It was another big week of comics, even as the industry recovered from the insanity that is Comic-Con. DC delivered pivotal new chapters of books like The Flash, Action Comics and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. Marvel kept the Secret Empire train rolling and kicked off a prequel to Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy game. Oni Press gave us the comic book sequel to Rick and Morty's "Interdimensional Cable" episodes. And Boom Studios launched their second monthly Power Rangers comic.
Scroll down to check out our reviews for these and various other new releases, and be sure to let us know your favorite books of the week in the comments below.
Subtle and almost mundane memes that you will forget about while reading, but will think about later on in the day, and when you do, you'll briefly smile.
Cute animals will always have a place in our testosterone-filled selves. In fact, once we’re faced with a tiny puppy or a cat clawing its way through the couch, our soft spot is automatically activated and there’s no going back.
So exercise your inner ‘awww’ and revel in these adorable photos that are going to make you look for a hard wall to punch afterwards – just to feel like a man again.
The victim killed in the FireBall accident at the Ohio State Fair has been identified as 18-year-old Tyler Jarrett of Columbus.the FireBall ride at the Ohio State Fair malfunctioned during the opening day, killing one person and injuring several others. The person has been identified as Jarrett.
The tragedy comes after the FireBall ride at the Ohio State Fair malfunctioned during the opening day, killing one person and injuring several others. The person has been identified as Jarrett.
Around 7:20 PM on Wednesday, July 26, The Fire Ball, which spins about 40 feet above the ground as the entire structure moves like a pendulum, broke apart while it was in motion, killing Jarrett.
Cameron's big problem is that he's an Ahab with three or four white whales he's hunting relentlessly.
Despite his claims that religion has nothing to do with his recent decision to cancel his tour, Justin Bieber had a real “Jesus take the wheel” moment last night when leaving church and accidentally ran over a paparazzo. TMZ reports:
Justin was leaving the Saban Theater, where he’d been worshipping (sic) at a City Church event. He climbed into his monster pickup truck as photogs scrambled around the vehicle, and when he gunned it to pull away … hit the man. It’s pretty clear in the video … Justin’s front right side tire hits, or rolls over, the paparazzo.
BREAKING: Witnesses say Justin Bieber hit a photographer in Beverly Hills on Wednesday evening. Police say it appears to be an accident. pic.twitter.com/tTqgKmAkGb
— ABC World News Now (@abcWNN) July 27, 2017
This is why Jesus is better suited as a co-pilot and should not be allowed in the driver’s seat. Have you ever tried to drive in sandals? It’s not easy. Plus, the long sleeves on the robe tend to hinder mobility. It’s a well known fact that Jesus is much better at water-skiing than he is at driving. Thankfully, Justin did the right thing and got out of the car to tend to the wounded man, while dozens of spectators and paps stood around recording and taking pictures. According to TMZ:
Justin did not flee the scene and, in fact, stopped as soon as other photogs pointed out what had happened. Bieber stayed right by the man’s side for roughly 8 to 10 minutes until paramedics and police arrived.
I’ve got to say, I’m impressed with how Justin handled the situation. Those paps are real a-holes and I’m surprised this type of shit doesn’t happen more often. He could have just sat in the car and waited for the cops to sort everything out, but Justin followed the golden rule and kneeled down next to the man and talked to him, making sure he was ok until the paramedics arrived. It was quite a spectacle!
The best part of the video is that some dillweed was standing over them the whole time, practicing a bit of very sloppy faith healing. You can see his outstretched hand and hear him say “We speak peace, peace peace and order… Heal and bless him lord, in the name of Jesus… Peace, heal and bless him in the name of Jesus” etc.
Now, this is pure speculation, but there is one frame where you can kind of see this mystery man of God (check the red brim on the baseball cap) and I wonder if it’s not Justin’s own personal Jesus conduit and hipster pastor Carl Lentz.
LOVE these two legends…and speaking of love…A wise man named Paul once said…"Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always “me first,” doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end. Love never dies." If somebody says they "love you" but you don't SEE THESE THINGS? Gaurd your heart! If you have experienced love like this? Best thing you can ever do, is share it w/ as many people as you can… another wise man named Christopher Wallace said "spread love, it's the Brooklyn way.." May it be OUR way, day by day.. #occupyallstreets #aviatorsmountup #longerthetrafficlongerthecaption
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Or maybe it was just somebody trying to be funny. In either case, it was! And paps, here’s some general advice:
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Jennifer Lawrence jiggling her massive boobs and curves in a skimpy swimsuit… WOW! (Click here)
Selena Gomez slips into (and spills out of) some sexy lingerie! (Click here)
Nicole Scherzinger boobtastic and curvalicious in a tiny bikini! (Click here)
Whoa! Jessica Alba’s braless and nippy in a wet tanktop! (Click here site NSFW)
Tennis star Maria Sharapova in a tiny bikini will knock your socks off! (Click here)
Charlotte McKinney goes totally topless… sweet baby Jesus! (Click here)
Paulina Gretzky revealing ALL of her insanely sexy/perfect body in a tiny bikini once again… dayuuuuumn! (Click here)
Kylie Jenner’s booty looks bigger… and sexier! (Click here)
Angelina Jolie returns with a sexy cleavage show! (Click here)
Josephine Skriver selfies her jaw-dropping cleavage (Click here)
Bella Thorne is completely topless! (Click here site NSFW)
Kara Del Toro takes her top off… good lord! (Click here)
Taylor Swift’s cute little booty in booty shorts is damn sexy! (Click here)
Mila Kunis showing off a whole lot of her killer legs and thighs! (Click here)
Hilary Duff looking ultra sexy and tight in a skimpy bikini! (Click here)
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The giant metal asshole on top of the Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium!
I don’t know much (Bitch, shut up, I hear you saying, “WE KNOW!“), but I thought I knew of most of the important b-hole and dick-shaped structures that have made the rounds on the internet. So my own b-hole frowned at me (although, it’s always frowning at me) yesterday after I just learned about the humongous puckering silver dirt star on the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. After several delays, the Mercedes Benz Stadium, which cost $1.2 billion, will open on August 26th and that’s when the glorious puckering pinwheel asshole was supposed to make its grand debut and become the gaping jewel of Atlanta! But sadly Atlanta Magazine reported yesterday that when the Atlanta Falcons begin their pre-season, God, birds and people in planes won’t be able to look down and see players tackling each other’s tight asses inside of a giant gaping asshole. God will have to wait to stick his tip into the Falcons’ stadium’s open asshole.
The roof, which Deadspin calls “Megatron’s Butthole,” needs more work and isn’t pucker-ready, so it’ll stay clenched for a while. Steve Cannon, the CEO of the Falcons’ parent company, said at a board meeting that the stadium’s hole will stay as tightly shut as most holes when exposed to that GIF of Guy Fieri tongue-ing water. And it’ll stay that way for a while.
“The event calendar is pretty tight,” Cannon said after the board meeting. “We’re going to be doing the mechanization in the background [of these events].”
Cannon said he is “confident” the roof will be operable for at least part of the Falcons season, as well as the Atlanta United season, whose final regular season home game is currently scheduled for October 22.
Afterward, Atlanta Falcons CEO and President Rich McKay said he expected the roof will be operable for “more than one” Falcons game.
The people of Atlanta should refuse to pay taxes until that majestic sphincter can open up, because some feel like that stadium is fucking them. And if you’re going to get fucked by a stadium, you may as well get fucked by one with a puckering asshole.
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Jeff Bezos, with an estimated net worth of $90.2 billion, has become the richest person in the world. Bezos is followed by fellow American Bill Gates in second place, Warren Buffett in third place, and Spanish businessman Amancio Ortega in fourth place.
Bezos owned 83.9 million shares of Amazon stock.
A surge in Amazon.com Inc. shares Thursday morning in advance of the online retailer’s earnings report has propelled founder Jeff Bezos past Bill Gates as the world’s richest person.
Shares of the online retailer rose 1.8 percent to $1,071.31 as of 9:30 a.m. in New York. If the gains hold through the close, Bezos, 53, could leapfrog Gates on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The 61-year-old Microsoft Corp. co-founder has held the top spot since May 2013.
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) July 27, 2017
Jeff Bezos Net Worth: How Much Is Amazon CEO Worth Right Now?
Jeff Bezos, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Netflix, currently has a net worth of $90.2 billion.
Bezos was born as Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen in 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Jacklyn and Ted Jorgensen.
Bezos graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. He also served as the president of the Princeton chapter of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.
Bezos founded Amazon.com in 1994 after a cross-country drive from New York to Seattle where he wrote up the Amazon business plan on the way
Like most great start-ups he initially set up the company in his garage. Bezos left his well-paying job at a New York City hedge fund after learning “about the rapid growth in Internet use,” which coincided with a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling that exempted mail order companies from collecting sales taxes in states where they lack a physical presence.
Amazon famously began as a book company but has since expanded to a wide variety of products and services, most recently video streaming and audio streaming. Amazon.com is currently the world’s largest Internet sales company, as well as the world’s largest provider of cloud infrastructure services, through its Amazon Web Services arm.
