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'Game Of Thrones' Final Episodes Are 'Like 6 Movies,' Says HBO Boss

Here's what everyone outside HBO and the cast and crew of Game of Thrones knows: Not much. There are small leaks and hints galore, but that's about it. Following the Golden Globes, however, HBO boss David Plepler did confirm that yes, Season 8 is basically a series of six full-length movies. 

 

 

Variety reports:

 

 

"Without any CGI" is pretty impressive, as Thrones is a heavily CGI-dependent drama.

 

 

So fans really do have a series of blockbuster movies ahead of them. One tiny teaser at about 40 seconds in the video above does reveal that Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) meets Sophie Turner's Sansa Stark at Winterfell—and Sansa is none too happy about it. In an interview, Turner also said GoT's last season will "be bloodier and more death and more emotionally torturous than all the years before." There you go, then. Game of Thrones Season 8 will be six movies full of blood, death, and emotional torture. The usual for this fantasy drama, but on steroids. Looks like HBO won't have any problems breaking viewership records when GoT begins airing this April.

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Kevin Hart Will Not Host The Oscars

Kevin Hart says it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that he’ll be the host of the Academy Awards, but it doesn’t look like it’s happening this year. Hart is in NYC promoting his new movie, “The Upside,” and was asked if it’s a good bet he still may host the 90th annual Academy Awards.

 

 

“You gotta let your money roll,” Hart advised to the gamblers out there, but then followed up that “The chances are slim.” He does not want to comment on whether the Academy has reached out and asked him to be the host. The comedian says he loves the academy and everyone involved, but “this year was a tricky year.” He does admit that “maybe in the future” it will work out.

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Rebel Wilson Rescued Off Top of a Mountain During Ski Vacation

Rebel Wilson’s winter getaway didn’t exactly go as planned. The “Pitch Perfect” star decided to try her hand at skiing during her trip to Aspen, Colorado, but it was easier said then done. She ended up having to be rescued from the top of a mountain after realizing she had gone up too high, and couldn’t get back down. 

 

 

 

At first, she cheekily posted to her Instagram story that “This is a bit too experienced for me, so I’m just gonna slide down.” But then things escalated.  Next, she shared a video of herself strapped to a yellow stretcher while her rescuer prepared to take her down the mountain. Her hashtag? #HorizontalSkiing, of course, a reference to her “Pitch Perfect” character, Fat Amy’s, “horizontal running.”

 

 

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Baby Number 4 for Kimye!?!

It looks like congratulations are in order for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.  “Us Weekly” reports that the couple are expecting their fourth baby via surrogate. A source says that Kimye’s new baby is due “in very early May.” Another ‘insider’ reveals that Kim “always wanted four kids.”

 

 

Neither Kim nor Kanye have confirmed the news. As anyone with an internet connection and a basic knowledge of pop culture knows, the couple already have three kids together—five-year-old North, three-year-old Saint, and baby Chicago, who was born via surrogate.

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Kris Jenner wore $8K outfit to Thanksgiving

Kris Jenner may have worn leggings to the Thanksgiving dinner table, but they cost way more than your average workout pants. The momager, 63, wore a pair of printed Versace leggings that retail for a cool $775. She paired the skintight pants with a comfortable $929 bodysuit and an oversized $3,675 coat by the same label, both of which featured Versace’s signature baroque print.

 

 

Jenner finished off her over-the-top holiday look with a vintage Chanel chain belt worth nearly $3,000, according to luxury marketplace 1stdibs.

 

“Wow, you’re pretty decked for Thanksgiving dinner,” Kim Kardashian remarked in an Instagram video she shared spotlighting her mother’s outfit. Indeed!

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There Is Now a "Golden Girls" Breakfast Cereal

If you are a Golden Girls superfan now is a good time to be alive. In the past few years there have been a multitude of products featuring Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia from the classic sitcom.

There is Golden Girls Clue, Monopoly, hot sauces, action figures, and now, cereal. Funko has released a limited edition new Golden Girls-themed cereal available exclusively at Target. The breakfast item not only features an illustration of the Golden Girls cast Funko-fied, but each box comes with a mini figure of Rose.

