NASA’s Kepler just spotted 18 new Earth-sized planets, but only one is worth dreaming about

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NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope may be dead, but that doesn’t mean that the wealth of data it gathered doesn’t still hold some untold surprises. A new research paper from scientists at the Max Planck Institute, Georg August University, and the Sonneberg Observatory is a great reminder of that, and it reveals the existence of 18 (!) completely new exoplanets that were previously unknown to astronomers.

The discovery was made after a careful analysis of Kepler data using a new method of approach that is more sensitive and could, its creators believe, uncover dozens or even over a hundred totally new worlds orbiting distant stars.

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Ryan Seacrest After Being Spotted With Ex GF: ‘I’m Available’

Ryan Seacrest is still single! The American Idol host confirmed his relationship status on Wednesday, April 17, days after sparking speculation he was back with ex-girlfriend Shayna Taylor.

While discussing on Live With Kelly and Ryan how his cohost, Kelly Ripa, met her husband, Mark Consuelos, Seacrest, 44, said he would ike to enlist the person responsible for getting them together to help him find love. (Ripa, 48, and Consuelos, also 48, met during their screen test for All My Children and have been married since 1996.)

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Ryan Seacrest and Shayna Taylor attend the 2018 US Weekly Most Stylish New Yorkers at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge on September 12, 2018 in New York City. Taylor Hill/WireImage

“Listen, Goutman,” the Georgia native said into the camera, addressing award-winning producer Christopher Goutman, who orchestrated the aforementioned couple’s first meeting. “Next screen test, I’m unmarried, I’m available … if you’ve got any good casting.”

Seacrest’s nod to his availability comes days after he and Taylor, 27, were spotted taking a walk together in Beverly Hills on Saturday, April 13. The former twosome — who split in February after nearly three years together — were all smiles during their stroll.

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Shayna Taylor and Ryan Seacrest are seen at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on May 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

The ABC TV personality sported a navy blue T-shirt, dark sunglasses and a hat during his outing with his ex. The Shayna’s Kitchen founder also went casual, sporting a white V-neck shirt paired with peach-colored workout leggings and her blonde hair in a top-knot.

Seacrest and Taylor were first linked in March 2013, but called it quits in December 2014. They later gave their relationship another shot in 2016 before splitting in February.

“We decided that we’re going to learn a few things — I call them pursuits — but we’re gonna learn a few things that are outside of work for me, right? ‘Cause I’m working all the time,” Seacrest explained to Us Weekly of his date nights with Taylor in September 2018. “Our first attempt is tango dancing. We’ve had two lessons. I’m starting to get the point where it’s frustrating, but I’m trying keep my cool. We will, on a date night, eventually attempt to do it somewhere for fun. Right now we’re just in the practice studio.”

Prior to his relationship with Taylor, Seacrest was in a nearly two year relationship with Dancing With the Stars alum Julianne Hough whom he split from in March 2013.

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Apparently, Kate first spotted William when they were 9 years old

The story of the royal couple dates back longer than we thought

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It’s a commonly known fact that Kate and William were first introduced to each other as students at the University of St. Andrews (in case you want to brush up on the unofficial facts, the Lifetime movie William & Kate: The Movie tells the romanticised version of how the two met).

Well it turns out, we haven’t actually been told the full story. The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly first spotted her husband-to-be during a hockey match at her prep school when they both just nine years old. At least, that’s what royal correspondent Katie Nicholl writes in her book Kate: The Future Queen.

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‘Although [Kate] wasn’t especially interested in boys, the arrival of one particular young man had caught her attention. Nearby Ludgrove Prep school would often play matches against St. Andrew’s Prep, and there was much excitement when Prince William, a left back on Ludgrove’s Colts team, came to St. Andrew’s to play a hockey match when he was nine years old.’

‘William, like Kate, loved sports and was one of the best hockey and rugby players in his year. Of course, the arrival of the prince generated a flurry of excitement,’ she added. ‘It was the first time Kate had set her eyes on the young prince, but certainly not the last.’

Well, that’s just lovely!

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Brooklyn Beckham Spotted With New Girlfriend Hana Cross

Might Hana Cross be The One for Brooklyn Beckham? The couple left a Fashion Awards afterparty holding hands on Monday, December 10, confirming their budding relationship.

