January 19th, 2021

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Beloved movies from the 1970s that still hold up today

Usually, I am indifferent, or I do not like the list I usually post but I actually think this list is pretty good. I have seen a few films on this list (including one that will be posting from the list) and some I really would like to see in the future. This list is again from Yardbarker (via MSN).

The Godfather Part I and II (1972) (1974)


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What older film still holds up today ONTD?

Trailer for "The Equalizer" TV series starring Queen Latifah

THE EQUALIZER is a reimagining of the classic series starring Queen Latifah ("Chicago," "Bessie") as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. The cast also includes Chris Noth as William Bishop, Lorraine Toussaint as Viola "Aunt Vi" Marsette, Tory Kittles as Det. Marcus Dante, Adam Goldberg as Harry Keshegian, Liza Lapira as Melody Bayani and Laya DeLeon Hayes as Delilah.


9-1-1: Lone Star and FOX accused of homophobia for cutting gay kisses from the show.

Ryan Murphy's '9-1-1: Lonestar' and FOX have been accused of homophobia for cutting down same-sex kisses that were originally featured in the trailer but not in the final cut. A kiss between TK and Carlos (and a head kiss) was cut and people were fuming. (#Tarlos are one of the most popular characters in the show.)

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“TikTok Star” Noah Beck’s Calvin Klein Underwear Photos Go Viral And I’ve Never Been Dryer

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Today in “Stewie, why is this a post? Haven’t we suffered enough?” “TikTok star” Noah Beck has been trending all night into the morning due to some risqué Calvin Klein underwear photos. Beck, who is dating fellow TikTok star, Dixie D’Amelio, originally posted the photos on Instagram but were deleted for being “too feo explicit.”

Noah wrote on his Instagram stories, “Y’all soft over at @Instagram... Stop taking my stuff down. Like yes I was kind of naked but like... not completely lol I didn’t violate any guidelines.” Even the photographer, Damon Baker, defended the photos claiming that Instagram “oppressed” his art, adding, “FREE ART !!!”

Beck also recently defended himself for traveling to the Bahamas during the pandemic. “It is what it is,” said Beck, referring to the backlash. “I think, especially the business we’re in, it’s, like, you need some time to kind of disconnect for a little. That’s what that was meant for. It was just a little trip to get away. Do what makes you happy. In some cases, I just feel like it’s necessary for people’s health you know.” Oh.

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Caitlyn Jenner Says She's "Too Controversial" for Trans Community

In an podcast interview with The Skinny Confidential Him & Her, Caitlyn Jenner addresses her reputation in the trans community.

- feels that she is "too controversial"
- says there's a double standard within the community
- acknowledges her "past privilege" as a white man
- agrees that she is privileged
- acknowledges the trans community doesn't think she can "be a spokesperson for the community"
- agrees with the community

Anna Paquin stars in Amazon Prime’s new series, ‘Flack’

The British drama/comedy is premiering on Amazon Prime on 1/22.

"Flack" is a publicist named Robyn (Paquin) who is an American working for a London based PR firm. Robyn specialises in clearing up the monumental messes caused by her hapless and selfish clients. Although utterly in command of her job, her personal life is spinning out of control.

Starring Anna Paquin, Sophie Okonedo, Genevieve Angelson, and Lydia Wilson.

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Netflix releases trailer for: Sky Rojo

Sky Rojo is an upcoming Spanish television series that involves three prostitutes (a Cuban, an Argentine, and a Spanish) that flee from their pimp. They are then persecuted after committing several serious crimes and cannot go to the police for help.

This upcoming Spanish television series is the same creators of Money Heist ("La Casa De Papel") It will be two seasons of eight 25-minute episodes. According to the creators, the series is a hunt and shows "the impunity, ambiguity and brutal reality of prostitution, and the psychological portraits of those on both sides of the scale."

Starring: Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Lali Espósito, Yanis Prado, Verónica Sánchez and Asier Etxeandia

[First Look Photos of Sky Rojo]

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Premieres: March 19, 2021

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The power of Netflix? All American rises to series highs + Monday primetime ratings

-All American premiered its 3rd season last night and it drew its highest audience in its history drawing in 1.06 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating.

