Downton Abbey Movie Is Officially Happening With Original Cast Returning for More Crawley Family Drama

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‘Dear White People’ Officially Renewed for Season 3 at Netflix [Video]

‘Dear White People’ is coming back for a third season.

The announcement was made today in the form of a video featuring Giancarlo Esposito, the show’s narrator, who also plays a member of the secret campus society, The Order of X. 

Get into the announcement below. If season 3 is as good as season 2 (and we’re sure it will be), we can’t wait!

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The FCC has officially banned phone companies’ worst trick

Slamming and Cramming phone bills

The Federal Communications Commission has voted through new rules that ban unauthorized charges on phone bills. In case you’re thinking “wait, that was legal before?!” it was already illegal under federal law, but adding explicit rules to ban particular practices makes it faster and easier to enforce the law.

The FCC targeted two particularly nasty tactics employed by salespeople and telecoms, known as “slamming” and “cramming.” Cramming is a technique that’s rampant across a telecoms industry where salespeople often have commission as a significant part of their income. It refers to any time salespeople add charges to your bill without your explicit authorization, or by promising that credits will eventually show up when they don’t. We’ve reported before how such tactics can be institutionalized, especially in franchise-owned locations where salespeople aren’t even employed by the company whose services they’re selling.

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Jamie Foxx Officially Cast in ‘Spawn’ Reboot; Here’s Everything We Know

Jamie Foxx Officially Cast in 'Spawn' Reboot; Here's Everything We Know

Fans have been wanting a new Spawn movie for more than 20 years now. The 1997 adaptation of Todd McFarlane's popular Image comic book was not well-received by critics or audiences — its Rotten Tomatoes score is only 18% and its domestic box office gross of $ 55 million was barely more than its production budget.

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‘Bill & Ted 3’ Is Officially Happening; Here’s Everything We Know

'Bill & Ted 3' Is Officially Happening; Here's Everything We Know

We've been hearing about a third Bill & Ted movie forever. It almost seemed like just a pipe dream for the fans as well as stars Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves. Well, now you can go back in time and tell your younger self to keep positive, because Bill & Ted Face the Music is really happening. Yes, really.

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The Magic Begins! HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD Officially Opens on Broadway Tonight

A play in two parts, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child officially opens on Broadway tonight, April 22 at the Lyric Theatre 214 West 43rd Street, New York, NY. Be sure to check back tonight, as BroadwayWorld will be bringing you a roundup of all of the reviews as they come in
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Poll: Facebook is officially tech’s least-trusted company

There was a time, around the turn of the century, when Americans thought tech companies would help us all live better and easier lives. And for the most part, that has come to fruition. But it’s also true, especially recently, that the trust that many people had in these companies and their gadgets has largely faded.

A Facebook scandal, in which as many as 87 million people had their personal info scraped by a political analytics firm, has brought unprecedented scrutiny on the social media site. And the pressure doesn’t seem to be lessening anytime soon.

Poll: These tech companies are the least trusted when it comes to protecting your data

Just this week, cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs said that Facebook deleted nearly 120 private groups on the site aimed at discussing and learning how to defraud people via cybercrime. The groups totaled more than 300,000 members, according to Krebs, who said he alerted the social media site.

With such disclosures becoming far too common, they lend credence to the alarming lack of confidence people have in tech companies these days.

A recent joint SurveyMonkey/Recode poll shows that Facebook is the least-trusted major tech company in the United States. A little more than half the people surveyed said that they trust the social networking site founded by Mark Zuckerberg the least with their personal information.

Which tech companies do Americans trust the least with their data? 

