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Before we get to Star Wars: Episode IX, there’s the small matter of a couple of other Star Wars films yet to make it in front of fans’ eyeballs. But with The Last Jedi almost upon us (just four agonising months to go) and the Han Solo spin off set for release five months later, our attentions will soon be very much focused on the final instalment of the new trilogy in the main saga. With that in mind, here’s everything we know about Episode IX to date. We’ll be updating this article when more news breaks, with the latest details at the top.
Bittersweet starting this next chapter without Carrie, but thanks to an extraordinary cast and crew, we are ready to go. Grateful for @rianjohnson and special thanks to George Lucas for creating this incredible world and beginning a story of which we are lucky to be a part. #IXpic.twitter.com/FOfnGwVut5
August 1, 2018 — Both director JJ Abrams and star John Boyega acknowledged the commencement of production on Episode IX via social media. Abrams called it “bittersweet” referencing beginning a new chapter without Carrie Fisher, while Boyega was excited to step back into the shoes of Finn, marking the occasion with a string of Instagram stories and a post which shared the same image as Abrams’ tweet and the words: “First day done with @jjabramsofficial leading ! It was dope!”
Carrie Fisher Will Appear
July 27, 2018 — In an official statement from Lucasfilm, it was announced that they will use deleted footage from The Force Awakens of Fisher as Leia. Director JJ Abrams said: “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
The same statement also announced the returning cast, which includes Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels as well as Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. While new cast members include Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell. Billy Dee Williams has been confirmed to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.
J.J. Abrams Recruited To Direct
September 12, 2017 — J.J. Abrams has been announced as the man to bring Star Wars: Episode IX to the screen. It will be the final instalment in the current sequel trilogy. The statement, released on StarWars.com, follows speculation about who would pick up the reins from departing director Colin Trevorrow.
Abrams, of course, helmed The Force Awakens and is executive producer on Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. He’s also on producer duties for the as-yet-untitled Episode IX.
Abrams will be co-writing the script with Oscar-winning Argo scribe Chris Terrio — which suggests that script doctor Jack Thorne has also left the project.
Finally, the film’s release date was confirmed in the same statement.
Here’s the statement in full:
J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IXwill be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.
“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019.
Director Colin Trevorrow Exits
September 5, 2017 –Jurassic World and Book of Henry director Colin Trevorrow has left the project. This follows the news last month that Jack Thorne was brought on board to action script re-writes. Lucasfilm and Disney announced the news in a statement, published on StarWars.com. The statement reads:
“Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ.”
Trevorrow is the latest in a series of directors to be dismissed from helming roles on Star Wars projects. It remains to be seen who will replace the outgoing director but FANDOM has speculated on contenders here.
Episode IX Gets a New Writer
August 2, 2017 – At one time, there was talk of The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson taking on scribe duties. Johnson referred to this as “old news” via Twitter on April 24. In actual fact, Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow had been working with collaborator Derek Connolly on the script.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, however, a new writer is being brought on board in the form of Jack Thorne. His task? To knock the screenplay into shape via a rewrite. His credentials? He’s worked on His Dark Materials, the BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy saga, as well as Channel 4 show Philip K. Dick’s Electric Sheep. Thorn is also screenwriter on the upcoming Wonder, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. Past work has included TV series Skins and National Treasure.
It isn’t known how extensive Thorne’s rewrites are likely to be.
‘The Last Jedi’ Director Shoots Footage For ‘Episode IX’
June 19, 2017 – Colin Trevorrow tells MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast that he asked The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson to shoot a little something extra for Episode IX during filming for Episode VIII.
“There was one little thing,” he said. “It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just: ‘Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?’ And he did, which was great.”
We don’t yet know what the “extra thing” was but it echoes Johnson’s request of J.J. Abrams when he was shooting The Force Awakens. A joined-up approach is definitely smart when it comes to Star Wars properties.
May 24, 2017 – Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy reveals that the plot of Episode IX had been due to centre around Leia before her death. In the special Vanity FairStar Wars: The Last Jedi preview, Kennedy said this about Carrie Fisher: “The minute she finished (shooting The Last Jedi), she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!‘ Because Harrison (Ford) was front and centre on VII, and Mark (Hamill) is front and centre on VIII.