-All American has been a constant performer on Netflix and it seems that it has paid off.

-Batwoman encore drew 590K/0.1

-FOX: 9-1-1 brought in 7 mil viewers/1.2 demo rating. 9-1-1: Lone Star S2 drew 5.9 mil/0.9.

-ABC: Bachelor 4.8 mil/1.3. The Good Doctor 3.9 mil/0.6

-CBS: The Neighborhood 5.9 mil/0.8. Bob Hearts Abishola 5.4 mil/0.6. Bull 4.6 mil/0.5

-NBC: EGOG 3.1 mil/0.6. The Wall 2.6 mil/0.5. Weakest Link 2.6 mil/0.5

What did you watch last night?
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New Books Hitting Shelves This Week

Before She Disappeared

Frankie Elkin is an average middle-aged woman, a recovering alcoholic with more regrets than belongings. But she spends her life doing what no one else will--searching for missing people the world has stopped looking for. When the police have given up, when the public no longer remembers, when the media has never paid attention, Frankie starts looking.

A new case brings her to Mattapan, a Boston neighborhood with a rough reputation. She is searching for Angelique Badeau, a Haitian teenager who vanished from her high school months earlier. Resistance from the Boston PD and the victim's wary family tells Frankie she's on her own--and she soon learns she's asking questions someone doesn't want answered. But Frankie will stop at nothing to discover the truth, even if it means the next person to go missing could be her.

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Savannah Welch joins Titans S3 as Barbara Gordon

-Titans has cast Savannah Welch in the role of Barbara Gordon for the upcoming third season.

-In this version of Titans, Barbara becomes Gotham City Police Commissioner after an encounter with The Joker leaves her paralyzed.

-Welch herself is an amputee, losing one of her legs after an accident in 2016.

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A Bachelor Nation Split

Last season's Bachelorette 1A, Clare Crawley had her portion of the show end early after falling for Dale Moss. As recent as a few weeks ago, there were reports of them looking for a place together. Now things aren't looking great, as they are taking time apart.

So much shock.

ETA - it's official


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Gaga & JLo ahead of 2021 Inauguration tomorrow

Lady Gaga to Sing National Anthem and Jennifer Lopez to Perform at Joe Biden's Inauguration. Both pop stars took time to thank the brave men and women guarding the Capitol from domestic terrorists also known as Maga. It is reported that cheeto queef is upset that Biden managed to get superstars, while everybody declined to appear to perform at 45's inauguration.

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Ben Affleck 'Really Wanted' His Relationship with Ana de Armas 'to Work': 'He Has Been Upset'

Ben Affleck is reportedly upset about his split with ex girlfriend Ana de Armas.

A source close to Affleck, 48, told People:

"Ben really wanted their relationship to work," the source said. "Ana has a great energy. Ben was always very happy when Ana was around. She likes to stay healthy and inspired Ben to keep staying healthy too."

The source also adds that De Armas, 32, “is young and adventurous. When she is not working, she wants to travel.” Ana doesn’t want to settle down right now and live in LA. Ben needs to be in LA because his kids live there.


Thor: Love and Thunder set to begin filming this week

Chris Hemsworth posted on his Instagram pictures from his latest vacation. In the caption he said that Thor: Love and Thunder is set to begin production this week.

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Currently stars Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, and Dave Bautista are in Australia quarantining for the production. Matt Damon is also there for an unspecified role in the film.

Karen has been posting IG stories during her 14 day quarantine in Sydney.

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CBS All Access gives birth to Paramount+ streaming service

-Just when you thought you had a moment to breathe...Paramount is at it again.

-As of March 4th, CBS All Access will be rebranded to Paramount+

-So far no announcement if the current All Access prices will change. All Access currently cost $5.99/month w/commercials and $9.99/month w/no commercials.

-Paramount+ will be home to CBS, Nickelodeon, MTV, BET and Comedy Central content.

