‘Downward Dog’ is the TV equivalent of an emotional support animal

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If 2018 has shown us anything definitive, it is that human beings are garbage. 

Dogs, on the other hand, remain literal angels whom we do not deserve.

Case in point: Last year, ABC had in its hands one of the purest, most hysterical, most heartwarming comedies on television. It was basically an Office-style mockumentary, but from the perspective of a dog who’s the only one who gets to speak directly to camera in confessional-style interviews. 

Through the lens of its irresistibly charming protagonist, Martin the Dog, we see the absurdity of human behavior. But it’s also a reminder of the emotional lives our animal companions lead — like the stress of needing at least fourteen hours of sleep a day, while also finding time to protect your person from the dangers of vacuums. Read more…

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Andy Murray Breaks Down in Tears After Emotional 3 a.m. Victory While ‘Closing Time’ Plays

An emotional Andy Murray broke down in tears after pulling out a hard-fought victory over Marius Copil at the Citi Open early Friday morning.

The former world No. 1—currently ranked 832nd—wept into a towel for several minutes after defeating Copil 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 in a round of 16 match that lasted for more than three hours, and didn’t finish until 3 a.m. “It was just the emotions coming out at the end of an extremely long day and a long match,” Murray told reporters.

However, some speculated that Murray’s tears had more to do with his ongoing comeback following a persistent hip injury that kept him sidelined for nearly a year.

The tennis great is set to face Australia’s Alex de Minaur in the quarter-finals later on Friday, but said there’s a chance he won’t play. “Finishing matches at 3 in the morning is not good,” he said. “It’s not good for the players. It’s not good for anyone, I don’t think, involved in the event. It’s not good for fans, TV, nobody.”

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin confirmed their engagement in a series of emotional social media posts

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin confirmed their engagement in a series of emotional social media posts


Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin confirmed their engagement in a series of emotional social media posts

On Sunday, July 8th, 2018, news broke that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin had gotten engaged while on vacation in the Bahamas. TMZ broke the news and then Hailey’s dad Stephen and Bieber’s father Jeremy seemingly confirmed the engagement in their own social media posts. Justin and Hailey played coy at first, but earlier today the couple confirmed their engagement with his-and-hers social media statements.

Justin opened his emotional Instagram post with a tribute to his future wife.

“Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you!” Justin wrote in the Instagram post. “So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first!”

Justin called their union “literally perfect” and mentioned that they got engaged “on the seventh day of the seventh month,” and that “the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection.”

Hailey tweeted just seconds after Justin’s massive Instagram post, and wrote:

“Not sure what I did in life to deserve such happiness but I am so utterly grateful to God for giving me such an incredible person to share my life with! No words could ever express my gratitude.”

TMZ originally broke the news and reported that Justin proposed on Saturday, July 7th while on vacation. According to an eye-witness, the couple were salsa dancing in a crowd when Justin’s security team asked all nearby guests to put their phones away while he popped the question.

Justin and Hailey have been dating for a few weeks — though they reportedly met in 2009 and dated on and off in early 2016.

Read Justin’s full statement on their engagement, below:

“Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!. It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts? By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA VE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!!”

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Helicopter parenting may negatively affect children’s emotional well-being, behavior

It’s natural for parents to do whatever they can to keep their children safe and healthy, but children need space to learn and grow on their own, without Mom or Dad hovering over them, according to new research. The study found that overcontrolling parenting can negatively affect a child’s ability to manage his or her emotions and behavior.
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Ant McPartlin’s emotional last TV appearance revealed on Britain’s Got Talent as he congratulates contestants through to live semi-finals

ANT McPartlin’s emotional last TV appearance on Britain’s Got Talent will be aired tonight as he congratulates the contestants going through to live semi-finals.

The pre-recorded episode is the last time the 42-year-old will be on screen after cancelling all his telly work and checking into rehab  following a drink-drive charge.

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It leaves co-host Declan Donnelly to present the live shows solo when they begin next week.

The Geordie duo aren’t expected to appear together on-screen until much later in the year when they reunite for I’m A Celebrity.

In a now poignant moment, Ant’s last time on camera sees him congratulating a successful contestant before bidding them farewell and saying they’ll see each other again.

His final on-screen words are to the hopeful, as he says: “Howay the lads. Well done. Go and celebrate – we’ll see you next time kidda. Toot toot.”

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DJ Murray Mint managed to get both the Geordie presenters and the judges on stage
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But it’s not all filled with sadness for Ant as he also gets a chance to get up on stage and dance with Dec and judges Simon Cowell, David WalliamsAmanda Holden and Alesha Dixon.

They run onto the stage waving Union Jack flags and wearing funky digital display sunglasses as hopeful DJ Murray Mint gets everyone moving.

But is it enough to get through to the semi-finals?

Meanwhile Dec’s preparing to go it alone from Monday night – making it the second time this year he’s had to present solo.

DJ Murray Mint gets even Simon Cowell up on his feet and dancing
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Each night, eight acts will perform in the semi-finals, with two acts making it through to next weekend’s final.

He’s told TV Mag previously that not watching himself back on TV and not engaging with social-media critics is usually how he copes.

“You can’t do anything about live stuff once it’s done,” says Dec, 42.

“At times the criticism stings, but not often. Usually it’s a case of: ‘Look at you with your 11 [Twitter] followers. You’re brave.’”

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’: Designing Thanos to be an Emotional Villain

There’s no doubt that Marvel’s most ambitious and successful film is Avengers: Infinity War. The box-office juggernaut packs an all-star lineup of over 20 beloved Marvel heroes and features Marvel’s deadliest foe yet — Thanos.

The Mad Titan nearly wiped out an entire ship of refugees and two main characters before the title card for Infinity War even appeared on the screen. This guy was hellbent on achieving his goal, and if you saw the film, you know that he did.

Thanos was voiced and portrayed by actor Josh Brolin. Brolin brought an intensity to Thanos that made every character in his presence fear him. And yet, Brolin also brought a surprising amount of emotional depth to the character. This Mad Titan not only smiled and laughed during the film, he also cried, felt pain, and experienced remorse.

So how did this emotional performance come together? FANDOM sat down with Digital Domain VFX Supervisor Kelly Port to talk about his work on the film — specifically how the VFX studio created such a life-like, terrifying, and emotional villain like Thanos.

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The first key to capturing Brolin’s performance in Infinity War was to free him from the motion capture booth. He may have done some work alone, for detailed scans, but during filming, Brolin was on set with the cast to ensure his lines and reactions could be captured in the moment.

“Normally, when you do any kind of motion capture or body capture it’s oftentimes done in a separate venue, not on a set, actually,” said Port. “In this particular film we used a great technique that integrated the cameras into the set. It allowed the performers to interact with other actors on the set, so we could motion capture multiple characters at the same time, both body and face capture.”

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“If Thanos didn’t work, then we wouldn’t have a movie,” Port said, and it’s true. Thanos needed to work for Infinity War to make any kind of sense or impact.

“Dan DeLeeuw, the head of VFX at Marvel; the directors, the Russo brothers; and the Marvel executives could not have stressed the importance enough of making sure that the character and Josh Brolin’s performance came through,” Port said.

“We wanted to get as much of the facial performance [as possible], especially the subtleties [of it]. We tested that for a few months and then presented it to Marvel,” said Port. “They breathed a huge sigh of relief. We focused on the eyes. We got beyond pore-level detail for the face. It’s something that everyone on our team was super proud of.”

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Port had a number of favorite shots, most of which were really emotional and painful. He joked that Digital Domain only got to work on the sad moments.

“There were so many beautiful shots,” said Port. “Because our focus was on Thanos, and a lot of [his] dramatic moments, Digital Domain was responsible for these super depressing shots, like Gamora dying or the flashback to little Gamora. We did all of those scenes. We joked with Marvel to give us something funny.”



One of Port’s favorite shots to design was on Vormir. “The slow-mo shot of Thanos dragging Gamora and throwing her over the cliffs of Vormir,” was Port’s favorite. He also loved working on “The close-ups in that scene,” and “the towers, the snow, the cloud formations,” on Vormir. “As it becomes clear that Thanos’ tears are not for him, you see that the snow begins to drift upwards, which culminates in the big concussion blast and the inverted cloud. Then, you cut to him down in the water.”

Port also loved working on Thanos’ opening shot on the Asgardian ship. “And I really like the reveal shot in the opening scene, where Thanos is walking through some mist and you start to see the light on his face. Then, we see the gauntlet. That’s really the first reveal of him.”


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Port’s last bit of detail revolved around a subtle Easter egg. Apparently, in the final shot, when Thanos is walking through the grass, just before he sits down, you can see his heavy Titan armor on a scarecrow. “It’s right in his front yard there, where he’s walking out before he sits down. You see it on the right, out in the yard, in the grass.”

