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Great News for Fans of The Simpsons

The Simpsons have been going strong for 30 years and are not going to be going anywhere soon.  The Fox TV show has been one of TV’s most iconic series and recently moved over to Disney +.  It was hoped that fans would head over to the channel and stream the show but their reaction has been less than enthusiastic.

So what’s the problem?

One of the main reasons for the popularity of The Simpsons was its ability to deal proactively with and even predict some key events in real life.  It is also well known for its clever jokes and visual humor.  The problem is that the show was not designed to be shown on the huge screens that we find on modern TV sets.

Until series 20 the show was produced to be viewed on older style screens at an aspect ration of 4:3.  In the 1990s, this was the standard TV screen size, but Disney+, when it streamed the show, used the 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio.

This might be sounding a bit technical but the upshot of it all was that many of the key visual gags got cropped out and fans were not best pleased, to say the least.  There was a furious backlash online and now Disney has responded positively to address the situation.

In a recent statement, Disney+ confirmed that they had changed the aspect ratio to achieve consistency in quality across all seasons.  However,  in early 2020 the company will return the first 20 seasons of the show to the original aspect ratio and give fans the choice as to how they wish to view the show.

Although the decision by Disney to change the aspect ratio is understandable this latest move is great for the fans who just want to see their favorite show as it was originally intended.  Disney made a good call when it took complaints seriously and went straight in to rectify the problem.

The Simpsons Are Not Disney’s Only Controversy

Alongside the drama surrounding The Simpsons, Disney has also come under fire for some of its marketing of other programs including The Mandalorian.  The series, part of the Star Wars canon has also received criticism.

The Disney team has also been criticized for refusing to include some of the older content like Song of the South, made in 1946, and some of its shorter animated films. There has also been some censorship of jokes in Toy Story 2 and the “Maclunkey” change to Star Wars: A New Hope has received widespread derision from fans.

It seems that Disney is fast becoming a monopoly when it comes to modern popular culture and while it could be argued that omitting potentially controversial movies like Song of the South is a good call, it does mean that Disney can now change just about anything in the offerings that it controls including Fox, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic and now Marvel.

It should be of some concern that control rests in the hands of just one company who will decide what we can see and what will no longer be available.

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Meghan Markle Accused of Copying Vogue Cover From 2016 Book

Meghan Markle’s opportunity to guest-edit the September issue of Vogue U.K. has not quite gone the direction she probably hoped for. It didn’t take long after its release for fans to begin pointing out the striking similarities between the magazine’s cover and The Game Changers, a bestselling book by Australian authors Samantha Brett and Steph Adams.

According to the pair, while the resemblance between the cover of their book, which Meghan contributed to, and the cover of this magazine is “flattering,” it is also “disappointing.”

“It’s obviously very flattering, she must like our concept! I love Meghan and am a huge fan, but it is a little bit disappointing,” said Brett. The cover features different women who are thought to be “Forces for Change” in separate boxes.

“But any project that aims to support the empowerment of women, I am a great supporter of,” she continued. “Our book was for charity — so hopefully they too are giving the proceeds to a worthy cause.”

Whether or not the entire cover idea was Meghan’s idea is still unclear, but the idea to have a mirror as one of the images to inspire readers to be their own forces for change was her idea, says the Daily Mail. Meghan was also one of the 40 women to contribute to The Game Changers, Brett told Fox News.

In just a few weeks, the book was sold out, so in 2017, it was re-released with more women and a pink cover. Since then, it has become a bestseller.

“Someone We All Want To Look Up To”

Adams, a four-time author who published her first book three years ago, agreed with Brett in her hopes for the earnings to be contributed toward a worthy cause, but she also added that she could visualize Meghan having just as much success as they if she took on an endeavor like The Game Changers.

“The Duchess of Sussex is someone we all want to look up to, admire and respect,” said Adams. “We love that she has ideas for change that are positive and that she is addressing issues such as diversity and kindness. But wouldn’t it have been more powerful if she just created a book and interviewed women and gave the money to charity?”

On Australia’s “Sunrise” Tuesday morning, Brett said she initially “didn’t think anything of it.”

