Former Trump Doorman Says Hush Money Deal Over ‘Love Child’ Story Was Real

A former Trump Tower doorman is speaking out about reports that he was paid $30,000 in hush money after he heard that Trump had once fathered a child with a former employee back in the ’80s.

In a statement Thursday, Dino Sajudin, corroborated reports of the agreement, also saying he was instructed to lay off one of Trump’s former housekeepers at the time because, as he was told, she was the mother of Trump’s illegitimate child.

“Today I woke up to learn that a confidential agreement that I had with AMI (The National Enquirer) with regard to a story about President Trump was leaked to the press,” Sajudin said in a statement obtained by CNN. “I can confirm that while working for Trump World Tower I was instructed not to criticize President Trump’s former housekeeper due to a prior relationship she had with President Trump which produced a child.”

Also Read: National Enquirer Paid $30,000 to Former Trump Doorman for ‘Love Child’ Story That Never Ran

According to the New Yorker, The National Inquirer paid Sajudin $30,000 in late 2015 for the rights to a “rumor he’d heard about Trump’s sex life” — and then never ran a story.

Dino Sajudin told the Enquirer that he had heard that Trump, then a candidate for the presidency, had fathered a secret love child 29 years ago with an employee, according to National Inquirer sister publication Radar Online. The unidentified woman vehemently denied she had an affair with Trump to the Associated Press and the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow, who also published a report about the payment.

Radar, another AMI outlet, was the first to publish the story after the New Yorker had sent AMI a request for comment.

The AP also reported the hush money payment was made to the doorman.

“The Associated Press confirmed the details of the Enquirer’s payment through a review of a confidential contract and interviews with dozens of current and former employees of the Enquirer and its parent company, American Media Inc.,” the AP wrote on Thursday. “Sajudin got $30,000 in exchange for signing over the rights, ‘in perpetuity,’ to a rumor he’d heard about Trump’s sex life — that the president had fathered a child with an employee at Trump World Tower, a skyscraper he owns near the United Nations.”

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Sajudin was subject to a $1 million penalty if he disclosed either the rumor or the terms of the deal, per the Associated Press investigation.

Enquirer editor-in-chief Dylan Howard defended the payment as well as the decision not to publish, saying that its reporters had failed to substantiate the story.

“When we realized we would be unable to publish, and other media outlets approached the source about his tale, we released Sajudin from the exclusivity clause that had accompanied his $30,000 payment, freeing him to tell his story to whomever he wanted,” Howard told Radar. “Many organizations have since tried … including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Associated Press.”

“The latest is Ronan Farrow from The New Yorker, who is calling our staff, and seems to think this is another example of how The Enquirer, by supposedly ‘catching and killing’ stories about President Trump is a threat to national security,” Howard continued. “We’re flattered by this attention, and wish that it were true. Unfortunately, however, Dino Sajudin is one fish that swam away.”

Also Read: Ronan Farrow on Enquirer’s Ties to Trump: ‘They Can Hold This Story Over the President’

“A disconcerting view of the level of hysteria and partisanship in American politics that not reporting a story, that multiple media outlets have now also confirmed to be untrue, has become headline news,” Howard said in a statement issued Thursday.

In its own statement, AMI also “categorically” denied that Trump or his attorney Michael Cohen “had anything to do with its decision not to pursue a story about a ‘love child’ that it determined was not credible. The suggestion that David Pecker has ever used company funds to ‘shut down’ this or any investigation is not true.”

The White House did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on this story.  A spokesman for AMI told TheWrap Thursday: “American Media Inc., has, and will continue to, comply with any and all requests that do not jeopardize or violate its protected sources or materials pursuant to our first amendment rights.”

The story comes amid renewed attention on AMI and Trump, including a federal inquiry into the company relationship with Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen, whose offices were raided by the FBI on Monday.

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A former Trump Tower doorman is speaking out about reports that he was paid $30,000 in hush money after he heard that Trump had once fathered a child with a former employee back in the ’80s.

In a statement Thursday, Dino Sajudin, corroborated reports of the agreement, also saying he was instructed to lay off one of Trump’s former housekeepers at the time because, as he was told, she was the mother of Trump’s illegitimate child.

“Today I woke up to learn that a confidential agreement that I had with AMI (The National Enquirer) with regard to a story about President Trump was leaked to the press,” Sajudin said in a statement obtained by CNN. “I can confirm that while working for Trump World Tower I was instructed not to criticize President Trump’s former housekeeper due to a prior relationship she had with President Trump which produced a child.”

