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Chanel West Coast Picks Up Hollywood Modern

Though she’s barely out of her 20s, Chelsea Dudley — the reality TV vixen-turned-rapper better known as Chanel West Coast — has been famous for well over a decade, first coming to public attention as Rob Dyrdek’s receptionist on the original season of “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory.” Her popularity with viewers eventually saw her transition into a full-fledged cast member and, since 2011, a co-host on “Ridiculousness,” the internationally successful comedy clip show helmed by Dyrdek.

Dudley’s longtime admiration for the late Tupac Shakur inspired her to pursue her dream of becoming a rapper; while she released a 2013 mixtape featuring the likes of Snoop Dogg and several standalone singles since, her long-promised debut album has never materialized. But that hasn’t deterred Dudley from hustling after a music career — she released the 2019 single “Sharon Stoned,” which generated worldwide publicity after she was slapped with a lawsuit from the “Basic Instinct” temptress herself over unauthorized use of her name. No shrinking violet, Dudley returned fire by alleging — and providing photographic evidence — that Stone had been a collaborator on the project but suffered a last-minute change of heart.

In any case, Dudley has amassed fame and fortune enough to afford a $1.65 million contemporary home in the Hollywood Dell, a close-knit neighborhood in the eastern part of the Hollywood Hills. Originally built in 1954 but radically renovated in 2018, the multi-level structure boasts a roomy 2,600 square feet of living space, an attached two-car garage, and a towering front façade with an irregular roofline and combination of wood and grey stucco siding.

Two flights of stairs lead from the road to the front door, which opens into an open-concept living area with grey hardwood floors. The adjacent kitchen has white-oak cabinetry and high-end appliances; around the corner is a dining area with space for a medium-sized table.

Skylit hallways lead to the home’s three ensuite bedrooms. The redone master suite features a private balcony, bath with dual vanities and a walk-in shower. Downstairs is a finished basement with a large laundry room and temperature-controlled storage area. From the living room, a bi-fold door allows easy access to the outdoors. While the .18-acre lot isn’t particularly big, the property has a terraced, fully landscaped backyard perfect for entertaining or alfresco dining.

Malyn Dahlin and Alice Cannington of The Agency held the listing; Zoe Rehberg of Rodeo Realty repped Dudley.

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Get People's Choice Awards Ready With These Hairstyles From Celeb Stylist Sally Hershberger!

We know that all the celebrities at this weekend’s E! People’s Choice Awards will be bringing their style A-game.

Sally Hershberger stopped by Daily Pop to give her hair tips and tricks for the show that celebrates the best in music, movies, television and pop culture.

The celebrity hairstylist, whose clients include Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, thinks that stars will keep it “a little bit more chill, a little more relaxed” when it comes to picking a look for the festivities.

“I also feel like for the People’s Choice Awards, the hair is not going to be so beachy, it’s going to be a brush out,” she shared with E! NewsMelanie Bromley and Carissa Culiner.

Taking inspiration from the fashion runways, Hershberger created a sleek braided look and then quickly transformed it into a gorgeous updo. Either look would be perfect for any of the PCAs nominees or presenters. We could even see Fashion Icon of 2019 Gwen Stefani choosing to rock a similar style. 

She also suggested adding a fun accessory such as a bow or barrette to finish off the hairstyles.

Check all of Hershberger’s tips above and don’t miss the People’s Choice Awards airing live on E! this Sunday, Nov. 10 at 9 p.m.

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T.I.'s Daughter Appears to Respond to His Comments About Her Virginity

T.I.'s 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah Harris, seems to have subtly responded to his headline-making comments about attending her gynecologist appointments to ensure that she's a virgin. 

After the rapper stated in a podcast interview that he routinely asks his daughter's doctor to "check her hymen," Deyjah liked tweets from people decrying T.I.'s comments. The tweets, in response to articles about his comments, called his behavior "disgusting," "possessive," and "controlling."

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She also tweeted on Tuesday, the day the interview was released on the Ladies Like Us podcast, writing, "i loveeeeeee yalllllll."

T.I. came under fire when he said during his interview that he has his daughter sign off on having the doctor share information with him. 

Though he acknowledged the hymen can be broken in ways other than sexual penetration, such as bike riding, athletics, and horseback riding, "I say, ‘Look, Doc, she don’t ride no horses, she don’t ride no bike, she don’t play no sports. Just check the hymen, please, and give me back my results expeditiously.'"

"I will say, as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact," he said.

Checking the hymen, or "virginity testing," has been denounced by the World Health Organization as a "violation of human rights" that has "no scientific basis." T.I.'s comments sparked such fierce backlash that the podcast episode has been removed, and the hosts of the show apologized for not pushing back on him.


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Holy Guacamole! Man builds Batmobile with Boeing jet engine

The Batmobile somehow just got even more badass.

An Illinois man recreated the Caped Crusader’s iconic car from scratch — complete with a Boeing jet engine.

Chicago’s Brian Hendler has been building cars with his father since he was a kid. But the freelance automakers took things to the next level by MacGyvering a bat-themed car out of their own parts. They spent nearly four years cutting a GM body and building an entire frame underneath. When finished, it evoked the Dark Knight’s ride from the 1989 Tim Burton film.

But Hendler wanted to go beyond a mere aesthetic resemblance. So he outfitted the 22-foot replica with a 2,000-pound Boeing 502 jet engine that spewed fire out the back like its movie namesake. Hendler won’t disclose how he obtained the impressive piece of hardware, only joking, “Just go to eBay, buy it now. Get the wife’s permission.”

And if that wasn’t nifty enough, the 5,000-pound speedster can also pick itself up and rotate 360 degrees.

“It’s the first car in the world to do that,” says Hendler, who called the pirouetting stunt a ‘Knight’-mare to jerry-rig. To make it swivel, the speedster savant claims he had to install a slewing ring from an excavator — as well as balance out the top-heavy car’s weight distribution.

And, all the dashboard doohickies are fully functional, according to Hendler.

Despite the resemblance, Hendler calls the replica a “big, black car” (presumably to avoid copyright issues). Nonetheless, the Dark Knight dragster elicited nerd-gasms from the Facebook bat-fandom, which posted cries of “HOLY BATMOBILE, BATMAN! and “now, to patrol the streets of Chicago and fight crime.”

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Jameela Jamil Lost 'All' Her Money at 30 — Here's How She Bounced Back from 'Rock Bottom'

Jameela Jamil knows what it’s like to mishandle money.

Though she’s now a certified star on The Good Place, things looked far less good three years ago for Jamil, who says she found herself eight years into a successful career with no money to show for it.

“I was never set up through school or the people around me or magazines or anything to know how to protect myself, which is why at 30, I kind of lost all my money,” she tells PEOPLE. “Thirty was the rock bottom, was having no money.”

Jamil, now 33, says the universe granted her a “second chance” when she booked The Good Place, and today, the actress and activist hopes to prevent others from making the same financial mistakes, hence her new partnership with Credit Karma, which is launching Credit Karma Savings to help people open free, high-interest savings accounts.

“There’s a lot that I didn’t learn and that’s why I feel passionate about making sure no one else makes the same mistakes that I have,” she says.

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The British actress grew up “incredibly poor,” but came into cash at 22 years old after launching a career in show business. Still, she didn’t think to open a savings account, and would get “absolutely demolished” each year at tax time, as she didn’t understand how to properly file her taxes.

“There’s no good reason that someone who isn’t completely stupid, like myself, was able to make so many stupid mistakes, other than the fact that the information just isn’t readily available to me,” she says. “It also feels so intimidating, the whole financial aspect of life. You just don’t even know where to start. It sounds so complicated.”

Jamil also continued draining her bank account by overspending in the name of being a good friend, and as a means of temporarily helping ease her depression and anxiety.

The actress said that for years, having significantly more money than her friends “embarrassed” her, and as a result, led her to constantly pick up her friends’ tabs so as to avoid an awkward splitting of the check.

“That was something that was, while generous, was also incredibly daft,” she says, adding that it set up an “imbalance” in her friendships with pals who felt they now owed her. “I would say just split things in a fair way with your friends, because the moment of generosity is short-lived, and also creates a feeling where people feel as though they’re using you in some way.”

Mental illnesses that plagued her throughout her 20s also contributed to her reaching “rock bottom,” as Jamil says she’d turn to online shopping to bring herself fleeting happiness.

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“When you are depressed, which so many young people are, you end up spending and spending,” she says. “You buy things that you think will make you feel better in the moment and you don’t think about the long-term impact of that.”