“And then someone sent me the press release and the wording was very similar,” Brett added. “She said ‘trailblazing change-makers who are fearless women,’ and on the back of my book, it says ‘trailblazers, game-changing, fearless women.’ And so I thought ‘wow, this is very similar.’”

It wasn’t until her phone was ringing off the hook that Brett realized how big of a deal the cover was.

“Suddenly, I had the world’s media calling me. And it made me realize she is extremely scrutinized,” said Brett. “This is such a small thing, it’s a small book in Aussie,” she joked. Of course, Brett was being just a bit humble about the success of her book.

Since The Game Changer, Brett and Adams have also released The Juggle in April 2019 which is about high-profile mothers who have successful careers in addition to a family.

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President Trump to honor Jon Voight with National Medal of Arts

For the first time since Trump became president, the prestigious National Medal of Arts will be awarded. The White House announced four recipients of the medal as well as four recipients of the National Humanities Medal in a statement on Sunday night. Trump plans to distribute the awards on Thursday during a ceremony at the White House.

One of the recipients that have drawn the most attention is Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight. The 80-year-old has been involved in quite a few films in his time, but, in addition, he has been a staunch supporter of Trump since the beginning, calling him “the greatest president of the century” as well as the “greatest president since Abraham Lincoln,” who died in office in 1865.

In past administrations, the awarding of these honors has been an annual affair, but this will be the first time since Trump was inaugurated in January 2017. President Obama was the last to give arts or humanities medals in September 2016.

A Long Career of Complex Characters

Voight starred in Midnight Cowboy, a film from 1969 that won an Academy Award for best picture. His starring role in the film Coming Home in 1978 won him an Oscar award for the best actor. In addition, he has appeared in the Showtime series, Ray Donovan. Now, he will receive this medal “for his exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply complex characters.”

Alison Krauss, Sharon Percy Rockefeller, and The Musicians of the United States Military will also be receiving the National Medal of Arts while The Claremont Institute, Teresa Lozano Long, Patrick O’Connell, and James Patterson are the recipients of the National Humanities Medal.

Voight often reprimands the Democratic party for their opposition and even explained in full on Twitter why Trump is such a good president.

“This is not peace,” he wrote. “This is not love. This is hate among the radical left. No amount of book smart will show the given policy of what truth stands for. Truth is a powerful emotion. Love … is what we should be voting for.

“And I must say that we — the Republican Party — have voted for renewal, for a place of safety, a community where all can have peace. But this is war among the left. They have hate. It’s like a venom. No words of God, no words of love, but a radical emotion of hate.”

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Chrissy Teigen Made Fun of John Legend’s Remake of “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

While making an appearance on the Kelly Clarkson show, model Chrissy Teigen talked about John Legend’s recent remake of the classic Christmas song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” which was a duet he performed with, none other than, Kelly Clarkson!

It seems that Legend’s voice coaches decided to update the song by removing the controversial lyrics, making it more appealing to the younger Me Too movement generation. What they were not ready for, the backlash was actually quite intense, telling Teigen “they ruined Christmas”.

Clarkson, 37, said people were so mad and Legend had no idea when the Me Too movement pulled the song from any radio stations like a lot of stations do during Christmas.

She added that she loves the original song that John and Clarkson recorded as a duet It seems that the duet got backlash so they decided to give up on the original and recorded a different version that apparently killed Christmas!

During Teigen’s conversation with Clarkson, she criticized people’s various comments, especially from Sharon Osborne. She basically said that Sharon assumed you guys burned them in the backyard and can never listen to them again. She sarcastically added, something about creepy songs and Christmas??

The Argument Against Re-Writing Songs

During the debut of the newly “rewritten” song, Osborne slammed Legend and Clarkson saying that no one should re-record a song just because they find it offensive. She added, what if 40 years from now, someone rewrote one of Legend’s songs because someone found it offensive?

Paraphrasing, she equated it to masterpieces in museums that are nude statues all around the world and millions of people visit each and every year. Would it be OK if she just decided to draw a bikini top on one of those nudes? It’s still a classic form of art.

Osborne said that she loves John Legend, he’s an amazing artist that she respects so why do this? It’s just not right.

