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Captain America 4 movie confirmed: Will Chris Evans return as Steve Rogers?

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Captain America 4 movie confirmed: Will Chris Evans return as Steve Rogers?

Back in January, Hollywood commentator Grace Randolph said she had heard that Evans had been in talks over the New Year to return to his iconic role.

All the speculation at the time centred on a possible appearance in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, rather than a new Captain America film.

This would allow Evans to reprise the role but with a twist, perhaps playing the iconic ‘evil Captain America’ from the comics who is a secret HYDRA sleeper agent.

But now the door is wide open again, following the latest news.

True Thompson, 3, & Dream Kardashian, 4, Rock Matching Leotards & Hug In Adorable Photos

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This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

True Thompson, 3, & Dream Kardashian, 4, Rock Matching Leotards & Hug In Adorable Photos

True Thompson and Dream Kardashian are the cutest BFFs ever! The daughters of Khloe and Rob Kardashian were all smiles as they posed in matching outfits.

Dream Kardashian and True Thompson are truly Khloe Kardashian‘s “angels”. The Good American mogul, whose daughter True recently turned three, took to Instagram to share some sweet snaps of the cousins cuddling up to each other. “My heart is melting with these two angels!” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star captioned the April 23 post, which showed the two tots in matching outfits. The pair were seen hugging and giving the camera big smiles, as they rocked matching, bright pink bejeweled leotards. True also wore a silver necklace with a heart shaped pendant, while both girls accessorized with pink clips in their hair.

The adorable post comes less than two week after Khloe paid tribute to her mini-me on her third birthday. “Seeing life through your eyes is something so special. It’s something magical. I will cherish every moment I have with you forever,” Khloe wrote on Instagram. “You are every dream I’ve ever had of becoming a mommy come True. Thank you for choosing me! God, thank you for blessing me with my angel.”

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True and her cousins couldn’t be closer, so of course, she celebrated the milestone with the likes of Stormi Webster, and her mom, Kylie Jenner, 23. This year, her party was full of Disney Princess memorabilia, colorful balloons and even actors dressed as some of True’s favorite Disney characters. The whole house looked like palace of pastels! “Of course, the princesses,” Khloe said in her IG video, introducing Princess Anna and Elsa from Frozen and Princess Tiana from The Princess & The Frog. “Happy birthday, True,” one of the princesses said to the camera as Khloe gave fans a tour of the house.

Her dad Tristan Thompson also paid tribute to his mini me on social media. He took to his Instagram Story on April 12 to share some adorable pics of True when she was just a bub! One photo showed the Boston Celtics basketball star holding his baby girl in the pool. “My Princess,” Tristan wrote, adding a crown emoji. “Happy 3rd bday!!”

Oscar predictions: Can anything beat 'Nomadland'?

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Oscar predictions: Can anything beat 'Nomadland'?

Two film writers predict “Nomadland” will take best picture and its maker, Chloe Zhao, will win best director.

LOS ANGELES — Ahead of Sunday’s 93rd Academy Awards, Associated Press Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their predictions for a ceremony that is forging on in the midst of the pandemic.

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BEST PICTURE

COYLE: A contemplative character study made for $ 5 million and populated by non-professional actors, Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” is not your typical Oscar heavyweight. And yet it’s overwhelming the favorite, a roundly acclaimed movie from an exciting auteur that has already ruled at the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and, most crucially, the producers and directors’ guilds. The weirdness of this unending pandemic awards season adds a drop of uncertainty to everything. But as much as I’d like to see “Sound of Metal,”“Promising Young Woman” or “Minari” sneak in for an upset, “Nomadland” is a near-lock, and an eminently worthy winner. But it’s udder madness that Kelly Reichardt’s lyrical “First Cow” never contended here. And how much better would the season have been if Steve McQueen’s explosive “Small Axe” film anthology (which instead will vie at the Emmys) had somehow been in the mix? Old Oscar traditions are eroding, but not quickly enough.

BAHR: You had to bring up “Small Axe,” didn’t you? I would have liked to see “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” go the distance too, but I guess this year there was only room for one contemplative character study made for under $ 5 million — and the one about the rural Pennsylvania teens on a bleak road trip wasn’t it. But it would still be “Nomadland’s” year and that’s only cause for celebration.

