18 October 2017 @ 04:55 am
/Filmcast Ep. 438 – Happy Death Day (GUEST: Stephen Tobolowsky)  

Posted by David Chen

happy death day influences

This week, DavidJeff, and Devindra welcome Stephen Tobolowsky to discuss Happy Death Day and the brilliance of Jessica Rothe. Check out Stephen’s new book, My Adventures with God. Also, David goes on hiatus.

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18 October 2017 @ 12:00 am
Superhero Bits: Two-Face’s New Animated Origin, Heroes for Hire, Evil Supergirl & More  

Posted by Ethan Anderton

Batman vs Two-Face

Which newspaper comic strip creator has written a new Galactus/Silver Surfer comic story? Want to see Two-Face‘s new origin story from the Batman vs Two-Face animated movie? Did The Big Bang Theory spoil a possible Justice League cameo? Will we see Heroes for Hire in action during the second season of Luke Cage? What would Scott Eastwood look like as Wolverine? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Tuesday’s with Barry.

A post shared by Stephen Amell (@stephenamell) on

Stephen Amell posted a photo straight from the set of the Arrowverse crossover with The Flash lounging around.

The Teen Titans Go! movie relasing in the summer of 2018 is officially called Teen Titans GO! To The Movies.

“Something Inhuman This Way Comes” is the next episode of Marvel’s Inhumans. Get a sneak peek right here.

The latest Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has Garfield creator Jim Davis creating a Galactus/Silver Surfer story.

Boss Logic imagines what Scott Eastwood might look like as Wolverine, a role that the actor said he’s interested in.

Spider-Man: Homecoming co-star Jacob Batalon wants Venom to become the villain in the developing sequel.

See how Two-Face comes to be in a clip from the upcoming animated DC Comics movie, Batman vs Two-Face.

Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road) has been hired to work on Gambit.

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17 October 2017 @ 11:30 pm
Daily Podcast: Is Box Office Indicative Of Quality? Guardians 3, Han Solo, Netflix, Star Trek, Hamil  

Posted by Peter Sciretta

Guardians of the Galaxy - Matt Taylor

On the October 17, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by Hoai-Tran Bui and Ben Pearson to talk about the latest news, including Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and the future of the MCU, the Han Solo movie gets an official title, Netflix’s content budget, and William Shatner’s pitch to appear in Star Trek Discovery. In The Mailbag, we’ll answer a reader’s question about box office numbers. And at the Water Cooler, Ben will be talking about finally seeing Hamilton during the musical’s Los Angeles run.

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Feedback: A couple corrections from previous episodes:

  • Tyler Smith points out that “regarding Gambit’s release date, Fox had great success releasing Deadpool on the same weekend.”
  • Also, Peter incorrectly mentioned that Tim Burton didn’t direct Corpse Bride, he meant to say A Nightmare Before Christmas.

In The Water Cooler:

  • Ben has finally seen Hamilton.

In the News:

In The Mailbag: Logan in Seattle writes in in response to all these studio folks complaining about RT and Metacritic, “completely ridiculous arguments if you ask me, and trying to understand what the real culprit is against movies of quality. The reason I don’t buy the RT kills Hollywood thing is because by all measurements BLADE RUNNER 2049 should’ve made billions. Great RT, Metacritic, and IMDB scores. Great early buzz. So why does one of the year’s best films now feel like a failure to the masses?  Well I think it’s because of our obsession with box office results. I saw BLADE RUNNER opening weekend and posted my thoughts on Facebook, singing its praises for all to hear. One of the first comments on my post called it a flop on track to only make $15M. Now why is that the narrative one day after release of a film that should be seen by all who appreciate film as an art form? So many of my colleagues are begging for films exactly like what BLADE RUNNER is, but within 48 hours of its release those people are being told by every major news source that the film is a massive flop. Visuals, score, story, all buried below a headline touting it as a bomb, a failure.  We should be champions for quality film, keeping their box office success as the final sentence not the first, and vice versa we should destroy trash regardless of the hundreds of millions it makes. Maybe then we’ll get more of the movies we truly need. Denis Villeneuve > Michael Bay.”

