Avengers: Infinity War Deaths From Least to Most Likely

Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 have big stakes, and it's spring cleaning for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Who lives and who dies?

Feature Gavin Jasper
Apr 25, 2018

Whether it ends up good or bad, Avengers: Infinity War will ultimately be a trophy for Marvel pulling off what even today sounds impossible. Even ignoring the 17 seasons worth of TV to spin out of it, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is 19 feature films and climbing as one big overarching continuity. To pull that off after ten years with no signs of slowing down is nothing short of impressive.

While there’s still gas in the tank, not everything can last forever. Everything’s been leading up to Infinity War and with some actors getting ready to leave that world behind, as well as the high stakes of Thanos’ rampage, it means that we’re getting at least a handful of deaths.

So who’s going to die? Looking at the cast of characters (at least the more active ones), I’m going to rank them from least likely to most likely. I’m kinda sorta lumping this in with Avengers 4: The Quest for Peace, since we don’t exactly know where one ends and the other begins and considering it’s coming out a mere year later, I might as well just treat them as the same entity for now.

I’m also talking about real-deal deaths. None of that Infinity Gauntlet “everyone gets horribly murdered but then it’s undone ten minutes later” crap. We’re not Baby Grooting this.

Potential spoilers ahoy!

26. BLACK PANTHER

Hahahahahaha! Oh man, that’s a good one. Now let’s look at someone whose movie didn’t make all the money in the world twice over.

Killing off Black Panther. That’s hilarious. Lump in Shuri and the rest of his supporting cast.

25. SPIDER-MAN

As of this writing, Spider-Man is one of the only confirmed characters to have a movie coming after Avengers 4: Champion Edition (his sequel is due on July 5, 2019). The one and only reason I have him ahead of T’challa is because Peter Parker has a fairly well-known and beloved replacement waiting in the wings with Miles Morales in case of death. Hell, he even has an animated movie coming out this year. That said, Miles isn’t on the table just yet, especially with Sony’s involvement.

Imagine if they did kill him off, though. Imagine the balls.

24. STAR-LORD

Oh, lordy, no.

Guardians isn’t Guardians without Peter Quill. He isn’t tied close enough with the storyline for his death to mean all that much, so if he ever does bite it, it will be in his own series. This is just a vehicle to allow him to interact with fellow Earthlings and little more.

23. GROOT

Man, they’re not going to kill Groot.

He’s already had his emotional death scene years ago. Now he’s become too powerful as a marketing juggernaut that even in a movie where he barely had a role, he probably made them the most amount of merch money. Groot will keep on keeping on and will declare himself for years to come.

22. ROCKET RACCOON

Just as marketable as Groot, but with more pathos to him. Rocket is far too integral to the success of Guardians of the Galaxy and while the final moments of the sequel were kind of about his mortality and how his close friends will love him despite his flaws, I doubt we’ll see him as a smudge on Thanos’ shoe.

Really, just being in the Guardians of the Galaxy, which has yet to complete its trilogy, is plot armor enough for most of the team.

21. DOCTOR STRANGE AND WONG

We’re probably getting a Doctor Strange sequel at some point and that’s reason enough to keep him around, but even if it wasn’t, he’s too much of a unique staple in Marvel’s tapestry to just remove. They barely got their wheels in motion with him and if you kill him, then what? Who even takes over?

It’s not like Iron Man, Cap, or even Spider-Man where there’s an easy replacement. The closest thing we have to a magic hero is Scarlet Witch and her deal is more power-based than magic. Mordo could have worked, but he’s gone vengeful and crazy.

Strange lives and Wong lives with him to give him someone knowledgeable to play off of.

20. ANT-MAN AND WASP

They’re surely safe, but the real question is what the connection is between Infinity War and their own movie. They’re in Infinity War, but haven’t been played up outside of some promotional stuff for Entertainment Weekly. Their movie is directly after the Infinity War cliffhanger and is the last Marvel movie for eight months until Captain Marvel and Avengers 4.

At most, Hank Pym might bite it, but these two heroes are too fresh as a duo to be so violently discarded.

19. MANTIS

Mantis appears to be a little too new and half-baked to just kill.

She has a lot of potential, but she didn’t do enough in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and got way too much inadvertent abuse from Drax to be thrown to the wolves so easily. She has a story to tell and it’s only just started.

18. SCARLET WITCH

Wanda should be fine. In terms of Earth-based characters who don’t have their own solo properties, she has to be the safest. It just wouldn’t be a good look otherwise. In her movie appearances, Scarlet Witch has been constantly victimized or manipulated in one way or another. She lost her parents, lost her brother, destroyed her reputation, lost her freedom twice over, and her romantic interest doesn’t look like he’ll be having a good time in the near future.

I don’t expect Scarlet Witch to be a top-ranking member of the Avengers any time soon, but she has to live a lot more before she can die.

17. GAMORA

Being Thanos’ adopted daughter, Gamora is a pretty big player here. That’s good for her, since she’s gotten the short stick as part of the Guardians crew.

What’s especially good news about her future is that she’s too established as the straight-woman of the team. Yeah, she’s also the romantic interest of Star-Lord, but it’s her status as being the least goofy member of the Guardians that makes her way too important to simply knock off the board.

16. BUCKY BARNES

Even ignoring the many movies left on Sebastian Stan’s contract, Bucky is in the same situation as Scarlet Witch. He’s been shit on for so long that we need to see him live his life before it can be snuffed out. Sure, you could argue that sacrificing himself against Thanos’ forces would be a great redemption for something that ultimately wasn’t his fault, but it would make his life way too tragic.

After decades of being a mind-wiped terrorist, his only peace has been found in laying low. Even being accepted in Wakanda is nothing more than a stop-gap as he’s a tortured puzzle piece trying to find where he fits in. He needs some real direction and perhaps being the new Captain America will do that.

15. THOR

If Thor: Ragnarok wasn’t as melt-your-face-off awesome as it was, Thor would be a prime contender for a goner. Chris Hemsworth himself seemed about ready to step away until Taika Waititi helped him bring some new life to the character and his supporting cast. Thor as a concept seems more energized and we could hopefully get a few more years out of him.

Thor is supposedly getting the most screentime of the heroes and while I expect him to get his ass absolutely handed to him to prove how tough Thanos really is, Thor dying wouldn’t have the same gut-punch as the other two main Avengers.

14. BLACK WIDOW

Marvel’s been on the fence about a Black Widow solo movie for a long time, but even if they weren’t, Natasha’s death would just fall flat in such a massive situation like this. Outside of setting off the Hulk more than usual, I don’t see much of a point in killing her off. She’s been a regular player in this whole saga, but with little in terms of the Infinity Stones drama.

I don’t know, if they pull the trigger, it’ll be killing for the sake of killing and I figure she’ll come out of things alive.

13. FALCON

Sam Wilson somehow feels too important and too unimportant to die. Despite being Steve Rogers’ other, less-problematic best friend, Falcon is also the midcarder of the Avengers roster. He’s a bit on the expendable side, but my gut tells me there are big plans for him ahead. After all, if Captain America is on the chopping block – and he isn’t Captain America in an official, government sanctioned sense – then someone will have to step up.

Falcon and Bucky have both recently taken up the mantle in the comics and they both fit as taking over in the narrative. Considering the rivalry the two have as is, keeping them alive is probably the best in the long run for the sense of playing with that dynamic.

12. WAR MACHINE

Okay, so War Machine did get his ass killed by Thanos in the comics. That’s some definite precedent to say that he very much could get croaked in a Thanos-centered story. On the other hand, Rhodey has already played the role of the victim in a giant superhero fracas. He ended up getting it the worst in Civil War, lucky enough to only suffer paralysis.

War Machine could very easily get taken out here, but having him barely survive just so he can die on a slightly bigger stage isn’t all that inspired.

11. HAWKEYE

Fool me twice...

So in Age of Ultron, the meta gag was that the script put in as many death flags as possible to make you think that Clint Barton was going to get taken out by murderbots. It was a big fakeout and Quicksilver bit the dust instead. Well done and it worked out, since Hawkeye became so much more likeable in Civil War.

Now Hawkeye is setting off alarms again. He isn’t in the trailers. He isn’t on the poster. He isn’t even credited on the poster. All he has going for him is a tiny appearance on that giant poster from months back and an IMDB credit. He may be flinging arrows, but there’s one big arrow pointing right at him. Dude’s seemingly about to be Johnny Cage’d.

Or is this just another trick?

10. VALKYRIE

For what it’s worth, IMDB doesn’t have Tessa Thompson as listed and that could really go either way. She could get killed off-screen, but that would be pretty bold considering what a hit she was in Ragnarok. Also, her fate is tied into that of the Asgardian refugees. They could very much get snuffed out by Thanos’ forces, but that would kind of kill the ending of Ragnarok and that would leave a real bad taste.

Save us from another Alien 3, Russo Brothers!

9. HULK

At the very least, Hulk will survive into Avengers 4: The Criminal Projective. Kevin Feige has gone on record to saying that Ragnarok/Infinity War/Avengers 4 is a trilogy for Hulk’s character arc. Does that arc end with sacrifice? That’s a tough one to crack. Hulk has some issues keeping him from starring in his own movie, but that doesn’t mean he should be wiped out. Like Black Widow, he feels too important as a supporting character to that whole world.

Besides, forget about the trilogy arc. From the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Banner’s been trying to kill himself. His failed suicide attempt being bookended with a meaningful suicide could happen, but I see him as probably finding closure in his story by surviving and learning to live with what he is.

8. NEBULA

Nebula is a tricky one. Initial guesswork suggests that they might just as well go with the plot point of Infinity Gauntlet where Nebula is able to wrest the Infinity Stones from Thanos and becomes the new threat, thereby setting up the cliffhanger. With her cinematic take, that would be rather frightening. Despite the horrors that Thanos represents, he comes off as more of an uncaring God while Nebula’s raw emotion and hatred would make her into a malevolent God. Both bad, but one worse.

Whatever her path, it doesn’t look good for her. She could potentially survive on the side of the heroes, but otherwise she either falls at Thanos’ hand or falls against everyone else in Avengers 4: Tokyo Drift. Either die an antihero or live long enough to become the mega-villain.

7. KRAGLIN

If the Guardians of the Galaxy are the Space Avengers, then I guess Kraglin is like Agent Coulson in that he was kind of a minor side character who gradually won people over enough to get a bigger role and then when the Avengers movie comes around—oh no.

Sean Gunn will still get work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 since he does the Rocket mocap work, but he’s easily the most expendable member of the team. Then again, he’s such a minor member that he might not even show up in Infinity War in any major way.

6. DRAX THE DESTROYER

Of all the likely names to drop dead, this one fills me with the most dread. Drax is such a lovable character and addition to the Guardians of the Galaxy, but if anyone from that team is getting taken out, it’s him. After Ronan’s death, Drax made it apparent that he was driven by his need to one-up it and go after Thanos. Since then, he’s remained a great ally and friend to the rest of the team, but he hasn’t added much outside of comic relief.

As awesome as that scene is in Annihilation, we’re most certainly not going to get to see Drax punch his hand through Thanos’ back and push out his heart. Drax is going to fail and his failure will likely be fatal. Guardians 3 may have to go on without him and that Disneyland ride will suddenly be less fun.

5. VISION

Vision is the most obvious victim. Since his introduction in Age of Ultron, we’ve known that he’s on borrowed time. He has the Mind Stone sticking out of his head in a storyline based on the villain getting all the Infinity Stones. The first trailer even shows him getting the thing torn out of his skull.

We know he’s in for a bad time, but is he going to die? It’s not inconceivable that he can exist without the gem. His girlfriend has powers that could maybe keep him alive and the trailer shows that Vision will have something to do with Shuri in Wakanda. If anyone could figure out how to keep that android in action, it’s Shuri. Then Vision can learn about internet memes and make jokes about steamed hams.

4. HEIMDALL

Heimdall has death written all over him. Ragnarok has been about doing away with the old guard of Thor movies and while most of Thor’s old friends have been killed off with extremely little fanfare (with one straight-up forgotten about!), Heimdall survived with only minutes of screentime to his name. Why? Because he’s played by a star who is ultimately too big for this role.

Heimdall won’t be starring in his own movie any time soon and there isn’t much reason to keep him around. Thor could easily survive, but his all-seeing buddy can see the writing on the wall.

3. LOKI

The movies practically spell it out that Loki is screwed. As Tony Stark puts it in the first Avengers, “There's no throne, there is no version of this where you come out on top.” As Ragnarok points out at the end, Loki is in an awkward situation. He’s too good to be flat-out evil, but he’s done too much evil to be flat-out good. If his role as Thanos’ underling is to screw over Thanos for the sake of taking the Gauntlet, it won’t jibe. If he’s going to screw Thanos over to save the world, he’s still going to be known as the guy who devastated New York City, so his forgiveness will only go so far.

Loki’s best course of action would probably be to pull off his master plan from Siege: die heroically so that he can be reborn as a younger version of himself, allowing him to start anew.

2. CAPTAIN AMERICA

Chris Evans has stated that he’s finished with the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Avengers 4: Die, Darkman, Die. So, hey, at least he’ll survive one movie! Avengers 4: The Search for Spaceballs 2 will probably be his final stand, though, and it makes plenty of sense. Steve Rogers’ first “death” made him a legend as the ultimate representative of the United States in a very black-and-white war. Having him stripped of his government backing, having him considered a war criminal and a traitor due to his insistence on doing what’s right despite being told not to by bureaucrats, and then being instrumental in saving the goddamn universe at the cost of his life, would make him the absolute ideal.

His death would have the most meaning and hit the hardest. Still, with time manipulation in effect, his second death could just as well be a correction of his first: sending him back to his correct time and allowing him to live out his natural life. We certainly wouldn’t need Chris Evans by the end of that.

1. IRON MAN

Robert Downey Jr. is about done with the role and Tony Stark won’t stop until he’s dead. No, really, his movie trilogy ended with him retiring and that idea went to hell in his next appearance. Tony Stark can’t settle down. He won’t truly allow it. He wouldn’t know what to do with himself.

Iron Man’s going to die and it will probably take place in Infinity War. Either way, it’ll be symbolic that the man who started this cinematic universe and was practically the host of it all will give his life in the 10-year anniversary that this whole series has been leading to.

That of course leaves Thanos and his henchmen, who don’t seem worth including on this list because they’re the outright villains of this mess. Thanos will lose, but it’ll be interesting to see whether he gets killed off or if he gets the iconic farmer epilogue from the comics.

Gavin Jasper has his hopes set on Howard the Duck saving the day. Follow Gavin on Twitter!

The Behind the Scenes Troubles of Ace Ventura 2

Jim Carrey didn’t make a movie sequel for nearly 20 years after Ace Ventura 2. But then Ace Ventura 2 wasn’t a fun film to make…

Feature Simon Brew
Apr 25, 2018

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Up until 2014’s Dumb And Dumber To, Jim Carrey had almost always declined the opportunity to appear in sequels to his own movies. He had taken sequel roles on in franchises – Batman Forever and Kick-Ass 2 – but he’d resisted making follow-ups to The Grinch, The Mask and – for a long time – Dumb And Dumber as well.

I wonder if part of the reason for that was the bumpy behind the scenes story of Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, the one direct sequel that he did opt to make. It was a fast follow-up to his breakthrough movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, that was only released itself early in 1994. Following that, The Mask landed in cinemas in the summer of that year (by which time he was also knee deep in making Dumb And Dumber), and within six months, Carrey had gone from relative obscurity to global megastar.

Morgan Creek and Warner Bros wanted to cash in, and cash in quickly. It thus put the wheels in motion for Ace Ventura 2, and quickly went about tying Carrey into the project. Carrey was in a much stronger negotiating position this time around, and as a consequence, he took advice and asked for a $15 million payday. That was at the suggestion of Carrey’s friend, Steve Oedekerk, and Morgan Creek quickly paid up. Just a few months later, incidentally, Carrey would become the first actor to receive $20 million up front for a single film role, for taking on the title part in The Cable Guy. That’s a film worth an article in its own right.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls had an overall budget of $30 million, and Carrey had been allocated half of that. And with his new superstar status came fresh influence. He was given director approval and settled on Tom DeCerchio to make his directorial debut. He wasn’t the only candidate in contention. The Farrelly Brothers, who had just wrapped Dumb And Dumber at the time, declined the opportunity to direct the film, for instance, through a mix of scheduling – they were prepping the terrific Kingpin at the time – and feeling the material wasn’t quite for them. Just last year, meanwhile, Carrey confirmed that he’d spoken to a then-young Spike Jonze about taking the job on, but that he wasn’t convinced by him at that stage. “I’ve been kicking myself ever since," Carrey said, unsurprising given that Being John Malkovich was just a few years away at the time.

It’s worth noting that Carrey was reportedly not keen to embark on making Ace Ventura 2, but with a director and script in place, filming began in late March of 1995, with a Christmas release date on the horizon. There was not much time to waste. As it turned out, a lot of time was nonetheless wasted.

Georgianna Robertson, Ian McNeice and Simon Callow were cast in supporting roles, but problems soon started to mount up. Robertson, as reported in Premiere magazine back in its July 1995 issue, was quickly released from the film, with the magazine’s report suggesting that she “never made it to rehearsals” and “reportedly couldn’t get her lines right." It looks like her role was the one that Sophie Okonedo ultimately took.

Carrey, too, wasn’t happy on set. Simon Callow talked about this in his memoir, Shooting The Actor, in which he recalled how he arrived on set to quickly sense that all was not right. Carrey, he noted, “was at war with the director and the producers." After a few days of filming, Callow took a quick trip back to England. When he returned, there had been a significant change in personnel.

DeCerchio had not had the easiest of times. Going back to that Premiere report, it noted that “Carrey would come to the set and find that he would have to reblock many of the scenes," and crucially, not the scenes he was in. The scenes that Carrey was watching in the dailies apparently “dismayed him." Tom DeCerchio’s side of the argument was never put across in that article, though, nor does he appear to have spoken about it publicly since.

A change of director was quickly arranged (DeCerchio would go on to direct Celtic Pride not long after), with Steve Oedekerk – who had co-written the script – offered the chance to make his directorial debut instead. Oedekerk, incidentally, had already earned Morgan Creek a fine on the first film from the Writers Guild of America, for being credited as "creative consultant."

Oedekerk and Carrey went away for a weekend to work out what needed to be done, and – notably – what needed to be redone. Work began again on the movie, but Carrey apparently wasn’t a happy figure on set.

In Callow’s words, “[Carrey] believed, rightly or wrongly, that having paid him a sum of money beyond computation to make this sequel, they were stinting on everything else—props, studio, time. The atmosphere was somewhat strained. Jim was often ill. We shot reaction shots to scenes we had never played. Whenever Jim returned, he was possessed of a manic comic energy many times beyond what you see on the screen."

But then Carrey was struggling to come to terms with his new-found celebrity whilst the film was being shot, and had a deadline to hit as he was needed to do promotional work for Batman Forever too. As delays began to mount, one or two wags on set began calling the film they were working on Ace Ventura Forever instead. It was not a happy shoot. To the point where everything was six weeks behind.

