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‘Justice League’ Investigation: Ray Fisher Claims Race Influenced Warner Bros. Reshoots

Actor Ray Fisher, who played “Cyborg” in the 2017 Joss Whedon-directed theatrical version of Justice League, has spoken out again about his treatment on the set.

In an interview with Forbes published today, Fisher again reiterated prior complaints that the cast was mistreated during the reshoots on the film after Whedon took over from original director Zack Snyder. However, Fisher amplified his prior comments by indicating racial issues played a part in the decisions that led to his claimed mistreatment.

“The erasure of people of color from the 2017 theatrical version of Justice League was neither an accident nor coincidence,” Fisher contended in the Forbes interview, citing several changes, including the diminishment of his screen time. The allegations add a new angle to prior complaints about toxic conduct by Whedon and other executives on the film.

Warner Bros. has denied his prior allegations, and claimed Fisher did not cooperate with the studio’s investigation of his claims.

Of particular concern to Fisher in his Forbes interview were statements made during a 2017 ComicCon panel that praised Whedon. Fisher later retracted his public comments.

“For one thing, the cast and crew were told that Zack had handpicked Joss to finish the film for him. I didn’t find out until after the reshoots that that was a complete lie.” Fisher told Forbes. “I heard whispers and rumblings of things being off behind the scenes, but nothing concrete until much later. They had us go out to San Diego Comic-Con in 2017 and say Zack picked Joss and that Joss was a great guy. I still have the email with those talking points.”

Fisher amplified his complaints, claiming the abusive and unprofessional atmosphere on the set was cultivated behind closed doors even before Snyder departed the project.

“Prior to Justice League’s reshoot process, blatantly racist conversations were had and entertained—on multiple occasions—by former and current top level executives at Warner Bros. Pictures,” Fisher claimed. “Decision-makers that participated in those racist conversations were Geoff Johns, Jon Berg, and current Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich.

“I realized that the notes I ended up getting from Johns during reshoots were just a coded version of the racist things he was saying with behind closed doors with the other execs,” Fisher said.

“A lot of what these guys were doing was in an effort to prevent themselves from being fired during AT&T’s merger with Time Warner,” Fisher added. “I plan getting much more specific about each of these guys after the investigation is over—this interview is just the abridged version.

“These conversations were reported to me by people in the room. And I wasn’t made aware until AFTER I had already spoken out about Joss Whedon. None of what I’m sharing in this interview is news to Warner Bros. HR, nor should it be news to WarnerMedia. I reported almost everything to them back in July—including Emmerich’s involvement,” Fisher said.

“The fact that I’m having to advocate for myself in this way is equal parts freeing and frustrating. I always suspected that race was a determining factor for the way that things went down, but it wasn’t until this past summer that I was able to prove it,” Fisher said.

He added that race was only the tip of the reshoot iceberg. He cited threats and unsafe working conditions, among a long list of complaints.

Johns was a particular source of Fisher’s ire.

“Geoff Johns made a veiled threat to my career during the LA reshoots of Justice League,” Fisher said. “Multiple sources have informed me, that Joss threatened the career of another person associated with the production. Toby was made aware and tried to cover for Whedon rather than deal with the abuse. That situation had to be escalated to Tsujihara to get any results.”

Fisher’s complaints have been supported by Aquaman star Jason Momoa, who also slammed Warner Bros in an online statement via Instagram.

Ultimately, Fisher hopes that change will come from his complaints.

“My goal is to have these people not be decision makers for the content that influences our world,” Fisher began. “These guys have been in Hollywood a long time. Their problematic behavior didn’t start with the AT&T merger, but I’ll be dammed if it doesn’t end with it.”

Forbes did not receive a response to its requests for comment from Warner Bros. or the executives mentioned by Fisher.

UPDATE: Ray Fisher has responded to a statement from Warner Bros. over his complaints about “gross, abusive” conduct on the set of Justice League. Fisher appeared as “Cyborg” in the film.

On Friday, the studio issued a statement claiming that Fisher was not responding to an investigator looking into his allegations that film director Joss Whedon was abusive.

Fisher tweeted out his reply this morning.

“Thank you all for the support and for seeing through @wbpictures desperate and scattershot attempt to discredit me to continue protecting those in power. I met with the investigator via Zoom on Aug 26th.

EARLIER: Warner Bros. issued a statement tonight regarding an investigation it conducted on the Justice League production after complaints were aired by Ray Fisher, who played “Cyborg” in the film.

The investigation stems from Fisher’s tweet back on July 1, alleging director Joss Whedon’s “gross, abusive” conduct on set. Whedon stepped in to finish directing Justice League when director Zack Snyder left the production because of a family tragedy.

“Joss Whedon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable. He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg. Accountability>Entertainment,” Fisher tweeted back in July.

