Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ Moves Ahead With Chloe Zhao Directing; Here’s Everything We Know

Marvel's 'Eternals' Moves Ahead With Chloe Zhao Directing; Here's Everything We Know

Just five months ago, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said 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. 

While not officially greenlight and set for production or a release date just yet, Eternals does have writers and a director in place, according to The…

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Here’s why everyone’s talking about Brad and Angelina’s ‘secret face to face meetings’

But what does it all mean?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Credit: REX

Despite filing for divorce 27 months ago, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s custody battle is still ongoing – yes, really.

When Angelina Jolie originally filed for primary physical custody of their six children back in 2016, Brad Pitt kept a relatively low profile, and although we knew they were disputing over custody in court, little news has since emerged.

Then three months ago, the former couple’s divorce took a turn, with a court order issued over the custody of Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 9-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.

The verdict? Angelina was reportedly required to give Brad more access to their children and help improve their relationship, with Brad given unrestricted phone rights and summer visitation.

Then it all got very messy, with Angelina claiming that Brad had yet to pay any meaningful child support, and Brad’s team calling it ‘a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage’.

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This week however it emerged that the Pitt-Jolies could be moving forward, with it reported that the former couple had seen each other in ‘secret face to face meetings’.

The topic of these meetings? Well, according to Entertainment Tonight, they have focused on co-parenting amicably, with both parties reportedly keen to do what’s best for their children.

‘Brad and Angelina actually set up a secret meeting at her house,’ the source added. ‘It’s the first time they have truly gotten together to make things work since their group therapy with the children.’

And the verdict? ‘Brad and Angie’s meeting was a success. They are going to stay with the plan set forth through the courts.’

‘Angelina decided it was time to try to make things work and Brad was relieved and very ready for the offer,’ the source concluded. ‘Brad has been dedicated to making peace throughout the process and now it finally seems like they are at a point where they can create a calmer situation for the kids.’

Well, that sounds like it’s good news all around.

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Cary Fukunaga Will Direct the Next James Bond Movie; Here’s Everything We Know

Cary Fukunaga Will Direct the Next James Bond Movie; Here's Everything We Know

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 new director with a terrific track record on board. 

Replacing the recently departed Danny Boyle, True Detective and Beasts of No Nation (above) director Cary Fukunaga has been tapped by…

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Booking vacation to Bermuda vs. a new kitchen: Here’s how some people misuse their home equity loan

No, you should not use that home equity line of credit to fund your vacation to Bermuda. You also shouldn't use it to pay for the utilities. 
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Patrick Stewart Joins the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot; Here’s Everything We Know

Patrick Stewart Joins the 'Charlie's Angels' Reboot; Here's Everything We Know

The Angels are heading to the big screen once again. Originally a TV series in the 1970s, Charlie's Angels was later adapted into a 2000 action comedy that continued the canon of the show, and that spawned one sequel three years later. In 2011, there was a TV series reboot on the small screen, but it was very short-lived. Now, Sony is bringing the property back to theaters with a new version that will hopefully start a new film franchise.

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First Friday Night Lights was a 2004 movie starring Billy Bob Thornton, and then it became one of the few movies to successfully transition into a hit television show. The TV show, starring Kyle Chandler, aired for five seasons (from 2006 to 2011), and like its cinematic predecessor, tracked the trials and tribulations of a small Texas town obsessed with its high school football team. In Texas, football is a religion, especially at the high school level, and the stories told in both the film and…

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First Look at Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker’; Here’s Everything We Know

First Look at Joaquin Phoenix in 'Joker'; Here's Everything We Know

Warner Bros. and DC are definitely keeping things interesting with their comic book movies. In addition to recently 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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Here’s how Paul Manafort might be helpful to the Russia investigation

Paul Manafort has worn many hats: an international political operative, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Trump confidant Roger Stone’s business partner and now government witness.


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Here’s How a Newlywed Couple Paid Off $50K in Debt in Less Than Three Years


After college sweethearts Brittney and Ryan Lynn got married in 2012, they began a challenging rite of passage many newlywed couples experience: Combining finances.

Ryan had always been a fan of tracking his finances (though not budgeting — and there’s a difference), but Brittney wasn’t as aware of her financial situation. With the wedding in the rearview mirror, the Lynns knew it was time to gain a true understanding of their finances as a couple.

Brittney and Ryan sat at their dining room table in Milwaukee, laptops handy, combing through their various bank and credit card accounts. The Lynns had amassed a little over $ 50,000 in debt — student loans, some credit card debt and one personal loan made up the damage.

“That night was not fun,” Brittney recalls. “I remember crying and being really upset. We began to ask ourselves, ‘What are we going to do?’”

While the amount they owned shocked them, the Lynns developed a plan and made major life changes, and less than three years later, paid off the entire $ 50K. They now live debt-free.

Aftershock: Formulating a Plan to Get Out of Debt

Brittney admits that even after learning of the $ 50,000 debt, she was still somewhat in denial about the gloomy finances. After all, until that time the couple hadn’t been tracking their money together.

“Seeing it down on paper made me realize we had to come to terms with our debt and do something different,” Brittney says.

With new vigor, the couple sprung into action. Their first move involved a somewhat controversial figure: financial guru Dave Ramsey.

Known for his abrasive personality and bold views on money (like not believing in credit card use), Ramsey has published finance books, runs live events and online trainings, and hosts a podcast.

Ryan knew of Ramsey, and asked Brittney if she’d be open to testing his methods. “In the beginning, I was kind of against it because from the outside, Ramsey doesn’t seem like the type of personality I’d mesh with,” Brittney says.

Ryan encouraged her to listen to Ramsey’s podcast.

She quickly became enamored by his “debt-free scream” segments, where those who had successfully followed his practices shared their financial story and got to physically scream that they were debt-free.

“I was so inspired listening to these stories,” Brittney recalls. “That really motivated us to get started.”

Making Changes

Brittney agreed to try one of Ramsey’s popular tactics — the debt snowball method.

With this technique, you list your debts in order — from the lowest total payoff balance to the highest, regardless of interest rate. The idea is to experience a small win, gaining a psychological boost and motivation to keep going.

“I know people have different thoughts on paying the smallest debt first,” Brittney admits. “But the way we think about finances isn’t always logical. If we had chosen a larger debt to pay off, it would have taken so long to reach a win. We might not have continued.”

The first debt the couple cleared was a credit card with a $ 300 balance.

“After paying that first credit card bill, we were so motivated,” Brittney explains. “I became obsessed with finding as much information as possible about paying off debt.”

The Lynns didn’t follow Ramsey’s method to a T, but they adapted it to work for their lifestyle. For example, the couple still uses a credit card that they pay off every month, treating it much like a debit card.

Brittney and Ryan made several lifestyle changes, too:

  • Instead of going out to eat, Brittney found a new hobby in cooking. They packed their lunches and followed a mostly vegetarian diet, which helped save money.
  • The couple skipped going out for happy hours and coffee.
  • Both Brittney and Ryan drove old cars with no payments.
  • For a period of time, the couple got rid of cable and used Netflix and Hulu.
  • They sold items in their home they no longer needed. Ryan sold cameras he didn’t use, and Brittney sold her bridesmaid dresses on eBay.

One thing the couple didn’t skimp on? Travel.

“We love to travel, and it kept us sane,” Brittney explains. The Lynns made long weekends out of weddings they attended in various cities and took a big trip to Ireland.

“I know we could have paid off our debt sooner if we didn’t travel, but it was important to us to stay excited and not totally dread life with some of the lifestyle changes we made,” Brittney explains.

Life After Debt

a man and woman together in coats and hats outdoors, water and mountains in the background.
Brittney and Ryan stand together while touring the Ring of Kerry route in Ireland during a vacation in 2014. The couple made several lifestyle changes in a quest to pay down their debt, but one thing they didn’t skimp on was travel. “We love to travel, and it kept us sane,” Brittney explains. Photo courtesy of Brittney Lynn

In September 2015, just 2 1/2 years after their financial journey began, the Lynns wrote their final check — for one of Brittney’s student loans — and became debt-free.

At the same time, Ryan was offered a new job, so the couple moved from Milwaukee to Dallas. Brittney, a public relations professional, used the move as an opportunity to start her own business.

“It was awesome!” she says. “I was excited to have the opportunity to start a business and move to a new city knowing we wouldn’t have any debt.”

Now Brittney runs a boutique PR agency working primarily with fellow entrepreneurs. In May, she achieved a financial milestone, earning more than triple what she would’ve made  in a month at her corporate job. On the side, she hosts her “Day in the Life” podcast.

To stay on track, the Lynns have a money meeting every month to look over their budget for the next month. Borrowing an idea from Chris Harder’s “For the Love of Money” podcast, they meet at a favorite coffee shop.

“[It] makes it more fun and special,” Brittney says, “something to look forward to rather than sitting on the couch talking about how much money we spent last month.”

Want to Be Debt-Free? Follow These Tips

If you want to eliminate debt and move toward financial security like the Lynns, Brittney offers four important tips.

1. Know your money story

It’s important to remember that everyone has their own financial story and background. “Everyone views money differently,” Brittney explains. “There are many feelings and emotions around money from growing up.”

If you’re discussing money with a life partner, Brittney recommends sharing your money story honestly, staying open-minded and talking through your differences. For instance, Britney’s more of a saver while Ryan’s more of a spender. “That knowledge helped me to better communicate with Ryan,” she says.

If you’re flying solo, it still helps to understand your personal money story. Consider writing it out, thinking through how your parents and family discussed and managed money, and the way you view it now.

2. Try not to get too emotional when it comes to money talk

Financial conversations can sometimes be fraught with tension — after all, it’s not necessarily the most fun topic.

For that reason, Brittney recommends having financial conversations with a partner when you’re feeling level-headed and in a good space to talk about money. “If you enter the conversation already feeling emotional or vulnerable, it’s likely not going to go well,” she offers.

3. Start by tracking your finances

It’s almost impossible to create a budget when you have no idea how much you’re earning or spending in a given month.

Start by tracking your finances for a few months, knowing that each month will be different. From there, you’ll be able to determine the recurring expenses that are the same month to month (like your rent or utilities) and the expenses that can range in amount (like groceries or entertainment).

After gathering this data, it becomes much easier to develop a budget you can actually follow.

4. Do your research and find the tools that work for you

It may take some time to figure out which budgeting tool, resource or app will work best for your financial situation.

To stay organized, the Lynns started with a customized spreadsheet to track their finances and budget. They experimented with other apps and tools like Mint and You Need a Budget, but found that the spreadsheet was simple enough and helped keep them accountable.

It’s important to note that the Lynns’ quest for zero debt is not for everyone.

“Know your own financial situation,” Brittney says. “For people who have significantly more student loan debt, your best option probably isn’t paying off all of that debt with the income you’re making. Our best bet was paying it off ourselves.”

Ultimately, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. For example, Brittney and Ryan were in a good position to pay off their debt because they lived in an apartment and had no children.

“There’s a way out of debt for everyone, and you can still live your life and have fun,” she says. “Find what works for you and your situation, and give it your best.”

Jessica Lawlor is the president and CEO of Jessica Lawlor & Company (JL&Co), a specialty communications agency. She feels inspired to dust off her old budget spreadsheet after chatting with Brittney for this story.

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First Trailer for ‘Captive State’ Arrives; Here’s Everything We Know

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We’ve seen many movies about alien invasions, but not what happens in the ensuing years following an attack. We don’t get a lot of sequels from this sci-fi sub-genre because that tends to be overkill. But if the massive success of District 9 a decade ago taught us anything, it's that there is room for movies that skip past the actual invasion and show us life alongside the aliens post-arrival.

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Here’s why this photo of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe’s children is going viral

This is spooky.

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe. Credit: Rex

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe may have broken up over a decade ago but we’re still not over it, with Cruel Intentions fans still reminiscing over the old days, when the two Rs were nineties couple goals.

Tying the knot when they were in their early 20s, the couple split after eight years of marriage. And while neither Reese nor Ryan tends to talk openly about their past relationship, they do talk about their children, Deacon and Ava Phillippe.

In fact, it was Ryan’s Instagram activity about his two children that got the world talking this week, with a photo of Ava and Deacon going viral.

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But why? Simply for the fact that 19-year-old Ava and 14-year-old Deacon are the spitting image of Reese and Ryan – back in the day.

‘Me n mine’, Phillippe captioned the snap of him and his children, with Deacon and Ryan looking scarily similar and Ava looking identical to a young Reese.

‘Beautiful Children! I thought your daughter was Reese at first!,’ commented one user, while another posted, ‘You have beautiful kids @ryanphillippe Pretty sure they are clones of you and Reese =)’.

‘My God’, tweeted one user. ‘Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe’s kids are like mini-carbon copies!’

Those are some good genes!

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Dwayne Johnson Shares First Look at ‘Hobbs and Shaw’; Here’s Everything We Know

Dwayne Johnson Shares First Look at ‘Hobbs and Shaw’; 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 parts in the Fast and the Furious franchise as antagonists for the main team, but they’ve become the breakout favorites of the series and will likely continue a new strain to the side of the ongoing central installments led by Vin Diesel.

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Amazon and Apple are getting into medical clinics — here’s why

Health care experts weigh in on the reasons why Amazon and Apple are getting more involved in medical clinics for their employees.
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Naomi Osaka Just Won the Women’s US Open. Here’s What She’s Getting

When Naomi Osaka beat out Serena Williams in a controversial match, she became the women’s singles champion at the U.S. Open Saturday night. However, she walked off the court with more than just the prestige that comes with winning the nation’s most famous tennis tournament. She also got a $ 3.8 million check.

The prize, taken from a $ 53 million pool designated for this year’s event, is a record-breaker. It’s “the largest payout in U.S. Open history,” according to a news release. And even though Williams may have lost the match, she also got a piece of it: As the women’s singles runner-up, Williams received $ 1.85 million. (Semifinalists Madison Keys and Anastasija Sevastova, who got knocked out of the tournament on Thursday, each earned $ 925,000.)

The cash is sure to boost Osaka’s already rising status in the tennis world. According to the Women’s Tennis Association, the 20-year-old has earned over $ 3.2 million in prize money in her career so far. She’s picking up major brand deals, too: Osaka has appeared in ads for Adidas and is sponsored by Japanese TV station WOWOW and Cup Noodles maker Nissin.