Callow noted that he had a commitment in the UK, and the production company behind Ace Ventura 2 encouraged him to go back and forth as required to meet it. He wouldn’t discover until later that the price of the first class flights he’d had booked were being deducted from his salary. It cost him money to make the film, not helped too by the production company also failing to reimburse him for an extra scene they asked for, that Callow broke off his holiday in Italy to film. Under contract terms, Carrey’s illnesses and thus the production overruns were decreed ‘Acts of God’, which meant there was no liability to pay overtime or extra expenses. This wasn’t, it seems, declared upfront however, although an expensive lawyer presumably insisted it was all written into the deal.

The film did hit its deadline in the end, but it didn’t seem to be a happy ship. By the time it arrived in cinemas, Carrey was done with the Ace Ventura character, and so was Steve Oedekerk. Arriving to lesser reviews than the original – although there is one gloriously funny, brilliantly crude scene in it involving an animal’s backside – the film was a big hit though, and Carrey’s star continued to shine.

But this was still a film that Carrey seemed not to like. He was reportedly uncomfortable with the depiction of native characters in the movie, nor did he apparently understand why the character of Ace would be afraid of bats. He’s not outright declared that he didn’t like the film, but tellingly, he’s not involved at all in reported plans for an Ace Ventura reboot. Nor would he make a sequel to one of his movies again for nearly two decades.

Still, as Simon Callow would note, “the very expensive Ace Ventura, Pet Detective Two was held to be less enjoyable than its very cheap predecessor." He might just have a point there...

Sense8 Finale Date, Teaser, and Everything We Know

Saved from cancellation, cult Netflix series, Sense8, will receive some amount of closure when its finale airs in June.

News Shamus Kelley
Apr 25, 2018

Back in June of 2017 Netflix cancelled Sense8 and the fan outcry was immediate. Hashtags were started, campaigns mounted, and Netflix was bombarded with e-mails and calls. It's no surprise, since season two was left on such a major cliffhanger, that fans desperately wanted some kind of resolution. Lana Wachowski, one of the creators of Sense8, confirmed the ratings weren't there for Sense8 in its first two seasons but that fans made enough of an outcry that Netflix would at least give the creative team a way to wrap up the story. How much it wraps up the story is still up in the air, since the series was originally planned to last for five seasons. Hopefully Lana and the others give the series some sense of closure, since they barely got this special to happen. 

Then out of nowhere the Sense8 twitter posted that a two hour special would be released this year.

All we know for now is we'll find out what happens to Wolfgang.

No matter what happens, you did it Sense8 fans. This two hour special wouldn't be happening without you.

Sense8 Finale Release Date

Now we know that the film will be released on Netflix June 9th worldwide.

Check out the poster...

Sense8 Finale Trailer

We've also got a teaser for the movie below.

It doesn't reveal too much but there's enough shots of the action being filmed that it looks like it'll be an amazing ride. Everyone is back and this whole movie is truly a love letter to the fans.

Oh my god does Shamus Kelley cry. He cries all the time. Follow him on Twitter!  

Former Auburn forward Desean Murray transfers to C-USA school

Desean Murray will play out his final year of eligibility in the third conference of his collegiate career.

Joss Whedon Defends 2006 Wonder Woman Script

Joss Whedon stands by his 2006 Wonder Woman screenplay, saying he loves it even if some folks don't think it's woke enough today.

News David Crow
Apr 25, 2018

Perhaps more than any director in the modern blockbuster landscape, Joss Whedon has been the most at the center of the superhero movie boom. After all, he is the only one who has directed for Marvel and (to a degree) DC properties in the last six years, helming the first two Avengers and stepping in for significant reshoots on Justice League. But his extension goes beyond what actually made it to screen—he also has a history of unproduced superhero screenplays including, most famously, Wonder Woman.

Long before Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot’s well received Wonder Woman, there was a 2006 screenplay masterminded by Whedon, which notably would have been set in the modern world (as opposed to the World War I context of the eventual 2017 film) and had been told as much from the perspective of Steve Trevor, a political activist who helps Diana get over her privilege, as from the vantage of Wonder Woman. Many—including our own Kayti Burt—had some issues with the screenplay that hit the internet after the release of the popular 2017 movie. Still, Joss Whedon is happy to defend it.

“I don’t know which parts people didn’t like, but I went and reread the script after I heard there was a backlash,” Whedon told Variety. “I think it’s great. People say it’s not woke enough, [but] I think they’re not looking at the big picture. It’s easy to take one phrase out of context—and not that I was the most woke individual who ever lived at that time 10 years ago, but the movie has integrity and the characters have integrity, and I stand by it.”

This is a fair defense considering that it is a 12-year-old screenplay that was still early in the process that we’re contrasting with a much more politically aware, and fully fleshed out, film that was released in the last 12 months. One month at the time that the older screenplay first hit the internet. So Whedon is gracious to stand by it when questions dig it out of the past, especially when asked to compare it to Jenkins’ film. By his telling of it, he didn’t even think of his screenplay while watching the 2017 movie, saying he was having too “great a time.”

Nevertheless, we’re pretty happy we ended up with the Patty Jenkins version of Wonder Woman instead. Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 2 is due on November 1, 2019.

Tales Of The City: New Season Lands at Netflix

A new instalment of Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City is on the way, with stars Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis reprising their roles.

News Kirsten Howard
Apr 25, 2018

There hasn't been a new instalment of Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City on TV since 2001, and Netflix has decided that now is the perfect time to bring it back.

A new 10-episode series will see stars Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis reprise their roles as Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal. Barbara Garrick (DeDe Halcyon Day), who featured in the 1994 miniseries, will also return, alongside new addition Ellen Page (Inception, The Umbrella Academy).

Here's the official synopsis...

Based on the books by Armistead Maupin, this next chapter - Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City - follows Mary Ann (Laura Linney), who returns home to San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian, twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann returns home to her chosen family and will quickly be drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) and the residents of 28 Barbary Lane.

Lauren Morelli (Orange Is The New Black) will be the writer, showrunner, and executive producer on Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City, with Alan Poul returning to direct.

The first three Tales From The City series, and indeed the best-selling novels they were based on, were pretty groundbreaking at the time, addressing LGBT issues and depicting LGBT relationships that were still majorly absent from cultural reflection.

Filming will get underway later this year, and Netflix is hoping to have the new series ready for release in 2019.

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Rupert Grint’s Snatch Season 3 Renewed

Will we ever get tired of typing "Rupert Grint's Snatch"? It's...unlikely, at this rate, as a third season is on the way.

News Kirsten Howard
Apr 25, 2018

There's room for a third helping of Rupert Grint's Snatch on Sony's streaming service, Crackle. The man with the plans (who is also an executive producer on the series) announced the season 3 renewal news on the show's Twitter account yesterday, also offering up an exclusive new clip from season 2.

Let our Rupert explain (and feel free to click to embiggen, if it's easier)...

Snatch is now set in Spain’s Costa del Sol, and that's where Grint filmed that little intro for us. Doesn't seem like a bad job, does it? Probably preferable to trudging around in the UK's drizzle during his 900 years of production on the Harry Potter flicks.

The show continues to be a unexpected smash for Sony Crackle, so we'll have more news on Snatch it as it arrives!

Han Solo Star Alden Ehrenreich Signed for Three Star Wars Movies

Aldrn Ehrenreich might be playing Han Solo for a few years after Solo: A Star Wars Story...

News Simon Brew
Apr 25, 2018

Now this is interesting. The first of Disney’s Star Wars films away from the strict Skywalker narrative was Star Wars: Rogue One, a one-off self-contained story that acted as a prequel to A New Hope, but one that worked in a completely standalone way from the other films.

The second spin-off, though, sees Alden Ehrenreich playing a young Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story, that arrives in theaters next month. And the thing is, it may not be the last we’ve seen of young Solo. For in an interview with Esquire, Ehrenreich has confirmed that he has a multi-picture Star Wars deal.

“Three," he revealed, when asked how many films he was signed up for. “I don’t know if that’s officially, uh, public. But, yeah”.

Well it’s public now. Presumably, Lucasfilm has in mind that somewhere down the line there could be further adventures of young Han Solo, although no such project has thus far been announced. We can speculate that he may be a character that weaves into other planned prequels if you like, but we’ve got no knowledge of that, and wouldn’t want to mislead you. It's always worth noting that Lucasfilm has long wanted to make a Boba Fett movie, though, and there's plenty of opportunity to put Han in something like that.

Still, expect a fair amount of Han Solo in the coming years. It all starts with Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 24th. The full schedule of upcoming Star Wars movies can be found here.

Kanye West Slams Media, Compares Himself To Steve Jobs In Latest Twitter Rant

Kanye West Second Twitter Rant

Kanye West can’t stop tweeting! This Wednesday the rapper went on a second bizarre social media outburst, blasting the media, calling out his haters and comparing himself to geniuses like Steve Jobs and Walt Disney!

“I no longer have a manager. I can’t be managed,” wrote West, 40, this April 25. “I’m nobody’s ‘client.'”

When followers began questioning his messages, the singer explained: “Yes I got rid of my last lawyer why? Because he wouldn’t come to work full time. I also asked my last manager to come work full time for Yeezy of course the last lawyer and manager said no. So now I hired a CEO and a CFO and i have two full time lawyers as of now.”

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He later went on to brag about his clothing brand, Yeezy, for which wife Kim Kardashian modeled.

We have 160 positions to fill by the end of the year. Yeezy will hit a billion dollars this year. It is the 2nd fastest growing company in history. It is a unicorn on its way to becoming a decacorn,” wrote West.

His bragging didn’t stop there.

“I am currently the single highest paid person in footwear. That means I make more money on shoes than Michael Jordan,” the star tweeted.

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West — whose opened up about his admiration for Donald Trump — also wrote: “there’s been a lot of fake news so I just wanted to give you the facts. Yeezy will become the biggest apparel company in human history by working with the most genius level talents and creating product at an affordable price. I hired the head of supply chain from the Gap.”

Following a series of odd, seemingly incoherent phrases, West added: “I am this generations Ford Hughes Jobs Disney.”

After comparing himself to some of the world’s biggest icons and geniuses, West took a strange pause in his rant to tweet a photo of his daughter, North West, holding a lady bug. Then, he continued bragging about his brand, calling Yeezy “the future.”

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As RadarOnline.com previously reported, fans and pals began to worry West was suffering another meltdown following his first Twitter rant last week — but now the messaged have got even stranger!

Do you think Kanye West is doing okay? What is the point of his wild Twitter rant? Let us know in the comments below.

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The Vampire Diaries: the highs, lows and loves of 8 seasons

Now that the dust has just about settled on 8 seasons of The Vampire Diaries, Caroline sees how it stacked up. Spoilers ahead...

Feature Caroline Preece
Apr 25, 2018

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Warning: contains spoilers.

It’s sometimes hard to look, really look, at a show while it’s still going on. For one, there’s still story left to tell and circles left to complete, but there are also troubles and triumphs that don’t become clear until you take a step back and look at the full picture.

The Vampire Diaries wrapped up for good last year, and the dust has just about settled. How well does it hold together, and will it remembered as more than silly sub-Twilight fare? Let’s have a look.

Torn between two brothers (feeling like a fool)

Let’s start where the show itself started - with Elena Gilbert and her two vampire suitors. Before The Vampire Diaries, teen bloodsuckers tended to fall into two categories. The first was the Edward Cullen-type, dark and broody but also incredibly endearing and romantic. He probably struggled with his true nature, and intense self-flagellation would follow the occasional binge.

The second was Buffy's Spike-type, a more dangerous vampire who takes gleeful pleasure in killing his victims but had a certain smoulder that’s impossible to resist. Both of these character types are quickly ‘woobified’ (adopted and endlessly apologised for) by the fandom, and battle lines will be drawn over who the heroine should ultimately have her happy ever after with.

All of this happened in The Vampire Diaries’ first season. In a sped-up version of Buffy’s own arcs with Angel and Spike, the first 22-episodes featured Stefan falling in love with Elena, revealing that he had a bit of a problem with blood, turn dark, be forced into ‘rehab’, and then return to his hero status. Damon, meanwhile, was redeemed enough by his own love for Elena that she started to have feelings for him also.

The love triangle was baked into the premise, but somewhere along the way the writers realised they could play around with expectations and play the long-game with its heroine’s affections.

So the love triangle itself was never the issue, but the lengths to which the show went in order to leave it unresolved bordered on the ridiculous after more than five seasons. After years of indecision, we’re told that Elena chose Stefan in the season three finale because she’d met him first, but then we discover that a prior meeting with Damon had been wiped from her memory. After becoming a vampire she decides that Damon’s more her speed, but then an ancient prophecy pulls her and Stefan back together.

It eventually settled, but the endless to-ing and fro-ing, apparently in service to the rabid fanbase that had developed for both couples online, betrayed what could have been a beautiful story of a girl growing out of one kind of love and into another. The safe choice versus the person who challenges you to grow. That’s what we got by the end, more or less, but getting there could be a slog at times.

Vampirism as metaphor

In sharp contrast with the Bella Swanns of the literary world, Elena remained adamant throughout the first four seasons of the show that she didn’t under any circumstances want to become a member of the undead herself. After straddling the line between both worlds for years, the show’s heroine was thrown headfirst into one full of misguided passion, hedonism and murderous impulse - as good a metaphor for adulthood as any.

But where Buffy may have used its supernatural elements to explore the horrors of experiencing high school, The Vampire Diaries was a little more nebulous with its metaphors.

At any one time the show could use a vampire’s ability to turn their emotions off at will as a metaphor for numbing depression and grief, falling off the wagon or just giving up on humanity entirely. The first was always the most interesting, with Elena flipping the switch after Jeremy’s death and Caroline doing the same when her mother died from cancer.

Elena turned into a vampire at just the point where adulthood was threatening to become not just something she could watch from afar, but something that would bring more pain and heartbreak into her life than she knew how to handle. Your early twenties are hard, and more often than not life finds a way to break us down until we’re tempted to stop caring about anything at all.

Then somewhere along the way you realise that the heartache is just a byproduct of all the good things about being alive. Love, family, friendship, the chance for redemption - by not feeling anything at all, you don’t just miss out on the bad stuff. That’s the story The Vampire Diaries wanted to tell, and Elena’s arc demonstrated it beautifully.

Caroline Forbes - better dead than alive

With a story that runs parallel to Elena’s, Caroline Forbes should be remembered as the bigger-than-big swing that the show took in season two, and one of its most enormous achievements.

Introduced as the total opposite to Elena - brash, sexualised and insecure - Caroline was separate from the main story for most of its first season. She had been abused, used and abandoned, but she wasn’t a main player in the same way that Bonnie was. Then Katherine killed her and, ironically, her character came truly alive for the first time.

Caroline’s story was one of self-empowerment, and of how letting go of all the stuff that doesn’t matter can open up the world to so many more joys. Over the course of eight seasons, Caroline Forbes was the best friend, the best girlfriend and the best hero of them all, and watching her struggles was made all the more powerful for that fact.

Of all the main players, her story is the least finished, with a strong chance that she will find her happy ending with an old flame in New Orleans. But even if that doesn’t happen, it was a great story and one that shows how a big risk early on can pay off for years.

The other loves

Shipping culture hasn’t ruined television, but there’s a strong argument that television’s response to shipping culture has, on many occasions, ruined itself. One of the best things about Buffy in retrospect was the way it broke couples up organically when it was the right time, and showing how different phases of our lives call for different human connections. When showrunners put audience reaction before story cohesion things start to fall apart, and The Vampire Diaries to its credit managed to dodge this problem more often than not.

The slow build to Stefan and Caroline’s romance was the height of this, and a rare gem for modern TV, as the writers resisted the urge to push them together simply because of their natural chemistry and strong following online. Instead, they stuck to their guns with the Stefan/Elena/Damon love triangle, for better or worse, and spent almost six entire seasons building up to the ‘Steroline’ union.

At this point, the pair were well-established and beloved characters apart from each other, and their romance felt earned in a way other relationships later in the series run didn’t.

One thing The Vampire Diaries always remembered was that not all loves are 'epic loves', and soulmates come in different forms. Human Caroline needed sweet Matt Donovan, and new-vamp Caroline needed a newly turned Tyler. Caroline and Stefan was a romance based on deep, intimate friendship and, while she was Stefan’s final love, he will not be hers.

Long-form storytelling has a unique opportunity to tell these kinds of stories, of people falling in and out of love infinite times over the course of a life, and this was a great example.

Team Human

When showrunner Julie Plec announced that she would never, ever kill off Matt Donovan, it was hard to believe her. Without the benefit of the immortality rings given to Jeremy and Alaric for their protection, Matt was always the one in the firing line - the pure, white knight that would pack just the right punch should the writers decide to off him at just the right emotional moment.

But Plec was true to her word, and Matt was there until the end to represent Team Human even as his friends were slowly turned into vampires, witches, werewolves and hunters.

Those characters - Alaric, Jeremy and Matt - were the thing that stopped the show from becoming too removed from reality, and that kept Mystic Falls as a town rather than just a place where the action goes down. They were there to remind us that people were dying, and the world was not as it was when they were innocent teenagers just trying to make it to class.

Each of them served Elena’s story in some way, and so they were left somewhat adrift when she left the show. Still, keeping the star’s childhood sweetheart, brother and father-figure as normal and human as possible was a good move, always keeping her anchored to the real world.

What the hell was going on with Tyler?

Romantic hero, outsider vigilante or abusive boyfriend? The show couldn’t decide what to do with Tyler and the audience couldn’t keep up. Before a shockingly unceremonious death in the final season, Tyler was a walking example of toxic masculinity passed down through the generations. Descended from a line of werewolves and bullied by his father, his powers were only introduced after he’d taken a life.

All of that was good, picking up the traditional metaphor of werewolves as a stand-in for anger management. But Tyler quickly became a walking vengeance machine on a show that not only gave the object of his wrath (Klaus, who killed his mother and slept with his girlfriend) his own spin-off, but never really cared what its protagonists deserved over what they meant to each other.

Having a character turn against vampires and constantly bring up their atrocities never, ever worked on The Vampire Diaries, with Matt going down a similarly infuriating path during the seventh season. This was a story about some really bad people who were trying to be a little bit better, and Tyler’s vendetta against Klaus just didn’t make sense on that level.

It didn’t help that he was also one of the characters with the most muddled supernatural trajectory. One minute he was a human, then a werewolf, then a hybrid, then a human again. He finished off as a werewolf (I think) after killing his girlfriend at the time so that the werewolf curse would heal him. Classy ‘til the end.

Tyler had his fans, of course, and the internet was full of ‘Forwood’ shippers once upon a time, but with all of the characters that had their presence reduced in later years, Tyler may have gotten off the worst.

Doppelgangland

The Doppelgangers got a bit silly after a while, around the time when the show was using them to tell us Elena and Stefan were fated from the very beginning, but it was never a bad day when Katherine came to visit. Sultry, evil and completely lacking in remorse, she was the dark secret in the Salvatore’s closet, and a force of nature whenever she was on screen.

The character more than anything showed off what a talent we had in the form of Nina Dobrev, who managed to portray two entirely separate characters so convincingly that the audience sometimes forgot they were the same actress. Orphan Black pulled this off on an even larger scale, but my God, Dobrev was good.

The show always found new things to do with her, whether that was holding up a dark mirror to Elena or aggravating the love triangle situation. When given the cure, she was suddenly forced to confront mortality as she rapidly aged, but even then the series refused to redeem her in the same way as Damon.

