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Russell Baker Dies: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Columnist & PBS Host Was 93

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Russell Baker Dies: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Columnist & PBS Host Was 93
Celebrated author, humorist and The New York Times columnist Russell Baker died Jan. 21 in his home in Leesburg, Va. He was 93.

In addition to his celebrated and much-lauded newspaper columns, Baker hosted PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre beginning in 1993, succeeding Alistair Cooke, and stayed in the spot until 2004, becoming one of public television’s most familiar presences.

According to the New York Times, his son Allen Baker said that he died of complications from fall. Baker was born August 14, 1925 in Morrisonville, Va. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1947. From there, he went on to become a prominent writer. He is best known for his irreverent Times column titled “Observer” which leaned into politics as well as other facets of culture. The column also ran in hundreds of newspapers for 36 years. He received his first Pulitzer Prize for his column in 1979 and then received a second for his best-selling autobiography Growing Up
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Bryan Singer Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By 4 More Men Who Were Underage At The Time

Bryan Singer Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By 4 More Men Who Were Underage At The Time
Back in October, filmmaker Bryan Singer posted a message on social media claiming that there was going to be a new article published about allegations of sexual misconduct that were false. He claimed the article would be coming from Esquire and that the piece is “reckless” and “irresponsible.” Well, the article just dropped but it didn’t come from Esquire. The Atlantic posted a new report detailing new allegations from 4 more men that claim that Singer abused them when they were underage.

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Alec Baldwin Pleads Guilty in His Criminal Assault and Harassment Case

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Alec Baldwin Pleads Guilty in His Criminal Assault and Harassment Case
Alec Baldwin just got a great result in his criminal assault and harassment case, after prosecutors realized the surveillance video created huge problems for them. Baldwin appeared in an NYC courtroom Tuesday and prosecutors revealed they were willing to not only lower the charge to harassment in the 2nd degree, but they also cut a deal in which Baldwin would take a few anger management courses and the whole thing would just go away. The
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Gina Rodriguez Announces Jane the Virgin Spinoff With Adorable, Confusing Pic

Gina Rodriguez Announces Jane the Virgin Spinoff With Adorable, Confusing Pic
Jane the Virgin will live on.  Despite the fact that the show is ending after its fifth season later this year, it appears rumors of a spinoff are no longer just rumors.  Gina Rodriguez posted a picture on both Instagram and Twitter of herself and the boy who plays her son Mateo, Elias Janssen, along with a caption reading, "We got some good news from the CW! Jane will be birthing a Spin Off!!!!! Jane the Novelas!!!"  That title seems to go with the reports that the spinoff will be an anthology series telling stories from different books written by Jane (who is an aspiring author on the show), with voiceover by Rodriguez. The first season would reportedly be called "Tar &...
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Lady Gaga Weighs In on Bradley Cooper's Oscar Snub, and Now We're Feeling at Peace

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Lady Gaga Weighs In on Bradley Cooper's Oscar Snub, and Now We're Feeling at Peace
Ally - er, Lady Gaga - has spoken. Just hours after this year's Oscar nominees were announced, Gaga weighed in on the fact that her A Star Is Born costar Bradley Cooper was notably left out of the best director category. Though many fans were grabbing their pitchforks and readying a revolt against the Academy, the 32-year-old singer and actress had a more positive outlook on the lack of recognition for Bradley's directorial debut.

"You never know what's going to happen," she told The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 22. "But at the end of the day, he knows that he's the best director in my eyes, and in all of our eyes as his cast." Aww! We just love their supportive friendship so much. Lady Gaga added that Bradley's still thrilled about A Star Is Born's laundry list of other nominations, including best picture and best achievement in cinematography.
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Mark Hamill Goes Medieval In First Promo For ‘Knightfall’ Season 2

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Mark Hamill‘s got a brand new look. The 67-year-old “Star Wars’ icon stars in season two of History’s drama, “Knightfall“. The network released the season’s first promo on Wednesday, giving audiences an exciting look at Hamill in action. It was revealed last August that the actor would be joining “Knightfall” as Talus, a “battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who
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Has Riverdale Lost Its Mind Or Have We Lost Ours?

We've got a question, and it's one we ask with love: What is Riverdale smoking?  The show has never been not a little bit insane in the best kind of way, but this season takes the cake. It takes the cake so far that you can't see the cake anymore. The cake is gone. A bear has eaten the cake, after it attacked Archie Andrews (Kj Apa) in some Canadian woods.  At some point, this season was about a Dungeons and Dragons-esque game called Gryphons and Gargoyles that was driving teens to commit suicide and causing others to have still-mysterious seizures. Eventually, we learned that the parents had all played G&G back in the day, but had stopped and vowed to never speak of it again after their...
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Chris Brown's Rumored Girlfriend Sticks By His Side Amid Rape Allegation