The U.S. Open is known for awarding men and women equal pay — but it wasn’t always like that. The first modern U.S. Open, in 1968, gave its male winner $ 14,000, while its female winner got just $ 6,000, according to the New York Times.

Billie Jean King, the namesake of the tennis center where the U.S. Open is now played, fought for prize parity in the ’70s. King, fed up with pocketing thousands of dollars less than her male colleagues, told organizers of the 1973 U.S. Open she wasn’t going to participate unless competitors of all genders got equal pay. King even persuaded Ban deodorant to make up the $ 55,000 difference in the awards.

“Everyone thinks women should be thrilled when we get crumbs. I want women to have the cake, the icing, the cherry on top, too,” King said in 2016.

Coincidentally, it was Williams’ sister, Venus, who pushed the team behind the Wimbledon tournament to finally give men and women equal prizes in 2007. Both of the Williams women joined King earlier this year in calling for the gender pay gap to be eliminated in all jobs.

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Should You Switch to an Electric Toothbrush? Here’s All You Need to Know


Dental professionals have a certain way of making you feel like a child, even after your last baby tooth has long vanished into the Tooth Fairy’s stash.

“There’s almost no plaque on these teeth,” your hygienist might remark. “Great job!”

Or maybe you’re gently scolded for an apparent coffee habit, unable to defend yourself in the open wide position.

Either way, when we’re in that well-feared chair, we know we’re being evaluated, that our dentist can tell a lot about how well we’ve been abiding by the rules of oral hygiene. And despite the recent controversy around the ostensible claim that you don’t actually need to floss, those rules haven’t changed too much in decades.

Most of us have a handle on the basics of dental care — as in, a literal toothbrush handle. Which we know we’re supposed to operate at least twice daily. (And by the way, you should probably keep flossing.)

And some of those handles are part of electric toothbrushes. Which begs the question: Do you really need to spend upwards of $ 50 on one?

Why Are Electric Toothbrushes So Darn Expensive?

You can find rechargeable, brand-name electric toothbrushes starting at about $ 30 at Walmart—- and sometimes they’ll go on sale for as little as $ 20.

But you can just as easily spend more than $ 250 on a top-of-the-line, fancy-pants setup that includes a traveling case and five different “modes,” whatever that means.

Even with an entry-level brush, the expense continues. Along with your one-time handle purchase, you’ll also need a regular supply of replacement brush heads.

Brand-name brush heads tend to cost $ 6 to $ 8 a piece, and that’s if you buy the bulk package. If you opt for upgraded versions with extras like “plaque control,” you might spend more than $ 10 on each.

There are cheap generics, of course, though you run the risk that they won’t fit your base toothbrush.

And considering you can get a manual brush for less than a buck, even the cheapest electric option is a serious upcharge.

So is it worth it?

According to dental professionals, the answer is: Kind of. It all comes down to your behavior.

Published studies suggest that “powered” toothbrushes have an edge on their manual counterparts. But those results may have less to do with the brush itself than how you use it.

Even armed with only a plain-Jane manual brush, it’s totally possible to keep your teeth healthy. “Proper brushing technique achieves everything that even the most expensive electric toothbrush would,” notes Dr. Ron Blaise of 92 Dental. (His prescription for “proper”: soft, circular rotations across every tooth surface up to the gum line for a total of three minutes.)

That said, the built-in features of electric toothbrushes can help develop and reinforce good oral care habits.

For instance, many electric toothbrushes come with automatic timers, which can keep you honest about how long you really spend on dental hygiene.

And according to Dr. Oksana Boyechko of Shingle Springs Dental, those fancy “modes” and programs translate to a simple benefit: extending the total amount of time you brush.

I Tried the Quip Electric Toothbrush. Here’s What Happened

I’ve been an electric toothbrush user for years, having switched to a mid-range Sonicare at my dentist’s suggestion. (What can I say? I’m especially responsive to parental-brand authority.)

Each refill costs just $ 5 including shipping, which is less than I was paying in the store. Plus, I wouldn’t find myself scrubbing my teeth with bent, burned-out bristles in an effort to stretch my budget — which is important. Every dentist I talked to said using a soft brush and replacing it regularly far outweighs whether or not it’s electric.

When my Quip arrived, I was duly charmed. It has all the cute packaging and aggressively conversational marketing copy we’ve come to expect from these kinds of direct-to-door services. The helpful welcome guide even taught me a few things about proper tooth brushing. (Did you know you’re not supposed to rinse your mouth?!)

The handle is waterproof and comes with a convenient caddy that sticks to your mirror. And it is, indeed, less bulky than my electrically charged Sonicare. Quip keeps the timer feature but ditches all the extra modes that can push up the price on those astronomically expensive, brand-name versions. And the brush is covered for life as long as you stay on Quip’s refill plan.

You can even add your dentist to your online Quip profile to help them automate your six-month reminders. Which is cool in theory, but also, like, do we really want our toothbrushes to be part of the Internet of Things?

In the end, I found myself reaching for my Sonicare, bulky or no. Quip’s vibrations weren’t quite as vigorous, and I actually kind of like the bigger brush handle.

But if you’re looking for an affordable, high-quality electric toothbrush and regular, no-planning-necessary brush head replacements, Quip is a great option.

And, hey — if having an online portal for your oral-hygiene reminders gets you excited about brushing, all the more power to you.

Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) is a writer whose work has been featured at Fodor’s, Yahoo, SELF, Ms. Magazine, the Establishment, Roads & Kingdoms and other outlets.

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Mark Wahlberg Stars in First, Comic ‘Instant Family’ Trailer; Here’s Everything We Know

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Mark Wahlberg enjoyed success in the comedy Daddy's Home as a very competitive father who attempts to bond again with his children after his ex-wife remarries. In the upcoming Instant Family, Wahlberg and Rose Byrne play a couple who become foster parents to three children and quickly realize they are wholly unprepared for the experience.

Due to positive advance screenings, the film has moved its theatrical opening from February 15, 2019 to November 16. The first trailer, combining…

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New ‘Halloween’ Trailer Spotlights Jamie Lee Curtis, Badass Grandma; Here’s Everything We Know

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Forget everything you've seen or heard of the Halloween franchise in the last 40 years since the original, because a new Halloween is coming our way that's a direct sequel to the first movie only. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode in the upcoming horror thriller, which takes place after the events in John Carpenter's 1978 classic.

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Watch Ryan Gosling in Exciting New ‘First Man’ Trailer; Here’s Everything We Know

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We first heard about the prospect of Ryan Gosling portraying astronaut Neil Armstrong, best known as the first man to step foot on the moon, back in November 2015. Damien Chazelle was already set to direct the film. At the time, Gosling and Chazelle were working together on La La Land, which was released the following year and eventually earned six Academy Awards, including Best Director for Chazelle.

A new trailer for First Man has now been released and it looks absolutely thrilling….

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Dwayne Johnson to Finally Play Hawaii’s ‘King’; Here’s Everything We Know

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One of Dwayne Johnson's dream roles is finally becoming a reality. The actor has wished to play the legendary Hawaiian ruler King Kamehameha ever since he began his Hollywood career. Now, according to Deadline, he will lead the historical action movie The King, which will take him back to his Polynesian and Hawaiian roots, for Warner Bros. and New Line. 

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Final ‘The Predator’ Trailer Lets the Dogs Out; Here’s Everything We Know

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Cover yourself in mud and get to the choppah, because The Predator is on its way. The fourth movie in the series about lethal alien "space hunters" — or sixth, if we count the Alien vs. Predator crossovers — looks to be a very different take on a property that began with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the jungles of South America in 1987. 

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Here’s What Really Happens to Your Credit When You Seek Debt Counseling


If you’re struggling with debt, it can be hard to determine the best method for getting rid of it. Snowball? Avalanche? Consolidation? Should you freeze your credit card in a block of ice, or cut it up and toss it in the trash?

If questions about paying off debt have your head swimming, it might be worth your time to speak with a debt counselor. Also referred to as credit counselors, these are trained individuals who can review your financial situation and make recommendations to improve it. They might help you organize your credit accounts, obtain a credit report or develop a budget.

Depending on your situation, a debt counselor may even help you set up a plan to pay off your debt. More on that later — for now, let’s focus on what a debt counselor does and whether you could benefit from working with one.

When Should I Work With a Debt Counselor?

If you’re afraid you can’t make your debt payments each month, or you feel like you’ll never get out of debt no matter how hard you try, it can be helpful to speak with a debt counselor. As an impartial third party, a qualified counselor can provide advice and tips based on your specific situation.

How Can I Find a Debt Counselor?

To find a reputable debt counselor, check out the Financial Counseling Organization of America or the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Each maintains a directory of member organizations — most of them nonprofits — that serve a variety of needs.   

A legitimate organization will be happy to provide information about its services for free, without requiring you to disclose your financial situation.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recommends that you ask potential debt counselors these questions:

  • What services do you offer?
  • How is credit counseling offered?
  • Do you offer free educational materials?
  • What are your fees?
  • What if I can’t afford to pay the fees?
  • Will I have a formal written agreement with you?
  • What are the counselors’ qualifications?
  • How are your employees paid?

As always, be sure to get everything in writing and read the fine print before signing up for any service. The CFPB recommends avoiding organizations that pressure you into a debt management plan before fully considering your financial situation.

What Can I Expect When I Meet a Debt Counselor?

Your first meeting with a debt counselor, whether in person or on the phone, should last about an hour. After the call, the counselor will typically provide a written report with the details of your situation and recommendations. This report won’t be packed with surprises. It will review what you discussed and the next steps, which you likely discussed as well.

Even if a debt management plan isn’t right for you, a debt counselor may still be able to provide services to improve your finances. A debt counselor can review your credit report and help you dispute errors. They can also guide you toward free educational resources to boost your financial know-how.

What’s a Debt Management Plan?

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A debt management plan rolls all your debts into one monthly payment to make it easier to manage. If you choose to use one, your debt counselor’s organization will set up the plan and work with your creditors to make sure everyone gets paid on time.

Debt management plans usually don’t reduce your debt, but they may reduce your interest rates by as much as half or extend your payment timeline to make paying your debt more manageable.

You can expect a setup fee of no more than $ 50 to participate in a debt management program and pay your debt through your debt counselor’s organization. Monthly fees are normal for debt management plans, but they also shouldn’t be more than $ 50.

Don’t plan to keep racking up debt, though — your lines of credit will be closed or suspended while you’re in a debt repayment plan.

Initiating a debt management plan could cause a dip in your credit score, because it indicates you’re struggling with your finances. But as you build a payment history through the plan, your score will likely improve.  

What Other Options Do I Have?

You don’t have to be seeking a debt management program or headed toward bankruptcy (debt counseling is required before filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy) to work with a debt counselor.

But if you’re not sure whether you’re ready to talk to someone about your credit or debt concerns, you can take steps to try to improve your financial situation on your own. You may be able to consolidate your debt or negotiate your credit interest rates. Or you may simply need a nudge to choose a debt payoff method — snowball versus avalanche, anyone? — and stick to the plan while you make steady progress.

Lisa Rowan is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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Will Solar Panels Really Save You Money? Here’s What You Need to Know


Carol Marks’ monthly electric bill was between $ 250 and $ 300 before she had solar panels installed on her home.

Her first bill afterward, in June — one of the hotter months in her home state of Florida — was $ 45.

“Living in the Sunshine State and the Sunshine City, it seemed like a natural thing to do,” says Marks, co-chairwoman of the sustainability action team of the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area. “Why not use power that’s available to us that comes from the sun?”

For Marks, the decision to go solar was relatively easy, but how do you decide whether the change makes sense for you?

“Generally, it’s good for consumers and the environment, but everybody’s situation is different,” says Susan Grant, director of consumer protection and privacy at the Consumer Federation of America, an association of nonprofit consumer groups. “It depends on where they live, the design of the home, the installation cost and expected savings.”

How to Save Money Going Solar

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Technicians from Solar Source install solar panels on a house in Dunedin, Florida. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

One of the biggest advantages of installing residential solar panels is a 30% federal tax credit on the total cost of a system. That means homeowners — but not renters — can subtract the credit from the federal income taxes they owe, in effect reducing the price of their solar purchase by nearly one-third.

Congress authorized the credit through 2019, but it will decline to 26% in 2020 and 22% in 2021 and then disappear. The credit could save the average homeowner $ 5,000 or more (depending on the size of the system), according to EnergySage, a solar marketplace with a calculator to help estimate savings.

It may seem obvious, but access to sunlight is important. If your roof is deeply shaded by trees, mountains or buildings, solar panels won’t work well. Unsurprisingly, California leads the nation in residential solar capacity, but some of the others in the top 10 may surprise you.

It’s important to have a basic idea of how the panels work as well. Also known as photovoltaic panels, they are mounted on the roof of a house and use sunlight to produce electricity. An important part of any solar system is a box called an inverter, which often is installed in the garage and converts electricity produced by the panels (DC) into the kind that’s required to operate home appliances (AC).

At times, the panels will produce more electricity than is needed to power a home. The extra electricity can be sold back to the power company in an arrangement called net metering. It’s done through a two-way meter installed by the electric company, and it can keep your electric bill low. Duke Energy, which operates in six states, charges a $ 100 interconnection fee that includes the meter, company spokesman Randy Wheeless says. The fee can run as high as $ 300 and often is handled by the installer, who includes it in the total job price, says Emma  Rodvien, an operations director for Solar United Neighbors, a co-op that operates in eight states and the District of Columbia.

Do Your Homework

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Technician Curtis Cube installs an inverter for a solar system at a house in Dunedin, Florida.  The inverter converts direct current from the solar panels into alternating current for use in the house. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

You wouldn’t buy a car without checking out the features, comparing models and knowing the price, would you? Well, much more so with solar panels — which are likely to remain on your roof for at least 25 years.

“It is something that people really need to do their homework on before they decide to invite any company to make a sales pitch, and certainly before they sign up with anybody,” Grant says. “It’s a big commitment.”

Wendy Barsell, executive director of the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group, agrees. Her advice applies to consumers in all states.