According to the New Yorker, The National Inquirer paid Sajudin $30,000 in late 2015 for the rights to a “rumor he’d heard about Trump’s sex life” — and then never ran a story.

Dino Sajudin told the Enquirer that he had heard that Trump, then a candidate for the presidency, had fathered a secret love child 29 years ago with an employee, according to National Inquirer sister publication Radar Online. The unidentified woman vehemently denied she had an affair with Trump to the Associated Press and the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow, who also published a report about the payment.

Radar, another AMI outlet, was the first to publish the story after the New Yorker had sent AMI a request for comment.

The AP also reported the hush money payment was made to the doorman.

“The Associated Press confirmed the details of the Enquirer’s payment through a review of a confidential contract and interviews with dozens of current and former employees of the Enquirer and its parent company, American Media Inc.,” the AP wrote on Thursday. “Sajudin got $30,000 in exchange for signing over the rights, ‘in perpetuity,’ to a rumor he’d heard about Trump’s sex life — that the president had fathered a child with an employee at Trump World Tower, a skyscraper he owns near the United Nations.”

Sajudin was subject to a $1 million penalty if he disclosed either the rumor or the terms of the deal, per the Associated Press investigation.

Enquirer editor-in-chief Dylan Howard defended the payment as well as the decision not to publish, saying that its reporters had failed to substantiate the story.

“When we realized we would be unable to publish, and other media outlets approached the source about his tale, we released Sajudin from the exclusivity clause that had accompanied his $30,000 payment, freeing him to tell his story to whomever he wanted,” Howard told Radar. “Many organizations have since tried … including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Associated Press.”

“The latest is Ronan Farrow from The New Yorker, who is calling our staff, and seems to think this is another example of how The Enquirer, by supposedly ‘catching and killing’ stories about President Trump is a threat to national security,” Howard continued. “We’re flattered by this attention, and wish that it were true. Unfortunately, however, Dino Sajudin is one fish that swam away.”

“A disconcerting view of the level of hysteria and partisanship in American politics that not reporting a story, that multiple media outlets have now also confirmed to be untrue, has become headline news,” Howard said in a statement issued Thursday.

In its own statement, AMI also “categorically” denied that Trump or his attorney Michael Cohen “had anything to do with its decision not to pursue a story about a ‘love child’ that it determined was not credible. The suggestion that David Pecker has ever used company funds to ‘shut down’ this or any investigation is not true.”

The White House did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on this story.  A spokesman for AMI told TheWrap Thursday: “American Media Inc., has, and will continue to, comply with any and all requests that do not jeopardize or violate its protected sources or materials pursuant to our first amendment rights.”

The story comes amid renewed attention on AMI and Trump, including a federal inquiry into the company relationship with Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen, whose offices were raided by the FBI on Monday.

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Milo Yiannopoulos’ Free Speech Event in Berkeley Unravels as Speakers Cancel

The four-day Free Speech Week organized by Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California at Berkeley is in chaos just days before it is scheduled to begin, as headliner Ann Coulter canceled and student organizers dropped their reservations for campus buildings.

Coulter told the Associated Press on Friday that she decided to back out of the Sept. 24-27 conservative speakers forum because she heard “the administration was dead set on blocking this event” — an assertion university administrators flatly denied. “I also don’t think Berkeley deserves to hear a brilliant and entertaining Ann Coulter speech,” Coulter told the AP via email.

Yiannopoulos has touted former White House adviser Steve Bannon as a speaker, but the Breitbart News boss has not confirmed his appearance with the university or reached out to plan his security, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof told TheWrap on Friday.

Yiannopoulos and Bannon have not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Eleven of the 17 speakers listed by organizers have not confirmed that they will attend, UC Chancellor Carol Christ said in a statement.

At least four of people listed by organizers as speakers at the event, which is scheduled to begin on Sunday, have said they were never contacted by Yiannopoulos or student organizers. They include Charles Murray, Heather MacDonald, Michael Malice, and James Damore, the former Google engineer who was fired for his anti-diversity memo, Vanity Fair reported.

Another speaker, Lucian Wintrich, has said Yiannopoulos secretly decided to cancel the event earlier this week. “When I was first invited to Free Speech Week I saw it as an incredible opportunity,” Wintrich told Mediaite. “But then it was made clear to me this week that this event definitely wasn’t happening, and I had to drop out — I saw no reason to lie to the public and mislead people into thinking it was happening.”

