Attacker in downtown NYC bloodbath shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’

A man in a pickup truck killed seven people when he drove onto the West Side bike path in lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon — and then shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he got out of the car with fake guns, police sources said.

The suspected terror attack happened around 3:15 p.m., when a man in a flatbed pickup truck from Home Depot veered onto the bike path at West St., a few blocks north of Chambers St., police said.

The suspect, who was shot by police, then plowed his car into up to 23 people on the path, killing seven and injuring more than a dozen others, according to cops.

He continued driving south and hit another car, then got out and displayed “imitation firearms,” police said.

The man then shouted, “Allahu Akbar,” according to police sources.

Witnesses described a scene of terror, as people fled for safety.

‘Sex and the City’ heartthrob was ‘a piece of meat’ for Hollywood execs | Page Six

After rising to fame as Samantha Jones’ eye candy in 2008’s “Sex and the City” movie, Gilles Marini became highly sought after, but not for the reasons he expected.

“I was approached by extremely powerful people, especially after ‘Sex and the City,’” the “Dancing with the Stars” alum told People. “I became a piece of meat for many executives in Hollywood.”

Marini, 41, who appeared as Samantha’s (Kim Cattrall) next-door neighbor in the film adaptation of the HBO series, opened up about his experience as a result of the sexual allegations piling up against Harvey Weinstein. Over 80 women have come forward, alleging they had been sexually harassed or assaulted by the film mogul. Weinstein, 62, entered rehab for sex addiction earlier this month.

“This man doesn’t need to go to a sexual addiction [treatment] … that is a joke to me,” said the French-born model. “When you violate someone, the only place you need to go is jail.”

However, Weinstein has told pals the scandal will help him “change the world,” sources revealed to Page Six.

“Harvey believes he is a savior,” an insider told Page Six.

A rep for the disgraced producer has reiterated that “any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”

Rose McGowan goes after Kevin Spacey: ‘It’s your turn to cry’ | Page Six

Former Hollywood actress Rose McGowan blasted “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey over his coming-out apology amid allegations he made a sexual advance on a 14-year-old Anthony Rapp.

“Bye bye, Spacey. Goodbye. It’s your turn to cry. That’s why we’ve gotta say goodbye,” McGowan said on Twitter, where she posted the hashtag #ROSEARMY.

She urged the media to “Keep the focus on #AnthonyRapp.”

“BE THE VICTIM’S VOICE. Help us level the playing field,” she tweeted.

McGowan also assailed Spacey’s decision to come out as gay in his apology — a move that was seen by some as an attempt to deflect attention from the sexual misconduct allegations.

“Gay = Gay Predator = Predator,” she wrote.

McGowan, 44, who accused disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of raping her in 1997, has been at the forefront of efforts to change the culture of silence around sexual abuse in Hollywood.

The 46-year-old Rapp — best known for his roles in the “Rent” movie and “Star Trek: Discovery” TV series — told BuzzFeed News about the alleged 1986 incident at a party while he and Spacey were both acting on Broadway.

Hours after the bombshell report emerged, Spacey, 58, took to Twitter and admitted for the first time that he is gay and issued an apology.

“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor,” Spacey wrote. “I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago.

“But if I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”

Many followed McGowan’s lead to condemn the timing of Spacey’s announcement.

“Deeply, deeply unwise framing of this Kevin Spacey story, especially as it relates to the conflation of sexual orientation and sexual assault,” writer Broderick Greer said.

Lindsey Weber, a New York-based editor, said: “So Kevin Spacey is gonna use a coming out narrative to deflect that this ‘oopsie’ moment happened with a FOURTEEN YEAR OLD. Infuriating.”

Actress and comedian Wanda Sykes tweeted: “No no no no no! You do not get to ‘choose’ to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks!”

Anthony Rapp claims Kevin Spacey made sexual advance toward him when he was 14 | Page Six

An actor has accused “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance toward him when he was just 14.