Did you catch the Thanos scarecrow? What were some of your favorite VFX shots in the film? Did you find the emotions of Thanos believable? Let us know on social @getFANDOM.

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Parkland and Sandy Hook Shooting Survivors’ Emotional Summit: ‘I Can Still Taste the Gunpowder’

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Five years ago, Mary Ann Jacob was working in the library at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, when a gunman began shooting at students. She quickly moved a filing cabinet to block the library entrance and shepherded the 18 eight- and- nine-year-olds in her class into a supply closet, where they hid until the massacre—20 young students and six faculty slain—was over.

When Jacob met teenage Parkland shooting survivors, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Dylan Kramer and Ryan Deitsch, before they spoke as part of a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival Sunday afternoon, she gave them a high five.

“You probably thought that was the weirdest thing anybody’s ever done,” Jacob said at the panel. “The biggest gift we got as survivors was when the survivors from Columbine came and visited us a month after the tragedy.” Looking at the boys and then to the audience, she continued, “It’s like being thrown a lifeline, where we met people who were further along in their journey than us and were able to say, ‘I’m still alive.’”

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Jay-Z has opened up about his emotional reaction to his mother coming out

In a new Netflix series, Jay-Z speaks to host David Letterman about his emotional reaction to when his mother came out as gay

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At first glance, the biggest news from Jay-Z’s 2017 album 4:44 was his apology to wife Beyoncé for cheating on her. But Jay has revealed that it is his track Smile that perhaps has even more of a powerful impact.

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In the track, Jay-Z raps about his mother coming out as gay, saying: ‘Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian/Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian/Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/Society shame and the pain was too much to take/Cried tears of joy when you fell in love/Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her.’

The track then ends with Jay-Z’s mother reciting a poem: ‘Living in the shadow. Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? In the shadows people see you as happy and free, because that’s what you want them to see. Living two lives, happy but not free.’

According to NME, this was the first time she had publicly come out as gay.

During the interview, from Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, Jay-Z opened up further about the moment his mother decided to come out to him.

‘Imagine having to live your life as someone else, and you think you’re protecting your kids,’ he explained. ‘For my mother, to have to live as someone she wasn’t and hide and protect her kids, [not] wanting to embarrass her kids, for all this time and for her to sit in front of me and tell me, “I think I love someone”. I mean I really cried, that’s a real story. I cried because I was so happy for her that she was free.’

He continued: ‘This happened eight months ago when the album was being made, she [had] just told me. I made the song [Smile] the next day.’

‘I knew [about her sexuality], but this was the first time we had the conversation and I heard her say that she loved her partner. “I feel like I love somebody”. She said “I feel like”. She held that little bit back still.’

Jay’s reaction? ‘I just cried. I don’t even believe in crying because you’re happy. I don’t even know what that is, what is that?’

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John Cena is best known for being a brash star in the ring and on screen, so it’s quite a departure to see the wrestler-turned-actor get emotional over the role.

In a new clip from the exclusive Target release of Ferdinand (arriving on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD 3/13), Cena talks about seeing his the character — the bull Ferdinand — for the first time.

“If I see a match of myself or if I see a movie with myself — even though I may be playing a different character — I see myself,” Cena reflected. “The animation, you totally just lose it, and you see Ferdinand. It’s pretty cool.”

The wrestler also discusses how he was inspired by the animation. Director Carlos Saldanha called Cena “the perfect match” for the role, and praised how he embodied the character.


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Ferdinand is literally a bull in a china shop.

Ferdinand based on the beloved children’s book written 82 years ago about the tale of a gentle bull who prefers flowers and friendliness to fighting.

The animated feature is not only an interpration of the 1936 tale by author Munro Leaf, but also an homage to the country of Spain and its beautiful countryside.

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Alexis Ohanian Goes to Great Lengths to Cheer on Serena Williams With Four Emotional Billboards

Alexis Ohanian surprised his wife, Serena Williams, with four billboards outside Indian Wells, California.

It’s unclear whether Ohanian was inspired by the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri or if he just wanted to make sure that Williams couldn’t miss the message on her way to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, where she is scheduled to take part in the 2018 BNP Paribas Open. Either way, the billboards made a big splash. The billboard featured adorable photos of both Williams and the couple’s five-month-old daughter, Alexis Jr., alongside the acronym G.M.O.A.T. (Greatest Momma of All Time).

The billboards were the perfect way to welcome Williams back to tournament play next month, where she will return to the tennis circuit for the first time since giving birth to her daughter.

Ohanian couldn’t have picked a better venue for his grand display. Williams boycotted Indian Wells for 13 years following a racist incident in 2001. She ended her boycott in 2015, explaining her decision in an op-ed for TIME. Whether Williams wins or loses at Indian Wells, it’s clear that she has already won when it comes to having a supportive family.

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Today would have been Kurt Cobain’s 51st birthday, and Courtney Love shared an emotional tribute

Today would have been Kurt Cobain’s 51st birthday, and Courtney Love shared an emotional tribute


Today would have been Kurt Cobain’s 51st birthday, and Courtney Love shared an emotional tribute

Early on Tuesday, February 20th, Courtney Love shared an emotional tribute to Kurt Cobain on her Instagram and Twitter accounts. The musician was best known for his work with Nirvana, and passed away in 1994 at the age of 27. February 20th would have been Kurt Cobain’s 51st birthday.

Love shared a short, sweet, and heartbreaking message to her late husband on social media.

She posted an intimate black and white photograph of the two cuddling, sometime in the early ’90s. “Happy birthday, baby,” Love captioned it, “God, I miss you.” It’s not clear when exactly the photo was taken, or by whom, or what they were doing at the time. But just from looking at it, you can tell it’s an authentic, honest portrait of a couple in love.

The two were married from 1992-1994, and shared a deep connection.

Cobain even helped produce an album with Love’s band, Hole. They lived together, attended events together, and shared daughter Frances Bean Cobain, whom the Nirvana frontman absolutely adored. Frances Bean, now 25, posted her own tribute to her late father on Instagram. “I hope they don’t have the internet wherever you are; I feel like that would be counterproductive,” she wrote, “Regardless, Happy Birthday to an angel.”

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Frances Bean was just a toddler when her father passed, and every photo of the two of them together is more heartwarming than the last. Whether they were playing with kittens together, just hanging out, or on the red carpet together, the father-daughter duo was an early ’90s inspiration.

After the Nirvana frontman passed away, Love did not remarry; and she’s been using the name Courtney Love Cobain for some time. Frances, who works as an artist and model, is now divorced from Isaiah Silva, and recently celebrated two years of sobriety.

Our thoughts are with Courtney and Frances on this emotional day.

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An emotional goodbye to my maternity clothes

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I’ve never had a problem with purging my closet and giving clothes away.

Then came the maternity clothes.

I didn’t buy a lot of maternity garb, but the pieces I had were versatile — a soft yellow tee; an array of maxi skirts; a mottled black, white and gray dress; ruched sweaters; a lacy black sheath — I wore them throughout most of my pregnancy and for a few months afterward. So when I think back on my happy pregnancy and the first few months of my son’s life, those clothes are with me, my memories threaded into the fabric.

The writer while profoundly pregnant wearing a white, black, and grey maternity dress

 

At first I didn’t pass along the clothes because they’re still in great shape — perfect for another pregnancy. They hung with all my other clothes, mixed in with cocktail dresses and business suits, denim dresses and some weird romper I’ve never worn.

After a year passed, I moved the maternity clothes to one side of the closet. Best to have everything together, I rationalized.

I ended up nursing for such a long time that I added a substantial collection breastfeeding-friendly pieces to my wardrobe, which squeezed the maternity clothes out. I carefully folded each one and stacked them on a shelf — the high shelf that’s hard to reach, the one where the Christmas presents are safely hidden. A fine dust settled.

The stack has been there for almost three years, and lately I become increasingly emotional whenever I see the clothes. While I’ve been reluctant to get rid of them, it’s time for me to be realistic.

We’re not having another baby.

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As much as I long for another child to complete the family, my husband isn’t on the same page. He’s very practical — almost Spock-like — which is great for things like balancing the family budget and baking things that require precise measurements, but not so great when I make the emotional plea that our son deserves a sibling.

And the thing is, he’s right. We don’t have the finances for another child. We also don’t have a lot of other resources, like family in our area, to help out. The lack of assistance and respite contributed to the postpartum depression that nearly broke me the first time around, so who knows what the situation would be with another infant?