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BEST ACTRESS

The Nominees: Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”; Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”; Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”; Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”

BAHR: The best actress race is perhaps the biggest wild card of the night. Viola Davis won the Screen Actors Guild Award, Andra Day won the Golden Globe and Frances McDormand won the BAFTA. It’s chaos! Day still seems like a long shot and McDormand’s last win still seems fresh enough that it might push voters who would’ve otherwise went for her Fern elsewhere. This year I’m inclined to believe that Davis will walk away with the trophy for her raw portrayal of blues singer Ma Rainey, but I can’t help but think that perhaps Mulligan should win for “Promising Young Woman.” As for who should’ve been a contender, there are so many but two of my favorites include Aubrey Plaza in the criminally underseen “Black Bear” and Han Ye-ri, who gave my favorite performance in “Minari” as the long-suffering, steadfast mother Monica.

COYLE: Chaos indeed! I think this is a toss up between Davis and Mulligan, with the edge going to Davis after her SAG win. Davis has won before, for her titanic performance in “Fences.” But that came (somewhat debatably) as supporting actress. And there is justice in Davis — very possibly the greatest actor alive — taking the top award, especially when you factor in the category’s history. Just once before has a Black woman (Halle Berry in 2002 for “Monster’s Ball”) won best actress. Still, the race would have been all the more interesting if it hadn’t overlooked two of the year’s best performances: Radha Blank (“The Forty-Year-Old Version”) and Carrie Coon (“The Nest”).

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BEST ACTOR

The nominees: Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”; Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”; Gary Oldman, “Mank”; Steven Yeun, “Minari.”

COYLE: After some ho-hum years, the best actor category is really strong this time around. I loved all of these performances. Still, this award has — rightly — belonged to Boseman throughout an award season that has doubled as tribute and wake for the late “Ma Rainey” actor. His greatest performance was his last. Some see a chance of Hopkins (who won at the BAFTAs) pulling off an upset for his devastating portrait of a man stricken with dementia. But I don’t. Expect Boseman to become the third actor to win an Oscar posthumously, following Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight”) and Peter Finch (“Network”). I wouldn’t swap any of these nominees out, but Sacha Baron Cohen’s high-wire guerilla performance in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” is in a category by itself.

BAHR: Could you imagine if Boseman didn’t win? The grit and commitment in all these performances are worth singing about, though. There were so many others that could have fit in here too, like Delroy Lindo for “Da 5 Bloods,” Mads Mikkelsen for “Another Round” or, while we’re bending categories, even Hugh Jackman for “Bad Education.”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

The Nominees: Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”; Glenn Close, “Hillbilly Elegy”; Olivia Colman, “The Father”; Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”; Yuh-Jung Youn, “Minari.”

BAHR: In a category where Amanda Seyfried started out seeming like a lock, it certainly seems like the tide has shifted toward Yuh-Jung Youn for her performance as the unconventional grandmother Soonja in “Minari.” It’s a difficult task to be both the comic relief and the heart of a film, but she pulls it off effortlessly which is why she probably will and should win (although Maria Bakalova could sweep in with a possible upset). Both women elevated their respective films and deserve all the attention they’re getting. And Seyfried will absolutely get her Oscar somewhere down the line. I would have also liked to see Talia Ryder advance to this stage for “Never Rarely Sometimes Always.”

COYLE: This has been a shape-shifting race but Youn is definitely in the lead. I’d like to see more love all around for “Minari,” but it’s kind of fitting that Lee Isaac Chung’s film be celebrated through the minari-growing matriarch of the movie. Two other names that I wish were here, both for disarmingly funny, natural performances: Cristin Milioti, MVP of “Palm Springs,” and Dylan Gelula of the indie college romance “S—-house.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

The Nominees: Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”; Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”; Leslie Odom Jr., “One Night in Miami”; Paul Raci, “Sound of Metal”; LaKeith Stanfield, “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

COYLE: This seems certain to go to Daniel Kaluuya. For his mighty performance as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, Kaluuya (a nominee for “Get Out”) has racked up wins at the SAGs, Globes and BAFTAs. A little wrinkle came when Stanfield was unexpectedly nominated here despite being campaigned for as a leading actor — and that could split some of the vote between the two “Judas and the Black Messiah” stars. Stanfield, for me, is the best actor in this bunch. But this is Kaluuya’s year. Stanfield will be back, as will some of the performers who missed out, like Kingsley Ben-Adir, terrific as Malcolm X in “One Night in Miami.”