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The student group organizing the event, the Berkeley Patriot, has not spoken to the University since Sept. 12 and dropped its reservations for two campus buildings, Mogulof said. “They’ve gone dark,” he said of the group, adding that speakers are still free to talk in any open space on campus.

“We continue to prepare for these events next week,” Mogulof said. “We’re in the process of spending close to $1 million in security arrangements.” The university has incurred at least $1.4 million in security costs for previous speaking engagements by conservative speakers this year.

On Thursday, Yiannopoulos insisted to Mediaite that the event “will proceed exactly as planned.” But he also told the Los Angeles Times via text message that he would hold a news conference in San Francisco on Saturday after arriving in a speedboat wearing a $15,000 fur coat.

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Mike Wright, a leader with the student group and co-organizer Berkeley Patriot, told the San Francisco Chronicle the group was “concerned about threats and our safety” and undecided on whether to cancel cancel Free Speech Week. But a lawyer for the group said late Friday the event would go forward.

Michael Cernovich, a conservative radio commentator and unconfirmed speaker, tweeted on Friday, “I will be joining Milo at a press conference tomorrow where he will announce developments and future plans regarding Free Speech Week.”

On Monday, Yiannopoulos released a statement blaming the university for using “bureaucratic maneuvers and strategic media leaks to disrupt the event and dissuade headline speakers from attending.”

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Mogulof told TheWrap that conservative pundit Ben Shapiro had spoken on the campus earlier this month without incident.

Salon writer Amanda Marcotte suggested in her story that the Free Speech Week “smells like a massive troll.” When she asked Yiannopoulos for information on the event, he replied in an email, “F— off you ginger c—.”

Yiannopoulos was forced to resign as writer for Breitbart News over comments that appeared to endorse pedophilia, and Simon & Schuster backed out of its book deal with him. He wound up self-published the book.

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The four-day Free Speech Week organized by Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California at Berkeley is in chaos just days before it is scheduled to begin, as headliner Ann Coulter canceled and student organizers dropped their reservations for campus buildings.

Coulter told the Associated Press on Friday that she decided to back out of the Sept. 24-27 conservative speakers forum because she heard “the administration was dead set on blocking this event” — an assertion university administrators flatly denied. “I also don’t think Berkeley deserves to hear a brilliant and entertaining Ann Coulter speech,” Coulter told the AP via email.

Yiannopoulos has touted former White House adviser Steve Bannon as a speaker, but the Breitbart News boss has not confirmed his appearance with the university or reached out to plan his security, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof told TheWrap on Friday.

Yiannopoulos and Bannon have not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Eleven of the 17 speakers listed by organizers have not confirmed that they will attend, UC Chancellor Carol Christ said in a statement.

At least four of people listed by organizers as speakers at the event, which is scheduled to begin on Sunday, have said they were never contacted by Yiannopoulos or student organizers. They include Charles Murray, Heather MacDonald, Michael Malice, and James Damore, the former Google engineer who was fired for his anti-diversity memo, Vanity Fair reported.

Another speaker, Lucian Wintrich, has said Yiannopoulos secretly decided to cancel the event earlier this week. “When I was first invited to Free Speech Week I saw it as an incredible opportunity,” Wintrich told Mediaite. “But then it was made clear to me this week that this event definitely wasn’t happening, and I had to drop out — I saw no reason to lie to the public and mislead people into thinking it was happening.”

The student group organizing the event, the Berkeley Patriot, has not spoken to the University since Sept. 12 and dropped its reservations for two campus buildings, Mogulof said. “They’ve gone dark,” he said of the group, adding that speakers are still free to talk in any open space on campus.

“We continue to prepare for these events next week,” Mogulof said. “We’re in the process of spending close to $1 million in security arrangements.” The university has incurred at least $1.4 million in security costs for previous speaking engagements by conservative speakers this year.

On Thursday, Yiannopoulos insisted to Mediaite that the event “will proceed exactly as planned.” But he also told the Los Angeles Times via text message that he would hold a news conference in San Francisco on Saturday after arriving in a speedboat wearing a $15,000 fur coat.

Mike Wright, a leader with the student group and co-organizer Berkeley Patriot, told the San Francisco Chronicle the group was “concerned about threats and our safety” and undecided on whether to cancel cancel Free Speech Week. But a lawyer for the group said late Friday the event would go forward.