Today, Fisher tweeted out “So you can better understand how deep this goes: After speaking out about Justice League, I received a phone call from the President of DC Films wherein he attempted to throw Joss Whedon and Jon Berg under the bus in hopes that I would relent on Geoff Johns. I will not.  A>E”

In response to Fisher indicating that he spoke with DC Films Boss Walter Hamada in his tweet, Warner Bros. came to the full defense of the executive, and clarified their situation with the Cyborg actor: Despite the studio bringing in a third party independent investigator to research what went sideways with the actor during the production of Justice League, to date, Mr. Fisher has declined to speak to the investigator” according to a studio spokesperson tonight. 

A Warner Bros. spokesperson issued the following statement tonight on behalf of the company:

“In July, Ray Fisher’s representatives asked DC Films President Walter Hamada to talk to Mr. Fisher about his concerns during the production of Justice League. The two had previously spoken when Mr. Hamada asked him to reprise his role as Cyborg in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Flash movie, together with other members of the Justice League. 

“In their July conversation, Mr. Fisher recounted disagreements he’d had with the film’s creative team regarding his portrayal of Cyborg, and complained that his suggested script revisions were not adopted. Mr. Hamada explained that creative differences are a normal part of the production process, and that a film’s writer/director ultimately has to be in charge of these matters.

“Notably, Mr. Hamada also told Mr. Fisher that he would elevate his concerns to WarnerMedia so they could conduct an investigation. At no time did Mr. Hamada ever “throw anyone under the bus,” as Mr. Fisher has falsely claimed, or render any judgments about the Justice League production, in which Mr. Hamada had no involvement, since filming occurred before Mr. Hamada was elevated to his current position. 

” While Mr. Fisher never alleged any actionable misconduct against him, WarnerMedia nonetheless initiated an investigation into the concerns he’d raised about his character’s portrayal. Still not satisfied, Mr. Fisher insisted that WarnerMedia hire an independent third party investigator.

“This investigator has attempted multiple times to meet with Mr. Fisher to discuss his concerns but, to date, Mr. Fisher has declined to speak to the investigator. Warner Bros. remains committed to accountability and to the well-being of every cast and crew member on each of its productions. It also remains committed to investigating any specific and credible allegation of misconduct, which thus far Mr. Fisher has failed to provide.”

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‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’: Jee Young Han & Felix Mallard To Recur On Season 2

EXCLUSIVE: Jee Young Han (Bless The Harts, Superstore) and Felix Mallard (Neighbours, Happy Together) are set for recurring roles on the upcoming second season of NBC’s musical dramedy Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, starring Jane Levy.

Created and executive produced by Jake in Progress creator Austin Winsberg, who serves as showrunner, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist stars Jane Levy as Zoey Clarke, a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey, who always preferred podcasts over pop songs, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her – her family, co-workers and complete strangers – through popular songs. At first, she questions her own sanity, but after getting some guidance from her musically adept neighbor, Mo (Alex Newell), and making a breakthrough with her ailing father (Peter Gallagher), Zoey soon realizes this unwanted curse might just be an incredibly wonderful gift as she connects with the world like never before.

Han will play Jenna Kang, Emily’s (Alice Lee) wild child older sister. An aspiring artist and photographer, Jenna comes to town to “help” Emily and David (Andrew Leeds) with their new baby and only adds to the chaos. Eventually, an unlikely friendship forms between her and Maggie (Mary Steenburgen).

Mallard will portray Aiden, Zoey’s (Levy) next door neighbor growing up. A recent college grad, he’s just returned from backpacking around Asia and has moved back in with his parents. He’s working at an ice cream shop while trying to launch his garage band. He’s a free spirit who lives one day at a time, and he helps Zoey be more adventurous.

Winsberg writes and executive produces. Kim Tannenbaum and Eric Tannenbaum, Paul Feig, David Blackman, Daniel Inkeles and Sam Laybourne also serve as executive producers. Dan Magnante, Jason Wang, Samantha McIntyre, Emily Fox and Robert Sudduth serve as co-executive producers with Michele Greco and Mandy Moore serving as producers.

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is produced by Lionsgate and Universal Television (a division of Universal Studio Group) in association with the Tannenbaum Company, Feigco Entertainment, Universal Music Group’s Polygram Entertainment and Zihuatenejo Productions.

Han’s most recent credits include recurring roles on Superstore and Bless the Harts. She also played the lead role of Holly last year in NBC pilot Like Magic. She’s repped by Innovative Artists and Ziffren Brittenham.

Mallard is known for his role as Ben Kirk on Neighbours. He also starred as Cooper on CBS’ Happy Together and most recently played Lucas Caravaggio on Locke & Key. He’s repped by Echo Lake Entertainment and Linsten Management in Australia.

Season 2 of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist will premiere midseason on NBC. Season 1 is currently streaming on Peacock.