  1. Ask homeowners who have bought the panels how well they are working. What are the benefits and drawbacks? How long did the installation take? Did the installer do a good job? Was the power company easy to work with? How much money are they saving?
  2. Get referrals from neighbors, coworkers and friends. Search the company on online review sites; some consumers have complained about confusing contracts, misleading sales pitches and poor installation. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners has a list of certified installers, and state groups such as the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association maintain their own lists of preferred companies. You should also check with your state to make sure the contractor is licensed to perform solar installations. Licensed contractors generally must carry insurance, but homeowners should verify that they do.
  3. Get several estimates, ask plenty of questions and don’t be pressured to make a snap decision. We’re talking about an expense that runs an average of $ 18,840 for a 6 kW system and $ 31,400 for a 10 kW system, according to EnergySage.  “Get proposals from different companies that may have different ideologies, methods, product brands and information on how to make a decision,” Barsell says.
  4. Learn what you need. Systems are sized based on your consumption, the size of the sunny space on your roof and how much you can afford, according to Solar United Neighbors. The bigger the system, the more energy it produces (and the more expensive it is).
  5. Don’t sign a contract unless you understand everything, including your expected return on investment and break-even point. If your electric rates are high, you’ll pay off the cost a lot sooner, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
  6. Decide how you’re going to pay for the system — purchase, lease or what’s known as a solar power purchase agreement, in which the consumer buys the power but doesn’t own the system. Consumer Reports advises anyone who can afford it to pay upfront. That eliminates finance charges and allows you to take full advantage of the federal tax credit. Consider bids from smaller installers as well as larger ones, who may be more expensive, a recent government study showed.
  7. If you need to take out a loan, shop at credit unions and banks — some offer dedicated solar-energy loans — before committing to a loan offered through your solar installer. Additional options include a clean-energy mortgage through Fannie Mae. Property Assessment and Clean Energy (PACE) lending programs also are available in more than 20 states. But the Mortgage Bankers Association, among other groups, warn consumers they could lose their homes if they default on payments. “There’s a lot of issues to consider,” Grant says. “That’s why states are enacting disclosure laws that must be given to the consumer. Solar is a good thing, but it’s complex and people really need to understand what they’re getting into.”
  8. Explore whether your state offers its own tax incentives. Rebates, low-interest loans and grants may also be available.
  9. How old is your roof? Solar panels have an expected life span of about 25 years. If your roof is aging or damaged, you may be better off replacing it before you install the panels.
  10. How long do you plan to stay in your home? Although some surveys show that solar panels increase the value of a house, you won’t know until you sell. That’s why some experts say it’s safest to stay put until the panels pay for themselves.
  11. Understand your warranty. Most high-quality panels and system components called power optimizers are warrantied for 25 years, says Garrett Savadel, system designer at Brilliant Harvest, a Sarasota, Florida, solar installation company. Inverters have a warranty of about 12 years (but as little as five years in some cases), although that can be extended to 25 years for an additional fee, he says. A good inverter costs between $ 2,000 and $ 7,000 installed, depending on size — $ 1,000 to $ 2,000 for the parts alone.
  12. Ask about maintenance. Some companies say the panels must be washed regularly and offer that service for a price. But Savadel says rain usually washes off bird droppings and other routine dirt. Periodic professional cleaning may be necessary in states such as Arizona, New Mexico and California because they are so dry and dusty, he says.
  13. Make sure your homeowners insurance company will insure solar panels. Not all do.

What if the Power Goes Out?

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Solar Source technician Jason Breaux is tethered to the roof of a house in Dunedin, Florida, during a solar panel installation. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

You might think that owning a solar system would ensure 24/7 access to electric power even when the grid goes down from hurricanes or other disasters or accidents. But that’s not the case. In those events, you have to rely on a generator or buy a battery backup for your solar system.

And while the cost of solar panels has dropped more than 70% since 2010, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, batteries can cost as much as $ 10,000 to $ 15,000, including installation, according to Solar United Neighbors. “Adding battery storage to a solar array can increase costs so much that the savings seen on utility bills are negligible,” the group’s website warns.

For those who want the peace of mind and can afford the cost, batteries may be a viable option. They work like this: When the sun is shining, your panels produce electricity that you direct to the battery, where it’s stored until you need it. Unlike a generator, no fuel is needed.

Marks, the Florida retiree, opted for a battery. She and her husband also own an electric car. For them, going green is at least as important as saving money.

“We’re going to keep trying to reduce that carbon footprint and power ourselves,” she says.

Susan Jacobson is an editor at The Penny Hoarder.

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Dr. Eric Griggs, or “Doc Griggs” as he’s called, is a New Orleans based community medicine doctor and health educator. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Tulane University School of Medicine. His mantra is “Get checked. Get fit. Get moving!”

Charlie Hill is a retired executive vice president, human resources for Landmark Media Enterprises. He earned a Bachelor’s in Economics from Virginia State College and a MBA degree from Hampton University. The governor of Virginia recently appointed Hill to a second four-year term as a member of Virginia State University’s Board of Visitors.  He’s a proud Virginia State alum and a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, inc.

Mr. Hill was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002 and he prefers to be called a warrior versus a survivor.

WHAT IS PROSTATE CANCER?

Prostate cancer starts in the cells of the prostate gland. The prostate is a sex gland in men that sits just below the bladder. It’s about the size of a walnut. It wraps around the tube called the urethra, which carries urine out of the bladder to exit the body. Prostate Cancer is the uncontrollable and excessive growth of cells in the gland.

WHO IS AT RISK FOR PROSTATE CANCER?

Nearly 2 of every 3 prostate cancers are found in men 65 and older. As a man gets older, his chance of getting prostate cancer increases. African-American men are also more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer as white men. But in recent years, death rates have gone down faster in African-American men than in white men. Older Black men whose father or a brother has been diagnosed are at greatest risk.

 WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PROSTATE CANCER?

Early prostate cancer usually causes no symptoms. Men who have prostate cancer can be symptom-free for years. But as it grows, prostate cancer can cause some symptoms. Men should see a health care provider if they:

  • Have to urinate often, especially at night
  • Have trouble starting or stopping urine flow
  • Have a weak or slow urine flow
  • Have blood in the urine or semen
  • Feel frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or ribs

WHAT OFTEN PREVENTS SUCCESSFUL EARLY DETECTION AND TREATMENT FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN?

Prostate cancers are less likely to be detected in the early stages among African-Americans because research shows they are generally less likely to have health insurance and have less access to health care. African-American men are less trustful of their physicians than are white men, less likely to see the same doctor each time they go a visit or care, and less likely to be screened for prostate cancer.

 WHAT ARE YOUR PROSTATE SCREENING RECOMMENDATIONS?

Promote knowledge of early detection through awareness and educational activities that focus on the benefits and potential harms of PSA testing and wellness involving diet, nutrition, exercise, weight control, psychosocial and cultural sensitivities starting at age 35. Baseline PSA testing for men of African descent and other men deemed to be at high-risk for prostate cancer is suggested beginning at age 40 for predicting their risk of prostate cancer.

WHAT IS THE 100 BLACK MEN OF AMERICA ORGANIZATION DOING TO ENGAGE MEN AND ENCOURAGE EARLY DETECTION?

All 100 Black Men of America Chapters are being encouraged to host at least one prostate cancer awareness/educational event annually. This means the 100 chapter network is fully engaged in educating men across the country on the benefits of prostate cancer early detection, diagnosis and treatment options.

HOW LONG DOES A PROSTATE EXAM TAKE AND HOW OFTEN SHOULD MEN GET THE EXAM?

Men should make individualized decisions to be tested and examined based on their risk factors after discussion with their health care provider. The exam takes no longer that a few seconds.

 AT WHAT AGE SHOULD MEN GET A PROSTATE EXAM?

Baseline PSA testing for men of African descent and other men deemed to be at high-risk for prostate cancer is suggested beginning at age 40 for predicting their risk of prostate cancer.

 IF YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF CANCER IN YOUR FAMILY, SHOULD YOU GET CHECKED ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR FOR CANCER?

Rarely is screening recommended more than once a year, However, we advise that screening option frequency be discussed with primary care physicians.

WHAT REASONS/EXCUSES HAVE YOU ENCOUNTERED FROM MEN NOT GETTING TESTED FOR PROSTATE CANCER?

AA culture in the Black community for men to resist seeking health care for prostate concerns and having fear about rectal exams or about loss of erectile function from treatment. Since 2012, another reason is confusion caused by conflicting opinions and recommendations.

IS PROSTATE CANCER CURABLE? IF SO, WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF IT RETURNING?

With early detection, prostate cancer is 100% treatable. Early diagnosis and treatment leads to better outcomes.  Knowledge, Faith and Early Detection Matter Most

IF I’M NOT OF AGE TO A RECEIVE PROSTATE CANCER EXAM BUT I HAVE SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS, CAN I REQUEST THE TEST ANYWAY?

Men who have a family history of prostate cancer may consider earlier screening. Screening options should be discussed with your health care provider.

WILL INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF A PROSTATE EXAM IF YOU’RE NOT AT THE RECOMMENDED AGE?

Insurance may be available for those men who have a history of prostate cancer in their family.

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You’ve been seeing the word bandied around by your favorite beauty brands, but what exactly is an adaptogen? To start, it’s an umbrella term encompassing non-toxic plant extracts that help reduce stress and restore balance to the body. Up until recently, the term has largely been used in the context of herbal supplements — but now it’s quickly gaining traction in the beauty world.

The jump from herbal supplements to skin care might seem like a big one, but think of it this way: like the rest of your body, your skin could definitely use some de-stressing. And as Dr. Craig Kraffert, board-certified dermatologist and president of Amarte Skin Care, explains, employing adaptogens to reduce these stressors “will benefit skin by promoting a calm and normalized appearance and by delaying the changes that occur in skin appearance and function with time.”

Though the term “adaptogen” may be on the newer side, the methods are not. “Many protective, brightening and rejuvenative aspects of skin care are the result of adaptogens,” says Kraffert, who estimates that the actual amount of adaptogens out there is “likely in the hundreds to thousands.” In fact, you’ve probably been using adaptogens in your skin care routine since day one — after all, he counts popular ingredients like witch hazel and sulfur as members of the club (though not a plant extract, Kraffert counts sulfur as “fully adaptogenic,” for the record).

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Want a Life on the Open Road? Here’s What It’s Like to Be a Truck Driver


Cindy George never planned to be a truck driver.

She was finishing up her bachelor’s degree in computer science technology when she met Danny, who’d recently begun a job as a long-haul trucker.

Cindy had driven trucks on her family farm since she was 16, but it wasn’t until she started splitting her time between studying in the computer lab and riding along with Danny that she had a revelation.

“About the time I graduated, I got the idea in my head that if I became a computer programmer, I would be stuck down in a basement somewhere while life was going on around outside,” Cindy says. “And the opposite of that is the truck, where the world goes past your windshield. You have a different view every day.”

That was 29 years ago. Danny, 53, and Cindy, 51, have now been married 25 years, and last year they earned $ 175,000 as a truck-driving team.

The Georges are the kind of success story the trucking industry might want to add to its recruiting arsenal — there’s an estimated shortage of more than 50,000 drivers, according to the American Trucking Association. With an aging workforce, the industry is losing drivers to retirement and has struggled to replace them with a new generation of truckers.  

If you’ve dreamed about ditching the office — and that micromanager of a boss — for the open road, there are a few things you need to know before making trucking your career track.

Truck Driver Shortage, Reason #1: Pay

Although there’s a shortage of truck drivers, the pay rate has not reflected the increased demand.

On average, local drivers make $ 21.69 per hour while long-distance truckers make $ 22.22 per hour, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But if you adjust for inflation, the pay rates haven’t changed much in the last decade.

The George’s, who’ve reached the top of their pay scale, estimate that 17% of their income last year came from bonuses for meeting monthly mileage goals, earning additional certifications and serving as mentors to younger drivers.

Shyanta Mathis, who drove a truck for seven years and is now a recruiter for ProDrivers in South Carolina, says one of the reasons she left the driver’s seat wasn’t the need for a bigger paycheck but for steadier income.

Finding that can be difficult when you’re at the mercy of the weather, a truck’s mechanical issues and customers’ schedules.

“The check would be $ 900 and then the next week your check would be $ 600,” Mathis says. “Even though I may make a little less now… at least I don’t have to guess what my paycheck is going to be.”

Truck Driver Shortage, Reason #2: Lifestyle

Cindy and Danny George pose in the cab of their truck.
Cindy and Danny George pose in the cab of their truck. Photo by Scott Lee

Although driving a big rig on the open road may sound romantic, the reality is that long stretches away from loved ones, difficult weather conditions and demanding schedules mean the trucking life can be stressful and a lot of hard work.

Mathis describes the demands of driving in the mountains during harsh winter conditions and having to pull over at each incline to attach chains to the tires — all 18 of them. The need to find safe areas to park at night when she drove alone intensified her anxiety.

Although short-haul drivers may not have to be away from home for long periods, they deal with lower pay and the monotony of driving the same routes every day.

Tony Hobart, 46, of Ocala, Florida, has been a short-distance driver for three years. He started working for a company six months ago, making $ 13 per hour. He now makes $ 15 per hour, plus time-and-a-half because he drives 60 hours per week.

“It’s less stress,” Hobart says. “For short haulers, it’s a solid job, but it’s very boring.”

Few people consider trucking to be glamorous, so it ends up being a job of last resort, according to Justin Harness, senior vice president of dedicated operations for US XPress.

It’s not a job that people want to do, necessarily,” Harness says. “It’s either a stopgap… or people try it when they’re of legal driving age and they realize it’s not a lifestyle they want to subscribe to long term.

“It is not an easy job.”

Benefits of Being a Truck Driver

So what is it that gets people behind the wheel?

Mathis says that truck driving may not be easy, but it’s important, which gives drivers a purpose beyond the paycheck.

“A lot of drivers feel good just knowing that they are contributing to bringing consumer goods to people’s homes,” Mathis says.

Harness agrees that his drivers feel a sense of accomplishment by building relationships with their customers.

“They enjoy the freedom of being out on the road… and they have a lot of freedom in whether they are able to do a good job or not,” Harness says. “The ones that are very successful take a lot of pride in that.”

