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After nearly seven years of planning, the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held Friday in Rio de Janeiro. It’s a historic moment for South America’s first Olympic host city, but so far that’s been overshadowed by an uncertain political situation in Brazil and an overabundance of safety and security concerns unresolved leading up to the games. Will that put a damper on Friday’s opening ceremony? Then, in the film Five Nights in Maine, a husband and his estranged mother-in-law are forced to unite in their grief after the sudden loss of wife and daughter. The film stars David Oyelowo, who joins Press Play, along with writer-director Maris Curran. Next, it’s been a disappointing summer so far for potential blockbusters. Will Suicide Squad or a film that features Kevin Spacey trapped inside the body of a cat break the curse of the underwhelming box office before the kids head back to school? And finally, the Wall Street Journal published an extremely controversial story this week that set off the Cargo Shorts Wars of 2016.

Image: Brazilian paratriathlon athlete Marcelo Collet takes part in the Olympic Flame torch relay in Salvador, Brazil, May 24, 2016. Marcos de Paula/Courtesy of Rio2016/Handout via REUTERS

2016 Rio Summer Games open amid uncertainty, protests 10 MIN, 37 SEC

After nearly seven years of planning, the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held Friday in Rio de Janeiro. An estimated three-billion people from around the world will be watching the ceremony, a show that’s been in production for five years and includes some 300 dancers, 5,000 volunteers and 12,000 costumes. The games themselves are setting a record this year with more than 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries participating; and it’s a historic moment for South America’s first Olympic host city. But so far that’s been overshadowed by the political situation in Brazil, with impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff ongoing, and an overabundance of safety and security concerns unresolved leading up to the games. Will that put a damper on Friday’s opening ceremony?

Link to Peter Millard's tweets from Rio

Link to Eric Adelson's tweets from Rio, including protests


Guests:
Peter Millard, Bloomberg News (@peterbmillard)
Eric Adelson, Yahoo Sports (@eric_adelson)

Navigating through grief in 'Five Nights in Maine' 14 MIN, 25 SEC

Just a few minutes into the new film Five Nights in Maine, a husband, played by David Oyelowo, gets a terrible phone call from police telling him his wife has been killed in a car accident. The sudden tragedy sets him on a journey to rural Maine to visit his wife’s mother, who’s very sick. The two couldn’t be more deeply divided – in age and in distance – but they’re now united in grief and guilt and have to find a way to navigate that. Five Nights in Maine was written and directed by Maris Curran and stars Golden Globe nominated actor David Oyelowo.

Guests:
David Oyelowo, Actor
Maris Curran, Writer/Director (@MarisCurran)

Film: 'Suicide Squad' falls flat, 'Little Prince' impresses 14 MIN, 6 SEC

It’s been a disappointing summer so far for potential blockbusters. Will DC Comic’s Suicide Squad or a film that features Kevin Spacey trapped inside the body of a cat break the curse of the underwhelming box office before the kids head back to school? As we do every Friday, we’ll talk about this weekend’s new film releases and find out which films fell flat for our critics, and which films they suggest you check out.

Link to What the Flick?!

Link to CraveOnline

Guests:
Christy Lemire, What The Flick?! (@christylemire)
William Bibbiani, co-hosts the podcasts Canceled Too Soon and Critically Acclaimed. (@williambibbiani)

The Great Cargo Short Debate of 2016 7 MIN, 20 SEC

The Wall Street Journal published an extremely controversial story Monday that set off a national debate. It wasn’t about the election, or the Zika virus, or the Olympics – it was about cargo shorts. In the article, reporter Nicole Hong wrote, “Relationships around the country are being tested by cargo shorts, loosely cut shorts with large pockets sewn onto the sides.” Little did she know her story would set off what’s being called the Cargo Shorts Wars of 2016.

Guests:
Nicole Hong, Wall Street Journal (@nicole_hong)

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