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MARGARET HODGE:They told me they wished I'd been killed – not Jo Cox

They told me they wished I’d been killed – not Jo Cox: Jewish Labour MP MARGARET HODGE reveals just one of the many vile insults that were hurled at her… and warns the poison goes far beyond Jeremy Corbyn

As I sat down yesterday morning to read the first few pages of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of trepidation.

After all, I have spent almost every day of the past five years – ever since Jeremy Corbyn became Labour leader, to be precise – fending off the vile, anti-Jewish hatred of his supporters.

Yet every time I raised the alarm, I was met with stony silence.

Imagine, then, the overwhelming relief that swept over me as I read it confirmed how, under Corbyn, my party had succumbed to a malaise ‘which, at best, did not do enough to prevent anti-Semitism and, at worst, could be seen to accept it’.

‘I have spent almost every day of the past five years fending off the vile, anti-Jewish hatred of his supporters’ writes Margaret Hodge

It was a momentous, almost vindicating occasion.

Ever since Corbyn and his extremist supporters took control of Labour, I’ve tortured myself over whether it was time to leave.

Indeed, it pains me to say it, but despite being a member of the Labour Party for almost 60 years – roughly half its lifetime – the sheer scale of anti-Semitic abuse hurled at me has taken its toll.

Yet I have stood and fought, even after I was threatened with suspension for walking up to Corbyn in a corridor in Parliament and telling him, in no uncertain words, that he was making it very difficult for Jewish people to stay in the Labour Party.

Yesterday’s report confirms that I was right to weather the storm and hold out for justice.

Typically, Corbyn thrust himself into the spotlight story, publishing an obdurate denial and a suggestion that the findings were ‘dramatically overstated’.

His successor Keir Starmer speedily recognised Corbyn’s statement for what it was – a pernicious attempt to downplay anti-Semitism – and he was immediately suspended.

Certainly it is a step in the right direction for a party that once prided itself on its anti-Semitic credentials, and I hope that we can begin to look forward. 

But we must not fall into the trap of thinking that the job is done.

Yes, the EHRC report nailed the most insulting lie of Corbyn’s supporters: namely that we Jewish MPs had ‘weaponised’ claims of anti-Semitism for our own nefarious gains.

But the bitter truth is that anti-Semitism is still heavily entrenched in some corners of the party and the Labour movement.

Margaret Hodge: Typically, Corbyn thrust himself into the spotlight story, publishing an obdurate denial and a suggestion that the findings were ‘dramatically overstated’.

No doubt Corbyn’s supporters would deride such a claim as an exaggeration. 

But I know anti-Semitism when I see it.

After all, when I was born in Egypt to Jewish parents, Jews were still being murdered in Hitler’s gas chambers. 

In fact, my maternal grandmother was shot dead by the Nazis outside a Lithuanian concentration camp. 

So understanding Jew-hatred has always been part of my identity.

And while Corbyn is certainly responsible for letting anti-Semitism fester, we must not overlook how countless members lined up to fan its flames.

Corbyn may be suspended, but what about the member who recently sent me a message calling me a ‘racist Zionist c***’? 

Or the one who told me it would have been better if I had been murdered rather than Jo Cox?

In fact, for proof that anti-Semitism still remains in Labour’s ranks, you need only look at the stream of social media messages posted yesterday by Corbynites questioning the EHRC report.

MP Jo Cox, 41,  was murdered in June 2016 after holding a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire

Only last week, Len McCluskey, the Corbyn-supporting general secretary of the Unite union, told the BBC that party grandee Peter Mandelson should ‘go away and count his gold’, the oldest anti-Semitic trope in the book.

Meanwhile, we must not forget that yesterday’s report comes too late for many of my colleagues who were forced out of politics by the abuse that has been thrown at them.

So many good Labour women – such as Luciana Berger and Louise Ellman – could not stand it anymore.

There is something astonishing, and thoroughly depressing, about the fact that I am almost the last Jewish Labour female MP still standing. 

What an indictment of a party with such a proud Jewish tradition.

And so my joy at yesterday’s report is tempered by a feeling of political loneliness and anger.

But that is no excuse to give up fighting. Indeed, in recent months I have been inspired by the courage of those non-Jewish MPs and Labour members who have offered their support and risked being targeted themselves.

I was particularly heartened by the support from my local party, who gave me a standing ovation when I faced disciplinary action for calling out anti-Semitism.

Many of my Muslim local members understood better than most how important it was to always challenge racism.

That instinctive generosity of spirit is why I dare to be optimistic that we can defeat this virus of hatred.

Dare I say it, but I believe we can once again make the Labour Party an organisation that my proud immigrant parents would have regarded as a fit political home for their stubborn daughter.

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Lisa Turtle will appear in the Saved By The Bell reboot after all

Good news Saved By The Bell fans, Lisa Turtle is officially going to make an appearance in the reboot series.

