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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.

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...

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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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Jay-Z Ready ‘To Go into Action’ with NFL Partnership

It wasn’t too long ago that Jay-Z was attacking the NFL for their treatment of Colin Kaepernick who took a knee during the national anthem in protest, yet he has just signed a deal with the NFL.

According to the famous hip-hop singer, he isn’t “selling out,” but rather partnering with NFL to take action against racial injustice.

However, Kaepernick has been out of a job since he made his silent statement, and though he won a multimillion-dollar settlement from the NFL in February, Jay has received a lot of criticism for his recent relations with NFL.

For instance, Eric Reid, who protested with Kaepernick and also won an NFL statement but now plays for the Carolina Panthers, said of the Roc National-NFL deal, “The NFL gets 2 hide behind his black face 2 try to cover up blackballing Colin.”

Jay said that he did talk with Kaepernick before announcing the deal, yet he didn’t disclose the content of their conversation.

Time for Action!

Last Wednesday, Jay said, “I think we are past kneeling. I think it is time to go into action . . . Kneeling, I know we are stuck on it because it’s a real thing, it is a form of protest. I support protests across the board . . . [But] everybody knows what the issue is now, OK, so what are we going to do about it?
The kneeling wasn’t about [Colin] not having a job, it was about social injustice. So now how do we deal with injustice? What is the way forward?”

Defending the deal, he added, “For me, [this is] action . . . What are we going to do together? . . . Or will we get stuck on Colin not having a job?”

An inside source said of Kaepernick, “He is not blackballed [from this conversation]. He started this. If Colin has a plan of action for change, he is very welcome at the table.”

The source has also divulged some of the agreements the NFL and Jay have come to already, like including tracks from selected artists across broadcasts, giving profits to the league’s Inspire Change program, and working on job creation and community initiatives in cities where football is played.

NFL is also preparing things like player podcasts and issue-based docs for streaming services.

In the future, Jay also plans to tackle diversity in team ownership and executive leadership as well as the lack of black quarterbacks. In the years to come, Jay-Z is considering taking part ownership of an NFL team, but he’d have to eventually sell Roc Nation Sports to do so.

It wasn’t too long ago that Jay-Z was attacking the NFL for their treatment of Colin Kaepernick who took a knee during the national anthem in protest, yet he has just signed a deal with the NFL.

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How Robert Pattinson Became the New Batman

Selecting Robert Pattinson as the new Batman was a surprising move from Warner Bros. Now we learn, that picking the Twilight heartthrob to replace Ben Affleck was a long and winding process.

This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia was also in the race for the black cape but was rejected for being “too old” to be the Batman.

Ventimiglia opens up about Batman snub

Ventimiglia revealed in a recent interview that he had actually auditioned for the role, and thought that he had a real chance of getting it. Warner Bros., however, were thinking long-term and opted for the nine years younger Pattinson to be the new face of the franchise.

Ventimiglia didn’t seem to take this too hard, as he’s pretty busy these days; you can watch him at his best when the new season of This Is Us premiers.

“Do I see myself in a cape and cowl? Warner Bros. didn’t. They were looking for a new Batman and they said, ‘Ventimiglia, you’re too old.’ That’s OK, it doesn’t matter,” he said.

His fas though, seem to be offended on his behalf for this “ageism”. Still, the experience seems to have put Ventimiglia off, and he said he won’t be auditioning for any more superhero movies. Instead, he’s much happier “playing real-life superheroes,” like Denny Swift and Jack Pearson.

Pattinson Lands Batman Role

According to Metro, the choice came down to Pattison vs Nicholas Hoult. The movie is slated to open in theaters sometime in 2021, and production gearing up now.

This was supposed to be Affleck’s baby, with him both starring and directing, but in January he eventually stepped down. Director Matt Reeves took over, bringing his own vision for the project.

Dylan Clark and Michael E. Uslan are set to produce the movie. They’re all keeping the details rather secret at this point, but Uslan wanted to assure the fans about picking Pattinson.

Uslan Defends Choosing Pattinson

“Wait until you see the movie,” Uslan shared. “My position is this: trust the filmmaker and give the filmmaker, and the filmmaker’s vision, the benefit of the doubt.”

Many fans had a difficult time picturing the Twilight pretty boy as the dark knight, and they weren’t shy about saying so. Uslan askes us to trust the director, and just wait till we see it before we pass judgment.