Also I was already of advanced maternal age with our son. Another pregnancy would be pushing it. (Recently when I told my gynecologist that I was toying with the idea of another baby, he jokingly/sternly said, “You need to get pregnant right now. Like, tonight.”)

So here we are. No baby.

Today I shoved the clothes into a bag.

But I’ll probably drive around with them in the trunk of the car for a while. Just in case.

When did you get rid of your maternity clothes?

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‘Pain, Trauma, Horror.’ Olympic Swimmer Ariana Kukors Details Alleged Abuse by Coach Sean Hutchison in Emotional Essay

Former Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors on Friday posted an emotional essay detailing what she calls years of “pain, trauma, horror, and abuse” at the hands of her former coach, Sean Hutchison.

Kukors, now 28, alleges in the essay that Hutchison, who coached her starting from age 13, “groomed” and manipulated her for years, before their relationship eventually turned sexual. After the 2012 Olympics, Kukors writes, she quit swimming and moved in with Hutchison in Seattle.

“I think back on those times now, tearfully asking why no one helped me…why no one stepped in to save me from this monster,” Kukors writes. “It’s still hard to comprehend, but Sean had perfected the art of grooming; I wasn’t even aware I needed saving.”

USA Swimming investigated the alleged relationship between Kukors and Hutchison in 2011, after the publication of a Washington Post article including allegations against Hutchison. Kukors says she was asked just 19 questions throughout the course of the investigation.

“I was scared. I lied. I have never felt more alone in my life,” Kukors writes.

Hutchison’s named was cleared, and he has not been charged with a crime. Hutchison continues to deny that the relationship was at any time inappropriate.

“At no time did I ever abuse Ariana Kukors or do anything with her that was not consensual,” Hutchison said in a statement released by his attorney. “I absolutely deny having any sexual or romantic relationship with her before she was old enough to legally make those decisions for herself. Prior to that time, I did nothing to ‘groom’ her.”

In her essay, Kukors writes that she chose to set the record straight “for the sake of the little girls and boys whose lives and futures hang in the grasp of a horribly powerful and manipulative person,” and, “Because the time for change is now. It’s time to change the way we talk about sexual abuse, the way we respond to sexual abuse, and the way the system understands and prevents sexual abuse. And with all my heart, I hope that each and every abuse victim knows their story matters, it is important, and their voice will be heard whenever and however they choose to use it.”

Kukors’ essay comes just a few weeks after more than 150 former and current Olympic gymnasts detailed abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar. USA Swimming has had its own brushes with abuse: In 2010, the organization revealed that sexual misconduct allegations were behind many of the lifetime bans handed down by the sport.

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Emotional ‘This Is Us’ Superbowl Episode Reveals Jack’s Fate

Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers from This Is Us episode titled “Super Bowl Sunday.” Proceed with caution.

This Is Us delivered a heartbreaking episode that finally revealed what caused Pearson family patriarch Jack‘s death. Since Season 1, fans have been speculating about how the character could have died: everything from driving drunk to the theory that he died on 9/11. Even though fans knew the big death was coming, it was an emotional roller coaster of an episode with a classic surprising This Is Us twist at the end.

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Jack died the night of the Super Bowl in 1997 and all the Pearsons have different ways of coping during the big game. As Randall puts it, “Kate wallows, Kevin avoids, but this is my dad’s favorite day so I celebrate it.” He throws a party for 20 little girls who are much more interested in the halftime show and the Puppy Bowl than the game itself. Kate watches the tape her dad recorded of her singing her audition. And Kevin usually gets drunk, but since he’s sober now he finds himself at Jack’s tree apologizing for their last fight and revealing his fear that even in fighting his addiction he will never live up to his father. It’s a catharsis he never got while Jack was alive, but something he so desperately needs.

All of the Pearsons receive a measure of closure in this episode, from Kate learning to forgive herself and embrace her love with Toby to Kevin sharing the day with his mother, Rebecca, and healing the wounds between them. Randall too gets to share the impact being father has had on his own life with his eldest daughter Tess.

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It was the fire that finally killed Jack, just not in the way most fans thought it would happen. Jack didn’t die in the blaze itself, but from a cardiac arrest caused by smoke inhalation — appropriately called a widowmaker heart attack. Kate blames herself because Jack went back inside to get Louis, the family dog, causing him to be exposed to the smoke longer than necessary. But being the hero he is, Jack didn’t just save the dog he also saved the family’s photo albums and Kate’s audition tape as well.

Fans had a lot of emotions about the reveal, despite knowing the death was going to happen:

The episode ended with a shocking reveal: a jump into the future with an adult Tess working as a social worker and an older Randall. This not only eases the fears of those worried Randall was going to die, but it also adds a whole new layer to an already complex family drama.

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Paige Jennings was destined to go into the family business, “The Americans” showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields told reporters Friday as cast members and producers of the beloved FX drama discussed plans for the show’s sixth and final season, which bows March 28. Weisberg and Fields said they have been planning for some time […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Schwarzenegger, Cameron Reflect on Emotional ‘Terminator 2’ End Scene

It’s one of the most famous — and sad — scenes in sci-fi film history: The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) lowering himself into a vat of molten steel at the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day to ensure the future he is sent from doesn’t occur. The look on John Connor’s (Edward Furlong) face knowing that his friend will not “be back” is gut-wrenching. And Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) knowing that it’s finally over (at least until the 2003 sequel).

In celebration of T2’s release in 4k, Schwarzenegger, Furlong, and director James Cameron all reflected on the film’s finale, in a clip fans can watch on FANDOM exclusively.

“That scene was really hard for me like ‘How am I going to cry,’” Furlong reminisced about the scene, where his cries punctuate Brad Fiedel’s soundtrack.

“My challenge to myself as a filmmaker, is to see if I can get the audience to cry when the Terminator dies,” Cameron reflected. To have the go full circle — from fearing the cyborg killer in the first film to sympathizing with him in the second — was no easy task. But the payoff was worth it.

“That’s what movies are all about,” Cameron said. “That’s cinema.”

Star Schwarzenegger agreed. “It became this unbelievable emotional moment,” the action star declared. Relive it below.

Hopefully, Cameron and Schwarzenegger will rekindle those emotions when they re-team for the sixth film, coming 2019.

Cameron will produce, with Deadpool director Tim Miller at the helm. Linda Hamilton will reprise her role as Sarah Connor, Cameron revealed last September, while Schwarzenegger is rumored to play a human character that the Terminators were modeled after. There’s been no word on if John Connor will appear in the movie, or which actor will be portraying him.

Does the final scene in T2 still give you all the feels? Be sure to share your response by tweeting @getfandom.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day will be released on 4K December 26 and include a 55 minute documentary with Cameron, Furlong, and Schwarzenegger.

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On a clear December afternoon, friends, family and fans gathered to honor the late Lil Peep in Long Beach, New York. One 19-year-old fan named Tim explains why he got a tattoo honoring the singer-rapper on his lower left rib cage. "I have pretty bad anxiety and depression," he told Rolling Stone. "When that got really bad with a relationship I was in, Lil Peep was my outlet

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How to Prepare for the Emotional Effects of Weight Loss Surgery

Weight-loss surgery has a lot of benefits for obese women. Studies have shown that for the majority of patients, it results in significant and lasting weight loss, and helps lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. (See our previous post, “Weight-Loss Surgery: What Women Need to Know.”)

Though studies have shown that the majority of women who go through weight loss surgery experience an increase in quality of life, some struggle with the adjustments they have to make, and with the physical and emotional changes that come along with the surgery.

“I haven’t come across a patient yet who wouldn’t recommend it,” Dr. Laurie K. Twells, clinical epidemiologist at Memorial University of Newfoundland, told the New York Times. “Most say they wish they’d done it 10 years sooner.”

One would think with all these benefits, women would be all smiles after surgery. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Though studies have shown that the majority of women who go through weight loss surgery experience an increase in quality of life, some struggle with the adjustments they have to make, and with the physical and emotional changes that come along with the surgery.

If you’re considering some type of bariatric surgery, be aware that the outcomes can have an emotional and psychological effect on you. Here’s more about what you can expect, and how you can prepare.

7 Emotional Effects of Weight Loss Surgery

Below are the seven emotional effects of weight-loss surgery. For the sake of clarity, we’ll imagine that we’re going through them with Diane, who just completed her surgery a few months ago.

  1. Food Grief

Prior to the surgery, Diane was used to eating the foods she enjoyed. After the surgery, though, she knew she had to make changes in her diet. Her stomach was much smaller, and couldn’t hold the amount of food that she was used to eating.

Diane was committed to her progress, and wanted to do what she needed to do, but she couldn’t help but feel deprived. She felt like she had to mourn the loss of the foods and beverages she used to turn to.

