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- Jennifer Garner stopped by NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday and recalled a recent trip to Sweden.
- The "Peppermint" actress and her daughter, Violet, went kayaking, — but they ended up traveling away from their end point.
- As they reached a current and started nearing the ocean, Garner said that she began singing "Mamma Mia," since that music was created by Swedish group ABBA.
- Garner and her daughter made it safely back to land and laughed about the experience.
- Anna Kendrick visited "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Thursday and showed off her rap skills — which she has previously showcased in "Pitch Perfect" and "The Late Late Show."
- Since her upcoming movie is called "A Simple Favor," DeGeneres suggested that they do favors for each other.
- Kendrick asked to take over the comedian's Twitter account. And in exchange, DeGeneres requested that she rap to M.O.P.'s "Ante Up."
- Watch the 33-year-old's rendition in the video below (Kendrick raps at 1:16).
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- A friend of Dawn Wells has set up a GoFundMe asking her fans to help pay off $194,000 in IRS penalties and hospital bills.
- The "Gilligan's Island" star broke her knee and underwent a surgery in 2017 that "came close to killing her," according to the page.
- It also states that she "lost everything including her life savings" after the 2008 financial crisis.
- AMC revealed a new logo for season nine of "The Walking Dead" that may make fans do a double take.
- Unlike previous seasons, the new logo is not decaying.
- AMC confirmed to INSIDER this logo will be seen during season nine's opening credits.
- New showrunner Angela Kang explains the change behind the new logo in a statement to INSIDER.
- Cher appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and revealed her "old-fashioned" workout routine.
- The singer does planks, squats, and fire hydrant moves to achieve a toned body.
- She also does Zumba and owns a machine called a Power Plate, which uses "whole body vibration technology."
- Kendall Jenner discussed her family drama during a recent appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
- "It's a lot of drama, which is exciting, but it's also great that I'm not a part of it really," she said. "It's a lot. I don't know how I stay out of it, I guess I just — I don't really care."
- Kim Kardashian West, Khloe Kardashian, and Kourtney Kardashian have been involved in an intense and public feud since the Season 15 premiere of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."
- Jenner said that while her sisters frequently gossip about each other, they seem to have no issues with her specifically.
- "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" star Rob McElhenney, posted a picture of himself looking fit on Instagram as the show returned for its 13th season.
- It's side-by-side with an older still from him looking much less put-together.
- He wrote about the intense, seven-month routine to get in shape — including hiring a personal trainer from "Magic Mike"— and said FX paid for the whole thing.
- "I don’t know why everyone’s not doing this. It’s a super realistic lifestyle and an appropriate body image to compare oneself to," he said sarcastically.
- See his full comments below:
- Netflix ended its user reviews feature earlier this summer, citing "declining using over time."
- But according to data compiled by Cordcutting.com, Netflix originals had also seen a steady year-over-year decline in user-rating scores, well before the company decided to bring its user reviews to an end.
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- The current Miss America, Cara Mund, gave an interview without "official permission" to NBC's "Today" on Friday.
- Ahead of this year's pageant, Mund said she wanted to ensure that the new woman crowned on Sunday "knows what she's getting into" and "feels supported."
- Mund also called for a "leadership change" within the organization.
- These comments come two weeks after Mund published an open letter, claiming she has been bullied, manipulated, and silenced by the pageant's leadership.
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- Warning: Spoilers below for the second season of Netflix's "Glow."
- On the newest season of "Glow," Bash Howard (Chris Lowell) speaks often about Florian.
- Florian has been Bash's friend since third grade, and was employed by him as a butler.
- On season two, Florian leaves after Bash admits he can't afford to pay him anymore.
- While trying to look for him, Bash realizes Florian is gay.
- This is linked to Bash's own complicated sexuality and identity.
- Oscar-winning director Michel Gondry spoke to Business Insider about reuniting with Jim Carrey on the new Showtime series "Kidding," 14 years after the release of their acclaimed film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."
- Gondry also touched on his prolific direction of music videos, shooting his last two films in France, and Carrey's recent headline-grabbing satirical drawings.
- Miss America rid of its swimsuit competition earlier this year.
- Some think changes should be made to its talent portion of the competition as well since it doesn't seem inclusive to those who may not excel in performing arts.
- In the past, the talent competition contributed to 35% of a contestant's overall score. It now makes up 50%.
- Miss Nebraska asked Miss Connecticut Sunday evening how she would encourage women without a fine arts background to compete in Miss America. She said others should "think outside the box."
- Miss New York, Nia Imani Franklin, was crowned Miss America 2019 Sunday in Atlantic City.
- The revamped competition ditched the swimsuit portion of the competition earlier this year.
- Franklin told press she was happy she didn't need to wear a bathing suit to win "because I'm more than just that."
- Kit Harington can't ditch his "Game of Thrones" look just yet.
- While at the Toronto International Film Festival, Harington said HBO"owns" him.
- Even with the series having finished filming, he can't cut his hair or shave his beard until he gets the go-ahead.