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17 October 2017 @ 11:00 pm
‘Coco’ Clip and Featurette Reveals More Details of Pixar’s Colorful New Film  

Posted by Hoai-Tran Bui

coco clip

The Day of the Dead is nearly upon us, but before the festivities can start, we need to know more about Coco. The new Pixar film that follows a young Mexican boy named Miguel who accidentally finds himself stuck in the Land of the Dead, Coco is as much a love letter to the Mexico as it is to the holiday that the entire country celebrates in October.

Coco will be released a little after the actual Day of the Dead, which takes place from October 31 through November 2, but Pixar has dropped some charming clips and featurettes to get us in the festive mood.

Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) loves music with every fibre of his being. But thanks to a past trauma that his great-great-grandmother underwent thanks to music, his entire family has banned music from their premises, even as the joyous tunes of the mariachi band float into their shoe-making shop.

That doesn’t stop Miguel from running around the town square, absorbing as much of the musical atmosphere as he can, and learning the ropes from the local mariachi musician whose shoes he shines. But just as he’s about to grasp his dreams, his concerned but domineering Abuelita interrupts in the new Coco clip.

Watch the Coco Clip

Grandmother knows best, even if it crushes aspiring musician Miguel’s dreams.

Meanwhile, the featurette dives into much of what I covered in my set visit of Coco earlier this year. Featuring footage of the animators and directors visiting big cities and small towns throughout Mexico in their research trips over the course of five years, directors Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina emphasize the importance of how the movie is “rooted in actual places.”

“Those early research trips inspired not only the look, but they inspired the story,” Unkrich continued. “And the importance of family.”

But the story was just as much about music as it was about family, Unkrich said, so he and Molina tasked orchestrator Germaine Franco and consultant Camilo Lara with capturing the sounds of Mexico — which they did by recording and hiring tons of local musicians out of Mexico City. The music, the vibrant colors, and the quirky characters all seem to have been created with love and care — to the awe of the actors, including newcomer Anthony Gonzalez, who resorts to high-pitched squealing over the finished film in his interview.

“It’s a dream come true to be able put my own family’s experiences into a film that’s as special as Coco. And I’m so excited to share this film with the world,” Molina said.

Here’s the synopsis of Coco:

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

The cast of Coco includes Gael García Bernal, Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Jaime Camil, Sofía Espinosa, Luis Valdez, Lombardo Boyar, Edward James Olmos, Alanna Ubach, Selene Luna, Alfonso Arau, Herbert Siguenza, Octavio Solis, Gabriel Iglesias, Cheech Marin, Blanca Araceli. The film is directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) with co-director Adrian Molina.

Coco is set to open in theaters on November 22, 2017.

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17 October 2017 @ 06:00 pm
Question of the Day  

Posted by Melissa McEwan

Suggested by Shaker catvoncat: "What are your favorite new fall TV shows?"

The only new show I've watched is Ghosted, which I made a point to check out because it stars two of my favorites: Craig Robinson and Adam Scott. I don't love it so far, but I like it enough to keep giving it a chance.
17 October 2017 @ 10:30 pm
‘Sicario’ Sequel ‘Soldado’ is “More Severe” and “Extremely Emotional,” Says Josh Brolin  

Posted by Ben Pearson

Sicario 2 update

Sicario, the title of Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 suspenseful border thriller, is Spanish for “hitman.” The title of the upcoming sequel, Sicario 2Soldado, translates to “soldier” – which is appropriate, considering it focuses on Josh Brolin‘s morally dubious Department of Justice agent and Benicio del Toro‘s equally mysterious assassin from the first film. (Sorry, Emily Blunt.)

Production on the movie has already wrapped, and while doing press for a different film, Brolin spoke a bit about what we can expect from the follow-up, including that it’s “extremely tense.” Sounds good to me.

Soldado is written by Taylor Sheridan, the screenwriter who wrote the original Sicario and wrote and directed this year’s Wind River. Villeneuve decided to take cinematographer Roger Deakins elsewhere and make Blade Runner 2049 instead of returning to the world of cartels, drug lords, and ruthless agents, so Gomorrah filmmaker Stefano Sollima stepped in to direct this sequel, which we’ve heard will be the second entry in a trilogy.