Katherine was an excellent villain but also an excellent character, with a tragic backstory that didn’t negate her present-day antics and a love for life you could almost root for.

If it ain’t broke

Oh season seven. The closest thing this always-crazy show got to a gas-leak season, Elena’s departure at the end of season six appeared to send a flurry of strange ideas into the writers' room and resulted in some of the most divisive decisions of the show’s entire run.

Candice King’s real-life pregnancy somehow resulted in her becoming the surrogate for Alaric’s dead but mystical twins, Stefan discovered he had almost been a father with a character we’d previously known nothing about, and Bonnie was somehow now in love with Enzo. Some of these twists worked better than others, but there were a heck of a lot of misfires along the way.

The lesson of both this and the college era all teen shows attempt at some point was that fans like familiar sets and new takes on old dynamics. Throwing a bunch of new characters into the mix rarely if ever works, and throwing characters together who’d previously never spoken is just going to give audiences whiplash.

Time jumps can be exciting and often help to freshen up stale, ageing series, but very little about the execution here felt right or earned.

The villains

 

The  Vampire Diaries had a problem with its villains in later seasons, due mostly to how successful it had been during the first couple of years. Everything the writers had learned from the tomb vampires in season one was applied to The Originals, which was then copied over and over again until all we could do was wish for a decent, maniacal villain who wasn’t just trying to unite their family.

In came Kai, who was a complete lightning bolt for the show during season six. Benefiting from the equally intriguing Damon/Bonnie in the 90s subplot, Kai was refreshing in that he was just really, unapologetically evil. Very little attempt was made to make us feel sorry for him, and his plot in the sixth season finale led to many huge consequences for the show that lasted right up until the end.

I’m sure it’s no accident that Kai and Katherine were the two villains brought back for the final season, despite Chris Wood’s commitments on Supergirl, as The Vampire Diaries always did know a good thing when they stumbled upon it.

The Originals

One of the best things The Vampire Diaries ever pulled off was the introduction of the Mikaelson family. I still remember the thrill of Elijah’s first introduction in season two, and the genuine threat that Klaus presented in those subsequent episodes. It was also the first time that the show managed to make its audience genuinely care for the season’s bad guys, humanising them to an extent that shouldn’t be possible with ancient supervillains with unlimited power.

When the writers saw audience reaction, Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah were quickly woven into the main plot. Klaus and Caroline became a thing, and Rebekah fell for nice guy Matt.

In the end, the family stuck around as very big fish in a very small pond for a little too long before being shuffled off to bigger, more brazenly Shakespearean matters over in New Orleans, but while they resided in Mystic Falls they provided such heightened story opportunities and character interactions that it was a wrench to see them go. For many fans, the parent show never recovered.

There’s a reason why, after all these years, people are still clamouring to see a reunion between Klaus and Caroline (they got their wish in the season premiere of The Originals’ final season), and yet another spin-off has been announced to follow. The Mikaelsons were really lightning in a bottle, the happiest of accidents.

What the hell was going on with Enzo?

 

So he was in love with Damon, right? That’s my hill and I’m dying on it.

When introduced, Enzo was an intriguing and dynamic presence that quickly turned into a whiny, self-woobifying mess that the writers clearly didn’t know what to do with. A different character every season, it was impossible to keep track of who Enzo was and what he cared about, and he became more plot device than character before the end.

That’s not to say that his relationship with Bonnie wasn’t handled as well as possible, or that male characters shouldn’t be fridged in the service of female ones from time to time, but the outsider romantic hero he became was far away from the Damon-obsessed vampire he’d come into the show as.

A victim of the season six/seven upheaval, there was a moment when you thought the writers wanted to push him together with Caroline, and he was then wrapped up in the Initiative-esque science versus magic arc. There’s a throughline there of him desperately searching for family and his place in the world - imprinting on whatever came along - but you have to squint really hard.

Damon’s companions

If you’re going to redeem the irredeemable, do it through his friendships. By putting Damon next to the show’s most moral and unwavering characters, a balance was struck that both helped the audience see past his misdeeds and fleshed out other supporting players in the process.

These friendships - with Alaric, with Liz Forbes, and with Bonnie - became as important to the overall show as the romances, and were often portrayed as just as intimate. Starting off as a relationship of convenience, Damon soon came to genuinely care for Liz, and it was him beside her when she eventually died. Their final scene is still one of the best the show pulled off.

Then there was Alaric, who came to town looking to murder Damon for turning his wife into a vampire. After they sorted out that little mess, they became reluctant drinking buddies, best friends and pretty close to platonic life partners until Matt Davis wanted to leave the show. They never quite got that bond back, but it was a highlight of the show while it lasted.

The crowning achievement here, however, was Bonnie. Season six has a special place in my heart for a lot of reasons, but most of all for making me realise that Bonnie is totally awesome and there’s nothing like being permanently stuck in the 90s to bond you with your worst enemy.

In retrospect this storyline was all in service of giving Damon someone to bounce off of after Nina Dobrev departed, and it worked beautifully. His relationship with Bonnie replaced the emotional highs and lows of his relationship with Elena in those last two seasons, and with it an all-too rare example of close male-female friendship on television was born.

The ups and downs of rapid-fire storytelling

Not every show comes out swinging from the very first episode, but those first few hours of The Vampire Diaries were really rough. Once it hit its stride, however, there was no stopping it, and this at the time unprecedented storytelling pace was both the making and the downfall of the show.

Vicki Donovan was the sacrifice the show demanded right when viewers needed a reason to keep watching. As a character, Vicki was as if someone read a brief character description of Cordelia Chase and decided to just wing it, but as a plot device she was a genius way to raise the stakes and establish the rules of vampirism early on without getting rid of anyone too close to the main players.

Not long after, Vampire Diaries became known for its propensity for killing off major characters with reckless abandon, and I’d like to think this attitude changed television for the better. The ‘anyone can die’ rule has been credited to The Walking Dead or Game Of Thrones, but The Vampire Diaries had its part to play. The difference is that death didn’t mean the same thing in this supernatural world.

When you’re cycling through plot at 10x the rate of an ordinary show, you’re only going to get two to three really, really good seasons until things are recycled. The Vampire Diaries was a breakneck thrill ride for the first couple of years, introducing and dispatching characters at unprecedented rates and getting through in a single season what most shows would have taken years to explore.

Around mid-season three, the pace started to wane, and story beats started to feel familiar. Dead characters were brought back time and time again, negating the deaths of any meaning.

The show still took risks and changed things up from time to time, but the water-treading became more apparent and he rest of television caught up. The storytelling structure wasn’t unusual any more, and the show never quite reached those heights again.

The legacy

It’s perhaps an inflammatory observation, but I’d wager that The Vampire Diaries wouldn’t be able to exist right now, as television aimed at young people becomes less and less able to waver from the black and white morals we expect from our real friends and family. Audiences want characters to act in ways they approve of, which is no bad thing in itself, and there’s no getting away from the fact that The Vampire Diaries was populated by morally grey, or outright terrible, characters from the outset.

It was always a show out of time, coming at the tail end of the vampire craze and long outlasting it. It’s a sad fact that the series will likely be remembered as an inconsequential one, something that captured the imagination of young, female CW watchers but little more.

But that’s unfair as, even if the eight-year run was choppy and imperfect, there was always something going on beneath the surface that justified the ups and downs.

It was the story of a girl who’d lost her parents along with her innocence, and it was a love story told over multiple years and multiple versions of herself. It was a show about how we shift and change with the world around us, and how we need to find hope and purpose in the people we love.

It was a story about vampires and witches and werewolves and doppelgangers at a time when that type of fiction wasn’t quite as accepted as it is now, and it should be remembered as a genre-bending, trailblazing show that always remembered it was here to entertain.

In other words, when it was good it was really good, and it was bad it was often even better.

Archer Season 9 – The Big Changes In Store For Pam

We talk with Amber Nash about the past and future of the incorrigible Pam Poovey and also get some hints about Archer: Danger Island!

Feature Daniel Kurland
Apr 25, 2018

Archer is a show that is constantly transforming. One character in particular that has drastically changed over the years is Pam Poovey. Played with the perfect amount of gleeful madness by Amber Nash, Pam has slowly turned into one of the most popular characters from Archer. Pam even receives a major upgrade in the upcoming season where she’s front and center in a way that most of the other characters are not. Archer: Danger Island promises a whole lot of Pam and it’s purely because the audience loves Nash’s twisted interpretation of this unhinged character.

The series has chosen to frequently reboot and then “deboot” itself in past years. As far as the show is concerned, there’s absolutely no reason that Archer needs to remain a show that’s about spies, so why not turn it into a film noir, or a drug running operation, or a 1930s adventure serial homage set on against a pirate backdrop? It’s this sort of creativity and fearlessness that allows Archer to stay on the air and remain fresh for so long. And guess what, if a certain reboot doesn’t work for you one season then just tune in against next year and it’ll probably be something different. 

On the topic of the past reboots, Nash spoke with fond memories in particular towards the show’s 5th season. “I always loved Archer: Vice. I loved our cocaine season.”

That being said, Nash was quick to praise the eminent Danger Island season, not because it might be the show’s craziest season yet, but also for the interesting role that it positions Pam in this year.

"It's set in 1939 and Archer—he’s still drunk as usual, that's never going to change—but he's like a cargo pilot and Pam is basically like his Chewbacca sidekick.”

Nash continues to explain the bizarre journey that Pam’s gone through to reach this place and how this season differs from the previous. "Last season, Dreamland, was dark, noir, and I'm glad that we could do try that for a while, but this season is back to being big, bright, and over the top funny."

Archer: Danger Island basically turns Pam into the show’s second lead besides Archer. Nash was thrilled for the opportunity, but also excited to see how Pam would interact with the rest of the cast this year.

“Pam has done everything but in Danger Island she's also gigantic!” she says. “She’s like seven-feet tall. They sent me a drawing of Pam from this season standing next to Cyril and he looks so tiny!"

On that note, Pam isn’t the only character to receive a facelift this season and another highlight of this year is the radical new versions of these familiar faces. This allows the characters to remain exciting in unique ways, but it also leads to a lot of fun opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t be possible in the earlier versions of this show.

Nash explains some of the new versions of the cast that turn up this year. "So Pam's his sidekick, but there's also Crackers, the parrot. That's Lucky Yates' character this year because Kreiger is gone, but he instead plays this Macaw parrot. He's always just around whenever Pam and Archer get into trouble in their plane. It's really fun."

Nash remains tight-lipped on what the direction for any future seasons of the show may be, as well as how many years there may be left, but also that nothing is set in stone. So while any future plans for Archer are tentative to change, Nash is grateful for the show’s past and its legacy.

Another reason for why Archer has lasted for so long is because of its loving relationship with its fans. It creates extensive running jokes and has a conversation with its audience through them, so to speak. Nash says this is one of her favorite aspects of working on Archer. "I get to say some of the most horrifying lines on the show,” she jokes.

It remains to be seen what sort of conclusion Danger Island will turn to at the end of this season, but there are many possibilities that lie ahead for both Archer and Pam. Furthermore, Nash opened up a little on what a Pam Poovey spin-off might look like. While purely a pipe dream, Nash joked about a Rockford Files-esque program called The Poovey Files that had her and Cheryl stuck doing detective work. Another more ridiculous idea that took Pam back home and into a Nutty Professor II: The Klumps scenario with the rest of the Pooveys also appealed to her.

Archer embraces the whole adventure serial and pirate angle without hesitation and this feels like a show that wouldn’t put any genre off limits. However, the one reboot that you won’t see Archer turn to is a hard sci-fi space epic, at least if Amber Nash has her way. “I know that it may be an unpopular opinion, but I’ve never seen the appeal in Star Wars. It’s not for me. That and Greek yogurt.”

Archer: Danger Island, the show’s ninth season, returns to FXX on Wednesday, April 25th at 10 p.m.  

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Why Joss Whedon Left the Batgirl Movie

Joss Whedon on his "heartbreaking" departure from Warner Bros' Batgirl movie...

News Simon Brew
Apr 25, 2018

DC scored itself something of a coup when Joss Whedon signed on the dotted line to write and direct a planned Batgirl movie. But it’d be fair to say a lot has happened over the past 12 months, with Whedon’s personal life and contribution to Justice League reshoots both making headlines.

Whedon ultimately departed the Batgirl movie, and on the red carpet for Avengers: Infinity War, he explained why.

“It had been a year since I first pitched the story and a lot happened in that year,” he admitted. “I felt some of the elements might not work as well, and the story kind of just crumbled in my hands”.

He added that “there were elements I hadn’t mastered and after a long time felt like I wasn’t going to. So, I told people I didn’t have an idea, which isn’t the exact truth. I had an idea that didn’t fit in the space that was left for it. It was a little heart-breaking because I was so excited about it”.

Batgirl is still an active project, though, with Christina Hodson now writing the script.

There's no release date set for the Batgirl movie at the moment, but the full schedule of upcoming DC superhero movies can be found here.

 

 

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The Benefits of Reading Out Loud to Your Kids

“People would stand in line for days and pay hundreds of dollars if there were a pill that could do everything for a child that reading aloud does. It expands their interest in books, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and attention span. Simply put, it’s a free ‘oral vaccine’ for literacy.” —Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook

Are you looking for a way to help increase your child’s vocabulary? To instill moral values and lessons? To improve your conversations with them? Then look no further than the wonders of reading aloud to your children. As Jim Trelease notes in the quote above, this simple act practically works like a magic pill — a super multivitamin — in the lives of your kids. Reading aloud imparts many tangible benefits (we’ll dig into them below) to your children’s minds and character, but the more intangible rewards are equally important: it’s just plain enjoyable to see the delight on a child’s face when they encounter a good book, and oral reading sessions can really bring the family together — for many children, one of their warmest, most comforting memories is of their father’s voice narrating a tale as they lay snug in their beds.

Let’s get into the specific benefits of this wonderfully magic activity, and then provide some specific tips to make it better and more enjoyable for your kids.

The Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Children

There are many benefits to reading out loud to your kids; while some of those listed below apply to children reading on their own as well, listening to a story also imparts unique advantages.

Helps children grasp big picture aspects of narrative. Especially early on, it takes a lot of mental power just to form the words and sentences, let alone comprehending them and being able to follow plot lines and big themes. Thus, when read aloud to, kids are more able to appreciate stories and lessons and big picture ideas. And, these benefits carry over all the way through middle school, and even beyond.

Increases vocabulary and an understanding of sophisticated language patterns. When you read aloud to a kid, you build up their storehouse of words and grammatically correct phrases and sentences. This increased vocabulary helps them out in conversation, in their writing, and in their general communication skills (which employers say are lacking in younger generations). Andrew Pudewa, president of the Institute for Excellence in Writing, even says “The best way to help children grow to be good communicators [is] to read aloud to them as much as possible.” From increasing one’s general understanding of the world, to becoming more persuasive, to even having a better first impression, the benefits of a robust vocabulary are numerous.

Now, you’d think that simply talking to your kids a lot would do the same thing, but while overhearing conversation does help, the reality is that we tend to be lazy speakers. We don’t usually use a wide variety of words (especially when talking to/with children because we think they won’t understand) and we aren’t always grammatically correct. When we talk, we generally aren’t taking the time to form well-thought-out sentences. Thus reading to your kids from books actually improves their vocabulary and literacy more than just talking to them a lot. (As a related side note, don’t be afraid of using your full range of vocabulary with your kids; they obviously won’t get everything, but they can put together more than they’re often given credit for, and it builds up their storehouse of words even more.)

Instills moral lessons and heroic values. If you’re a parent, you know that your kids often listen to outside sources better than they listen to you. They’re better behaved for teachers and grandparents, and often more readily heed their advice. It’s just how it goes. The same thing can happen when you read books to your kids. Rather than you imparting life lessons, the stories and characters in those stories get to do so. And oh how powerful it is! The examples of heroes in our stories can inspire and motivate in a unique way. C.S. Lewis writes, “Since it is so likely that they will meet cruel enemies, let [children] at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.”

A final word on this from Sarah Mackenzie, author of The Read-Aloud Family:

“A didactic lesson or reprimand from Mom or Dad will only go so far. There is simply no substitute for story. When it comes to imparting truth to our kids, nagging lectures from an adult simply can’t compare with a story whose time has come. A story meets the child where he is. It sparks an authentic desire within him to do better, try harder, and love more. It allows each of our kids a vicarious experience, giving them the precious gift of practice. Stories reach us where nothing else can and quicken the heartbeat of the hero within us.”

Read aloud to your kids, and inspire their heroic imagination.

Facilitates important conversations. Related to the above is that a good book can foster a conversation that may not have happened otherwise. It isn’t easy to randomly bring up the topics of courage and bravery, and their importance in life, but if you’ve read The Wizard of Oz to and with your kids (as Mackenzie did), it’s a natural discussion to have. She notes: “I’m not sure I could have pulled off that conversation on my own if the story hadn’t propelled us.”

Improves test scores. While test scores aren’t the be-all and end-all of a child’s intelligence or the final predictor of their success in life, it should be obvious that higher test scores are better than lower test scores. If you could easily do something to improve your child’s test scores, wouldn’t you do it? Rather than pay for expensive tutors or private schooling, just read to them. It’s been shown that test scores improve the more a child is read to, all the way up through 7th grade (and possibly higher, but that’s where that specific study ended).

Builds empathy. It’s been shown that reading builds empathy (especially fiction), and that benefit extends to kids as well. You likely know from your own experience that reading someone’s memoir from war-torn Africa is far more impactful than hearing a story about it on the news. It connects you to the situation much more viscerally, and you’re more likely to do something about it afterwards (in the form of telling other people, making donations, getting involved in the cause, etc.). If you want your kids to care about the world around them, and be inspired to make it a better place, read to them.  

Instills a lifelong love of reading. The benefits of reading as an adult are too numerous to list here, and you probably know what they are anyway. Books delight, inform, inspire, and challenge — they serve as life-long mentors and companions. Most adults who have a love affair with reading got started very young, often in their own home (or community) libraries, as was the case with Teddy Roosevelt, Louis L’Amour, George S. Patton, and numerous other important men throughout history. Decades ago, before TV or even radio, entertainment often consisted of the family (and even groups of adult friends) sitting around and reading a book out loud to each other.

Reading to your kids from a young age and continuing through even the teenage years is the best way to help them understand the power and beauty of the written word.

It’s a fun way to spend quality time with your kids. Beyond all the above tangible benefits of reading to your kids, it’s just a really fun way to spend time with them. In a world of digital devices and toys that are filled with buttons and parent-annoying-noises, reading to your kids is a (relatively) calm, grounding activity that can be enjoyed by parent and child alike (which are few and far between). Whether it’s picture books with your toddler (find ones with fun stories and great artwork, and you’ll enjoy it too, though perhaps less so after you’ve read it 100+ times!), or short novels with your older child, reading is an activity that will inspire and delight both of you.

Tips for Successfully Reading Aloud to Your Kids

“Children are made readers in the laps of their parents.” —Emilie Buchwald

Reading aloud more often to your children doesn’t have to be a chore; it’s something you can work into your current routine by incorporating just a few easy habits.

Read to kids of all ages. When you’re a parent, it would seem like reading to kids takes place primarily in the sweet spot of about 1 year old to age 5 or 6 when they can start to read on their own. Before that, it feels like you’re sort of just wasting time, and beyond that, they can read for themselves. Right? Wrong!