Michael Cernovich, a conservative radio commentator and unconfirmed speaker, tweeted on Friday, “I will be joining Milo at a press conference tomorrow where he will announce developments and future plans regarding Free Speech Week.”

On Monday, Yiannopoulos released a statement blaming the university for using “bureaucratic maneuvers and strategic media leaks to disrupt the event and dissuade headline speakers from attending.”

Mogulof told TheWrap that conservative pundit Ben Shapiro had spoken on the campus earlier this month without incident.

Salon writer Amanda Marcotte suggested in her story that the Free Speech Week “smells like a massive troll.” When she asked Yiannopoulos for information on the event, he replied in an email, “F— off you ginger c—.”

Yiannopoulos was forced to resign as writer for Breitbart News over comments that appeared to endorse pedophilia, and Simon & Schuster backed out of its book deal with him. He wound up self-published the book.

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‘Wonder Woman’ Stuns Critics: ‘One of the Best Superhero Movies of All Time’

“Wonder Woman” is stunning critics, who are calling the film “electrifying” and a “breathtaking cinematic achievement” that makes it “one of the best superhero movies of all time.”

The film starring Gal Gadot as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 96 percent — that’s 52 “fresh” reviews, with only 2 “rotten.”

“Amazing performances, pulse-pounding action, and outstanding visuals make it one of the best superhero movies of all time,” Forbes’ Mark Hughes wrote, while The Associated Press’ Lindsey Bahr added “it’s enough to give you goosebumps.”

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“‘Wonder Woman’ is smart, slick, and satisfying in all of the ways superhero films ought to be,” Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty wrote. “How deliciously ironic that in a genre where the boys seem to have all the fun, a female hero and a female director are the ones to show the fellas how it’s done.”

TheWrap’s film critic Alonso Duralde added that “Wonder Woman” ranks as one of the “few great” superhero movies among a recent flood of them.

“Gal Gadot’s turn as Princess Diana of Themyscira was a refreshing standout amidst the sludge of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ and she’s as good if not better headlining her own solo adventure,” he wrote.

“It’s a film that not only improves upon many of the seemingly built-in shortcomings of superhero movies, but also mixes smarts, sentiment and adrenaline in the best Hollywood style. This is a superior popcorn movie, no matter what the genre.”

Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film also stars Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis and Connie Nielsen. It hits theaters on Friday.

Overall, critics seems to agree: it’s the best DC Comics movie to date.

See 9 of the best reviews below.

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Cath Clarke, Time Out

“‘Wonder Woman’ feels like the real deal, a rollicking action adventure in the tradition of ‘Indiana Jones’, with a fully functioning sense of humour and the year’s most lip-smackingly evil baddie.”

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press

“Like the heroine at its center, ‘Wonder Woman’ the movie rises with powerful grace above the noise. It’s not perfect, but it’s often good, sometimes great and exceptionally re-watchable. Director Patty Jenkins’ film is so threaded with sincerity and goodness it’s a wonder how it got past the pugnacious minds responsible for what’s come before. ‘Wonder Woman’ evokes not only the spirit of Richard Donner’s ‘Superman,’ but also Joe Johnston’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ while still being its own thing. Just look to the image of Gal Gadot confidently striding out alone onto an unwinnable battlefield with only a shield, a sword and a mission — and prevailing. It’s enough to give you goosebumps.”

Kelly Lawler, USA Today

“‘Wonder Woman’ is a departure from most superhero films you’ve seen. It’s a female superhero film — which is revolutionary enough by itself — but it’s also a genuinely surprising film that plays with genre and throws out the now very tired superhero movie formula. It’s an action film, a romantic comedy and a coming-of-age story and a period piece and a war movie all in one. Above all, it’s a hopeful story about humanity. ‘Wonder Woman’ is the best movie Marvel rival DC Comics has put out in its own cinematic universe, and unlike the recent parade of bleak superhero tales from both studios, it makes you feel good while you watch it.”

Julian Roman, Movie Web

“From DC Films and Warner Bros., ‘Wonder Woman’ renews hope that the DC Universe can match the quality of Marvel. Gal Gadot proves she has the right stuff. Her ‘Wonder Woman’ is every bit the hero and feminist icon fans deserve. The film is by no means perfect, but a needed step in the right direction. The Justice League has a solid foundation to build on. The producers just have to remember that respect for the character’s history, sophistication, and moments of levity are key to the success of comic adaptations. Make a run when the credits roll, there aren’t any additional scenes.”

