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‘Silence of the Lambs’ director dies at 73

Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, and whose Talking Heads documentary Stop Making Sense is considered one of the greatest concert films ever, has died. He was 73. Demme's publicist, Annalee Paulo, said Demme died Wednesday morning in his New York apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanna, and three children. Demme died from complications from esophageal cancer, she said. Demme broke into moviemaking under the B-movie master Roger Corman in the early 1970s. His eclectic, prodigious body of films included 1991's The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won the best director Oscar. Read more... More about Obituary and Entertainment

Tech and oil giants want Trump to keep the Paris Climate Agreement

One day in advance of a pivotal White House meeting to decide the fate of U.S. involvement in the Paris Climate Agreement, the Trump administration is hearing from a diverse number voices urging it to keep the country in the treaty. The agreement, which went into force in November 2016, commits all countries of the world to reduce emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane. SEE ALSO: EPA chief calls historic climate treaty a 'bad deal' because this is our life now In a letter sent to President Donald Trump by business leaders, oil giants BP and Shell, along with tech firms such as Microsoft, Google, and Intel, tell the administration that the treaty presents both risks and opportunities for their businesses. Read more... More about Donald Trump, Business, Climate Change, Science, and Paris Agreement

Amazon Echo Look is basically a home selfie camera

How do I look? Just ask Amazon's new fashion-selfie-focused Amazon Echo Look. Amazon quietly unveiled the new voice-activated, hands-free camera on Wednesday that it's pitching as the first "artificially intelligent style assistant." SEE ALSO: Glimpse into Amazon's futuristic living spheres Like other Echo devices, the Echo Look is voice-activated, powered by the Alexa digital assistant, and it does everything the current Alexa can do, including controlling other smart home devices and answering questions about the weather, news, and your schedule. This Alexa, though, can also control the device's integrated camera with, "Alexa, take a photo." No more standing in front of the mirror and shooting a selfie or overextending your arm to capture an image of your blouse and skirt or pants and shirt. According to the Amazon's video, you just step back a few feet and tell Echo Look to take a full-length photo. Read more... More about Alexa, Fashion, Selfies, Echo L..

Cillizza: Judge just handed Trump a gift on sanctuary cities

A ruling from a federal district decide invalidating President Trump's try to limit federal cash for sanctuary cities is a coverage setback for his Administration. However additionally it is an enormous political present.

The Women’s March just won a PEN award for courage and freedom of speech

Bob Bland, co-chair of the Women's March on Washington, has a simple yet resounding message for Donald Trump: "The resistance is female and we're not going anywhere." On Tuesday, PEN America, which was a formal partner of the Women's March, awarded the organization with the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award at the 2017 PEN Literary Gala. SEE ALSO: A 'pussyhat' lands a spot on the cover of 'TIME' and 'The New Yorker' Bland, sporting a red pussyhat, accepted the award on behalf of the march. "[This award embodies] everything that we were trying to do with the march, which was to show women that their collective voice matters," Bland told Mashable. "[We wanted to show] that the Bill of Rights matters. And that it should be inclusive and intersectional and apply to all Americans, not just the Americans who voted for the current seated president." Read more... More about Womens March On Washington, Women S Mar..

Caitlyn Jenner says she’d consider a run for public office to the collective sigh...

Caitlyn Jenner has almost no experience in politics — so it should come as no surprise that she's considering a potential run. Jenner revealed her intentions to Don Lemon on Tuesday while on the set of CNN Tonight. She also left open the possibility she might serve on a foundation instead, if it better served the gay and trans community. SEE ALSO: The best swimwear if you want to throw gender norms in the trash "Yes, I would have to look, over the next year or two, look and see, can I do a better job on the outside or am I in a position now that I can do a better job for my community on the inside," Jenner said. Read more... More about Election, Caitlyn Jenner, Watercooler, and Watercooler

Treasury chief outlines proposal

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks concerning the Trump administration's plans for tax reform, saying it is going to be the most important tax reduce and largest tax reform in US historical past.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau weighs in on THAT big Jaime/Cersei theory

Jaime Lannister knows all about your Game of Thrones theories, and he's on board. While promoting his new Netflix movie, Small Crimes, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau took the time to weigh in on a popular fan theory that suggests Jaime Lannister might be the one to kill Cersei in Season 7 of the HBO hit. In the books, Cersei is given a prophecy by a witch known as Maggy the Frog, who tells her that "the valonqar" (Valyrian for "little brother") "shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you." SEE ALSO: The 'Game of Thrones' hero we've been waiting for is actually Jaime Lannister Read more... More about Cersei Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Game Of Thrones Season 7, and Game Of Thrones

President Trump has repeatedly attacked sitting federal judges and decisions he does not like

President Donald Trump is once more focusing his Twitter sights on the judiciary, this time denouncing a ruling that halted implementation of an government order concentrating on "sanctuary" cities.

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