-Current new releases will include an iCarly revival, the Godfather making-of drama The Offer, and Grease spinoff.


ONTD Original: Top 10 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episodes to Fight 2021

Welcome back to the fourth installment of the ONTD Original: Buffy the Vampire Slayer chronicles. If you’re interested in reading the first three, look here, here, and here. If you already have, welcome back!

Hello again, lovelies! As always, I hope you’re having the most excellent day, and if you’re not, I hope to (again) distract you for a bit and make you smile. You might be asking yourself, “Didn’t I just see a Buffy post?” And the answer is, YES. Yes, you did. The feedback has been that people are really enjoying them + I thoroughly enjoy making them = so I’m making anotha one.

Today is ONTD member ladychips's request: Top 10 Episodes to Fight 2021.

These are my favorite episodes of Buffy that provide feel-good entertainment, demonstrate strength, resilience, and generally make me happy for various reasons. They’re ranked based on how much I love them, but I’ve listed season/episode numbers if you’re not able to remember off the top of your head like a total geek (AKA me).

DISCLAIMER: These are my opinions only. 2020/2021 have been horrible enough: let’s be courteous and respectful toward each other, yeah? (Not that anyone’s been rude so far, just always a good reminder)

Let’s jump right in.

10. Chosen (Season 7, Episode 22)

Season 7 is, admittedly, my least favorite season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For many reasons. Mainly Kennedy, but so, so many others. Even though it is my least favorite season, it does still have its moments. Case in point: Chosen. We can gripe all day long about the horrible CGI (especially on the remaster), the flimsy/fake looking Scythe, or the fact that Kennedy is in it, or the fact that Xander lives while Anya dies...but, let's look at some of the positives. It's a generally feel-good episode. We see Buffy get knocked down and almost give up, but when push comes to shove, she gets up and fights through the pain. She gets up, takes that flimsy Party City Scythe, and she knocks several Ubervamps off the ledge! She runs and jumps across the tops of giant buildings (that are somehow connected to the high school even though in earlier seasons, it's shown that it has wide open spaces around it), and then hops onto a bus out of Sunnydale as it caves in on itself. Then we get to see the look of Buffy glowing with happiness that she's no longer "the chosen one." She's now one of countless slayers. She doesn't have the weight of the world on her shoulders any more, she gets to be "normal." It makes me giddy for her every time!

09. Showtime (Season 7, Episode 11)

Ok, ok, I know. I just said Season 7 is my least favorite, and here we are with another episode from Season 7. But hear me out. This episode always gives me similar feelings to the next episode on our list. Watching Buffy go from being 'weak', having her butt kicked, and feeling hopeless and terrified...to being extremely confident, fighting the Ubervamp and beheading it in front of the potentials who were doubting her? It gives me this feeling of, "YOU GO GIRL!" every time. The episode definitely isn't my favorite, because it has SO much of the potentials, but Buffy's strength and resilience really shine in this episode, and I just love it.

08. Checkpoint (Season 5, Episode 12)

Season 5 is pretty close to being my top favorite. This episode is one of the reasons why. Watching Buffy stand up to the Watchers Council, throwing a sword at one of them and calmly saying, "I'm fairly certain I said no interruptions", watching her beat the group of knights that jump her in the alley... all of the things. The scene of Buffy talking up her friends, Anya panicking, "Willow's a demon?!" The only thing that could've made it better would be Buffy fighting for a slayer salary, honestly. This episode just highlighted the importance of recognizing your power and strength, and standing up to bullies and evil dictators.

