So, am I the only one who hadn’t realized that Amy Schumer and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer were related?
It all started when Schumer (Amy) received an open letter from Sarah Clements, whose mother survived the Sandy Hook shooting. Pointing to the recent shooting in Lafayette, Lousiana, during a screening of Schumer’s movie, “Trainwreck,” Clements called on the comedian to join colleagues Sarah Silverman and Kristen Schaal in pushing for gun control legislation.
“Your movie — which was so well-received, so brilliant, so you — will now forever have this shooting attached to it,” Clements wrote. “You’ve been caught in the middle of our country’s terrifying, unending war with itself, our sick and twisted relationship with the gun lobby, which tells us we need guns for anyone, anywhere, anytime. Search your movie “Trainwreck” on Google and a scroll-down suggestion will now be “Trainwreck shooting.”
The comedian tweeted a cryptic response over the weekend:
@cdickason11 @sfclem Her name was Mayci, not Marci and I think about her and Jillian everyday. Don’t worry I’m on it. You’ll see.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 1, 2015
But another tweet by cousin Chucky on Monday, clarified things a bit.
74% of Americans want stronger background checks. Joining @amyschumer to call on my colleagues in Congress to finally listen. More at 11.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 3, 2015
Per Entertainment Weekly:
Sen. Schumer announced a new three-pronged plan and public push to crack down on mass shootings and gun violence. That includes introducing new legislation to creates monetary rewards for states that submit all necessary records into the system for background checks and creates penalties for states that don’t; urging the Department of Justice to write a comprehensive report comparing states’ standards for involuntary mental health commitment and give recommendations on best practices; and calling on Congress to preserve funding for mental health and substance abuse programs.
Actress Amy Schumer, pretty clearly emotional, talking about gun violence. https://t.co/Lus3NakseJ— Colin Daileda (@ColinDaileda) August 3, 2015
“These shootings have got to stop,” Amy Schumer said a press conference held with the other Schumer on Monday. “I don’t know how else to say it.”
Paul Simon, as in the Simon of Simon & Garfunkel, and wife Edie Brickell were reportedly arrested on disorderly conduct charges at his New Canaan, Conn. home over the weekend after a domestic violence incident.
So much for “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”
Simon, 72, has been married to folk singer Brickell, 48, since 1992. They have three children together, Adrian, Lulu, and Gabriel.
The couple appeared in court after a pushing match at their Connecticut home on Saturday.
Both singers faced a judge in Norwalk Superior Court after their weekend arrest by New Canaan police on disorderly conduct charges stemming from the family dispute.
“Neither of us has any fear or anything to feel threatened about,” Simon, who wore a navy blue suit, told Judge William Wenzel.
Simon, 72, said the incident on Saturday night was extraordinary in their 22 years of marriage, during which they raised three children.
“We had an argument that is atypical of us,” Simon said.
Brickell, 48, agreed, telling the judge, “He is no threat to me at all.”
The altercation occurred at a cottage on their New Canaan property, the couple’s attorney, Allan Cramer, said. The couple got into a dispute and when Simon attempted to leave, Brickell blocked the door, he said. The incident escalated and Brickell’s mother, who was visiting, called police.
“I think there were a couple of pushes, but it didn’t go any further,” Cramer told reporters outside the courtroom. “Nothing like this has happened before… She wanted to continue talking about something and he didn’t. And that’s it.”
Cramer said the two would return home together.
New Canaan Chief of Police Leon Krolikowski told a news conference that the incident resulted in some minor injuries and stemmed from “aggressiveness on both sides,” but that Simon and Brickell were cooperative when police arrived. They were arrested on a misdemeanor summons and were not taken into custody.
“They’re well known to the community, they’re very nice people,” Krolikowski said. “It’s unfortunate that this occurred, but we were obligated to make an arrest.”
Simon was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 for his work as part of the duo Simon and Garfunkel, and is a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, according to his website.
Brickell is best known for her 1988 hit song “What I Am,” which was released by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. She won a Grammy this year with comedian Steve Martin for their bluegrass song “Love Has Come for You.”
A court mediator is scheduled to submit a report on the incident to the judge next month, when the two are slated to return to court.
Is Harvey Weinstein planning to spend the rest of his career making romantic comedies?
The legendary movie mogul behind “some of the most violent movies ever made” is apparently feeling contrite after the Colorado massacre of filmgoers attending a midnight screening of the latest “Batman” installment, the New York Daily News reports.
“I think as filmmakers we should sit down — the Marty Scorseses, the Quentin Tarantinos and hopefully all of us who deal in violence in movies — and discuss our role in that,” Weinstein told the Huffington Post.
It wasn’t rioting Palestinian protesters making headlines yesterday, but rather right-wing religious Jews opposing the arrest of Dov Lior, the chief rabbi of Kiryat Arba.
Lior was detained by police and questioned in relation to his endorsement of the controversial book “Torat Hamelech” (The King’s Torah) by Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, which justifies the killing of non-Jews. Lior and two other prominent rabbis, Yosef Ginsburg and Yaakov Yosef, endorsed the book. Ginsburg was investigated a year ago, but Yosef and Lior had refused to cooperate with the police.
The police will hand over their evidence to the State Prosecutor’s Office, and the final determination as to whether to indict the rabbis for incitement to racism or violence will be made by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.
His wife, the Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall, is to perform in Ra’anana in August, and the international pro-Israel advocacy group StandWithUs has offered Elvis Costello a “five star VIP tour of Israel” if he accompanies her on the trip.
The Forward recently reported that Costello canceled his June 30 and July 1 performances in Tel Aviv, describing his decision as “a matter of instinct and conscience.” In a statement Costello also blames the decision on “despicable acts of violence perpetrated in the name of liberation.”
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