In an interview with Collider, Brolin was asked how Soldado turned out, and the actor compared it to making Sicario, a film he thought “was going to be OK” when he finished shooting it but actually turned out to be, in his words and mine, “a really fucking good movie.” Here’s more:

“I kind of felt the same way [with Soldado], and maybe that all stems from Taylor Sheridan’s writing and the fact that you can only fuck up his scripts to a certain extent, but it’s still going to be a good movie because maybe it does all start with the script. When you have an OK script you’re constantly manipulating it to make it sound decent, is one thing. When you have a great script and you’re just trying to do justice to it, maybe that’s something else, and I think that’s what we experienced with him.”

As far as how the final film will compare to Sicario’s suspenseful action and character-driven drama, Brolin praises not only its severity but its balance of emotions as well:

“I think it’s just more severe, man. All the way around. I think the characters are more severe. I think the movie is more severe. I think it’s just much bigger. It’s just a bigger scope film. Like I said, when I saw it it was like Sicario felt like a small movie to me, even though it was a very intimate movie. I’ve always said I don’t understand why bigger movies can’t be just as intimate, if not more intimate. Why do they have to be less emotional? I think Soldado‘s a perfect example of that. I think it’s extremely emotional. I think it’s extremely tense and it deals with similar subject matters.”

I have a feeling this movie is going to sneak up on people and may even end up being a contender for one of the most intense thrillers of next year. The first one came out back in 2015, but the sequel isn’t set for release until June 29, 2018.

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17 October 2017 @ 05:00 pm
The Make-Up Thread  

Posted by Melissa McEwan

Here is your semi-regular make-up thread, to discuss all things make-up and make-up adjacent.

Do you have a make-up product you'd recommend? Are you looking for the perfect foundation which has remained frustratingly elusive? Need or want to offer make-up tips? Searching for hypoallergenic products? Want to grouse about how you hate make-up? Want to gush about how you love it?

Whatever you like—have at it!

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Deeks and I had a sleepover last weekend, where we had lots o' fun with make-up! Probably our favorite item of the evening was my recently acquired Infallible Paints Metallics Lip Color from L'Oréal in Galactic Foil. GALACTIC FOIL!

image of me modeling metallic red lips, while wearing some goofy '80s sunglasses
Fuck yeah metallic lips!

image of Deeky sitting in my dining room wearing a green face peel and applying the lipstain
Hulk pretty!

(As always, I'm not affiliated with L'Oréal in any way, nor am I getting anything in exchange for this recommendation. I just like the product!)

It's funny how sleepovers when you're in your 40s are basically the same as when you're 13. At least in my house, lol.

Anyway! What's up with you?

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Please note, as always, that advice should be not be offered to an individual person unless they solicit it. Further: This thread is open to everyone—women, men, genderqueer folks. People who are make-up experts, and people who are make-up newbies. Also, because there is a lot of racist language used in discussions of make-up, and in make-up names, please be aware to avoid turns of phrase that are alienating to women of color, like "nude" or "flesh tone" when referring to a peachy or beige color. I realize some recommended products may have names that use these words, so please be considerate about content noting for white supremacist (and/or Orientalist) product naming.
17 October 2017 @ 10:00 pm
A ‘Mindhunter’ Video Examines The Hidden Special Effects Of the Netflix Series  

Posted by Chris Evangelista

Mindhunter behind the scenes

Netflix’s excellent new serial killer drama Mindhunter is currently available to stream in all its dark, brooding glory. The series, with multiple episodes directed by David Fincher, features an overly cinematic look and feel that goes worlds beyond standard TV. A new video from Adobe looks at the behind-the-scenes editing work that goes into creating the overall look of Mindhunter.

While David Fincher only helms four of the 10 episodes of Netflix’s Mindhunter, the series in general owes much to his visual style, particularly the type of dark, sodium light atmosphere that was so prominent in his masterpiece Zodiac. Much of that overall look and feel comes not just from Fincher, but also from the team of editors and effects people working behind-the-scenes to put the show together.