During an appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday, the "Peppermint" star recalled visiting Sweden for a few days with 12-year-old daughter Violet. The trip was prompted by Violet doing a sixth grade project on the country and being "so into it." When they went kayaking, it turned disastrous.
Garner was told that their route would take 10 minutes — but an hour later, they were still on the water. Moreover, they began venturing further away from their destination and encountered "huge bridges,""big boats," and "a stop light in the water."
The 46-year-old felt a current pulling their boat to the ocean and she panicked, saying: "Let's just sing 'Mamma Mia,' we're in Sweden."
Fans of the musical know that the tracks featured are all popular songs released by the Swedish group ABBA.
Luckily for Garner, she had a cell phone handy and called for help. They were instructed to turn around and recalled being rescued by a "blonde human with the sun behind him like a halo."
In early August, the actress took to Instagram to share a photo from that eventful day (which was taken by Mattias, who brought them back to safety).
On a pre-middle-school sneak away with my eldest... Did I get us lost in a kayak? Yes. Did we paddle as hard as we could for 100 hours and end up in a shipping lane? I’m afraid so. 😬 Did we have to be rescued? Yup. #thesunsetwasabigupside #shenevercomplained #thankyoumattias #welovedyousweden 🇸🇪 . . . 📸: Mattias from @langholmenkajak
Aside from going on adventures with her children, Garner continues to act. She stars in the upcoming action movie "Peppermint, which hits theaters on Friday, September 7. She'll also return to TV with a role on the upcoming HBO comedy titled "Camping."
Watch the video below (Garner talks about kayaking at 3:18).
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From 2009 to 2017, The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" was a fan-favorite show. The series led Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder to become well-known actors during a time when vampire-based shows and films were at peak popularity.
In the nine years since the show first premiered, "TVD" cast members have gone on to star in movies, pursue music, and start their own families.
Keep reading to find out what the stars of the hit show have been up to.
Nina Dobrev played leading lady Elena Gilbert.
After meeting brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore, she ended up in a love triangle with them — which played out over the course of the series.
Dobrev left the show after season six, but returned for the series finale in 2017.
The actress went on to appear in "Let's Be Cops" and "xXx: Return of Xander Cage." She also starred in the 2017 remake of "Flatliners" with Ellen Page.
Most recently, she joined Vanessa Hudgens and Eva Longoria for the movie "Dog Days."
Paul Wesley starred as brooding vampire Stefan Salvatore.
When Stefan first saw Elena at Mystic Falls High School, he was struck by her uncanny resemblance to his menacing ex, Katherine Pierce.
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Fight scenes in movies and TV shows are more realistic than ever. The art of fight choreography has evolved significantly since the era of Bruce Lee. Today, movies like "John Wick" and "Jason Bourne" incorporate high-impact martial arts like Judo and Jiujitsu to create intense staged combat that thrills audiences with every punch and kick.
To find out how these scenes come together, we interviewed Anthony Vincent, a top stunt coordinator and stunt performer who has more than 200 credits in the movie and television industries. Son of the late actor Frank Vincent, known for his appearances in gangster classics like "Goodfellas,""Casino," and "The Sopranos, Anthony specializes in martial arts and fight choreography. He demonstrated some of the fundamentals of how to make a fight scene look real. Following is a transcript of the video.
Anthony Vincent: My name is Tony Vincent, I'm a stunt coordinator in the film industry. After about 100 movies or so, I started doing fight choreography. I have a deep martial arts background. Everybody's either known as a fight guy, a wheel guy, or a gymnast, a fall guy. Fighting has always been my specialty. I'm competent at the other skills, but I've always been known more as a fight guy, and sought out for my fight skills.
James Cagney did a movie, "Blood on the Sun." And Judo was featured there. Every era saw different things. You know, the '70s was obviously the Bruce Lee era, and more of the Kung Fu flicks. So then you know, I think "Bourne" kind of changed some things, and that was heavily based on the Filipino art, Kali and Escrima, and the stick and knife fighting. So that kind of, I think, started that different style of fighting, was more realistic. And I think it's here to stay.
"Raid: Redemption" series was also done fantastically well. "John Wick" was brilliant, it was very heavy Judo-based. They brought an art that was not really shown that much in films.
[Anthony's father was actor Frank Vincent.]
Vincent: One thing that I learned from my dad, since he was an actor, is what motivates the character? Why is he fighting? What is his ultimate goal? Otherwise, it's just punches and kicks and throws and locks. So that's the first step. The second step is, what's the shooting style? Do they like to hold shots wide? Do they like to do a lot of insert shots, flash cuts? Because that'll help me know whether I really need to have a flow of moves, or if it's gonna be cut together in snippets. Then we shoot.
We're gonna do a little demonstration here, and go over some of the techniques to make fight scenes work. We have here Ian and we have Aj. The first thing we're gonna do is put Ian to sleep, okay? No, just kidding, okay.
What we really have to talk about is selling to camera. The camera, when stacked, we're stacking right now, it compresses the space in between. So really, whether I'm here or whether I'm here or if I actually hit him, it all looks the same. Just to explain what I'm saying, if I went like this now, guess what? Well, that doesn't work, we see a mile in between. There's a couple of things that I call "choreo-killers."