The survey, which polled 2,772 U.S. adults online on April 8 and 9, consisted of people being presented with many of the major players in Silicon Valley today: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Lyft, Microsoft, Netflix, Tesla, Twitter, Snap and Uber were included. Here’s how the numbers shook out:

  • Facebook — 56%
  • Google —  5%
  • Uber — 3%
  • Twitter —  3%
  • Snap — 2%
  • Apple — 2%
  • Amazon — 2%
  • Microsoft, Lyft, Uber and Netflix — 1% or less
 About 20% of respondents chose none of the companies, while 4% didn’t answer, according to Recode.
From the poll’s results, aside from Facebook, it’s clear that the privacy mishaps of Apple, Google and others have also played a role in fracturing the public’s trust.
Money expert Clark Howard says that trust is also an issue when it comes to who we friend and follow on social media.
“We have had a number of calls from people who have lost money to scamsters impersonating family and friends,” Clark says. Because of this, he says we should be leery of using social media.

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Virgil Abloh Is Officially Heading to Louis Vuitton

In the latest game of fashion musical chairs, Virgil Abloh is officially in at Louis Vuitton. The New York Times confirms that the Off-White designer will be the brand’s new menswear artistic director, succeeding Kim Jones after he departed back in January. 

“I feel elated,” Abloh told the NYT. “This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams. And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start.”

The newspaper reports that Abloh will continue to design his Off-White label, and that we can expect his Louis Vuitton debut to come in June during Paris Men’s Fashion Week. We can’t wait to see what he has in store for the venerable brand. 

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Every March Madness Bracket Has Officially Been Busted

Sorry about your bracket.

After a series of major upsets in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament, not a single March Madness bracket remains un-busted. The final dagger in the heart of the hopeful was the 16th-seeded University of Maryland-Baltimore County’s (UMBC) shocking win over The University of Virginia on Friday.

The NCAA announced Sunday that the UMBC win killed the 25 remaining perfect brackets filed online to a variety of platforms. Millions of brackets were submitted online to services such as Walt Disney, ESPN and Bleacher Report at the start of the tournament, and of the 25 left, all had earmarked Virginia as winners in their UMBC game.

Virginia was a favorite among the 68 March Madness teams this year. The team’s loss to UMBC marked the first time a 1-seed has lost to a 16-seed in the opening round, ESPN reports.

The UMBC upset also ruled out any overall winner for this year’s Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway contest, which offers $ 1 million-a-year for life (and $ 2 million should home-state teams Creighton or Nebraska win, MarketWatch reports) for any of Buffet’s employees who correctly predicts all the winners for the first two rounds during March Madness. The competition was launched in 2014 and was originally open to the public.

Sunday also saw further upsets, as the University of North Carolina, the defending champions, failed to make it to the Sweet 16.

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The Fantastic Beasts 2 teaser trailer has officially been released

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When the final instalment of the Harry Potter series left our screens, we felt our childhood coming to an end. Every millennial can testify, it was gutting.

Luckily for well, everyone, a new spin off series came about – with Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them filling that HP-shaped hole in our hearts.

Following the huge success of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, grossing over £648 million in the box office, it was hardly surprising when they announced that it was being developed into a five-part series, with the sequel expected to hit cinemas in November 2018.

Its name? Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The film will see its old cast reunite with JK Rowling writing the script, David Yates returning to direct and of course Eddie Redmayne reprising his role as Newt Scamander. But from Johnny Depp to Zoë Kravitz, there will be plenty of new faces, with the casting of Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore gaining the most publicity.

How will he fare? We can see for ourselves, with the first ever teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald landing today.

Yes, Albus Dumbledore and Newt Scamander are teaming up to take on Grindelwald – and it doesn’t get much better than that.

‘All good jobs have an element of fear in them because you want to do well,’ Jude Law explained to the BBC about stepping into Dumbledore’s iconic cloak. ‘You want to please people and you want to please yourself.’

November can’t come soon enough.

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Sunday Was Kandi Burruss’ Last Show For Now: ‘Chicago Musical Has Officially Made Me A Broadway Actress!’ — See The Sweet Clip

It seems that yesterday, March 11 was Kandi Burruss’ last Chicago Musical representation for the moment. She posted a lovely video on her Instagram account to show her fans her beautiful cake and her team celebrating. ‘Tonight was my last show, […]
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This 18-Year-Old Danish Prince Is Officially a Model Now

The runways have been getting the royal treatment as of late. This week, Princess Diana’s niece Lady Kitty of Spencer (along with a slew of other royals) just walked in Dolce & Gabbana’s special eveningwear presentation during Milan Fashion Week. Before Lady Kitty, however, there was Prince Nikolai of Denmark, who made his runway debut during Burberry’s presentation in London—and we have a feeling we’re about to see so much more of him.