In a fascinating new video from Adobe, (it’s not embeddable, so click that link to watch it) Mindhunter‘s editors discuss how the series was edited with an all-Adobe workflow, including Premiere Pro and After Effects, bringing both VFX and editorial content together. Since the video was produced by Adobe it does, at times, seem like a 4-minute commercial for Adobe products. But there’s also some interesting revelations here, particularly when the editors discuss the use of unseen split-screens.

As the editors explain, if one actor’s performance was particularly great in one take, but the actor they were working opposite gave a much better performance in a separate take, the editing team is able to use Adobe to seamlessly splice two different takes together in one frame and make them look like one complete composition. It’s a surprising example of how technical filmmaking has become – the days of editors sitting in editing bays literally splicing reels of film together with scissors and tape are long, long gone. Now, computer wizardry plays a huge part in creating the films and TV shows we enjoy.

While special effects are prominent in most modern entertainment, we tend to think of special effects as things we see – giant CGI characters, big explosions, and so on. But there’s an entire hidden world of effects that we as an audience tend to completely overlook, and that’s sort of the point. These are the hidden effects that go into creating an cinematic entire world that we may take for granted.

Fincher is definitely a technology-minded filmmaker. He actually had the team at RED build him a custom digital camera, the RED Xenomorph, to shoot the series. These elements may make Fincher’s filmmaking seem cold and sterile, but you can’t argue with the results. Mindhunter is one of the best looking TV shows out there right now, and that look goes a long way from setting it apart from the glut of other TV dramas. All that said, I’d embed the Adobe video for you if I could, but I can’t. Adobe may be on the cutting-edge when it comes to their editing tech, but don’t you dare ask them to create embeddable videos!

Mindhunter is streaming now on Netflix.

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17 October 2017 @ 09:16 pm
The 10 Best Deals of October 17, 2017  

Posted by Shep McAllister on Kinja Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to Lifehacker

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.


17 October 2017 @ 09:30 pm
William Shatner Shares His (Theoretical) Idea For a ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Role  

Posted by Hoai-Tran Bui

william shatner star trek discovery

A William Shatner Star Trek Discovery cameo is in the works…in William Shatner’s mind. The actor, who originated the role of Captain Kirk on the 1960s Star Trek series and went on to reprise the role in seven more feature films, is eager to return to the character. And if that means defying Kirk’s death in Star Trek: Generations, then so be it.

Because Shatner has an idea to bring his Captain Kirk back on deck in CBS All Access’ new Star Trek TV series.

Star Trek: Discovery is boldly going beyond what past Star Trek series have explored, becoming the first of the sci-fi franchise to premiere on CBS’ streaming service and the first to feature a woman of color in the lead role (Sonequa Martin-Green). But the connections to the original Star Trek series are plentiful, with Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham revealed to be Spock’s adopted sister. Discovery takes place roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series — and, it must be remembered, in the original timeline before the J.J. Abrams’ movies — so it wouldn’t be out of the question for members of the USS Enterprise to board USS Discovery.

It seems that’s what Shatner is thinking too. In an interview with IGN during New York Comic Con, Shatner joked that it would take “a great deal of money” to convince him to appear in Star Trek: Discovery. “I don’t know what you’d do with a character who appeared 50, now 51 years ago,” the Canadian actor added, pointing out that while his character would only be 10 years older in the timeline, he would be 51 years older than when he appeared in the original series. “Are there stories to tell about an aging guy?”

But Shatner seemed to be struck by inspiration, describing his idea of what he could bring to Star Trek: Discovery by comparing an older Kirk to his Better Late Than Never costar and football legend Terry Bradshaw — bearing in mind that Kirk dies in Star Trek: Generations, which takes place many years after the original series:

“Now, he’s older, his knees hurt, his back hurts. … So here’s this aging athlete, who isn’t [what] he was in his twenties and thirties. Still carries himself grandly and has a sense of humor and all, but he’s not the athlete he was. What would Captain Kirk be like 50 years later, with the sagacity of mind, and yet the body doesn’t do what he wants it to do? I mean, it’s an interesting story.”

There were some rumors that Shatner sought to bring Kirk back in the 2009 Star Trek reboot by Abrams but the scene was ultimately cut — which Shatner denied earlier this summer, calling it “fake news” and “the stupidest scene I have ever heard of!”