Chris Brown's rumored girlfriend, Ammika Harris, is standing by his side after he was accused of rape. In photos obtained by JustJared.com, the musician and 25-year-old were spotted together in Paris, France a day after the artist was detained for alleged aggravated rape and drug offenses. Ammika wore a chic black coat and patterned blouse for her late night outing with Brown, who wore a beige coat over an all-black ensemble. He was released on Tuesday, along with two other individuals, without bail and is allowed to leave France. No charges were filed against the star, but, according to NBC News, "The investigation is not closed at this stage and continues under the authority of the Parquet of...
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Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino Wants Kim Kardashian to Help Free Mike ''The Situation'' Sorrentino From Prison

Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino Wants Kim Kardashian to Help Free Mike ''The Situation'' Sorrentino From Prison
The Jersey Shore Family Vacation star, Vinny Guadagnino, is asking for Kim Kardashian's help. The reason? He wants the cosmetics mogul to use her star power to help free his MTV co-star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino from prison.  While at the Los Angeles airport, TMZ asked Vinny about how his friend is holding up. "I heard he's doing great in there," he says. "I knew he was gonna do good. He was never really nervous about it, so I was praying, 'I hope once he's in there it's okay.'" Adding that "he's so strong mentally." So how does the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star tie into this,...
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Queer Eye Is Heading to Japan For Special Episodes in 2019

Queer Eye Is Heading to Japan For Special Episodes in 2019
Queer Eye is going seriously global this year!  The Fab Five is headed to Japan for a special mini season of the Netflix hit series, the streaming service announced Wednesday. Production is about to begin, and the four new episodes will debut after the launch of season three, which was filmed in Kansas City, Missouri.  Called Queer Eye: We're in Japan!, the special episodes will follow Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, and Bobby Berk as they "work with local tastemakers to make-better a new group of heroes," all while they get to know Japanese cuisine, fashion, design, grooming, and culture.  "The Fab Five will forge relationships with four Japanese...
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25 Young Adult Novels Guaranteed to Make You Ugly Cry

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25 Young Adult Novels Guaranteed to Make You Ugly Cry
You may think that no novel could ever break your heart like an episode of Grey's Anatomy or This Is Us, but that's probably because you haven't been reading enough Ya fiction. From John Green to Sarah Dessen, young adult authors are professionals when it comes to telling tear-jerking tales (as well as forcing us to revisit all the turbulence and torment of our teenage years). If you're tired of rewatching The Notebook but still in need of a good cry, we recommend diving into one of these devastating Ya novels - just be sure to keep some chocolate and tissues handy!

Related: Book-Lovers, Brace Yourselves: The 2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge Is Here!
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Dying to Watch Old Seasons of The Bachelor? Well . . .

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Dying to Watch Old Seasons of The Bachelor? Well . . .
The very first episode of The Bachelor premiered on March 25, 2002. Back then, it seemed crazy that two people could fall in love with each other, much less get engaged, in a matter of weeks. And yet, Bachelor Nation continued coming for more, proving that we just can't get enough of the ABC show. If you feel like taking a trip down memory lane, and seeing Chris Harrison in all his glory, it might be time to binge-watch some old seasons.

From seasons one to 22, there have been a whole lot of memorable moments. Thanks to ABC's tribute video to the host with the most, we know that there have been 6,578 kisses, 2,924 roses, and 37 proposals. Unfortunately, Netflix and Hulu won't help you see every single one of them. Neither streaming service offers old seasons. Even ABC's website only gives you access to episodes from the current season. At this rate, it
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Wiz Khalifa Buys $3.4 Million Encino Mansion

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Wiz Khalifa just swooped a super modern pad -- and it only cost him a few mil. We've learned the Pittsburgh rapper closed on a new mansion Wednesday in Encino, CA -- near Tarzana, Calabasas and other rich areas north of L.A. -- and our real estate sources tell us he dropped a cool $3.4 million on the property. Helluva deal, considering how nice this place is. With four bedrooms suites, the 2-story estate boasts
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This Iconic Britney Spears Performance Got the Funko Pop! Treatment, and I Can't Breathe

Hello, good day! Do you have a minute to talk about our lord and savior, Britney Jean Spears? On an unassuming January day, the delightful company known as Funko unveiled something truly awe-inspiring: it's decided to immortalize one of the pop princess's most iconic performances. I'm sure, even as I utter the words, you'll be able to conjure the image. In 2001, at the esteemed MTV VMAs, Spears gave a truly legendary performance to the tune of one of her sexiest bops: the queen performed "Slave 4 U," and she sauntered out on the stage, with her scarves and abs and pierced belly button, with a snake draped over her golden tanned shoulders. It has gone down as one of her best VMAs moments, and possibly one of her most memorable moments to date.

And now, we have an incredible, quite detailed Funko Pop! Rocks: Britney Spears - "Slave 4 U" figurine. It's got everything.
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Let's Investigate What Really Happened to Candace on You

Let's Investigate What Really Happened to Candace on You
Warning: This post contains spoilers for You season one.

