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The Emmys Producers Weren’t Happy About Seth Rogen’s Jokes About COVID-19 Safety At The Show

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“We have worked for months and months to make that a safe space.”

As you probably know, Seth Rogen had a few things to say during this year’s Emmys when it came to the event’s COVID-19 safety protocol.

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“What are we doing? They said this was outdoors. It is not. They lied to us!,” he said in his monologue. “We’re in a hermetically sealed tent right now. I would not have come to this. Why is there a roof?”

Well, two of the people responsible for putting on the show — telecast producers Ian Stewart and Reginald Hudlin — gave an interview to Variety where they made clear that his remarks were unplanned, and not very welcome.

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“I just felt it was an unfortunate misdirect from him,” Stewart said. “Because it wasn’t just our decision. This is the health authorities’ decision as well, to say that it’s a completely safe environment if you do all those things.”

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Stewart also claimed that Rogen’s remarks deviated from what he’d rehearsed, and that he was aware of the safety precautions that were being taken: “We’ve worked with all the health authorities. We were signed off by LA County, we came up with a plan with them. Those tables were distanced. Everyone was vaccinated. Everyone was negative tested in that audience…So he knew exactly what it was.”

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“It made three months of very hard work and many, many discussions to get it absolutely right feel a little bit wasted, really,” Stewart continued, pointing out that he’d done fifty productions during the pandemic without anyone getting sick. “We work in this industry, we’re desperately aware of COVID…So, it’s deeply frustrating.”

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Read the entire interview here.

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Carole Baskin Slammed “Tiger King 2” And The Documentarians Following The Show’s Announcement

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“That was just a reality show dumpster fire.”

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The star of the original hit Netflix docuseries doesn’t seem very pleased about the recent announcement of Tiger King 2, which is set to premiere later this year.

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While Carole says she knew directors Rebecca Chaiklin and Eric Goode were filming additional content, she didn’t think that it would be released so soon.

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“I know some people who have been involved in it and they were doing more filming, so I assumed at some point they would come out with a Tiger King 2. It took them five years to put together the first one, so I thought it would be a lot longer,” Carole told Variety on a call.

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She also noted that both Rebecca and Eric reached out to “clear the air” with her, but she told them to “lose [her] number” because the show was not at all what they had agreed they were working on.

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“I wouldn’t call Eric Goode or Rebecca Chaiklin true documentarians. I mean that was just a reality show dumpster fire,” Carole said.

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Carole says that despite the show not being the way she expected, she was forced to watch it in order to defend herself against criticism from the public.

“My phone started ringing off the hook for three months straight, people cursing at me and telling me that they wanted to burn the place to the ground and they wanted to kill me and my family and the cats,” Carole explained.

She added that she doesn’t have much hope for the second season because the directors have “already shown who they are” and “can’t back off of that ledge.”

“Whatever Tiger King 2 does, I’ll have that same reaction from the public that has been misled. I’ll have to spend a lot of time explaining to them how they have been misled, which means I have to watch it,” Carole said.

And if the public want the “actual truth behind the big cat crisis in the US,” she recommends they watch The Conservation Game by Michael Webber instead.

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“His film answers the important questions that Tiger King glossed over,” Carole said.

Tiger King 2 is set to premiere later this year.

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Britney Spears Remembering The 2001 VMAs, And 18 Other #TBT Photos Celebs Shared This Week

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Here are some of the photos that were shared with us for this week’s #TBT.

1. Idris Elba remembered when he played Charles Miner on The Office in 2009:

2. Oprah celebrated the 25th anniversary of her book club by sharing a few photos from its early years — including one where she had a sleepover with the iconic Maya Angelou in 1997:

3. Justin Timberlake posted this photo of himself with D’Angelo in 2000:

4. In celebration of Batman Day (yes, that is a thing), Gal Gadot posted this video clip of herself trying on Ben Affleck’s Batman mask during the filming of their 2017 film, Justice League:

5. In honor of Patrick Schwarzenegger’s 28th birthday, dad Arnold Schwarzenegger shared a couple of photos of the two of them in the ’90s:

6. Michael Imperioli remembered his Sopranos costar James Gandolfini — on what would’ve been his 60th birthday — by sharing this photo of the two of them at the 2003 Emmys:

7. Leslie Jordan posted this thirst trap pic from 1980:

8. Diana Ross celebrated Tracee Ellis Ross making the Time 100 list by sharing this photo of the two of them taken as part of a Gap campaign in 1991:

9. Paris Hilton posted this photo of herself in the late ’90s:

10. Mariah Carey celebrated the 24th anniversary of her classic album Butterfly by sharing the video clip of herself performing the title track from it on SNL in 1997:

11. While Lenny Kravitz celebrated the 23rd anniversary of his single “I Belong to You”:

12. Hillary Clinton is ready for fall and sweater weather, and shared this photo of herself (in a turtleneck sweater) taken for Vogue in 1993:

13. While Diane Keaton was ready for layers weather and shared this photo montage of herself wearing her signature layered outfits throughout the years:

14. Meanwhile, Catherine Zeta-Jones was ready for that golden hour fall lighting — and shared this stunning photo of herself in the ’90s:

15. Mark Hamill posted this photo of himself in the early ’80s:

16. Kristen Bell posted this photo of herself and Dax Shepard kissing in 2009:

17. Barack Obama commemorated the 10th anniversary of him repealing the controversial and discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy:

18. John Mayer celebrated the 20th anniversary of his breakthrough album, Room for Squares:

19. And finally, Britney Spears remembered her legendary appearance at the 2001 VMAs and the pre-show, where she not only wore one of her favorite dresses ever, but also met Mick Jagger:

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22 Early Oscar Contenders You Can Stream Right Now

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What It’s About: A hearing teenage girl in an all-deaf family is torn between following her passion for music, which her family doesn’t understand, and helping them keep their struggling fishing business afloat as their translator and connection to the outside world. 

Why It Has Buzz: After earning rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival last winter, it was acquired by Apple in a festival record-breaking deal for $25M, and achieved a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score at its release. It’s an easy, feel-good film with great performances, an interesting story, and a massive corporation backing it. It’s also the frontrunner heading into the fall festivals. 

Potential Noms: If the tiny film continues to build steam, it could snag a Best Picture nomination. Others that look likely are Best Supporting Actress for previous winner Marlee Matlin, Best Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Sound of Metal, another hearing-focused film, was the late dark horse of last year’s Oscars, taking home trophies for Film Editing and Sound, so while CODA is less impressive on those fronts, it could also break through. 

Where To Stream: Watch it now on AppleTV+.

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A New “Spencer” Trailer Has Arrived, And To Call Kristen Stewart’s Princess Di Mesmerizing Would Be A Severe Understatement

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This looks every bit as good as the early reviews say.

Starring Kristen Stewart as Lady Diana, Spencer takes place in 1991. While spending Christmas with the royal family at Sandringham House, Diana makes the fateful decision to leave Prince Charles.

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“The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold,” reads the official plot description. “Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. But this year, things will be profoundly different. Spencer is an imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days.”

Also, if this moment where one of Diana’s kids asks if she’s OK doesn’t rip your heart out, are you even alive?

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Also, OMG, a shot of Kristen as Diana in her wedding gown.

Spencer arrives in theaters on November 5. Bring tissues.

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Kristen Bell Says Her Kids Leave Her Angry Notes Around The House And I Did Not Expect This Story To Be So Adorable

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“I’m raising very strong women.”

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard (you know them) have two kids: 8-year-old Lincoln and 6-year-old Delta.

Apparently, Delta and Lincoln have an adorable habit of leaving notes around the house. Sometimes they’re harmless and sweet, but other times…Not so much!

Stopping by The Kelly Clarkson Show, Kristen said, “Sometimes it’ll be an ‘I love you,’ but most times, it’s about what stuff is hers and what not to touch.”

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Another note said: “Don’t disturb, Delta is starving to death. Only Mom can come in.”

Apparently, Delta is “candy obsessed.” And you know what? I respect it.

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“She keeps them, by the way, in the pots and pans… when I go to make noodles or something, it’s just full of Ring Pops,” Kristen added.

“There’s a lot of notes in the fridge from my kids about what I can and cannot touch,” she laughed, adding, “I’m raising very strong women.”

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Have I mentioned that I’m always available for babysitting…? Kristen? Call me!

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Chinese Officials Harass Church Members, Swarm Beach to Block New Believers from Being Baptized

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"Thank you! You helped save her life!"

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Mrs. Bi made a dress for her daughter and embroidered it with the words "Long Life," but birth defects eventually brought baby Yutong to the ICU. The situation was dire until you stepped in and provided surgery that helped save her young life.

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FDA Officially Approves Pfizer Booster for Seniors and Others at Higher Risk

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The Food and Drug Administration has just approved a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for certain people, meaning tens of millions of Americans will now be eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot.

The FDA says senior citizens are a primary group approved for the third jab if they’ve had their last shot at least six months ago. People with serious diseases or working in high-risk jobs who are likely to get exposed to the virus are also approved.