There’s some timeline fiddling that Discovery would have to do if they were to take Shatner’s idea into account, but he could easily cameo as a different character if he were eager to return to the Star Trek universe.

Star Trek: Discovery currently airs on CBS All Access on Sundays.

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17 October 2017 @ 09:15 pm
Your Remote Boss Doesn’t Necessarily Hate You or Totally Suck  

Posted by Patrick Allan

You’ve got problems, I’ve got advice. This advice isn’t sugar-coated—in fact, it’s sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.


17 October 2017 @ 09:00 pm
Google Results Now Include Your Local Library's Ebooks  

Posted by Nick Douglas

Google just made free legal ebooks much easier to find. Search for a book, and in the info bar on the right, under the buying options, Google lists local public libraries that have the ebook. (On mobile, tap the “Get Book” tab.) If you’re a library member, you can borrow it right away, right on your device. It feels…


17 October 2017 @ 08:45 pm
Uber’s Sign Language Feature Helps You Learn Basic Phrases, Directions  

Posted by Patrick Lucas Austin

Everyone’s got their preference when using a ride-sharing service. Some love a chatty driver or some talk radio, while others would prefer complete silence until they reach their destination. If your Uber driver happens to be deaf or hard of hearing, communication might be more difficult or potentially awkward. But…


17 October 2017 @ 08:30 pm
Men Should Worry About HPV Too  

Posted by Beth Skwarecki on Vitals, shared by Beth Skwarecki to Lifehacker

It’s women who get pap smears on the regular, and girls who are more likely to be up-to-date on their human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines—but a new study confirms that the virus puts men at risk, too. Men were six times more likely than women to have a high-risk type of HPV in their mouth or throat, where it can cause…


17 October 2017 @ 08:30 pm
Postpartum Depression Doesn't Always Look Like Sadness  

Posted by Michelle Woo on Offspring, shared by Michelle Woo to Lifehacker

While watching the second episode of the new season of Black-ish, I could almost hear a collective gasp by moms across my social media channels. They went there. Holy crap, an ABC family sitcom actually went there.


17 October 2017 @ 08:25 pm
Use an Android Launcher to Get the Pixel 2's New Search Bar On Your Current Phone  

Posted by Jacob Kleinman

The Pixel 2 comes packed with new features you won’t find on regular vanilla Android 8.0, and a big part of that is the home screen. Google redesigned its calendar widget to show upcoming events, and as a result it moved the search bar down to the bottom of the screen under the dock where you can access it even faster.


17 October 2017 @ 08:00 pm
You Can Use a Handkerchief as Cheesecloth  

Posted by Claire Lower on Skillet, shared by Claire Lower to Lifehacker

Cheesecloth is one of those things I never seem to have on hand and have to purchase anew each time I wish to make ricotta. Though you can technically wash and reuse it, I’ve always found that task to be a bit frustrating. (It doesn’t get fully clean when I hand-wash it, but gets all effed up in the laundry.)


17 October 2017 @ 09:00 pm
The 5 Fastest Binge-Watched Shows on Netflix Might Surprise You  

Posted by Ben Pearson

Fastest Binge-Watched Shows

Netflix is notoriously secretive when it comes to their viewership numbers, but the streaming service occasionally feeds the hungry press a few statistics to keep us satiated (like when they revealed that Adam Sandler’s western “comedy” The Ridiculous Six was the most-watched movie in Netflix history less than a month after it came out). The latest bread crumb they’ve tossed to the eager masses: Netflix has unveiled the five fastest binge-watched shows on the platform, and I realize this is a hacky thing to say, but the winners may truly surprise you. Truly!

Before we get to the list of shows, Netflix has produced a video that introduces a new term: “binge racing,” which is the act of speeding through an entire series as quickly as possible – often in one sitting.

8.4 million people participate in binge racing, and while most people tend to only do it once, there’s one user who has already binge raced through 36 TV shows in 2017. Cue the Keanu voice: whoa.

So what are the top five? I would have guessed that the top slots would consist of shows like Stranger Things or Orange is the New Black – series in which an episode ends and you keep going because you’re driven to find out what happens next. But that’s not necessarily the case. Shockingly, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life comes in at number one, followed by Fuller House, the Ashton Kutcher series The Ranch, Marvel’s The Defenders, and an anime series called The Seven Deadly Sins. See? I told you that you might be surprised.