 

 

So far there has not been an explanation of why the cereal is blue, but hopefully it tastes like cheesecake.

 

 

In the past Funko has released other cereals inspired by pop culture icons including Elvira, Freddy Krueger, and Beetlejuice.

 

If you want a box of your own you better have someone sign you out of Shady Pines and get to your nearest Target before Funko fanatics buy them all up. If you manage to snag a box, be like Betty White and instead of milk, eat your cereal with some Jack Daniels.

 

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Men in Thai Village Paint Their Fingernails to Avoid Being Attacked by Ghost Widow

Young men in Pu Hong, a small village in Thailand’s Kalasin province, have started painting their fingernails as a way to fend off an evil ghost who they hold responsible for the recent deaths of several locals.

 

The bizarre trend became popular after the deaths of five residents of Pu Hong over the last three weeks. The first two men, who reportedly came from the same family, simply collapsed and died on the spot, another victim, a teenage girl died in a motorcycle accident, while the details of the other two fatalities have not been disclosed to the media so far. Instead of taking the high number of fatalities in their village as a tragic coincidence, locals believe that supernatural forces are responsible, and have started taking precautions to avoid becoming victims themselves.

 

 

Bussadee Malasee, the 60-year-old psychic of Pu Hong Village, recently told Thai newspaper Sanook that she is convinced the deaths were caused by two ghosts – one of a vindictive widow targeting men, and a so-called ‘pop’, a ghost specific to Thai folklore which supposedly posses people and eats them from the inside. The psychic explained that the widow ghost wants to take men’s lives, while pops usually posses the elderly.

Unfortunately, there’s apparently no way to prevent a pop from possessing you, but men afraid of becoming the ghost widow’s next victim can try to trick it. That’s why many of the young men in the village have started painting their fingernails and posting signs that read “no men live here” outside their homes, to fool the ghost into looking for targets elsewhere.

 

 

According to one village elder, some people have turned to the local temple for protection from the ghosts, and many avoid leaving their homes after dark.

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? Movie to Tell Original Story

It was only a matter of time before someone brought Are You Afraid of the Dark? to the silver screen. That task has been given by Paramount to screenwriter Gary Dauberman (The Nun, It: Chapter Two), who’s hoping to “honor the darker, scarier tone of the show.”

 

So, what does that mean? Well, one look at our exhaustive ranking provides plenty of clarity into what’s “darker” and “scarier” about the series, but Dauberman has his own ideas, which is why he’s giving this new Midnight Society a completely original story.

 

In other words, don’t expect to see a return by the Lunar Locusts. 

 

 

“It is a completely original story I came up with, but it still has the Midnight Society and it still has the campfire,” Dauberman tells /Film, easing anyone’s fears that the movie wouldn’t have its most iconic qualities. “It’s still a story being told.” Well, thank god for that.

 

“That show is so important to me,” he continues. “I didn’t want to age it down too much because for it’s time, it had some really disturbing episodes and some really dark episodes. Not every story the Midnight Society told ended with happily ever after or a person learning their lesson and it will never happen again. I really embraced that side of things and I think it’s been a long time.

 

“I think fear is healthy for kids, he adds. “I don’t think we have to always sand down the edges of things and that’s something I really wanted to do with Are You Afraid of the Dark. I think it is scary and I think kids will be scared watching it at times, and also they’ll laugh at times. I think it’s got a great message. I think it’s got a great heart to it but it is still scary. I think that’s great. I think it’s going to open it up to a wider audience.”

 

He’s not wrong, but as someone who just had to sit through his piss poor script for The Nun, arguably one of the worst horror movies in recent memory, he’ll have to really find his inner Gary if he wants to win over this guy again. We’ll see come October 11, 2019.

 

In the meantime, you can watch the original series over at Nicksplat.

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Chance the Rapper's Pizza Horror Film to Hit Theaters for One Night Only

It’s been nearly two years since Chance the Rapper broke news of his starring role in Slice, a forthcoming horror movie about pizza-related murders. Now, the flick is finally set for a theatrical release — for one night only. Slice will land in 21 cities across America next Monday, September 10.
 
