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New 'Hell Fest' Trailer Goes Full Red-Band; Here's Everything We Know

Amusement parks and carnivals are great settings for horror movies. Visitors are already vibing on the excitement of the attractions; past fright flicks like Final Destination 3, Zombieland and The Funhouse added layers of extreme anxiety — and fear of death! — to the adrenalized experience.

Tapping into that anxious feeling, the upcoming horror thriller Hell Fest is set at an amusement park where the scares become real. Read onward to learn all we know about the film and then watch two…

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These Super Mario Moleskine notebooks are classy as hell

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Writers, artists, doodlers, and scribblers have a new way to show their love for Nintendo’s resident goomba-stomping plumber with Moleskine’s cool new line of Super Mario-themed notebooks.

Moleskine unveiled its latest line of nerdy notebooks Friday, Digital Trends reported, which includes four different hardcover, ruled notebooks, all of them with a different Mario-themed aesthetic. 

There are two large-sized notebooks, both featuring Mario mid-jump, and two pocket-sized notebooks, one of which looks like an NES Super Mario Bros. cartridge and the other resembling a Game Boy playing Super Mario Land. Read more…

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Mets outfielder just had the game from hell

Matt den Dekker struck out in his only three at-bats Saturday — and had an even worse day in the field. While den Dekker is now hitless in 17 at-bats this season, the veteran outfielder also struggled in his specialty, allowing three potential catches to fall for run-scoring hits in the Yankees’ four-run fourth inning,…
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With Putin, Trump insists he’ll be ‘different’

Vladimir Putin has stood the test of time through four American presidents, but from Donald Trump he is looking for one thing in particular: to be elevated on the world stage, away from global isolation.


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Giant ‘Plant from Hell’ sends 17-year-old to the hospital with third-degree burns

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The Giant Hogweed is a terrible, no-good, dangerous plant. It also happens to be spreading across the United States with shocking speed, and just touching can totally mess you up. A 17-year-old boy from Virginia named Alex Childress learned that in the absolute worst way possible, and now he’s dealing with severe burns and likely a lifetime of significant scarring.

Childress was reportedly doing a bit of summer gardening when he came across one of the large plants and promptly chopped it down, unknowingly getting some of the plant’s dangerous sap on one side of his face as well as his arm. Nothing happened at first — that’s what makes the plant so incredibly brutal — but that would change.

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Vivica Fox Calls Out Phaedra Parks Over 50 Cent Joke: He’ll Have You Sprung for 20 Years!

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Kevin Warren Led Xerox’s 3-D Printing Strategy, Now He’ll Pull All Of UPS’s Marketing Strings

Kevin Warren, one of BE’s Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, and the man who led Xerox’s 3-D printing strategy, has been enlisted to handle all of UPS’s American and international marketing operations. He will now occupy the Chief Marketing Officer role and will report directly to UPS Chairman and CEO David Abney. He will also join the company’s Management Committee—the most senior leadership group in the company.

UPS is currently America’s largest package delivery company, and a leading global provider of specialized transportation logistics services, and Warren, 55, will be responsible for all its marketing, including the company’s product development, pricing, customer loyalty, industry segments, customer communications and public relations, among other functions.

“With unprecedented demand from consumer and business customers, it’s critical for UPS to have a savvy leader driving innovative new marketing programs that support one of world’s most trusted and respected brands,” said Abney. “Kevin brings a wealth of experience to UPS with a strong global growth focus across multiple disciplines. He will guide critically important marketing initiatives as we continue UPS’s transformation.”

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Warren’s move to UPS is a big step up. Most recently, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Xerox, a global corporation that sells print and digital solutions, and document technology products in more than 160 countries. The company has an estimated $ 22 billion in market capitalization, compared to UPS’s $ 116 billion.

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  • At Xerox, he was responsible for worldwide channel strategy, salesforce effectiveness, and global client engagement for the company’s diverse portfolio of hardware, software, and services.
  • Before that, he served as president of the Commercial Business Group for Xerox’s services business, driving growth by pursuing new clients and expanding the services the company provides to current clients across commercial industries including: retail and consumer products, commercial transportation, travel, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, high-tech communications, and financial services.
  • He also previously served as president of Global Growth Opportunities, responsible for accelerating revenue growwth outside of the United States.
  • More importantly, he had strategic oversight for two Xerox operating units, Global Imaging Systems and Xerox Canada, as well as leading the company’s 3-D printing strategy.
  • He has also led the integration activity surrounding Xerox’s $ 1.5 billion purchase of Global Imaging Systems.
  • In 2007, he was named chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Xerox Canada and in 2010, was named president of U.S. Client Operations.

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Warren earned a degree in finance from Georgetown University and an advanced management degree from Harvard Business School. He currently serves as a director of Illinois Tool Works and of Georgetown University, where he chairs the audit committee. In addition, he is a current member of the Executive Leadership Council.

He has been named one of the top 100 most influential black executives in corporate America by Savoy Magazine and one of the 75 most powerful executives in America by Black Enterprise. In 2013, he was honored with humanitarian awards from both the Young Presidents Organization and CADCA for his work in mentoring at-risk youth.

