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Prime Minister Boris Johnson Gets Smashed By Hulk References

In an interview with the Mail On Sunday, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson MP, compared himself – and Britain – to the Incredible Hulk. In quite specifically geeky detail too.

‘Banner might be bound in manacles, but when provoked he would explode out of them. Hulk always escaped, no matter how tightly bound in he seemed to be – and that is the case for this country. We will come out on October 31st and we will get it done.

And reminding us that ‘The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets’.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson Gets Smashed By Hulk References

It was a rather deep dive, considering. And it gave the media something to obsess over. It also was designed to be published on the very same day that the Sunday Times newspaper was serialising former Prime Minister David Cameron‘s new biography, which painted a very unflattering take on Boris Johnson. And Boris does show he is rather good at distracting the media with something nice and shiny. He once got himself delibertaely ‘stuck’ on a zip line to distract from then-Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech. And he’s managed to do it all over again.

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In his memoir, published this week, For The Record, Cameron states that Boris Johnson did not actually believe in Brexit during the referendum campaign and only backed Leave “because it would help his political career”, purey concerned with what the “best outcome” would be for him. “Whichever senior Tory politician took the lead on the Brexit side – so loaded with images of patriotism, independence and romance – would become the darling of the party” so that “The conclusion I am left with is that he risked an outcome he didn’t believe in because it would help his political career.” That Boris Johnson privately raised the possibility of holding another referendum after fresh negotiations with the European Union, while publically stating that this was not a possibility and that Britain must leave the EU at the end of October. And as for the referendum campaign, “Boris rode the bus round the country, he left the truth at home.” While describing Boris and fellow remainer and minister Michael Gove as “ambassadors for the expert-trashing, truth-twisting age of populism”

But the media only had eyes for the Hulk metaphor. Especially when Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo added his own take.

And when the EU gave their own responses, the media got to do their front pages again…

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And all the other cartoonists dived in as well.

There are some leavers with other ideas…

 

 

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Demi Lovato is dating Bachelorette’s Mike Johnson, picked him up on Instagram


Some younger celebrity women are sourcing dates from The Bachelorette and dating shows. Gigi Hadid is dating that Bachelorette contestant, Tyler Cameron, after seeing him on the show and then following him on Instagram. Sarah Hyland got together with her fiance, Wells Adams from The Bachelorette and Bachelorette in Paradise, after expressing interest in him and now Demi Lovato may have a similar dating arc. Demi is seeing Bachelorette contestant Mike Johnson after making it clear that she was interested. People Magazine has the news, along with some details of interactions they’ve had on Instagram. He commented on her “cellulit” photo looking sexy in a bikini.

Demi Lovato and Mike Johnson are taking their flirty online banter to the next level.

A source tells PEOPLE that the singer, 27, and the former Bachelorette contestant are “having fun and getting to know each other.”

The source adds, “They’ve been talking privately for a bit and hanging out.”

Lovato was vocal about her interest in Johnson, 31, during his time on Hannah Brown‘s season of The Bachelorette, and things heated up earlier this month when Johnson commented on her unedited bikini pic.

After Lovato shared the swimsuit photo alongside an empowering caption about appreciating one’s body, imperfections and all, Johnson commented, “Look at me like that again … Love yaself.”

In response, Lovato sent a flirty kissy and tongue-sticking-out emoji, prompting excitement from fans in the comments.

Fans were sent into overdrive again when Johnson commented on a recent post from fellow Bachelorette alum Tyler Cameron, jokingly saying, “So if we do this dbl date, your shirt stays on.”

Since Cameron is dating Gigi Hadid, fans speculated that Johnson and Cameron’s joint outing would be with Lovato and the supermodel.

“I think he’s talking about a double date with him and Demi Lovato,” wrote one, while hundreds of others tagged Lovato in their response.

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People has more, including asking Mike last month if he was dating Demi. On People Live he said “We have not connected and we have not exchanged any freaky texts at all…

She would definitely be cool to reach out to, but neither one of us have reached out to each other. I think she’s sexy, she’s got a nice little booty on her and she has good voice.

Ok so that means Demi hasn’t been dating him for more than a month. She has a tendency to leak details of whom she’s dating to People and maybe she should wait until a few months have passed so as not to spook the guy. There’s another insider quote in E! suggesting they’ve only been on one date. “They did go on a date and it’s been going well. They seem to have a lot in common and are just enjoying getting to know each other.” I like Demi, I want the best for her, and I think she should keep this under wraps!

All that aside, this is actually kind of smart of these women. They pick men who they know are single, and they have an idea how those guys operate on dates because they’ve seen it on the show (even if those scenes are heavily edited). The celebrities indicate that they’re interested and wait for the guy to respond. If they don’t no harm no foul. They’re not dating someone directly in their industry, but they know the men are somewhat comfortable in the spotlight. This makes me think that The Bachelor and Bachelorette shows should have editions for older people in their 40s and 50s. Then the women in my age group, like Connie Britton, Debra Messing and Kate Walsh, won’t have to use that celebrity dating app where everyone gets matched with Matthew Perry.

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Laura Jallali: 90 Day Fiance Star Pregnant at 51!

Back in July, it looked like Aladin had dumped Laura over the "humiliation" of seeing the infamous vibrator incident play out on television.

Weeks later, Laura even seemed to confirm the split, though she pointed her finger at a different cause.

Now, she's claiming that they're sitll very much together ... and announcing to fans that she is pregnant at 51!

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Laura may have been purged from Aladin's Instagram this summer, but she shared this pic of her having summer fun with her hunky husband.

"Ok thirsty women and you all say we are divorced!" Laura's caption begins.

(She also does that weird thing where exclamation points are spaced out away from the sentence, which is odd from a native English speaker)

"We are not divorced," she insists. "We are together."

"And," Laura writes, the two of them "love each other very very much!"

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Wait, so why did her husband delete all traces of her from his Instagram back in July?

"Aladdin removed my pics," Laura explains. "Because he got sick and tired of you all putting me down."

"I'm so sorry thirsty women but aladdin is my husband ..." she writes.

29-year-old Aladin is almost comically attractive, something that Laura clearly appreciated. She's not alone.

"I love him," Laura proclaims, and "he loves me."

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Laura understands better than anyone how attracted so many women are to Aladin, but she doesn't feel sorry for the others.

"So get over it already," she demands.

She asks Aladin's admirers to "let us enjoy our life."

That's a fair request.

Then, almost as an afterthought, Laura stuns the world with her announcement: "Btw we have a muffin in the oven!"

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Unless Laura is referring to literal baking, she's telling the world that she's pregnant.

That is some incredible and frankly shocking news.

Fertility experts say that the odds of a woman over 50 becoming pregnant by natural means are about 1%.

Yes, even if she's doing a lot of jiggy-jiggy.

But while her age (51) is the average age for menopause, sometimes, "the change" waits until after someone is 60.

It's possible ... but a pregnancy at her age would be dangerous.

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But ... do we believe what Laura has to say?

It was only a month ago that Laura accused Aladin of cheating on her when she lost her cool in some comments.

Then there was the recent report -- from multiple bloggers who keep tabs on 90 Day Fiance -- that Aladin hit on Avery in texts during the Tell All filming.

While we are by no means accusing Laura of lying, we have to ask ourselves if this is some sort of deliberate misinformation.

After all, the stars aren't actually supposed to reveal their relationship status online -- that spoils the ending for viewers.

Is she sending "mixed signals" to fans in order to be a good reality star?

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We don't -- and can't -- know the truth just yet.

However, we should note that Laura issued a clarification that leaves fans with more questions than answers.

From day one, Aladin's name has been reported as just that -- Aladin.

Meanwhile, Laura spells his name Aladdin in multiple social media posts.

Under this same, apparent pregnancy announcement post (or prank), she responded to a fan's confusion.

"Its actually Aladdine but he prefers just Aladdin," Laura writes. "And yes 2 dd's."

Marvel’s NEW WARRIORS Has Reportedly Failed To Find A New Home And Will Not Be Picked Up

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TERMINATOR: DARK FATE Images Feature The Arrival Of Rev-9 And Some Returning Fan-Favorites

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California woman dreamed about eating engagement ring — woke up to find she really did – NBC News

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Ric Ocasek Dies; The Cars Singer Was 75

More sad news out of the music world this week.

Multiple sources have now confirmed that singer-songwriter Ric Ocasek -- best known for his work with legendary rock group The Cars -- has passed away.

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Ocasek was found unresponsive in his New York City townhouse by estranged wife Paulina Porizkova.

He was 75 years old.

His passing comes just days after the death of Eddie Money, another legend of the 1980s rock scene.

During his time as frontman of The Cars, Ocasek wrote and recorded such iconic hits as “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Just What I Needed,” “Shake It Up” and “Drive.”

Ocasek was one of the founding members of the group, which disbanded in 1988 after 12 years as the chief pioneers of the New Wave genre.

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The Cars briefly reunited in 2010, releasing the critically acclaimed comeback album Move Like This.

They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

“It’s certainly a wonderful feeling to be accepted by peers and you see the people that are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who gets inducted, it’s a positive feeling that you get,” Ocasek told Rolling Stone at the time.

In addition to his work with The Cars, Ocasek was one of the most sought-after producers in rock for several decades.

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For many rock aficionados, his studio work with bands like Weezer, Hole, and Bad Religion is as memorable as the many infectious pop melodies he created with The Cars.

Following news of his passing, many artists who worked with Ocasek or simply admired his work took to social media to pay tribute.

"The whole weezer family is devastated by the loss of our friend and mentor Ric Ocasek, who passed away Sunday," the band wrote on Instagram.

"Ric meant so much to us. He produced 3 key weezer albums, Blue, Green and 2014's 'Everything...', and taught all of us so much about music, recording and songcraft. But more importantly he taught us that one can be in a respected position of great power and yet be absolutely humble and have the biggest sweetest heart in the industry.

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"Rest In Peace #ricocasek I know all of the band hole loved working with you, much love to your family .. #paulina #cars were one of the great bands," wrote former Hole singer Courtney Love.

"Ahh man, say it ain’t so. I loved Ric Ocasek. What an interesting, smart, kind, funny man who made incredible records. I loved those Cars albums when I was a teenager," recalled Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

"Perfect pop songs with those wicked elliot easton guitar solos. Absolute candy. Then he went and produced Rock For Light by the Bad Brains. As an adult I met him several times and he was gracious, funny and engaging."

The loss of Ric Ocasek is a tremendous one for music fans of all generations.

Our thoughts go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.