Food is an important part of any woman’s life, but it’s even more present in an obese woman’s life. After surgery, Diane had to change that. She had to find other things that could help her to feel the way food used to make her feel. It helped her to realize that most women go through the same grieving process after surgery, and just need time to adjust and realize that all that food was not helping them, but actually inching them closer to disease and premature death.

  1. Sagging Skin

When weight comes off, unfortunately, the skin doesn’t come off with it. That means after surgery, Diane had to figure out how to deal with the extra skin she had sagging about her middle. It was embarrassing, especially when she was around her husband. She had hoped the surgery would help her to feel more attractive, and it did to some extent, but the skin was stopping her from feeling as good as she wanted to.

Diane’s doctor suggested she look into cosmetic surgery to help correct the excess skin. Diane felt disappointed about that at first—she hadn’t really prepared for additional surgeries—but when she found a good plastic surgeon, her disappointment faded, and she realized that though the process was going to take time, she would likely be happy with the results.

  1. Attention from Others

Though Diane had shared her goals with her family and a couple of her closest friends, she hadn’t told a lot of people about her surgery. As an obese woman, she was used to negative attention, so she had grown accustomed to being “invisible,” and made changes in her lifestyle to avoid running into too many people.

After surgery, Diane wasn’t prepared for the amount of attention she got from others. Friends, acquaintances, work colleagues, and more questioned her about her weight loss. She wasn’t sure what to say to them, and felt vulnerable and exposed. When she was honest about her surgery, she found that some people were not very gracious, and seemed to resent her “taking the easy way out.”

She also found it challenging to go out to eat with friends, as she had so many new dietary rules to follow. Her small stomach size meant that she had to leave much of her food on the plate, and she often had to answer questions from the staff about whether the food was okay. This would bring her more unwanted attention, which made her very uncomfortable.

On top of that, Diane realized within a few months that the friends she had were all overweight and obese, and that most of them enjoyed eating when they got together. This put Diane in a tough spot after the surgery, and she realized she needed to make new friends that would enjoy more active pursuits. In the meantime, she wasn’t sure how to keep her old friends without offending them.

Then there was Diane’s sister, who was also obese but didn’t go through weight-loss surgery. Diane wasn’t prepared for the anger her sister directed at her, as if she had done something wrong by taking charge of her health.

It was only when she started seeing a counselor that Diane was able to find the coping skills she needed to deal with these types of situations.

  1. Depression

In a 2015 study, about 13 percent of patients reported suffering from depression after weight-loss surgery. That means most patients did not experience depression—in fact, a 2016 study found that most patients feel less depressed after surgery—but it does show us that the risk is there.

“Dietary regimens before and after bariatric surgery often create the perfect storm for serotonin depletion. Serotonin is our “good mood” transmitter, so if it’s depleted, there goes our good mood right along with it. -Judith J. Wurtman, Ph.D.

Scientists didn’t know why these patients felt worse, but it’s likely that the many changes that occur after surgery are all factors in the mood changes that patients may experience. Eating too much, for example, causes nausea and pain, which can be difficult to deal with, especially since women were eating so much more before the surgery. It’s a habit that can be tough to break.

Nutritional deficiencies can also take hold after surgery, and though they can be easily corrected through dietary guidelines and supplements, they can throw a person for a loop through the first few months.

Then there is the pure psychological effect of limiting certain foods. According to Judith J. Wurtman, Ph.D., writing in Psychology Today, “Dietary regimens before and after bariatric surgery often create the perfect storm for serotonin depletion.” Serotonin is our “good mood” transmitter, so if it’s depleted, there goes our good mood right along with it.

Diane decided to work with her dietician to fit more foods and supplements in her diet that would help boost serotonin levels, and continued working with her counselor to overcome her depression.

  1. Other Risky Behaviors (Alcohol and Drug Use)

It’s called “addiction swapping,” and it can be tough to avoid after surgery. For many obese women, food was an addiction, and after that addiction is taken away, many grieve the loss.

“It’s referred to in our circles as addiction replacement. If they’re using food in this way and they undergo bariatric surgery, they can’t go back to eating the way they did, and the brain’s reward system becomes starved.” – Erik Dutson, MD

To fill the “hole” left behind by food, some women may turn to alcohol, drug use, or even gambling. There have been some studies showing that weight loss surgery can increase the risk of alcohol dependence.

In 2012, for instance, researchers reported that people who go through these surgeries may be more at risk for other unhealthy behaviors like drug or alcohol abuse or cigarette smoking.

Diane realized that before her surgery, she had used food to help soothe her emotions. When she could no longer do that, she definitely felt the void. This is the same feeling many women have that causes them to turn to these other risky behaviors.

“It’s referred to in our circles as addiction replacement, “ Erik Dutson, MD, told WebMD. “If they’re using food in this way and they undergo bariatric surgery, they can’t go back to eating the way they did, and the brain’s reward system becomes starved.”

On top of that, the changed digestive system means that patients may feel the effects of alcohol much more quickly than they used to, which can inspire alcohol abuse.

Diane decided to take up knitting, and also to fit more exercise into her days, to help fill the void she was feeling. When she was working with the yarn and needles, she felt calm and relaxed, and didn’t think about food so much.

  1. Self-Harm

In 2016, researchers reported that after bariatric surgery, some patients experienced a risk of self-harm injuries. (About 81 percent of the participants in this study were women.) Scientists thought that it could be the changes in hormones after surgery that could be to blame, or alcohol or substance abuse post-surgery.

Most of the emergencies occurred in the second and third years after the operation, and nearly all occurred in patients who had a mental health disorder—most commonly, depression. The risk is small, but it’s worth noting so that women can be prepared.

Diane didn’t experience notions of self-harm after surgery, but she did continue to work with her counselor to be sure any feelings of depression she had would stay under control.

  1. Insomnia

This can be a serious emotional risk after surgery, as lack of sleep can lead to mood changes and depression. According to a 2012 study, about a quarter of patients who went through the surgery suffered from insomnia afterwards. Most of these had a history of mental health issues.

Other studies have shown the opposite—that weight-loss surgery improved sleep, and helped patients sleep longer than they did prior to surgery.

Knowing this to be a risk, Diane was sure to keep her room cool and dark, to keep all technological gadgets out, and to go to bed and get up at the same time.

How to Prepare Yourself for the Emotional Changes

If you’re considering weight-loss surgery, you can prepare yourself for the expected emotional changes. Here are some tips:

  • Get Counseling: This is probably the most important thing to do, and the one that will help you the most after surgery. Start your appointments before the surgery, and then keep going for several months afterwards, until you feel you have made the necessary adjustments.
  • Set Realistic Goals: Realize that weight-loss surgery is not a magic bullet. You will have to make changes after the surgery to maintain your weight loss, as well as other lifestyle changes to support your new body. You’ll need time to adapt, and you may need additional cosmetic surgery, too. Setting realistic goals about what to expect can help you to deal with it better emotionally.
  • Find Something to Replace Food: The sooner you can find other activities to fill the hole that food leaves behind the better for you. Return to some hobbies you enjoyed as a kid. Make more time to spend with your friends, or with a beloved pet. Walk more. Listen to music. Try art therapy. Get involved in some new hobbies that you’ve wanted to try. Let this be a time that you use to reinvent yourself. Have fun!
  • Prepare Your Family: We all need the support of our families when going through big changes. Warn them that you may suffer from mood swings, irritability, and other changes while you’re adjusting to life after surgery. Enlist their help in sticking to your new dietary requirements, or in finding a new wardrobe. Consider setting a reward for everyone—like a short vacation or joint project—for a few months after the surgery, to celebrate the outcome and to thank everyone for pitching in.
  • Take Baby Steps: You may imagine that after surgery, everything is going to be great, but it’s better to take baby steps forward. This change isn’t going to happen overnight. Day by day, make little adjustments, and you’ll find yourself feeling much healthier within a year.

 

Sources

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Hit sitcom Moesha  stole our hearts almost two decades ago when Brandy first stepped into the iconic TV role of a Black girl just trying to figure it out in Los Angeles.

Even though the show went off air years ago, the memories of the show lives on.

For the first time in 16 years, the entire cast came together for an emotional reunion on ‘The Real.’

Sheryl Lee Ralph, Shar Jackson, Countess Vaughn, Ray J, Markus T Paulk, William Allen Young all took the stage to toast to the show.

“This is such a great moment, this is beautiful, this is god, this is love. Thank you guys,” Brandy said tearfully.

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During the interview Loni Love asked William Alan Young, who played Moesha’s dad ‘Frank,’ if he considered the importance of playing a Black father on TV when he took the role. Young said the depiction came naturally to him.