BAHR: Oh, Kingsley Ben-Adir! If I’m being perfectly honest, I would have been happy if the supporting slate was simply the cast of “One Night in Miami,” plus Kaluuya. I do think Paul Raci has a shot as the Cinderella story of awards season, but it also feels like it’s time to get Kaluuya up on that stage.

DIRECTOR

The Nominees: Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”; Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari”; David Fincher, “Mank”; Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”; Thomas Vinterberg, “Another Round.”

BAHR: The directing category is Chloé Zhao’s to lose and I think she both will win and should win for the transcendent “Nomadland,” even if it’s become a forgone conclusion at this point. In an awards season as endless as this one it’s hard not to be skeptical of any film and filmmaker that has thus far swept most awards. But that this tiny movie has had such an ascent is something of a miracle and well deserved. The bonus is that (hopefully) we’ll finally have more than one best director-winner who is a woman. That said, it would have been nice had Miranda July (“Kajillionaire”) been among the contenders as well.

COYLE: I like imaging the Dynes of “Kajillionaire” getting all dressed up and taking multiple bus transfers to the Oscars. But Zhao will win, and it should be a great moment. Not just because she’ll be only the second woman to ever win the award but because she’s an exceptional — and exceptionally humble — filmmaker with a lot of movies ahead of her. More often this award goes to someone who’s been around a while. Pretty soon, we’ll be wondering how it’s possible that David Fincher — maybe the very best Hollywood director of his era — hasn’t ever won.

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DOCUMENTARY

The Nominees: “Collective,” “Crip Camp,” “The Mole Agent,” “My Octopus Teacher,” “Time”

COYLE: With increasing frequency, this is the best Oscar category, and it’s the one with the most snubs. Some of the very best movies of the year — including “Dick Johnson Is Dead” and “The Truffle Hunters” — didn’t make it through the crowded shortlist stage. And still the films that did get nominated are sensational. Probably the only one that I wouldn’t pick — “My Octopus Teacher” — is going to win. Little noticed at its debut last fall, the film’s audience swelled on Netflix, turning it into an out-of-the-blue Academy Awards contender. I would cheer loudest, though, if “Crip Camp” were to win. It would be a triumph for a warm-hearted film, and for the disability community.

BAHR: Even the shortlist itself was brutal, leaving out “The Dissident” and “Acasa, My Home” but the documentary category has long left out some of the medium’s best work (hi “Hoop Dreams”). It is odd that a late-game Netflix sensation like “My Octopus Teacher” somehow became the frontrunner, but I’m trying not to judge what people connect to this year even if I would prefer an urgent piece like “Collective” take the prize.

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

The Nominees: “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, Bosnia and Herzegovina; “Another Round,” Denmark; “Better Days,” Hong Kong; “Collective,” Romania; “The Man Who Sold His Skin,” Tunisia.

BAHR: This category seems to be a race between Denmark’s “Another Round” and Romania’s “Collective,” both of which were nominated in other prominent categories (director and documentary, respectively). I think this one will veer towards “Another Round” simply because its directing nod gave it a brighter spotlight and a bigger audience and voters have a chance to honor “Collective” in another category. Another film that would have been a worthy contender here is Italy’s “Martin Eden.”

COYLE: “Another Round” is a lock. But “Quo Vadis, Aida?” is really good, too. Jasmila Žbanić dramatizes the lead-up to the 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslim men and boys by the Bosnian Serb army in Srebrenica. Following a fictional translator (Jasna Đuričić) working for the United Nations, the film devastatingly probes a human rights tragedy.

ANIMATED FEATURE

The Nominees: “Onward,” “Over the Moon,” “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,” “Soul,” “Wolfwalkers.”