Zooey Deschanel split with her husband, is now dating ‘Property Bro’ Jonathan Scott

Two weeks ago, Zooey Deschanel announced that she was splitting from her husband Jacob Pechenik. The news made me really sad, because I liked them together – Jacob was actually an adult man and Zooey seemed to “grow up” when she married him – suddenly, everything wasn’t so twee and it was like she put away her Manic Pixie Dream Girl vibes for several years. The twee was still there, of course – Jacob and Zooey named their daughter Elsie Otter, after all – but the twee seemed to mostly hibernate. For what it’s worth, they were together since 2014, and they had two children, Elsie Otter and Charlie Wolf, and Zooey converted to Judaism for Jacob. It really did feel like they were for real and they would last forever. They did not. Anyway, I debated whether or not to cover the split and decided that I would wait to see if there was another shoe about to drop. Well, guess what. Zooey is already dating someone: Jonathan Scott, one half of the “Property Brothers.”

Zooey Deschanel has a new man in her life — and it’s Property Brothers star Jonathan Scott, a source confirms to PEOPLE.

“It’s new, but they are having a lot of fun together,” a source tells PEOPLE. Another source close to Scott says they met shooting an episode of Carpool Karaoke. Just one week after announcing her split from husband Jacob Pechenik, Deschanel, 39, was spotted walking hand-in-hand with Scott, 41. In photos obtained by HollywoodLife, Deschanel and the HGTV star showed off PDA as they arrived at Little Dom’s restaurant in Silver Lake, California on Friday, Sept. 13. The pair flashed wide smiles during the outing, with Deschanel sporting a blue dress and metallic flats while Scott wore a bomber jacket, grey jeans and sneakers.

On Sep. 6, the New Girl star and her producer husband announced they were ending their marriage after four years.

“After much discussion and a long period of contemplation we have decided we are better off as friends, business partners and co-parents rather than life partners,” a rep for the couple told PEOPLE in a joint statement. “We remain committed to our business, our values and most of all our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy at this time.”

Deschanel and Pechenik had been separated for months, according to a source, before announcing the news.

[From People]

“Deschanel and Pechenik had been separated for months, according to a source…” Mmhm. Funny how that info only came out when Zooey had been seen with a jumpoff. I mean… it looks bad. And can I just say? Zooey’s estranged husband Jacob is HOT. Jonathan Scott is… not hot. Both of the Property Brothers are total dorks, and not in “haha, they’re so dorky, it’s actually really cute.” No. I’ve always felt like the Property Bros have been forced down our throats too, like we’re supposed to care about them like we care about Chip and Joanna Gaines or even Flip or Flop’s Tarek & Christina (who are so dysfunctional, it makes for very compelling television). The Scott brothers are just… there. Vanilla. I mean, the contractor brother does good work, I won’t deny that. But I think this is a downgrade for Zooey.

Update: Zooey’s estranged husband Jacob spoke to Us Weekly, saying in part: “Everything is amicable and we have beautiful children together that are that way because we were the parents. We’ve been raising them and we’re going to continue to raise them and take great care of them.” Basically, I guess he’s saying that Zooey didn’t leave him for a Property Bro, and even if she did, they’re still fine.

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The Cars Lead Singer Ric Ocasek Found Dead At 75

Congrats to Duchess Kate for Duchess Meghan’s successful Smart Set launch

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Maryanne Trump-Barry: Elizabeth Warren Goes After President Trump’s Sister as Part of Anti-Corruption Plan – The Daily Beast

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Prince Andrew went to church with the Queen at Balmoral yet again

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I’m trying to keep track of the Duke of York’s movements this summer. He was one of the first visitors to Balmoral when the Queen arrived for her annual summer holiday. He was the first relative to escort the Queen to church, and it just happened to be 24 hours after Jeffrey Epstein’s mysterious death. Then he flew – via private plane – to Spain, where he golfed and spent time with Fergie and issued stupid statements about Epstein. Then he flew – via private plane – to England for crisis meetings with advisors. Then he flew to Northern Ireland for some official events (some of which were canceled because everyone now knows Andrew is toxic). Then Andrew flew… back to Balmoral? Andrew was in Scotland this weekend, and he rode to church with the Queen again. Once again, the Queen wants it to be known that she’s protecting her favorite son and THERE IS NOTHING TO SEE HERE.

What’s funny is that there’s actually a surprising amount to see here. Some Andrew stories going around:

Jeffrey Epstein hired a “fixer” to help Andrew. This was in 2011, after Epstein was a convicted pedophile and after Prince Andrew went on a walk with Epstein in Central Park. Epstein hired a PR guy named Michael Sitrick, who then worked with Mark Bolland, who was then a PR executive but he had worked for Prince Charles and he was familiar with the royals, obviously. It’s all complicated and a web of money and influence, and I don’t completely understand it.

Andrew’s fight with the Queen’s Master of Household. The dude is named Tony Johnstone-Burt and for about two weeks, there have been rumors that Andrew and Tony got into some kind of major kerfuffle, possibly verbal, possibly… shoving or some kind of physical altercation. Over what? Prince Andrew went to the Master of Household to see if he could get a room in Buckingham Palace to launch his Pitch@Palace initiative, only to be told by the Master of Household that there was no room for it and that the initiative is kind of terrible anyway. Andrew and this guy, Tony, almost came to blows about it and Charles later ordered his brother to apologize. And people in the palace are still talking about it – you can read the Mail on Sunday’s latest about it here.

Courtney Love enters the conversation. Courtney said that she was introduced to Andrew through Jeffrey Epstein. At one point, Love claims, Andrew turned up at her house at 1 am and wanted to sleep with her but she rejected him (and served him tea).

Andrew’s PR consultant? The Daily Mail has a lengthy and shady article about how Andrew spent an entire week in Northern Ireland, even though half of his events were canceled. Andrew spent much of that week golfing and spending time with a man named Paul Tweed. Tweed is a “reputation management” expert, aka a crisis manager. While the DM notes that “The pair are acquaintances and it is believed Mr Tweed is not working for the Prince or Buckingham Palace,” it also feels like Andrew is meeting with a lot of PR “experts” these days. They must of told him to continue to use his mother as a shield from criticism.

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Netflix lists new HD and HDR10 devices, including Pixel 4 and 4 XL – Android Police

Netflix lists new HD and HDR10 devices, including Pixel 4 and 4 XL  Android Police

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‘Gossip With Celebitchy’ podcast #29: Duchess Meghan & Duchess Kate gave speeches

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Intro and corrections from last week: Minutes 0 to 7
A lady hit my car with her car but she admitted fault and it seems like it’s going to work out ok. Chandra’s big orange cat has been visiting her neighbor’s gorgeous indoor cat. We have a couple of corrections from last week. Apparently Travalyst.org exists but it’s just a vague placeholder site so our criticism is still accurate. Duchess Kate did board at Marlborough college after initially living at home. You can listen below!

Jennifer Aniston’s goddess circles: Minutes 7 to 10:45
In Jennifer Aniston’s New York Times profile they mentioned that Aniston and her friends have real goddess circles featuring a decorated talking stick they pass around while sitting on cushions cross-legged on the floor. They do this to commemorate major life experiences like deaths, weddings and divorces. Aniston has been talking about her goddess circle for years but Chandra thought that’s just how she referred to her friends and that it wasn’t literal. Jenna Dewan does this with her friends too and has group meditation led by a shaman.

Royals: Minutes 10:45 to 21:30
Duchess Meghan launched her Smart Set collection, which are five versatile wardrobe pieces offered through different retailers and designers, to benefit the Smart Works organization, her patronage providing clothing and job training to women in the workforce. It was very similar to her Grenfell cookbook initiative in that it was a practical solution implemented with the organization’s needs in mind. She gave a speech at the launch explaining how she came up with the idea.

Minute 17:30: Duchess Kate covers People Magazine with the title Princess Kate, the mom who will be Queen. Kate gave a speech at the installation of a children’s play garden and it’s clear she has improved in public speaking, especially over the past year.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello: Minutes 21 to 24
Shawn and Camila posted a video where they’re licking each other’s faces and teeth. This was in response to people who claimed they didn’t kiss right. We both found it disgusting. Chandra doesn’t like it because she can’t stand when someone licks someone else’s face. I hate hearing people chew and disliked it for that reason.

Trump came for Chrissy Teigen: Minutes 24 to 27
Trump called Chrissy Teigen the “filthy-mouthed wife” of “boring musician John Legend.” She responded like the social media expert she is and got “pussy ass bitch” trending. It’s ridiculous that this was a story for less than a day and that Trump is targeting so many celebrities and politicians. Chrissy explained on Ellen how this affected her. We both feel sorry for her and think she handled it so well.

User questions: Minutes 27 to 29:15
Our user question is from Denise about the equipment we use and how we record the podcast. The Udemy course “Podcasting for Anyone” by Steve Cherubino helped me so much! We use the software program Reaper to record locally, we both record from home and talk on the phone with headphones. We use a backup online recording service called Zencastr. (This is how we recorded the first episode, which is why there were sound quality issues.) It took us a few weeks to work out our method and there have been glitches. The microphones we use are Samson (they’re $45, I said they were $30 which is not accurate) and I have a pop filter to reduce mouth noises and booms on my mic.

Comments of the Week: Minutes 29:15 to 31:30
Chandra’s comment of the week is from Jens on the post about Todd Palin divorcing Sarah Palin. My comments of the week are from DS9 and Rapunzel on the post about Trump’s sort-of press conference.

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Sesame Workshop's 50th Anniversary Benefit Gala

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OnePlus 7T series is now official, launch event later this month – Android Authority

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NYT: A witness saw Brett Kavanaugh assault another woman at Yale

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New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly did a deeper investigation into Brett Kavanaugh, the sexual assailant who was confirmed onto the Supreme Court last year. The book is called The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation. The NYT published a “news analysis” piece on the book and what Pogrebin and Kelly found throughout the course of their investigation. Unsurprisingly, they found further evidence of Kavanaugh assaulting Deborah Ramirez during their freshman year at Yale, and they found evidence (witnesses) of Kavanaugh’s assault of another woman during the same time period at Yale.

Deborah Ramirez had the grades to go to Yale in 1983. But she wasn’t prepared for what she’d find there….During the winter of her freshman year, a drunken dormitory party unsettled her deeply. She and some classmates had been drinking heavily when, she says, a freshman named Brett Kavanaugh pulled down his pants and thrust his penis at her, prompting her to swat it away and inadvertently touch it. Some of the onlookers, who had been passing around a fake penis earlier in the evening, laughed.

…While we found Dr. Ford’s allegations credible during a 10-month investigation, Ms. Ramirez’s story could be more fully corroborated. During his Senate testimony, Mr. Kavanaugh said that if the incident Ms. Ramirez described had occurred, it would have been “the talk of campus.” Our reporting suggests that it was. At least seven people, including Ms. Ramirez’s mother, heard about the Yale incident long before Mr. Kavanaugh was a federal judge. Two of those people were classmates who learned of it just days after the party occurred, suggesting that it was discussed among students at the time.

