Lawrence of Arabia may have been murdered by British secret service, new film suggests

A controversial new biopic about T.E. Lawrence suggests British secret service may have murdered the famous desert warrior. The British army officer and archeologist, the desert warrior of Lawrence of Arabia fame who played a key role in the defeat of the Ottoman Empire a century ago, died in a motorcycle accident in England in … Continue reading “Lawrence of Arabia may have been murdered by British secret service, new film suggests”

A controversial new biopic about T.E. Lawrence suggests British secret service may have murdered the famous desert warrior.

The British army officer and archeologist, the desert warrior of Lawrence of Arabia fame who played a key role in the defeat of the Ottoman Empire a century ago, died in a motorcycle accident in England in May 1935, at the age of 46.

In an email to FoxNews.com, Mark Griffin, who has written "Lawrence: After Arabia", explained that the biopic "covers the accident as both an accident or [a] possible assassination − about 10% of the film − so the viewer can make up their own mind."

“In my opinion – and I know this is a polarizing question – it could have been a conspiracy but I also believe it could have been an accident, hence covering why we show both aspects within the movie," he said.

Griffin told British newspaper the Daily Mirror last month that a “credible” explanation for the 1935 death is that the British intelligence apparatus assassinated Lawrence. British spies opposed Sir Winston Churchill’s plan to appoint Lawrence as the director of the espionage organization, Griffin claims.

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Lawrence of Arabia, early 20th century. Artist: Unknown. Lawrence of Arabia, early 20th century. Thomas Edward Lawrence, (1888-1935), most famously known as Lawrence of Arabia, gained international renown for his role as a British liaison officer during the Arab Revolt of 1916 to 1918.  (Colorized black and white print. Photo by The Print Collector/Getty Images)

“There were many credible reasons someone might have wanted him dead. Zionists, the Secret Service and the establishment were all against him," he said.

“First, he continued to be involved in the Arab cause, and was in regular contact with King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, who was angry that the Allies hadn’t kept their promises on the Balfour Declaration about Jewish settlements in Palestine, and was talking of an Arab revolt.”

Lawrence obtained valuable experience in gathering intelligence during the British campaign against the Turks during the First World War.

The filmmaker went as far to claim that Lawrence was also linked to Oswald Mosley and the Blackshirts, an infamous fascist party in the U.K., and there is also speculation about the possibility of Lawrence meeting Hitler.

“He might have been infiltrating the [fascist] group so he could find out more about the Nazis and the threat of a Second World War, or he might have gone native," Griffin said.

British soldier, adventurer and author Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888 – 1935) known as Lawrence Of Arabia. He joined the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire during World War I and was instrumental in the conquest of Palestine (1918). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The problem with Griffin’s claims are the lack of any solid evidence. Leading Lawrence scholars such as Jeremy Wilson, the author of "Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorised Biography of T. E. Lawrence (1989)", said: “Countless fictions have built up around Lawrence’s life.”

Wilson, who died in April 2017, wrote that people who leveled false claims about Lawrence “wanted to make money by publishing a new and preferably sensational ‘revelation.’ That process is still going on.”

In his 2010 biography "Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia", the prominent writer Michael Korda debunked the conspiracy theories about Lawrence’s death.

Griffin, whose film is expected to be released in 2020, told Fox News: “We view the film as the third in the trilogy following Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Dangerous Man (1996) and the focus by the media on the ‘conspiracy’ aspect within the film has been over-egged − due I think to the local interest in the story.”

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David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made, winning seven Oscars in 1963.

Griffin told FoxNews.com his film “is a biopic which focuses on the last year of TEL’s life including his PTSD, his treatment as a teenager, his friendships with [Thomas] Hardy, [Winston] Churchill, Lady Astor etc.”

Jacob Rosen, a former Israeli ambassador to Jordan and a top Lawrence expert, told FoxNews.com that Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizmann, met with him [Lawrence] several times.

"He was very instrumental and I don’t think Zionists would have anything against him.”

Winston Churchill biographer Sir Martin Gilbert has documented what he termed Lawrence’s “little known romance with Zionism,” including Lawrence’s comment prior to WWI on Jews in then-Palestine: “The sooner the Jews farm it the better: their colonies are bright spots in a desert.”