Per People, 18-year-old Nikolai, who is actually the eldest son of Prince Joachim and his first wife, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg, has officially signed a contract with Denmark-based agency Scoop Models. A representative for the group also confirmed to Danish magazine Billed Bladet that it was responsible for booking him in the Burberry show.

But wait, there’s more. Scoop Models released the first of Nikolai’s portfolio shots on its Instagram page yesterday, and they are, in short, incredibly dashing. Read on to see the images for yourself.

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Big Little Lies Season 2 Story Details Revealed With Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz Officially Returning

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Waymo moves one step closer to officially launching

The race to launch America’s first autonomous ride-hailing service is heating up under the desert sun. Waymo put the heat on Uber and other rivals last month when it got the approval of Arizona authorities to operate as a Transportation Network Company, or TNC. Waymo, the self-driving car unit that was spun out of Google,…
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This Is Officially the Most Valuable Brand in the World

Quick: Think of the biggest, buzziest companies in the world. What comes to mind? Surely, tech giants like Google, Apple, and Facebook are at the top of everyone’s list—and rightly so. But as it turns out, only one company is officially the world’s most valuable: Amazon

WWD reported on a new study conducted by Brand Finance, an independent business valuation and strategy consultancy, which just released its annual list of the 500 most valuable brands in the world. The retail powerhouse scored the number one spot, beating out Apple and Google in the second and third spots, respectively. Per the report, Amazon’s valuation is $ 150.8 billion, which marks a whopping 42% leap from last year. Now that’s impressive. 

So what does “brand value” mean, exactly? Researchers explained to WWD: “Brand Finance calculates brand value using the royalty relief methodology, which determines the value a company would be willing to pay to license its brand as if it did not own it.” 

Meanwhile, Nike nabbed spot 40 spot on the list, while Zara’s $ 17.4 billion valuation placed it at 92 overall. Head over to WWD for the full scoop, and read on to shop our favorite thing to buy on Amazon: sneakers. 

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Jessica Biel’s Birthday Message to Justin Timberlake Is Officially the Cutest

Longtime fans of Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake know it’s not uncommon for these two to profess their love for each other via social media (or to poke a bit of fun, either). Well, Biel’s most recent post keeps with the theme and is the perfect mix of the two—humorous but oh so sweet.

She took to Instagram to wish her husband, who officially turned 37 yesterday, a happy birthday, and her message to him is so sweet. “A picture says a thousand words. And thank goodness because there aren’t enough to express ALL the aspects of my love and respect for you,” she captioned the photo. But wait, there’s more…

“Here’s to a spectacular year ahead. I’m so proud of all you’ve accomplished and all that is ahead for you. Plus you’re a super hot dad. A ninja dad. A kiddie teeth brushing, Jedi sleep mind tricking, intimidating dad voice disciplining SUPER HOT DAD. I love you, you hot dad. I’m here, right by your side, OG fan girl #1. Happy birthday, my beloved. Now go crush it this weekend at SB LII.” Read on to see her sweet post in full.

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Danielle Staub Is Officially Done With Dolores Catania & Her Accusations in This Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion Preview

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This Is Officially the Most Admired Fashion Company in the World

There are thousands of companies out there, but which ones are truly the cream of the crop? Fortune just released its newest list of the World’s Most Admired Companies, and as you might expect, the usual suspects nabbed the top three spots: Apple, Amazon, and Google’s parent company, Alphabet. So how do fashion brands rank? The highest-ranking fashion company is none other than Nike, which came in at #16 overall.

As for other fashion-related companies, Nordstrom ranked #28, Target nabbed the #38 spot, and Adidas was #42. If you’re wondering how the list was created, Fortune explains that it asked “executives, directors, and analysts to rate enterprises in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and ability to attract talent.” The result is a list of the companies with stellar reputations that everyone wants to work for and buy products from. Do you agree with the list? 

