Disgraced politician Anthony Weiner gives us a full line-by-line explanation as to how he ended up exposing his bulging underwear on social media, when he was meant to be a happily married, hardworking congressman.
In our Exclusive Clip above from the documentary ‘Weiner’, out next week in UK cinemas, he draws the line, in pretty cringeworthy fashion from corresponding with his “penpals”, to somehow ending up “receiving a naked picture, and responding”.
He describes it: “It was connecting on such a superficial level it was almost as if I was playing a video game.
“People would reach out, we’d start chatting, sending emails back and forth, something that goes in a different direction, someone sends me a naked picture and I respond to it…
“I had a blind spot about it, and that blind spot was a pretty big one.”
A marriage laid bare, a political campaign in crisis… all this is caught at breathtakingly intimate level in the documentary, which follows Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin (one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides) during his 2013 campaign for Mayor of New York City.
Two years earlier, the former congressman had been forced to resign after photos of his bulging underwear appeared on Twitter. This mayoral campaign was meant to be his rehabilitation on the public stage, his marriage mended, his conscience repaired.
Except… during the course of the campaign, and under the unblinking eye of the camera, more revelations about Anthony Weiner’s texting come to light. The result is proper watch-through-your-fingers stuff...
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In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando earlier this month, Odeon Cinemas will hold special charity screenings of hit British film 'Pride'.
Following requests from the LGBT+ community, including Rooftop Film Club and Stonewall UK, Odeon Cinemas will be donating all money raised from ticket sales to Stonewall UK – the country’s leading LGBT+ support charity.
Five of the chain's cinemas across the UK will screen the film on Tuesday 5 July at 8:15pm.
Tickets are on sale now, and can be booked here, with no booking fees - click here for info and tickets.
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49 nightclub-goers lost their lives on 12 June, when a gunman opened fire inside the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida. A further 53 were injured. This was the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in US history, and caused huge distress around the world, including London, where a vigil in London’s Soho drew thousands in sympathy.
Andy Edge, Odeon's Commercial Director says: "Nothing is more important to us than listening to our guests and what they want on the big screen. Stonewall UK contacted us to request the screenings after many people had got in touch with them. The LGBT+ community has shown enormous strength and unity in the wake of the events in Orlando and we hope these screenings can raise funds for Stonewall UK so they can continue to spread their message of ‘acceptance without exception.”
He continued “We hope as many guests as possible will join us to help raise money for a fantastic cause and enjoy the incredible story that is told in 'Pride'.”
Louise Smith, Director of Fundraising at Stonewall UK, said: “We are delighted that Odeon is standing by our side and supporting the work we do by hosting these screenings during Pride season. Recent events have reminded us more than ever how important solidarity is, both within the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community and among our much loved and vital allies. Together we’ll continue to work until all LGBT people are accepted without exception.”
The screenings will take place at cinemas in Brighton, Liverpool ONE, Newcastle Metrocentre, Covent Garden and Cardiff.
'Pride' was originally released in 2014 to critical acclaim and was nominated for three BAFTAs. Starring Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton, it is based on the true story of gay and lesbian activists who raised money for a community in Wales that was being affected by the 1984 miners’ strikes.
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With the cream pouring down on the strawberries, but hopefully the rain staying off the grass, Wimbledon 2016 opens for business today.
While Andy and Jamie Murray prepare to give their annual effort on their home turf, their mum Judy has a new role keeping her "too busy even to check the draw". She tweeted last year about the taste of her Pimm's, now she's the company's 'Foliage Officer'.
Via a sequined makeover on 'Strictly' - "not the real me, but it was fun" - Judy's come a long way from those images of the Demon Headmaster, ranting from the Centre Court players' box, fist aloft - images, she tells HuffPostUK, that always belied the real, warmer-hearted Judy. Now, as her sons don their whites once more and Judy revels in her new role she tells us what's been the hardest bit of becoming a very famous mum, but also the best bit of it all...
