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Live-Action 'Barbie' Film Adds Screenwriters

Lady Bird helmer Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach (The Meyerowitz Stories) have come aboard to pen the screenplay for the Warner Bros Barbie movie, which is being headlined by Margot Robbie. Gerwig also is eyeing the director’s seat.


Robbie and Tom Ackerley are producing via their LuckyChap Entertainment shingle with Robbie Brenner, head of the newly launched Mattel Films division. The pic marks the first project under Mattel Films.



It previously was set up at Sony with Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway, at different points, attached to star in the role of the iconic doll. WB picked up the project once the option expired at Sony last year.


Warner Bros remains mum on the film’s plotline. The logline for Barbie while at Sony was that she gets kicked out of Barbieland because she’s not perfect enough. She then goes on an adventure in the real world, and by the time she returns to Barbieland to save it, she has gained the realization that perfection comes on the inside, not the outside, and that the key to happiness is belief in oneself, free of the obligation to adhere to some unattainable standard of perfection. It’s not certain if that’s the version that will be developed at Warner Bros.


Executive producers are Josey McNamara or LuckyChap Entertainment and Ynon Kreiz of Mattel.


Facebook-Driven Area 51 Storming May Be Countered With Force, Says US Air Force

An author and expert on Area 51 says that the US military will never let civilians anywhere near the top-secret site, despite the “Storm Area 51” movement that has gone viral.


Over one million Facebook users have indicated that they will go to an event scheduled for Sept. 20 at 3 a.m., where the plan seems to be to storm the Nevada facility, which has been linked to alien conspiracy theories for decades. The creator of the event wrote, “they can’t stop all of us…“Let’s see them aliens.” 



After the Air force responded by saying they “discourage” people from trying to enter an area where American armed forces are trained,  Annie Jacobsen, the author of “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base” said that the facility is “jealously guarded” and that the Air Force and US Intelligence “aren’t going to let anybody anywhere near the entrance to Area 51.”


A 'Friends' Pottery Barn Collection Is On The Way

The new Pottery Barn collection will be released on Tuesday, July 30, and is in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Friends premiere. The show aired its very first episode on September 22, 1994. According to Pottery Barn, the prices for the collection will start at $12.50, but seeing as it ranges from accessories to a huge piece of furniture, that's probably the price for one of the mugs or something else small. The Pottery Barn x Friends Collection will be available on both the Pottery Barn site and in stores.


The full list of items has not been released yet, but a promotional picture from Pottery Barn shows a Friends mug, a Central Perk mug, a pillow that's printed with "Welcome Friends" in the classic Friends font, and an apothecary table. 



In addition to the new home goods, Pottery Barn is also marking the Friends anniversary by giving away a trip to Los Angeles for one lucky winner and their guest. The getaway — called The One with the Free Trip to LA — includes airfare to Los Angeles for two, hotel accommodation, admission to the Warner Bros. Deluxe Studio Tour, which includes a visit to the Central Perk set, and a $1,000 Pottery Barn shopping spree. That's a lot of mugs. Or maybe one apothecary table.


The entry period for the giveaway is now through September 30.


Flintstones Coming Back!

Warner Bros. Animation and Elizabeth Banks' Brownstone Productions are developing a new version of the classic animated sitcom. The project is in the very early stages, but it is envisioned as an adult animated series and based on an original idea featuring Flintstones characters.


The project does not yet have an outlet attached.



The original series, which ran 1960-66 on ABC, was the first animated series to air in primetime on an American network. It spawned numerous animated spinoffs and a pair of live-action feature films in 1994 and 2000.


Warner Bros. Animation will produce the series. Banks has an overall deal at Warner Bros. TV and executive produced the studio's comedy pilot Patty's Auto, which was at Fox this past development season. She's also an executive producer on Hulu's Shrill and produces and stars in the Charlie's Angels reboot that is set to hit theaters in November.


A Flintstones-related kids series, Yabba-Dabba Dinosuars!, also from Warner Bros. Animation, is set to premiere on the animation streaming platform Boomerang in 2020. It will focus on the teenage characters, Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble, from the original franchise.