And even though the trucking industry may not pay as much as some people think it should, the salary and bonuses can really add up to a decent income for someone just entering the workforce.  

There are some great opportunities to make some really good money for 21-, 22-, 23-, 24-, 25-year-olds coming into this industry with no experience,” Harness says.

Mathis prefers her new job as a recruiter but admits there are aspects of truck driving she misses.

“Before I got in the truck, I had never seen anything past North Carolina and South Carolina,” she says. “Now I’ve been to Oregon, Idaho — all these beautiful places.”

The Georges say that mandatory rest periods for long-haul truckers help them plan stops along their routes for running, hiking and cycling.

“If you’re opportunistic and know where you can stop, you might find a nice bike trail next to a rest stop,” says Danny, a third-generation truck driver.

Plus, that idealistic notion of the seeing the world still rings true for the couple.

“We got into the profession because we wanted an adventure,” Danny says. “It’s 29 years later, and I still can’t believe we get paid to do this — it is an absolute blast.”

How to Become a Truck Driver

Cindy and Danny George pose in front of the Danny & Cindy George Wheat Ridge TA Travel Center, a truck stop that was named in their honor, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Cindy and Danny George Photo by Lori Knutsen for U.S. Xpress, Inc.

Before you buy a trucker’s hat and a pair of fuzzy dice, you’ll need a few things, including your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates licensing for safety and training, but you’ll need to obtain the license through your state Department of Motor Vehicles.

And you can’t simply walk into the DMV and sign up for an exam. You’ll need to attend a truck driving school to prepare for passing the skills and knowledge tests.

Specialized schools and local colleges offer courses that can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the type of certifications you want to get.  

Also be prepared to take the Department of Transportation physical, which you must pass to receive a two-year license.

Oh, and if you’re planning to hit the road with your significant other, the Georges recommend you learn how to get along in a space the size of a walk-in closet.

“Read a couple books about relationships,” Danny suggests. Cindy adds with a laugh, “I have my own personal comedian in the truck with me… humor helps a lot.”

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Data journalist Alex Mahadevan contributed to this article.

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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 on its way.

Michael Peña (Ant-Man and The Wasp, above) and Eva Longoria (Overboard) have just joined the cast in key roles. Here's everything we know about the project.

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Here’s how to do Notting Hill Carnival 2018 like a local

From the timings to remember to what it’s actually celebrating…

This weekend sees Notting Hill Carnival return to London, with the annual summer event taking over the streets of Notting Hill, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, over August bank holiday weekend since 1966.

As one of the world’s largest street carnivals, Notting Hill Carnival sees almost a million people attend the two-day festival every year, celebrating Caribbean heritage on the streets of Notting Hill.

The highlights? Caribbean dancing through the streets in a parade, reggae music and street food from jerk chicken to barbecued corn on the cob.

The festival is such a huge deal in fact that in 2006 it was added to the famous list of icons of England.

But what do you need to know about this year’s event?

Notting Hill Carnival

When is Notting Hill Carnival?

Notting Hill Carnival takes place over August bank holiday each year, with this year’s celebration running from 25-27 August. The main days however are Sunday and Monday, so if you’re planning a visit, those are your best bets.

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What’s on the programme at Notting Hill Carnival 2018?

Saturday 25 August

Timings: 7-10pm

Notting Hill Carnival kicks off on Saturday with Panorama in Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park. What can you expect from the event? A steel band, Caribbean food and a lot of family-friendly fun.

Sunday 26 August

Timings: 6am-8.30pm

Sunday at Notting Hill Carnival is family day, with the Jouvert Carnival kicking off at 6am from Ladbroke Grove. From 6-9am, you can expect Caribbean music and steel drums, but from 9am onwards the children’s parade takes over. What can you expect? Family workshops and Caribbean food.

Monday 27 August

Timings: 9am-8.30pm

Monday is the most popular day of the carnival, so if you’re not one for crowds, Saturday or Sunday should be your festival days. The Monday sees a parade through the streets, 60 bands, Caribbean get-up, and reggae blasted from the World Music Stage.

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How much is Notting Hill Carnival?

Notting Hill Carnival is completely free – you don’t have to buy tickets in advance or pay to get in, but you will need to bring cash to pay for food and drink when you’re there.

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How can I do Notting Hill Carnival like a local?

Beauty blogger and veteran Notting Hill Carnival goer Elise (AKA Little Miss Plumful) gave Delphine Chui her Notting Hill Carnival survival guide. Here’s some of her best advice:

Wear water-resistant make-up

‘You’ll need it to protect you from rain and flying drinks! Urban decay makeup setting spray is ace at keeping your makeup intact. It’s carnival so pile on some glitter so you dazzle as much as the carnival queens.’

Do not travel into Notting Hill

‘Although most people would think to travel to carnival via Notting hill, you’re better off going to a quieter station and walking in to avoid the crowds. Westbourne park is a good one as they don’t usher you away from the entrance so you can meet the rest of your party there. Plus there are some decent toilets there complete with taps and mirrors so it’s a good idea to use those before you head towards the dreaded port-a-loo only zone. I would suggest meeting your carnival crew early and traveling in together.’

Plan your exit ahead of time

‘Remember that most stations are exit only during the day so plan your route ahead of time. The police may reopen or close the stations on the outer perimeters depending on crowds. The important thing is to get out of the main carnival area to the back streets before 7pm so you don’t get stuck in the crowds.’

Stay on the sides

‘Avoid being in the middle of it all. Stay on the side in case there’s a rush in the crowd which often happens.’

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How can I get to Notting Hill Carnival?

The streets are usually very crowded around Notting Hill Carnival, so if you’re planning on getting the bus, keep in mind that the roads around the carnival area will be off limits, so the buses will be driving on different routes, and terminated early. Tube-wise, the Central line will be open all weekend, with Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park (the closest stations) open and providing easy access to the carnival.

We’ll see you there.

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One of the more fun events of the awards season, the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, is almost here. Rap artist Cardi B leads the nominations with 10 including Video of the Year and Artist of the Year. Behind her with eight nominations are power couple the Carters (aka Beyoncé and Jay-Z) and rounding out the pack are Childish Gambino and Drake who both have seven nominations.

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Where are they?

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Who’s performing?

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What would you say if we said that you could get another 14 years out of your retirement money depending on where you lived in the USA?

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Without further ado, here’s a look at how far your retirement money goes in each state of the Union:

50. Hawaii

  • $ 1 million will last: 11 years, 8 months, 20 days

49. California

  • $ 1 million will last: 15 years, 5 months, 27 days

48. New York

  • $ 1 million will last: 16 years, 3 months, 22 days

47. Alaska

  • $ 1 million will last: 16 years, 8 months, 6 days

46. Maryland

  • $ 1 million will last: 16 years, 8 months, 29 days

45. Oregon

  • $ 1 million will last: 16 years, 9 months, 18 days

44. Massachusetts

  • $ 1 million will last: 17 years, 1 month, 10 days

43. Connecticut

  • $ 1 million will last: 17 years, 2 months, 7 days

42. Rhode Island

  • $ 1 million will last: 17 years, 10 months, 13 days

41. New Jersey

  • $ 1 million will last: 18 years, 5 months, 11 days

40. Vermont

  • $ 1 million will last: 18 years, 7 months, 7 days

39. Maine

  • $ 1 million will last: 18 years, 9 months, 11 days

38. New Hampshire

  • $ 1 million will last: 19 years, 6 months, 1 days

37. Nevada

  • $ 1 million will last: 19 years, 9 months, 19 days

36. Washington

  • $ 1 million will last: 20 years, 1 month, 29 days

35. Delaware

  • $ 1 million will last: 20 years, 8 months, 19 days

34. Colorado

  • $ 1 million will last: 21 years, 6 days

33. Montana

  • $ 1 million will last: 21 years, 6 days

32. Virginia

  • $ 1 million will last: 21 years, 4 months, 22 days

31. Pennsylvania

  • $ 1 million will last: 21 years, 6 months, 30 days

30. South Dakota

  • $ 1 million will last: 21 years, 6 months, 30 days

29. Minnesota

  • $ 1 million will last: 21 years, 9 months, 17 days

28. North Dakota

  • $ 1 million will last: 22 years, 21 days

27. Florida

  • $ 22 million will last: 22 years, 29 months

26. South Carolina

  • $ 1 million will last: 22 years, 2 months, 20 days

25. West Virginia

  • $ 1 million will last: 22 years, 6 months, 23 days

24. Illinois

  • $ 1 million will last: 22 years, 7 months, 1 day

23. Utah

  • $ 1 million will last: 22 years, 7 months, 9 days

22. Wisconsin

  • $ 1 million will last: 22 years, 8 months, 4 days

21. Arizona

  • $ 1 million will last: 23 years, 1 month

20. North Carolina

  • $ 1 million will last: 23 years, 3 months, 4 days

19. Louisiana

  • $ 1 million will last: 23 years, 4 months, 19 days

18. Nebraska

  • $ 1 million will last: 23 years, 4 months, 19 days

17. New Mexico

  • $ 1 million will last: 23 years, 6 months, 4 days

16. Idaho

  • $ 1 million will last: 23 years, 6 months, 23 days

15. Ohio

  • $ 1 million will last: 23 years, 6 months, 23 days

14. Kentucky

  • $ 1 million will last: 23 years, 7 months, 1 day

13. Iowa

  • $ 1 million will last: 23 years, 9 months, 6 days

12. Indiana

  • $ 1 million will last: 23 years, 10 months, 13 days

11. Wyoming

  • $ 1 million will last: 23 years, 10 months, 22 days

10. Texas

  • $ 1 million will last: 23 years, 11 months, 2 days

9. Georgia

  • $ 1 million will last: 24 years, 19 days

8. Kansas

  • $ 1 million will last: 24 years, 4 months, 25 days

7. Tennessee

  • $ 1 million will last: 24 years, 5 months, 4 days

6. Missouri

  • $ 1 million will last: 24 years, 6 months, 25 days

5. Alabama

  • $ 1 million will last: 24 years, 7 months, 4 days

4. Arkansas

  • $ 1 million will last: 24 years, 7 months, 4 days

3. Michigan

  • $ 1 million will last: 24 years, 7 months, 14 days

2. Oklahoma

  • $ 1 million will last: 24 years, 8 months, 24 days

1. Mississippi

  • $ 1 million will last: 25 years, 11 months, 30 days

Meanwhile, let’s not forget that some retirees will decide to abandon the question of which state will give them the most bang for their buck in retirement.

They’ll just opt to move overseas, where their money goes a lot further!

Countries like Canada, Japan, Mexico, Germany and the United Kingdom are historically among the most popular spots for expatriate retirees. But Central American nations like Costa Rica are becoming increasingly sought out, too.

If you’re considering leaving the United States in your retirement years, you’ve got a lot more to consider than just cost and weather.

Money expert Clark Howard says you should also think about less-considered factors like the cost of medical evacuation insurance and the state of the rental market in whichever foreign country you’re eyeing. Get the full rundown on his thoughts here.

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Here’s What’s New on Netflix in August 2018 — And What’s Leaving

Netflix is adding several shows, original comedies and classic movies in August 2018, which is sure to keep eager TV-watchers on their couches as late summer storms or heat waves pass by.

Those in need of a laugh can catch up on season 2 of The Good Place, which comes to Netflix on August 28, or season 1 of Great News, which comes to Netflix on August 23. For people who would rather work out some emotions with a long cry, the Sally Field-starring tearjerker Steel Magnolias will be available August 1, as will the emotional P.S. I Love You, starring Hilary Swank. Original fare from Netflix this month includes the Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer-led film Like Father and the dark comedy Brij Mohan Amar Rahe!, starring Arjun Mathur.

Many titles are leaving Netflix in August, including the movies Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Finding Dory, The 40-Year Old Virgin and Sausage Party. Catch up on before they disappear and enjoy what’s coming to the streaming service in August.

Here are the shows and movies coming to Netflix in August 2018

August 1

Batman Begins

Chernobyl Diaries

Clerks

Constantine

Dreamcatcher

Edge of Fear

Eraser

Gran Torino

House of Deadly Secrets

Los tiempos de Pablo Escobar: Season 1

Million Dollar Baby

No Reservations

Once in a Lifetime Sessions with Moby

Once in a Lifetime Sessions with Nile Rodgers

Once in a Lifetime Sessions with Noel Gallagher

Once in a Lifetime Sessions with TLC

P.S. I Love You

Secretariat

Silverado

Steel Magnolias

Stripes

Switched

The Aviator

The Golden Compass

The Informant!

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

August 2

Emelie

August 3

Brij Mohan Amar Rahe

Cocaine Coast

Dinotrux Supercharged: Season 3

I AM A KILLER

Like Father

Marching Orders

August 4

Flavors of Youth: International Version

Mr. Sunshine

On Children

August 5

Paid in Full

August 9

Perdida

The Originals: Season 5

August 10

72 Dangerous Animals: Asia

Afflicted

All About the Washingtons

Demetri Martin: The Overthinker

Insatiable

La casa de las flores

Million Pound Menu

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Package

The Ponysitters Club

Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 7

Zion

August 11

No Country for Old Men

August 13

Alexander: The Ultimate Cut

Splash and Bubbles: Season 2

The Nut Job

August 15

Adventures in Public School

Hostiles

The 100: Season 5

August 16

Evan Almighty

Wish I Was Here

August 17

Disenchantment

Magic for Humans

Pinky Malinky

Spirit Riding Free: Season 6

Stay Here

The Motive

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Ultraviolet

August 19

The Investigator: A British Crime Story: Season 2

August 21

Year One

August 23

Deadwind

Follow This

Great News: Season 1

August 24

Ask the StoryBots: Season 2

Bert Kreischer: Secret Time

Ghoul

The After Party

The Innocents

Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 3

Young & Hungry: Season 5

August 28

The Good Place: Season 2

August 29

Inequality for All

August 31

Inside the Criminal Mind

Ozark: Season 2

Paradise PD

The Comedy Lineup: Part 2

The Laws of Thermodynamics

Ultimate Beastmaster: Survival of the Fittest

Undercover Law

Here are the movies and TV shows leaving Netflix in August 2018

August 1

3000 Miles to Graceland

Adventures in Babysitting

Can’t Buy Me Love

Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot: Season 1

Finding Dory

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Reasonable Doubt

The Killing: Seasons 1-3

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

August 2

10 Rules for Sleeping Around

August 5

13 Assassins

August 6

Welcome to Me

August 10

St. Vincent

August 12

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August 13

Help, I’ve Shrunk the Family

August 16

Being Flynn

Enter the Battlefield

Jem and the Holograms: Seasons 1-3

Littlest Pet Shop: Seasons 2-4

Pariah

Pound Puppies: Seasons 1-3

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Season 2

Transformers Prime: Seasons 2-3

Transformers: Rescue Bots: Seasons 2-4

August 23

Sausage Party

August 25

The Road


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Here’s everything you need to know about menstrual migraines

From why you’re getting them to how to get rid of them…

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Few women look forward to their periods for the simple fact that they are mentally and physically enduring.

