Yara Shahidi on Getting Out the Youth Vote: ‘Hopefully We See Change Coming This Midterms’

Even before turning 18 in February, Yara Shahidi encouraged Gen-Z to engage politically via Eighteen x 18.

“There are two major problems: information dissemination and voter registration,” the Black-ish star, who is one of PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World, says in this week’s issue.

Though Shahidi, who was accepted to Harvard for this year, believes “anyone who follows me knows where I lean,” her organization remains nonpartisan.

“The information disseminated should allow us to look at each topic at hand and form our own opinions and allow that to determine your partisanship, rather than the other way around,” she says.

And Shahidi won’t let backlash over actors, musicians and athletes getting political stop her from speaking out.

“If your very body is being politicized, you have every right to speak up and should be able to utilize your platform,” the Minnesota native asserts. “It’s not a matter of being an actor or an actress, but being a human that’s concerned and affected by the world at hand.”

In September, Eighteen x 18 hosted its first #WeVoteNext summit in Los Angeles so Shahidi could directly connect young people.

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“It was a nice group of kids because each state was represented,” the actress says. “It was a moment to actually talk to each other about what we want to see in our political system, in this midterm election. So rather than me saying, ‘I’m the voice of Generation Z or somebody who knows every single person in my peer group,’ we actually got to talk to each other and figure out what we wanted and what we needed and take local approaches.”

Shahidi, who comes from a family of educators, thinks the motivation for young people to vote starts with learning history — but admits that the current curriculum has its flaws.

“I feel like often times, you’re only told about your government in your U.S. government class or U.S. history, and even still, it’s of the government of the 18th century. How does that even apply?” she asks. “Having learned a very Euro-centric history, often times there is no correlation between us and our duty to the people around us. I think that history should be restructured. And those classes should be restricted to be more inclusive.”

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But with early voting numbers already breaking records, the Grown-ish actress remains optimistic about the future. “I’m inspired that hopefully we see change coming this midterms,” Shahidi says. “My goal is that it’s a culture that’s here to stay.”


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Deadpool 2 Is Getting the PG-13 Treatment for Special Release

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Deadline reports Fox is releasing a PG-13 version of the “superhero family movie” on December 21, although it is currently listed as “untitled Deadpool movie.”

The report also indicates the delay of Alita: Battle Angel, which is moving from December 21, 2018, to February 14, 2019, and the Channing Tatum Gambit film, which moves from June 7, 2019, to March 13, 2020. Additionally, it seems X-Men Dark Phoenix has also been delayed.

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Deadpool 2 Is Getting an Extended Cut

An extended cut of Deadpool 2 is in the works, director David Leitch has revealed.

Warning: Spoilers for Deadpool 2 follow. Turn back now if you haven’t yet watched the film.

In an interview with CinemaBlend, Leitch said an extended cut of the sequel is currently being worked on. Though he didn’t say when or how it’ll be released, Leitch did confirm him, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds are taking their time with it.

“There’s an extended cut. And I think that they may want to spin that out as a special thing,” Leitch said. “We’re taking our time, and it’s going back to the director cut, and then sort of collaborating with Ryan

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Sarah Paulson Hides in a Box After Getting Scared Again on Ellen: ‘Worst Place on Earth’

If Ellen DeGeneres promises not to scare you on TV… don’t believe her.

The latest celebrity to fall victim to DeGeneres’ favorite talk show stunt is Sarah Paulson. While appearing on Ellen Monday to promote the upcoming Ocean’s 8, Paulson was skittish from the moment she sat down. (She was spooked no less than three times during her last appearance on the show.)

“The coast is clear — so far,” said Paulson, 43, after apprehensively checking out the hollow coffee table between the two chairs, which someone typically jumps out of in the middle of interviews to scare guests.

“I did ask for this mirror so I could check behind me at any chance,” she added, joking that she had considered conducting the entire interview facing the other way to make sure no one surprised her from backstage.

And while DeGeneres, 60, vowed she had no plans to scare the American Horror Story star, she couldn’t help but break her promise during a hilarious game of “5 Second Rule,” arranging for a staff member dressed as a clown (one of Paulson’s biggest fears) to jump out of the podium for another priceless fright.

“This is the worst place on earth,” called out Paulson, who promptly sought refuge in the hollow box. “I’m not coming out!”

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Find Out Where Robin Roberts Has Been Getting Her Super-Cute (Under-$50!) GMA Sheaths

As host of Good Morning America, Robin Roberts doesn’t shy away from anything – especially when it comes to her style. She’s not afraid to rock a bold color, print or trendy silhouette while hosting one of the most popular morning news programs in the nation. Which has us wondering, where does she get all of those gorgeous dresses? Luckily, we’re so obsessed with her style that we went ahead and did the research so you don’t have to. Turns out, not only are they pretty – but they’re also super affordable. Enter: Dressbarn. With their extended sizing (they offer sizes 2 through 24), affordable prices (everything here is under $ 50) and sophisticated and fun styles it’s no wonder Robin Roberts is a fan.

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Kanye West Talks About Getting Liposuction And Battling An Opioid Addiction

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At Post Office, Amazon Isn’t the Only Big Shipper Getting Discounts

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Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna Are ‘Getting Along, But Are Not Officially Back Together,’ Says Source

For Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna, being good parents to baby Dream is their first priority.

Since their split in February, the exes have put the drama aside and are spending more time with one another — making it their goal to raise their daughter together peacefully.

“Rob and Chyna are getting along, but are not officially back together,” a source close to Kardashian, 30, tells PEOPLE.

“They are spending a lot of time together. There hasn’t been any drama,” the source continues. “They want to get along and raise Dream together. That’s their main goal.”

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Kardashian proposed to Chyna, 29, in April 2016, and a month later, they announced they were expecting their first child. (They welcomed Dream last November.) But after a year of ups and downs, including screaming matches, a paternity test, and a fight that nearly ended their engagement right before Christmas, their romance finally came to an end.

Though the former couple is working on mending their relationship in the four months since they parted, the possibility that Chyna and the Arthur George sock designer could get back together remains up in the air.

“They are both complicated people. It’s very possible they will get back together,” says the source, who adds, “But it’s also possible that they will have another epic fight. For now, things are peaceful and everyone is happy.”

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Last month, PEOPLE confirmed that Kardashian was dating 26-year-old Mehgan James, who has appeared on Oxygen’s Bad Girl’s Club and VH1’s Basketball Wives LA. But just a day after multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE that James’ relationship with Kardashian was budding, he denied having any romantic ties to the reality star — or even knowing her.

“The whole Meghan drama was bizarre. They were seeing each other,” the Kardashian source confirms. “But Rob clearly was thinking that he wanted to get back with Chyna too.”

“Any talk about Rob dating will make Chyna lose it,” adds the source. “It seems Rob was denying to keep peace with Chyna.”

While their future as a couple remains unknown, it is evident that the pair still has love for one another.

At the end of last month, Kardashian declared his love for the mother of his only child in a heartwarming tribute on Instagram.

“On my first episode of Rob’s Random Cornball Thoughts is This young lady who grew up to be the woman I love and the mother of my child,” Kardashian captioned a throwback photo of Chyna. “She is beautiful and gave me my first child. @blacchyna.”


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Goop Deletes Yet Another Strange Health Claim After Getting Fact-Checked By NASA

At this point, we’re not surprised when Goop’s health and wellness claims turn out to be shady. But this latest case is out-of-this-world strange. 

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle site pulled a claim about “energy-balancing” body stickers after Gizmodo spoke with a NASA expert who pointed out the claim was untrue. Goop initially promoted the pricey Body Vibes stickers ($ 60 for a 10-packby claiming they “rebalance the energy frequency in our bodies” and even treat certain ailments thanks in part to being made with the “same conductive carbon material NASA uses to line space suits so they can monitor an astronaut’s vitals during wear.”

But Gizmodo’s Rae Paoletta published a piece Thursday in which a NASA expert pointed out the agency’s spacesuits don’t contain conductive carbon material at all, not to mention he found the supposed science behind the product to be “a load of BS.” Goop subsequently pulled the spacesuit claim, though not the piece promoting the stickers.  

Meanwhile, Body Vibes’ website still claims its stickers “use an exclusive material originally developed for NASA” that “can hold specific frequency charges that naturally stimulate the human body’s receptors.” 

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Goop is no stranger to sticky health claims: This year alone, the brand caught fire for plugging needless products like leaf-scented perfume and pricey “anti-mold” shower heads. Then there’s the potentially dangerous health advice, like its suggestions to use vaginal eggs and consider iodine supplements, which can actually harm some healthy people. 

Through it all, Paltrow stands by her brand. She recently announced she’s taking a break from acting to focus on being a female business leader, a role “that people are not comfortable with,” she said this week at the Cannes Lions Festival. She also joked to Jimmy Kimmel about her site’s wacky recommendations earlier this month, saying, “I don’t know what the fuck we talk about!” 

After this latest go-round, we definitely don’t either. Meanwhile, Goop is looking into NASA’s comments, according to a statement sent to HuffPost: 

As we have always explained, advice and recommendations included on goop are not formal endorsements and the opinions expressed by the experts and companies we profile do not necessarily represent the views of goop. Our content is meant to highlight unique products and offerings, find open-minded alternatives, and encourage conversation. We constantly strive to improve our site for our readers, and are continuing to improve our processes for evaluating the products and companies featured. Based on the statement from NASA, we’ve gone back to the company to inquire about the claim and removed the claim from our site until we get additional verification.

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How Donald Trump Weaseled His Way Into Getting Salma Hayek’s Number

In 2016, Salma Hayek revealed that, many years ago, President Donald Trump asked her out. 

According to Hayek, she rejected Trump’s advances and, as a result, he told the National Enquirer that he had rejected her because she was too short.

After this story broke in October, many wondered how Trump got his tiny little hands on Hayek’s number in the first place. Well, now, she’s telling the awkward tale behind their initial meetup.

During a recent appearance on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” Noah asked Hayek about this particular incident and the 50-year-old actress spilled so much tea.

It all started when Hayek was cold at an event and Trump, who just happened to be sitting behind her and her then boyfriend, immediately put his coat around her shoulders.

“I turn around and my boyfriend — so charming, so nice — he said hello [to Trump],” she recalled. “[Trump] said, ‘I’m sorry, your girlfriend, I saw she was cold.’ And then he kept talking to my boyfriend.”

Trump sparked up a little friendship with Hayek’s boyfriend that night and eventually told the couple they should stay in his hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, if they were ever in town. He asked for their phone numbers and, according to Hayek, Trump never spoke to her boyfriend again.

But he did give her a ring.

“He’s inviting me out, and I’m like, ‘What about my boyfriend? Am I crazy? Are you asking me out? You know I have a boyfriend,’” she explained, adding that Trump responded with, “‘He’s not good enough for you. He’s not important, he’s not big enough for you. You have to go out with me.’”

Noah then joked that Trump was right. Hayek did not end up with that boyfriend and instead married French billionaire François-Henri Pinault in 2009.

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Getting Botox In Your Groin

Most of us are familiar with botulinum toxin injections (commonly known by their brand names as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin) to erase facial wrinkles. 

But Botox can also help people who suffer from excessive sweating, which is known as hyperhidrosis. In order to put a halt to sweating, it’s become increasingly more common to receive Botox injections in the armpits. And now, people are getting injections in their groin, as well. 

