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SoulCycle just launched in London and here’s what you need to know

Good news for fitness fans: the OG indoor cycling workout has finally crossed the Atlantic, after years of speculation.

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SoulCycle’s first international studio is now open in London’s Soho. The brand has been redefining health and happiness for the past 13 years, and it definitely knows a thing or two about indoor cycling.

The brand is responsible for inspiring the likes of Psycle, Boom Cycle and 1Rebel that are all firm London favourites, but now SoulCycle promises to bring something different. So, what’s the difference? SoulCycle considers itself a lifestyle and hospitality brand, not a boutique fitness studio. CEO Melanie Whelan told me their riders come for the workout, but they stay for the community. Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga are just a few fans, and personally, I know a few people who dislike spinning but have really enjoyed a SoulCycle class.

But what is it really about? Think 63 bikes (bespoke ones that are specifically built for the unique workout), a state-of-the-art sound system and a motivational instructor inside a candlelight room (every studio is lit with a signature grapefruit candle and the smell is amazing).

SoulCycle asks you to turn up, dig deep and switch off for 45 minutes (no phones allowed in the studio) while the instructor takes you on a high-intensity workout journey – the brand calls it a complete mind-body-soul experience. It’s a tough and sweaty workout – during the class riders are told to get out of the saddle (ride fast whilst standing up), tap it back (the signature SoulCycle move) and climb (the heavy slow part of the class).

Inside a SoulCycle class

Inside a SoulCycle class

Part of the draw is its exclusivity: you can’t snap the class for Instagram due to the phone ban, and it’s a multisensory experience, making it super personal. The preview classes have been fully booked all week and even David Beckham turned up to be one of the first to ride front row. There have been queues since its soft launch, so there’s definitely a keen appetite for it in London.

The Soho studio is its first to be plastic bottle free and guests are encouraged to bring their own bottle to fill up from the purified water station (don’t worry, if you forget yours you can rent one from the front desk). SoulCycle fans can also buy their very own apparel from the signature retail space inside the lobby. Leggings, bras and tees have been designed specifically for this workout, so they absorb the cycle sweat in all the right places.

SoulCycle has partnered with health food favourites The Good Life Eatery too, who are on hand to serve fresh snacks and juices after class. If that’s not enough to tempt you, the changing rooms will. Riders are treated to Le Labo shower and body products, Dyson hairdryers and even Drunk Elephant skincare.

The first SoulCycle London studio in Soho

The first SoulCycle London studio in Soho

But what SoulCycle takes most pride in is the motivating instructor – the beating heart of every class. Top talent has been moved over from the US to lead the London launch alongside a group of hand-picked UK-based instructors who have been intensively trained in New York over the past few months.

I’ve done a few classes before, both in the US and London, and every time it has delivered with the best direction from super-human instructors, the greatest playlists, plus more motivational quotes than I can remember. Some might think it’s all a bit too over the top, and it’s not for everyone, but I urge you to book a bike, take it with a pinch of salt and enjoy it for what it is.

Over in New York, I spent some time with Master Trainer and Director of Global Talent, Marvin Foster Junior, to find out more about what sets this brand apart from the rest. Marvin leads SoulCycle classes across the US and UK in addition to overseeing the scouting process and immersing recruits into training. He’s worked for SoulCycle since 2012, before that was a trained dancer and has worked with brands like Nike and Adidas. His class is up there with one of my favourites.

Here’s what he had to say…

SoulCycle Master Trainer and Director of Global Talent, Marvin Foster Junior

SoulCycle Master Trainer and Director of Global Talent, Marvin Foster Junior

Why SoulCycle?
When people travel to the US for holiday and take a class I always ask this, why SoulCycle. They always say it comes down to the class experience. When I first did a class, there was something that hooked me and made me want to try it again. I don’t know what the hook was but I just know that I left feeling awesome.

There’s definitely a market for all of the bells, whistles and lights but sometimes people want a deeper feeling, something aspirational and they want to leave feeling successful. Sometimes you don’t actually need all of those things. You just need to keep it simple with a strong conversation and a great workout.

Who is SoulCycle for?
Everyone. I often think that riders in the class are a reflection of the teacher, because they attract the same vibe of a person. My regular riders are from all walks of life. I love to see people working really hard, being healthy and feeling great in their bodies. It doesn’t matter if you had abs before your baby but now you don’t, if you feel just as good and like a sexy woman then I’m like props to you.

Dropping a dress size or losing weight is an extra benefit, but that’s not my approach. Even if you’re doing the bare minimum at a SoulCycle class you’re still going to enjoy a great workout but you can get so much more out of it. You can break open, tap into what you desire and apply action towards it. It’s almost like active meditation – there are certain moments in the playlist where you can go inward and there’s a benefit to that, outside of having washboard abs and a tight bum.

I think all those things are bonus credit but they’re not the end all and be all. I do it because I want to feel good, it’s fun and I can do it with my friends. Anyone can do it. Anyone is welcome. There’s no judgement.

The first SoulCycle London studio in Soho

Riding out the saddle in a SoulCycle class

How will you stand out from studios we already have here?
The London fitness scene has exploded so quickly over the past few years but it’s still young and finding its way. There’s definitely a business opportunity, a lot of gorgeous facilities and talented instructors but we are keen to bring something different. We’re a community based hospitality brand and we offer an indoor cycling workout that’s paced by the music we put together.

My focus will be to help build the community, communicate and integrate the instructors so everyone feels like family. We’re going to focus on our talent and that’s our opportunity. We want to show that we’re able to speak to riders in a different way with our mind, body and soul experience. Anyone can give a good workout, but I’m interested in giving people good experiences.

Will the London experience be different to your other studios?
The DNA of who we are will stay the same, but I feel like we have to wait and see who shows up. I tell my instructors – you’re going to have your plan but you’re not going to force that plan, until you get to know your room. If I have different tricks and routines planned but I see on the first track the group are still getting the rhythm, then I know I need to teach my room first.

My mentors in the past have always said if 80% of your class can’t do it, don’t teach it. Group fitness means that everyone is important and the point of SoulCycle is that people leave feeling successful, not defeated.

We’re working with London based music consultants to host workshops for us, so we know what’s super popular and who the big UK artists are. We want it to feel like it fits.

How will you feel if British riders don’t scream and whoop in class, like Americans have a reputation for?
I don’t need the whoops, I just need the energy and I can feel it in other ways. It doesn’t scare me if people are a bit quiet. There’s going to be a bit of resistance, but I’m into that. I’m confident that we just need to give Londoners the permission to let go. I think it’s going to be like dating. Once we get to know each other more, I’ll get them to scream.

How do you recruit instructors?
We host auditions in different locations and I look for all types of people. We don’t mind if they’re not already a spin instructor, but it helps if they have rhythm. I didn’t know how to ride a bike when I first started at SoulCycle.

I try to find people with different powers, waves and skill sets but there has to be an ‘it factor’. We call it the ‘Soul Factor’. We need something that’s aspirational like “wow look at him, look at her”, not just physically, but emotionally and there has to be relatability. I want to know their story and why they want to stand on a podium to motivate people.

What’s the training programme like?
The audition gets potential instructors through to the seven-week training programme in New York, but they’re not guaranteed the job at that stage. They still have to pass.

Having said that, we have a high success rate because we have so many support processes in place. We don’t want to hire instructors who aren’t fully ready because it’s not fair to them either – the job is just way too hard. Instructors exchange energy every day, and if they’re not prepared it can be overwhelming and too taxing physically. If that were to happen we’d defer them to another training group, so they can come back in the future when they’re ready.

Throughout the training programme we have check in points like individual conversations, voice coaching, extra development workshops, private time with coaches and personal practice space. I really do believe we have the best instructor training programme in the world, we give them so many tools to help them reach their full potential.

When I’m coaching, I ask them to give me a purpose and a why. We want them to be super effective teachers and make sure the class stays safe, purposeful and soulful. Hopefully the combination of the three keeps welcoming riders back.

The first SoulCycle London studio in Soho

The SoulCycle London instructors

What’s the music like at SoulCycle?
You can’t categorise it. We play everything – I love dance music, house, electronic, hip hop, r’n’b and pop. I probably won’t play country that much, but I have. Maybe not in London! That’s not really my brand, but I want to be a jack of all trades. We have a partnership with Apple Music where riders can download instructor playlists, music is really important to us.

I explain to the trainees that there are some things I play in class because I know it serves a purpose for my job, and because I teach to a community of people from different backgrounds. But it may not necessarily be something that I would kick out to at my own house.

That’s why the beginning of the training is about music and how we put it together. Often people present the best of the best and what really speaks to them – those are the things that really hit the most in class, because the instructor has a true relatability to the song. As opposed to, I just heard this song last night and it has a good beat. The music has a bigger punch when the instructor has an emotional attachment to it.

What do you think is next for the boutique fitness industry?
Technology. I think Melanie (Melanie Whelan, CEO of SoulCycle) has plans. Not necessarily with the bikes but we are trying to elevate the experience whether it’s through technology or with our events like Sound by SoulCycle. We’re definitely going to do that in London.