With an eventual new lease on life, Jamil buckled down and got her finances in order, calling on various experts in accounting and business to help her better understand her situation.

“There really is just no set-up in our society for young people being taught how to look after their cash,” she says. “People in America desperately need young people to learn about credit ratings. Like, they can’t even rent an apartment. They can’t get a phone. There are so many things that stand against you if you have a bad credit rating. You are banned from so many important things pretty much for life, and so I want to do whatever I can to promote this message.”

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Courtney B. Vance Joins ‘Genius: Aretha’ at Nat Geo

Courtney B. Vance has joined the cast of the upcoming third season of “Genius” at Nat Geo, which will focus on Aretha Franklin.

Vance will star as Aretha’s father C.L. Franklin. Cynthia Erivo is set to play Aretha, with Malcolm Barrett, Patrice Covington, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and Sanai Victoria also set to star in the eight-episode season. Suzan-Lori Parks serves as showrunner and executive producer with Anthony Hemingway executive producing and directing. The season is slated to debut in the spring.

C.L. Franklin is described as an influential reverend and civil rights activist known as the “Million Dollar Voice.” A star in his own right, C.L.’s legendary sermons were published and sold in record stores and broadcast on a weekly radio show, and he booked national ministry tours and public appearances. C.L. had a close but fraught relationship with his daughter and supported her throughout her career, most notably when he encouraged her transition from singing gospel to more popular genres.

“It’s an honor to join the ‘Genius: Aretha’ team, and to bring to life the magnificent story of the Queen of Soul, an amazing woman who my wife, Angela, and I loved dearly,” said Vance. “Aretha’s father, C.L. Franklin, had a profound impact on her trajectory from a girl in a gospel choir to a global phenomenon—both in a good way and a bad way. I’m eager to dive into his story, and to have the tremendous opportunity to work with the undeniable talents of Suzan-Lori Parks and Cynthia Erivo. And I’m always excited to work with Anthony Hemingway.”

Vance previously worked with Hemingway on the FX anthology series “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story,” for which Vance won the Emmy for best actor in a limited series for his portrayal of Johnnie Cochran. That series was produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, which is also producing “Genius: Aretha.” Vance’s past roles include “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” “Office Christmas Party,” “The Lawn Chair,” “Scandal,” “Masters of Sex,” “State of Affairs,” and “Revenge.”

He is repped by WME and Fox Rothschild.

National Geographic, with Imagine Television Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios, announced today that the Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor Courtney B. Vance (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) will star opposite previously announced Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet,” Broadway’s “The Color Purple”) as Aretha Franklin in the next installment of the Emmy-winning global anthology series GENIUS: ARETHA.

“Genius: Aretha” is produced by National Geographic, Imagine Television, and Fox 21 Television. Imagine has partnered with Warner Music Entertainment on the season. Along with Parks and Hemingway, executive producers on the season are Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Francie Calfo, record producer Clive Davis and Atlantic Records Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman, Ken Biller, Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane of MWM Studios, Sam Sokolow of EUE/Sokolow, and Diana Son. Imagine’s Anna Culp serves as producer alongside Peter Afterman.

The first season of “Genius” focused on Albert Einstein and starred Geoffrey Rush. The second season was about Pablo Picasso and starred Antonio Banderas. The first season ultimately nabbed 10 Emmy nominations, while the second got seven. The second season ultimately won two Emmys for cinematography and sound mixing for a limited series.

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Starbucks serves up speedy perk at Alaska Airlines

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Alaska Airlines will offer priority boarding at the gate to all passengers holding the Starbucks newly designed holiday cups from Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 10.

The festive cups, the culmination of a year-long effort to boost sales and exposure during the critical holiday season, compliment the limited-time beverage lineup that launched Wednesday. Customers can also return the reusable cups for a 50-cent discount on their next holiday beverage, such as the popular Peppermint Mocha drink.

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Although the promotion centers around the holiday drinks, Alaska Airlines says that "any Starbucks beverage (hot or cold) in any Starbucks holiday cup" qualifies for the promotion. Further, it says, "if you’ve already finished your beverage, your cup will still get you priority boarding."

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While Starbucks customers will board ahead of the general rabble in a dedicated "Espresso Lane," they won’t be the first on the plane. That luxury remains reserved for the airline’s first-class passengers and elite members of its frequent-flyer program.

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Not all Starbucks locations offer the holiday cups, including those in the high-traffic Atlanta, Minneapolis, and San Francisco airports, because they are testing the coffee giant’s compostable cups. Starbucks says holiday cup sleeves along with their regular cup at these airport locations are also eligible for priority boarding.

The “Espresso Lane” debuts this year, but Alaska and Starbucks share a history of collaboration. The airline has served Starbucks products onboard since 2012.

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The airline has a history of early boarding gimmicks with previous campaigns involving football jerseys and holiday sweaters

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Hold on Tight! Newquay Zoo's New Baby Capuchin Monkey Loves Piggyback Rides from Mom

Guests who visit the Newquay Zoo now have a new monkey to go bananas over, thanks to one growing primate household.

In October, the U.K. conservation center welcomed a new arrival within a small family of white-throated capuchins, led by father Zaito and mom Irazu, who previously welcomed Benito to the world in 2017.

Not yet named, the cute, fresh-faced addition to the zoo will get around during their first three months by using mom for piggyback rides. After growing out of this clingy stage, the little monkey will be old enough to do its own adventuring.

“Mom and baby are doing very well. This is her second baby so she knows what she’s doing,” Dave Rich, head keeper at the zoo, told PEOPLE in a statement. “We don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl yet, as at this age they will cling tightly to mum. However, when it becomes a bit more independent we will be able to sex it.”

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Capuchins at Newquay Zoo

Capuchin babies are known to mature slowly, according to the zoo, and they are usually taken care of by their moms — who carry, protect and feed them — during the first few years of their lives.

Native to the tropical forests of Central and South America, these intelligent monkeys are named for their unique fur colorings, according to the New England Primate Conservancy, and mothers typically have a five- to six-month gestation period.

Newquay Zoo, which cares for more than 130 different species from around the world, has had a busy breeding year across the board. Its staff recently welcomed a newborn black wildebeest, crowned lemur and an Owston’s civet kitten, which was hand-reared by keepers — a first-time feat, according to the zoo.

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Zoe Saldana to Star in Netflix Limited Series ‘From Scratch’ With Reese Witherspoon Producing (EXCLUSIVE)

Zoe Saldana and Reese Witherspoon are teaming to adapt Tembi Locke’s memoir “From Scratch” as a limited series for Netflix, Variety has learned exclusively.

Saldana will star in and executive produce the series, which is described as an autobiographical romance that follows an American woman as she falls in love with a Sicilian man while studying abroad in Italy then builds a life with him in the United States. When she unexpectedly loses him to illness, she is challenged to pull herself through grief so she can raise their daughter as they would have raised her together: with hope, joy and infinite love.

“From Scratch” was published in April by Simon and Schuster and was selected as Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine May 2019 book pick. Tembi Locke’s sister Attica Locke will serve as showrunner and executive producer on the series. Attica previously wrote for Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series “When They See Us” and was also a supervising producer and writer on Fox’s “Empire.”

Saldana will executive produce along with Witherspoon and Witherspoon’s producing partner Lauren Neustadter, with the latter two executive producing under Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner. Richard Abate, Jermaine Johnson, and Will Rowbotham of 3 Arts Entertainment will also executive produce. Saldana’s sisters Cisely Saldana and Mariel Saldana will serve as co-producers.

“This is a profound true story of love and family, deprivation and nourishment, that needs to be brought to life on the screen as Tembi Locke brought it vividly to life for me on the page,” said Saldana. “We are grateful to Netflix and thrilled to be working with Reese, Lauren, Attica and 3 Arts on this wonderful project.”

According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, Attica brought the book to Hello Sunshine’s attention prior to its publication when she was meeting with the company regarding another project. Witherspoon then had dinner with Saldana shortly thereafter and sent her the manuscript.

“Tembi’s memoir is a raw and tender exhibition of life in all its pieces,” said Witherspoon. “She brings you into her love, her loss and her resilience with such vulnerability and strength. We immediately fell for Attica and Tembi’s vision and feel honored to have the opportunity to help bring it to life on-screen. We could not imagine more perfect partners for this than Zoe and her sisters and 3 Arts Entertainment, along with the incredible team at Netflix.”