HuffPost recently spoke with Dr. John H.Tu, M.D. from the University of Rochester Department of Dermatology and dermatologist for Dermatology Associates of Rochester. He filled us in on all the details.

To stop sweating, Botox is injected into a patient’s groin crease

“You have this sort of trough that runs from your hip to where your genitals are,” Dr. Tu said. “Basically it’s a crevice that tends to get trapped by the leg skin and the belly skin. It’s sort of the two diagonal sides of panties ― the diagonal panty line. This is where people tend to get a lot of moisture.”

According to Allergan, the makers of Botox, the toxin injections work by blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate sweat glands.

Sweating in this region can create a problem, especially if you’re overweight.

“People who are overweight would have a little bit of an overhang of the lower abdomen,” Dr Tu said. “For people who are thin, it’s less of an issue because they would have less of lower belly overhang that’s gonna cause the trapping of moisture. That’s not to say that it cannot occur, to some extent.” 

Groin injections are generally administered every four to six months. 

“The typical injections that we do for hyperhidrosis of the armpits is between four to six months because that’s how long the product lasts,” Dr. Tu said, adding that if timed correctly, the injections could be seasonal. “I would assume that given the area is about the same in terms of area coverage in terms of the armpits and the groin area more or less they’re about the same area. About six months.” 

No numbing process is used for this kind of procedure. 

“The discomfort is minimal,” Dr. Tu explained. “It’s actually more painful in the face than it is in the armpits. The nerve density in the armpits and in the groin is actually less than on the face.” 

Several injections are required per treatment, but each injection is very small.  

“The injections are not very big, they’re multiple little injections,” Dr. Tu said. “The purpose of doing the little injections is to spread the effect around the broad area. If you only injected one area you’re relying on the medication to diffuse out far enough to do the thing so you’re not going to get the spread of the effects. So you really want the entire area, the length of the injection area to get that effect so you would do multiple injections separated by between one to two centimeters apart, somewhere in that range.”  

There apparently aren’t a lot of risks associated with getting Botox injections in your groin. 

“In the groin area, [Botox] is injected very, very superficially ― it’s not deep enough to have any significant effect as there’s no actual muscle in this particular area,” Dr. Tu said, adding that there shouldn’t be any risk, as long as the person administering the injections knows what they’re doing. “And whatever muscles there are are such huge muscles, the tiny amount of Botox injected into this area isn’t going to make any amount of difference.” 

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Less than 1 percent of people getting Botox get this procedure, according to Tu.

Part of the reason people might not be getting these groin injections is because insurance doesn’t always cover Botox coverage for hyperhidrosis, Dr. Tu explained. He conservatively estimated that for people who pay for this procedure out of pocket might be out around an average of $ 1,500 per treatment. 

Groin injections can potentially reduce the chance you’ll get yeast or fungal infections. 

“Botox is not a preventative measure. What it does is by reducing sweating, you reduce the wetness of this area,” Dr. Tu said. “And by reducing the wetness of the area, you can potentially ― I will not say absolutely ― potentially reduce the propensity to get yeast and fungal infections in the groin area. It will not by itself prevent fungal infections. It makes it less likely, because it keeps the area drier.” 

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Cher has never been one to shy away from expressing her opinions on Donald Trump, so it comes as no surprise that the music icon, once again, took aim at the president in her recent Billboard magazine profile

The Academy Award winner explained that since Trump’s election, she’s had to hide her phone to prevent herself from sending rage-filled tweets. 

“The president is cheating and getting away with it, and using the White House to make money, and he’s going to take health care away from people, and people are going die,” she said. “It’s outrageous. You feel like you’re screaming ‘Fire!’ and no one’s listening.”

The 70-year-old doesn’t reserve her criticism to the Republican party, though. In her eyes, “the Democrats fucked up so bad in their message, and how old [the leadership] is.” 

The “Believe” singer even gave Hillary Clinton some advice: “I told Hillary she should have a group of millennials give their ideas about government.”

Cher has long been outspoken when it comes to politics, especially when it relates to Trump. She’s dragged him on multiple occasions ― beating him at his own Twitter game ― and even compared him to Hitler

And she’ll probably never stop. As she said to her assistant during the Billboard interview, “I am who I am, it doesn’t make any difference what I’m supposed to be.” 

To read more from Cher’s interview, head to Billboard

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After Losing A Combined 578 Pounds, This Couple Is Getting Married

Now here’s a love story that will get your heart pumping. 

Ronnie Brower and Andrea Masella lost a combined 578 pounds over the last four years. And on Saturday, they’ll be tying the knot in Syracuse, New York.

The pair first met at Mission Fitness gym in Syracuse two years ago while they were both on major weight loss journeys. 

“I was just really inspired by him and I thought he was super cute,” Masella told the Associated Press. “We started talking at the gym and I hate to sound cliche, but it was love at first sight.”

In 2013, doctors told Brower ― then 675 pounds― that he could die if he did not make immediate changes to his lifestyle. He gave up drugs and alcohol, began working out, adopted a low-carb diet and has since lost more than 450 pounds. 

“I was depressed, addicted to pills and alcohol, eating 10 double cheeseburgers or two large pizzas at a time,” Brower told AP. “My turning point was, my doctor told me if I kept on like this I’d be dead before I was 30. I was 28.”

In 2014, Masella embarked on her own weight loss journey after hitting 250 pounds. The 5-foot-4 hairdresser has since lost 120. 

“Both of us came from a place where food was our coping mechanism,” Masella told Syracuse.com. “We’ve gone through counseling and have figured out why we ate that way.”

On their first date, the couple played ping pong and basketball at the gym. They hit it off right away. 

“I instantly knew something was there,” Brower told Syracuse.com 

For the role of best man, Brower chose his personal trainer Nick Murphy, who had told him years ago that he would someday find a woman who shared his interests in health and fitness. Murphy was right. 

“This is a story you could make a movie about,” Murphy said. “It’s a match made in heaven.”

For more on their love story, watch the video above. 

H/T Syracuse.com

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Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell Share a Kiss While Getting Dual Stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame

After 33 years together, and nearly 50 years in show business, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a special joint ceremony.

The longtime couple shared a sweet kiss at the podium on Thursday, where they were joined by guests including Hawn’s daughter, Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon and Quentin Tarantino.

“The first time I ever fell in love with a movie star was Goldie Hawn,” Witherspoon said during her speech. “She’s continued to inspire me in my entire career. She is a true movie star.”

The actress went on to reveal that she “accepted the role of Elle Woods  all because of Goldie,” adding that, “Every career choice I think, ‘Would Goldie approve of this?’ ”

Beginning to get emotional and teary eyed, Witherspoon continued, “She shattered all sorts of barriers for women. She changed the possibilities of what women can do in film. Thank you for making us laugh, she has lit up my life. She’s changed my life and she’s quite simply my idol. I love you Goldie.”

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Hudson took the podium next, saying, “I was slotted in to talk about my mother, but I have two parents and they’re both here. I always thought I’d be talking about them at a wedding or something, but since a wedding doesn’t seem to be in our near future, this seems to be my only opportunity.”

She continued, “They’re philosophy is family first. As their child, what really stands out is somehow in their phenomenal careers, they’ve maintained normalcy with all of their children. They never hid away their love for making movies. For me and my brother , we grew up with artists. These shining stars standing next to me, they’re real legacy is what they’ve instilled in us kids.”

Russell and Hawn’s stars are neighbors with another celebrity couple: Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy. They’re also near film producers Richard Donner and Lauren Shuler Donner, and Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein, who worked together on Kinky Boots.

Hawn, 71, and Russell, 66, have been together since 1983, but they’ve only costarred together once, in 1987’s Overboard, directed by the late Garry Marshall.

The duo also both have new movies out. Russell stars alongside Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which hits theaters Friday; while Hawn and Amy Schumer’s Snatched opens nationwide May 12.


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Celine Dion Had The Best Reaction To One Of Her Fans Getting Engaged

Celine Dion unknowingly photobombed a fan’s proposal on Friday, and her reaction to the surprise was simply perfect. 

Nick Janevski scored backstage passes and a meet-and-greet with Dion for his girlfriend Austin McMillan, who is a huge fan of the “My Heart Will Go On” singer, before her residency show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. When it was their turn to meet the star, Janevski got down on one knee and popped the question right in front of Queen Celine herself.

“Celine Dion is about the only person I wouldn’t mind photobombing the pictures of our proposal,” McMillan wrote on Instagram. “I’m still floating around in the clouds over here feeling like it’s a dream!! My heart is so happy!!”

McMillan told Cosmopolitan that she was “completely shocked” ― so much so that she was actually left speechless. 

“I didn’t even say ‘yes’ [right away]. That’s why [Dion’s] face was like that,” she said. “We were taking a picture and all of a sudden he gets down on one knee. I froze. I didn’t say anything, I just smiled. Two minutes went by and she got really nervous ― she hid behind a curtain! She was like, ‘This is embarrassing.’ I just kissed him.”

The bride-to-be said the whole thing was “kind of a blur” but that her idol was super sweet.

“My mom raised me listening to Celine because she is a big fan of hers too!” McMillan told The Huffington Post. “It was incredible to meet her in real life. She is so sweet and genuine and hilarious!”

“She said that she wished us a long and happy marriage like she had with her husband,” the bride-to-be told Cosmopolitan. “She complimented my ring and also asked if she could come to the wedding.”

When Celine asks if she can come to your wedding, the answer is always a resounding, “HELL YES!” 

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4 Insurance Musts for Getting Married — or Divorced

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Valentine’s Day. Retail displays overflow with heart-shaped sweets, whimsical greeting cards and other love-laden products designed to pull at our heartstrings. Love — or at least the illusion of it — is abundantly in the air.

The most commercially amorous day of the year is fast approaching and you can expect roughly 6 million couples to get engaged on Feb. 14, according to American Express. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Or does it?

“It’s the high school reunion you have every year,” Boston radio host Lauren Beckham Falcone once told The Boston Globe. “You’re constantly faced with what you don’t have.”

The timing of Valentine’s Day isn’t so great either.

“It comes right after the holidays, when everyone’s always asking, ‘So, are you seeing anyone?’ It’s the pile-on effect,” Falcone added.

And for those feeling like Falcone, here’ s a fun fact on love. Many of those 6 million canoodling couples mentioned above (around 40-50 percent according to the American Psychological Association) will see their marriages end in divorce. You might be feeling better already.

So, this Valentine’s Day here at insuranceQuotes we’ve decided to focus on coupling and uncoupling this February, and all the insurance pitfalls that come with navigating either. Consider us your equal opportunity insurance informer on marriage and divorce for Valentine’s Day.

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Determining how insurance will impact your marriage — or divorce — always should be high on your personal finance checklist.

Adding a spouse to your policy or watching your auto premiums go down as a married couple can be a fun topic of conversation. Sharing your life (and expenses) also can be a great boon to your pocketbook. Talking about life insurance beneficiaries, however, may seem a little less romantic.

And when it comes to divorce, all topics (and that definitely includes insurance) usually start on a sour note.

“When discussing the financial aspects of a divorce or a breakup, insurance considerations should be a key component in ongoing and final decisions,” says Jeanne M. Salvatore, senior vice president and chief communications officer for the Insurance Information Institute.