In May 2016, Bezos sold slightly more than one million shares of his holdings in the company for $671 million, making it the largest amount of money he had ever raised in a sale of his Amazon holdings.
In 2000, Bezos founded Blue Origin, a human spaceflight startup company. In 2013, Bezos discussed commercial spaceflight opportunities and strategies with Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group and chairman of Virgin Galactic.
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Here are some photos from Jason Bateman’s ceremony for the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I can’t believe that it’s only NOW that Jason is getting a star? It seems like he’s been a movie star/TV star for decades (which is true, he has been a star for a really long time). To help him out – and roast him a bit – some of Jason’s friends came out. Will Arnett was there, as were Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston. Jennifer and Jason have been friends for a very long time, and they’re part of that group of close friends within Hollywood, a group that includes Aniston, Bateman, Tobey Maguire’s ex-wife Jennifer Meyer, Courteney Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, etc.
Anyway, Jennifer did not wear a little black dress, shock of shocks. Aniston wore this printed Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2017 dress which is totally cute. She paired it with Aquazzura sandals/heels. I like her in longer summer dresses, although this one seems to have a weird cut/bunching around the waist which is not really flattering. I bet it was comfortable though.
Here’s Aniston teasing Bateman:
Funny story. When I received the name of Sarah Connor from the research team, the first thing that came into mind was the fictional character. You know, that badass character from the Terminator franchise whose role was played by Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke more recently?
Despite not being badass and being non-fictional, the real Sarah Connor still proved to be a pleasant discovery. She is actually a German singer and TV personality. She is, what you may call, a blonde dream with long blonde hair and really big boobs.
While you’re looking at her sexy pictures in her hot gallery below, I also suggest that you listen to her songs as well.
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Kim Kardashian has been quiet-ish for a few weeks, but then again, she’s been so much more low-key for the past eight months or so, since the Paris robbery. I think she’s keeping low-key these days especially because she and Kanye West don’t want to scare off the surrogate they’ve hired to carry their third child. We heard, months ago, that Kim and Kanye had decided to go with surrogacy, and now Us Weekly reports that the surrogate is already three months pregnant!
Here comes baby! Kim Kardashian has long been vocal about her desire for a big family — and now that family’s growing. In June, the 36-year old and husband, Kanye West began looking for a surrogate, and a source now tells Us Weekly they have cause to celebrate: Their pick — a San Diego mom in her late 20s, referred by an agency — is three months along, which means they’ll likely welcome baby No. 3 in January 2018.
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and rapper, 40, are in experienced hands, as the woman has reportedly served as a surrogate before, even appearing in a promotional video about the process with her own family. The parents to North, 4, and Saint, 19 months, have agreed to pay $45,000 in 10 monthly installments of $4,500, according to a TMZ report. In the case of multiples, Kardashian and West will fork over $5,000 per additional child. This is all in addition to the whopping $68,850 deposit given to the agency.
Other stipulations in the contract focus on the surrogate’s wellness habits. Among the fairly standard expectant-mom guidelines are no drinking, smoking or drug use; no hot tubs or saunas; no raw fish; and no handling cat litter.
$69K doesn’t sound all that “whopping” to me considering what the surrogate is doing. I realize that this stuff is regulated and no one wants to look like they’re hiring poor women to carry designer babies, but I would think that being a surrogate for Kim and Kanye would mean a lot more money for the surrogate. Anyway, January 2018: mark your calendars. A new Yeezy Jr or Kim Jr will enter the world.
Meanwhile, the Paris robbery came at a strange time in Kim’s political life, because she had really been blossoming into a somewhat “woke” activist on some important issues, like feminism, reproductive rights and race. Incidentally, she’s using her Twitter for good this week:
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 25, 2017
Banning transgender people from serving our country is simply wrong. We should be so grateful to anybody who wants to serve!
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 26, 2017
I still don’t have a problem with this – you can hate her and mock her, but Kim has a huge platform and I’d rather see her advocate for this kind of stuff alongside promoting her makeup line, as opposed to just keeping her mouth shut.
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Supported by the netizens from all different social media platforms, the so called new fitness hype slash underground sport free style calisthenics has made itself known and is still growing on a global scale have reached every street in the world. To be perfectly honest with you lads this underground fitness regimen which is solely based upon the idea of utilizing the techniques of full body weight training is what I would call an ideal as well as a holistic sort of activity that touches not only the physical aspect of getting fit, but also in terms of mental soundness, soulful connection with a loving yet supportive community of passionate people, which promises an opportunity to heighten the frequency of our modern world’s awareness.
This thing is goes beyond working out, it is a street culture that encompasses and put together all sorts of divided paradoxes of our society into one melting pot of ideas and aspirations. I am pretty psyched and superbly excited about the sort of positive changes that this movement will impose upon the world.
With all the above reasons and facts about freestyle calisthenics probably suffice in explaining in a nutshell the essence of what made this underground physical fitness rise swiftly. The idea of this movement is to bring people closer together by breaking new grounds for growth and in meeting our soul’s need for a communal awareness by turning everything, or better yet the world as their playground or gym where any ideas can be expressed in to motion. But for your benefit let us delve deeper swiftly upon the specific elements that makes it easily translatable to everyone as well as what makes it an effective and ideal physical activity.
Freestyle calisthenics is a sound combination of yoga, Parkour, mixed martial arts, and gymnastics that is soundly maneuvered by the excellent use of body weight exercises and creative imagination as its core canvass. Anything and everything is encompassed by it. No wonder why this eclectic physical activity is greatly appealing to different people coming from different parts of the globe, gender preferences, color, cultures, ages, etc. But if you ask me freestyle calisthenics as we know it today, in my opinion is just a rediscovery of what we humans and fellow sentient being of the world already know from the prehistoric era where we are soundly in unison with nature and creation as a whole.
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I hate a lot of memoir titles, because most of them are either insipid or unmemorable. When you write a memoir, please don’t call it My Life or, A Life, or, like, your first name. Hillary Clinton has already written memoirs and books (Hard Choices, Living History), and it’s no surprise that she got another book deal to write about what happened during her last presidential campaign. And that’s what she’s calling it too: What Happened. No question mark, which I personally think it needs. What Happened? is better than WHAT HAPPENED. No question mark makes it seem like Hillary knows what happened and she’s just laying down some facts. It needs a question mark because we still don’t know the extent of what happened.
I hope she follows up What Happened with these books:
No Really, What the F–k Just Happened?
What the Hell
Huh, I Guess You Hate Women
You Voted For a Monster
H Is For ‘Hold My Beer’
But Her Emails
STFU About My Hair
You’re All Idiots, I’m Going on Vacation
The book will be coming out in September, so just prepare yourself for a lot of rage-tweeting from Emperor Baby Fists as excerpts are released and she starts promoting the book. According to sources, HRC will talk about Russia’s meddling in the election and how James Comey screwed her over in the last weeks of the election. In the intro, HRC writes:
“In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.”
According to Simon & Schuster, Clinton also addresses the “challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics.”
I hope she goes IN. I hope she blankets the media too, because you know there will be so many angry dudes screaming about how she needs to just “go away” and “stop talking.” Never stop talking, Hillary. Keep fighting. Keep reminding people what they lost.
Photos courtesy of Getty.
39-year-old Utah woman Kristy Manzanares has been identified as the woman who was killed aboard an Alaskan cruise ship after a domestic dispute.
According to a statement from Princess Cruises, Manzanares, a 39-year-old mother of three, died Tuesday night on the Emerald Princess, a ship that was carrying 3,400 passengers and 1,100 crew members. The weeklong cruise of the Alaskan panhandle that began on Sunday, July 23, from Seattle, Washington.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all those impacted by this tragic event,” Princess Cruises said in a statement.
After Manzanares was discovered, the ship docked in Juneau, Alaska, so that FBI investigators could board to conduct their investigation According to Manzanares’ social media accounts, she was a married mother of three daughters who was a real estate agent in St. George, Utah.
The suspect, who remains unnamed, was taken into custody and charged. The suspect is reportedly Manzanares’ husband.
via ABC News:
Princess Cruises confirmed that the domestic dispute occurred at about 9 p.m. Tuesday and resulted in the woman’s death. Passengers were were allowed to disembark at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday after authorities lifted and hours-long lockdown, passengers said told ABC News.
Passengers said the captain had previously instructed passengers in decks 8, 9 and 10 on the port side to return to their cabins so they could be interviewed by investigators about the incident. Other passengers were able to move about the ship, but not disembark.
One passenger had been detained by the crew, the cruise line said, adding that it has the authority to detain anyone who commits a crime.
Few other details about the case were released as investigators continue their work.
The United States attorney’s office will be holding a press conference with representatives of the FBI and Coast Guard today, Thursday, in Anchorage to announce the filing of federal charges in the case.
The Emerald Princess was on a seven-day round trip cruise that left from Seattle, Washington on Sunday, July 23. It was carrying about 3,400 passengers and 1,100 crew members and was scheduled to tour around the Tracy Arm fjord near Juneau.