Mark Hughes, Forbes

“‘Wonder Woman’ is an electrifying, breathtaking cinematic achievement sure to win the hearts and minds of audiences around the world. Amazing performances, pulse-pounding action, and outstanding visuals make it one of the best superhero movies of all time. You’ll love it, and you’ll walk out wondering how soon you can go back to watch it again.”

Also Read: ‘Wonder Woman’ First Reactions: ‘the Best DCEU Film to Date’

John Hazelton, Screen International

“Almost as much an anti-war drama as a summer popcorn romp,’ Wonder Woman’ takes its time putting its title character centre stage in all her Amazonian splendour. But when it does get down to superheroine business, this latest DC Comics ‘extended universe’ outing packs a decent punch and, in Israeli model Gal Gadot, introduces a star with real franchise potential.”

Molly Freeman, Screen Rant

“All in all, ‘Wonder Woman’ is a cohesive and gripping comic book-adapted origin story that gives the most famous female superhero a live-action entry worthy of the character’s legacy. There weak spots in those brief moments of impossible-to-miss CG and Ares’ character development, but even with those flaws, ‘Wonder Woman’ is exceptionally strong. Arriving at the time it does, ‘Wonder Woman’ faces immense pressure both within the context of the DCEU and, to a larger extent, Hollywood as a whole – but Gadot and Jenkins rise above expectations to deliver an incredibly exciting and inspiring movie.”

Chris Hewitt, Empire

“As Diana, Gadot is excellent, a rocking electric cello riff in human form. ‘Dawn Of Justice’ proved she could handle the kicking and the punching. Here, she gets actual honest-to-goodness dialogue, and invests Diana with excitable exuberance, bristling defiance and a disarming belief in doing the right thing. She’s also funny, particularly when she goes full bumbling Clark Kent.”

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

“‘Wonder Woman’ is smart, slick, and satisfying in all of the ways superhero films ought to be. How deliciously ironic that in a genre where the boys seem to have all the fun, a female hero and a female director are the ones to show the fellas how it’s done.”

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“Wonder Woman” is stunning critics, who are calling the film “electrifying” and a “breathtaking cinematic achievement” that makes it “one of the best superhero movies of all time.”

The film starring Gal Gadot as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 96 percent — that’s 52 “fresh” reviews, with only 2 “rotten.”

“Amazing performances, pulse-pounding action, and outstanding visuals make it one of the best superhero movies of all time,” Forbes’ Mark Hughes wrote, while The Associated Press’ Lindsey Bahr added “it’s enough to give you goosebumps.”

“‘Wonder Woman’ is smart, slick, and satisfying in all of the ways superhero films ought to be,” Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty wrote. “How deliciously ironic that in a genre where the boys seem to have all the fun, a female hero and a female director are the ones to show the fellas how it’s done.”

TheWrap’s film critic Alonso Duralde added that “Wonder Woman” ranks as one of the “few great” superhero movies among a recent flood of them.

“Gal Gadot’s turn as Princess Diana of Themyscira was a refreshing standout amidst the sludge of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ and she’s as good if not better headlining her own solo adventure,” he wrote.

“It’s a film that not only improves upon many of the seemingly built-in shortcomings of superhero movies, but also mixes smarts, sentiment and adrenaline in the best Hollywood style. This is a superior popcorn movie, no matter what the genre.”

Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film also stars Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis and Connie Nielsen. It hits theaters on Friday.

Overall, critics seems to agree: it’s the best DC Comics movie to date.

See 9 of the best reviews below.

Cath Clarke, Time Out

“‘Wonder Woman’ feels like the real deal, a rollicking action adventure in the tradition of ‘Indiana Jones’, with a fully functioning sense of humour and the year’s most lip-smackingly evil baddie.”

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press

“Like the heroine at its center, ‘Wonder Woman’ the movie rises with powerful grace above the noise. It’s not perfect, but it’s often good, sometimes great and exceptionally re-watchable. Director Patty Jenkins’ film is so threaded with sincerity and goodness it’s a wonder how it got past the pugnacious minds responsible for what’s come before. ‘Wonder Woman’ evokes not only the spirit of Richard Donner’s ‘Superman,’ but also Joe Johnston’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ while still being its own thing. Just look to the image of Gal Gadot confidently striding out alone onto an unwinnable battlefield with only a shield, a sword and a mission — and prevailing. It’s enough to give you goosebumps.”

