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Kristen Stewart Says That Nicole Kidman Was Originally Supposed To Be The Lead In ‘Panic Room,’ Not Jodie Foster

File this one under: Movies That Could Have Looked a Lot Different. On Monday night, Kristen Stewart dropped a seriously obscure piece of movie trivia on Stephen Colbert’s audience when she told a story about Nicole Kidman. (No, that’s not the shocking part.)

Stewart shared that she and Kidman have known each other for years because they worked together on a movie, which Kidman ultimately had to drop out of. That movie? David Fincher’s claustrophobic 2002 thriller Panic Room.

Colbert seemed as surprised as the rest of us when he asked, “She was going to be the Jodie Foster role in Panic Room?” Stewart confirmed that she was indeed—and, in fact, that “we rehearsed for weeks.” Stewart admitted that it was a long time ago, and that she was 10 years old when they began filming the movie, but turned 11 during production. She remembers that birthday vividly because “Jodie Foster got me a mariachi band for my eleventh birthday.” (We assume not to keep?)

Stewart, who is now 31, who was on the show to promote her new film Spencer, in which she portrays the late Diana, Princess of Wales and the hell she endures over the course of a single Christmas holiday with the royal family. Stewart is receiving lots of awards buzz for the role.

You can watch the full clip below:

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EA Announces That It’s Working On Three New ‘Star Wars’ Games

Star Wars is one of the coolest franchises ever made. While opinions on the movies have always been mixed, there is no question that the universe they are set in has endless potential for telling incredible stories. As a result, we’ve seen some really spectacular spin-offs through books, television, and video games.

For a long time, Star Wars video games were a genre in itself. The endless potential of that world and its popularity made it a great option for video games, Unfortunately, the purchase and shutdown of Lucasarts, as well as an exclusivity deal with EA, led to the previous decade severely lacking in new Star Wars games. We’re finally starting to see that problem remedied though, with exclusivity for the franchise ending, and even EA promising to increase its output in Star Wars games.

On Tuesday, EA announced that it had three new Star Wars games in production, all from Respawn Entertainment. Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier shared some information that confirmed one of the three games is likely a sequel to 2019’s Jedi Fallen Order. The other two games are apparently a strategy game and a shooter of some kind.

More Star Wars games is excellent news because that franchise’s universe has so much potential for interesting storytelling and we want to see more games from it. That’s especially opened up now that EA doesn’t own the exclusive rights to it, although the development studio behind these games has a really great track record with games like Apex Legends, Titanfall, and Jedi Fallen Order under its belt.

We can’t wait to see what these games end up looking like when we get to see more of them. For now, we’ll just have to eagerly wait for more information.

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Jerry Falwell Jr. Blames His Weirdness On ‘Testosterone Supplements’ He Took In An Effort To Win His Wife Back From Their Pool Boy

Jerry Falwell Jr. is, for lack of a better term, a bit of a weirdo. Fortunately, he seems to know it. If you’re a fan of HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones, just imagine him as a real-life version of Jesse Gemstone, Danny McBride’s not-terribly-religious pastor and heir to the Gemstone Ministries megachurch.

Like Jesse Gemstone, Jerry Falwell Jr.— who broke out a “Yo Mama” joke at the 2016 RNC—has spent the bulk of his life riding the coattails of his dad, the late televangelist Jerry Falwell, Sr. This included a stint as president of Liberty University, the Evangelical university Jerry Sr. co-founded in 1971. But Junior’s life began to implode back in 2020, when a sex scandal erupted and eventually led to his resignation as president of Liberty University.

Originally the story was that Jerry Jr. and his wife, Becki, were involved in a throuple situation with a former Miami pool boy named Giancarlo Granda. According to Granda, he spent approximately six years having sex with Becki while Jerry Jr. watched. A lot of he said/she said/he said followed, but now Falwell—alongside Becki, and with some contradictory quotes from Granda—is attempting to set the record straight on his very public fall from grace in an interview with Vanity Fair. And the biggest takeaway here is that the real fault for all his problems lies with… the testosterone supplements he was taking to win his wife back from the hunky pool dude.