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Alejandra Alonso is the proper model that embodies what a true Hispanic or Spanish beauty is as well as what a true contribution does having such fiery and passionate charm does for the modeling world. She is undoubtedly sexy, strong, powerful, and immensely alluring. This featured PM Hottie that we have for you today will enchant you and probably help you “finish” with just a flash of her rare deep brunette mermaid curls.
Here’s a tip, to etter enjoy the sexy gallery we’ve prepared for you below, you can pump up the volume with a latin playlist preferably those instrumental songs played with a Spanish guitar, mariachi style. But that’s just me. Enjoy mi amigos!
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau covers the latest issue of Rolling Stone with the headline “Why Can’t He Be Our President?” If you couldn’t tell, this is going to be a very glowing profile. The Cut even called it “extremely horny.” It’s the kind of profile that a male writer would do on Margot Robbie or Jennifer Lawrence, basically. But now I can’t stop thinking about what it would be like to sit across from Trudeau and get to see that little half-smile, and share some lingering looks from the Northern Thunderpants. You can read the Rolling Stone profile here. This is the wonkiest p0rn I’ve ever read and I love every minute of it. Some highlights:
On the press: “The back and forth between the press and government is essential to any good democracy. When you’re at your best, it reminds us and challenges us to be at ours. So thank you all for your tireless work.”
On Russia: “Our support for Ukraine, including militarily, is something that stands us very clearly on the ‘Russia is an unhelpful actor in the world’ side of the dynamic.”
On Canada’s image abroad: “A Canadian on the ground in different parts of the world, whether they’re a diplomat, an aid worker or a soldier, has an extraordinary, powerful impact. I mean, the image of Canada, the way people look at you as ‘Oh, you’re Canadian’ – subtext ‘not American’ – ‘but you’re here to help, you’re not here for oil, you’re not here to tell us how to run our country.’ ”
On refugees: “If we take in 40,000 Syrian refugees, it wasn’t because the government sent a couple of planes and signed a decree. It was because communities opened up their homes, their churches, their community centers. Everyone said, ‘Let’s do our part to give some people in a terrible situation a better future.’ We understand that bringing people here to build a better life for themselves makes the world a better place and makes our communities better as well. But I’ve only been able to do this because Canadians are open, generous and dream big for the country.”
On Trump & the American way of doing things: “I don’t feel that I or Canada has to prove anything through big, loud, overt acts. Obviously, I disagree [with Trump] on a whole bunch, but Canadians expect me to accomplish two things at the same time, which is emphasize where we disagree and stand up firmly for Canadian interests. But we also have a constructive working relationship, and me going out of my way to insult the guy or overreact or jump at everything he says [that] we might disagree with is not having a constructive relationship.”
Meeting world leaders: “I got to see how international relations is all about relationships and how you get along with people. How you listen to them. I mean, the way I chat with Merkel is very different than the way I chat with Trump.” (Trudeau had to deny a Der Spiegel report that he asked Merkel to go easier on Trump after he opted out of the Paris accord.)
Canadians don’t believe in identity politics? “Canada’s a place where people don’t always vote on surface identity, but vote on values,” Trudeau tells me. The broad hint is that this is quite different from the United States, where tribalism dominates all of politics. “My vision of the country reflected the community.”
On the Muslim community: “People of the Muslim faith are all too often, unfortunately, victims of terror.”
It cannot be emphasized enough – Justin Trudeau is literally everything good and Donald Trump is literally everything bad. Trudeau is pro-choice, pro-immigrant, pro-multi-faith society, pro-women, pro-feminism, pro-diplomacy, pro-environment, and everything else. He’s is the wokest bae in all the land. I wish Trudeau was our president. No – what I really wish is that Trudeau stay in Canada and Barack Obama came back to 1600 Penn and then they could just work together exclusively and solve all the world’s problems.
Cover courtesy of Rolling Stone, additional photos by Getty.
Here’s what I don’t understand about Floyd Mayweather thinking that Nate Diaz taunts are going to get in his head. After all, the last time McGregor and Diaz met in the ring, McGregor pummeled Diaz to a sound decision.
However, despite this, Mayweather (who we all know has never been the sharpest tool in the shed) plans to court Nate Diaz to walk out with him for the August 26th bout.
via TMZ Sports:
One of Floyd Mayweather’s TMT members tells TMZ Sports … he’s courting Nate Diaz to walk out with Floyd for the McGregor fight — and says there’s a REAL chance it will happen.
The man with the plan is “Love & Hip Hop” star, Jason Lee — who’s so close with Floyd, he was part of the boxer’s entourage during the McGregor news conference in London.
Lee also happens to be from Stockton, CA — home of Nate Diaz — and says he’s making a serious run to get Nate to be a special TMT VIP for the fight … to essentially troll Conor.
Frankly, it doesn’t matter who Mayweather walks out with. Just get us to the fight alrready.
Angelina Jolie covers the September issue of Vanity Fair, and I already covered the quotes about her family and life post-divorce in a previous post (go here to read). Jolie covers VF because she’s promoting her Cambodian film (which she directed) First They Killed My Father, based on Loung Ung’s memoir. The film features a child actor playing Loung Ung during her childhood under the Khmer Rouge, as well as other child actors. As she was casting the film, Angelina obviously selected an entirely Cambodian cast, and she had a peculiar method for finding the right child actors:
To cast the children in the film, Jolie looked at orphanages, circuses, and slum schools, specifically seeking children who had experienced hardship. In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism: they put money on the table and asked the child to think of something she needed the money for, and then to snatch it away. The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie. “Srey Moch [the girl ultimately chosen for the part] was the only child that stared at the money for a very, very long time,” Jolie says. “When she was forced to give it back, she became overwhelmed with emotion. All these different things came flooding back.” Jolie then tears up. “When she was asked later what the money was for, she said her grandfather had died, and they didn’t have enough money for a nice funeral.”
That authentic connection to pain was awakened in everyone involved, says Jolie, making for a film set like nothing she’d ever seen. “There wasn’t a person who was working on the movie who didn’t have a personal connection. They weren’t coming to do a job. They were walking in the exodus for the people whom they had lost in their family, and it was out of respect for them that they were going to re-create it . . . It completed something for them.” Some had flashbacks and nightmares. For this reason, a therapist was on set every day. And then there were the odd bystanders who hadn’t been aware that a movie was being made, and were traumatized. In one scene, recalls Jolie, “when the Khmer Rouge came over the bridge, we had a few people who really dropped to their knees and wailed. They were horrified to see them come back.”
As many have pointed out, the story about setting up poor children and orphans to “steal money” seems… exploitative. My first reaction when reading the cover story was that it sounded stupidly unnecessary too – surely there were easier, less complicated and less exploitative ways of auditioning these kids and figuring out if they had the capacity to portray the necessary emotions. It also seemed… odd that this was a story Angelina wanted to be told in her VF profile. Does she not realize how it would come across? Now, all that being said, re-read the passage: they set this up as a game. That’s what they told the kids, that it was just a game. I think that’s how Angelina justified it to herself, and how everyone around her justified it.
Cover courtesy of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott/VF and additional photos courtesy of Getty.
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I’m writing this early Thursday morning, of what I’m sure will be another day full of unhinged insanity coming out of Washington. This is the calm before the storm. Where we can assess some of the sh-t that went down yesterday. My God. Let’s start with the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a woman so incompetent, so ignorant, so lacking in charisma, so vile that she actually makes me miss Sean Spicer a little bit. SHS did an on-camera press briefing yesterday in which she not only threatened to leave the briefing if the journalists asked her about transgender soldiers, she also announced a new briefing style: she’s now going to read positive letters from children and Trump supporters at the briefing, to glorify our very own Dear Leader. SHS started by reading a letter from Pickle, a 9-year-old.
She even released an image of the letter on Twitter.
— Sarah H. Sanders (@SHSanders45) July 26, 2017
And now Pickle Truthers are a thing, because the letter is unfolded (!!) and this is a huge mess. Do professional journalists now have to spend their time fact-checking Pickles?
Further proof of the chaos inside the Trump White House: Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci is firing errybody and he’s coming for Reince Priebus next. The Mooch tweeted this last night: “In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony, I will be contacting @FBI and the @JusticeDept #swamp @Reince45.” When people were like, “Is Mooch telling the FBI to investigate Reince via Twitter?,” Mooch deleted that tweet and put this one up:
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 27, 2017
What goes unsaid is that it actually isn’t a felony to leak those disclosure forms, because it’s not leaking – it’s public information, available by Freedom of Information Act request. But at least we know that Mooch is gunning for Reince. The Mooch was on CNN’s New Day this morning and he actually said this: “If Reince wants to explain he is not a leaker, let him do that.” Hahaha. Trump must love this – his White House has become a gangster’s paradise, a mob headquarters where the pettiest of grudges can flourish.
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Despite the fact that Michael Vick is a convicted felon who spent 21 months in federal prison due to his role in a dogfighting ring, Virginia Tech University has plans to induct the former NFL quarterback into their ring of honor.
Vick was one of, if not the, most electric player in the history of Virginia Tech Hokies football, as his play lead him to be the first overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft.
Now, 16 years after he was drafted into the NFL, the school that got him there wants to induct him into their ring of honor.
However, given his troubled past, this decision has been met with predictable backlash, as two separate petitions have formed in order to get the university to reverse the decision.