“If you are separated and your spouse or partner is paying the insurance bills, make sure to provide your contact information to the insurance company as well,” Salvatore adds. “This way you can be notified if your spouse is in arrears. You don’t want to find out after an accident that your coverage was cancelled for lack of payment.”

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Because many employer-based plans include an option to add a spouse, once you are married, you should review your respective plans to see what services are covered. Doing a cost assessment of premiums and copay/coinsurance associated with each plan is also important. Don’t forget to review family coverage options if children are in the existing picture or on the horizon.

Usually you can add a spouse to an employer policy at any time during the year because it’s considered a “qualifying life event.” That means you don’t have to wait for the company’s open enrollment period.

On the other side of the equations, once a divorce is final you will immediately be dropped from your former spouse’s plan. The good news is that you have a few options. If you wish to continue being covered on your former spouse’s plan, you can pay it yourself through COBRA, a law that permits family members who lose group health insurance because of divorce or other life changes to buy the coverage for up to 36 months.

If your employer offers coverage, opting-in will most likely be a more affordable than paying for COBRA. You can purchase a plan directly from a health insurance exchange, though keep in mind that Obamacare may be repealed under the Trump administration. Or, you can always purchase health insurance from a private company, but it’s smart to shop around first.

Life insurance

Life insurance provides financial support in the event a partner dies. Life insurance generally falls under two main categories: term life insurance and whole life insurance. Payouts can cover ongoing, standard expenses such as rent, mortgages and car payments, as well as unexpected expenses such as debts and funeral costs.

Once you’re married, you will want to review your financial obligations to determine which type of policy is best for you and your spouse. Because beneficiaries are named by the policyholder (the person who pays for the policy), it’s wise to confirm that you — and not someone else — is the one listed on the policy.

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Already have a life policy? Now may be the time to review your beneficiaries.

“After you’re married, you probably want to make your new spouse your beneficiary in place of your parents or an ex,” says Matt Rogers, an Allstate agency owner in Georgia.

If newly divorced, you as a policyholder can decide whether or not to change the beneficiary under your policy. If you do not have children and you have a permanent policy, you may opt to cash in your life insurance policy.

However, if you do have children and you are the primary caretaker, keeping your ex-spouse as the primary beneficiary on your policy may be wise to protect child support or alimony income. If your spouse is no longer in the picture, designating a trusted family member or friend as the primary beneficiary in the event of your death will help protect your children.

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Renter’s and homeowner’s insurance

Renter’s insurance, like homeowner’s insurance, ensures the value of your household possessions against unexpected damages and injuries, and provides liability coverage. While the two are similar, there are differences; for instance, homeowner’s insurance covers the structure itself while renter’s insurance does not.

And that engagement ring? It’s usually added on as a rider on either your homeowner’s or renter’s policy.

“Before you give the ring to your fiancée, it should be covered on your policy,” Rogers says. “However, once your loved one accepts the ring, it is legally hers and she should protect it with a rider on her insurance policy.”

If you’re just moving in with your spouse, combining your coverage by adding your spouse onto your existing policy (or vice versa) is usually the most affordable solution. Keep in mind that you will need to extend the coverage to add your spouse’s possessions to what is already being covered.

Most homeowner’s policies contain language that automatically includes a spouse. However, it is wise to double check just in case.

“Depending on what you own, you may want to bump up your personal property coverage — the portion of the policy that covers your ‘stuff,’ or personal belongings — to help make sure your now-combined belongings are insured,” Roger suggests.

If you are moving out and moving on you will want to take out a new renter’s or homeowner’s insurance policy. If you own the home you are vacating, the homeowner’s policy will continue to be in your name. However, if you are the one staying, you should check your current policy to make you’re your existing coverage is appropriate for your new situation.

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Also be sure to double check the laws in your state before buying a home once you’re separated but before you are officially divorced. Community property laws vary and you may be surprised to learn your ex may be entitled to a portion of your new digs.

Auto insurance

Combining auto insurance policies after you are married generally saves you money through a multi-vehicle discount. But there are instances in which keeping separate policies may be less expensive.

Factors that go into play include yours and your spouse’s driving records, what types of cars you two drive and how many miles driven per year. Couples should review their driving histories together before making any changes to their auto policies.

After a divorce, you should keep your insurance company abreast of changes, such as a change in address or if you transfer ownership of a vehicle. If you share a policy under your name, it is best to remove your ex-spouse. This will protect you from liability if he or she gets into an accident or gets sued.

Expect your auto rates to increase if you are no longer insuring multiple vehicles. For those exiting a bad relationship, however, that’s probably a small price to pay.

This article was originally published on insuranceQuotes.com.

Laura Adams is a personal finance expert, award-winning author, host of the top-rated Money Girl Podcast, and insuranceQuotes’ senior analyst. For more on auto, home, health, life, and business insurance, click here.

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We’ve all heard the expression, “You get what you paid for,” but we also all have experiences of feeling like we got little value for something we paid a lot for, and lots of value for something we got for little or no money (I’m hoping that certain YouTube videos fall into that category…). Maybe the real truth is that we get what we choose to get – that we are responsible for the amount of value we receive. And if that’s the case, choose to get maximum value from whatever you invest your time and money into. I hope this helps you get the most from this new year.

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As with any of my tapping videos, this is an abbreviated process for releasing uncomfortable feelings and enhancing good ones. Some folks may find their fear dissolve after just one tapping session, but for others, it will take some repetition, bringing the discomfort down little by little each time. (Still others may uncover specific issues that are best addressed directly with a wellness practitioner.) In any event, this brief video should help at least take the edge off the discomfort, freeing you up to enjoy life much more. Let us know how it helped you!

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Librarians Go Rogue In Devious Attempt To Save Books From Getting Tossed

Staff at the East Lake County Library say they were just trying to save books.

But one librarian has been fired in connection with a scheme involving the creation of a fake library patron who “checked out” more than 2,000 books over the last year, as first reported by the Orlando Sentinel.

The fake patron, named “Chuck Finley” — who shares his name with a real-life retired baseball player — is recorded as checking out 2,361 books ranging from children’s book Why Do My Ears Pop? to John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.

Branch supervisor George Dore was fired on Dec. 27, Lake County spokeswoman Elisha Pappacoda told The Huffington Post. Two other employees involved are still working at the library.

Dore told the Sentinel that two employees hatched the plan for a good reason. The library’s computer system automatically flags books for removal if no one has checked them out within a year, and they wanted to keep the books on the shelves.

This plan prevented the books from getting tossed, which also prevented the library from having to spend money re-purchasing books its staff wanted to keep.

Some news outlets have suggested that the library might have an ulterior motive — boosting its funding by fraudulently increasing circulation statistics. But county spokeswoman Pappacoda told HuffPost that this just isn’t true — county libraries, she said, do not receive funding based on circulation numbers.

Even so, Pappacoda said, the county felt that firing Dore was justified because in creating the fake patron — which involved a made-up address and driver’s license number — the library was “creating a false public record.” She added that no one involved was facing any criminal charges.

Pappacoda also said that after the county was tipped off that something seemed suspicious with the library’s records, they got a third-party auditor to assess the situation. It was that auditor who found out the truth about Finley.

Lake County Public Resources director Jeff Cole told WFTV that if the library truly had a problem with books potentially being removed, Dore simply could have discussed it with his superiors.

Author and activist Cory Doctorow voiced his support for the library staff in a BoingBoing blog post on Monday, writing that the situation highlights some of the perils of relying too much on data and not enough on human beings.

“The library wants to be efficient at stocking books its patrons will enjoy, so it deploys software to measure popularity, and raises the outcomes of those measurements over the judgment of the skilled professionals who acquire and recommend books, who work with patrons every day,” he wrote.

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Jennifer Lopez, Petroleum JellyCelebrities have the luxury of receiving eye-popping paydays, but even with their millions of dollars, stars can’t resist a good bargain like the average Joe.
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How to buy a new HDTV without getting ripped offScreen resolution all comes down to how close you’re planning to sit to your TV. Older and cheaper sets that are 40 inches or smaller may still feature a resolution of 1280 pixels wide x 720 pixels high — referred to as 720p. Most sets larger than 40 inches bump the resolution up to full HD: 1920 pixels wide x 1080 pixels high (1080p).



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Kids Who Love ‘The Snowy Day’ Are Getting An Early Holiday Present

If you’re looking to build a diverse children’s library, one of the first books you’re likely to come across is “The Snowy Day.” 

Ezra Jack Keats wrote and illustrated “The Snowy Day” in 1962 as a response to the overwhelming whiteness of children’s literature. Upon publication, it became the first picture book to feature an African-American protagonist. 

“None of the manuscripts I’d been illustrating featured any black kids ― except for token blacks in the background,” he wrote in an unpublished autobiography.  “My book would have him there simply because he should have been there all along.”

But “The Snowy Day” is beloved for much more than its political importance. It’s a relatable yet somehow magical story about a boy named Peter exploring his neighborhood on a snowy day, and the illustrations and text are deceptively simple. 

One of my son’s favorite pages shows Peter sitting in a warm bath after telling his mother about his adventures. We always read the text together: “And he thought and thought and thought about them.”

Keats won the Caldecott Medal for Illustration for the book in 1963. 

“The Snowy Day” is still loved by kids today ― it’s #2 on Time’s list of The 100 Best Children’s Books Of All Time ― and Amazon Studios is now releasing an animated holiday special based on the book, which will be available on Prime on November 25. The special will be narrated by Laurence Fishburn and includes the voice talent of Regina King, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Angela Bassett, as well as an original song by Boyz II Men. 

Amazon has released a joint trailer with their other book-based holiday special, “If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie,” which you can view below.  

Diversity in children’s literature continues to be an issue today. And as parents who have slogged through a boring book purchased because the protagonist was brown know, reading about a character that looks like you isn’t always the same as being enchanted by one.

A book like “The Snowy Day” just doesn’t come around all that often. 

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Mongolia: The Destination that Epitomizes Getting Away From It All

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Getting Gamers

Getting Gamers


Video games are big business. They can be addicting. They are available almost anywhere you go and are appealing to people of all ages. They can eat up our time, cost us money, even kill our relationships. But it’s not all bad! This book will show that rather than being a waste of time, video games can help us develop skills, make friends, succeed at work, form good habits, and be happy. Taking the time to learn what’s happening in our heads as we play and shop allows us to approach games and gaming communities on our own terms and get more out of them. With sales in the tens of billions of dollars each year, just about everybody is playing some kind of video game whether it’s on a console, a computer, a web browser, or a phone. Much of the medium’s success is built on careful (though sometimes unwitting) adherence to basic principles of psychology. This is something that’s becoming even more important as games become more social, interactive, and sophisticated. This book offers something unique to the millions of people who play or design games: how to use an understanding of psychology to be a better part of their gaming communities, to avoid being manipulated when they shop and play, and to get the most enjoyment out of playing games. With examples from the games themselves, Jamie Madigan offers a fuller understanding of the impact of games on our psychology and the influence of psychology on our games.

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Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Getting Published

Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Getting Published


Break into the Bestselling Young Adult Market with this IndispensableGuide!

Whether you''re just getting started or are on the hunt foran agent or publisher, Writing Great Books for Young Adults is your completeinsider source on how to succeed in the flourishing world of YA fiction andnonfiction. In this updated and revised edition, veteran literary agent ReginaL. Brooks offers invaluable advice for YA writers on everything from shapingyour novel to crafting the perfect pitch for your book.