Anthony Rapp — best known for his roles in the “Rent” movie and “Star Trek: Discovery” television series — described the alleged incident in an interview with BuzzFeed News, claiming it happened during a party while they were both acting on Broadway in 1986.

“He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold,” Rapp said, noting how the pair had been alone in a bedroom.

“But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me. He was trying to seduce me.”

Tony Goldwyn: We have to keep talking about sexual harassment
Tony Goldwyn: We have to keep talking about sexual harassment
Rapp, 46, reportedly met Spacey while he was performing in “Precious Sons” with Ed Harris and Judith Ivey. Spacey, who was 26 at the time, had been starring in a revival of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” alongside Jack Lemmon.

“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp said. “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”

While the Illinois native claimed he was able to “squirm” away from Spacey before things could get physical, he said there was a brief moment where he panicked.

“It was a frozen moment,” Rapp explained. “In terms of fight-or-flight or freeze, I tend to freeze.”

The NYU-trained actor recalled how Spacey made a last-ditch effort to get him to stay after the teen informed him that he was uncomfortable.

“I opened the door, and I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to go home now,’” Rapp remembered. “He followed me to the front door of the apartment, and as I opened the door to leave, he was leaning on the front door[frame]. And he was like, ‘Are you sure you wanna go?’ I said, ‘Yes, good night,’ and then I did leave.”

Rapp went on to say that the recent allegations of sexual misconduct and assault that have been made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein ultimately prompted him to come forward.

“And not to simply air a grievance,” Rapp said. “But to try to shine another light on the decades of behavior that have been allowed to continue because many people, including myself, being silent. … I’m feeling really awake to the moment that we’re living in, and I’m hopeful that this can make a difference.”

Spacey, now 58, addressed the accusations in a tweet Sunday night, in which he admitted for the first time that he is gay — and did not deny Rapp’s claims.

“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor,” Spacey wrote in a statement.

“I’m beyond horrified to hear his story,” he said. “I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”

Spacey continued, “This story encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closest to me know, in my life, I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic relationships with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.”

Mark Wahlberg Asked God to Forgive Him for Boogie Nights | Faith

Almost on a daily basis of late, we’ve been receiving further confirmation for what we’ve already known — Hollywood is a cesspool of vice and corruption. From the Weinstein scandal to the growing pedophilia scandal, Hollywood is being revealed as an industry that should be steered clear of by anyone who desires to pursue God’s righteousness. The scandals aside, Hollywood’s product often violates the standards of righteousness demanded by God to begin with. One of the clearest examples in the past twenty years has been Boogie Nights starring Mark Wahlberg, who is a committed Roman Catholic. In fact, Wahlberg has admitted to praying to God and seeking forgiveness for his role in Boogie Nights.

Last week, while in Chicago to help Cardinal Blase Cupich in his efforts to bring younger people back to the Catholic Church, Wahlberg told Kim Janssen of the Chicago Tribune that “I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving, because I’ve made some poor choices in my past.”

Can Christians Watch Movies With Nude Scenes?
When Janssen asked the movie star if he had sought God’s forgiveness for any specific movies, Wahlberg admitted, “Boogie Nights is up there at the top of the list.”

For those who haven’t seen the movie (and I recommend that you don’t watch it), Boogie Nights was a sleeper hit in 1997. With a production budget of 15 million dollars, the story of the rise to fame of a young man during porn’s “Golden Age” made over 43 million dollars at the box office and was nominated for three Oscars. It also propelled Mark Wahlberg, who played the young porn actor, to A-list movie star status.

As you can imagine, the movie is filled with explicit nudity and sex. In fact, it’s been reported that the writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson cast actual porn actors for background work in Boogie Nights’ “fake” porn scenes. Originally, Anderson wanted the film to be rated NC-17, but the production company intervened for marketing reasons.

While I’m aware that many professing Christians twist themselves into all kinds of rhetorical and theological pretzels to justify watching movies like Boogie Nights, it’s about as obvious as obvious gets that the movie is out of bounds for followers of King Jesus.