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Michael Caputo, a former communications adviser to President Trump’s campaign, didn’t mince words when testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. “God damn you to hell,” Caputo said at the end of a lengthy diatribe about how the probe has damaged his life. “Your investigation and others into the allegations of Trump campaign collusion…
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Taking care of kids when you’re sick is a special kind of hell

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“Mom! Can you move the fridge? I lost a ball behind there!”

It’s not actually that hard to move our fridge. It rolls pretty easily. It’s just that I was sitting at the kitchen table with a low-grade fever and a miserable case of strep, and it would have been nice if someone asked me why I cried when I swallowed rather than demanding I move appliances.

This is how it is when you’re a mom. Everyone expects you to continue life as usual, even when you feel like you’re swallowing razors.

I asked my friends and every one of them has stories of being sick and having to rally because someone has to keep making sure the kids are safe and healthy and somewhat fed. I once let my 2-year-old sit in the middle of the living room floor, happily ripping all the pages out of his books, while I lay on the couch with a stomach bug. I figured he was safe. He was occupied. I could eventually replace the books. But I couldn’t summon the energy to make him stop and find something else to do at that point.

Crysti did something similar when her babies were young.

“I get migraines and when Andrew was a pre-walker I would get them (and I struggled hard with some depression) but of course couldn’t just stay in bed all day. There were a couple of days that I put him in his circle play bouncer thing with snacks and toys on it, a baby Einstein on the tv and I’d sleep on the floor next to him. My sweet mom reminded me that as long as he was safe and I was near, I was doing a good enough job as a mom. Good enough was a much better mantra than perfect!”

Kristin said that when she was pregnant with her second baby, she caught a stomach bug. “I remember running around trying to take care of my toddler with emergency trips to the bathroom every so often 😭😂 it was hectic!”

I’ve been there — taking kids to school or to the park to get them out of the house and all the while scoping out the nearest place to toss my cookies, just in case.

There is also the rare moment when the kids do realize you’re sick. And they come up next to you, lying prone and miserable on the couch, and pat your cheek with those tiny, chubby hands and ask, “You okay, Mommy?” I won’t say it makes everything better, but it does really really help.

Have you ever been sick and had to rally for the kids?

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‘Stormy Will Eat You Alive’: How a Porn Star is Making Trump World’s Lives Hell

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As the 2016 presidential campaign entered its homestretch, Donald Trump and his team were drowning in the fallout of the infamous “grab ’em by the pussy” tape and the torrent of sexual assault and harassment allegations that were subsequently made against the future president.

“It was like walking through a minefield every day [in that last month],” a former Trump campaign adviser recalled to The Daily Beast.

But in that final month on the trail, there was something else weighing on Trump’s mind, even more than the assault allegations. According to three top campaign officials, speaking to The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, Trump began pressing senior staffers about the specific dates that the women were alleging that the assaults, affairs, or harassment took place.

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Trump’s New Cabinet Picks Face Hell on the Hill

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President Donald Trump’s announcement on Tuesday that he would be re-shuffling his foreign policy team gave congressional Democrats two new, high-profile opportunities to press the administration on a host of sensitive political matters. Early indications suggest that they will try to turn the upcoming confirmation hearings for Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel into a fresh political hell for the administration.

Pompeo, the CIA director, will be nominated for the role of secretary of state while Haspel, his deputy, is slated to take over the CIA, after Trump fired his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday. Lawmakers said they were troubled at the swift sacking at Foggy Bottom, which comes at a time when the United States is dealing with continued Russian aggression worldwide and a possible summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

But in its wake lies an opportunity for the minority party: the rare opportunity to pin the administration.

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Twitter’s first-ever profit came at a hell of a price

As the old saying goes: It doesn’t matter how you get there as long as you get there. Twitter was living proof on Thursday, posting the first-ever profit in its 12-year history — albeit one that was a result of Chief Executive Jack Dorsey swinging the cost-cutting ax and not from business actually growing. Nonetheless,…
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‘It Hurt Like Hell.’ Ann Curry Opens Up About Leaving NBC’s Today Show

Five years after leaving the Today show, Ann Curry is revealing how she made it through dark times — and her life away from the morning grind.

Sitting down exclusively with PEOPLE for this week’s issue (on stands Friday), the anchor opens up for the first time about her exit from the NBC morning show in 2012, an ordeal that came complete with gossip-column speculation that her firing had been due in part to a lack of “chemistry” with her co-anchor Matt Lauer. (Lauer, 60, was fired in November for alleged sexual misconduct.)

After her tearful farewell on June 28, 2012 — “I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line, but, man, I did try!” she said at the time — Curry, 61, who has won seven Emmys, interviewed world leaders, covered natural disasters and reported from war zones, was suddenly adrift.

“It hurt like hell,” she says. “It hurt so much, but I learned a lot about myself. I can say I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve been honest and true. I’ve tried to stay pure. I’ve tried to not respond in a knee-jerk manner, and I’ve stayed very close to who I am. So it hurt, but I’m also proud of myself.”