What we call bridging. You guys are my friends. I don't want to hit you in the face. What a lot of people do is they go — I call it bridging. Why? We make it look like it's the Verrazano, okay? Because in our mind, subconsciously, I don't want to hit you.
What makes a fight scene work is not the person throwing the punch, it's the person receiving the punch. I always say, you want to pretend that there is a pole going through the top of your head and running through your body. So the first thing that happens is your head goes. Once your head goes, your shoulder goes, then your hip, then your knee. Now I really want you to really throw it really hard. Obviously, don't hit me, 'cause I have meetings after this.
So go ahead. Beautiful, okay good. Alright. Now do it again. Okay, so that would be a big reaction.
You are going to punch him in the face, okay? And then punch him in the stomach. Then what I want you to do is throw a right punch at his ear.
Aj Caldwell: Somebody's getting workers' comp today.
Vincent: Right, right, right. Now again, this is a famous actor. You don't wanna hit him, but you don't want to look like you're throwing a little punch. We're gonna do a half-speed rehearsal, okay? So half-speed to feel it out and know what you're gonna do, and then we'll go full speed, okay?
Caldwell: Alright, so I walk up, like, "You got a problem? What's your problem?"
Vincent: Hold on, hold on a second. Did I say "action?"
Caldwell: Oh, you did not say "action."
Vincent: So you're just running the set on your own?
Caldwell: It's my first time on set!
Vincent: Okay, okay! Ready, and action! Nice and slow, nice and slow. Yeah, wham, good! Good! Good, good.
It's the full speed. Cameras are rolling. Okay, here we go. Ready, and action!
Caldwell: 'Sup, man, you got a problem? You got a problem, man, what's your problem, man?
Vincent: Nice, very nice! Very nice, good job, guys. Good, good, good. What's your availability next week? I have a project for you.
Caldwell: I'm free!
Vincent: You're free? Yeah, okay. Thank you guys.
Ian Phillips: Thank you.
Dawn Wells is asking for help from fans after undergoing "a life-threatening surgery" that "came close to killing her."
"My dearest friend and YOUR favorite castaway, Dawn Wells (Mary Ann from 'Gillian's Island') needs YOU," reads the introductory line from a GoFundMe page titled "Help Dawn Wells." The campaign, set up by a friend of Wells' named Dugg Kirkpatrick, has a $180,000 goal though its description requests $194,000.
According to the page, which was originally reported by TMZ, the actress broke her knee in 2017 and was hospitalized for two months.
The page also describes how Wells — who also starred on "Bonanza" in the '60s — fell on hard times following the 2008 financial crisis and "lost everything including her life savings." A chunk of the $194,000 sum is reportedly needed to "alleviate penalties by the IRS."
"Dawn is living one of the greatest fears we Americans have, an uncertain future," the GoFundMe page reads. "Should any of you out there wish to contribute a small [sum] to help a woman who gave so many people joy over the years, it would be so appreciated."
"Wow! I am amazed at the kindness and affection I have received from the current outpouring in regards to the Go Fund Me Page that is grabbing so much attention and want to address it," Wells recently wrote on her Facebook page.
"A dear dear friend of mine with a big heart was trying to help me with some common issues we all understand and some must face. He created that page with the love and emotion like someone protecting their child."
"In a recent conversation with him I remarked Where did the time go? I don't know how this happened. I thought I was taking all the proper steps to ensure my golden years. Now, here I am, no family, no husband, no kids and no money," she continued. "I am grateful to any of my fans who are willing to offer support."
In the most recent update on the GoFundMe page, Kirkpatrick wrote that donations made on Wednesday helped him find an apartment for Wells in a "fab retirement village" in Glendale, California. As of press time, the campaign has raised just over $43,000.
Many comments on the GoFundMe page have come from fans who fondly remember Wells and her iconic TV roles.
"Thanks for the happy childhood memories," wrote one contributor.
"How amazing to have so many fans who adored you and still do care about you," wrote another. "I can't donate a lot but am donating some. I hope life treats you well my friend."
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AMC revealed a lot of new photos for "The Walking Dead" on Wednesday, but there was one image in particular that made us do a double take.
Among a group of new character portraits and a poster featuring Rick Grimes, a new logo for the series' ninth season was introduced.
It immediately stood out because, unlike previous iterations of the show's logo, this one is covered in greenery. Here's a look at logos released by AMC for each of the show's nine seasons.
It's also a stark difference from the wear and tear of the decaying logo viewers see during the show's opening credits each season.
As seen above, the show logo for each season usually differs from the one seen in the opening credits. But that's not the case this year. AMC confirmed to INSIDER this is also the logo viewers will see on screen during the show's opening credits.
New showrunner Angela Kang explained the reason behind the change to INSIDER in a statement.
"In previous seasons, the logo in the main titles was gradually decaying along with the world and the zombies in the show," Kang said. "The solid stone letters overgrown with greenery in the season 9 logo reflects the fact that we're jumping into a new chapter of the story where our characters are rebuilding and nature is thriving — for better and worse."