Writer and director Austin Vesely announced the screenings on Twitter, directing enthused pizza and movie lovers to the film’s official website for a complete list of cities and showtimes. The lucky locales that will get a slice of Slice are: Austin; Atlanta; Boston; Brooklyn; Charlotte; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami Beach; Milwaukee; Nashville; Philadelphia; Portland, Oregon; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Francisco; Seattle; St. Louis; and Washington, DC.
 
 
For those in need of a memory jog, Chance the Rapper plays Dax Lycander, “a werewolf who is a former Chinese food delivery driver.” Slice is set in a “mysterious city,” and the story “centers around an enigmatic outlaw framed for a killing spree that targets unsuspecting pizza delivery boys.” This is Chance’s acting debut. Zazie Beetz (Atlanta), Paul Scheer (Children’s Hospital), Joe Keery (Stranger Things), and comedian Hannibal Buress are also among the cast.
 
Information regarding a wider release from distributor A24 has not been announced. However, Birth Movies Death speculates Slice may be headed straight to video-on-demand sometime around Halloween.

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F.B.I. Announces, Dorothy's Ruby Slippers From The 'Wizard Of Oz' Found After 13 Years

The F.B.I. announced they have recovered Dorothy’s ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz after a 13-year investigation led to their whereabouts. The ruby shoes were one of four pairs that Garland wore in the groundbreaking black-and-white to color film and were on loan at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
Authorities had little to help with the investigation, only knowing that someone or multiple suspects broke into the museum through a back entry door, demolished the clear, plexiglass container where the shoes were house and ran off with one of the most iconic pair of footwear ever to grace the silver screen.
 
Full details regarding the crime have yet to be revealed and the F.B.I. said there will be a press conference on Tuesday where they will provide more updates.
 
At this time the suspect or suspects have not been named. It is unknown where the shoes have been for 13 years or if they were kept in pristine condition.
 
You may see a report from the New York Time about the return of Dorothy’s ruby slippers below.
 
 
A spokesperson for the Judy Garland Museum quickly shared their enthusiasm upon learning the shoes were found and would make their return home. The spokesperson shared the following on Twitter. Fans were also delighted in the news and it didn’t take long for many memes, photos, and witty sayings to surface. Some accused the Wicked Witch of the East of stealing them and others pointed to ToTo.
 
Others suggested the ruby slippers had the power to return home at any time and was simply unaware of it.

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'Aquaman' Reveals Official Movie Rating

We’re still about four months away from Aquaman, but Warner Bros. has updated the movie’s official website with the credits and rating.
 
Just like Justice League last year, Aquaman has been rated PG-13 for “sequences of sci-fi violence and action” but adds “and for some language” as well. 
 
 
Zack Snyder is listed as an executive producer along with Deborah Snyder, former DC Films heads Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, and new DC Films president Walter Hamada.
 
Geoff Johns, director James Wan, and Will Beall have been credited for the movie’s story, with David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall credited for the script.
 
Aquaman will be released on December 21st.

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A Ramen Robber in Georgia Made Off With $98,000 Worth of Noodles

There's a noodle burglar on the loose.
 
A hungry thief with a craving for ramen made off with $98,000 worth of noodles from a truck at a Chevron store on Georgia Interstate Highway 85 north.
 
This is the first "ramen noodle theft [that] has ever occurred here [in Fayette County]," Lt. Allen Stevens of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office tells Delish.com via email.
 
The tasty goods were being stored in a 53-foot long white trailer parked at the gas station. They've been missing since August 1 and "there are no updates to the investigation," Stevens says.
 
The brand of ramen noodle has not been specified and, at this time, the sheriff is not aware of a motive.
 
 
If a single package of ramen noodles costs $.29 (per ), that means the thief stole more than 330,000 packages. If you ate ramen every day for every meal that would last you over 300 years.
 
Surely that can't be healthy.
 
Dr. Frank B. Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard, told The New York Times in 2014 that eating ramen noodles is not part of a healthy diet. “Once or twice a month is not a problem," he said. "But a few times a week really is.” 
 