We did an indoor cycling event with The Chainsmokers when we launched the Vegas studio earlier this year, they actually rode front row. After the class, they performed and all of our riders had VIP access. We did an event with Ciara in LA recently too, it was so cool. We’ve always partnered with musicians who are part of our SoulCycle community, Ciara and The Chainsmokers are regulars. In London we hope to partner with the musicians and artists who ride with us too.

SoulCycle’s first London studio is now open at 3-4 Great Marlborough Street in Soho, visit soul-cycle.com/London to book a bike. Your first class is £16 (usually £24).

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These were the TV BAFTA Awards winners 2019…

TV Bafta for Drama Series:

WINNER: Killing Eve
Bodyguard
Informer
Save Me

TV Bafta for Leading Actor:

WINNER: Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Chance Perdomo, Killed By My Debt
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Lucian Msamati, Kiri

TV Bafta for Leading Actress:

WINNER: Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Keeley Hawes, Bodyguard
Ruth Wilson, Mrs Wilson
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

TV Bafta for Supporting Actor:

WINNER: Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
Alex Jennings, Unforgotten
Kim Bodnia, Killing Eve
Stephen Graham, Save Me

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TV Bafta for Supporting Actress:

WINNER: Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Billie Piper, Collateral
Keeley Hawes, Mrs Wilson
Monica Dolan, A Very English Scandal

TV Bafta for Entertainment Programme:

WINNER: Britain’s Got Talent
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show
Strictly Come Dancing

Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment:

WINNER: Bodyguard – The bomb scene
Coronation Street – Gail’s monologue
Doctor Who – Saving historical moments
Killing Eve – Eve stabs Villanelle
Peter Kay’s Car Share – Finale
Queer Eye – Tom’s transformation

TV Bafta for Mini-Series:

WINNER: Patrick Melrose
A Very English Scandal
Kiri
Mrs Wilson

TV Bafta for Comedy Entertainment Programme:

WINNER: A League of their Own
The Big Narstie Show
The Last Leg
Would I Lie to You?

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TV Bafta for International Programme:

WINNER: Succession
54 Hours: The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis
The Handmaid’s Tale
Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate

TV Bafta for Live Event coverage:

WINNER: Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance
Open Heart Surgery: Live
The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Stand Up to Cancer

TV Bafta for Factual Series:

WINNER: Louis Theroux’s Altered States
24 Hours in A&E
Life and Death Row: The Mass Execution
Prison

TV Bafta for Current Affairs:

WINNER: Myanmar’s Killing Fields
Football’s Wall of Silence
Iran Unveiled: Taking on the Ayatollas
Massacre at Ballymurphy

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TV Bafta for Short Form Programme:

WINNER: Missed Call
Bovril Pam (Snatches from Women’s Lives)
The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk
Wonderdate

TV Bafta for Single Drama:

WINNER: Killed By My Debt
Black Mirror – Bandersnatch
Care
On the Edge – Through the Gates

TV Bafta for Single Documentary:

WINNER: Gun No. 6
Driven: The Billy Monger Story
My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me
School for Stammerers

TV Bafta for News Coverage:

WINNER: Cambridge Analytica Uncovered
Bullying and Harassment in the House of Commons, Newsnight
Good Morning Britain: On a Knife Edge
Good Morning Britain: Thomas Markle Exclusive

Features TV Bafta:

WINNER: Who Do You Think You Are?
Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip
The Great British Bake Off
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Specialist Factual TV Bafta:

WINNER: Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley
Bros: After the Screaming Stops
Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage
Superkids: Breaking Away from Care

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TV Bafta for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme:

WINNER: Steve Pemberton, Inside No. 9
Alex Macqueen, Sally4Ever
Jamie Demetriou, Stath Lets Flats
Peter Mullan, Mum

TV Bafta for Reality & Constructed Factual Programme:

WINNER: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
Dragons’ Den
Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds
The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night

TV Bafta for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme:

WINNER: Jessica Hynes, There She Goes
Daisy May Cooper, This Country
Julia Davis, Sally4Ever
Lesley Manville, The Money Men

TV Bafta for Soap & Continuing Drama:

WINNER: EastEnders
Casualty
Coronation Street
Hollyoaks

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Sport TV Bafta:

WINNER: 2018 World Cup Quarter Final: England v Sweden
2018 Six Nations: Scotland v England
England’s Test Cricket
Winter Olympics

TV Bafta for Scripted Comedy:

WINNER: Sally4Ever
Derry Girls
Mum
Stath Lets Flats

TV Bafta for Entertainment Performance:

WINNER: Lee Mack, Would I Lie To You?
Anthony McPartlin & Declan Donnelly, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
David Mitchell, Would I Lie To You?
Rachel Parris, The Mash Report

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Pennywise is Back in First ‘It Chapter Two’ Teaser; Here’s Everything We Know

Pennywise is Back in First ‘It Chapter Two’ Teaser; Here’s Everything We Know

The first chapter of Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It was a phenomenal success. Released in the fall of 2017, the movie earned positive reviews and gave the horror genre its best box office debut ever. Two years later, the continuation of its story is one of the most anticipated releases of 2019. Fans can’t wait to return to Derry, Maine, and find out what’s next for the now grown-up Losers Club and see the return of Pennywise the Clown.

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Diane Keaton Brings the Cheer in ‘Poms’; Here’s Everything We Know

Diane Keaton Brings the Cheer in ‘Poms’; Here’s Everything We Know

For those who love seeing older women get their time on screen for book clubs, pin-up calendars, exotic marigold hotels and more, now there’s Poms. This time, a cast of veteran actresses is bringing it on and firing it up with a movie about a cheerleading squad for ladies in their twilight years. 

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In the Wake of the Gimelstob Mess, Here’s How the ATP Board Could Restore Credibility

As the Justin Gimelstob case made abundantly clear, men’s tennis’ leadership structure is broken. Here’s what can be done. 

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Mystery Solved! Here’s Why That Hulk Shot Wasn’t In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Mystery Solved! Here’s Why That Hulk Shot Wasn’t In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

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When you have films as big and massive as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, fans will analyze every little detail that’s released both prior to the film arriving in theaters and after. Ever since Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters, there’s always been a bit of a mystery revolving around a single shot of the group running into battle on Wakanda.

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Horse Deaths Are Haunting the Racing World Ahead of the Kentucky Derby. Here’s What’s Being Done to Stop Them

The Kentucky Derby, which will be run for the 145th time on May 4, is the oldest continuously held major sporting event in U.S. This year, however, talk of mint juleps, stylish hats and Triple Crown dreams may be overshadowed by a disturbing spate of horse deaths — and fresh calls to regulate the sport.

Between late December and early April, nearly two-dozen Thoroughbred horses died while racing or training at California’s Santa Anita Park. The cause of the fatal injuries is unknown, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney is investigating the deaths. As with all horse injuries, multiple factors may be at play, say safety experts, including heavy rainfall that may have compromised the track surface. The track shut down for much of March and adopted several new policies, including banning the use of drugs on race day and increasing the time required for horses to be on-site prior to a race.

“While the cause of the injuries on the racetrack might be varied, they have one thing in common: the industry has yet to do everything that can be done to prevent them,” wrote Belinda Stronach, chairman and president of the Stronach Group — which owns Santa Anita — in a March open letter. “That changes today.”

That’s a small start. But reforms at one track likely won’t be enough to fix the sport’s systemic problems. Last year, 493 horses died or were euthanized within 72 hours of sustaining a catastrophic race injury. That’s about 10 horses each week. In the last ten years, a total of 6,134 horses have died. That tally doesn’t include deaths from training.

PETA and other animal-rights advocates are sounding off. So are notable horse racing organizations, which say that many horse deaths are preventable. In March, the Jockey Club, which holds the registry for Thoroughbred horses, released a scathing report calling out the sport for tolerating performance-enhancing drugs and running horses that are medicated to dull the pain of pre-existing injuries. “The issue isn’t about a single track,” the report reads. “Horse fatalities are a nationwide problem, one that has shocked fans, the industry, the regulators and the general public.”

An industry overhaul would be difficult, if not nearly impossible, to implement because horse racing has no national rule-making body. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), which sets best safety practices, has no teeth to mandate them. Instead, 38 racing jurisdictions set their own standards.

“We are more of a carrot organization than stick,” says Steve Koch, executive director of the Safety and Integrity Alliance at NTRA, which has accredited 23 tracks. Another 40 tracks are making efforts to be accredited, while others are not engaged with the alliance at all. “We’re making progress, but are not quite there yet.”

Federal oversight is still far off. The Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019 was introduced in the House earlier this year to establish a private, independent horse racing anti-doping authority. It has 69 cosponsors, but does not have full support from the industry. Prior versions of the legislation also failed to make headway in Congress.

History has shown that reforms triggered by horse deaths roll out slowly and inconsistently, from state to state and from track to track.

For instance, after beloved Thoroughbreds Barbaro and Eight Belles died in the late 2000s, the industry began to collect fatal injury data for every U.S. track. Today, every racetrack reports injury death rates to a national database. But only a handful make those numbers public. In Kentucky, Keeneland and Turfway Park both report publicly. But Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, does not. In March, the Louisville Courier-Journal discovered via a public records request that the death rate at Churchill Downs was 2.73 per 1,000 racing starts last year—more than 60% higher than the national average.

