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Sony Pictures Classics said on Wednesday that it would not be pulling "Boundaries," a film featuring Peter Fonda, after his tweet calling for President Trump's 11-year-old son, Barron Trump, to be put "in a cage with pedophiles," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

What they're saying: This comes only weeks after Roseanne Barr's hit ABC sitcom "Roseanne" was cancelled after her racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

What he's saying
  • Fonda's now-deleted tweet: "WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER’S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES AND SEE IF MOTHER WILL WILL STAND UP AGAINST THE GIANT A--HOLE SHE IS MARRIED TO. 90 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STREETS ON THE SAME WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY. F---."
  • Fonda apologized, per CNN: "I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family. ... Like many Americans, I am very impassioned and distraught over the situation with children separated from their families at the border, but I went way too far. It was wrong and I should not have done it."
What they're saying
  • Stephanie Grisham, spokesperson for First Lady Melania Trump told The Daily Caller: "The tweet is sick and irresponsible and [the United States Secret Service] has been notified."
  • Donald Trump Jr.: "So @iamfonda can suggest kidnapping and putting a child in a cage with pedophiles and @sonyclassics won't do anything! I guess that's okay if you're a liberal. If you're a conservative you'd face real consequences."
  • NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch: "Wonder if Peter Fonda will get Roseanned. Narrator: He won't."
  • Oscar-nominated actor James Woods responded to a Twitter user who tweeted at Trump Jr. that "we're coming for Chloe [Don Jr.'s daughter], too": "This is exactly the kind of violence that has been inspired by #PeterFonda's tweet. The individual making this suggestive terrorist threat against the granddaughter of the President is a "TV writer," which sadly makes sense in today's twisted world of Hollywood."
  • Candace Owens, communications director for Turning Point USA: "If you were outraged over Roseanne tweeting that Valerie Jarrett looks like a monkey, but are okay with the fact that @SonyPictures is still releasing Peter Fonda's movie this Friday despite his public call for pedophili...you are the reason Trump will win again in 2020."
  • Radio talk-show host Glenn Beck tweeted at CNN contributor Ana Navarro: "You took every word 'target' as a threat 6 years ago. Every word was a 'dog whistle' for violence. Now as this happens, #PeterFonda threatens #POTUS son, and others, you make jokes. #intellectualdishonesty #whyPeopleDontTrustU"
  • Sony Pictures Classics speciality film distributor said in a statement, per the Hollywood Reporter: "Peter Fonda’s comments are abhorrent, reckless and dangerous, and we condemn them completely. It is important to note that Mr. Fonda plays a very minor role in the film. To pull or alter this film at this point would unfairly penalize the filmmaker Shana Feste’s accomplishment, the many actors, crew members and other creative talent that worked hard on the project."
Flashback

Fonda has also made news for his provocative statements about politicians on the other side of the aisle with a threatening diatribe directed at President Barack Obama at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, per The Telegraph:

“I’m training my grandchildren to use long-range rifles. For what purpose? Well, I’m not going to say the words 'Barack Obama’, but … it’s more of a thought process than an actuality, but we are heading for a major conflict between the haves and the have nots. I came here many years ago with a biker movie and we stopped a war. Now, it’s about starting the world. I prefer to not to use the words, 'let’s stop something’. I prefer to say, 'let’s start something, let’s start the world’. There’s no room any more for a sissy and, like I said, don’t forget that I’ve got grandsons who I’ve trained with long-distance rifles. We have to run like mofos to change this world.”

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Hollywood union reaches deal with studios to avert strike

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A Hollywood workers' union reached a tentative deal with studios, networks and streamers that will guarantee better working conditions, meal breaks and increased wages for low-paid workers, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) announced Saturday night.

Why it matters: The deal, which still needs to be ratified by IATSE members, will avert a nationwide strike by film and television workers that was set to start Monday. It would have been the first strike in the union's 128-year history.

Bill Clinton released from hospital following treatment for non-COVID infection

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Former President Bill Clinton was discharged from the University of California, Irvine Medical Center on Sunday, nearly a week after he was admitted for a non-COVID-related infection, according to his spokesperson Angel Ureña.

What they're saying: "His fever and white blood cell count are normalized and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics," wrote Dr. Alpesh Amin, who has been overseeing the team of doctors treating Clinton. "On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress."

Worth noting: Clinton had a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, per CNN.

  • The California-based medical team had been administering IV antibiotics and fluids, and was in constant communication with Clinton's New York team, including his cardiologist, according to the former president's physicians.
  • President Biden spoke by phone with Clinton on Friday to see how he was doing, and the catch-up included a discussion of recent politics.
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TikTok drives new nostalgia economy

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Older brands, trends and technologies are making a comeback as younger consumers desperately chase slower, less chaotic times.

The big picture: TikTok's algorithm makes it easy for flashback items to resurface and quickly go viral both on its platform and eventually on other social networks.

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