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Monday, March 22 2021


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After we shot ‘Basic Instinct’, I got called in to see it. Not on my own with the director, as one would anticipate, given the situation that has given us all pause, so to speak, but with a room full of agents and lawyers, most of whom had nothing to do with the project. That was how I saw my vagina-shot for the first time, long after I’d been told, “We can’t see anything—I just need you to remove your panties, as the white is reflecting the light, so we know you have panties on.” Yes, there have been many points of view on this topic, but since I’m the one with the vagina in question, let me say: The other points of view are bullshit.

That’s Sharon Stone finally speaking out about the infamous scene in the movie in her soon-to-be-released memoir, ‘The Beauty of Living Twice’—in an exclusive excerpt published in Vanity Fair. Her candid account of the continual sexual bullying she faced even as a high paid star working on multi-million dollar projects is a must read.

Big Story

A curiouser and curiouser case in Mumbai

The TLDR: The Ambani SUV case has thrown up all sorts of twists, but each turn throws up more questions—and very few answers. The latest developments include two new arrests, bombshell allegations by a top cop, an under-pressure minister and rumours of a political rift. Bollywood has been officially put to shame.

 

The plot twists: A quick recap

  • On February 25, an SUV was found parked outside Mukesh Ambani’s home. 
  • The needle of suspicion pointed to its owner: Mansukh Hiran, owner of an auto interiors shop—who was found murdered on March 5. 
  • Then all hell broke loose. Soon the National Investigation Agency stepped in to take the case away from the Mumbai police. 
  • And the needle of suspicion swung again—this time toward one of the top cops in the city, Sachin Vaze, who is now the prime suspect. 
  • The Shiv Sena government quickly sacked the commissioner of police to save face—to only have that dreadful needle flip right back at their own face, this time pointing to the state’s home minister, no less.

 

A new theory of the crime

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Headlines That Matter

  • Australia’s great threat
  • Guess who bought that Beeple NFT?
  • Captain America is gay
  • The kiddie Insta nobody wants

 

Smart & Curious

  • Thousands fight forest fires in Odisha
  • A bedroom guide for straight men 
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