“She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.”
Kennedy told Entertainment Weekly previously: “Obviously, with Carrie having passed away, it shook everybody. We pretty much started over.”
May 24, 2017 – It’s announced via Vanity Fair’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi preview that shooting will begin on Episode IX in January 2018.
Carrie Fisher Won’t Appear
April 14, 2017 – Following reports that Carrie Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, said that the Leia actress would be making a posthumous appearance in the final film in the new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy refutes the claim. Todd Fisher had said that he and Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, had granted Disney the rights to use recent footage of her.
However, Kennedy says he was confused. “We finished everything in VIII and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie,” she told ABC News. “Unfortunately, Carrie passed away so by the time we were well underway with Episode IX in our thoughts – we had not written the script yet – but we’ve regrouped. We started over again in January. So, sadly, Carrie will not be in IX.”
Carrie Fisher’s Image Won’t Be Recreated By CGI
January 13, 2017 – Lucasfilm releases a statement saying that they have “no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.” This follows news of Fisher’s death in December. It’s also a response to fan criticism of the computer-generated image of Fisher as Princess Leia as it appeared at the end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
65mm Film Stock
November 11, 2016 – It is confirmed that Episode IX will be shot on traditional film stock. Specifically, 65mm rather than 35mm, which was used for both The Force Awakens and Rogue One.
Kodak has announced that they’ve added the capacity to handle 65mm in its UK processing facility, and details Episode IX as one of the projects that will make use of Kodak 65mm stock.
February 10, 2016 – Disney CEO Bob Iger confirms that production has already kicked off for Episode IX, which is due for a 2019 release. He wasn’t clear on exactly what he meant by that, and made the comment when announcing that filming had begun for Episode VIII, The Last Jedi.
On Location in Space?
January 28, 2016 – Colin Trevorrow announces that he wants to shoot some of the footage in space. At a Sundance Film Festival panel, Trevorrow says, “I asked the question, ‘Is it possible for us to shoot IMAX film plates in actual space for Star Wars?’, and I haven’t gotten an answer yet, but they’ve shot IMAX in space!”
Also on the panel with Trevorrow was Christopher Nolan who said he’d had the same conversation on Interstellar. “There’s incredible footage from space now,” he said.
Colin Trevorrow On Board To Direct
August 15, 2015 – At Disney’s D23 Expo, the news is announced that Episode IX has found its director. The chosen one? A certain Colin Trevorrow. Trevorrow helmed 2015’s Jurassic World but it was another film of his that sealed the deal.
“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe.”
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When we think of the Call of Duty series, we think of high production values. Certainly in our Call of Duty: WWII review, we felt the sights and sounds of its iconic WWII battles were its most impressive features. Tired as we are of the setting, it deserves credit for fantastic cutscenes and set pieces.
Sledgehammer has routinely delivered quality games. Say what you want about Call of Duty’s business models and repetitive story twists, but you can’t reasonably accuse the franchise of ever skimping on graphics and sound.
So it might surprise you to hear the audio budget on Call of Duty: WWII was actually miniscule compared to previous games in the franchise. Sledgehammer still had access to a professional studio and gear, but wanted to capture the “indie” feel of making audio on the cheap. Far from “skimping,” this was less about saving money – there was always a safety net, being Sledgehammer – and more about innovation.
It’s hard to be a hungry millionaire, as they say. Access to the latest mixing decks and sample libraries may actually cause an audio designer to bypass that age-old process of problem solving. It’s a situation that could lead projects to sound like every other triple-A game out there. With Call of Duty; WWII, Sledgehammer wanted to force itself to come up with creative solutions.
David Swenson is the audio director at Sledgehammer Games, and told a room full of professional audio designers at this year’s Game Developers’ Conference how his team made triple-A audio for a fraction of the cost. It involved getting their hands dirty… but it sounded like a lot of fun.
There’s a Boom in Shot
The no-frills approach to audio design involves spraying water on leather jackets, crawling in the mud, running on the beach, pouring water onto rocks in the backyard, and much more. That covered the basic sounds, but for the larger things like specific plane engines, the team would have to get creative.