To update any who do not know, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was an Academy Award-winning song written by Frank Loesser in 1944. It gained recognition in 1949 when it was performed in the film “Neptune’s Daughter”.

It really was never considered a Christmas song, but a winter song. The song has been sung by many artists including Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton, Idina Menzel, and Michael Buble.

Another issued that has risen more than a few eyebrows, this song is copyrighted and owned by someone. Legally, no one has the right to change any part of the song.

To date, the song has been taken off the radio playlist after all the criticism floating around the original as well as Legend and Clarkson rather strange new lyrics.

Someone I met said that in their personal opinion, you do not have to listen to a song you find offensive but you have no right to alter a song and make it your own. For more than 50 years, there have been television shows and movies that people would demand the entertainment industry get rid of saying this one or that one has had a bad effect on “my child”.

Well, mom and/or dad, change the station or don’t take them to that particular movie. You are the parents, you cannot expect the entertainment industry to bring up your kids. The same should be said about lyrics to any number of songs, no one is forcing you to listen to them nor do you have the right to take it away from others.

I really can’t argue with that…

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Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Will Not Be Spending Christmas With The Queen This Year

According to a spokesperson for the royal couple, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are changing their Christmas plans. Over the past 2 years, they have spent their holidays with the royal family in their countryside Sandringham estate.

This year, Meghan, Harry, and their baby Archie will spend time with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. The royal couple will break away from their public duties to spend time with the Duchess’ mother instead. It’s not clear, at this time,  if they will be coming to the United States or if her mother will visit them in Britain.

Actually, their decision is totally in line with the precedent set before by other members of the royal family and they have all received great support from Her Majesty the Queen. They have all at one time or another, chosen to spend the holidays elsewhere.

William and Kate Too Spent A Christmas With Kate’s Family

Victoria Murphy said on Twitter, that Prince William and Kate Middleton have also spent holidays with the Middletons in Bucklebury instead of Sandringham.

Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have been known to leave Sandringham in the middle of the afternoon on Christmas to visit Camilla’s children and their families.

With everything going on these days, it’s no surprise that Harry and Meghan are struggling with pressures of being in the spotlight and the scrutiny from the British press.  A break seems to be in order.  At this time, it’s uncertain if they will visit Meghan’s mother in the US or if Doria will be joining them in the UK.

As the British press is incapable of leaving the royal couple alone, I am sure we will hear soon enough if they will be visiting the United States or if Doria will be visiting them in Britain.

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HBO Post GoT: His Dark Materials is About to Hit

Maybe the third time around will be the charm for this very controversial book and author.  No pun intended, but author Pullman pulled no punches when discussing his series His Dark Materials or his very strong, negative opinions regarding Christian religion.

His series’ goal is destroying Catholicism and killing God. God in the book is merciless, a tyrant, and a fraud. It’s really no wonder why many people find his book dangerous.  So, just who is Philip Pullman and just what is his controversial work “His Dark Materials” trilogy all about?

This is the third shot for a live-action adaption on HBO starring James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Dafne King is getting ready to be released. As hard as it might be to believe, in 2007, a movie starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman hit theaters but Pullman’s books were considered controversial and even dangerous.

This is a science fantasy that takes place in a series of parallel universes and was originally marketed as a children’s book that was released between 1995 and 2000. It’s about 2 pre-teens, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, who occasionally hunt for and occasionally run from their parents.

It’s a story about angels and magic bears, ex-nuns, and outer-body souls that accompany humans in the form of animals known as Daemons. Many of the lines deal with destiny and whether we create it or embrace it which caused a lot of controversy among Christian groups.

Lyra and Will travel through several worlds, ages, and continents because they are chasing characters like Lord Asriel, who is working to dismantle earth’s most prominent church, the Magisterium. They are also trying to take down “Dust” (or original sin) while Mrs. Coulter is working to protect the church’s mighty power.

God is called The Authority who is a merciless tyrant and fraud. (That truly doesn’t help the cause for the book.)

