Evolution of Emily Blunt, From ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ to ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ (Photos)

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As Emily Blunt gracefully drifts from here to there with her magical umbrella in ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ let’s take a look back on her film eclectic film career.
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‘On Happiness Road’ Director Defines Her Own Happiness as ‘Doing What I Want’

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Growing up in Taiwan, Hsin Yin Sung always dreamed of pursuing a medical career in America. But after landing a journalism job and getting an education in film, the Taiwanese director now has her own stake in the 2019 Oscars race.

A candidate for Best Animated Feature, “On Happiness Road” tells the story of Lin Shu-Chi, or “Chi,” as she goes back home to Taiwan following her grandmother’s death. With a pending divorce and familial pressures, Chi recounts her childhood in the hopes of answering the ever-lingering question: What is happiness?

On Wednesday night, Sung joined TheWrap’s Brian Welk for a Q&A after a screening of her film, where she discussed her inspiration, life in America and happiness.

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Actually, I always wanted to be a storyteller, so when I was little I used to write a lot of stories and my teachers would say, ‘Oh you [have] talent, you’re a good storyteller,’” Sung said. “Also I watched a lot of movies, but I never thought of becoming a filmmaker one day.”

The urge to share her personal story, Sung said, came from an assignment during her film school days at Columbia College in Chicago. She said her teacher encouraged her students to find their personal storytelling voice by sharing their own stories. Sung said she thought her experiences were ordinary and weren’t exciting enough to share. However, when she wrote the script to “On Happiness Road” nearly 10 years ago, Sung said she thought her personal story could give Oscar-nominated animations a run for their money.

“At the time I watched a film called ‘Persepolis,’ so I feel like I have a better story than this girl,” she said. “If that animation can get Oscar-nominated, probably I got a really good potential to write a story like this.”

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Though “On Happiness Road” features bright and lively animations that Sung said were inspired by various animators, including those at Studio Ghibli, she first intended for the project to be a live-action movie. After sharing her film idea with her friend, Sung said she realized that animation would benefit the story because of its imaginative and fantastical aspects.

“On Happiness Road” discusses mature and often dark topics, including divorce, Sung said. Animation, however, allowed her to add some lightness and comedic flair to the darker moments.

“I think the best film or the best comedy is that you make people laugh with tears,” the director said. 

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The film also tackles various forms of discrimination in both Taiwan and America — something Sung says she experienced first hand. On one side of the world, Sung said she experienced nasty rumors from classmates about her aboriginal roots. In America, however, she said she also experienced discrimination upon arriving in Chicago.

“Someone did throw a beer bottle at [me],” she said. “They said, ‘Go back to China you f****** Asian b****!’”

Sung ended the discussion by sharing her journey from film reporter to director, a move that she said eventually led to her happiness. As a reporter, Sung said her editors and readers wanted her to write gossip stories, which didn’t satisfy her storytelling desires.

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When asked if she was where she wanted to be in life, Sung said both yes and no, explaining that her childhood self may not have been happy with her straying from her former aspiration of being a doctor. Despite the drastic diversion from her initial career trajectory, Sung said both she and her parents can find happiness in her storytelling, given the accolades she’s gained.

Now, I’m very happy with my life because I made a film, and even though I’m very poor because I put in a lot of money,” she said. “But I’m very happy because I’m doing what I want.”

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‘Samouni Road’ Writer Hopes Documentary Will Become Renown

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With nearly 130 hours of documentary footage and 18,000 drawings, ‘Samouni Road’ depicts the lasting impacts of the Gaza conflict.

The Italian documentary, directed by Stefano Savona, follows the loss, trauma and violence a Palestinian family experienced following the 2009 Israeli operation Cast Lead. The operation resulted in thousands of deaths and the total destruction of homes and landscapes in the Gaza strip.

“Gazans live in a difficult situation. They not only have 2-million people in a small land…but they are also under political pressure,” writer Penelope Bortoluzzi told TheWrap’s Steve Pond. After a screening of the film, Bortoluzzi also discussed the movie’s animated moments, impartial storytelling and more at Landmark Theatres in Los Angeles.

Savona, Bortoluzzi said, initially conceived the idea to follow the Samouni family after he met them when they were returning to their homes while he was filming a documentary in Gaza during the operation. Despite finishing his other doc, Bortoluzzi said the director decided to stay another month and create another film depicting the aftermath of the violent attacks.

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“(Savona) was shocked by the story of the Samouni family,” she said. “He decided that they deserve to be more than martyrs and…victims. He wanted to tell the story from the beginning and share the past, present and future of this family.”