Rosen, who has the world’s largest collection of different foreign language versions of T.E. Lawrence’s biography Seven Pillars of Wisdom and has written and lectured on Lawrence, said Lawrence was “mentally exhausted” after he was released from his military service and he does not think he would have accepted an appointment to oversee the United Kingdom’s intelligence community.

“I am a diplomat and want to see the full picture,” Rosen said about the movie’s claims. “Let him present the evidence.”

Benjamin Weinthal reports on human rights in the Middle East and is a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Follow him on Twitter @BenWeinthal.

Kevin Hart’s ex-wife says he’s not homophobic

Kevin Hart's ex-wife, Torrei, spoke out in defense of the comedian after he backed out of hosting the Oscars over allegedly homophobic tweets and jokes.

"He's not [homophobic]," Torrei, 40, who divorced the comic in 2011, told Inside Edition on Monday. "He's a comedian and he was just making a joke."

Torrei shares son Hendrix, 11, and daughter Heaven, 13, with the "Night School" star, who came under fire for saying in a standup special that he feared his son "growing up and being gay … Be happy. Do what you want to do. But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will."

Torrei took no issue with that bit.

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"I don't think he wants a gay son," she admitted, explaining, "You want your son to be like you. If our son was to turn up gay … I think he would love him the same."

Kevin, 39, initially refused to apologize for his past remarks despite pressure from ABC, but eventually said in a statement on Twitter, "I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past."

Torrei didn't think he should have said he was sorry.

"I stand with him," she added of her ex-husband, "I don't think he should have apologized."

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She added that she was devastated that Kevin had to give up a childhood dream because of the backlash.

"Come from the ghetto and we fight and fight and fight," she lamented. "He would have been a great host."

Meghan Markle breaks royal tradition again at British Fashion Awards

Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards on Monday wearing a sleek one-shoulder black Givenchy dress — but it was her nail color that made headlines.

The Duchess of Sussex appeared at the awards show to present her wedding dress designer and Givenchy’s artistic director, Clare Waight Keller, the British Womenswear Designer of the Year award. Markle styled her baby bump-hugging velvet black dress with gold bracelets, metallic Tamara Mellon sandals and dark nail polish.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018. (Getty Images)

Her dark-colored nails caught many people’s attention because, although it’s not an official protocol, it’s widely known Queen Elizabeth II does not approve of colorful nail polish on members of the royal family, U.K.’s OK! Magazine previously reported.

Fake or colored nails are reportedly seen as “vulgar” in the royal family and wearing a more neutral shade is part of the royal etiquette.

Meghan Markle broke from royal tradition by wearing dark nail polish. (Getty Images)

Essie revealed the queen’s hairdresser sent the nail polish brand a letter in 1989 requesting the shade “Ballet Slippers,” a pale pink color with a sheer finish.

“[It’s] the only color Her Majesty would wear,” the brand stated.

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Aside from the occasional red nail polish on her toes, Kate Middleton is usually seen donning neutral nail shades, following the unofficial protocol that’s been put in place.

Markle is known to make bold fashion choices that do not follow the royal protocol. She made headlines last November when she and Prince Harry stepped out for a photocall following their engagement announcement and was seen without nude tights. The royal family has a policy of women wearing pantyhose at official engagements.

“I would say that’s really the only hard, steadfast rule in terms of what the queen requires,” royal expert Victoria Arbiter said.

Meghan Markle broke from royal tradition by exposing her shoulders during the Trooping of Colour ceremony. (AP)

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The Duchess of Sussex was first spotted with pantyhose at a party for Prince Charles’ 70th birthday in May, just days after she tied the knot.

Markle also broke royal protocol when she wore a Carolina Herrera dress that exposed her shoulders at her first Trooping the Colour. The tradition is for royal members to wear dresses that cover their shoulders.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Jada Pinkett Smith says conversations about race always ended her relationships with white men

Actress and host of “The Red Table Talk,” Jada Pinkett Smith, got candid in the latest episode of her show about having past relationships with white men and how the issue of race always led to the end of the relationship.

The host was joined by Adrienne Banfield-Jones, her daughter Willow Smith and special guest, "Grey’s Anatomy" star Ellen Pompeo. As fans may know, Pompeo, who is white, is married to music producer Chris Ivery, who is African-American, with whom she has three children. This sparked a conversation about interracial dating and marriage wherein Pinkett-Smith revealed her past experience with dating white men.