According to David Swenson, there were several benefits to this approach:
When something didn’t work out, there was the ability to have a do-over
No big, expensive shoots where everything hinges on one day
It encouraged a start-up mentality
For recording gunshots and tails, the team went to an empty area and set up mics everywhere it could. It turned out the audio sounded terrible on every mic except the one behind the car. In this smaller operation, it was an easy logistical task to get back out there and re-record everything with every mic in that sweet spot.
Getting the sounds of a particular plane as it came down was proving to be a challenge, as the team wasn’t allowed to stand on a runway. A trip to Google Maps revealed that there happened to be a golf course adjacent to an airfield nearby, with – lo and behold – one hole conveniently placed right next to the runway. The team actually snuck mics inside disguised as golf clubs (see image below) to hang out near the runway and record planes coming in.
Google Maps was often used when the team needed to find a suitable area to record. Purely from browsing the service, they found an abandoned mall with a bunch of junk inside. Throwing those items off balconies and into walls formed much of the sounds of destroyed rubble in CoD: WWII.
It didn’t stop there. Even after the recording period, Sledgehammer wanted to avoid the ways of a massive studio and adopt a lean, flexible, start-up mentality.
Early on, the decision was made to let every sound designer use whatever program and plugins they wanted. This increased sharing of ideas and diversified the team’s audio — but it also meant many designers couldn’t share sessions across the same program.
There wasn’t a separate, final audio program to aggregate everything into. According to Swenson, the “final audio program was the game.”
These sound designers would implement everything into the actual level. They had a proprietary scripting language they had to learn, which meant doing a little bit of coding. Armed with that, they’d be able to perform the usual role of audio level designers. They would own a sound all throughout the process, from the boom to the room.
Call of Duty: WWII uses High Dynamic Range audio to focus on dynamics over raw loudness. Swenson stressed that there needed to be a clean and focused mix for a more cinematic feel. “We needed to avoid the Wall of Sound trap,” he said.
In some cases, that actually meant completely cutting out some of that audio they had painstakingly recorded. In chaotic scenes like the D-Day landing, there’s so much happening that they had to ensure the player heard what was important.
With large teams in multiple locations, this meant being very clear to everyone about what sounds were prioritised, and what was not to be touched.
“We had to have rules to prevent the instant gratification trap,” said Swenson, “where a sound designer makes their one small thing very big and loud. Guns were always the star. Explosions are big. Other things would take a backseat to that, and we’d reduce the db if they don’t fall into the star category.”
One of the benefits of working on a major franchise that three studios contribute to is the sharing of assets, but the move to High Dynamic Range sound limited what Sledgehammer could implement. When combined with HDR sounds, the older assets would break the immersion. The last few games being more futuristic also limited how much they could grab.
Swenson also knew that due to the immense wall of gunfire that would occur at certain points in the game, the soundtrack should be free of percussion — while still being orchestral to sound cinematic. There would be no drums to drown out the guns, and instead of sound effects, different musical instruments would be used in stealth sections to communicate stealth ideas like being noticed.
Life as a Sledgehammer Sound Designer
Every sound designer gets a kit when they start at Sledgehammer, and they’re told to keep it with them at all times to record the smaller things in life. It enables them to focus more on the debris — what explosions do to the world, as opposed to the explosions themselves.
The team needed tree bursts, for example, for when the Germans would hammer a forest with artillery. Seeing as every employee is also given a sledgehammer when they start their job, they took a sledgehammer to nearby trees.
“We’re hung up on being as literal as possible,” said Swenson. “We went to a river to record a river. We went to a bunker to record a bunker. We used the real old weapons.”
In that same vein, the team wanted to record the exact tank that would be included in the game. After recording a friend’s (yes, a friend with a fleet of tanks), they found the engine was way too loud to hear anything else. They wanted the treads, the engines, and the metal groans.
After browsing Youtube, they were able to find a tank owner running the engine in isolation. They zoomed in on the owner’s nametag and chased down his contact details. He thought Sledgehammer was trolling him at first, but agreed to have them come record the engine at different RPMs. They then manipulated an air vent for an hour for the sound of metal groans.