He said: “And then once you see the movie, judge the hell out of it. But I think that’s really the formula going forward. I couldn’t be happier, I couldn’t be more enthused, as a Batman fan, that Matt Reeves is the filmmaker in charge and has selected Robert Pattinson to be his next Batman.”

We don’t know much about this film, other than, thankfully, it’s not supposed to be another origin story. Instead, Reeves is telling a different Bruce Wayne story, giving the fans something to look forward to.

How Did Pattinson Land the Batman Role?

Age was hardly the only consideration. Still, when Reeves wrote his Batman story he reportedly envisioned a young actor playing Wayne, and even thought specifically of Pattinson in the early stages of the process.

Pattinson also has the right jaw-line (soooo important for a comic book character ;) but he has also built an impressive acting career since his Twilight days.

Pattinson’s roles in Good Time and High Life are what convinced Reeves that he was the right man for the job. Here’s hoping that everything works out, especially following the most recent Batman films.

The Batman is scheduled to open in theaters on June 25, 2021.

Selecting Robert Pattinson as the new Batman was a surprising move from Warner Bros. Now we learn, that picking the Twilight heartthrob to replace Ben Affleck was a long and winding process.
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Why GoT Star Coster-Waldau was Booed Defending Season 8

The Game of Thrones, HBO’s series ran for almost 10 years but had an interesting outcome from the San Diego Comic-Con panel.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who portrayed Jaime Lannister on the series was a member of the discussion panel.  He defended his character’s death in Season 8, but fans were really upset.

The SDCC Director of Programming, Eddie Ibrahim opened the panel with a few remarks while encouraging the crowd to show respect even if they had different opinions regarding the end of Game of Thrones.

In 2019, he told the SDCC attendees that we can disagree sometimes but we do love the content that has brought to them and everyone loved the shows and the movies.

Unfortunately, that was not enough to fen off some fans from literally booing when the subject of the Lannister twins arose.  Coster-Waldau tried to address the fans regarding the fates of Jaime Lannister and Cersei Lannister at the panel to no avail.

He explained that the final moments in the Red Keep, during “The Bells” episode made absolute sense for their complicated relationship.

It Made Sense for the Characters

Coster-Waldau said he believed the ending was great.  He believed it was perfect for him to end in the arms of Cersei.  He also told the audience that it made perfect sense.

Shortly after his comment, some SDCC attendees started booing him because they were upset that Coster-Waldau could not offer better remarks on the showrunners’ decision for the ill-fated pair. A showrunner is a leading producer in a series.  In the U.S., they are often referred to as the executive producer.

The criticism of Coster-Waldau’s statements was followed by HBO’s last-minute panel lineup changes.  They announced earlier on that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss would not be attending the SDCC 2019.  The Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnick and cast members Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) and Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) would also not be attending.

The Game of Thrones, HBO’s series ran for almost 10 years but had an interesting outcome from the San Diego Comic-Con panel.

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Will We Ever See Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Co-Staring Together?

We all want to see Jennifer Aniston participate in a Friends reunion, but perhaps the thing we want to see most is her sharing the screen with Brad Pitt.

Despite the fact that they were married, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston never shared the silver screen together. In fact, the only screen-time they had together was on Friends and they hated their guts.

Brad Pitt’s turmoil following his separation from Angelina Jolie is not unknown to us, but Jennifer Aniston hasn’t had it easy either. However, that doesn’t keep her from having an incredibly positive attitude towards life.

Both enjoy strong careers that are still relevant, so one has to wonder what are the chances they will come together at least in film if not romantically once more.

He-Said-She-Said

Despite any issues they may have had in the past, Pitt and Aniston have remained friends for a long time. The fact that their marriage didn’t work out, in the end, did not affect their civility towards each other.

We all know what happened, and even so, there was no he-said-she-said battle in the media.

Of course, they took some time apart before they resumed any kind of relationship, but recently they’ve been seen together in a few places. This has been enough to get rumors going about the possibility of getting back together and even getting married to each other again.

Fortunately, representatives of George and Amal Clooney were quick to put these rumors to rest by stating that they weren’t trying to get Brad and Jennifer together in their visit to Rome. The media really wants them to rekindle their relationship, but it’s not likely it will happen.

Give The People What They Want?

Fans also want this to happen, but the only thing you can hope for is them working together somehow. The chemistry they used to have is undeniable, and they could potentially still have that.

There has always been a lot of mystery surrounding Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s relationship.

