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‘Cloud Atlas’ co-director officially comes out as transgender

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“Cloud Atlas” co-director Lana Wachowski this week publicly embraced her gender switch from Larry for the first time — with bright pink dreads.

Her sex change was long rumored, but never confirmed as Wachowski had previously avoided interviews and publicity tours by insisting on no-press clauses in her film contracts.

Suddenly last month a promotional video showing her in pink dreads went viral and in a New Yorker magazine interview she described how in school Larry didn’t know whether to stand in lines with boys or girls, and opted for the middle ground, “exactly where I belonged, betwixt.”

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The New Yorker article revealed that Larry separated from his wife while shooting the last two installments of “The Matrix” trilogy after suffering from anxiety and depression over a long period.

In 2009, Larry divorced, began living as transgendered Lana, and eventually married another woman.

“I chose to change my exteriority to bring it closer into alignment with my interiority,” with the support of her family, she told The New Yorker.

“I know many people are dying to know if I have a surgically constructed vagina or not, but I prefer to keep this information between my wife and me.”

At a press conference Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival for the world premiere of “Cloud Atlas,” a globe-spanning, time-tripping, gender-hopping epic film based on David Mitchell’s landmark novel, she explained why she is now breaking her silence.

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“I did feel some responsibility to the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) people, and some people had been asking me to be more public,” she said.

“But me and (younger brother and co-director) Andy, we love our privacy, our anonymity. Being a celebrity doesn’t do much to improve yourself. We think it can actually worsen your life. So it was a big decision and it took a long time.”

“We like the way our anonymity allows us to inhabit the world. You can go into a comic book shop or a movie store and you can just listen to people. We’re writers, we like people to act normal around us.

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“I knew that one day I would be more public and we had to negotiate when that would be. And this movie, which is about transcending our fear of ‘other’ in so many ways, and transcending the boundaries of ‘other’ — it seemed quite natural to do it now.”


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Trump openly solicits payment to US treasury for his ‘approval’ of TikTok sale – which he is forcing

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President Donald Trump says he is allowing Microsoft to purchase the U.S. assets of the popular Beijing-based TikTok social media video sharing app, in a sale Trump personally is forcing.

In discussing what he sees as the broad portions of an agreement the President used a real estate term to openly solicit the payment that would have to be made to the U.S. Treasury.

"I said a very substantial portion of that price is going to have to come into the U.S. Treasury of the United States, because we're making it possible for this deal to happen," Trump told reporters Monday afternoon.

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Andrew Cuomo rips Trump like never before: ‘This was the worst government blunder in modern history’

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) on Monday accused President Donald Trump of presiding over "the worse government blunder in modern history."

At his daily COVID-19 briefing, Cuomo said that it was time for the president to hit the "reset button" on his handling of the pandemic.

"If we don't tell the truth on the reset, COVID will never end," the New York governor explained. "It will ricochet across the country. It will just bounce back and forth."

"This was a colossal blunder -- how COVID was handled by this federal government," he continued. "Shame on all of you. Six months, lives lost. Hit the reset button, yes."

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Trump snaps at Jim Acosta for reminding him of coronavirus death toll: ‘Fake news CNN’

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President Donald Trump on Monday snapped at CNN's Jim Acosta when he reminded the president that the novel coronavirus so far has killed 155,000 Americans.

During a question-and-answer session with reporters, the president boasted that the United States had done an "amazing" job at handling the COVID-19 pandemic, at which point Acosta interrupted him and tried to ask him about the 155,000 people who have died from the disease in just five months.

"The U.S. has so many deaths," Acosta said.

"Hold it!" Trump replied.

"So many countries around the world..."

"Fake news CNN," he said. "Hold it. We have done a great job in this country. We haven't been given enough -- not me, Vice President Pence, the task force -- have not been given the kind of credit."

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