We also uncovered a previously unreported story about Mr. Kavanaugh in his freshman year that echoes Ms. Ramirez’s allegation. A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly. (We corroborated the story with two officials who have communicated with Mr. Stier.)

Mr. Kavanaugh did not speak to us because we could not agree on terms for an interview. But he has denied Dr. Ford’s and Ms. Ramirez’s allegations, and declined to answer our questions about Mr. Stier’s account. Ms. Ramirez’s legal team gave the F.B.I. a list of at least 25 individuals who may have had corroborating evidence. But the bureau — in its supplemental background investigation — interviewed none of them, though we learned many of these potential witnesses tried in vain to reach the F.B.I. on their own.

Two F.B.I. agents interviewed Ms. Ramirez, telling her that they found her “credible.” But the Republican-controlled Senate had imposed strict limits on the investigation. “‘We have to wait to get authorization to do anything else,’” Bill Pittard, one of Ms. Ramirez’s lawyers, recalled the agents saying. “It was almost a little apologetic.”

[From The New York Times]

I believe Christine Blasey Ford. I believe Deborah Ramirez. And I believe that Max Stier witnessed Kavanaugh assault a third woman. I believe the sexual assailant president rammed through another sexual assailant for the highest court in the land. As many have pointed out, Kavanaugh’s explanation or argument has NEVER been “I got blackout drunk and did really stupid and offensive sh-t.” His argument has always been “I never did any of it and I’m going to yell and scream about it until you give me what I want.”

Anyway Donald Trump tweeted words but IDGAF. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren and other senators are talking about Kavanaugh’s impeachment though:

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Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Aquaman"

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Get popcorn for iOS 13’s privacy pop-ups of creepy Facebook data grabs

Privacy-minded changes to smartphone operating systems which foreground the background activity of third party apps are helping to spotlight more of the surveillance infrastructure deployed by adtech giants to track and profile human eyeballs for profit.

To wit: iOS 13, which will be generally released later this week, has already been spotted catching Facebook’s app trying to use Bluetooth to track nearby users.

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Why might Facebook want to do this? Matching Bluetooth (and wif-fi) IDs that share physical location could allow it to supplement the social graph it gleans by data-mining user-to-user activity on its platform.

Such location tracking provides a physical confirm that individuals were (at very least) in close proximity.

Combined with personal data Facebook also holds on people, and contextual data on the nature of the location itself — a bar, say, or a house — there’s a clear path for the company to make inferences about the nature of the relationship between the people who it’s repurposed short range wireless tech to determine are in close contact.

For a company that makes money by serving targeted ads at humans there are clear commercial reasons for Facebook to seek to intimately understand people’s friend networks.

Facebook piggybacking on people’s use of Bluetooth for benign purposes like pairing devices so that its ad business can ‘pair’ people is the sneaky modus operandi that iOS 13 has caught in the act here.

Ads are Facebook’s business, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg famously told the senate last year. But it’s worth noting the social network giant recently sought to push into the dating space — giving it a fresh, product-based incentive to pry into where and with whom humans are spending their time.

Algorithmic matchmaking based on cold signals like shared interests (in basic Facebook currency this might mean stuff like liking the same pages and events) is of course nothing new.

Yet mix in hot-blooded signals gathered by watching who actually mingles with whom, where and when — by repurposing Bluetooth to harvest interpersonal interactions via tracking people’s physical movements — and Facebook can take its curtain-twitching surveillance of human behavior to the next level.

The path of least resistance to tracking people’s movements is if Facebook app users are opting in to location tracking on their devices. Which means users enabling Location Services — a location tracking feature on smartphones that covers GPS, Bluetooth and crowd-sources wi-fi hotspots and mobile cell towers.

Unsurprisingly, then Facebook Dating requires Location Services to be enabled to function. The company confirmed to us that the Facebook app prompts dating users to enable Location Services if they haven’t already. Facebook also told us it doesn’t use wi-fi or Bluetooth to determine a person’s precise location if a user has Location Services turned off.

It also made a point of emphasizing that users can switch Location Services off at any time. Just not if they wish to use, er, Facebook Dating…

As per usual the company is tangling separate purposes for data processing in a way that denies people a meaningful choice over protecting their privacy. Hence Facebook dating users get to ‘choose’ between being able to use the service; or being able to blanket-deny Facebook the ability to track their physical movements. Like it or lump it.

iOS 13’s new privacy pop-ups to call out background app activity are a clear response to such disingenuous methods by an industry Apple CEO Tim Cook has dubbed the data industrial complex — putting a degree of control back in the hands of the user, who gets a third choice of manually disallowing Bluetooth proximity tracking (in the above example).

Android 10 has also recently expanded the location tracking controls it offers users — with the ability to only share location data with apps while you use them. Though Google’s OS lags far behind what Apple is now offering with these granular pop-ups.

Facebook has responded to awkward (for it) privacy changes incoming at the smartphone OS level by putting out an update on location services last week — where it seeks to get ahead of the deluge of data-grab warnings that iOS users of the Facebook app are likely to experience as they update to iOS 13.

Here it tries to spin Apple’s pro-active foregrounding of apps’ background tracking tactics via push notifications as “reminders” — in just one amusing rebrand.

But in a truly shameless contradiction Facebook also goes on to claim that: “You’re in control of who sees your location on Facebook” (because it says users can make use of the Location Services setting on a phone or tablet to deny tracking) — before admitting that switching off Location Services doesn’t actually mean Facebook will not track your location.

Just because you’re signalling very clearly to Facebook that you don’t want your location to be collected by Facebook doesn’t mean Facebook is going to respect that. Hell no!

“We may still understand your location using things like check-ins, events and information about your internet connection,” it writes. (For a clearer understanding of Facebook’s use of the word “understand” in that sentence we suggest you try substituting the word “steal”.)

In a final shameless kicker — in which Facebook almost appears to be trying to claim credit for smartphone OSes building more privacy features in response to its data grabs — the company seeks to finish on a forward-gazing note, per its preferred crisis PR custom, writing: “We’ll continue to make it easier for you to control how and when you share your location.”

Facebook dishing out misleading qualifications (e.g. “easier”) that whitewash the extent of its rampant data grabs is nothing new. But how much longer it can hope to rely on such flimsy figleaves to cover its privacy sins as the winds of change come rattling through remains to be seen…

James Corden to Bill Maher’s fat shaming: We’re not lazy, we know


I missed Bill Maher’s suggestion last week on Real Time with Bill Maher that fat-shaming “needs to make a comeback.” Sigh. Who spat in your Corn Flakes, Bill? I only heard about it after James Corden’s incredibly measured, thoughtful response on Thursday. (The clip includes parts of Bill’s awful comments):

The Late Late Show host, 41, said he “found it so surprising that he, or anybody, thinks that fat shaming needs to make a comeback because fat shaming never went anywhere.”

“We are reminded of it all the time,” he said. “There’s a common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy. We’re not. We get it, we know. We know that being overweight isn’t good for us. I’ve struggled my entire life trying to manage my weight.”

He quipped, “We’re not all as lucky as Bill Maher. We don’t all have a sense of superiority that burns 35,000 calories a day.”

Corden went on to say that making people feel ashamed about their weight only “leads to depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior,” such as over-eating.

“Let’s be honest, fat-shaming is just bullying. It’s bullying, and bullying only makes the problem worse,” he said.

[From People]

James noted that “this entire issue is a lot more complex” than Bill was acknowledging, noting, along with typical talking points like portion control and a lack of exercise, that genetics and poverty also affect people’s weight. To state the obvious, people’s ability to afford and easily access health care services also impacts their health. Not everybody who wants to lose weight can make an appointment with their doctor or a nutritionist. Even if they are able to do that, they may not be able to follow up on a wellness plan. James also refuted Bill’s oft-repeated comment, “Europe doesn’t really have fat people.

I teared up while watching this, because I could connect to much of what James said. Concern-trolling is gross and unhelpful, and I don’t understand why Bill feels he needs to do it. At one point in the clip, Bill says, “Some amount of shame is good.” He’s specifically talking about fat-shaming here, but the comment made me particularly angry because shame is a terrible motivator for anything. I’m familiar with it (as I know most people are) in a variety of contexts, and one of the things that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about over the past several years is how shame might motivate you to, e.g., work harder to succeed at something, but it simultaneously destroys your self-esteem at an equally fast pace. So, someone might have shamed you into changing your behavior, and so you’ve changed it, but you feel infinitely worse about yourself.

I was heartened that it didn’t sound like most of Bill’s audience agreed with what he said. He got fewer claps as his monologue went on. I’m curious to see whether he is going to respond to James, though I don’t think it matters, because I’ve noticed that people who trot out the arguments that Bill does about how “being fat = being unhealthy” don’t change their minds. I have friends who describe themselves as “fat,” who are taking care of themselves, who go to see medical professionals as needed, and don’t make losing weight a priority. Several of them previously had eating disorders, and they are currently in recovery and are healthier now than they’ve ever been. The most upsetting issues that they face concerning their weight/shape/size are hideous unsolicited opinions and comments like Bill’s. I think it’s time to go rewatch Ashley Graham‘s TED Talk.

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Prince Harry’s 35th birthday was celebrated on all the royals’ social media accounts

Prince Harry will never be King of England, but perhaps he’ll always be King of the Virgos. Harry celebrated his 35th birthday on Sunday, and his first birthday as a father (second as a husband). I have to believe that despite the smear campaign against his wife (and to a lesser extent Harry as well), this is the happiest Harry has ever been. He had been longing for a partner and a family for so many years, and he got a wife and a son so quickly. But he was ready for them. Happy belated b-day to Harry!

The Duchess of Sussex wished her husband a happy birthday with a message on Instagram, attached to a photo collection of Harry Doing Things And Looking Happy. Included in the photo-compilation was a new pic of Harry kneeling in front of Meghan and Archie. Super-cute. Here’s Meg’s message:

“Your service to the causes you care so deeply for inspires me every day. You are the best husband and most amazing dad to our son. We love you ❤️Happiest birthday!”

[From the SussexRoyal IG]

Very sweet. Harry actually gave an update on Archie while Harry visited the Rugby Football Union All Schools program at Lealands High School. He was asked about how “everything is going with Archie” and Harry said: “He’s really well, thank you. And he is getting so big.” I believe it. When we saw Meghan holding Archie at the polo thing, she looked like she could barely carry him because he was such a hefty boy.

Other royal social media accounts wished Harry a happy birthday too, and I’m sure we can read into all of the photo selections. Kensington Palace chose to use a photo of Harry and William smiling at each other… before their relationship went to sh-t.

I love the photo choices from Clarence House though! Those two pics of Charles and Harry are cracking me up. I have no opinion about the pic of Charles with both his sons.