COYLE: Pixar, like always, seems to have this in the bag. The studio’s “Soul” is the clear favorite. There’s so much that’s wondrous in Pete Docter’s film that its Oscar victory is hardly something to lament. But you couldn’t find a better underdog than the plucky Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, which last year released their most enchanting and ambitious film yet. Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s “Wolfwalkers,” the culmination of a triptych of Irish folklore, is impossibly stunning. Every hand-drawn frame is a work of art. It’s the Kilkenny-based studio’s fifth Oscar nomination, and it’s time they won one.

BAHR: Disney and Pixar are so hard to beat. Since 2010, they’ve won eight times and the other two were not exactly indie underdogs (“Rango” and “Spider-Verse”). I’m rooting for “Wolfwalkers” but I’m betting on “Soul.”

Elvis Presley’s final moment with Lisa Marie hours before he died upstairs at Graceland

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Elvis Presley’s final moment with Lisa Marie hours before he died upstairs at Graceland

Both cover tracks, Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain features on Elvis’ 1976 album From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee.

While Unchained Melody is the opening track on The King’s final record, 1977’s Moody Blue.

Around 6:15am, the two couples left the racquetball court to return to the main house.

In a recent virtual live tour of Graceland, archivist Angie Marchese recounted what Elvis did next after playing the piano that fans can still see there to this day.

Maya Wiley: The Social Justice & ‘Affordability’ Crusader Who Wants to Be The Next Mayor Of NYC

Author Bonnie Fuller
This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

Maya Wiley: The Social Justice & ‘Affordability’ Crusader Who Wants to Be The Next Mayor Of NYC

Meet Maya Wiley, the civil rights lawyer, racial justice advocate and mom, who is running to be the next mayor of the country’s largest metropolis; New York City.

Maya Wiley is very clear about what motivated her to run for Mayor of New York City — her youngest daughter, Kai, now 17, who wants to be an artist.

“She did the math”, Wiley says, explaining that her daughter realized she’d have to support her artistic endeavors with a minimum wage job such as a cashier. “She said, ‘I could only afford $ 600 a month in rent.’ And she got all teary. And she said ‘mom, where can I live? Because I don’t think it’s here’”, in New York City.

Wiley, 57, realized after listening to Kai that even before the COVID-19 pandemic NYC was suffering from a crisis of affordability. “I feel like I’m running for my daughters, because I want them… this is their home. They don’t want to live anywhere else. This is where they were born and raised… they love so many things about New York that I think we all do. And the fact that they’re wondering if they can stay, it’s just wrong. But that’s true for so many of our kids.”

Finding concrete solutions to what is “wrong” in American life has actually been the theme of Wiley’s professional life, and in fact her upbringing. She grew up in Washington D.C, where her father, George, was a civil rights activist and her mom, Wretha, was a progressive. She earned a law degree and focused on civil rights, working for the NAACP and the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), before serving as the current NYC mayor Bill de Blasios first counsel.

Maya Wiley: The Social Justice & ‘Affordability’ Crusader Who Wants to Be The Next Mayor Of NYC

Thanks to all these years of service, Wiley brings a depth of experience as an advocate for racial justice and of actually running New York City government, to her mayoral campaign. And it’s for these reasons that Wiley believes she has the essential qualifications and real life experience and empathy to lead a diverse and vibrant New York into the next stage of its life. She knows that she faces the challenges of a historic crisis after the Covid-19 epidemic, which has devastated the economy and the lives of working people in the city, and their neighborhoods.

“The thing that is most important in a historic crisis is a compassionate, unifying leader that understands how government works, but is also a change-maker. These are ingredients that are going to not just recover New York City, but help us re-imagine it in a way that strengthens us”, Wiley tells Hollywoodlife.com in an exclusive interview. “It’s having a pulse on the actual experience of all our people. And our people [in New York] are very diverse and live very different lives in some instances. But have a lot of the same challenges.”

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Maya Wiley, the former counsel to current NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and a longtime civil rights attorney, says: ‘ I’m the only candidate in this race that has been a change-maker outside of government and inside City Hall.’

Speaking of challenges, Wiley has a large field of other NYC mayoral candidates — 12 Democrats and 2 Republicans — who she will compete against first in the Democratic primary election on June 23rd. While former presidential candidate Andrew Yang is leading the pack so far, Wiley is considered a top contender and 26% of NYC’s voters are still undecided, which is the biggest group, according to a Spectrum News NY1/lpsos poll.