Photos from the event show Beckham, 19, leading Cross, 21, through a group of photographers and into a black cab outside the afterparty’s North London venue on Monday night. He wore a white shirt half-tucked into his skinny jeans, while she sported a white crop top, a black blazer and patterned slacks.

The same evening, Cross posted an Instagram Stories video of herself and Beckham dancing to The Jacksons’ “Blame It On the Boogie.”

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Brooklyn Beckham and Hana Cross dancing at afterparty for the British Fashion Awards, held at a private address in Belsize Park. Courtesy of Hana Cross/Instagram

The model has hung out with Beckham at least three times last month, according to The Sun: The couple visited London’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland attraction, took in a Mumford & Sons concert at the city’s O2 Arena and met up with Brooklyn’s parents — David Beckham and Victoria Beckham — at the Haig Club House Party in Notting Hill.

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Brooklyn Beckham and Hana Crossattend a afterparty for the British Fashion Awards, held at a private address in Belsize Park. INSTAR Images

Brooklyn may have started dating Cross even earlier, though. His left hand, recognizable from the eagle tattoo on his wrist, appears in a photo she posted to Instagram in October.

The photographer was previously in a relationship with actress Chloë Grace Moretz. “I think we chose each other,” the Suspiria star, 21, told Us Weekly in 2017. “It’s been years now off and on and it’s just one of those things, you come back, and it’s like no time spent away from each other at all.”

Since Brooklyn and Moretz’s split earlier this year, he’s been photographed with musician Lexy Panterra, model Alex Lee Aillón and model Lexi Woods. Meanwhile, Moretz was spotted kissing model Kate Harrison earlier this month.

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All the Harry Potter Easter Eggs We Spotted in ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’

SPOILER ALERT: The following article contains SPOILERS for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Proceed at your own risk.

Lovers of franchises know that they’re always packed with Easter Eggs, references and callbacks for eagle-eyed fans to hunt out. And Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts is no different. We took our magnifying glass to the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, and rounded up all the Easter Eggs we spotted, while also getting the cast to weigh in. You can watch them discuss their favourites in the video above.

Thestrals

You might have recognised the creatures at the start of the film pulling the carriage meant to transfer Grindelwald from his cell at the American Ministry of Magic. They’re Thestrals. We first encounter Thestrals in The Goblet of Fire when Harry Potter first sees them after witnessing Cedric Diggory’s death. Luna Lovegood explains to Harry that only people who have been touched by death are able to see them – the skeletal bat-like horses remain invisible to those who have never been affected by death, hence Ron being unable to see them at that moment. The Thestrals Harry sees – and later rides on – are Hogwarts’ own herd, which Hagrid believes are the only trained large group of Thestrals in Britain.

The Elder Wand


Abus Dumbledore with the Elder Wand.

Wand aficionados will recognise Grindelwald’s magical instrument as the Elder Wand that makes up one of the three Deathly Hallows, so critical to the final two Harry Potter films. The wand was coveted by Voldemort not only because it was meant to be the most powerful wand in existence, but also because possessing it alongside the other two Deathly Hallows (the Resurrection Stone and the Cloak of Invisibility) gave the bearer power over death, according to the Tale of the Three Brothers. Interestingly, the Elder Wand’s core is made up of thestral tail-hair. Grindelwald came to be in possession of it after stealing it from its previous owner, wandmaker Mykew Gregorovitch. At the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry ends up snapping it in two and throwing it over the Hogwarts viaduct. And that was the end of that.

Interestingly, the symbol for the Deathly Hallows is integral to The Crimes of Grindelwald — and in the film’s logo, the different elements of the symbol are reflected, with the ‘I’ of Grindelwald forming the Elder Wand, and the ‘G’ and ‘A’ of his name taking the shape of the symbols of the other two.

Nagini


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Nagini with Credence.

We knew of Nagini’s appearance in the film way before The Crimes of Grindelwald hit screens. But we’re looking forward to seeing how her story unfolds as the film series continues. Nagini was Voldemort’s snake, and also a Horcrux containing a piece of the Dark Lord’s soul. Here, we see her in human form, played by Claudia Kim, and watch her transform into a snake at will. She’ll later become trapped inside her snake body.