Since 2009, Savona and the “Samouni Road” film crew captured more than 100 hours of documentary footage of families reconstructing their lives and recounting their experiences of the traumatic attack. From there, Bortoluzzi said she and Savona created a film narrative based on the families’ accounts. Though video footage depicts the present and future of the Samouni family, black-and-white sketch animations recount the moments leading to the first attacks by Israeli forces.

Bortoluzzi explained that animations, as opposed to reenactments, provided a sense of reality that best suited the tone of the film. She said that the animation also added a dream-like aspect to the past, as they allowed Savano to bring the family’s first-hand experiences with operation Cast Lead to the screen.

Additionally, Bortoluzzi said she and other memebers of the “Samouni Road” crew were cautious about the film being read as politically charged or impartial.

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“When we were writing the script…we always explained that we were telling the story of this family,” she said. “We wanted to tell how diverse the society (in Gaza) is.”

Bortolozzi also told TheWrap that though the Samouni family has seen excerpts of the film and parts of the animated sequences, they still have yet to see the full movie. She said that the families living in the small Gazan town have access to a daily total of three hours of electricity, making it difficult to screen the entire film. Though the movie has yet to premiere in its subject location, “Samouni Road” has been shown in Jerusalem and at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

“Cannes means that more people can see the film,” she said. “We want this story to be renown…in a way Cannes is a good way to start.”

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All 12 ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ Kids 15 Years Later (Photos)

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In the 2003 film “Cheaper by the Dozen” — a remake of the classic 1950s film of the same name — the Baker family moved their 12 children into their new home and into our hearts. However, with 15 years gone by, you can’t help but wonder where all members of the Baker dozen have gone. Whether they’re still in the industry or not, here’s what all Baker kids have been up to.

Even before starring as Nora, the eldest of the Baker family,  Piper already secured acting credits so it comes to no surprise that she continues reeling in credits today. In addition to adding to her already-lengthy list of roles, Perabo uses her celebrity status to advocate for gun control and feminism, among many other causes.

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Once part of the hectic Baker family, Hilary Duff has started a family of her own. Since her teenage days, she has continued gaining acting credits for a multitude of series ranging from “Community,” “Raising Hope,” and most recently “Younger.”

Coming into his new school, 17 year-old Charlie Baker had it rough. However that isn’t exactly the case with actor Tom Welling. After the family franchise, welling went on to play a handful of roles including Clark Kent in “Smallville.”

Since playing Henry in the 2003 flick, Kevin G. Schmidt has dropped the baby fat, acquired some acting credits and launched a natural and organic honey-based body care line. Though he may seem separated from the rest of the Baker, life – devoid of any chances of slipping in upchuck – seems to be going pretty sweet for him.

Alyson Stoner has gone quite a way since playing the pig-tailed Sarah. Exploring Afro dance, Bollywood and hip-hop, it seems like the triple threat now fills her time going back to her dancer roots. When Stoner’s not jamming and bopping, she also voices multiple characters on DC’s “Young Justice.”

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From one big family to another, Liliana Mumy has found her place as one of ten daughters in the Nickelodeon cartoon series “The Loud House.” Mumy now lends her voice to the fashionable, and charmingly dim-witted Leni Loud.

‘Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story’ Director Says He’s Gotten Death Threats Over Documentary

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Australian director Mick McIntyre says he has received death threats over his documentary “Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story” — but that the threats are all part of creating change.
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‘Sew Winter to My Skin’ Director Demystifies Last Days of South African Outlaw

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By depicting issues of racism and bigotry in pre-apartheid South Africa, “Sew Winter to My Skin” writer and director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka said he wants to portray everything that “make(s) us the same in humanity, rather than the things that set us apart.”

Following a screening of the 2018 film, South Africa’s Oscar foreign race entry, Qubeka participated in a Q&A moderated by TheWrap CEO and founder Sharon Waxman. Based on true events, “Sew Winter to My Skin” is a Western-style film that follows the violent and emotional last days leading up to South African outlaw John Kepe’s execution in June 1952. Kepe (Ezra Mabengeza), the self-proclaimed “Samson of Boschberg,” was hung for a string of crimes including theft and the murder of a farmworker.

“If you ask me what the film’s about, it’s a love letter to our history. The pain that we live through in terms of apartheid made us who we are,” Qubeka told TheWrap at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles.

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He explained that his film, which features little to no dialogue, drew inspiration from filmmakers like Dziga Vertov and Jean-Jacques Annaud. He said he was inspired by the way such filmmakers relied on imagery to get their stories across the screen and decided to apply the filmmaking technique to compliment the psychology of his protagonist.

