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"The Walking Dead" Producer Scott Gimple Says Shows Without Strong Women Are "Telling Stupid Stories"

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Female empowerment is a natural progression in the Walking Dead universe. Executive producer Scott Gimple spoke to Us Weekly about the show’s tendency to elevate plot lines about strong women. Fall 2018 Preview: Go Inside the Season’s Must-Watch TV Shows “I’m proud to be a part of a show that, even the comics that the show is based on, had the story values to put forth incredibly strong, powerful female characters. Michonne (Danai Gurira) is from the comic book, and it can’t get stronger than her,” Gimple, 47, told Us at the Walking Dead season 9 premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 27. “You’re going to see some new characters this season from the comic book, incredibly strong female characters. And to have anything short of that is just to tell a frickin’ lame story, and that’s been true long before this political moment. When you don’t have strong female characters in your stories, you are telling stupid stories.” The Stars Joining Fall TV: Seann William Scott, Jenna Dewan…

"Stupid" thrill-seeker goes swimming with Great White Shark off Sydney"s coast

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A man has filmed himself swimming alongside a Great White Shark off Sydney’s coast.Jai Kiggins filmed the daring exploit with the help of brother Kurt while they were swimming at Wattamolla Beach in the Royal National Park.The pair were drawn to investigate after being tipped off about a shark feeding frenzy involving a giant whale carcass that had washed up on rocks.A man has filmed himself swimming alongside a Great White Shark off Sydney’s coast. (9NEWS) "Probably one of the craziest things I"ve ever seen you know,” Jai told 9NEWS.“The great white came straight up like, face to face and then just turned and kicked away.”Jai admits that while approaching the shark was not the “smartest” move, “if you"ve got the balls to do it, I don"t see why not".Jai Kiggins filmed the daring exploit with the help of brother Kurt while they were swimming at Wattamolla Beach in the Royal National Park. (9NEWS)The pair were drawn to investigate after being tipped off about a …

How a disastrous change in perspective disempowered the left and let the right rise

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In August 2001, the radical writer and film-maker Michael Moore presented HarperCollins with the manuscript later known as Stupid White Men. It was still being edited when the September 11 attack occurred. In the newly hyper-patriotic environment, the publisher baulked at releasing a book ridiculing George W Bush and the Republican administration, with chapters entitled Kill Whitey! and A Very American Coup.
Moore was instructed to revise substantially a work that would, HarperCollins decreed, appear under the more palatable title Michael Moore: the American. That extraordinary editorial intervention, which ostensibly came directly from Rupert Murdoch himself, attracted the attention of a group of librarians. The outraged book-lovers publicised Moore’s predicament with sufficient vigour to ensure the text’s release in its original form.
On the first day of its release, Stupid White Men sold all 50,000 copies of its print run – and by its fifth day was on its ninth printing. Quickly, it b…

Mercedes would have been stupid to let Valtteri Bottas beat Lewis Hamilton

6:36 PM GMT SOCHI, Russia -- Team orders are an unfortunate part of Formula One but Mercedes" use of them at the Russian Grand Prix was entirely justified. Even Sebastian Vettel -- the driver who arguably lost more from the decision than Valtteri Bottas -- said as much after being dealt another hammer blow to his chances of a fifth world championship.Once Lewis Hamilton had forced his way back into second position after a thrilling fight with Vettel, barring any unforeseen drama Mercedes looked certain to leave Sochi with 43 points regardless of which order its cars finished. The choice the team had was simple: whether Hamilton left with 18 (a gain of three points) or 25 (a gain of seven points). Mercedes chose the latter.It has effectively given Hamilton a two-race buffer over Vettel with five left. He does not need to win another race to claim a fifth championship. In a season which has been as wildly unpredictable as 2018, the idea of leaving four points on the table seems laug…

Motor racing-I"d rather be bad guy than an idiot, says Mercedes F1 boss

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How a disastrous change in perspective disempowered the left and let the right rise

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In August 2001, the radical writer and film-maker Michael Moore presented HarperCollins with the manuscript later known as Stupid White Men. It was still being edited when the September 11 attack occurred. In the newly hyper-patriotic environment, the publisher baulked at releasing a book ridiculing George W Bush and the Republican administration, with chapters entitled Kill Whitey! and A Very American Coup.
Moore was instructed to revise substantially a work that would, HarperCollins decreed, appear under the more palatable title Michael Moore: the American. That extraordinary editorial intervention, which ostensibly came directly from Rupert Murdoch himself, attracted the attention of a group of librarians. The outraged book-lovers publicised Moore’s predicament with sufficient vigour to ensure the text’s release in its original form.
On the first day of its release, Stupid White Men sold all 50,000 copies of its print run – and by its fifth day was on its ninth printing. Quickly, it b…

INTERVIEW: Fake Shark

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What"s up with the diabetes? Funny you should ask.