“I have dated some really wonderful white men but it was interesting in that you’re dating someone who has no idea what oppression is,” she said.

She continued: “He’s at the top of the food chain, he doesn’t understand. It’s a very hard thing for him to be able to relate to. It was always the factor in the relationship that made it break.”

This isn’t the first time that Pinkett-Smith has tackled race and relationships on “The Red Table Talk.” Previously, she discussed her own racial bias noting that blonde hair on white women “just triggers” her and how she’s been fighting that reaction recently. She also revealed in November that she once had to pull a knife on an aggressive ex-boyfriend in her youth.

Queen’s mega-hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is 20th century’s most streamed song

British band Queen’s most well-known tune, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” has become the 20th century’s most streamed song.

Universal Music Group said the song has been streamed more than 1.6 billion times globally on streaming platforms such as Spotify. The song which was recorded in 1975 reached number one on the charts twice in the United Kingdom in the years 1975 and 1991, The Guardian reported.

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The song reached new popularity following the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” which chronicled the band’s success. The movie is also a success and has grossed more than $173 million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo. The film is currently in theaters and received a best picture drama Golden Globe nomination. Rami Malek, who portrayed Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the film, received a Golden Globe nomination as well.

From left: Brian May, Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor of Queen. (AP)

The band’s guitarist, Brian May, said in a statement that he was “very happy” to hear the song was still successful.

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“So the river of rock music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!” May said in a statement, according to The Guardian.

Other songs that were close to being the most streamed of the 20th century include Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Guns N Roses’ “Sweet Child O’Mine.”

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

MSNBC anchor: Working for Trump worse than cleaning toilets on New Year’s Eve

MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi mocked the Trump administration amid the search a new White House Chief of Staff.

Last week, President Donald Trump announced that current WH Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly would be leaving the position at the end of the year.

Filling in for Chris Hayes on the left-wing network Monday night, Velshi began the segment by arguing that the White House has been “without a chief of staff for a long time,” adding that “for a moment” that Gen. Kelly was going to be the “adult in the room” and ended up being “often as toxic” as the president.

“It’s all getting lost in the shuffle, but I think a lot of people think that John Kelly is a bad man himself,” Velshi told his panel.

‘There’s a little bit of a concern that there’s no babysitter there’

— MSNBC contributor Sam Seder

When asked “what happens next,” MSNBC legal analyst Maya Wiley was initially reluctant to answer. But then she said these are the “worst jobs on the planet at the moment,” something that the NBC News business correspondent seemed to agree with and invoke one of his MSNBC colleagues.

“Well Stephanie Ruhle always said, ‘It’s not like cleaning the toilets on a New Years Eve at Times Square’ and I’m thinking that it’s possibly worse,” Velshi told Wiley.

“I think it is actually. And after Friday in particular, we weren’t sure if it was like cleaning toilets at Times Square after New Years, it is now,” Wiley agreed. “I mean, you already have a president who is un-programmable, right? The job of the chief of staff is really to both manage access to the president but also to really manage what he should be paying attention to, make sure he sees what he’s supposed to see, knows where to — you know, it’s a critically important position to helping the president and navigate not just his schedule but his priorities. And this president doesn’t listen to anybody. But now, he is literally in the center of a storm that is not going away and he’s not behaving well in the face of it.”

MSNBC contributor Sam Seder insisted that the White House is in “total disarray,” but suggested that Vice President Mike Pence had more influence in this presidency than what was being reported.

“There’s a little bit of a concern that there’s no babysitter there,” Seder told Velshi, adding that congressional Republicans share that responsibility as well.

Megan Fox keeps #MeToo stories private because she’s not a ‘sympathetic victim’

Megan Fox has had her share of #MeToo experiences, but she's vowed to keep them to herself.

The "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" star, who previously spoke out about working with Michael Bay and hinted that he'd sexualized her when she was just 15 years old and on the "Transformers" set (which co-star Shia LaBeouf corroborated), doesn't think she'd be taken seriously, even in the context of the #MeToo movement.