Kelly Lawler, USA Today

“‘Wonder Woman’ is a departure from most superhero films you’ve seen. It’s a female superhero film — which is revolutionary enough by itself — but it’s also a genuinely surprising film that plays with genre and throws out the now very tired superhero movie formula. It’s an action film, a romantic comedy and a coming-of-age story and a period piece and a war movie all in one. Above all, it’s a hopeful story about humanity. ‘Wonder Woman’ is the best movie Marvel rival DC Comics has put out in its own cinematic universe, and unlike the recent parade of bleak superhero tales from both studios, it makes you feel good while you watch it.”

Julian Roman, Movie Web

“From DC Films and Warner Bros., ‘Wonder Woman’ renews hope that the DC Universe can match the quality of Marvel. Gal Gadot proves she has the right stuff. Her ‘Wonder Woman’ is every bit the hero and feminist icon fans deserve. The film is by no means perfect, but a needed step in the right direction. The Justice League has a solid foundation to build on. The producers just have to remember that respect for the character’s history, sophistication, and moments of levity are key to the success of comic adaptations. Make a run when the credits roll, there aren’t any additional scenes.”

Mark Hughes, Forbes

“‘Wonder Woman’ is an electrifying, breathtaking cinematic achievement sure to win the hearts and minds of audiences around the world. Amazing performances, pulse-pounding action, and outstanding visuals make it one of the best superhero movies of all time. You’ll love it, and you’ll walk out wondering how soon you can go back to watch it again.”

John Hazelton, Screen International

“Almost as much an anti-war drama as a summer popcorn romp,’ Wonder Woman’ takes its time putting its title character centre stage in all her Amazonian splendour. But when it does get down to superheroine business, this latest DC Comics ‘extended universe’ outing packs a decent punch and, in Israeli model Gal Gadot, introduces a star with real franchise potential.”

Molly Freeman, Screen Rant

“All in all, ‘Wonder Woman’ is a cohesive and gripping comic book-adapted origin story that gives the most famous female superhero a live-action entry worthy of the character’s legacy. There weak spots in those brief moments of impossible-to-miss CG and Ares’ character development, but even with those flaws, ‘Wonder Woman’ is exceptionally strong. Arriving at the time it does, ‘Wonder Woman’ faces immense pressure both within the context of the DCEU and, to a larger extent, Hollywood as a whole – but Gadot and Jenkins rise above expectations to deliver an incredibly exciting and inspiring movie.”

Chris Hewitt, Empire

“As Diana, Gadot is excellent, a rocking electric cello riff in human form. ‘Dawn Of Justice’ proved she could handle the kicking and the punching. Here, she gets actual honest-to-goodness dialogue, and invests Diana with excitable exuberance, bristling defiance and a disarming belief in doing the right thing. She’s also funny, particularly when she goes full bumbling Clark Kent.”

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

“‘Wonder Woman’ is smart, slick, and satisfying in all of the ways superhero films ought to be. How deliciously ironic that in a genre where the boys seem to have all the fun, a female hero and a female director are the ones to show the fellas how it’s done.”

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Drone Focus Film Festival Flies Into Fargo (Video)

Move over, Cannes: a first-year film festival in Fargo, North Dakota that is part of an annual drone conference “aims to highlight the possibilities of art from above,” according to the Associated Press.

The Drone Focus Film Festival will take place from May 31 through June 1 and all films must be less than five minutes long with 50 percent or more shot using a drone or UAV. Over 600 people are expected to attend.

North Dakota has invested $40 million in the unmanned aircraft industry, according to the AP. The film festival attracted 42 entries from 21 countries with categories including narrative, landscape and architecture, showreel, lifestyle and work by students. There will also be a people’s choice award.

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Professional photographer John Borge, who is among the judges, told the AP that the best films were the ones “where you felt you were involved with it and it took you somewhere.” He also said that in the drone industry, content creators often have to scrap nice shots that don’t fit the narrative.

“Sometimes there is such a cool shot but it doesn’t fit, but you can tell they just had to use it. It was so great, it was so stunning, it was so beautiful, but it didn’t tie together,” Borge told the AP. “The tricky thing, I think, is to make great video that isn’t just great because it’s shot from the air.”

According to the festival’s website, “The Drone Focus Film Festival is looking foster the growth of the drones and UAS industry by bringing together multiple mediums and industries.”