The most dangerous author in Britain

In 2002, the conservative journalist in the UK, Peter Hitchens, published an article about Pullman’s book stating that he believes this is the most dangerous author in Britain. He went on to say that Pullman is the anti-C. S. Lewis that atheists would pray for if atheists prayed.

In 2007, when the movie was preparing to be released, the Catholic League campaigned against the move believing it promoted atheism and denigrated Christianity, especially Roman Catholicism.

In 2008, the series was second out of the top 10 books that others tried to get banned in the U.S, according to the American Library Association.  From 2000 to 2009 it held the number 8 spot on the American Library Association’s Top 100 Banned Challenged Books list.

Pullman’s public appearance did nothing to stop the unrest.  Shortly after the final installment was released, he told the Washington Post that his goal was to undermine the foundation of the Christian belief.  During an interview with the Guardian in 2002, he stated that organized religion is necessarily corrupt.

He said when you have a political structure with hierarchies and ranks, you get corruption. Then in 2003, he had a conversation with Sydney Herald (which truly did nothing for his cause) saying his books are about killing God.

During a lecture in East Anglia in Norwich England, he wondered what prompted them to ask him to speak about religious education.  He said due to his criticism of religion in the past, different Christian groups have criticized him and he replied saying any comments he might have would be hostile.

A reporter from the New Yorker was present at the time when Pullman said that he did not think it’s possible that there is a god.  He said he could say something about moral education because it has something to do with the way we understand stories.

All said and done, Pullman did see sales climb in the tens of millions and a lot of illustrious awards.  He has been called one of the greatest writers in post-war Britain in 2019. On top of that, he was knighted for his contributions to literature.

His books have been translated into more than 40 languages and a thumb’s up to Pullman’s brilliant world-building.  Naming just a few titles that can be found in children’s and adult sections in bookstores.

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Queen Elizabeth II Has Finally Unloaded All Real Fur

Well, it seems Queen Elizabeth, Queen of England, has decided to drop using real fur and adopting faux fur in its place.

The Queen’s dressmaker has revealed that after 67-years of reigning, the Queen has dropped all real fur for fake fur.

She will be attending an engagement during cold weather in Britain as of right now, fake fur will be used to make sure she stays warm as reported by Angela Kelly author of her new book “The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, The Dresser, and the Wardrobe.”

Buckingham Palace has also confirmed the news.

Why Now?

Although it’s not clear what the reason behind her decision is, she has received criticism from many animal welfare groups for using real fur in the past.

Claire Bass, Executive Director of Human Society International told Insider that they are thrilled with Her Majesty officially going fur-free.  Queen Elizabeth’s decision to “Go Faux” is the perfect reflection of the British public as the majority of people detest real fur and want absolutely nothing to do with it.

The majority of people in the UK believe the Queen’s decision to go fur-free is a very powerful message that is, without a doubt, out of fashion and does not belong in Britain.  The UK banned fur farming almost 20 years ago because it’s considered cruel and also believes it’s time for them to wrap it up by banning the sale of real fur.

Bass also stated that she believes that the British government should follow suit of the Queen’s decision and make the United Kingdom should be the first country in the world to ban the sale of animal fur.”

It’s also worth mentioning, the no-fur ruling only applies to outfits worn by Her Majesty.  Therefore, the entire palace is not fur-free.

Animal welfare groups have been protesting the royal family’s wearing fur for many years now.  In 2006, activists from The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, known as PETA,  staged a naked protest outside Buckingham Palace trying to get the palace guards to give up wearing bearskin hats.

There are more and more people, worldwide, that are fighting back about killing animals for their fur.  Many international designers have moved away from fashion that incorporates real fur.  Animal advocates in the United States have also been very vocal about real fur.  Only time will tell so all we can do is wait and see if animals will get the much-needed recognition they deserve.

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A Royal Halloween

The royal family does not have an official Halloween celebration but they will dress up occasionally. Over the years notable royals have happily donned the occasional costume including Princess Beatrice who dressed as a cat, back in 2016 and Prince Harry once proudly wore a goblin outfit for a school play. (Plus, of course, we all remember his infamous Nazi costume back in 2005).

Even Queen Elizabeth herself has been photographed sporting fancy dress.