And here’s a nice photo selection from Buckingham Palace:

The Duke of Sussex, Patron, visited the Rugby Football Union (RFU) All Schools programme at Lealands High School in Luton

The Duke of Sussex, Patron, visited the Rugby Football Union (RFU) All Schools programme at Lealands High School in Luton

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JK Rowling gives $18.8 million to multiple sclerosis research in honor of her mom

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Most people who have read the Harry Potter series (and plenty of those who have not) know that J.K. Rowling came up with the idea for the series while she was stuck on a train heading to King’s Cross Station in 1990. They also know that she wrote most of the first novel in a cafe in Edinburgh, while her infant daughter Jessica napped in a stroller. The part of the story around the novels that has always stuck with me is that while Jo was working on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s [Sorcerer's] Stone, she never told her mother, Anne, who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 10 years earlier. Anne would pass away from complications related to the disease 6 months after Jo started writing.

In 2010, when Jo was 45, the age Anne was when she died, Jo donated £10M to the University of Edinburgh to found the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic. HRH The Princess Royal, who is the Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, officially opened the clinic in January 2013. Jo has just made another donation to the clinic:

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has made a substantial donation for research into the treatment of multiple sclerosis at a center named after her late mother.

The 15.3 million-pound ($18.8 million) donation announced Thursday will be used for new facilities at a research center based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The author’s mother suffered from the disease and died at the age of 45.

[From Time]

Time also reported, “[Jo] is encouraged by advances being made and proud that the clinic is not only doing important research but has also provided ‘practical, on the ground support and care for people with MS.‘”

One of the most moving parts of The Guardian article that I linked above was Jo talking about her late mother and the Harry Potter books:

Rowling said she wished her mother had known about the success of her Harry Potter books. “My mother was a passionate reader, and she would have been excited whatever I did, if I succeeded at anything, but particularly to be a writer, she would have considered to be a very valuable thing,” she said. But “she never knew about Harry Potter – I started writing it six months before she died, so that is painful. I wish she’d known.”

Ugh. That always makes me so sad, so I’m glad that Jo has been able to honor her mother in such an extraordinary way and help others. According to an April Business Insider article, Jo earned $54 million in 2018. Jo had said years ago that, “I think you have a moral responsibility, when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.” As a fan of the books, I’ve gotten upset more recently with the problematic things that Jo has said and done. They are disheartening, they are offensive, and they are deeply troubling. Full stop. I hope that someday, Jo acknowledges that. At the same time, we know about the impacts of MS on people’s lives. More than 2.3 million people worldwide have the disease. Patients and their families, researchers, medical professionals, and caregivers need all of the help they can get searching for a cure and developing more effective treatments in the meantime. Jo is in the incredibly rare position of being able to make large donations to fund various kinds of research and assistance programs if she so chooses, and, obviously, this is deeply personal to her. I’m grateful that she’s doing it. That money is going to go a long way toward eventually (I hope) finding a cure.

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Rachel Hunter on blending families with Rod Stewart’s other ex: ‘There has to be unity’

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Rachel Hunter and Rod Stewart were married from 1990 to 2006. At the time they met she was just 21 and he was 45. It was Rod’s second marriage and Rachel’s first. They have two children together, daughter Renee, 27, and son Liam, 25. Rod had four children when he met Rachel, two from his first marriage to Alana Stewart. Those were Kimberly Stewart (you know her), 40, and Sean Stewart, 39. Rod re-married the year after his divorce from Rachel and he’s been with model Penny Lancaster ever since. He has two children with Penny, sons Alastair, who turns 14 this year, and Aiden, 8. In total he has eight kids from five different moms! I know this because wiki has a handy chart and everything.

When Rachel and Rod broke up she made sure that her kids and Alana’s kids still saw each other at holidays because she didn’t want them to lose that bond. She told People Magazine that they consider themselves a big family and that the kids all see each other as siblings. It was really nice actually. Rachel was at the event with Alana so that must be how the topic came up.

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When Rod and myself broke up, it was closer to Christmas at the time. We all [got] together as family. There is no separate. There has to be that unity and support. The kids see each other as brother and sister. There’s no step vs. step yet. There’s brother and sister unity. It’s always been that way. That was something fundamental when I was leaving to make sure that was still intact and that the relationships were always fostered.

[From video on Twitter]

That’s really thoughtful and mature of everyone. If only all step parents could get along with exes this well for the sake of their kids. I realize that some relationships are toxic though and that sometimes the healthiest decision for yourself and your kids is to cut ties with someone.

Former supermodel Rachel, 50, has a travel show on the FYI network called Tour of Beauty and she has a book coming out this October with the same name.

Here’s that brief interview with Rachel

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Keeping Up with the Kardashians Rekap: Kruel Kim Kauses Kourtney to Kry

Kourney Kardashian turned 40 years old on Keeping Up with the Kardashians Sunday night.

But she nearly placed her milestone celebration on hold because her sister was just so very mean to her during a knockdown, drag-out verbal confrontation.

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The drama started when Kourtney invited Kim over to help her pick out an outfit -- and her sibling wasn’t shy about voicing her dislike of nearly every option.

"This is so typical of Kim to hate on every single look that I have and tell me everything is ugly," Kourtney said, openly anxious about turning the big 4-0.

She added of the ex-sex tape star:

"She doesn’t have to be so hurtful, especially when I’m so overwhelmed. There’s all this pressure surrounding this birthday and it doesn’t help that Kim is acting this way.”

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Did things calm down quickly at least?

No, quite the opposite.

Kim later discovered that Kourtney’s stylist reached out to multiple brands and designers with whom she has built longtime relationships.

During a FaceTime discussion to give her opinion on another dress Kourtney was considering for the shindig, she accused the mother of three of copying her style.

“Why do you keep on picking out all the same clothes?” Kim asked.

"I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’ve never dressed like you. I dress completely different than Kim,” Kourtney replied.

In a confessional, Kim explained that she works very hard to maintain close relationships with these aforementioned designers... and she doesn’t think Kourtney appreciates such commitment.

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“I don’t think Kourtney understands the legwork behind this. I don’t think anybody understands. You have to really have a relationship with that designer. She has no idea how this works,” Kim told the camera.

The totally unscripted feud went on for days, as the loved ones exchanged verbal blows via text message.

“She’s like, ‘You’re the biggest, ungrateful bitch,’ ” Kourtney read from her phone while talking to a friend. “So I said, ‘God, you’re such a petty woman.’“

It actually got even uglier, too.

“You’re going to school to become a lawyer and help the world and these are the kinds of problems you have?” Kourtney continued before reading Kim’s reply.

“Then she’s like ‘You’re really a miserable human-being and you keep not understanding the issue because you all of the sudden turn into such a humanitarian and talk about the world’s issues which you’ve not contributed one ounce to the world.”

The words were harsh, of course, but the effect lessened (and the validity of this whole back-and-forth questioned) when we didn't actually see a fight.

We just saw Kourtney reading some insults Kim allegedly sent her off her phone.

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Kourtney eventually broke down in tears, saying she no longer wanted to have a party due to this fight and her general stress about turning 40 years old.

“I really don’t take it personally, I know it’s not something that I’m doing,” she said. “It’s just hurtful. It’s not just that, I just feel overwhelmed with my birthday and everything.”

Continued a visibly shaken Kourtney:

“I just really don’t feel like myself right now and at this point I just don’t even feel like celebrating my birthday. I hate being the center of attention, I can’t stop crying, I don’t want to be around anyone.”

Khloe wasn't hearing of this, however.

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She encouraged Kourtney to keep the gathering as planned and, mere days before the bash, Kim found a dress she thought would be perfect for her sister:

It was a a one-of-a-kind Donatello Versace dress.

What amazing, totally unscripted luck!

“Kourtney is really emotional these days and going through it. I’m still really upset with her and the stylist, but it’s not the time. I want her to look amazing,” Kim said.

This, hilariously, was all it took for the hatchet to be buried.

“This dress from Kim is sexy and chic,” Kourtney said. “I think it’s definitely her peace offering, and I’m willing to accept it.”

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After the party went off without a hitch and everyone had a blast, Kourtney said she was glad she managed to put her uneasy feelings about turning 40 behind her.

“I am happy that we ended up having a party," she said to the camera, concluding:

"I feel so much love from all my family and friends.

"You know, my life might not be exactly where I pictured it would be, but it’s much more than I ever imagined.

"I realized there’s no need to get caught up in the pressure of feeling like you have to have it all figured it out.”

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The Righteous Gemstones Episode 5 Review: Interlude

The Righteous Gemstones celebrates the halfway point with a trip to the past. Read our review!

This Righteous Gemstones review contains spoilers.

The Righteous Gemstones Episode 5

I feel like I’m beginning to repeat myself by praising The Righteous Gemstones for its character development and world-building, but “Interlude” further deepens our understanding of the Gemstone clan, particularly Eli and Baby Billy, by taking an illuminating trip to the past. That said, even if the episode title lets us know this was intended to mark the halfway point in the series first season, I do feel like the content within “Interlude” may have been better placed elsewhere. Though it feels logical to allow us to get to know Aimee-Leigh, who’s presence still looms large in the Gemstone’s world, it certainly feels like the battle with Johnny Seasons and the fallout from Jesse’s hit and run attack on Scotty has taken too much of a backseat, and perhaps this flashback episode could have come later in the season. Still, there’s the strong possibility that all of this foundation building will allow the story to feel more impactful when we return to more plot-driven material.

Casting Jennifer Nettles as Aimee-Leigh proves to be a stroke of genius by Danny McBride and company. Nettles frequently serves as a reliable TV presenter and variety-show mainstay on CMT and network TV holiday specials, so her role as a warm, singing evangelical TV host and star seems like a natural fit. Nettles brings sincerity to the part, allowing you to see that at one point the Gemstone empire was built on good intentions and genuine charisma. I also want to single out J. Gaven Wilde as young Jesse. Channeling Danny McBride is likely a more difficult task than it seems, but Wilde perfectly captures Jesse’s bluster and rigidity. Speaking of perfectly captured, the entire vision of the 80s show in “Interlude” is spot on without being too over the top, like the latest episode of Stranger Things

read more: The Righteous Gemstones: Inside the '80s Flashback Interlude

The flashback episode serves two functions. One is to highlight the beginning of Eli and Baby Billy’s animosity for one another, but also their unhealthy sense of ownership over Aimee-Leigh. Both men are jealous of one another’s relationship with Aimee-Leigh and want to be her sole partner, whether out of love or a desire of financial gain. When Aimee-Leigh discovers that she’s miraculously pregnant, she’s forced to cancel an upcoming reunion tour with Baby Billy. Desperate for cash, Baby Billy pleads with his sister to carry on with a scaled back version of the tour, telling her that if she refuses to help him, he’ll have to start selling parcels of their family’s land. Eli is steadfast against his wife going on tour with Billie, who he sees as a selfish opportunist. When it’s revealed that Baby Billy has already sold many acres of their family’s property, Aimee-Leigh decides to cancel the tour once and for all, which pleases Eli and reinforces his point. The two men know that Aimee-Leigh is the true light in their lives, emphasized by a flash back to the present day with both men wistfully remembering her, but they both look odious fighting over her like she’s property.