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You''ll also discover how successful film adaptations likeHarry Potter and The Hunger Games have broadened the market for your book.Filled with tips and advice from agents, editors, and popular YA authors,Writing Great Books for Young Adults is your ticket to an incredible YA career!

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Are you drowning in too many emails? Are you spending too much time everyday sorting and dealing with your inbox?Email Management using Gmail is a practical guide for sorting your emails and getting things done. Whether you are using Gmail or another email account, the principles in this book will help your to check and organize your emails so that you can spend just 10 minutes a day dealing with them. The steps-by-step instructions use the free email accounts from Google and cover labels, filters and the great spam protection that Gmail provides. Whatever your priorities, the email management strategies in this guide will help you to save time. This guide is all about getting it done, sorted and out of the way.

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Khloe Kardashian on Her Traumatizing First Waxing Experience at 13, Getting Older and Being Inspired by Kylie Jenner

Things don’t always go as expected for Khloé Kardashian. But the completely candid reality TV star is known for rolling with the punches in many aspects of her life, including her personal beauty journey.

Take, for example, the first time she ever got waxed. She didn’t plan on it, but that’s because her mom, Kris Jenner, planned it for her. “My mom has always been very crazy about rituals and routines,” Kardashian tells PeopleStyle recently. “I remember she made me get a facial for the first time, I was like 13, and I guess I’d started having hair under my arms. During my facial, I had someone come and wax my underarms and I was so terrified because she didn’t warn me! I was like, ‘What is happening?!’ I thought that was part of the facial. It was so traumatizing.”

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And her surprise waxing actually has a lasting impact psychologically. “I remember I didn’t want a facial for like years cause I thought that came with it,” she said. “It’s funny because my mom is so polished. Most people would be like, ‘This is what you do. Take a razor and so on.’ And my mom was like, ‘We’re waxing this!’” (This set the precedent for Kylie Jenner’s forced manis as a teen, too!)

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Yet, at the same time, it’s her family who inspire her to feel beautiful everyday. “I’m a huge energy person—I feed off of other people’s energy, and I try to get them to feed off of mine,” she says. “The people around me make me feel beautiful.”

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And that includes sister Kylie Jenner. “I’m so proud of Kylie cause I love when she is bare-faced and at her freest,” she said. “When I was younger, I never wanted to be bare-faced, cause you’re a little more insecure. So I love Kylie’s self-security at a young age.”

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In fact, it’s both of her youngest Jenner sisters, Kylie, 18, and Kendall, 20, who are some of her main beauty inspirations. “If I am on vacation with Kendall and Kylie, they’re literally Indian-style, copping a squat, in a bikini and I’m like, ‘What!’ But they’ve always had those bodies,” she says. “I’ve just always wanted to be one of those girls. I never wore bikinis as a kid, I’ve never showcased my body like that. I have always been a one-piece girl or I was just didn’t feel comfortable going to the beach with my friends. I am still very appreciative of how hard I have worked for my body now, I just wonder, ‘How did those little bitches get so comfortable?!’”

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That said, she finally stopped comparing herself to others and started feeling comfortable and confident with her body. “I have grown to have a ton of self-love, and that’s something I had to work on, so I am at a place where I just feel beautiful within my own skin,” she says. “But I have always wondered, when can I just sit Indian-style? I don’t know if I will ever be, but I’m not like, ‘God I need to be in a turtleneck.’ But being older, and now finally being like, ‘OK, I can be in a bathing suit around my friends.’”

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So, is Kardashian afraid of getting older? “In 10 years, I don’t know what I am going to look like—facial, hair color, body, anything,” she says. “But I also think that’s the fun of life. I hope I age gracefully. I believe in lasers and fillers—whatever makes you happy. But I am not obsessive about that stuff.”

“I just like to take care of myself,” she adds. “I sleep with oils and lotions on my face every night and I focus on being healthy from the inside out, taking 20 vitamins every morning and drinking water. That’s how I want to age gracefully.”

—Reporting by Jackie Fields


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The Men's Health Big Book: Getting Abs: Get a Flat, Ripped Stomach and Your Strongest Body Ever–in Four Weeks


The essential diet and fitness guide to lean, ripped abs-including a results-driven 4-week program to lose weight, strengthen your core, and chisel your entire bodyCall it a spare tire, muffin top, or paunch. Men and women consistently cite their belly as their biggest problem area-and it is often the toughest final pounds to lose. Not anymore!Whether readers'' eating habits have been affected by stress, their bodies have changed with age, or they''re constantly doing crunches without results, it''s time to blast belly fat the right way. Using the comprehensive, week-by-week eating and exercise plan, readers can lose up to 20 pounds in 6 weeks-and keep it off, forever.The Men''s Health Big Book: Getting Abs special features include:- Quick effective routines that replace boring, painful crunches – Manly (and healthy) recipes that take less than 15 minutes to prepare!- Hundreds of tips on how to emphasize muscle definition and six-pack abs!Including a step-by-step, 4-week eating and exercise plan, easy-to-prepare recipes, and hundreds of exercises, The Men''s Health Big Book of Abs by Adam Bornstein and the editors of Men''s Health is the ultimate guide to a leaner, fitter, sexier body.
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The i-Road is Toyota’s Vision for Getting Around Over-Crowded Cities

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Obama Gives Kanye West Some Advice About Getting Into Politics

President Barack Obama gave Kanye West some advice about getting elected on Saturday. 

The rapper recently announced he was running for president in 2020. Obama, alluding to the inability of House Republicans to find a new speaker, suggested Kanye could be a candidate for that position instead.

“You may have heard that Kanye is thinking about running for Speaker of the House. It couldn’t get any stranger,” Obama said at a fundraiser in San Francisco. He dispensed some tips ”in case Kanye is serious about this whole POTUS thing, or as Kanye calls it, ‘Peezy.'”

“Do you really think this country is going to elect a black guy from the south side of Chicago with a funny name to be president of the United States?” Obama said. “That’s cray.”

“Saying you have a beautiful dark twisted fantasy — that’s what’s known as ‘off message’ in politics,” he continued.

Obama also suggested that West’s appearances on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” might serve him well in politics.

“You got to deal with strange characters who behave as if they are on a reality TV show,” Obama said. 

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The Six-Pack Diet Plan: The Secrets to Getting Lean Abs and a Rock-Hard Body Permanently

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Make – Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA

Make – Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA


This book introduces readers to building wearable electronics projects using Adafruit’s tiny FLORA board: at 4.4 grams, and only 1.75 inches in diameter, and featuring Arduino compatibility, it’s the most beginner-friendly way to create wearable projects. This book shows you how to plan your wearable circuits, sew with electronics, and write programs that run on the FLORA to control the electronics. The FLORA family includes an assortment of sensors, as well as RGB LEDs that let you add lighting to your wearable projects.

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Getting Lost and Getting Found

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We’ve all gotten lost. Most of us first have the experience as children. It may have been in the woods or a crowded department store. Wherever it occurs it is terrifying. Small children often find it so frightening they must deny it. They do not say they are lost but rather, “My mommy is lost.”

Being lost is less a place than a state of mind that frightens us no matter how old we are. As adults we get lost more often in our lives than in the woods. But there are many parallels between losing our way in wilderness and in life. It remains an enormously uncomfortable experience that threatens to overwhelm our equilibrium. We are motivated not to see that we’re off track. The more we have invested in a goal, the harder it is to change direction despite mountains of evidence that we’re on the wrong path.

As humans we have evolved to a time where getting lost in life is pretty easy. In the beginning, as primitive animals, we were guided by biological instinct. With the progression to hunter-gatherers (the way of life for the vast majority of human existence) there was a seamless transition from birth to death. Everyone was in the family business, so to speak. One’s social circle and work was defined. The goals were concrete and communal. Ambivalence and conflict about what one should do had yet to be invented. Success was clearly defined and usually attainable.

Paleolithic life may be experiencing a renaissance in dietary circles but is still perceived as a rather undesirable existence. We fancy our contemporary world of choices an obvious improvement. But what it means to be successful has gotten complicated. Whatever form it takes, many perceive it skeptically or overwhelming if not impossible. This does not make for greater happiness. I imagine the typical hunter-gatherer enjoyed a better mood than your average modern human.

How happy or sad we are is another way of saying how found or lost we are. It is determined in large part by the distance between our present self and that self we think we should be, our ideal self. That gap can create an uncomfortable tension. We usually try to silence the discomfort by chasing quick fixes. Often we create a false self and conform to someone else’s model of living. We chase more of the things we know do not translate into happiness. As Viktor Frankl observed, we accumulate more and more to live by and less and less to live for. This makes us feel less alive and more vulnerable to the seductive trappings of other people’s agendas.

We run deeper into the woods. It is precisely because money or cars or shoes or food or sex is not quite what we want that we find ourselves thinking that perhaps more would be satisfying. When we have too much, it is because we have too little of what we need.

Emotions evolved as a signal to direct us toward or away from something. The tension created by the gap between who we are and who we feel we should be is an essential signal that can direct us toward one path and away from another. It is our inner compass. We will remain lost if that signal is anesthetized.

So how do we find our way out of the woods?

We all have inhabited our best self, no matter how fleetingly. We know it by how it makes us feel. There is no conflict, ambivalence, sense of time. We sense we are doing the right thing. The experience flows. Athletes call it being in the zone. It feels good.

We find ourselves by paying attention to when we are our best self. What are we doing? Who are we with? Where are we? Armed with these answers we have our compass. Life is lived one moment at a time. It is in that time frame that we make decisions about what we invest energy in, what we make the focus of our attention.

Directing our energy to inhabiting our best self has its challenges.

We tell ourselves stories to explain why we can’t be that person. We usually write this story at an early age when we did not have the tools to make changes. The story needs a rewrite. How do you understand the difference between what you have done and what you believe you ought to have done?

Many things are beyond our control. But we are free to choose what we will pay attention to, the meaning we will give to our life. If the goal is to improve the quality of our lives, happiness may be the wrong metric. Pleasure or happiness is simply the side effect of living our best self.

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Federico Fellini’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ Getting A Remake Is Proof We’ve Gone Too Far

Clearly the film industry has run out of any and all good, original ideas. Sadly, the unstoppable remake machine is about to touch a cinematic classic.

On Thursday, AMBI Group announced plans to remake Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.” The company has reached an agreement with the Italian director’s family and estate to make a modern retelling of the 1960 film. The filmmaker’s niece, Francesca Fellini, said in a statement that while the family has been approached about remakes and sequels before, AMBI Group’s Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi changed their minds.

The original “La Dolce Vita” follows Marcello Mastroianni’s gossip journalist over a week traveling through Rome. In a statement, Iervolino said that the contemporary remake of the film will be “every bit as commercial, iconic and award-worthy as the original.” We can’t help but wonder one thing, though: Why?

With nearly every movie being remade, adapted into a musical, reworked for a sequel, revamped for a modern interpretation or rebooted for the small screen, nothing is safe these days. Nope, not even a Palme d’Or-winning, influential Fellini classic. While there are some noteworthy and partially original recreations in the works, like Paul Feig’s all-female “Ghostbusters” and Netflix’s clever take on a “Wet Hot American Summer” prequel – it takes us back to the first day of Camp Firewood – the majority of other remakes are simply unnecessary.