Seth MacFarlane tried to mount a remake of The Flintstones for Fox at the beginning of the decade, with the network giving it a straight-to-series order in 2011. The project never made it to air, however, as Fox execs were underwhelmed with the script, as The Hollywood Reporter noted at the time.


Banks and Brownstone Productions are repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment, Relevant and Ziffren Brittenham.


Variety first reported the news.


Rihanna Haters at it Again

The shots of Rihanna outfitted in Asian floral patterns, with matching hair and makeup for Harper’s Bazaar China, has spurred social media debate over whether the pop queen was guilty of cultural appropriation.


The mag touted its cover as “[a] western style icon meets [an] eastern aesthetic,” and shared the glam pics on Instagram on Monday.


For some media users, that wasn’t enough of an explanation.


“so nodoby gunna call rihanna out for cultural appropriation… hmm i see,” one Twitter user quipped.

Others were quick to defend the star.


“It’s not cultural appropriation because the entire team behind Harper’s Bazaar China is Chinese,” posted one user. “THEY, Chinese people, dressed Rihanna like that.”


It’s not the first time Rihanna has shown love for the Far East look.


At the 2015 Met Gala, themed “China: Through the Looking Glass,” she stunned in a gold gown by Chinese designer Guo Pei.


'Family Matters,' 'Step by Step,' 'Perfect Strangers' and 'Hangin' With Mr. Cooper' Reboots All in the Works

WarnerMedia is reportedly planning to reboot four beloved sitcoms, and they will all be exclusive to the company’s upcoming streaming platform. “Step by Step”, “Perfect Strangers”, “Family Matters” and “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper” are set for possible revivals as a way to bring nostalgic viewers to the service. 



Talks are said to be in “exploratory stages” for the four shows, but it is reported that there is “interest” among WarnerMedia executives who saw the success of the “Full House” revival “Fuller House” at Netflix.


'Jake and the Neverland Pirates' Star Cameron Boyce Dead at 20

20-year-old Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce has died after suffering a seizure while battling an ongoing illness. He’s best known for playing ‘Luke Ross’ on the Disney Channel series, “Jessie,” and also as the voice of ‘Jake’ on the popular Disney Junior animated show, “Jake and the Neverland Pirates.”


He’ll be appearing in the upcoming Disney movie, “Descendants 3,” directed by Kenny Ortega. The late star reprised his role as ‘Carlos’, the son of Cruella De Vil. The movie is set to premiere on August 2nd.  


Anthony Bourdain's 'Hungry Ghosts' Graphic Novels in Development as TV Series

One year after the tragic death of Anthony Bourdain, Sony Pictures Animation is developing a series based on Hungry Ghosts, the author/TV host’s graphic novel series with writer Joel Rose.


The four-part series tells the story of a Russian oligarch vacationing on Long Island who invites his chefs to play a version of 100 candles, a Japanese Edo-period game where samurai take turns telling ghastly tales of ghosts and demons. While Bourdain and Rose drew inspiration from Japanese mythology, the collaborators put their own culinary spin on these stories. “The Starving Skelton,” for example, focuses on a ramen chef who turns his back on a beggar asking for food, only to wind up being eaten, piece by piece, by the man he turned away. “I had never heard of Kaiden, the Japanese Edo-period ghost stories, before Tony brought it up,” Rose said last fall. “Never heard of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, the samurai game of 100 candles. Tony mentioned it first during a joint interview, and then afterwards over a beer at a nearby tavern, he got into it. He was encyclopedic.” All four graphic novels were released as a collection from Dark Horse, with five bonus Bourdain recipes inspired by the stories.



There’s no word yet on when the animated series might see the light of day, or where it will land when it’s all finished. But Sony Pictures Animation notes that this will be an “anthology of frightening, hilarious, twisted, and culinary-inspired ghost stories,“ where each episode will “range in tone and will look completely different from the last, taking advantage of various forms of animation to best fit each story.” In this regard, it sounds like the series will mirror the visual style of the book, which featured the work of many different talented artists. Sony Pictures Animation is the same company that produced last year’s Oscar-winning feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, so Hungry Ghosts fans can rest assured that the graphic novels are in the hands of a studio that knows how to do visually-stunning comic book adaptations.