After Lark Voorhies originally appeared to have no part in the revival series heading to streaming service on Peacock, fans were delighted to find out she will be reprising her role.

Entertainment Weekly gave fans a first look at the actress playing a grown-up Lisa Turtle and, naturally, she’s a total fashionista.

According to NBC’s streaming service: ‘When the show picks up with Lisa, she is thriving with a successful career in fashion.’

So far, it hasn’t been confirmed how many times Lisa will appear in the series, but we hope she is reunited in a few scenes with her former classmates.

Fan praised the star after seeing the teaser pic, as one wrote: ‘I’m happy they bought Lark back. She so deserves her time to shine.’

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Another added, ‘So glad they brought her back!’ while one fan commented: ‘Glad to see she’s doing better. Beautiful and talented. I wanted to be like her growing up!’

One fan stated, ‘I’m now watching for her! ♥️,’ while another added: ‘That’s all her fans wanted thanks’.

Voorhies previously added she was hurt to not have been invited back to appear on the series, though some of her fellow castmates hadn’t been approached either at the time.

‘I have to admit I did feel a bit slighted and hurt when I was not invited to be part of the Saved by the Bell reunion, as well as other cast members’ events,’ the actress, who was previously diagnosed with Schizoaffective disorder, explained on the Dr. Oz Show in Feb.

‘Yet of course, I also realized that having this puzzling disorder may have played a major part in that factual decision.’

Confirmation of her return comes just days after Peacock dropped the full-length trailer for the SBTB revival.

The teaser clip confirmed that Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski reunite with A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano, while a new group of students roam the halls of Bayside.

Saved By the Bell aired between 1989 and 1992, with spin-off The College Years on screens for one season, between 1993 and 1994.

Saved by the Bell premieres November 25 on Peacock in the US.

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She's Done It All, So What's Left on Elvira's Bucket List? (Exclusive)

“Climb Mount Everest perhaps,” she jokes, before revealing her real goal.

After nearly 40 years in the business as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, she’s seemingly done a little bit of everything.

She’s hosted her own show, headlined two feature films, starred in comic books, appeared on pinball and slot machines, released a “coffin table book” of photos, hosted a revue at Knott’s Scary Farm and even popped up in “Call of Duty.” Her alter-ego Cassandra Peterson has an autobiography in the works to drop next year and is also working on a potential third, animated film.

So … what’s left?

“Good lord,” she told TooFab when we asked her that question ahead of Halloween. “Once this autobiography is out, I’m like, ‘What else is there to do?’ I don’t know. Take Elvira to climb Mount Everest, perhaps? My spiked shoes would really help in the snow!”

“It feels like I’ve done it all,” she admitted, before revealing the “ridiculous thing” she still wants to cross of the Elvira bucket list.

“I still want to get a star on Hollywood Boulevard. I don’t know why, but as a kid and the first time I saw the stars on Hollywood Blvd. when I was with my parents on a vacation as a child I thought, ‘This is like a dream come true,'” she recalled. “That’s what I want, to have a star on Hollywood Blvd.”

“It doesn’t matter to anyone else but me. So, that’s one thing I’d really like to get someday,” she added. “I mean when I walk down that street and I see 90% of people that I’ve never heard of I go, ‘Why don’t I have one?'”

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Looking back at her 39 years as the Hostess with the Mostess, Peterson said she’s “more surprised” than anyone else to find herself still at it at — and looking incredible — at 69. While her outfit — which manages to be both low-cut and high-cut at the same — might not be the most forgiving getup, it’s a profitable one. Peterson owns all the rights to her character, meaning she takes home a much bigger piece of the pie when it comes to merchandising. appearances and more.

While she considered gigs outside of the Elvira/Halloween space, Peterson said it just didn’t make sense to pursue a career without her bouffant.

“About the first year or two I thought, hey, this is an awesome gig and I’m dressed as this wacky character, so, I can go out and get all kinds of acting stuff on my own and do pilots and do this and do that,” she recalled. “And so, I checked into doing that and pilot season was always in the fall and I’d go, ‘So, wait a minute, I’m getting like SAG-AFTRA minimum to do a pilot that may or may never go, and I won’t be able to do Elvira for this Halloween. so my income will suddenly be cut down to like one millionth of what I would get as Elvira.”

“After a while it was very clear that it was a ridiculous thing to try to go off and do something else. Owning the rights make all the difference,” she added. “I figured out very quickly what side my bread was buttered on and I stuck with it, you know?”

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There have been hiccups through the years.

After the release of “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark,” Peterson filmed a TV pilot for a series around the character. “The Elvira Show” would have starred the actress alongside Katherine Helmond as a pair of witches raising their niece together in a small town with the help of a talking cat. CBS, however, declined to pick up the pilot to series.

“I thought it was super funny, super interesting. I mean it was Katherine Helmond, who I loved. She was so wonderful and it just came together so great,” said Peterson.