Curry — who began as an intern at an Oregon NBC affiliate and worked her way up to Today‘s couch, earning a reputation for being earnest and empathetic — stayed remarkably mum after her co-hosting gig with Lauer ended after barely a year.

“Experience has taught me, as a journalist, the No. 1 thing you have to be is humble,” she says. “It’s not about you.”

And the mother of two, who returns to TV on Jan. 23 with the new six-part PBS docuseries We’ll Meet Again, isn’t fueled by bitterness toward her former bosses.


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L7: To Hell and Back

It's Reading Festival, 1992, and L7 singer Donita Sparks has just whipped her bloody tampon into the unruly crowd. "Let's rock the sisters in the house tonight!" she yells as drummer Dee Plakas kicks into "Fast and Frightening" – a glorious headbanger with the prescient lyric "She's got so much

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President Trump on Saturday said he would allow the release of confidential files on the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy. “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump announced on Twitter. It was not immediately clear what “further information” was required. Thousands of documents are slated to be released in accordance with the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, which gave the federal government a deadline of Oct. 26, 2017 to disclose the documents. Amid reports earlier this week that some administration officials were concerned about the files revealing information on U.S. intelligence programs, a White House spokeswoman on Friday said the administration would seek to “to ensure that the maximum amount of data can be released to the public,” Politico Magazine reported. Longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, an enthusiastic peddler of conspiracy theories, had reportedly been pushing him to release the documents.

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13 Times Betty White Was Hot as Hell

Betty White’s career has flourished for over half a century for good reason — the actress is a national treasure. One thing she doesn’t get much credit for is being a Hollywood hottie and a total fashion plate! It’s just one more thing to add to her list of notable titles, which include being a pioneer of television, a brilliant comedienne, an animal rights advocate and more. Scroll through to see the standout moments when the Golden Girl taught us all how to rock an outfit.

 

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Richard Hell and the Voidoids Prep ‘Blank Generation’ Reissue

Richard Hell and the Voidoids will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their debut album Blank Generation with a limited

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Mulvaney Slams The Senate Asking “What the Hell is Going On?”

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Tesla delays big rig truck after Musk blames ‘production hell”

Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk on Friday pushed back the unveiling of the company’s big rig truck until mid-November, tweeting that the electric vehicle maker was diverting resources to fix production bottlenecks of its new Model 3 sedan and to help Puerto Rico. Musk said Tesla’s Model 3 was “deep in production hell” echoing…
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Donald Trump Says He’ll Cut Middle Class Taxes But Is It True?

President Donald Trump speaks in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Promising big tax cuts and a booming economy, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans unveiled the first major revamp of the nation’s tax code in a generation Wednesday — a sweeping, nearly $ 6 trillion tax cut that would deeply reduce levies for corporations, simplify everyone’s brackets and nearly double the standard deduction used by most Americans.

Trump declared repeatedly the plan would provide badly needed tax relief for the middle class. But there are too many gaps in the proposal to know how it actually would affect individual taxpayers and families, how it would be paid for and how much it might add to the soaring $ 20 trillion national debt.

There clearly would be seismic changes for businesses large and small, with implications for companies beyond U.S. borders. The American middle-class family of four could take advantage of a heftier child tax credit and other deductions but face uncertainty about the rate its household income would be taxed.

“Under our framework, we will dramatically cut the business tax rate so that American companies and American workers can beat our foreign competitors and start winning again,” Trump boasted at a speech in Indiana.

Democrats predictably felt differently.

“Each of these proposals would result in a massive windfall for the wealthiest Americans and provide almost no relief to middle-class taxpayers who need it most,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said at the Capitol.

Some Republicans, once fiscally demanding but now desperate for a legislative win after a yearlong drought, shrugged off the specter of adding billions to the federal deficit. Failure on taxes, after the collapse of health care repeal, could cost the GOP dearly in next year’s midterm elections with its House majority at stake.

“This is a now-or-never moment,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who built his reputation on tax and budget issues.

Likewise, Trump said in Indianapolis, “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity.”

But the bitterly divided, Republican-led Congress faces critical decisions on eliminating or reducing tax breaks and deductions, with the GOP intent on producing a package without Democratic votes by year’s end. The last major overhaul in 1986 was bipartisan, and Trump was courting Democrats. One vulnerable incumbent, Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, accompanied the president on his trip to Indianapolis.

Trump and the architects of the Republican plan insist that the overhaul is aimed squarely at benefiting the middle class and wouldn’t favor the wealthy. Still, a cut in the tax rate for Americans making a half-million dollars or more would drop by almost 5 percentage points as the wealthiest sliver of the nation reaped tremendous benefits.

Corporations would see their top tax rate cut from 35 percent to 20 percent. For a period of five years, companies could further reduce how much they pay by immediately writing off their investments. That’s all part of an effort that Trump said would make U.S. businesses more competitive globally.

The plan would collapse the number of personal tax brackets from seven to three.

The individual tax rates would be 12 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent — and the plan recommends a surcharge for the very wealthy. But it doesn’t set the income levels at which the rates would apply, so it’s unclear just how much change there might be for a typical family or whether its taxes would be reduced.