What’s next, a “Citizen Kane” remake? Hey, why don’t we turn Ingmar Bergman’s filmography into a musical web series? What about a reboot of Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot “Psycho” remake? Brilliant!

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Federico Fellini’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ Getting A Remake Is Proof We’ve Gone Too Far

Clearly the film industry has run out of any and all good, original ideas. Sadly, the unstoppable remake machine is about to touch a cinematic classic.

On Thursday, AMBI Group announced plans to remake Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.” The company has reached an agreement with the Italian director’s family and estate to make a modern retelling of the 1960 film. The filmmaker’s niece, Francesca Fellini, said in a statement that while the family has been approached about remakes and sequels before, AMBI Group’s Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi changed their minds.

The original “La Dolce Vita” follows Marcello Mastroianni’s gossip journalist over a week traveling through Rome. In a statement, Iervolino said that the contemporary remake of the film will be “every bit as commercial, iconic and award-worthy as the original.” We can’t help but wonder one thing, though: Why?

With nearly every movie being remade, adapted into a musical, reworked for a sequel, revamped for a modern interpretation or rebooted for the small screen, nothing is safe these days. Nope, not even a Palme d’Or-winning, influential Fellini classic. While there are some noteworthy and partially original recreations in the works, like Paul Feig’s all-female “Ghostbusters” and Netflix’s clever take on a “Wet Hot American Summer” prequel – it takes us back to the first day of Camp Firewood – the majority of other remakes are simply unnecessary.

What’s next, a “Citizen Kane” remake? Hey, why don’t we turn Ingmar Bergman’s filmography into a musical web series? What about a reboot of Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot “Psycho” remake? Brilliant!

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Writer's Little Instruction Book – Getting Published

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Introducing the big secrets of writing-in handy, accessible, and inviting little books! Aspiring and published writers alike will welcome the practical and witty lessons in these engaging new books.
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Getting Gone

Getting Gone


HE’S MORE DANGEROUS WHEN HE’S RUNNING FROM YOUShawn Stewart is kind of an unusual husband. He has high-functioning Asperger’s Syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming an incredibly wealthy inventor with a gorgeous wife. Brilliant and resourceful, and sometimes a little clueless, Shawn knows he’s anything but a typical guy. When his wife, Christine, turns out to be an ex-spy and is murdered by someone Shawn thought was a friend, he’s forced to go on the run and stay one step ahead of the organization that will do anything to bury one of Christine’s darkest secrets. “A short and fast-paced thriller James Patterson would be proud of!”This should be its own thriller TV series!”It is so rare to find good, well-written fiction books about autism. Getting Gone shows Aspergers in a very positive light, with a truly inspirational hero.

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Open Letter to Same Sex People Getting Married in Red States

Dear Same-Sex Wedding Participants in Red States:

If you live in one of the 14 states that have to suddenly grant marriage licenses to same sex couples, you may be tightening your tie and singing Old Fashioned Wedding on your way to City Hall. I’d like to help you navigate a few of the issues you may face when you go to get your marriage license. In 2005, my partner and I traveled to Toronto, Ontario to marry — same sex marriage was as new then in Toronto as it will be today in your red state. Many marriage offices will be unprepared. Here are four tips for dealing with the processes and people you may encounter.

Rejoice if your clerk is kind and helpful. Of course you’ll feel a certain trepidation about coming out to your Marriage Court clerk. You may be surprised, then, when you catch a clerk — like we did in Toronto — who is excited to help a bunch of same sex people obtain the full liberty of government benefits. When you get a good one, celebrate them just like you celebrate the union.

Decide who is the “husband” — for the form. To talk to the government, you fill out a form — getting married is no different. Until today, only marriages comprised of a “husband” and a “wife” were eligible to fill out the papers, so the forms will be gender coded. It can be an uncomfortable moment when you’re standing at the clerk’s counter, pen in hand, one looking over the other’s shoulder, and that’s the moment you have to decide which name goes over “husband” and which goes over “wife.” In advance, flip a coin, have a heavy talk, allocate a gender between the top and the bottom. But, work it out on the way. Our clerk in Toronto picked for us, and I still disagree with his choice.

If you get a bad clerk, take a minute…. You may encounter a nasty clerk. Don’t jump to the conclusion that the nastiness comes from hate — he might be an indifferent government worker. Just this year, at a city hall “gay” wedding, we encountered a cranky clerk and an imperious officiant — in San Francisco. It’s not always bigotry — sometimes, it’s just bad manners. You should still push back, but on their conduct, not their motives.

Make Your Own Choice. You may get a bona fide homophobe, hissing, “You want to get married to each other?” Of course, if the clerk refuses to issue a license or an oath, call Lambda or your own lawyer and raise some hell. But, what if the knuckle-dragger starts the licensing process — with contempt? Should you stay and suffer? Or should you walk away, find another city hall, another clerk, another day? The answer is not as clear today as it was before Justice Kennedy spoke. When our rights were neither clear nor dependable, you owed it to yourself and our gay and lesbian ancestors to stare down disdain, stand your ground and get that license. But, now, the most powerful ally is on our side — the United States Constitution. Your dignity owes it to no one to take a punch, certainly not from a bureaucrat using the power of the counter to ruin your day – after all, you’re a human, a taxpayer, an adult and a fiancé. Those of us who came before you brought an edge of defiance on an undercurrent of rage to our ceremonies. Today, it is so ordered that you can feel the same jitters and excitement and doubts as every other bride or groom without the political angst. You’re like everyone else — you can take, leave or complain about bad customer service, because now that’s all it is.

Mazel Tov and Happy Pride!

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Ron Diamond’s Animation Show of Shows Coming to Comic-Con, Getting Ready for Nationwide Debut

Toon fans rejoice! The Animation Show of Shows will soon be coming to a theater near you.

Thanks to a successful Kickstarter, this animation industry favorite will now transition from being an insider-only exclusive to becoming a program that film fans around the world can participate in and enjoy.

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For those of you who don’t know: The Animation Show of Shows has long been Ron Diamond‘s baby. For the past 16 years, this veteran animation producer has circled the globe seeking out the very best new animated short films. Which sounds like it might be a fun way for a cinema fan to spend their time, but is actually a quite challenging task.

“Just recently, I sat through a screening of over 200 student films. All because I was looking for those one or two short animated films that I might consider adding to the line-up on my next Animation Show of Shows,” Ron explained during a recent phone interview.

And previously — once Diamond has selected all of that year’s animated gems — he’d then truck this feature-length compilation to animation studios like Disney, Pixar and Blue Sky. All with the hope that — by exposing these creatives to what the next generation of animators was up to — he’d then inspire these folks to explore unexpected ideas.”

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“And while I don’t mean to brag, I think that I’ve got a pretty good eye for this stuff. 29 of the films that I’ve showcased in previous Animation Show of Shows have gone on to get Academy Award nominations. And 9 of those animated short films then went on to win the Oscar,” Ron continued.

But after 16 years of annually assembling this great collection of animated short films which was then meant to educate and inspire industry insiders, Diamond was looking to broaden his horizons. He wanted the general public to now be able to get in on the fun. Which is why Ron set up a not-for-profit organization that would then make it possible to The Animation Show of Shows to expand its mission.

“After all, it’s one thing to show these new animated short films to industry insiders who then might have some knowledge of who these fledgling filmmakers are, the reputations of their teachers and/or their independent work. And it’s an entirely different thing to show these great new animated short films to an audience that’s going in cold. That has absolutely no context when it comes to who these filmmakers are and where the ideas for each of these new animated shorts may have come from,” Diamond stated.

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That was what really drove Ron to get a Kickstarter campaign going for the Animation Show of Shows. If he was going to transform this showcase of new animated short films into something that members of the general film-going public could genuinely understand and appreciate … Well, that then meant that Diamond would have to craft profiles of the talented individuals who had created these animated short films. And given that Ron prides himself on always putting together a program that represents what is going on internationally in animation that year, that then meant Diamond was going to need to send film crews around the globe to create these contextual pieces that would profile that year’s top animators.

Thanks to the generous pledges of the people who supported Ron’s vision for a more ambitious, broader reaching Animation Show of Shows, those profiles will now be included in Diamond’s next feature-length compilation of the finest animated shorts from around the world. Not only that, but Ron will be using these funds to expand into the field of restoration. Singling out great animated short films from the past that need to be preserved and shared.

By the way, if you’re headed to San Diego next week for the 2015 edition of Comic-Con and want to get a sense of the sort of show that Ron Diamond plans on presenting very soon at a theater near you, the 16th Annual Animation Show of Shows will be presented in Hall H on Friday, July 10th from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Hopefully — as part of the Q & A session that’s supposed to follow this presentation — Diamond will then discuss his plans for this award-winning series of animated short films.

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Getting Your Photography Published 2.0

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Firstly, let me say that I have written about this topic before – hence the 2.0. Regardless, it is still the number one question I get asked, “How did you publish your photography? What can I do to get my work published?” There no simple answer to these questions. However, there are a number of things you can do, and a few things you shouldn’t do, that are worth pointing out.

Do you have a project worth publishing? This is perhaps the most important first step. Answer this question not only with honesty, but with the input of others, ideally a professional editor. You would be surprised at the number of “press-ready” projects I see that are, if anything, absolutely not ready for publication. Publishing a book of photography has to be more than merely making a photo album and then sending it out into the world. The narrative needs to be tight, there needs to be a story. You also need to make sure the work is well edited. If your project contains two hundred images, you should aim to publish around fifty or sixty, not the entire two hundred. Photographers often drown out their good work in a sea of “okay” work. This is a very common mistake. Be selective and edit without mercy, then, do it again! Also, like I said, seek help. Portfolio reviews are one of the best ways to do this. Many photographers, including myself, offer portfolio reviews for peers and friends. It’s not me saying I know more than you, it’s me saying as a fellow photographer – a peer – allow me to review you work and provide you with a sober second opinion. Shelve the ego from the very beginning or you will never make it to press!

Next, I highly recommend making a mockup book. Use a self-publishing service like Blurb or Lulu and make a book which represents, as closely as possible, what it is that you want the actual publisher to produce. Publishers will be able to actually see what you are proposing, rather than simply a pile of photos. This process may also help you to see what it is you have and whether or not you feel it is the right moment to press ahead with the work.

Consider your proposal from an outsiders point of view. Are you known as a photographer? If not, what makes you feel your work would be of interest to anyone, especially at a cost? Publishers are not into stroking egos, so you will have to find something about your work which is unique and attractive from a business point of view. Remember, presses, even small ones, are in for a profit. Even “nonprofit” presses frown upon publishing books which are nothing more than a colossal expense. If you’ve never been published in magazines, or exhibited in galleries, chances are your project will be a hard sell to a traditional publisher. Rather than chasing this impossible dream, I recommend spending more time entering contests and submitting to magazines and galleries to try and build a better resume prior to approaching a book-length project. There are also other alternatives too.

Artist books are a great alternative. That is, produce the book yourself. Self-publishing is not to be discounted. It’s true that there is still some stigma attached to this route in the literary word, but that is not the case with art and photography. Photographers have been publishing their own work from the very beginning. Famous photographers like Martin Parr have been at this for decades with great success. Because the books are more objets d’art, and less books, they usually accumulate higher value. Some of Parr’s out-of-print books sell for hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Because you are in control, and are usually producing in small numbers, you can produce books which are of a higher quality. Milk Books is a great service for this option. Produce in a limited number and hand-sign and number your books. This method has often been more successful and profitable for many photographers anyway.