What do you do to switch off from the world?
I like being busy, I’m not great at doing nothing, but when I’ve had a particularly busy spell, I actually really like being at home, because I travel so much. Being at home is like a holiday for me. I live above a village in Scotland, I look out onto hills and countryside, it’s peaceful and quiet, and I like pottering around.
I do enjoy swimming, I’m a member of a country club 15 minutes away from home, I find that up there, I go up and do that on my own, and it completely relaxes me.
Going for lunch with my friends, going to musicals. I’m not a huge shopper. Because for many years I was travelling so much, I didn’t have a normal social life, so for the past 3 or 4 years, I like doing normal things, being at home and seeing my friends.
I have become good at box sets, I take them with my on my travels. I just finished 'The Good Wife', absolutely loved it. What I’m watching just now, don’t judge me, 'Desperate Housewives'. Brie is tremendous, and I like Gabriella too.
How do you deal with negativity?
I think the most important thing is to remind yourself that the people writing it don’t know you, and therefore it’s not important.
When and where are you happiest?
When I’m working with kids. I started out a volunteer at our local club in Dunblane, and I learned to coach. Now I do a lot of work where I take tennis into schools, often areas where you wouldn’t normally find it, rural areas, deprived areas. They love it, we show them what to do, bring classes of kids in, and that’s when I’m at my happiest. It’s the teaching thing, sharing thing, knowing you’re going to make such a difference. And it’s not expensive, you don’t need a court, so it’s completely inclusive. And I love doing it.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
I think you’re always largely influenced by your parents. In a coaching sense, a guy called Frank Dick, the former of British athletics. I learned a lot about how important it is, how you present yourself, your willingness to learn, your commitment to your athletes. I learned from him what’s involved in creating a world-class athlete. I was starting out as a tennis coach in Scotland, where we had a blank canvas, and he had all this experience. The most important thing was that the athlete is at the centre of everything you do, the coach is not the most important person, everybody’s different, so you have to get to know them as people, and the more chance you have of helping them to fulfill their potential. He was inspiring.
What has been the hardest lesson you’ve learned?
Who to trust. As Andy started to become successful and therefore famous, all sorts of people pop up out of the woodwork to help you, and it’s difficult to know who to listen to, who to trust. That was a difficult one.
Also how to deal with the negativity that was levelled at me for many years through certain sections of the media and realising it was completely beyond my control. That was probably the hardest thing, to read things about yourself and think, “I’m not like that at all, why are they thinking that?” and then I’d see the pictures they’d used, I was looking aggressive and a bit demented, and I thought, “Well, I can understand why people might jump to that conclusion.”
‘Strictly’ was great, it allowed people to see me in a different way.
What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
Believe in yourself a bit more. When I was little, I didn’t have the confidence. I think it’s normal in girls of that age. I’d want her to grab the bull by the horns and go for it. Now I’m very much, don’t wait for someone else to do things for you. Be more confident.
What 3 things are at the top of your to-do list?
Go on a safari; learn how to do yoga and possibly even teach it. I think as you get older, I’ve always been active and flexible and now I’m stiffening up a bit, so something to help that, and also learn a new skill. Be a good granny, spend as much time as I can with my granddaughter.
What do you think happens when we die?
I’ve got a feeling that you float around somewhere and attach yourself to a couple of people that you really want to keep an eye on. It could be wishful thinking, because my common sense says ‘don’t be ridiculous’, but I still think there’s something.
When do you feel a sense that we live in the presence of something bigger than ourselves?
I'm not sure I do, I'm too practical. But I'm drawn to history. If I had to choose between going forwards or backwards in time, I’d always choose backwards. I'm very nostalgic.
What do you try to bring to your relationships?
Commitment, loyalty. Those would run through everything else.
What keeps you grounded?