This week, the Derby track released a list of safety initiatives that it plans to support in the coming years, as well as a statement from Churchill Downs Inc. chief executive Bill Carstanjen: “As the host of the Kentucky Derby and a key leader in the racing industry, Churchill Downs has a heightened responsibility to implement the world’s best practices for caring for racehorses at our facilities.”

The NTRA’s Koch believes that efforts over the last decade, such as curbing doping drugs and evolving veterinarian protocols, have made a difference. While the U.S. racing fatality rate rose 4% in 2018 compared to the year before, since 2009 the fatality rate has actually declined 16%, from 2 deaths per 1,000 race starts in 2009 to 1.68 last year.

More change could be underway. In mid-April, 20 leading tracks pledged to phase out a drug called Lasix in the coming years. Lasix treats a rare lung condition, but, according to the Jockey Club, it is given to about 95% of horses on race day because it induces urination. Lighter and faster, the horses perform better, but need days to recover and rehydrate.

That’s good news leading into the Kentucky Derby. This year, like every year, America will fall for — and bet on — the Thoroughbreds at Churchill Downs. Now, the racing industry is under pressure to take better care of them.

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Want to camp on an active volcano? Here’s how


When most people think of camping trips, they probably think of boy scouts or an innocent family trip to discover the great unknown. Camping can be a cheaper alternative to staying in hotels, especially when your planned activity is rather costly; it can be a shelter when exploring wilder terrains or just something you can do in your backyard. However, some people have a need to find weirder and wilder places to camp, which is brilliant, because we have the perfect place in mind.

Nicaragua’s Telica Volcano

In the country of Nicaraguan is the incredible Telica Volcano which now hosts many avid campers from around the world. This is an active volcano that erupted in 2015, but thankfully no one was seriously hurt, and everyone was successfully evacuated. The awesomeness of it being an active volcano means you will get to experience the might of it first hand, with a unique twist. Nicaragua is based between north and south America, with Costa Rica bordering it to the south and Honduras to the north.

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Camping up the volcano

This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience unless you get a taste for it. However, there are plenty of tour guides who will take you up the volcano for a small fee. The journey is not for the faint-hearted, although many tourists who have done the trek up there have rated it an excellent experience. The volcano is your ultimate destination, but it is not the whole experience, the trek itself will open your eyes to some of the strangest and most impressive things you will ever witness, from boiling mud pools to wandering ox.

The overnight experience

The real height of the experience is camping at the volcano. People have reported that you will feel the shaking of the volcano beneath and that, the closer you get, the hotter it is. That’s the same for the trek itself; one experienced traveler even suggested that taking four liters of water was definitely not too much. There’s practically nowhere else where you get to sleep on an active volcano. At the campsite, it’s not strange to see random wisps of steam exiting the ground beneath you, oh and hot red lava flowing from the depths of the volcano’s mouth. However, some hopeful tourists were disappointed when they couldn’t see the lava, as sometimes it’s not visible; it depends on the day and relies on pot luck.

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That’s not the only reason to go to Nicaraguan; the whole area is surrounded by jungle landscapes, which many keen travelers also endeavor to explore. The Volcano sits 3,481 feet above this terrain, looming above all the residents, both human and animal alike. There are a variety of excursions to choose from. There is even one where you can choose to go hiking for an entire two weeks and visit six volcanoes at this time. This is a country rich in exotic landscapes that you can experience in a unique way.

So, if you’re looking to walk on the wild side and undertake a unique camping experience on an active volcano, you now know where to go!

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First released in 1991 for the Sega Genesis game system, Sonic the Hedgehog followed a blue hedgehog as he sought to defeat a villainous scientist named Doctor Ivo Robotnik. The game was well received by critics and the public, inspiring ports to other platforms and many sequels, becoming one of the most popular game franchises in history. Sonic the Hedgehog also appears briefly in a speaking role in Wreck-It Ralph and as a character avatar in Ready Player One.

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Here's a look at Philip Morris' heat-not-burn tobacco product, iQOS.
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The long-simmering feud over Democratic investigations burst into an all-out war last week between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats.


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New ‘Men in Black: International’ Trailer Turns it Up As It Goes; Here’s Everything We Know

New ‘Men in Black: International’ Trailer Turns it Up As It Goes; Here’s Everything We Know

Seven years later, Sony wants you to remember the Men in Black franchise and how much fun the first three movies were, but also that you would like to see the series branch off with all new characters in foreign locations. With Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones retired from this cinematic universe after the original trilogy, Men in Black: International transports the sci-fi action across the pond to London and introduces some new but familiar partners.

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Will Smith Battles Will Smith in First ‘Gemini Man’ Trailer; Here’s Everything We Know

Will Smith Battles Will Smith in First ‘Gemini Man’ Trailer; Here’s Everything We Know

Do you miss the days of young Will Smith, when he was the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and making his mark on the big screen fighting aliens? Or do you prefer the current older version of the iconic movie star, teaming up with fellow baddies for the DCEU and partnering with Orcs on Netflix? What if we told you that you’re about to get both at the same time?

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New ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Trailer is All About Family and a Ton of Action; Here’s Everything We Know

New ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Trailer is All About Family and a Ton of Action; Here’s Everything We Know

If you loved the antagonistic chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in The Fate of the Furious, you're in luck because there's a spin-off in the works focused on their rivalry. Both actors began their respective roles in the Fast and the Furious franchise as antagonists of the main team, but they’ve become the breakout favorites of the series and will likely continue a new strain of movies to the side of the ongoing central installments led by Vin…

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Final ‘Dark Phoenix’ Trailer Threatens the X-Men Universe: Here’s Everything We Know

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An all-new take on a classic X-Men comic book story, Dark Phoenix looks set to establish its own ground rules when it hits the big screen. The action-adventure revolves around Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), who is affected by a powerful cosmic force while on a rescue mission, becoming far more unstable than ever before.

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First ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Teaser Reveals a Major Villain’s Return; Here’s Everything We Know

First ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Teaser Reveals a Major Villain’s Return; Here’s Everything We Know

A fairly short time from now, in a theater not too far away, Star Wars: Episode IX is hitting the big screen to close out the Sequel Trilogy and the “Skywalker Saga” as a whole. This movie is going to be a big deal, not only as the finale of a nine-part story (excluding spin-offs and animated features) but supposedly also as the last time we'll be seeing Original Trilogy characters and the last time we'll be hearing an original score from John Williams. …

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Here’s why you’ve been feeling hay fever symptoms early this year

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Hay fever sufferers have been warned to stay inside over the Easter bank holiday because pollen count will be at an all time high, with hay fever starting THREE weeks earlier than usual this year.

Yes, if you’ve been feeling the symptoms, this will explain it.

The UK was hit with the warmest winter on record – remember those unusually hot February days? Well, that has caused havoc for those allergic to pollen.

The rise in temperatures coupled with the dry and windy Spring days has created a breeding ground for pollen, and the mini heatwave earlier this year has triggered the early release of birch tree pollen, which affects one in four hay fever sufferers.

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Expert Doctor Jean Emberlin told Metro: ‘It was a very warm February and it certainly gave the trees a big boost in terms of catkin development.’

Thankfully March’s frosty mornings, which saw mercury plummet on the thermometer, may have saved us and halted a really REALLY early hay fever season, although it didn’t stop the dreaded months of sniffling and itchy eyes completely.

The hay fever season usually hits in the second week of April, but this year the dreaded sneezing and itchy symptoms started at the end of March, now going on for the next few months.

Now, time to stock up on tissues and hide from pollen!

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Do You Have A High School Student? Here’s A Program That Can Help Change Their Life.

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When invited to cover the Disney Dreamers Academy hosted by Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. I haven’t been to Disney since I was in high school and I didn’t think I would get caught up in all the “magic.” Boy, was I wrong. The weekend ended up being inspiring, enthralling, and yes, magical.

First off: Disney holds nothing back in helping the high performing kids in attendance dream even bigger. The program is hosted over a weekend, with kids arriving on Friday and leaving on Sunday. The weekend is jam-packed with events, but the best part is that their all in the interest and the betterment of children. Each year, Disney and Essence chooses 100 kids to come for the inspiring weekend. The kids are allowed to bring one parent or chaperone for the event (yes, all of their amenities are covered as well).

Upon arrival, I dropped my things off and immediately rushed to a luncheon followed by a press conference where Tracey Powell, Vice President, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and DDA Executive Champion gave opening remarks along with Michelle Ebanks, CEO of Essence Communications who explained what would occur over the weekend. Disney Dreamer Alumni also spoke to get current Dreamers excited for the weekend.

Disney is all about the magic and even if you think you’re not going to feel it, they will make sure you do! There is a daily parade at the Magic Kingdom and Disney organized to let the Dreamers’ lead it. Very cool and exciting for the kids. Afterward, the kids have an option to go to a Deep Dive. Deep Dives happen throughout the weekend with the kids being able to explore area of interests and connect with experts and leaders in that field.

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In addition to Deep Dives, the weekend also consists of a lot of motivational speaking. Princeton Parker, Mikki Taylor, Lisa Nichols, Yolanda Adams and more poured words of strength, encouragement and love into the students. I surveyed the room and you could just see the kids sitting straighter, off their phones, and minds turning. The greatest part is that a lot of these speakers are returning speakers. Mikki Taylor helped found the program and Lisa Nichols also spoke to the students last year.

