"Confederate" writers defend modern U.S. slavery show as scary but real

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The creators of the new television drama "Confederate," set in an imaginary world where slavery still exists in the United States, defended their vision after the concept provoked outrage on social media this week......»»

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Kermit The Frog Actor Says He Had "No Advance Warning" Before Being Fired By Disney! See His Salty Interview!

Steve Whitmire thought he was giving good creative notes… but that's none of his business anymore. The longtime voice of Kermit the Frog opened up about being fired by Disney in an appearance on Today, responding to the claims that he had been "difficult" and "demanding" during his time on The Muppets. Related: BBC Comments On Doctor [...] Steve Whitmire thought he was giving good creative notes... but that's none of his business anymore. The longtime voice of Kermit the Frog opened up about being fired by Disney in an appearance on Today, responding to the claims that he had been "difficult" and "demanding" during his time on The Muppets. Related: BBC Comments On Doctor Who's First Woman Time Lord! The puppeteer, who provided the voice of Kermit for the past 27 years, was completely blindsided when he learned the company was terminating his contract over "unacceptable business conduct," explaining: "I was stunned. It seemed like it was five minutes of silence. I'm sure it wasn't that long. I just immediately tried to get answers. I had no advance warning on that." The studio begs to differ. In a statement on Monday, The Muppets Studio claimed executives had "raised concerns" about Steve's behavior "over a period of many years and he consistently failed to address the feedback." But the 58-year-old, who began working with The Muppets in the late ‘70s, still claims he was caught off guard, continuing: "Nothing had ever been framed to me as a career breaking problem. In fact, we had been talking prior to that for two years about me becoming sort of a creative producer with them, working alongside the two executives who I spoke to where I would have been really a part of the day to day decision making on The Muppets." Those pulling the strings -- aka The Henson Family -- saw things differently. Jim Henson's son and daughter have both voiced their frustrations with Whitmire, saying he "blackballed" younger performers and would "send emails and letters attacking everyone." Related: Ann Coulter In A Non-Stop Twitter Beef With Delta Airlines! Whitmire did admit he has given executives a lot of feedback, but doesn't think passion makes him the bad guy. He explained in his NBC interview: "I offered notes. I don't think that makes someone difficult. It was totally an idea of trying to do what was best for the Muppets in terms of receiving material and ideas and concepts that were well out of the bounds of the character." As for Lisa Henson's claims the puppeteer thinks he IS Kermit the frog, Whitmire responded: "In my mind, my mentoring with Jim tells me that the minute the Muppets are reduced to being roles that are auditioned for and cast, it takes all of the individuality out of them. Their longevity is completely based on their consistency, and that is just super important, otherwise it's not Kermit or any of the Muppets at all and that's what I tried to push for and be outspoken about." Can't say he didn't give it his all! Watch Whitmire's salty exit interview (below) to hear how Disney tried to silence him! [Image via NBC.].....»»

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Manchester United Vs. Manchester City Live Stream: Watch The International Champions Cup

It’s time for a Manchester Derby…in Texas? Manchester United takes on Manchester City in Houston as part of the International Champions Cup. The July 20 game kicks off around 9:30 PM ET so don’t miss it!.....»»

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Halle Berry Chugs a Huge Glass of Whiskey and More Things You Missed at the ‘Kingsman 2’ Comic-Con Panel

Whiskey flowed during the loose and boozy “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday. The sequel to the 2014 British spy thriller reunites the group of secret agents who use a tailor shop as a cover. This time around they travel to the United States where they team with their American... Read more ».....»»

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David Zedeck Joins UTA As Global Head of Music

Veteran agent David Zedeck has joined United Talent Agency as Global Head of UTA Music, Partner and Special Advisor to the Board of Directors. Zedeck starts on July 31 and will be based in the agency’s Los Angeles headquarters. He will oversee the company’s worldwide music business, reporting to UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer. “We are... Read more ».....»»