While the pilot was developed by CBS Entertainment’s then-president Jeff Sagansky, he fell ill around pilot season and President of CBS, Inc Howard Stringer was placed in charge of pickups. “He came in, he basically looked at it and said, ‘We can’t have those boobs on CBS,” she recalled. “And that was the end right there. Boom bang. The only thing good that came out of it, that I liked anyway, was apparently when you go back and look up CBS, the worst season they ever had was that year. All the TV shows he picked were bombs.”

In addition to her autobiography, Peterson promises to go all out next year for Elvira’s 40th anniversary. For now, she’s staying booked for Halloween 2020.

On Friday night, she’s hosting this year’s Hulaween benefit featuring a “Hocus Pocus” reunion, is participating in an “Elvira’s Haunted Hills” screening benefitting the Los Angeles LGBT Center, has been raising funds for a special quarantine comic book via Kickstarter, recently dropped a music video, participated in the horror doc “In Search of Darkness Part II” … and is also, apparently, running for President.

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Josie Gibson hits back at online troll who cruelly criticised her 'weight'

Josie Gibson has hit back at an online troll who cruelly criticised her ‘weight’ after an appearance on This Morning.

The Big Brother star, who regularly responds to her followers’ kind comments on social media, had the best response to one person’s nasty remark.

‘I don’t mean to be rude but @Josiestweet is absolutely vile,’ the tweet began.

‘#thismorning it breaks my heart when I look at how fat she has got again.’

Retweeting the comment, Josie simply told the troll that there are ‘so many more things in the world to care about’.

‘But you are being rude, so you do mean to be rude,’ Josie replied.

‘Don’t let my weight gain break your heart, honestly, there is so many more things in the world to care about that really do matter.’

Josie’s followers were quick to step in and defend the This Morning host.

One tweeted: ‘Some people really ought to keep their mouths shut, what a rude idiot! Take no notice, I think you’re absolutely fantastic xx’

While another commented: ‘Charming……. you bring a lovely smile and great sense of humour to This morning, it’s vile to vilify someone because how they look.’

One added: ‘Josie my lovely, you’re a proper sort. Ignore this gutter troll. You are a genuine beauty no matter what size you wear. Why on Earth your size is even a talking point is beyond me. Never change.’

‘Massive respect for you Jodie. Don’t let that troll get to you. Who cares what you weigh. You make my day when I see you on This Morning,’ another said.

Josie rose to fame in 2010 when she entered the Big Brother house – which she later went on to win.

Later that year she went on to enter Ultimate Big Brother, but she decided to leave three days later.

Not only is she a regular host on This Morning, but the 35-year-old has also had appearances on Loose Women and Big Brother’s Bit On The Side.

Metro.co.uk has reached out to Josie’s rep for comment.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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'Law & Order: SVU': Mariska Hargitay Reveals How She Prepared for Her Role as Olivia Benson

It’s safe to say that Law & Order: SVU is a super successful television series. With season 22 around the corner, it’s hard to imagine the show without Mariska Hargitay at the helm. She plays the incredibly passionate Olivia Benson, who now finds herself as the Captain of the Special Victims Unit.

As can be expected, a lot of preparation went into learning everything she could about her role as a detective.

Mariska Hargitay reveals how she prepared for her role on ‘Law & Order: SVU’

Hargitay spoke on Inside the Actors Studio in season 20, episode 3 of the series. In a preview of the episode on Bravo’s website, the host, James Lipton, mentions that SVU is a “police procedural” show. Hargitay is asked how she prepared for her role as Benson. It turns out, Hargitay spent time with cops, and even watched an autopsy being performed.

“I went on ride-alongs, and I spent time with cops,” Hargitay reveals. “And one in particular named Detective Tania Colly, who I was blown away by. This woman, she was so strong, and if you met her, she’s like a bad a**, and so you’re sort of intimidated by her because she does not play. And she has this face,” Hargitay says as she puts on her best interpretation of a serious cop. “But, the other side of her, was again, so compassionate, and not cut off, and open, and I admired that so much.”

She’s then asked by Lipton if she hung out in the subways, and she reveals that she did, and she was with cops as she tried to spot criminals. She also mentions that she practiced shooting in preparation for the series.

“I did, I hung out in subways, with the cops, and I would try to find pervs and pickpockets,” she says. “I could spot them too after a while. I went shooting a lot. I’m a good aim too. Now I’m just bragging.”

Lipton also asked Hargitay if she ever saw an autopsy, and it turns out she has. “I did,” she explains. “That was rough. But uh, necessary, and helped me, you know, breathe, push through. Push through the demons, make peace with it, because that’s what you’re going to be. And I had to develop different kinds of muscles.”

