June 22nd, 2019


Judge Orders Special Prosecutor to Examine Jussie Smollett Probe

A judge appointed a special prosecutor Friday to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to dismiss all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of lying to the police by claiming he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago in January.

Cook County Judge Michael Toomin suggested that the county's state's attorney, mishandled the case by appointing a top aide to oversee it after she recused herself.

The judge said he had no problem with the February recusal, but that it should have included a request for a special prosecutor to take over the case.

The prosecutor has been under fire for her handling the investigation, including from the Chicago Police Department and the former mayor.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter tweet The Hollywood Reporter

"Genie in a Bottle" Turns 20 Years Old


Xtina shared on Instagram the 20th anniversary of the song "Genie in a Bottle" that launched a, can you say, legendaric? career. Here's a mini #reflection of the classic through the years -

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Do you have any memories of GIAB?

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Celebs react to migrant children being in unsanitary conditions in detention centers

Detained children in interment camps have not been given beds, showers, diapers, clean clothes, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and other basic necessities. Some children have been there almost a month, and the older children are being forced to care for the babies and toddlers. Lawyers allowed to inspect the centers have found children with the flu that have not been given medical attention, but all the guards are wearing face masks.

In the video below Justice Department lawyer Sarah Fabian has argued that the government does not need to provide basic hygienic items.

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Tales of the City opens up a discussion about the dinner scene from "The Price of Oil" episode

In episode four, "The Price of Oil", Ben and Michael attend a dinner party at Harrison's house. The conversation quickly turns racist and transphobic. When Ben calls out the transphobia and the older white man's privilege, the older man becomes defensive. Michael does nothing and lets his friend lay into Ben. Ben walks out and Michael follows him, Ben's angry that Michael did not defend him or stand up against his racist/transphobic friends. The scene has opened up discussions about power, privilege, and intersectionality in the LGBTQ+ community.

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ONTD, did you watch the episode? What do you think? What do you think of the season?

Lena Waithe Calls Out Will Smith and Denzel Washington for Not Financing Films With Black Talent

There is the lack of black financiers in Hollywood. 
No major studio has ever been run by a black man. 
In indie, young black talent is struggling to get projects made and big-name black talent are not helping.

“Moonlight” and “12 Years a Slave,” were produced by whites (Plan B).
Denzel and Will make $20 million a movie and don't pay for at least 4 or 5 independent movies a year. 
Waithe does give credit to Ava DuVernay for trying to build something.
Lena is trying to build a community, and she does not see other people doing it.
Waithe is concerned that film criticism no longer exists.
Bad black movies get good reviews because white critics are afraid to pan them.
Black people haven’t overcome until they’re allowed to fail. 

On November 27, Universal Pictures will release the Waithe-scripted “Queen & Slim,” starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith. 

Lord of the Rings

ONTD Original: The 10 Best Little Moments in The LotR Trilogy

The LotR is an fantasy trilogy with heroic characters, evil bad buys, and epic battle sequences. But for me what makes it even more great is the tiny little moments that happen in between. Whether it's just a simple conversation between friends, something that spurs on a greater story line, or even just small silly moments it all helps shape these films.

From funny to heartbreaking, here is my fave 10 moments. In no particular order.

10. The elves arriving at Helm's Deep (don't @me book purists)

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Pretty Woman's Original Dark Ending

During Variety's Actors on Actors segment, Arquette recalls receiving the original script herself, revealing Pretty Woman was originally titled 3,000 and that "the ending was really heavy." Although Arquette did not specify which role she was considered for, the film would have been completely different if she had been cast. Roberts, too, remembers the 3,000 script, explaining the original ending as such: "threw her [Vivian] out of the car, threw the money on top of her, as memory serves, and just drove away, leaving her in some dirty alley."

source: https://twitter.com/screenrant/status/1140040903735828481
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Free For All Saturday

Make good choices this weekend!

No porn, nudes, pic spamming, fighting, advertising, rudeness, huge browser slowing comments.

Put multiple images/tweets, etc. under a spoiler cut (code is below):

Saturday Song:
On this day in 1989, the #1 song was:

[Spoiler (click to open)]

I'll Be Loving You (Forever) by New Kids on the Block

Poll #2093704 Cheers!

What's your favorite soda?

Dr Pepper
Mountain Dew
+ Diet
I only drink lemon water
What's lemon water?

A live rat fell from the ceiling of a Buffalo Wild Wings and landed on a customer’s table in LA

Lunch is served.

Maybe he was in the mood for body crevasse cheese, but due to construction at the nearby Howard Hughes center, a rat escaped the chaos of construction and entered the chaos of a sports bar with 32 televisions all playing something different.

As Alisha Norman was about to order her meal, BW3 had already tossed out her order.

The dining guest said “I knew the rat was going to be injured because it hit like a Mack truck,” It is assumed that the rat died, as it was scooped up on two plates and tossed in the bin #RatInPeace.

The lunch was comped. No word on the tip left.

source / source 2 with an image of Mickey on the menu; Literally. if you want to see that thing.

Worst restaraunt experience?