So while the plant life signifies the sort of change Carl wanted to see in the world after his death, it's also indicative of nature taking over.
A new season nine synopsis released by AMC mentions that as Rick's extended group of survivors continues to rebuild civilization, many of the structures around them are continuing to crumble as "nature takes over."
"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC October 7 at 9 p.m.
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Cher's music and acting career has spanned over several decades — and she's not stopping anytime soon. She starred in "Mamma Mia! 2," will be releasing an ABBA cover album, and will hit the road to tour. With multiple projects happening, she still finds time to exercise.
During an interview on "The Ellen Show" airing on Friday, the 72-year-old shared her fitness routine. Cher admitted that she works out a lot, but not every day.
She added that she once did a plank for five minutes, but "can do it for two minutes without a sweat." Cher also recommended her go-to, "old-fashioned things" to achieve a toned butt.
"You get down on all fours and you put your leg up and you make an L with your leg and you do it up like that," she said of the exercise referred to as "all fours.""Three sets of 25."
In addition to squats and fire hydrant moves, the Grammy-winning singer owns a Power Plate (which specializes in "whole body vibration technology") and does Zumba at home using a tape.
Watch the video below.
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Kendall Jenner may be a member of the famously dramatic Kardashian clan, but she does her best to stay out of sibling crises.
Jenner discussed the drama bubbling up on Season 15 of E!'s "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" during her recent appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"— most notably, the vicious feud simmering between her three older sisters.
"It's a lot of drama, which is exciting, but it's also great that I'm not a part of it really," Jenner told Jimmy Fallon. "It's a lot. I don't know how I stay out of it, I guess I just — I don't really care."
The newest season of the family's reality show has focused largely on the issues that Kim Kardashian West and Khloe Kardashian have with their eldest sister Kourtney Kardashian. On the Season 15 premiere, Kim called Kourtney "the least exciting to look at," while Kourtney called Kim "an evil human being."
In the most recent episode, Kourtney found an ally in her supermodel sister. When Jenner said that she considered Kourtney to be her "best friend right now,"Kim jokingly replied, "I question your morals."
On "The Tonight Show," Jenner said that her sisters — who have multiple group chats with varying members in each, so they can gossip about the others — usually don't think she does "anything wrong," so she largely emerges from drama unscathed.
"They don't have anything bad to say about me, which is cool, I guess," Jenner told Fallon. "Unless they're lying. They're probably lying."
Jenner also briefly discussed another hot topic from this summer: Justin Bieber's engagement to Hailey Baldwin, both of whom she counts as friends.
"Whatever makes them happy, I'm happy," she told Fallon. "I've been friends with both of them for a very long time so, everybody's happy and that makes me happy."
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Named Hulu's CEO in October, Randy Freer is responsible for building on the company's momentum to expand viewership, maintain and generate new revenue drivers, and compete with rival streaming giants such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
In the past year, Hulu has added a live-TV service, scored partnership deals with Sprint and Spotify, and made high-profile agreements for shows with George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon, and Kerry Washington.
In May, Hulu announced that it had surpassed 20 million US subscribers. But its impressive growth will not guarantee future success as rival providers seek to increase their own market shares in the media industry's streaming war.
Freer will be on the IGNITION stage discussing Hulu's major challenges and opportunities in the coming year.
Look, it’s not that hard. All you need to do is lift weights six days a week, stop drinking alcohol, don’t eat anything after 7pm, don’t eat any carbs or sugar at all, in fact just don’t eat anything you like, get the personal trainer from Magic Mike, sleep nine hours a night, run three miles a day, and have a studio pay for the whole thing over a six to seven month span. I don’t know why everyone’s not doing this. It’s a super realistic lifestyle and an appropriate body image to compare oneself to. #hollywood
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Netflix announced in July that it would phase out its user reviews feature by mid August, and the company's stated reasoning, as reported by CNET, was that the feature had seen "declining usage over time."
But there could be another reason as well: Users were giving Netflix original shows and movies increasingly bad reviews.
According to data compiled by Cordcutting.com (before Netflix wiped out its user reviews data in August), Netflix original series and films had also seen a steady year-over-year decline in user-rating scores, well before the company decided to bring its user reviews to an end.
While the number of new Netflix originals increased exponentially over time, the average user ratings of Netflix originals dropped a full point, or 24 percent, on its five-star scale between 2012 and 2018, the site found.
(Note: The data on originals goes back to 2011 because several series now branded as "originals" were produced earlier than its original programming debut with "House of Cards" in 2013, such as "Borgia" in 2011 and "Lilyhammer" in 2012.)
The data supports a conjecture that Variety reported in July regarding "negative" user reviews, when describing the following "likely" reasoning for Netflix's decision to end the feature:
"[User reviews] probably have not, on balance, driven people to watch more content on the service. Negative reviews, it would seem, aren't good for business — especially as Netflix increases its spending on original programming."
Netflix has said it will have more than 1,000 original series and films on its platform by the end of 2018, a year that has seen the company spend an estimated $8 billion on content altogether.