07. Family (Season 5, Episode 6)

This is one of those feel-good episodes of Buffy that just make you tear up and feel the love. Tara's family comes into town and shares that Tara's approaching birthday is the same age her Mother was when 'it happened', and claims that Tara's magic is rooted in a part of her that is demonic. Hijinks ensue, and Tara casts a spell to stop the Scoobies from seeing the demon part of her, causing any and all demons to be invisible to Buffy and her friends. They're attacked by a demon horde sent by Glory, and Tara comes in at the last moment to save the day. Tara's family shows up and notices the destruction, and tries to use it as reason to pull Tara back home to take care of her Dad and brother. Buffy and her friends stand up and tell them that though they maybe her 'blood kin', they'd have to go through Buffy, Dawn, and everyone else, because they're family. Also, Anya asks what kind of demon, and the family can't give an answer, so suspecting something sinister, Spike comes up and punches Tara in the nose causing his chip to fire in his brain, indicating she is 100% human. The episode is the one of the first times you really get a taste of Tara beyond being "Willow's girlfriend", and I really love it.

06. Homecoming (Season 3, Episode 5)

I had to include Homecoming for a few reasons. First, it was a Cordelia-heavy episode, which is a type we didn't get enough of. Second, it was an episode that focused on Buffy just wanting to do a 'normal' thing. We got a chance to see Buffy call Cordelia a vapid whore, we got to see Cordelia fight with a spatula, and plus, Buffy looks cute in a tiara (which we can only assume, because two nobody's won Homecoming Queen). This episode is a feel-good episode mixed with the strength and power that comes with confidence: Cordelia, a physically weak but secretly intelligent human (she got into Columbia??? COME THRU SIS.) threatens an angry vampire, insults him, and intimidates him into running away from her instead of killing her while Buffy is temporarily unconscious. The humor in this episode along with the demonstration of confidence are enough to get this one to #6 on my list but lets jump in to the TOP 5!

[Dawns in trouble? Must be Tuesday.]
05. Once More With Feeling (Season 6, Episode 7)

How ANYONE isn't absolutely in love with this episode, I will never understand. A musical demon comes to Sunnydale and causes everyone to begin singing and dancing. The price for things being so lovely? You dance and sing until you spontaneously combust. Vocal ability aside, hearing the inner thoughts of the characters and watching them be honest while singing and dancing? I am obsessed. The songs and jokes from this episode alone make it top 5 material. There are two pieces to this episode that made me like it less. First, that it was Xander who did it. Gross. Second, the demon wouldn't take him as his queen and rid the world of him? Ugh. I guess the demon really WAS evil. Either way, this episode sparks joy in me each time I watch it. The admission from Buffy to her friends that she was in heaven and they ripped her from it is devastating, but there's still just something about this episode that makes me so happy. Plus, Tara singing and being so gorgeous dancing around? In my re-watches, this moment has an even deeper impact on me, knowing what's coming at the end of Season 6.

04. Anne (Season 3, Episode 1)

This episode starts in a pretty dark place: Buffy, in Los Angeles after she fled Sunnydale following her expulsion from Sunnydale High School, being kicked out of her home, and having to kill the love of her life to save the world, has decided living in a rundown studio while waitressing is better than being the slayer. Going by her middle name, Anne, she comes across one of the vamp-worshipping weirdos from the second season (who goes by Lily now), who then clings to Anne and begs for help when her boyfriend goes missing. Buffy Anne decides to help Lily, and discovers something sinister is going on at a blood bank. A lot happens, and Buffy Anne ends up in an underground sweatshop where time moves differently, and people are worked to an old age while being abused and beaten down, and then thrown out on the street when they're too old. Buffy, the slayer, comes out and decides this isn't how she's going down. Watching this episode gave us the above, bad-ass screen grab of Buffy, along with watching Buffy realize the importance of being "her", and how much her destiny as the slayer matters to the world. For me, it was like watching her get her will to live back, and it was very inspiring.

03. The Prom (Season 3, Episode 20)

Class. Protector. End of explanation.
Just kidding. But seriously, this episode shows Buffy's resilience through a tough breakup. She puts everyone else's needs before her own despite her broken heart, and decides everyone is going to have a nice, fun, normal evening, if she has to kill every single person on the face of the earth to do it. When Buffy finally gets to prom, she is thinking it's just going to be a chill, solo night, but Jonathan (who the writers later RUIN) presents Buffy with an award as 'class protector', after sharing that the past year Buffy's been there has been the lowest mortality rate of any graduating class. They give her credit, and the award, and it brings a tear to my eye every time. Then Angel shows up and dances with Buffy to give her the prom moment she wanted, and it's just a feel-good episode for me.