After showing several frugal techniques for recording sounds of destruction, such as breaking wonderboard to emulate cement cracking, putting a subwoofer up to a medical cabinet for vibrations, and lots of plugins, Swenson was able to show us the result: a massive belltower collapsing. It’s a sequence anyone who’s played the game will remember, and it only adds to the moment to know the unique process that created it.
One hour later, Swenson had shown his work and proven his claim. His message to all the audio designers in the crowd was simple: “Anybody can buy some wood and stuff from Home Depot, and create the same thing.”
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Can’t believe you’re even writing about this. My job as CEO is to focus on what’s most critical, which is currently Model 3 production. Doug, who I regard as one of the world’s most talented engineering execs, is focused on vehicle engineering.
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Can a person diagnosed with the human papillomavirus have sex again? What is chlamydia? Why are water-based condoms best?
Golden Valley High School students asked these questions and more. This was not a sex education class, but a Q&A session with Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre actor-health educators following one of their first performances in Kern County aimed at reducing sexually transmitted disease rates.
The “What Goes Around” production stresses in a hip, nonjudgmental way how STDs such as chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, HPV and the human immunodeficiency virus can be contracted through unprotected sex.
“We’re not here to tell you how to live your life – we want to provide accurate medical information so you can make informed decisions if you choose to be sexually active,” said actor-educator Ray Auxais as he and the other cast members answered the audience’s questions in the Bakersfield school’s auditorium.
“Abstinence is always an option, and will prevent getting an STD or becoming pregnant,” continued Auxais, who portrays Eli, a charming high school senior who contracts two STDs.
“Remember, it’s not about who you are, but what you do. Don’t be a statistic.”
Escalating STD rates
STD rates have reached record highs nationwide over the past two years, with California near the top. California had more chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and congenital syphilis cases in 2016 than any other state in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
The message is important to deliver in Kern County, where STD rates rank among the highest in the state. Kern County scored among the worst of California counties, with nearly 9,000 reported cases. Here’s how Kern County’s case totals compared to the state average:
Chlamydia – 42 percent higher
Gonorrhea – 23 percent higher
Primary and secondary syphilis – 90 percent higher
Congenital syphilis (transferred from infected mothers to unborn babies) – 344 percent higher
The rates reflect in part decreasing condom usage, a lack of public awareness about STDs, a dwindling number of STD clinics and an increase in STD testing, according to state health officials.
Youth are particularly at risk. One in four high school students becomes infected with an STD, and people age 15 to 24 account for nearly half of all STDs reported in the U.S., according to the CDC. To combat the issue, Kern County Public Health Services in 2016 launched “Know Your Risk,” a comprehensive, multiyear awareness campaign.
Some STDs including chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis can be cured, but if left untreated they can cause infertility or other serious health problems. Other STDs such as HIV, herpes and HPV are viral and can only be managed, not cured.
A relatable story
Another scene from “What Goes Around.”
In “What Goes Around,” Eli cheats on his girlfriend Alicia (portrayed by Sandra Smith) with another girl he meets at a party. But when Eli realizes the second girl left him a “downtown souvenir,” he’s shocked. He thought he was safe from catching a disease since the girl was on birth control. When Eli’s friend convinces him to get tested at a clinic, he learns he has chlamydia and HPV. Now Eli must tell Alicia – but how?
Using oversized monitors, text messaging, music and social media technology, the hour-long production focuses on Eli’s dilemma as well as dispels common STD myths. The program also emphasizes:
abstinence is the only risk-free option
if a person is sexually active:
getting tested is important, and
only a condom can decrease the risk of contracting or spreading an STD
“The play was excellent,” said GVHS Principal Paul Helman. “It reached the kids at their level – very appropriate and relatable. It’s helping to break down barriers in talking about a difficult subject.”
“STD rates are climbing, especially in the African-American and Latino population,” said Kalvin Yu, MD, chief integration officer and physician lead for community benefits and public health, Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “’What Goes Around’ helps reach groups that don’t have access to health care or are growing up in a cultural environment where this subject is not discussed.”