“A life of a thief is essentially a silent one. It’s you moving in the shadows,” he said.  “It was trying to get into the psychology of the man. He’s got this ‘rat-like’ persona… I found that space to be a silent space.”

In the multiple manhunt scenes before his apprehension, Kepe moves silently through cliffs and unforgivable terrain — all while carrying a live sheep on his back. Throughout the film he sneaks into houses and finds unique, if not stomach-churning, hiding places all for the sake of survival.

Producer Layla Swart and actress Kandyse McClure, also at the Q&A, recounted their experiences shooting the film in a rural town in South Africa, where the story’s events really took place. McClure recalled hearing racist remarks from the local townspeople. She said the racist, pre-apartheid sentiments portrayed in “Sew Winter to My Skin” still remain in the South African town.

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“Nothing much as changed. People still live very much the way they did all those years ago,” McClure told audience members. “They didn’t want us to stay because…they didn’t want black people to use the same toilets.”

Swart said the small town’s behavior is a result of the socio-political climate. However, she said that including  the very real discrimination that’s intertwined with South Africa’s history was necessary for the film.

“I think what we really wanted to explore, was the psychology also on the white colonist settlers — who were thrown in a space that was antagonistic from the get go, that didn’t want them there,” Swart said. “We’re looking at both sides of people displaced in one space and time who have to deal with each other with so much fear of the other hating you.”

Qubeka recalled going to school in a similar place in South Africa and his experiences with racism. Though it may be easy to point out bigotry, Qubeka said it’s necessary to understand and feel sorry for their bigots’ small points of view.

“I feel like if you are in a space where you really look at some one who’s different to you whether it’s their sexuality, their religion or their color, and you think they are possibly a lesser human being just because of that, I think you are retarded,” he said, later apologizing for his use of the derogatory term. “It says to me that you’re worldview is small, because there’s no way you can have a full concept of humanity and be aware of humanity in all of its forms and still have that kind of hate and bigotry. We should feel sorry for the bigot.”

Lady Gaga, Alyssa Milano, Kim Kardashian, More Evacuate Amid California Fire Danger

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Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Rainn Wilson and Guillermo del Toro are just a few of the famous names forced to evacuate their homes as the Hill and Woolsey fires broke out late Thursday evening, affecting the Thousand Oaks, Malibu, Calabasas, Agoura and Hidden Hills areas of Southern California.

“Doctor Who” director Scott Derrickson lost his home in the blaze, while many others left because of approaching flames, fueled into Friday by wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour.

We lost our home, but we are all safe and that’s the important thing. Gonna be offline for awhile.

— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) November 9, 2018

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I just had to evacuate my home from the fires. I took my kids, dogs, computer and my Doc Marten boots.

(Husband is in NY. Horses are being evacuated by my trainer.)

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 9, 2018

My House has been evacuated due to nearby fires in Thousand Oaks. (The pigs & dogs are fine, thank you) Please send your prayers to the people of Thousand Oaks and the victims of the shooting that are now having to evacuate their homes and neighborhoods. Then send them some cash.

— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) November 9, 2018

Well, well, as if life needed to get more interesting…we have a mandatory evacuation of our home due to the #Woolseyfire . We have gone to a hotel in Santa Monica where we will stay until we can return. Send love and strength to our amazing California firefighters. #safe

— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) November 9, 2018

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Pulling out of my driveway with my two big dogs in the back . Malibu fire evacuation . Please pray for our community and the safety of our first responders ???? #malibufire #evacuation #prayhttps://t.co/s0BuqO4Un1

— Roma Downey (@RealRomaDowney) November 9, 2018

Evacuated last night. Bleak House and the collection may be endangered but the gift of life remains. Thousand Oaks and Agoura are still in danger. Malibu is being evacuated.

— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) November 9, 2018

I am with Rob, Dream and True and I am up keeping watch! Saying prayers and thanking all of the brave firefighters who risk their lives for us https://t.co/eVlJgWSqVd

— Khloé (@khloekardashian) November 9, 2018

James Woods and Kevin Smith shared information about finding missing persons and evacuating horses from the fire areas.

#MISSINGPERSON information regarding the #CampFire can be shared using this hashtag: #CampFireJamesWoods People can tweet info regarding missing loved ones, then my followers and I retweet it. The hashtag can then be searched. @BreakingNLive pic.twitter.com/aasjJDD6Ia

— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 9, 2018

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA! Anybody near #Malibu with a horse trailer, SYCAMORE FARM needs to evacuate 40 horses from 3661 Cross Creek Road before the fires get there! #WoolseyFire https://t.co/XJe0x85TBo

— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) November 9, 2018

According to KABC, the fires spanned 8,000 acres, forcing approximately 75,000 homes under evacuation orders along the Ventura County-Los Angeles County border. The blaze, dubbed the Woolsey Fire, started in Simi Valley near the Rocketdyne facility in the Santa Susana Pass.