If Christians shouldn’t watch movies like Boogie Nights, what about starring in them? That’s a question that Mark Wahlberg is confronted with as a reportedly devout Roman Catholic whose job is acting in movies. And that’s a question Wahlberg has realized that he failed to appropriately interact with in the past.

At the event with Cardinal Cupich, Wahlberg told the audience of more than 1,000 that he generally goes to bed by 7:30 p.m. so that he can have plenty of time to pray in the morning. Whether his stated bedtime was hyperbole or not, it’s admirable that Wahlberg recognizes his need to come before God’s throne through prayer.

By no means do Wahlberg and I agree on important aspects of theology, much less Christian ethics (same-sex marriage is an important point of disagreement). However, I appreciate Wahlberg’s humility and willingness to admit that he made a mistake in accepting a role in Boogie Nights. I pray that by the power of the Holy Spirit he will continue to grow in his desire to honor and obey God in all areas, not just in the making of movies.

Georgetown student group targeted as ‘hate group’ for Catholic beliefs, could be sanctioned | Fox News

A Catholic student group at Georgetown University could be stripped of its funding for its belief in traditional marriage.Love Saxa, a group that advocates for marriage between a man and a woman, is under fire from LGBTQ groups on campus, PRIDE and Queer People of Color, according to The Hoya, Georgetown’s student publication. A pro-choice student senator filed a notice on September 25, arguing Love Saxa’s definition of marriage and relationships violates university standards by fostering hatred or intolerance.The notice, which would identify Love Saxa as a hate group, could strip Love Saxa of its funding and bar it from using campus facilities. The group receives $250 a year from the Georgetown, which is the country’s oldest Catholic university.Love Saxa petitioned for a delay because it was not given enough time to defend itself and had not seen the notice, according to the Catholic News Agency. A hearing, originally set for Monday, is now scheduled for Oct. 30.The controversy began last month, when the president of Love Saxa, Amelia Irvine, published an op-ed titled “Confessions of a College Virgin” in The Hoya, talking about abstinence before marriage and the group’s definition of marriage.Love Saxa currently receives $250 a year from the Georgetown, which is the country’s oldest Catholic university.“Love Saxa’s definition of marriage does not include same-sex couples, as we believe that marriage is a conjugal union on every level – emotional, spiritual, physical and mental – directed toward caring for biological children. To us, marriage is much more than commitment of love between two consenting adults.”The student newspaper then targeted Love Saxa in an editorial titled “Defund Intolerance.”“Love Saxa does not deserve the benefit of university recognition” and “should be ineligible for any university benefits,” The Hoya wrote, claiming the group’s “mission advocates against equal rights for the LGBTQ community” and “fosters intolerance.”Love Saxa put out a statement condemning the Hoya’s actions as “intolerant of the values and beliefs” of Georgetown.“Love Saxa exists to promote healthy and loving relationships at Georgetown,” said Irvine. “Our definition of ‘healthy relationships’ and ‘sexual integrity’ is synonymous with those of the Catholic Church, and therefore those of Georgetown University. If the Hoya wishes to call Love Saxa a hate group, we anticipate that it will not be long until other traditional religious groups are labeled ‘hate groups’ as well.”The university released a statement that did not appear take sides — just yet.“As a Catholic and Jesuit institution, Georgetown listens deeply and discerningly to the plurality of voices that exist among our students, faculty, and staff and is committed to the care of each member of our community,” said a Georgetown University spokesperson. “As the students on the Student Activities Commission review the complaint regarding Saxa formally submitted by individual students on Oct. 22, we encourage all students to follow our community commitment to open dialogue and mutual respect.”Irvine is optimistic that the university will uphold the group’s right to exist, but issued a warning to her fellow classmates.“If we cannot safely advocate for beliefs synonymous with Catholic social teaching,” she said, “then no group at Georgetown can be certain of its security.”