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Roy Moore Officially Loses to Doug Jones

Democrat Doug Jones was officially certified the winner of Alabama’s U.S. Senate race on Thursday minutes after Republican Roy Moore’s application for a temporary restraining order to block the certification was rejected by a judge. Moore claimed voter fraud had cost him the election and demanded a recount. Judge Johnny Hardwick denied the motion, stating that the court did not have the jurisdiction to block the certification.

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The iMac Pro release date is officially December 14

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The new iMac Pro will released in a matter of days, giving Apple fans something to get excited about this holiday season. The computer was unveiled as a surprise at the company’s WWDC conference in June with a vague December launch date.

Apple SVP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller initially mentioned the imminent release date in a wide-ranging interview with the tech blog T3, promising that the computer would be available for purchase in “a matter of days.” 

The company later contacted customers via email and confirmed that the official iMac Pro release date will be Thursday, Dec. 14, according to CNBCRead more…

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HUF Officially Announces Sale to TSI Holdings Co.

Following up last week’s rumors, HUF officially announces its sale to TSI Holdings, a Japanese company managing a portfolio of leading apparel brands. The acquisition is set to close on December 15.

For 15 years, HUF has been a leading brand in the skateboarding apparel industry, producing everything from dedicated skate videos to full-on seasonal collections of clothing. The partnership however looks to achieve something the brand has yet to fully realize: popularity aboard. “TSI is a great strategic partner and brand platform for HUF,” said HUF CEO Steve Holley. “The transaction gives us immediate access to the broader global marketplace in a way that would take us many years to achieve on our own. We are excited for HUF’s future as part of TSI.”

Founder of the brand, Keith Hufnagel, added “We’ve had a long relationship with TSI as our distribution partner in Japan. I have total confidence that they understand HUF as a brand and that we will be able continue to create amazing product, which is the most important thing to me. I also want to thank Altamont and the team there for all of their support – they have been great partners.”

HUF partnered with investment firm Altamont Capital Partners in 2014 to support its continued growth. The HUF Worldwide company includes the Lakai Limited Footwear brand — also part of the transaction.

Under TSI, HUF will operate as an independent global company and will continue to be led by Hufnagel, Holley and CFO Jon Brubaker. HUF’S global headquarters will continue to be located in Irvine, CA, while its creative offices will remain in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Earlier this year, when researching a story on Donald Trump's executive appointments, I talked to current and former Hill staffers about Mick Mulvaney. The humorless debt truther from South Carolina was the man His Orangeness wanted to put in charge of the Office of Management and

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Beauty tutorials are big on YouTube — a search for “makeup tutorial” and “hair tutorial” yields more than five million videos. In this weekly series, we put a mix of popular and under-the-radar tutorials to the test and show you what’s best. Now that it’s officially Dry Skin Season, it’s time to …

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Starbucks’ Holiday Cups Have Officially Arrived — But They’re Not Quite As Red

Hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween, because it’s officially the holiday season now—at least if you base your calendar around the Starbucks menu.

Starting Nov. 1, the coffee chain has unleashed their beloved holiday cups for 2017, and they’ve got a brand new look. It seems the leaks on Reddit earlier in October were correct, and the cups are decidedly less red this year. The design features black, white and green coloring with a Christmas tree, doves, a stack of presents, snowflakes, two people holding hands and a red ribbon running around the entire cup.

With all that white space, Starbucks is encouraging customers to D.I.Y. by filling it in with their own colors, making them all the more Instagrammable.

Along with the cups, of course, come the return of their signature holiday beverages, meaning we’re saying goodbye to Pumpkin Spice and hello to Peppermint Mocha, Chestnut Praline and Caramel Brulée Lattes.

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Starbucks’ holiday cups create quite a buzz every year—you may recall it was quite the scandal when they went with a simplistic, plain-red design free of Christmas ornaments or reindeer in 2015 (then-candidate Donald Trump even proposed a boycott of the chain).