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John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Tumor

Absolutely devastating… On Wednesday, after getting a blood cot surgically removed "above his left eye" last week, John McCain revealed he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The Senator and his family "are reviewing further treatment options." Related: John McCain Just Called Donald Trump A Dictator! According to a statement from the Mayo Clinic: "On Friday, July 14, [...] Absolutely devastating... On Wednesday, after getting a blood cot surgically removed "above his left eye" last week, John McCain revealed he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The Senator and his family "are reviewing further treatment options." Related: John McCain Just Called Donald Trump A Dictator! According to a statement from the Mayo Clinic: "On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot. Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria. The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation." Even with this devastating news, doctors say the 80-year-old recovered "amazingly well" from surgery and "his underlying health is excellent." The politician's office also released the following: "Senator McCain appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days. He is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona. He is grateful to the doctors and staff at Mayo Clinic for their outstanding care, and is confident that any future treatment will be effective. Further consultations with Senator McCain's Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate." Daughter Meghan McCain released the following statement on Twitter where she is asking for "prayers of those of you who understand this all too well." Statement regarding my father @SenJohnMcCain: pic.twitter.com/SMte9Hkwkq — Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 20, 2017 Our thoughts are with McCain and his family during this difficult time as the American hero fights brain cancer. [Image via Joel Ginsburg/WENN.].....»»

[Via: perezhilton][Cat: gossip]Jul 19th, 2017Related News

United States Vs. El Salvador Live Stream: Watch The Gold Cup Quarterfinal Online

After winning their group, the United States hopes to keep the good times going when they play El Salvador in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Gold Cup. Their July 19 match kicks off at 9:00 PM ET so don’t miss it!.....»»

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Aaron Carter Talks "Animosity" With His Brother Following DUI Arrest — "Nick Made No Efforts To Call Me"

Aaron Carter is going through it right now. Just five weeks after the death of his father, the 29-year-old and his girlfriend Madison Parker were arrested in Habersham County, Georgia where the singer was charged with a DUI, possession of less than one ounce of weed, and possession of drug-related objects. In new clips released from his [...] Aaron Carter is going through it right now. Just five weeks after the death of his father, the 29-year-old and his girlfriend Madison Parker were arrested in Habersham County, Georgia where the singer was charged with a DUI, possession of less than one ounce of weed, and possession of drug-related objects. In new clips released from his interview with ET explaining the situation, the former child star claims he was "profiled" by the cops because of his celebrity and appearance: "I was profiled. Because I was driving a white Suburban and I have tattoos." Related: Aaron Has Clap Backs For The Cops Who Arrested Him When asked what he thinks of when he sees his mugshot from Saturday night, the I Want Candy singer admitted: "A broken man. Broken. Heartbroken. Four days of no sleep. Guarding my girlfriend [Madison Parker] outside of a car, making sure she was safe. Driving all over the United States of America. Trying to get to my radio shows. Doing the best that I can. Trying to show up, so people don't give up on me again." It's interesting to note here that the celeb noted 9/11 as reason for why he chooses to drive instead of fly while on tour: "I opened for Michael Jackson Sept. 9 and 10 in 2001 -- we all left the morning of Sept. 11 and watched the Trade Centers get hit across the Hudson River, and I saw it with my own eyes and I saw people jumping out of the buildings and burned." Intense. As far as his strained relationship with his older brother, Nick Carter, Aaron alleged once again that the Backstreet Boy made "no effort" to get in touch with him outside of Twitter: "Nick made no efforts to call me, and he knows how to reach me ... How about all of the other options that he had? How about calling me in jail? I don't need Nick's help. I don't need that. I don't need help. What I need is for people to understand that I'm human and I make mistakes just like every other human in this world." And it seems like it might be too late to say sorry, as Aaron expressed doubt the two could ever reconcile: "I think there's too much animosity.There's too much conflict of interest." But he's keeping an open mind. Asked what he would say to his brother if he could speak with him directly, Aaron responded: "I will always love you. And I will always have forgiveness in my heart for you. And before you read tabloids and you make assumptions, you should reach out to me." The troubled star's GF, Madison, joined the interview later to add her two cents on Aaron's family situation, specifically his relationship with his twin sister, Angel, and bro Nick: "They think that he's rotting and that he needs an intervention and he needs help and he's gonna die soon and all these horrible things that are not true. They [don't] care to call or even check into see how he's doing. They could call and say, 'Hey, we're worried about you. We love you. Can we see each other? Do you want to go grab lunch?' Simple things." What a mess. Watch the emotional interview (below)! [Image via ET/DJDM/WENN.].....»»