When Hargitay first read the script, she felt the series was ‘a truly pioneering show’

Now more than 20 years later, fans are still getting to watch Captain Olivia Benson on their screens at home. Hargitay spoke with TV Insider in 2018 about the last 20 years, and she discussed the series, including if she was initially “concerned” when it comes to the topics the show touches on. However, Hargitay read the script, and thought “it was such a truly pioneering show.”

“My agent called to say, ‘I don’t know if you’ll be interested in this because it’s very dark subject matter,’” Hargitay recalls. “When I read the script, however, I felt it was such a truly pioneering show. I was shocked at first. I had to ground myself and be brave.”

Luckily, Hargitay found her niche with SVU, and she’s never left. Fans can see her in season 22 when it premieres on Thursday, November 12 at 9 p.m. E.S.T.

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Crowds gather in Wuhan amusement park to celebrate Halloween

Wuhan’s streets are packed with Halloween revellers ten months after the coronavirus pandemic started there – while the rest of the world is crippled by pandemic

  • Crowds poured into the Happy Valley Wuhan amusement park on Thursday night to attend a Halloween event
  • Revellers dressed up to watch a Halloween parade and other spooky spectacles without any social distancing 
  • Wuhan – the epicentre of the pandemic – has had no community transmissions since May, figures show
  • While Europe is grappling with a second wave of infections, China seems to have largely tamed Covid-19 and life is beginning to return to normal for many of the country’s residents as the economy rebounds

Crowds have poured into an amusement park in Wuhan to attend a Halloween event less than a year after the Chinese city became infamous as the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic.

Photos show large numbers of people gathering to watch a parade at the Happy Valley Wuhan amusement park on Thursday night.  

Some revellers swapped face masks for spookier options and there was no sign of social distancing as people posed for photos together and queued to see a Halloween show. 

As several European countries mull lockdown measures amid a rising second wave of infections, life is gradually returning to normal in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Revellers posed for a group photo with ghostly pirate performers at the Happy Valley Wuhan theme park on Thursday night

The Halloween event drew large crowds in the city which just ten months ago became infamous around the world as the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic

Some swapped face masks for superhero masks at the event, where large crowds mingled without social distancing measures

France imposed a second national lockdown starting on Friday as the country’s daily deaths from coronavirus reached their highest level since April.

President Emmanuel Macron said that people would only be permitted to leave home for essential work or medical reasons. 

Meanwhile China reported only 47 new cases on Thursday, the majority of which reportedly came from abroad. 

There have been no new cases of community transmission in Wuhan since May, according to Chinese government figures. 

In recent months, domestic tourism has began slowly trickling back into the city, which is home to more than 11 million people. 

As several European countries mull lockdown measures amid a rising second wave of infections, life is gradually returning to normal in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: Revellers watch a Halloween parade in Wuhan on Thursday night

Aside from the vigilant wearing of face masks, life seemed to have largely returned to normal at the Halloween event in Wuhan

The Happy Valley Wuhan amusement park hosts an annual Halloween event that has hosted daily events well into November in past years

Fearsome floats like the one pictured were a big feature of the Halloween parade at the Happy Valley Wuhan amusement park

Visitors and performers were decked out in their best spooky attire with superheroes, geishas and zombies proving popular costume choices.

Meanwhile a parade of floats included a demonic Chinese dragon and a ghostly pirate ship.

Halloween is not traditionally celebrated as a holiday in China but it has gained popularity in the last two decades as an opportunity to dress up and have fun as China has opened up to Western cultural influence. 

The Halloween events at the Happy Valley amusement park included a number of spooky shows, as well as the float parade 

Visitors and performers were decked out in their best spooky attire with superheroes, geishas and zombies proving popular costume choices

Halloween is not traditionally celebrated as a holiday in China but it has gained popularity in the last two decades as an opportunity to dress up and have fun

Always a popular costume, nurses were out in force among the crowds in Wuhan on Thursday night, with many young women opting to adapt the look to become a zombie nurse.

The costumes may have a risked causing offence this year after at least 23 Chinese healthcare workers died from coronavirus, according to figures released in June by China’s National Health Commission.

But many seemed pleased to pose for pictures with the ghoulish girls. 

Always a popular costume, nurses were out in force among the crowds in Wuhan on Thursday night, with many young women opting to adapt the look to become a zombie nurse

The costumes may have a risked causing offence this year after at least 23 Chinese healthcare workers died from coronavirus, according to figures released in June by China’s National Health Commission but many seemed happy to pose for photos with the ghoulish girls

Visitors and performers posed for photos without social distancing in Wuhan. China appears to have largely tamed Covid-19, with the country announcing only 47 new cases on Thursday, the majority of which it said came from abroad

The event at the Happy Valley Wuhan amusement park, which reopened in May, featured a parade of fearsome floats through the park.

Last year, the Happy Valley chain, which has eight parks around China, held Halloween-themed events every night until from late October until mid November. 

The spectacles in 2019 included haunted houses, various performances and a survival horror game. It’s not clear if the same array of events were on offer this year. 