This will mark the first regular television role of Saldana’s career. She is best known for her film work, having starred in major blockbusters such as “Avatar,” the rebooted “Star Trek” films, and the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films. She also appeared in both “Avengers: Endgame” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” Her television credits include “Law & Order,” “Six Degrees,” and the miniseries “Rosemary’s Baby.”

She is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment, and Morris Yorn.

“Attica and I are honored to be adapting ‘From Scratch’ with the visionary Reese Witherspoon, Lauren Neustadter, Richard Abate and the incredibly gifted Zoe Saldana,” said Tembi Locke. “We have a shared interest in championing stories that bring a rich tapestry of experiences to the screen. I am thrilled that this global love story has found a perfect home at Netflix.”

Witherspoon has been increasingly involved in TV over the past few years, beginning with starring in and executive producing the Emmy-winning HBO series “Big Little Lies.” She currently stars in and executive produces the Apple TV Plus series “The Morning Show” and will star in and executive produce the upcoming Hulu series “Little Fires Everywhere.” She is also an executive producer on the Apple series “Truth Be Told” starring Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul and the upcoming Amazon series “Daisy Jones and the Six,” with more projects in development. Like “From Scratch,” “Big Little Lies,” “Little Fires Everywhere,” “Truth Be Told,” and “Daisy Jones and the Six” are all based on books, while “The Morning Show” drew inspiration from Brian Stelter’s book ” Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.”

She is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment, and Hansen Jacobson.

“Between the Locke sisters and the Saldana sisters, I’ve never seen a show that’s more of a family affair,” said Channing Dungey, vice president of original series at Netflix. “Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine have been producing really exciting content and we’re thrilled to make this powerful and emotional series with them.”

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The 2020 Met Gala Is Basically Meryl Streep-Themed

Though we’re still recovering from this year’s Met gala (Human chandeliers! Dismembered heads! SO. MUCH. GAGA.), it’s already time to look ahead to 2020, and a theme that may be even more elusive than Camp. 

The 2020 gala, which will take place on May 4 (cue the Star Wars/Vogue crossover tweets), kicks off the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit About Time: Fashion and Duration. But despite the simplicity of the exhibit’s title, the gala will hardly be your garden variety costume party. 

About Time: Fashion and Duration will track the progression of fashion from 1870 to the present, acting as a tribute to the Met on the year of its 150th anniversary. “Employing philosopher Henri Bergson's concept of la durée—time that flows, accumulates, and is indivisible—the exhibition will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future,” a release describes.

And if you feared this year’s gala would only host the typical celebrities, tastemakers, and Vogue staffers of years past, rest easy, for Virginia Woolf will, I quote, “serve as the ‘ghost narrator’ of the exhibition.” Literary apparitions-turned-museum guides will be all the rage in 2020? Michael Cunningham (a living man), who wrote The Hours based on Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, will provide a new short story to align with the exhibit’s theme. 

Serving as the obvious link between Vogue and Virginia Wolff, The Hours and Devil Wears Prada star Meryl Streep will act as a co-chair for the event alongside Emma Stone, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Louis Vuitton's Nicolas Ghesquière, and Anna Wintour.

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So, how does one dress on-theme for About Time: Fashion and Duration? Treat it as an Hours theme party, probably. Nicole Kidman’s prosthetic nose deserves a comeback. Realistically, clock iconography will probably be major. I don’t know if Flavor Flav has been waiting on a Met gala invitation, but this could be his year. 

 

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Mum blasts TUI after finding hotel room damp and mouldy on £5k family holiday

A mum has blasted TUI after she spent over £5,000 on a family holiday only to find disgusting mould and damp throughout their hotel bathroom.

When she entered the holiday property's bathroom Nicola Nash's was confronted with mould everywhere, filthy grouting, damp walls and a sink which appeared to be propped up with a metal bar.

The 33-year-old, her husband and three kids used towels to mop up surface water, but still managed to slip and bruise themselves.

Nicola, from Dundee, paid £5,179 for the all-inclusive package at the Hotel Globales Bouganvilla in Sa Coma, Majorca.

The family travelled in September but Nicola has decided to publicly complain now after getting no response from TUI.

She complained: "I find it abhorrent that you can continue to ignore customers' complaints.

"I will reiterate that the place we were subjected to staying in was a complete shambles, covered in mould due to a boarded-up window, causing injuries also."

Photos of the grimy bathroom taken by Nicola show white tiles with dirty grouting, mouldy splatters on part of the shower screen, towels on the floor to dry up water and peeling walls.

The underside of the sink appears to be propped up with rusty metal bars glued against the wall.

To add to their bathroom woes, the family felt the choice of food was very poor, prompting Nicola to capture a plate with sweetcorn and an unidentified circular object on it.

She said: "We had no ventilation and the floors were extremely slippery.

"We had to put down towels all over the apartment floor, I slipped due to this and fell into the sink.

"My daughter did the same thing, she injured her foot causing her discomfort for a few days."

She added: "We lost the use of our window due to a late addition of outside toilets and the smell that came up the drain into our room was disgusting.

"Considering we paid over £5000 the room size for two adults and three children was shocking.

"It has left me disgusted, heartbroken and stressed."

At odds with Nicola's experience, the Hotel Globales Bouganvilla is rated four stars out of five on Trip Advistor.

Happywandererkent praised the hygiene of the hotel, writing: "The food was buffet style and there was always a good selection and everything was clean and fresh."

Darren Y who also visited in September said the hotel was "Out of this world".

He wrote: "Can not fault this place at all. Rooms cleaned every day with clean bedding and towels every day, well worth the money.

But last month, user Zoe gave the place just one star and branded it a "run down council estate."

TUI claimed they would be unable to comment without Nicola's booking reference, something she says she has twice provided to the company.

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Film Review: ‘The Good Liar’

Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) is a widow in her 70s who lives in a home full of tasteful pastel furniture in a calmly boring suburb of London. She’s sweet, pretty, pert, and polite, with glowing skin framed by an impeccable gray-white coif; if Doris Day had been a conventional middle-class Englishwoman, she might have looked and acted like this. The opening sequence of “The Good Liar” hops back and forth between Betty filling out the user questionnaire on a website called Distinctive Dating and the man she’s just met on the site doing the same thing. (They tell each other an impish lie or two, with Betty checking the box that says “non-drinker” between sips from her wine glass.) The tone is genial and spry, very senior-citizen “You’ve Got Mail,” and the film then cuts to Betty arriving at a posh London restaurant, where she and her date are meeting for dinner.

He walks in, looking like a hound dog in a trench coat, and sits down opposite her with his eyes a-twinkle. His name, once they confess that they’ve each led with a fake name, is Roy Courtnay, and he’s played by Ian McKellen as the tweedy essence of Old World fuddy-duddy British charm. Roy is the sort of man who’s so “sly” about being sly that he’s actually the opposite of sly. Their conversation gravitates to the inevitable letdown of Internet dating — to the disappointment that sets in when you see that the other person is so much less attractive and exciting than you were led to believe. This is the film’s way of hinting that the encounter that follows is going to be as layered as an onion. Yet Roy’s debonair earnestness and Betty’s homespun sparkle seem a nice match. If the movie weren’t called “The Good Liar,” we’d think: This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

The two lonelyhearts say their goodbyes, and after telling Betty that he’s going to catch a subway home, Roy watches her go and murmurs, “Will you call?” He then jumps into a cab and orders the driver to take him to Stringfellows, the upscale London gentlemen’s club, where he’s ushered into a backroom. There, over goblets of Champagne, he holds court with several men, outlining a shady deal — a chance to invest 50,000 pounds apiece, with the quick possibility of doubling that investment. That some mysterious Russian nationals are involved only makes the deal sound sketchier. But whatever’s going on, one message could hardly be clearer: Roy is not what he seems.

“The Good Liar” is adapted from Nicholas Searle’s 2016 novel (the script is by Jeffrey Hatcher), and it has been directed, by the gifted and eclectic Bill Condon (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Kinsey,” two “Twilight” films, “Gods and Monsters,” “Dreamgirls”), as a delectably clever and civilized entertainment that invites us to be as invested in the game as we are in the characters. The way the movie works, Mirren plays Betty not as a sap but as a smart woman of solid values, whose trust in people is a projection of her own good nature. Mirren gives her an incandescent decency, even as she satirizes the slight blandness of Betty’s dreams.

Yet even as we don’t want to see Betty get hurt, it would be too easy to say that “The Good Liar” puts us on her side. Though we recognize that Roy is a scoundrel, we’re drawn to his amoral cunning — to the way he fakes a gimpy leg so he can stay over at Betty’s place, or makes himself such very good tea-time company, or bilks those investors with a scam so elaborate that you’re not sure whether to recoil or applaud.