"How is this celeb news?" It was probably a Hollywood producer tbh.

Man tries to steal Halle Berry’s house with a phony deed

A man tried to steal Halle Berry‘s Los Angeles home by fabricating a deed.
He was first spotted trespassing on Berry’s property in January.
He turned up again in March with a locksmith and actually had one of the locks changed. 
He was confronted by employees of the house, he called police, claiming the workers were trespassing.
They arrested him on charges of procuring and offering a false warranty deed and petty theft.
Police say he didn’t even know it was Berry’s home.


Kevin Sorbo accused of sexual harassment by former co-star Haley Webb

Kevin Sorbo continues to run his Republican mouth, this time coming for liberal women. In response, Sorbo's costar in the 2015 dramedy Single in South Beach, Haley Webb, decided to clock him.

Webb did not elaborate on any of her accusations nor return requests for comment. While Sorbo didn't respond to her tweet, he did deliver a Trumpian subtweet:

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Krysten Ritter Shuts Down Potential 'Jessica Jones' Disney+ Revival

-There has been speculation that Disney's coming streaming service may eventually revive Netflix's canceled Marvel series
-Krysten Ritter, however, had this to say: "Do I think I’ll play [Jessica Jones] again? I don’t think so. I feel like I’ve played her, you know? I feel really good about it. I feel good about closing the door.”
-Series creator Melissa Rosenberg shares the sentiment: "I feel like this is a really complete, closed chapter. I mean, never say never. But I feel ready to tell all new stories.”

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Azealia Banks will never release music again

- In an Instagram post, performance artist Azealia Banks announces that she will never release music again because the audience doesn't deserve it.

- She captioned the post: “Stop asking. I’m clearly not ever going to release music again. I’m entirely too good for 3/4 of the public. They don’t deserve me and I don’t deserve to have my life’s purpose attached to “having to work three times as hard as a white woman” lmfao FOH. How about I don’t work at all , collect ebt and make a multi million dollar shit talk YouTube channel effectively making an exponentially higher amount of money than I’d make “working three times as hard” . . . If you cannot tell by now, Azealia Banks has been trying her hardest to hack the “three times as hard as a white woman code” .... some of you may see it as stupidity but I cannot , have not and will never accept that as a rule of my life, I will actually do the exact opposite in order to disrupt whatever spiritual warfare there is attached to that “three times as hard” ideology.... that is not an original black womans thought ..... that is something she has been taught and something I’ve dedicated my life to undoing. Although I was naturally born an exceptionally talented being, it behooves me to exhibit normalcy and humanity outside of being the stellar *over achieving negress* American social archetype each and every one of your favorite black female celebrities are. Even if I must underachieve or be mediocre... I will do so in order for the greater white society to UNDERSTAND, that my existence is NEVER EVER for their comfort, entertainment or consumption. The way whiteness engages with black entertainers is still not sterile enough for me to want to engage at that level. I want the special American psychopath pass given to Quentin Tarantino ... until then you can read my rants and listen to the one song I drop a year.

- Azealia Banks's last release is the song Treasure Island.

source: azealia's instagram

Do you still listen to Azealia, ONTD? Are you disturbed by this news?

Shailene Woodley Studies Astrology, Says Her Big Little Lies Character is a Taurus

From herbal teachings to making natal charts, Quinoa Queen™ Shailene Woodley is now an expert in astrology. During an interview at 92nd Street Y, Woodley admits that she started studying astrology a few years ago and that she builds natal charts for her characters, including her Big Little Lies character, Jane Chapman. “It really helps me understand their psychology. I’m like, Oh, that’s why she’s so shy,” explains the actress.

“I really see her sun sign as a Taurus, but then having some Sag in there somewhere. I think she can be really funny. I think she’s got some Aquarius in there as well because I think the way she sees the world and its possibilities is a little different,” said Woodley. “The biggest thing for her that is interesting in building a chart is that she — because of the trauma that she had and the trauma that she still has, it changes the way that those things are fired off.”

And for any astrology haters and doubters who criticize Woodley and her process, she simply laughs them off. “I love it so much. It’s such a woo-woo thing. Sometimes people think it is, but I think it’s actually really cool,” she said.

Woodley mentions one instance when she had her own chart read during a major moment of depression. “I was like, ‘You, witch lady, are not teaching me anything,’” she recalled, “and she knew me better than anyone, and it really freaked me out. But to me, astrology just gives you permission to be yourself without judgment. That’s what I’ve been able to help build my characters from,” added Quinoa Queen Woodley.

Wife Swap Lady

Real Housewives Husband Defends Taking Daughter to Strip Club

Kandi Burruss' Husband Todd Tucker is defending his choice to visit a strip club with his 23 yo daughter.

- Todd says him and his daughter have been to strip clubs before and that "we need to spend more time with our kids"
- Todd also visits strip clubs with his mother
- Mr Tucker says it's bonding. Throwing money at strippers and smacking their asses with his daughter makes him a "cool dad"
- Allows him and his daughter to have "good conversations"
- Says his mom exposed him early....................[to strip clubs I assume]

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