The company's decision to end its user reviews feature came over a year after it swapped its five-star recommendation system with a "thumbs up, thumbs down" algorithm, which led to a drastic increase in user participation. That feature differs from its now-defunct, desktop-only platform for user text reviews, which the above data tracked and which stayed with a five-star rating system until Netflix ended the feature in August.
It's been 10 years since "True Blood" aired on TV and became a smash hit.
Based on the "Southern Vampire Mysteries" book series by Charlaine Harris, the show followed Sookie, a human with telepathy, in her small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. It was set after a time in which synthetic blood was created and allowed for vampires to co-exist with humans. But not everyone welcomed them with open arms, and not every vampire was willing to live peacefully.
The series was dark, violent, and provocative. It aired for seven seasons on HBO before wrapping up in 2014.
Here's what the cast of the show has been up to in the years since.
Anna Paquin played Sookie Stackhouse — a human with fairy ancestry, which gave her the power of telepathy.
Sookie was a waitress at Merlotte's Bar and Grill when she met her first vampire, Bill Compton. She had a romantic relationship with Bill throughout the seasons, as well as relationships with the vampire Eric and the werewolf Alcide. She always stood up for her family and friends, and learned more about her powers as the show progressed.
Paquin became the second-youngest Oscar winner in history when she won for "The Piano" at 11 years old — her first acting role ever.
Paquin won a Golden Globe for playing Sookie.
Paquin plays Rogue in the "X-Men" movies. She recently starred on Netflix's "Alias Grace" and will next appear in Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman."
She married her "True Blood" co-star Stephen Moyer in 2010.
Stephen Moyer played Bill Compton, who was turned into a vampire at the end of the Civil War.
Bill fell in love with Sookie, and believed in living peacefully with humans.
Before "True Blood," Moyer was on "Conjugal Rites" and in "Princess of Thieves."
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Miss America 2018, Cara Mund, only has two days left in her year-long reign — and she is using that time to criticize the organization that currently employs her.
On Friday morning, Mund appeared on NBC's "Today" to give an interview without "official permission" from the Miss America Organization, doubling down on claims that she has not been permitted to speak freely over the past year.
"I'm going out on a limb to make sure that whoever the next woman is that takes my job, she knows what she's getting into, she feels supported, and that we're going to be able to make it the best year possible for her," Mund said.
Mund said she had been given a set of mandatory talking points to repeat in every interview, essentially requiring that she insist upon the continued relevance of Miss America and praise the organization's chair Gretchen Carlson — in particular that Carlson, the former Fox News host and Miss America 1989, helped launch the #MeToo movement with her 2016 sexual harassment suit against Fox News founder Roger Ailes.
"It was frustrating and it was concerning. As a 24-year-old woman, I do understand — yes, this is a job. And yes, I had bosses to respond to. But at the same time, there's a set expectation in the workplace of how to be treated," she said.
"To be able to use my voice and to finally be able to go out and say, you know, this is what's been going on — I want to make it better for the next girl."
Mund called out Carlson specifically in an open letter she published in August, detailing her disappointments as Miss America: "Our chair and CEO have systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis," she wrote.
Carlson later claimed that Mund's allegations led to a loss of $75,000 in scholarship money that was supposed to be for this year's contestants.
Carlson added: "The impact won't stop there. We are already seeing a negative ripple effect across the entire organization, and I am so concerned that it will dilute the experience for the next woman selected to wear the crown."
In her interview with "Today," Mund noted that nearly two dozen Miss America state organizers had called for Carlson's resignation before she ever made these complaints public.
"My letter never ignited any of this," she said. "[But] I do think with the lack of confidence there does need to be a leadership change, and I think it come from more than one individual. I think it's the culture in general."
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There is more TV than any human being can keep up with these days. So if the slew of fall TV shows is overwhelming you, you've come to the right place.
We know how hard it is to prioritize TV, so we did it for you. In our fall preview, we made a list of all the notable TV shows returning this fall, and explained whether or not you should watch them (and why). This week, it's a smaller list of the shows that we predict everyone will be talking about, like the sixth and final season of "House of Cards," mixed with new shows like "The Chilling Adventures of Savrina" that will gain momentum over time — and you'll be the first to tell everyone about them.
Here's 11 must-watch new and returning shows this fall:
This dark comedy which takes a surprising turn is co-created by Alan Yang ("Master of None") and Matt Hubbard ("30 Rock"), and stars Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, and Catherine Kenner.
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Season two isn't as magical as the surprisingly biting first season, but it maintains the smart premise and tone without sticking to the same formula that made it work the first time. And also, it's about a prankster called "The Turd Burglar."
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Elizabeth Olsen and Kelly Marie Tran lead this dark comedy about grief that was made to watch on social media. It could be Facebook Watch's first real hit.
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Sebastian "Bash" Howard (played by Chris Lowell) was the unexpected focus of a dramatic and nuanced subplot on the second season. The dramatic turn of events focused on Florian, Bash's longtime friend and butler, who was introduced on the first season of "Glow" when the women went to Bash's house for a party.