One petition, created by Virgina Tech alumni Jennifer Breeden, had about 70,000 signatures as of this writing.
‘By inducting Michael Vick, a nongraduate, into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, the University has decided to honor a man for his athletic ability rather than honor a person for being a decent and honorable human being,’ Breeden’s petition read.
‘I would hope a top leading University, especially one who has an excellent Veterinary Program, would take a second look at themselves and evaluate what they want to be known for. Michael Vick should be anything but honored at Virginia Tech, and absolutely not inducted into the VT Sports Hall of Fame.’
A second petition, created by VA Tech alum Rachel Beasly, has about 30,000 signatures.
‘Michael Vick was an outstanding football player, but his character is far from outstanding. The disappointment I feel for my beloved university is crushing. Virginia Tech is a much respected, upstanding school that has persevered after horrible tragedies,’ wrote Beasley.
‘Please help me in expressing my disagreement with this decision and persuade President Sands and the Hall of Fame selection committee to repeal Michael Vick’s induction.’
Virginia Tech is standing by their decision at this time.
Prince William just returned home to Norfolk this weekend after a five-day Brexit-ambassador tour through Poland and Germany. Before that trip, William went to the Wimbledon Men’s Final two Sundays ago. My point? No one really knows when William is on shift at East Anglian Air Ambulance and when he has “time off.” Whenever he’s not seen in public, we’re led to believe that he’s likely working a shift at EAAA. Many people have cast doubts on that, as it’s believed William barely pulls in 20-hour work weeks, with a massive amount of “time off,” like a full month off for Christmas, etc. Anyway, we won’t have to worry about any of that now. Tonight will be Work-Shy Will’s last night at the EAAA. To mark his time there (he’s been there for two full years), he’s written a letter to the Eastern Daily Press.
“As I arrive for work at East Anglian Air Ambulance this evening, my last shift with this incredible team, I wanted to say thank you to my colleagues, team mates and the people of East Anglia who I have been so proud to serve. Over the past two years I have met people from across the region who were in the most desperate of circumstances. As part of the team, I have been invited into people’s homes to share moments of extreme emotion, from relief that we have given someone a fighting chance, to profound grief.
I have watched as incredibly skilled doctors and paramedics have saved people’s lives. These experiences have instilled in me a profound respect for the men and women who serve in our emergency services, which I hope to continue to champion even as I leave the profession. I am hugely grateful for having had this experience.
From the moment I joined, when that phone rang at the base for the first time, it was clear that I was a fellow professional, a pilot with a job to do – in such a team there can be no other option, but still I am grateful to my colleagues for accepting me so readily.
At EAAA, our helicopters are airborne within four minutes of getting a call and can reach patients anywhere in the region within 25 minutes. We land in residential gardens, school playing fields, beaches, roadsides, anywhere it is safe to do so. As a pilot, my job is to get the medical team to the patient as quickly and safely as possible, so they can give treatment as soon as possible after injury. We are sent to only one per cent of ambulance call outs, where having a trauma team and getting the hospital to the patient quickly, can mean the difference between life and death. I have watched our medical team perform surgery on a patient within minutes of jumping off the helicopter – their level of skill is astounding.
As a pilot at the scene, we will sometimes try and help by co-ordinating the area around the medical team, carrying their kit and doing whatever it takes to ensure they can focus on their work. It is a joint effort, and everyone plays his or her role with great professionalism and dedication. As a team, we travel to some very daunting incidents and we have been though some incredibly tough times together, witnessing some appalling tragedies.
One of the first call outs I made was to a young man who had taken his own life; it was an incredibly tough day and had a profound effect on all of us, not least in my determination now to draw attention to this issue. Another rescue that sticks in my mind was to a young man who was involved in a road accident. His uncle in the car with him sadly didn’t survive, and I was sure that from what we were faced with he wouldn’t either – but thanks to the skills of our medical team he is alive today. We were first on scene and in such circumstances we all had to pitch in to fight to save the young man’s life. It is days like this, when you know you have made a difference, that give you the determination to keep going.
I have seen at first-hand how our doctors, paramedics, police, fire and emergency services teams work together with such skill and professionalism in stressful situations. I have also been very fortunate to work with an organisation which recognises the stress its staff deals with and puts their welfare as such a high priority. You need to be physically and mentally fit to do this job properly and so we are encouraged to talk through the things we have seen, to share the trauma within the team.
I now know though that there are things that cannot be unseen and experiences that our first responders deal with on a daily basis that they will carry with them for life. I have the utmost respect for the job that our emergency services carry out, without fuss, on a daily basis.
Having had the great good fortune to experience serving the East Anglian Air Ambulance, I would like to finally say thank you to the community who fund, support and keep the air ambulance flying. As I hang up my flight suit, I am proud to have served with such an incredible team of people, who save lives across the region every day.”
A few things – William was always a co-pilot, not a pilot. He never piloted the helicopters all by himself. It was a make-work job that the Queen organized for him by buying the EAAA a new helicopter. William makes it seem like he was in the thick of it, day after day, when he really just showed up whenever he liked and always needed another pilot to guide him through co-piloting. Also, doesn’t it sound like what William really wants to do now is pretend to be a doctor? I wonder if Granny’s connections will allow him to pretend to work shifts at a hospital now. Anything to put off “royal work” for a few more years, amirite?
Generally, Donald Trump tweets early in the morning, when he’s taking his morning dump (one would assume). I’ve gotten used to it – Trump usually tweets as I’m writing my first stories of the day, so there’s a nice dovetail for my work life, and at this point, I have a tab open with Trump’s Twitter live feed, so I can see the second he tweets. Like a pissy-pants toddler, Trump usually wears himself out by 9 am. Yesterday, he was tweeting throughout the morning. He bullied a female senator. He lied about his crowd size. He spread fake news about Hillary Clinton. But he also tweeted out an announcement: transgender people can no longer serve in the military in any capacity.
Everyone freaked out, because of course. Many commented that this was a page out of the old Republican handbook, to work people up about some hot-button cultural issue while quietly passing some huge tax cut for billionaires or whatever. I don’t think that’s what yesterday’s announcement was. Maybe he was trying to change the subject, but he was deflecting from the Russia story, and the fact that the independent counsel’s investigation is hitting closer to home with each passing day. Still, some people took a moment to troll Caitlyn Jenner for ever supporting Donald Trump. In the wake of Trump’s tweets, Caitlyn tweeted this:
There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them? https://t.co/WzjypVC8Sr
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) July 26, 2017
O RLY??? WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR PROMISE? Caitlyn will never NOT be a privileged moron. Anyway, the replies on that tweet are some of the funniest I’ve ever read. If you need a happy place this week, please just read all of the sh-t that people tweeted at Caitlyn.
— Jordan (@jordansdiamonds) July 26, 2017
Caitlyn was too busy kissing Trump & hardline Republicans like Ted Cruz's asses to care about regular trans folk. What did she expect? pic.twitter.com/C9pXwj7xKR
— GooglerInChief (@mill0x0) July 26, 2017
Same could be said of every woman, cis or trans, who supported this barbaric fool.
— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) July 26, 2017
Caitlyn: But you promised!
The rest of us: pic.twitter.com/htLTttloMk
— Dab Aggin (@DabAggin) July 26, 2017
It was OK for him to call Mexicans and rapists, so YOU endorsed and voted for him. You did this. How does it feel?
— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) July 26, 2017
Girl. You were told. https://t.co/igDO3HKcEl
— roxane gay (@rgay) July 26, 2017
Can y'all stop @ing Caitlyn Jenner today, the last thing she should be doing is reading Twitter notifications while driving
— Ira Madison III (@ira) July 26, 2017
Caitlyn Jenner: Trump didn't keep his promises to the LGBTQ community.
Everyone who isn't Caitlyn Jenner: pic.twitter.com/pekrhhZOUb
— Iheartgraff (@IheartgrafDrew) July 26, 2017
I figured that when the time came, Angelina Jolie would give her story to either Vogue or Vanity Fair. I was right! Jolie covers the September issue of Vanity Fair, exactly 12 years after Jennifer Aniston got her own September VF cover after divorcing Brad Pitt. Unlike the other ex-wife, Jolie isn’t playing the victim card. She does not want your sympathy. She does not want you to feel sorry for her. She knows she’s unconventional and her life isn’t like yours. She has a Rottweiler named Dusty. She bought a $25 million home without blinking. And she’s not here to make Brad sound more appealing. You can read the full VF piece here. Some highlights:
She doesn’t decorate: “I didn’t even know I needed ‘throw pillows.’ ” Decorating, house stuff, “that was always Brad’s thing.”
Life as a single mom: “It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air. [This house] is a big jump forward for us, and we’re all trying to do our best to heal our family.”
The Summer of 2016: “Things got bad… I didn’t want to use that word. . . . Things became ‘difficult.’ ” There has been Hollywood talk that their lifestyle had taken its toll on Pitt, and that he was craving a more stable, normal life for the whole family. When I bring this question up to her, it’s the one moment when Jolie becomes a bit defensive. “[Our lifestyle] was not in any way a negative,” she says quickly, adamantly. “That was not the problem. That is and will remain one of the wonderful opportunities we are able to give our children . . . They’re six very strong-minded, thoughtful, worldly individuals. I’m very proud of them.”