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17 Stars Who Flexed Their Right to Vote in the Midterm Elections, From Taylor Swift to Justin Timberlake

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Show-business notables including Jeff Goldblum and Mindy Kaling took time out from their entertainment duties on Tuesday to cast their votes in the midterm elections, and to encourage others to do the same.

From tweets boasting poll selfies to the classic “I Voted” sticker pose, these stars have shared their voting status and their reasons to vote.

Posing in a suave black leather jacket and hat, actor Jeff Goldblum proudly wore his “I Voted” sticker on Instagram. In his post caption, Goldblum included an inspirational quote from the fictional President Thomas J. Whitmore from the 1996 film “Independence Day.”

Though “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon lost to fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo for the New York gubernatorial race in the November primaries, she still voted “because the patriarchy isn’t going to dismantle itself.”

#IVoted because the patriarchy isn’t going to dismantle itself pic.twitter.com/A7e6sdurwC

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) November 6, 2018

In a short Twitter video, Zendaya showed off her sticker, asking followers if they’ve also fulfilled their civic duty.

I voted, you? pic.twitter.com/ZBPIBytYyx

— Zendaya (@Zendaya) November 5, 2018

Comedian John Mulaney, known for stand-up specials like “The Comeback Kid,” stood alongside his wife Annamarie Tendler in an Instagram post showing off their “I Voted” stickers.

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We voted! And we agreed on this photo!

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Reese Witherspoon proudly sported her “I Voted” sticker.

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I Voted! ???????? How about you?!

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“Jack Ryan” star John Krasinski and Emily Blunt shared a quick picture of their absentee ballots on Instagram with the simple caption, “#Vote.”

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Seth Meyers Instagrammed this post-voting pic with his wife and son. Though his son though they were going to a “boat” instead of vote, the family was all smiles.

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Kerry Washington shared on Instagram a message saying voting felt “soooooo good.”

Amy Poehler sported her “I Voted” sticker in an in-your-face fashion for this round of elections.

“I just voted. Get out there New York, vote today!” – #AmyPoehler#ElectionDay #GoVote #IVoted #VoteToday #MidtermElections2018 pic.twitter.com/sJbyoR6MWg

— AmyPoehlerSmartGirls (@smrtgrls) November 6, 2018

Justin Timberlake threw up deuces with his absentee mail ballot.

Taylor Swift, once politically elusive, also shared a message on her Instagram story: “I promise it feels so wonderful to exercise that right that you have.”

Voting is still voting even if it’s two days before election day. Camila Cabello boasted not one, but TWO “I Voted” stickers after voting early.

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W. Kamau Bell posed with his official vote-by-mail ballot.

Hold onto your butts! #IVoted #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/JOSVJ1dv5q

— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) November 6, 2018

Even an ocean away from her New York home, Madonna managed to vote in the midterms.

Just Do It! ???????????? ! I Just Did From Across the Ocean!! ???? People Do your part!! We Got This!! ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? #vote pic.twitter.com/fMcwL342Iw

— Madonna (@Madonna) November 6, 2018

Mindy Kaling thanked the 14th and 19th Amendments for giving her the chance to vote.

Musician Conor Oberst posed in front of the polls in a Tuesday Tweet. “Hope lives,” added Oberst to his Tweet.

Please go vote! Preferably against all Trump allies complicit in his Racist, Misogynist, Xenophobic, Homophobic, Transphobic and all around fear based agenda. Hope lives! ???????? ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/vzCm6laAKO

— Conor Oberst (@conoroberst) November 6, 2018

And for those of you who are still questioning whether your vote truly matters, Jennifer Garner had a message for you.

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Every #vote counts. ????????

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Hollywood Women Share How to Boost Representation: ‘Diversity Is Not Charity’

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“Vida” writer, Tanya Saracho, was once cruelly informed by a network receptionist that she was selected for a show as “the diversity hire” — so recalled mitú president and co-founder Beatriz Acevedo at the Power Women Summit in downtown Los Angeles on Friday.

Saracho immediately approached her agent and moved onto another project within days, Acevedo said.

“I didn’t know that term existed until I talked to Tanya,” Acevedo said of “diversity hire,” a label that evokes imagery of the forced eating of vegetables, rather than something that has the potential to flourish. “The fact that there’s this quota, I know it comes from a good place in people’s hearts… but it’s not charity.”

