Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Paul Feig will adopt Inclusion Riders for their films

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Paul Feig will adopt Inclusion Riders for their films (Picture: Getty) Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Paul Feig have said they’ll adopt Inclusion Riders for their films. The trio haven’t been the most inclusive over their time, with Matt Damon making some controversial Twitter comments regarding sexual harassment, and Ben Affleck publicly declaring himself ‘angry and saddened’ at that Weinstein has been accused of harassing and assaulting multiple women. But nevertheless, they will be adopting Inclusion Riders for their films as Feig confessed it was the ‘right thing to do’. He told the Guardian: ‘It’s not that hard to do, and it’s just common sense. I feel like the people who don’t do it now and the studios and companies that don’t do it now are moving backward, not forward.’ An Inclusion Rider can be used by a star to enforce diverse cast and crews on their movies (Picture: Getty Images) On Monday, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, head of strategic outreach at Pearl Street Films, took to Twitter to declare that herself, Affleck and Damon would be adopting inclusion riders. She said in a reply to Michael B Jordan: ‘Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry. On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, @BenAffleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward.’ An Inclusion Rider can be used by a star to enforce diverse cast and crews on their movies. They are designed to include underrepresented groups including women, people of colour, people with disabilities and the LGBT community. Got a story? If you've got a story, video or pictures get in touch with the Entertainment team by emailing us, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we'd love to hear from you. MORE: Beyonce songwriter says UK music industry needs to get more passionate about #TimesUp MORE: Stranger Things creators respond to claims they ‘verbally abuse female crew’ on set Original Article [contf] [contfnew] METRO [contfnewc] [contfnewc]


Zayn Malik shares first snap since declaring he’s single after Gigi Hadid split

Zayn Malik shared a downcast pic of himself just hours after announcing his split from Gigi Hadid. The singer and the model announced to the world they have called time on their relationship after two years due to the pressures of their careers and busy lives. Not long after, Zayn took to Instagram to share a simple image of himself seemingly bent over the camera with a sombre look on his face, perhaps adjusting to the idea of single life. The pair had issued separate statements announcing their split rather than a joint one, where they wished each other well and said they hoped to remain friends. Zayn echoed these sentiments explaining that he retains ‘a huge amount of respect and adoration’ for his ex. He added that Gigi has an ‘incredible soul’, before asking for their fans to respect their ‘difficult decision’ and ‘privacy’. ‘This is definitely the end for now, but this isn’t a bitter split and they both have respect for each other,’ the insider explained to The Sun. ‘It’s a mutual decision so no one has completely ruled out a reunion in the future, but for now that’s not where their heads are at.’ MORE: Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik release separate statements confirming split MORE: Zayn Malik ‘confirms’ split by unfollowing Gigi Hadid and posting cryptic message Original Article [contf] [contfnew] METRO [contfnewc] [contfnewc]