Mood swings, food cravings, bloating, abdominal cramps, breast sensitivity, nausea, back pain and of course bleeding are common symptoms that accompany a monthly visit from ‘Aunt Flo’.

But there are also some lesser known symptoms that we too often dismiss as coincidental.

The main culprit? Menstrual migraines.

‘I’m dehydrated,’ we tell ourselves, or ‘I’ve been staring at my laptop screen all day’.

But while those are two valid headache-inducers, could your migraine actually have something to do with your period?

Well, unfortunately for women everywhere, yes, with menstrual migraines actually affecting over 50% of us.

Here’s everything you need to know…

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What are menstrual migraines?

Menstrual migraines are a condition where women get intense and persistent headaches during or before their periods. While women frequently assume that menstruation is simply a trigger for a migraine, in the case of menstrual migraines, they are the sole cause.

What causes menstrual migraines?

They are mainly caused by the natural drop in the levels of oestrogen and the release of prostaglandin (a type of hormone) that occurs right before a period. This means that most menstrual migraines will occur in the two day run-up and the first three days of menstruation.

When do menstrual migraines generally occur?

Menstrual migraines usually occur before or during menstruation, with very few women suffering from menstrual migraines in a period’s aftermath. Migraines and headache pains can also occur during ovulation when this time the oestrogen and other hormones are at a high.

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How can I get rid of menstrual migraines?

Menstrual migraines are treated the same as regular migraines, with recommended remedies including applying ice or a cold cloth to the painful area, relaxation exercises, pain killers and in some cases, acupuncture.

How can I prevent menstrual migraines?

Preventing or at least reducing the effect of headaches on your period is totally possible, with the preventative measures being the same for normal migraines, but anything that balances hormones is highly recommended.

Common treatments include a change in diet, eliminating simple carbohydrates, refined sugars and processed foods from your eating pattern. Sleep, exercise and hydration are also considered essential for balancing hormones and promoting a healthy metabolism.

Magnesium supplements have also been dubbed a preventative measure, but if the symptoms persist and aren’t reduced by trying the following, it might be best to contact your GP for help dealing with more acute pain.

Should I be worried about menstrual migraines?

There shouldn’t be any cause for concern, but should you be worried that it could be a symptom of something more severe, it might be worth contacting your GP.

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First Look at Pedro Pascal in ‘Wonder Woman 1984’; Here’s Everything We Know

First Look at Pedro Pascal in 'Wonder Woman 1984'; Here's Everything We Know

Update: Following our first looks at Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Kristen Wiig in the Wonder Woman sequel, now director Patty Jenkins has shared a glimpse at Pedro Pascal in Wonder Woman 1984. Pascal, who is best known for a fan favorite stint on Game of Thrones, a part on the Netflix series Narcos and his supporting role in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, wears a stylishly retro suit and is framed in another TV screen border. 

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‘Hereditary’ Director Casts Jack Reynor and Florence Pugh in Next Horror Movie; Here’s Everything We Know

'Hereditary' Director Casts Jack Reynor and Florence Pugh in Next Horror Movie; Here's Everything We Know

Ari Aster, the first-time writer/director of Hereditary, is setting up his sophomore effort. Reportedly, the currently untitled feature will again be distributed by A24 (Hereditary has become their top-grossing release). 

According to Collider, the movie has just cast its leads with Jack Reynor (Macbeth) and Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) and is now filming in Budapest. The Maze Runner's Will Poulter, who also recently co-starred with Reynor in Detroit, will play another main…

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Ryan Reynolds to Produce ‘Stoned Alone’; Here’s Everything We Know

Ryan Reynolds to Produce 'Stoned Alone'; Here's Everything We Know

"This is my house, I have to defend it." So said young Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) in Chris Columbus' classic comedy Home Alone, written by John Hughes.

That also appears to be the guiding principle behind Stoned Alone, which aims to be an R-rated take on the original idea. How is Ryan Reynolds involved? Read onward for all we know about the new comedy project.

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Jason Scott Lee Joins Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan'; Here's Everything We Know

Jason Scott Lee has joined the cast of Disney's live-action Mulan. He will be playing a villainous role, according to THR. Let's recap all we know about the upcoming action-adventure.

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Jason Scott Lee broke out when he starred in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (above) back in 1993. He followed that up with lead roles in Rapa Nui and The Jungle Book. More recently, he appeared in Seventh Son and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.

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Worker Shortage? Here’s How to Handle It

For nearly a decade now, the construction industry has experienced a significant shortage in its workforce. After the housing bust in the mid-2000s, the availability of a skilled labor force took a sharp nosedive and things have been difficult throughout the industry ever since. In a recent study, 70% of construction firms polled reported having difficulty finding workers to fill regular hourly positions.

Skilled labor is still hard to find in 2018, and businesses across the home improvement industry are struggling to make ends meet with fewer construction workers on site. While a nationwide increase in numbers would be the ideal solution to this problem, thankfully there are other, more immediate ways to cope in this difficult climate. If you’re feeling the worker shortage in your business, here are a few ways to handle it.

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Widen your recruitment radius

If you’re having trouble finding enough applicants for positions in your business, the first thing you should do is widen your recruitment radius by:

  1. Expanding your search geographically
  2. Considering resumes from applicants with different backgrounds.

If you reach out to applicants from further afield, you will be more likely to find qualified and suitable people for the job. As far as diversity is concerned, you should already be taking applications from people of all backgrounds. However, it’s still worth thinking about your job postings and making it clear that you believe the construction industry is just as well suited to women as it is to men. Your progressive thinking will serve you well during the application process.

Get help with recruitment

A streamlined recruitment process is an essential part of any business, but it’s particularly useful for professionals in the construction industry who struggle with worker shortages. You can get help with recruitment by hiring a human resources professional or taking on HR tasks yourself. Knowing where to advertise is the first step—Construction Jobs is a great example—so make sure to post your jobs across several online platforms in addition to running print ads. If you can’t afford to hire a full-time HR person, you can pay for virtual assistance with job advertising from online professionals or ask other pros in your area for their recommendations on how best to advertise for jobs.

Start an apprenticeship scheme

For whatever reason, fewer young people are interested in beginning a career in the construction industry today. While fast-paced careers filled with high-tech gadgets and processes abound, the interest in construction jobs has waned. However, careers in the construction industry are just as important now in order to help the national economy stay afloat. You can help show young people that your industry is both important and exciting by starting an apprenticeship scheme, either on your own or with other local professionals. Come along to school career days and other local events, inviting high school students and recent graduates to participate in a work placement with your business. By showing them the ropes and communicating your passion for your job, you can bring a sense of excitement and relevance to the construction industry.

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Use social media

An established and up-to-date online presence is a key facet of any modern business, especially if you’re looking to gain new clients and staff. Using social media to advertise your job postings and sell your business to potential employees is a smart move when you want to widen your search radius and reach new applicants. Plus, it costs far less than hiring an HR professional; most social media platforms are completely free, and you only pay to boost your posts. Remember to cross-post your job postings on your social media accounts, national and local job search sites, and other industry-specific platforms for maximized results.

Make your company more enticing

Reaching more potential employees is only half the battle when you’re facing a worker shortage. You also want to make your job as attractive as possible to bring in lots of applications. People prefer jobs that have added benefits such as insurance coverage, competitive pay rates, bonuses, and paid leave. While the financial output can be quite high for you as a business owner if you include these enticing benefits, you will be rewarded with happy employees who will stay with you for years. Make sure to include these benefits in your job postings, because people who see them will be more likely to apply for your jobs.

Invest in time-saving technology

If the worker shortage is hitting you harder than you’d like and you’ve already tried to boost your application numbers by using the steps above, it might be time to consider some other creative alternatives to help keep your business running smoothly. Technology often comes to the rescue for business productivity, and the same is certainly true for the construction industry. Many forward-thinking construction brands are now using high-tech products and processes—including job management software, robotics, and even augmented reality programs—to save time and money on jobsite labor. You can certainly save yourself some time by investing in construction management software, and depending on your confidence level with other technologies, you might even be able to implement other automated technologies across your building projects to require fewer builders on site at any given time.

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Jennifer Connelly Joins ‘Top Gun: Maverick’; Here’s Everything We Know

Jennifer Connelly Joins 'Top Gun: Maverick'; Here's Everything We Know

Update 3: While original stars Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer are both on deck for Top Gun: Maverick and Miles Teller will be taking over the role of Goose's son for the Top Gun sequel, apparently we won't be seeing Kelly McGillis reprising her love interest character from the 1986 blockbuster. In her place, Jennifer Connelly (above in American Pastoral) has been cast as the new female lead.

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Here’s who from Murder House is returning for American Horror Story: Apocalypse, and hold onto your rubber suits

Here’s who from Murder House is returning for American Horror Story: Apocalypse, and hold onto your rubber suits


Here’s who from <em>Murder House</em> is returning for <em>American Horror Story: Apocalypse</em>, and hold onto your rubber suits

Have you spent the last seven years of your life wondering whatever happened to li’l baby Michael? You know, that adorable (demon) baby, the child of the very alive Vivien Harmon and the very dead Tate? You know, that baby! That baby who killed his babysitter, while Jessica Lang coo’ed and caa’ed at it. Wondering what’s happened to Michael Langdon? Well, wonder no more, because he’s officially coming back for American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

All along, Ryan Murphy has dropped clues as to how each season of his anthology series are connected to one another. Some are pretty obvious (like Pepper popping up in both Asylum and Freak Show) while others are subtle (like Madison Montgomery having the same last name as the OG owners of Murder House). Well, the biggest connection is finally here, as Murphy has revealed that a very adult Michael Langdon is returning for Season 8.

Posting to Twitter Thursday afternoon, the showrunner dropped the big news:

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And since Murphy always loves to keep it in the family, he’s filling the role of Michael with Cody Fern, who played David Madson on American Crime Story: Versace. That means we’re somehow picking up roughly 15 to 20-ish years after the events of Murder House, which introduced us to a 3-year-old Michael. Murphy has already revealed that the events of Apocalypse take place 18 months in the future — whatever that’s supposed to mean.

Season 8 of the series, which is set to premiere in September, is the long-awaited “crossover season.” As for which seasons are crossing over? Well, Murder House is one of them, and the other is Coven. Long-time AHS cast members Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters are set to return, playing brand new characters. As for returning characters, in addition to adult Michael, Emma Roberts will reprise her role as Madison, originally seen in Season 3’s Coven.

While all of this is great, and it’s super exciting, one very important question remains: WHERE IS JESSICA LANGE? The AHS queen hasn’t been seen since Season 4’s Freak Show. And listen, last time we saw baby Michael, he was being watched over by next-door neighbor Constance. It only makes sense that she’d be back for Season 8 now, right? We can’t have the Apocalypse without Ms. Lange.

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Emma Thompson Joins the New ‘Men In Black’; Here’s Everything We Know

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If you’ve been wondering how exactly the new Men in Black spin-off will tie to the original trilogy, the latest casting news for the movie offers part of the answer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Emma Thompson will reprise her role as Agent O, head of MIB, first introduced in the last installment, 2012’s Men in Black III (above).

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Coen Brothers Transform Their Western Series Into a Movie; Here’s Everything We Know

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Masters of surprise on the big screen, Joel Coen and his brother Ethan Coen (Hail, Caesar!, above) announced in January 2017 that they had written and planned to direct The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, described as an "event anthology set in the Old West." Later in the year, we heard that Netflix acquired the series and that it would feature six episodes. Tim Blake Nelson was set to star as Buster Scruggs, with the series expected to launch in 2018.

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Robert De Niro Joins DC’s Standalone ‘Joker’ Movie; Here’s Everything We Know

Robert De Niro Joins DC's Standalone 'Joker' Movie; Here's Everything We Know

Update 4: If Warner Bros. didn't already have your attention with the standalone Joker movie (titled Joker), now they really should. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robert De Niro is in talks to make his first comic book movie appearance by joining DC's gritty crime drama about the origins of the iconic Batman villain. This is particularly interesting because the movie has ties to regular De Niro collaborator Martin Scorsese.

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Here’s the Instagram Post That Got Ryan Lochte Suspended for a Doping Violation

For anyone else, the post would have been pretty innocuous — a couple receiving IV drips while lounging on plush leather chairs.

But for Olympic athletes, the act is a violation of strict U.S. Anti-Doping (USADA) policies that prohibit IV infusions, even of legal substances, if it’s not related to a hospitalization or directly approved by USADA.

Danielle Eurich, social media and media relations specialist with USADA, confirmed that the post below, which Lochte uploaded in May, launched a USADA investigation that resulted in a 14 month suspension from competitions. Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, captioned the picture with “Athletic recovery with some #ivdrip @revivalivlounge #vitamins.”

Lochte appears to have deleted the post from his social media.

The post included a tag for Revival IV Lounge, which advertises itself on Instagram as “Gainesville’s premier IV Hydration Wellness Lounge,” offering IV drips for hangovers, energy, beauty and chronic illness. A person who answered the phone at Revival IV Lounge declined to comment on whether Lochte had received infusions there or was paid to promote the business on social media.

In its announcement of Lochte’s suspension, USADA says “Lochte received an intravenous infusion of permitted substances at an infusion clinic in a volume greater than 100 ml in a 12-hour period without a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). Intravenous infusions of injections in a volume greater than 100 ml within a 12-hour period are prohibited at all times — except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital treatment, surgical procedures or clinical diagnostic investigations…” Lochte was not receiving the infusion during a hospitalization nor had he received an exemption from USADA.