“When I received, letters saying  ‘I wish you were my dad,’ or ‘ I wish I had a dad like you.’ it didn’t change me because that was my music anyway. It just affirmed to me that everyone who is on TV has to take it seriously, someone is watching you.”

When asked if they would sign up for a reboot, the cast enthusiastically said “Yes!”

“We ended on a cliff, ” Brandy told the crowd.

The cast also paid homage to the cast members who passed, Lamont Bentley, who played Brandy’s best friend and Yvette Wilson who played Andell Wilkerson.

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At a certain point, the distaste becomes exhaustion. Donald Trump’s presence in our national life has been alternately infuriating, embarrassing, revolting, gross and bizarre. His non-stop assaults on our political norms are testing our capacity to sustain constant outrage without giving in to despair.

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RHOC Star Shannon Beador Gets Emotional Over Her Weight Gain and Husband David Being “Disgusted”

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DWTS’ Victoria Arlen Shares Emotional Video About Re-Learning to Talk & Walk After 4 Years in a Vegetative State

 

Victoria Arlen is an ESPN personality and Paralympian swimmer and  who, at age 11, was diagnosed with a neurological condition and an autoimmune disease, which affected her spinal cord and left her in a vegetative state for four years. Arlen slowly regained the ability to speak, eat, walk, and move and now is competing on season 25 of Dancing with the Stars — and is blogging about her experience on the ABC reality show exclusively for PEOPLE. Follow Arlen, 22, and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy, 31, on Twitter!

When I was 10 years old, Dancing with the Stars premiered, and I told my mom, “I’m going to be on that show one day.” We, of course, had no idea that just a year later ,even surviving would seem almost impossible.

When I was sick, my parents would remember that dream and put DWTS on the TV so I could watch it. It was always a motivating factor to start my recovery but I never imagined I would actually do it.

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When the opportunity came about to do the show, I thought about little Victoria and all the things that I’ve overcome, and I just thought this would be a really cool opportunity to show people that anything is possible.

I grew up doing tap, jazz and ballet, so I understand rhythm and movement and performing. But I’ve been out of the commission in the dancing realm for 11 years now, and learning to walk again was an incredible challenge, so I didn’t know how I would take to dancing again.

You know that feeling when your leg falls asleep and you can’t really feel it or move it? Well, that’s what my legs feel like all the time, so being fluid and graceful has been difficult. But rehearsals are going great. Val and I are having a lot of fun together. He’s an incredible dancer and teacher and friend, and he’s really helped me find my footing.

Still, it’s been a really intense and challenging experience so far. It’s been a reality check that my muscles are still really affected by my spinal cord injury, but it’s also been super empowering to see how much I’m capable of.

And there are some days I feel grateful that I can’t feel my legs, because those shoes are tearing up my feet. My arms are sore at the end of every day, but I’m lucky because I came into this very strong. I work out two to three hours a day, and being a professional athlete has helped with my endurance. My swimmer man-shoulders help.

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With everything going on in my life, I’m really health-conscious, but dancing for hours each day has been a challenge. Well, challenge is an understatement. This is literally the hardest thing I’ve ever embarked on — and I’ve embarked on really challenging things! But it’s like climbing a mountain, you don’t stop halfway through and say, “Man, this is hard.” You just keep climbing and accept any challenge that comes along until you get to the top and get to enjoy the incredible view.

Going into tonight’s premiere, I’m nervous. But every cool thing I’ve done, I’ve been nervous, so that’s a good thing. I’m going to channel that into great energy when I get out there. It’s surreal for me to be here and emotional in this beautiful way. I hope I prove to myself and to everyone watching that anyone can accomplish anything.


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Kevin Hart Apologizes to His Wife and Kids in Emotional Video After Alleged Extortion: ‘I’m Not Perfect’

Kevin Hart is apologizing to his wife and kids after an unidentified person allegedly tried to extort him for a sexually suggestive video.

Hart — who is expecting a child with wife Eniko Parrish — posted an emotional apology video on his Instagram on Saturday night, apologizing for his “mistakes” and claiming that there was someone who was trying to make “financial gain” off of his past misbehavior.

“Someone tried to set Kevin up in a failed extortion attempt. As law enforcement is involved, we cannot comment further as it could affect the investigation,” his rep tells PEOPLE in a statement. 

“I’m at a place in my life where I feel like I have a target on my back,” Hart, 38, said. “And because of that I should make smart decisions. And recently, I didn’t. You know, I’m not perfect. I’m not going to sit up here and say that I am or claim to be in any way shape or form. And I made a bad error in judgement and I put myself in a bad environment where only bad things can happen and they did. And in doing that I know that I’m going to hurt the people closest to me, who’ve I talked to and apologized to, that would be my wife and my kids.

“And I just, you know, it’s a s—-y moment. It’s a s—-y moment when you know you’re wrong and there’s no excuses for your wrong behavior,” Hart continued. “At the end of the day man, I just simply have got to do better. But I’m also not going to allow a person to have financial gain off of my mistakes and in this particular situation that was what was attempted. I said I’d rather fess up to my mistakes.”

The Central Intelligence actor captioned the video with a message about doing “better” for his pregnant wife and his kids from a previous relationship, Hendrix and Haven Hart.

“Sending so many apologies to my wife & kids. I gotta do better and I will,” Hart wrote. “I’m not perfect and have never claimed to be …I love you all.”

According to TMZ, a woman allegedly demanded money from Hart after the pair engaged in a “sexually suggestive” video. According to the outlet it is not a sex tape.

“Someone tried to set Kevin up in a failed extortion attempt,” a rep for Hart told TMZ. “As law enforcement is involved, we cannot comment further as it could affect the investigation.”

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This is the third time in the past two months that Hart has addressed cheating rumors on social media. Back in July, he laughed off reports that he cheated on his wife with another woman that he met in a Miami Beach nightclub. One month later, he also addressed his ex-wife Torrei Hart’s claim that the actor and comedian was cheating on her with Parrish while they were still married.

“Going to be honest with you people, I’m at a point where I can’t even be shocked anymore. All I do is laugh man,” Hart said at the time.


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Back to school for special-needs parents is emotional hell

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Whitney Barthel

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What is back-to-school like in the brain of a special-needs parent? It’s like this.

Will my son’s new teacher know how to help him eat lunch? How many accidents will he have in the first day, week, month? Should I make a list of all of his non-verbal cues to give his teacher? I hope he doesn’t do that embarrassing chewing thing or touch himself inappropriately. Will the new kids in his class be afraid of him; will he have any friends?

back to school special needs Daniel (my son with Down syndrome) and Frankie (one of my “typical” children) on their first day of preschool nearly two years ago. 

On top of the basic worries parents of typical children face when entering back-to-school, we special-needs parents have so many, many, more. Worries and fears that go far beyond fretting over our child keeping up with others in their class. Fears of not only the teacher being able to educate our child, but also having the ability to be the primary caregiver for them much of the day.

And when your child cannot eat typical food, has limited self-feeding capabilities, and is non-verbal, these fears are terrifying.

In my very short time having a school-aged child who has special needs, I have found my particular back-to-school fears can be summed up in two categories.

First, if you are coming off a low year, you wonder if you could even survive another school year. Second, if you are coming off a particularly high year, you dread school, feeling like nothing could top the previous year.

This year, we are in the second category. I didn’t cry for my high school or college graduation; I was even able to told it together at my wedding. But I cried like a baby every time I saw my son’s teacher for the whole last week of school this past May.

back to school special needsThe 2016-2017 school year, Dan, and his amazing teacher. 

Am I ready for a school year, which I worry will pale in comparison? No. And no matter how many articles I read on easing the transition back to school for special needs children, and even though I know deep down that everything will be fine, I can’t shake this debilitating anxiety.

So what am I doing about it? Nothing. Literally nothing. I am not visiting his new teacher or classroom (yet, anyway) like so many articles suggest. Sleep schedules will not be returning to normal. And not even one pencil or back-to-school outfit has been purchased.

What am I doing? I’m milking this summer for all it’s worth.

As a special-needs parent, what is your biggest back to school fear?

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WATCH: Jimmy Fallon Says White Nationalist Rally In Charlottesville ‘Was Just Disgusting’ in Emotional Monologue

Jimmy Fallon is having a political moment.

The Tonight Show host began his opening monologue Monday addressing the rally that left three dead and several injured in Charlottesville, Virginia, calling what occurred “disgusting” and saying it was his “responsibility to stand up against intolerance and extremism as a human being.”

“I was sick to my stomach,” Fallon, 42, said of watching the rally and the protests that followed on the news.

“My daughters were in the next room playing and I’m thinking, ‘How can I explain to them that there is so much hatred in this world?’ ” he continued, talking about his two children: Winnie Rose, 4, and Frances Cole, 2.