 
Hopefully the criminal will come clean—and return the robbed ramen. In the meantime, the Fayette county sheriff continues to investigate the bizarre case of Georgia's missing noodles. 

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CNN Will Release an Anthony Bourdain Documentary in 2019

In October, New York’s Food Film Festival will open with the not-yet-aired Lower East Side episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown in tribute to the late chef who died earlier this summer.
 
But CNN, the network behind Parts Unknown, has something much bigger planned. Vanity Fair’s the Hive reports that preproduction has recently begun on a documentary about Bourdain’s life and work. Zero Point Zero, the series’s production company, will also participate.
 
 
While CNN execs didn’t share any specific details, the plan is to have the film finished by early 2019 and ready for the film-festival circuit before it hits TV or theaters. (It should be noted that Sundance, easily the be-all-end-all of the U.S. festival circuit, starts on January 24.)
 
“We just want to make it perfect,” CNN executive vice-president Amy Entelis told the Hive, citing “a hunger to know more about [Bourdain].” “We want to make it exquisite for Tony. We want to do him justice.”

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Arizona Man Stole Ambulance to Buy Sandwich, Says It Was Too Hot to Walk

You know that feeling you get when it’s super hot out; that impulse—that burning desire—to steal an ambulance and buy a sandwich? Me neither. However, according to police in Mesa, Arizona, 37-year-old Todd (Tanner) Shell was arrested and jailed last week for doing just that.
 
Apparently, Shell had just been discharged from Banner Desert Hospital after checking in for a vague, heat-related situation when he decided that it was simply too hot to walk home. So, he did what any rational person would do—hopped into a nearby running ambulance and took off. He made it about ten miles before being overtaken by authorities, who were able to find Shell by using the GPS locator inside the stolen ambulance. Once captured, Shell explained that he was merely heading home to pick up a few bucks for a sandwich, and planned on returning the ambulance from the get-go.
 
Nobody was hurt during the short, speed-limit-adhering car chase, and officials say the ambulance wasn’t damaged at all. And to be fair, according to timeanddate.com, temperatures hit a scalding high of 115 degrees Fahrenheit on the day Shell took the old ambulance out for a spin.
 
Is that enough of a defense for hijacking an emergency vehicle? Is there a certain temperature that, one reached, makes it okay for people to start stealing ambulances in broad daylight? The answer: No. Had it not been en route to Shell’s home to pick up sandwich cash, that ambulance could have been out transporting emergency patients and effectively saving lives—not to mention all of the more important things the police who took time out of their busy, crime-fighting-packed schedule to catch Shell could have been doing. Overall, though, the whole thing is still pretty funny. (Probably not for Shell, though, who’s facing felony charges of unlawful use of means of transportation and fleeing from law enforcement.)
 
So, things aren’t looking too good for our ambulance-stealing antihero. But hey—hopefully jail is air-conditioned.

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Jeff Bezos Could Send You to Space in His 'Blue Origin' Rocket for $200,000

The future of space travel is amazing. It's especially amazing if you have a cool $200k to spare. And are willing to spend that on letting Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos tuck you in one of his Blue Origin pods atop a rocket and blast you into the heavens.
 
It's certain no one expects to become a space tourist for the price of subway fare, but the cost of mid-size house in a small city isn't easy money for most.
 
 
But Reuters cites sources with knowledge of Blue Origin who say the price range is definitely in the six figures:
 
 
Truth is, Blue Origin isn't a pipe dream.
 
 
Bezos's company has tested flights with mannequins and is working toward an autonomous piloting system that will provide piloting and safe landing. Test human flights could come in late 2018.
 
Jeff Bezos has competition for space as well, from both Richard Branson and Elon Musk. Branson will eventually offer flights on Virgin Galactic for around the same price as Bezos, Reuters reports, and Musk is looking to pretty much populate the rest of the solar system if he can. Space really is the final frontier. It's also terrifying and can kill you within seconds. It does take some serious cojones for any private company to talk about sending wealthy wannabe astronauts in orbit.
 
 
The first billionaire to send real people there might seem like the winner, but we'll need to see if he can also bring passengers back alive.  
 