Kappa at the Circus Arcanus

One of the animals on show at the circus is a Kappa. Professor Lupin taught the kids at Hogwarts about Kappas in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

A Familiar Institution

Every Potterhead’s favourite school of witchcraft and wizardry, Hogwarts makes a welcome appearance in Fantastic Beasts 2. Both in the 1927 present and also via flashback whisking us back to Newt Scamander and Leta Lestrange’s schooldays, where he was an awkward loner and she was a bullied outcast.

Hedwig’s Theme

As we head to Hogwarts for the first time, we hear the unmistakeable strains of John Williams’ “Hedwig’s Theme” from the Harry Potter films.

Dumbledore Teaching Defence Against the Dark Arts

It’s a cursed role, and teachers of this subject come and go with alarming regularity. Dumbledore always maintained that he taught Transfiguration but here he’s teaching DADA to Newt, Leta and their fellow students.

Boggart Scene

In the class we see Albus taking at Hogwarts, he’s teaching the Riddikulus charm to prepare students for dealing with boggarts, which take the shape of their opponent’s biggest fear. The class, meanwhile, takes almost exactly the same shape as the one Professor Lupin teaches in The Prisoner of Azkaban. The cabinet is the same, the pupils are all lined up similarly, and Leta’s turn mirrors Harry’s in that something genuinely unsettling and pivotal to the story emerges as she faces the boggart. Not only that, but Harry’s boggart takes the form of a dementor, which looks ethereal like a billowing dark shroud, while Leta’s is a similarly eerie floaty white sheet. It’s not until later in the film that we uncover what the image means, although it’s also redolent of the Cloak of Invisibility, one of the three Deathly Hallows.

McLaggen


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Cormac McLaggan.

You may remember Cormac McLaggan as a contemporary of Harry Potter’s – Quidditch player and one-time courter of Hermione. As Aurors turn up at Hogwarts, Dumbledore is overseeing a dueling club session (remember Gilderoy Lockhart doing the same in The Chamber of Secrets?). Albus refers to one of the students by name – McLaggan – who is probably a relative of Cormac’s. The McLaggans are thought to be an influential wizarding family.

Professor McGonagall

A Professor McGonagall walks the halls of 1927 Hogwarts. It’s a stretch to think it’s Maggie Smith’s Minerva McGonagall because the dates don’t add up, but she could well be a relative.

Whomping Willow

Famous from the Harry Potter films, the Whomping Willow plays a special role in The Crimes of Grindelwald as the location of an adorable flashback moment between Newt and Leta as Hogwarts pupils. It’s when Newt introduces Leta to his Bowtruckle, and it serves to illustrate their intimacy.

Newt + Leta = Severus + Lily

This sweet flashback sequence showing their connection mirrors Snape’s memory of himself with Harry Potter’s mother, Lily, as schoolchildren by the tree, seen in The Deathly Hallows Part 2. The setting looks the same, and Lily is, like Leta, bullied – here by her muggle sister who labels her a freak. Severus, like Newt, is a misfit and like Snape and Lily, Newt and Leta find comfort in their friendship.

The Names on the Hogwarts Desk


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We all did it.

When Leta Lestrange returns to Hogwarts, she opens up one of the old wooden desks in the classroom – which is presumably the desk at which she used to sit as a pupil. Scratched on the underside of the lid are the initials ‘L+N’ which she likely engraved during the throes of her young love affair with Newt. But look closely, and you’ll see some other names. One of which is ‘Nigellus’ which may or may not be a reference to Phineas Nigellus Black, former Slytherin headmaster at Hogwarts and Sirius Black’s brother. He died in 1925 at the age of 78 and was also a student at Hogwarts prior to becoming head. Did he scratch his own name under that desk? Or, as the least popular headmaster the school has ever known, could it have been a mischievous student having learned his middle name?

Travers Dynasty

In The Crimes of Grindelwald, Ministry of Magic official Torquil Travers is investigating Albus Dumbledore. It’s possible that he’s a member of the same Travers line that the Death Eater first seen in Order of the Phoenix belongs to. This Travers family is one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight families published in the Pure-Blood Directory in the 1930s. Of which the Rosier family is also one.

Vinda Rosier


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Poppy Colette Corby-Tuech as Vinda Rosier.