The other function of the episode is to show how Jesse’s childhood is mirroring his own experiences as a father with children. The young Jesse worries about a new baby in their family and begins acting out because he thinks he has so little of his parents’ attention as is. With Baby Billy’s prodding, he even takes steps to embarrass his father in front of company. This appears to be exactly what Jesse is experiencing with Pontius, and his lack of attentiveness could help explain his relationship with Gideon, besides the hypocrisy aspect that Gideon discussed in last week’s episode. Eli’s late-night visit to Jesse’s room also perfectly mirrors the night time check-ins that Jesse does with his kids. Its history repeating itself and the apple not falling far from the tree rolled up into one.

read more: The Righteous Gemstones Season 2 Set by HBO

“Interlude” gets a majority of its laughs from young Judy, who delights in Jesse’s torment just as much as the adult version of the character. Eli’s father worries aloud about Eli spoiling the Gemstone kids and the glimpse at their pampered childhoods shows just why they’ve become such contemptable people. Also, Aimee-Leigh and Baby Billy’s novelty Christian country hit “Misbehaving” is as accurate as it is ridiculous. Finally, Baby Billy’s son Harmon is a glorious little odd ball, and I was genuinely moved by the affection that Baby Billy shows for him just as everything in his life crumbles. Something tells me that we’ll either be meeting the adult Harmon soon, or his absence will have some sort of impact on the story.

Though I’m anxious to get back to the action that propelled The Righteous Gemstones’ pilot, “Interlude” showed genuine heart and helped color in the history of these characters, explaining how we got to where we’re at today. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more flashbacks in the future, because Aimee-Leigh is just too compelling of a character to not revisit, and we have to learn more about her passing. Something tells me Eli and Baby Billy’s feud is caught up in that as well.

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Nick Harley is a tortured Cleveland sports fan, thinks Douglas Sirk would have made a killer Batman movie, Spider-Man should be a big-budget HBO series, and Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson should direct a script written by one another. For more thoughts like these, read Nick's work here at Den of Geek or follow him on Twitter.

4/5
Review Nick Harley
Baby Billy and Aimee-Leigh in The Righteous Gemstones
Sep 15, 2019

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Preacher Season 4 Episode 9 Trailer and Episode Guide

AMC has ordered Preacher 4 and is moving production to Australia for the end of Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy's story.

God may pay for his crimes yet! Preacher Season 4 is here.

Production moves to Australia for season 4, per a TVLine report. The original comic series by Garth Enis remained set in the United States (and other various heavenly and hellish realms) for the duration of its run so it's unlikely that Preacher will go the Leftovers Season 3 route and actually be set in Australia. It's more likely that Australia has some nice tax credits and is versatile enough geographically to resemble parts of the United States.

read more: HBO's Chernobly is More Terrifying Than You Think

Here is everything we know about Preacher season 4.

Preacher Season 4 Episode 9 Trailer

Take a look at the trailer for the next episode of Preacher season 4 below.

Preacher Season 4 Episode Guide

Preacher Season 4 Episode 1: Masada 

Jesse is rocked by visions of an apocalyptic future as he and Tulip prepare for an all-out assault on Masada, where Cassidy -- trapped to a tortuous fate -- struggles to hang on.

air date: 8/4/19

read our review of "Masada" here.

Preacher Season 4 Episode 2: Last Supper

God maneuvers his chess pieces while Jesse searches for a mysterious rock formation that may signal the end of his journey.

air date: 8/4/19

read our review of "Last Supper" here.

Preacher Season 4 Episode 3: Deviant

In her headfirst attempt to rescue Cassidy, Tulip may have bitten off more than she can chew, and she must reckon with the most terrifying thing she can imagine: psychiatric care. As his hopes of escape fade, Cassidy reflects on decisions he made one hundred years ago. Meanwhile, the Saint of Killers is closing in on Jesse.

air date: 8/11/19

read our review of "Deviant" here.

Preacher Season 4 Episode 4: Search and Rescue

Tulip teams with Jesus Christ to plumb Masada's dungeons to free whatever remains of Cassidy. Meanwhile, Jesse's mission to Australia may be over before it's even started.

air date: 8/18/19

Preacher Season 4 Episode 5: Bleak City

Reunions all around as Tulip finally makes her way to Cassidy, and Eugene catches up with his Preacher - though this reunion might be cut short by the bloody fury of the Saint of Killers.

air date: 8/25/19

read our review of "Bleak City" here.

Preacher Season 4 Episode 6: The Lost Apostle

Starr is desperately searching for the messiah as the clock ticks down to apocalypse; Tulip and Cass assume fake identities to track Jesse, but the Saint of Killers has him on a short leash, leading him straight toward an explosive end.

air date: 9/1/19

read our review of "The Lost Apostle" here.

Preacher Season 4 Episode 7: Messiahs

Tulip and Cassidy tear across the world, hell-bent on making God pay for the latest bloody twist in His plan; an old friend presents Jesse with a unique opportunity that could change everything.

air date: 9/8/19<

Read our review of "Messiahs" here.

Preacher Season 4 Episode 8: Fear of the Lord

Cassidy and Tulip hide Humperdoo from the Grail, whose operatives are now searching both for their messiah -- and Starr; a tempted Jesse considers a powerful offer.

air date: 9/15/19

Read our review of "Fear of the Lord" here.

Preacher Season 4 Episode 9: Overture

Masada is abuzz as the Messiah has finally arrived; the heroes mount one last assault in a desperate attempt to thwart the end of the world, but God uses every trick in His omniscient arsenal to divide them; Eugene gets out of prison.

air date: 9/22/19

Preacher Season 4 Episode 10: End of the World

The curtain falls on the Apocalypse Revue as the fate of the world is decided and the long journey of a preacher and his friends comes to an end.

air date: 9/29/19

Preacher Season 4 Release Date

Preacher Season 4 is now officially set to premiere on AMC on August 4!

...The bad news? Season 4 will mark the end for the series, as co-creator/executive-producer Seth Rogen reveals in this apocalyptic tweet.

Preacher Season 4 Cast

Preacher Season 4 will have more use for its kind-of Messiah than in years' past. And that means an increase of role for one of the show's weirdest characters. Tyson Ritter has been upped to series regular to Preacher Season 4, according to Deadline. Ritter (who is also the frontman for band The All-American Rejects) plays Humperdoo, the tragically inbred descendant of Jesus Christ.

Preacher Season 4 Trailer

Finally! Here it is in all its profane glory. The Preacher season 4 trailer has arrived following the show's panel at SDCC 2019. Til the end of the world, friends. 

Here are some first looks at Preacher Season 4 courtesy of AMC. The first is titled "Jesus" and you'll see why in a minute.

Next up is "Nuke." The name is similarly self-explanatory.

Preacher Season 4 Photos

And here are some first look photos at Preacher Season 4.

First up is the Preacher Season 4 poster.

Preacher Season 4 Poster

Now Jesse Custer, passing an important test.

Preacher Season 4 Jesse

Tulip looking pensieve.

Preacher Season 4 Tulip

Cassidy in his natural element.

Preacher Season 4 Cassidy

Preacher Season 4 Details

Preacher is a show unlike any other on television. A passionate base of fans found their way to Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy and have followed along with their adventures, at times indescribable adventures, for three seasons,” David Madden, president of programming for AMC Networks, said in a statement. “We are thankful to our partners at Sony and to Seth, Evan and Sam for everything they have brought to this series, which we are pleased to renew for a fourth season. Like the superfans of Preacher, we can’t wait to see where this journey leads next.”

AMC clearly loves its comic book adaptations and has all but declared that its flagship property, The Walking Dead, will last forever. Until now, Preacher hadn't been quite as lucky. Preacher Season 3's finale, "The Light Above," aired on August 26, 2018. It took until now for AMC to renew for Preacher Season 4. 

further reading: Preacher: Where the Saint of Killers' Journey Will Go 

Still, as AMC's statement suggests, it must have been hard to not want to keep working with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin, Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, and Joseph Gilgun.

When Preacher Season 4 arrives there are still plenty of foes for Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy to confront. Angelville and the L'Angelles will be in the rearview but Herr Star and the Grail are still out there. As is The Saint of Killers, who is emboldened after killing Satan for funsies and his heading back to Earth to find Jesse with Eugene in tow. 

further reading: The Walking Dead: How to Fix Daryl Dixon

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Sep 15, 2019

Leeto helps works councils manage perks

French startup Leeto provides a service for French works councils, better known as comités d’entreprise. The fintech startup lets you hand out perks to employees using a simple web service combined with a payment card.

Leeto recently raised a $2.2 million funding round (€2 million) from Founders Future and various business angels, such as Thomas Rebaud (Meero), Benjamin Netter (October) and Vincent Luciani (Artefact).

If you’re not familiar with French works councils, every French company with more than 50 employees has to elect representatives to defend the interests of employees — starting in 2020, companies with more than 11 employees will have a works council. They act as the interface between members of the board and employees, and they vote on strategic moves.

In addition to that role, companies have to hand out a small budget to the works council every year. Works councils can then reimburse cultural or sports activities, hand out gift cards for Christmas, give movie tickets, etc.

And Leeto wants to manage that budget in particular. Many companies currently have a cumbersome process. You have to send receipts of your yoga lessons, find a store that accepts your gift cards… It’s even worse for representatives as they have to order paper gift cards and make sure everyone picks up their gift cards at their desk.

Leeto is a software-as-a-service the lets you manage all that from a web browser. You can add employees and then grant them perks.

Later this year, every employee will get a prepaid Mastercard that the works council can top up and manage. For instance, representatives can hand out €500 a year for vacation and cultural activities. Employees can then use this card to pay for a Netflix subscription, train tickets, museum tickets and more. It works a bit like Lunchr, but for works councils.

If employees go on vacation and forget their card, they can also upload eligible expenses to get reimbursed even if they paid with a personal card.

On the works council’s side, Leeto wants to make it easier to manage accounting and send notifications to employees. Leeto currently costs €3 per employee per month, but that’s directly taken from the budget of the works council so employees don’t pay that.

Preacher Season 4 Episode 8 Review: Fear of the Lord

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades as Preacher season 4 readies itself for the end of the world.

This Preacher review contains spoilers.