Roy is a con artist, with a courtly personality that’s a total fraud, and the truth may be even darker. (As we learn, he’s got the killer street instincts of a man decades younger.) Yet just as Hitchcock, in “Shadow of a Doubt,” got the audience to identify with Joseph Cotten’s lethal Uncle Charlie, “The Good Liar” draws us into Roy’s web, so that we watch with a coldly admiring fascination as he sets his traps.

Betty’s son, Steven (Russell Tovey), a boyish lawyer who’s crashing at her place for a bit, is onto Roy. Or, at least, he senses there’s something too-chivalrous-to-be-true about him. So he needles him, picking at his façade, without any sense of what’s under it. The closer his mother gets to Roy, the more it irritates Steven, a situation Roy exploits to make the tension look like jealousy. Roy and Betty’s relationship has a gentle air of romance about it, yet it’s essentially a companionship; it’s even platonic. (Having lost her husband three years ago, Betty says she’s not ready to take that plunge.) Even so, when Roy takes advantage of their newfound intimacy to start talking to Betty about her financial security, introducing her to Vincent (Jim Carter), his beetle-browed money adviser, she starts to seem like an awfully easy mark.

The pleasure of “The Good Liar,” and it’s a major one, is the chance to watch Mirren and McKellen act together in a cat-and-mouse duet that turns into an elegant waltz of affection and deception. He plays Roy as a man who has buried all his feeling, but it comes gushing up anyway, and she plays Betty as a woman who’s all heart-on-the-sleeve trust, which turns out to be her own devious leverage. At one point Betty and Roy take a trip to Europe, and it’s in Berlin that his façade begins to unravel. But only a bit.

We’re used to movies about con artists turning into shell-game entertainments, like the “Ocean’s” films or David Mamet’s trap-door thrillers. But “The Good Liar” turns out to have a more serious upshot than you’d expect. There’s a backstory, set during World War II, and it’s all about abuse, survival, misogynistic crime, and the seeds of a sociopath. It all adds up, yet you may feel that the too-wicked-for-words caginess that was so appealing in the film‘s first half didn’t need to be leavened with the furrowed brow of historical reckoning. (You may also find that the plausibility factor gets a bit too stretched for comfort.) In the end, the true subject of “The Good Liar” isn’t con artistry but vengeance. And that’s just enough of a turn of the screw to make you want to see the whole thing again.

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Reviewed at Warner Bros. Screening Room, New York, Oct. 24, 2019. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 109 MIN.

Production:A Warner Bros. Pictures release of a New Line Cinema, Bron Creative, Creative Wealth production. Producers: Bill Condon, Greg Yolen. Executive producers: Jason Cloth, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jack Morrissey, Anjay Nagpal, Nick O’Hagan.

Crew:Director: Bill Condon. Screenplay: Jeffrey Hatcher. Camera (color, widescreen): Tobias A. Schliessler. Editor: Virginia Katz. Music: Carter Burwell.

With:Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey, Jim Carter, Mark Lewis Jones, Céline Buckens, Nell Williams, Phil Dunster, Laurie Davidson, Jóhannes Kaukur Jóhannesson.

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Why a DIY Night in Should Be the Next Holiday Party You Throw

If when you hear the word “craft” you automatically have visions of kindergarten art projects or old ladies knitting, prepare to be blown away. In 2019, crafting has taken on a whole new meaning, with more of a bent toward cool DIY undertakings. Think midcentury-inspired home decor, all-natural beauty products, and even experimental recipes. Plus, DIYing can be a perfect excuse to get your BFFs together for a day of hands-on fun, golden Instagram shots, and a way to knock out all of your holiday gifting needs. Keep reading to get the inside scoop on some of our favorite DIY projects to take you through the holidays and into the new year.

All at once subtle and eye-catching, marbled candles are a lovely gift for everyone from your mom to your coworker. They’re totally customizable with different sizes and colors — go for a pastel minty green for someone who loves a neutral color palette or a vibrant violet for a friend with bolder tastes. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A white pillar candle
  • A small bucket and trash bags to fit
  • 2-3 enamel paint colors (these will stain!) — if you want a lighter pastel, mix your colored paint with quite a bit of white to tone down the vibrance
  • A drop cloth and paper towels
  • Something to stir with (a popsicle stick, toothpick, or wooden dowel will work)
  • Gloves

If you care about staining your bucket, line it with a small trash bag. Fill it with room-temperature water, add a few drops of your first paint color on the surface, and follow with your second (and maybe even third!) color — drop close to the surface so the paint doesn’t sink. Use your paint stirrer to move them around just on the surface. Hold the candle by the wick, submerge it fully in the water, and make a few circular swirls. Before you bring up the candle, use paper towels to dab the surface of the water and remove all remaining paint (so it won’t add a second marble as you take the candle out of the water). Give the candle a little shake when you take it out to remove any excess water. Let it dry overnight, and voila! A gorgeous new piece of home decor.

Take plain glasses and turn them into a stylized set, complete with retro designs that will level up any tablescape. The best part? This project takes less than an hour, So make a gift set and one for yourself while you’re at it! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A set of plain glass tumblers (or any type of glasswear you like!)
  • An X-Acto knife
  • A ruler
  • A roll of glossy gold vinyl (or any other color)
  • Tweezers

Start by grabbing a roll of 651 vinyl — it’s meant for outdoor use, meaning it is washable and won’t unstick when you clean your glasses. Use your ruler and X-Acto knife to cut strips of equal width from your vinyl roll, then cut the top and bottom at an angle. Keep your cuts rather light so you can use your tweezers to pull the vinyl from the backing. Then gently create your designs on each tumbler. Easy peasy.

Sure, plants are a great gift no matter what, but you can really make an impression by creating a personalized terrarium full of succulents. Beyond the basic plants and pebbles, small crystals, live moss, and little cacti are also fun additions and allow you to tailor the little garden to your giftee’s personal style. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Glass terrarium vessel
  • Decorative sand and/or moss
  • Pebbles
  • Potting soil
  • Assorted succulents and air plants

Cover the bottom of your vessel with about an inch of pebbles for drainage, then about two inches of potting soil. Nestle your plants with roots into the soil at different heights and pat around them. Then add a layer of decorative sand, more pebbles, and air plants — a spoon with a long handle can be helpful here. Mist the plants with a fine spritz of water about once a week to keep them healthy and thriving.

It’s a proven fact: everyone loves a bath bomb. Make several batches with different colors and essential oils and give them to everyone on your list. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bath bomb mold
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salts
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 tsp. water
  • 2 tsp. essential oil (eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary are nice for the bath)
  • 1 tsp. oil like sweet almond or jojoba
  • A few drops of food coloring

Mix everything other than the citric acid in a bowl. Add all the liquid ingredients to a jar with a lid and shake vigorously. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and mix using your hands, then add citric acid (get ready for a fizz!). The mixture should feel like wet sand. Pack the mix super tightly into your molds, then remove from the mold and place them on wax paper to dry overnight. Let them dry for another day or two before wrapping.

Yes, a recipe can be a DIY project! We love the idea of testing different flavor combinations and gifting your friends and family with a personalized recipe basket. Add all the ingredients to a picnic basket and make a date to cook together! This One Pot Spaghetti Carbonara has tons of different ingredient substitutions you can try, like swapping the bacon for mushrooms for a vegetarian friend. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 6-quart sauce pot
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 large shallot, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 can Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup or Campbell’s® Condensed 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 3 1/2 cups Swanson® Natural Goodness® Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed

Cook the bacon and shallot in the pot over medium-high heat for five minutes or until the bacon is browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in the soup, broth, and cheese and heat to a boil, then add the spaghetti. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes or until the spaghetti is tender and the soup mixture has thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in the peas and sprinkle with the additional cheese just before serving.

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Who Plays Veronica’s Sister On ‘Riverdale’? Hermosa Will Shake Up The Show

Veronica and Hiram Lodge’s tense father-daughter dynamic is about to get even more complicated. Riverdale‘s Nov. 6 episode marks the arrival of Veronica’s sister Hermosa, played by Mishel Prada. And from the sounds of things, it will only mean more trouble for their family.

According to TV Guide, Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa described Hermosa as "just as scheming" as Hiram during the show’s New York Comic-Con panel in October. "She’s just like daddy, but a woman so more dangerous," he said.

