Ronan Farrow on investigating Harvey Weinstein: When family issues are thrown at me, its a dirty move

Farrows investigation into the allegations against the producer won him a Pulitzer prize. He talks about the personal cost In the story behind the story of Mia Farrow and sexual abuse allegations made by Dylan, Farrows older sister, against their father. During the course of the investigation, Weinstein would weaponise all of this to try to unnerve him. If Farrow was intimidated, it isnt his style to show it: he is amused, sardonic, diminutive, in a way that invites comparisons to Matt Lauer, the former NBC host accused of sexual harassment, about whom the book contains explosive new allegations Farrow forgot to eat, go out except when following leads, or call his boyfriend in LA. For a while, he says, …

Rebekah Vardy ‘hires IT experts’ over Coleen Rooney leak claims

Vardy suggests someone else with access to her Instagram account could have leaked stories to the Sun Rebekah Vardy has said she is calling in forensic computer experts to examine who had access to her Instagram account following an extraordinary dispute with fellow footballers wife Coleen Rooney over the being sued by Prince Harry for alleged phone-hacking offences. It also highlights how celebrities are increasingly able and willing to circumvent traditional media outlets and take them on directly. Rooney, the wife of footballer Wayne, has been dubbed WAGatha Christie for her role in the investigation, after the wives and girlfriends moniker that was given to the partners of England footballers at the 2006 World Cup. She published a series of …

Coleen Rooney accuses Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories to Sun

Wife of Wayne Rooney claims fellow footballers wife passed on her private Instagram posts Coleen Rooney has claimed to have caught another footballers wife passing her private information to the Sun, after apparently running an elaborate sting operation that involved placing false stories in the tabloid newspaper. Rooney, an online influencer who is married to the former England international Wayne Rooney, said she was forced to act after a series of posts on her private social media account appeared in the media. She has publicly accused Rebekah Vardy, the wife of fellow England footballer Jamie Vardy, of being the individual who was leaking the private information. Vardy, a former contestant on Im a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, has …

The muzzling of Michael Winterbottom: how Sony censored Greed

His fashion tycoon send-up, starring Steve Coogan with alarming teeth, was meant to end with shocking figures about workers pay. But the studio said no. The director relives a six-month spat Every year for the past three decades, Ingmar Bergman. (Bergman only agreed to the documentary because he was so tickled by the then 25-year-olds surname. Its the one time its been a help, says Winterbottom. As a child, it wasnt the easiest.) Now, abruptly, that routine has changed. Winterbottom is on sabbatical. To recover, it turns out, from the past six months, spent unsuccessfully haggling over the final cut of his latest film. Philip Green. David Mitchell plays a journalist roped into writing his biography, who travels to the …

With the greatest disrespect: how Her Majesty’s Press offers its candid friendship

The Duchess of Sussex may think she has a good case in her legal battle with the media. But just look at how these other royals fared Has there ever been a more cruelly miscast candid friend to the royal family than Her Majestys Press, who are neither truly candid, nor remotely the sort of people one knows socially? And, yes, I obviously include myself in that. In any case, the ONLY acceptable way to look at the royal family is that practised by Princess Michael of Kent, of whom the Queen is once said to have remarked: Shes rather grand for us. (Remember: the couple have decided to launch a legal action. There is, as we know, no snowflake …

Prominent Britons of colour condemn BBC over Naga Munchetty complaint

Corporation accused of racial discrimination after presenter reprimanded for Trump remarks More than 40 prominent broadcasters, celebrities and actors of colour have condemned the BBC, demanding it reconsider a decision partially upholding a complaint against the presenter Naga Munchetty, calling it deeply flawed, illegal and contrary to the spirit and purpose of public broadcasting. In a letter Original Article : HERE ;

Why cant we agree on whats true any more?

The long read: Its not about foreign trolls, filter bubbles or fake news. Technology encourages us to believe we can all have first-hand access to the real facts and now we cant stop fighting about it We live in a time of political fury and hardening cultural divides. But if there is one thing on which virtually everyone is agreed, it is that the news and information we receive is biased. Every second of every day, someone is complaining about bias, in everything from the latest movie reviews to sports commentary to the BBCs coverage of BBC and civil service as institutions that twist our basic understanding of reality to their own ends. Everyone can point to evidence that justifies …

Racist African stereotypes are as prevalent as ever on TV | Afua Hirsch

Too many entertainment shows are still rooted firmly in the colonial past, says Guardian columnist Afua Hirsch I have an idea for a British TV series. It involves finding an African society with a history of regarding Europeans as a profoundly inferior race tricky, admittedly. Then find a small-town family, from County Durham, say, to perform stereotypically English culture to entertain them. Describe this as an exchange it sounds more equal but make sure the African characters are equipped with various gadgets and a familiar value system. Well follow their love lives, clothing preferences and personality quirks in minute detail on social media. By contrast, the County Durham people can just be lumped into one collective personality, a series of …

No Logo at 20: have we lost the battle against the total branding of our lives?