Robbery Suspect Accused of Using Uber for His Getaway

Ride sharing has changed quite much about how we get around. Instead of anticipating the longest possible commute, we now clock personal departures around an app’s projected arrival times. Group travel is far easier to organize when everyone’s taking the same car. And for at least one now-arrested Long Island man, apps can even bring a getaway car right to your location.


That doesn’t mean you’ll actually get away with anything, however. Such was the fate of Andrew Sandson, 57, who according to NBC 4 New York allegedly attempted to rob a local Dunkin’ at gunpoint with a gun he didn’t seem to actually have before taking off in a requested ride. Sandson “entered the Suffolk Avenue store just after 9:30 p.m. and handed over a note saying he had a gun and wanted cash. The employee at the register complied and Sandson, who never actually showed a gun, left with the money and fled in a car.”


Another customer took note of the Uber’s license plate, which led police to Sandson’s home address. He was arrested shortly thereafter. The driver was not involved, but now has a solid back-pocket story about the worst rider they’ve ever picked up. Sandson has been arraigned on robbery charges, and through him, a valuable lesson has been imparted about trying one’s best to not be terrible at crimes if you’re going to commit them.


60-Year-Old Man Survives Four Days Stranded at Sea with No Food or Water

John Low, a 60-year-old Singaporean diving instructor, spent four days and three nights drifting in the South China Sea with nothing but a small buoy and a useless backpack, after his boat was capsized last month.


On May 4th, John Low was getting ready for a leisurely dive off the coast of Tioman Island, in the South China Sea, when a strong wave hit his anchored boat and threw him into the water. Before he even could even realize what had happened, the boat, started taking water and eventually sank. All John could retrieve was a ring buoy and his backpack, but he wasn’t too worried at first, as he figured he could swim his way back to land. However, try as he might, he couldn’t fight the currents, which constantly pushed him out into the open sea. By 10 pm, he could no longer see the shore, and he started panicking. For the next four days, he was all alone, with no food and potable water.



John Low recently talked about his grueling experience, telling Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao that out of all the things he had to endure, the mental torture of being by himself with nothing but salt water as far as the eye could see was the toughest to deal with. At one point, things got so bad that he started to talk to the inanimate objects he had as company, calling the buoy he clung to “bro”, and the Rolex watch on his wrist “boy” and “brother”.


The physical torture was no joke either, though. The scorching sun burned him so badly that the first photos taken after his rescue show the skin on his face and body burned to a crisp and peeling like a layer of, well, dead skin. He told reporters that at one point the t-shirt, shorts and underwear he was wearing in the water started rubbing against his sun-burned skin, and the pain was so bad that he had to take them off. Unfortunately, that only made him more vulnerable to the sun’s rays.



“If you keep your head up, out in the open, you get burnt, which means a burning sensation on your face,” Low said in an interview. “The only way to avoid that is to put your face in the water. But because my face is all scarred, because (I had) been in the water for four days and three nights, when I put my face in the water, it’s like 1,000 needles poking my face. So it’s either I face the pain in the sun or the pain in the water.”


After dozens of hours in salt water, the skin on his armpits literally got stuck to the buoy which caused him even more pain. Then he started marine creatures nibbling on his feet, but by that point he was already too exhausted to do anything about it. 


John Low spent two days in the hospital, including six days in intensive care. Doctors in Singapore said he suffered a lung infection, kidney failure due to the complete lack of fluids, as well severe burns all over his body. Luckily, he has made a full recovery and recently met the crew of the Diogo Cao to thank them for saving his life.


“I hope there will be no one else for you to save but if you do , keep doing the same thing with your bravery,” Low told his saviors, after hugging them.