Outside of Halloween season, the popular park has rollercoasters, spinning teacups and swing rides, among other attractions.

When the Wuhan site reopened in May, guests were temperature checked on arrival and required to book online in advance as only limited numbers were allowed in but it’s not clear if these measures are still in place.  

In previous years, the Happy Valley Wuhan’s amusement park’s Halloween offerings have included haunted houses, various performances and a survival horror game. It’s not clear if the same array of events were on offer this year

Outside of Halloween season, the popular park has rollercoasters, spinning teacups and swing rides, among other attractions. Pictured: A guest sporting a different kind of a face mask at the Halloween celebration

Fearsome floats in the Halloween paraded included a demonic version of the traditional Chinese dragon seen in many of the country’s festivals

The Halloween event was likely a welcome opportunity for Wuhan’s residents to celebrate after a dramatic and gruelling year. Pictured: A Halloween attraction at the Happy Valley Wuhan amusement park

Aside from the vigilant wearing of face masks, Wuhan, along with other Chinese metropolises including Shanghai and Beijing, appears to be returning to normal after Covid-19 first emerged there in late December 2019.

Cinemas are open, restaurants are packed and concerts are going ahead, helping China’s economy to recover from the strains of combating the virus.  

Thursday’s scenes are in stark contrast to images of Wuhan’s deserted streets and overcrowded hospitals that filled media reports in the first months of the year as the world scrambled to understand the new virus and its effects. 

Wuhan endured a gruelling 76-day lockdown at the height of the pandemic during which the city became a ghost town with tight restrictions on people coming in or out and residents largely barred from leaving their homes.

China continues to restrict travel between certain regions, with some cities requiring visitors to quarantine for 14 days. 

Foreign visitors are subject to more restrictions and there have also been reports of xenophobia and racism towards foreigners in China amid fears of outsiders importing the disease back into China.

Thursday’s scenes are in stark contrast to images of Wuhan’s deserted streets and overcrowded hospitals that filled media reports in the first months of the year as the world scrambled to understand the new virus and its effects

Visitors queue to attend a Halloween show at the Happy Valley amusement park in Wuhan, China, as part of the site’s spooky seasonal offering

Wuhan residents got creative with their costumes. Halloween has grown in popularity in China as the country has opened up to Western cultural influences

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Taunts from Labour members that were detailed in anti-Semitism report

A toxic cesspit: Here, in their own words, are some of the utterly appalling taunts from some Labour party members that were detailed in the shocking anti-Semitism report

Here, Policy Editor Daniel Martin details some of the most shocking examples of Labour anti-Semitism that were contained in the EHRC report – as well as those that weren’t.

Detailed in the report 

Pam Bromley, councillor in Rossendale, Lancashire, denied anti-Semitism was an issue in Labour and used tropes such as calling Jews a ‘fifth column’. 

She wrote: ‘Had Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party pulled up the drawbridge and nipped the bogus anti-Semitism accusations in the bud in the first place, we would not be where we are now and the fifth column in the Labour Party would not have managed to get such a foothold… the Lobby has miscalculated… the witchhunt has created brand new fightback networks… the Lobby will then melt back into its own cesspit.’ She was eventualy expelled.

Jeremy Corbyn visited the cemetery where terror leaders linked to the Munich massacre are buried. The Mail obtained a photograph of Mr Corbyn holding a wreath just feet away from the graves of leaders linked to the 1972 killings of Israeli athletes

A raft of examples of anti-Semitic conduct by party members included diminishing the scale or significance of the Holocaust, comparing Israelis to Hitler or the Nazis, and using ‘Zio’ as an anti-Semitic term 

It emerged that Jeremy Corbyn had, as a backbencher, praised an anti-Semitic mural in East London on Facebook. 

He supported the artist Mear One who had painted the image of hook-nosed bankers playing Monopoly on the backs of the world’s poor. 

But the Labour leader’s staff intervened to say ‘the complaint itself seems to fall well below the threshold required for investigation and if so surely the decision to dismiss it can be taken now’.

He later said ‘a wreath was indeed laid’ for ‘some of those who were killed in Paris in 1992’ and added: ‘I was present at that wreath-laying, I don’t think I was actually involved in it

Christine Shawcroft, head of Labour’s National Exective Committee’s disputes panel which investigated complaints of anti-Semitism, intervened to reinstate a member suspended for anti-Semitic social media posts so he could stand in local elections. 

Alan Bull had posted a link on Facebook to a fake news article titled: ‘International Red Cross Report Confirms the Holocaust of Six Million Jews is a Hoax.’ 

It was accompanied with a picture of the gates of Auschwitz, with the phrase ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ replaced with ‘Muh Holocaust’. Following the Daily Mail’s disclosure of the intervention, she resigned.

