Here's the best conspiracy theory you'll hear all day (among the many coming out of the White House): None of this is happening.

Everything since the 2016 presidential election is just b-roll for a parody movie about the American presidency. Our actual president is dancing with Annette Bening at state dinner. Our president is balancing the federal budget with common sense. Our American president is kicking ass on Air Force One.

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Gerard Butler in Angel Has Fallen

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It is rather remarkable that _____ Has Fallen has become a franchise.

Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is certainly no Indiana Jones or John McClane. Olympus Has Fallen is best remembered as the more successful of two dueling White House-themed action movies (the other was White House Down). London Has Fallen felt like an obligatory sequel. Apparently, it was still successful enough to continue the franchise, so now "Angel Has Fallen," too.

Now that he's died hard twice, our hero is starting to crib from another franchise, Lethal Weapon. Banning doesn't say he's "too old for this," but he is feeling the effects of a life in the Secret Service, including the two previous times he rescued a president. He's having migraines and dizzy spells, so he's considering taking a promotion to Director. President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), having ascended from Secretary of State and VP, thinks Banning is right for the job, but he isn't sure Banning is ready to leave active duty.

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When Trumbull gets attacked by drones, Banning is the only agent on the detail to survive. It's going to be difficult to find out who planned the attack, because whoever it was also framed Banning for it. FBI Special Agent Helen Thompson (Jada Pinkett Smith) investigates, immediately convinced this is an open-and-shut case of a Secret Service agent trying to assassinate the president and leaving a blatant digital paper trail.

The opening is an intense sequence as the drone strike decimates the Secret Service and blows up their boats and aircraft, although it's still hard to see those explosions through the jiggling shakycam. But Angel Has Fallen soon becomes a truly joyless exercise in going through the motions. The threequel has ambitions to break the "Die Hard" formula of the first two films, only to trade it for an even more mundane formula. After all, the Die Hard scenario can only be as inventive as the setting allows. The "framed hero has to prove his innocence" narrative is even more generic. With the frame-up being so flimsy, the whole movie becomes frustrating.

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Banning has proven himself capable of single-handedly defeating terrorist armies twice. Why would he sloppily attempt to assassinate the president and leave himself as the only possible suspect? The conspirators left a trove of evidence for Thompson to find, and she never questions the convenience of it. Her character operates entirely on bad movie logic.

Most of the action occurs on backwoods roads at night or in the barely lit forest. You already can't see when the camera starts shaking to obscure everything else. When you compare this to the action in a movie like John Wick, where every detail is labored over and choreographed, Angel Has Fallen just looks sloppy. Good guys and bad guys basically shoot guns ad nauseum, while extras and stuntmen fall down randomly. It lacks even the most basic sense of flow, let alone stakes. Not every film can be John Wick, but can we at least expect clear lighting and a functional steady camera?

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The superficial patriotism of the franchise has been updated to reflect current fears of Russian collusion and dark web meddling, but the screenwriters don't really understand what those fears are about. Angel Has Fallen even lacks the conviction of the first two films' jingoism.

I still hope Angel Has Fallen doesn't kill the franchise. I like Gerard Butler in Die Hard scenarios, but they can do better than Angel Has Fallen. Let's hope they get another chance to rectify this mistake.

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Morgan Freeman – The Latest Actor Being Accused of Sexual Harassment

#MeToo Hits Hollywood Yet Again.

Bad behavior on set is no longer being kept a secret.

Not one, not two, but EIGHT women have recently come forward (with another eight as witnesses) accusing yet another powerful man in the entertainment business of sexual misconduct and harassment and inappropriate behavior. And this time it is 80-year-old actor Morgan Freeman.

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With a decades-long career, an academy award, multiple Golden Globes, and then some, Freeman is a force in the movie-making business. Movies including The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, Driving Miss Daisy, Glory, Lean on Me, and many other blockbusters have made Freeman a household name, a man to admire, and an accomplished actor both up-and-comers and seasoned pros longed to work alongside.

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But for some, working with Freeman was nothing like they had expected it to be. As per CNN, a production assistant on set of 2015's Going in Style alleges, "Freeman subjected her to unwanted touching and comments about her figure and clothing on a near-daily basis. Freeman would rest his hand on her lower back or rub her lower back. In one incident, she said, Freeman 'kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear'."

And that's just one account. "A woman who was a senior member of the production staff of the movie Now You See Me told CNN that Freeman sexually harassed her and her female assistant on numerous occasions by making comments about their bodies."

The accusations go on with similar alleged scenarios and a despicable pattern of behavior which made women on sets and at press junkets feel uncomfortable, violated, angry, and afraid. Many feared losing their jobs, making coming forward a non-option.

As expected, Freeman recounts things differently. A statement released to US Weekly reads, "I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent." He went on to declare, "Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy."