Wiley is determined that her mission to lead the city is the right path for her at this particular moment in time. “Making society better, trying to make it more fair and more just, when you realize we have not changed things enough. And then you think about it — ‘what am I going to do about it?”, she says. She references her personal heroine, Shirley Chisolm, the first Black woman elected to Congress in 1968, who actually represented a district of New York City.

“You can try to make progress by whimpering and complaining on the sidelines or you can make progress by implementing ideas”, she says, quoting Chisolm.

Truly, if there was ever a time that NYC needed “ideas”, it’s now as the city struggles to come back to life after COVID sent workers racing out of the city center and to work from home. New York City’s infamous office towers have been virtually empty for over a year and the exodus of workers has starved city restaurants and stores of all kinds. Empty storefronts line the business districts and residential neighborhoods.

And of course. on top of that, the normal hordes of tourists that flock to NYC and famously Times Square, have stayed away. Times Square has been almost deserted at times, with all Broadway theaters closed since the pandemic struck.

Maya Wiley: The Social Justice & ‘Affordability’ Crusader Who Wants to Be The Next Mayor Of NYC

“This is a historic crisis, but New York always come back from crisis, including near bankruptcy in the 1970’s, including 9-11, including the Great Recession. New York comes back. The question is, how and for whom?”, Wiley points out. “And so really the task here is a tough job, but New Yorkers are amazing at unifying, to solve problems when called to it with a vision that says ‘we’ve got to invest in the things that solve the multiple pandemics (of Covid, of affordability, of structural racism and misogyny)’”.

So what are some of Wiley’s key ideas for how to fix NYC’s biggest and most pressing problems?

1) $ 5,000 grants for the neediest families that are struggling to make ends’ meet: “You stimulate the economy while you’re helping folks take care of their families.”

2) Create Community Care Centers: which will be drop off centers for childcare and elder care. “These create jobs in the care economy, and it gives people a safe place to take children and elderly parents, so people can go to job interviews or to see a doctor.”

3) $ 30 million in grants for small businesses to come back from Covid.

4) Cut the red tape and do a “fee and fine” holiday for a year or more, to help get small businesses back on their feet.

5) Keep NYC’s new “Opened Up Streets”: Wiley promises to keep allowing the city’s restaurants to take over the sidewalks and street parking spaces and to “spill out onto the streets”. Ask any New Yorker, and they will no doubt rave that the explosion of outdoor dining is the only positive to come out of the pandemic.

6) “We’re going to create an office of ‘Public Space Management’ to work with communities to keep and develop open spaces in the city”. So, New Yorkers, Wiley plans to keep and create more “open spaces” throughout the city’s neighborhoods.

7) Create 100,000 new jobs to create opportunities, stimulate the economy and also cut down on crime. “Unemployment and hunger have been a driver of violence,” Wiley explains.

During the past year as parts of the city have become less populated, some women have been open about their fears of walking on some of the NYC streets – something they never worried about before. Wiley understands that fear. “You know, we got to get people able to be back out again. And that is both supporting our small businesses, our night life, making sure that vaccinations are really penetrating the city, so people feel safe being out for that reason”, she says. But she also acknowledges that New York has suffered from more gun violence and that mental health is an issue that must be tackled more effectively. She wants to get people who are homeless or mentally ill off the streets and into “housing with support services on-site, because it works.”

If Wiley is elected she will oversee a massive New York City army of 330,000 civil servants and 55 agencies. She plans to bring multiple agencies together to problem-solve, and will appoint a “New Deal New York” czar who will break through red tape to get new projects which will re-invigorate the city through the pipeline. “We need senior management that directly reports to the mayor to unclog those pipes… I’m going to have a plumber”.

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Maya Wiley tells Hollywoodlife that ‘women have lost a decade in this economy’ due to the pandemic as they have been forced to leave their jobs and focus on child care and elder care.

Maya Wiley: The Social Justice & ‘Affordability’ Crusader Who Wants to Be The Next Mayor Of NYC

As for the avalanche of voter suppression laws that Republicans are introducing and passing in over 40 states, Wiley is clear that those efforts will impact New Yorkers even if these laws aren’t implemented here. “It impacts all of us, because what happens in D.C impacts all of us. And we in New York are not immune from a failed Washington,” says Wiley, who has been a frequent commentator on MSNBC as a legal analyst.