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Last year’s version (pictured up top) was more festive and ornate, and this year’s—while not as colorful as some red cup purists might hope for—delivers on the holiday spirit.


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This Is Officially the Most Googled Halloween Costume of 2017

T-minus 11 days until Halloween. And if you’re among the few who have yet to piece together a costume, don’t fret just yet. We have a seriously chic selection of Halloween attire inspiration, from the most pinned costume on Pinterest to the easiest last-minute looks you can put together with a pair of jeans. And while all of these ideas are sure to make people stop and stare (either out of fear or out of style envy), it seems there is one particular costume that is officially the most Googled.

According to a report released by Google, the most searched-for Halloween costume this year is—drumroll please—Wonder Woman. A state-by-state breakdown reveals that there was a significant spike in searches related to this comic book heroine. So as the site puts it, “There’s a frighteningly high chance you will see a Wonder Woman costume on Halloween this year.” Ranking second on the list is Harley Quinn, with a clown, a unicorn, and a rabbit rounding out the top five, respectively.

So if you were still unsure about what to dress up as this year, consider transforming into Wonder Woman for the night.

Scroll down to see the most Googled Halloween costume of 2017, and check out the rest of the list here.

Up next, this is who Lauren Conrad will dress up as for Halloween.

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Upcoming WSL Big Wave Tour Northern Hemisphere Season Officially Opens

LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Sunday, October 15, 2017) – The Northern Hemisphere portion of the World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT) officially opens today and will run through February 28, 2018. The world’s best big wave surfers will now prepare to take on three of the most challenging big wave breaks on the planet — Nazaré in Portugal, Pe’ahi in Hawaii, and Mavericks in California.

Starting today, the highly-anticipated winter season of the Big Wave Tour will have the opportunity to run the Nazaré Challenge in Portugal and Pe’ahi Challenge in Maui, Hawaii. The start date for the competition window for the Mavericks event — along with a traditional opening ceremony — will be set shortly following the coordination with the array of governmental agencies involved with the production of the event. The WSL’s acquisition of the permit for the contest was finalized last week and preparations for the first Mavericks Challenge are now moving forward as swiftly as possible.

“We are excited to get the Big Wave Tour back underway with the winter season,” said Mike Parsons, WSL BWT Commissioner. “We have the window for Nazaré and Pe’ahi opening today and are working diligently with all agencies to finalize details for Mavericks. We appreciate the ongoing support from the local community, and we anticipate a great season and epic conditions for the world’s best big wave surfers.”

The Northern Hemisphere season will welcome back the Women’s Pe’ahi Challenge for its second year. A decorated lineup of the leading big wave surfers has been invited to compete at the famed break in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii. Last year’s inaugural event saw Paige Alms (HAW)claim the historic victory. This year’s event will feature six women battling in a one-off Final for the prestigious win.

The world’s best female big wave surfers will also have the opportunity to compete at Mavericks this upcoming season. The WSL Commissioner’s Office will work with a committee made up of Mavericks surfing icons to select six of the best female big wave surfers. The committee will consider performance results from the 2016 WSL Big Wave Awards, experience surfing at Mavericks, and overall big wave experience at all big wave locations around the world.

The men’s division for the Northern Hemisphere events will consist of a 24-man field, comprised of the Top 10 finishers of the 2016/2017 BWT season, 6 event wildcards, 3 BWT wildcards, 1 injury wildcard, and the Top 4 Surfline Overall Performance of the Year Award recipients. The 6 event wildcards for the Mavericks Challenge will be selected by a committee made up of Mavericks legends and experts.

Earlier this year, the 2017/2018 Big Wave Tour completed its first event of the season, the Puerto Escondido Challenge in Mexico, where Kai Lenny (HAW) claimed an exciting victory. Lenny leads the men’s BWT rankings with Jamie Mitchell (AUS) in second place, Tom Lowe (GBR) in third and Billy Kemper (HAW) in fourth. Mitchell, the 2016 and inaugural Nazaré Challenge winner, will look to defend his event title in Portugal. Kemper has dominated the Pe’ahi Challenge since its introduction to the WSL Big Wave Tour and will look for his third-consecutive win at Jaws.