 

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Kylie Jenner Is About To Become The Youngest Self-Made Billionaire

Kylie Jenner is ready to talk business in Forbes‘ Self-Made Women issue.
 
The 20-year-old makeup mogul and reality star is on track to become the youngest-ever self-made billionaire, a title once held by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.
 
According to the mag, Kylie is worth $900 million – also making her the youngest person on their annual ranking of America’s Richest Self-Made Women.
 
Kylie‘s company Kylie Cosmetics is worth nearly $800 million and she owns 100% of the company.
 
 
Before the company started three years ago, Kylie used some $250,000 of her earnings from modeling gigs to pay an outside company to produce the first 15,000 lip kits but quickly realized she wanted to do it on her own.
 
“I said, ‘I’m ready to put up my own money. I don’t want to do it with anyone else,’” Kylie told Forbes.
 
Since then, Kylie Cosmetics has sold more than $630 million worth of makeup, generating an estimated $230 million in net profit.

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Here's a New Look at Netflix's 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' Reboot

It was previously announced that Netflix was producing a new Sabrina-focused series that would serve as a companion show to the hugely popular teen series Riverdale. The original 90s Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show was based on an Archie Comics series of the same name, but was much more wholesome than the “darker” new show, which is said to be based on the Archie Comics series, The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina.
 
Sharing the poster on Twitter, Riverdale and Sabrina showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wrote: “Here we go! So exciting…..#Sabrina #Chilling” You can see that tweet and the poster below.
 
 
Warner Bros. also tweeted out the image but in the form of a new bag. “The cat’s out of the bag! Official CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA bag for Comic-Con 2018,” they wrote. You can see that tweet below.
 
 
Aguirre-Sacasa previously shared a picture of the cat that is set to portray Salem, writing “Ladies and gentlemen, meet #Greendale’s latest resident. All hail, Salem!”
 
 
Production on the show began back in February, with Mad Men star Kiernan Shipka cast as the leading role. Speaking of the casting, Aguirre-Sacasa said: “We’re all such huge fans of Kiernan’s work that when we started talking about who this new incarnation of Sabrina could be, her names was on everyone’s wish list.”
 
 
He continued: “This is a darker, more macabre version of Sabrina, and we’re incredibly excited for people to see Kiernan make this iconic character her own.”
 
Archic Comics boss Jon Goldwater added: “I am thrilled that Kiernan is playing Sabrina and have no doubt that she will embody the strength, courage and boldness that has made the character a fan favourite.”
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This US$2 million SUV is Something Out of Batman

Besides looking like an everyday version of the Batmobile Christian Bale (a.k.a the Good Batman) drove around, the new Karlmann King is the most expensive SUV to ever hit the market. Only a handful of models are for sale if you've got a spare million or two laying around.
 
 
Designed by Chinese firm IAT Automobile Technology, who employed a team of 1,800 people in Europe to bring it to life, the Karlmann King is an SUV built on a Ford F-550 platform with a $2 million price tag—more if you want to customize it. It weighs 4,500 kilograms—6,000 if you get the armored version—and is powered by a gigantic 6.8-litre V10 engine.
 
 
The outside of this SUV is built with carbon fiber and steel (or bulletproof material) that gives it a sleek urban army vibe. The inside, however, isn't quite so rugged.
 
With a TV, espresso machine, mood lighting, gaming console, and champagne fridge, it's got the same amenities as a tricked out stretch limo.
 
The Karlmann King is a great ride for any rich asshole with an eye for luxury and a penchant for extreme safety. The downside: It only goes 87 mph. Not quite up to the task of saving Gotham.

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Japanese Shop Sells Shaved Ice So Tall You Can't Eat It Sitting Down

Shaved Ice is a really popular dessert in Japan, so you can find it pretty much everywhere, but if you’re looking for the craziest, most outrageous shaved ice treat in the country, you have to go to Hyakusho Udon, in Miyazaki Prefecture. The only catch is that you’ll probably have to eat it standing up.
 