Rumor has it they got back together as friends when Pitt showed up to Aniston’s birthday party this year. But no one knows if they’ve seen each other before this, even if they’ve been supportive of each other through the years. Plus, Aniston invited him to her 50th birthday, so it’s not like he showed up out of the blue.

With this in mind, it’s not far-fetched to believe they could work together without any issues. The question is: should they? Or would they fall back into romance through their characters?

After all, this is what happened between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and it’s not at all uncommon in Hollywood.

The only time Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston shared the screen was in Friend’s 2001 Thanksgiving episode. Ironically enough, Brad’s character despised Rachel, which was very funny to watch at the time.

If Brad Pitt hadn’t fallen for Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith back in 2004, it’s likely that Jennifer Aniston and Pitt might have worked together. 15 years after the fact, the question remains: should they act in something together? A romantic comedy, perhaps?

We can only dream! Being aware of the fact that working on romantic movies often leads to real-life romance, the idea is attractive.

Something’s for certain, though: the more a couple knows each other, the more convincing their performance will be. All we can hope for is someone coming up with a top-tier script for them and them actually accepting it.

It would definitely be a dream come true for a great amount of people, us included!

We all want to see Jennifer Aniston participate in a Friends reunion, but perhaps the thing we want to see most is her sharing the screen with Brad Pitt.

Despite the fact that they were married, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston never shared the silver screen...

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Kim Kardashian & Kanye Introduce Baby #3 with a SURPRISING Name

Kim Kardashian West just announced the name of the newest addition to her family…and it’s PRETTY unusual!

You can count on celebrities to get super creative with their baby names, and Kim and Kanye are NO exception! What did you think of the new baby’s name?

Kim Kardashian West just announced the name of the newest addition to her family…and it’s PRETTY unusual!
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What Was Kate Middleton’s Life Like Before?

At the moment, Kate Middleton is living a life that we can only imagine. She has three gorgeous children, millions of fans and she lives in a palace, married to an actual prince. But that’s quite far from what her life used to be before she joined the royal family.

Although Kate Middleton has always been wealthy, her life is very different now. She used to have what we call a normal life; socializing with friends, spending quality time with family, and enjoying school and work.

It was when she met Prince William at the University of Saint Andrews that her life changed forever. But what exactly did she do before she fell in love and married Prince William?

She Had a Regular Job

Being where she is now, it’s difficult to imagine Kate Middleton waking up early and heading off to work. However, that’s exactly what she used to do.

After graduating from college, she was an accessories buyer for Jigsaw, a British fashion label. Her job consisted of running errands during photo shoots and other administrative responsibilities.

Granted, she only worked three days a week in Jigsaw’s London office because she had to make time to accompany Prince William in all these different events and engagements.

Belle Robinson, the founder of the fashion label was impressed by Kate Middleton and the way she handled the paparazzi. It’s not easy to have a bunch of photographers following you around, even at work, but Middleton seemed unfazed by it, which is quite remarkable.

Belle Robinson also noted that Kate Middleton would always interact with everyone, no matter their level in the company, and she didn’t think of herself as better than everyone else.

She Worked For Her Family’s Company

The Middleton family owns a very successful company called Party Pieces and they sell party supplies. The business started over 30 years ago and it has always been lucrative, thus allowing the family to live a wonderful life.

Kate Middleton was also a part of the company and she worked for them before marrying to Prince William. As a child, she and her sister Pippa were featured in the company’s catalog.

As an adult, she continued to model for catalogs as well as working on their design and production. She also had opportunities in marketing and photography inside the company.

She Lived With Her Sister

Kate Middleton’s current place of residence is nothing other than the Kensington Palace, but before she became a member of British royalty, she lived with her parents, of course. Once she moved out, she lived in a London apartment, which she shared with her sister Pippa.

This apartment was purchased by their parents and it was located in Chelsea, London. The duchess lived there until 2011 when she married Prince William. Her sister, Pippa, and her brother James continued to live in this apartment.

It’s safe to say that Kate Middleton’s life has changed quite a lot, even if she was already living on the privileged side of the specter. Even so, you can’t deny being the wife of a Prince certainly has its benefits.

She used to do what everyone else does, even if they come from wealth; she had a job, responsibilities, she lived with her family, and did all the normal things we do on a daily basis.

That changed forever when she married Prince William and even though she exists like everyone else, her life is much more different to ours than we could ever imagine.