Of course, kids don’t just want to hear from adults, so the Dreamers’ Academy also brought in Black-ish stars Marcus Scribner and Miles Brown to talk about how they deal with balancing their dreams, enjoying being kids throughout the fame, and more.

In an interview with Steve Harvey. We discussed how the program had evolved. He reflected on past years and how he had met so many parents that had “poured everything into their children and forgotten about their own dreams.” Harvey admitted to being a “big dreamer” and still dreaming at 62, so he found it important to also make sure that parents were still doing the same. There were organized “Parent Tracks” to allow parents time to reflect, learn, and grow. The whole event felt like a family reunion. There was a family dinner and on Sunday, the commencement felt more like a Sunday church service.

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Yes, throughout the busy weekend there is still time to enjoy Disney and all the parks. It’s a lot of work and character building, but also an equal amount of magic and play. The event is diverse, with kids of all races and a range of high school ages in attendance. This is like a hyped up summer camp and after speaking to Dreamer Alumni, they still keep in touch with people from their cohort.

If your kid or a high schooler you know is looking for an opportunity to ensure their future is bright, encourage them to apply to Disney Dreamers Academy. I wasn’t even a part of the program and left incredibly inspired by the students!

 

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Here’s Why There Was A Flying Tortilla During the National Championship

Leave it to a piece of food to crash the national championship game.

Someone flung a tortilla onto the court during the national championship in Minneapolis on Monday night, and apparently it’s not the first time an incident like this has gone down.

As the Virginia Cavaliers faced off against the Red Raiders on the hardwood during the first half, a tortilla landed in the Texas Tech section to be picked up by Virginia’s Kyle Guy who gave it to a referee. The game even had to be paused.

People were – it may not surprise – surprised to see the tortilla enter the arena.

Who throws a tortilla? And why?

Here’s why tortilla throwing at Texas Tech is a thing.

The genesis of the obscure tortilla toss fan “sport” began when Texas Tech football students started flinging the plastic tops to their sodas on the field back in 1989, according to Viva the Matadors.

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Then the tradition morphed into tortillas for a

“in a little bit of cheeky fun, tortillas were thrown before the game. The Red Raiders went on to upset the Aggies, and we just kind of kept on doing it before games after that.”

Evidently, the flat tortillas were “cheap, and fairly easy to hide on your person.”

But the disruptive tortilla wasn’t the only flatbread in the house. And multiple tortilla-holding fans had their traditional tokens confiscated.

The Virginia Cavaliers defeated the Red Raiders 85 to 77. But shout out to the tortilla, a real most valuable player shaking up the night.

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Kumail Nanjiani Joins Angelina Jolie for Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’; Here’s Everything We Know

Kumail Nanjiani Joins Angelina Jolie for Marvel's ‘The Eternals'; Here's Everything We Know

Less than a year ago, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige told The Wrap that The Eternals was "one of many, many, many things that we are actively beginning to have creative discussions about to see if we believe in them enough to put them on a slate." Now, the possibility has become a reality and Eternals is moving forward to the next level. 

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Here’s how to copy Sabrina Spellman’s goth berry lip on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Here’s how to copy Sabrina Spellman’s goth berry lip on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina


Here’s how to copy Sabrina Spellman’s goth berry lip on <em>Chilling Adventures of Sabrina</em>

With season two of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina officially available now—have we lost you to a Netflix binge yet?—we’re pumped for not only brand-new episodes of satanic witchery, but for even more drool-worthy makeup looks, too.

The show’s head makeup artist, Candice Stafford-Bridge, recently spoke to Allure and dished on Sabrina’s now-signature look. Specifically, the dark lipstick that’s become her go-to.

Since Sabrina joined the Church of Night, we’ve seen her in a dark berry matte lip, which Stafford-Bridge explained is Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour in Very Prive. The $ 90 lipstick (yup) is the only dramatic part of Kiernan Shipka‘s look on the show, an intentional move on the makeup team’s part. “She can raise the dead, but I wanted to be true to a 16-year-old high school girl and make her makeup believable,” Stafford-Bridge told Allure.

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Here’s what Angelina Jolie said about running for President

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Angelina Jolie is one of the most talked about people in the world, and from her Academy Award winning acting roles and her motherhood skills to her humanitarian work, Ange has truly proven that she can do it all.

It’s hardly surprising therefore that people were quick to throw her hat into the ring as a presidential candidate.

While Angelina didn’t bat the rumours away, reportedly telling People ‘never say never’, when asked if she was running for office, it unfortunately doesn’t look like it’s on her to-do list now.

‘Right now I am looking to others for leadership,’ the humanitarian explained.

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Why? She’s got her hands full.

‘If you look across the world, there are far too many women and girls who are not only not seeing progress, their rights are slipping away from them,’ Angelina continued to tell People. ‘One of the things we are putting forward now is a proposal for a permanent international body to investigate war crimes, including mass rape and other sexual and gender-based violence.’

This isn’t the first time Angelina has been rumoured to be running for President, with the actress asked back in 2014 in an interview with Good Morning America if she would ever consider it.

Ange’s response? ‘You know, if I thought I’d be effective, I would. But I’m not sure if I would ever be taken seriously in that way, and be able to be effective.’

Well as Angelina said, never say never!

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Rachel Weisz and David Harbour Join Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’; Here’s Everything We Know

Rachel Weisz and David Harbour Join Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’; Here's Everything We Know

Fans have been begging Marvel for a Black Widow movie for almost a decade, and now the dream is finally coming alive. The presumably eponymously named Black Widow will feature Scarlett Johansson in the title role, a.k.a. Natasha Romanoff, whom she's portrayed already in eight installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including this year's Avengers: Endgame. 

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Sharing an HBO password for ‘Game of Thrones’? Here’s what you need to know.

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It’s April, and a very specific chill lingers in the air: Game of Thrones Season 8 is about to premiere, and your tragic ass doesn’t have an HBO account. 

Luckily, someone you know almost certainly does have an account. The only real question then is just how cool HBO is with people sharing passwords. The short answer? Kinda. The long answer? Well, we’ll get to that.

The first episode of the final season of Game of Thrones is set to drop on April 14, at which point a large number of people will remember that they do not, in fact, have access to HBO’s content. No cable package, no HBO GO, and no HBO NOW. And, just as quickly, they will remember that a friend does.  Read more…

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Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ Looks Amazing; Here’s Everything We Know

Disney's 'The Lion King' Looks Amazing; Here's Everything We Know

After the monster success of Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book in 2016, Disney announced that the director would take the helm of another "reimagining" of an animated classic, The Lion King. A string of casting announcements followed as we eagerly awaited a peek at footage.

The footage we've seen from the new version so far looks simply amazing. Here's everything we know about the movie; watch the videos below.

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First ‘Joker’ Teaser Will Put a Smile on Your Face; Here’s Everything We Know

First ‘Joker’ Teaser Will Put a Smile on Your Face; Here's Everything We Know

Warner Bros. and DC are definitely keeping things interesting with their comic book movies. Soon after introducing a new Joker in Suicide Squad, a different incarnation of the iconic villain will feature in the standalone Joker. This will be more of a crime thriller than traditional superhero fare and will star Joaquin Phoenix as the eponymous "clown prince of Gotham City."

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Just when the fate of the Ghostbusters franchise seemed up in the air, another installment is in the works. That’s right, as revealed by Entertainment Weekly, Sony is going back to the popular 1980s series that started it all, but the still-rather-secret sequel isn’t totally clear in how it will connect to the old movies starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.

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New Details On The Suspect In The Nipsey Hussle Shooting Are Released By The LAPD; Here’s The Rapper’s Last Message

People don’t really want to hear anything else today besides the details on the tragedy that struck the music industry.

After the death of rapper Nipsey Hussle, everyone’s in shock, and people just cannot get themselves together.

‘At approximately 3:20 pm there was a shooting reported in the area of Slauson Ave and Crenshaw Blvd. 3 victims were transported to a local hospital where one was pronounced deceased. We have no suspect info at this time and will provide more details as they become available,’ the LAPD said.

It seems that they also have details on the suspect.

CNN reported that all the three victims had been transported to a hospital and one of them was pronounced dead there, the police said. The other two were in a stable condition.

The rapper’s last message read: ‘Having strong enemies is a blessing.’

Pretty much all of your favorite celebrities have been flooding their social media account with prayers and messages after the tragedy.

Tiny Harris and T.I. had some words and offered their full support for the rapper’s longtime GF Lauren London.

Reginae Carter also posted a message in which she tells Lauren she will be here for her.

‘Rest In Peace Nip 🙏🏾 I love you @laurenlondon. You’re always there for me and just know I’m all the way here for you. Keep your head up! ❤

More and more celebrities are posting messages for the family and praise the rapper’s memory.

Someone wrote ‘She is going to need all of the love and support she can get 😔

Another follower posted ‘My heart breaks for her 💔 I pray God holds you tight in his arms and wipes every tear from your eyes queen ❤ Jesus 💔😭😭

Another sad fan said ‘This is just so sad man. Like ppl just need to stop this evil act. Am praying for Lauren and the kids. Wow…..These monsters don’t belong here.’

