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The Saudi government claims a segment from Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix series, ‘Patriot Act’ violates cybercrime laws

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Hasan Minhaj is in hot water over an extended segment from his Netflix show, Patriot Act, where he discussed the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In response, the Saudi government is claiming the content violates cybercrime laws.

The colorful comedian is being accused of firing shots at crown prince Mohammed Ben Salman, who reportedly ordered the killing, and called the Saudi Arabians’ oblivion the least believable cover since Blake Shelton was “Sexiest Man Alive.”

Netflix has since then pulled the episode last week and it is no longer available to watch in Saudia Arabia. The story was originally reported by the Financial Times where the country’s government cited a cybercrime law that prohibits “production, preparation, transmission, or storage of material impinging on public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy, through the information network or computers.”

In a statement to NPR, Netflix said, “We strongly support artistic freedom and removed this episode only in Saudi Arabia after we had received a valid legal request—and to comply with local law.” But it’s still political censorship regardless of whether or not it’s legal.

The clip is still available on YouTube at this time, and there’s no further information on if Google plans to follow suit.

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Veteran actor John Cusack to appear in Atlanta for LIVE conversation

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For fans of John Cusack and “High Fidelity”, a visit to Championship Vinyl definitely would make a “top five” list. 

The hit comedy “High Fidelity” is the story of record shop owner Rob Gordon (John Cusack) on a search for love (and the reasons behind his failed relationships) against a backdrop of over 70 songs spanning multiple decades and genres of music. With – or without – the help of his record store buddies Dick (Todd Luiso) and Barry (Jack Black’s breakout role), Rob revisits past relationships in hopes of figuring out where he has gone wrong. Released in 2000, The New York Times praised John Cusack as “a master at easygoing camaraderie.” Rotten Tomatoes has “High Fidelity” ranked #14 on the list of Best Romantic Comedies. 

Now, join John Cusack for a screening of “High Fidelity” on the big screen followed by a LIVE conversation regarding his career and the making of the film. Fans will get the opportunity to experience a moderated discussion, with John answering audience questions as well. A limited number of VIP seats will be available that include a post-show photo op with John.

Release provided by Mills Entertainment. For tickets, click here.

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Disney releases new ‘Lion King’ Trailer

The Lion King is set to be released on July 19, 2019, a month after the original flick’s 25th anniversary. And it isn’t the only live-action adaptation in the works for Disney—fans can also look forward to Aladdin (coming in May), Mulan, and The Lady and the Tramp.

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Issa Rae, Marsai Martin & Regina Hall attend the Premiere of LITTLE in Los Angeles

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Last night, local celebrities and influencers gathered at Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles for the Blue Carpet Premiere of LITTLE. Stars in attendance included the cast – Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Regina Hall and Luke James as well as Janelle Monae, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Bresha WebbKenya Barris and others!

Check out photos below from the premiere and after party.

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