"My words were taken and used against me in a way that was — at that time in my life, at that age and dealing with that level of fame — really painful," she told The New York Times. "I don't want to say this about myself, but let's say that I was ahead of my time and so people weren’t able to understand. Instead, I was rejected because of qualities that are now being praised in other women coming forward."

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She added, "And because of my experience, I feel it’s likely that I will always be just out of the collective understanding. I don't know if there will ever be a time where I'm considered normal or relatable or likable."

The 32-year-old actress-turned-lingerie model was fired from the "Transformers" franchise after disparaging Bay in an interview. She and Bay have since reconciled, and the mother of three has sworn off of doing explicit sex scenes in film.

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Because of her reputation as a sex symbol, Fox explained that she's still reluctant to speak out about her negative experiences with sexual misconduct.

"Even with the #MeToo movement, and everyone coming out with stories — and one could assume that I probably have quite a few stories, and I do — I didn't speak out for many reasons. I just didn't think based on how I'd been received by people, and by feminists, that I would be a sympathetic victim. And I thought if ever there were a time where the world would agree that it's appropriate to victim-shame someone, it would be when I come forward with my story."

Bryan Cranston urges people to ‘get mad’ if they want social change

On Monday night, Bryan Cranston appeared on “The Late Show” and spoke about what makes him “mad as hell.”

Cranston, who is currently starring in a stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning 1976 film “Network,” described how prevalent the 40-year-old script from screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky is today.

“It is something that brings you back to the 1970s and ships you back into 2018 quickly,” Cranston told host Stephen Colbert. “So a lot of things that we discuss, you know, in the show about being addicted to whatever the modern technology is at the time… or how about ‘fake news,’ that’s an element we deal with. And the manipulation of audiences by having a news outlet having an agenda of what their audience [listens] to. It’s really, very prescient from what he was writing.”

The Emmy and Tony award-winning actor revealed that the line “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” made famous by Peter Finch, who went on to win the Oscar, wasn’t actually the line as written by Chayefsky. In fact, it was originally, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” and Finch was so exhausted that director Sidney Lumet used what he had in the film, which frustrated Chayefsky because Finch forgot to say the first “as.” Now Cranston bellows that line on a weekly basis as Finch’s character, Howard Beale.

“As an actor who has to call upon his own emotional truth for that moment, what are you mad as hell about and will not take any more, Bryan Cranston?” Colbert asked.

“I think what makes me angry is people accepting duplicity and the diminishment of integrity and lack of accountability that we’re finding now in our society,” Cranston responded.

The “Breaking Bad” star went on to express his frustration with how “anger” is not socially accepted.

“I think there’s a lot of discoveries an actor makes when developing a character, but one of the things that I didn’t quite pick up on in London but I’m really keening in now is the social non-acceptance of the emotion of anger. To be mad,” Cranston elaborated. “We accept intolerance, we accept irritability, we accept irascibility and things like that, but anger, true anger, displayed socially is not acceptable.

"And perhaps what we do need, as Howard Beale says, 'First, you’ve got to get mad. And when you’re mad enough, then we’ll figure out what to do with it.' Then social change can actually take place is when you get mad. And perhaps when you see injustice like we do often these days, you don’t want to be tolerant. You don’t want to be acceptant of that. You want to say, ‘No, this makes me angry, it is wrong, and we have to stand up and do something about it.’”

Cranston later described how our “knee-jerk” reaction in society is to smile instead of just “be there” and being “honest” with ourselves.

“In this society, we always want to show things that are positive. Be good, be happy, smile,” Cranston continued. “You know, when people see someone crying, often you’ll hear, ‘Oh, don’t cry. Don’t cry. Don’t cry. Don’t cry.’ And it’s like, ‘No, they should cry.’ They’re suffering a loss or sadness or something as opposed to just putting your arm around them allowing them to feel what they’re feeling at that moment.”

“Maybe cry with them,” Colbert suggested.

“Cry with them,” Cranston agreed. “Or be angry with them.”

CNN anchor Don Lemon lectures Trump supporters: The truth ‘doesn’t matter’ to them

CNN anchor Don Lemon sounded off on what he called President Trump’s “lies,” and claimed the commander in chief's supporters only call out fact-fudging when it comes from Democrats.