My upbringing. I am very family-orientated, love where we come from, love Scotland, love my sport, but I’m always being aware that we were a very normal, average family. When my kids were growing up, we didn’t have any money, and you never forget where you came from. It’s why I do what I do with the tennis in Scotland, it’s about giving back, it’s about being true to your roots. We came from a small village and that will always feel like home.
What was the last good deed or act of kindness you received?
Yesterday, I was in the playground at a school in Glasgow, doing my Tennis on the Road stuff. We were setting up and a small girl came up. She’d made me a card, which said, ‘I love you Judy Murray’, and it had flowers on it. So sweet, I didn’t know her at all.
Doing ‘Strictly’ really helped me with this kind of thing, because my increased profile has helped me deliver more of what I like doing.
If I’m talking to seven or eight-year olds, they like to ask what Andy and Jamie liked at school. They’re really interested, so I can talk to kids on their level. And my message is always, “If you work hard and believe in yourself, you might get to Wimbledon – who knows?” You never know what young spark you might inspire.
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SPOILER ALERT! ‘Game of Thrones’ sixth season reached a crashing finale in the US last night, leaving fans gasping with surprise at one shock twist after another.
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Ben Affleck has joined in the social commentary of his own bizarre appearance on a US chat show, in which he apparently slurred his words and dropped the F-bomb a surprising 18 times.
The subject that caused such passions from the 'Fargo' star? The hot topic of 'Deflategate' - the scandal over the size of the ball used in the NFL by New England Patriots star Tom Brady, amidst allegations of tampering.
Taking part on sports chat show 'Any Given Wednesday', Ben was clearly incensed by the subject of his pal Tom being requested to hand over his mobile phone to investigating authorities - he got red in the face, he started slurring his words, and swore an astonishing 18 times in total.
While his interviewer Ben Simmons struggled not to laugh, viewers quickly voiced their feelings on social media, suggesting Ben went home and dried out.
Ben swiftly joined in the commentary, tweeting to his followers afterwards:
(1/2) For those of you keeping score at home, I gave exactly 18 f*cks about my Pats. Upon reflection, 12 probably would have been sufficient— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) June 23, 2016
His posts garnered huge amounts of appreciative support, including a significant amount of non-Pats fans.
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It was a big day yesterday for Serena Williams, even by her own extraordinary standards.
First, it was announced that she has been seeded number one in the women's competition at Wimbledon, which kicks off next week and sees her striving to match Steffi Graf's record of 22 career major titles.
The same day saw the release of 'Serena', an intimate documentary exploring the burdens, privileges and challenges that come hand in hand with being one of the most distinctive sports icons of her generation.
And... Beyonce dropped the video to her defiant heartbreak anthem, 'Sorry', which included a beyond-glamorous Serena in its moody video, strutting, staring, serving up a compelling combination of enigma and mega-watt charisma.
With so much going on, it was an impressively relaxed Serena who wandered into a London hotel last night, where she was on duty as an ambassador for Delta Airlines. While her male counterpart Novak Djokovic somewhere counted his calories and tested his rackets, Serena prepared for her campaign of sporting history by... hosting a karaoke night, naturally. How does she keep all these identities - sporting titan, femme fatale, dancefloor diva - straight in her head?
"I’m just being myself, so it’s actually kind of easy," she told HuffPostUK. "I have the sporty side and this is the other fun, more glamorous side.
"I don’t have anything to hide, I’m not being two completely different people, I’m just being myself."
One of the more remarkable aspects of the video is Serena's complete ease with her body, more than just accepting her fulsome booty, but giving it the centre stage it deserves. With this and the likes of Kim Kardashian breaking the internet with a wittily-perched cocktail glass, has the battle for acceptance of these shapes finally been won?
"It could be a while, but I feel like it’s winning," asserted Serena.
"We’ve come so far.
"I always make a joke with my mum, I tell her 'my body’s in style right now, we’re trending.'
"I just think it’s important, no matter what size you are, how you look, you’ve got to love who you are, and that’s all you can do."
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