“My plan is for the working people, and my plan is for jobs,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “No, I don’t benefit. … I think there’s very little benefit for people of wealth.”

Reopening the debate over economic inequality that rippled through the 2016 presidential campaign, the Republicans’ defense of the plan was met with scorn on the opposite side.

“President Trump’s tax plan is morally repugnant and bad economic policy,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

In the absence of details on the plan’s cost, one back-of-the-envelope estimate by a Washington budget watchdog estimated the tax cuts at perhaps $ 5.8 trillion over the next 10 years. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan group that analyzes spending and taxes, said Republicans had only identified about $ 3.6 trillion in offsetting revenues, meaning the cost to the federal deficit could be in the $ 2.2 trillion range.

That’s more than the $ 1.5 trillion debt cost allowed under a tentative agreement by Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee — and the real battles will come as lawmakers quarrel over which tax breaks might be eliminated to help pay the balance.

The plan would nearly double the standard deduction to $ 12,000 for individuals and $ 24,000 for families. This basically would increase the amount of personal income that is tax-free.

Deductions for mortgage interest and charitable giving would remain, but the plan seeks to end most other itemized deductions that can reduce how much affluent families pay.

A battle is already brewing among Republicans over a move to eliminate the deduction for state and local taxes, which is especially valuable to people in high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey and California. Republicans from those states are vowing to fight it.

The plan also would:

—Retain existing tax benefits for college and retirement savings such as 401(k) contribution plans.

—Seek to help families by calling for an increased child tax credit and opening it to families with higher incomes. The credit currently is $ 1,000 per child. Also proposed is a new tax credit of $ 500 to help pay for the care of the elderly and the sick who are claimed as dependents by a taxpayer.

—Eliminate the estate tax — paid by those with multimillion-inheritances, a boon for wealthy individuals who inherit businesses, investments and real estate. Also slated for elimination is the alternative minimum tax, a supplemental tax for certain individuals, corporations and estates that enjoy exemptions that lower their income tax bills.

—Allow companies to pay substantially lower tax rates, part of an effort to make U.S. businesses more competitive globally. The plan would impose a new, lower tax on corporate profits stashed overseas, and create a new tax structure for overseas business operations of U.S. companies.

—Give new benefits to firms in which the profits double as the owners’ personal income. They would pay at a 25 percent rate, down from 39.6 percent. This creates a possible loophole for rich investors, lawyers, doctors and others; administration officials say they will design measures to prevent any abuses.

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Tyga Breaks His Silence on Kylie Jenner’s Pregnancy News: ‘Hell Nah That’s My Kid’

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After Giving Birth, I Had a UTI From Hell and My Doctor Didn’t Believe Me

“This isn’t normal,” I insisted. “I’m bleeding from where I pee.”

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Stephen A. Smith on Kaepernick: ‘Stay the Hell Away From Me’

Colin Kaepernick has remained a news fixture for well over a year now and was even brought up during a riveting panel at Black Enterprise’s inaugural Black Men XCEL Summit.

(L-R: Keith Clinkscales, Stephen A. Smith, and Rod Strickland. Image: File)

 

The panel, “Black Men in Sports: The Good, the Bad, and the Reality,” featured iconic figures in the sports industry including ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith and retired NBA player Rod Strickland. The panel moderator was Keith Clinkscales, founder and CEO of The Shadow League.

During the session, Clinkscales remarked that the discussion that’s “going on all over the place” is what is happening with Kaepernick.

Strickland weighed in. “My whole outlook on it when I look at it—it’s just kind of strange because we had somebody who made a stance and he made a stance because he felt there was racial profiling, blacks were being beat up by cops and there was injustice…,” he said.

Smith, known for his fiery and often controversial commentary was much more impassioned with his opinion on Kaepernick.

“My only issue with Colin Kaepernick is when he announced to the world that he’s not one to vote. If you are black and you don’t believe that it’s important to vote, just do me a favor and stay the hell away from me….don’t talk to me, don’t look at me, I’m not interested in hearing that level of ignorance,” Smith said.

“Because it is ignorant. Because outside of money, the No. 1 instrument of change in our nation is the power to vote. And if you don’t exercise it, you’ve disrespected yourself, you’ve disrespected our ancestors, and you’ve disrespected our history and I have no respect for you.”

Kaepernick became a center news item again just this week after the arrest of Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett. Bennett shared on social media that he was roughed up and thrown to the ground by Las Vegas police officers after an incident in a casino and was also threatened with a gun.

Bennett has shown solidarity with Kaepernick in his protest against police brutality and racism. In June, Bennett spoke out about Kaepernick remaining undrafted by any NFL team.

“Of course I think Kaepernick’s being blackballed,” he told Power 105.1 FM’s The Breakfast Club, reports CBS Sports.

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What the Hell, ‘Game of Thrones’, Where Are My Other 3 Episodes?