Check out the video above.

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Move over, Cannes: a first-year film festival in Fargo, North Dakota that is part of an annual drone conference “aims to highlight the possibilities of art from above,” according to the Associated Press.

The Drone Focus Film Festival will take place from May 31 through June 1 and all films must be less than five minutes long with 50 percent or more shot using a drone or UAV. Over 600 people are expected to attend.

North Dakota has invested $40 million in the unmanned aircraft industry, according to the AP. The film festival attracted 42 entries from 21 countries with categories including narrative, landscape and architecture, showreel, lifestyle and work by students. There will also be a people’s choice award.

Professional photographer John Borge, who is among the judges, told the AP that the best films were the ones “where you felt you were involved with it and it took you somewhere.” He also said that in the drone industry, content creators often have to scrap nice shots that don’t fit the narrative.

“Sometimes there is such a cool shot but it doesn’t fit, but you can tell they just had to use it. It was so great, it was so stunning, it was so beautiful, but it didn’t tie together,” Borge told the AP. “The tricky thing, I think, is to make great video that isn’t just great because it’s shot from the air.”

According to the festival’s website, “The Drone Focus Film Festival is looking foster the growth of the drones and UAS industry by bringing together multiple mediums and industries.”

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Gregg Allman, Soulful Rock ‘N’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 69

Music legend Gregg Allman has died on Saturday at age 69, according to a statement on his website.

Allman “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia,” according to the site. The organist and singer for The Allman Brothers helped create the Southern Rock genre.

Allman cancelled some tour dates last year because he was “under his doctor’s care at the Mayo Clinic” due to “serious health issues,” according to the Associated press. He canceled the remainder his 2017 tour back in March.

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The statement on his official website says that as Allman faced a variety of health problems.

“Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times,” the statement continues.

Allman was born in Nashville, Tennessee and raised in Florida by a single mother after his father was shot to death. The rocker was known for his long blond hair and songs including “Whipping Post,” ″Ramblin’ Man” and “Midnight Rider.”

Gregg and his late brother, guitarist Duane Allman, founded the legendary Allman Brothers and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Gregg Allman was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

The Allman Brothers Band first started in 1969 and their seminal live album “At Fillmore East” in 1971 made them household names among rock fans. Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971 and Gregg was its sole namesake for another 45 years.

Gregg told the Associated Press in 2012 that he thought about Duane on a daily basis and could sometimes feel his presence.

“I can tell when he’s there, man,” Allman told the AP. “I’m not going to get all cosmic on you. But listen, he’s there.”

The Allman Brothers broke up several times over the years and had a revolving door of members. Allman admitted that he “spent years overindulging in women, drugs and alcohol before getting sober in the mid-1990s,” in his memoir, according to the AP.

Allman also had a short-lived marriage to Cher and the pair released a series of duets under the name “Allman and Woman.”

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Music legend Gregg Allman has died on Saturday at age 69, according to a statement on his website.

Allman “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia,” according to the site. The organist and singer for The Allman Brothers helped create the Southern Rock genre.

Allman cancelled some tour dates last year because he was “under his doctor’s care at the Mayo Clinic” due to “serious health issues,” according to the Associated press. He canceled the remainder his 2017 tour back in March.

The statement on his official website says that as Allman faced a variety of health problems.

“Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times,” the statement continues.

Allman was born in Nashville, Tennessee and raised in Florida by a single mother after his father was shot to death. The rocker was known for his long blond hair and songs including “Whipping Post,” ″Ramblin’ Man” and “Midnight Rider.”

Gregg and his late brother, guitarist Duane Allman, founded the legendary Allman Brothers and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Gregg Allman was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

The Allman Brothers Band first started in 1969 and their seminal live album “At Fillmore East” in 1971 made them household names among rock fans. Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971 and Gregg was its sole namesake for another 45 years.

Gregg told the Associated Press in 2012 that he thought about Duane on a daily basis and could sometimes feel his presence.

“I can tell when he’s there, man,” Allman told the AP. “I’m not going to get all cosmic on you. But listen, he’s there.”

The Allman Brothers broke up several times over the years and had a revolving door of members. Allman admitted that he “spent years overindulging in women, drugs and alcohol before getting sober in the mid-1990s,” in his memoir, according to the AP.

Allman also had a short-lived marriage to Cher and the pair released a series of duets under the name “Allman and Woman.”