The kids have been brave: “They’ve been very brave. They were very brave.” Brave when? “In times they needed to be.” Other statements are similarly cryptic. “We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing . . . They’re not healing from divorce. They’re healing from some . . . from life, from things in life.”
Her relationship with Brad now: “We care for each other and care about our family, and we are both working towards the same goal…. I was very worried about my mother, growing up—a lot. I do not want my children to be worried about me. I think it’s very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them. They need to know that everything’s going to be all right even when you’re not sure it is.”
She started going through menopause in 2015: Last year, in addition to hypertension, Jolie developed Bell’s palsy, a result of damage to facial nerves, causing one side of her face to droop. “Sometimes women in families put themselves last,” she says, “until it manifests itself in their own health.” Jolie credits acupuncture for her full recovery from the condition. Lately, her skin has become drier, she reports, and she has extra gray hairs. She quips, “I can’t tell if it’s menopause or if it’s just been the year I’ve had.”
She doesn’t think she’s a sex symbol anymore: The idea that she could still be anyone’s idea of a sex symbol is laughable to her. But she says, “I actually feel more of a woman because I feel like I’m being smart about my choices, and I’m putting my family first, and I’m in charge of my life and my health. I think that’s what makes a woman complete.”
Cooking classes: “I’m just wanting to make the proper breakfast and keep the house. That’s my passion. At the request of my kids, I’m taking cooking classes. As I go to sleep at night, I think, Did I do a great job as a mom or was that an average day?”
The traveling life: “I’m conscious that the boys are teenage boys, and maybe they’d rather be watching TV with their friends, and they’ve been to Africa, and they may not be as excited as the little ones. But they don’t really challenge me. They just kind of sit on the edge of my bed and say, ‘What are we going to do there?’ ” She assured them that she’d planned fun activities for them, like sandboarding. In any case, “they know that it’s important, and they know that Mom thinks that it’s going to be important when they’re older.”
The nomadic lifestyle: “I never woke up and thought, I really want to live a bold life. I just can’t do the other. It’s the same as I can’t make a casserole. I cannot sit still. I’ve been trying for nine months to be really good at just being a homemaker and picking up dog poop and cleaning dishes and reading bedtime stories. And I’m getting better at all three. But now I need to get my boots on and go hang, take a trip.” She believes that her personal will is infectious. The other day she made some joke to Knox along the lines of “Pretend to be normal.” “He said, ‘Who wants to be normal? We’re not normal. Let’s never be normal.’ Thank you—yes! We’re not normal. Let’s embrace being not normal!”
At one point, Jolie is asked about Brad’s GQ Style interview and she said it didn’t surprise her and VF notes that Jolie seemed “unmoved.” As in, she’s not here to find anything sympathetic with or about Brad and his situation. I suspect she wasn’t even buying his therapy-talk about mea culpas, because it sounds like she’s still pretty f–king angry with him.
Also: as I always suspected, Zahara is in charge of everything. Jolie calls Zahara “Zaz” and “the rock” of the family, and Zahara seems to take it on herself to keep up with her siblings’ activities and inform her mom where everyone is and what they’re doing. Zahara needs to be put in charge of decorating the house. I bet it was Zaz’s idea for mom to take cooking lessons too.
Update: I didn’t excerpt anything from the interview which was about her movie, because I was mostly interested in the stuff about Brad and her kids. I’ll do another post about the child actors.
Well, at least there is one person who is happy about O.J. Simpson getting paroled – Kato Kaelin. The 58-year-old personality, who made a name for himself as a witness in O.J.’s 1995 murder trial, spoke with Entertainment Tonight about his former friend. Like most of the country, Kato watched as the 70-year-old former football player was granted parole this week after spending nine years in prison for his role in the robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers. As he watched the proceedings Kato noted “I’ve got to say, it’s strange to hear his voice. It really is. It’s that distinctive O.J. voice. It’s sort of chilling. And it’s a lot of rambling.”
Kato noted that O.J.’s oldest daughter Arnelle’s supporting her father at the parole hearing may have been key to his being released. Said Kato “Watching it, I think the biggest shock was that he didn’t seem to have the compassion, and the compassion seemed to be with his daughter, Arnelle. She really spoke from her heart. You could totally tell that she missed her dad.” Adding to his feeling that O.J. came off as chilly, he added “I didn’t see the compassion from [O.J.]. I thought he seemed to be the same O.J. – just tried and true charisma.”
Although Kato does believe O.J. murdered his ex-wife Nicole and Ron Goldman back in 1994, he doesn’t have an opinion on his upcoming release from jail, but he observed that “I think he’s going to have to walk on eggshells the rest of his life.” From what I’ve heard, O.J. will be eggshell strolling in Naples, Florida (sorry, Mom and Dad).
During his parole hearing, O.J. said that “Right now, I’m at a point in my life where I just want to spend as much time with my children and my friends. I’m not looking to be involved with the media. I’m not interested in any of that,” but Kato feels like he won’t be able to stay out of the public eye. He opined that, “This will not be the final chapter of O.J. Simpson,” adding “I think what’s going to happen will be either a book deal, a reality show, some sort of sit-down interview, maybe pay-per-view.”
One project that has reportedly been brought to the table is a reality show pairing O.J. and Kato as roomies. Kato told Radar Online that he was offered $3 million to participate but turned down the offer. He told the site “I can’t mention who floated that offer, but I can tell you I told my representatives to remind me to never work with those people on anything they do ever again. Absolutely not. Never at any price. I could not live with that.” I have two problems with this story. First off, who would pay Kato $3 million for anything? This is a guy whose most notable acting achievements were small appearances in the movie BASEketball and on an episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Also, I don’t think Kato could really turn down such a big paycheck. He has already jumped at any chance to be interviewed in the wake of the parole hearing and he’s on the Con circuit, hawking his autograph for money. So…there’s that.
Another one of O.J.s former associates, Tom Riccio, who also played a part in the Las Vegas robbery, is hoping to make a buck from this whole fiasco as well. He’s hoping to adapt his 2008 book Busted!, which chronicled the 2007 crime, into a big screen blockbuster. Riccio told the New York Daily News that “There has been a lot of interest from producers and studios about adapting that story into something with all that has happened in the last couple of years.”
I don’t know about you, but I would be perfectly content to never hear the name O.J. Simpson again. He should just fade into obscurity and do his best to stay out of trouble. We don’t need to see him, or Kato, or give money to a criminal who wants to make money off of a crime he helped commit. O.j. lucked out, plain and simple. Let’s hope he doesn’t go off rubbing his (undeserved) freedom in everybody’s faces.
Photos: Getty Images, WENN.com
Look, we all know the only reason your here is the high-key thicccness you see above you. But since we can’t fill an article with mere pictures, I guess I’ll do my job and give you some background.
Bernice Burgos, an Instagram model with over 3 million followers, is apparently one of the main reasons T.I. and his longtime partner, Tiny, are getting divorced.
According to Complex, Tiny, (real name Tameka Cottle) called Burgos a “pass around bitch.”
Apparently, Burgos had enough of Tiny’s trash talk, leading her to reference an old Biggie lyric in a clap-back on Instagram: “I’ll fuck RuPaul before I fuck them ugly ass Xscape bitches,” a dig at Tiny’s looks that still echoes all these years later. All the posts in the beef between Burgos and Tiny have since been deleted, but during a new appearance with The Breakfast Club on Power 105, Burgos opened up her reason for getting into it with Tiny, as well as her regrets.
“I was shocked at myself, I’m very disappointed in what I did,” she said. “Social media sometimes will put you in a place that you have to fight with people that you don’t know. I was listening to social media, so many lies, so many you this, you that, like wait a minute. It was only for business, I got introduced for a movie.”
If you’ve read this far, kudos to you — you’ve now filled your brain with truly useless knowledge.
I’m sure most everyone associates Jason Bateman, 48, with his role as the anchor of the Bluth family, Michael, on Arrested Development. He’s also well-known as the usually frazzled straight man in comedies like Identity Thief and Horrible Bosses.
What audiences may not have seen are the roles where the former teen star (Have you seen It’s Your Move? It’s one of my favorite forgotten 80s sitcoms) isn’t playing it strictly for laughs. I’m thinking about his foul-mouthed, ill-tempered adult spelling bee competitor in the underrated Bad Words and his mean-spirited bully in The Gift. In his new Netflix series, Ozark, Jason is looking to explore his dark side.
The actor, who just received his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday, spoke with The Daily Beast about the show. Jason not only stars in Ozark, but serves as executive producer and director for a few of the episodes. As for the public’s perception of him, Jason said, “To be honest, I don’t know how much people think about me, period.” He goes on to share:
I think people maybe see me as someone they might be familiar with, and they’ve seen me in a couple of things, but I don’t think most people are aware that there was a period where I really enjoyed partying instead of working, and then I got a job that really allowed me a second shot and I didn’t throw it away, and I really tried to build on that new relevance and access. I really tried to keep that going so that, now that I’m an adult and need to provide for a family, I’ve got a job after the next one.