Acevedo emphasized that diversity is “good business,” which has been reinforced at the box office and in TV Ratings time and again. The “Fast & Furious” franchise is just one example of a thriving franchise based on diverse characters. “Pose” on FX and “Empire” on Fox is another.

But Acevedo and panelists Lionsgate executive vice president Jen Hollingsworth and writer for TV series “Vida” Jenniffer Gómez were also concerned with diversity behind the camera.

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Acevedo said women creatives and creatives of color tend to be invisible to Hollywood. “We alway hear about how there’s a problem in Hollywood to find us,” she said. “It’s a big problem, it’s a deep problem, but there’s some hope.”

Women and people of color gaining a seat at the decision-making table in Hollywood was one of the solutions the panelists defined. Gómez said that “Vida” is a show that has an all Latinx writing team and cast. The show also features writers and actors within the LGBTQ community.

Hollingsworth said more women-driven and representative narratives gained more popularity and made the most money within the past year. She said the Queen Latifah-led “Girls Trip” reached beyond the targeted female audience. The 2017 film, Hollingsworth said, was a well-told story that both men and women were able to laugh at.

“At Lionsgate specifically, that [female] audience is a focus for us… it’s a focus on telling female stories,” Hollingsworth said.

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Another major topic at the panel was the need for mentorship to continue promoting diverse voices in Hollywood storytelling for generations to come. Hollingsworth said it was difficult for her to find a mentor that she could holistically look up to because men dominated the entertainment industry in the past.

“I think my strengths are in being a woman,” Hollingsworth said.

Additionally, Gómez said that she believes mentors have play a big part in making sure that people of color and women continue to have a seat at the table. Even if an up-and-coming woman creative of color doesn’t have the same level of professional experience as a white man — because she hasn’t been given the opportunity as easily — it’s about mentors allowing their mentees to prove themselves.

“You just need to take the risk,” Gómez said.

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‘Twilight’ Turns 10: 12 Biting Memes, From Shirtless Jacob Jokes to Robot Renesmee Ridicule (Photos)

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Whether you were a “Twi-hard” fan or hardcore hater of Stephenie Meyer’s supernatural love-triangle saga, you can’t argue that “Twilight” brought a whole lot of people together online. From memes about questionable plot holes to jokes about Kristen Stewart’s toneless acting (their words not ours!), here are the best “Twilight” memes to celebrate — and mock — the film series all over again as it turns 10: 

1. Stalker or Lover?

Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) have a… special kind of relationship. While scenes of Edward saving Bella from stalkers and enemy vampires could have left us swooning, fans were quick to notice that Edward’s unflinching obsession with his girl was nothing short of disturbing. 

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2. Cold as Ice… Cream

When Bella finally starts to suspect Edward could be a vampire in the beginning of the Saga’s first installment, she confronts him. Among her other findings fans found painfully vague, she tells Edward: “Your skin is pale white and ice cold,” which can also characterize anything from Frosty the Snowman to the iceberg that sank the Titanic. Meme makers from multiple fandoms, like “Pokemon,” didn’t hesitate to put their own twists on the iconic “Twilight” lines.

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3. Freeze Frame

With her performances in “Personal Shopper” and “Lizzie,” Kristen Stewart has continued to prove her skeptics wrong about her acting chops. However, whether Bella was on the brink of death or overjoyed with Edward’s love, some things remained the same: her stone cold facial expressions. 

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4. Eternal High School of the Spotless Mind

By graduating from high school more than a hundred times and putting Bella’s life before his, Edward had his own special set of  priorities. Fans and skeptics alike mocked the odd Cullen family tradition of going to high school over and over again and pointed out Edward’s selfish use of immortal powers — that could be applied more meaningfully in the medical field, rather than in high school biology.

5. Girl Un-Power

Following strong female characters like Hermione Granger from the “Harry Potter” series and Eowyn from “Lord of the Rings,” it was pretty easy to say that Bella Swan wasn’t a shining beacon of girl power. However, we have to hand it to her for trying to battle enemy vampire James in 2008’s”Twilight,” even though that was one of the only times we saw Bella take matters into her own hands.

6. Six Pack Attack

While a shirtless Jacob was enough to send many Team Jacob fans over the top, his seemingly constant undressing also became the butt of online jokes. Though Meyer wrote that werewolves had higher body temperatures during transformation, the gimmick wreaked of being a studio-ordained ploy for Lautner to expose his chiseled abs. 

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7. A Green-Screen Scream

Wolves typically howl but Taylor Lautner’s CGI werewolf gave more of a hoot. Whether it’s Lautner’s tight motion capture suit or Kristen Stewart rubbing his head, this behind-the-scenes look elicited more mocking laughs than most of the jokes throughout the five films.