No, Hyakusho Udon doesn’t have a standing up policy, it’s just that their famous shaved ice desserts are so incredibly tall that it’s almost impossible to eat them with a spoon while sitting down. Just reaching the top of the colorful, syrup-soaked dessert with the spoon is a huge challenge for most people, and then there’s the risk of causing the tower of refreshing goodness to come tumbling down by mistake. Standing up is definitely the safe way to go, and considering you’re getting a lot more than your money’s worth, it’s a decent compromise.
 
 
The guys at Japanese news site SoraNews24 recently visited Hyakusho Udon to investigate why people why people couldn’t stop praising their shaved ice. As the name suggests, the place is primarily a udon restaurant, but in summertime, its unique shaved ice towers of goodness become the main attraction. The syrup and condensed milk treats come in two sizes, small and medium, only they can be a bit misleading, especially if this is your first time visiting the place.
 
 
Priced at just 590 yen ($5.30) – which SoraNews24 reports is “a reasonably normal price for shaved ice at a sit-down restaurant” – the medium shaved ice dessert is actually an edible monstrosity that stands over 2 feet tall. My first thought was that it looked like a miniature tower, and it turns out that it was actually inspired by the Tokyo Skytree. The actual building measures 634 meters, so Hyakusho Udon thought it would be a good idea to make their shaved ice version 634 mm tall.
 
 
The colorful shaved ice towers at Hyakusho Udon are too tall to be served in regular bowls, so the restaurant uses extra-large ones that they normally use as chopstick holders. Even so, the treats looks pretty unstable, like their a couple of degrees Celsius from toppling over. After the shaved ice is stacked onto the large bowl, it is smothered in flavored syrups and drizzled with condensed milk. SoraNews24 claims they’re pretty good, but finishing one just by yourself is obviously quite the challenge and involves a lot of brain freeze, so this is one of those desserts that’s best enjoyed with friends.

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'Jersey Shore' Star Ronnie's Girlfriend Arrested After Allegedly Dragging Him with Car

Jersey Shore star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and his girlfriend Jen Harley always find ways to make headlines, but this might be the most violent of their public altercations yet. After the couple very publicly split during a dramatic Instagram Live session, during which Jen spat at Ronnie, the two made-up two weeks later. Now, it seems, the two have run into problems again.
 
As TMZ reports, Jen Harley has been arrested for domestic battery after she allegedly dragged Ronnie by driving away while he was hanging out of car. While driving home from a BBQ in Vegas this last Sunday (June 24), the two got into a pretty heated argument. Sources close to the two claim Jen started hitting Ronnie in the face as they were fighting, which led to him demanding she pull over and let him out. Ronnie got stuck in his seatbelt, but before he could free himself, Jen started to drive off, dragging him behind.
 
Their 2-month-old daughter, Ariana, was apparently in the car with the troubled couple at the time of the incident. Jen has since been booked for domestic violence at the Clark County Detention Center after she left his face bloodied and bruised. Ronnie apparently also suffered from whiplash thanks to the incident, too.
 
 
The two have always been very public with their issues, but considering their background in reality TV it's not the most shocking thing to hear about them. Previously, they were publicly throwing insults at one another on social media, during which Ronnie called Jen a "hoe," while Jen accused him of being a "coke head."

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8 Million Bottles of Champagne Will Never Exist, Thanks to a Freak Hailstorm

Cyril Giresse, a winegrower in the Bordeaux region of France, said that hail the size of pigeon eggs rained down on his vineyards on Saturday. After looking at the devastation caused by the 15-minute storm, that must’ve been a huge freaking pigeon. “No leaves, no grapes, just the vines stripped as if the grapes had all been picked,” Giresse sighed.
 
The Times reports that hailstones totally wrecked 6 percent of vineyards in Bordeaux, as well as 14 percent of the brandy-centric vines in Cognac. The head of the Côtes de Bourg winegrowers’ association said that the damage to the vines could affect wine production for the next two years. He also worried that, thanks to 15 minutes’ worth of severe weather, some growers might be facing bankruptcy.
 
 
Bordeaux didn’t need this, not now. The Times explains that last year, frost and hail wreaked their own havoc on the region’s wine producers, resulting in the smallest harvest since 1991. The overall harvest, for all of France, was the smallest since World War II. So no, Mother Nature, this was not ideal.
 
