecutor, apologized and said he had just a few more questions. Mr. Moniem said there was no need to rush.

“All my time is to you,” he said, smiling. “As long as we are trying to arrive at what is right and helpful to people, I am here and at your service.”

Source: The New York Times

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What’s Happening In Hip-Pop: “Think Like A Man Too” Wins Box Office, “OITNB” Releases New Extended Trailer, & More (DETAILS)

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The race for the number one spot at the box office this weekend was pretty close, but ultimately, the Think Like A Man sequel came out in first place.

The romantic comedy starring Kevin Hart took home $12.2 million on Friday, and closed out its opening weekend with an estimated $33 million. 22 Jump Street, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill,came in right behind TLAM2, raking in $9.4 million on Friday, and taking in between $30 and $32 million during the three-day period.

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If you aren’t one of the million fans binge-watching Season 2 of Orange Is The New Black, maybe this trailer will change your mind.

Netflix has released the extended trailer for the second season of their hit show and things are more explosive than ever. Check out the trailer above.

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Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction has released…

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