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8. Jump for Your Love

Bella Swan just brings Mariah Carey’s “Without You” to extreme levels throughout the film saga. Not only did Bella require Edward’s protection to keep her out of harm’s way, but in 2009’s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” she literally needed to jump off a cliff just to hear her boyfriend’s voice. But you do you, Bella. 

9. Space Invader

Jacob’s devotion to Bella Swan may have been romantic to some and overbearing to others. But despite Bella’s obvious preference for Edward, Jacob just couldn’t take “no” for an answer, and that might be even scarier than his werewolf abilities.

10. For the Love of Baby!

Imprinting might take the cake for the most bizarre subplots of the entire “Twilight” Saga. In 2010’s “Eclipse,” Jacob explains the process of imprinting, saying that that members from his werewolf clan identify their soulmate and dedicate all they do to that being. Flash to Jacob, a full grown man, who swears total dedication to Bella and Edward’s newborn daughter, Renesmee. Don’t worry Bella, we feel the same way, too. 

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11. Robot Infant

As if Jacob imprinting on Renesmee wasn’t weird enough, the “Twilight” crew put together a creepy animatronic baby, aptly nicknamed Chuckesmee by fans and detractors alike. It creeped out “Breaking Dawn” cast and crew, too. In the film, Renesmee went through a total transformation from that robotic thing of nightmares to a full-blown computerized infant. Maybe Renesmee and Jacob are truly a match made in CGI heaven. 


12. Blah Ending

For a film series that was at the cultural zeitgeist for nearly four years, you’d expect a dramatic and climactic close to the “Twilight” saga. Both “Breaking Dawn” films build up to an epic battle of vampires and werewolves versus the almighty Italian Vampire coven, known as the Volturi… that never happens. Both sides essentially pack their bags and leave, leaving the audience with an ending as benign and cheesy as the series itself. 

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Caitlyn Jenner Reverses Trump Endorsement: ‘I Was Wrong’

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In a Washington Post column published on Thursday, Caitlyn Jenner said she regrets supporting President Donald Trump.

Jenner, 68, has been an open Trump supporter and said she had intentions of working with the President to improve conditions for the LGBTQ community. Jenner, who transitioned in 2015, said she was hoping to use her privilege to evoke change.

“Following Trump’s election as president, I saw fertile ground for change within the Republican Party on LGBTQ issues,” she wrote in the Thursday column. “I believed I could work within the party and the Trump administration to shift the minds of those who most needed shifting.”

She said she felt optimistic about Trump’s attitudes towards the community when he claimed his support for “this valuable, vulnerable community” during the Republican National Convention in July 2016.

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“Sadly, I was wrong,” wrote Jenner in The Washington Post piece. “Believing that I could work with Trump and his administration to support our community was a mistake.”

Jenner’s support for Trump in previous years was met with skepticism and critique from other members of the LGBTQ community. But, as Jenner wrote in Thursday’s column, she realized that President Trump has relentlessly attacked the community, “ignored our humanity,” “made trans people into political pawns.”

“I do not support Trump. I must learn from my mistakes and move forward,” Jenner wrote. “The world needs to hear us. The world needs to know us. We will not be erased.”

Read Jenner’s entire column here.

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That House in ‘Beautiful Boy’ Is the Same Place Zoë Kravitz Lived in ‘Big Little Lies’

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If you went to see “Beautiful Boy and thought the spacious house Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell live in looks familiar, there’s a great reason for that: you’ve seen it before on ‘Big Little Lies.”

In an interview with Vulture, “Beautiful Boy” production designer Ethan Tobman confirmed that the house featured in the film is the same as the open Monterey home Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) and Nathan (James Tupper) occupy in HBO’s hit miniseries.

“Beautiful Boy” tracks the relationship between David Sheff (Carell) and his son, Nic (Chalamet), as Nic struggles with addiction.  And the house was chosen with that dynamic in mind. “The goal was to accurately portray their family dynamic, and their architectural choices, but also the feeling we had when we were there,” Tobman told Vulture. “This was a home we would have loved to have grown up in, progressive, artistic, encouraging self-expression, intellect, freedom of personality, and yet Nic Sheff found it impossible to deal with reality on a day-to-day basis.”

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According to Tobman, the house was selected because it was conceptually similar to the house owned by the real-life Sheff family depicted in “Beautiful Boy,” despite looking nothing like it. But to make the space feel more authentic, the crew made changes that would evoke the Sheff’s actual home.