The showrunner went into more detail during an NYCC roundtable, explaining that Hermosa lives in Miami, where she’s been running nightclubs just like her sister. "[Hermosa is] the apple of Hiram’s eye — the other apple of Hiram’s eye," he told Bustle.

But while Veronica and Hermosa have a lot in common, their similarities will prove to be a point of contention. "One thing we haven’t seen with Veronica, because she’s been an only child, is sibling rivalry," Aguirre-Sacasa said. "So that will be really, really fun to play."

Mark Consuelos, who plays Hiram, echoed these sentiments, sharing that Hermosa was from a previous relationship, which means she’s older than Veronica. "She’s fiercely loyal to Hiram," he said during the same roundtable. "Almost the opposite of Veronica. They have a good relationship."

As for Prada, she’s had a handful of roles — most notable of which was in Fear the Walking Dead — but is best known for playing Emma Hernandez in the acclaimed Starz drama Vida. Aguirre-Sacasa explained at NYCC that he’s friends with the series’ showrunner, Tanya Saracho, which led him to cast Prada in Riverdale.

Like Hermosa, Prada grew up in Miami. She comes from a family of immigrants, and while she told Women’s Wear Daily she "very much associate[s] with being an American in a lot of ways," she was excited to hear that a show like Vida — which follows two Mexican-American siblings — was being made. "Any time through art that we can give another person a sense of being and a sense of belonging, that creates something that isn’t just us…it creates an energy and a love and hopefully gives people something to latch onto, and to feel seen," Prada told WWD. "It’s building a bigger table that we can all sit down at and eat some burgers and tamales."

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like Hermosa and Veronica will be bonding over burgers and tamales anytime soon.

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The clitoris isn’t just for orgasms — it makes human life

Life itself depends on a woman feeling good.

The clitoris isn’t just for pleasure — it’s also vital for reproduction, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Clinical Anatomy.

The titillating findings make the case for clitoral stimulation, and all the wonderful things that happen as a result of it — in addition to the obvious, writes the study’s lead author Roy J. Levin of the UK’s University of Sheffield.

The stimulation triggers an exciting wave of events, from the brain to the female genital tract. The changes include increased vaginal blood flow, lubrication and an increase in vaginal temperature. When taken together, the cascade of events is “of major importance in facilitating the possibility of reproductive success,” Levin writes.

He adds that the biggest plus in clitoral stimulation is when the cervix changes position. Doing so prevents semen from traveling into the uterus too rapidly, increasing the likelihood they’ll fertilize an egg.

And the findings aren’t just one big case for the female orgasm — they also add to the argument for ending a contentious human-rights issue. Clitoridectomy, or female circumcision, has affected more than 200 million girls and women alive today across 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, according to the World Health Organization, which has called on health providers to end the practice. The practice should fall under increased scrutiny due to its effects on reproduction, Levin writes in the study.

“The often repeated mantra, that the sole function of clitoris is to induce sexual pleasure, is now obsolete,” Levin says in a press release. “The concept changes a major sexual belief, and the physiological evidence is now obvious.”

This will all likely come as a shock to many men, almost half of whom cannot so much as identify a vagina.

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Brides lift 253-pound barbell for badass wedding photo

Till deadlift do us part.

Before exchanging vows at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Boathouse in September, Zeena Hernandez, 27, and Lisa Yang, 28, made it clear they’re capable of doing the heavy lifting needed in a marriage — by doing three deadlifts of a 253-pound barbell. An image of the two blushing brides absolutely killing it has now gone viral.

“It was meant to not only be a symbol of unity, but also a statement,” Hernandez told Insider. “Individually we are strong, capable women — but together, we are stronger.”

The pair — both Olympic-style weightlifters — were capable of lifting the 253-pound weight individually, but decided to go easy on themselves on the big day. And by lifting a weight that is light by their standards, they were able to avoid warming up, and could do it in their gowns.

“We knew we were going to lift a weight without warming up, and we knew we would have a harder time keeping the bar close and maintaining good form because of our wedding dresses. So, we decided to go light,” said Hernandez, who runs a Brooklyn-based physical therapy company.

“A snatch or a clean and jerk in dresses might be a bit dangerous, so we settled on three deadlifts,” added Yang, referring to other lift styles the lovers considered doing.

The lift delighted wedding guests, who can be seen looking awe-inspired and shocked in photos, as well as the internet.

“It’s awesome to see couples personalizing their weddings to represent their relationship, and not blindly follow the classic wedding formula,” their wedding photographer, Eileen Meny, told the outlet.

It was Hernandez and Yang’s shared love of fitness which originally brought them together five years ago.

“Lisa accidentally liked my profile,” on OkCupid said Hernandez. “I thought she was cute so I messaged her first, and the rest is history.”

The two ran together, tried CrossFit and then began weightlifting. The idea to lift the barbell during the ceremony came up when they were interviewing a wedding DJ.

“We were joking about doing a tandem deadlift,” said Yang. “At the time it seemed ridiculous, because we’re Olympic [style] weightlifters and deadlift isn’t even our main sport.”

Normal wedding rituals didn’t resonate with them, though, so they ran with it.

“It was important for us to have a wedding that truly represented us as individuals and as a couple,” Hernandez said. “It wasn’t so much about weight lifting. It was more about being ourselves.”

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CBS Orders Sports Game Show From James Corden, Sets Keegan-Michael Key as Host

CBS is serving up another show from the mind of James Corden.

This time, the network has issued an order for “Game On!,” an equal parts comedy and game show based on the popular U.K. series “A League of Their Own,” which Corden hosts.

Keegan-Michael Key has been tapped to host the U.S. version, which will feature tennis champion Venus Williams and New England Patriots Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski as team captains. Actor and comedian Bobby Lee, best known for his work on “Mad TV,” and “Late, Late Show” co-head writer Ian Karmel will serve as comedian panelists.

According to CBS, “Game On!” will pit two teams of three, captained by Williams and Gronkowski, against each other. The teams will be comprised of a rotating mix of sports stars, comedians and celebrities. Both sides will go head-to-head in over-the-top physical challenges, such as seeing who can dunk the most basketballs over a tank of water while harnessed on a bungee cord, while will also have their sports-related knowledge tested with trivia questions.

“We are so delighted to be making this show with CBS,” said Corden’s producing partner Ben Winston who will serve as an executive producer on the new show. “We couldn’t have found a better host and partner in Keegan, and I can’t wait to see Gronk and Venus as we’ve never seen them before, going head to head in some epic yet ridiculous battles.”

“Game On!” is being by Eye Productions Inc. and Fulwell 73 Productions, alongside CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company. Executive producers for Fulwell 73 Productions are Corden, Winston, and Emma Conway with David Taylor, Murray Boland and Danielle Lux serving as EPs for CPL Productions. Gronkowski, Williams, Elle Key, Keegan-Michael Key, and Henry Penzi also serve as executive producers.

The “A League of Their Own” format is distributed globally outside of the U.S. and Canada by Red Arrow Studios International. In the U.K., the series is currently in its 14th season on Sky.

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Jenny Slate Ruined Her Fiance's Proposal With a Mouthful of Sausage

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Jenny Slate really knows how to make a moment memorable.

During a Tuesday appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the comedian shared the story of how her fiancé Ben Shattuck proposed at an idyllic, abandoned castle—and how she nearly ruined everything.

“We were in France,” she told Jimmy Fallon. “And as it happens when you’re in France, we came upon an abandoned castle. This happened to me! This is not a lie. We get to the castle, and it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s locked.’ But then, of course, we push the gate because we’re curious.”

Though the Parks & Recreation alum was expecting to find a haunted mansion a la Beauty and the Beast, she was surprised to come across an elderly group enjoying a picnic. Having packed a meal themselves, the couple, who were first linked together in January, found a place to sit and began their date. 

“I had chosen many of the groceries for the picnic, which means that it was just, like, all salami,” the star quipped. “I love a sausage!”

Nonetheless, the scene was still picture perfect.

“The sun is setting,” the Little Weirds author recalled. “He’s holding my hand. He’s saying, you know, these beautiful things to me. And all of a sudden, he’s like, ‘Jenny, you mean so much to me. I love you so much.’ I’m like, ‘He’s about to propose to me! I can feel it coming!'”

She was in disbelief, not only because of the special moment, but also because her face was stuffed with salami.