Preacher Season 4 Episode 8

In the Preacher universe, everyone always seems to be trying to curry God's favor. Jesse wants God to grant him an audience to answer some questions, and has since the first season. Tulip and Cas kidnap Humperdoo to try to get God's attention so they can make God suffer as much as He's made them suffer. Starr wants God to make him beautiful again, Jesus wants to take his rightful place as the Messiah, and Hitler's just trying to manipulate the situation as much as possible, but it all seems to focus on God's presence in the world and either thwarting or bringing about his plan to end the world.

further reading - Preacher: The Most Shocking Moments From the Comics

At this point in Preacher, Starr is more pitiable than he is a formidable adversary. Certainly, the Grail is powerful and has resources (and is actively working to bring about the apocalypse with Jesus and Hitler), but Herr Starr himself is mostly just pathetic. His list of injuries at this point is comical, and the more that is taken away from him, the more broken he becomes, the less intimidating or dangerous he seems to be. Starr, at least in the eyes of Preacher's showrunner, isn't the villain, just a tool more concerned with power and recovering his own beauty than he is actually succeeding at ending the world. 

It's hard not to be sympathetic with Starr, seeing his back-story as we do this week. He's a prize-winning beauty pageant contestant, Little Mr. Düsseldorf with a pageboy haircut and a 1979 tuxedo to beat all 1979 tuxedos, until a gaggle of jilted fellow contestants advance on him in the bathroom and take away his handsomeness. That hallucination comes from pain as he's recovering from the loss of his leg, his genitals, and his dignity at the hands of some backwoods cannibal physicians who replace his Little Mister Düsseldorf with a leaky water faucet. Even his moment of triumph at the end of the episode makes it difficult to forget just how much abuse Starr has taken over the course of the series. Certainly, he's evil, but he's not had an easy time of things, either.

Perhaps that's the series' point. Starr isn't a villain, Starr is a tool to be used up and discarded when he no longer fits the agenda of the show's true villain, God. He seems to take delight in dangling goals in front of the faces of our characters, then either yanking it away or letting them grasp it, depending on whose side they're on. God refuses to save Humperdoo, but he sends the Grail to rescue him just the same. Starr gets his beauty back after some serious suffering at the hands of himself and others. He brings Jesse back to life and greets him warmly, only to let Jesse know that because he briefly considered sitting on the throne when it was offered to him, he'd sinned, despite ultimately doing the right thing in spite of his antipathy towards God. 

Full credit to Pip Torrens, he's given a lot to do in this episode, and he does it all with enough pathos to make it weirdly touching. We're not supposed to like Starr, and yet, there he is, kind of looking hangdog, limping around with a faucet penis, and Torrens makes him pitiable to the point of being pathetic. Granted, he's still evil, but he's a weak, mediocre evil whose capacity for cruelty and deviousness is far surpassed by the cruelty he's been on the other end of. That Torrens played a much younger Starr in 1979 in a pageboy wig only adds to the character's demented comedy streak, and Wes Brown's script makes him incredibly weak, which is fitting for how far the character has been brought down by his obsession.

Starr is pitiable because he's got nothing left to lose. Tulip and Cas are dangerous because of the same reason. The two have fallen into a sort of family relationship with Humperdoo, which is a cute use of the problematic character. His charms are not lost on either Cas or Tulip, even if Tulip is more dedicated to the cause of killing him while God watches.

Cas's excellent point that God is always watching falls on deaf ears, as Tulip, like Jesse and Starr, is too caught up in her revenge plot to think clearly and potentially save the world at the same time. It's personal for Tulip, and Iain B. MacDonald makes sure that we know it's personal for every character involved, from God and Jesse to Featherstone and Jesus Christ. No one can get out of their own way to accomplish a mission because no one is thinking clearly, and that means that everything will be coming to a head soon because fate, or God's plan, is drawing everyone together.

As he said to Jesse, bring your friends. There's a reason He wants that, and that'll be revealed soon. To Preacher's credit, they've managed to keep all the major characters active and involved in the main plot of the series, except for perhaps Eugene at the moment—though he did kill Jesse and send him to Hell, so that's pretty important. No doubt that Eugene will be leaving prison by the end of the series, because everyone has a part to play in the end of the world (and of the series).

Keep up with Preacher Season 4 news and reviews here.

3/5
Review Ron Hogan
Preacher Season 4 Episode 8 Fear of the Lord
Sep 15, 2019

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The Righteous Gemstones: Inside the ’80s Flashback Interlude

Righteous Gemstones director David Gordon Green reveals how the show's transformative trip to the past came to be.

When HBO first ordered a full series for Danny McBride's next comedy effort, The Righteous Gemstones, they set the episode order at eight. That was before, however, McBride and the writing staff had some downtime from filming to think about including maybe just one more. 

"We had just finished writing (episode) four and we were like a day ahead of schedule in our writing commitments," McBride told reporters at the 2019 TCA summer press tour. "So Jeff Fradley and John Carcieri, two of the other executive producers on the show, we just were like, 'Hey, what should we do? We got an extra day’ and then, we just started kind of brainstorming about this idea if we did a flashback episode what would that entail?"

What that would entail is the episode that viewers were just entreated to on Sunday night. The fifth episode of the now-nine episode season, "Interlude," is an unexpected flashback to the '80s and a simpler, yet still fraught time for the Gemstone family. Matriarch Aimee-Leigh (Jennifer Nettles) is pregnant with third Gemstone child, Kelvin (Adam Devine), and many in the increasingly spoiled and out-of-touch Gemstone family orbit are none too happy about it, least of all Baby Billy (Walton Goggins) who wants to set out on a grand tour with his sister. 

The episode is a surprising tonal shift for the comedy series, operating on a dramatic level to tell a sort of origin story for many of the Gemstones' flaws in present day, and to explain why the absence of Aimee-Leigh looms so large in their lives. 

"Interlude" is destined to become a favorite to many, and those ranks already include the episode's director, Gemstones producer and longtime McBride collaborator David Gordon Green. Green took some time off from prepping for the latest Halloween sequel to discuss what makes "Interlude" so special. 

DEN OF GEEK: At the TCA summer press tour, Danny McBride said that he and the writers wrote this episode in four hours. How do you think the final product came out, and how did it become your favorite episode of the season? It's almost like divine intervention.

DAVID GORDON GREEN: A lot of times stories, narratives, technique, characters get so overanalyzed, processed, considered and debated, particularly in the writers’ room. The beauty of that is there are so many different personalities and perspectives. But this was one that Danny, Jeff (Fradley), and John (Carcieri) just talked about for a couple of hours right outside my office. And then they pitched me this wildcard idea. We were only going to do eight episodes, and then they said, "Hey, here's this crazy idea if we could get HBO to go for a ninth. We were going to go circle it out and see if it makes sense." I was like, "Yeah, that sounds like it will never happen." Because that's expensive and has characters in different time periods and budgets were already tight. 

further reading - The Righteous Gemstones: What Secrets Does Gideon Hold?

I figured, worst-case scenario, we'll get backstory that's helpful in my direction to the actors for these characters. I love explorations like that. But then they came back the next morning and they'd written a thing, and it didn't change at all ever. So, I guess my point is, some of the spontaneity, the intuitiveness, the fresh and ill-conceived and unpredictability of it all is what made it so exciting. The fact that we can keep it loose and just jump right in to make a show without having to necessarily put it through the creative and technical, logistical machine, that we so often get bogged down in.

What went behind the decision to put this at episode five? It comes right in the middle of a cliffhanger. Was there any consideration for putting it anywhere else or just why did that feel like the right thing to do?

This is probably a Danny question, but to me it just felt right because you're hooked in the ensemble of it all and the flow and the momentum of the narrative. You want to know what's next. But before we touch in on that, let's take it back. It felt organic and I never really questioned why. I'm not sure what the decisions were. It could, in some ways, have been a prologue to the entire season. I guess you could have put it anywhere, but it felt like, at this point, everyone had been established, and there were a lot of questions, in my mind anyway. So, it feels like a good time to start getting some answers.

How did you go about de-aging actors like Walton Goggins and John Goodman? This is a comedy, so you did have the option to do something more comedic with it, if you wanted.

It's always a thing. You want it to be a funny show, you want it to have strong sense of characters you want to be on Earth, and then you’ve got to deal with a wig that's getting caught in the wind. You wonder what's better, performance or fixing a wig? I actually hate that. It's really frustrating because, do you use the best take from the performance of vocalization and the emotion? Or do you use the one that the wig and makeup looks the most legit? I don't know. 

We're learning too. We're just movie geeks thinking, "Well, this would be cool. How do we figure it out on a budget?" So, it's easy to sit in the editing room and think, "Oh, we should have done this. We should have done that." We've learned a ton from it. In fact, we’re doing a little bit on this new Halloween movie, based on some of that education. It's cool to be able to experience that, learn from it, and have it not get in the way. I also don't want it to be an '80s gimmick - cute, kitsch, thing where everybody's got a Rubik's cube and an Atari, and let's talk about how fun it used to be in our lives. We wanted all that to be in the background and just play up the emotion.

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You're never going to find an exact match of physicality and performance of Danny in the '80s for these younger characters. But boy, we really stumbled on some talented kids that had a lot of gusto and captured that charisma in a lot of ways, and so, we were really fortunate with those guys. And then, it brought a whole new dynamic to Eli's character I think, too, to see if kid's equally as corrupt but with a little pressure. I think that was fun.

Jennifer Nettles as Aimee-Leigh is excellent in this episode. In some ways now it feels like Aimee-Leigh is the lynchpin of the whole series, like whatever damage the characters carry around now is in relation to how they treated Aimee-Leigh. What did you make of Jennifer’s performance and Aimee-Leigh as a character?

Jennifer astounded me on her very first take, because she's a musician that we'd admired, and I'd seen her in interviews. But to get her in costume and have her show up on set and walk in with a scene that Goodman. Wow. She's destined for huge things. She was amazing. You can't be better. Every take was something different, something alive, and something real. And it had the sense that she gave everybody a run for their money in a beautiful way. With that character, you really see that firecracker, and you see what the loss of that family is when they miss her. It's just so fun. Part of me just wants to go run away and make a show like Hee Haw or something with Jennifer, and then have it be the 30 years ago version of the Gemstones saga. I think that would be a lot of fun, to see what she was up to in that time period. So, super cool.

It was very vibrant on set the day that Jennifer and Walton did their first Aimee-Leigh and Baby Billy dance sequence. We had hundreds of people in the crowd, and it felt real. You could see the energy of why personalities like these, messages like theirs, and voices like theirs appeal to people. It's such a contagious, almost overwhelming, feeling. They pull you in, so that's really fun. 

Speaking of Aimee-Leigh and Baby Billy’s song, “Misbehavin’,” it’s amazing. How did that come about?

We always have a lot of song references. If anything, the writer's room is run by YouTube and just finding strange clips and going into the wormholes and vortexes of things that are out there, in terms of country interest in music. We had a lot of fun going through references. And then Danny's pitching the idea of what, lyrically, what the song would be like, and then he ends up just half writing it. Edi was chiming in, and they were like, "Oh yeah, and this and then..." talking about pickles and getting in trouble in the same verse - all this stuff. They gave it to Joey Stephens who does the score for the show, he's our good friend from way back, and he turned that around real quick. We were all already in that headspace, so thinking in that vibe, and I think Danny, Edi, and Joey all wrote that together.