I noticed that it was at about 1 year old that my son started to really enjoy being read to. He could turn the pages, point to the pictures, etc. Before that, we still read to him, but it almost felt like we were doing it for our own sake as parents (to have an activity to do with him) rather than for his own benefit. Research shows, however, that the benefits of reading to your kids start right away (and even in utero). As they hear your voice more, their connection to you becomes even stronger. And as they hear more and more words and phrases, their understanding of the world comes together a bit quicker. Now, this doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily talk sooner, or read on their own sooner, but they will come to comprehend things better than if you hadn’t read to them at all.

On the other end, reading aloud to your kids shouldn’t end when they can read on their own. As noted above, especially in the early years of independent reading, it takes a lot of mental power just to comprehend individual words and sentences, let alone stringing them together to form complete thoughts. They have the capacity to understand more complex stories, but quite possibly only in the form of being read to.

So as your kids grow up, don’t think of them as graduating from listening to books read aloud, but rather graduating to listening to meatier, more complex books. As they get older, they’ll gain the attention span to follow the narrative of longer, picture-free chapter books for weeks and even months. Not only is this phase enjoyable for your children, but it’s a golden time for you, too, as you’ll likely enjoy getting into the story as well.

Create a book club culture at home. Rather than making reading simply another assignment, or forcing your kids to sit calmly while you read to them and explain the story, work to create a book club culture in your home.

What does that mean? Well, what do you do at a book club meeting? You make small talk, perhaps about the book, but also about topics that go afield from it. You usually eat some tasty victuals and share drinks (in the adult book club my wife and I are part of, we try to pair those snacks and drinks with the book; for instance, red wine with The Sun Also Rises and Polish vodka with a WWII story set in Poland). You then enter into an open-ended discussion of the book — the characters you resonated with, parts you didn’t like or maybe disagreed with, the lessons or takeaways you don’t want to forget. You don’t go through a quiz to gauge your understanding of the plot or write a short essay on the main themes (like one would do in a school setting).

Aim for the former rather than the latter when it comes to talking about books at home. Don’t just quiz your children about main characters, but have real discussions with them. Ask good questions to really get to the heart of the matter. Some ideas from Mackenzie:  

  • What does the character want? What’s the obstacle?
  • What is the character most afraid of?
  • Should he/she have done that?
  • Who is the most ______ in the story? (brave, courageous, selfish, faithful, foolish, careful, dangerous, noble, resourceful, etc.)
  • What does this story or character remind you of?
  • What would you change about the setting or main character if you could?
  • What surprised you the most?
  • What’s something you don’t want to forget from this book?

In addition to fostering good, meaningful conversation, do your best to make it a fun atmosphere. Have some tasty snacks and/or drinks and even take a cue from our book club and pair your refreshments with the book. Reading a Harry Potter book? Make some butterbeer (there are a million recipes online). Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Whip up a “Fizzy Lifting Drink.” You get the idea.

You only need ~10 minutes per day, ~3 times per week. Remember all those benefits of reading aloud to your kids listed above? You don’t need to do it 30 minutes per day to see them. You don’t even need to do it 10 minutes every day. Rather, those benefits are seen in reading aloud to kids for as little as 35 minutes a week. Obviously, the more you read the better, but sometimes things are just too chaotic. Rest assured, you only need small snippets of time to see the benefits accrue.

Take advantage of audiobooks. Sometimes kids don’t necessarily want to hear Mom or Dad’s voice any more than they already do. Plus sometimes you just need a break and perhaps want to sit back and enjoy the story yourself. Give audiobooks a shot! They’re especially great for car trips, and not just long ones either; if you drive your kid 10 minutes to and from school every day, you can listen to 100 minutes of a book with him or her each week.

Audiobooks are a great way to get stories into a kid’s head. Beyond just the convenience, the production level is top notch. While there’s something comforting and indelible about a parent’s voice, it’s also nice to listen to a professional performance sometimes, which offers greater enthusiasm, and especially with children’s stories, often more sound effects. They tend to be just a little more engaging. As Mackenzie writes, It’s the shared experience itself that makes the biggest impact, whether the voice doing the actual reading is your own, your spouse’s, or a professional actor’s via an audiobook.”

Have a house full of books. As mentioned above, many famous men’s love for reading began in their early boyhood, and it was very often their home life — a house filled with books and parents who modeled regular reading — that sparked their initial interest. Research in fact shows that children in homes where books are plentiful benefit — in terms of improved test scores — from their mere presence. And this is especially true in low-education and low-income homes. The research even shows that no matter how many books your home already has, every addition benefits your children even more (*here’s to hoping my wife reads that part*).

Stocking your house with books not only encourages your children’s interest in reading on their own, but also facilitates your reading to them; kids are more excited about engaging in parent-child reading time when there’s a good selection of books to choose from on the shelf.

So whether you buy them or check them out from the library, aim to always have stacks and shelves of books on hand. Also make it a habit to buy your child a book for holidays and birthdays to build their own collections. Make books a prominent part of your family culture.

Read for fun! When kids get to school age, it can be tempting to just go with what’s assigned by their teachers. But that instills an idea that reading is primarily about school, and getting good grades. Research shows, though, that reading for fun — simply to while away the time and enjoy a good story — boosts their brains as well. Read aloud when it has no other purpose but enjoyment!

Be patient and set reasonable expectations for what success looks like. Most children are surprisingly attentive to being read aloud to; even a normally pretty active kid can often sit still for a story. But some are more fidgety than others, especially if you didn’t read to them from a very early age and are trying to get into the habit later. Don’t be discouraged, though. Try to do your reading sessions when they’re naturally a little calmer (like before bedtime), consider giving their hands something to fidget with as they listen, and make the continuance of the story contingent on their paying relatively good attention (a few interruptions and off-topic tangents are entirely normal); most kids would rather behave and extend the time before they have to go to sleep than get the story cut off and have to go to bed sooner!

Perhaps the most magical thing about reading aloud to your kids, is that it not only accrues all the benefits above, but that it helps foster a child’s interest in reading on his or her own. As a father you act as a kind ambassador for books, and all the bedtime stories you share over the years help carry a lifelong love of them to your child’s heart.

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Avengers: Infinity War Review

Ten years of universe-building has all led to Avengers: Infinity War…does Marvel deliver? Yes, in a very big way.

There’s a moment early on in Avengers: Infinity War where Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the sorcerer Wong (Benedict Wong) are standing in a circle, at odds with each other while something terrible approaches Earth… and they’re bickering about ice cream flavors.

It’s one of the many examples of loopy, warm humor that pervades the otherwise apocalyptic events of this behemoth of a movie, and it also serves as a perfect example of why and how the Marvel Cinematic Universe--which was born almost exactly 10 years ago when Downey first put on the armor in 2008’s Iron Man--has succeeded beyond possibly even the wildest dreams of its parent company, Disney. It continues to borne from the creative ingenuity of a team led by studio mastermind Kevin Feige, who have caused one iconic image after another leap from the page to the screen during this past decade.

Like the comics, the MCU has never lost sight of what makes its stories and its characters work when they’re at their best. Underneath the armor and the weaponry, and the magic spells and the cosmic powers, these are all human beings--or at least something close to human--with recognizable flaws, weaknesses, insecurities, and problems. By developing the characters and their relationships with each other over time, Marvel has created a family of heroes, oddballs and, yes, assholes as recognizable as our own.

Even so, this family has never faced a threat like the one that comes calling in Infinity War, and what catapults this epic instantly into the top ranks of Marvel films (and comics-based movies overall) is that at long last the MCU deals head-on with one of its biggest criticisms: that the stakes are never high enough, that the heroes never die, and that everybody just gets up and keeps on punching. That’s not the case here at all. From the opening scene of the movie, death and destruction are everywhere; there is real loss and there is a sense that things will never be the same after this.

The engine for all this is, of course, Thanos, the uber-villain who has been lurking in the shadows for most of the past decade but now steps out, front and center, in his quest to obtain the six Infinity Stones that will give him unlimited powers over all of reality, space, and time. And in that character, played to perfection through motion capture by Josh Brolin, Marvel has solved another one of its longstanding issues: that its bad guys never seemed quite up to par.

Things have improved of late with Cate Blanchett’s wicked Hela in Thor: Ragnarok and Michael B. Jordan’s magnificent Eric Killmonger in Black Panther, but neither of those characters were hellbent on wiping out half the life in the universe. That’s what Thanos wants to do, and it’s a credit to the writing by Marvel's reliably ace team Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, as well as Brolin’s performance, that Thanos is a more complex, layered, and even tragic character than anything Marvel has done before in this department. This is Thanos’ moment, his movie, really, and he is both incredibly ominous and undeniably compelling.

The story this reminds me of the most, in a way, is The Lord of the Rings, and in movie terms, The Return of the King specifically (minus the multiple endings, although of course make sure you stay to the very end of the credits). In both cases, the premise is simplicity itself. In the Rings films, the One Ring must be destroyed before Sauron can get it; here, Thanos must be prevented from getting his hands on the remaining Infinity Stones. With all the multiple storylines happening in both films, it’s the basic, core motivating factor that ties it all together and keeps things focused and moving forward. Even with a first act that takes a bit of time to get cranked up and locked in, the writers and the directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, never lose sight of where this massive ship they’re steering is headed.

To say much more about the plot might take away the element of surprise, which is even more important to this movie than usual. But Thanos is coming for the Stones, one of which resides in the head of the synthetic being known as Vision (Paul Bettany), the other inside an amulet in the possession of master of the mystic arts, Dr. Stephen Strange. A third, the Soul Stone, is hidden away and only one person knows where it is. The Mad Titan and his Black Order are destroying everyone and everything that gets in their way, which leaves it to the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and standalone heroes like Strange and Spider-Man to stop him.

The story spans the cosmos in true space opera fashion, and the mechanics of the story result in some weird team-ups that create both humor and melodrama. You can only imagine the fireworks that fly when two bastions of arrogance like Tony Stark and Stephen Strange get together, and you won’t be disappointed. Yet you might never expect the friendship that develops between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), even if the God of Thunder repeatedly refers to the mutated raccoon as a “rabbit.”

Speaking of Thor, while Thanos is the unquestionable star of the show, it is the one-time King of Asgard who shines perhaps the brightest here of all the heroes, even more so than in his sterling Thor: Ragnarok less than a year ago. There are moments here when we see Thor at his most vulnerable and uncertain, but those are balanced out by scenes where he truly fulfills his destiny as the God of Thunder. Likewise, Benedict Cumberbatch is much more dynamic and comfortable as Strange, and with the origin story in the rearview mirror, we really get to see him bust out as the Sorcerer Supreme.

The rest--Downey, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, the Guardians--are all as familiar and fun to see as those family members we spoke of earlier. Some get major story arcs while others don’t. Everyone has a moment and contributes something to the plot, but if, say, you’re still high on Black Panther and expect this to be a semi-sequel, you might be let down: Chadwick Boseman and his Wakandans are a force to be reckoned with, but the movie doesn’t advance their own story all that much. The one outright disappointment here is Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk, who has been given an inexplicable storyline that is played mainly for laughs but simply doesn’t work (hopefully it’s rectified or at least explained down the line).

The Russos have upped their game as directors here, mostly ditching the hand-held, grittier look of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War for real scope and grandeur. This is a knockout sci-fi movie that travels around the universe and back, and not only does it capture the vastness of that but it’s also perhaps the most beautiful, colorful film Marvel has released to date. Some of the action is still a bit hard to follow at times, but the brothers prove that they can shoot a spectacular interstellar adventure with the best of them.

There are, as we alluded earlier, lots of surprises and jolts in Infinity War (not to mention one mind-blowing cameo), but Feige, the Russos and Markus/McFeely reserve the biggest one for the end. The studio has been accused of making formulaic movies and sticking to a shopworn script, and--like any creative enterprise--it does sometimes fall into that trap. But more often than not, Marvel doesn’t get credit for the chances it takes, and it’s taking a hell of a huge one this time. Where things go from here is anyone’s guess, but after 10 years and two-and-a-half hours of calamity and battle, Avengers: Infinity War's strangely peaceful closing shot makes a kind of beautiful sense. 

Avengers: Infinity War is out in theaters this Friday, April 27.

4/5
Review Don Kaye
Apr 25, 2018

Inside Josh & Anna Duggar’s Shocking Baby Announcement

Josh and Anna Duggar‘s family is growing!

The couple excitedly shared the news on Instagram and spilled all the details about welcoming another baby into the world.

Anna shared a cryptic photo of a black box with the words “It’s A…” on it, teasing that there is certainly a new little boy or girl on the way.

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“We’re excited to be in Texas for my sister’s gender reveal tomorrow!” Anna captioned the photo along with the hashtag #pinkorblue.

Anna’s sister, Priscilla, is married to David Waller. Josh and Anna traveled down south over the weekend to throw a gender reveal party for the couple.

In a video posted to David Waller’s Instagram account, the former 19 Kids and Counting stars are seen running around a porch to place the mysterious box in front of the Waller family.

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Moments later pink powder rose from the box, confirming that Josh and Anna will soon be aunt and uncle to a niece.

“It’s a girl!!!! Congratulations David & Priscilla!” Josh’s wife wrote.

As Radar readers know, it’s already been a big year for babies in the Duggar family. In February, Joy Anna Duggar gave birth to her first child with hubby Austin Forsyth, a baby boy named Gideon.

The countdown is also on for mom-to-be Jinger Duggar, who is expecting a baby girl with her husband, Jeremy Vuolo.

What do you think of the shocking baby news? Sound off in the comments!

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Snapchat launches AR selfie games called Snappables

Snapchat wants to let you play its augmented reality Lenses, not just play dress-up. Today it launched Snappables — AR games that use your touch, motion, and facial expressions to compete for high scores in literal head-to-head multiplayer matchups. Snappables live alongside Snapchat’s other lenses and are rolling out globally this week with new games released each week. These are Snapchat’s first collaborative or shared Lenses that let you interact with another friend on their own phone, which could open up new opportunities fro the app in the future.

Some of the first Snappables previewed by Snapchat include an Asteroids-style space shooter, a bubble gum popping contest, a weight lifting one you play by straining your forehead, and a kiss-blowing game.

The Killer Features blog first spotted Snappables in Snapchat’s code, though originally thought it was a collaborative Snap creation option. Snapchat acquired game engine PlayCanvas last month but it’s unclear if that contributed to the Snappables experience. The games look similar to Tribe’s multiplayer selfie video chat games we wrote about this month and predicted Snapchat would copy.

To play Snappables, you select one of the game Lenses from the Snapchat camera and then follow the on-screen instructions. Some you play solo and try to get the highest score, while others let you invite friends. You can send a Snap of you playing to a friend, which they can use to jump in and play too.

Snapchat could use Snappables to strengthen growth after years of battling Instagram for users, and a big redesign that’s received harsh reviews. Of course, Instagram probably won’t be far behind in offering games inside Stories.

Here’s more video and and photos showing off Snappables:

Snapchat launches AR selfie games called Snappables

Snapchat wants to let you play its augmented reality Lenses, not just play dress-up. Today it launched Snappables — AR games that use your touch, motion, and facial expressions to compete for high scores in literal head-to-head multiplayer matchups. Snappables live alongside Snapchat’s other lenses and are rolling out globally this week with new games released each week. These are Snapchat’s first collaborative or shared Lenses that let you interact with another friend on their own phone, which could open up new opportunities fro the app in the future.

Some of the first Snappables previewed by Snapchat include an Asteroids-style space shooter, a bubble gum popping contest, a weight lifting one you play by straining your forehead, and a kiss-blowing game.

The Killer Features blog first spotted Snappables in Snapchat’s code, though originally thought it was a collaborative Snap creation option. Snapchat acquired game engine PlayCanvas last month but it’s unclear if that contributed to the Snappables experience. The games look similar to Tribe’s multiplayer selfie video chat games we wrote about this month and predicted Snapchat would copy.

To play Snappables, you select one of the game Lenses from the Snapchat camera and then follow the on-screen instructions. Some you play solo and try to get the highest score, while others let you invite friends. You can send a Snap of you playing to a friend, which they can use to jump in and play too.

Snapchat could use Snappables to strengthen growth after years of battling Instagram for users, and a big redesign that’s received harsh reviews. Of course, Instagram probably won’t be far behind in offering games inside Stories.

Here’s more video and and photos showing off Snappables:

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Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Millie Bobby Brown came out for the Time 100 gala

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Here are some photos from the big Time 100 event last night, an event that really wasn’t about fashion, and yet people walked the carpet like it was a big Hollywood event. It was weird. The whole Time 100 issue was really strange too – it was really heavy on the artists, entertainers and performers, almost like Time was really trying to seem cool by recognizing all of the celebrities. Well, it worked, because tons of celebrities came out for the gala. Here’s Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez… they are absurd and showy and crazy. Bless them.

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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski attended this event. Emily wore Brock and I think this was my favorite look of the evening.

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Greta Gerwig in Gucci. I love Greta but I hate her style. This looks like repurposed whorehouse curtains.

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I thought Lindsey Vonn was a Pussycat Doll, honestly.

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Nicole Kidman in Proenza Schouler. This is Nic’s version of goth.

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Millie Bobby Brown in a rather perfect Dolce & Gabbana. She’s very cute and this is good on someone her age.

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Kanye West: Having Explosive Fights With Kris Jenner Over Erratic Behavior?

Lately, fans have been concerned that Kanye West has lost his mind. Reports say that even his family fears that he's on the verge of another mental breakdown.

But on top of the news that he's cutting people out of his life comes something more startling.

Whatever's going on with him has allegedly driven Kanye to do the unthinkable: clash with his momager-in-law.

Classic Kimye

People reports that Kanye and Kim's mother are not getting along.

"He’s had huge blow-ups with Kris."

(I absolutely cannot imagine arguing with Kris Jenner under any circumstances)

"She sees how erratic he’s acting and is most concerned about her daughter’s brand."

That sounds very, very Kris. And she's right -- Kanye's behavior makes Kim look bad.

"She’s also trying to be a good mother-in-law, so he’s having explosive issues with her too."

That is alarming to hear.

"Everyone is really, really worried."

Kanye on KUWTK

But not everyone is worried. Another source says that his recent behavior isn't anything out of the ordinary ... for Kanye.

"A lot of this is just Kanye. He’s always been like that."

It is true that Kanye is infamous for his lack of impulse-control.

Many of those who don't really listen to his genre of music first heard of him in 2009, when he usurped Taylor Swift's time at the microphone at the VMAs.

It's that kind of nonsense on which he has built his brand.

As the source says: "He stirs the pot."

He sure does.

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"Kim is trying to control him and the situation, but he can’t be controlled."

That much is clear.

"She’s trying her best to support him on social media and show a different side of things, but it’s just not working."

Unfortunately, it seems that Kanye's famous ego may be his own undoing.

"He genuinely believes he’s God and a genius and that he can do everything on his own."

This report claims that his estimation of Kim isn't quite as high as his estimation of himself.

"He has a great love for Kim, but in his mind he doesn’t think Kim is a genius."

Ouch.

"And he’s telling her he knows what he’s doing"

Kimye in 2017

Kanye's egomania and total lack of impulse control may be reminiscent in the minds of many to Trump, whom Kanye apparently once claimed to "love."