You Can Play 'Human Billiards' on This Giant Inflatable Pool Table

Croquet. Badminton. Cornhole. These are all games one expects to see at a backyard barbecue. 


However, this "Human Billiard Bounce House" from EZ Inflatables is all but guaranteed to astound guests at your next lawn party. Measuring 30 feet long and 17 feet wide, the blow-up pool table is freakin' huge. Because it's constructed from durable PVC-coated vinyl, it also weighs 900 pounds. We're just glad each order comes with an electric air pump that can fill it up in eight minutes and ground stakes.  


Also included is a set of 16 soccer balls that are painted to represent a pool rack and cue ball. All you need to play are your legs and a little foot-eye coordination. 


Even with an admittedly steep price tag of $4,160, there are only two of these things left in stock. 


GoT Fans Can't Let Go

“Game of Thrones” fans are a passionate bunch, as demonstrated by the recent petition that has so far garnered more than 1.5 million signatures, demanding that the entire eighth season be remade with writers who aren’t “woefully incompetent,” and blasting series show-runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. 



That anger has apparently not subsided, as a new petition is asking that Disney remove the duo from writing and producing three upcoming “Star Wars” movies. Where were these people when “Lost” ended!?!


'Power Rangers' Actor Pua Magasiva Dies in New Zealand at 38

An actor who played the Red Ranger on “Power Rangers Ninja Storm,” was found dead Saturday in New Zealand.


Police were called to a Wellington, New Zealand, home early Saturday morning and found Pua Magasiva unresponsive, the New Zealand Herald reported. He was 38.


A police spokesperson said Saturday there were “no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death,” according to the paper.



Magasiva played Red Wind Ranger Shane Clarke in the Power Rangers spinoff that aired in 2003. In New Zealand, he was best known for his longtime role as nurse Vinnie on the medical drama “Shortland Street.”


Magasiva left his gig as a Flava radio show host last April after he was busted for a DUI.


Born in Samoa, but raised in New Zealand, Magasiva leaves behind his wife of one year, Lizz Sadler, and a 7-year-old daughter, Jasmine. His brother Robbie Magasiva is also an actor.


Domino's Employee Charged with Attacking Co-Worker Over 'Avengers' Spoiler

A Domino's restaurant employee was written a citation after Friendswood Texas police say he assaulted a co-worker for revealing an "Avengers: Endgame" spoiler. Officers were called to the restaurant at 116 E. Edgewood Dr. early Sunday evening after an assault was reported.


Justin Surface, 33, was issued a citation for assault by contact after police said he attacked a fellow pizza store employee. It's really hard to imagine that someone lost their cool after spoiling a movie, but it seems that's how intense it was for this Domino's employee. 


"That's hilarious," one Domino's customer said. "That just seems kinda insane to me."


69-Year Old Store Owner Fends Off Robber Using Only Bananas

Seungae Kim, the 69-year-old owner of A&J Convenience in Cooksville, Ontario, has everyone impressed after she fended off a robber using only a bundle of bananas.


According to Kim, the masked man came in on a Saturday night and demanded she open the cash register. When she told him “you’re not getting money,” he tried to hop over the counter. And that’s when she used her potassium-filled weapon.


“I had to do something so I reached for whatever was there,” she said. “I hit him hard with the bananas and he ran away.”



Kim added that she kept swinging until the assailant retreated empty-handed, and that she did it not for the money but to protect her husband.


The store’s customers lauded the brave owner for her valiant stand. “She’s a champ. Wow, so brave,” said Kelly Rawlins, who lives nearby. “No one is going to mess with her.”


Although no one was hurt (save for the robber’s dignity), police told the public to refrain from getting into a physical confrontation with robbers, especially armed ones.


The suspect is still on the loose, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the proper authorities.





Teens Build Toilet Paper Fort in Grocery Store to Stay Overnight

The two said they were “remorseful” after doing the crappy stunt.
At a grocery store in Norfolk County, Canada, a 13-year-old girl, and a 16-year-old boy were apprehended after they built a toilet paper fort, hid in it, and stayed the night.