As I was sitting down at my desk one recent morning my coworker, Cath, came to me and said, “Theresa, I guess I need to ask you about diabetes.”Being short on coffee and a bit long on self-centeredness, I blinked in confusion, thinking she meant MY diabetes. But, since I’ve worked with her for years and already demoed my new-ish Freestyle Libre to the office (and my mom, my friends and my doctor), this made no sense.
She was actually trying to drum up the contact list for our November feature on diabetes, an assignment I find more challenging every year. The space has changed so much, especially in terms of reimbursement (dismal) and technology (amazing).
I have found myself doing more articles on diabetes technology, talking to companies like One Drop and Ascensia about patient self-management tools.
Technology like the aforementioned Libre, which I started using this spring—readers, it’s life-changing. After nearly 20 years of finger sticks, to wave a device at a sensor and get a numbe…

Samuel L Jackson thinks the viral Pulp Fiction / Kavanaugh mashup is "funny as hell"

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In light of the Me Too movement, the FBI has opened an inquiry into allegations of sexual assault against Donald Trump"s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. The panel has approved his nomination, but asked for a further inquiry before the full Senate votes to have him take on one of the highest honours in America. People are following the entire affair closely, with some people in support of Kavanaugh, and others critical of him. There are calls for the judge to be dismissed from the nomination selection on the allegation grounds. Kavanaugh denies all allegations. In an effort to make light of the situation, someone mashed up a famous Samuel L Jackson scene from the 1994 classic Pulp Fiction, and parts of Kavanaugh"s hearing. The Kavanaugh  /Jackson meme, created by filmmaker Oscar Boyson, went viral for, well, obvious reasons...

Check out the big brain on Brett pic.twitter.com/3nH4hxENzI
— oscarboyson (@ohboyson) September 28, 2018


I don’t know about you but I’ve watched t…

The Funniest Movie of the Year Takes Place at the "Science Fair"

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The top prize is announced at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and then-15-year-old Jack Andraka learns that he won for his work on the early detection of pancreatic cancer. It is beautiful, shocking, hilarious pandemonium. His Bieberesque mop of brown hair billows as he explodes out of his seat like a Jack-in-the-box, his limbs extending into a perfect star shape, each extremity perhaps stretched even longer by his euphoria. What follows is a full-body emotional meltdown. His face contorts as if altered by Edvard Munch. He runs down the aisle to claim his prize. No, not runs. Skips. Flits? Floats? His hands curl in fists as he unconsciously pumps his arms with each step, flapping as if trying to take flight—the only possible physical reaction befitting the sheer amount of joy the teenage genius feels. He is screaming—shrieking—like a One Direction fan in the front row of a concert. He is screaming like it’s August 1965 and he’s at Shea Stadium watching The B…

Matt Damon Appears as Brett Kavanaugh in "Saturday Night Live" Premiere (Watch)

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Saturday Night Live” returned for its 44th season Sept. 29 and wasted no time diving back into political sketches, with Matt Damon appearing as Brett Kavanaugh and Rachel Dratch returning as Senator Amy Klobuchar for a cold open sketch about his hearing.
Mysteriously absent from the top of the hearing, as Alex Moffat’s Chuck Grassley explained he was “shadowboxing in the bathroom,” Damon’s Kavanaugh sat down in irate fashion and said, “Oh hell yeah” when asked if he was ready to begin.
“Let me tell you this,” he said. “I’m going to start at an 11. I’m going to take it to about a 15 real quick. First of all I showed this speech to almost no one — not my family, not my friends. … This is my speech. There are others like it, but this is mine. I wrote it myself last night while screaming into an empty bag of Doritos.”Damon’s Kavanaugh went on to talk about the “con job” orchestrated by people like the Clintons, Kathy Griffin and “Mr. Ronan Sinatra.” Claiming he’s usually a “keg is half-ful…

Trump"s Assaults Aren"t Really Funny At All

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Twitter to weather guy reporting on Hurricane Florence: Get inside!

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Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Carolinas with rising floodwaters and intense winds.
Weather forecasts estimate that the Category 2 storm could dump 17 trillion gallons of rain on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia 
But that hasn"t stopped reporters from heading into the thick of it. And people are naturally concerned for their safety, especially for MSNBC"s Gadi Schwartz, who truly is right amongst it.The TV reporter bracing extreme weather on camera has become a cliche in recent years, but the reaction to Schwartz"s broadcasts on Florence stem more from concern than lighthearted prodding. What"s he doing out there, Twitter cried, it"s dangerous!
Schwartz is currently reporting from locations around North Carolina, including Radio Island and Beaufort. On Thursday, the seasoned reporter recorded intense live crosses soundtracked by Florence"s howling winds to the nice dry newsroom.
"It is treacherous out here, and as bad as i…

Weather Page Posts R-Rated Hurricane Florence Photo & Hilarity Ensues

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9 Funny Opening Lines To Send On Dating Apps That"ll Guarantee A Reply

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Trying to find the love of your life and live happily ever after aren"t really laughing matters. But we can all agree that sometimes in life you just have to laugh at yourself, and for me, that absolutely applies to dating. Approaching your romantic adventures with a dash of humor might just be the way to find love, so you"d be wise to have a few funny opening lines to send on dating apps at the ready. Starting a conversation with a joke or a witty line not only sets the tone for fun banter, but it might also help you stand out from the crowd. It can be tempting to overthink the first message you want to send to a match, and you might find yourself either staring blankly at your phone or typing and then deleting a version of "what"s up?" over and over and over. It"s tough to cram all your charm, personality, and attitude into one message, but your sense of humor is a massive part of who you are. Communicating your comic sensibility to your match will tell…