On Ozark, which made its debut on Netflix last week, Jason plays a Chicago-based financial adviser who gets into trouble with a Mexican drug cartel and is forced to relocate his family, including his wife, played by Laura Linney, to a small town on an Ozark lake. Jason’s character then sets up a money laundering operation and clashes with the local eccentrics and low-level criminals. Jason told Vulture he wanted in on the show because, “The tone, the darkness, the danger — the writing was all so well-crafted. This wasn’t Taken 4.”
And Jason had an ally in exploring his darker side in his wife, Amanda Anka (daughter of singer Paul Anka, by the way). He told The Daily Beast:
I haven’t been asked to show that side that was in The Gift. My wife’s seen it. She’s like, ‘Now everyone knows the guy I’m married to.’ We all have tons of sides to ourselves—half-dark and half-light. If I were to play the real dark, sinister side in other jobs, I wouldn’t be doing the right job for that character. So when it fits the project, I’ve got plenty in me that’s appropriate for that character. And I think that’s the case with Ozark. There’s plenty of me that is this guy, and that’s why I enjoy playing him.
If you’re not down with this side of Jason, he’ll be back for a fifth season of Arrested Development. But, if Ozark is a success, you may see less of him in front of the camera. Jason, like many an actor before him, wants to do more directing. He confessed to Vulture that “After 38 years of acting, you start to feel the need to be less dependent on the phone ringing. You want to be the one, whether it’s producing or directing, who can perpetuate and drive your own work.” He adds that he’s become a bit “cynical” about acting, claiming it’s because he was a “bullish—t artist” in his 20s, adding:
I’m a little over being good at being fake. Not to belittle what an actor does, but while you’re sitting in your trailer, everyone else is out there making the movie. That’s where I want to be. If I ever got to the place where I was able to choose between acting and directing, it’d be the acting that goes away.
I haven’t seen Ozark yet, but I am anxious to watch it (it is in my Netflix queue). It was filmed near me here in Georgia, so there’s also that. The show, described as “Breaking Bad meets Bloodline,” has gotten some good reviews. Of course, I’ve always liked Jason (if you haven’t seen Bad Words, which Jason also directed, check it out) and I like to see actors spread their wings and take on new roles, so I’m definitely in. I just have to find ten hours of free time.
Photos: Getty Images, WENN.com
Here's the case for Claire Temple playing the White Tiger in the Marvel Netflix universe...
This article comes from Den of Geek UK.
Warning: contains spoilers for all Marvel Netflix shows to date.
The reception to Marvel’s Netflix shows has varied considerably from series to series - but something almost everyone agrees on is that Rosario Dawson’s character, Claire Temple, has been a highlight of them all. Like a Netflix Agent Coulson, it seems clear she’ll serve as the character who ultimately unites the team during the crossover series, The Defenders.
But it's possible her role is destined to be even more substantial than that. The ending of Iron Fist in particular hints that Claire may take the step Coulson never did and join the ranks of the (occasionally) costumed adventurers. We can't help but wonder: is she secretly playing a version of the White Tiger?
There are a few things that make us think so.
1. Claire literally has claws
At the end of Iron Fist, having been trained up in martial arts by Colleen Wing - a former member of The Hand, no less - Claire takes some tiger claw-type weapons off the wall saying “I believe these are mine.” It’s a small beat, but clear setup for her future appearances.
We already know her experiences on the sidelines of superhero battles have left her with a desire to defend herself in case The Hand come calling again - which, let's face it, they will. Now, having completed her training, she won't feel like she has to wait for her friends to rescue her. As a Hand-trained fighter, she's officially capable of mounting a solid defence of her own.
But more could be going on. The choice of weapon clearly wasn’t random. She could have fought with a sword, with a staff, with anything. Why give her a signature weapon so identifiable and unconventional if they aren’t hinting at something?
2. She secretly wants to be a superhero
At one point in Iron Fist, Claire, Danny and Colleen have Madame Gao imprisoned, leading her to attempt to get under their skin with her own brand of brutal but perceptive needling. When she talks to Claire, Gao essentially tells her “you hang onto the coattails of people who have special abilities because you want to be like them.”
Claire denies it, of course, but Gao isn’t wrong in what she tells the others. Is she also right about Claire?
3. She’s the hero the MCU needs
The diversity row that surrounded Iron Fist means Marvel/Netflix are more aware than ever that they need to keep pace with the demands and sensibilities of audiences. For the most part, the Netflix shows have been quite good at putting forward characters who aren’t just white guys, especially compared to the movies. But despite the occasional appearance of Robbie Reyes, the Ghost Rider, in Agents of SHIELD, there’s still no Hispanic superhero lead in the MCU, and only a handful of women, most of whom are white.
The White Tiger has been Hispanic in several incarnations – the first was Hector Ayala, the fourth was Angela Del Toro, and the fifth was Ava Ayala. The character has also been female in three different incarnations (the second was a female tiger who was mutated into human form by the High Evolutionary).
So in terms of rebalancing a universe that needs more characters of colour, more women and specifically more Hispanic people full stop, Marvel could do far, far worse than to give Rosario Dawson a bit more prominence. Especially given that she’s one of the biggest names to be attached to those shows, she's already being under-utilised.
4. The White Tiger is a Hero for Hire
The second White Tiger was introduced to co-star in the 1990s Heroes for Hire comic series, and was a member of that team alongside Luke Cage and Danny Rand. Angela Del Toro, the fourth White Tiger, was set up in her role by Matt Murdock and later worked with both Luke and Danny.
It’s clear, then, that the White Tiger moves in the same circles as the street-level heroes of The Defenders. She’d be a natural fit for that group of characters on screen just as she is in the comics.
5. Claire Temple is already a composite character
One obvious argument against this theory is that Rosario Dawson isn’t playing a character named for any of the existing White Tigers. As a supporting character in the Luke Cage comics, Claire Temple was a Doctor and Luke’s love interest – but in the Netflix shows, she’s been largely merged with a character named Linda Carter who provides medical assistance for street-level superheroes as “Night Nurse”.
Given that the White Tiger lacks much in the way of a definitive identity – there have been five, after all, only one of which has had any significant cross-media presence – it wouldn’t be a huge leap to imagine Marvel evolving Claire’s character into the White Tiger for The Defenders rather than trying to create a new one.
6. White Tiger rumours are already out there
In August 2016, several sites reported that Marvel had shot a number of short taster pilots for consideration as future Netflix shows. White Tiger was one of those rumored to be under consideration. Speculation was shot down by various sources, but that doesn’t mean it had no basis in reality.
It could be that the rumor grew out of a decision to turn Claire into the White Tiger ahead of The Defenders' production. It might also be that Marvel DID try the idea out, then rejected it, which left them with a free character to use elsewhere. That's how Ghost Rider ended up on Agents of SHIELD, after all.
Interestingly, former White Tiger Angela Del Toro was mentioned in Jessica Jones, but as a PI Jessica suggests as an alternative to herself, rather than as the FBI investigator she is in the comics. That name didn't get pulled out of nowhere.
Of course, at this point it’s little more than a fan theory. There’s no reason Claire couldn’t become a better fighter without assuming a costumed identity. Perhaps Rosario Dawson doesn't want an expanded role in the Netflix MCU. Maybe it's something that'll happen after The Defenders, rather than before. But clearly, the pieces are there for it to happen. We’ll find out soon whether this is just wishful thinking.
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Disney is potentially looking to The Hunchback Of Notre Dame for its next live action take on an animated movie.
This article comes from Den of Geek UK.
Even while Beauty And The Beast is warming up the shelves in Sainsbury and Aladdin is filling up the UK's sound stages (while Mulan pre-production continues in parallel with the complex VFX work needed for The Lion King), Disney continues to pillage its attic full of toys even further. Another 'brand deposit' movie seems to be on the way, once again taking an older, already-loved property and finding new ways to sell it to us, even as our nostalgia for the original is being simultaneously rekindled.
This time it's The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, previously realised as Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale's undervalued, overlooked, again-topical animated musical, and then adapted for the stage. Composer Alan Menken has been interviewed by the NME and while he couldn't come out and confirm the existence of the project he did the very next best thing.
"I can’t say anything yet," Menken said, "but I think Hunchback would make an amazing live action musical."
It's maybe not news to know that Disney is in the business of doing this stuff and won't stop, maybe ever; it's great news, however, they they seem to be keeping Menken involved.
Expect Hunchback... oh, years from now, sometime after Dumbo, The Little Mermaid and all of the others we discussed above. Whenever it is, however, I'm already cautiously looking forward to it.
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In a series of Wednesday morning tweets, President Donald Trump announced that the United States military has banned transgender people from serving ‘in any capacity.’
Trump’s reasoning was because the military must be ‘focused on decisive and overwhelming victory ‘, they cannot be ‘burdened with the tremendous cost and disruption’ of transgender peoples.
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
….Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
….victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military.
Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous cost and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
Trump’s decision is a reversal of an Obama-era policy established in June 2016 by former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who shifted Pentagon policy to allow transgender troops to serve openly.