Season 7 of Game of Thrones was not a bad season, yet at times it felt like it was on fast-forward. This was a season not really interested in the story it was telling; its eyes were trained solely at the light at the end of the tunnel. That pace made for a fast and exciting seven and a half hours. Yet there’s a sloppiness here. Game of Thrones was built from the little details that made Westeros feel real. When HBO cut Season 7 back by three episodes, it cut those details.

While shortcuts might keep the momentum going, each one Game of Thrones uses makes its world a little less real. As the showrunners rushed to finish a short season, Westeros became a less interesting place. Other than that Ed Sheeran cameo, the regular people of Westeros had no voice. In the rush to clean up loose ends, the writers treated some characters with less care and attention than they deserved.

Unceremonious Deaths


Nobody mourns the Sand Snakes. That’s the problem.

One of the main tasks in this season was to trim the fat. Game of Thrones has always had a huge population of characters and factions. Some had to go. In the span of just a few episodes, Season 7 annihilated the Freys, the Martells, the Tyrells, and the Tarlys. But don’t cry for these noble houses, their place in the story had already passed. (I will mourn the Queen of Thorns, though.)

The problem is that it was done without ceremony and consequence. Arya – rather improbably – slaughtered almost the entirety of House Frey at the start of the season, and this seems to have had no repercussions at all. Only Jaime Lannister even remembered they existed. The Sand Snakes were then executed with even less fanfare.

Character deaths ceased to really be shocking anymore. At some point, it was just fanservice. If characters are doomed, that doesn’t mean they don’t have interesting stories left to tell. By not telling those stories, Game of Thrones wasn’t cutting fat anymore; it was cutting muscle.


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Even the slimy Ralph Cifaretto from ‘The Sopranos’ had a story to tell before he met his end.

Compare this to HBO’s former powerhouse, The Sopranos. That show wrote amazing episodes for minor side characters before they met their end. Even utterly awful slimy creatures like Ralph Cifaretto were made into fully realized human beings before they died. It made their characters more memorable and their deaths more important. We never got that for the Sand Snakes. Nobody had time to care about them.

The Littlefinger Non-Tragedy


Just how did Littlefinger lose? I still can’t follow this storyline.

Littlefinger is one of those characters worst served by the lack of space this season. His whole arc is a perfect example of the opportunities lost with the three fewer episodes.

It was easy to peg Littlefinger for death from the start of the season. His isolation and lack of options were obvious. However, given only seven episodes, we never got a chance to explore his story. Poor Baelish really needed scenes to establish his POV. Was he desperate that his plans were failing? Was he delusional that his plans were working? My theory is that he was trying to stop but just couldn’t help himself. He was addicted to climbing the Ladder. So he fell.

There were plenty of great dramatic options that Game of Thrones could have taken with Bealish. Instead, they went for a “gotcha” fake-out. He wasn’t a character; he was a bad guy whose throat needed to be cut. And so audience cheers for blood. This is far too simple, but what room was there for anything else? When you can’t tell a story, go for a swerve instead.

The biggest problem is that I can’t tell what the heck really happened! How did Littlefinger lose so badly? Sansa and Arya were at each other’s throats last week. Was that all an act? How much was real? When did Littlefinger screw up? The basic scene to scene structure of this entire plot is missing.

Tiny Westeros


Where did everybody in Westeros go?

Fans have complained all season about how easy it suddenly became to move around Westeros. It’s funny that Sam and Gilly teleported all the way across the Seven Kingdoms in one episode and they didn’t even have a dragon to ride.

An even bigger issue is the loss of scale. There’s just nobody in Westeros anymore. Outside the main cast, the people of this continent are silent. There are no POV characters on the ground like Arya was for so many seasons. This means politics are airy and lack impact.

Back to Littlefinger: He couldn’t have a drama because he had nobody to talk to. It seems like there are six people left in Winterfell, and most of them are Starks. The castle was never established as a real place with real politics happening. We only had a few limited perspectives from the named characters, not from their surrounding people. We don’t know how the peasants felt, how the Vale people felt, or how anybody felt.

I’ll go bigger. Why do people still serve Queen Cersei when she’s clearly insane? What do they think of Dany? How are the Dothraki interacting with the people they’re conquering? Winter is here, do the people have enough to eat?

The Strain of a Tight Time Budget


Dragons are cool. But what about people?

Fully adapting George R. R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire book series was always going to be impossible. It was just too big. The issues only became worse as Martin himself struggled with the details and could not finish The Winds of Winter. Game of Thrones has done a great job so far, but it wasn’t until this season that we felt the strain of a time budget.

Older seasons took their time. They even went out of their way to pad out the story as they waited for Martin to catch up. But this season saw a massive shake-up of Westeros. There were four huge battles instead of the usual one or two. However, with just seven episodes, we never had time to digest what happened. Season 2’s Battle of the Blackwater was an explosion whose ramifications were felt for seasons. This season’s Battle of Highgarden was a non-event that was barely commented upon.

When HBO cut Season 7 back to seven episodes, the show had to restrict itself to just the highs and none of the lows. We got all the dragon action, all the executions, and all the boat sex. That meant they cut all the “boring” parts like slow character arcs and world building. Sadly, those cuts were also much of the heart of A Song of Ice and Fire. You don’t get the battles until you establish why they matter. You don’t get the character deaths until those characters are properly created.