One of the big sets in this episode is Judy's birthday party. What was it like to film that? I remember just seeing all the animals and children running around and thinking, “this really looks like it could have been a pain in the ass."

Oh, it was. And then, on top of that, it was the one day I invited my kids to come hang out, so they were running around. You have that chaos as well, but it was a ton of fun. It evolved a lot. I fell in love with the birthday clown that showed up. He was amazing. So, I started finding these strange little obsessions. And then we had M. Emmet Walsh, who is a legend to show up for a cameo. He’s someone I’ve loved since I first saw Straight Time and just thought he was incredible. 

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On top of that, you're finding the weather and the sun are constantly changing. So many angles, so many characters, and it's a period piece. But our circus is, I wouldn't say streamlined, but everybody knows the temperaments and the personalities and who you can lean on and who you roll your eyes at. You just go in there with a good attitude and not to expect precision. Once you got that many people running around, nobody's going to do the same thing twice. Sometimes the barf gag works, and sometimes it gets clogged up. We got to take advantage of Nettles' baton twirling talent that she had, so there was a lot we were trying to jam in there. Then we had this totally improvised drinking montage that we were inspired to film, so that took an hour and a half out of our day just to film Jesse run around getting fucked up. That was fun.

Are we going to see any more of Baby Billy’s silent son, Harmon? Did he grow up to be a young quiet man?

It became a very big talking point as to what happens to Harmon. What does he become? He could be science fiction. It could be otherworldly. I wouldn't put anything past Harmon.

He should turn up in Halloween.

Absolutely. You know what? I didn't even know this when we were filming the movie, but then I see Scott Cooper just made a horror movie with that kid (Jeremy T. Thomas). I can't remember what it was called (Ed Note: Antlers, to be released in 2020), but I just saw the trailer for it. I was like, "Whoa! There's Harmon all over this thing." I'm looking forward to that.

Alec Bojalad is TV Editor at Den of Geek and TCA member. Read more of his stuff here. Follow him at his creatively-named Twitter handle @alecbojalad

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Sep 15, 2019

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The Affair Season 5 Episode 5 Trailer and Episode Guide

The Affair Season 5, the final outing for the Montauk crew, is now airing on Showtime.

Good news! The Affair season 5 is here. Bad news! It's the last season.

“We love the intimacy, the nuance, and the emotional honesty of The Affair’s subjective examination of both infidelity and fidelity. Gary Levine, President of Programming Showtime Networks, said in a statement. "Sarah Treem has always envisioned this as a five-season series, and we will be fascinated to see where she takes her talented cast and all of us next year in its climactic season.”

The Affair has been on quite a journey for the past four years. It debuted in the fall of 2014 to almost immediate acclaim. The first season even won the award for best drama at the Golden Globes.

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Since then, however, The Affair has struggled to maintain the excitement of its original premise. After the titular "affair" worn down, the show has been left with the story of deeply unhappy people living in Montauk, all trying to figure their lives out. 

The Affair Season 5 Episode 5 Trailer

Take a look at the trailer for the latest episode of The Affair season 5 below.

The Affair Season 5 Episode Guide

The Affair Season 5 Episode 1: 501

Noah embarks on his journey with the Descent movie by getting acquainted with his star, Sasha Mann. Helen mourns a tragic event. Sierra welcomes a new arrival. Joanie struggles with an upcoming birthday.

air date: 8/25/19

Read our review of "501" here.

The Affair Season 5 Episode 2: 502

Janelle struggles with her relationship and work, so turns to Carl for support. Production for Descent commences, and Sasha takes an interest in Helen. Helen takes her first steps towards acceptance.

air date: 9/1/19

Read our review of "502" here.

The Affair Season 5 Episode 3: 503

Sasha proposes adjustments to Noah's script. Sasha's relationship with Helen blossoms, and Noah takes notice. Bruce's condition worsens. Joanie's business trip leads to violent encounters.

air date: 9/8/19

Read our review of "503" here. 

The Affair Season 5 Episode 4: 504

Noah, Margaret and Stacey bond over their mutual distaste for Sasha. Noah attempts to sabotage Helen and Sasha's relationship. Whitney and Colin face the hardships of their relationship. Joanie visits the graveyard.

air date: 9/15/19

Read our review of "504" here.

The Affair Season 5 Episode 5: 505

Sierra struggles to balance motherhood with her burgeoning acting career. Sierra's mother visits uninvited. Helen works her first design gig and begins to focus on herself.

air date: 9/22/19

The Affair Season 5 Episode 6: 506

In Montauk for work, Joanie becomes acquainted with EJ. Together, they explore Joanie's family history, leading her to question the cause of her mother's death. Rattled, she starts to make some self-destructive decisions.

air date: 9/29/19

The Affair Season 5 Episode 7: 507

Noah and Whitney travel to Montauk to begin planning the wedding. Noah gets a concerning call. Armed with new information about her mother's death, Joanie confronts a stranger.

air date: 10/6/19

The Affair Season 5 Episode 8: 508

Allegations against Noah surface and he seeks guidance on how to handle the situation. Helen celebrates a birthday and protects Sierra during an extremely trying time.

air date: 10/13/19

The Affair Season 5 Release Date

The Affair Season 5 premiered on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. ET.

The Affair Season 5 Cast

The big casting changes for The Affair Season 5 continue on. Jennifer Jason Leigh is the next big addition to the show's final season. Showtime president of programming Gary Levine announced at the 2019 TCA winter press tour that Leigh will be joining The Affair Seaosn 5 in an unspecified role.

Jennifer Jason Leigh is perhaps best known for her role in Single White Female. In recent years, Leigh has popped up in the films Anomalisa and The Hateful Eight.

Anna Paquin will be joining the cast of the show for its fifth and final season, according to TV Line. Paquin's return to pulpy pay cable shows would be a big deal on its own but even more interesting is who she is playing. Paquin will be portraying the adult version Joanie Lockhart. You know what that means...TIME JUMP!

Another character will be leaving The Affair Season 5...sort of. TV Line reports that Joshua Jackson will not be appearing as a series regular in The Affair Season 5. It's possible that Jackson's character Cole will return on a recurring basis. But as things stand that is now officially half the cast who has not made it to The Affair's final season.

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Those of you who watched the final two episodes of The Affair Season 4 are privy to some information: Ruth Wilson is no longer on the show. Yes, her character, Alison, sadly died and dead people don't always make compelling TV characters. A question does remain, however: why is Alison dead? It's entirely possible that the character had run her course and the show wanted to try something new. But some Ruth Wilson quotes make it seem as though there were issues behind the scenes. 

Wilson told Gayle King of CBS This Morning: ""I’m not allowed to talk about why." She would later tell other outlets that the reason wasn't about pay and wasn't about another job. But that still seems to suggest....there was a reason. Either way, Ruth Wilson will not be a part of The Affair's final season.

The Affair Season 5 Trailer

Check out the trailers for The Affair Season 5!

If you were hoping to use to it to determine who was still in the cast, you can now rest assured that Dominic West and Maura Tierney are still around. And that's it apparently!

Alec Bojalad is TV Editor at Den of Geek and TCA member. Read more of his stuff here. Follow him at his creatively-named Twitter handle @alecbojalad

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Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 14 Review: Today and Tomorrow

Fear the Walking Dead season 5 continues to sabotage its characters and itself with a trope-heavy, logic-defying episode.

This Fear the Walking Dead review contains spoilers. 

Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 14

As I sat down to write this review, it suddenly occurred to me that Fear the Walking Dead is a lot like an A+ student that keeps turning in C+ work—and no amount of tutoring is going to fix the issue unless Fear starts applying itself. Until then, it looks like Fear is content to squander its potential until the end of the semester. And with only two assignments left this semester, it’s not looking like the show will be making the Honor Roll. Just to take this analogy one step further, I realize Fear has already been renewed for a sixth season. So, really, why bother swinging for the fences, when your teachers have given you a passing grade regardless of the kind of work you’ve been turning in?

Which brings us to “Today and Tomorrow,” another middling, uninspired entry in the Fear the Walking Dead canon.

Anyone who has read my ongoing coverage of this show knows that I’ve often celebrated Fear, especially in its earlier seasons. (So much so, in fact, that a reader once suggested that I was a shill for AMC.) But there have been plenty of clunkers in the mix, most notably episodes from these last two seasons. All of this is to say that Fear season 5 has been especially challenging to watch.

“Today and Tomorrow” in particular does little to move the story forward. The episode’s most notable developments are both a matter of happenstance. First, Morgan and Althea make contact with Ginny’s group of settlers, who have converted a luxury condominium complex into their newest settlement. And in the episode’s second pairing, Grace and Daniel are in the midst of a failed supply run when Grace’s health suddenly (and arbitrarily) takes a turn for the worse. Which is my cue to share some critical (and pseudo-philosophical) analysis of the episode.

For example, I could say that Althea and Morgan are looking for love in all the wrong places, and say I mean this both literally and figuratively. It’s obvious Al won’t find who she’s looking for at Paradise Ridge, simply because Isabelle’s helicopter group and Ginny’s settlers share the same world-building philosophy. And by obvious, I mean the fact that Fear’s various factions are all one-note. Isabelle’s quasi-military organization only sports modified riot gear, whereas Ginny’s group is leaning hard into the whole pioneer thing.

All this so-called “Gang of Hats” trope does is inadvertently lend the apocalypse an air of playful cosplay. Who has time to dress alike in themed garb when one’s survival is constantly at stake? This may work in movies like The Warriors, but it definitely doesn’t work here.

It’s also obvious that Grace’s condition will take a turn for the worse simply in response to Morgan finally realizing that he needs to let go of his past. Which brings to mind another trope, “Fridging,” in which a love interest exists only to be killed off as a way to motivate another character. More often than not, this character is female. While one could argue that Grace’s plight is not full-on fridging, I would argue that it’s close enough. Now that Morgan’s seen the light about Grace, Grace will soon be heading into the light.

As for the rest of “Today and Tomorrow,” all I can say is there are some questionable lines peppered throughout the episode. Like Ginny’s homespun wisdom about mending fences: “Spaghetti ain’t simple and it’s usually messy one way or another.” This is true if you like to eat spaghetti blindfolded, or without utensils, or both.

Daniel’s worldview is equally confusing: “Being a realist is not a realistic option anymore.” I’m sorry, but what? What does this really mean? This is the sort of philosophical bon mot that’s meant to sound profound, but isn’t. (Commissioner Gordon’s entire closing monologue from The Dark Knight, anyone?)