The storms weren’t limited to Bordeaux, either: according to The Telegraph, hailstorms in the Champagne region damaged 1,800 hectares (around 4,450 acres) of vineyards, and another 2,470 were completely destroyed, ruining enough grapes to have made eight million bottles of Champagne. (Let’s pause here to pour one out for the souls of the mimosas we’ve lost). The loss for growers is an estimated €125 million (US $145 million) in sales that will never happen.
 
“[S]torm and hail are not unusual phenomena in Champagne, but what is rare is to see them at this very early stage and with this level of violence,” Champagne Committee communications director Thibaut Le Mailloux said. “Three percent of the potential future harvest vanished before our eyes. And it happened at a very bad time, as the vines are only starting to flower this week. Of course, flowers are more fragile than fruit or buds.” (Of course.)
 
Although the price of Bordeaux wines might increase next year, that’s not necessarily true for Champagne. That region has a reserve system, which allows producers to combine this year’s bubbly with “stocks from previous years.” That means there won’t be a Champers shortage—at least not because of hail.
 
The region is still strong enough to survive once-a-season storms, but sometimes I do wonder if brunch will eventually do it in.

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MGM Close to Bringing Reese Witherspoon Back for 'Legally Blonde 3'

MGM is near a deal with Reese Witherspoon to reprise her role as the precocious, idealistic Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde 3,” and they’ve brought back most of the creative team from the first film.
 
The pic is coming together quickly. Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah, who adapted the Amanda Brown novel for the 2001 first film, are in final talks to write the script. Original producer Marc Platt and his Platt Productions president Adam Siegel are producing, and they will be joined this time by Witherspoon, through her Hello Sunshine banner.
 
The scribes will begin writing immediately and the next step is to secure a director. Robert Luketic helmed the original pic.
 
It has been 17 years since the original, and the sequel, “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde,” came out in 2003. But the film has been a staple for young-female audiences who’ve rediscovered it on DVD or through the hit stage musical that continues to tour. The original grossed $141 million worldwide on an $18 million budget, and the sequel brought in $124 million on a $45 million budget.
 
The deal gives MGM another branded title, alongside “Creed” and the James Bond films. “Creed 2” is in production with Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren and Florian Munteanu, and “Bond 25” was just firmed with Daniel Craig returning and Danny Boyle directing the script by John Hodges, and Universal releasing overseas.
 
They are keeping the plot under wraps, but Deadline is told it will be much in the spirit of the first film, in which Woods’ idealism and pink-dominant wardrobe prevailed over the cynicism and snootiness all around her after the freshly dumped former sorority sister heads to law school. The sequel brought her to DC to join the staff of a congresswoman to pass a bill to ban animal testing. The intention here is to make this more about female empowerment, a message that hits at a fortuitous time in the culture. The feeling is to draw back in the audience that grew up with the original film and find a new global audience.

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All of 9-year-old Lil Tay's Instagram Posts Have Disappeared

Lil Tay, the unfortunate 9-year-old Instagram star who dubs herself “the youngest flexer,” is...gone? She may not be gone for good, but as Jezebel points out, all of her problematic Instagram posts have disappeared.
 
The last footage seen of Tay, following her enlightening Good Morning America interview, came from WorldStar. In the video her face is blurred out, but Tay can be seen inhaling hookah and saying “oh my god” as she exhales. If you’re wondering where this girl’s parents are, well, WorldStar labels the person in the background as Tay’s mother and the hand giving her the hookah as her 16-year-old brother. While the criticism for this kid’s troubling behavior was first aimed toward the 9-year-old herself, over the past month the concerned mob has shifted its attention to Tay’s mom and brother, who seem to be pulling the strings.
 
It’s unclear, though, who exactly deleted all of the young IG star’s videos and photos where she brags about having a handful of expensive cars, clothes, and curses nonstop (she’s even said the n-word once). While she still maintains her 2.3 million Instagram followers, her avatar and bio have also been scrubbed.
 