“They don’t know what hate is,” he added. “They just play and they laugh and they have fun. But, as kids grow up, they need people to look up to.”

Fallon took a moment to criticize President Donald Trump for lagging behind in denouncing the white nationalists who took to Virginia to rally.

“The fact that it took the president two days to come out and clearly denounce racists and white supremacists is shameful,” Fallon said.

“And I think he finally spoke out because people everywhere stood up and said something,” he added about the president’s second statement on Charlottesville on Monday.

“It’s important for everyone, especially white people in this country, to speak out against this. Ignoring it is just as bad as supporting it,” Fallon continued.

“We all need to stand against what is wrong, acknowledge that racism exists and stand up for what is right and civil and kind,” he added. “We cannot do this. We can’t go backward. We can’t go backward.”

Fallon, who has repeatedly shied away from politics on the Tonight Show, previously took a stance against Trump in July when he welcomed transgender comedian Patti Harrison on the late-night program following the president’s sweeping ban on transgender people serving in the military.


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The Bachelorette’s Dean Unglert Still Isn’t Speaking to His Father After Their Emotional Reunion

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33 Emotional LGBT Wedding Photos That Will Leave You Weak In The Knees

June is LGBTQ Pride Month and we’re kicking things off with a big ol’ celebration of love. 

Below, we’ve gathered 33 wedding photos with so much joy, passion and excitement that you may get a little emotional too.  

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29 Emotional First Look Moments That Will Turn Your Heart To Mush

At times, words fall short and a facial expression really says it all. 

One of those occasions is during the “first look” at a wedding when the couple sets up a special time to see each other all dressed up prior to the ceremony. The raw, beautiful reactions of the brides and grooms captured in the photos below are proof that true love is all it’s cracked up to be and more. 

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Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Documentary Packs An Emotional Punch at Palm Springs International Film Festival

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Just weeks after the surprise deaths of mother-daughter duo Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, the soul-stirring HBO documentary “Bright Lights” moved audiences to laughter–and tears–at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), where it played to a packed house earlier this week. Other screenings of the deeply moving endeavor, directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, are on the festival roster, but Wednesday night’s screening was shrouded with intrigue and empathy for a number of reasons.

For starters, it was one of the very first times people gathered en masse to view “Bright Lights” after the passing of Fisher and Reynolds last month. Fisher died on Dec. 27 from complications of a heart attack (she was 60); Reynolds died of a fatal stroke one day after her daughter (she was 84). Twist of fate or divine timing, the loss of the two famous entertainers left Hollywood and fans stunned and heartbroken. The PSIFF screening morphed into a rare opportunity for a large group to celebrate the lives of the famous performers.

“We obviously programmed [the film] at this festival when Carrie and Debbie were alive,” co-director Stevens told the crowd prior to the screening. “Debbie loved Palm Springs, and there are a couple of shots in the film of Carrie and Debbie here. Obviously, there has been a big turn of events, but we felt it was important to still screen this.”

Stevens went on to say that he didn’t change a frame in the doc since the legends’ deaths. “We were shocked and devastated,” he went on, “but I don’t want to get emotional right now.”

That came later.

As the documentary unraveled, it became evident that the audience was more than a traditional biopic. No. This was a different kind of love story–a positively unique one shared between a mother and daughter, two consummate performers with equal parts wit and charm.

Sired from an original idea that Fisher, the famed “Star Wars” actress and “Wishful Drinking” author–had several years ago to document her relationship with her mother, the end result does several things very well. It illuminates why Reynolds maintained her celebrity beyond her breakout film “Singin’ In The Rain”–style, grit, class–and it also gave us a closer look at the inner workings of Fisher, whose sense of humor, struggles with mental illness, and devotion to her mother shined through brightly. That the doc manages to capture the rare symbiosis the two women shared is an achievement. In the hands of other filmmakers, we’d be inundated with a gaggle of “talking heads.” Not here.

“They’re just performers through and through,” noted “Bright Lights” editor Sheila Shirazi on th red carpet prior to the screening. “If you look at old footage, they’re always singing showtunes, singing around the piano together. They really were dyed-in-the-wool showbiz people.”

Asked what challenges she faced while compiling, literally, an auditorium-sized vault of vintage home movies kept by Carrie’s sibling Todd Fisher, Shirazi says: “I think the temptation when you are making a movie like this is to get bogged down in the details. You want to tell everything about their fascinating lives. We really chose to focus on the relationship, keeping it focused on the present while touching on the past to help you understand the larger context for their relationship.”

Judging by the roar of applause by the time the credits rolled, it’s apparent the filmmakers managed to capture it all effectively. In the meantime, as Hollywood still mourns the fading of these two magnanimous stars, the numbers have been tallied over at HBO, where “Bright Lights” premiered shortly after the stars’ death: An impressive 1.6 million viewers tuned in.


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Joan Lunden Opens Up About Her ‘Emotional Breakdown’ After Cancer Treatment

It’s been one year since veteran TV host Joan Lunden heard the words that completely changed her life: “You have cancer.” Since then, she’s appeared in all her beautiful, bald glory on the cover of People magazine, tested negative for any remaining cancer and launched ALIVE, an online TV network where women openly discuss their own battles with the disease.

But the picture isn’t completely rosy. On Wednesday, Lunden spoke with HuffPost Live’s Nancy Redd and fellow breast cancer survivor Anne Marie Giannino-Otis about the often-underestimated challenges of recovery after cancer treatment.

“There are all these things that nobody tells you about. Everybody is focused on losing your hair. Okay, that happens, but your hair actually grows back. … [But] there are a lot of other things that live on after, and certainly one of the biggest ones is the fear of recurrence,” Lunden said.

When Giannino-Otis noted that many women see their treatment as a “security blanket” and often confront new fear when it’s over, Lunden admitted that the most challenging part of her cancer battle has been the time since she ended treatment.

“I can tell you that I had a total emotional breakdown, and to me, the time since the treatment has been far harder,” Lunden said. “There’s a separation anxiety element to [ending treatment], but mainly it’s just … kind of like, ‘Okay, go now, and have a nice life and hope it’s all okay.’ And it’s really hard after that. I mean, I will tell you the most emotionally difficult time for me has been since my last day of treatment.”

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15 Emotional Stages of a Black Friday Shopping Trip

You’ve got your list in your hand and you’re in a crowd of eager shoppers, armed with coffee and the holiday spirit. For you, Thanksgiving week is but a blip on your long, well-scheduled hunt for the best Christmas presents ever.

Black Friday in particular can be an emotional roller-coaster ride, from when you wake up until you’re happily wrapping gifts at home. In the spirit of making holiday shopping merrier, we’re partnered with Sears to take you through the emotional stages of a Black Friday shopping trip.

1. Am I Still Asleep? I Think I’m Still Asleep.

What’s going on? Why is it dark out? Where am I? A pumpkin pie-and-tryptophan hangover coupled with a 4 a.m. wake-up call can do a number on the psyche. You gaze at your pillow longingly … lovingly. But this is no time for weakness! Pull yourself out of bed, make a beeline for the coffee maker, and make haste. To the mall!

2. I’ve Got A Plan, And I’m Sticking To It

Just like Santa Claus, you’ve prepared your list and checked it twice. You have your plan, and it’s rock solid. You know exactly what you’re going to get, how much you’re going to spend, and you’ve even mapped out stores for the fastest routes. This is how it’s going to work: You’re going to get in and get out, and then have the Best. Nap. Ever.

3. I Am … Mildly Frustrated
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You’ve arrived at the mall and it’s so packed with minivans that you must drive into a parallel universe to find a parking space. You keep your cool and welcome the opportunity for a brisk march toward our reality, the reality that is Black Friday.

4. Christmas Is In The Air, Christmas is Everywheeeeeere!

You finally get into the mall and you remember what this is all about. Christmas carols. Ornaments. The smell of evergreen pine needles. PRESENTS! You are feeling so holly-jolly.

5. Jackpot.

That too-expensive, vanilla goodness perfume that your mom desperately deserves is marked as 60 percent off. And, bonus, it comes with a new car! a complimentary tote bag. Oh, snap! Double-gift! Cross Mom off that list.

6. Oooh, Shiny Things…

A “SALE!” sign is winking at you from your favorite clothing boutique. Would it be crazy to take two minutes from your carefully planned itinerary to check out the racks? Isn’t Christmas about giving back to yourself, too? Besides, It’s getting cold, so it’s not unreasonable to say that you need that scarf-and-mitten set…

7. I’ve Totally Got This.

Ugh, this line. The upside? Extra time to regroup. While you wait, you consult a map to draw an even more efficient route, and you use your phone to reserve your sister’s present to shave off some time. You could teach a master’s course in multitasking.