At a press conference in Fort Lauderdale on Monday, Lochte told reporters the infusion was a B vitamin complex. “I wasn’t taking anything illegal. Everything was legal. You can get it at CVS, Walgreens, but there are rules, and you have to obey them.”

Lochte recently completed another U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming-imposed suspension for his activities during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero. Following his meets, Lochte and several other U.S. Olympic swimmers vandalized a Rio gas station and initially claimed they had been robbed at gunpoint. Lochte later admitted his story was “exaggerated.”

In 2016, Lochte was suspended for 10 months, and lost major sponsors, including Speedo and Ralph Lauren. He only just returned to competition last year, and was planning on competing at the upcoming U.S. national swimming championships in Irvine, California.

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That won’t happen, since USADA banned him from swimming in competitions through July 2019, starting in May, when the picture was posted.

Lochte was focusing his efforts on returning to Olympic swimming in Tokyo in 2020, and during his earlier suspension got married and became a father to son Caiden. “It’s a hard sanction because I wasn’t taking anything illegal, but a rule is a rule. I wasn’t too clear on the rules, but now I am.”

He said Monday he remained committed to swimming at the Olympics again. “Don’t worry. I’m not giving up. I’m going to keep going.”

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New ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Trailer Promises an Action-Packed Epic Sci-fi Movie; Here’s Everything We Know

New 'Alita: Battle Angel' Trailer Promises an Action-Packed Epic Sci-fi Movie; Here's Everything We Know

Update: More than six months since the arrival of the first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel (which was then set to open this month), another spot has finally arrived. Once again, we are teased an epic sci-fi movie unlike anything we've seen before, but this trailer seems a little more action-heavy than the last one – in a good way. And the CG special effects, including some completely performance-captured humanoid characters, also looks even better than it did before. 

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Here’s how to stream Shark Week 2018 if you don’t have cable

Here’s how to stream Shark Week 2018 if you don’t have cable


Here’s how to stream Shark Week 2018 if you don’t have cable

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s right, we’re talking about Shark Week 2018, baby. Shark Week 2018 is extra special, as the Discovery Channel’s annual week-long event of all-shark-everything turns 30 years old. When it returns on Sunday, July 22nd at 7 p.m. ET, it will officially be the longest running program in cable television history. Crazy, right?

You may be wondering: How can you stream Shark Week 2018? And how can you celebrate Shark Week if you don’t have cable? The answer, dear friend, is through free trials. The trick, as Bustle reports, is to sign up for a trial from one of a variety of different services. One option is Philo, a streaming service that offers several channels for $ 16 a month, with a 7-day free trial. Perfect.

You can also test out DirecTV NOW or PlayStation Vue, which cost about $ 40 a month normally, but also offer week-long free trials. Just be sure to cancel in time if you decide that you don’t want to pay for a streaming cable package once Shark Week ends.

But the Shark Week 2018 viewing options don’t stop there.

If signing up for a free trial sounds too complicated, you can just check out the Discovery Channel’s YouTube page, which includes short clips and miniseries. While it’s not as good as the real deal, it’s a low-effort way to sink your teeth into some Shark Week 2018 content for free.

The Shark Week 2018 lineup already sounds incredible based on its kickoff night alone. Tonight, the Discovery Channel will air Alien Shark (an examination of the strangest breeds), Bear vs. Shark (as in, Bear Grylls), and Shaq Does Shark Week, in which Shaq confronts his fear of the sea creatures. Obviously you can’t miss that.

Other fun shows throughout the week will include classics like SharkCam, new documentaries about sharks, and more celebrity-themed content like Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy. Time to get streaming.

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Musical ‘Cats’ to Star Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift and Ian McKellen; Here’s Everything We Know

Musical 'Cats' to Star Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift and Ian McKellen; Here's Everything We Know

Broadway fans who also love movies are having a great week. Not only has Lin-Manuel Miranda set his directorial debut with an adaptation of Jonathan Larson's autobiographical show Tick, Tick…Boom!, but now comes word of a Cats movie. Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical was announced for the big screen back in 2016, but now is gearing up with a cast list.

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Foodborne illness may be on the rise, here’s why

One child drank apple cider at a Connecticut farm, another a glass of juice during a road trip in Oregon; later, both were rushed to emergency rooms as they struggled for their lives. A middle-aged woman became sick more than a decade ago after enjoying a salad at a banquet hosted by a California hotel; her debilitating symptoms continue to this day.


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NFL kickoff is bound to keep evolving — here’s one wild alternative

The league’s most recent changes might not be enough to save the play. So what’s next? One thing is clear: We likely won’t recognize the kickoff by 2022.
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‘Overlord’ Trailer Teases a World War II Zombie Movie; Here’s Everything We Know So Far

'Overlord' Trailer Teases a World War II Zombie Movie; Here's Everything We Know So Far

 

Ahead of Comic-Con, where we expected it to drop, Paramount has unveiled the first trailer for the Bad Robot production Overlord. It's the first R-rated release from J.J. Abrams' company, best known lately for surprise deliveries of Cloverfield movies, and we can easily see why that is. Already, we're getting clear glimpses of gory Nazi zombies here. 

 

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Body brushing is the key to better skin texture – here’s why

From buffing away dry skin to reducing the appearance of cellulite, here’s why you should invest in a body brush, stat

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If there’s one thing you should be doing for better looking skin, it’s body brushing.

The skincare trend has surged in popularity this year, probably owing to a recent BBC documentary (more on that later). So how does it work, exactly?

Keep scrolling to find out why body brushing is the key to improved overall skin texture.

Body brushing for cellulite

While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having cellulite, a lot of us will admit that we’d be happy to see the back of it. So if you’ve frantically been Googling ‘how to get rid of cellulite‘ this whole time, allow us to step in.

The Truth About Looking Good, which first aired in January, conducted a small five-week experiment with the University of Sunderland comparing the effects of body brushing, toning exercises and a caffeine-based cellulite cream on the appearance of women’s cellulite.

Those in the body brushing group saw 26% improvement in appearance on average, more than 10% more than each of the other two methods, while one woman’s cellulite was 35% less visible.

Although it’s likely that the fat was redistributed rather than got rid of, the proof was very much in the pudding (or pictures).

What’s the best body brush?

This is kind of a trick question, as there’s little differentiation between them: generally speaking, a body brush is a body brush. That said, it’s thought that those with natural cactus bristles are slightly superior. Aromatherapy Associates, Elemis and Hydrea all make great ones. Consider them an investment in yourself.

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Benefits of body brushing

As well as reducing the appearance of cellulite, using a body brush is a great way of keeping dry skin under control and will help to get rid of pesky ingrown hairs. Body brushing before you apply your best moisturiser will give those results an all-important boost, leaving you silky smooth.

Using a dry brush on the regular is also known to boost your circulation and aid lymphatic drainage, which helps the body expel toxins and avoid fluid retention, leading to healthier looking skin overall.

How to body brush

The key to nailing body brushing is to use a circular motion as you brush to help buff away dead skin cells, stimulate lymphatic drainage and encourage cellulite to budge.

Use the brush in clockwise circles all over the body and, if you’re looking to target cellulite, apply significant pressure but not so much that it’s painful.

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New ‘Robin Hood’ Trailer Introduces a Thief in Training; Here’s Everything We Know

New 'Robin Hood' Trailer Introduces a Thief in Training; Here's Everything We Know

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Update: The first trailer for Robin Hood presented a fresh new vision of the venerable character, played this time by Taron Egerton (above). A new trailer introduces him as a thief in training.

Apparently, he has been recruited to steal from the rich and give to the poor, but first he needs to develop the skills needed, which Little John (Jamie Foxx) gladly…

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Timothée Chalamet to Star in ‘Dune’; Here’s Everything We Know

Timothée Chalamet to Star in 'Dune'; Here's Everything We Know

Long in development, a new big-screen version of Frank Herbert's Dune is moving forward and may have found its star. Read onward to learn everything we know.

What's the latest news?

Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, top) is "in final talks" to star in Dune, according to Deadline. The actor can next be seen in the drama Beautiful Boy, due for release on October 12.

Who is directing?

Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival, Blade…

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‘Aquaman’ Debuts First Poster; Here’s Everything We Know

'Aquaman' Debuts First Poster; Here's Everything We Know

With Comic-Con coming up this weekend, we should be hearing and seeing a lot of Aquaman. The upcoming DC superhero movie will feature Jason Momoa reprising his role as the title character, last seen in Justice League.

And while there hasn't yet been a trailer promoting the December release, we have seen some exciting images of the movie and director James Wan has just shared another via Twitter. Presumably a shot from the trailer, the pic showcases whom many presume to be Ocean Master…

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DC’s Joker Origin Movie Moves Forward With Joaquin Phoenix; Here’s Everything We Know

DC's Joker Origin Movie Moves Forward With Joaquin Phoenix; Here's Everything We Know

Update: Warner Bros. has officially greenlit its standalone Joker movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Joaquin Phoenix has also been locked in for the role of the iconic DC Comics character. Filming will begin in September with a budget of only $ 55 million, which is pretty low for a comic book movie these days. 

(Read our previous report on the casting and then check out everything we know about the movie so far below.) 

 

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Offering discounts on prescriptions would seem like a natural option, but a number of health-care professionals think Amazon could also make a big impact when it comes to health-care services.
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Cate Shortland to Direct Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’; Here’s Everything We Know

Cate Shortland to Direct Marvel's 'Black Widow'; Here's Everything We Know

After Marvel Studios reportedly vetted more than 70 women filmmakers for the job, then the selection was down to three shortlisted favorites, Cate Shortland has been hired to direct the solo Black Widow movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

Shortland is a relatively unknown filmmaker who hails from Australia. But she's been a big deal on the festival circuit with award-winning shorts and features, the latter including the 2012 Nazi drama Lore and last year's Sundance…

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France Just Won the World Cup. Here’s How Much Their Players Get

France just played its way to its first World Cup victory in 20 years, defeating Croatia’s team 4-2 on Sunday to take home the soccer tournament’s iconic trophy, lifelong bragging rights and a whole lot of prize money.

But just how much cash will players on France’s team actually earn from winning the championship? It’s not up to FIFA, or even coach Didier Deschamps. The French Football Federation will decide how to distribute the first-place award.

For winning Sunday’s final, FIFA will give France $ 38 million from its prize fund. (Don’t feel too bad for Croatia — its team gets to lick its wounds with a cool $ 28 million). The money comes out of a $ 400 million pot, according to the Associated Press, which is up 12% from the last World Cup in 2014. In total, FIFA has earmarked $ 791 million to give to various 2018 World Cup teams for their preparations, players and performances.

As MONEY reported last month, the prizes are technically awarded to the various teams’ national soccer federations. Those organizations can then decide how they want to distribute the winnings, which means that players in some countries end up profiting a lot more than others.

The president of the French Federation, Noël Le Graët, has said his athletes will get 30% of the cash they earn. Each player was guaranteed a bonus of €280,000, or about $ 330,000, for making it to the final, according to BFMTV. So they’re at least taking home that much.

At least one player plans to donate his cut to charity. Kylian Mbappé, a forward, announced last month that he intends to give his $ 22,000-per-game fee — along with his bonus — to Preiers de Cordees, a sports charity for people with disabilities.

“When playing a World Cup, it’s a pleasure, because it’s a dream come true,” his teammate Samuel Umtiti told L’Equipe in French. “So yes, there is money at stake. But I do not care. I do not play for that.”

In fact, perhaps the most valuable perk that comes with winning the World Cup is the trophy, which weighs more than 13 pounds and is made of 18-carat gold. Designed by an Italian artist in 1974, it’s worth up to $ 20 million, according to USA Today.

But don’t get too excited: The winning team isn’t allowed to take the actual item home due to a series of misfortunes the original Jules Rimet Trophy encountered in the 20th century. Instead, they get to keep a gold-plated replica.

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Danai Gurira Touted for 'Godzilla vs. Kong': Here's What We Know So Far

Set for theatrical release on May 31, 2019, the first official images from Godzilla: King of the Monsters have been revealed. But what about the monstrous confrontation that will be featured in 2020's Godzilla vs. Kong? "It’s not like we’re bending over backwards to introduce Kong, but there’s definitely some bread crumbs,” director Michael Dougherty told EW.

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New ‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ Trailer Makes the Terror Personal; Here’s Everything We Know

New 'Unfriended: Dark Web' Trailer Makes the Terror Personal; Here's Everything We Know

Update: The first trailer for Unfriended: Dark Web explained the concept of "the dark web," a secret part of the Internet where bad people can do terrible things. Now a new trailer makes the terror more personal.

Watch the new trailer and then catch up on everything we know below, including the new poster. The film will open in theaters on July 20.

(Read our previously-published post below.)

 

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Watch First 'Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween' Trailer; Here's Everything We Know

Back in 2015, Goosebumps brought R.L. Stine's popular young-adult horror series to life with a very entertaining tale that married monsters, mayhem and the macabre. The big-screen adventure danced lightly around the potentially disturbing horror elements to keep the emphasis on family fun, which made the movie unexpectedly entertaining and appealing to adults as well as children. The young lead characters also drew in a young-adult audience.

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Keri Russell to Star in Supernatural ‘Antlers’; Here’s Everything We Know

Keri Russell to Star in Supernatural 'Antlers'; Here's Everything We Know

Last December, we heard that Guillermo del Toro would be producing Antlers, a film of the supernatural. Now comes word via THR that Keri Russell (TV's The Americans, above) is in negotiations to star. What do we know about this project?

What's the story?

Written by Henry Chaisson and Nick Antosca, it's based on Antosca's short story "The Quiet Boy." The film will follow a teacher who tries to protect one of her students after learning a disturbing secret about…

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New ‘RoboCop’ Sequel Coming From ‘District 9’ Director; Here’s Everything We Know

New 'RoboCop' Sequel Coming From 'District 9' Director; Here's Everything We Know

Four years ago, MGM attempted to reboot the RoboCop franchise with a remake starring Joel Kinnaman. That wasn't too big a hit, at least not domestically, so now instead of continuing from that movie, the studio is going back to the beginning. According to Deadline, Neill Blomkamp (District 9) will helm a direct sequel to the 1987 original. 