Imagine if Hugh Grant's character in Notting Hill had a duplicitous, Norman Bates-y alter ego, and you'll get a taste for Netflix's You. The series, which originally aired on Lifetime, revolves around the murder sprees of a charismatic, yet deeply disturbed bookstore owner named Joe. Beck, the ill-fated apple of his wicked eye, drives Joe's twisted impulses throughout the show's first season. As Beck's story unfolds, we also learn about the serial killer's former musician girlfriend Candace by means of hallucinations and flashbacks.

Joe's relationship with Candace initially appears to just be a backdrop for his present behavior. We're led to believe that Joe finished her off somehow. Lo and behold, the twist ending of the debut season then had us thinking otherwise. So, did Joe actually kill Candace? Let's investigate.

What Happens

Joe and Candace's love story
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You: Sorry, Netflix, but We're Not Buying This Major Twist

Warning: This post contains spoilers for You season one.

On a normal romantic drama, the usual tension is, will they or won't they? On Netflix's thriller series You, it's more along the lines of, will they, won't they, and oh my goodness, is the person you love actually a psychopath?! A gripping foray into the dark underbelly of the digital age, the series rolls out a talented cast that includes not only Penn Badgley from Gossip Girl as the creepy protagonist Joe. but also Shay Mitchell as his lover's queen bee best friend who hails from literary royalty. Seriously, the internet can't get enough of Mitchell's high-key manipulative Peach Salinger, who's just the literal opposite of Holden Caulfield.

Mitchell won't be returning to the show as a cast member, given her character's rather grim fate. "I would have liked to see her [Peach] last a little longer, to be honest.
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Meet Angelo Roefaro, the Press Secretary Caught Up in the Fyre Festival Fiasco

Thanks to a pair of brand-new documentaries focused on the disastrous story of 2017's infamous Fyre Festival, we're talking about the influencer scam all over again. We're also talking more about Billy McFarland, the founder of Fyre Media and the organizer of the failed festival. McFarland is currently serving a six-year sentence in federal prison for fraud. After the release of the documentaries, however, people took notice of a background figure in one scene, referred to as "Angelo." As it turned out, "Angelo" is actually a press secretary for a high-ranking politician.

Angelo, seen in the background of a scene at McFarland's penthouse hotel room, is Angelo Roefaro, currently the press secretary for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (a Democrat from New York). In Netflix's Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, Roefero is seen sitting on a couch, with his laptop, in McFarland's penthouse suite. The narration from a
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Future Is ''Happy'' For Ciara and Russell Wilson Despite Recent Diss

Future Is ''Happy'' For Ciara and Russell Wilson Despite Recent Diss
Future is claiming that there are "no problems" between him and his ex Ciara's husband, Russell Wilson, after criticizing the pair's relationship. On the latest episode of the Durtty Boyz Show, the rapper tried to explain that there are no hard feelings between him and Russell, even though his recent comments might make it look that way. "We don't have no problems," Future explained. "It's a social media problem. No, I don't hate him. Totally not the deal. It was just the way we were carrying it, as far as being handled with Baby Future." To further prove his point he stated, "I don't have nothing against him, and I'm happy for...
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Fyre Festival's Billy McFarland Is in Prison - Here's How Long He'll Be There

Fyre Festival's Billy McFarland Is in Prison - Here's How Long He'll Be There
With a pair of documentaries revisiting the complicated and complete disaster that was the infamous Fyre Festival, the name Billy McFarland is back in the headlines. The organizer of the festival and former founder and CEO of Fyre Media was depicted in both the Hulu and Netflix documentaries as the fraudster behind the chaos. After the festival's many failings were revealed, McFarland was stuck facing the music. For committing wire and mail fraud, as well as for his falsified investment documents and more, McFarland was ultimately sentenced to prison. On Oct. 11, 2018, he was officially given a sentence of six years in federal prison, which he is currently serving at Fci Otisville in New York.

McFarland's history of roping people into his schemes, as outlined in a Vanity Fair article, was long-running. The Fyre Festival itself was not intended just as a music festival but as a gigantic promotional effort around
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Here's What's Really Going on With Kendra Wilkinson and Bachelor Bad Boy Chad Johnson

Here's What's Really Going on With Kendra Wilkinson and Bachelor Bad Boy Chad Johnson
Chad Johnson has set his sights on another bachelorette: Kendra Wilkinson. The Girls Next Door star was spotted with former Bachelorette contestant Chad Johnson, a.k.a. Bad Chad from Jojo Fletcher's season. In photos obtained by TMZ, the mother-of-two and the former reality star stepped out for dinner in Los Angeles on Monday night. As the couple left the restaurant Rocco's Tavern, paparazzi snapped photos of the pair holding hands. And there might be a future for the pair. A source tells E! News, "Chad has always thought Kendra was super attractive." As for Kendra, she isn't thinking too much about their dinner together. According to...
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