According to police, the teens created the makeshift fortress in one of the store’s aisles on Monday night, then proceeded to sleep in it after the place closed. At around 4:30 am, as staff restocked shelves, the two woke up and ran to the bathroom to hide.



One of the employees noticed the pair and called the cops, who took them back to their parents. No charges are to be filed, but the teens said they are “very remorseful” for what they did.


The incident is one of many ‘overnight challenges’ that have been done in the last couple of years. In the past, others have attempted sleeping in schools, restaurants, and other stores like Costco, Walmart, and Toys R’ Us.


Those who are planning to attempt the practice have been warned that it can result in trespassing or break-in charges.


Kranch, the Unholy Mixture of Ketchup and Ranch, Is Heinz's Newest Sauce

It's been a weird few months for condiments. First, there was Mayochup. The public was confused but game. Then, however, improbably, Heinz debuted Mayocue and Mayomust. You'd think that after Mayomust, there's no way a company could come up with a weirder name. And yet.


And yet, something called Kranch now exists. As to what it is, it's "a mouthwatering mix of ketchup, ranch and a special blend of spices," according to Heinz. Whether it is an abomination in the eyes of the Lord went unaddressed in the statement -- and will be left for you to decide.


Kranch will be joining the other three condiments of the apocalypse on store shelves and at online retailers this month. If you're behind on all this, Mayocue is a combination of barbecue and mayo, and Mayomust weds mayo and mustard. All of them have a suggested retail price of $3.49.


This is starting to seem like the culinary equivalent of combining all the sodas at a restaurant. But maybe it's nice to have the option? 


Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

The cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris is home to numerous artifacts, works of art and religious relics that each tell a story.

As a devastating fire tore through the cathedral on Monday, toppling its spire, many feared the items -- collected over the centuries -- might be lost.



The main structure of Paris' Notre-Dame cathedral has been saved by firefighters who spent hours heroically battling a blaze that destroyed most of the roof and toppled the spire of the iconic building. President Emmanuel Macron said the cathedral will be rebuilt. The colossal fire swept through the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday evening, engulfing the roof and causing a spire to collapse.



Fire crews had initially been unsure if anything could be saved from the almost millennium old building, but after 400 firefighters battled for five hours it was gradually brought under control.

Late on Monday night, the city's top fire official announced that main structure of Notre-Dame has been saved.


Reebok Gears Up for Summer With the Instapump Fury Sandal

In March, Reebok brought back its classic Instapump Fury with a rendition dubbed the Prototype that paid homage to its retro design. Draped in its recognizable citron, black and red hues, the sneaker embraced its ’90s origins — from its Pump technology to cage-like overlays — while introducing some modern upgrades.


The sportswear giant is now prepping for the warmer months ahead with a sandal silhouette of the classic sneaker. While retaining most of its geometric designs, split midsole and Hexalite cushioning, the summer-ready model opens up the heel and toe box to help your feet stay cool. The footwear also comes in a black and blue colorway in case you prefer a more subtle style. Purchase both models at retailers like atmos now for ?17,280 (approximately $155 USD).


JC Chasez Tweet Fuels Rumors of Coachella Collab with Ariana Grande

As rumors continue to circulate that the “7 Rings” singer will perform at Coachella with the pop group this year, a source close to Scooter Braun, Grande’s manager, told Page Six on Sunday that he has been speaking with JC Chasez‘s manager, Eric Podwall, for the past few days and that Chasez, former bandmate Lance Bass, and Grande, 25, had a meeting.


Chasez, 42, added fuel to the fire Sunday, tweeting, “Mic check, mic check one… two… is this thing on?!?”


Our source told us, “JC’s tweet this morning must be an indication that something is in the works.”

Grande first hinted at a collaboration with the boy band Thursday on Instagram, after posting a video of herself dancing to the group’s single, “Tearin’ Up My Heart.” She also sampled “It Makes Me Ill” on her track, “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.”


SEGA'S Genesis Mini Drops This Fall

Sega is all in with its commitment to retro gaming with the introduction of the Sega Genesis Mini, which will be available in Fall 2019. It may not be an intentional answer to Nintendo and Sony bringing back the NES and PlayStation Classic, but who knows?