02. Band Candy (Season 3, Episode 6)

Evil chocolate that turns adults into their immature, bratty teenage selves? Buffy being given the keys to her Mom's jeep so she can have sex with Giles? Twice? On the hood of a police car? I'll take it. This episode, aside from the whole concept of infant babies being gathered to be fed to a giant snake demon, was hilarious. Principal Snyder being outted as a giant nerd, Giles being a total douchey bad-ass, Joyce being desperate for approval and attention from Giles... it's just too good. This episode always makes me laugh. Watching Buffy be mature and bossing around Giles and her Mother, and the content of this episode providing the epic moment of Giles walking into a tree at the end of "Earshot"? Totally top 2 material.

01. Becoming (Part 2) (Season 2, Episode 22)

I know, this one might be surprising to a lot of you. How is this episode feel-good or inspiring of anything positive when Buffy gets expelled, has just found Kendra's body, got kicked out of her house, and has to kill her lover? Well, it all lies in the subtext of what's happening, for me. Sure, a lot of it sad and upsetting. But the moment in this screen cap redeems ALL of that for me, and then some. I know many, many people feel who feel this moment was Buffy at her most bad-ass. "No weapons, no friends, no hope. Take all that away, and what's left?" "Me." This moment literally got me through some of my hardest times in my life. When things get really bad, I do a season 2 re-watch. I don't care what it is--somehow, watching Buffy go through all of this and demonstrate the strength and power she does in that moment ALWAYS helps me get up, brush myself off, and keep it pushing.

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So, ONTD: what are some of your favorite episodes of Buffy to watch when you're having a bad day, or need inspiration? Are there any that truly inspired you by the message or strength one of the characters demonstrated?

Also: I'm open to ideas to continue the Buffy post series. As always, thank you for reading. <3
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Michelle Williams claps back at commenter telling her to have children

The superior Michelle Williams graced us with another one of her impeccable putdowns responding to a comment on her Instagram telling her she should have children because she is (sic) "2 bored".

After calmly responding "you're an idiot" with a series of laughing emojis the unnamed user refused to back down saying that her response was uncalled for.

Ms. Williams of course is not the one to play with and in her impeccable Christian manner had this to say: "No, what's uncalled for is you telling a woman that she needs to have children. What if that woman CAN'T have children?? What if that woman DOESN'T WANT children. WATCH YOUR MOUTH AND FINGERS.....Don't you ever let that come out of your mouth or your fingers on a comment section again to ANYBODY. I would have ignored but too many people need to stay out of a woman's uterus!!!! Now scram and be blessed!!!!"

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James Charles Covers Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” For Some Reason

Today James Charles uploaded a cover of Olivia Rodrigo’s no. 1 hit, “drivers license.” Nobody asked for this and yet, here it is.

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DJ Khaled and Fat Joe have launched a joint OnlyFans account

For $20 a month, you can subscribe to Fat Joe’s and DJ Khaled’s inspirational and motivational Only Fans account.

Their account, THE LIGHT, is the premiere spot for their fans to get “aspiring and uplifting insights” and BTS glimpses of their lives.


Danny Boyle is set to direct a limited series about the Sex Pistols for FX

-The mini series will focus on guitarist Steve Jones, "who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there."
-Maisie Williams will be in it as punk Jordan (For the 'who?' crowd)
-Other casting info: Toby Wallace as Jones, Anson Boon as Johnny Rotten, and Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious


ONTD punks, where you at?

Adult Film Star Mia Malkova Purchases "Porn Castle" for $4 Million

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You're in the wrong industry, ONTD. Adult film actress Mia Malkova has purchased a $4 million castle in Portland, Oregon, which she has deemed "the porn castle."