Source: Georgetown student group targeted as ‘hate group’ for Catholic beliefs, could be sanctioned | Fox News

Video: How powerful men in showbiz can avoid being seen as creeps | New York Post

How can men in power avoid crossing the line when it comes to sexual harassment? Actress Sarah Donnelly has some straightforward advice for these Hollywood gatekeepers: No touching “outside of a handshake,” and no quid pro quo innuendo. “Asking a woman out in an audition” is also a bad idea. “You’re going to make women really uncomfortable,” she told the New York Post. “Make no mistake: That makes you the bad guy.” Along with being an actor and film producer, Donnelly is a regular on ABC’s “What Would You Do?

Source: Video: How powerful men in showbiz can avoid being seen as creeps | New York Post

Why millennials are ditching religion for witchcraft and astrology – MarketWatch

When Coco Layne, a Brooklyn-based producer, meets someone new these days, the first question that comes up in conversation isn’t “Where do you live?” or “What do you do?” but “What’s your sign?”“So many millennials read their horoscopes every day and believe them,” Layne, who is involved in a number of nonreligious spiritual practices, said. “It is a good reference point to identify and place people in the world.”Interest in spirituality has been booming in recent years while interest in religion plummets, especially among millennials. The majority of Americans now believe it is not necessary to believe in God to have good morals, a study from Pew Research Center released Wednesday found. The percentage of people between the ages of 18 and 29 who “never doubt existence of God” fell from 81% in 2007 to 67% in 2012.Meanwhile, more than half of young adults in the U.S. believe astrology is a science. compared to less than 8% of the Chinese public. The psychic services industry — which includes astrology, aura reading, mediumship, tarot-card reading and palmistry, among other metaphysical services — grew 2% between 2011 and 2016. It is now worth $2 billion annually, according to industry analysis firm IBIS World.An image from a market hosted by Catland, where customers can buy occult accessories.Melissa Jayne, owner of Brooklyn-based “metaphysical boutique” Catland, said she has seen a major uptick in interest in the occult in the past five years, especially among New Yorkers in their 20s. The store offers workshops like “Witchcraft 101,” “Astrology 101,” and a “Spirit Seance.”“Whether it be spell-casting, tarot, astrology, meditation and trance, or herbalism, these traditions offer tangible ways for people to enact change in their lives,” she said. “For a generation that grew up in a world of big industry, environmental destruction, large and oppressive governments, and toxic social structures, all of which seem too big to change, this can be incredibly attractive.”Co—Star, a new app for millennialsLike the existence of God, however, there’s no actual scientific proof. Astrology has been debunked by numerous academic studies, but Banu Guler, co-founder of artificial intelligence powered astrology app Co—Star said the lack of structure in the field is exactly what drives young, educated professionals to invest their time and money in the practice.How to invest in the future of health care“It’s very different from the way we usually work and live and date, where everything is hyper-mediated and rational,” she said. “There is a belief vacuum: we go from work to a bar to dinner and a date, with no semblance of meaning. Astrology is a way out of it, a way of putting yourself in the context of thousands of years of history and the universe.”Case in point: Co—Star’s servers were so overwhelmed by demand after it launched on October 12 that the app crashed three times in its first week.Astrology isn’t the only spiritual field overwhelmed by demand: Danielle Ayoka, the founder of spiritual subscription service Mystic Lipstick, said her customer base is growing exponentially. The self-described astrologer sells a “mystic box” subscription, which includes crystals, “reiki-infused bath salts,” and incense customized to the unique energy of the current moon cycle for $14.99 a month. She says she’s seen 75% increase in her audience in the past year.“When I started my journey in 2010, I was the weirdo,” she said. “Now it is becoming more and more normalized, and I believe it is because more people are looking to heal. Millennials are much more open-minded.”One Mystic Lipstick box, which is $14.99 a month.With this overwhelming demand comes a rise of products claiming metaphysical benefits, not all of which take the cultural context of the occult into account, notes Layne. Urban Outfitters sells sage, a product that has its roots in indigenous cleansing ceremonies, for $18 a pop and a crystal mobile for $32.Actress turned CEO Gwyneth Paltrow sells a variety of spiritual wares on her website, many of which are borrowed or “inspired” by other cultures. A jade egg that costs $66 has its roots in ancient Taoist practice. Her $85 “Goop Medicine Bag” is “inspired by the Shaman’s medicine bag from various indigenous traditions,” and a $59 Tarot card deck features “mystical artwork” that mirrors Native American patterns.But Layne, whose interest in Eastern medicine is rooted in her Taiwanese heritage, said white women are often able to profit from ancient practices that are not theirs to sell.“It is really important to give credit to who is doing the work,” Layne said. “There is a whole culture of white women who capitalize off of spirituality, but it all comes from people of color. People need to do their homework: being in touch with your spiritual side is a natural, human thing to do. To be able to connect yourself is essential to healing not only your own wounds, but healing together.”