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More Details About Beyoncé & JAY-Z"s Fight To Save Their Marriage After "Huge Problems"

Just one listen to Lemonade and 4:44 and you know things weren't always flowers and rainbows for Beyoncé and JAY-Z. The couple, who have been together for over a decade, were dealing with the 47-year-old's infidelity while also trying to maintain a united front for their first born, Blue Ivy Carter, now 5. Related: Rumi & Sir [...] Just one listen to Lemonade and 4:44 and you know things weren't always flowers and rainbows for Beyoncé and JAY-Z. The couple, who have been together for over a decade, were dealing with the 47-year-old's infidelity while also trying to maintain a united front for their first born, Blue Ivy Carter, now 5. Related: Rumi & Sir Birth Details! An insider now tells People how it was when things weren't so picture-perfect, saying of the couple: "It is not a secret that Beyoncé and Jay had huge problems a couple of years ago. It was obvious to everyone that spent time with them." But, the famous duo was determined to make things work: "Even though they didn't get along great, they were together a lot because of Blue. There was always tension in the air, but they both worked very hard to get to the place where they are now." Fast forward to now, the 35-year-old songstress and her husband couldn't be happier -- especially after the birth of their twins, Rumi and Sir Carter, on June 13: "They are very excited about adding babies to the family. Jay was great during Beyoncé's pregnancy and continues to be great. He loves being a dad and Beyoncé seems very happy." And they lived happily ever after (we hope)! [Image via WENN.].....»»

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Demands For Al Jazeera Closure Dropped by Arab Nations That Cut Ties

ROME — Demands for Al Jazeera to be shuttered have been dropped by the four Arab nations engaged in a deep diplomatic rift with Qatar, the home base of the pan-Arabic broadcaster which is the most watched news outlet in the Arab world. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, which broke diplomatic relations... Read more ».....»»

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This is Ann Coulter's proof that she was secretly targeted by Delta for 'political' reasons - TheBlaze.com

TheBlaze.comThis is Ann Coulter's proof that she was secretly targeted by Delta for 'political' reasonsTheBlaze.comThis is Ann Coulter's proof that she was secretly targeted by Delta for 'political' Ann Coulter publicly aired her grievances with Delta airlines over the weekend to her 1.6 million Twitter followers, and now she's saying she was targeted. (Photo by ...and more ».....»»

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Rapper Jeezy Signs With UTA

Rapper Jeezy has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA) for worldwide representation in all areas. A trailblazer of hip-hop sub-genre “Trap,” the Atlanta artist released his latest album, “Trap or Die 3,” in Oct. 2016. It was his third to chart at No. 1 after a decade in the industry. Corporate Thugz Entertainment (CTE), an Atlanta... Read more ».....»»

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10 Amazing Art Deco Theaters

Extravagant materials, bold lines and shapes, and lots of color! These are some of the most recognizable characteristics of the Art Deco architectural style that was so popular during the 1920s and 1930s. During these decades, Art Deco practically became synonymous with the glamorous and majestic new theaters popping up all over the United States. With names like Fox and Paramount, these amazing theaters brought Hollywood and “talkies” to the doorsteps of America. While few of these grand old theaters survive today, even fewer have been restored or maintained enough to retain their original Art Deco elements — a devastating loss of American history. Fortunately, the 10 amazing Art Deco theaters on this list are the exceptions, and continue to thrill their audiences with flashy lights, ornate architectural details, and other Old Hollywood glam. Fargo Theatre Fargo, North Dakota It’s hard to miss the amazing Art Deco details of the Fargo Theatre in Fargo, North Dakota. The theater’s facade is dominated by the gorgeous light-up marquee and tower. The Art Deco architectural details continue inside with an inverted dome ceiling, lots of color, and an ornate stage. Today, the Fargo is used as an art house theater and concert venue, and has been given a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Fox Theater Hutchinson, Kansas The old Fox Theaters were some of the best examples of Art Deco architecture built in the United States, and the Fox Theater in Hutchinson, Kansas is no exception. In 1999, this Fox Theater was lovingly restored to its former glory and rewarded with a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the theater’s best examples of Art Deco style include a colorful and flashy neon marquee, terra cotta reliefs, elaborate door moldings, plus plenty of cartouches, friezes, pilasters, and stepped treatments. Grand Lake Theater Oakland, California Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater has been a vaudeville stage and a Fox movie palace, and is today one of the most amazing theaters built in the Art Deco style. The theater, which still functions as a popular cinema, has retained many of its original architectural details. A stunning crystal chandelier still hangs in the lobby, an old Mighty Wurlitzer organ is still brought out for special occasions, and classic frescoes still adorn the walls of the auditoriums (our favorite is the Sahara themed fresco, complete with palm trees and sand dunes). Paramount Theatre Middletown, New York There may not be any celebratory parades planned like there were when it opened for the first time, but the Paramount Theatre is still one of the most amazing Art Deco theaters in the U.S. Located in Middletown, New York, the Paramount boasts such details as colorful ornate walls and ceilings, balconies, and a heavy red curtain that opens before each show. Today, the Paramount is used as a performance arts venue and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Paramount Theatre Oakland, California Despite spending more than three decades closed and neglected, the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California is today once again one of the most amazing Art Deco theaters [...].....»»