There was rumor earlier this year of a possible RoboCop that would continue from the very first movie, and now this is confirmation. Titled…

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Billy Dee Williams to Reprise Lando Role for ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’; Here’s What We Know So Far

Billy Dee Williams to Reprise Lando Role for 'Star Wars: Episode IX'; Here's What We Know So Far

Update: We've been wondering if Lando Calrissian would show up in the current Star Wars trilogy. The popular scoundrel from the original trilogy was a big part of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and his absence from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi has left fans wondering what became of the traitor turned hero of the rebel fleet.

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Jeremy Renner Joins the ‘Spawn’ Reboot; Here’s Everything We Know

Jeremy Renner Joins the 'Spawn' Reboot; Here's Everything We Know

Update: While Jamie Foxx has been confirmed for the title role in Todd McFarlane's Spawn reboot, the Hell-spawned superhero is not actually the main character of his own movie. Instead, the protagonist of Spawn is Detective Maximilian Steven Percival "Twitch" Williams III, a cop described by McFarlane as being like Sheriff Brody in Jaws. Spawn is, therefore, the movie's shark. 

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Margot Robbie Talks ‘Birds of Prey’; Here’s Everything We Know

Margot Robbie Talks 'Birds of Prey'; Here's Everything We Know

Update: While busy promoting her new film Terminal, which opened in U.K. theaters last week, Margot Robbie (above) answered questions about her upcoming role as Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey.

The title, by the way, is not yet confirmed, but Robbie told Flickering Myth that production will begin in January 2019. In addition to starring, Robbie is also serving as a producer on the project, which she said is aiming for an R-rating and will be made with a "much smaller budget."…

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Oprah Googled Herself And Here’s What She Found Out

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Despite Oprah Winfrey being one of the most famous and successful people in the world, even she doesn’t know just how deep her accomplishments go. She had to discover a few of them online.

Recently, the talk show icon told British Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, that she had no idea she was the first self-made African-American billionaire until she Googled it. (She was labeled a billionaire back in 2003.)

“This is what I didn’t know,” she explained. “That I was the first African-American self-made billionaire. Did not know that.”

She also learned that she’s given more money to charity in the 21st century more than any other African-American.

“I said ‘this is really good,’” she said about seeing that tidbit.

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Update: The third trailer for Skyscraper has just dropped, and it looks spectacular, thrilling, and very, very dangerous. If it reminds you of past movies that starred Bruce Willis and Paul Newman, Dwayne Johnson acknowledges that Die Hard and The Towering Inferno "are two classic movies that inspired me and generations, and became the inspiration" for the new film.

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Here’s Why English Soccer Fans Keep Chanting ‘It’s Coming Home’

After its 2-0 victory over Sweden on Saturday, the U.K. is advancing to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1990.

As celebrations rage, and ahead of the team’s next bout, you may have noticed lots of U.K. fans saying, “It’s coming home.” Here’s what the phrase means, and where it comes from.

Origin

“It’s coming home” makes up the chorus of the 1996 song “Three Lions,” by The Lightning Seeds. The song was created, with the help of comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, to commemorate England hosting the 1996 European Football Championship, its first hosting gig since the 1966 World Cup, according to the BBC. With lyrics like, “England’s gonna throw it away, gonna blow it away,” and “thirty years of hurt,” the song was meant to lovingly poke fun at the bittersweet existence of British soccer fans, according to the Independent.

Meaning

The chorus’ iconic line refers to soccer returning to England, its birth home. The game officially branched off from rugby there in 1863, with the creation of the Football Association in England, according to FIFA. That group was soccer’s (or football’s) first governing body, FIFA says.

The song’s title, “Three Lions,” refers to the design depicted on English players’ jerseys.

Today

Though the song is more than 20 years old, U.K. soccer fans still use “It’s coming home” as a rallying cry, echoing through stadiums and social media networks alike. Even Daniel Baddiel, one of the comedians who helped create the song, has joined in the fun to celebrate England’s advancing team.

 

England’s underdog team is set to face Croatia on Wednesday, July 11, at 2 p.m. ET.

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Here’s What Happens in the Ant-Man and the Wasp Post-Credits Scenes

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp and Avengers: Infinity War.

Post-credits scenes are Marvel Studio’s way of teasing what will happen next in upcoming Marvel movies. And while Ant-Man and the Wasp may be Marvel’s tiniest heroes, the Ant-Man and the Wasp end-credits scene is probably the cinematic universe’s most anticipated in years.

Fans have been yearning for any information about the future of the franchise after the devastating Avengers: Infinity War premiered earlier this summer. At the end of that movie, baddie Thanos snapped his fingers and destroyed half of all life in the universe. That means that half our heroes disintegrated and disappeared. Ant-Man and the Wasp is the first Marvel movie to hit theaters after that massive cliffhanger as well as the Avengers: Infinity War post-credits scene, which hinted at the long-awaited arrival of a certain superhero.

Most of Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place before the events of Infinity War. But the Ant-Man and the Wasp end-credits scene does take place at the same time as Infinity War and answers the question of where Ant-Man was during the battle against Thanos — if not questions about how the Avengers plan to bring back their fallen compatriots.

Scene 1: Ant-Man is stuck in the Quantum Realm

We find out during the movie that Scott Lang (a.k.a. Ant-Man, played by Paul Rudd) was under house arrest following his violation of the Sokovia Accords in Captain America: Civil War. (He took the deal to be with his daughter, while Captain America, Black Widow and the rest of that crew remain on the lam.)

But he’s released from house arrest at the end of the movie and free to participate in experiments with his girlfriend Hope (Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp), her father Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and her mother Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), recently saved from the Quantum Realm. In the first post-credits scene, the trio sends Scott into the Quantum Realm in order to recover some data.

But while Scott is shrunk in miniature, Thanos destroys half of all life in the universe. The audience watches Hope, Hank and Janet float away. Scott, meanwhile, is stuck in the Quantum Realm.

Scene 2: The Ant on the Drums

Marvel often ends its movies with a comic teaser. Don’t expect this one to give you any information about Thanos or even how Scott will escape the Quantum realm without Hope and her parents to help him.

In the second post-credits scene for Ant-Man and the Wasp, a gigantic ant who has been wearing Scott’s ankle bracelet while he sneaks out on adventures with Hope throughout the movie, plays the drums in Scott’s house.


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Keri Russell Is Joining ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’; Here’s What We Know So Far

Keri Russell Is Joining 'Star Wars: Episode IX'; Here's What We Know So Far

Fans can look forward to many familiar faces returning for Star Wars: Episode IX next year, including Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, but now we know of at least one new addition. Variety has revealed that actress Keri Russell is in talks to join the cast of the sequel, which follows last year's Star Wars: The Last Jedi to conclude the "Skywalker Saga."

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Idris Elba to Turn Villainous in ‘Fast and Furious’ Spin-off; Here’s Everything We Know

Idris Elba to Turn Villainous in 'Fast and Furious' Spin-off; Here's Everything We Know

Update: In recent years, we've become accustomed to seeing Idris Elba in heroic roles, as in Thor: Ragnarok (above). So it's somewhat surprising to hear that he will portray a villain in the first spin-off from the Fast and Furious series, per Variety.

Elba came to attention as an elegant drug kingpin on HBO's The Wire and since then has impressed in a wide variety of roles. He played a villainous role in Star Trek: Beyond not too long ago, which actually seemed atypical at this…

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Here’s why stocks and the World Cup don’t mix

The World Cup is siphoning the attention of traders, sending trading volumes down by as much as 50 percent during match times, according to a new report. The thinner trading, meanwhile, is raising the cost of executing trades by as much as 20 percent. “We find that [soccer] is indeed distracting, subtly impacting market depth,…
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Vanessa Kirby Joins ‘Fast and Furious’ Spin-off ‘Hobbs and Shaw’; Here’s Everything We Know

Vanessa Kirby Joins 'Fast and Furious' Spin-off 'Hobbs and Shaw'; 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. And if you loved Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret on the Netflix series The Crown (above), you're also in luck, because she's just joined the cast of the spin-off.  

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Jim Carrey Tapped As Villain in ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’; Here’s Everything We Know

Jim Carrey Tapped As Villain in 'Sonic the Hedgehog'; Here's Everything We Know

Update: Jim Carrey established himself as a unique and wacky comic presence in movies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumb and Dumber. Yet he also tackled roles that turned toward the dark side, as in Batman Forever and The Cable Guy. Since then, he's continued to play both heroes and villains.

Now Carrey is ready to play the primary villain in Sonic the Hedgehog. He is in negotiations to star as Robotnik, aka Doctor Eggman, in the big-screen adaptation of the popular video game,…

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Rebecca Ferguson Joins ‘Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’; Here’s Everything We Know

Rebecca Ferguson Joins 'Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep'; Here's Everything We Know

Update: Rebecca Ferguson, who burst into prominence thanks to her dynamic performance in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (above), is in negotiations to costar in Doctor Sleep, according to Variety.

Based on Stephen King's novel, a sequel to The Shining, the story follows Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), a youngster in the original film, who is now an adult dealing with his own problems, psychic and otherwise, as he endeavors to help dying patients at a hospice. The role that Ferguson…

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Fatih Akin to Direct New ‘Firestarter’; Here’s Everything We Know

Fatih Akin to Direct New 'Firestarter'; Here's Everything We Know

Amidst the current Stephen King explosion, Blumhouse Productions is moving forward on their adaptation of Firestarter. King's 1980 novel, about a young girl with pyrokinetic powers. It was previously turned into a 1984 movie starring Drew Barrymore. The story has also influenced numerous films and TV series, including Stranger Things.

Now, according to Variety, the remake has found a director. German filmmaker Fatih Akin (Head-On, In the Fade) will helm the movie, working…

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‘Solo’ Writer Jonathan Kasdan Working on ‘Indiana Jones 5’ Script; Here’s Everything We Know

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Jonathan Kasdan is making his way around Lucasfilm properties. The screenwriter collaborated with his father, Lawrence Kasdan, on this year's Solo: A Star Wars Story, and now he's reportedly working on the script for Indiana Jones 5. According to Collider, the younger Kasdan has replaced David Koepp (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) for the next sequel in the series.

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Jared Leto to Star in ‘Spider-Man’ Spin-off ‘Morbius’; Here’s Everything We Know

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We've been hearing a lot about Jared Leto and his various continuing exploits as The Joker (above in Suicide Squad). But it turns out that Leto will be starring as another comic-book character, Morbius, in another cinematic universe. Read onward for all we know.

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Here’s how Prince Louis’ christening will be very different from George and Charlotte’s

Plus everything else we know so far…

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It feels like only yesterday that little Prince Louis was born at the end of April – we’ve already had more big royal baby news since his birth – but his christening is officially in the diary.

Kensington Palace has released a statement with full details of the event (and, more importantly, when exactly we’ll get to see him!).

The christening will take place on Monday the 9th of July in London, at The Chapel Royal in St James’ Palace.

It’s the same venue where Prince George was christened, while Princess Charlotte’s took place at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Queen’s Sandringham estate, Norfolk.

However, there’s one major difference between Prince Louis’ christening and those of his two older siblings.

Both George and Charlotte were christened in the morning, however the newest royal’s won’t take place until four o’clock in the afternoon.

A statement from Kensington palace said: ‘The service will begin at 1600 hours and will last approximately 40 minutes.’

Of course, this is the first time we’ll get to see a glimpse of little Louis, as he wasn’t present at the royal wedding for this reason.

One thing is for sure, the guest list will be a sight to behold. Not only will the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex be there, but we bet we’ll get to see a very pregnant Pippa Middleton in tow, too.

We can’t wait.

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Sequel Now Has a Title; Here’s Everything We Know

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Sequel Now Has a Title; Here's Everything We Know

Update: Tom Holland went and nonchalantly (accidentally?) revealed the title for the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming over the weekend: Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The name showed up on an electronic copy of the script the actor waved about in a new Instagram video, where he also admits to being confused about there being a sequel, due to a spoilery element of Avengers: Infinity War. Watch below. 

 

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Here’s one easy way to save big money on your cable bill

While it’s true that more and more people are opting for streaming TV these days, one question money expert Clark Howard still gets a lot is, “How can I keep cable but save money?”

Here’s how to save money on your cable bill

An easy way to keep your cable but save on your monthly bill is to eliminate your modem fee. Many cable companies charge a monthly fee for using the cable modem that allows you to connect to the internet and watch television. Take a gander at your cable bill and see if you can find this fee or “surcharge.”

Most cable companies charge between $ 6 to $ 10 per month for a cable modem. That means you’re paying up to $ 120 a year — and that fee never goes away. It’s just a perennial charge that the companies collect as long as you’re a customer.

So not only are you paying for the actual content you’re consuming, but the cable company is basically charging you a rental fee for that rectangular box. The great thing is, you can buy one yourself and cut out the middleman altogether.

For example, a Netgear N450 WiFi Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Router gives you internet access and the capability to get all the channels you subscribe to. It currently costs $ 69.86 on Amazon.

That means for a one-time charge, you can save as much as $ 50 in the first 12 months and be done with that fee forever.

Before you buy, make sure that the modem you choose works with your cable provider. The Netgear modem’s product description says it’s “compatible with Xfinity from Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, & more.”

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No matter which cable modem you choose, make sure it has Wi-Fi. Otherwise, you’ll have to buy a separate router.

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Here’s what book to read this summer based on your zodiac sign

Here’s what book to read this summer based on your zodiac sign


Here’s what book to read this summer based on your zodiac sign

Now that we’ve officially kicked off summer solstice, it’s time to get back to our fave summer activities, like reading just for the pure bliss of it. One of the very best parts of summer is finding that perfect summer read to bring with you to the beach or on vacation to while away the lazy hazy hours.

Of course, with so many amazing titles out there, the hardest part is choosing which book is best for you. This is why you might want to turn to the stars and let your zodiac sign nudge you to the right section of the bookstore.

The suggestions below are a beautiful mix of fiction and non-fiction that will undoubtedly speak to the soul of both your inner bookworm and your zodiac sign. And with Cancer season starting this week, this is the perfect time to emulate the homebody crab and curl up with a good book.