It'll have 40 built-in games—titles that will definitely warm the heart of nostalgic game lovers everywhere.



You'll be able to play classics like Sonic the Hedgehog and Castlevania: Bloodlines right out of the box in addition to lesser-known titles like Ecco the Dolphin and Comix Zone.


Of the 40 game titles that will be available, about half will be revealed later this year.

A pair of wired 3-button controls come with the unit in addition to a USB power adapter, power cable, and HDMI cable.


The Sega Genesis Mini will be ready for pre-order soon and will be released September 19, 2019 for $79.99.


Pop-Up Bar at the North Pole Offers Free Gin For Life to Whoever Visits

A pop-up bar open for only one day ever in the North Pole is offering a lifetime supply of Arctic Blue Gin to whoever is brave enough to trek through the ice and snow for some free drinks.


The bar is called the Arctic Bar, located only by coordinates in the frozen northern bits of Finland -- N90°E0° -- and will literally only be open for one day on April 17th. But if you somehow make it up there, you'll never have to buy gin again. Fair deal.



“To survive here, you need to be a little mad, and quite a lot tougher," says Mikko Spoof, co-founder and brand director of Arctic Brand Group.


"The customers can enjoy free gin during the pop-up day and even better than that: they will get a lifetime supply of Arctic Blue Gin delivered to their front door.”


So just in case, anyone is interested in trekking to the North Pole for a lifetime of free gin, that's the deal.  


Whoopi Goldberg Almost Died Battling Pneumonia

Whoopi Goldberg almost died while battling pneumonia earlier this year.


The Sister Act star has been absent from her long-running role as a co-host on TV show The View for weeks, and on Friday, she offered up a video message to fans to assure them she was OK after a health crisis.


"Hey, yes it’s me, I am here," she said. "I am up and moving around. Not as fast as I’d like to be but I am OK. I’m not dead!"


She went on to explain that she battled pneumonia in both lungs and was septic.


"I came very, very close to leaving the earth," she added. "Good news, I didn't. Thank you for all of your good wishes. All of the wonderful things that people have been saying. Even people who are not huge fans of mine have actually said nice things about me. We all know that’s going to change when I get back, but for right now it’s brilliant."


She then assured her The View co-hosts that she'll be back around the table with them "soon", adding, "I cannot wait to see y'all. This has been interesting and I’ll tell you about it when we’re all at the table."


Goldberg did not give a definitive date for her return.


Lady Gaga Calls Off Engagement After Four Months

Pop superstar and Oscar nominee Lady Gaga has split with her fiance, her second broken relationship in three years. A representative for the 32-year-old Gaga on Tuesday confirmed celebrity media reports that the Shallow singer and Christian Carino, who is also her talent agent, had ended their engagement, but gave no details.



“It just didn’t work out. Relationships sometimes end,” an unidentified source told People magazine. “There’s no long dramatic story.” News of the split came days before Sunday’s Oscar ceremony. Gaga is a best actress nominee for her role in the musical romance A Star is Born. The singer will perform “Shallow” from “A Star is Born” on the Oscars telecast, which is seen as a front runner to win the Academy Award for best original song.


Gaga announced in October that she and Carino were engaged. They began dating in February 2017, a few months after she ended her five-year relationship with Chicago Fire actor Taylor Kinney.


Gaga and Carino had appeared close when they attended the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards in Los Angeles in January, but fans noticed she was not wearing her large engagement ring when she sang at the Grammy Awards on Feb 10.


Tugade Does it Again

Former JFK Islander Regine Tugade broke the U.S. Naval Academy's 12-year 200-meter dash record on Feb. 8 in 24.83 seconds. The previous record holder, Loni Forsythe, set the mark at 24.87 in 2007.



Tugade also holds the Guam record for the 400m which she set in 2016. Her time was 57.89 seconds. The previous record of 60.12 seconds, was set by Naomi Blaz in 2011.


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