WSL Big Wave Tour officials will monitor swell producing storms for the next four-and-a-half months and watch for the conditions that will produce waves in the 30-to-60-foot range. Once the call is made, competitors will have 72 hours notice to be ready to compete.

2017/18 BWT Men’s Nazaré Challenge:
Invitees: 
Grant Baker, Pedro Calado, Greg Long, Jamie Mitchell, Billy Kemper, Nic Lamb, Will Skudin, João De Macedo, Cristian Merello, Kai Lenny, Makuakai Rothman, Lucas Chianca, Francisco Porcella, Trevor Sven Carlson, Tom Lowe, Garrett McNamara, Alex Botelho, Tom Butler, Andrew Cotton, Antonio Silva, Hugo Vau, Nic Von Rupp
Event Alternates: Kealii Mamala, Natxo Gonzalez
Performer of the Year Alternates: Peter Mel, Nathan Florence, Jojo Roper

2017/18 BWT Men’s Pe’ahi Challenge:
Invitees:
Grant Baker, Pedro Calado, Greg Long, Jamie Mitchell, Billy Kemper, Nic Lamb, Will Skudin, João De Macedo, Cristian Merello, Kai Lenny, Makuakai Rothman, Lucas Chianca, Francisco Porcella, Trevor Sven Carlson, Tom Lowe, Shane Dorian, Ian Walsh, Albee Layer, Mark Healey, Aaron Gold, Tyler Larronde
Event Alternates: Shaun Walsh, Danilo Couto, Torrey Meister
Performer of the Year Alternates:  Peter Mel, Nathan Florence, Alex Botelho

2017/18 BWT Women’s Pe’ahi Challenge:
Invitees: 
Paige Alms, Justine Dupont, Andrea Moeller, Keala Kennelly, Felicity Palmateer, Bianca Valenti
Alternates: Emily Erickson, Nicole Pacelli, Laura Enever

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

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California is the first state to officially recognize a third gender

California is the first state to officially recognize a third gender


California is the first state to officially recognize a third gender

Though California is currently dealing with still-raging wildfires, the government made time for gender rights. California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Gender Recognition Act on October 15th, which gives transgender, intersex, and nonbinary people the opportunity to select a third gender option on California state-issued IDs, like driver’s licenses and birth certificates. As Equality California noted, this bill makes California the first U.S. state to not require people to identify as male or female on official documents and is a major milestone for the LGBTQ+ community.

California Senators Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) authored this landmark bill, SB 179. “It will keep California at the forefront of LGBTQ civil rights,” Atkins said at a news conference when they proposed the bill in January 2017, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Along with having a third option for gender on government IDs, the Gender Recognition Act will make it easier for people to change their gender on existing documents. It will also allow people 18 years old or younger to apply to change their gender on their birth certificates.

While the legal recognition of a third gender in the U.S. is relatively new, Esquire noted that countries like Australia, Canada, Germany, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Thailand, and the U.K. have already enacted or have started to consider bills like these.

It’s also important to note that California isn’t the only state to take steps to better represent nonbinary people. (The new California law defines “nonbinary” as an “umbrella term for people with gender identities that fall somewhere outside of the traditional conceptions of strictly either female or male,” according to The Sacramento Bee.) The state of Oregon became the first state to offer a third option for gender on its driver’s licenses. NBC reported that New York and Washington, D.C. also proposed bills that offered a third sex on driver’s licenses and ID cards.

With states like California and Oregon leading the way, there’s hope that the rest of the country will follow in making the U.S. a more inclusive nation for all.



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Mavericks Officially Confirmed for 2017/2018 WSL Big Wave Tour

HALF MOON BAY, California/USA (Monday, October 9, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) is pleased to announce an agreement with Titans of Mavericks and Cartel Management in which the world-famous Mavericks in Northern California will join WSL Big Wave Tour through 2021.