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The #MeToo movement continues to shine the light on such instances, and as women (and some men) come forward with their claims, the appropriate action can be taken. Or at the very least, they can get their stories out in the open. And when men like Freeman, who most would never consider someone who'd get lumped together with the worst of the worst become part of the growing list of predators, it sends shockwaves through our systems. Case in point - when his name was trending due to this news story, people thought the octogenarian had died! Sexual harassment surely wasn't the first thing to come to mind.

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Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Tom Brokaw, Charlie Rose, James Franco, Steve Wynn, and the rest of the ever-growing group of alleged sexual harassers (and assaulters) now has another famous face – Morgan Freeman. Stay tuned to find out how this one turns out.


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Morgan Freeman returned to work Tuesday following the horrific murder of his granddaughter at the weekend.

Tragedy befell the screen legend's family on Sunday morning when E'Dena Hines, was brutally murdered in New York City.

Officers responded to a 911 call and found the 33-year-old beauty lying down on the sidewalk in front of her home at around 3 a.m. She had been stabbed multiple times in her torso, according to police.

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Her boyfriend, 30-year-old Lamar Davenport was arrested on a murder charge Monday.

"There was nothing in her relationship with Lamar that indicated this type of trouble," Tami Dunn, Hines' close friend told People magazine. "At least, she didn't tell her friends about it. He was quiet and not the most social person I had ever met, but he didn't have any dark energy.

"He seemed to love her, and she talked about him positively, whenever she talked about him. That's why it's such a shock."

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Eyewitness, George Hudacko said that he heard the sounds of "grunting and moaning," which soon turned into a woman "screaming and the name Lamar."

Hudacko went to the window and looked down to the pavement below. "There was a young lady laying with her head facing my building." he told People. "She was wearing cutoffs and a maroon top. There was a dude over her with his hand going up and down."

"I heard that same man saying, 'In the name of Jesus Lord God, Demons, I command you.' Or something like that," Hudacko continued. "He thought he was doing an exorcism."

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Hudacko immediately dialed 911, but while he was on the phone the terrifying sounds of the beautiful young actress being killed could be heard several stories up. "I still can hear the girl screaming," he said. "Occasionally, she says, 'Lamar stop.' I can still see his hand moving up and down."

According to Hudacko, other witnesses stumbled upon the gruesome scene and tried to stop the murder.

"One guy was saying, 'Lamar, get off her.' I heard someone else saying the police were coming," he told People.

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Hines was the granddaughter of Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, Freeman's first wife. The actor was married to Bradshaw from 1967 to 1979. And though they were not blood relatives, Freeman's publicist says the Oscar-winning actor thought of her as his granddaughter.

Freeman released a statement Monday:

The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer. Her friends and family were fortunate enough to have known what she meant as a person. Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.

"She was so full of life," Dunn told People, "It's hard to believe that she's gone."

celebrity weed smokers Hollywood 420—Morgan Freeman's Not The Only Surprising Celeb Weed Lover

Morgan Freeman wants to let you know that he loves his weed—really, really loves it—and he's even pushing to get it legalized.

After suffering a broken arm injury from a car crash, the actor was introduced to marijuana by his first wife, and he hasn’t looked back since.

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And, he’s not the only one in Hollywood that loves to get their weed on—but, you'll be surprised by the identity of some of the celebrity tokers—others however, not so much!

Cameron Diaz, for instance is really NOT that surprising—the 42-year-old has been smoking since "back in high school"—the same high school that Snoop Dogg went to. He could have very well sold her the stuff in fact, or so she claimed during an interview with George Lopez.

Oprah Winfrey though? Come on... that's pretty surprising....

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But then, it seems like weed has many appreciators, from presidents to pop singers, to athletes...

If you’re wondering who has copped to having tried it (some didn't inhale though—cough, cough)—then take a look at the gallery below for just a small handful of stars.

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You might be surprised with who pops up in the Hollywood 420 club.

Bill Cosby says the only reason Morgan Freeman hasn't played him in a movie yet is because he's waiting for Bill to die first.

The legendary comedian appeared on the The Colbert Report on Wednesday night, and joked about how Morgan was just biding his time.

"Why isn't Morgan Freeman playing you in a movie?" asked Stephen Colbert, to which Bill replied, "Out of respect, Morgan and I worked together on The Electric Company, so I think, out of respect... Morgan is waiting for me to die. You see?"

"Will he call you up and ask you how you're doing?" Stephen asked with a totally straight face.

"Not only that," Bill answered, "but he's asked how Sidney is doing—Poitier...Harry Belafonte, everybody wants to know how they're all doing. He's not a happy man. Not a happy man."

For the record, Morgan could do an AWESOME Cosby. He and Bill are both 77 so we will wait and see who wins the battle of SURVIVAL!

 

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