Families of 2 Austin package bomb victims knew each other

Families of two people killed by package bombs left on their doorsteps in Austin knew each other and were connected through local activism in the black community, a civic leader said Tuesday. But it was not clear how they might be tied to a third household where a package bomb also exploded. Investigators have said the three blasts that killed two people and wounded two others could have been hate crimes since all the victims were black or Hispanic. But they also said they have not ruled out any possible motive. Draylen Mason, 17, was killed and his mother wounded when a package bomb was opened Monday in their kitchen. The teen's grandfather is Norman Mason, a prominent dentist in east Austin. He was friends with Freddie Dixon, stepfather of 39-year-old Anthony House, who died in a similar attack in another part of the city on March 2, said Nelson Linder, president of the Austin chapter of the NAACP. "I don't believe in coincidences," Linder said, explaining that he was concerned by the fact that the families were acquainted. Still unknown is what connection — if any — the two families had to a third household where another package bomb exploded Monday, wounding a 75-year-old Hispanic woman who remains hospitalized in critical condition but has not yet been identified. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said he was aware of the connection but did not know if would affect the case. "Our detectives are currently looking at that to evaluate that lead and to see if it is in fact relevant to what we are investigating," Manley said. Business records indicate that Dixon was a leader of Austin's African American Cultural Heritage District, or "Six Square," which the city defines as 6 square miles of east Austin that was originally created as the Negro District by the Austin City Council in 1928. He also was a longtime pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church, one of the city's oldest historically black churches. Dixon was quoted by the Austin American-Statesman in 2015 lamenting how Austin's population growth and prosperity were effectively creating economic segregation by raising the cost of living. "Austin is quickly becoming a city of the privileged and the non-privileged," Dixon told the newspaper. "Is that the kind of Austin we want?" Linder said Austin's minority community is on edge following the bombings. "Given the fact these people are people of color, that definitely gets people's attention," he said. "They feel vulnerable, and they should based on the nature of the incidents." The FBI and other federal officials continue to assist in the investigation. Manley said, "We're not saying that we believe terrorism or hate is in play, but we absolutely have to consider that because we don't want to limit what we are investigating, what we are considering and how we are approaching this case." Tina Sherrow, a retired agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the materials to build such bombs are commonly available at hardware stores or online, and that police have been mum on details because the perpetrators may be watching media coverage. "I don't look at it as terrorism, but it's terrorism of a community for sure," Sherrow said. The package explosives were not delivered by the U.S. Postal Service or any private carrier but left overnight on doorsteps. Still, Manley urged Austin residents to call 911 if they receive any unwanted packages that look suspicious. Authorities responded to 250-plus calls about parcels without finding any that were explosives. Austin police are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, Manley said. That's in addition to the $50,000 that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has already offered. Manley said he could not divulge too many details about the packages, saying those responsible could vary their future tactics. But he said the packages were "not at all identifiable" as a standard shipping box or standard shipping labels would be. Investigators collecting evidence continued to come and go, and yellow police tape still marked off the sites of Monday's two blasts, which occurred about 5 miles apart. At the site of the March 2 bombing, there were no police, but the door to the red-brick house where the package exploded was still boarded up. There's nothing obvious linking the three neighborhoods, other than all were east of Interstate 35, which divides the city. The east side has historically been more heavily minority and less wealthy than Austin's west side, although that has changed as gentrification has raised home prices and rents everywhere. The blasts occurred during the South By Southwest music festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to Austin each March. But they happened far from the main events and concert venues. ——— Associated Press writers John Mone and Jim Vertuno in Austin and Randy Herschaft, in New York contributed to this report. ——— This story has been updated to correct Mason's first name to Norman, instead of Dixon, and to correct the spelling of Freddie Dixon's first name. Original Article [contf] [contfnew] ABC News [contfnewc] [contfnewc]


Even ‘Queen Elizabeth’ struggles for equal pay

It seems that even the royal family is afflicted by the gender pay gap – or their on-screen equivalents, at least. The creators of Netflix production The Crown have admitted that Claire Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth II, was paid less than Matt Smith, who played her husband the Duke of Edinburgh. Foy, 33, may have won a Golden Globe for her performance in the popular series but Smith's previous role in Doctor Who had put him at the top of the pay scale, the show's producers said. Foy, on the other hand, had only appeared in smaller British dramas before winning The Crown's main role. But she quickly became a star after she was cast as the young queen, earning a best actress Golden Globe for the first season and a Golden Globe nomination in the same category for the second season. She also won an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama for the first season. Image:Claire Foy won a number of awards for her portrayal of the Queen Smith, 35, was not nominated for a major award for his role. Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries told Variety, however, that the pay imbalance would change in the third series, when Olivia Colman will replace Foy as the Queen. Mackie said: "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen." According to a Variety estimate, Foy was paid $40,000 (£28,000) per episode but it is not clear what Smith was paid. The show's budget is upward of $7m per episode. Harries said 120 costumes were created for the queen in the second season alone, adding: "We put that money (the episode budget) on the screen." More from Claire Foy Actress Michelle Williams was revealed earlier this year to have been paid a fraction of what her co-star earned for re-shooting scenes in All The Money In The World after Kevin Spacey was replaced by Christopher Plummer. Mark Wahlberg made $1.5m (£1.1m) but donated it to Time's Up, following news that Williams had received less than $1000 (£720) for her work. Original Article [contf] [contfnew] Sky News [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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