Whatever you do, don’t simply mass mail your book project out to every press you can find on the internet. This is a waste of time, money (in the case of mockups) and you will likely also annoy editors and publishers, who will not be so quick to forget your name. Be careful, your career will hopefully be long and successful. Just because Taschen doesn’t want to publish your book today, doesn’t mean they won’t want it a decade later. As is the case with everyone, they save databases of correspondence, if you tell them off now, you may regret it later on. Be smart. Submit appropriate mockups that are truly ready for publication to selective presses. If you get several rejections this is not an indication that presses are evil and you should teach them a nasty lesson in a hastily written email, it is rather an indication that likely your work is not ready for book form.

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I asked my own publisher to weigh in with his thoughts on this process. Here’s what Joe Pan, publisher at Brooklyn Arts Press, had to say:

“Style in photography is elusive, meaning it’s incredibly difficult for a photographer to develop a style that doesn’t come off as a direct emulation of a more well-established photographer. Plus, we’ve been overexposed to images our whole life, so finding true unique qualities in photography is rare. That said, when someone is capturing something in a way that works on a deeper level, it leaves you breathless. That’s the mark, when it hits you like the perfect haiku, bewilderment borne somehow from the common. You can deconstruct a photo a hundred ways, yet you can’t deconstruct so easily presence of mind, or the architecture of urgency, or a gaze’s natural empathy, each of which any person standing in front of a photograph for the first time can experience without being told what to expect. When looking over photography books for BAP, we look for these indescribable qualities made present. The biggest mistake, honestly, is people thinking they’re ready for a book when they aren’t. Or misunderstanding how images in close proximity are speaking to each other, or purposefully clashing, or aren’t speaking at all. In terms of what MUST be present: vision.”

Indeed, Joe has nailed it. Most projects are premature. Successful books of photography are almost always produced by photographers who have developed a distinct and recognizable style of photography. It also has to be somewhat innovative in approach, that is you don’t have to be unique, but no one is interested in publishing a Gilden copycat either. Be different. Take time to find out what that means in terms of your work. It took me many years of all kinds of approaches and techniques to develop my style. I only knew I was finally onto something when I began to see photographers copying me. Imitation being the highest form of flattery, right? It was still annoying, but it told me to press ahead as something was happening. I also received a lot of criticism, both positive and negative. That too indicates some degree of success. No one is interested in criticizing work that is pointless and irrelevant because it is unnoticed to begin with. No, people criticize work because it is coming up on the radar. As Andy Warhol used to say, “I measure criticism by the inch”.

Artist Chuck Close offers some good insight here too. He comments in the documentary, Smash His Camera that “photography is the easiest medium in which to become competent. Anybody can take a competent picture, but it’s the hardest medium in which to express some kind of personal vision. The fact that you can have something that is recognizable from 50 feet across the gallery, like an Arbus or a Penn, it means they really have done something.” Does your work have that recognizable quality that is your own? If not, maybe continue to work on your craft and style. If you do have this, perhaps it is time to look toward publication and getting that work into a permanent home.

So, you do in fact land a book deal. Great. Beware of the publishing process. You will not be in control, the publisher will. You may, especially if you work with a small press, have some input into cover image and title etc., but often times you will not. You must be ready to sacrifice your work to a compromise. You also need to be prepared to do a lot of leg work. Unless you are with Steidl, you will be the one doing most of the promotion and selling. This may even be formally stated in your contract. However, if it isn’t don’t think for a second that any press is going to be amused with your hands off artiste approach. If you don’t think you can sell your book, don’t publish it. Simple. Furthermore, realize that no books, especially today with democratic access to publishing, sell themselves. It just doesn’t happen. Publishing a book and calling it a day is like digging a hole and burying your photography. Think about all this stuff carefully. Perhaps you don’t even want a book!

Finally, one of the biggest things you can do to help get your book of photography published is to BUY PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS. I’m not talking about the classics either. Those books have already paid for themselves and the photographers, for the most part, are dead. I mean buy books by emerging artists, by your peers. If you’re not interested in buying a book of photography what makes you think anyone is going to run out to the Strand and buy yours? Photography should be about community and supporting one another in a way which, collectively, benefits everyone. If everybody is merely self-absorbed, jealous, and too cheap to buy a book, then nothing is going to happen for anyone. Game over.

Michael Ernest Sweet is a Canadian writer and photographer. He has two full-length books of street photography, “The Human Fragment” and “Michael Sweet’s Coney Island” both from Brooklyn Arts Press in New York. Follow Michael on Facebook or through his website.

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Getting Unstuck : 3 Simple Ways to Get Back in the Groove

Has this ever happened to you?

You’re cruising. Business is good and the days fly by. You’re accomplishing a lot. In fact, getting stuff done is almost effortless! Life is satisfying and fulfilling.

You’re physically strong, energized and healthy. Your relationships are solid and secure. Life feels joyous. You’re happy and in the flow.

Then, all of a sudden, something happens and kapow! Everything comes to a screeching halt.

Maybe you get physically sick and can’t get out of bed for two weeks. Maybe you lose a major client and it sends you into a tailspin. But suddenly, you’re out of the flow. Now life feels hard.

Where did that energy, that desire, the vibrancy go?

From the vantage point of this new lackluster place, your former “productive” self feels like a dream.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because we can ALL relate.

Similar scenarios occur on and off throughout our lives in both small and huge ways. Maybe it’s a day of feeling off your game, maybe it’s six months.

I used to think, “when this issue is gone, it’ll be smooth sailing from here on out.” But then one day I realized, NO. Life is always providing challenges for us to overcome and some of those are curveballs.

The question is, how do we get back into the game?

Here are Three Ways I’ve Learned to Get Out of the Funk and Back in the Flow:

1. Stop Judging
Part of what happens when I slip out of my groove is that I judge myself. Suddenly I feel less productive, less energetic, and a lot more apathetic.

When I judge that place, and make it wrong, it becomes much harder to move through it. However, if I can accept and acknowledge what it is — just a moment rather than a weakness – I’m more easily able to step out of it.

2. Ease Back In
Think about yourself like a car. Very few can go from 0 to 60 mph instantaneously. We have to regain that speed over time. Ask yourself, what’s the first thing I can do to resume my regular schedule?

If you typically run two miles a day, can you start with one or perhaps even a half a mile?

If you normally make 20 calls a day, how about starting with five or maybe even ten?

3. Recognize It For What It Is: Temporary
What we’re experiencing is simply a reset. All of us want to be going strong 24/7 but the reality is we can’t. Sometimes we need breaks.

So ask yourself, What does self-care look like?

Is it a late evening walk, a relaxing bath, a quiet chat, uplifting music?

Incorporate self-care and small ways to relax into your regular life. By scheduling these, you’ll likely be able to maintain your groove longer and more easily without getting blindsided.

And even when you do need a timeout — remember that it’s temporary and necessary.

Life is full of ups and downs. It’s just that most of us like the ups more than the downs. But when we remember that it’s all part of the journey, we can accept those down times and embrace them for what they are — a reminder to go slower, a reset or some time to stop and think.

When you find yourself in a down cycle, be gentle and see if incorporating more self-care will enable you to move through them a bit more quickly. Most importantly, remember that what you’re feeling is what we all feel and is part of the human experience.

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10 Tools to Help You Give Without Getting Drained

In our society, where we have a tendency to constantly be in a state of “go go go” it can be a real challenge to find the energy to give anymore without feeling stressed, tired, exhausted and just flat out, well, drained.

Maybe it’s after a long day of work and you find yourself getting a call from a family member with another problem and you just don’t have the energy to deal with it. Or maybe it’s struggling to have patience with that one difficult customer.

Regardless of the exact scenario, these situations can all be really challenging. If we don’t take time out of our day to really tune into ourselves and give ourselves some good ol’ self-care, we can find ourselves in this constant place of being drained and stressed out. And frankly, that’s not good for you or anyone around you.

So here are 10 simple tools that can help you give without feeling drained:

1. Spend time in nature. Go out and soak up some sun, breathe in the fresh air, walk barefoot in the grass, and marvel in the blissful sound of birds chirping.

2. Exercise! When we strengthen our bodies, we also strengthen our entire being. So go for a run, do some yoga, or hit up the gym.

3. Eat well. Are you finding yourself always in a hurry and rushing over to McDonald’s? Well if you really want to replenish yourself so you’re not drained and stressed out all the time, then find some alternative foods to eat that are much nutritious for you. Eat some fruit and veggies. Have a salad. Maybe even try out going paleo, vegan or gluten free. Find food that energizes you and makes you feel like you’re at your optimal health.

4. Get enough sleep. One of the most important factors of our mental health and overall well-being is the amount and quality of sleep we get each night. After all, our brains can’t function optimally if we don’t give it a chance to rest! The general rule of thumb is to shoot for somewhere between 7 to 9 hours each night, depending on what your body needs.

5. Support yourself. We can’t really support others, nor can we fully receive support from others, if we don’t support ourselves. So support yourself in the work you do by praising yourself for a job well done, rather than be super critical about it not being “good enough.” Support yourself in relationships by being in relationships with people who are kind, loyal, and respectful of you.

6. Meditate — often. Enough said.

7. Breathe! When we’re stressed and worn out, we habitually forget to breathe. So bring everything back to the breath and do it often! Take deep breaths and then let it all out.

8. Do things that light you up. Be sure that you’re taking time each week (or even day) to do things that you really truly enjoy doing. Do what you feel passionate about. Take time to write, take photos, grow a garden, take your dog for a walk, dance… do whatever helps bring more fun to your life and energizes you.

9. Bring passion into what you do. While it is important to do things that you already feel passionate about, it’s also important to put forth the effort to bring passion into what you do already. Bring passion into regular exercise routine, bring passion into your not-quite-dream-job, and bring passion into your new diet. When we bring passion into all aspects of our life, we can then find ourselves much happier — which supplies us with plenty of joy and love to share with others.

10. Give yourself some alone time. While it can be easy with our busy lives to always be socializing and doing things with others, it is also important to give yourself some “me” time to do whatever with yourself. Take some time to yourself to journal, read, or reflect on your day. Take some time to go someplace by yourself so you have space to deal completely with your own thoughts, emotions, and overall experience. Allow yourself to take some moments to stop and look within — for it is within that our endless supply of love dwells.

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Now I’d like to hear from you! Out of the 10 tools listed, which one are you going to do today to help you “fill yourself up”? Share it in the comments below!

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Getting Married This Month? That’s What You Think

June is the traditional month for weddings. The weather is nice; not too, hot. School is over. Graduations have passed. White is in season. Daylight seems destined to last all night. The season vibrates with promise. It seems an auspicious time for making commitments about the future. Spring has dosed all of our senses with the promised rewards of love. At one time, as you may have heard, weddings were the condition precedent to obtaining the rewards of love. June it seems is the month for weddings because nature has filled it with swelling buds, shoots of tender new growth, a drenching haze of pollen, and the awakening of bees to collect it.

So you may be having a wedding this month, and if so, you have my sincere wishes for a perfect day and the spouse of your dreams. But, don’t think for a minute that just because you’ve had the wedding ceremony, the champagne and cake, that now, lo and behold, “by the powers vested in me,” etc., you are “married”. Not by a long shot.