Gellert Grindelwald’s right-hand woman is a mysterious devotee by the name of Vinda Rosier. She presumably belongs to the Rosier bloodline referenced in the Harry Potter series, the most prominent of which was arguably Evan Rosier. Evan was one of Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters, first mentioned in The Goblet of Fire. He was ultimately killed by Alastor Moody. Both Rosiers could be related to Druella Black (née Rosier), mother to Bellatrix Lestrange, Narcissa Malfoy and Andromeda Tonks. Which suggests we could well bump into Druella at some point in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

For the Greater Good

Grindelwald says this phrase when demanding the loyalty of his followers, to remind them that their actions are working towards a larger purpose. It was first used in The Deathly Hallows, when Albus Dumbledore’s brother Aberforth is recounting the story of their sister Ariana and Grindelwald’s role in her death. Fans of Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy, incidentally, will also likely associate it with Hot Fuzz.

Mirror of Erised

We first saw the Mirror of Erised in the first film of the franchise, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Erised is ‘Desire’ spelled backwards, and the mirror, Dumbledore tells a young Potter, “shows the most desperate desire of a person’s heart”. In The Crimes of Grindelwald, when Albus looks into the mirror he sees the blood pact he made years ago with Gellert. We see them cut their hands and touch their bleeding palms together, which creates an ornate vial on a chain. Grindelwald wears this throughout the film until the Niffler swipes it at the end. Dumbledore finally sees Gellert Grindelwald’s present-day form reflected back at him.

Polyjuice Ploy

When Newt needs to slip into the Ministry of Magic unnoticed alongside Tina, he drinks Polyjuice Potion to disguise himself as his brother, head Auror, Theseus. While inside, he’s discovered and the potion wears off. It mirrors a scene in The Deathly Hallows when Harry, Ron and Hermione drink the potion to disguise themselves as officials in order to find Dolores Umbridge and the critical Horcrux locket. Hermione also later uses Polyjuice in The Deathly Hallows Part 2 to adopt the guise of Bellatrix in order to infiltrate her Gringotts vault – again looking for a Horcrux.

Unbreakable Vow

In The Crimes of Grindelwald, Newt and Tina suspect that Yusef Kama – the enigmatic half-brother to Leta Lestrange – has scars on his hand that indicate he’s taken an Unbreakable Vow. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Snape, working as a spy, makes an Unbreakable Vow with Narcissa Malfoy, overseen by Bellatrix Lestrange, in which he promises to protect Draco in order to allow him to carry out his duty of killing Dumbledore, and take on the task should Draco fail. Snape does end up taking on the task from Draco, but we later find out that it is in collusion with Dumbledore, who is dying from a curse he picked up trying to destroy a Horcrux anyway.

Nicolas Flamel and the Philosopher’s Stone


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Nicolas Flamel chats with Jacob.

It’s no secret that the famed Nicolas Flamel appears in The Crimes of Grindelwald, but look closely when he opens his magical cabinet and you’ll see the original Philosopher’s Stone — also known as the Sorcerer’s Stone — from the first Harry Potter movie. The Stone was sought by Voldemort, because it was the key to creating the Elixir of Life which could extend lifespan. And turn any metal into gold, naturally. Interestingly, the heavily made-up Flamel is played by Brontis Jodorowsky, the actor son of highly regarded Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Flamel’s Book

In Flamel’s laboratory, we see him communicating with the head of the American magic community via a photograph in a book. Is it the same book that belonged to Credence Barebone’s original guardian, Irma Dugard, that the film makes a point of showing us? If the woman has been in touch with Flamel, a close friend of Albus Dumbledore, what could that mean for the future of the franchise?

Aurelius Connection

In choosing the name of the secret Dumbledore brother, could J.K. Rowling have been paying a subtle tribute to former Albus Dumbledore actor, Richard Harris? When Grindelwald reveals Credence’s true identity at the end, he calls him Aurelius Dumbledore. Richard Harris famously played Marcus Aurelius in Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning swords-and-sandals epic Gladiator. Harris sadly passed away before he could reprise the role of the Hogwarts headmaster in the third Harry Potter film.

Dittany Dosage

In The Crimes of Grindelwald, Newt uses a substance known as Dittany as a healing treatment for one of his magical creatures. Hermione also used Essence of Dittany on Ron’s splinched arm after they escape the occupied Ministry of Magic in The Deathly Hallows. Dittany is a healing herb that causes fresh skin to grow over a wound.

Lovegood Connections


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The ceiling of the French Ministry of Magic.