“New York City sends a lot of money to Washington in the form of taxes. We’ve got some of the most powerful members of Congress as representatives from New York City… including Chuck Schumer, who is Senate Majority Leader. This is a powerful, powerful moment for New Yorkers, but we only leverage it when the country is working and we have a truly representative government in Washington.” She urges anyone who objects to voter suppression laws to invest in Black not-for-profit organizations fighting suppression “because they are at ground zero of why voter suppression is happening.”

Now, how have her “fierce and fabulous” daughters reacted to her running for mayor? “If my children were younger, I probably wouldn’t have run, because I would have been concerned about the impact of an election on them,” she admits. “Because, it can be tough and mean. And particularly for women… I think we saw what Kamala Harris went through and how people attacked her personally in ugly ways.”

Wiley reveals that she had a very honest talk with her family (her partner of 20 years is investment fund manager Harlan Mandel) about what her mayoral race would mean for them. “In essence my daughters had veto power. They had the ability to say, ‘no, mom, please don’t do that.’” She vows that she will protect her daughters’ private lives – you’ll never see them in her ads for mayor. “I want them to be able to live their lives as much as they can on their own terms”.

It’s not surprising that with the kind of mother they have as a role model, Wiley’s daughters were “completely supportive”. “I’m just really humbled and proud of them.”

No matter what the outcome of New York City’s mayoral race, which is on November 2, there’s no doubt they in turn, will be very proud of her as she strives in the most meaningful way to make New York City great again for all New Yorkers.

Caitlyn Jenner officially running for California governor

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Caitlyn Jenner officially running for California governor

The reality TV star and former Olympian joins the field of candidates seeking to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom in a likely recall election this year.

LOS ANGELES — Republican Caitlyn Jenner said Friday she will run for governor of California, injecting a jolt of celebrity into an emerging campaign that threatens to oust Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office.

Jenner — an Olympic hero, reality TV personality and transgender rights activist — said in statement posted on Twitter and on an accompanying website that she has filed initial paperwork to run for the post.

Newsom, a first-term Democrat, is facing a likely recall election this year, though officials are still reviewing petition signatures required to qualify the recall for the ballot. Several other Republicans have also announced plans to run.

In a statement, Jenner called herself “a proven winner” and the only candidate “who can put an end to Gavin Newsom’s disastrous time as governor.”

“I’m in,” she wrote on her website. “For the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.”

The 71-year-old celebrity activist immediately stands out in a growing field that so far has failed to attract a nationally known contender. However, Jenner is untested as a candidate and little is known about her positions on critical issues facing the state, from the coronavirus pandemic to managing the economy.

With her fame and ability to attract publicity, she threatens to overshadow other GOP contenders,

It was notable that her announcement did not include a video, which is commonplace in political campaign kickoffs. Instead, in her written statement, she referred only vaguely to cutting taxes, a “roadmap back to prosperity” and taking on special interests.

Her campaign did not respond to a request for an on-camera interview.

She described herself as “economically conservative, socially progressive” in a People magazine interview last year. In her statement, she said she was a “compassionate disrupter.”

Her run would come nearly two decades after the ascendancy of Arnold Schwarzenegger, another Republican who used his Hollywood fame as a springboard to California’s highest office in a 2003 recall election.

If the recall qualifies for the ballot, as expected, voters would be asked two questions: first, whether Newsom should be removed from office. The second would be a list of replacement candidates to choose from, if more than 50% of voters support removing Newsom from office.

The effort largely has been fueled by criticism of Newsom’s handling of the pandemic, which shuttered schools and closed thousands of businesses.

Other Republicans who have announced their intention to run include former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, former U.S. Rep. Doug Ose and businessman John Cox, who lost to Newsom in the 2018 governor’s race.

If the recall qualifies, Newsom would be forced to fend off rivals in the midst of a pandemic that has cost the state millions of jobs, cored government budgets and upended life for nearly 40 million residents.