Source: Why millennials are ditching religion for witchcraft and astrology – MarketWatch

Tom Steyer backs $10 million campaign to impeach Trump – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)Democratic mega-donor and billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is spending what an aide says is “well over $10 million” on a national TV ad campaign Friday calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.The campaign is a bid by Steyer — who has not ruled out a run for office himself — to “demand that elected officials take a stand” on an issue Democratic leaders have so far largely avoided.Democratic megadonor Steyer mulls run for office amid ‘complete crisis'”A Republican Congress once impeached a president for far less. And today, people in Congress and his own administration know that this President is a clear and present danger who is mentally unstable and armed with nuclear weapons,” Steyer says in the ad, which largely features him speaking directly to the camera.The ads are running on broadcast stations in New York and California and nationally on cable television. Accompanying the TV ads is what a Steyer aide said is a seven-figure digital ad buy intended to get the minute-long spot a large audience online.Steyer is paying for the ads himself, and they are not part of his NextGen America political apparatus.

Source: Tom Steyer backs $10 million campaign to impeach Trump – CNNPolitics

Bush throws shade at Trump over ‘bullying and prejudice’ | Daily Mail Online

George W. Bush hinted Thursday at his dissatisfaction with Donald Trump, complaining in a New York City speech that ‘bullying and prejudice’ has become a caustic norm in American public life.At an event hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, the 43rd U.S. president rattled off a thinly veiled litany of complaints about the current commander-in-chief, focusing on both his tone and his isolationist policy choices.’Our young people need positive role models,’ he said. ‘Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children.”Bigotry seems emboldened’ in today’s America, Bush added. ‘Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.’Trump’s tenure has been marked by a seemingly endless stream of outraged posts on his Twitter account and a dramatic political polarization among U.S. voters as the truthfulness of his public statements is questioned daily.  

Source: Bush throws shade at Trump over ‘bullying and prejudice’ | Daily Mail Online

Playboy features first transgender ‘playmate’ | The Independent

The latest issue of Playboy features a transgender playmate, a first in the magazine’s 64-year history.Ines Rau poses fully nude in the November/December 2017 issue, which is also the first to hit newsstands following the death of the magazine’s founder, Hugh Hefner.The 26-year-old model has been shot for the magazine before, however, this time around marks her debut as the first official transgender playmate, which means she will appear in a full pictorial and the iconic centrefold.

Source: Playboy features first transgender ‘playmate’ | The Independent

Barbara Walters faces backlash after Corey Feldman clip resurfaces | Page Six

Barbara Walters is the latest star to find herself sucked into the death spiral of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. An old video of Walters shutting down actor Corey Feldman when he spoke out about sex abuse in Hollywood on “The View” is recirculating with calls for Walters to apologize. Feldman, who has spoken publicly about the abuse he suffered along with fellow ‘80s star Corey Haim, appeared on “The View” in 2013 and did not shy away from speaking out about the powerful person in Hollywo

Source: Barbara Walters faces backlash after Corey Feldman clip resurfaces | Page Six