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» Merrick Garland Says DOJ Filed Motion To Unseal Trump Mar-a-Lago Warrant And Property Receipt In his first public statement since federal agents searched former President Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago earlier this week, Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday said that the Justice Department had filed in court a request that the search warrant and property receipt from the search be unsealed. Garland also said he “personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter.” [CNN]
» Sinema’s Last-minute Push On Democrats’ Climate Bill Added $4 Billion To Combat Western Drought When Sen. Joe Manchin III and Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer secured an agreement on a health care, tax, and climate bill last month, all of the Senate Democrats immediately jumped at the deal– well, all but one. Despite warnings from her party that extended negotiations could risk the deal they’d been waiting so long to seal, Arizona Dem. Krysten Sinema held out her vote until two changes were made to the bill. [LA Times]
» Will California Restrict Solitary Confinement? California lawmakers are considering banning long-term solitary confinement in state prisons. The new proposal, known as the California Mandela Act, cites concerns of racial inequality in the application of solitary confinement as well as serious negative effects on inmates’ mental health. Hamid Yazdan Panah, advocacy director for Immigrant Defense Advocates claims that solitary confinement is “torture” and has no place in a modern criminal justice system. [NY Times]
» Inside the Confusing State of DC, From Huge ‘Joker 2’ Paydays to the Search for Their Kevin Feige The plan to replicate the global success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has yet to go according to plan for the rival comic franchise. After Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav announced he was scrapping the $90 million ‘Batgirl’ last week and with myriad controversies and allegations closing in around ‘Flash’ frontman Ezra Miller, The DC Extended Universe seems to be standing on tenuous ground. [Variety]
» Intense ‘Fire Tornado’ Captured On Video During L.A. County Brush Fire Frighteningly apocalyptic images captured by Sky5 of a “fire tornado” during a brush fire in L.A. look straight out of Bruegel’s The Triumph of Death. The “Sam Fire” had burned through roughly 150 acres in Gorman and was 60 percent contained by the L.A. County Fire Department as of Wednesday evening. Thankfully, no buildings were damaged and one was injured in the fire. [KTLA]
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Diane Keaton Talks “Mack & Rita,” Woody Allen and Her Self-Deprecating Persona
Forty-five years after Diane Keaton charmed her way to a Best Actress Oscar for her comedic turn in the career-making Annie Hall, she is letting loose once again and showcasing her knack for physical comedy in the new feature, Mack & Rita.
At 76, Keaton has had plenty of dramatic roles throughout her brilliant Hollywood career, including a recent turn in HBO’s The New Pope. Speaking with LAMag, she says that she still finds exhileration in performing in the crowd-pleasing comedies that have become central to her more recent filmography.
“It couldn’t have been more fun. It was just a joy,” Keaton says of working on actor Katie Aselton’s third directorial feature. “It was always kind of fun and loose, which was really important and made the movie even better. The gals were great; the casting was really smart; it was just the best experience in a long, long time.”
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