Naturally, his decision was met with backlash from mostly everyone in the nation, including all sorts of celebrities who took to Twitter to voice their displeasure:
Hey Ivanka, James here. Hope all is good, quick question, can you… Erm… Call your dad and have a talk. X https://t.co/yiiL89J3Ap
— James Corden (@JKCorden) July 26, 2017
This is disgraceful. Anyone who wants to protect and serve this country should be supported. https://t.co/I9tToO3Q5j
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) July 26, 2017
I'm starting to think they don't know what these letters actually stand for. https://t.co/ieznVV5Gio
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) July 26, 2017
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) July 26, 2017
Many of these young people are transgender & suffer daily from the exact types of social isolation & targeting ur message encourages @POTUS
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) July 26, 2017
7/26/17: The day it became empirically clear this is pathological, not political. #transrightsarehumanrights
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) July 26, 2017
We should be grateful to the people who wish to serve, not turn our backs on them. Banning transgender people is hurtful, baseless and wrong
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 26, 2017
Your legacy continues to be one of ignorance and intolerance. Your cruelty will only ignite our fire. We won't stop this fight.
— Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) July 26, 2017
I just want to tell the transgender community that I love you and you ARE supported no matter what. #ProtectTransTroops
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) July 26, 2017
In decreeing transgender people unfit to serve, Donald Trump continues to visit previously unxplored regions of the suck.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 26, 2017
To the transgender men and women. Please know that I am standing with you.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) July 26, 2017
Trump is banning all transgenders from the military. To those who believed Trump would be a friend to LGBTs, time to admit you were conned.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 26, 2017
Hey trans teens: this man does not represent the overwhelming love, support and pride waiting for you when you step out into the world.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 26, 2017
I hope deep down Trump voters realize the increasing amount of psychological & perhaps even physical damage they've done to fellow Americans
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) July 26, 2017
Every single trans person is braver than Donald Trump
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) July 26, 2017
Take a bite out of these chili dog memes! Thursday, July 27, 2017, is a date dedicated to extra meat sauce on your hotdog. I’m talking about chili dogs, folks. What did you think I was talking about?
The chili dog originated in Michigan. Varieties and different flavors of chili dogs can be found in Detroit, Flint, Jackson, Kalamazoo, and in southeastern areas of the state. Local Greek immigrants came up with the beef heart-based sauce that many people have come to enjoy on their dog.
Not on their pet! I’m talking smokin’ hot chili dogs. But awww, look at the doggo with the treats in its mouth.
The Coney Island Dog is a common nickname for the chili dog. Weird that Coney Island is all the way out in Brooklyn, but chili dogs were created in Michigan. On the other hand, Coney Island has always been known for their kickass hotdogs. They must make some foodgasm inspiring chili dogs over there. I kinda wanna go out and visit Coney Island sometime. I haven’t even tried a chili dog yet and I’m already 25-years-old. What have I been doing with my life? Seriously…
Try not to sh*t your brains out with these chili dog-induced GIFs and memes in the gallery…
Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at email@example.com).
Reader Aaron W. wrote in with a straightforward question:
Between Zeus and odin who do you think would win Asgardian vs Olympian
This is a weird one, because Marvel, for the most part, has had this big thing about presenting a certain segment of the Marvel god pantheon was being basically equals of each other. When they introduced the concept of the Council of the Gods, one of the things that stood out (besides Marvel including some gods who are parts of actual current organized religions, leading to some complaints and some quick back-pedaling on the identities of some of the gods there) is the idea that they’re all roughly peers and that no god there was greater than his/her brethren…
We saw this again in Journey Into Mystery #627, during the “Fear Itself” storyline, where Odin’s older brother, the Serpent, was ravaging Earth and Odin was debating whether it made sense to just wipe Earth out and start all over again, if that’s what it took to stop the Serpent. The other gods disagreed with this plan and Zeus was quite happy to let Odin know what he felt about the plan…
However, while they might SAY that the gods in the Council of Gods are all pretty much equal, that certainly isn’t what they’ve down over the years. Odin has pretty clearly been shown to be demonstrable more powerful than the other gods. Odin’s Odinforce has far outstripped anything Zeus’s magical lightning bolts have ever done. Odin has sent the entire population of Earth to another dimension just to have an open playing field while he battled Surtur on Earth and once he was done, he brought the people back and then TURNED BACK TIME so that any damage done by Surtur would be erased, and yet Surtur was still trapped, outside of the time alterations of Odin. That’s how powerful Odin is. And he didn’t even act like it was all that big of a deal.
This isn’t even getting into the whole “Odin was the main force through the creation of the Destroyer armor, which can punch through CELESTIAL ARMOR!”
But I think perhaps the best argument in favor of Odin over Zeus came in Thor Annual #8 by Roy Thomas, John Buscema and Tony DeZuniga. The story was a re-telling of the Trojan War, only an amnesiac Thor ended up getting involved in the battle and getting mad when the Greek gods kept interfering. So Thor took on Zeus himself and handled himself very well against the Greek All-Father…
Zeus ends the fight by reminding Thor of the truce between Olympus and Asgard, and Thor agrees to back down if Zeus agrees to stop being involved in the Trojan War (we see at the end, though, that a similarly amensiac Loki suggested the Trojan Horse to Odysseus). Okay, now compare that to any fight between Thor and Odin and there is no comparison. Odin wipes the floor with Thor every time they fight. So the fact that Thor was able to hold his own against Zeus speaks volumes and I think is good enough evidence to say that between Odin and Zeus, Odin is more powerful than Zeus, perhaps even more than just “Slightly more powerful.”
Thanks for the question, Aaron! If anyone ELSE has a question they’d like to see me address, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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Cheers to National Scotch Day! Break out a shot glass, and sit for a while, because these memes will surely make you smile. Did I get a laugh? A Chuckle? A titter? No? Nothing? Okay.
Alright, back to the booze! On Thursday, July 27, 2017, take a wee sip in the least. Why? Because it’s bloody f*cking scotch day, boy-0.
Scotch was first introduced in the late 18th century after commercial distilleries began shipping out malt whisky made from wheat and rye. Aeneas Coffey invented the Coffey or Patent Still, which allowed the brew take shape and grow into the drink it is today. A saucy dream from Scotland landed in bars all around the world. A Scottish drink that will make your face red with cheer. But don’t drink too much or you’ll be far out of here.
Can you drink to that?
In every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!
Reader Fernie wrote in with this suggestion (well, technically, he asked me how this came about, but still)…
Okay, so when Wally West got his own solo series as the Flash in 1987 (by Mike Baron, Jackson Guice and Larry Mahlstedt), the first issue ended with a shock (okay, the ACTUAL ending involved Vandal Savage, but right before that) when Wally West discovers that he has won the lottery on his 20th birthday!
He accepted the money the next issue…
Baron’s run ended with Flash #14 (by Baron, Mike Collins and Larry Mahlstedt) and he gave incoming writer, William Messner-Loebs, a fresh start by revealing that Wally not only lost all of the lottery money but he now OWED a whole lot of money!
So during Loebs’ run, Wally was constantly strapped for cash. That’s why he joined Justice League Europe in the first place, as they paid a stipend.
The thing is, he also ended up owing the U.S. government a whole pile of money and finally, in Flash #52 (by William Messner-Loebs, Greg LaRocque and Jose Marzan), he decided to just throw himself on the mercy of the Internal Revenue Service and see what they could do and, sure enough, they decided to put him to work!
As it turned out, the guy that they sent the Flash after had made his money on the stock market by breaking down the barriers between our world and Hell itself and then possessed a demon and then also created a small group of powerful elemental demons that served him. All of this just so that he could manipulate the stock market! However, chasing the Flash around was so much trouble that he just decided to pay the debt off…
Loebs was on the way out, as well, though, so he had a storyline where an old Golden Age villain, the Icicle, decided to leave his fortune to the Flash when he died. The Icicle’s grandson did not like this and he became the new Icicle and tried to kill the Flash. After defeating him, the Icicle’s granddaughter also decided to fight the Flash, but in COURT!
Wally was working out a deal where the money would go to fund a series of charities and that each of the charities would then pay him to be their bodyguard and he would easily clear six figures. Then he and the granddaughter were kidnapped by Wally’s friend, the reformed villain known as the Pied Piper, who showed them the good their money could do for the homeless in the area.
In the end, the granddaughter decided to become the new Icicle herself and she offered to pay off Wally’s debts…
Since the debts seemed to be done with when the new writer, Mark Waid, took over, it seems likely that that is how it got resolved. Loebs did a wonderful job clearing everything up so that Waid could take over the book with a clean slate. One of the best jobs I’ve seen by a writer in that regard, as Loebs had been on the book since Flash #15. Mark Gruenwald also did a good job with that with Captain America, also a book that Waid took over, oddly enough.
Thanks to Fernie for suggesting this one (in a roundabout way)! If anyone has a suggestion for another bizarrely awesome comic book for this column, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org! I love hearing from you all!
Can the Tigers slow down Nick Chubb?