An angry follower posted ‘How sad and LAME!! Nipsey was clearly set up, and it was planned!! Really…… he got shot in the head tho?? It was TARGETED, and it happened in broad daylight!! They made sure Lauren London was not at his shop too! The driver was a lady, and the gunman was a man!! Although Nipsey experienced an “impact” to the head and lost his life, his positive IMPACT on the world will live forever!! #HateCrime.’

It’s all just too horrible for words. Stay tuned for more details as soon as they are released.

Meanwhile, please lift Lauren up in heavy prayer and send your love to Nipsey’s family and friends.

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New ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Teaser is Terrifying; Here’s Everything We Know So Far

New ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Teaser is Terrifying; Here's Everything We Know So Far

If you’re a child of the ‘80s or ‘90s, you’re familiar with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The series of children’s books, written by Alvin Schwartz and initially illustrated by Stephen Gammell, were staples of every boy and girl’s book shelf and provided so many of them with so many nightmares. Now there’s a movie adaptation of some of the bone-chilling tales found in the pages of that iconic collection.

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First ‘Dora and the City of Gold’ Trailer Unleashes Its Wild Side; Here’s Everything We Know

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Educational TV show Dora the Explorer began a long run on Nickelodeon in 2000 and proved to be immensely popular over its 172 episodes. It spawned toys, books, video games, foreign adaptations, stage adaptations and a sequel series. Now a big-screen version is heading to movie theaters everywhere.

The first trailer has just dropped and it unleashes its wild side in surprising fashion. Here's everything we know about the upcoming action-adventure.

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Can’t get enough of Elizabeth Holmes? Here’s what to watch after ‘The Inventor’

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Theranos ex-CEO Elizabeth Holmes has yet to lock down a date for her criminal trial, but in the court of public opinion, a verdict has already been rendered. 

If you’ve been on the internet at all in the past week, you’ve likely seen a small truckload of viewer reactions to HBO’s The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley — many of them delighting in the damning portrayal of Holmes and her alleged multi-million dollar fraud. 

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The last time we saw The Flash on the big screen, he was racing Superman at the end of Justice League. Fans of the speedy superhero have hoped that a solo movie for Barry Allen would soon follow, and actor Ezra Miller is among those anxious for the character to return to theaters in his own spinoff adventure. Fortunately, Warner Bros. is all for finally giving The Flash his first live-action motion picture and plans are already set in motion.

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The next release from Pixar will be Toy Story 4. Though Toy Story 3 appeared to wrap up the series nicely back in 2010, Toy Story 4 will be a road trip adventure that will stand apart from the first three installments. Here's everything we know about the film.

What's the story?

Here is how Pixar describes it: "Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds…

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If You Share A Bed, You Should Share Financial Responsibility: Here’s Why

Earlier this month, the New York Times highlighted a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research that shines further light on a problem many couples face: how to distribute responsibility for finances. The study’s author discovered that when couples divide money management unequally, the person taking a less active role is putting themselves at a financial literacy disadvantage over time.

WHY IS PUTTING ONE PERSON IN CHARGE OF THE MONEY SUCH A PROBLEM?

While such a division of labor may seem convenient, it comes at a cost. The authors of the study found that “people generally develop expertise on a “need to know” basis—they pay attention to what they think they need to know, when they think they need to know it—and that the need to know is at least partly determined by one’s social relationships.”

Simply put, when one partner is the money person, that person continues to grow and hone their financial literacy. At the same time, the other person doesn’t develop and maintain the same degree of knowledge about their household financial management. This results in a financial literacy – and financial confidence – gap that grows over time.

A Fidelity survey supports this finding. Among respondents who were married or in a long-term committed relationship, 93 percent of those who said they had primary financial responsibility in their household said they were confident managing money, while just 52 percent of the less involved partners said they would be confident doing so.

DO MOST COUPLES PICK ONE PERSON TO HANDLE FINANCES?

Yes. Over half of respondents in numerous surveys reported deferring to their better half when it comes to money. And women are more likely to step back from managing long-term household financial decisions – retirement accounts, mortgages, and insurance – even as we tend to be responsible for day-to-day purchases.

A UBS survey last year found that 56% of married women leave key financial decisions to their husband. Given that women have a longer life expectancy than men, this is especially problematic. And among younger generations, the trend is actually getting worse! The same UBS survey found that 61% of millennial women reported leaving financial decisions to their partner compared with just over half (54%) of women from older generations.

WHAT CAN LISTENERS DO TO AVOID FALLING INTO THIS TRAP?

One of the best ways to ensure you are both engaged in your joint finances is to have a shared financial plan that outlines your long-term vision. Discussing what you want to prioritize – buying a house, your retirement, your children’s education – and putting it on paper incentivizes each of you to be invested in achieving these goals.

You should also develop a joint budget each year that is benchmarked to this plan. Second, set aside time each month to review your shared financial accounts and assets, and make any necessary adjustments or decisions jointly. If you have shared goals and financial responsibilities, you will both have more peace of mind.


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Ever since the devastating ending of Avengers: Infinity War, moviegoers have been dying to see what happens next and find out just what's become of not only half of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, but the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe. The fourth crossover tentpole of the franchise, Avengers: Endgame, will see theatrical release just under a year later, hopefully with all our questions answered. 

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Disney's live-action adaptations of their animated classics are serious business. Even this year's Christopher Robin quietly grossed more than $ 200 million worldwide. There are many more to come, including four features arriving in 2019 alone: Dumbo, Aladdin, The Lion King and Lady and the Tramp, the last of which hits the new streaming service Disney+ later in the year. 

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Disney's all-new, live-action Dumbo draws upon an animated film that was released during troubling times. Yet the original's simplicity and warmth attracted audiences in large numbers, and it subsequently has been recognized as a family classic.

The new version, heading to theaters soon, has a similar positive spirit and an encouraging message for young ones that will also appeal to adults. Here's everything we know about the film; you can also watch all the videos below.

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Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ show is set in the Second Age. Here’s what that means.

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Amazon is taking us back to Middle-Earth’s Second Age in its upcoming Lord of the Rings show, giving us a much firmer grasp on what we can expect to see (or rather, what we know we won’t see).

The Twitter account for Amazon’s untitled Lord of the Rings show tweeted out an image of a map of Middle-Earth and the message “Welcome to the Second Age,” seemingly confirming that the show will take place long before the events of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, which took place toward the tail end of the Third Age. That means we won’t be seeing young Aragorn, but there’s still a chance that we’ll see Elrond, Galadriel, and possibly some other elves.  Read more…

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Ari Aster, the first-time writer/director of Hereditary, has set up his sophomore effort. Titled Midsommar, the feature will again be distributed by A24 (understandably, since Hereditary became their top-grossing release) and is another drama with horror elements that is sure to get under our skin.

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Paramount has been developing a remake of Pet Sematary since 2011, but the massive success of It has Hollywood scrambling to catch the heat of Stephen King mania. The favor for the author's work has already continued into Netflix's Gerald's Game and 1922. Now we're looking at a new adaptation of Pet Sematary coming soon.

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Here’s The Good News About Minimum Wage

WHAT’S THE NEWS ON MINIMUM WAGE?

Put simply, we are seeing progress around the country when it comes to raising the minimum wage. Since 2016, five states and the District of Columbia have raised their wage floor to $ 15 per hour. My home state of Illinois was the latest state to get on the bandwagon, and other states like Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Hawaii are considering legislation as well.

And a number of states have moved to increase their wages to $ 12 an hour in recent years. Combined, these efforts have the potential to benefit millions of workers.

THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE IS CURRENTLY AT $ 7.25. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME WE SAW THE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE RISE?

The last time the federal minimum wage was raised, to the current $ 7.25 per hour rate, was in July of 2009. Put simply, we have not seen the federal minimum wage adjusted in the decade since the financial crisis. Since then we’ve had positive economic growth, which has been accompanied by inflation.

This means goods cost more, and those dependent on the federal minimum wage jobs have seen their paychecks remain stagnant. Because of this, supporters of minimum wage hikes have turned to the states. And based upon the changes we have seen in the last few years – from referendums to legislation – proponents of a minimum wage have made significant progress.

THERE IS ALWAYS OPPOSITION TO MINIMUM WAGE HIKES. WHAT ARE THE ECONOMICS OF THESE POLICY CHANGES?

Supporters of increases in the wage floor argue that increasing pay for minimum wage workers reduces income inequality and assure that full-time workers with families don’t live in poverty. But those in opposition to minimum wage hikes contend they lead to job losses, higher prices, and hurt smaller businesses who have low profit margins already.

Interestingly, a number of recent studies have found that job losses resulting from minimum wage hikes are significantly smaller than many previously believed them to be. However, the statistic that really sticks out in my mind involves a historical comparison: adjusted for inflation, the current minimum wage is lower than it was in the 1960s.

It is often overlooked that the federal minimum wage, and most state minimum wage rates, are not indexed to inflation. This means that as the cost of living rises and the wage floor remains the same, minimum wage workers get left behind.

WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM A MINIMUM WAGE OF $ 15?

Great question, Tom. The Economic Policy Institute ran the numbers and the findings were really interesting. According to EPI, the typical worker who would benefit from a $ 15 minimum wage is a 35-year-old woman with some college-level coursework who works full-time. While many think of young people when they hear the phrase minimum wage, less than 10 percent of those who would benefit are teenagers.