But Kanye is unlike Trump in a couple of major ways. For one thing, he didn't just inherit his wealth and he's genuinely successful. For another, he doesn't pose a clear and present danger to the world.

But also, as a source mentions, Kanye's wife actually loves him. That can make a huge difference.

The source says that Kim's tweets aren't to counter Kanye, but to signal that things are good between them.

"It’s more like [she’s saying] ‘You guys are off.'"

The source emphasizes that Kim is Team!Kanye, all the way.

"She is always loving towards Kanye, always concerned with whatever he’s concerned about, always in his corner."

Kim Kardashian Smooches Kanye

"It’s very hard to deal with. He’s all over the place. If you can’t be part of his creative genius, he’ll cut you loose. That’s what he says."

Another source disagrees, however, and asserts:

"That’s part of being Kanye. He’s willing to take risks with his public persona. He doesn’t take it as serious as the internet takes it."

So, basically, some people are insisting that this is just business as usual for Kanye. Others worry that this is above-and-beyond what's normal for Kanye and that he's headed for another breakdown.

Who is right?

We may find out before too long. We just hope that he comes out of this alright.

And if that's what he wants, too, we'd advise that he listen to the people who love him.

... And also that he not argue with Kris Jenner. Ever.

Google debuts a standalone to-do app, Google Tasks

Google debuts a standalone to-do app, Google Tasks

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‘Smallville’ Star Sam Jones III Says Allison Mack Was Normal On Set

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Angelina Jolie is ‘crazy happy’ that 9-year-old Knox is ‘now learning to fly’

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As we discussed previously, Angelina Jolie took part in the documentary The Queen’s Green Planet. Queen Elizabeth II has started a project called The Queen’s Canopy, in which she’s encouraging people to plant more trees all around the British Commonwealth. Angelina was featured in the documentary as she began a tree nursery in Namibia, a country where Angelina has already worked for years on conservation and environmental issues. You can see a lengthy video from the documentary here, and Angelina’s part comes up around the 31-minute mark – I’m not embedding that video because I suspect it will be taken down, and because there’s nudity.

In the documentary, Angelina was seen flying one of her planes over the deserts of Namibia, then landing the plane without drama. This apparently came as a huge shock to people: people watching the documentary were like “whoa, Angelina Jolie knows how to fly planes?!?” Yes. She’s had her pilot’s license for years now. I believe she has her pilot’s license in Britain and America, and she owns several small private planes. She’s always taken her kids flying too. After the documentary aired, Angelina spoke to People Magazine about environmental issues, flying, the Queen and more. Some highlights:

How she came to The Queen’s Canopy initiative: The Namibian government asked Jolie to help developed the country’s contribution to the Queen’s project in 2016 due to her previous work as a conservationist. “I wanted to help communities,” Jolie tells PEOPLE. “Building schools and clinics means little if meanwhile the environment the community relies on is destroyed.”

The issue of deforestation: Witnessing the environmental impact of deforestation in Cambodia helped inspire Jolie to work towards preventing the same thing from happening in Namibia. “I have seen first hand the huge deforestation of the Cardamom mountains in Cambodia. Our local team is so dedicated and fighting hard to protect the area of the remaining forest that we help to look after,” Jolie explains to PEOPLE. “In Namibia the local bushmen can tell you what each plant does, what they are used for and what effects it has on their tribe when one is lost. The way they see the land is how we all need to learn to see the land.”

Flying: Now, Jolie tells PEOPLE, her son Knox is learning how to fly. “I love being up in the air,” she says. “I love the freedom. Knox is now learning to fly. It makes me crazy happy to see him discover it. He still needs help with the pedals, but won’t for long.”

[From People]

My God, Knox is already learning how to pilot a plane?!?! He’s only 9 years old! I mean… what? Maddox apparently starting taking flying lessons when he was pretty young as well, but I think they waited until his teen years for him to really try for his pilot’s license. Knox is only 9 – he has no business piloting a plane. As for the rest of it… good for her. Now that I’ve gotten to see Angelina’s part in the documentary, it was really sweet – she had all of her kids there in Namibia and they just seem so close. They seem like well-adjusted kids, honestly.

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Amazon made an Echo Dot for kids, and it costs $30 more than the original – Ars Technica


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Amazon made an Echo Dot for kids, and it costs $30 more than the original
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Get Better Acquainted With SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY’s Villain In This New International Trailer

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Kendall Jenner Braless and Masked with Hailey Baldwin at Coachella

Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin look like they’ve arrived in just enough time to save my day. Kendall is dressed like super assassin and I don’t mind watching her kill time time as she marches to wherever she’s going. And Hailey has done such a smash up job of hiding her pants I almost mailed her mine so she doesn’t get accosted and arrest by authorities for indecent exposure. But under further inspection I can see what is possibly the frayed ends of a pair of jeans that were turned into shorts. Crafty lady. I know if they’re Wranglers she has good taste. There’s not much a man can look at that tops a woman wearing a sturdy pair of daisy dukes.

I’d like to talk music with these two. We may enjoy listening to the same bands. Especially if they’re at Coachella, known for their Indie scene. I play a mean banjo, occasionally fiddle around with a fiddle, and know my way quite a bit around a guitar. I can come up with a song and perform for an audience of two. Just them and I, and the night air saturated with a song confessing my love for them.

 

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Take a behind-the-scenes look at former Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson’s pre-NFL Draft training

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Microsoft Is Working on Windows 10 Lean Edition – PCMag


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Hasura snares $1.6 M seed for developer-focused Kubernetes solution

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As an iPhone user, there are two things that make me jealous of Android – BGR


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Jessica Chastain apologizes for Thandie Newton feeling excluded from Time’s Up

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Thandie Newton, 45, told her #MeToo story years ago, before it became a movement. She was exploited by a director who made her masturbate for the camera under some sh-tty pretense. The director saved the recording and showed it to men at parties. It was awful, she was exploited and she had to live with the fact that the video had been seen by who knows how many people. She also revealed, back in 2011, that she’d been in a relationship at just 16 with a 39 year-old director. In a recent interview, Thandie brought up the fact that she hadn’t been asked to join the Times Up movement and called it “very painful” considering the fact that she’d been open about her own experiences. Here’s what she said:

“I have been an activist for 20 years. It’s been a long time coming…

“I certainly agitated for it to happen sooner, but no one was interested and people thought I was a bummer. Even my publicist told me to stop talking about it because it was bad for my reputation.” Newton, 45, says she was abused during an audition aged 18, and has spoken of being “coerced” into a relationship with a much older film director.

I wasn’t seen as a f—able member of a movie set and I was passed over for roles because of it… I was ostracised because I wouldn’t stop talking about it.”

“When Time’s Up was put together, to not be invited to be a part of it, was very, very painful… It’s hard for me, as someone who has been talking about it for a long time… it’s lonely.

“[I wasn't asked because] I wasn’t hot enough. I wasn’t mainstream enough and I wasn’t going to be at the Oscars this year, even though I am having a kind of renaissance in my career.”

[From The Herald Sun via The Telegraph]

It’s clear that Thandie felt left out and like her story wasn’t valued or heard. She said she was hurt. Someone pointed this interview to Jessica Chastain, and she apologized to Thandie. Amber Tamblyn got all pissy, as she is wont to do when someone has an opinion that doesn’t precisely mirror hers. Here are their tweets [via People]

Jessica handled this the right way. She made it clear that Times Up was more of a grassroots movement and wasn’t an invitation-only organization. She also explained how she got involved. Amber, on the other hand, acted like she was personally offended, like Thandie was wrong to bring it up and was setting them back or something. Amber needs to put a cork in it and not act like she’s the hardest working activist ever. There’s room for everyone and they’re all on the same side. She should have told Thandie she was sorry she felt excluded, maybe even say she must have misunderstood how it started, but it’s obnoxious to say they shouldn’t even be talking about it. I’m sure these women reached out to each other somehow and no one did that for Thandie.

I agree with this tweet below telling Amber and Jessica to fix this now that it’s been brought to their attention. It’s not about telling Thandie she was wrong to be hurt it’s about recognizing her feelings and being more inclusive. I can’t imagine the bullsh-t cliques that these Hollywood women have to deal with. It sounds worse than high school.

Also I finally watched Westworld’s Season two premiere and Thandie is the standout as always. She’s amazing.

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E-waste recycler must serve 15-month sentence for selling discs with free Microsoft software – The Verge


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E-waste recycler must serve 15-month sentence for selling discs with free Microsoft software
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Podcast app Castbox raises $13.5 million, launches its own original programming

Riding high on the growing consumer demand for podcasts, a startup called Castbox this morning announced the close of $13.5 million in Series B funding for its technology-fueled podcast app. The round was led by SIG China, and includes participation from existing investors IDG Capital, Qiming Venture Partners, and GSR Ventures.

To date, Castbox has raised $29.5 million.

While there are a number of podcast applications on the market today, what makes Castbox interesting is the proprietary technology it has under the hood. The platform uses natural language processing and machine learning techniques to power some of its unique features, like personalized recommendations and in-audio search.

The app is capable of making suggestions of what to listen to next, based on user’s prior listening behavior, which can help to improve discovery of podcasts people may like. Meanwhile, the in-audio search feature takes advantage of the recent leaps the industry has seen with voice recognition technology, and actually transcribes the audio content inside podcasts, indexes it, and makes it available for search within the Castbox app.

That means users no longer have to rely on things like episode titles, descriptions and show notes to find a podcast related to a topic they want to listen to – they can just search the Castbox app for any podcasts where the term was mentioned.

These differentiating features, so far, appear to be attracting users. Castbox’s app has been installed 15 million times, and today sees 1.8 million daily users, with a retention rate of 50 percent. While the company doesn’t have a way to directly correlate its features’ usage to these figures, its user ratings and reviews including a number of comments referencing them, along with compliments about the app’s overall clean user interface and experience, notes Castbox founder Renee Wang.

Wang, who previously worked at Google in Japan and Dublin, had originally created Castbox because of her own troubles in finding a player that supported different languages or gave personalized recommendations. Castbox was then further developed in response to user feedback and with a focus on improved podcast discovery.

Today, Castbox has a global user base, with only 45 percent from the U.S. But those users are most engaged. Americans spend the most time in the app, listening to an average of 113 minutes per day, says Wang. Chinese users, meanwhile, subscribe the most, with an average of 12 subscriptions per user.

With the additional funding, Castbox is adding another big differentiator to its app: original programming.

The company kicked off its efforts with “Castbox Originals,” as it original shows are called, with its first series, “Off Track with Hinch and Rossi.” The show stars Indy car drivers James Hinchcliffe and Alexander Rossi, and was made in partnership with INDYCAR. That was followed by “Heard Well Now,” an influencer-driven music podcast series in partnership with influencer music label Heard Well.

Both were designed to be niche series that would drive new audiences – specifically race car fans and teens – to podcasts.

The titles aren’t exclusive to Castbox, though – they’re also distributed through major platforms like Apple and Spotify. The shows, however, will include advertising which is how Castbox now aims to make money.

The upcoming slate of shows will also include a scripted series called “Be.Scared,” where listeners can hear tales of horror from contemporary writers, as well as a full-length true crime mockumentary for fans of “Serial,” a wrestling podcast, and a series of women-hosted podcasts.

“We’re investing a chunk of the new capital into original programming and strategic partnerships with creators,” says Wang. “Over the next two months, we’ve committed to launching more than a dozen Castbox Originals in addition to the ones we’ve already released in the past 30 days. On this front, we’ll continue identifying the right partners to work with as we expand our content strategy, which will allow us to strengthen our brand in the podcasting space,” she adds.

While the cost of launching a new show will vary based on a number of factors – like voice talent, writing, editing, music, marketing, promotion, etc. – the full process can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands.

The new funding will also be used to improve Castbox’s technology platform, including improvements to usability, content discovery, and personalization.

SIG China’s involvement speaks to Castbox’s roots – the startup initially launched in the Chinese market, but since relocated its headquarters to San Francisco, while maintaining an engineering office in Beijing. The team is now 52 full-time employees, and will continue to grow throughout the year.

“Castbox has shown consistent growth across all metrics, but more importantly, Renee and her team share great vision for the company,” said Andy Gao of SIG China, in a statement. :They’re extremely passionate about the podcasting space and their decision to share their content openly shows just how invested they are. As this new medium takes off and goes mass-market, we’re excited to see what’s next to come for Castbox.”

Castbox, of course, has fierce competition in the U.S., where there are dozens of alternative podcast players available across platforms, in addition to those from major players like Apple, and streaming services like Spotify or TuneIn. But users are always looking for the “best” app to serve their needs, and Castbox’s focus on discovery, and now, Originals, could give it the extra edge as it grows.

 

Podcast app Castbox raises $13.5 million, launches its own original programming

Riding high on the growing consumer demand for podcasts, a startup called Castbox this morning announced the close of $13.5 million in Series B funding for its technology-fueled podcast app. The round was led by SIG China, and includes participation from existing investors IDG Capital, Qiming Venture Partners, and GSR Ventures.

To date, Castbox has raised $29.5 million.

While there are a number of podcast applications on the market today, what makes Castbox interesting is the proprietary technology it has under the hood. The platform uses natural language processing and machine learning techniques to power some of its unique features, like personalized recommendations and in-audio search.

The app is capable of making suggestions of what to listen to next, based on user’s prior listening behavior, which can help to improve discovery of podcasts people may like. Meanwhile, the in-audio search feature takes advantage of the recent leaps the industry has seen with voice recognition technology, and actually transcribes the audio content inside podcasts, indexes it, and makes it available for search within the Castbox app.

That means users no longer have to rely on things like episode titles, descriptions and show notes to find a podcast related to a topic they want to listen to – they can just search the Castbox app for any podcasts where the term was mentioned.

These differentiating features, so far, appear to be attracting users. Castbox’s app has been installed 15 million times, and today sees 1.8 million daily users, with a retention rate of 50 percent. While the company doesn’t have a way to directly correlate its features’ usage to these figures, its user ratings and reviews including a number of comments referencing them, along with compliments about the app’s overall clean user interface and experience, notes Castbox founder Renee Wang.

Wang, who previously worked at Google in Japan and Dublin, had originally created Castbox because of her own troubles in finding a player that supported different languages or gave personalized recommendations. Castbox was then further developed in response to user feedback and with a focus on improved podcast discovery.

Today, Castbox has a global user base, with only 45 percent from the U.S. But those users are most engaged. Americans spend the most time in the app, listening to an average of 113 minutes per day, says Wang. Chinese users, meanwhile, subscribe the most, with an average of 12 subscriptions per user.

With the additional funding, Castbox is adding another big differentiator to its app: original programming.

The company kicked off its efforts with “Castbox Originals,” as it original shows are called, with its first series, “Off Track with Hinch and Rossi.” The show stars Indy car drivers James Hinchcliffe and Alexander Rossi, and was made in partnership with INDYCAR. That was followed by “Heard Well Now,” an influencer-driven music podcast series in partnership with influencer music label Heard Well.

Both were designed to be niche series that would drive new audiences – specifically race car fans and teens – to podcasts.

The titles aren’t exclusive to Castbox, though – they’re also distributed through major platforms like Apple and Spotify. The shows, however, will include advertising which is how Castbox now aims to make money.

The upcoming slate of shows will also include a scripted series called “Be.Scared,” where listeners can hear tales of horror from contemporary writers, as well as a full-length true crime mockumentary for fans of “Serial,” a wrestling podcast, and a series of women-hosted podcasts.

“We’re investing a chunk of the new capital into original programming and strategic partnerships with creators,” says Wang. “Over the next two months, we’ve committed to launching more than a dozen Castbox Originals in addition to the ones we’ve already released in the past 30 days. On this front, we’ll continue identifying the right partners to work with as we expand our content strategy, which will allow us to strengthen our brand in the podcasting space,” she adds.

While the cost of launching a new show will vary based on a number of factors – like voice talent, writing, editing, music, marketing, promotion, etc. – the full process can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands.

The new funding will also be used to improve Castbox’s technology platform, including improvements to usability, content discovery, and personalization.

SIG China’s involvement speaks to Castbox’s roots – the startup initially launched in the Chinese market, but since relocated its headquarters to San Francisco, while maintaining an engineering office in Beijing. The team is now 52 full-time employees, and will continue to grow throughout the year.

“Castbox has shown consistent growth across all metrics, but more importantly, Renee and her team share great vision for the company,” said Andy Gao of SIG China, in a statement. :They’re extremely passionate about the podcasting space and their decision to share their content openly shows just how invested they are. As this new medium takes off and goes mass-market, we’re excited to see what’s next to come for Castbox.”

Castbox, of course, has fierce competition in the U.S., where there are dozens of alternative podcast players available across platforms, in addition to those from major players like Apple, and streaming services like Spotify or TuneIn. But users are always looking for the “best” app to serve their needs, and Castbox’s focus on discovery, and now, Originals, could give it the extra edge as it grows.

 

Hubble’s Greatest Discoveries Weren’t Planned; They Were Surprises – Forbes


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BMW debuts iX3 SUV electric car – Green Car Reports


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Julie Bowen Reveals She’s a Mother Who Lives for (Happy) Accidents

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Julie Bowen may play a totally Type-A mom of three on Modern Family, but, when we caught up with the actor just ahead of Mother’s Day, it became clear almost instantly that this real-life mom of three doesn't share her character’s trademark neurotic nature. Bowen's a cool mom whose idea of perfection is way more chill, and it involves playing four-square in the backyard with sons Oliver, John and Gustav.

“I used to always plan activities, and they’re never as fun as what happens instead of the activity or before the activity or when the activity falls apart,” she shared with SheKnows. “That has taught me so much about just being in the moment with them. It doesn’t have to be this picture-perfect day.”

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Adopting this relaxed approach to motherhood is precisely what led Bowen to discover her kids’ love of four-square. Hot on the heels of a flopped plan to squeeze in quality time at the local park, the actor taught her kids the backyard sport on a whim. Much to her surprise, they instantly declared it the best game ever. That’s the trick, says Bowen: “It’s just sort of being there and getting the good moments when they come along because they are usually by accident. Very rarely are they planned.”

But Bowen points out that parenting — like most things in life — requires balance. We live in a lightning rod of a time when it comes to socio-political conversations, especially where men are concerned. For all her spontaneity, the star admits that a lot of thought goes into how she approaches raising her three sons to be good stewards of humanity.

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“They know that I’m a very strong and independent person, and I hope that I’m raising them with enough respect. Their dad’s a super-kind guy, so I hope we’re baking it in and it doesn’t have to be a sea change where one day we’re like, ‘Hey, guys, turns out being racist is bad, and you’re not supposed to rape either!’ Like, I hope we only have to do minimal course corrections,” Bowen said, laughing.

The bottom line for Bowen is treating motherhood (and her kids) with honesty. For example, her kids get the blunt truth from her, no matter what. “If they ask a question, I’ll answer it. I don’t offer other information that they’re not looking for, but they know how babies are made, where they come from, what sexual violence is and how people are supposed to behave and not behave,” she revealed, adding, “It was never, ‘We’re gonna sit down and have this conversation’ — as soon as I felt they were old enough, I included these conversations in everything. You know, watching a movie and you go, ‘I don’t like the way they’re treating that lady; what do you think?’”

