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Published: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 12:42 PM
— Parents of children with food allergies are criticizing Sony Pictures’ new movie, “Peter Rabbit,” saying it makes light of such allergies and encourages bullying.
The New York Times reported that the movie, based on the Beatrix Potter children’s book, features an animated rabbit and other animals trying to get access to a garden from a garden owner, played by a live actor.
Domhnall Gleeson plays Tom McGregor, the owner of the garden. In the film, McGregor is allergic to blackberries. The animals rig a slingshot to get him to eat some of the fruit. The actor is seen choking, and he collapses as he struggles to get an EpiPen. The rabbits cheer as he lays on the ground.
“I’m pretty sure Beatrix Potter will be turning in her grave about now,” Sam Rose, of Surrey, England, told The New York Times. “Allergies are often not taken seriously enough anyway. To have them trivialized on the big screen by such a popular character is immensely disappointing.”
Rose says her son, who has food allergies, loves Peter Rabbit, but she won’t be taking him to see the film.
As a father of a son who has allergies to peanuts, milk, egg I refuse to watch #PeterRabbit because @SonyPictures is sending a message it’s ok to bully kids with allergies and making it a joke to get a few laughs! What a disgusting thing to do! #boycottpeterrabbit— L.M. Thomas (@adaddyforlife) February 11, 2018
Kenneth Mendez, president and CEO of Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, said the film’s mockery of food allergies is harmful.
“Making light of this condition hurts our members because it encourages the public not to take the risk of allergic reactions seriously, and this cavalier attitude may make them act in ways that could put an allergic person in danger,” Mendez wrote in an open letter Saturday.
Sony Pictures issued an apology in a statement to The New York Times, attributed to the film’s director, writers and producers.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 5:37 AM
NEW YORK — He's baaack!
"Saturday Night Live" alum Bill Hader returned to the comedy show as host this week – and, much to fans' delight, revived his beloved character, New York City correspondent Stefon.
Hader brought his character-breaking comedy to "Weekend Update," recommending some unusual St. Patrick's Day hot spots.
"New York's hottest club is Gooosh," Hader's Stefon said. "Inspired by true events, this former CVS, which became a Chase Bank then became a CVS again, has a troubling yet familiar feel, like when Larry King would play himself in a movie."
Another suggestion? "If you're Irish, or just white and violent, I have the St. Paddy's place for you. New York's hottest Irish club is 'Off to Church, Mother,'" he said, adding, "This place has everything: Peeps, TED Talks, Roman J. Israel, Esq., and be sure to hit the dance floor and do a jig with Ireland' s hottest Farrah-cauns — leprechauns that look like Farrah Fawcett."
John Mulaney, Stefon's co-creator, also joined Hader as Stefon's lawyer, Shy.
During the segment, fans flocked to Twitter to sing Stefon's praises. Scroll down to see what they were saying.
I actually screamed in my room when they introduced Stefon 😭💓 @nbcsnl— Rachel Hirsch (@richfroggy) March 18, 2018
STEFON!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ BEST NIGHT EVER!!!!!!!! @nbcsnl— Danielle Bonet (@broadwaystar952) March 18, 2018
STEFON IS BACK @nbcsnl— ‘68 (@phoenixjoplin) March 18, 2018
Y'ALL REALLY BROUGHT STEFON BACK @nbcsnl— baby chili flake (@Endishu1) March 18, 2018
Live reaction of me when John Mulaney CAME ON TV DURING THE STEFON SEGMENT pic.twitter.com/GkMRm84wdm— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) March 18, 2018
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 3:20 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 3:20 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — Update, 2:14 a.m. CDT Sunday: Austin police have arrested a man in connection with a bomb threat that led to the cancellation of The Roots’ show Saturday at South by Southwest.
The city of Austin tweeted the following statement early Sunday:
Statement regarding the Bud Light Fair Market event attached. pic.twitter.com/LWsd8sgaYT— Austin Texas (@austintexasgov) March 18, 2018
Trevor Weldon Ingram, 26, was arrested on charges of making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, the release said.
Police also tweeted Ingram’s booking photo:
Booking photo of Trevor Ingram. pic.twitter.com/pEpE3lifVn— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 18, 2018
ORIGINAL STORY: A South by Southwest performance by The Roots at Fair Market in Austin, Texas, was canceled Saturday night due to a “security concern,” event organizers said.
Due to a security concern we have made the hard decision to cancel tonight's event. Your safety and the safety of all fans at SXSW is our most important priority.— Bud Light (@budlight) March 18, 2018
A police spokesman said around 9:30 p.m. that more information would be released via Twitter, but nothing had been posted by 11:30 p.m. CDT.
However, the Austin Chronicle reported that it had two staffers at the event. One staffer heard event workers discussing the concern as a bomb threat, according to a report the weekly posted online, and "a second Chronicle staffer spoke with someone working at Fair Market tonight, who confirmed that Austin police were canvassing the property to determine whether there is any validity to the threat."
The cancellation of the show on the final night of the South By Southwest Festival comes at a time of heightened concern in the city following three deadly package bombs – two on Monday – that have exploded in East Austin this month, killing two people and seriously injuring a third.
Representatives for the event issued the following statement Saturday night after the cancellation:
“Due to a security concern, we have made the difficult decision to cancel tonight’s Bud Light x The Roots SXSW Jam. After working proactively with SXSW, the Austin Police Department, and other authorities, Bud Light believes this is the best course of action to ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and artists, and appreciate your understanding. We are truly sorry to have to cancel the event, but we felt it was necessary to take all safety precautions.”
In an Instagram post, Fair Market representatives said Anheuser-Busch made the call to cancel the event.
In a tweet that was later deleted Saturday night, frontman Questlove wrote, “Uh, welp can’t say much but for those in Austin waiting in line to see us tonight. Tonight’s show has been cancelled. They’ll make official announcement but I’d rather save y’all the trouble of waiting in line.”
In response to fans who were upset after waiting in line for hours, Questlove also tweeted:
Uh come on now. If you gonna point fingers, start w the individual who caused it to be canceled.— T'Questlove (@questlove) March 18, 2018
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 3:04 AM
He’s in town for multiple reasons – the premiere of Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” on Saturday night, a dedication at the Belo Center for New Media at the University of Texas on Saturday afternoon and an appearance at the Long Center on Sunday night.
In true Bill Murray fashion, he also appeared on Sixth Street on Saturday evening and recited a poem while wearing overalls and a bucket hat, likely to promote his Long Center show at which he’ll be sharing stories and poetry. Anderson made an appearance, too:
Bill Murray on 6th...reciting a poem pic.twitter.com/j2wC7qrhNu— Barbara Cantu (@Barbaraaaful) March 17, 2018
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 6:32 AM
— There’s going to be a wedding soon on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Entertainment Online reported.
Oh, spoiler alert -- if you did not watch Thursday’s episode and want to find out for yourself, skip this story.
The turbulent relationship between Jo (Camilla Luddington) and Alex (Justin Chambers) ends with their engagement by the end of the episode, titled “Old Scares, Future Hearts.”
Jo feels the need to make a confession to Alex, but he cuts her off and runs to his dresser, looking for something.
“Where the freak is my ring?” he finally asks.
“Alex, I’m wearing it,” she tells him.
The proposal is made and accepted. Wedding details are coming soon.