"Flor is my secret weapon," Bash told the Debbie and the other wrestlers. "We met in the third grade and now he works for me."
Florian was there for Debbie when she needed to drunkenly vent, and then later on in the first season he was in the ring for the crowning of Libery Belle (and then Welfare Queen).
Florian, though important to Bash, never appears on season two of "Glow."
By the second season's fifth episode, Bash reveals that his longtime friend and butler Florian has left. Bash says they got into a big fight after yet another of Florian's paychecks bounced.
"We got into this big fight and he got really mad and stormed out," Bash tells Carmen. "Said I was being completely solipsistic. I looked it up. It means that you think you're the center of the universe and that you don't care about other people."
When Carmen decides to help Bash find Florian and set things right, she asks if there's anywhere Florian might hang out.
When Bash, Carmen, and Rhonda arrive at the bar, he realizes it's a gay bar. The bartender (Florian's friend) appears to be familiar with Bash thanks to hearing about him so often from the young butler.
Bash appears disconcerted and uncomfortable in the bar, as if he didn't know Florian might be gay.
Warning: Major spoilers for the rest of "Glow" season two below.
Later in the season, Bash gets a phone call from a San Francisco hospital. He's told that Florian Becker has passed away, and that Bash was listed as the emergency contact.
When Bash asks how he died, the woman on the phone says "technically, pneumonia" and then says "you should also know that you may have trouble finding a funeral home that will take the body."
Given "Glow's" time setting of the 1980s, this coded language is meant to imply that Florian had died from complications related to HIV/AIDS. Discriminatory homophobic practices at the time meant funeral homes sometimes wouldn't process the bodies of people who had HIV, and pneumonia is a common infection that used to often prove fatal for patients who had weakened immune systems, particularly as a result of HIV.
The news of Florian's death and the circumstances under which it happened greatly shakes up Bash. We later see him hire a cleaning crew to scour his house, and especially the room in which Florian lived.
Context clues throughout the season could be read as an implication that Bash is also gay, but more on that here. For now "Glow" fans will have to mourn Florian's off-screen death as we wait the coming third season.
"Glow" season two is streaming now on Netflix.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for season two of Netflix's "Glow."
On the second season of Netflix's "Glow," we follow Sebastian "Bash" Howard on an unexpected journey of self-discovery linked to his sexuality. Though the show (and cast and creators) never explicitly state it, many of his scenes imply Bash may be realizing he's attracted to men.
"I think with all of our characters there are a lot of layers to explore," co-creator Carly Mensch said during a Television Critics Association (TCA) panel attended by INSIDER in Beverly Hills this summer. "We had a plan with Bash and with Chris [Lowell] from season one and we knew we wanted to tell this story."
Over the course of season two, Bash discovers that his longtime best friend and butler Florian is gay. This leads Bash to some emotional introspection that comes to a head when he hears the news that Florian has died from complications related to HIV/AIDS. Bash winds up proposing to Rhonda and they have an on-the-spot marriage ceremony.
"Bash doesn’t know how to feel about all of it," actor Chris Lowell told TVLine. "He feels terrified and ashamed and scared and panicky, and I think that's what leads him to jump into this last-minute marriage to Rhonda."
Mensch and co-creator Liz Flahive were asked at the TCA event what this means for Bash's sexuality moving forward.
"We knew we wanted to go at the pace of that character and wanted to be emotionally honest and it's not something we wanted to do in a way that was rushed," Mensch said. "This is a character who is grappling with a lot and it's going to be a bumpy road. So we get to tell that story with Chris [Lowell] behind it, who is amazing."
As for the coming third season, we'll have to wait and see how Bash's marriage to Rhonda plays out, and whether Bash ever admits that he might be gay or bisexual.
"I feel like Rhonda is such a go with the flow, live in the moment kind of person, it be will be interesting to see what happens when she finds out about Bash's sexuality," Kate Nash, the actress behind Rhonda, told DigitalSpy.
"Glow" has been renewed by Netflix for a third season, which will likely take the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling to Las Vegas as the season two finale promised. The second season is streaming now on Netflix.
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Fourteen years after he won an Oscar for cowriting his acclaimed film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," director Michel Gondry has reunited with the film's star, Jim Carrey, on the eccentric new Showtime series "Kidding."
Gondry directed several episodes for the show's debut season, including its pilot (which premieres Sunday), marking his first sustained effort in television. Carrey stars in the darkly comedic show as a "Mister Rogers"-esque children's show icon whose family life is rapidly falling apart.
Gondry spoke to Business Insider about the "surreal" experience of working with Carrey on "Eternal Sunshine" and "Kidding." The director also touched on his prolific production of music videos, shooting his last two feature films in his native France, and Carrey's recent headline-grabbing satirical drawings skewering the Trump administration.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
John Lynch: What drew you to the material in "Kidding?"
Michel Gondry: The premise. Jim Carrey. I didn't know ["Kidding" creator and showrunner] Dave Holstein, but that was his premise, his universe. This idea of the host of a kids' show who is confronted in real life into a succession of difficulties and reflecting family problems. This sort of contrast between his image in the show, and how he tried to adapt it in real life.