It features 13,000 feet of stone and wood details. It has an atrium with an indoor garden, spiral staircases, a Tudor-style ceiling, a tower library, and a bar.

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would you live in a castle, ontd?

hell no, there's ghosts as fuck in there

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Kim and Kanye's marriage issues will play out on 'KUTWK'

To the surprise of no one, the recent gossip about Kim and Kanye's marriage will be used as fodder for the final season of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashian's' on E!

Tabloid journalism has speculated for the past several weeks that the couple is on the brink of divorce, with rumors of marriage counseling classes, separate lives, and even affairs.

A source tells Page Six, "The Kardashians intend to go out with a bang. They’ve filmed Kim discussing her marriage problems. But everybody involved is on a nondisclosure agreement, because the finale won’t screen until later in 2021.”


Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey have a paparazzi photoshoot in St. Bart's

Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey were photographed all over each other during a St. Bart's getaway with Lori's parents, including her father Steve Harvey. Their PDA was on full display before Lori posted a photo on her Instagram stories showing Michael lovingly feeling her up.


ONTD, do you wish you were on a tropical vacation with your bae and a gaggle of photographers instead of sitting your ass at home in America as we cross 400,000 dead from a pandemic?

Olivia Rodrigo's 'Drivers License' Debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Olivia Rodrigo's (star of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series) "Drivers License" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It drew 76.1 million U.S. streams (a new record) and sold 38,000 downloads in the week ending Jan. 14, according to MRC Data. It also earned 8.1 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 17.

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How Eli Goree Brought a Young Muhammad Ali to Life in One Night in Miami


In his boxing training, Goree gained further understanding of the champion. “One of the sayings in boxing is that the goal is to hit and not get hit,” he says. “And I think that that's something that Muhammad Ali carried with him in his life. To say something and not be held back or contained by the response. Stay on your toes, always moving, always dancing, never a stationary target, never able to be kept in one place by what people expected.”

More @ the source

Esquire Magazine

What was your favorite performance in "One Night in Miami"?
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MONSTA X's I.M to make solo debut next month

Starship Entertainment confirmed today that Im Chang-kyun, better known as MONSTA X's lead rapper and maknae I.M, has been busy preparing for his solo debut.

In a statement, a representative from the agency stated that I.M's album is scheduled for a late-February release. It will mark his official solo debut; he previously released a mixtape, Horizon, to streaming services in April 2019.

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Chinese Actress commits career suicide by abandoning her children via surrogacy

This is a huge on-going scandal in C-Ent right now.

  • Zheng Shuang (mother) and Zhang Heng (father) secretly married in the US and hired 2 surrogates since surrogacy is illegal in China

  • 7 months into the pregnancies their relationship imploded

  • Mother fucks off back to China, father stayed in US with babies

  • Everything came out yesterday on Weibo in China

  • Birth certificates were leaked, upcoming court hearing for their divorce in March was found

  • Audio files leaked of the mother & father and their parents talking about what to do about the then unborned children. The mother and her trash parents basically were annoyed they couldn't abort at 7 months! Then they suggest just abondoning them at the hospital and lastly putting them up for adoption. Her mother even said that if they reconcile in the future, they can have children again later since they still have unused embryos!

  • Mother releases nonsensical statement about how she broke no Chinese laws on Chinese soil...

  • Prada dropped her and her other endorsements are also jumping ship

  • All her dramas have been taken down in China, her unreleased works will probably never see the light of day

  • Obviously the father is leaking everything in order to force her hand b/c apparently his tourist visa will be expiring in June and he cannot bring his chidren back to China b/c the mother has refused to sign the necessary paperwork. He is willing to raise the children by himself without her involvement. I don't know what her damage is.

  • Oh also, her camp is accusing the father of cheating as the reason the relationship ended. But wtf does that have to do with abondoning 2 innocent chidlren?!

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‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘WW84’ Turn Pedro Pascal Into a Full-Blown Star

As the age of Chris Evans declines, the rise of Pedro Pascal continues. Sorry Chris stans, I don't make the rules.