It is reported that Prince William and Kate hold private parties at Kensington Palace for their own children although this has not been officially confirmed. Over the last few years, there have been few clues as to how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could choose to spend Archie’s first Halloween.

It is unlikely that we will see many selfies posted on Meghan and Harry’s Instagram page as they rarely post anything personal there. The account is primarily for promoting their various charities. However, Markle did celebrate the holiday before she married into the royal family and back in 2016 she was spotted with a large pumpkin on her head.

At this time Harry was visiting her in Toronto, and it was said that they did attend a Halloween party as a couple.

Since their marriage, the Duke and Duchess have only been seen celebrating in an official capacity, for example when they met performers in New Zealand just before Halloween last year. The couple seemed impressed by the spooky array of outfits and took plenty of photographs while they were there.

What about trick-or-treating?

The royal children will probably not be going door-to-door considering the amount of interest they get from the media everywhere they go. However, the home and grounds of Kensington Palace are extensive so it is likely that they can make their own fun. Normally, any royal activities that include the children are private.

Although the royal family doesn’t celebrate publicly it will likely be a busy time for the Middleton family who run their own business Party Pieces.

Perhaps there will be a private party for George, Charlotte, Louis, and Archie. The Duchesses have arranged play-dates for their children before and when could be a more perfect time to organize some spooky fun than Halloween!?

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Streaming Wars: Empires Strike Each Other!

The wars continue to rage between these giant companies, first, it was content, then pricing, and now exclusion seems to be the latest line of attack in the video streaming wars. Disney told The Wall Street Journal they would shortly have their own “Netflix Killer”.

They will no longer run Netflix commercials on their major television networks, including ABC. According to another report from The Wall Street Journal, Disney also refuses to allow streaming rival Amazon to sell significant ad space on its multiple Disney apps.

It seems Amazon is firing back by threatening to remove Disney’s television apps from their Fire TV devices. Fire is an extremely powerful distributor of streaming TV apps.

The Forbidden Garden

If you think that’s it – you’d be wrong! Just lately, Apple has announced the will be launching their own subscription streaming service to compete with its mega rivals. They are systematically removing Amazon Prime Video apps from both of their App Stores.

It seems the world of television has become incredibly antagonistic and very complicated for the consumer. Hiding original content is now the name of the game. It’s becoming even more difficult for consumers to know where or how to find their favorite television shows.

On top of that, NBC Universal also has its own upcoming subscription streaming service. They are seriously trying to knock down the reigning streaming services and take it back. The question is, what are consumers supposed to do to get rid of these pricey cable bundles and NBC Universal is stepping forward with their own breed of horse.

Now, consumers can build their own bundles that fit them. That said, these virtual bundles ad up really quickly and are reaching the same pricey charges consumers have been trying to run from. It’s $12.99 for Netflix’s most popular package, $14.99 for HBO’s, $6.99 for Disney’s soon to be released streamer, and $4.99 for Apple’s.

On top of these prices, the consumer can expect to pay an additional $45 a month for watching live television!

All these mega streaming companies are far from being apologetic because so much is now at stake. Unfortunately, for traditional media and entertainment companies like Disney and NBC Universal, they are faced with the fact that their core television models for ads and cable subscriptions are dying.

This is forcing them to do the same thing v in this very scary new streaming world. They are willing to sacrifice massive dollars for ads from streaming competitors, like Netflix, on their television networks in order to increase their streaming chances. In other words, they are now willing to bite the hand that feeds them.

For newer media companies like Apple and Amazon, streaming services are a critical marketing tool to drive their core business models but they are not leading in content. For Apple, that means driving content to their high margin iPhones and Macs.

For Amazon content drives up sales from consumers shopping non-stop or consumers finding a better streaming competitor that offers better products and goods.

Over the past month, the frenzy of streaming wars is nowhere near slowing down and both Apple and Disney plan on taking the winning slots. This means, the media and entertainment industry along with consumer television choices and decision is only becoming more confusing and will continue to for many months ahead.

Where these streaming wars end is anyone’s guess. Unfortunately, it seems only the consumer is in the cross-fire while these streaming giants fight for first place. As a consumer, you should keep your eyes wide open and your ear to the ground. Somewhere in this mess, hopefully, they will be something in it for the consumer.