Here’s the full list:

Top 20 Binge-Raced Shows

  1. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
  2. Fuller House
  3. The Ranch
  4. Marvel’s The Defenders
  5. The Seven Deadly Sins
  6. Trailer Park Boys
  7. Santa Clarita Diet
  8. F is for Family
  9. Orange is the New Black
  10. Stranger Things
  11. Friends from College
  12. Grace and Frankie
  13. Wet Hot American Summer
  14. Atypical
  15. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  16. House of Cards
  17. Master of None
  18. Luther
  19. GLOW
  20. Arrested Development

Stranger Things Kids Sing Uptown Funk

Does the phrase “binge racing” signal a troubling trend in television viewing?

USA Today spoke with Brian Wright, one of the company’s vice presidents of original series, who explained that the reason Stranger Things is comparatively low on the list is because a lot of people came to that show late after they heard good word of mouth. He expects the second season will boost it in the rankings, but I found one bit of phrasing in his response to be particularly telling:

“I would anticipate a lot of people will be really excited to get through that story.”

“Get through” it? I’m not crazy about these racing terms being applied to television shows. I’m looking forward to Stranger Things, but I’m not excited about it so I can be done with it and pass the metaphorical finish line before anyone else. I’m excited about it because I like the characters and I want to revisit that world.

There’s something to be said for watching a show at your own pace so you don’t get spoiled on social media. I’m personally planning on doing that with Stranger Things 2. But I’m only doing that because I know what the internet is like: the first season of that show was a phenomenon, and there will be articles published as soon as possible that dissect every tiny piece of season 2 – including ones from us at /Film. And there will be screenshots, memes, and more that pop up on Twitter within minutes of the episodes going live. None of that is a bad thing, mind you, but it’s rare that a binge-watchable show has the same level of scrutiny as Stranger Things, so maybe that should be an exception rather than a rule.

Look, everyone’s going to enjoy TV shows at their own pace. That’s totally cool. But before you decide to binge race through yet another series, think about the previous two or three shows you watched in that manner. Do you actually remember details about them, or are they lost in one big caffeine-fueled blur? Are you digesting the themes and ideas of these shows, or simply ingesting them because they’re there? I’m not pointing fingers: I’m guilty of it sometimes, too (I think I watched Dear White People season 1 in a day). But the introduction of the “binge racing” phrase has me a little bit worried that we’re going to collectively just speed through more and more shows instead of giving them the time and consideration they deserve.

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17 October 2017 @ 03:45 pm
Trump Muslim Ban Thwarted a Third Time  

Posted by Melissa McEwan

[Content Note: Islamophobia.]

The White House's attempts to get around court rulings staying their Muslim bans by adding countries that aren't predominantly Muslim didn't work exactly as they'd hoped.

Matt Zapotosky at the Washington Post reports:
A federal judge on Tuesday largely blocked the Trump administration from implementing the latest version of the president's controversial travel ban, setting up yet another legal showdown on the extent of the executive branch's powers when it comes to setting immigration policy.

The decision from Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii is sure to be appealed, but for now, it means that the administration cannot restrict the entry of travelers from six of the eight countries that officials said were either unable or unwilling to provide information the U.S. wanted to vet their citizens.

The latest ban was set to fully go into effect in the early morning hours of October 18, barring various types of travelers from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela. Watson's order stops it, at least temporarily, with respect to all the countries except North Korea and Venezuela.

...The measure was only put into effect after an extensive process in which the U.S. negotiated with other countries for information, and the list of countries affected now includes two countries that are not Muslim-majority: Venezuela and North Korea.

Challengers to the ban argue, though, that the additions are mainly symbolic: the ban only affects certain government officials from Venezuela, and very few people actually travel to the U.S. from North Korea each year. They note Trump himself promised a "larger, tougher, and more specific" ban — meaning the new version would have the same legal problems as the prior iterations.
Basically, the ruling is: Nice try, but we ain't buying it, pal. That's good news for now — but this is still far from over.