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Daniel Craig CONFIRMS he’ll return as James Bond – but claims the next film will definitely be his last

DANIEL Craig has confirmed he will be playing James Bond for the fifth time in new movie Bond 25 – but has also said it will also be his last outing as the spy.

The British actor, 49, made the announcement on US programme The Late Show on Tuesday night, just hours after denying anything was set in stone, due to “personal decisions”.

Daniel Craig will return as Bond one more time

The news comes almost two years after Daniel said he’d “rather slash [his] wrists” that return to the role of 007.

He revealed to the live studio audience that he was offered the role again as soon as shooting wrapped on the latest film Spectre.

Trying to hide a grin, Daniel explained: “Instead of saying something with style and grace, I said something really stupid.”

Asked by host Stephen Colbert what that was, he said “yes”.

After much applause and cheering from the audience, Daniel added: “I think this is it.

“I just want to go out on a high note and I can’t wait.”

Daniel, who is married to actress Rachel Weisz, will now begin work on the new flick which is due out in November 2019, with director Yann Demange rumoured to be attached.


Daniel is the third oldest actor to play Bond, after Sean Connery, who played him at 53 in Never Say Never Again, and Sir Roger Moore, who played him at 57 in A View To A Kill.

Back in October 2015, Daniel made his famous statement about reprising the role of Bond, telling Time Out: “I’d rather… slash my wrists.

“No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”

Craig in the last Bond movie Spectre which came out in 2015

And when he was asked who he felt should take over, he said: “Look, I don’t give a f***.”

However, asked if he may change his mind, he went on to add: “Who the f*** knows?

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“At the moment, we’ve done it. I’m not in discussion with anybody about anything. If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”

Spectre was not well-received by critics in 2015 but made an astonishing £684m at the box office.


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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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When it comes to the price of fame, Liam Gallagher's limits stop at one celeb-friendly staple: Carpool Karaoke.

During an interview with British GQ, Gallagher was asked whether he would ever consider being a guest on The Late Late Show host James Corden's popular segment,

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Shares of Tesla dropped 3.5 percent on Monday after Chief Executive Elon Musk warned that the electric carmaker would face “manufacturing hell” as it ramps up production of its new mass-market Model 3 sedan. At a launch event on Friday, Musk said customers had made over half a million advance reservations for the Model 3…
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The 25th James Bond movie has to be special, given its numerical significance and considering the amount of time we'll have waited for it. Earlier this week, we learned the next installment of the 007 series will hit theaters in November 2019, about four years following the release of the previous episode, Spectre. It's not that it's a long stretch between movies so much as the best of the Daniel Craig-led Bonds (Casino Royale, Skyfall) have also come out following a…

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Adam DeVine Reveals Why He’ll Be a Better MTV Movie & TV Awards Host Than Kevin Hart and Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson

Post-Workaholics, Adam DeVine is taking on a new role — as host of the MTV Movie & TV Awards!

Previously titled the MTV Movie Awards, the annual celebration of movies will now include TV series for the first time in 25 years — and PEOPLE sat down with DeVine to find out what he has planned for the newly minted show.

“I’m already getting good vibes,” he said onset while shooting promotions for the awards. “I feel like they’re probably going to invite me back every year.”

As both a movie and television actor, the hilarious comic, 33, seems like a perfect fit for the revamped ceremony.

“I feel like I am the biggest movie and television star together as one,” he said of being chosen to host. “Will Smith might have something to say about that but they didn’t ask him , they asked me. So who’s the bigger star? It’s him, but I’m doing the best with what I have.”

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While on his tour bus for his stand-up comedy shows, DeVine shares he got the call asking him to be host.

“I was a little hungover and I was in the back of the bus and they’re like, ‘We got big news!’ And they told me and I literally went — gasp!” he said. “They’re like, ‘Oh no, did he just die?’ But I didn’t die — I started living. Finally. With that news I could finally live.”

The pressure is on for DeVine to top last year’s co-hosts Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, but he says that he’s up for the challenge. “I’m going to be more muscular than them and have more vascularity,” he says. “That’s the only way.”

As for his favorite nominees, DeVine is rooting for his home teams. “I believe Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and Ice Age: Collision Course are going to take every award,” he said of the two movies he had a starring role in.

Last year’s MTV Movie Awards saw some great moments from DeVine, including his on stage smooch with Pitch Perfect co-star Rebel Wilson after the two won the award for “Best Kiss.”

This year, the duo will be exchanging advice instead, since Wilson hosted the awards in 2013.

“She’s probably going to tell me to do a big song and dance number and I might listen,” he said. “I also might have to ask big Conan O’Brien  with that curly mop top that he’s got and ask him what I should do. Hopefully he doesn’t say, ‘Just be 6’4″ and have red hair’ because I won’t be able to pull that off.”