Lynch: This is the first TV series you've put your stamp on. How was it for you adjusting your shooting process to an episodic mode?
Gondry: When you do a movie, you know how it's going to end, when it's going to end. On a TV show, these questions don't have an answer, so you have to go along and discover the story. And I think Dave was enjoying keeping things in the dark for us. He would say, "If you see episode seven, it's going to make sense." All that is more complicated than a movie. Also, we shot for six months, I think, so there's a really solid bond that's created with the crew. And there was a difference for me to accept, where in a movie the creator or leader is the director, and in the TV show, this role is given to the showrunner. I didn't expect that, to be honest, but it's fine, and we found a good way to collaborate.
Lynch: The show has some great surreal moments, but it's predominantly realistic. How was it for you working in this manner creatively?
Gondry: I don't know, I think working with Jim Carrey is surreal, to start with. So my job when I work with him is to try to bring him back in the real world, and he does it very well. And I don't necessarily need to have a dream sequence or science fiction in every movie I shoot.
Lynch: It's been a decade and a half since you last worked with Jim on "Eternal Sunshine." How would you say your on-set experience with him on the show compared to the film?
Gondry: In the film, it took me a bit of time to gain his trust, because we tried things and had to wait for the result for him to see how it could be different. In "Kidding," right away he trusted me, so we were diving into the story instantaneously, and it was easier.
Lynch: What kind of advice did you give Jim to set the tone for this character of Jeff Pickles?
Gondry: It's a little touch, sometimes bigger touch, but hard to summarize in one advice. I always try to get him to be himself, because in general, in movies you create a character, and I mean, I love his movies, the comedies, but for a dramatic movie, I prefer actors who are more themselves, and then we do composition. So I try to find a soft spot and dig into them, but I don't do manipulation. With Jim, it's pretty simple. I just ask him directly what I want, and if it doesn't work I find another way to ask him. But he never gets upset like a lot of actors. You ask them to be less theatrical, they can get really upset. As for Jim, he just wants to be good, so he'll take whatever I say.
Lynch: In "Kidding," there's an obvious inspiration in "Mister Rogers," and I thought it was similar to "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" in the mise-en-scène. Did you watch either of those to get ideas for "Kidding"?
Gondry: Well, I watched them at some point, but I really didn't want us to be influenced or obsessed. I asked Jim if he could not watch "Mister Rogers." Of course people will think of him, but if you look at the two characters, they're so different. Also, I don't like actors who mimic existing characters, or wear a mask where I don't see anything truthful or touching, where it's just about the accent, the mimic, the prosthetic, and all these layers that cover the complexity and the depth of the character. So I really didn't want anyone, especially the actors, to watch "Mister Rogers." And with "Pee-Wee Herman," I mean, I like the creativity, but honestly if he never existed, the show would still be the same.
Lynch: As an animator and graphic artist yourself, I'm wondering what you think of Jim's recent turn into drawing these satirical pieces, if you're familiar with it?
Gondry: Yeah, I think it's great. All the Trump drawings. He would come every morning with a new one. Yeah, it's awesome.
Lynch: So did you see his process on set at all?
Gondry: His process? To draw?
Lynch: Yeah [laughs], sorry.
Gondry: Uh, yeah, well, he start with a black line. And then he puts orange for the hair [laughs], orange for the face.
Lynch: [laughs] Your last two feature films were French productions. Is there a marked difference for you shooting in the US versus your home country?
Gondry: In size, mostly. But in terms of the people, it's very similar. A gaffer in France looks very much like a gaffer in America. People are more influenced by the job they do than the country they live in. And that works in every country.
Lynch: You've also been a prolific director of music videos throughout your career. What do you like about that form, or what do you feel you bring to the music?
Gondry: Different things. Sometimes there is a story, so in four minutes, you can really find the essence of a story. Sometimes it's more direct. Then you can find the closest, the best expression for the music. You can use an idea that has been in your mind for years. These days, I do animated films for my daughter who's three and a half, and it's a lot of work, but I really like doing that. Because I don't see her so much, being here in the US, I ask her what stories she wants, and last time she said she wanted to be in a farm, so I did a really complicated one with a farm. Now I have to find a story with a little princess, so I'm really in trouble.
Lynch: Moving forward for you, aside from the show, what else do you have in the works?
Gondry: I'm working on a screenplay that's quite personal, and I'm reading other stories, but I don't have anything sure. And I'm still finishing the production of "Kidding."
Lynch: Do you see TV as a form you could return to after this experience?
Gondry: Yeah, it was a good experience. Honestly, on the set, with the technicians and the actors, it was really like a movie. We had longer hours, but I didn't see much difference.
"Kidding" premieres Sunday at 10 pm ET on Showtime.
Miss America made a giant revamp to its competition this year by ridding of its swimsuit competition, but some viewers are saying it still has a way to go.
Noticeably, fans are calling out the competition for its talent competition which doesn't seem inclusive to those who may not excel in singing, dancing, or other performing arts.