For example, those eligible to get a 3rd jab will include, healthcare workers, teachers, staff working at child day cares, grocery workers, and people living in homeless shelters and prisons.

The CDC is telling local and state health officials to hold off on giving the booster shot until they’ve signed off, which could come by week’s end.

“Hopefully {CDC} director Walensky will come out on Friday to give those final recommendations about who’s high risk and who exactly should be getting these shots, including those over 65,” said Dr. Alok Patel, a pediatrician. “For everyone else, we just need more data. People need to wait.”

Some health advisors are questioning the rationale for boosters and urging the CDC to wait at least another month before signing off.

While data out of Israel shows a case for immunizing those 65 and older, there’s less evidence showing that the extra shot provides much benefit for younger people.

Still, the CDC says some two million Americans have already been jabbed with third does of Pfizer’s vaccine, especially those with compromised immune systems.

Those who got Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines will have to wait a few more weeks as the FDA considers booster shots for those vaccines.  

Dr. Anthony Fauci believes they will eventually get FDA backing. “I believe the correct regimen is going to be two doses at first, and a few months later, a third dose. For J&J, it’ll be the first dose followed a few months later by the second dose,” he said.

One note from the FDA: If you are thinking of mixing and matching vaccine shots, don’t, at least for now. The deputy director of the agency says there isn’t enough data to support giving Pfizer shots to those who got other vaccines.

Meanwhile, President Biden is promising to buy 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, to donate for distribution around the world.

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Glenn Beck Finally Able to Rescue 100 Afghan Refugees After Weeks of Obstacles

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Conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck announced Sunday via Twitter that nearly 100 refugees held at the Mazar-i-Sharif airport in northern Afghanistan have safely evacuated the area — a victory he credits, at least in part, to the prime minister of Pakistan.

The group included 32 FIFA soccer players and their families as well as members of religious minorities who would face certain persecution at the hands of the Taliban.

In a statement, Beck expressed gratitude to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, whom he said “transcended religious differences, political divides, national boundaries and local dynamics” to save “men, women, and children, innocent victims facing certain suffering, hardship or worse if left behind in a war-ravaged country where uncertainty, misunderstanding, and suspicion remain prevalent.”

“His leadership of placing humanity before politics is a great example of inter-faith cooperation between the faiths, bridged by the shared value of human compassion,” Beck wrote. “Prime Minister Khan’s tireless leadership, supported by the military and civilian resources of Pakistan and their ability to cooperate with the Taliban, has enabled the first of [two] flights to depart Mazar-i-Sharif with FIFA female athletes and their families on board, in keeping with their unequivocal pledge to allow civilian allies of NATO forces to depart safely if they wished to.”

Beck explained on his radio program Monday morning that the U.S. State Department “blocked” the operation spearheaded by The Nazarene Fund, a humanitarian organization focused on evacuations from Afghanistan in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal and the Taliban’s takeover of the Middle Eastern country in late August. The commentator claimed U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan Daniel Rosenblum blocked the airplanes from landing in Uzbekistan, forcing the rescue team to redraw their exit plans.

“They have blocked us every single step of the way,” Beck said.

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In a lengthy Twitter thread published Sunday, Beck explained that he reached out to Khan on Sept. 6 “in hopes that some sort of leadership could be found to help us do the impossible.”

Beck wrote the following in his letter to the prime minister:

At a time of great divisions in the world, I reach out to you as a brother in faith. Knowing you as a kind Muslim, my Christian faith compels me to write directly to you on a matter of human compassion not religious ideology or national interest. As is widely being reported in the global media, my organization is leading a humanitarian effort to evacuate people for whom Afghanistan is no longer their home. That is not a question of who won or who lost, but rather a humanitarian exercise to help the innocent victims in need.

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Some of my colleagues have reached out directly to Lt. Gen. Hameed, however, I thought it of critical importance to request this support directly from you as the elected leader of Pakistan. Your and Pakistan’s assistance in this moment is something which America will never forget, regardless of which party is in power.

According to Beck, Khan swiftly replied to his request.

“He took the lead to save innocent lives irrespective of politics, race, religion or culture,” wrote Beck. “No other global leader that we have seen took such initiative to leverage his/her position to save the innocent, putting humanity before politics and showing how much the great faiths have in common on the bridge of compassion.”

“He has been gracious with his time and never once questioned our motives,” he added. “We have spoken about our different faiths and how, when truly executed in their highest form, innocent life must be protected and saved.”

Beck concluded his thread by asserting the Pakistani leader “should be recognized for the lives he helped save this weekend,” adding, “I sincerely thank him and pray he continues to help us work to build a bridge with a common internet of protecting innocent, precious lives.”

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