8. I Swear I Wrote This Down…

How quickly everything crumbles. Your little brother — did he want the home jersey or the away jersey? was it the team’s quarterback or running back? is this guy even on the team anymore? There are far more options than you ever imagined. You look around frantically. Which one are all the other customers buying? Did he want the most popular one? Or is he more the “root for the underdog” type? You stand in front of the racks, paralyzed with indecision.

9. ::stomach grumbles::

You desperately need nourishment, but when you get to the food court, every line is spiraling around the corner. The tantalizing smell of pretzels, Thai food and pizza makes you faint with anticipation.

10. Aww, Babies! Kids! Christmas!

When you’re getting gifts for your little nieces and nephews, you seek solace in the piles of stuffed animals. You hug each giraffe, teddy bear and piglet to see which is the cuddliest. You feel that this is very important. Next thing you know, you’re stumbling into the picture-book section and get totally sidetracked flipping through the page of illustrations. Do they have chairs here?

11. Ohhhhhhh. No.

How could this have happened with your perfectly laid plans, all of your lists, and your map? You forgot that you pulled Great Aunt Louise in the Secret Santa and that you need something under $ 25 for the office Yankee swap.

12. I Deserve A Pat On The Back

You see across the way that soaps, candles, and hand lotions are BOGO (buy one, get one free for the uninitiated), and they come wrapped in pretty Christmas bows. Two birds, one store; you’ve settled both the office party and Great Aunt Louise. You nailed it. You are Black Friday royalty, so just give yourself the crown now.

13. Praise To The Mall Gods!
You’re sweating, shopping bags are making indents on your hands, arms and shoulders, but you spy a “gift wrapping station” sign. Praise the gods of the mall. They take everything off your hands, and with a little donation, they’ll even carry everything to the car, wrapped up all nice. Whatever did you do to deserve this?

14. Do You Mind If I Just … Lie Down Here?

Do you think if you tipped a little extra, the gift-wrapping attendant would also carry you to the car? It’s just a question.

15. I Am Content And Life Is Complete.

You made it to the car in one piece. The gifts are all wrapped and carefully stacked on your backseat. Just as you turn on the car, a radio station is playing, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and you sigh a breath of relief. “You know what?” you say aloud. “I will.”

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What Is Emotional Health?

Just a few days ago somebody asked me what I actually meant when I used the term emotional health. Now I found this really interesting because this was someone that I would have considered to be pretty emotionally aware, tuned into both their own feelings as well as the feelings of others and emotionally sensitive and very empathic. From this conversation, I realized that there isn’t really much of a common language or a vocabulary that defines emotional health or talks about it in a way that is widely understood.

We use the term mental health and of course we talk about physical health, but we very rarely talk about emotional health. And yet our emotions are absolutely integral to the way in which we relate and engage with our world.

When we talk about mental health issues, we are not just talking about the way that we think. We are talking about the way that we feel, and the way that our feelings affect us. And I think it’s fair to say that we all know that if we are feeling emotionally stressed or emotionally vulnerable or unstable that this will have a massive impact on our physical health as well. To have a healthy mind we need to be in a healthy emotional state, we need to be feeling alright, and this in turn affects our physical health and well-being as well. So both our mental health and our physical health are actually reliant upon our emotional well-being. They are underpinned by our emotional health.

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When we talk about being mindful and teach people about mindfulness, what we are actually trying to do is to enable them to train their mind to be more reflective and more aware of what’s going on, both in and around them and to develop their ability to listen to both themselves as well as to others. And it’s our emotions, our feelings, that are informing this process.

I have met many people who are in a state of emotional crisis and the one common denominator that I find, regardless of individual circumstances, is that every single person is struggling to relate to what they are feeling and to understand their emotional experiences. Even when their feelings are completely appropriate and a natural response to the kind of things that are taking place in their world at that time, they feel emotionally overwhelmed and don’t know how to handle this or how to cope. They lack an understanding of the way that they feel and they have no emotional language and no emotional vocabulary that will enable them to relate, understand and engage with what’s actually going on for them.

Our emotions are always live, they’re always online, all of the time, and the way that we feel is actually continually informing us. Our emotions and our emotional experiences are a kind of navigational system. We have a continual emotional interaction with whatever is going on around us as well as an emotional response to this. But if we have no emotional language and we haven’t learned to relate to our experiences or listen to what we are feeling, then we won’t know how to interpret this information. We’ll be lacking a vital skill that will enable us to navigate our lives and our life experiences successfully and with relative ease.

Our emotions also fuel our actions. Sometimes people get into very deep water because they find themselves being very emotionally reactive. They react without thinking as if they lack a kind of internal pause button. Our emotions generate a huge amount of energy and this kind of reactive living is always highly emotionally charged. When we are able to take action that’s reflective, thoughtful and based in choice rather than generating emotionally charged re-actions life tends to run much more smoothly. Again when we talk about being mindful what we are trying to do is to enable our mind to take charge and channel this emotional energy. We want our mind to consciously take charge of our actions.

In our adult lives, the relationship between our mind and our emotions is the most influential relationship that we will ever have. The health of any relationship will be reliant upon a good level of communication and this actually includes the relationship that we have with ourselves and the way that we relate with our emotions.

To be able to live a full and emotionally rich life we need a strong healthy relationship with our emotional experiences and to do this we will need to develop an emotional language, a fluent emotional vocabulary that will enable a strong healthy level of active communication with ourselves.

Language is descriptive and it creates a link between experience and thought. It helps us to define something, make sense of it and to hold it in our mind. It enables us to gain a greater understanding or a greater comprehension of something. Having an emotional language and an emotional vocabulary is a valuable life skill that we need to have in our toolkit. It creates the link between our emotions and our mind and is crucial to our emotional health and well-being.

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Emotional health isn’t about being happy all of the time. Our emotional health is defined by our ability to understand and be responsive to our emotional experiences, to be able to feel the full range of our emotions and be at ease with this. Happiness doesn’t come from blocking out our more uncomfortable feelings. It comes from listening to our feelings and attending to them responsively and this enables us to be resilient and to be okay regardless of what’s going on in our world.

To be emotionally healthy we need to be able to relate to the way that we feel and have the full range of our emotional experiences, knowing that we can be confidently vulnerable, at ease with feeling uneasy, and thoughtful and understanding of any of our more challenging emotions.
GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
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Emotional Expression of Self

First things first: What the heck does emotional expression of self mean? It’s pretty simple actually; emotional expression of self is being free with your emotions. It’s understanding what you’re feeling, letting the important people in your life know how you feel, and being open to both physical and emotional intimacy. And wouldn’t you know it, it’s absolutely vital to living a happy, healthy life!

Bottling up our emotions is akin to wearing around a weighted vest. Each time we hold back a strong feeling or emotion, we add weight to that vest. Very quickly the vest becomes a burden, and eventually it will all but immobilize us. Our emotional health is critical to our overall heath. Expressing ourselves openly allows us to be ourselves and promotes an environment where everyone can be comfortable in his or her own skin. In the past we believed that success made people happy, but recently researchers have discovered that it’s the other way around! Happy people are actually more successful! They are more likely to work toward goals, find resources they need and attract others with their energy and optimism.

I’m not suggesting that we should always say everything we think and feel — of course we shouldn’t. This is more about being in touch with our feelings and understanding what exactly it is that we are feeling and why exactly it is that we are feeling it. There is a time and a place to keep our feelings to ourselves, but when it’s something important involving people who are important to us, we need to express ourselves openly. Now, the time, place, and tone of voice are all incredibly important, and I strongly encourage you to choose wisely.

This is exceptionally true in your love life. How can you be completely intimate without a clear line of communication (with yourself and with your partner)? You’d be surprised how often I discover that a couple has a very clear and open stream of communication everywhere but the bedroom. Is there any place that we feel more emotion than in the bedroom? I don’t think so. It can be the single most difficult place to let go and be yourself because it’s where you are most vulnerable, but that’s what makes it so important.

Luckily, there are ways to improve our understanding of our emotions. Here are a few exercises to strengthen our muscles of thinking and feeling:

  • Choose a quiet, relaxing place and remember each part of the previous day. What were you thinking? How did you feel? To express yourself openly and clearly you first need to understand exactly how you’re feeling.
  • Be completely present in something you’re doing, whether it’s for work or fun. Take in all of your surroundings and focus on exactly how you are feeling at each moment in time. There should be a special depth and richness to the experience that you can start to incorporate into the rest of your life.
  • A clear flood journal can also help us be mindful. Write down what you are thinking about eating and why, what you decide to eat, and afterwards, how you felt about the meal. Just a simple exercise like this can keep us from emotional eating!