Marriage isn’t an event, it’s an achievement. You have to work at it. It takes years, typically many years to become truly married. The best description I’ve found comes out of the old, tobacco growing, south. Cigar makers blend different varieties of tobacco, each with its own traits and characteristics. Then they would then pair and roll the different varieties of leaves together and stack them on racks in a special room called a “marrying room“. There the tobacco would be left to age and mellow. Over time, thanks to the skills of the blender, the undesirable traits and characteristics of each variety would be mellowed, or overshadowed by the best traits and characteristics of the others. The result was the best of what each tobacco variety was capable of offering.

People are not tobacco. We’ve pretty much abandoned professional “blenders” for computer matching algorithms. The marrying process requires more time and much more effort and struggle, than for tobacco. We do not give up our rough edges, our egos and competitiveness nearly so readily as tobacco leaves. Mellowing for people usually requires that the rough edges be chipped off and filed smooth. It requires going through a process; determining what is truly important to our being who we are, and what only seems important because of our vanity, ego, and stubbornness. It requires installing a control valve on our deep well of oppositional defiance – the thing that makes us want to stay standing when someone says, “Sit down.” It requires recognizing, that our efforts at ‘correcting’ and ‘removing’ the flaws and short-comings of our spouse create more problems than they fix. It takes quietly giving up on ever ‘fixing’ anything about them, and at last truly accepting them and loving them, as they are – great, good, and bad. So marriage comes, not easily, but after all our efforts at making over our spouse have worn us down. Once the battling is exhausted, marriage still requires persistence, patience, and a great deal of acceptance and giving in.

These adjustments are not easy. They do not happen quickly. But the result – the peace, the depth of love that transcends feeble passions, the merger, the dance, the song of two souls, makes the struggle and the years seem insignificant. The result may be bold and fiery, or placid and cool, but this is what it takes to become ‘married’. It will pay great dividends in the long run. This is the first generation in history that can access help and a head start before the wedding by putting some time and effort into collaboratively planning life after the wedding. There are collaborative marriage planning teams out there that can help. But, with or without professional guidance in the process, you should practice working collaboratively with your spouse-to-be. You will need a vision for where you want to get once you are wed, a plan for how to get there, and a picture of how your partnership is going to work once the honeymoon is past and “real life” takes over. Then as you walk down the aisle, you can have confidence that you’re prepared for the long, and challenging journey you are embarking upon; you will have a valuable head start toward – ‘marriage’. Your wedding is the embarkation point for your life’s journey and marriage. Bon Voyage.

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It Took Getting Engaged For Me To Learn The Truth About Marriage Proposals

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Few people get to spend their workdays watching heartfelt proposal videos all day, and I count myself lucky to be one of them. As the Senior Editor of HuffPost Weddings, I also read tons of meet-cute stories, attend bridal fashion shows and scroll through hundreds of gorgeous wedding photos. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.

When I first started doing this job two years ago, every flash mob, Jumbotron and writing-in-the-sky marriage proposal could bring me to tears. This is the best proposal ever, I thought again and again. How perfectly suited this Bruno Mars song is to marriage proposals! We featured flash mob after flash mob after flash mob. We — and our audience — couldn’t get enough.

Now, as Associate Editor Kelsey Borresen and I joke, it takes a lot to impress us. Run-of-the-mill flash mobs usually result in eye rolls. And don’t even get me started on the latest wave of fake arrest marriage proposals (who wants to be scared to death before one of the happiest moments of your life? No one).

When a staff writer from another department pitches a proposal video, they’ll often tell me it’s the “best marriage proposal ever.” Their copy exudes a lovely naiveté, the writing filled with over-the-top adjectives and pronouncements. I’m not really a fan of calling anything “the best ever.” Certainly there is something out there that is even bigger, better, more meaningful and over the top. Why put all our eggs in one Tiffany blue box — err, basket?

But after my boyfriend of 10 years (hey, I edit HuffPost Divorce too) popped the question recently, it became clear that, in fact, my proposal was the best proposal. He did it in a completely surprising way — on a Friday morning before I had left for the office, during a routine workday task. It was the last story idea in Kelsey’s morning pitch e-mail: High school sweetheart proposes to long-time girlfriend. I clicked and found out that the proposal was mine.

What followed (after the initial crying, tackling him to the floor and calling everyone I know) was a full day of surprises including lunch at our first date spot, dinner with our families (with a surprise visit from my sister, who flew in from Arizona), and a surprise party at my parents’ house with all my closest friends. It was perfect. And everyone I told about my proposal agreed.

In the week after we got engaged, I joked with colleagues that I was going to write a story called “10 Signs My Marriage Proposal Was The Best Proposal Ever” (that, or “Proof That My Marriage Proposal Was The Best Proposal”). What I realized in recounting the story again and again was that my proposal was the best proposal because it was just that — my proposal. My boyfriend — err, fiancé (still getting used to that!) — could have asked me to marry him in any number of ways and all of those ways would have been perfect because he is the perfect person for me, and me for him.

So go ahead — plan an elaborate flash mob, a scavenger hunt or simply roll over in bed and say, “Hey, wanna make this official?” Your marriage proposal will be the best proposal ever because it’s yours. And I promise, no more eye-rolling from me.

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Filming with animals can be a lot more complicated than filming with people and it takes a lot more preparation than one might think. One wants it to go well, so one can never be prepared enough. One example of how filming with animals can be complex is the following story:

I shot a western in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was a great deal of fun. I would get up early and watch the wranglers herd the cattle to their pens. I would have breakfast with real cowboys and eat fresh tamales along the banks of the Rio Grande. Some of our locations could only be accessed on horseback. We utilized stagecoaches and buckboards. We hired many of the enthusiastic local residents and dressed them in western garb.

One shot required the services of a trained hawk. The hawk was to swoop low over the outlaws as a symbolic image of impending retribution. Out came a man with a trained hawk. It stood on his wrist, its head covered by a cloth hood while it awaited instructions.

The guy never stopped bragging about how well the bird was trained, how faithful it was to him and how obedient to his every whim and will.

“It will fly when I tell it to and swoop when I signal. It will fly in a straight line and come back upon my command,” and on and on and on.

Came the moment. The trainer removed the hawk’s hood. The bird straightened up in preparation for flight. It trained its laser-like gaze on some distant object. The director barked “action” and the trainer made a signal with his arm. Off went the bird… and went, and went, and went.

“Make it swoop,” ordered the director. The man made an arm signal. About 200 yards out, the bird looked back over its shoulder and must have said to itself what they say when someone hits a home run in Yankee Stadium, “See ya!”

Have you seen this bird? “Cause I sure as heck haven’t and neither has anyone else.

The last I saw of its trainer, he was standing in a field of daisies mumbling: “But the bird loves me. It spirals when I signal and swoops when I call. And it always comes back.”

To which I say… “uh huh.”

Here is another example of a film depicting an animal:

You can’t ask too many questions… you can only ask too few.

A young woman sat in the first row at one of my many safety seminars. I do 18 safety seminars a year. I was just finishing my speech about our close relationship with the American Humane, when she raised her hand.

“If I have my own horse, can I use it in my film?”

Easy enough question, you would say. But this is a film student. Ever hear the expression “two people separated by a common language?”

Or, better yet, “the devil is in the details.”

“What will your horse do,” I asked?
“It will be coming into the barn,” she replied.
“Will an actor be riding it,” I queried?
“Yes,” she readily admitted.

“Okay,” I said. “What you will need to do is contact American Humane and get the name and number of a reputable horse trainer. Work with him or her and your actor until both the horse and the performer are comfortable with one another.”

She dutifully jotted down what I said and assured me she would do as I suggested. I continued on with the seminar.

Six weeks passed.

One day she strode into my office and asked: “Remember me?”
“Yes,” I said. “The horse-in-the-barn lady.”
“Right. And I’m ready to shoot.”

We went over the requirements for filming with animals and she had done everything I had asked her to do. We were all set to go.

And then, out of sheer dumb luck, or maybe an instinct developed over a thousand conversations with film students, I asked: “How does the horse actually enter the barn?” I simply meant, did it walk, did it trot, or did it gallop?

She said, “Oh… it crashes through the window.”

Yikes… gulp…

She had seen the Arnold Schwarzenegger film, True Lies, and been inspired by a scene in which Schwarzenegger rode a horse into a glass elevator on the side of the hotel. Unfortunately for her, her budget and timeframe was considerably shorter than that of James Cameron who directed the film.

I explained the complexities of training a horse, any horse, to jump through wood and glass, even breakaway wood and candy glass. She had also never bothered to mention her plans to the owner of the barn, nor explain, nor account for “scoring” the wall to break, be replaced and busted again. The term “scoring” in this context, as opposed to scoring the music for a film, means pre-cutting something so it will give on a small amount of contact. She had neither the time nor the money to accomplish her surprisingly complex vision. And apparently her communication skills were of a somewhat limited nature as well.

I am reasonably sure, somewhere out there in Southern California, there is a barn owner, a stuntman, an animal trainer, a carpenter and an actor who is happy I asked that last question.

Somewhere, out there in Southern California, I am positive, there is a horse that is glad I asked that last question.

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Peyton Manning Made An Unfunny Joke About Getting ‘Hit In The Head A Lot’ Last Night

During the opening monologue of the 40th anniversary episode of “Saturday Night Live” on Sunday, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning made a joke about the brutal hits to the head professional football players deal with during almost every game.

“I gotta say I was so flattered backstage when you said I had a natural gift for athletics,” Steve Martin jokingly told Manning on stage.

“Steve, I get hit in the head a lot,” Manning replied. “I get hit in the head a lot.”


Manning’s joke occurs around 4:30 in the video above.

It’s likely an “SNL” writer, and not Manning himself, who wrote the joke, but it’s nevertheless of questionable taste. The NFL reported last month that its players registered 111 concussions during the 2014 regular season. That number is down from previous years, but it’s still far from zero, and PBS’s “Frontline,” which kept a concussion tracker throughout the season, says there were actually at least 12 more than that.

Quarterbacks actually registered fewer concussions than almost every other position, according to the “Frontline” concussion tracker. But that doesn’t mean they are immune to the brain trauma that can occur on the field. Cullen Finnerty, once a star college quarterback, was found to have the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after he was found dead in 2013.

And just last week, former San Diego Chargers quarterback Jesse Freitas was found dead in a parked car. Authorities have said there were no initial signs of foul play. Freitas had been struggling with mental illness during retirement, and his family decided to have Freitas’ brain checked for signs of trauma.

“Frontline” reported last year that 76 of 79 former NFL players who posthumously donated their brains to the Department of Veterans Affairs brain repository showed signs of traumatic brain injury.

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A ‘Minority Report’ TV Show Is Getting A Pilot On Fox

If you’re a fan of the Philip K. Dick short story, the Steven Spielberg film adaptation or of sci-fi in general, we have good news: “Minority Report” is coming to the small screen.

A TV adaptation of Spielberg’s 2002 film has been one of the most buzzed about projects for months, and now Fox has given it a pilot order. The drama will be a follow-up to the film, which starred Tom Cruise as a cop who stops crime before it happens using psychic Precogs. Set 10 years after Precrime is over in Washington, D.C., it will follow a female detective and a Precog who has trouble leading a “normal” life while still suffering from visions of the future.