At the moment, Kate Middleton is living a life that we can only imagine. She has three gorgeous children, millions of fans and she lives in a palace, married to an actual prince. But that’s quite far from what her life used to be before she joined the royal...

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‘NCIS’: How Michael Weatherly Really Felt About Cote de Pablo

NCIS fans followed faithfully the romance between Tony Dinozzo, played by Michael Weatherly, and Ziva David, played by Cote de Pablo, since they first appeared on the series.

The two had such undeniable chemistry that weekly watchers couldn’t wait to see what adventures they went on together next and often even wondered if there was more to their relationship off the screen. However, though they acted wonderfully together on set, the two enjoyed a very professional relationship offset and have never even dated.

Weatherly has been married to Bojana Jankovic (his second wife) since 2009 while de Pablo dated Diego Serrano, an Ecuadorian actor, from 2000 to 2015. However, Weatherly’s answer was surprising when asked what his first impression was of De Pablo.

So What Was It Like?

Entertainment Tonight interviewed the pair and asked what Weatherly thought; he responded that he was quite taken with the actress and had nothing but good feelings about her right away.

“My first impression was that you were a very put-together young lady from New York. I was amazed by the focus and the clarity of the performance, and before I knew it, I had fallen hopelessly, desperately into an enchanted spell,” said Weatherly. Impressed with his response, de Pablo exclaimed, “Wow. That was quite the answer!”

Fans had taken to referring to the pair as “Tiva,” combining Tony and Ziva together, so de Pablo asked Weatherly what couple name he would give them in real life if they were actually romantically involved. He humorously responded with the nickname, “ham and cheese.” But who is the ham, and who would be the cheese? Weatherly said that de Pablo would be the cheese while he would be the former.

According to Cote de Pablo, she and Weatherly’s chemistry was so great because of their audition. Weatherly was playful and flirty, and when he later drove her home, they realized that even off the set they got along famously. De Pablo said that it was evident that they “totally clicked” during that car ride – and from there sprung our beloved “Tiva!”

NCIS fans followed faithfully the romance between Tony Dinozzo, played by Michael Weatherly, and Ziva David, played by Cote de Pablo, since they first appeared on the series.

The two had such undeniable chemistry that weekly watchers couldn’t wait to see...

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Snapchat Challenging Netflix

Snapchat is taking on its rival services with a new feature which allows users to watch “Creator Shows’ original content. In case you don’t know about Original Shows, they are with celebrities and influencers like Arnold Schwarzenegger creating videos for Snapchat.

These videos are constructed and displayed inside the app as short, vertical original shows.   Arnold Schwarzenegger has a show called “ Rules of Success” with Arnold Schwarzenegger” which is made up of motivational words from the actor.

There is a new advancement making these shows available in a Nexflix-style.  At this time, the shows are integrated into the “Discover” section of the app, but according to Mashable, users will be able to swipe from the Discover page to access a dedicated “Shows” section on the app.

Cleaner and Shorter

Also, it seems cleaner than other parts of Snapchat making it much more comfortable for users streaming platforms such as Netflix or Amazon Prime. The layout is in a grid form which has shows you have recently watched and those you have subscribed to.

A spokesperson for Snapchat said the company is presently testing the feature but has not said when it will become fully available. Snapshot is currently pushing ahead with original content.

The new shows are targeting the majority under 34 Snapchat user base including a scripted drama called “Two Sides”. This show is about a teenage couple breaking up and then showing both sides of the argument at the same time.

New programs, documentaries, and comedies are also featured and the company who owns Snapchat said the time being spent watching these shows has literally tripled over the past year.

Snapchat is taking on its rival services with a new feature which allows users to watch “Creator Shows’ original content. In case you don’t know about Original Shows, they are with celebrities and influencers like Arnold Schwarzenegger creating...

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Too Close to the Queen

At approximately 2 AM in the morning, a 22-year-old intruder was roaming around inside Buckingham Palace.  The Sun said the man scaled a fence at the front of the building to gain access into the Queen’s home where he attempted to bang down the doors of the palace.

It took the police on site 4 minutes to apprehend this intruder.  They searched him for any weapons while panic broke out in the palace because of the massive security breach. Some fear this man was a copycat attempt that took place 37 years before.  Michael Fagan was able to enter the Queen’s bedroom at that time.

Royal insiders reported there was an intruder loose in the palace for several minutes while the Queen was sleeping.  Shortly thereafter, he was arrested.  It was determined that he got inside the palace and was banging down the doors but fortunately, everything was locked down.