By comparison, more than half are adults between the ages of 25 and 54. Nearly 6 in 10 (58 percent) are women, a full 60 percent work full-time, and 28 percent have children. And communities of color would see significant upside. Thirty-eight percent of African-American workers and one-third of Latino workers would get a raise if the federal minimum wage were increased to $ 15.

AND HOW WOULD WORKERS BENEFIT FROM A $ 15 MINIMUM WAGE NATIONWIDE?

The House of Representatives has proposed the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, which would gradually lift the minimum wage to $ 15 per hour by 2024, and the Economic Policy Institute has found the benefits would be truly staggering. Forty million workers— 26.6 percent of the U.S. workforce – would see a pay raise. That includes two-thirds (67.3 percent) of the working poor in our country. Full-time minimum wage earners would see an extra $ 3,000 a year. Finally, a $ 15 minimum wage by 2024 would generate $ 120 billion in higher wages and potentially boost the economy as workers were able to spend more.


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Oscar Winner Rami Malek to Play the Next Bond Villain; Here’s Everything We Know

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For the 25th official installment of the James Bond franchise, fans expect something special. Fortunately, the next movie, which is currently known as "Bond 25," should be a treat. Not only is Daniel Craig planning to finish out his run as 007 with a bang, but the series also has a newly cemented Oscar winner set to play the movie’s villain.

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New ‘Dark Phoenix’ Trailer Darkens the X-Men Universe: Here’s Everything We Know

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An all-new take on a classic X-Men comic book story, Dark Phoenix looks set to establish its own ground rules when it hits the big screen. The action-adventure revolves around Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), who is affected by a powerful cosmic force while on a rescue mission, becoming far more unstable than ever before.

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'Drainer Bot' may be draining your phone battery: Here's how to stop it

If you’ve noticed that your smartphone’s battery seems like it’s draining faster than normal, it may not be your imagination.

A stealth program dubbed “DrainerBot” may be the culprit.

DrainerBot is a piece of software that has been embedded in hundreds of apps in the Google Play Store. The program, which downloads hidden or invisible video ads, is linked to a major fraud campaign.

It could also be costing you big money in the form of high data overages. In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know about DrainerBot and outline some steps to help you remove it.

DrainerBot: 3 things you need to know about the software that could be stealing your battery life

  • It appears to have been downloaded 10 million times
  • It can consume up to 10GBs of data per month
  • It appears to have only infected Android devices

The purpose of DrainerBot appears to be to artificially (and illegally) inflate video ad view numbers. It does that by downloading gigabytes of video ads into your smartphone.

Even though you can’t see the video ads, those views are counted. The scheme is literally costing advertisers and phone users a fortune, according to Oracle, which exposed the software in a news release.

“The DrainerBot code appears to have been distributed via an infected SDK [Software Development Kit] integrated into hundreds of popular consumer Android apps and games like ‘Perfect365,’ ‘VertexClub,’ ‘Draw Clash of Clans,’ ‘Touch ‘n’ Beat – Cinema,’ and ‘Solitaire: 4 Seasons (Full),” Oracle said in a statement.

Here are some signs that your Android device may be infected with DrainerBot

According to Oracle, here are some signs that your phone may have an app infected by DrainerBot:

  • Apps crash your phone more often and programs become sluggish
  • Your phone’s battery lasts only a short time and it’s hot to the touch
  • Your phone is using dramatically more data than it did before installing a particular app

Here are the 2 ways to stop DrainerBot on your phone

You may not know where to start when it comes to finding out which particular app may be infected with DrainerBot. So here’s what you should do:

Go to Settings > Data Usage > App Data Usage and see if any apps are using an incredibly high amount of data. If so, they may be infected with DrainerBot. Once you’ve identified the data-draining app you can:

1. Delete the app in question

or

2. Open your settings and restrict the app’s permissions

A. Go to Settings, then click on Apps.

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B. Scroll to the individual app you want to access.

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C. Click on the app and go to App Info. You should then see Permissions.

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D. From there, click on App Permissions and adjust it accordingly.

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If you find that your phone is still sluggish or your battery is still draining faster than normal, locate another app that may be taking up a large amount of your phone’s bandwidth and repeat step 1 or 2.

Use this opportunity to review your phone’s privacy and security settings. Make any adjustments so that you can have the security and privacy you need when using your phone.

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Here’s when you should really book your flights

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Booking flights is usually a time filled with excitement as means a vacation is coming. Don’t you sometimes wish your flight could be just a little cheaper though? If you’ve been thinking there must be a cheaper way to book your flights then you’re in luck, there is! It all depends on when you book them, and these are the best ways to book your flights.

Private browsing

First things first, when you’re shopping around for flights you’re going to want to do it incognito. Those pesky airlines are monitoring you every time you check their prices online. Every time you go back to their website the prices will go up, so the best way to stop that from happening is to use your web browser’s private function. It’s normally a box you can check in the options section and is very easy to turn on. Using this will prevent airlines from tracking your browsing history as it stops your cookies being made available.

Paying in other currencies

Sometimes it’s actually cheaper to pay in a different currency. You can see what payment options you have available to you and then do a quick currency conversion to see if it would be better to pay using a different one. Check with your credit card company that you are not charged for using different currencies as that can basically wipe out the saving you might have made.

Book well in advance

It is amazing how much money people can save on their flights if they just book them well in advance. As it gets closer to the flying date airlines know they can bump up the price, especially if the flight is filling up fast. Make sure you get in ahead of the rush and book your flight at least four weeks before departing. Try not to book them too early either though as those tickets also come at a premium. Booking four to eight weeks before you’re due to fly is the best time for cheap flights. If you’re traveling to your destination for a major holiday the best time to book is one month before the big day, and six before Christmas and New Years Day.

Booking on Tuesdays or Wednesdays

Airlines often have sales during the week and these two days are the most common for them. Also, when you’re booking your flight try to fly out on a Tuesday or a Saturday. People who are traveling for business tend to fly on the Monday and those going on vacation will want the entire weekend. That’s where you can swoop in and take the cheap airline seats before anyone else does. Airlines want to fill their planes, so these are great days to fly to keep your costs low.

These helpful little tips will make sure you have more money in your wallet to spend on vacation, rather than spending all your cash getting there. Always explore your booking options, get in there nice and early, and turn on your private browsing, it’s really worth it.

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Kourt and Scott have been through a lot in their nine-years-long relationship before putting an end to it, but nowadays, they seem to be in a great place!

As fans know, the exes often go on vacations together with the children, and some of those have even included the man’s current girlfriend, Sofia Richie, which only proves how healthy their co-parenting is!

While stopping by the Today Show on Thursday, Kourtney got candid about her and Scott’s relationship and what message she’s trying to send through it.

‘I feel like I can show a message, too, of like parents can get along and work together and travel together. And I think it’s a good message to show other people. I am not doing it for that reason, but I think the positive things that we are doing is nice too,’ the mother of three shared.

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This comes nearly a year after Kourtney met up with congressional leaders and discussed updating the cosmetics legislation so the products generally used would no longer contain dangerous chemicals.

She has now teamed up with the Environmental Working Group to reach that goal.

‘I shouldn’t have to be standing in the bathroom scanning to know what products I am using are safe or not safe. Especially products for my kids,’ the star argued.

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After the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl 53, some New Orleans Saints fans —and even a few players — couldn’t resist mocking the low-scoring game.

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What does a national emergency mean? Here’s what happens if Donald Trump declares one

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on January 8th. On Friday, January 25th, President Donald Trump said he would agree to temporarily reopen the government but, if Congress continued to reject his plans for a border wall, he may declare a “national emergency.”

President Donald Trump is caught between a wall and a hard place. With a $ 5.7 billion price tag, his proposed southern border wall has divided Congress and sent the nation into its 18th day of a government shutdown—stranding some 800,000 federal employees without pay. On Tuesday night Trump is scheduled to address the nation, interrupting prime-time on broadcast networks for the first time in his presidency.

While a senior White House official told The Washington Post that the president plans to use the airtime to garner support for the wall, it remains unclear whether he might make a more drastic proclamation instead—declaring a “national emergency” and freeing himself to implement more than 100 powers. By invoking such an emergency Trump could potentially begin building his wall and, in a rhetorical dodge, then announce his demands had been met and that he would agree to end the shutdown. But he may also enrage Democrats and provoke a legal battle. Here is what a national emergency really means.

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What qualifies as a “national emergency”?

In short, it depends. According to a report put together by the Brennan Center for Justice, both the president and Congress can declare a national emergency whenever they see fit. Despite the severe-sounding label, no broadly agreed-upon “emergency” is actually required. That means that while the underlying data doesn’t support parts of the Trump administration’s argument about the dangers at the souther border — for example, the number of illegal immigrants has decreased over the last two decades and, according to the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism, there is “no credible information that any member of a terrorist group has traveled through Mexico to gain access to the United States”—the president nonetheless can rule it an emergency, The New York Times explains. 

Under the National Emergencies Act, passed in 1976, Congress has the power to end a state of emergency declared by a president. But it has not done so in 40 years, according to the Brennan Center’s report. It seems especially unlikely that Congress would terminate the potential border-related national emergency, given its current makeup, as doing so would require a joint resolution and a signature from the president.