“We went about converting the home on location to look a little bit more like the Sheff’s home,” said Tobman. “To break up the wood, which would have been too monotonous onscreen, we introduced color, and introduced the art projects. We replaced all the counters with a mosaic found objects, tile, and broken glass, that Karen [Barbour, wife of David Sheff] would have done herself.

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Jonah Hill Gets Real About His Fluctuating Weight: People Said ‘I Was Fat and Gross’ (Video)

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During a chat on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Jonah Hill openly discussed his fluctuating weight and how it has inspired him to seek messages of community and acceptance in his directorial debut, “Mid90s. “

In the interview with DeGeneres, Hill shared a magazine he created to compliment his coming-of-age film. In the magazine he reflects on his past self as being “this 14 year old kid, being overweight wanting to fit in with these skaters and hip hop kids… not understanding (his) own worth.”

Hill read from his magazine: “I became famous in my late teens and then spent most of my young adult life listening to people say that I was fat and gross and unattractive.”

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Hill said it was only in writing and directing “Mid90s” that made him begin to realize “how much that hurt and got into my head.” He went on: “I really believe everyone has a snapshot of themselves from a time when they were young that they’re ashamed of. For me, it’s that 14-year-old overweight and unattractive kid who felt ugly to the world.”

Hill’s weight has dramatically varied at different times in his career, and it has been covered by tabloid paparazzi.

“I came in goofy comedies…(as) this kind of curly haired, overweight kid,” the actor-turned-director told DeGeneres. “Everyone had their own opinion on what I should be, how they could speak to me, how they could treat me. “

In addition to the film having central message about acceptance and growth, Hill said his work aims to accurately depict the Los Angeles skating scene in the 1990s — warts and all.

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Hill included the use of homophobic slurs and adolescent sexual encounters to tell the truth of an environment he knew personally. He told Slate’s Jeffrey Bloomer that he had his actors use homophobic slurs to portray ugly and harmful behavior that people growing up during that time period may have to unlearn. “We’re talking about language that is ugly, behavior that is ugly,” said Hill. “I felt it was more important to tell the truth and have that be the lesson, and show it in its ugliness, than to go back and change history.”

Hill also told DeGeneres that the film’s underage sex scene was meant to reveal the use of it as a means of gaining popularity or reputation. The movie, Hill said, reflects on the past and how we face it in the present.

“To me this movie is about learning to love yourself and finding a community of people that accepts you and how imperfect life is,” Hill said.  “I’m under construction like we all are.”

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MegaMillions Jackpot Hits $1 Billion – Let the Dr Evil Memes Begin

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The MegaMillions jackpot has just reached its all-time high with $1 billion in store for the lucky ticket holder.

On Thursday, the jackpot stood at $970 million and on Friday morning, MegaMillions took to Twitter to break the news about its jackpot hitting $1 billion. Twitter users and hopeful billionaires took to the social media platform to ruminate about the news.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a $1 billion lottery without Dr. Evil memes:

Tonight’s #MegaMillions jackpot is now at $1 Billion! pic.twitter.com/ZCcZ4N5vKh

— KPIX 5 (@KPIXtv) October 19, 2018

In “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” Mike Myers, as Dr. Evil, demanded $1 million, soon changing the ransom to $100 billion, in exchange for hostages.

In addition to the “Austin Powers”-inspired tweets, users also found other ways to joke about the MegaMillions jackpot, which you can see below:

Oh, Lord, let me prove to you that winning the #MegaMillions will not change me! pic.twitter.com/EhfwG4WNTF

— Rolando Castillo (@RACastillo59) October 16, 2018

People trying to get a Lotto Ticket.

#MegaMillions pic.twitter.com/3XQL4pZNOG

— Cameron Grant (@coolghost101) October 19, 2018

Me walking into the family Thanksgiving Dinner this year after winning the #MegaMillions but not telling a soul pic.twitter.com/cyueEDWUHP

— ThreadSeeker ????????‍ (@n3ch3ll330) October 19, 2018

To whoever wins the #MegaMillions tonight: I’m totally down for having a #SugarDaddy or #SugarMomma. I don’t descriminate.