People Want To Know How This Was Possible:

When the Queen is taking residence at the palace, the Royal Standard flag is flown.  It’s believed the intruder may have been trying to get access to her bedroom.

One royal insider said this intruder accessed the palace almost 37 years, to the date, after Michael Fagan got inside the Queen’s bedroom.  There is a very real fear that this man was launching a copycat operation.

The police had to ask some very serious questions about how he got in and the length of time he had to roam around.  How is it possible that after 37 years, someone could climb the fence and get inside the grounds without being stopped immediately.  The Queen’s safety is first and foremost so what happened with heat sensors and CCTV?

At this time, the man is being held under the mental health act.

Informing The Queen:

It was reported that the Queen would be fully informed about the incident and without a doubt will be of great interest to her. She does know everything that goes on in the palace.

The Sun revealed that the Queen was the only senior royal sleeping at Buckingham Palace due to refurbishment work taking place.  The Sun also said they did not believe that the Duke of Edinburgh was present.

As mentioned earlier, it was obvious the Queen was there because of the Royal Standard was flying.  Everyone is more than relieved that all the doors were locked so he couldn’t get inside where the Queen was sleeping.

A Serious Lack In Security Operations:

This incident is also a devastating blow to the security operations at the palace which has experienced a number of similar situations. The most famous was on July 9, 1982, when Fagan, an unemployed laborer, scaled the walls and entered the Queen’s bedroom.

Fagan, a 31-year-old schizophrenic, started telling the Queen about his family problems as she was pushing the panic button with no response!

She then telephoned the switchboard but the operator thought this was a joke by another member of the staff and replied: “Yes, dear, you’re the Queen, we’ll send someone up!” Then Fagan smashed a large glass ashtray and threatened to cut his wrist while he was sitting on the end of the Queen’s bed.

Paul Whybrew, the Queen’s longtime aide who is still employed by her, came to her rescue.  He came in with the corgis as the Queen called him in.  That’s when he saw Fagan and began talking to him. Mr. Whybrew offered him a drink and then when Fagan’s guard was down, he restrained him while a maid went off to get a policeman.

At approximately 2 AM in the morning, a 22-year-old intruder was roaming around inside Buckingham Palace.  The Sun said the man scaled a fence at the front of the building to gain access into the Queen’s home where he attempted to bang down the doors...

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Kim Kardashian Denies She Removed Ribs to Fit Into Met Gala Dress

At the 2019 Met Gala this last May, Kim Kardashian shocked nearly everybody with the dress she wore, and not because it was stunning.

The dress itself was beautifully done, but, unfortunately, the confusion of how she managed to get into it stole her thunder. Many theorized that she had ribs removed to fit into the body-hugging Thierry Mugler mini dress.

However, Kim was recently interviewed with WSJ and seemed enormously confused at the thought, responding “I don’t even know if that’s possible.”

Painful none the less

She may not have taken ribs out, but it sounds like the process was painful, nonetheless. The physical toll it took on her body was huge. “I have never felt pain like that in my life,” Kardashian confessed. “I’ll have to show you pictures of the aftermath when I took it off — the indentations on my back and my stomach.” She even had to take breathing lessons to manage it.

After the event, a behind-the-scenes Vogue video showed Kim telling those at the Gala that it was difficult to even sit down while wearing the outfit, and going to the bathroom was absolutely out of the question.

“Anna, if I don’t sit down for dinner, now you know why,” she laughed, referring to Vogue editor Anna Wintour. During Vogue’s interview, she made an attempt at sitting for the camera. “I can only like half-sit,” she said in the video.

“I won’t be able to pee for about four hours,” Kardashian later told the Vogue camera people. “So, we’re coming up with a plan of what we do in case of an emergency.”

In comparison to her husband, Kanye West’s black Dickies jacket and pants matched with his brand of Yeezy combat boots, Kardashian’s outfit was quite extravagant.
In recent days, Kim has had to deal with criticism of her new shapewear line and is working to change its name due to accusations of cultural appropriation.

At the 2019 Met Gala this last May, Kim Kardashian shocked nearly everybody with the dress she wore, and not because it was stunning.

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Amal Clooney To Defend Duterte-Critic Accused Of Tax Fraud

The online website Rappler covers human rights abuses carried out under President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.

Duerte is a 74-year-old strongman leader who has made hostile movements against drug abuse and addicts; as a result, his actions have received extensive criticism, and Rappler’s co-founder and editor, Maria Ressa, is one of his biggest critics.