What can a president do with emergency powers?

Build a wall—maybe. Generally, emergency powers can help a president act in dire situations when executive branch’s standard capabilities are too limited. The thinking is that the president is ultimately tasked with safeguarding a nation’s safety and prosperity and, in a crisis, should be empowered to move swiftly as needed.

The Brennan Center identified 136 additional statutory powers that a president may use in the case of a national emergency, two of which may apply to the border wall. The first permits the president to use funding already allocated to military construction to begin “military construction projects not otherwise authorized by law.” The second statute allows the president to take away troops and other resources from Department of Army civil works projects and apply them to “authorized civil works, military construction and civil defense projects that are essential to the national defense.”

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Is that legal?

While both of these statutes provide some legal cover if the president declares a state of emergency to fund the border wall, they each raise important questions. For example, does the wall qualify as “military construction”—a necessary component to the first statute? Or, as the second requires, has Congress already “authorized” a wall? Should the wall’s construction via an emergency be challenged in court, the Supreme Court would likely have to weigh in.

Do presidents regularly declare national emergencies?

Yes. Since the National Emergencies Act became law, presidents have declared at least 58 states of emergency, excluding weather-related events, USA Today reported. In 2009, President Barack Obama declared a national emergency amid the outbreak of H1N1, better known as swine flu and allowed the waiving of some rules such as privacy laws.

What now?

Wait until Trump’s speech at 9 p.m. ET, with a Democratic rebuttal to follow and the networks vowing to provide extensive fact-checking, given the president’s history of untruths and distortions.

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Recently, I took a trip to Beleza Natural in Harlem to get my hair done. This Brazilian salon and haircare brand is bringing their techniques to the US and I got a first-hand experience with their products at the new salon. The one great thing about Beleza Natural is that they are serious about haircare and their stylists and technicians not only do your hair but also teach you about your hair. It’s incredible and perfect for the woman (like me) who always has a ton of questions when it comes to hair and haircare, particularly for my Type 4 texture.

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My stylist, Shantelle Kelly was responsible for trimming my hair, blow drying, and providing me with a silk press that has lasted almost a week and through two workouts. (Seriously). Beleza Natural has a technique for everything. First: they only do curly cuts in the salon. Kelly explained, “a good thing about a curly cut is that you can see what’s going on with the hair.” I had only had a curly cut once before. I’m not sure I’m “sold” on curly cuts, but I’m not opposed to getting one done again. If you wear your hair in a wash and go, I would definitely suggest a curly cut or trim as you can shape your hair better.

Now, when you are blowdrying and flat ironing your hair, you want to protect your curl pattern. First off, use the blow dryer to get your hair as straight as possible. Think of the flat iron as the finishing technique, not the step to do all the work to get your hair straight. When you are blow drying your hair, your hair should be wet. Like wet, wet. Kelly was spritzing water in my hair before she started blow drying it. She explained, “Water helps to make the natural hair smooth and to stretch it.” Wow! Normally, after I’m out of the shower, I’ll t-shirt dry my hair, trying to get it as dry as I can, THEN blow dry it. Nope, nope, nope. That was a major hair no-no. I didn’t even know!

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I’m a fan of Kelly’s technique. As you can see, my hair turned out smooth, silky, and lasted a week!

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones.

The new Game of Thrones teaser that debuted ahead of Sunday night’s True Detective premiere opened with Jon Snow (Kit Harington) walking solemnly through the crypts of Winterfell and seemed to hint at a long-awaited reveal.

As Jon passes by the effigy of Lyanna Stark in the teaser we see the feather. Fans might recognize that it’s the very same feather that Robert Baratheon placed in her statue’s hand in the series’ first episode. The feather flutters to the ground behind Jon and he looks back, appearing confused, before continuing down the tunnel.

As fans know but Jon Snow is not yet aware, the King in the North is not actually the illegitimate son of Ned Stark, but rather the child of Ned’s sister, Lyanna, and Rhaegar Targaryen. In a series of flashbacks shown in the season 7 finale, it was revealed that Rhaegar wed Lyanna after annuling his marriage to Elia Martell. Lyanna then gave birth to Jon — whose real name is Aegon Targaryen — before she died, making him a trueborn Targaryen.

Lyanna and Rhaegar were very much in love when she ran away to be with him while still betrothed to Robert. However, Robert was blinded by his feelings for Lyanna and incited a rebellion against the Targaryen throne by claiming that Rhaegar kidnapped and raped her. Many in the Seven Kingdoms still believe that Robert’s version of events was credible.

But after seeing Robert’s feather finally fall from Lyanna’s statue in the new teaser, some fans are speculating that the truth about Lyanna, Rhaegar and Jon will finally be revealed to all in season 8.

“Jon walking by and blowing the feather off the statue is symbolic of the fact that Jon is a child of Lyanna and the Targaryen,” one reddit user posits. “Jon’s existence is a symbol of Lyanna’s rejection of Robert’s love for her. Jon is a force of revealing the truth and his character destroys the lies everyone believes.”

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If you’re a talented gymnast vaulting extremely high in the air in your immaculate floor routine, and your spirits are even higher, people notice.

So when UCLA shared a video of NCAA champion gymnast Katelyn Ohashi handily earning a perfect 10 score with her gymnast routine to Michael Jackson medley at Saturday’s Under Armor’s 2019 Collegiate Challenge, she got a whole lot of praise from some pretty high-profile people via Twitter.

In the clip, UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi made sticking a flawless landing after nailing three backflips and landing into a split look like pure fun, and the crowd lapped it up. She did it all with unbridled joy and a million-watt smile to the tune of songs like Jackson’s “I Want You Back,” and Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation.”

That ability has lead the video to garner more than 15 million views of Monday morning, more views than Los Angeles has people.

You’ll want to orient yourself with her athletic career.

Ohashi moonwalked into tying for first place at last year’s Pac-12 Championships with a routine that earned a 9.95 out of 10 on the scorecard, and resulted in a video that got 90 million views. That was her personal best to beat, UCLA coach Valorie Kondos Field told the Los Angeles Times.

She’s since proven she has a cheery online presence, laughing at some of the major shoutouts.

The elite floor exercise athlete competes on the college level. She had originally set her sights on the Olympics, but decided to leave that behind according to The Players’ Tribune. “There was a time where I was on top of the world, an Olympic hopeful,” she explained during the video. “I was unbeatable, until I wasn’t.”

But that hasn’t stopped her from wowing millions of new fans.

According to her official UCLA website bio, the Katelyn Ohashi floor routine, as it is now known, was by no means the first perfect 10 score for the six-time all-American — and two were on the beam.

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It sounds like Gwen was left with some deep emotional scars by her divorce, but because Blake was there to pick up the pieces soon after, she is much better today.

After things ended between her and Gavin Rossdale, Blake showed Gwen that a healthy relationship was not a myth.

The source shared with HollywoodLife that ‘Gwen is thankful for Blake and what he has done for her for many reasons, but she was truly skeptical about finding love again until connecting with Blake. She was scared to jump into things with him because she was incredibly hurt from her divorce.’

‘Though she has moved on from Gavin, she still deals with the pain and scars of that, which is why she is happy with where she and Blake are currently at.’

Her first marriage crumbling like that really made Gwen wary of marrying anyone again – even the amazing Blake Shelton!

But still, before meeting him, Gwen felt like she could not even entertain the idea of getting married again.

When he came along, he managed to make her open up more.

The insider made it very clear that the star has never really felt this happy in a relationship, which is also how Blake feels.

The man simply worships her and thinks all of her characteristics are attractive, including her strength and being a great mom to her sons.

So while before, Gwen was very scared of the idea of marriage, now she is much more open to it, and Blake is very thankful for that.

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Beyoncé Planning To Shop At Target ‘More Often’ After Unexpected Appearance There – Here’s Why!

Fans were surprised to see none other than Beyonce being relatable by shopping at Target. However, one source tells HollywoodLife that she is not planning her affordable shopping spree to be a one-time thing.

According to the insider, Bey has not only been to the department store before, she is totally willing to repeat the experience in the future too!

‘She likes doing what everyone finds regular because she wants to do regular things herself from time to time. It can’t always be glitz and glamour,’ the source went on to explain for the news outlet.

Apparently, going to places like Target means something special for the superstar.

‘It makes Beyoncé feel normal doing normal things like shopping at Target. She actually would love to do more of it. She misses regular life sometimes and it keeps her grounded. To be connected to real life is something that Beyoncé cherishes so chances are we will see her out and about again just living her life.’

So who knows? Maybe next time you’re out shopping, you might just run into Queen Bey!

When she appeared at that particular Target on Monday, Beyonce was not alone!

Her firstborn, daughter Blue Ivy was with her as well, and that makes sense since previous insider reports have claimed she wants to raise her young ones in an as normal as possible environment as well.

Still, people were shocked to meet the artist at Target, and even fellow celebs reacted to it, Chrissy Teigen having a very funny comment on the whole thing.

‘Beyonce you are so silly, I can just send you my new knives!!’ she jokingly tweeted after the news spread.