In her interview with GMA, Tay maintained that she ran her own account. "No one is forcing me to do this," Tay said, adding that "it's not true" that her mother Angela Tian "wants to make money" off her and is running her social accounts. "I run my own Instagram,” Tay explained. However, the account bio previously included that it was “managed by management team,” perhaps to adhere to the Instagram’s age policy.
 
So was it Tay? Her management team? Her mom? Her brother Jason? Who deleted Lil Tay? And how long do we have before she returns?  
 
I doubt this is the last we’ll see of the young flexer. When asked about the controversy surrounding his sister, and the claims that he was behind her persona, Jason told GMA “a lot of people are going to say this and that, we just keep going.”
 
Claims against Tay’s brother metastasized when a video of the 9-year-old being coached by someone off camera surfaced. In the video, the person can be heard giving Tay a script and telling her to sound “more ignorant.” DJ Akademiks also came by the Complex offices to expose Tay’s persona as being a concoction of her 16-year-old brother who is trying to recover from his failure as a wannabe YouTube star.
 
Her consulting team recently said Tay’s still on the come up after all this negative press, and looking forward to several commercial sponsorships and collabs with artists. It’s probably only a matter of time before she returns to once again clog our feeds with troubling content.

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"Ninja Squatter" Lives in Woman's House for Six Months Without Being Noticed

The young squatter’s incredible run came to an end earlier this week, when his 90-year-old host’s son came to visit and cook her dinner. During his time there, the man heard some strange noises coming from the second floor of the house, and walked up the stairs to investigate. When he opened the door to one of the upstairs bedrooms, he was shocked to find a young man sleeping on a futon. Instead of losing his composure and confronting the intruder, he kept his composure, simply closing the door very slowly and going back downstairs to ask his mother if she new anything about someone else living in her house. The 90-year-old woman had no idea what her son was talking about, so the man called 110 (emergency number) to report the trespassing.
 
 
The elderly woman and his son then casually waited for police to arrive and wake up the uninvited guest. The silent squatter was handcuffed and taken to the police station, but so far he has proven very uncooperative. He has yet to even reveal his name, let alone the reasons for his trespassing or how long he had been sleeping there. Although police have yet to get any relevant information from the squatter, their ongoing investigation has revealed that he had first entered the 90-year-old woman’s home on December 12, at around 7:20 in the morning, and that he had been living there ever since.
 
The old woman said that she almost never goes up to second floor of her home anymore, and as for any unusual noises, she claims she never heard anything coming from upstairs. Obviously, her hearing isn’t what it used to be, but the squatter must have been quiet as well. What’s really strange though is that the police found the squatter’s shoes at the entrance, but the woman never noticed those either. So far, the ninja squatter has only been charged with trespassing, but that could change if the police manage to figure out what his intentions were.
 
The story recently went viral on Japanese social media, where most people declared themselves both impressed and creeped-out by the squatter’s ability to remain unnoticed. Others blamed the woman’s son for not visiting her more often, especially at such an advanced age, although there is no mention of this visit being the only one in the last six months. The squatter could have just been out of the house during his previous visits.
 
Anyway, if you have any uninhabited rooms in your house, maybe you should check them from time to time, who knows what or who you might find in there…

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Ed Sheeran Data Breach: Ipswich Hospital Staff Disciplined

Ipswich Hospital said a medical staff member was given a written warning and a member of admin staff was sacked. It said both cases of disciplinary action happened after 16 October, the date on which the singer was admitted to the hospital. Sheeran had broken his right wrist and left elbow. The singer, from Framlingham, Suffolk, told fans on Instagram he had "a bit of a bicycle accident." His injuries meant he had to pull out of a number of dates of his Asian tour. 
 
 
Ipswich Hospital would not provide further details of the data breach incident but said in a Freedom of Information response to the BBC both staff members "accessed patient information without legitimate or clinical reason." It said neither were referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council or to other professional bodies. The hospital previously said it launched a review of care given to "high profile" patients after Sheeran's visit. It said the review covered "confidentiality, privacy of the patient and their loved ones and practical considerations." The BBC understands the singer was asked to sign autographs and pose for photographs by some Ipswich Hospital staff while there.

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