“I had a moment to kind of, like, calm myself. Like, could have been the Audrey Hepburn of the situation, like very demure,” admitted the actress, who previously dated Chris Evans. “And he’s like, ‘Will you be my wife?’ And of course, at that moment, when I could’ve been like, ‘Yes,’ or whatever, I have somehow nervously stuffed, like, all of the sausage into my mouth and I’m like, ‘Bleh!'”

“Just sausage dangling,” she continued. “You know how they’re, like, connected by a string? One’s hanging out. Yeah, I’m like, ‘I will be your wife! Now you said it, you have to do it!'”

To close out this epic story, Slate simply said, “Beautiful memory.”

That’ll be one to tell the kids!

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I Bought These Winter Boots For Hiking, but They're So Versatile, I Wear Them With Everything

I Bought These Winter Boots For Hiking, but They’re So Versatile, I Wear Them With Everything

If you hate packing as much as I do, you know the struggle is real when it comes to shoe selection for a trip that involves unpredictable weather and activities that range from dressy night outs to outdoor excursions. I was faced with this predicament while prepping for a two-week Fall trip to Norway and London, where I had the added challenge of fitting everything in one carry-on suitcase. How are you supposed to make room for stylish footwear when you have to fit in bulky practical shoes?

I started with my top-priority pretrip purchase, hiking boots, and I was shocked to find the holy grail of travel shoes. I bought the Sorel Women’s Ainsley Conquest Boot ($140) on Amazon after spending hours scouring Google and Pinterest to find a shoe that would cover all my practical bases while still looking cute on non-hiking days.

They saved me a ton of packing space, since they worked as rainboots, walking shoes, and hiking boots. I wore them on all my airport travel days to save additional suitcase room, and thanks to the shoelace hooks on the top, they were easy to loosen up and stayed comfortable even during the long international flights.

As their name suggests, they served as exceptional hiking boots. The lugged sole was essential for a very muddy and rocky hike that included some steep sections. I can also attest to them being extremely waterproof. I walked through creeks and stepped in puddles, and my feet remained 100 percent dry. I also thoroughly rinsed them off and they were much easier to clean than I thought they would be, only requiring a little scrubbing with a washcloth for the leather.

The most surprising benefit of these boots was how easy they were to style with my favorite Fall and Winter outfits. Since I was walking a lot on this trip, I wanted to wear comfortable shoes, and these were by far my most comfortable (even more than my sneakers). But I also wanted to feel good about my travel attire, and thankfully, chunky lace-up utilitarian boots are a trend that has stood the test of time, with Dr. Martens and various iterations of combat and work boots staying on trend in recent years. Whether styled with a long coat, skinny jeans, and scarf for a casual look or a midi dress with a sweater and tights for a nice dinner out, these boots were incredibly versatile and toughened up my classic travel uniform.

Shop the boots ahead, and keep reading for real examples of how to style the chunky boot trend with your cold-weather outfits.

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8,000 Reviewers Confirm This Is the Best Way to Keep Your Phone Charged All Day

If your phone always seems to be hovering around the 10% charged mark, a battery life extender is guaranteed to be a lifesaver — and we found the best one. Currently an Amazon exclusive, The $30 Anker Portable Charger will allow you to stay connected without having to charge your device overnight for a full days use.

With a whopping 33% faster charging capacity than traditional chargers, Anker chargers will always keep you in the know. Complete with a compact design, easy compatibility with both Apple and Android devices and a battery that can provide multiple full charges, this power bank is simply a must-have.

Only $30 the Anker Portable Charger is an innovative tool that’s perfect for simplifying your lifestyle and charge you on the go. This tool features cutting edge wireless technology to keep you connected for work, play and beyond. Better yet, it’s available on Amazon Prime, so you can get your charge on ASAP.

The best part? The Anker comes equipped with an 18-month warranty, travel pouch and micro USB cable. That’s right! If anything happens to your charger you can count on getting a replacement. Pretty sweet, right?

If you’re looking for a multitasking tool that does more than just charge your phone, Anker has you covered. Cooking? The PowerPort Wireless Stand doubles as a charger and viewing stand to keep you entertained while you chef it up in the kitchen. Hosting a game night? The PowerPort Wireless Pad will charge devices without the need of a cable. Just place your device on the pad, charge and go.

See It: Scoop up the Anker Portable Charger to always stay in the loop. 

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Dad saves baby born on living room floor by tying umbilical cord with a shoelace

Vicki Sparrow was 38 weeks pregnant when she suddenly went into labour at home.

After a pregnancy with lots of complications, she was planning to have a c-section in hospital.

But just days before she was due to have the operation, her baby Kayden decided to make an appearance, on her living room floor.

Kayden’s cord was wrapped twice around his neck and doctors suspected Vicki’s placenta was infected, so they were both in danger.

But thanks to quick-thinking dad Dan, 38, who used a lace from his work trainers to tie off the placenta, both Vicki and Kayden were fine.

It took another 20 minutes for paramedics to arrive, and when the family got to hospital, nurses praised Dan for his actions.

Guidance around cord-cutting is varied, but it has long been believed delaying cutting the cord can increase birth complications, especially if there is a risk of infection.

Dan, a building and landscape company owner, from Pontypridd, South Wales, said: ‘At the time I hated it.

‘The doctors were all saying Kayden wouldn’t survive a natural birth in hospital as it would be too traumatic for him to go through.

‘So when I realised it was going to be a home birth I started to panic.

‘Then when I realised it was all down to me I was absolutely terrified.

‘When Vicki’s waters broke he just shot out. She was just silent and I was scared I would see my son die in my arms.’

Vicki and Dan found out they were expecting their second baby last October – just weeks after booking their wedding venue.

But at their 20-week scan the couple were told their baby was too small and would need to be monitored with weekly scans and regular doppler monitoring.

Vicki said: ‘He was a twin but unfortunately his twin didn’t make it.

‘The doctors ran some tests but they weren’t entirely sure what the problem was. Only that he wasn’t developing.

‘They said his lungs wouldn’t have developed properly so would have trouble breathing.’

The couple still went forward with the wedding – six days before the birth – and size eight Vicki’s bump was so little she didn’t even need to have her dress refitted.

She was suffering from a suspected placental infection, so was booked in for a planned c-section in 38 weeks, due to doctors fears over a natural labour.

But 12 days before he was due, Vicki woke up in the middle of the night with pains that she initially thought were fake Braxton hicks contractions.

Dan wanted to take her to hospital but Vicki assured him it was fine and they went back to sleep.

But in the morning, she was in more pain and when Dan carried her downstairs to the sofa, her waters broke.

Dan said: ‘That’s when I started to worry. The doctors said he wouldn’t survive a natural birth in hospital.

‘After I grabbed the towels and called 999 I could already see his head.

‘It was sheer panic but I couldn’t freak out as I had to be there for Vicki and Kayden.’

A call handler gave him advice, and 45 minutes later their baby was born – with paramedics still to arrive.

Kayden’s cord was wrapped twice around his neck and it wasn’t long enough to pass him to his mum.

Dan was only wearing his boxers as he had been in the middle of getting dressed when Vicki’s waters broke.

He adds: ‘The operator was telling me to grab anything I could cut the umbilical cord with.

‘That’s when I caught sight of my work shoes in the hallway.

‘I grabbed one them, balanced Kayden on Vicki’s stomach and pulled the lace out.

‘I was just making sure I had tied it up tight enough.

‘I knew if I didn’t cut it right I would have risked poisoning Vicki or Kayden or even both. I had no clue what I was doing.

‘He cried for a few seconds but then he was quiet. He was still breathing but I was so scared.

‘Turns out I managed to do the right thing.’

The paramedics arrived 17 minutes later and the family were rushed to Cardiff University hospital where he spent two-and-a-half weeks in the neonatal unit.

Now four-and-a-half months old baby Kayden routinely visits Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital, Wales, every two weeks where doctors say he is growing at a ‘healthy rate’.

Dan said: ‘When we tell people they always say just how special it is.

‘At the time you don’t think it, you’re just in survival mode.

‘I’m just glad he’s defied the odds and he’s here now.

‘He had a bit of a difficult time for the first weeks of his life being in intensive care.

‘But he’s here now and he’s doing great.

‘We couldn’t be happier.’

Vicki, a former hairdresser added: ‘I’m just such a proud mum and wife.

‘For Kayden to defy the odds and for Dan to step up and save the day was one of the happiest days of my life.’