Look closely at the ornate ceiling inside the French Ministry of Magic. References to magical creatures include ‘Centaur’, ‘Oiseau Tonnerre’, or Thunderbird, and ‘Clabbert’. But you’ll also see ‘Plimpy’ and ‘L’Eruptif’, or Erumpent. When Harry, Ron and Hermione go to the Lovegoods’ home in The Deathly Hallows Part 2, they meet Luna’s father, Xenophilius, who tells them that his daughter is out fishing for Plimpies. He notes that the family has an excellent recipe for freshwater Plimpy soup. Hermione also notices an Erumpent horn hanging on the wall of the Lovegoods’ house.

Nurmengard

At the end of the film, we see Grindelwald holed up in Nurmengard Castle in Austria, where he’s taken both Queenie and Credence. The castle was originally built by Grindelwald as a prison to hold those who oppose him, but it also serves as his base of operations. After he’s defeated in 1945, he winds up being imprisoned at Nurmengard himself — some kind of poetic justice — remaining there until his death in 1998.

Watch the cast discuss their favourite Crimes of Grindelwald Easter Eggs in the video below.

Dumbledore Desperately Needs a Love Story

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Kate Beckinsale spotted in Jack Whitehall’s hometown days after their steamy kiss

KATE Beckinsale was in lover Jack Whitehall’s home town today, just days after they were snapped kissing at the weekend.

The movie star, 45, and the comedian, 30, set tongues wagging when they were spotted in a steamy LA nightclub clinch before heading to a hotel to continue the fun.

Kate Beckinsale was today seen filming in London – near to were new love Jack Whitehall lives
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The stunning actress looked happy and relaxed as she shot new movie Toff Guys
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Today Kate was back on British soil to shoot new movie Toff Guys with Hollywood hunk Matthew Mcconaughey.

Dressed casually in jeans and fluffy jacket, the actress looked in good spirits as she met crew on set.

She wore her long hair in a high high ponytail and shielded her eyes with a pair of oversized sunglasses.

But it looks like her trip to London might not be all work and no play, as the stunning actress was just miles from where here new beau Jack lives.

Kate was just a few miles from where her snogging partner Jack lives
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Kate was seen meeting with the crew ahead of filming
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Jack and Kate hit the headlines after they were caught in a romantic tryst at the weekend.

The pair had enjoyed a meal at the restaurant Craig’s, a popular celeb hangout in Hollywood, before heading to the Blind Dragon karaoke lounge, where they were seen snogging.

They were then snapped entering The London Hotel at 3am looking very cosy.

Two months ago Kate, a divorced mother of one, was pictured with on-off American toyboy Matt Rife.

Like Jack, 23-year-old Matt is a stand-up comedian.

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An onlooker said: “No one would expect someone like Jack to bag one of Hollywood’s hottest actresses. You couldn’t get a more unlikely romance.

“They were like a pair of loved-up teenagers and weren’t trying to hide their feelings.

“They were practically sitting on top of each other in the booth of the nightclub and were laughing with each other.

“As the night progressed, he seemed to be growing in confidence and put his arm around her and gave her a hug.

“Then he decided to put his hand around the back of Kate’s neck and pulled her across him, where they started to passionately kiss.”

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Jack split from long-term girlfriend Gemma Chan, 35, star of Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, last December, after six years together.

Kate’s 12-year marriage to American film director Len Wiseman, 45, ended in 2016 after he filed for divorce.

She shares 19-year-old daughter Lily with her former husband, the actor Michael Sheen, 49, who she split from in 2003.


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Odell Beckham Jr. Had the Absolute Best Reaction When He Spotted a Fan Rocking His Hairstyle

The New York Giants may have lost on Sunday, but Odell Beckham Jr. still got to experience a moment of triumph when he spotted a similar looking fan in the crowd.

While OBJ was on the sidelines of the Giants’ game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium, one of his teammate’s pointed out a fan sitting behind the Giants’ bench who was rocking his signature hairstyle. Beckham made a face that seemed to express both shock and awe when he caught sight of his hair twin, Twitter user YoungPharro, creating a delightful scene that has since gone viral.

“Dude got his hair just like ,” Twitter user Bruce Thompson captioned the original video. “Watch O reaction.”

YoungPharro even shared his own response to the interaction with the short and sweet caption, “met the bro today.”

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