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Car Plows Into Times Square Pedestrians, 22 Injured and 1 Dead

A car traveling through Times Square in New York City drove into a crowd of pedestrians around noon ET, injuring 22 people and killing one.

“The perpetrator is in custody. He’s a United States citizen and a former member of the armed forces with the United States Navy,” New Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference. “He has a criminal history.”

The incident occurred near 45th Street and Broadway, one of Manhattan’s busiest intersections. The 26-year-old male driver was taken into custody and is being tested for alcohol, according to the Associated Press.

A law enforcement official told the AP that he has a “history of driving while intoxicated.” The New York Police Department closed off the area and senior law enforcement officials said a preliminary investigation indicated that it was not a terror attack, however a bomb squad responded as a precaution.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that President Trump was briefed before New York authorities confirmed the death. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is on his way to the scene, according to the AP.

The incident occurred near the headquarters of several major companies, including Reuters. The area is heavily populated regardless of the weather, but Thursday was bright and sunny with many people spending their lunch breaks in Times Square during one of the nicest days New York City has seen in 2017.

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The vehicle was a maroon-colored Honda sedan. Witnesses said the motorist had driven against traffic and onto the sidewalk, striking pedestrians.

“Everybody was just running, everyone was concerned for their lives,” a witness told local CBS television.

NBC News New York reported that the driver is believed to be from the Bronx.

The “driver appeared to have been either drunk or on drugs” according to the New York Times.

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A car traveling through Times Square in New York City drove into a crowd of pedestrians around noon ET, injuring 22 people and killing one.

“The perpetrator is in custody. He’s a United States citizen and a former member of the armed forces with the United States Navy,” New Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference. “He has a criminal history.”

The incident occurred near 45th Street and Broadway, one of Manhattan’s busiest intersections. The 26-year-old male driver was taken into custody and is being tested for alcohol, according to the Associated Press.

A law enforcement official told the AP that he has a “history of driving while intoxicated.” The New York Police Department closed off the area and senior law enforcement officials said a preliminary investigation indicated that it was not a terror attack, however a bomb squad responded as a precaution.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that President Trump was briefed before New York authorities confirmed the death. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is on his way to the scene, according to the AP.

The incident occurred near the headquarters of several major companies, including Reuters. The area is heavily populated regardless of the weather, but Thursday was bright and sunny with many people spending their lunch breaks in Times Square during one of the nicest days New York City has seen in 2017.

The vehicle was a maroon-colored Honda sedan. Witnesses said the motorist had driven against traffic and onto the sidewalk, striking pedestrians.

“Everybody was just running, everyone was concerned for their lives,” a witness told local CBS television.

NBC News New York reported that the driver is believed to be from the Bronx.

The “driver appeared to have been either drunk or on drugs” according to the New York Times.

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Watch ‘Mother of All Bombs’ Explode In Afghanistan (Video)

The Pentagon has released footage showing the moment the U.S. Military dropped the “mother of all bombs” on Afghanistan on Thursday. The weapon killed 36 ISIS soldiers but didn’t harm a single civilian, according to Afghan officials.

The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb is the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal. Thursday’s action marks the first time that the MOAB, which was developed during the Iraq War, has been used in combat. CNN and other news organizations explained the footage on Friday morning.

“You can only imagine anybody who is down there is now turned to dust,” CNN military analyst Maj. General James “Spider Marks said.

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The U.S. estimates 600 to 800 ISIS fighters are present in Afghanistan, according to the Associated Press.

“I want a hundred times more bombings on this group,” Hakim Khan, 50, who lives near the site of the bombing told, the AP.

ISIS has not publicly responded to the attack as of Friday morning.

“The United States took all precautions necessary to prevent civilian casualties and collateral damage as a result of the operations,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.

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The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb is the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal. Thursday’s action marks the first time that the MOAB, which was developed during the Iraq War, has been used in combat. CNN and other news organizations explained the footage on Friday morning.

“You can only imagine anybody who is down there is now turned to dust,” CNN military analyst Maj. General James “Spider Marks said.

The U.S. estimates 600 to 800 ISIS fighters are present in Afghanistan, according to the Associated Press.

“I want a hundred times more bombings on this group,” Hakim Khan, 50, who lives near the site of the bombing told, the AP.

ISIS has not publicly responded to the attack as of Friday morning.

“The United States took all precautions necessary to prevent civilian casualties and collateral damage as a result of the operations,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.

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