After his colleague Chris Cuomo closed his show by questioning the president’s evolving narrative about his business ties to Russia, Lemon said that Trump “lied about the lies that he lied about.”

“To me, I think it has been sort of been accepted that this president lies and normalized in a way and that is bothersome no matter who is president, but that’s just bothersome to me and what it does to the fabric of our society,” Lemon told Cuomo during their primetime hand-off.

Cuomo agreed with the sentiment, saying that lying is “the basis of all criminal prosecution and political upheaval.”

‘If you’re a Trump supporter, how would you feel if Barack Obama had done the same thing or Bill Clinton or even George W. Bush?’

— CNN anchor Don Lemon

“He has been lying about things. It has now become a matter of fact in terms of the understanding of what happened around him with respect of Russian interference,” Cuomo elaborated. “There’s going to be trouble ahead.”

Lemon invoked Trump’s “lying” about the “private transactions” that were made with adult film star Stormy Daniels and former “Playboy” model Karen McDougal during the election, asking why he “didn’t disclose them.”

“I don’t get it. I don’t get how so much lying is acceptable. It’s just not for me,” Lemon said. “I know that politicians have issues with the truth sometimes, but this is on steroids, Chris. This is outrageous.”

Back in August, Trump tweeted that Lemon was the “dumbest man on television.” (AP)

Cuomo predicted to Lemon that “the game begins” once when Special Counsel Robert Mueller shares his findings with the public, which Lemon responded by saying that public opinion is “going to shape a lot of this” and that it’s something that the president is “banking on.”

However, Lemon then took aim at Trump’s supporters.

“The truth is the truth is the truth and people should dig down within themselves and think about it. If you’re a Trump supporter, how would you feel if Barack Obama had done the same thing or Bill Clinton or even George W. Bush?” Lemon asked. “If they had done the exact same thing, how would you feel? I think they would be feeling a whole lot differently than they feel about this because nothing seems to matter right now. Truth doesn’t matter unless – the truth only matters for Trump supporters when it’s a Democrat.”

Lemon is a frequent critic of Trump and his administration and has himself been the subject of Trump attacks. Back in August, Trump tweeted that Lemon was the “dumbest man on television.” And during the 2016 election, the then-candidate also called him a “lightweight” on Twitter and that he was “dumb as a rock.”

Bret Michaels reveals recent struggles with diabetes after performing at charity concert

Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels felt inspired after performing at a charity event to not only get himself in shape, but be open about his medical issues.

The singer, 55, spent his weekend performing at the Toys In The Sun Run charity concert to benefit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. He later revealed on Twitter that he personally donated $5,000 to the cause where he thanked fans, promoters, bikers, veterans and radio volunteers that made the event possible.

On Monday the former “Rock of Love” star wanted to show the world that the event stayed with him after it was over. The star spoke about his own battle with diabetes since he was a child and how he’d allowed it to get a little out of hand recently. However, he noted that the children he saw battling the condition with such bravery inspired him to get his act together.

“I’ve spent the last 3 weeks in & out of emergency rooms with my kidneys & tests on my heart. With over 500,000 injections in my lifetime along with blood tests as a result of having Type 1 #Diabetes since age 6, I’ve been feeling a little down lately physically & spiritually,” he said. “Yesterday spending time in Florida on & off stage with diabetic friends, veterans, especially the kids & their families from @ToysInTheSunRun to benefit @JDCHospital was an amazing moment. Starting today I woke up, got my workout on & my blood sugar right…no more excuses!”

The message came along with a collage showing pictures of Michaels at the event as well as a shirtless picture showing his healthier body.

The donation money came from Michael’s Life Rocks Foundation. According to the foundation’s website, the charity brings money to benefit several causes including diabetes, childhood cancer, military support and pet charities. Most notably, it sends children with diabetes to camps to help them both learn how to manage their condition and socialize with others that are living with diabetes as well.

While Michaels is getting personal about his battle, this is hardly the first time he’s shared his experience working as a rock star with type-1 diabetes.

“It’s all about maintaining a balance,” he told DiabetesHealth in 2008. “That’s the weirdest thing for a rock star to say: ‘balance.’ But as a diabetic rock star, it’s been about balance in my life. For every rose, there’s a thorn: that’s a song we have, and that’s what it is. It’s finding a sense of balance.”