Becki admitted to her affair with Granda and explained that it was happening because she was lonely. And what’s the cure for loneliness? Why, testosterone pills, of course! As Gabriel Sherman writes for Vanity Fair:

The affair inspired Jerry to get in shape to win Becki back. “I was thinking maybe I was the reason she was lonely because I wasn’t taking care of myself,” he said. Jerry hired a trainer. He lifted weights and took testosterone supplements. Jerry attributed a lot of the incendiary things he later did to side effects of the hormones. “The testosterone made me more combative,” he said.

Not combative enough to call it quits on his marriage, just enough to use it as an excuse for his many other bizarre behaviors. You can read the full story, including quotes from Granda—who has both a new book and a Hulu documentary coming out—here.

(Via Vanity Fair)

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Star Cheryl Hines Blasts Her Husband (RFK Jr) For His ‘Reprehensible’ Remarks Suggesting Anti-Vaxxers Have It Worse Than Anne Frank Did

Anti-vax crusader Robert F. Kennedy Jr. doesn’t agree with a lot of things his wife, actress Cheryl Hines, believes, and it goes both ways. Why they are still married is a question for the ages, it definitely does not make the Curb Your Enthusiasm actress look good.

Earlier this week, RFK Jr. spoke at an anti-vaccine rally and, as you would expect at an anti-vaccine rally, he said some pretty offensive nonsense. “Even in Hitler’s Germany, you [could] cross the Alps into Switzerland. You could hide in an attic, like Anne Frank did.” RFK Jr. spoke, in reference to an uptick in vaccine mandates.

CNN rightfully called the remakes ‘deranged,’ and many took to Twitter to get a response from Hines, who has been married to RFK Jr. since 2014. Hines has never spoken publicly about her husband’s absurd comments and harmful anti-vax campaigns. But this morning, she tweeted:

As many Twitter users pointed out, it might not be a reflection of her views, but it is a reflection of what she seems to tolerate from her husband, who continues to spew incorrect and sometimes offensive misinformation. Hines famously required their family’s holiday party to be vaxxed-only, causing a rift between the two.

This isn’t the first or the second time RFK Jr. has related getting a vaccine to the Holocaust, and his Tweeted apology reads just like it did in 2015.

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The Weather Station Announces ‘How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars,’ An ‘Ignorance’ Companion Album

With last year’s incredible Ignorance, The Weather Station’s Tamara Lindeman effectively broke through after making gorgeous folk music for over a decade. The album saw the Canadian artist expanding into her densest and most approachable avant garde output yet, and it was a frequent entry in numerous Best Albums Of The Year lists, including the Uproxx Music Critics Poll.

Now Lindeman has announced the new album How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars, out March 4th, which she says is more of a companion to Ignorance more so than a sequel. She shared a statement on the creative ethos behind this installment:

“When I wrote Ignorance, it was a time of intense creativity, and I wrote more songs than I ever had in my life. The songs destined to be on the album were clear from the beginning, but as I continued down my writing path, songs kept appearing that had no place on the album I envisioned. Songs that were simple, pure; almost naive. Songs that spoke to many of the same questions and realities as Ignorance, but in a more internal, thoughtful way.

So I began to envision How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars, a quiet, strange album of ballads. I imagined it not as a followup to Ignorance, but rather as a companion piece; the moon to its sun.”

Along with the album announcement, Lindeman has shared the first single, “Endless Time.” It’s a beautiful piano ballad and the video takes a look at the humanity and connection that people have been yearning for these past two years.

Watch the “Endless Time” video above.

How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars is out 3/4 via Fat Possum Records. Pre-order it here.

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The Best Scotch Whiskies Between $30 And $40, Ranked

Scotch whisky — either single malt or blended varieties — doesn’t have to break the bank. While the sweet spot for taste and price does tend to sit closer to $100 per bottle than, say, Kentucky bourbon, you can still get perfectly drinkable Scotch whisky for less than half that.

There are plenty of Scotch whiskies in the $30 to $40 range that work pretty damn well as both mixers — in highballs or cocktails — or as a sipper on some rocks. Our decision-making process on which Scotch whiskies in this price range deserve your attention was pretty simple: Does it taste good? Yes? Then it’s on then this list.