The pilot, which has yet to be cast, was written by Max Borenstein (“Godzilla”), who will also executive produce along with Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Kevin Falls (“The West Wing”) will serve as showrunner.

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The Very Real Struggle Of Getting A 4-Year-Old To Go Potty On A Road Trip

In “Car Pee Diem,” the newest episode of “Convos With My 4-Year-Old,” dad Matthew Clarke and his “daughter,” played by David Milchard, are — like so many families this holiday season — on a road-trip.

The duo is dealing with one of the most common problems facing parents and preschoolers during such an adventure. Young Coco has to go to the bathroom, so Daddy must pull over at a gas station. But then she doesn’t have to go. But then she does…. And through it all, one important rule remains: Don’t touch anything!

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Getting Schooled

In recent years, the American education system’s efforts to “teach to the test” or insist on a “common core” approach to curriculum have been met with hostility from parents and teachers alike. While classroom instructors have frequently been demonized as lazy, ineffectual, and presumably overpaid babysitters (who are often charged with the responsibility of educating obnoxious, obstreperous, and outsourced offspring), few critics have ever dealt with the reality of standing in front of a classroom for a protracted period of time. It ain’t easy.

In his recent article on The Huffington Post, Peter Greene delivered a brutal reality check on what it’s like to have one’s professional life tyrannized by Teacher Time. With all of the pressures that fall on a teacher’s shoulders, it should come as no surprise that no two teachers are exactly alike.

  • Some are beautiful, others look beastly.
  • Some befriend their students, others berate them.
  • Some are merely bland, others are downright boring.
  • Some are benign, others tend toward bombastic and bellicose behavior.

In an idealized situation (where all expenses are borne by the royal court and the king’s wives and concubines are on hand to act as teacher’s aides), an educator need not worry about class size or concealed weapons. In the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The King and I, a teacher could delight in the simple joy of being taught by her pupils.

Students are often far more perceptive than school administrators might like to believe (anyone who has worked as a substitute teacher can offer up their fair share of horror stories). However, because of a teacher’s unique position as a role model (and, hopefully, an inspiration), a good teacher can light a fire under a student’s intellect which will help that child view life as a grand adventure rather than a quest for vengeance.

When teachers are graded on their performance, there is rarely enough time to assess the out-of-classroom impact they might have on students as a result of such intangible qualities as personality, patience, tone of voice, and willingness to listen.

When the term “special ed” enters the conversation, many assume it refers to the learning challenges faced by developmentally disabled students. They rarely stop to consider the plight of teachers who might be struggling with a unique constellation of challenges in their personal lives.

* * * * * * * * * *

Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu is one such teacher. Educated at Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawai’i, she is currently the Cultural Director at Halau Lokahi (a public charter school dedicated to using Native Hawaiian culture, history, and education as tools for developing and empowering the next generation of warrior scholars).

The protagonist of an extremely moving documentary that was shown at the 2014 Frameline Film Festival, she is also a founding member of — and outreach specialist for — Kulia Na Mamo, a community organization established to improve the quality of life for mahu wahine (transgender women). In Kumu Hina, filmmakers Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson focus their attention on this unique dance teacher as she shares her strength and wisdom with her students. As the film’s creative team explains:

Kumu Hina is a different type of film that has its roots in pre-contact Polynesian culture. Like many ancient civilizations, the original Hawaiians regarded those who displayed both male and female characteristics as gifted and special. They called these people mahu and valued and respected them as caretakers of family and guardians of culture. Mahu were also admired for their healing skills; according to legend, mahu soothsayers brought their healing mana, or spirit, to Hawai’i from Tahiti many centuries ago, a visit commemorated by the healing stones of Kapaemahu, four basalt boulders located on Waikiki Beach. This documentary portrays a world where instead of transgender people being marginalized because of who they are, they are actually visible, included and honored. A world where youth who are searching for their own creative forms of gender expression are embraced and encouraged to be themselves rather than to hide in fear or pretend they are just like everyone else.”

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Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu leads her students
in a traditional chant in Kumu Hina

Some of Hina’s male high school students may seem lazy or uninspired as they prepare for their school’s end-of-year hula performance. The notable exception is the tomboyish Ho’onani, a spunky sixth-grader with an abundance of kû (male energy), who insists on joining the boys. Her potential to mature and become a mahu (a community leader with the power to heal and teach) is impossible to ignore.

Having lived the reality of being a little boy who grew up to be the woman of his dreams, Hina is determined to make sure that a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Helping Ho’onani understand that there is a place for all “in the middle” is only one of Hina’s challenges.

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Ho’onani leads Hina’s all-male class of hula dancers

Keeping the culture of Pacific Islanders and their values alive in modern Hawaii is easier said than done in an increasingly Westernized society. Hina is a respected cultural guardian who is involved with affairs of Hawaii’s state government. Traditional Hawaiian values have suffered throughout 200 years of colonization, violence, and religious oppression by Mormon missionaries.

Hina was appointed by Hawaii’s governor to the O’ahu Island Burial Council, which oversees the management of native Hawaiian burial sites and ancestral remains. Her task was to investigate whether railroad construction on Oahu had disturbed traditional Hawaiian graves. In the following video, she can be seen on November 13, 2013, offering the opening oli (chant) at the ceremony when Hawaii’s Governor, Neil Abercrombie, signed the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 into law.

In their Directors’ Statement, Hamer and Wilson recall that:

“We met Hinaleimoana in early 2011 and were immediately captivated by her presence. Physically large, and covered in striking tattoos, she is easily identifiable to most as a transgender Polynesian woman. But rather than being cast as an outsider (as would likely be the case if we were in the continental United States or most other places), Hina is an important and respected person in her home town of Honolulu and throughout Hawai’i. When out on the streets of Honolulu, people call out and wave to their Kumu, or teacher, Hina (as she is affectionately known), respecting her for the leadership she provides in educating their children and for being a steadfastly Hawaiian voice on important issues of the day.”

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Poster art for Kumu Hina

“What most compelled us to grab our cameras and begin to follow Hina as the central character of a new film was her brief mention of an upcoming trip to Fiji to pick up her Tongan husband [Haemaccelo Kalu, from Niuafo’ou Island in the Kingdom of Tonga], a man she had married a year earlier but had to leave waiting while she returned to Hawai’i to get his immigration papers in order. We imagined that the trials and tribulations of this unusual Pacific Islander couple navigating the most universal terrain of the human experience (romantic love and marriage) would be fascinating, entertaining, revelatory.”

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Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu relaxes with her husband, Haemaccelo

Hina’s patience while trying to handle her responsibilities as a cultural leader is frequently challenged by her younger husband, who will call her on the phone when he misses a bus and doesn’t know how else to get to his job. Although Haemaccelo has no problems with the fact that Hina is transgender, he is subject to intense moments of jealousy when she is enjoying the companionship of her male friends or other transgenders. While Hina works to share native Hawaiian values which stress unconditional love and respect for all, sometimes her husband’s petulance can really get on her nerves.

Kumu Hina offers fascinating insights into the challenges of teaching one’s native culture in a contemporary charter school (in 2014, Hina announced her bid for a position on the board of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, making her the first transgender candidate to run for statewide political office in the United States).

Hina and her husband granted the filmmakers a rare level of access in recording their moments together. As a result, Kumu Hina is an especially intimate documentary wherein the personal becomes political and the political is most definitely personal. Here’s the trailer:

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While Hina and her husband see themselves as “two people who just want someone to care for, and love us, someone to accept us, and someone to give us the aloha that we seek,” George Bernard Shaw left no doubt that Henry Higgins saw himself as “a confirmed old bachelor and likely to remain so!” A curmudgeon to the core, the notorious phonetics professor was a lot more abrasive in Shaw’s original script for Pygmalion than in the beloved 1956 musical adaptation known to one and all as My Fair Lady.

Shaw wrote Pygmalion in 1912 (the same year that the sinking of the RMS Titanic brought Great Britain’s strict class society into sharp focus). In the original script, Mrs. Eynsford Hill beseeches Mrs. Higgins to keep inviting her son Freddy to the garden parties at Mrs. Higgins’s home. Why? Because the family is poor enough that Mrs. Eynsford Hill sees no hope for her daughter, Clara, but feels that the incompetent and fairly useless Freddy at least deserves a chance at happiness.

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Eliza Doolittle (Irene Lucio) is a Cockney flower girl in
Pygmalion (Photo by: Kevin Berne)

Directed with a grand sense of sass by Jonathan Moscone, Pygmalion (which opened in London on April 11, 1914) turns out to be remarkably timely more than 100 years after its English premiere. In a world being wrenched apart by income inequality, Alfred Doolittle’s description of himself as “one of the undeserving poor” seems to have become the mantra for misguided Republicans like Congressman Paul Ryan.

Because the harder edges of Shaw’s social criticism were softened for the musical, theatregoers who attended the California Shakespeare Theater’s raucous production of Pygmalion might have been shocked to hear Professor Higgins call Eliza (Irene Lucio) a slut during one of his ill-mannered temper tantrums. Any questions about the origins of the current “war on women” can be traced to Higgins’s pompous misogyny (especially his vicious outbursts whenever Eliza pushes back against his preening self-absorption and genuine assholery).

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Eliza Doolittle (Irene Lucio ) meets Henry Higgins
(Anthony Fusco) outside Covent Garden in Pygmalion
(Photo by: Kevin Berne)

In truth, Eliza is a hard-working young woman constantly alert to any opportunity which might help her escape her social class. More than ever, the words of Mrs. Pearce (Catherine Castellanos) — who chastises her employer for his insufferable behavior — and Mrs. Higgins (Sharon Lockwood), who accuses both her esteemed son and Colonel Pickering (Peter L. Callender) of acting like two little boys playing with their newfound toy, lay the foundation for Eliza’s transformation from a scruffy Cockney flower girl with little hope of a future into a genuine feminist threat — an educated and self-determined woman who sees a path to economic freedom for herself that will never again force her to rely on the vicissitudes of vain and foolish men. Carpe diem, indeed!

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Eliza (Irene Lucio) makes a financial proposal to Henry Higgins
(Anthony Fusco) as Colone Pickering (L. Peter Callendar) looks on.
(Photo by: Kevin Berne)

The CalShakes production played out on a unit set designed by Annie Smart which was brightened by Anna Oliver’s period costumes for Shaw’s women. Casting was rock solid, with Anthony Fusco seemingly born to play Higgins as an arrogant sexist pig bereft of any civil graces. While James Carpenter nearly stole the show as Eliza’s father, Alfred P. Doolittle, Nicholas Pelczar delivered one of the best portrayals of Freddy Eynsford Hill I’ve ever seen (as a clumsy young member of the upper class enthralled with the raw vitality of Eliza’s presence and her thrilling use of street vernacular).

There was a very interesting shift in the play’s power dynamics and collective wisdom as Mrs. Pearce, Mrs. Higgins, Mrs. Eynsford Hill, and Eliza continued to pay careful attention to human nature and psychological detail with a basic level of understanding that, as men of position and privilege, neither Higgins nor Pickering could ever master. Eliza’s final triumph over Higgins left him deflated, helpless, and at a loss to comprehend why she would not want to return to a subservient lifestyle “for the sheer fun of it.”

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Henry Higgins (Anthony Fusco), Mrs. Pearce (Catherine
Castellanos), and Eliza Doolittle (Irene Lucio)
in Pygmalion (Photo by: Kevin Berne)

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