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Once Again Meghan Markle Speaks Up For Ethical, Sustainable Fashion

Meghan Markle has hit the news again championing her fashion choice with the STAUD sustainable fashion during her African tour. The royal family has always been in the limelight so she has stepped up with her choice in clothing that’s dear to her heart.  Sarah Staudinger, the co-founder of STAUD, was so honored that Meghan chose to wear one of her designs, a recycled nylon dress.

During her visit to the Auwal Mosque with Prince Harry, she wore an olive green shirt dress with a cream-coloured headscarf and flats.  Not only was the look very chic but was made entirely from recycled nylon, showing her need to speak up for an eco-friendly lifestyle.

The designer told the press that the response to Meghan’s choice in clothing has been incredible and has given her great exposure to a much larger audience.  This dress can be pre-ordered for $325.

Zero-Waste Fashion

From the beginning of the tour, her sustainable theme in clothing was apparent with her black and white print dress from Mayamiko.  Mayamiko is an ethical, zero-waste fashion line that uses reclaimed, re-cycled materials along with locally sourced fabrics from Malawi.

Mayamiko has stepped up and trained disadvantaged women in their workshop and many of these women suffer from the HIV pandemic.  Their line of clothing is produced in limited supplies and therefore Meghan’s Dalitso Dress was sold out almost immediately.

Meghan has also worn outfits she has re-cycled from her own closet, such as her blue Veronica Beard shirt dress and her striped Martin Grant maxi dress which she wore on her last tour.

This is not the first time the Duchess has chosen clothes from her closet, she also revamped a black jumpsuit from her Everlane collection which she wore in a video for British Vogue last September. This video was called Forces For Change which she played a large role in editing.

She has become a positive role model for women everywhere with her views about eco-friendly fashion.  Zofia Day, Los Angeles-based and founder of Lisette Polyn Jewelry, said Meghan chose her pave diamond and gold bracelet to accessorize her Everlane jumpsuit.

She went on to say that Meghan is showing women that it’s beautiful to be conscious of our environment and you can make choices that make a difference.

This project has been a passion of Meghan’s since she and Harry announced their engagement.  As a matter of fact, during one of her first royal walking tours, she wore a sustainable Welsh denim brand from Hiut Denim Co which creates organic sustainable jeans and employs from their own community.

The Duchess also dons ethical and socially conscious lines like Gabriela Hirst, Maggie Marilyn, Reformation, and Outland Denim. She chose Stella McCartney to design her evening wedding reception dress.  Stella is considered an early pioneer of ethical fashion.

Many women have watched Meghan emerge as someone passionate about our environment and feel a need to make a strong statement to other women that it is chic and fashionable to wear clothes from recycled materials.  Not only does she always look amazing, but she will not be a hypocrite when it comes to how she addresses concerns for our planet.

Each one of us should take a little time and go through our closets and see what we can bring back into the light of day.  How many of us have clothes we have worn once and then just locked up in our closets never to be worn again?  Maybe it’s time to reconsider!

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Ivanka Trump Rocks Mom’s Cocktail Dress

Ivanka Trump seems to have reached into her Mom’s closet for a recent wedding weekend in Rome. Ivanka wore a glam Bob Mackie cocktail dress her mother donned 28 years ago.

For her visit to the Italian Capital for the wedding ceremony of fashion designer Misha Nonoo and oil heir Michael Hess, Ivanka wore a shiny white, gold and black cocktail dress on the second night of the lavish affair.

The 37-year-old first daughter and White House Adviser sported a swept-back updo, red lipstick and gold strappy heels as accessories in a photo shared to her Instagram story.

The Bob Mackie dress was first worn by Ivana Trump in 1991. Since then, her daughter has borrowed the fringed outfit twice. The first time being a fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra’s wedding in 2014.

Glamourous Affair

The White House first daughter and husband, Jared Kushner, in-laws Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Orlando Bloom, and Katy Perry were some of the 300 guests present at the Nonoo and Hess’ multi-day wedding celebration, held at the classy Villa Aurelia.