Here’s the best summer book for you, according to your zodiac sign.

CANCER

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William Morrow Paperbacks

Being the sensitive and romantic soul you are, Cancer, you don’t mind a good cry. And though you’re an innate homebody, you do long for a grand adventure in someplace new. You’ll love Julia Whelan’s My Oxford Year, a romantic novel set in Oxford, England about an American student named Ella who must choose between her career aspirations and a new love. (Or does she?) Swoon.

LEO

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Hogarth Press

As the lioness of the zodiac, you’re bold, different, and you’re not afraid of a little eroticism. You’ll want to pick up The Pisces by Melissa Broder, which embodies all that you crave. While it might not be titled “The Leo,” you’ll still love this story about romantic obsession between an academic and a…merman. Yes, really.

VIRGO

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Dial Books

What most people don’t realize about you is how deep you can get, Virgo. You love exploring philosophical thoughts and getting in tune with the spiritual side of life. A good place to start with your spiritual quest would be This Moment Is Your Life (and So Is This One): A Fun and Easy Guide to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga by Mariam Gates. Plus, you’ll love the illustrations by Lilly VanderPloeg.

LIBRA

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G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Nobody loves a good old fashioned romance like you, Libra. And if it involves beautiful backdrops and exquisite fashion? Well, then you’re pretty much already infatuated. Which is why you’ll fall head over heels for Melissa de la Cruz’s Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story, the sequel the bestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story about the romance between a young Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler.

SCORPIO

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Bloomsbury USA

For the moody and erotic Scorpio, a thrilling love story with elements of intrigue and mystery is right up your alley. You’ll gravitate toward Adrienne Celt’s Invitation to a Bonfire about a young Russian working-class orphan who gets caught up in a love triangle with her American professor and his brilliant wife.

SAGITTARIUS

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Knopf

You love a good adventure, Sag, especially those which take you to unexplored places where you can tap into new parts of yourself. You’ll fall in love with Kamin Mohammadi’s Bella Figura: How to Live, Love, and Eat the Italian Way, her memoir on moving to Florence and finding love (and self-love) in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

CAPRICORN

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Atria Books

As the practical and ambitious sign of the zodiac, Capricorns appreciate what it means to get ahead in this world. Seriously loyal and just and fair, you’re also not afraid to fight for what’s right. Enter Frederik Backman’s Us Against You, the sequel to his best-selling Beartown, about the lengths a community will go to preserve their reputations.

AQUARIUS

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Workman Publishing Company

Ultra-intellectual and always seeking the uniqueness in life, Aquarians love to be creatively challenged and stimulated as much as possible. No doubt you’ll want to pick up Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst’s 50 Ways to Draw Your Beautiful, Ordinary Life: Practical Lessons in Pencil and Paper, a step-by-step instruction guide on the art of drawing.

PISCES

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Pamela Dorman Books

You’re a deep feeling soul, Pisces, who actually likes to feel feelings and get lost in the dramas of other peoples’ lives for a change. No shame. You’ll fall hard for Catherine Isaac’s You Me Everything, which depicts one family’s life-changing summer in the French countryside that’s filled with joy, love, and, yes, feels.

ARIES

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Touchstone

The leader of the zodiac, Aries, you like to stand up and speak up for what you believe in. Which is why you’ll feel inspired and empowered by Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead by Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards. Get ready to unleash your #girlboss prowess like never before.

TAURUS

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Doubleday

You’re filled with desire, Taurus, and you’re a true sensualist in every sense of the word with a penchant for the luxe life. Which is why you’ll get sucked into Tara Isabella Burton’s debut thriller Social Creature, a seductive tale splashed amidst the glitz and glam of NYC.

GEMINI

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Little, Brown and Company

Known for your quick wit and intelligence, Geminis love a good non-fiction yarn that informs, entertains, and makes sense of their world. This pretty much sums up And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready, Meghan O’Connell’s funny-yet-relatable account on becoming a mother for the first time. P.S. You don’t need to be a mom to enjoy it!

There you have it, bbs. Grab your fave book and have yourself a good read. You deserve it!

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Here’s How Much Money World Cup 2018 Players Make

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar… you may know the names of soccer’s biggest stars, but do you know how much they’re getting paid to play in the 2018 World Cup?

As is typical with FIFA, the answer is complicated.

The international football federation is set to award $ 400 million total to the 32 teams competing for glory at the World Cup over the next month in Russia, according to the Associated Press. By the end of the tournament on July 15, one champion will take home a whopping prize of $ 38 million. The second and third-place teams will receive still-impressive checks for $ 28 million and $ 24 million, respectively.

Non-Equal Pay

Those are impressive figures, but the players aren’t necessarily splitting the prize pots evenly. As USA Today reported back in 2014, awards are given to winning teams’ national federations, which are then allowed to decide how to pay athletes at their discretion. That means the payoff for playing in the World Cup varies by country.

The German Football Association, for example, said in December that each of its players will get a bonus of €350,000, or about $ 400,000, if they win this summer’s World Cup. The sums are staggered depending on how far the team makes it in the competition. If they get to the semi-finals, each player will pocket €125,000 ($ 145,000); if they only survive to the quarter finals, each player will get €75,000 ($ 87,000). There is no bonus for only making it past the first round.

The breakdown is different in Brazil, where each person will get €800,000, or roughly $ 930,000, if they emerge victorious from the World Cup, according to Reuters.

Spain’s players are in the best position. If their team wins the title, each athlete will get €825,000 — the equivalent of more than $ 950,000.

You can definitely consider the bonuses a score: These payments come on top of the players’ regular-season professional salaries, which in Ronaldo’s case exceeds $ 60 million a year, according to Forbes. Each team also gets $ 1.5 million before the World Cup so they can prepare for the contest.

Pay Problems

But the money can cause drama. In 2014, disagreements over pay posed problems for a handful of African countries. Cameroon’s team initially refused to board their flight to the World Cup four years ago because players believed their £61,000 bonuses were too low. The Nigerian squad boycotted a training session because they were afraid they wouldn’t get paid. Ghana threatened to skip a game unless they got paid ahead of time in cash — a stunt that forced the government to put $ 3 million on a plane to Brazil.

This time around, neither Ghana nor Cameroon are in the World Cup. But FIFA did give Nigeria and four other nations $ 2 million advances so they could get any money disputes out of the way before the competition actually began.

Winning the World Cup isn’t all about money. German Football Association President Reinhard Grindel told reporters last year that though the financial bonuses were admittedly attractive, “the sporting challenge is the main focus and not the economic aspect.”

Then again, try telling that to Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA president who was accused of skirting the law after he gave himself a $ 12 million bonus for the 2014 World Cup.

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Here’s everything AT&T now owns, apart from your soul

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Earlier this week, a judge decided the fate of the AT&T Time Warner deal, and the result was a big thumbs-up in the general direction of capitalism. The $ 85 billion deal has closed, Time Warner has officially been assimilated into AT&T (and renamed WarnerMedia), and there’s almost zero chance that anything will stop it now.

With the closing of the deal, AT&T is now far more than just a telecoms company. It owns dozens of brands, as well as the rights to some of the most popular shows on TV. It has dozens of cable channels, and if the worst fears about programming disputes play out, AT&T could black those channels out from your pay TV provider during a dispute. In no particular order, here’s some of the big brands AT&T now owns.

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Here’s the Story Behind Netflix’s Latest True Crime Docuseries The Staircase

Netflix‘s newest docuseries, The Staircase, dives into the twisty case of Michael Peterson, a novelist who was convicted in 2003 of murdering his wife, Kathleen Peterson, after she was found unconscious at the bottom of a staircase in their home.

The series has consumed director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s life for the last 15 years. De Lestrade first debuted the series in 2004, with eight episodes that closely followed Peterson, his family and defense team as they prepared for and went through the murder trial (an abbreviated version aired on ABC’s Primetime that year). He followed up with two more episodes in 2013, after Peterson was released from prison pending a retrial.

Now, de Lestrade is closing out The Staircase series on Netflix with the addition of three new episodes that document Peterson’s last trial and where he is today.

And after all that time, de Lestrade tells TIME he’s not sure whether Peterson is innocent or guilty.

“Michael Peterson himself is a very strange, very complex character,” de Lestrade said. “Of course, the man I spent many days, weeks, months and years with — the man I know, it’s like it’s not possible that he’s capable of killing someone in that way. But human beings are so strange and you never know.”

De Lestrade initially thought he’d tell Peterson’s story as a two-hour movie for HBO, as a followup of sorts to his Oscar-winning documentary Murder on a Sunday Morning, which covered the case of a poor black teenager who was wrongfully accused of killing a woman. He sought out Peterson — a wealthy, white man highly regarded in the public eye — to show how the justice system can upend anyone’s life, and soon had enough information to make a multi-part series instead.

De Lestrade landed on Peterson’s case after reviewing about 400 criminal cases. There was just something about Peterson that piqued his interest, de Lestrade said.

“When he was talking about Kathleen, I really felt that he was very sincere about their relationship, about the love they shared,” he said. “But at the same time, I kind of formed an intuition that there was something else. I’m not saying he was guilty, but I had a feeling there was something else.”

Peterson’s nearly two-decade long battle with the justice system started in 2001, when he placed a frantic 911 call, during which Peterson said he found his wife unconscious at the bottom of a staircase at their North Carolina home. He has maintained that Kathleen Peterson slipped on the stairs and fell to her death after drinking wine and taking valium earlier in the evening. Authorities, however, found the amount of blood spilled on the stairs suspicious. Focus quickly shifted to Peterson, who was the only one at home at the time of her death.

Further probing into Peterson brought up two pieces of information that prosecutors used against him during his trial. The first, it emerged that Peterson was bisexual and had carried on relationships with men outside of his marriage. While he claimed that Kathleen knew about and accepted his other relationships, prosecutors said during the trial that she had discovered it recently and confronted him on the night of her death.

The way de Lestrade sees it, had Peterson’s sexuality not come up, the prosecution may not have gone after him at all.

“For them, it was clear that was the motive of the killing,” he said. “They have always thought that Kathleen discovered that night the emails on his desk, that they had an argument about that, that he lost his temper and hit her.”

The second piece of information that investigation uncovered was that a close family friend Elizabeth Ratliff, whose daughters were later raised by the Petersons, had been found dead at the bottom of a staircase years before Kathleen Peterson died. During Peterson’s trial, her body was exhumed and a new autopsy determined her death was a homicide as well.

Peterson was convicted in 2003 of beating his wife to death and sentenced to life in prison. Eight years later, he was released on house arrest after a judge found that the blood analyst who had provided essential evidence in the case against Peterson had given misleading and false testimony about the bloodstain evidence. The final three episodes of The Staircase catch up with Peterson in his life outside of prison before he entered an Alford plea in 2017. Under the plea, Peterson is free as as a convicted felon after pleading guilty to murdering his wife.

Taken as a whole, with all 13 episodes available together on Netflix for the first time ever, the series paints a grim portrait of the criminal justice system. De Lestrade’s interest was never in the questioning Peterson’s guilt — his intent was to paint a broad picture of how Peterson would be treated inside the system until his final plea deal.

While he’s not convinced of Peterson’s innocence, de Lestrade said the process of making the series made it clear to him that Peterson did not receive a fair trial. Peterson was the only suspect they were interested in, he said. No matter how much money a person has, it’s tough to fight a whole system.

Even when you have thousands of dollars to defend yourself and you have a smart lawyer, you have to get very lucky to get out,” he said. “And it took 15 years.”


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170,000 birth control packs have been recalled: Here’s what you need to know

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Women who use the birth control pill Taytulla should check their blister packs ASAP.

That’s because 170,000 physician sample packs have been recalled due to a potential mistake in packaging, CBS News reported. Allergan — the maker of Taytulla — issued a nationwide recall earlier this week after becoming aware of physician sample packs with misplaced capsules that could result in unintended pregnancies.

A physician report revealed that four placebo capsules were placed out of order in a sample pack of Taytulla. The packs should have 24 pink capsules with hormones followed by four non-hormone maroon capsules, CNN reported. However, a faulty pack had the four maroon placebos at the beginning of the treatment.

Here’s what a recalled pack looks like:

And here’s what it should look like:

“As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive capsules, that are taken out of sequence, may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy,”Allergan said in a news release. “The reversing of the order may not be apparent to either new users or previous users of the product, increasing the likelihood of taking the capsules out of order.”

So yeah. This is kind of a big deal — considering most women are probably taking Taytulla to specifically prevent pregnancy.

Allergan will be notifying customers via a recall letter. The drug maker is also arranging for the return of all sample pack products marked Lot #5620706 Exp. May 2019, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. If you have a sample pack with the recalled lot number, you should contact your physician to arrange a return.

In the meantime, consumers with questions about the recall can contact Allergan at 800-678-1605 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

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Do you feel the need … the need for speed? Tom Cruise does, as evidenced by the photo he shared from the first day of production on Top Gun 2.

 

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Adorable.

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Prince George really stepped up to the plate on the day of the royal wedding, going beyond his duties as a royal page boy to deal with a crisis outside the chapel.

In an episode of their royals-focused podcast, On Heir, Emily Andrews and Omid Scobie have shared a heartwarming story of how the little prince comforted one of the bridesmaids ahead of the ceremony.

‘Poor Zalie Warren had a bit of a meltdown,’ Andrews said. ‘She’s only two. She started crying when they were waiting for Meghan. It was only a couple of minutes.

‘So Nanny Maria Borrallo kind of looked after her, and George apparently was trying to comfort her as well, which is very sweet.’

Bless him!

George and Charlotte’s nanny, Maria Teresa Turion Borrallo, was on hand on the day to help manage the 10 bridesmaids and page boys, who all posed for official photographs after the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Princess Charlotte also took on a more organisational role when it came to herding up the bridesmaids.

‘There was one [bridesmaid] who wanted to go and she said, “no, you can’t go yet, we have to wait until we are asked,”‘ one wedding guest told People. ‘She was very organised!’

Looks like George and Charlotte have been taught well when it comes to handling public appearances.

The post Here’s how Prince George comforted a crying bridesmaid at the royal wedding appeared first on Marie Claire.

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