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Joy’s Father On ‘Castle Rock’ Is The Last Person You’d Expect

Spoilers ahead for Episode 5 of Castle Rock Season 2. Since the beginning of Castle Rock Season 2, Annie Wilkes has repeatedly deflected Joy’s questions about who her dad is, why they’re on the run, and where, exactly, they’re headed to. But the Nov. 6 episode, told primarily in flashbacks, finally provides some background. And as the story of Annie’s childhood slowly unfolds, it becomes increasingly obvious that her father and Joy’s are one in the same.

Annie’s "daughter," however, doesn’t know any of this, and continues to inquire about her dad’s identity. "The less you know, the safer you are," Annie responds, sounding eerily similar to her own overprotective mother. "He’s a bad man." Of course, because this is Annie Wilkes, the truth isn’t that black and white.

We learn in the extended flashback that because Annie, who grew up in Bakersfield, Ohio, has dyslexia, her parents decided to homeschool her. However, this mostly consisted of Annie digitizing pages from her father’s (John Hoogenakker) book. He was a nice but clearly egotistical writer who craved positive feedback about his work. And yet, he was a good father. He called Annie his "number one fan" (a nod to Misery), and helped to balance out her mother’s harsh tendencies.

Annie and her father often spoke about their Laughing Place — a reference to the children’s book Br’er Rabbit, which Annie had struggled to read in grade school. Despite the story’s dark, racist origins, it became a point of comfort for both Annie and her father, who told her that the Laughing Place is anywhere you say it is.

Eventually, the Wilkes hired a tutor named Rita to help their daughter overcome her dyslexia. This was seemingly really helpful for Annie: her reading improved by leaps and bounds, and she began reading books that weren’t her father’s. However, as time went on, Rita became pregnant, and when Annie asked her who the father said, she said only that it was "complicated."

Everything changed irreparably when Annie’s mother drove into a lake — with her daughter still in the passenger seat. Annie survived, but her mother died. Afterward, Rita and Annie’s father explained that they’d been having an affair, and Rita’s baby was Annie’s half-sister. She didn’t take it well, and pulled a knife on them.

Things continued to get worse after Rita moved into the Wilkes house. Annie was displaced into the attic, the newborn baby got all of the attention, and no one seemed to care that her life had changed forever. The final blow occurred when she read her father’s now finished book, Ravening Angel, which he’d dedicated to Rita — his Laughing Place.

Annie confronted her father about it, and in a fit of rage, she kicked him down the attic stairs. What she hadn’t accounted for were the railings, which he became impaled on. She then stabbed Rita and took the baby, who was then named Evangeline. As she was about to drown the baby, however, Evangeline began to laugh, and Annie decided to keep her.

In the episode’s final moments, it’s revealed that unbeknownst to Annie, Rita survived the stabbing, and present-day Joy looks her up on Facebook after reading her father’s inscription. What this means is that it’s only a matter of time before Joy realizes what exactly Annie is capable of — and that she isn’t her mother after all.

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Pringles unveils ‘epic’ Turducken chips for Thanksgiving

Tired of shoving a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey every Thanksgiving? You’re in luck.

Pringles is hyping new stackable chips flavored like Turducken, that culinary chimera that’s somehow become a fixture on tables across the US come harvest time.

The brand announced its “epic” Frankenfood on Twitter Tuesday with the caption, “RED HOT TRIPLE BIRD ALERT!!! Don’t miss Pringles Friendsgiving Feast, featuring The Turducken Stack, dropping in limited quantities on Thursday…”

In accordance with the Thanksgiving bird triumvirate, the Pringles Turducken Friendsgiving Feast kit features three kinds of fowl-flavored chips —chicken, duck and turkey, according to the Kellogg’s website.

The differently flavored crisps are stacked atop each other — just like their namesake — and paired out with chips that taste like cranberry sauce, stuffing and pumpkin pie in the same tray.

Pringles’ senior director of marketing Gareth Maguire called the concoction “the perfect kit for those who are infatuated with the Thanksgiving meat masterpiece that is the almighty Turducken, as well as anyone looking to enjoy a new take on a Friendsgiving feast.”

This isn’t the first time Pringles has marketed hybrid holiday meals. Last year, Pringles released “Thanksgiving-flavored” chips that parroted turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. The snack mogul also ran a 2018 Super Bowl ad featuring “Barry” actor Bill Hader compiling BBQ, pizza and jalapeño-flavored Pringles to form a spicy BBQ pizza stack.

“We pride ourselves on offering consumers insanely accurate flavors with endless stacking possibilities,” said Maguire.

A limited number of the $15.99 Pringles Turducken Friendsgiving Feast kits will be available at the KelloggStore.com starting Thursday at noon ET.

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All Three Atticus Finch Actors from Tony-Winning To Kill a Mockingbird Reunite for Group Shot

All three Atticus Finches in one place!

At a party on Sunday to celebrate the former cast of Broadway’s To Kill a Mockingbird — which will replace multiple lead cast members with performances starting Tuesday, Nov. 5 — Jeff Daniels, who originated the role of Alabama lawyer Atticus Finch in the Broadway play, posed with his replacement, Ed Harris, as well as Richard Thomas, who plays Finch in the touring production.

The roles of Scout Finch and Dill Harris (formerly Celia Keenan-Bolger and Gideon Glick, respectively) will also welcome new cast members on Tuesday.

Daniels’ last performance in the role was on Sunday. Earlier this year, the 64-year-old actor scored his third Tony nomination for Lead Actor for playing the iconic character.

In the novel original written by Harper Lee, Finch defends a black man accused of raping a white girl. (The story is loosely based on a real-life event Lee witnessed near her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, in 1936, when she was 10 years old.) On Broadway, the beloved story served as a memory play, with Scout recalling her father’s trial.

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Earlier this year, Daniels’ longtime collaborator Aaron Sorkin, who adapted the novel for Broadway, praised his performance while speaking to PEOPLE.

“Jeff is a great actor,” Sorkin told PEOPLE. “He’s a methodical actor who takes as much rehearsal and preview time as you’ll give him to build a performance. He’s a strong leader backstage and he’s tough as dirt.”

Meanwhile, Harris, 68, takes over the role after making his Broadway debut in 1986 with Precious Sons. His performance in the play earned the Westworld actor a Tony nomination for Lead Actor.

To Kill a Mockingbird is playing on Broadway now.

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Black Cat Makes End Zone Run, Becomes MVP Of Monday Night Football

The New York Giants’ Monday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys had a purr-fect interlude, when a black cat charged onto the MetLife Stadium field.

The rogue feline ran into the end zone in the second quarter, eliciting cheers from the crowd, before sprinting under a seating section as state troopers chased on.

Kevin Harlan earned praised for his witty commentary in the video, here:

It’s unclear exactly how the cat ended up on the field. According to broadcaster Madelyn Burke, a number of strays live in the stadium’s bleachers.

“Once we locate and safely capture the cat, we will take it to a veterinarian for examination,” tweeted the MetLife Stadium’s account.

Twitter users, meanwhile, marveled at the animals’ end zone run ― and speculated as to how it had affected the game, which ended in a 37-18 victory for the Cowboys:

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Toyota announces big changes to ‘better respond’ to customers

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FBN’s Grady Trimble talks to Toyota Indiana President Millie Marshall about the challenges for the automaker hiring for plants such as the one in Princeton, Indiana.

Carmaker Toyota announced key changes to its organization Monday that it said will help streamline customer response and adapt to ongoing changes in the auto industry.

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Toyota Motor North America will establish a Manufacturing Project Innovation Center as part of the plan, which will focus on strategic manufacturing initiatives and will be led by Mike Bafan, who will act as the center’s vice president.

The initiative will also look for trends in connected, autonomous, shared and electric technologies, according to a company statement, as well as spotlighting benchmarking and advanced processing initiatives.

The Innovation Center “will assign manufacturing leaders to align and improve the operational speed and transformation at its North American vehicle plants based on platforms and common architectures as follows,” Toyota said in the memo.

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Christopher Reynolds, chief administration officer, manufacturing and corporate resources at the company will oversee the center.

“These improvements will enable our manufacturing team to better respond to our customers’ needs as we transform our business into a world-class mobility company,” he said in the statement. “We are more confident than ever that we’re at the leading edge of our industry’s transformation and have positioned ourselves for long-term, sustainable success.”

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Toyota currently has more than $27 billion in direct U.S. investment, which includes 10 U.S. plants. The company has committed to invest $13 billion more in the U.S. by 2021.

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Its stock is up more than 21 percent on the year and nearly 22 percent year-to-date.