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Bowen gives her own mother, Suzanne Frey, much credit for helping shape her into the mom she’s turned out to be. She also can’t help but marvel at how truly committed Frey was to being a great parent. A stay-at-home mother during the '70s in conservative Baltimore, Frey (despite not being a natural cook) made sure her kids had three home-cooked meals a day on the table — often vegetables she grew in her own garden. “It was just all on her, and that was a full-time job. I’m not saying it’s any easier to be a parent now, but there are a lot more conveniences. I definitely hit InstaCart yesterday, you know? Because I didn’t have time to pick up the kids in all different places and go to the grocery store. She didn’t have those options. It was her whole job all the time,” Bowen said.

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The Modern Family star will get the chance to express some of that gratitude this Mother’s Day in a big way. She is partnering with Hallmark and Improv Everywhere for a special project inspired by mothers everywhere. As families walk through a park, they’ll come across a huge, 12-foot-tall Mother’s Day card that appears to be a public art installation. As the mothers approach and read the giant inscription on the card, it will slowly dawn on them that the message inside is for them.

Making the project even more poignant for Bowen is the fact her own mom will be among those surprised. “The note I wrote I did with my kids, because I thought it would be cuter if it was in their old scrabbled-up handwriting,” she told us of the sweet surprise. But what would Bowen’s message to her own mother be?

She confessed, “If I was writing it for her and no one else was going to see it, I would just say, ‘I learned all the important stuff from you.’” 

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Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott: Finally Seeking Treatment?

In the aftermath of Tori Spelling's breakdown, things have looked worse and worse for the actress and her husband, Dean McDermott.

Their family members have reached out to the couple in this time of crisis, and apparently Tori and Dean have both accepted that they need to get help.

There's just one problem. ...

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RadarOnline reports that Tori Spelling's family, including her mother Candy and her brother Randy, have reached out to them.

"They loved them, and were concerned."

Tori has apparently been experiencing migraines and panic attacks.

On top of that, she and Dean have been arguing about their children and, as always, about money, which always seems to be in short supply for the family of seven.

Tori's family wants the two of them to stop trying to fix their situation themselves, since that clearly isn't working.

"They said they wanted to see them get help."

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The source reports that, to their credit, Tori and Dean responded well to these concerned overtures.

"They admitted they are stressed out and overwhelmed."

They say that the first step towards fixing a problem is admitting that it exists. That makes sense.

Per the source, Tori and Dean know the source of their problem and are willing to address it.

"They blamed it on exhaustion and they agreed they would go to a wellness retreat."

So ... that's great!

Except for one little thing.

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Tori and Dean apparently haven't actually made any moves to act on this yet.

Generally, you don't get better by merely agreeing to seek treatment. You have to actually follow through.

"Tori’s excuse is they haven’t found the right place."

You might wonder how it's hard to find such a place -- since celebs go to different retreats all of the time, anywhere in the country and beyond.

But Tori is apparently very, very picky.

"She’s been looking into somewhere in the Dominican Republic"

Oh boy.

In the mean time, Tori has reportedly attended a beauty conference in Utah.

And Dean is pushing a new acting reel on social media.

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott on St. Patrick's Day

As we've mentioned, the ongoing struggles between the parents -- even the mere reports of their issues -- are hurting more than just Tori and Dean.

Fans are worried that Tori and Dean's children are being harmed by this situation.

Not, like, deliberate harm by their parents, but children tend to notice when their parents are in a state of perpetual conflict.

Living in a home where your parents might want to divorce but can't afford to can really screw you up.

Sometimes, children blame themselves.

They can also grow up to have very disturbing ideas of what relationships look like.

That said, Tori and Dean of course love their children. We're sure that a huge part of their motivations for seeking treatment is so that they can be better, more stable parents for their kids.

Tori Spelling and a Pig

Clearly, something has to change in the Spelling-McDermott household.

Considering that Dean called the police on Tori twice, it's hard to dispute that things are screwed up for the couple and, therefore, for the family.

This retreat might not fix their money troubles -- though thankfully, Tori's mother Candy apparently covers the cost of care for her grandchildren.

But it can get Tori and Dean back on track.

We hope.

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Google is replacing Android’s gun emoji with a water pistol – Digital Trends


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Rachel Weisz looks lovely, shows off her bump in a terrible Chloe gown

Rachel Weisz attends the 'Disobedience' premiere during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

Last week, Rachel Weisz announced her pregnancy in the middle of an interview with the New York Times. I was incredibly happy for her! Rachel and Daniel Craig have discussed their desire to have a child together in years past, although both have one child each from previous relationships. Rachel is 48, and I’m sure that means her pregnancy is probably “high risk,” but she’s been going about her business in New York and staying active. Her bump is pretty big too – I’m pretty sure she’s well into her second trimester. Anyway, these are photos of Rachel at last night’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Disobedience. The film is about two women – played by Weisz and Rachel McAdams – who become lovers and try to hide their relationship from their Orthodox Jewish community.

Weisz wore a really bad Chloe dress to the film festival premiere, but in general, I do try to give pregnant ladies more passes. We don’t know if she had a hard time finding flattering maternity-wear, and it could be that this was the only dress that fit comfortably. But yeah, it’s terrible. Also, we should take a moment and recognize that Rachel McAdams walked her first post-baby red carpet too! McAdams reportedly gave birth… at some point, maybe in February. We really don’t know, honestly. But we do know that her body snapped back and she’s already wearing sheer gowns with granny panties.

Rachel Weisz attends the 'Disobedience' premiere during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

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As tellurium demands rise, so do contamination concerns

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Archaeologists on ancient horse find in Nile River Valley

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Brain cell’s Achilles’ heel may prompt hydrocephalus

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Watching nanomaterials form in 4-D

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Sunlight reduces effectiveness of dispersants used in oil spills

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Corn with straw mulch builds yield, soil carbon

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Exercise could make the heart younger

After a heart attack, patients must create new heart muscle cells to heal. A new study shows that mice make more new heart muscle cells when they exercise compared to when they do not. This was true for both healthy mice and those that had experienced a heart attack. Findings demonstrate that one reason exercise is beneficial to health is that it increases the heart's capacity to regenerate.

A short, new movie of a comet’s surface is pretty incredible – Ars Technica


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The 2018 Time 100 gala brought the most dazzling celebrities together for one night of glitz, glamour and inspirational speeches. Among the attendees were gorgeous A-listers Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez and Emily Blunt, as well as Olympian Adam Rippon and activist Emma Gonzalez. Click through RadarOnline.com’s gallery to see the ritzy photos.

Will Future Marvel Movies Still Draw From Existing Comics Stories?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe frequently uses existing Marvel comic books as its source material - but will it continue to do so as the universe expands?

IGN caught up with Marvel Studios boss, Kevin Feige, to find out if he and his studio would continue to tap the comics for epic stories like Civil War and Infinity War.

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Doop’s Goodbye Words to Wolverine in Hunt For Wolverine #1

Today sees the publication of Hunt For Wolverine #1.

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1
(W) Charles Soule (A) David Marquez, Paulo Siqueira (CA) Steve McNiven
The RETURN OF WOLVERINE begins here, providing the first piece of a mystery that will leave no corner of the Marvel Universe untouched. Just as the X-Men have finally come to terms with Logan’s death, they learn a terrible secret. Old wounds will be re-opened, truths questioned, and an epic quest begun. The earliest clues to the mystery of Wolverine’s return are laid down here… who will solve it first? Rated T+ In Shops: Apr 25, 2018 SRP: $5.99

That’s the one.

In which we see what happened to Wolverine’s body after it was cased in molten adamantium, burning him alive. Until he was no longer alive.

The Beast says confirms that.

But we also get to hear the last words of Doop, the floating mutant cameraman revealed to have a long history intertwined with Wolverine. A quick look at the Doop translator…

 

Adios you dark bastard.   see you back at the Ranch…

Well, that’s one way to get another swear word past the censors. Though I’m not sure how much the X-Men books worries about that kind of thing now.

 

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‘Jersey Shore’ Star Ronnie’s Baby Mama Arrested After Stripping Down In Public!

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro‘s baby mama Jennifer Harley had a knack for getting in trouble with the law before she met the Jersey Shore Family Reunion star.

RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that Harley, whose ex-husband claimed she was a stripper in divorce documents, didn’t just allegedly take it all off in the club — she once got down and dirty in public, too!

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Unfortunately for Harley, she got arrested during a clothing-optional outing, according to court documents exclusively obtained by Radar.

READ THE SHOCKING COURT DOCUMENTS

In August 2007, the mother of Ortiz-Magro’s newborn daughter, Ariana Sky, was locked up in North Las Vegas for indecent exposure after removing her top in a hot tub and exposing her breasts in front of three witnesses, the documents show.

Harley’s girlfriend was also arrested for stripping down and exposing her breasts, butt, and genitals, according to the court records.

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Harley, now 31, was charged with a gross misdemeanor and pleaded guilty to a lesser lewd or lascivious act charge.

As Radar reported, Harley and 32-year-old Ortiz-Magro, who has his own long history of questionable behavior during his years starring on MTV’s reality hit Jersey Shore, began dating in 2017. They announced they were becoming parents together later that year.

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Video consultation service Doctor on Demand raised $74 million so everyone can see a doctor anytime

Healing America’s broken healthcare industry has been at the top of the priority list for almost every politician, entrepreneur, and inventor for at least the past forty years.

Costs continue to climb (roughly 5% this year) and spending is already 20% of the nation’s GDP. For the trillions of dollars Americans spend on healthcare they’re getting declining services, more frequent ailments and a steadily diverging standard of care for the rich and the poor in the country.

Something needs to be done — and venture capitalists and some of the biggest names in finance led by Goldman Sachs are investing $73 million in a technology startup they see as a potential solution.

The company is Doctor on Demand and its solution is video-based telemedicine.

The new funding led by Goldman Sachs and Princeville Global (with participation from existing investors including Venrock, Shasta Ventures, and Tenaya Capital) will be used to continue the company’s rapid expansion in the U.S. and abroad — and brings the company’s total financing to $160 million.

“This trend of consumerization, which we’re leading, is really going to result in much greater patient driven healthcare experiences which will save the patient a lot of money,” says company chief executive Hill Ferguson .

Ferguson knows that the arc of internet services bends towards on-demand and he says that healthcare should be no different. “Most people have no idea they can see a board-certified physician on their phone from their bed while they’re sick at two in the morning with a five minute wait time,” he says.

That’s essentially the service that Doctor on Demand provides.

While the company’s consultations aren’t a panacea for everything that ails the healthcare industry, Ferguson claims his company’s board certified staff can handle 90% of the consultations that happen every day in Urgent Care facilities and for $300 less than insurers currently pay out.

While the service started out as something that consumers had to pay out of pocket, it has now transitioned to a more seamless (and cheaper) option for customers — it’s covered by most major insurance carriers.

“We’ve shifted from being a cash pay virtual practice to more of an enterprise player. we’re driving most of our volume through health insurance plans and employers,” Ferguson says.

The company employs its own doctors and staffs its video consultation service 24-hours a day, seven days a week, Ferguson says. Despite the workload — which sees the company’s virtual doctors consult with four patients each hour on average — the company’s fourteen day readmission rate (a standard measure of effective diagnoses) is on par with brick and mortar services, Ferguson says.

Roughly 5% of the consultations involve patients who need to be referred to specialists, according to Ferguson.

The service can also refer patients to diagnostics and testing facilities to get bloodwork and other tests that can supplement an initial diagnosis.

Through its agreements with insurers, Doctor on Demand stipulates what kinds of conditions its video consultations can cover, and which ailments and maladies require immediate medical attention. Increasingly, customers are taking advantage of the company’s mental health services — an area that’s grown 240% since it was introduced, according to Ferguson.

Mental health is one growth area for the company and its testing services provide another. In all, Ferguson thinks there’s a $50 billion addressable market in the U.S. alone. A figure he says more than justifies the company’s $160 million (and counting) in funding.

 

Doctor on Demand isn’t profitable yet, and the new financing still sees the company valued under $1 billion, but Ferguson is confident about the future. “I gotta wear shades,” the chief executive said.

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Every New Comic in Free Comic Book Day 2018

The first weekend of May means two things - there's a new Marvel movie in theaters (in this case, Avengers: Infinity War) and another Free Comic Book Day has arrived. If you enjoy reading comic books and not having to pay for things, it's pretty much a perfect storm of awesome.

As usual, publishers are going all-out to celebrate this year's FCBD on May 5. Fans can look forward to new tales featuring heroes like Captain America, Spider-Man, Batman, Doctor Who and the Power Rangers. Check out our slideshow below spotlighting all of the books included in this year's FCBD promotion, along with their creative teams and official descriptions. Note that we're also including DC Nation #0, even though it's actually being released on May 2 and carries a cover price of 25 cents in print form.

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Was Melania Trump’s white Michael Kors hat some kind of nod to Beyonce, maybe?

President Donald J. Trump welcomes President Emmanuel Macron

I admire the bloggers who completely avoid discussing Melania Trump’s fashion. They’re so strong! Personally, I try to only cover Melania’s fashion when it’s notable or very bad or very funny. This is one of those weeks. The Trumps have been hosting the French president and French first lady for days for an official state visit. Yesterday was the big daytime press conference and White House greeting, and the evening was for the state dinner. The state dinner was completely overshadowed by Melania’s giant white hat during the day, and the hat was overshadowed by typical Bigly shenanigans. First off, The White Hat of Doom: Melania’s entire white ensemble is Michael Kors. She didn’t take the hat off all f-cking day, not even when they were inside. Some of the videos that went viral were… amazing. Here’s Bigly’s baby fist trying to hold Melania’s hand:

Doesn’t it look like he thanks her for finally acquiescing to holding his hand? She also wore the hat so it would be more difficult for him to kiss her.

The hat was very much IN FORMATION.

And here’s the video that made me guffaw:

Here was Bigly trying to hold hands with President Macron, who clearly feels sorry for our senile-traitor president:

And here’s Bigly brushing dandruff off of Macron’s jacket. I can’t.

As for the state dinner, Melania wore custom Chanel. Ivanka Trump and Precious Jared were there too.

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India’s Jugnoo adopts a unique take on ride-hailing to help fill Singapore’s Uber void

Another contender is throwing its hat into the ring to replace Uber in Southeast Asia after India’s Jugnoo, a startup that specializes in offering autorickshaws on-demand in India, revealed it plans to enter Singapore.

Uber announced its exit from Southeast Asia last month in a deal that sees Grab buy its regional business, and since then a number of companies have stepped into the void. Those include $4 billion-valued heavyweight Go-Jek, which has held talks with top taxi operator ComfortDelGro, and newer names like Ryde and U.S.-based Arcade City, but Jugnoo is perhaps even less expected.

Away from the main stage fight between Ola and Uber in India, Jugnoo has quietly buckled down and built a business that founder and CEO Samar Singla told TechCrunch is profitable with around 10 percent of the country’s e-hailing volumes. Key to that, he said, has been a focus on more rural areas of the country and its B2B logistics service. Uber briefly ran a competing service in 2015, while Ola is pushing its rickshaw offerings towards electric vehicles.

Jugnoo plans to take a unique approach in Singapore, where it will launch a car-on-demand service that uses a “reverse-bidding” model. That’s a play on bidding systems — which incentivize passengers to offer a tip to land a driver for their requested journey — that instead lets drivers jostle to ‘win’ a passenger’s journey. So a user makes a request to go from A to B, and then picks the driver with the price — or perhaps car, or driver rating — that they prefer.

“Drivers will bid so we hope it will be beneficial to consumers,” Singla said in an interview, admitting that the system may need to be fine-tuned further down the line. “Singapore customers are open, educated and understanding of startup models.”

Jugnoo founder and CEO Samar Singla

The company was lured to Singapore as part of a government initiative to contact potential ride-hailing services post Uber-Grab . Jugnoo claims to have signed up over 100 drivers in the past two days, and it is aiming to grow that number to at least 500 before the service launches.

“If we say we will go and compete with Uber, Grab, Didi and others on their home turf and with their money, that would be quite stupid,” the Jugnoo CEO explained. “We think this could be a decent niche. Our goal is around 10 percent market share [and] to be a sustainable company.”

The opportunistic move will be Jugnoo’s first expansion outside of India. Singla is optimistic that it can figure out alternative ways to compete in other parts of the world, which could potentially include markets outside of Southeast Asia, in the future.

Jugnoo has taken $16 million from investors to date, according to Crunchbase. Its most recent raise was a $10 million Series B round that closed in 2016.

That’s small pennies for Grab, which raised a round of more than $2 billion led by SoftBank and Didi last year at a valuation of $6 billion. To date, the Singapore-based firm has pulled in over $4 billion in capital from investors.

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Meghan Markle in Emilia Wickstead on Anzac Day: flattering & somber?

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince William at Anzac Day Memorial Service

As we discussed earlier, today is Anzac Day, a day of commemoration for the Australian and New Zealand troops who fought in Gallipoli during World War I. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got the assignment to attend the dawn-service. Harry was also tasked with laying a wreath at the Cenotaph, and then a few hours later, Harry, William and Meghan stepped out for another commemoration service, this time at Westminster Abbey. William greeted his future sister-in-law with warmth: he put his arm around her and kissed her cheek in greeting.

For this appearance, Meghan changed out of that not-great beige-y coat. She wore an Emilia Wickstead suit, I guess that’s what we’re calling it. It seems to be two pieces: a cropped jacket and a long skirt, both in textured black fabric. This is very flattering to her figure, actually. I think if we saw Meghan in real life, we would be surprised by her proportions and her frame – I think she’s a very small woman and she seems like she’s “all legs.” That might explain why she errs on the side of wearing longer skirts too, to make her look more proportional. Plus, she wants to look conservative, in general. Her hat is Philip Treacy. All of it works. I’m fine with this.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince William at Anzac Day Memorial Service

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince William at Anzac Day Memorial Service

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Attend Anzac Day Services

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New NASA boss Jim Bridenstine garners praise and disapproval – physicsworld.com


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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry step out for the Anzac Day Dawn Service

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Anzac Day official remembrance service

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got up bright and early this morning to attend the dawn service for Anzac Day. Anzac Day is a day of commemoration for the Anzac landings at Gallipoli by Australian and New Zealand troops. It’s a military-remembrance commemoration, like D-Day, basically. Prince Harry often gets tasked with these kinds of military and military-adjacent events, and I guess Meghan will be attending many of them too, because here she is, at the dawn service, greeting Maoris and dignitaries even though she’s not even officially part of the Firm yet.

The point of this wasn’t the fashion, but people will want to talk about the fashion anyway, so let’s get into it. Meghan’s Mirror – a fansite tracking her fashion – doesn’t have a confirmation on Meghan’s coat, but their guess is that it’s a bespoke Matthew Williamson. I have my doubts that this is bespoke, just because everything about the fit suggests that this was off-the-rack. Yeah, I really dislike this. The beige-grey shade is not good, the coat is much too bulky and MY GOD THE BUTTONS. Is there some kind of pro-button tutorial given to royal women or something? Is Big Button in bed with Big Duchess? Meghan accessorized her look with a Gucci clutch and Sarah Flint pumps.

Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan announced their music choices for their wedding. They’re going to have a gospel choir and some actual people of color involved!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Anzac Day official remembrance service

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Anzac Day official remembrance service

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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 8 Episode 19 Recap: Dorit Kemsley vs. Teddi Jo Mellencamp!