Does it taste the best? Then it ranked higher!

The ten bottles of affordable Scotch whisky below are a mix of single malts and blended whiskies we think you should give a shot, especially if you’re looking for a solid scotch to mix with or a cheap scotch that’s actually good enough to drink on the rocks. Let’s dive in!

Also Read: The Top 5 UPROXX Scotch Whisky Posts of 2021

10. J&B Rare Blended Scotch

Diageo

ABV: 40%

Average Price: $33

The Whisky:

J&B is a back bar mainstay. This old-school blend became hugely popular in the U.S. after Prohibition and still sits on most American bar shelves to this day, though often just collecting dust (almost inexplicably, it remains one of the best-selling whiskies in the world). The juice is a mix of 42 Diageo single grain whiskies and single malt whiskies that lean heavily into Speyside whiskies.

Tasting Notes:

The nose is malty with a flourish of orange zest next to cedar bark and sweet, buttery toffee. That sweetness carries and folds in nuts and a bit of red fruit. The oak and spice kick in late as the sip fades fairly quickly while warming you up.

Bottom Line:

This is a great candidate if you’re looking for a solid highball whisky. It’s not going to blow anyone’s socks off, but it’ll be a satisfying pour all around without challenging anyone’s palate.

9. Tomatin 12

Takara Shuzo

ABV: 43%

Average Price: $35

The Whisky:

This heavily awarded single malt from the Highlands is a classic and accessible example of the region. The single malt juice is aged in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry for 12 years before those whiskies are vatted and then proofed with that soft Highland spring water.

Tasting Notes:

There’s a real sense of soft cedar on the nose with a bit of wildflower next to marzipan sweetness and nuttiness. The palate is ultra-svelte, with a creamy vanilla pudding next to buttery toffee covered in roasted almonds — all counterpointed by fresh ginger and orange zest spiciness. The sip ends with a hint of malts next to more of that cedar and final notes of pears and apples.

Bottom Line:

$35 for a single malt from Scotland is a steal. While this might not be overly complex, it does have bourbon notes that help bridge those worlds, which is great if you’re a bourbon drinker looking to get into scotch.

8. Grangestone 12 Highland Single Malt

Grangestone Single Malt 12
Quality Spirits International

ABV: 40%

Average Price: $35

The Whisky:

Grangestone is an off-shot of William Grant & Sons and is primarily a blender/bottler. That means this whisky comes from an undisclosed Highland distillery within the William Grant & Sons stable. The whisky is aged 12 years. But beyond that, there’s not much more information.

Tasting Notes:

Milled oats mix with a lightly spiced malt (think clove, cinnamon, and orange zest) next to a touch of prunes, dark chocolate powder, and a hint of vanilla extract. The palate builds on the orange and vanilla towards what feels like a banana cream pie with a cup of sweet black tea on the side and a hint of toffee in the background. The finish holds onto the bitterness of the tea and marries to the dark chocolate as a light walnut shell arrives and dries out the short end with a light sweet woodiness.

Bottom Line:

If you’re mixing up highballs, this is works well. There are a lot of sweeter elements at play that benefit from being calmed down by fizzy water and ice. Regardless of all of that, you’re still getting a 12-year-old whisky (that’s also a single malt) for under $40. That’s a win.

7. Johnnie Walker High Rye

Johnnie Walker High Rye
Diageo

ABV: 45%

Average Price: $35

The Whisky:

This whisky leans into the moment rye is having worldwide. The blend is 40 percent single malts from Diageo’s stable of distilleries — particularly Cardhu, Glenkinchie, and Caol Ila — and 60 percent Scottish rye whisky aged in American oak. Those whiskies are vatted, proofed down, and bottled.

Tasting Notes:

The nose feels like the best of both worlds as a twinge of rye spiciness mingles with sweet smoky notes cut with orchard fruit and a hint of vanilla. The fruit drives the palate with tart apples spiked with clove and anise as a buttery caramel sweetens the sip. The finish moves on from that sweet note towards a dry sense of woody spices and a touch of dried and smoked apple slices.