After his breakout roles on Game of Thrones and Narcos, Pedro Pascal has skyrocketed into stardom thanks to his roles on The Mandalorian and Wonder Woman 1984 (the latter of which OP still refuses to watch even for Pedro, but I digress...)

Writer Anne Thompson sat down for a (phone) interview to discuss his newfound success: (slight spoilers for S2 of The Mandalorian)

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They did him dirty with that featured image, smh

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Jake Gyllenhaal reflects on 20 years of Donnie Darko


Jake Gyllenhaal posted on Instagram some artifacts from Donnie Darko to commemorate its twentieth anniversary.

“It’s a film that changed my life and my career and it’s been unreal to watch this story find afterlives with new audiences and new generations, and yet, what Donnie said to Roberta Sparrow is still true: ‘there is so much to look forward to.’ Thank you to all the fans who’ve come up to me over the years with that confused look on their faces and asked me: ‘what the f**k is Donnie Darko about??’ Happy 20th Donnie! Let’s keep confusing people. Here’s to 20 more.”


Netflix's Lupin will reach an estimated 70 million households in its first month, setting a record

Netflix reports that its latest streaming smash hit, Lupin, will be watched by over 70 million households over the span of its first month. This makes it the biggest launch for a Continental European title, easily surpassing Money Heist Season 4's 65 million and falling just short of The Witcher's 76 million.

While it is clear that Netflix's reporting metrics are funky, including counting 'at least 2 minutes of content viewing' as a recorded view, the show has strong buzz online (despite the fact that - unsurprisingly! - there was controversy in France on whether a series about a 'white' character over a ceuntry ago should be led by a black actor). For further context, Netflix's most recent smash titles before this were Bridgerton and The Queen's Gambit, which were estimated to reach 63 and 62 million households respectively. The show currently has a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and reached #1 in various territories across the world.

Part 1 of Lupin consists of 5 episodes and stars Omar Sy as Assane Diop, the son of a Senegalese immigrant whose father seemingly commits suicide after being framed for stealing an expensive necklace from his employer. 25 years later, as the necklace resurfaces in the public eye, Assane enacts his revenge while seeking justice for his father. In the meantime, he has modelled himself after the literary character Arsene Lupin, a gentleman thief skilled in all trades, but must navigate an increasingly dangerous environment.

Part 2, the remaining 5 episodes of the season (a la Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) is expected to drop over the next few months.

Discussion post for Lupin, ONTD? Did you enjoy it? What do you think will happen in Part 2? And does Assane have more chemistry with his best friend than his ex?

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Selena Gomez lobbies social media companies for stricter regulation

The Associated Press reports that pop chanteuse Selena Gomez has been lobbying for a while for social media platforms to clean up their act and 'stop doing the bare minimum'. She stated that her tipping point came when in 2017, a 12-year-old commented on one of her Instagram posts: “Go kill yourself.”

“That was my tipping point,” she said. “I couldn’t handle what I was seeing.”

In an interview that took place right before the insurrection on January 6, Gomez said: “It isn’t about me versus you, one political party versus another. This is about truth versus lies and Facebook, Instagram and big tech companies have to stop allowing lies to just flow and pretend to be the truth. Facebook continues to allow dangerous lies about vaccines and COVID and the U.S. election, and neo-Nazi groups are selling racist products via Instagram."

The AP also notes that several other celebrities have been using their platforms to call out technological companies as well, such as Sacha Baron Cohen, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Kerry Washington, and Kim Kardashian West. It obtained emails that Gomez sent to Sandberg in September 2020, expressing her concern that white supremacist militia the Three Percenters (several chapters of which were involved in the insurrection) were still networking and propagating hate on the platform, despite US militia groups supposedly being banned the month before.

The piece ends with Gomez vowing to continue her focus on the issue. “While I have this, I’m going to do good things with it,” she said. “I think that’s my purpose.”

Gomez has become more politically active over the past year and posted on both Twitter and Instagram about political events and elections. She has made several tweets continuing to criticise the lack of action from Big Tech.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4