Dorit Kemsley likes to be the center of attention, and that might be why she's always embroiled in arguments with her fellow housewives. 

On The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 8 Episode 19, she essentially revealed that she's moved on from the fights, but there are still two housewives she doesn't like: Teddi Mellencamp and Camille Grammer. 

She did that by naming one of her swimsuit designs after the other cast members. 

"I don't have to make excuses for it, it's my life," complained Dorit who did not give a damn about causing drama. 

"I'm going to name them after the women who really bring something to my life," she continued during the reunion special on Tuesday night. 

"That kind of sucks…I was left out on purpose, every time I called I was a bother to her, and I was so irritating," Teddi fired back.

"Teddi is one person to my face and another behind my back," snapped Dorit in response. 

We even got some insight into what changed Lisa Rinna's persona this season. If you watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills online, you will know that Rinna has not been getting involved in the fights this time around. 

Lisa Rinna at a Gala

But away from the show, Rinna had apparently been sharing her views on co-star Lisa Vanderpump's relationship with Cedric Martinez. 

Vanderpump claimed she had not seen the posts, but Rinna was not about to let everyone drag her for some comments. 

"Unless you saw it you should just shut up…are you kidding me? My Instagram stories that go away in 24 hours, who gives a f***ing s***?"

After that, we got to hear how the ladies felt about the arguments between Kyle Richards, Vanderpump, and Dorit. 

L to the VP

"My feelings have really been hurt in this situation," said Vanderpump of all the arguing.

"You called me out for every little teeny, weeny thing I've done," Richard said in response. 

"We know now that Dorit was a little economical with the truth," said Vanderpump of Dorit's knack for not telling the truth. 

"I cherish my relationship with Lisa. You [Kyle] think Lisa Vanderpump controls you," Dorit said, clearly attempting to stick the knife in. 

"I don't remember saying that," Kyle yelled angrily. Kyle felt like Dorit was trying to cause trouble between her and the other cast members. 

Kyle Richards Cries

She turned her attention to the drama at the beach house that put her on the outs with Erika Girardi. 

"You made a mountain out of a molehill," Kyle continued.

"I was so f***ing confused," said Erika of the situation. Erika has never allowed anyone to talk smack about her and has shade for days, so it's funny when people actually try to attack her. 

The first part of the reunion was relatively subdued, but usually, most of the drama is saved for the later installments. 

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Maybe we will get some more action when Camille Grammer takes to the stage!

Okay, what did you think of all the latest shade throwing? 

Hit the comments below!

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Jessica Simpson’s street style involves bad boots, a negligee & a Gucci coat

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I just realized that we haven’t talked about Jessica Simpson YET in 2018. Allow me to make up for that gossip disaster! Here are some photos of Jessica out and about in New York on Tuesday. Yes, these are really photos of Jessica this week. These photos are unaltered. You can’t even say that Jessica just got drunk and threw a coat over a negligee and called it a day – she was clearly proud of this Gucci ensemble and she previewed it on Twitter:

Even if she had Bella Hadid’s figure, this ensemble would be pretty bad. Because it really is just a negligee and a fug coat and hooker boots. But obviously, these photos are making people ask, “so, is she pregnant again?” Jessica actually shut down speculation about having a third child last year, saying she was done having babies and she got an IUD. That was after Ace Knute was a little bit of a “surprise” pregnancy just a few months after giving birth to Maxwell Drew. Anyway, Ace turns 5 years old in June, and Jessica recently told Entertainment Tonight that she does have a case of “baby fever” and that she and Eric Johnson are “always practicing” to have a third. So… there. I think she’s already knocked up. She’s only 37, by the way.

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Kourtney Kardashian lobbies Congress for cosmetic reform

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This might sound like the premise for a terrible straight-to-DVD movie, but it’s true. Kourtney Kardashian headed to Washington D.C. to speak out for cosmetic formulation reform. According to The Hill, the 39-year-old mother of three joined Rep, Frank Pauline Jr.of New Jersey and Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in a hearing on Tuesday asking for a much-needed update in the national laws that regulate the production of cosmetics.

According to Rep. Pauline, who serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, current FDA regulations on cosmetics are “obsolete,” having been enacted under the original Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938. He says that this is “unacceptable” and that legislation is needed “to ensure cosmetics are safe for the American people.”

TMZ caught the 39-year-old mother of three making her way though the halls of the Capitol, and, in true Kardashian fashion, she stopped to take a selfie with a fan. NBC Washington reporter Jennifer Vasquez tweeted some photos from the hearing, including the throng of eager fans and onlookers also hoping to get a pic with the reality personality.

The timing on this hearing is slightly curious, as Tuesday marked the launch of a brand new makeup collaboration between Kourtney and her makeup maven younger sister, Kylie Jenner. Three eyeshadow quads and three lip colors were released with names taken from Kourt’s vocabulary, including Poosh and Slob Kabob.

Kourtney is a big proponent of living the healthy life, so I’m curious to see if she practices what she preaches with her new makeup collection. But, heading to D.C. to talk cosmetics certainly can be viewed as a Kardashian-level publicity stunt, not that these women need any help selling anything to their fans. I’ll stick with my NYX.

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The Voice Recap: The Most Predictable Elimination Yet?

With the live shows of The Voice Season 14 now well underway, it's becoming increasingly easier to tell who is circling the drain. 

With most of the performers turning in solid performances on Monday night, it left a few stragglers who would likely be on the chopping block during Tuesday night's installment. 

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Per usual, the results show was stuffed with filler, but at least we got to hear Kelly Clarkson sing! The talented performer joined her team for a rendition of "Don't Take the Money" which was not that great. 

It sounded like they were all singing it from inside a tin can, but there was no mention of whether there were issues with the performance on the technical side. 

We also got performances from Maroon 5 and the Rise cast. Rise is the new NBC drama that's trying so hard to be Glee it hurts. 

Sent to Safety

Britton Buchanan (Team Alicia)

Brynn Cartelli (Team Kelly)

Sharane Calister (Team Adam)

Pryor Baird (Team Blake)

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Christiana Danielle (Team Alicia)

Spensha Baker (Team Blake)

Kaleb Lee (Team Kelly)

Jackie Verna (Team Adam)

Kyla Jade (Team Blake)

Jackie Foster (Team Alicia)

That left D.R. King and Rayshun LaMarr on the chopping block, and both artists got one last chance to impress the world. 

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D.R. King (Team Kelly) -  “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”

Like Monday night, D.R. turned in a performance that you would expect from someone at the start of the competition. 

Simply put, it was all over the place. It had shaky vocals, and it was difficult to imagine D.R. finding a way to bring himself back from the brink with this one. 

Rayshun LaMarr (Team Adam) - “I Can’t Stand the Rain”

Rayshun went with a slower song, and it was a return to form for him. The vocals were off the charts, and it made it very clear who would be making it through to the Top 11. 

As expected, Rayshun was saved, while D.R. King was sent packing. This highlights a bigger issue for The Voice: Why do the powers that be allow some of the weaker contestants to get far?

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We're not going to name names, but a lot of better vocalists have been sent home and D.R. has skated through. 

In any case, we're down to 11 contestants, and the eliminations will get more substantial because there are only a handful of episodes left this season. 

What did you think of the elimination? 

Did the right person go home?

Hit the comments!

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‘Little People’ Star Matt Roloff Gets Ready To Leave The Farm For Good!

In this week’s episode of Little People, Big World, Jeremy and Audrey Roloff were only days away from giving birth to their first child — and it seemed like everyone would miss the big moment!

Amy Roloff and boyfriend Chris Marek went on a six-day motorcycle trip to Alberta, Canada, despite the fact that Audrey’s due date was just around the corner.

“It was a tough decision to go on this road trip. I was torn,” Amy admitted. “There was a good chance that I could miss the birth of a granddaughter. I just pray she doesn’t have the baby until I get back. This is a trip Chris has long planned. But I do not want to miss moments that are milestones in my kid’s life.”

“Hopefully she waits till grandma comes home,” Amy added. “The biggest thing that could come out of this motorcycle ride is that I got a granddaughter that’s supposed to be born. I just pray she doesn’t have the baby until after she gets back.”

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Meanwhile, Zach and Tori took baby Jackson on his first airplane to California to see the beautiful sights of Catalina — possibly missing the birth of Jeremy and Audrey’s baby as well.

“I really hope Audrey doesn’t have her baby while we’re gone,” Zack admitted. “But it is the first boat ride for Jackson, first airplane ride, so it will be a trip to remember.”

Luckily, Amy, Zack and Tori made it back with plenty of time left to spare before Audrey went into labor.

Amy described her road trip with Chris as “amazing,” thought there were a few bumps along the way.

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“I love a road trip,” Amy told the cameras. “I think it crossed our minds, ‘like okay this is a lot of together time, it might be too much.’ It will probably be the big test.” And it certainly was!

“I noticed about Chris, throughout the trip he would just stop all of a sudden and get up and not tell me where he was going. It got to the point where we fought over it,” Amy revealed.

“When we were having dinner, he just left. I had no idea where he was going or what he was doing. I was like ‘no, this does not work for me.’ Like ‘where did you go?'”

Things were left unanswered.

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In another scene, Matt put his foot down and opened up about his upcoming lifestyle change.

“Are you thinking of moving off the farm?” Matt’s girlfriend, Caryn Chandler asked.

“It’s tough thinking about spending eternity here with Amy,” Matt admitted. “I don’t like the fact that I live in a house that’s not a good fit for me. It’s not fair for me. I’m stuck at that house.”

Matt explained that the house — which is only 500 feet from where Amy lives on the farm — is not “little people friendly.”

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“Now that I’m divorced I just want my own path away from Amy,” Matt told the cameras. “The fact that I’m living on the same property as my ex-wife, it’s very, very bizarre.”

So, Caryn agreed to invest with Matt so they could buy a property together.

“It’s an investment that wouldn’t be 50 percent owned by Amy,” Matt said with a smile.

Next week on Little People, Big World Audrey goes into labor. Stay tuned for the two-hour special of the birth! Plus, things heat up even more when Matt confronts Amy about the farm.

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Clayne Crawford is ‘incredibly sorry’ after his toxic behavior was revealed this week

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Earlier this week, Deadline had a very interesting report about Clayne Crawford, star of the hit Fox show Lethal Weapon (which is just a reboot-for-television of the successful film franchise). Clayne plays the “Riggs” character, so he’s the co-lead. Deadline reported that their sources told them that Clayne “has had a history of bad behavior on the show, and that he has been disciplined several times over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment.” His behavior has reportedly been “escalating” to the point where actors and crew don’t feel safe around him. Deadline also suggested that there is some talk of just recasting the role after three successful seasons. The story was very interesting, and as many said, if it was in a trade paper like Deadline, that means it’s pretty serious. Yesterday, Clayne responded to the report with an Instagram:

Lethal Weapon star Clayne Crawford is making amends for his bad behavior on the set of the Fox reboot. The actor on Tuesday posted a lengthy apology on his verified Instagram page in which he detailed two incidents that occurred on the Warner Bros. Television procedural. Crawford admitted that he was “reprimanded twice” during the second season of the Fox procedural.

He said the first incident happened when he became angry with what he deemed unsafe working conditions on the set. After the outburst, Crawford said he met with human resources, apologized for his role in the conflict and completed studio-appointed therapy, while also sharing a “sizable portion” of his paycheck with one of the parties involved — at Warners’ request. The second incident occurred during an episode Crawford was directing when another actor on set felt unsafe after being hit by a piece of shrapnel from an effect.

“I absolutely love, respect and care for my crew and cast, and would never intentionally jeopardize so many jobs,” Crawford wrote. “I am incredibly sorry if my passion for doing good work has ever made anyone feel less than comfortable on our set, or feel less than celebrated for their efforts. Furthermore, I apologize to all the crew and cast for any negative attention Lethal Weapon is receiving because of these incidents.”

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

On the plus side, he’s not dismissing it as fake news. On the minus side, I feel like we’re setting the bar way too low if we’re handing out cookies to dudes when they simply admit that yeah, they have an anger problem and yeah, it was so bad that the studio ordered them into anger-management therapy. Again, I have to ask: what would the story have been if a woman or a person of color had done this? Also: I simply don’t believe that the two incidents Clayne described were the sum total of his toxic male bulls–t. Those two incidents he described were part of a larger pattern of toxic behavior, I’m absolutely sure.

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Recipe For Romance: Bradley & Irina Spice It Up In Their Kitchen & Bedroom!

Forget the bedroom! Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are finding ways to spice up their relationship after welcoming their 1-year-old daughter Lea.

“Bradley learned a thing or two after training with chef Marcus Wareing for his role as a Michelin-starred restaurateur in Burnt,” a source close to the 43-year-old actor told Radar.

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Currently, Cooper, 43, is enjoying some down time with Shayk, 32, after filming the big screen remake of the classic film A Star Is Born.

Bradley had his plate full last year, so they didn’t get to spend a lot of time together doing the simple things  — bringing Lea to the farmers’ market, eating dinner as a family — which makes this all the more special,” noted the source.

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And the couple’s culinary time together has heated up their relationship in other ways.

“It’s amazing how the spark came back!” laughed the source.

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Kanye West Eyeing Teaching Gig At Harvard

Yeezy apparently wants to join the Ivy League, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively. That’s right, Kanye West — Mr. College Dropout himself — is eyeing a gig teaching at none other than Harvard!

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“He says he wants to pass his genius on to the next generation and teach architecture, which is bizarre considering how he stalled completion on his own house for years,” a source told Radar. “It’s just completely delusional.”

Or…maybe not!

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Kanye has been successful at everything he’s tried, from rap to fashion,” muses another friend, noting that Yeezus is also currently planning to write — via Twitter — a book of “philosoph-Ye.”

Could academia be so far-fetched?

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“Given his history,” says the pal, “Kim is just happy he’s focused on something positive, if not a little ridiculous!”

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Sorry, Jen! Justin’s New Girl ‘Nothing Like’ Actress

Justin Theroux appears to have moved on from Jennifer Aniston since their February split, and sources told RadarOnline.com exclusively 26-year-old model Erika Cardenas is “nothing like” his former 46-year-old flame Jennifer Aniston! “Justin’s digging all the attention he’s getting from women,” dished an insider. Click for everything you need to know about Theroux’s rebound romance and to see them canoodling in public!

In Touch: It appears as though Miranda Lambert homewrecked another dude

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At the end of February, we got some interesting news via In Touch Weekly: their sources claimed that country star Anderson East had dumped Miranda Lambert. Miranda and Anderson got together pretty quickly after Blake Shelton suddenly divorced her in 2015. To be fair, Blake moved on really quickly too, with Gwen Stefani. It felt like both Miranda and Blake left the dumpster fire of that marriage and neither one ever looked back. But still, I tended to believe that Anderson + Miranda was not some grand love story. He was a placeholder guy, just someone to have around because apparently she can’t be alone (how J.Lo of her).

After In Touch reported that, it took about five weeks for the more mainstream gossip outlets to pick it up. Us Weekly’s breakup story is dated April 7th. But I actually think In Touch got it right: the breakup happened in February. What I’m not so sure about is who broke up with whom. In Touch Weekly has another exclusive:

Three months after Miranda Lambert split from musician boyfriend Anderson East, 29, without explanation — a source tells In Touch exclusively the country star is in a relationship with handsome Turnpike Troubadours frontman Evan Felker, 34.

Evan’s band opened for Miranda, 34, in February and is slated to join her tour again this summer. “Evan is currently dating Miranda,” the source tells In Touch. But as of April 23, he is still technically married to wife Staci Felker.

Evan wed Staci Felker, an accountant, in the fall of 2016 — and on Feb. 16, 2018, Evan filed for divorce, according to court documents, which the source says blindsided his wife. Staci filed her own papers on Feb. 28, citing “abandonment,” which Evan disputed in a later filing. (As of April 23 the divorce had not yet been finalized.) When In Touch asked Staci about Evan’s relationship with Miranda, she declined to comment. A rep for Evan also had no comment.

While the source believes Miranda and Evan hooked up when they were on the road together, a friend of Miranda’s insists to In Touch the country star did not put the moves on a married man and Miranda does not believe she’s to blame for Evan’s marriage ending.

As for Miranda and Evan’s current status, the friend adds, “They’re figuring it out. It’s in the early stages; they’re still getting to know each other.”

[From In Touch Weekly]

“A friend of Miranda’s insists to In Touch the country star did not put the moves on a married man…” Except… not so much? Blake Shelton was married when they first got together. And Blake allegedly divorced her so suddenly because he finally found out that she was cheating on him all over the place. Even if that wasn’t the rumor, Blake’s actions in suddenly and swiftly filing for divorce and getting everything done so quickly would have been enough to indicate that Miranda was the one who f–ked up. Just my opinion: I think Miranda has HUGE issues about and around men. I think she digs married men, I really do. I think having affairs gets her hot and bothered. And yes, I think we finally know why Miranda and Anderson broke up: because she was banging this married dude. But I’m sure people will look the other way in general, because she’s pretty and blonde and sings about broken hearts.

Behold, Evan Felker. He IS cute. Not cute enough where I would homewreck his marriage, but he’s legit cute.

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Kourtney Kardashian Is Making Her Move Into Politics

In a refreshing, somewhat surprising move, Kourtney Kardashian is mixing her business acumen with politics in order to help reform one of the industries she has put so much of her time and effort into: the cosmetics industry. According to E! News, Kardashian joined Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook to speak about the importance and critical need to update the United States' cosmetics legislation.

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NBC Washington reporter Jennifer Vazquez tweeted out that, "[Kardashian is] meeting with lawmakers to update an 80-year-old FDA law to help make beauty products safer," and that "[she] says that as a mom it's important for her to know what's in the personal care products she uses. She's calling for new legislation that will give cosmetic companies a guideline of how much of a certain chemical they can use."

Kardashian's testimony served as part of an important part of a meeting with Congressional leaders and Senate staffers working with the Environmental Working Group because this group is backing the Personal Care Products Safety Act, which was introduced in May 2017. E! News reports that this act seeks to "[protect] the health of consumers by 'strengthening' the Food and Drug Administration's 'authority to regulate the ingredients in personal care products.'"

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It may be tempting to write off Kardashian's appearance at this meeting, but this is an important move for her and a meaningful one for the staffers working to get this act passed. Kardashian's presence in the cosmetics community is set to increase in 2018, with her latest venture involving a collaboration with her half-sister, Kylie Jenner, for Jenner's cosmetics line, Kylie Cosmetics. This means that Kardashian's interests are undoubtedly invested in doing whatever it takes to ensure that cosmetics legislation is up to high enough standard for consumers; a lot's at stake here. In addition to her entrepreneurial interests in making sure cosmetics legislation is up to code, Kardashian has been pretty vocal about her lifestyle habits and how she likes to eat and live as organically and naturally as possible, a lifestyle she likes to share with her children. It's heartening to see that Kardashian is speaking up not just for herself, but for generations to come on this important issue.

Of course, Kardashian's Capital Hill outing didn't go unnoticed by her fans. Vazquez also reported via her Twitter that after the meeting was over, Kardashian was nice enough to meet with staffers and take photos with them.

