June 18, 2019

President Trump is officially kicking off his re-election campaign with a rally in Orlando on Tuesday, "and it makes sense he'd do it in the home of Disney, because his ideas are goofy and his base is snow white," Stephen Colbert said on Monday's Late Show. "Turns out, Trump's approval rating in Orlando is only 29 percent, and most of that is from SeaWorld, after he held that big meeting with the Prince of Whales."

So far, things are a little rough for Trump's campaign — he's trailing Joe Biden badly in a new Fox News poll and also leaked internal polls. "But Trump solved the problem of low poll numbers by firing his pollsters," Colbert said. "That's like firing a canary in a coal mine for its 'bad attitude.'"

Trump "talked about polling in an interview that aired last night with George Stephanopoulos," Colbert said, and he laughed at Stephanopoulos busting Trump for lying about reading the Mueller report, Trump calling Stephanopoulos "a little wise guy," and Trump tossing acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney from the Oval Office for coughing. "Can you imagine working for that guy?" he asked.

The Daily Show's Trevor Noah also marveled at Trump's all-access interview with Stephanopoulos, focusing on Trump's evident love of giving tours, how he "basically treats polls the way some people treat their bathroom scales," and Noah's "favorite moment from this interview," Trump's coughing fit.

"It's like a real-life episode of The Office," Noah laughed. "He's looking at the camera, the camera's going over. ... You have to give it to Trump — he might not be a good president, but he's a fantastic television professional." Also, he added, "I don't think it was a coincidence that his chief of staff just happened to cough right when Trump was talking about releasing his tax returns. Yeah, that didn't sound like a real cough, it sounded more like a 'Shut the f--k up about your taxes!'"

The Late Show had the same thought. Peter Weber

7:03 p.m.

The Italian government declared a state of emergency in Venice on Thursday, following days of flooding caused by high tides and a storm surge driven by strong winds.

At least two people have died due to the flooding, which is the worst to hit Venice in more than five decades. Flood levels reached 6 feet, 2 inches on Tuesday, and 3 feet, 8 inches on Thursday. The flooding has caused extensive damage to buildings, stores, and infrastructure, with the crypt at St. Mark's Basilica, built more than 1,000 years ago, filled with water and a third of Venice's raised walkways destroyed. "It hurts to see the city so damaged, its artistic heritage compromised, its commercial activities on its knees," Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday.

Conte said the government will step up efforts to build a hydraulic barrier system that can be activated during winter storms and when sea levels rise. More flooding is expected in the next few days. Catherine Garcia

5:12 p.m.

Even at the best of times, first kisses can be pretty awkward, but Kate Beckinsale's memory of her "horrible" first kiss includes a particularly nauseating extra ingredient: Meat.

While on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the actress recalled a first kiss with a boy who had just eaten a meat lovers' pizza — and when they locked lips, she realized "there's all that kind of wet activity inside the other person's mouth, with lots of bits of sausages in as well." We know it's probably too late, but man, if you're out there, a little friendly advice: Finish chewing and swallowing before you plant one on a future actress who will someday need a hilarious anecdote for a late-night show.

Read more at Fox News and watch the clip below. Scott Meslow

5:08 p.m.

Ah, the ever-changing winds of Hollywood. One decade, you're the hot young star at the center of your own action franchise; the next, you're the grizzled old mentor paired with the new hot young star.

That's exactly what happened to Mark Wahlberg, who was slated to star as the main character in a big-budget adaptation of the PlayStation video game series Uncharted in 2010, reports Entertainment Weekly. After languishing in Hollywood purgatory for a while, Uncharted is back on… with Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland set to play the hero, and with Wahlberg set to play his older, cigar-chomping mentor Sully. (To be fair: If anyone can appreciate a new kid on the block, it's Wahlberg.) Read more at Entertainment Weekly. Scott Meslow

4:57 p.m.

It smells like court spirit for Marc Jacobs. A California judge is allowing Nirvana to proceed with a copyright infringement lawsuit against the designer for his "reinterpreted" use of the band's happy face logo.