[Via: popcrunch][Cat: top]Jul 17th, 2017Related News

The 5 Biggest Lies Ever Told By Famous People

Telling lies is never really a great strategy but it’s something that almost everyone does once in a while. However, if you’re a celebrity there’s a good chance if you tell a lie in public that you’re going to get caught and when you do; the whole world is going to know about it. Today, we’re looking at celebrities who got caught in the act of telling absolute whoppers to the world. Bill Clinton – Former President of the United States They don’t get much bigger than the President of the United States but even presidents can be human and when Bill Clinton was faced with the choice about coming clean over his affair with Monica Lewinsky or denying everything; he chose the latter. He told the nation; ““I want to say something to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again, I did not have sexual relations with that woman. I never told anybody a lie. These allegations are false.” Then a few days later, he admitted he hadn’t been entirely honest with the nation; “Indeed I did have a relationship with Ms Lewinsky that was not appropriate. In fact, it was wrong. I misled people, including my wife. I deeply regret that. This matter is between me, the two people I love most – my wife and my daughter – and our God.” Tiger Woods – World Champion Golfer It appears that it’s not just presidents that allow the little head to overrule the big head. Tiger Woods made $1 billion before taxes according to Forbes making him the very first sportsman in history to do so. The majority of his fortune didn’t come from the wins on the golf course but rather from the sponsors that doted on his every move. Then Tiger crashed his car. He crashed it because his wife, Elin Nordegren, had smashed it with a golf club because he’d cheated on her. When confronted by the media, Tiger said he’d not done any such thing. The trouble was that not only had Tiger cheated – he’d done it an awful lot. They estimate that he cheated with up to 100 women during his somewhat paltry 5 year term of marriage. When the sponsors found out; they pulled the plug and Tiger’s winning ways followed the cash and disappeared. Beyoncé Knowles – Pop Star and Diva Everybody who has been alive for the last 20 years knows who Beyoncé Knowles is. She’s not only had an incredibly successful solo career but was also part of the biggest girl group in history; Destiny’s Child. Apparently the fame brought about by being a global megastar wasn’t quite enough to sate Beyoncé’s ego. On every single solo record and Destiny’s Child record that she recorded; Beyoncé received a writing credit. In fact, she had a writing credit on nearly every song that she’s ever performed. Yet, it turns out that her contribution to the composition of her music was illusory at best and straight up fraud at worst. In 2006, she [...].....»»

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12 McDonald’s and Starbucks Items You Can’t Buy in America (And That We Wish You Could)

You can’t find two more American brands than Starbucks and McDonald’s but they have to adapt to other market places where the American classics aren’t as well accepted. That leads to a huge range of tasty products that appear in McDonald’s and Starbucks around the world but that don’t appear in the United States. We’d like to see some of these great products make their way to our shores because they look really yummy. The Banana Frappuccino If the logo doesn’t give it away this is a Starbucks product and it’s available to Japanese customers. Take some banana, some whipped cream, chocolate sauce and you’ve got an unbeatable taste combination. Probably not the ideal choice for somebody on a diet but it’s the perfect choice for cooling down on a hot summer’s day with no pressing concerns but your taste buds. McMollettes If you’re bored of the breakfast muffins in the United States you could always head South and into Mexico for McMollettes. These are the traditional McDonald’s English muffin with a layer of beans smothered in a slice of cheese which is gently melted before a little pico de gallo is added. Scrumptious. Wasabi Filet-o-Fish Tartare sauce isn’t part of the Asian diet and as such it’s considered a bit bland on the tongue. Lucky for Singaporeans and Hong Kongers – there’s an alternative option on the menu. The Wasabi Filet-O-Fish which packs a mighty fiery punch. (Wasabi is an extra-strong member of the horseradish family and is usually mixed with a little soy sauce as an accompaniment to sushi and sashimi). Marshmallow Twizzle The Irish appear to like their sweet stuff, very sweet indeed. The marshmallow twizzle is a Starbucks creation which caters to that urge for sugar with a marshmallow that’s been rolled in hundreds and thousands (there’s a chocolate version too). Peanut Butter Panini In Indonesia peanuts are a very common addition to nearly every dish and they’re most excellent in the local satay sauces. However, there’s also a great love for peanut butter and they like a peanut butter Panini or two at the local Starbucks. These are really, really nice and we can’t imagine it would be hard to give them a trial run in America too. Pizza McPuff The “Mc” gives it away doesn’t it? Yes, this is an idea rolled out at McDonald’s in India. McDonald’s had a hard time getting into the Indian market where for a huge segment of the population; eating beef is simply not an option. Not only is the cow a sacred animal to Hindus but many other Indian religions eschew eating meat of any kind. So the McPuff was born. It’s a bit like an apple pie but made of a slightly different pastry and stuffed with vegetarian pizza filling rather than apple. Tsukimi Burger The Japanese celebrate a moon festival in the autumn and to help them celebrate; McDonald’s decided to release an extra-artery hardening burger product in the form of the Tsukimi Burger. It’s a cheeseburger which gets some special sauce, bacon and a poached [...].....»»