He’s also been hit by the fallout from a multibillion-dollar fraud scandal at the state unemployment agency while weathering a public shaming for dining out with friends and lobbyists at an exclusive San Francisco Bay Area restaurant last fall, while telling residents to stay home for safety.

However, recent polling has suggested Newsom would hold his seat, and the sour public mood could shift as more schools and businesses reopen. California also is likely to be the recipient of billions of dollars of federal recovery funds, which Newsom will dispense and could use to his political advantage.

Jenner made headlines in recent years with her ties to former President Donald Trump, who remains broadly unpopular in California outside his GOP base. Trump lost the heavily Democratic state to Joe Biden in November by over 5 million votes.

Jenner supported Trump in 2016 but later criticized his administration’s reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms. She also criticized Trump after he said transgender people would not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military.

In a statement, Newsom campaign spokesman Dan Newman said, “We always knew the … recall would be a ludicrous circus full of Trump supporters.”

The Beatles: John Lennon listening party featuring Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono announced

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The Beatles: John Lennon listening party featuring Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono announced

The after-party discussion will take place on BBC Radio 6 Music at 7pm BST and be hosted by Chris Hawkins.

This programme will cover the making of the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album, as well as its enduring legacy.

Discussing the new collection here will be Sean Ono Lennon, Tim Burgess, Klaus Voormann, John Leckie, Dan Richter, Paul Hicks, Simon Hilton and more.

Meanwhile, Sir Ringo shared in a recent interview how he was “really close” to both late Beatles John and George.

The Weeknd & Ariana Grande Transform Into Animated Characters For The ‘Save Your Tears’ Remix Video

Author Jason Brow
This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

The Weeknd & Ariana Grande Transform Into Animated Characters For The ‘Save Your Tears’ Remix Video

Seven years after teaming up for ‘Love Me Harder,’ The Weeknd reunited with Ariana Grande to remix his ‘Save Your Tears.’ We even get to see The Weeknd and Ariana in cartoon form!

If you’re crying for joy that The Weeknd and Ariana Grande have once again collaborated on a track, well, grab a tissue and, as the song says, “Save Your Tears.” Nearly a decade after these two first teamed up, The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye, 31) and Ariana, 27, partnered to remix his song from his 2019 album, After Hours. The remix also comes with a brand-new music video in which The Weeknd and Ariana transform into cartoon characters. But this isn’t a video for kids — the animated visuals play out a compelling plot.

The Weeknd, Ariana Grande
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In the music video for the “Save Your Tears” remix, we are taken deep down into The Weeknd’s secret laboratory in the desert where he is constructing the perfect Ms. Grande. This also seems to be a wink at the fact that Ariana also acted as a mad scientist to build the perfect Ari robot in her music video for “34 + 35.” You can watch the trippy animation above, which was directed by Jack Brown (who was also in charge of character design).

The Weeknd and Ariana first teased that they were working together on Monday (Apr. 19) when they both shared an eight-second snippet of their vocals harmonizing the lyrics, “I don’t know why I run away.” A few days later, they confirmed the collab by sharing the remix’s official artwork to their social media accounts. The art depicted an animated version of Ariana being reflected in the giant sunglasses of The Weeknd’s After Hours character.

“Save Your Tears (Remix)” marks the third time that these two have teamed up. They previously connected on “off the table,” from Ariana’s 2020 album, Positions. They first worked together six years earlier on “Love Me Harder” from Ariana’s sophomore album, My Everything. Released in 2014, “Love Me Harder” peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Ariana’s fourth consecutive top-ten single off of her album. It was The Weeknd’s first top ten entry in the United States. Both “Love Me Harder” and “Earned It” – released in December 2014, the lead single to the Fifty Shade of Grey soundtrack – helped introduced The Weeknd to a wider, mainstream audience. It laid the groundwork for his subsequent superstar success – “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face” would arrive in 2015, with “Starboy” following in 2016 – but the collab did more than that. “Love Me Harder” introduced The Weeknd to Max Martin, one of the song’s writers and one of the most successful songwriters in modern history.