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These Are the Most Popular Engagement Ring Styles

Did you know that we're heading into Mercury retrograde and the most popular time of year to get engaged? According to data collected by The Knot, November to February is officially engagement season, meaning engagement rings are on the mind when it's not being throttled by the planets. It's not surprising to learn that a solitaire-style engagement ring is the most popular style, but the Knot found that other kinds of rings are gaining popularity, especially now that couples are looking for ways to make their rings more unique. 

The Knot's Real Weddings Study also found that more than 85% of proposers purchase a brand-new ring for the occasion and 45% opt for something custom designed. The majority — 81% — of proposees use social media for ring inspiration, so all those Pinterest boards really are doing something. 

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"Today's couples are more diverse than ever before, and what makes each proposal, wedding, and even registry unique is the celebrating of two individuals and their love story," says The Knot Editor-in-Chief Kristen Maxwell Cooper. "Couples are tossing and twisting engagement traditions like never before, whether choosing to propose on top of a mountain in private or at the location of their first date in front of family and friends, ultimately prioritizing their personal preferences for the start of their wedding planning journey and soon-to-be newlywed lives."

In terms of styles, the rock itself is getting a remix, too. Couples are looking for non-round cuts more and more now. Princess or square cuts raked in 14% of the vote, tying with the oval cut in popularity. Even though brides-to-be may hear about them being super-popular, cushion cut diamonds only earned 9% of the vote and probably thanks to Carrie Bradshaw's nausea, pear- or teardrop-cut stones only pulled in 5% of responses.

Diamonds aren't going anywhere, with 90% of responders saying that they opted for one. But other stones are gaining momentum, The Knot reports. The most popular diamond alternatives are moissanite (which got 19% of the response, up from 10% in 2017), sapphire (18%), morganite (12%), and aquamarine (6%).

For couples looking for something really different, not having a ring at all is getting more popular, too. While 96% of couples do opt for a ring, The Knot notes that "watches, bracelets, gifting a vacation, or even a down payment on a house" are options that the other 4% choose instead. 15% of ring-givers offer up a lab-grown stone, citing ethical sourcing as the main reason for eschewing a traditional stone. Another way to get around that quandary is to go vintage or use a stone that's passed down in the family. 11% of couples are going that route, making the "something old" and "something new" the exact same thing.

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Stranger added to family group chat restores ‘faith in humanity’

Like any good great-grandmother, when Beverly Garrett was awaiting news on the birth of her great-granddaughter, she reached out to all the phone numbers she had for her grandson — even a number that no longer belonged to him.

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As Zach Garrett waited for his wife Sierra to deliver their daughter, Layla, he responded with updates to his grandma’s group text. What came next gave Garrett “faith in humanity,” he told “Good Morning America.”

“My grandmother was trying to get a hold of me for updates, and she accidentally added my old cell phone number and my current number,” he said. “When we first heard from him I was a little embarrassed that me and my grandmother were talking away with him stuck in our group chat, but his selfie brought so much humor to the situation. We all had a good laugh! Bobby could have been really rude or told us to take him out of our chat but he didn’t. He was so nice about it.”

Bobby is Bobby Watson from Malvern, Arkansas.

“I was actually added to the group weeks before responding,” Watson told “GMA.”

As it turns out, Watson has a family member named Zach and was embarrassed thinking he had missed an important piece of family news regarding a baby on the way.

But when Garrett sent the photo of Sierra and the baby, he realized he didn’t know them.

“I couldn’t resist inserting myself,” Watson said. “I felt it would make them laugh while already being in a joyful mood.” Watson donated $50 to Garrett’s cash app for diapers.

Since Garrett posted the story and screen shots to Facebook, they’ve received almost 50,000 shares. The $50 for diapers has become more than $700 with donations from strangers touched by Bobby’s gesture.

Watson told “GMA,” “I think people like the story so much because it was a real interaction between strangers that shows no matter race or gender people can be good to one another. In a time where it seems a social divide is being pushed … there’s good people everywhere you go.”

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Is Kanye West Actually Inside Any of These Kardashian Halloween Kostumes?

Chicago West, Saint West, North West, Kim Kardashian West, Psalm West, and supposedly Kanye West dressed as the Flintstones for Halloween 2019.

Kanye West, fresh off the release of hotly contested rap-slash-gospel album Jesus Is King, has sparked an internet mystery.

A little background: Because Halloween was on a Thursday this year, the holiday actually lasted for nearly two weeks. Many celebrities, flush with cash and perpetually desperate for Instagram engagement, were compelled to post multiple elaborate costumes. And of course the Kardashians went all out. While Kim Kardashian dressed as Legally Blonde’s legendary Elle Woods for a solo costume (Get it? Because she’s becoming a lawyer? And she’s an LA woman that people tend to underestimate?) her children and husband also sported a series of intense themed outfits, captured by professional photoshoots, natch.

The Kardashian-Wests dressed as the Flintstones, alien-like “West Worms,” and characters from the kids’ movie Sing. And for every single costume, Kanye supposedly wore an enormous outfit of the sort beloved by team mascots and furries, in which his entire body and head were completely obscured. And so the internet started wondering: was Kanye actually inside the kostumes?

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Kim eventually posted a shot to her Instagram stories showing Kanye sans alien/”West Worm” head. But she also confessed on Instagram that daughter Chicago had to be photoshopped into the Flintstones photo because she was too scared of “Kanye’s” Dino costume.

“This family pic was such a challenge because Chicago was so scared of Dino!,” Kim wrote. “LOL We tried to explain and show her that it was just daddy but she didn’t get the concept yet! So shout out to the photographer for editing her in & making our family Flintstones dreams come true!”

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Dedicated fans (and trolls) pointed out that if the photos used Photoshop in the first place, Kim could have surely edited Kanye in for her Instagram story. A konspiracy! She also has yet to provide similar proof of Kanye in the Flintstones/Sing looks. When it comes to Dino, there’s also something of a height disparity. Kanye stands at 5’8; Kim is 5’3, and was photographed barefoot. The Dino head towers at least a foot above Kim–so where would Kanye’s head go? It surely could not fit inside Dino’s skinny neck. The image makes no physical sense!

And remember this gem from Mr. West, back when he loved to tweet? For Halloween 2019, he was likely in costume with his family. But we prefer to imagine him roaming the flaming hills of the Valley, staring at trick-or-treaters with disdain.

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420-pound pig who lived on Chinese takeout rescued by firefighters

While most pigs eat slop, this hefty hog enjoyed a diet of porridge, chocolate and Chinese takeout.

The 5-foot-long, 420-pound Twiglet was no piglet, but she was “family” to her owner, Elaine Edwards from Rotherham in the UK, who died in August. Last week, the extraordinary swine was rescued from Edwards’ home after the woman’s family realized they would not be able to move Twiglet on their own.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) found the portly porker on the first floor of Edwards’ home. There, she slept on her own mattress in her owner’s bedroom and was even potty-trained to use a litter box. Inspectors from the RSPCA, as well as firefighters and local veterinarians, came to oversee the rescue effort.

The Vietnamese pot-bellied pig had to be sedated for the move, which involved six firemen working together to carry her out.

“This was a first for me — a couple of hundred pound pig is not a common animal to be kept in a first floor flat, for very good reasons,” says Kristy Ludlam of the RSPCA. “We are really happy that we were able to bring everyone together to help Twiglet and her owner’s family and grateful to everyone involved, and so pleased that she’s doing well in her new home.”

Calli Edwards, Elaine’s granddaughter, who told SWNS about Twiglet’s junk food diet, said, “My nan had always wanted a pig ever since she was a little girl, so we bought one for her for £60 off Facebook.”

The 20-year-old said her grandmother “loved [Twiglet] to death,” adding that she “was a member of the family” — and pampered as such.

“Twiglet had her own single bed in my nan’s room with her own teddies — that was life for Twiglet,” Calli says. “She got everything she wanted.”

Calli also says that her grandmother would not allow “jokes about bacon sandwiches” around Twiglet, nor was she concerned about her size: “If you had nothing nice to say about Twiglet, you had to say nothing at all.”

Twiglet was taken to the Peppers Field Equine & Poultry Rehabilitation Centre where she’s lost about 21 pounds already by sticking to fresh produce, such as her favorite snack, grapes.

“When she first came, she was really quiet. I think she was quite depressed after her owner died,” says Chloe Watson, who works with the rehab center. “She was quiet and reserved, but she has now come out of her shell.”

Watson says that they hope to find a new, more appropriate home for Twiglet soon.

“She definitely lived a life of luxury in the flat,” says Watson, “but it wasn’t really the right environment for her.”


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