DeVine won’t be involved in the upcoming Pitch Perfect 3 with Wilson, but he still gave an idea about what his character, Bumper, has been up to since Pitch Perfect 2. “ probably lusting after Fat Amy somewhere just pining for her,” he imagined. “He’s probably homeless — that’s probably it. Bumper fell on some hard times when Fat Amy kicked him to the curb.”

While the award categories are different this year, the iconic golden popcorn awards will remain the same. As a two-time winner, DeVine gave some advice on the best place to keep the statues.

“I keep them right in the spare bedroom,” he said. “People come and they spend the night, and they realize where they’re at, the level of star that I am. I have two golden popcorns and a Teen Choice Award so I’m peaking. This is it for me.”

With some newfound free time since the Workaholics finale premiered, DeVine has plans to turn this hosting gig into a long-term career.

“I’m going to host award shows for the foreseeable future — any award show,” he said. “I’m going to start big with the MTV Movie & TV Awards and then I’m going to maybe host dog competitions. If not, then hopefully some other movies.”

The MTV Movie & TV Awards will air live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on May 7 at 8:00 p.m.


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The Day Jay Leno Scared the Hell Out of Me (and More from ‘The Tonight Show’ Hallways)

As I watched Jay Leno say goodbye on his final Tonight Show, I started thinking about all of my experiences with Jay, the stars on his show, the various wild animals roaming the halls and his incredible staff. You see, for a good part of my 12 years as host and correspondent on Access Hollywood, my dressing room was in the same hallway as The Tonight Show.

In fact, there were actually two main hallways, one on each floor. I was on the second floor. The musical guest of the night had the dressing room at the top of the stairs, mine was down the hall. It never ceased to amaze me what famous singer or band I’d run into, sometimes literally, at the top of the stairs as I headed down to our studio to shoot our show. Once, I nearly took out Prince. The things I have seen, heard and smelled coming out of that room remain a cornucopia of the times for me. Snoop. The Cure. Keith Urban. Rihanna. Slash from Velvet Revolver. John Mellencamp. Too many to count.

We shot Access Hollywood in Johnny Carson’s old Tonight Show studio. In fact, we even kept the star on the floor where Johnny would come out and deliver his monologue every night. (A monologue to roughly 15 million people — 15 million!!)

Jay shot his Tonight Show across the hallway from Johnny’s old studio. That ground-floor hallway was always a beehive of activity. Producers, writers and incredibly talented people in audio, lighting, make-up, wardrobe, grips and more racing about. Then you add into the mix of stars on the show that night, their handlers plus a wild animal or two, and you can see how that hallway — maybe five to six feet wide — was like an artery on a busy freeway. The doors leading to the stage were smack dab in the middle of the hallway, leading to more congestion. I’ve run into everyone from Tom Cruise, who was saying hello to every single person, including an NBC Page, to an NBC president by the name of Scott Sassa, who chased after, found and closed the door to talk to Jimmy Fallon way back in the day. It’s actually how we got to this point, nearly a decade later, of Fallon taking over The Tonight Show. I wrote about it here.

But even though I’ve seen United States presidents walking the hallways, movie stars and television stars, there was one other thing I always saw that I thought was pretty cool and it sticks with me to this day. The smiles. Sure, doing a show like The Tonight Show is tough, demanding and stressful. But, nearly every Tonight Show person I met over the years I liked and found to be friendly, funny and nice. Even the red-haired lady who had something to do with numbers and money was nice. Those people are never nice.

My point is, and Jay made the same point last night, is that you felt those who worked on the show were one big family. Jay was incredibly loyal to them and they to him. In fact, I can remember when Jay was going to leave the first time and I ran into some of the Tonight Show staff in the commissary. I’d come to know a good number of them fairly well by this point. There was a lot of worry at the time. Most of them were going to lose a job they loved. Plus, the economy was in the tank. But, one of staffers told me Jay held a private meeting with the staff and told them he was going to do everything he could to help them keep their jobs on the lot in some capacity. Turns out, they just went with him to his short-lived 10 p.m. show and then back to The Tonight Show.

I had a number of interactions with Jay over the years. I sensed he always found our show amusing. He’d always have some sort of wiseacre comment about some silly or insane thing we were covering. And he was usually right. Truth is in the humor. But, he was always nice. I gave him crap a number of times about brown-bagging it on his private jet he’d jump on after the show to head to Vegas for a quick gig that night. What? No chef to whip up a meal on your private jet? He had me on a couple of his shows, in the opening of the show, playing myself. Once in a Michael Jackson skit and once with Kim Kardashian. When I did those bits it was a blast because I got to work with his great producers and camera crews.

Much has been made of Jay’s workaholic lifestyle. I think it’s pretty simple. I feel it benefitted Jay and the show greatly. It allowed Jay to do the kind of comedy he could not do on The Tonight Show while getting a feel where the country was at any given moment. You can’t get that behind guarded gates in Beverly Hills. I always likened Jay’s Tonight Show to the Olive Garden, the mid-scale restaurant chain. It has that all-you-can-eat salad bowl, some above average dishes, and a surprise special every now and then all packaged in a nice, friendly setting. Comfortable. Digestible by the middle of the country. Not risky like the new, foie gras-servin’ hot restaurant down the street which may be gone in a year. Jay Leno, the comedian on Sunday nights at The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach was a little different and riskier than Tonight Show Jay. But what wasn’t different was his ability to make everybody feel good. Just be nice to people. To care about them. At the club. At the studio. On the street after the show.