In December 2018 Nirvana sued Jacobs, claiming a shirt in Jacobs' Bootleg Redux Grunge collection is a rip off of the logo Kurt Cobain designed in 1991. In March, Jacobs responded by filing a motion to dismiss the case arguing that the designs are not sufficiently similar and that there are technicalities in Nirvana's ownership of the logo, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge John Kronsdadt disagreed with the designer's claims. He ruled that the similarities between the two shirts are adequate and that the technicalities in the legality of the band's registration for the logo are insufficient, Rolling Stone reports.

In his motion to dismiss, The Guardian noted, Jacobs claimed that he was "inspired" by the classic vintage logo but put his own mark on it (no pun intended). Nirvana alleges the use of the logo "misled the public into falsely believing that Nirvana endorses the entire 'Bootleg Redux Grunge' collection … when Nirvana has not done so."

Kronstadt asserted that the only "discernible differences" between the two T-shirts is that Jacob's features M and J initials for the eyes versus the band's use of two X's, notes the Reporter. The judge ultimately decided on Thursday that there was enough there to bolster the band's claims and the suit could survive the dismissal.


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Brielle Diskin

4:53 p.m.

Plenty of celebrities have their vices, but Rod Stewart is hooked on a particularly expensive and addictive habit: Model trains.

In a recent interview with Railway Modeller magazine, the rocker revealed he's spent the past 23 years building an elaborate model train set, which weaves through a large fictional city of his own creation in the attic of his Los Angeles mansion.

As Stewart explained, he's so dedicated to realistic detail that he has put fake garbage in the gutters and ensured each stone in the pavement is a slightly different color — retroactively calling the title of his album Never a Dull Moment into question. Read more at TMZ. Scott Meslow

4:43 p.m.

Joker is nearing the fabled threshold of $1 billion at the global box office, which can only mean one thing: Sequel time!

But while Warner Bros. would no doubt greenlight pretty much any movie with the word "Joker" in the title right now, star Joaquin Phoenix is being a little more selective about a possible followup, merely telling the Los Angeles Times he feels the character offers "too much to explore" in a single movie — so he'll no doubt be relieved to hear there were literally four other movies featuring the Joker before his Joker arrived.

Read more at Los Angeles Times. Scott Meslow

4:35 p.m.

The actor behind Star Wars' Greedo has searched his feelings about the strange new Disney+ version, but he's coming up short of an explanation.

When Disney+ launched this week, Star Wars fans were baffled to find yet another change to a classic scene in the original 1977 film: the showdown between Han and Greedo, which was controversially altered after its original release so that Greedo fires a shot at Han before Han shoots and kills him. That's still the case in the version on Disney+, but now, an extra Greedo line has been added for no apparent reason, with the doomed Rodian shouting what sounds like "maclunkey!"

Empire caught up with Paul Blake, the actor who played Greedo in the original Star Wars, and he didn't have much in the way of an answer. "It confused me incredibly, but I've never understood anything about the movies anyway, particularly that," he said. Larry Ward provided the voice of Greedo, though, so he might have a slightly better idea.

Funnily enough, Blake told Empire he actually learned about the confusing new scene from Mike Carter, who played Bib Fortuna in Return of the Jedi. "He texted me and said, 'MACLUNKEY!'" Blake said. "I said, 'What the f—k are you talking about?'"

The new edit does actually come creator George Lucas himself,, with Disney confirming this week he made the change prior to the 2012 Lucasfilm purchase. Bryan Young also observed that the word, or something that sounds quite similar to it, was actually used by Sebulba in The Phantom Menace, and it translates roughly into "this'll be the end of you."

Blake, though, had a far more fun theory, telling Empire, "Well he's talking about his Scottish grandmother there. Greedo had a Scottish grandmother and an Irish grandfather, and a Rodian step-mother." Get on those updates, Wookieepedia editors. Brendan Morrow

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