War Eagle, everybody! It’s time now for another Auburn football preview! On Veterans Day, November 11th, the Auburn Tigers will host the Georgia Bulldogs in a crucial SEC cross-division showdown. Georgia’s fate may well be decided by this date as the Bulldogs will have played all of their serious competition in the SEC East. For Auburn, this game will have major importance. Auburn has lost 9 of the last 11 games against Georgia, and Auburn fans are pretty sick of it at this juncture.
The Auburn Tigers will have opened the season with Georgia Southern and traveled to Clemson. Auburn will then enjoy an early homecoming game against Mercer before traveling to Missouri prior to a home clash with Mississippi State. The Rebels follow at Jordan-Hare Stadium the following week before a road trip to LSU. Auburn then travels to Fayetteville to fight Arkansas before a well-earned bye week. A trip to Texas A&M follows before Auburn returns home to face Georgia. The Bulldogs open with Appalachian State and travel to South Bend to take on Notre Dame. Georgia then hosts Samford and Mississippi State. Road games at Tennessee and Vanderbilt follow, then Georgia hosts Missouri before a bye week on October 21st. A rivalry game in Jacksonville follows the break, then Georgia hosts South Carolina before traveling to Auburn.
Georgia got a big boost on offense when running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel opted to return for their senior seasons in Athens. Their presence will help shore up an inconsistent Georgia offense led by sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason. Eason showed great flashes of talent as a true freshman, but he also missed the target at times. Georgia really went pass heavy in its spring game this year as Chubb and Michel combined for just 1 carry. Eason again at times showed an amazing arm, but overall on the day, he only hit on 16 of 36 passes. Last season, the real issue for Georgia was a shaky offensive line. Will the Bulldogs be able to fix that this season? They were still tinkering in the spring.
Georgia was pretty good last year on defense, and the Bulldogs return 10 starters on that side of the ball. There are star players at every level, including Trenton Thompson on the line, Roquan Smith at linebacker, and Dominick Sanders in the secondary. This defense shut Auburn down last year as Auburn could not even get a first down in the second half. On the other hand, Georgia struggled with red-zone defense last year and finished allowing 24 points per game. On paper, there should be opportunities for Auburn to move it against this team in the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Georgia was average last season on special teams but returns most of those pieces, with the exception of return men. We’ll see some new blood bringing kicks and punts back, but with the skill players Georgia has, I don’t expect to see any letdowns there.
Unit matchups, after the jump!
Auburn defensive line vs. Georgia offensive line: Auburn brings a big, athletic defensive line back this season. Likely starters at tackle are junior Dontavius Russell and sophomore Derrick Brown. Sophomore strong-side end Marlon Davidson was a beast on A-Day. The buck side will likely be manned by a combination of junior Jeffery Holland and senior transfer Paul James III. Auburn has a good bit of depth behind the starters as well. Last season in Athens, Auburn controlled the Georgia line, and effectively allowed only a pair of late field goal drives in the game. I’m still guessing at Georgia’s starting five at this point. From left to right I think we’ll see senior Isaiah Wynn, senior Dyshon Sims, junior Lamont Gaillard, redshirt freshman Solomon Kindley, and senior Aulden Bynum across the Georgia line. Advantage: Auburn.
Auburn linebackers vs. Georgia backs: The Auburn Tigers have a good cross-trained quartet of upper echelon SEC-caliber linebackers. Junior Deshaun Davis, senior Tré Williams, junior Darrell Williams and junior Montravious Atkinson can play all three positions, and we might see any combination of these players on the field at a given time. Seniors Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are some of the best backs in the league, and leading the charge at fullback will be senior Christian Payne. Advantage: Even.
Auburn corners vs. Georgia receivers: Auburn has a fairly good combination of starting corners in junior Carlton Davis and sophomore Javaris Davis. The Tigers are hoping that Jamel Dean will be healthy this fall as he is one of the fastest players on the team. Sophomore Jeremiah Dinson could move over from nickel back if needed. Georgia must replace its starting outside receivers this year and will likely turn to veteran junior Terry Godwin and senior Javon Wyms. There are some talented freshmen coming in, who might contribute. Advantage: Auburn.
Auburn safeties vs. Georgia secondary receivers and quarterback: Auburn’s starting unit features seniors Tray Matthews and Stephen Roberts at safety and sophomore Jeremiah Dinson at nickel back. There’s not much depth here beyond senior Nick Ruffin, who’ll probably see as much playing time as the starters. The Tigers are solid here as long as no one gets hurt. In the slot, Georgia has speed-burning sophomore Riley Ridley and freshman Isaiah Wilson. Georgia often uses a pair of tight ends, and both sophomore Isaac Nauta and senior Jeb Blazevich are matchup problems. The Tigers weren’t able to put much heat on Bulldog quarterback Jacob Eason last season, and the then-true-freshman had a decent game, throwing mostly underneath. Advantage: Even.
Punting: Sophomore Ian Shannon will likely get the nod as Auburn’s starting punter, after a couple of years of waiting in the wings. Shannon looked good on A-Day a year ago in warmups. The Tigers gave up only 19 punt return yards last season on 6 punts, for a stifling 3.2 yards per return. The Tigers are still auditioning for the punt returner job. It’s thought that senior Stephen Roberts has the inside track after returning 6 punts last season for 100 yards. Georgia brings back sophomore punter Marshall Long, who averaged 38.7 yards per punt last season. Georgia allowed 6.1 yards per punt return on 20 returns. Junior Terry Godwin seems to have salted away the return job, taking over for the departed Isaiah McKenzie. Advantage: Even.
Kickoffs: Daniel Carlson was very good kicking off last season, notching 57 touchbacks on 72 kickoffs. When Auburn did allow returns, opponents averaged only 18.0 yards per return. Junior Kerryon Johnson is Auburn’s most experienced return man returning, and he averaged 22.2 yards per return. Georgia will go with sophomore Rodrigo Blankenship on kickoffs. Blankenship hit on 20 touchbacks on 55 kickoffs last season. Georgia was a little shaky on kick coverage last season, allowing 23.8 yards per return. The Bulldogs will need to find some new return men this year after averaging 20.2 yards per return last season. Advantage: Auburn.
Place kicking: Auburn sophomore Daniel Carlson is the man for Auburn. Carlson was 28 of 32 on field goals, and perfect on extra points. Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship hit on 14 of 18 field goal attempts, and all of his extra points. Advantage: Auburn.
Auburn offensive line vs. Georgia defensive line: It’s still not settled who’ll start for Auburn on the line, although the starters looked pretty good on A-Day. It seems the tackle spots are set with seniors Darius James and Braden Smith. Senior Austin Golson will likely start at center, although Auburn is bringing in senior transfer center Casey Dunn from Jax State. If Dunn starts, Golson could move to guard. Also transferring in this fall is former Florida State starting guard Wilson Bell. Bell is expected to start at one of the guard spots. If Dunn does not beat out Golson, the other likely starting guard would be sophomore Mike Horton. Georgia figures to go with senior John Atkins at nose and juniors Trenton Thompson and Jonathan Ledbetter at ends. This battle was essentially a stalemate last season, although Auburn protected the quarterback pretty well. I figure that Auburn has more upside on the offensive line. Advantage: Auburn.
Auburn backs vs. Georgia linebackers: Auburn features junior H-back Chandler Cox blowing open holes. Running behind the big H-back will be massive junior Kamryn Pettway and shifty junior Kerryon Johnson in reserve. Inside, Georgia will go with juniors Roquan Smith and Natrez Patrick. Outside backers are seniors Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy. Last season, with no threat of an Auburn passing attack, Georgia limited Auburn’s running game. However, in last year’s game, Auburn had only Kerryon Johnson left, and he was noticeably limping. Advantage: Auburn.
Auburn receivers vs. Georgia corners: At the end of spring, it looked like Auburn’s two starting outside guys were sophomore Nate Craig-Myers and sophomore Darius Slayton. Both guys can fly and have good height and great hands. Redshirt freshman Marquis McClain had a great A-Day and is someone to watch out for on the outside. Georgia will go with senior Malkom Parrish and junior Deandre Baker with depth from sophomore Tyrique McGhee. Advantage: Even.
Auburn secondary receivers and quarterback vs. Georgia safeties: Auburn has potential threats here, starting with wickedly fast junior slot receiver Will Hastings. Sophomore Eli Stove can also fly. Tight ends Jalen Harris and Sal Cannella are expected to be a big part of the passing game as well. Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham is likely the starter. In 6 games as a freshman at Baylor, Stidham was electric. That trend continued during A-Day this spring as Stidham was deadly accurate and showed great mobility. Seniors Dominick Sanders and Aaron Davis are veterans for Georgia. Advantage: Even.
November games are very difficult to predict as teams can improve or regress significantly by this time. Injuries can play a major role, too. Georgia has had a hard time keeping its running backs healthy the past few seasons. Last year, Auburn quarterback Sean White was so banged up in this game that he was ineffective. It may well be that the healthiest team wins this game.
What I like in this matchup is that Auburn appears to match up well on both lines of scrimmage and has superior depth, at least right now. I expect Georgia to close that gap in coming years if it keeps recruiting as it did last season.
Prediction: Auburn toughs it out at home, outlasting a spirited Georgia team, 30-23.