The director of the upcoming Marilyn Monroe movie insulted American audiences in a new interview after it was revealed the biopic will get an NC-17 rating.

New Zealand filmmaker Andrew Dominik, who is directing the highly anticipated “Blonde” starring Ana de Armas, called Americans ”strange” when it comes to sex.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Given that the Mavericks’ last two losses to Phoenix were by margins of 20 and 30 points, it’s wrong to say this team hasn’t been here before as they try to correct the mistakes made in a 25-point Game 1 loss to Golden State. From my vantage point, which admittedly was about …

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A U.S. attorney says a Florida man has pleaded guilty to defrauding more than 30 women out of more than $1.3 million by pretending to be a doctor on online dating services. U.S. attorney Jason Cody announced the plea Thursday. Cody said 46-year-old Brian Brainard Wedgeworth used 10 different aliases as part of the scheme. Court documents show Wedgeworth made promises to the women in order to con them into sending him money, jewelry and watches. He pleaded guilty to 25 counts, including wire fraud, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. Sentencing is set for Aug. 8.

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Virginia’s public schools have experienced a yearslong trend of declining student performance exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. That's according to a critical state report released Thursday by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's administration. The report says Virginia's overall high performance has masked achievement gaps and poor reading proficiency and college-readiness measures. It also says Virginia has wide gulfs between performance on state tests and benchmarks for a national assessment. Youngkin pledges his administration will work to restore excellence and transparency in education. Democrats who control the state Senate and a leading teachers' union both are blasting the report's methodology and calling it a political exercise.

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Changes to Michigan's crime victim compensation fund to help more applicants get access to funds to pay for medical bills and funeral costs after a crime have been signed into law by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Under the law signed Thursday by the Democratic governor, the maximum claimants can get from the fund after a crime increased from $25,000 to $45,000.. Reimbursements for funeral expenses increased from $5,000 to $8,000. The Alliance for Safety and Justice says Michigan ranks worst in application rates from crime victims and their survivors applying for state crime victim compensation funds, in large part due to barriers for eligibility in the state law. The changes go into effect in August, 2024.

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A proposal to legalize sports betting has survived a test amid lawmakers’ efforts to pull together the pieces of a package to spend the Minnesota’s enormous budget surplus with just days remaining in the legislative session. But lawmakers remain divided on whether trial casinos should have exclusive rights to offer sports betting on mobile devices and in-person. Several other House-Senate conference committees are still working through the details bills to parcel out the state’s $9.25 billion budget surplus. Some committees, like public safety, remain far apart from reaching agreements.

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Everton has secured its Premier League survival by recovering from two goals down to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 in the penultimate match of the season. It looked like Everton’s fate would go down to the wire on Sunday after Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew scored in the first half for Palace. But Michael Keane started the comeback in the 54th, Richarlison leveled in the 75th and Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed Everton in front in the 85th to spark an invasion of the field by the home fans. The game resumed and Everton ensured its stay in the top division will extend to 69 years.

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U.S. health advisers are urging a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will consider the advice. If the CDC agrees as expected, it would open a third COVID-19 shot to healthy elementary-age kids just like is is already recommended for everybody 12 and older. Regulators this week authorized the extra dose to be given at least five months after youngsters' last shot. CDC's advisers agreed during a public meeting Thursday.

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Tom Cruise has said he and Prince William “have a lot in common” as the Hollywood star and the royal met on the red carpet in London for the U.K. premiere of the new “Top Gun” movie. William and his wife, Kate, joined Cruise Thursday on a star-studded red carpet at Leicester Square for the premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick." The movie sees Cruise reprise his role as U.S. Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell more than three decades after the release of the original film. Speaking about William, Cruise told reporters: “We have a lot in common. We both love England, and we’re both aviators, we both love flying.” The sequel also stars Jennifer Connelly, Monica Barbaro, Val Kilmer, Jon Hamm and Glen Powell.

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Yu Darvish struck out five and walked none over seven shutout innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Padres took two of three from the Phillies and moved 10 games over .500. Robinson Cano lined an RBI single and Ha-Seong Kim added a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Phillies starter Kyle Gibson took the loss. Every Padres starter had a hit. Phillies slugger Bryce Harper missed a fourth straight game from the lingering effects of platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow. The Phillies hope Harper can return Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Rory McIlroy has the early lead in the PGA Championship with a 65. Tiger Woods was alongside him at Southern Hills and shot a 74. They played two different games. McIlroy is blasting away with drivers and taking advantage of his length. Woods was picking his spots and not helped by less-than-stellar iron play. He also says his leg is feeling a lot more sore than it did early on at the Masters. McIlroy has a one-shot lead over Will Zalatoris and Tom Hoge among the early starters. Masters champion Scottie Scheffler is among those playing in the afternoon.

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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones doesn't show his emotions much. So it's understandable he didn't say much about the team's recent decision not to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. The 24-year-old who was the sixth player taken in the 2019 draft said it was just a business decision. He understands it, and he is preparing for his first season under new coach Brian Daboll. Jones has posted a 12-25 record since becoming the Giants starter.

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A federal judge has sentenced an Oregon man to five years in prison for brandishing a knife on an Amtrak train passing through Wisconsin. U.S. District Judge William Conley sentenced 32-year-old Timothy Thomas of Portland on Thursday. Thomas pleaded guilty in March to intentionally interfering with a train conductor. According to prosecutors, passengers on an Amtrak train passing through Monroe County in November 2020 complained that Thomas was threatening people and banging on seats. When the conductor confronted him he pulled out an 8-inch knife and began stabbing it toward the conductor. The engineer stopped the train and police arrived to take Thomas into custody.

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A deputy in South Carolina whose police van was swept away by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, drowning two women seeking mental health treatment trapped in a cage in the back has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. A Marion County jury found former Horry County deputy Stephen Flood guilty of two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of reckless homicide. Forty-five-year-old Wendy Newton and 43-year-old Nicolette Green had been involuntarily committed for mental help, but weren't dangerous. Prosecutors say Flood was reckless by driving the van into floodwaters with the helpless women in the back. The van was pinned against a guardrail where Flood and a second deputy could not get them out.

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The North Dakota Gaming Commission endorsed a rule change that creates a moratorium on electronic pull tab machines at gas stations and liquor, grocery and convenience stores. The commission voted Thursday to alter the definition of a bar to make clear where the games that mimic slot machines will be allowed. Lawmakers are expected to address the issue when the Legislature reconvenes next year. Attorney General Drew warned commissioners that without an immediate definition change, North Dakota would see an explosion of the Las Vegas-style machines and not enough regulators to keep tabs on them.

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One of the four people who died in a fire at a Massachusetts apartment building last weekend had filed a defamation lawsuit against right-wing radio host Alex Jones and his InfoWars website in 2018, alleging they falsely identified him as the gunman in a massacre at a Florida high school. A lawyer for 29-year-old Marcel Fontaine confirmed Thursday that his client died in Saturday's fire in Worcester. The attorney said the lawsuit will continue of behalf of Fontaine's estate. The lawyer said Fontaine's bravery in suing Jones inspired parents of children who died in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut to take legal action against Jones.