The Weeknd & Ariana Grande Transform Into Animated Characters For The ‘Save Your Tears’ Remix Video
The Weeknd and Ariana Grande teamed up again (Shutterstock)

“Ariana was kinda my foot in the door with Max, my chance to show him ‘I can play this game,’ y’know?” he told Variety in 2020. “But when we got in the room together, we didn’t really connect as much. Then someone invited him to a show I did at the Hollywood Bowl, and he saw 15,000 people singing along, and I think he was like, ‘OK, there’s something I’m not getting.’ So we sat down again, and the first song we created was ‘In the Night.’” They also worked on the aforementioned “Can’t Feel My Face,” four songs from Starboy, as well as six tracks from After Hours, including the chart-topping “Blinding Lights,” and the original “Save Your Tears.”

“Max and I have become literally the best of friends, but I don’t do that with many people,” The Weeknd told Variety. “It’s not that I can’t, but a collaboration is a relationship, it’s like a marriage, you’ve gotta build up to it.”

Call of Duty Warzone gets a major performance boost as part of Season 3 update

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Call of Duty Warzone gets a major performance boost as part of Season 3 update

Call of Duty Warzone Season 3 launched this week, alongside a host of new map changes, Battle Pass rewards and even a new game mode.

Arguably lost in the shuffle of all the Season 3 upgrades is the addition of DLSS support, which can potentially give games a huge performance boost.

Available in Call of Duty Warzone and Call of Duty Modern Warfare, enabling DLSS improves performance by upwards of 70% while playing at 4K.

“Gamers with NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs are getting a free upgrade in performance today, when Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare add NVIDIA DLSS support to these blockbuster titles,” reads an official statement.

“Following the release of a new update today, gamers can enable NVIDIA DLSS in Call of Duty: Warzone, Modern Warfare’s multiplayer modes, and Modern Warfare’s co-op Spec Ops mode.

“Enabling NVIDIA DLSS in the options menu will result in boosted performance on GeForce RTX graphics cards by up to 70% at 4K.”

As you can see from the image below, even the RTX 3060 can exceed an average of 60 frames-per-second with DLSS enabled.

Ashanti Fans Go Wild After She Posts Cute Pic With Hunky Mystery Man In Mexico

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Ashanti Fans Go Wild After She Posts Cute Pic With Hunky Mystery Man In Mexico

Ashanti wrote that she was having ‘great times’ amid her Mexico getaway, underneath a photo with a mystery man! Even Flo Rida, whom Ashanti just recently sparked dating speculation with, commented.

Who’s this? That’s what fans wanted to know after Ashanti posted a photo with a mystery man amid her vacation in Mexico. Adding to the mystery was the fact that the 40-year-old singer tagged just about everyone…the brand of the white mesh dress she was wearing (PatBO), her stylist (Alicia Sereno), and even the name of the restaurant she took the picture at (Taboo Cancún). However, there was no tag over the unidentified hunk, who was dressed up in a blazer and dress pants as he cozied up next to Ashanti.

“Great times,” Ashanti cryptically captioned the photo. The mystery led to a freakout in the comments section. Many fans assumed Ashanti had a “new man,” and showered the hypothetical couple with love in the form of emojis. Others just wanted to know who the mystery man was. And then there were some fans who insisted the man was not Ashanti’s boyfriend at all.

Ashanti Fans Go Wild After She Posts Cute Pic With Hunky Mystery Man In Mexico
Ashanti’s fans assumed the man she posted a photo with was her new beau, as you can see above. [Instagram]

“I’m screaming!!!! That Ashanti pic is the manager of the place they are at,” one fan claimed. Well, whoever the mystery man was, Ashanti was definitely not on a date night: she proceeded to share photos with her vacation crew (which you can see below) and wrote, “When you love this hard it’s worth celebrating.”

Even Flo Rida chimed in under the photo that caused a stir online! The 41-year-old rapper left a trail of praise hand emojis, after JUST sparking romance speculation with Ashanti because they were seen vacationing and yachting together in Cancún earlier in April. However, Ashanti shut down the rumors by responding to a speculative Instagram post on @theshaderoom; she wrote, “Flo is my brother! We’re family! Celebrating my sis @liltuneshi [Kenashia Douglas‘] bday!!! Happy Birthday Bink!”

Man or no man, Ashanti is looking amazing amid her vacation. She was seen rocking a green bikini with zebra stripes amid a beach day in Tulum as she celebrated her sister’s 32nd birthday.