“We’re very pleased with this opportunity to work with the big wave community in bringing the Mavericks event to life on the international stage,” Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO, said. “The League has always held a high amount of respect for the both venue and its community as one of the pillars of big wave surfing. The WSL intends to continue to run the Mavericks event and celebrate the stories of those who steward and surf it through the Big Wave Tour. This is a huge moment for both the organization and the sport of surfing.”

Surfing competitions have run under various structures at Mavericks since 1999, with Cartel overseeing the event starting in 2014 with the formation of Titans of Mavericks. The Titans of Mavericks event ran successfully in 2016, won by Nic Lamb (USA), and the company will continue to produce premium lifestyle goods and services as well as media content under the “Titans of Mavericks” brand.

“My primary vision in founding Titans of Mavericks was to allow these special athletes the platform and ability to have a successful career,” Griffin Guess, Titans of Mavericks Founder, said. “The event and brand I created generated a global audience for the event unlike anything before and I look forward to the WSL and their leadership continuing the success of the athletes, the event and the Maverick’s community at large.”

Formed in 2009, the Big Wave Tour joined the WSL in 2014, producing historic performances at never-before-contested venues such as Nazaré in Portugal and Pe’ahi on Maui’s North Shore. Monitoring swell systems and weather patterns throughout the season, the Big Wave Tour only runs events when surf reaches the 30-foot-plus mark, mobilizing on 72 hours’ notice with an international field of Big Wave men’s and women’s athletes.

“Every big wave surfer and fan on the planet knows that Mavericks holds a special place within this community,” Mike Parsons, WSL Big Wave Commissioner, said. “It’s one of the best big wave locations in the world and the opportunity to put it alongside Puerto Escondido, Nazaré and Pe’ahi is massive for the Big Wave Tour. After discussion with the athletes and the Senior Management team, including it in this year’s season was a no brainer. We’re all thrilled at the opportunity to run an event there.”

The world’s best female big surfers will also have the opportunity to compete this upcoming season at Mavericks. A relatively new dimension to big wave competition, Paige Alms (HAW) took home the inaugural women’s title last season following her impressive win at the Pe’ahi Challenge.

The 2017/2018 WSL Big Wave Tour has completed its first event of the season with Kai Lenny (HAW) winning the Puerto Escondido Challenge in Mexico. After discussion between Senior Management, the WSL Commissioner’s Office and BWT athletes, the WSL has decided to include Mavericks in the 2017/2018 season.

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It’s Officially Stink Bug Season: Here’s How to Get Rid of Them

The next six weeks will be mayhem, experts say.

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‘It’ Officially Sets Sequel’s Release Date

It, the Stephen King adaptation that has become the highest-grossing horror film of all time, has officially announced the release date for its long-expected sequel: September 6th, 2019.

Screenwriter Gary Dauberman will also work on the sequel,

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Toys ‘R’ Us officially files for bankruptcy

Toys “R” Us filed for bankruptcy on Monday, becoming the latest victim in a retail industry rocked by online shopping and discount chains. The Chapter 11 filing is among the largest ever by a specialty retailer and casts doubt on the future of the company’s approximately 1,600 stores and 64,000 employees. The move comes just…
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Geek Buzz: Patty Jenkins Officially Directing ‘Wonder Woman 2,’ Rian Johnson Not Likely Directing ‘Star Wars 9’

Geek Buzz: Patty Jenkins Officially Directing 'Wonder Woman 2,' Rian Johnson Not Likely Directing 'Star Wars 9'

Fans of movies about super females and other extraordinary characters, here are some updates to some highly anticipated projects:

 

Patty Jenkins to Direct Wonder Woman 2

Although not surprising, news that Patty Jenkins will return to helm the Wonder Woman sequel is now official, according to Variety. Jenkins, whose DC superhero movie is the second-highest grossing release of this year in the US, has already been busy writing the script for Wonder Woman…

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Princess Mako Officially Leaves Her Royal Status to Marry a Commoner with a ‘Bright Smile’

Princess Mako of Akishino has officially announced that she will be abandoning her royal status to marry for love.