There is one hitch in all the love for Jay and it is his perceived handling of when he left The Tonight Show the first time and how many believe he firebombed any chance Conan O’Brien had of finding success as the new holder of the show’s flame.

I have my own, somewhat inside view. Remember, I was at Access Hollywood at the time, both in 2004 when it was announced that Jay would be fired five years later (WTF?, I thought at the time) and when it actually happened in 2009. I knew people in all three camps; Leno, Conan and the network.

Let’s start with this.

There is a saying in the industry that you never follow a legend. You follow the guy who follows the legend. That’s because the guy who follows the legend usually gets hammered, not only in the ratings, but in the press as well. It usually ends badly for the new guy. This is because the legend usually exits kicking and screaming and scorches the earth, leaving nothing that can grow in the legend’s absence, most of all ratings and goodwill. That’s Jay Leno Is Fired: Part One. Imagine knowing for five years that you are going to be fired, even though there is nobody in the country who is better than you. You are number one, yet, you need to be replaced. That has to burn for five years. So, when it finally happens, there is an incredible amount of buildup — anger, frustration and loss.

When Johnny Carson said goodbye to The Tonight Show and cleanly handed it off to Jay Leno, Carson was done. It had been a sensational 30-year run. Carson was 66 when he passed the torch to Leno. He didn’t throw it at him and light Leno on fire. He didn’t run around the studio and the media lighting everything on fire, burning it to the ground. Scorching the earth as it were. Carson said goodbye in a way that kept — what I assume Carson knew was the only thing bigger than him — The Tonight Show in tact, polished, tuned-up and ready for the new driver.

But, what if Johnny had suddenly decided to do a 10 p.m. show on the very same network, just as Jay was getting his footing hosting The Tonight Show? Carson would have cut Leno’s show business legs out from under him. Carson would have damaged The Tonight Show and buried Leno. It would have been a disaster.

That’s the one caveat in the career of Leno. He not only broke Conan’s legs, he tied one of Conan’s arms behind his back. By the way, I never thought Conan was the right choice. Did he deserve a shot? Sure. Was he the right fit? Never. Just like Ann Curry hosting the Today show. She deserved it. Great person. Just the wrong skill set to host a morning show. Jimmy Fallon. Right guy. Right skill set. Will do well.

Other than the Leno-Conan fiasco, Leno was brilliant at finding the right balance hosting The Tonight Show. He revered it and it’s place in the history of television and in the lives of millions of Americans. He was a good driver. He took care of the show, it’s guests and it’s staff incredibly well. It always put a smile on his face.

As Leno emotionally said when he closed out the last few minutes of his final Tonight Show, “I’ll tell ya’ something. The first year of the show, I lost my mom. Second year, I lost my dad. Then my brother died. And, after that, I was pretty much out of family. And the folks here became my family.” Leno is saying goodbye to the only family he has.

I leave you with one of the thousands of images I have of seeing Jay during my 12 years on the NBC lot. Funny enough, it’s a time when I saw him away from The Tonight Show. And he scared the hell out of me.

My parking spot was directly across from Jay. I would turn right into my spot and he would turn left into his. I loved driving in everyday, wondering what amazing car Jay would have parked in his spot. In fact, I would often take pictures of his car and email them to my dad, also a car buff.

On this particular sunny Thursday, I finished shooting our show around 5:30 p.m. and left the studio to head up Buena Vista Street to stop at Lowe’s. I’m at a stop light. It’s a two-lane road each way. I’m in the right lane. I have my music pretty loud, windows closed. Suddenly, my SUV starts to vibrate slightly. Within seconds, the vibration continues to grow and grow. I turn off my music. There is an insanely loud rumble like a train is coming and my car is vibrating so much it is almost rocking. It alarms me.

“Holy Moly! It’s an earthquake!” I think.

I look for light poles, telephone poles and trees to see if they’re swaying. It’s what you do when you feel movement, hear a train-like rumble and live in California. However, nothing is swaying. By the way, this all happens in about 20 unsettling seconds. I’m confused. Then light turns green and the rumble grows louder and the vibration increases.

I’m looking around to see if I can go as the cars in front of me take off slowly. The lane to my left is going faster than my lane. Cars are passing me.

Then I see it.

It is Jay Leno.

He is in an open-cockpit, huge car that has an airplane engine. Yes, an airplane engine. Now, I’ve seen this incredible car in his parking spot but have never heard it running. Jay drives past me wearing old-school driving goggles and a scarf wrapped around his neck. The scarf is flowing in the wind. Jay is smiling. People are smiling and waving at Jay. Jay is waving back. I watch him drive away into the golden California sunset. Happy, with a huge smile on his face and firmly in the driver’s seat.
Comedy – The Huffington Post
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