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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78, Celebs React

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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry passed away early Sunday morning at the age of 78. A hospital spokeswoman told The Washington Post that Barry arrived on around 12:30 a.m. and died at 1:46 a.m.  No cause was given, but he had suffered from many health problems over the years, including diabetes, prostate cancer and kidney ailments.

Barry served three terms as mayor of the District of Columbia up until he was arrested for drug charges and sent to jail to serve a six-month sentence in 1990 after cops busted him in a Washington hotel room smoking crack cocaine and groping a woman who was not his wife. He later used the experience to his political advantage and came back in 1994 to win a fourth term as mayor.  His contributions to cleaning up the city and inspiring comeback garnered him the title “Mayor for Life.”

Many celebs took to twitter to share their reactions to Barry’s sudden passing including famed comedian Chris Rock who used the Mississippi native’s crack addiction as fodder for his stand-up acts.

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Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First

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If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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