It’s so important for each and every one of us to be physically and emotionally healthy. Concentrate even a small amount of time on your emotional health and you’ll see an improvement in both. You’ll also be one step closer to having your S.W.E.E.P in check!
GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
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Emotional Healing with Essential Oils

Emotional Healing with Essential Oils


Essential oils are widely used for their physical health benefits, but few have understood the scope of their healing capabilities. In this, the first installment of the series, Daniel Macdonald introduces essential oils as powerful emotional healers. This groundbreaking manual bridges the gap between the physical and emotional aspects of essential oils and creates a user-friendly guide for taking charge of your emotional health. Each oil is written about with profound insight and understanding of its innate properties and gifts, and the result is as poetic as it is practical. This easy to follow reference manual will help you come to know the oils in a new way and more fully appreciate their distinct healing qualities. For long-time oil enthusiasts and beginners alike, Emotional Healing with Essential Oils will inspire you with the genius and beauty of Mother Nature’s finest of gifts. This book is universal in nature and is therefore applicable to any and all quality lines of essential oils. In this book you will find descriptions for 54 singe oils and 20 common blends. Single oil descriptions contained in this book: Angelica, Basil, Bergamot, Birch, Black Pepper, Blue Tansy, Cassia, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Coriander, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Hyssop, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Marjoram, Melaleuca, Melissa, Myrrh, Myrtle, Orange, Oregano, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Pine, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sage, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Spikenard, Spruce, Tangerine, Thyme, Vetiver, White Fir, Wintergreen, Yarrow, Ylang Ylang Please note: While the names of single oils are the same from one essential oil company to the next, the names of blends are generally not the same. Therefore in this book we have used a generic name for each blend. You may then determine which of your preferred company’s oil blends matches which description in this boo

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Leadership, Emotional Intelligence and Positive Reinforcement

This past month I’ve written a series of columns on leadership, discussing some issues in a very broad sense, and highlighting a number of individuals as well. Leadership, of course, can be defined in a myriad of ways, and for the individual observer it usually comes down to “I know it when I see it.” My favorite definition, which I learned from Professor Marty Linsky at Harvard’s Kennedy School, is “Leadership is disappointing your friends at a pace they can absorb.” We’ve certainly seen that with President Obama’s years in office, but it’s fair to say that it holds just as well for most spheres of human interaction, including parenting children.

Professor Daniel Goleman, author of the immensely popular and influential revision of IQ called Emotional Intelligence, published in 1995, has just written a new book called Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. Partly warning us about over-reliance on all the distracting technologies out there that have created an advanced, multitasking Homo sapiens, the book’s more lasting influence will be encouraging people to take the time, unplugged from the world, to nurture those quiet moments of focus that lead to creativity. He discusses both emotional and cognitive empathy, declaring that empathy can only be exercised through attention and self-awareness. He quotes Herbert Simon, the economist, who said that “a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.”

Paying greater attention and developing self-awareness — what in Zen is called “mindfulness” — leads to greater happiness. The connection of awareness to creativity, including Goleman’s belief that positive reinforcement is far more persuasive and conducive to change than repeated diatribes that the sky is always falling, is my topic for this week.

I have a relatively unique take on this as a trans woman, one who was closeted for most of my life. Every moment of self-awareness — and there were many since early childhood — turned into fear-based paralysis. That paralysis caused a chronic depressive state, which drained me of the internal strength I needed to find my courage to break away. There were many reasons I finally found my courage, including time eroding my defenses, the trauma of 9/11, a decade of yoga practice with meditation, and the development of effective techniques of facial surgery that made a successful transition possible. Having embraced my self-awareness, I was able to leap across the chasm of darkness that separates the genders in Western society and emerge into a state of aletheia, or unconcealedness. I could simply be, as the woman I always was.

Part of my transition, which became public 11 years ago, simply entailed the freedom to be myself, the release from decades of wasted energy limited to trying to imagine an unattainable life as both a physical and social woman. After some effort I reached a comfort zone, which, in freeing me from needing to exert huge effort to control and protect, was a huge release and relief. Part of my transition was devoted to my family, particularly my adolescent children. Another part was my search for meaning as a member of society.

I choose to be an activist, channeling some of my early political interests into advocating for those who had less and to whom I owed so much. I found, as Goleman points out, that reaching outside myself, now possible because I wasn’t concealed, afforded me the opportunity to be creative in a way I had never before been. While I had developed some novel surgical techniques during my career, being detached from the emotions associated with those efforts left me vulnerable and empty. Now, living as myself, I found, in spite of the prejudice and bigotry around me, even in some of the places one would least expect it, that I was able to create positive change in creative ways. Most of what was required was simply showing up and being willing to take risks.

Goleman’s other major point is the greater effectiveness of positive reinforcement over fear tactics. We all know how effective the conservative political establishment is in generating resistance to progress based on inculcating fear among the ignorant, particularly with gay and trans issues. Unfortunately, we, the forces for progress, at times play the same game, sending out fundraising missives claiming the end is near. And while we don’t associate those calls with an actual Armageddon, I’ve watched too many progressive organizations resort to those tactics over the years. They don’t work most of the time, but even when they do, they have the effect of blunting emotional growth by creating a numbness that only perpetuates the stalemate and inhibits progress toward full equality.

Louis Pasteur famously said, “Chance favors only the prepared mind.” We need to find our courage as we continue to struggle with our personal challenges, and to offer hope that in the future, in spite of the deluge of smartphone banners and notifications, we can find the space and time to be mindful, pay attention, become more creative, prepare our minds for those moments of serendipity, and maybe even find some happiness.
GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

‘Sherlock’ Review: ‘The Empty Hearse’ Finds An Emotional Reunion For Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman In Long-Awaited Return

The most highly-awaited show of the year returned, and within one sharp, mind-boggling minute in the company of Sherlock and Co, it was all explained away… apparently.

We had a far-fetched (but possible!) combination of bungee rope, a Sherlock mask over a Moriarty body, a big grateful kiss for enamoured lab assistant Molly… oh, and Derren Brown???? Hang on a minute!

Ah, that’ll be one big nod to the conspiracy theorists everywhere, then. No one listens to their fans like writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, and plays with them a little in return. According to Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock on the roof, there are 13 possible outcomes in total. So looks like we might have to wait for the truth for a bit longer after all…

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Sherlock’s return was greeted with a welcome less warm than he would have perhaps liked

Cut to… Gatiss as weary Mycroft having to tap some numbers into his international speed-dial, brush up his Serbian, engage in some tiresome ‘field work’ to locate his errant little brother, and return him to his Baker Street fold.

And that, expectant viewers, was very much that. Two years’ worth of all our wondering, tucked into a drawer for the time being. Onward…

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Mary (Amanda Abbington) had (almost) replaced Sherlock in Doctor Watson’s affections, but proved crucial to the restoration of their bromance

Into the up-to-date world of Dr Watson (Martin Freeman), complete with fiancee Mary (Freeman’s real-life partner Amanda Abbington) and moustache, moving on with his life, much to the surprise of Mrs Hudson (Una Stubbs) – “So soon after Sherlock?” she asked guilelessly.

But this was a light appetiser for the serious business of his reunion with the much-missed Holmes who, despite his big brain, managed to misjudge such concepts as how grief can turn to resentment when it turns out to be misplaced for two sad, lonely years. Sherlock got a much warmer reception even from DI Lestrade (Rupert Graves), and that was even after Holmes got his name wrong.

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Benedict Cumberbatch was on fine form as the loner detective

Fortunately for fans, it wasn’t too long before Holmes and Watson were reconciled to combat an underground terrorism network operating on the underground network. From then on, it was all torches in dark tunnels, upturned collars and lots and lots of nifty editing as Holmes homed in on quite a bit of a bomb, and Watson continued to prove his peerless Everyman acting stripes, equal parts confusion, good intention, and deep indignation when said bomb turned out to have an off-switch. That Sherlock fella, eh? Such a wag.

Because of all of Watson’s understandable, brooding resentment for much of the 90 minutes, a lot of the real pleasure in this episode in fact came from the jollier exchanges between the Holmes brothers, with both siblings proving that absence makes the heart grow more competitive… who can deduce more accurately? Who can say more more words in one minute? Who can enunciate more c-c-r-r-i-sply? Wonderful stuff from both Cumberbatch and Gatiss.

A challenge to keep up with, a joy to watch – there’s a reason this kind of telly takes two years to make. But oh, how we’ve missed it, and oh, how it was worth the wait.

How DID he do it? Let us know your thoughts below, and what you thought of Sherlock’s big return…

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