“Because the students see the actors-educators more as peers, they feel more comfortable asking questions than in a conventional school setting or doctor’s office,” continued Yu, who is also an infectious diseases physician.
GVHS senior Stephanie Guzman, who plans to pursue a medical career, agreed the production is needed: “This was a good wake-up call. We had sex education in ninth grade but this is a reminder of things we may have forgotten.”
Fellow senior, Jayro Olvera, wishes more youth and adults had the opportunity to see “What Goes Around.” “If people in Bakersfield could watch this, everyone could come together as a community to affect the STD problem,” said Jayro, whose goal is to become a nurse anesthetist.
“What Goes Around” to reach entire KHSD
“What Goes Around” has been educating Southern California youth for the past 10 years, with more than 60,000 high schoolers seeing the performance annually. However, Kern High School District only recently gave the green light and adopted a more comprehensive sex education program to align with state requirements mandated by the California Healthy Youth Act.
“What Goes Around” debuted in November 2017 in KHSD to juniors and seniors at four campuses. By the end of the 2018-2019 school year, the district’s other 19 comprehensive and alternative high schools and more than 16,000 students will view the production.
“This is the first time our Educational Theatre is providing a program to an entire school district,” said Gerry Farrell, director, Educational Theatre. “By improving the health of our youth, we also are helping to improve the health of these communities.”
Educational Theatre is a free Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit program. For more than 30 years, it has used live theatre to help K-12 students and their families in at-risk communities develop healthy, lifelong habits. Educational Theatre offers six unique programs that address environmental social factors that impact good health, including violence in our communities, school bullying, STD prevention and nutrition.
Now that we’re about a week removed from the iPhone X launch, it’s become clear that Apple has yet another hit on its hands. Despite reservations about the notch design, not to mention the removal of the tried and true home button, interest in Apple’s latest iPhone is at a level we haven’t seen in years. Even better, Apple has seemingly worked around early production issues which led to relatively limited supply on launch day.
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Harberts described how that work will begin.
“We look at these seasons as novels, and what’s beautiful about it [is that] we can sit down – [series creator] Alex Kurtzman, [executive producer/writer] Gretchen Berg, myself and [executive producer/director] Akiva Goldsman — we sit down and the first thing that the conversation is going to be about is what worked and what didn’t,” he said. “What did we love? What experiments did we do in terms of structure or styles of storytelling; what did we feel sort of sang the best? And, more importantly, what are the themes for Season 2?”
Harberts suggested the direction that Season 2 takes is still open, revealing that they’ll also be asking what it is they want to dig into next season.
“I can tell you this, Season 1 is the war novel and we won’t be doing another war novel,” he revealed. “And that’s fine; it served us very well for Season 1.”
Not Just Space Battles
They will also be trying to please the fans. “I feel like Star Trek fans — and science fiction fans — are looking for ‘What are you trying to say?’ ‘What is the deeper [meaning]?’ It’s not just about space battles.”
Harberts added, “It’ll be a big discussion and it’ll probably take at least two weeks to even think about what Season 2 in a macro sense will be.”
He also revealed that they’re still tweaking the Season 1 finale. “Actually, I spent the other day in my hotel room going through the cut of that — Episode 15. So that has taken so much brain power just to make sure we’re finishing this first season correctly,” he said.
For now, we can look forward to the upcoming midseason finale which airs in the US on November 12 and in the UK a day later.
Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk on Friday pushed back the unveiling of the company’s big rig truck until mid-November, tweeting that the electric vehicle maker was diverting resources to fix production bottlenecks of its new Model 3 sedan and to help Puerto Rico. Musk said Tesla’s Model 3 was “deep in production hell” echoing… Tech | New York Post
Despite being out in North America for just over nine months, consumers are still having a hard time getting their hands on the elusive Nintendo Switch console. Although stock levels getting a little bit better as of late, the Japanese video game giant wants to make getting a Switch of your own a little easier. According to a report from DigiTimes, the company is increasing the console’s production to 2 million units per month. To put that number into perspective, reports indicate that 4.7 million Switch consoles were sold around the world between launch and the end of June.