What if they excel in sports, science, or something that isn't easily shown on a stage in two-to-three minutes?
what if your talent is genetic engineering? asking for a friend.. #MissAmerica— Mike Meerdo (@FearTheMeers) September 10, 2018
So, what if your talent is you're like the higher point scorer on a sports team? Guess that's not a talent? #MissAmerica— Haylee Monk (@HayleeAnnM) September 15, 2014
Now what if you didn't have a talent?! What would you do?? #MissAmerica— Deanna Fidyk (@deannalyn15) September 15, 2014
Serious question: what happens if one of the girls doesn't have a talent? #MissAmerica— Brandon Clark (@wallshark84) September 15, 2014
While watching #MissAmerica, my daughter asked "what do you do if you don't have a talent" - I think Miss Colorado just answered this!— Steve Sirica (@ssirica) September 14, 2015
If they really want to showcase brain power, #MissAmerica should let contestants do mini TED talks instead of silly song and dance numbers.— SmartSlink (@SmartSlink) September 10, 2018
The talent competition is a bit awkward and maybe as unnecessary as the swimsuit competition was? #MissAmerica— dmr 💬 (@dmr0277) September 10, 2018
It's a valid question when the talent competition has contributed to 35% of a contestant's overall score in the past. With the swimsuit competition axed, Cosmopolitan reported the talent portion would be responsible for 50% of a contestant's overall score.
Before performing a monologue, Jessica Shultis/Miss Nebraska said in a pre-taped segment that there are more talents than singing and dancing that should be acknowledged at the competition.
Earlier in the competition during a new peer-to-peer question portion of the competition, Shultis asked Miss Connecticut how she would encourage women without a fine arts background to compete in Miss America "when historically only stage talents have excelled."
"We are heading into Miss America 2.0," said Bridget Mary Oei, Miss Connecticut. "We have the opportunity to showcase who women are onstage and off. I would encourage young women to get involved and showcase what they can do onstage. It doesn't have to be a fine arts talent. Go out there, think outside of the box, and be creative."
In other words, Miss Connecticut said others should "think outside the box."
That’s exactly what two of the women did during the talent portion of the competition. Miss Colorado, Ellery Jones, took to the stage during the talent competition to read a spoken word poem. Miss Nebraska performed a short and powerful monologue about her diagnosis with cancer.
"The harsh reality is, no one’s guaranteed tomorrow. And I know that what I’m saying sounds absolutely terrifying, but, please, try to understand. I’m not telling this so that you fear death, but to encourage each of you to embrace life,” said Shultis, ending her monologue. "So, I beg you, no matter your age, don’t be like me. Don’t wait for life to send a wake-up call."
According to the Miss America Organization, Shultis was one of three contestants who had prepped a monologue for the talent portion of the competition.
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Miss New York was crowned Miss America 2019 Sunday night and she says she's glad she didn't need to wear a swimsuit to win.
"I’ve already seen so many young women reaching out to me personally as Miss New York asking how they can get involved because I think they feel more empowered that they don’t have to do things such as walk in a swimsuit for a scholarship," said Nia Imani Franklin to press shortly after the competition ended in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
"And I’m happy that I didn’t have to do so to win this title tonight because I’m more than just that," she added. "And all these women onstage are more than just that."
According to the Associated Press, Franklin said she was able to eat a little more for Sunday's competition since she didn't need to be judged in a swimwear category.
Earlier this year, in a move to update the pageant, the Miss America Organization announced it would be ditching the swimsuit competition.
In June, the organization said it was no longer judging contestants based on their "outward physical appearance." It was replaced by a series of onstage interviews.
In addition, Gretchen Carlson, the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, said the competition was also revamping its evening gown portion of the contest so that the women would be able to more freely express themselves. Several women during Sunday night's competition were seen wearing pantsuits.
During Sunday night's broadcast, some fans didn't think those changes were enough and suggested the talent portion of the competition also be updated.
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Kit Harington may be done filming "Game of Thrones," but he can't change his appearance just yet.
The 31-year-old actor explained why he hasn't ditched the iconic long hair and beard his character Jon Snow sports on the HBO series while at the Toronto International Film Festival.
"We just finished filming. You can't tell because I look exactly the same," he joked while speaking to People and Entertainment Weekly. "They own me; they've just kept me like this."
Though he didn't explicitly state why production hasn't allowed him to change his look, it's implied that he has to wait to see if reshoots are necessary for the eighth and final season of the series. "Game of Thrones" is set to return in the "first half" of 2019, though a recent promo aired on HBO merely states "coming soon."
Harington, who is in Toronto promoting his newest film "The Death and Life of John F. Donovan," was asked by the film's director Xavier Dolan what he intended to do once he was free.
He said that he was going to shave but keep long hair, miming a length past his shoulders.
But he added, "When I shave, I look like a tired child."
Previously, Harington had said that he wanted to cut his hair after wrapping the "Thrones" role.
Fans will just have to wait and see what Harington ultimately decides to do with his hair and beard once he's allowed.
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