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The 10 Most Beautiful Chinese Women

China’s culture and America’s culture are about as far removed from each other as it’s possible to be. Yet, both nations have at least one thing in common – beautiful women. In fact, it’s fair to say that there are a huge number of Chinese hotties but that they rarely get the media attention they deserve in the United States because they star in Chinese films, music, etc. So with that in mind we bring you the 10 most beautiful Chinese women of all time: Fan Bingbing Fan’s gone from being a local celebrity to a global superstar. It was her appearance in the Chinese movie “Lost in Beijing” that brought her some international attention and while the film wasn’t a critical or box office success it brought her offers to star in Iron Man 3, the X-men series and many other films. She has been in the Forbes list of top 100 Chinese celebrities for more than a decade and has never been outside of the Top 10 since 2006. She is also one of the highest paid celebrities in the world so if you can get a date with her – life would be truly golden. Liu Yifei Bridging the international divide is Liu Yifei who is a Chinese-American actress and who began her career in the Chinese TV series “The Story of a Noble Family” but it was her role in the “The Forbidden Kingdom” which brought her first big hit. She’s not just an actress though but also a huge star in the Chinese pop scene and she’s also definitely one of the most attractive women in the Chinese world. Zhang Ziyi Possibly the best known of all the Chinese beauties on our list; Zhang Ziyi was considered to be one of the “10 most beautiful women in Asia” as ranked by FHM magazine. She’s also one a ton of awards for her acting in the global smash hit movie; “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”. Since then she’s starred in the sequel “House of Flying Daggers” as well as Rush Hour 2, Sophie’s Revenge and The Crossing Part 1 among a bunch of other hit movies. She was also considered to be one of the 100 most influential people in the world at one point. Xu Jinglei Xu Jinglei, by contrast with our first three list members, is nearly unknown outside of China where she’s one of the most popular actresses of all time. She’s won so many awards from the Chinese film and TV industry that we think she might have had to build a new house just to store them all. We’re guessing it’s a lack of English language skills that are holding her back in the international film arena given that she is smoking hot. Bianca Bai If you’d like to cast your eyes away from the mainland and across the strait into Taiwan you’ll find the home of Bianca Bai. Bianca started her career young and was a famous model before she’d even finished school. Then she moved into acting and has been [...].....»»

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Netflix beats subscriber targets, shares jump over 10 percent

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc crushed Wall Street forecasts by adding 5.2 million new streaming customers in the second quarter and predicted continued momentum as foreign subscriptions topped those in the United States, lifting its stock 10.4 percent on Monday......»»

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United Airlines sends rapper"s dog to wrong city

Rapper ScHoolboy Q once said, "Only thing I got is my girl and my dogs.".....»»

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Delta hits back at Ann Coulter after her tweetstorm over seat mix-up

Delta Airlines has hit back at what it called a "public attack" on its employees and customers by Ann Coulter, after the conservative pundit posted a series of angry tweets over an inflight seat mix-up she experienced over the weekend......»»

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Ann Coulter slams Delta on Twitter amid seat dispute; Delta fires back

This could be one of the best unintended viral advertising campaigns for an airline ever. Delta airlines would like to "thank" Ann Coulter for losing it! ….....»»

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