JUST SAYIN. pic.twitter.com/SHNiPSpozJ

— Raquel Rosenbalm (@srrosenbalm) October 19, 2018

Your odds of winning the $1B #MegaMillions jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350 pic.twitter.com/1FA8LUloYo

— David Nelson (@DavidNelsonNews) October 19, 2018

*wins #MegaMillions goes through the McDonald’s drive through and orders from the Value Menu pic.twitter.com/Co2XlaJp6r

— GALAXY (@MilkyGalaxy) October 19, 2018

“If you win the Mega Millions, are you coming back to work?”
Me: pic.twitter.com/beg28shwfA

— Double L must Rock The Bells (@LoveThePuck) October 19, 2018

#megamillions #billiondollars

Wife: What would you do if you win the #lottery tonight?
Me: I have already packed your bags
Wife: Where are we going …?
Me: We …. Only you
Wife: pic.twitter.com/Lx9Ui6Ibjn

— The Invisible Man (@invisibleman_17) October 19, 2018

The drawing for the MegaMillions jackpot takes place today at 11 p.m. EST.

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Twitter Takes Down Pro-Saudi Bot Network Amid Missing Journalist Uproar

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Twitter suspended a large spam bot network on Thursday that spread pro-Saudi sentiments, a representative for the social media giant told TheWrap on Thursday.

Called an “influence operation” by NBC News, the news outlet reported it aimed at changing the narrative around missing Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. The suspension affected hundreds of Twitter accounts.

The social media platform had already been aware of the bot network, the Twitter rep said, and had taken action to remove pro-Saudi government accounts, given their violation of Twitter’s rules about spam-tweeting, NBC reported.

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Multiple accounts, tweeting either in English or Arabic, posted the same text and images repeatedly, said Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Lab senior fellow Ben Nimmo to NBC News. Many of the posts utilized the hashtag that roughly translated to “#We_all_trust_mohammad_Bin_Salaman,” referring to the Saudi Arabia Crown Prince who has been under media scrutiny following the journalist’s disappearance.

According to NBC News, the numerous bot accounts aimed to implore users to express their skepticism and doubt about the connection between Khashoggi’s presumed death and the Saudi consulate.

“From the very beginning, false statements have tried to link the disappearance or killing of #Jamal_Khashoggi to the kingdom,” one suspended account read, according to NBC News. “This is a campaign they are waging against the kingdom.”

The bot network origins are not currently known.

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This Canadian Couple Went All ‘Alien’ for Their Maternity Photo Shoot

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Expectant father Todd Cameron took to Facebook this month to share seemingly conventional maternity photos with his partner Nicole. The Canadian couple, surrounded by pumpkins, took your typical maternity poses — from a sweet, standing embrace to a sitting belly hug.

However, as photos in the post progress, the shoot takes an extraterrestrial twist. Nicole laid on her back with a bloodied “Alien” franchise-style Chestburster emerging from her chest. Splattered in fake blood, Todd chased after the wriggling Xenomorph.

Well, you won’t believe what happened yesterday DURING OUR MATERNITY SHOOT!!! Our chests are bursting with love for our…

Posted by Todd Cameron on Tuesday, October 9, 2018

After successfully wrangling the creature, the couple cradled the Chestburster, which they named Burston, in their arms.

According to i09, the expectant father found a model of the “Alien” creature at a garage sale and was inspired to pay homage to the Sigourney Weaver-led franchise and incorporate the figure into the maternity announcement. He said Nicole was also interested in doing a non-traditional shoot.

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The endearing-yet-scary photos, taken by Li Carter (Instagram), garnered a mixed bag of reactions. Many Facebook users cheered on the couple for their comedic photos while others reacted angrily at the collection (scroll through them above).

“Such beautiful photos capturing the precious event,” teased Facebook user James Loewen.

Cameron’s Facebook post ended with action figures of the films’ villains assuming grandparent roles, complete with knitting needles in claw and a box of “Face Huggies” diapers ready to use.

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Leonard Cohen Disses Kanye West in Posthumous Poem: Rapper ‘Is Not Picasso’

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Leonard Cohen’s posthumous poetry book, “The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawing,” includes a poem that sharply disses Kanye West. Though the singer-songwriter died nearly two years ago on Nov. 7, 2016,  his nearly 300-page collection of writing and sketches hit stores earlier this month.

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The 21-line diss poem, titled “Kanye West Is Not Picasso,” was written on March 15, 2015, according to the published work. It preceded West’s 2016 album, “The Life Of Pablo,” which featured songs like “Famous” and “Wolves.” It also notably preceded the rapper’s turn as a political activist in support of President Donald Trump.

Cohen name drops Pablo Picasso, Bob Dylan and Thomas Edison, stating that West is nothing like the mentioned geniuses.

“Kanye West is not Edison/I am Edison/I am Tesla,” Cohen wrote (via CBS News).

On Wednesday night, singer Amanda Shires shared an image of the full poem on Twitter.

According to Stereogum, Cohen’s posthumous album is still in progress. The singer-songwriter, known for songs including “Hallelujah”and “Suzanne,” died at 82 years old after a battle with leukemia.

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