Let's hope her testimony was a meaningful contribution to this very worthy cause but more importantly, let's hope this isn't the last we see of Kardashian in a political arena; it's a good look for her.

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Little People, Big World Recap: Is Matt Outta Here?

In our recap of the first new episode of Little People, Big World in months, we posed the following question:

Is Amy Roloff moving off the farm?

The veteran reality TV star expressed concern on the spring premiere about awkwardness with ex-husband Matt, considering he was dating a former acquaintance of hers and considering close to each other Matt and Amy still lived.

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Following last night's installment of this popular TLC series, however, we now have a different, albeit related, question to pose:

Is Matt Roloff moving off the farm?!?

You see, Amy and Matt reside about 500 feet from one another.

It's an unusual set-up, but it allows both parties to continue working on the family farm in various capacities.

On Tuesday, though, Matt emphasized his main issue with this arrangement, which is that he's stuck in a relatively small home and Amy is living in the home in which the couple raised its four kids.

It "makes sense, but it wasn't supposed to be permanent," Matt explained to the camera. "I mean, I'm living 500 feet from my ex. It's awkward."

This has been the case since the couple split up in May of 2016, following over 25 years of marriage.

Amy Roloff Talks About Matt Roloff

So, what changed?

Why have Amy and Matt gone from mostly amicable to... less than amicable?

Both are in serious relationship; the former has been dating Chris Marek for over a year and the latter is with Caryn Chandler.

It's understandable that these romances might run into the occasional hiccup when one thinks about the aforementioned living situation.

"I'm either at a place now where I need to dig in my roots further on the farm and build a house that suits me, or I need to think about finding real estate off the farm," Matt added on Tuesday evening, confessing:

"It's not easy. I've been on this farm more than half my life."

Over the past several months, however, sons Zach and Jeremy have welcomed a son and a daughter, respectively, making Matt a grandfather and making it hard for him to think about moving too far away from these kids.

"I don't know what the next step is, so that's the challenge I'm living in," he said on air.

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Could he construct a little person-accessible house somewhere else on the farm?

Yes, but Matt would first need Amy's permission because she co-owns the property.

"Our lives are always going to be intertwined because of the farm, and we have to work together," he said. "So we have to talk about it and make sure she's on board."

Enter a big argument between the exes.

"I'm like, why is this coming at me now? What's the purpose?" Amy said in a confessional about Matt's proposed new house, adding:

"I think for me, my guard goes up all the time, because I always feel like there's something missing here. I know it."

We're not certain what Amy meant by this.

Perhaps that she took the request as a way of Matt saying he wanted to propose to Caryn?

"Because I don't have all the facts or all the information. Every businessperson would tell you that's not a good way to make a decision," Amy said to her former husband when asked why she had a problem.

"This little moment reminds me why we're divorced," Matt replied.

Later in the episode, Matt and Caryn looked at a few properties together.

"Am I gonna move off the farm? It's tough thinking about spending eternity, or whatever that means, here with Amy," he said, concluding:

"Now that Amy and I are divorced, I just want my own path that's separate from Amy's. It really has to do with just creating a little more balance in my own life."

Elsewhere on the kinda intense installment:

With Jeremy and Audrey's daughter set to be born any day, Amy grappled with her decision to travel with Chris and risk missing the birth -- and Zach and Tori embarked on their first family trip together.

Click on the video below to watch Little People, Big World online and catch up now!

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Lethal Weapon Season 2 Episode 20 Review: Jesse’s Girl

Bad dads are put to task and Riana's in hot water in an emotional, but on the nose, Lethal Weapon.

This Lethal Weapon review contains spoilers.

Lethal Weapon: Season 2, Episode 20

“Feels like Mars to me…”

Ever since Lethal Weapon’s very first episode, a highly important question to the series is what does Martin Riggs need to be happy. Through the first season that need appears to be justice for his dead wife and bitter vengeance for her killer. Lethal Weapon’s second season widens the scope of that question and brings closure with Riggs’ father into the equation, but it’s still not a clear-cut answer. At times it appears that Riggs’ goal is to break every rule that there is within the police department and at other moments it honestly looks like he wants to die and be put out of the misery.

Riggs is an enigma that’s wrapped in a riddle that’s wrapped in a truck. There’s a reason that the character’s therapy sessions are such a crucial part of the series. “Jesse’s Girl” tries to answer some of the fundamental questions that define Riggs and it’s kind of heartbreaking to learn that in a much simpler time, all that Riggs ever wanted was to have a family and to be a good dad. Now that he’s found himself with essentially that, it’s time to see if he can maintain that dream and keep things golden through the end of the season.

After a rocky year, Roger and Trish are also eager to keep the peace, yet their concerns over their children can’t help but pop up to poke holes in their solitude. Roger and Trish’s paranoia doesn’t stem around something as drastic as a pregnancy, but Riana is still caught in their crosshairs after they become skeptical of her new friends and the sort of influences that they may be.

This fear turns into an exercise in restraint and even though Roger wants to scold his daughter for her bad behavior, Trish insists that it will be smarter to lay back and save the tag-team parenting for the real problems. This way they’ll have their daughter’s trust for when they really need it. Of course, neither of them anticipate that their daughter is about to be involved in a murder…by proxy!

Riana’s parents are right to have doubts about her new friends, but it’s really quite impressive at just how quickly Phoebe and Tyler establish how awful they are. The two of them break into a mansion and get up to a lot of stupid, teenage fun while the owners are gone. Phoebe and Tyler both rack up a lengthy list of offenses when suddenly Tyler needs to prove how macho he is and this incident of adolescent recklessness very quickly turns into homicide.

Phoebe’s older boyfriend, Tyler, is such an obvious bad guy and he reminded me a lot of the very similarly looking bad boy from Twin Peaks: The Return, Richard Horne. When he starts to do terrible things it’s not at all surprising. It may feel like derivative writing to some degree, but it’s more so a testament to the casting here.

The situation surrounding how Riana loses her dad’s jacket to Phoebe is also pretty damn contrived, but it gets the job done. It’s just a little ridiculous that Riana happens to completely forget about her jacket mere seconds after she gives it to Phoebe and it’s still within sight. Furthermore, this is all done so the jacket can appear at the scene of the crime, which all feels very sloppy and convenient.

Riana’s relationship with Phoebe leads to her tagging along with Murtaugh and Riggs for the first part of their investigation. This makes this episode feel a lot like a “Take Your Daughter to Work” situation, but it adds a fresh dynamic to the typical police work that Riggs and Murtaugh have to get through. These scenes pop particularly well not only because Riana gets put into the line of fire, but also because it allows this father and daughter to bicker with each other while Riggs gets lost in the middle. It’s the sort of dynamic that would grow stale over several episodes, but it’s a fun change of pace here.

The well-being of Murtaugh’s family is obviously a large part of the series, but since the second season is nearly over, the show only has a few opportunities left to say everything it needs to on the topic of Riggs’ traumatic childhood and relationship with his dad. The past few installments very much feel like they put a lot of this plot point to bed, but here’s Lethal Weapon’s final chance to dive into Riggs’ psyche and explore some pained childhood flashbacks. Clayne Crawford also happens to direct this episode (and he does an exceptional job on a mediocre installment), so the actor really gets to dig into Riggs this week.

Riggs’ dad theatrics are all over the place in this episode. Sometimes he throws home runs and sometimes he completely strikes out when it comes to Ben. Whether the work that Riggs does in this episode wins you over or not, it’s hard to deny that Riggs helping Ben break in his catcher’s mitt is one of the more adorable scenes from the series. “Jesse’s Girl” really wants to underscore how pristine their domestic life is, but at this point both Molly and Riggs sound like a very broken record when they echo statements like, “Ben could really use a stable father figure” and “family life sure suits you, Riggs.”

It’s not that this material doesn’t connect or isn’t exciting, but it’s just that the season has already told so many stories of this nature. When Lethal Weapon begins to hammer the points in to this degree it just makes it feel like the status quo is going to be overturned very soon. And then Riggs goes and hits Ben in the face with a baseball simply because it’s convenient for it to happen. It’s a lot.

In the most awkward scene in the episode, Riggs intimidates and arrests Ben’s little league coach because he essentially tells Riggs that Ben might be a better artist than an athlete. Riggs has abused all sorts of police privileges for his own selfish means in the past, but this incident feels particularly silly. Even Murtaugh attacks him for the faulty logic here and it’s clear that Riggs is really just frustrated at himself for not being the perfect stepfather and making sure that Ben’s a little league star. When Riggs’ horrible little league flashback plays out it’s easy to empathize with why Martin is so twitchy towards the game. He even begins to doubt himself and wonder if he actually might have subconsciously meant to hurt Ben. It’s ridiculous, but it is a way to bring all of this cycle of abuse stuff full circle.

It also doesn’t help that lackluster fathers become a running theme of the episode, which means that other characters get to scream things at Riggs like, “What do I know about being a father!” It’s all very heavy-handed, especially when every man in this episode ends up either being a troubled son or deficient dad. Lethal Weapon  has been able to tell some very intelligent, layered stories throughout its two seasons, so it’s a shame that they couldn’t have a little more faith in the work that they’ve done instead of making everything so one-dimensional here.

The more personal beats in this episode fall flat, but when the focus falls on the crime everything tends to come together. The emotion might be sloppily handled, but all of the action absolutely delivers. There’s a rather thrilling chase scene between Tyler and Riggs in a black-lit bowling alley that makes for a great spectacle. Not only does the suspect nearly get crushed to death in the alley’s machinery, but Riggs also gets to use a bowling pin as a projectile weapon (maybe Jake Peralta could take some notes).

Later on, Riggs also just happens to walk in on a robbery and finds himself in another insane shoot out that’s set against a movie theater. The soundtrack of the film distracts Riggs and distorts reality from fiction to great effect. It’s another smart way to make a standard action scene become a little more interesting, both visually and in terms of suspense.

This entry is mostly interested in keeping its personal story and its case of the week intertwined and that’s admittedly when the episode is at its best. As Riggs and Murtaugh put more pieces together they come to the surprising conclusion that Tyler didn’t actually murder anyone. However, homicide aside, Phoebe still steals some diamonds from the victim’s house, which puts Tyler’s life on the line and brings the real murderer from out of the woodwork into an incredibly tense finale.

“Jesse’s Girl” is one of the rare episodes of Lethal Weapon  where the personal issues of Riggs and Murtaugh are actually more important than the showcased crime. This strategy isn’t exactly a misfire, but this also isn’t one of the strongest cases from the show’s history. Plus, this is one of the few times where Murtaugh’s home life directly plays into the crime of the week.

It’s also rather frustrating that these selfish teens, Phoebe and Tyler, dictate so much of the episode’s plot. This might cause a few rough patches, but the resolution to it all is still strong and there’s some real weight in the final act. Riggs’ decision to console Phoebe during a deeply intense firefight reminds the audience that behind all of Riggs’ faults he is a good person that always wants to do the right thing. Also, goddamn if the choreography behind Phoebe’s fire escape fall isn’t crazy impressive!

“Jesse’s Girl” works, it just suffers from the fact that everything that it does has already been done previously this season. This entry wouldn’t suffer from any of these problems if it came earlier in the year, but at this point there are higher expectations in place, especially with the final episodes of the season. This is the time for the series to get ambitious and crazy with these last installments of the year and go out with a bang rather than playing it safe with the season’s greatest hits.

Also, Bailey gets to go on her first vacation in two years. Can you believe how selfish she is?

3/5
Review Daniel Kurland
Apr 25, 2018

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Is This the Missing Justice League Comic? (Justice League of America #29 SPOILERS)

In a previous issue of Justice League Of America, the foundations were set.

Ahead of the No Justice series, Justice League of America has been… postponed? Cancelled? It won’t be back in this form, certainly. Well, the final issue, Justice League of America #29 out today has given a name and an idea to what may be coming…

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #29
(W) Steve Orlando (A) Hugo Petrus (CA) David Williams
“DAWN OF TIME” finale! Chronos has won. Super heroes are non existent in the new timeline he’s manipulated into existence. The League will have to find each other, reform and fix the time stream or all of time will be at Chronos’s command.In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $2.99

With a little push from Promethea…

Vixen and Killer Frost talk about what is to come. A new Justice League based at Happy Harbor. The original home to the Secret Sanctuary headquarters of the Justice League of America from 1960. And somewhat separate from the Hall Of Justice being rebuilt – but could there be a dimensional door? But the JLA will no longer be a superhero team in the traditional sense of the word…

And we have a name and a cast-list. Lobo begone, but it looks as if this is what writer Steve Orlando – or whoever – may be steering out the other side of No Justice and the new Justice League series.

The Justice Foundation. Less a superhero team, more a workshop, a think tank, creating medicines, technology and solutions. But still for some reason, always running towards things with speedlines. Shame DC can’t decide what to do with Poison Ivy, she’d be perfect for this…

DC Fresh Start?

Oh and yes, that’s Mndawe Foundation as in Dominic Mndawe, the Freedom Beast created in Grant Morrison and Chas Truog‘s Animal Man, and turning up in a number of Steve Orlando comic books…

So… who wants to be the bunsen burner?

 

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Legion dives into the mind of Syd is a powerful new episode.

This Legion review contains spoilers.

Legion Season 2 Episode 4

If Legion wants to prove to its critics that its aiming to be more than just eye candy in Season 2, then it can immediately point to “Chapter 12” as a shining example. By echoing Season 1’s montage-heavy introduction to David with a deep-dive into the mind of Syd, “Chapter 12” gives us our shortest, yet emotionally compact episode of the new season. For the second week in a row, Legion doesn’t really push its story forward in any significant way, but I do feel like the show is better for examining Syd’s origin and how it relates to her relationship with David.

“Chapter 12” seems to directly address criticism aimed at David and Rachel’s shallow relationship. Syd may have spent a lot of time getting to know David inside of his head with the rest of us, but our information about Syd and what drives her has been lacking. Here, set to tunes by Bon Iver, The National, and a cover of Cream’s “White Room,” the show leans into that as we sit passenger side with David while he watches Syd grow up with her difficult to navigate powers. Finally, the show is able to use its jaw-dropping visual powers to tell a poignant story. Images of Syd’s mother (American Horror Story standout Lily Rabe) using a pillow as a buffer to comfort her daughter, or a young Syd using the coat room at her mother’s party to try on the identities of the guests are beautifully used to mix the isolation and loneliness that we all feel in our youth with something more alien.

Though the monk is dead and all of the teeth-chattering victims have awoken, Syd won’t leave the maze of her mind until David is able to decipher exactly what Syd is trying to tell them. Repeatedly, they return to a museum, which is sort of a fun nod to Syd’s power and predicament in life: a place to observe life and culture without being able to touch it. David is desperate to return to reality and, using last week’s trips into the minds of Ptonomy and Melanie, keeps assuming that Syd is trying to show him her true desire. However, he repeatedly guesses wrong, proving maybe that David and Syd’s bond isn’t as strong as he believed.

David is forced to repeat Syd’s life story until he gets it right, each time revealing new traumas and wrinkles. Syd crosses the line with a group of bullies and a pushy young man with a violent outburst, she self-harms, and travels to seedy punk clubs to mosh around, play with her power, and feel alive. David thinks that she’s hiding these traumas in layers because she’s afraid that David will love her less, but that isn’t the point. It takes Syd reliving the shower incident with her mother’s boyfriend, here shown in intimate detail, to highlight to David that the pain and trauma is the point.

After David rightly focuses on the book that young Syd is seen reading throughout the flashbacks, Syd finally lights up. In the upcoming war, the apocalyptic future that David has seen, Syd tells David that the lovers will not be the ones to survive, but the fighters, and throughout all of Syd’s hardships, troubling experiences, and pain, she’s become a hardened fighter. “God loves the sinners best because our fire burns bright,” she tells David. It’s almost like a rallying cry to David to embrace the painful parts of his past to use as armor. Love isn’t what will save them, it’s the thing worth fighting for – their pain is what will save them.

For the first time this season, it feels like David and Syd are back on the same wavelength. The episode ends with Lenny showing up at Division 3, perplexingly in the flesh, but after the dazzling, emotional 43-minute journey we’ve been on through Syd’s memories, the cliffhanger doesn’t hit as hard as it maybe should. That’s a credit to the truly moving, sublime nature of “Chapter 12.” Hopefully there are more standalone gems like this ahead in the show’s future.

4/5
Review Nick Harley
Apr 25, 2018

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The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 Release Date, Trailer, Episodes, and More Info

Offred's story will continue in The Handmaid's Tale season 2. Here's everything we know...

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Apr 24, 2018

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 is right around the corner! Here's our spoiler-free review of the second season.

What will The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 be about? In an Emmy event with the cast, Elisabeth Moss teased that season two would continue the theme of motherhood: “What does it mean to be a good mother? It’s about the way we mother the people in our lives.”

The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Release Date

Hulu will once again release the show in small batches, rather than in one big binge. The first two episodes of The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 will arrive on April 25.

The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Trailer

Check out the full length trailer for The Handmaid's Tale Season 2!

Here's all the earlier footage we've seen so far...

The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Episode Guide

The Handmaid's Tale Season 2, Episode 1: June

Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead.

Original air date: 4/25/18

The Handmaid's Tale Season 2, Episode 2: Unwomen

Offred adjusts to a new way of life; the arrival of an unexpected person disrupts the colonies; a family is torn apart by the rise of Gilead.

Original air date: 4/25/18

The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Story

Here's the official synopsis:

"The Emmy-winning drama series returns with a second season shaped by Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. 'Gilead is within you' is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia. In Season Two, Offred and all our characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth."

On the new scripts Moss offered: “I read the outline and got full body chills. Give up trying to guess what happens.”

Read: How the Handmaid's Tale's Depiction of Rape/Sexual Violence Mirrors Real Life

The Handmaid's Tale is set in the near-future in the dystopia Republic of Gilead where women are subjected and stripped of their individualism. Handmaids are fertile young women who are forced to submit to ritualized rape and bear the children of the ruling class. The series follows Offred, a handmaid, who pledges to survive and fight the unjust totalitarian rule. The dystopian thriller was created by Bruce Miller and is based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood.

Read: The Handmaid's Tale — Real World Inspirations


The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Cast

We'll see more Rita in season two. Amanda Brugel has been promoted to a series regular according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Alexis Bledel's Ofglen will be back. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bledel has signed as a series regular for another season.

Sydney Sweeney will recur on The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2, reports Variety. She will play a 15-year-old named Eden, who is described as “pious and obedient.” The character will represent a new wave of believers in the rule of Gilead, armed with unflinching faith and aspirations to raise her lot in life by becoming a Commander’s wife. She is also described as being “naïve and dangerous to those around her,” making her an interesting player thrown into the mix of a sophomore season that will focus on the pregnancy of Offred (Elisabeth Moss) and her clandestine activism against the theocratic misogynist dystopia.

In other exciting news (via THR), Tony and Emmy Award winner Cherry Jones has been cast as Offred’s activist mother, Holly, in the second season.

Sweeney, an American actress, comes into what will be her highest profile role with The Handmaid’s Tale. She previously fielded TV runs on Sharp Objects and In the Vault, with guest spots on shows such as Pretty Little LiarsThe MiddleGrey’s Anatomy90210 and Heroes. She’ll next appear as a regular on the upcoming 1990s-set Netflix series, Everything Sucks! and the 2018 horror film, Tell Me Your Name.

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