A member tweeted: ‘How can we not have empathy with the Palestinians when they are up against these murdering, Zionest [sic] bastards. Their NAZI masters taught them well.’ He was let off with a warning 

In 2016 a Labour councillor shared an image of Jewish banker Jacob Rothschild on their Facebook page along with a caption claiming that the Rothschild family and other institutions, including the City of London and the Vatican, ‘own our news, our media, our oil and even our governments’. It does not appear that this was investigated at all.

It emerged that Jeremy Corbyn had, as a backbencher, praised an anti-Semitic mural in East London on Facebook. He supported the artist Mear One who had painted the image of hook-nosed bankers playing Monopoly on the backs of the world’s poor

A member was not suspended even though he was reported for saying Jewish MPs ‘can’t rein in your killers in the Middle East’, referred to the ‘Jewish brigade’ and said ‘Jews desire the Labour Party to comply with their demands’ 

Chris Williamson MP made public comments about anti-Semitism smears, supported members expelled for anti-Semitism, and shared social media posts relating to others accused of Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism. 

The disciplinary panel concluded he had ‘engaged in conduct online and offline that, due to its reckless and needlessly provocative nature, was grossly detrimental to the party’ and ‘may reasonably be seen to involve anti-Semitic sentiments, stereotypes and actions’. Despite this, he was initially given only a formal warning.

…And ones that weren’t

Activist Kayla Bibby shared a picture of an alien bearing the Star of David choking the Statue of Liberty, but escaped suspension from the party because the image was not ‘anti-Jewish’.

Jeremy Corbyn visited the cemetery where terror leaders linked to the Munich massacre are buried. The Mail obtained a photograph of Mr Corbyn holding a wreath just feet away from the graves of leaders linked to the 1972 killings of Israeli athletes. 

He later said ‘a wreath was indeed laid’ for ‘some of those who were killed in Paris in 1992’ and added: ‘I was present at that wreath-laying, I don’t think I was actually involved in it.’

Activist Kayla Bibby shared a picture of an alien bearing the Star of David choking the Statue of Liberty, but escaped suspension from the party because the image was not ‘anti-Jewish’

Alan Bull had posted a link on Facebook to a fake news article titled: ‘International Red Cross Report Confirms the Holocaust of Six Million Jews is a Hoax’

A Labour member shared a post accusing Jewish people of ‘eating the organs of their enemies’ and accused Jews of inventing modern terrorism by saying: ‘IRA murderers who took their cue from Jews.’ But the party sought to delay his suspension until it was found whether his disability had left him vulnerable.

The party let off a branch secretary for using offensive word ‘zio’ despite it being a second offence – and instead sought to reprimand the person who complained.

A Labour activist reported last April for writing on former Labour MP Luciana Berger’s Facebook page that ‘There are Zionist infiltrators in the Labour Party stirring trouble that doesn’t exist’ was let off without reprimand and was able to stand in local elections.

A member of Momentum’s steering committee shared a message accusing Saudi Arabia of being in thrall to ‘Zionist paymasters’. Apsana Begum – now an MP – later apologised for her comment.

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David Beckham tells wife Victoria to 'stop lying' as they tease each other over homemade Halloween treats

DAVID Beckham told his wife Victoria to "stop lying" as they playfully teased each other over homemade Halloween treats.

The pair competed for kudos as they both bragged about making toffee apples for the kids – with 46-year-old Victoria pretending that she'd made them.

However, David, 45, was already onto her plan – and posted his photo two hours before her.

Sharing a snap of the delicious-looking apples on his Instagram Story, the sportsman wrote: "I'm posting now so my wife doesn't claim to have made these.

"Hahaha @VictoriaBeckham".

Clearly impressed with his hard work, he shared another photo and added: "I mean, come on – even I'm impressed with my first try.


"Kids won't sleep tonight!"

Victoria posted a picture to her own story, teasing her husband as she wrote: "Look what I made!", adding a cheeky wink emoji for effect.

But Becks was having none of it, reposting and adding a gif that read: "Stop lying".

He also shared his excitement at discovering edible glitter, quipping: "Toffee apple game just got a little more interesting…"

Proving himself to be the capable cook of the family, David went on to document his hard work making a vegan casserole – complete with knives recommended by his close pal Gordon Ramsay.

The former footballer has always been a keen cook, regularly sharing sneak peeks at his culinary creations on social media – and even setting up his own bee hive to ensure fresh honey.


Meanwhile, Victoria has been treating fans to a deeper insight into her and David's 21-year marriage with frequent Instagram posts of her own.

Yesterday, the fashion designer posted a candid snap of David relaxing in a pair of silky pink pyjamas – complete with his trademark flat cap.

She previously shared a sweet photo of herself resting her head on her sleeping husband's chest.

The pair tied the knot in 1999 and are mum and dad to 21-year-old Brooklyn, 18-year-old Romeo, 15-year-old Cruz, and nine-year-old Harper.

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