The eldest daughter of Japanese Emperor Akihito officially confirmed her engagement in a a press conference on the Akasaka Estate in Toyko on Sunday.  The princess — who is expected to marry her fiancé, law clerk Kei Komuro, in 2018— met Komuro at Tokyo’s International Christian University and the two have been dating for five years.

During the conference, the princess, 25, and her fiancé talked about their low-key romance.

“First I was attracted by his bright smile,” Mako said, according to The Telegraph.

According to the couple, Komuro proposed after dinner one evening in December 2013. However, news of the engagement — and Mako giving up her royal status — didn’t make headlines until earlier this year.

Mako says she has since introduced him to her parents, Prince Akishino — second in line to the Chrysanthemum throne — and Princess Kiko, as someone she wished to “share her future with.”

The announcement sets in motion the Nosai no Gi, a formal engagement ceremony in which the groom presents gifts.

Mako’s renouncement of royal status will make her the 8th member of the Imperial family to renounce status in order to marry since World War II. Her aunt Sayako, the only daughter of the current emperor, followed a similar path to marriage in 2005.

In early June, Japan’s parliament enacted a one-time change in the law which will allow the 83-year old Akihito to abdicate in favor of his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito, 5, for Japan’s Chrysanthem Throne.

Although Komuro, 25, is not a royal, he was once dubbed the “Prince of the Sea.”

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Akihito’s upcoming abdication, the first in more than two centuries, is widely expected to be announced by December.

Under existing Imperial Household Law, only males may inherit the throne. Following the abdication, Mako’s father, Prince Akishino, 51, will become first in line to the throne. Her 10-year old brother, Prince Hisahito, the current Emperor’s only grandson, will become second in line.

 


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Nicki Minaj is officially back with MAC and here’s everything you need to know

Because you can never have too many nudes

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Nicki Minaj is no stranger to a MAC collaboration. She’s been the face of MAC’s Viva Glam campaign not once, but twice. Once in 2012 alongside Ricky Martin and then  again in 2013, when she nabbed the covetable title of best selling Viva Glam lipstick of all time. MAC is definitely onto a winner.

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But this time she’s swapped her Barbie pinks and pastel lavenders for something a little more, dare we say, natural. And it’s all about the nudes. Nicki has custom-designed two new au natural shades – Nicki’s Nude, a soft coral pink and a creamy blush called Pinkprint which will both drop on September 1st. Put it in your diary NOW, as they’re limited edition and expected to fly off the shelves.

But for those who need extra Nicki love? Thankfully the pop diva dropped a massive hint that there could be more MAC x Minaj collabs on the horizon, teasing a “surprise announcement coming for 2018”.

Could this mean a full and permanent lipstick collection? RIP bank balance.

The post Nicki Minaj is officially back with MAC and here’s everything you need to know appeared first on Marie Claire.

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US officially withdraws from Paris climate deal

The State Department on Friday formally withdrew from the Paris climate accord, confirming President Trump’s earlier pledge that the US would pull out. “Today, the United States submitted a communication to the United Nations … regarding the US intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is eligible to do so, “…
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The Bill Cosby Case Is Officially a Mistrial

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The Air Jordan 11 ‘Space Jam’ Is Officially Nike’s Biggest Release of All Time

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Weed Nails and Marijuana Manicures Are Officially a Thing

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Josh Brolin And Diane Lane Are Officially Divorced

It’s over.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are officially divorced. Lane first filed divorce papers back in Feb. 2013, citing irreconcilable differences.

The documents were filed in Los Angeles Country Superior Court on Nov. 27 and stated that Brolin, 45, and Lane, 48, have a private financial agreement and the actress will not seek spousal support outside of that arrangement. She will however change her name back to Diane Lane — she legally went by Diane Lane Brolin while they were married.

Brolin is currently dealing with other legal issues after he was arrested for public intoxication just before midnight on New Year’s Day of this year. He has since had several drunken incidents and checked himself into rehab last month.

Brolin and Lane, who married in Aug. 2004, have no children together.
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