The Villa is said to be one of the most exclusive and wanted wedding venues in Rome.

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Robert DeNiro Gets His Way While Filming ‘Joker’

When he was filming the new movie Joker, Joaquin Phoenix found out exactly why Robert DeNiro is one Hollywood icon you don’t cross.

Both actors are well known for becoming completely involved in their roles, including often staying in character even when filming stops. However, there was a key difference when it came to their attitude towards the traditional script read-through.

Phoenix for his part has already gone on the record saying that he didn’t favor this way of working, preferring instead to keep a more organic ‘in-the-moment’ feel. However, when DeNiro was informed that Phoenix was not going to be doing the read-through the veteran actor was not best pleased.

According to the Director, DeNiro called him and told him that, yes, Phoenix was going to be there because that was his job. Phillips was stuck between the two men; one insisting that this was not going to happen, and the other insisting it was.

DeNiro the Persuader

Although Phoenix did arrive for the read-through he wasn’t feeling it and at one point insisted on leaving. In the end, it was DeNiro that convinced Phoenix that everything was going to be just fine and the talk-through went ahead.

It seems that DeNiro always manages to get his way whether that is on or off-screen.

During the filming, the two actors worked well together although they didn’t spend a lot of time in casual conversation. However, this was not due to malice or ill-will. According to DeNiro the two interacted as characters, did the job and then went home.

He says it makes life a lot simpler if you can stay in character and not get too involved in talking. As one of the greatest Hollywood actors of our time, it is certainly a technique that works.

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Dan Aykroyd is Returning to Ghostbusters!

Actor Dan Aykroyd has recently announced that he will star in Jason Reitman’s latest sequel, Ghostbusters which is the third installment of the classic 1984 movie Ghostbusters. The original was directed by Jason’s father, Ivan Reitman.

Aykroyd said most of the original cast will also be in the film along with some new faces. Although he really does not work in films these days, he could not pass down Ghostbusters.

Speaking of cast members who were in both of the other two Ghostbusters, Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray will also be on board. Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, and Ernie Hudson were in the original 1984 Ghostbusters and the 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II.

Female Version Comments

Reitman drew a lot of criticism after his comments regarding the release of the film with the female cast starring Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Melissa McCarthy. Reitman said he would not make the Juno of Ghostbusters movies but this Ghostbusters film is one big love letter for all the Ghostbusters films.

Reitman did receive a lot of negative feedback regarding his comments that had fans believing he didn’t think the 2016 film was worth the attention of Ghostbusters fans. He commented on Twitter that wasn’t the case, he thought the film was great!

He said his comment came out all wrong that he actually liked Paul, Leslie, Melissa, and Kristen work on the 2016 Ghostbusters film directed by Paul Feig. He firmly believes it was an amazing film.

Feig said on Twitter that Jason was his biggest supporter at a time when he couldn’t do anything to get a film made. He also said that Reitman was a big supporter of his film Ghostbusters Answer the Call. He looks forward to seeing the newest film in the Ghostbusters galaxy.

Jason Reitman’s newest Ghostbusters film is marked for release in 2020. Fans from around the world are anticipating another great round with all the pack-bearing cast as they, once again, take on the ghoulish beings as first encountered in the 1984 movie.

He said he has a great deal of respect for Feig’s work and the incredible actresses who made the film a huge success. But he did say that this newest sequel will follow in the footsteps of the original film.

Actor Dan Aykroyd has recently announced that he will star in Jason Reitman’s latest sequel, Ghostbusters which is the third installment of the classic 1984 movie Ghostbusters. The original was directed by Jason’s father, Ivan Reitman.

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Which Members of the Royal Family Fly Commercial, and Why

With recent developments and concerns regarding the environment, the ethics of flying private have been in debate, so after the siting of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex on a private jet to Spain and France, many questions have arisen in terms of if and when royals fly commercial.

Prince Harry and his spouse have voiced concerns multiple times about the current condition of the environment and where it’s headed; they have shown themselves to be highly committed to environmental efforts, but it was exactly this that confused many when they flew to Nice with their son Archie on a private jet provided by Elton John and David Furnish.