The increase in production also comes with the console’s expansion into new markets. Countries such as Taiwan will be getting the console in December of this year, while China’s release is scheduled for early 2018. The uptick in production is also an effort to meet Nintendo’s production quota it set out for itself of 20 million units by the end of the year. The same report says the Switch’s shortage is due in large part to key resources such as DRAM coming in extremely limited supplies.
James Cameron has been promising Avatar sequels since the first movie broke box office records, received rave reviews (84% on Roten Tomatoes) and earned accolades galore back in 2009. Eight years and many release date shifts later, the visionary writer/director has finally begun filming not just one but four follow-up features, all being shot in succession. The quartet of presumably cutting-edge 3D movies kicked off production in a Manhattan Beach studio yesterday, according to…
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Production has shut down on “Mission: Impossible 6” due to star Tom Cruise’s broken ankle. Paramount Pictures said Wednesday that production will go on hiatus while Cruise makes a full recovery. Entertainment Headlines
Oil companies keep trying, but they can’t seem to enforce production quotas. The price of oil and gasoline rose a bit over the last few weeks as the “peak driving season” draws to a close. But quota enforcement issues in the Middle East and the fact that there is already too much gasoline waiting to… Business | New York Post
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Sitting down with PEOPLE Now, Abraham, 25, learned that her Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars — Family Edition costar confirmed she was “phony” during a previous interview with PEOPLE. “Their whole little thing, I wanted to not be in the same room as them. … I just didn’t trust it. I like real and raw. They were cool, but I just kind of stayed away,” the Girls Next Door alum told PEOPLE of starring alongside Abaraham’s family on the reality series.
After watching the mother of two’s interview, Abraham tells PEOPLE, “That’s fine with her opinion. I just think if you’re a production puppet, you obviously aren’t open to the whole environment of bettering families or understanding other families.”
“And that’s sad for a position — she’s older than I am, so I wish her the best. I think her and her mother really do not have the deep issues that my family has and maybe that’s hard for her to get wherever she is emotionally in her life,” adds the Teen Mom OG star.
On Friday night, Abraham and Wilkinson Baskett will make their debut on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars — Family Edition when the new series premieres. Reflecting on the time spent with her parents on the show, with whom she has an up-and-down relationship, Abraham says of the process: “I think it definitely helped me. … I guess I don’t really let the stress of my family weigh on my career, weigh on my options anymore, which I think we all need freedom from.”
Still, she and her parents have work to do to repair their strained relationship.
“I would say my parents and I still have our troubles due to some people maybe not taking maybe Family Boot Camp seriously, and I think as you watch with me this season, every Friday you will get to see some of the steps that … are putting in our families’ lives that are super important,” says Abraham. “Whether or not we adopt those — the seven steps of engagement, continue working on that — then that’s what my family still struggles with sadly today.”
With her daughter, Sophia, looking up to her as an example, Abraham always strives to focus on the positive.
“I try to make everything a positive, even if it comes off negative,” says Abraham.
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars — Family Edition premieres Friday at 9 p.m. ET on WE tv.
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The unchallenged bible of the publishing industry, Bookmaking is the introduction to editing, design, and production for newcomers, acclaimed as the premier text for students as well as a comprehensive reference for experienced hands. First issued in 1965 and revised in 1979, it has now been thoroughly reorganized and updated to reflect the profound changes in the bookmaking process and in publishing practices in the twenty-first century. The computer-centered method of getting from the author’s conception to completed print-or electronic-book has come to dominate publishing, involving not only the setting of type but also the preparation of manuscripts, editing, illustration creation and processing, page makeup, color separation, and preparation for printing. Even more significant than its use for these individual procedures is the computer’s role in creating an integrated system that is greater than the sum of its parts. Covering all the publishing processes up to distribution, Bookmaking addresses the needs of publishing professionals, whether they do the work themselves in-house or have it done to their specifications by outside suppliers. But this new edition is not only about technological change; all aspects of bookmaking have been reconsidered. The text that served the industry for nearly three decades has been updated where appropriate, while still providing the unchanging facts and principles of book craft.
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