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‘Venom’ Sequel Officially in the Works; Here’s Everything We Know

Sony has a new comic book movie franchise, and the studio didn’t even need Spider-Man to make it happen – not on screen, anyway. Venom, a Marvel Comics character associated with Spidey, made his solo screen debut this past fall, and the movie has gone on to gross more than $ 850 million worldwide. Despite critics not liking it (28% on Rotten Tomatoes), moviegoers have been loving Venom and want more.

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Here’s What’s New on Netflix in January 2019 — And What’s Leaving

Netflix is heading into the new year with lots of new TV, movies and original shows set to join the streaming service in January.

For those looking to start 2019 on a mission of decluttering, organizational expert Marie Kondo is bringing her talents to a new original series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Classic favorites, including the Indiana Jones series, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pulp Fiction, Swingers and The Addams Family will all be on Netflix starting January 1. And fans of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt can say goodbye to Kimmy, Titus, Lillian and Jacqueline a final time when the show returns for the second half of its last season.

A collection of titles are also leaving Netflix in the new year, leaving about a month to catch up on movies like The Godfather, The Shining and The Princess Diaries.

See what else will be streaming on—and leaving—Netflix in January.

Here’s are the TV shows, movies and originals coming to Netflix in January 2019.

January 1

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 3

Across the Universe

Babel

Black Hawk Down

City of God

COMEDIANS of the world

Definitely, Maybe

Godzilla

Happy Feet

Hell or High Water

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

It Takes Two

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Jersey Boys

Mona Lisa Smile

Mr. Bean’s Holiday

Pan’s Labyrinth

Pinky Malinky

Pulp Fiction

Swingers

Tears of the Sun

The Addams Family

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Dark Knight

The Departed

The Mummy

The Mummy Returns

The Strangers

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Watchmen

xXx

XXX: State of the Union

January 2

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

January 4

And Breathe Normally

Call My Agent!: Season 3

El Potro: Unstoppable

Lionheart

January 9

GODZILLA The Planet Eater

Solo: A Star Wars Story

January 10

When Heroes Fly

January 11

Friends from College: Season 2

ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium

Sex Education

Solo

The Last Laugh

January 15

Revenger

Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry

January 16

American Gangster

January 17

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

January 18

Carmen Sandiego

Close

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

GIRL

Grace and Frankie: Season 5

IO

Soni

The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes: Season 2 Part B

Trigger Warning with Killer Mike

Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 5

January 21

Justice

January 24

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

January 25

Animas

Black Earth Rising

Club de Cuervos: Season 4

Kingdom

Medici: The Magnificent

Polar

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4 Part 2

January 27

Z Nation: Season 5

January 29

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All

Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp

January 30

Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles 2

TBD

Marvel’s The Punisher: Season 2

Here’s what’s leaving Netflix in January 2019.

January 1

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

Blade

Blade II

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Catwoman

Face/Off

Finding Neverland

Friday Night Lights

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

I Am Ali

Interview with the Vampire

Into the Wild

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Kung Fu Panda

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Fifteenth Year

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventeenth Year

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Sixteenth Year

Like Water for Chocolate

Love Actually

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Marie Antoinette

Meet the Fockers

Meet the Parents

Million Dollar Baby

Monsters vs. Aliens

Mortal Kombat

Rent

Sharknado

Sharknado 2: The Second One

Sharknado 3

Sharknado 5

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens

The 6th Day

The Godfather

The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part III

The Green Mile

The Iron Giant

The Princess Diaries

The Queen of the Damned

The Reaping

The Shining

January 4

Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

January 13

It Follows

January 14

Armageddon

January 18

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

January 19

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring


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Here’s how to create that collage of your top nine Instagram posts from 2018

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If you’ve haven’t seen this in your Instagram feed already, just wait. It’s coming. The arrival of a new year means so many things. Turning a page on the calendar, the compilation of resolutions for the year ahead, endless lists about the “best of” this or that from 2018 — and tons of collages. Specifically, those perennial collages of nine Instagram posts that users of the Facebook-owned service create and share around this time each year. The collages represent the best (i.e., most-liked) nine images a user posted on Insta over the prior year, and this is how to create one for yourself, assuming you don’t already know how.

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Alone for the Holidays? Here’s How to Keep Yourself Sane

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For some, the holidays are the best time of the year. It means spending quality time with friends and family, holiday parties and gifts galore. For others, the holidays can be less than cheerful and seem to have a special way of making you feel awful if you’re spending the season alone.

Maybe you’re getting over a recent break up or the loss of a loved one. Maybe you’ve moved away for work or school and can’t afford to make it home in time for the holidays. Whatever the scenario, let’s be honest: being alone over the holidays sucks…and the fact that the entire world is talking about it definitely doesn’t make being alone feel any better.

If you’re one of those feeling a bit lonely this season, you’ll be surprised to know that you’re actually not alone as the holidays can be one of the loneliest times of the year. In an effort to keep your spirits up in spite of being alone, we’ve complied a few coping mechanisms to help you get through the last few days of the year. Here’s a few ways to stay sane if you’re alone during the holidays:

Create Your Own Tradition

Starting your own tradition is a great way to distract yourself from being alone over the holidays. If you have other friends, coworkers or neighbors who are also spending the holidays alone, it might be a great opportunity to start your own “Friendsgiving” or “Christmas Brunch” where you can bond over great food, great drinks and great conversation.

If you’re not up for the group activity, you can start a solo tradition too. Maybe go to the movies on Christmas, or take yourself ice skating, or treat yourself to a nice fancy dinner. If you adapt a tradition you love, you might find yourself actually looking forward to spending the holidays to disconnect from the world and reconnect with yourself.

Helping Others

Volunteering and helping others is a sure way to lift your spirits when you’re feeling down. Just knowing you’ve made a difference in someone’s life by giving back will help bring a smile to your face and remind you of how fortunate you truly are.

You can give back in many ways over the holidays by collecting toys and warm clothing for those less fortunate, delivering meals to the elderly, spending time at a nursing home or even donating to your favorite charity. Bringing joy to someone else is a beautiful way to experience joy yourself.

Set Realistic Expectations

You might feel lonely during this time of year simply due to the fact that society has placed such huge expectations on what it means to celebrate the holidays. Everywhere you turn, there are romantic holiday movies playing, family Christmas portraits being hung and social media posts giving off false perceptions that everyone is living their most picture-perfect lives.

Not having a significant other or close family might only seem weird during the time when we’re “supposed” to be going to parties, exchanging gifts and spending time with those we love. Combat those feelings by re-thinking your expectations and realize that nobody’s life truly measures up to the Hallmark Channel movies you’ve been binge watching all weekend. Instead, shift your focus to the great things you do have in life and realize that your holiday is perfectly fine just the way it is.

Remember What You’re Grateful For

Expressing gratitude might seem like something simple, but it actually has many benefits that’ll help bring you out of your holiday slump. It’s hard to focus on being thankful and feeling lonely at the same time. For example, if you’re feeling down due to the lack of love in your life, be thankful for the love that you do have whether it be from friends, family or even your pets.

Keeping a gratitude journal is also a great exercise you can try to get you in the habit of recording everything you value in life. It’s even more rewarding to read through your list of grateful moments the next time you’re feeling down.

Prepare Yourself for The Coming Year

There’s no better pick me up than reflecting on everything you’ve accomplished this year and figuring out your plan for how you’ll level up even more next year. Rather than sitting around feeling lonely, you can spend the holidays writing down your dreams and goals for the coming year and mapping out a plan on how to achieve them.

You can try creating a vision board, reading self-help books, writing motivational notes to yourself or simply writing down your list of goals using your notes app. No matter your tactic, focusing on how great the coming year can be will definitely lift your spirits and help take your mind off of feeling alone!

 

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Jordan Peele's "social horror" thriller Get Out was an unexpected success, both with audiences and critics. Soon after the film was nominated for three Academy Awards — Peele himself ended up winning an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay — Peele announced he was writing his next film and planned to direct it for Universal Pictures.

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Here’s Why Black Investors Should Consider Investing in Commercial Real Estate

Investing in commercial real estate can be confusing to new investorsdizzying numbers and jargon can make investors wary. However, investing in commercial real estate is actually easier than you think—and the perks are great to boot. Sound income potential, solid stability, and downside protection against market volatility are some of those perks.

Investing in Commercial Real Estate Doesn’t Require You to Be an Expert

Investing in real estate doesn’t demand you be an expert in real estate This is where sponsors come in. And no, a sponsor isn’t an advertiser. A sponsor is an asset operator who syndicates the funds and makes the deal happen.The sponsor handles anything from funding to managing the investment. They manage the asset. You collect the income.

 

Commercial Real Estate is a Long-Term Investment

Another upside to investing in commercial real estate is its long-term focus. It protects your downside and is engineered to collect big returns over time. On the flip side, if you’re just looking to make quick buck, real estate might not be the right investment space for you. Plus your money’s locked up for a pre-set contractual period — you can’t just cash out anytime you want.

Crowdfunding Allows Everyday Folks to Own Commercial Property for Under $ 1000

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, signed in 2012, allows everyday investors to own a piece of assets such as the World Trade Center through real estate crowdfunding. There are tons of online marketplaces that give you access to syndicated deals. And if you’re not into that? Well, there’s always REITs.

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