Earlier this year, Ressa published an op-ed in the Columbia Journalism Review where she accused Duterte of campaigning against the media in general and her, in particular. Now, she is being attacked with several libel and tax evasion charges.

Ressa wrote: “Legal hassles can take up 90 percent of my time; a day after our May midterm elections, I was arraigned for cyber libel in the morning and appeared for a case of securities fraud in the afternoon.”

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Amal Clooney, who was appointed Special Envoy for Media Freedom by the British government, plans to defend Ressa. In the past, Clooney defended two Reuters journalists who were jailed for over 16 months in Myanmar before they were freed.

Doughty Street Chambers, her London-based law firm, made this statement: “Maria Ressa is a courageous journalist who is being persecuted for reporting the news and standing up to human rights abuses.

“We will pursue all available legal remedies to vindicate her rights and defend press freedom and the rule of law in the Philippines.”

However, Salvador Panelo, Duterte’s spokesperson and former legal counsel, responded condescendingly when questioned concerning Clooney’s legal team and their defense of Ressa.

According to ABS CBN News, he said, “When Maria and I debate, she’s at a disadvantage because she’s not a lawyer. She needs a lawyer. There, she has a beautiful, sexy lawyer,” referring to Clooney.

“I’m serious, I’m very serious… Ressa is just looking for an ally. They’re welcome to defend Maria.”

“Amal, she is misinformed. Maybe if we meet I can, to use the words of the President, ‘educate her.’”

In February, Ressa was arrested on cyber libel charges and commented afterward in an interview with CNN that the law was being “weaponized” against critics of Duterte, which is “draining … democracy dry.”

The online website Rappler covers human rights abuses carried out under President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.

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Judi Dench Defends The Work of Harvey Weinstein And Kevin Spacey

The 84-year-old Jude Dench came forward to defend the work of Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, and men like them as Weinstein’s sexual assault trial draws near. Though she doesn’t in any way condone sexual harassment, she believes viewers should still appreciate their life’s work – and she has quite a solid argument!

Dench spoke with Radio Times and appeared on the cover of its latest issue, saying that their work should not be tossed aside and unappreciated just because of accusations that have been brought against them. “What kind of agony is that?” she asked.

“Are we going to negate 10 years at the Old Vic [where Spacey once served as artistic director] and everything that he did? How wonderful he’s been in all those films? Are we just not going to see all those films that Harvey produced?” she continued.

You’d Have to Ban Caravaggio, Too

Dench worked with Weinstein multiple times, one of the most renown being the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love. She compared what happened to the 17th-century painter Caravaggio to the present-day situation. The man has sentenced Death on account of murder, yet his work is still venerated and hung in Roman churches and museums.

“You cannot deny somebody a talent,” Dench said. “You might as well never look at a Caravaggio painting. You might as well never have gone to see Noël Coward [the famous English playwright and actor accused of harassment].”

After The New York Times’ 2017 exposé that recorded nearly two decades of allegations of misconduct, almost 90 women came forward to accuse Weinstein of harassing, sexually assaulting, or raping them.

The charges he’s now facing are for two of those, one of which is an incident in which he allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on a woman in his New York apartment in 2006. The other is a 2013 altercation where he allegedly raped a woman in a New York hotel room. Weinstein, whose trial is expected to begin on September 9, has denied these allegations and pleaded not guilty

Will You Boycott Hoese Of Cards Because of This?

Spacey, the former House of Cards star, has been charged with the indecent assault and battery of an 18-year-old boy in July 2016, and he has also pleaded not guilty.

This is not the first of such accusations being made against him as in 1986, the actor Anthony Rapp, who was 14 at the time, claimed Spacey made sexual advances. Spacey didn’t remember such an encounter but apologized anyway.

With the #MeToo movement going strong, many men have faced accusations like these as well as much ridicule and criticism.

Yet, there are some defending men’s “freedom to pester” women. In France, for instance, one hundred women signed an open letter criticizing the #MeToo movement and the criticism men have had to deal with as a result.

Catherine Deneuve, a French movie star, gathered writers, businesswomen, academics, and performers to sign the letter, denouncing the “hatred of men and sexuality.” The letter was printed in the French newspaper Le Monde.

The 84-year-old Jude Dench came forward to defend the work of Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, and men like them as Weinstein’s sexual assault trial draws near. Though she doesn’t in any way condone sexual harassment, she believes viewers should still...