Friends With Jets

Elton has been Princess Diana’s – Harry’s mother – friend, for quite a long time, so when contention arose, he tweeted that the flight was made carbon-neutral by donating efforts to reduce emissions.

This occurrence has many wondering, however, how often royals are flying on private jets and if they fly commercial at all. According to Hello!, most royals fly commercial some of the time.

The main exception to this is the Queen herself. Her Majesty only flies private, so you would never site her on a commercial flight. Both Prince William and Prince Harry, however, have flow commercial on multiple occasions.

They even flew economy during a low-profile visit to the States in 2014. People have also seen William and Kate on commercial flights, but most often in the first-class section.

Harry and Meghan along with a few bodyguards were spotted last December in the back row of a commercial flight to France, according to the Telegraph, but they kept a few empty rows between them and the rest of the plane.

Very recently, on August 22, the Daily Mail reported that the entire Cambridge family took a budget flight to Scotland.

Of course, they were surrounded by security guards and assistants – so much so that you may not even be able to see members of the family even if you’re on the same flight!

One passenger professed as much to the Daily Mail: “The family were sat right at the front. I fly this route all the time and we were none the wiser. No one knew they were on the flight. Later on, I realized that Kate’s mother was sat a few rows in front of me.”

When the royals do fly commercial, they often try to fly with British Companies, specifically British Airways, according to Hello!.

The royal family has a special connection to the airline since the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents both worked for them back in the day before shifting to a party décor business in the late 1980s. In fact, it’s where they met and fell in love!

Depends Where They’re Going

According to Vogue, however, the main factor that influences whether a royal chooses to fly private or commercial is why they are flying.

Basically, if a royal is on public or state business, he or she is able to fly on a private jet, most often because senior members of the royal family are traveling as representatives of the family and British government.

If a royal is traveling for family trips or personal travel, they are to travel just like any other private citizen – on a commercial jet.

Of course, because of their wealth, they can always fly first class or purchase all the seats around them in economy, but they do fly commercial when it’s for their own personal purposes because of both budget and public perception.

In addition, concerns of the environment’s state have also come into play.

Many protested back in 2011 when Prince Charles borrowed a friend’s private jet. According to BBC, the royal family claimed that it was a cost-saving measure.

It most likely was, saving tax-payers from having to pay for his flight, but many were still displeased with the future king’s apparent disregard for the environment.

With recent developments and concerns regarding the environment, the ethics of flying private have been in debate, so after the siting of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex on a private jet to Spain and France, many questions have arisen in terms of if...

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Royal Kids: Talk About Net Worth!

Princess Charlotte is the daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  Her net worth was estimated at around $5 billion when she was born.  From that time on, she has been very much her “mother’s little angel”.  She has created a craze in her style, her fan-base is enormous, and it all shows in her monetary value.

In 2018, her net worth was estimated at around $4.3 billion, based on Brand Fiance reports.  It was also reported by Reader’s Digest that to date her value is around $5 billion.  Above and beyond all else, these figures are astonishing considering her very young age!

Even more impressive, her brother George, the future king of England, is worth around $3.2 to $3.6 billion as estimated last year.  If you want to talk about rivalry among siblings, it’s pretty clear that Charlotte is the big winner!

How is This Calculated?

You might wonder where these figures come from.  The projections are based on what the children could bring to the UK economy over their lifetimes, assuming they keep the same positive effects.

For instance, the royal children have a huge impact on the sales of certain clothes and toys by the brands they wear or play with.  In this case, they have a similar effect on brands just like their mother, the Duchess of Cambridge.  It seems that everything Middleton touches does turn to gold!

No matter how you calculate it, the royal children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are worth staggering amounts of money and not one of them is even 10 years old!  Consider this, the day that Prince Louis was born, it was estimated he would add $70 million to the family’s wealth.

Adding to that, their cousin Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the firstborn child of Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle, was estimated at $65 million to $91 million in revenue after his birth.

There seems to be something magical as well as given if you are born into royalty!

Princess Charlotte is the daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  Her net worth was estimated at around $5 billion when she was born.  From that time on, she has been very much her “mother’s little angel”.  She has created a craze in her...