Twenty years on from the book that analysed the growing political power of superbrands Some political books capture the zeitgeist with such precision that they seem to blur the lines between the page and the real world and become part of the urgent, rapidly unfolding changes they are describing. On 30 November 1999, mere days before the publication of Naomi Kleins debut, No Logo, the epochal Campaign marking the tenth anniversary of the 1997 general election, was perhaps the most brand-savvy political project in British history. No Logo had a global impact far beyond anything Naomi Klein only 29 at the time and unknown outside her native Canada had expected. It became a bestseller in the UK (among numerous other …

FaceApp: Netherlands police backtrack over calls to delete it

Forces had warned that Russian ageing app was not bound by EU privacy legislation Police forces in the Netherlands have backtracked on calls for users to delete the popular age-filtering FaceApp, over which some critics have voiced privacy fears. In a series of posts on Facebook, it was erroneously claimed by forces across the country that the Russian app, which predicts how people will look as they get older, was not safe as it Original Article : HERE ;

To fix the problem of deepfakes we must treat the cause, not the symptoms | Matt Beard

Once technology is released, its like herding cats. Why do we continue to let the tech sector manage its own mess? We havent yet seen a clear frontrunner emerge as the Democratic candidate for the 2020 US election. But Ive been interested in another race the race to see which buzzword is going to be a pivotal issue in political reporting, hot takes and the general political introspection that elections bring. In 2016 it was fake news. Deepfake is shoring up as one of the leading candidates for 2020. This week the US House of Representatives intelligence committee asked Facebook, Twitter and Google what they were planning to do to combat deepfakes in the 2020 election. And its a fair …

Puerto Rico’s mass protests were partly sparked by this news outlet’s publication of leaked texts

New York (CNN Business)Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism has broken many, many stories in the past eleven years. In total there were 889 pages of texts exchanged on the messaging app Telegram between the governor and 11 top aides and Cabinet members. Minet said the messages show illegal and immoral conduct. The profane, misogynistic and homophobic messages revealed how the island’s leaders were talking “during their business hours, paid by public funds,” she said. Some of the insulting comments in the private chat targeted members of the media; celebrities like Ricky Martin; San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz; and Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Puerto Rico-born former speaker of the New York City Council. A relatively small number of the messages, …

Youll miss me when Im gone: the murder of social media star Qandeel Baloch

The long read: Her risque videos blazed a trail for viral fame in Pakistan. But the price she paid for popularity was death Pakistans first celebrity-by-social media, Qandeel Baloch, was known for the videos and photographs she posted on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Her videos were a mixed bag she had a headache; she was bored; she had a song stuck in her head and for a few seconds every day, thousands watched her coo or feign annoyance or try on a new dress. The videos were mostly made at night, when Qandeel said she couldnt sleep. And then, they became more risque by Pakistans standards, at least. Qandeel was killed in July 2016. Her brother confessed to the murder, …

Heather Mills receives apology and payout in phone-hacking case

Ex-model receives substantial payout as she settles case against News of the World Heather Mills has received an apology at the high court after settling her phone-hacking case against the News of the World in return for a substantial financial payout as part of an agreement under which she dropped similar claims against the Sun. The former wife of the Beatles singer Sir Paul McCartney said a criminal, targeted smear campaign over the course of a decade by the news outlet had destroyed her reputation and left her unable to carry on her charity work. Mills was one of about 90 individuals, Elizabeth Hurley, who recently settled their cases for invasion of privacy against News Group Newspapers, the Rupert Murdoch-controlled …

‘Mistakes’ may have been made during arrest of journalist, Kremlin says

Moscow makes comments after Russian papers call for inquiry into case of Ivan Golunov The Kremlin has admitted that mistakes may have been made by police during the arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov on controversial drug-dealing charges, as calls for his release grew louder. Mistakes can never be ruled out, said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Vladimir Putin. The important thing is to recognise mistakes so that they arent repeated. Some issues need clarification, he said on Monday. Police initially published a number of photographs that they said showed a drug lab at Golunovs rented flat in Moscow. They were later removed from the interior ministrys website after police officials admitted that the photographs had been taken at a …

Pay-to-hey: app lets users receive messages from celebrities for a price

Snoop Dogg, Meredith from The Office and Ken Bone can wish you a happy bamitzvah for as little as $20 with the Cameo app The Cameo app is based on a simple idea: let ordinary people pay celebrities to record personalized messages for fans upon request. Instead of tweeting incessantly at a star asking for them to shout you out, you can just pay them $50 and theyll do whatever you want. Users can scroll through the hundreds of personalities on the platform, from athletes to actors and social media influencers, to pay for a little bit of their time. Casual Friday just turned formal. Book @therealkateflannery for your promposal and, remember to dance harder than Meredith did at Jim …