If anything, Daniel’s worldview can only be taken ironically, given how divorced Fear has become from reality. I’ll never understand how anyone could be ambushed by zombies, as happens to Daniel and Grace in this episode. Even undead ninja would raise a ruckus stumbling out of the woods. 

Perhaps this is why Morgan and Al think they can somehow sneak back out of Paradise Ridge after thrashing around in the pool at the center of the complex. After all, in a world where the undead can skulk silently through underbrush, surely no one can overhear some loud splashing, either. This isn’t just silly, it’s insulting.

So where does this all leave us, with only two episodes left in season 5? As of now, it’s hard to envision the finale’s game-changing developments that showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg teased earlier this year at San Diego Comic-Con. My guess? Rick Grimes will make an appearance. Or maybe even Madison Clark. After all, Fear itself has posited that “No one’s gone until they’re gone.”

Hey, if our group can repair a plane and refine crude oil into gasoline, anything is possible, right?

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David S.E. Zapanta is the author of four books. Read more of his Den of Geek writing here. He’s also an avid street photographer. Plus, you can follow him on Twitter: @melancholymania

2.5/5
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Sep 15, 2019

The Affair Season 5 Episode 4 Review: 504

It’s “like father, like daughter” on The Affair season 5 when both Noah and Whitney spectacularly blow up their lives.

This The Affair review contains spoilers.

The Affair Season 5 Episode 4

“Nobody likes the writer, stupid. Dad’s like the most disposable person…”

The Affair’s cast that has fluctuated over the years, but this has never been a series that’s felt like it’s at a loss for characters. In fact, it’s a show where new characters have arguably gotten in the way of its storytelling and derailed momentum in favor of interesting deviations. During The Affair’s earlier seasons, an episode that’s largely devoted to Whitney Solloway would have been frustrating, but during this final season it becomes the highlight.

There are a lot of ways to make a statement and get creative in the final season of a television show and this Whitney point of view speaks to that. It’s actually a pretty amazing idea to show how Noah and Helen’s actions (but mostly Noah’s) have affected their oldest child. Everyone has processed the series’ titular affair in different ways, but Whitney is likely the only child of the Solloway family that actually has a clear perception of what happened. 

The episode’s “Previously On” package rather pointedly doesn’t just feature clips from Whitney’s current relationship with Colin, but rather many of Whitney’s past misguided romantic indiscretions in a way that’s meant to feel like this is all the sum of Whitney’s broken perception of love because of Noah’s affair. Whitney’s received lots of attention throughout the series in the past (especially in season 2 with Scotty Lockhart—ah Scotty, simpler times…), but this is by far the most powerful use of her due to how she processes her family’s baggage as an adult. 

“504” is not a perfect episode, but the Whitney material is outstanding (if not depressing) and it’s the showcase of Julia Goldiani-Telles that’s been long overdue after five seasons.

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Whitney’s state of affairs is exceedingly grim and far from a picturesque vision of two loving soon-to-be-newlyweds. She slaves away to support her deadbeat fiancé, struggles to stay financially stable, and is underappreciated and treated like trash at work. As the whole world comes down on her, some very unsubtle temptation is pushed on her when a love from her past comes back with offers that would potentially solve all of her problems. 

Whitney's conflict here operates on an incredibly expedited timeline and there's zero room for subtext. Colin is only a collection of boorish impulses and the universe forces Whitney to face her ex. What's also made explicit is that the trapped life that Whitney's in is basically identical to what Helen and Noah were going through at that age. Whitney begins this episode as Helen, but she ends it as Noah as she gives in and sabotages her relationship. 

Goldiani-Telles is incredible here, but all of this just feels so icky. Right from the start it's clear where it's all going and this slow dive into watching Whitney destroy her life (rather than the Cinderella story that Furkat bills it as) is torture. It’d be one thing if Whitney maybe gained some clarity from all of this or learned how to rise above making the same “mistakes” that her mother did, but the episode not only demoralizes and perverts Whitney once she submits to Furkat, but it ends with her more confused or broken than before. She’s either bound for a disastrous marriage with Colin that she doubles down on out of guilt or she winds up as Furkat’s possession. This dilemma is properly brought to life, but it’s just such a bummer.

Almost as if to further underline the point of Whitney’s storyline, Noah’s material acts as living proof of how his actions may negatively affect others. Noah’s behavior has been up and down all season but his portion of “504” is really infuriating stuff and just as irksome as Whitney’s story. His story even ends on a moment where he gets busted, so there’s not even the opportunity for redemption. 

This wouldn’t be a problem in the past, but it feels highly unnecessary here since Noah’s material in “503” covers the exact same material. What’s also strange is that all of the events in Noah’s story are so comically exaggerated and practically presented as some bizarre rom-com. Noah literally hears a romantic soundtrack in his head as he gets his first glimpse of “New Helen” and then he and Margaret concoct a scheme to sneak dildos into Sasha’s bedroom (this stunt is so farcical that somebody seriously needs to edit a laugh track underneath it, or at least the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme during the final moment). Earlier in the episode, Noah receives romantic advice from his best bro who also happens to be dressed as a cowboy at the time. Then he helps Stacey with her first period. All of this actually happens.

What’s also irritating about all of this is that Sasha is not a bad guy. Why is everyone trying to freaking pile on him? It’s not like Sasha started having sex with Whitney. If anything, the fact that Sasha falls for a woman who’s real and in her fifties is solid proof that he’s not a generic Hollywood asshole. 

Sure, Helen may be a little more careless due to Sasha grabbing her attention, but let her have some fun and enjoy herself for once (we also learn that he’s helped her jump start a new career)! Her finding some happiness shouldn’t have to turn into a witch-hunt. Furthermore, the previous episode already vets Sasha and shows that he’s okay to be trusted. It also contains plenty of Noah going off the handle on the subject matter, which again makes this all feel a little redundant. 

Outside of Helen and his family, Noah is almost completely pushed out Descent’s production and I wouldn’t be surprised if his name is entirely absent by the time the film actually comes out. The rumor that he was banned from set for “hitting on the director’s girlfriend” feels like it was tailor-made to inflict as much pain on Noah as possible. Everything that Noah has to handle here is turned up to eleven.

It's unclear if the hyperbolized nature of all of this is because it's being filtered through Noah's perspective, but it's worth pointing out that this is the best (and worst) that Noah's looked in a long time. The fact that his younger children actually pine for him in lieu of Helen is presented as a welcome contrast to how Whitney’s been affected by his actions and at this point Margaret seems to actually prefer him to Helen. 

That being said, the point of the episode is clearly to knock down Noah even further, so I guess we’ll see how this latest disaster informs his behavior. It’s content that still arguably would have had more impact if it were presented from Helen’s, or even Sasha’s, perspective.

“504” is an episode of The Affair that presents the most compelling and annoying aspects of its storytelling, but more than anything else it shows how broken people can be. This installment makes some very questionable choices that leave their characters in disarray, but are clearly intentional decisions.

In that sense, “504” and The Affair in general nicely mirror life itself and how the decisions that we make, romantic or otherwise, can be messy and regressive, but also authentic. “504” makes its point, but if you care about these characters, this is not a fun time. However, as this season approaches its halfway point, it’s time for both Noah and the series to move on past their current obsessions. Maybe Joanie’s got the right idea by literally throwing her past away.

If Noah has another episode like this, Descent’s end credits might begin with “Dedicated to Noah Solloway – R.I.P.”

Daniel Kurland is a published writer, comedian, and critic whose work can be read on Den of Geek, Vulture, and Bloody Disgusting. Daniel knows that the owls are not what they seem, that Psycho II is better than the original, and he’s always game to discuss Space Dandy. His perma-neurotic thought process can be followed at @DanielKurlansky.

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Nicole Scherzinger Busting Out Her Ginormous Braless Cleavage Like Bananas!

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Here’s Nicole Scherzinger looking like a bodacious bombshell at this past weekend’s 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and doing what she does best, and that’s busting out her ginormous braless bosom and cleavage like a boss… sweet baby Jesus! Hand down one of the sexiest/most perfect bosoms on the entire freaking planet. And those bikini tan lines on said sexy/perfect ginormous boobs just amplifies the already epic drool-fest. Enjoy, and try not to drool all over yourselves!

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Doom Patrol’s Diane Guerrero Drops Some Massive Braless Cleavage Action… Literally!

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Here’s Crazy Jane from DC’s brilliant new TV show Doom Patrol, Diane Guerrero, looking absolutely stunning at this past weekend’s 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and zapping everyone into a zombie-like state of drooling with one hell of a peek at her massive braless cleavage and boobs in one heck of a revealing dress… and pose… holy drool-inducing hotness Batman! That is one epic boob show, eh? Hell, it already was before she decided to bend down! Sweet Christmas!

Alright, enjoy the jaw-dropping photos, and make sure to check out Doom Patrol… hands down one of the best TV shows of the year. And if you ask me, Diane Guerrero’s performance as Crazy Jane deserves Emmy, Golden Globe, Saturn, etc… nominations; it was absolutely brilliant! And, you know, she’s easy on the eyes as well. Enjoy!

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Jessica Green Is New, Insanely Sexy, Leggy, Bootylicious, And Boobtastic!

Jessica Green

Here’s up-and-coming actress Jessica Green looking absolutely stunning, and insanely sexy, and a hell of a lot like Megan Fox at this past weekend’s 2019 Saturn Awards, and as if that’s not drool-inducing enough (it totally is) she’s also busting out her awesome booty and her huge braless cleavage in a revealing little number… hoochie mama! Oh yeah, this girl is going to hit it big real soon. Hell, she’s so damn stunning and sexy that I also posted a whole bunch of photos of her dressed up in a kinky ringleader costume from some Halloween event. Good lord, get a load of those wicked thighs! Alright, enough gushing… enjoy the sizzling photos!

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Charisma Carpenter Returns With A Massive Braless Cleavage Show!

Charisma Carpenter

Here’s Charisma Carpenter (from Joss Whedon’s brilliant Buffy, The Vampire Slayer and Angel TV shows) looking absolutely stunning and just as drool-inducing as she did in the late 90’s/early 2000’s at this past weekend’s 2019 Saturn Awards, and busting out her awesome massive braless cleavage and bosom like the fate of Sunnydale depended on it… wowzers! Oh Cordy, how I’ve missed you. And said massive bosom. Sigh. Alright, enjoy the photos!

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Hilary Duff Applies Makeup, Looks Ultra Busty And Braless While Doing So!

Hilary Duff Pictures

Here are a whole bunch of photos that Hilary Duff just posted on her Instagram featuring her sexy little self putting on make-up and taking stunning/tease-filled selfies, and busting out her ginormous braless bosom in a skimpy tanktop… good lord! Jesus, I can’t believe how freaking hot she looks just putting on makeup. And I can’t believe she didn’t actually poke through said skimpy tankop. Booya! Enjoy the photos, and try not to drool all over yourselves!

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