Bottom Line:

If you’re already an American or Canadian rye fan, then this is going to be right in your wheelhouse. In fact, this is a great bridge between the world of American ryes and Scottish whiskies. You’re kind of getting the best of both worlds while drinking something that feels both unique and truly new. Try it on some rocks first.

6. Naked Grouse

Edrington Group

ABV: 43%

Average Price: $31

The Whisky:

This whisky from the very popular Famous Grouse is a dialed-in expression. The juice in the bottle is a blend of sherry-cask-finished whiskies from The Macallan and Highland Park. The whisky is then cut down to a very accessible 80 proof and then bottled in a nicely understated bottle.

Tasting Notes:

There’s a sweet malt buried under a buttery scone dripping with raspberry jam with a touch of light spice lurking in the background. The sherry really kicks in on the palate with big notes of dates soaked in black tea next to creamy caramel, vanilla cake, and a touch of dry raisins. The end doesn’t overstay its welcome and leaves you with a lovely note of chocolate-covered cherries with a sweet/dry vibe.

Bottom Line:

This is just damn nice to drink. It’s not overly complex but it’s very clearly dialed into the depth that it has. It’s also so easy to drink, especially on a few rocks. That said, I do like using this to mix up a cocktail too as it stands up in pretty much anything.

5. Monkey Shoulder

William Grant & Sons

ABV: 40%

Average Price: $32

The Whisky:

This Speyside blend is crafted as a workhorse whisky. The juice is drawn from the William Grant & Sons distilleries, focusing on Kininvie, Glenfiddich, and The Balvenie. The juice is then rested for up to six months after blending to let it mellow even more before proofing and bottling.

Tasting Notes:

There’s a nice welcoming note of creamy vanilla that almost becomes cream soda, next to hints of zesty orange marmalade, malts, and dark spices. The taste delivers on those notes by amping the spices up to Christmas cake territory with a slight tart berry edge next to that cream soda sweetness. The end is short and sweet with a nice lightness that really makes this very drinkable.

Bottom Line:

This is another damn fine whisky. Still, it is specifically built as a mixing whisky for cocktails, so treat it as such. Though, no one is stopping you from pouring some over some rocks in a tumbler either.

4. Buchanan’s DeLuxe

Diageo

ABV: 40%

Average Price: $33

The Whisky:

Buchanan’s is another Diageo blend that’s making a big comeback. Part of that is due to this expression snagged a Double Gold from San Francisco World Spirit Competiton in 2020. The whisky has a long history and is built to be a classic “on the rocks” whisky.

Tasting Notes:

The whiskey opens with a real sense of dark chocolate married to bright orange zest. The palate builds on that adding in hints of vanilla pudding and dark spices next to a cedar woodiness and a little bit of spicy/ chewy tobacco. A whisper of peat arrives late and far in the background as the chocolate orange throughline lasts the longest on the fade.

Bottom Line:

This really leans into the more bourbon-esque flavor notes for blended scotch. All that choco-orange, vanilla, spices, and tobacco will feel familiar but maybe a little dailed back, due to the low proof. Either way, this is one of the original “on the rocks” whiskies and we’ll just leave it at that.

3. The Glenlivet 12

Pernod Ricard

ABV: 40%

Average Price: $39

The Whisky:

This Speyside single malt is a good entry point into the wider world of The Glenlivet. This single malt juice is aged for 12 years in both American and European oak before vatting, proofing, and bottling.

Tasting Notes:

There’s a real sense of both tropical fruits, like pineapple, next to orchard fruits, like apricot. Plus you get a slight hint of citrus. The palate really leans into the pineapple but is more like a sweet and buttery pineapple cake with a vanilla frosting. The oak comes in late and only peeks in as the fade amps up the sweetness of the fruit.

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a fruit bomb in a subtle and approachable single malt, this is going to be the whisky for you. This is also a really solid cocktail whisky thanks to all that fruit offering a nice sweetness.

2. Johnnie Walker Black Label

Diageo

ABV: 40%

Average Price: $35

The Whisky:

Johnnie Walker is the best-selling whisk(e)y in the world. That means that there’s no getting away from this brand. The classic Black Label is a blend of over 40 whiskies from three dozen distilleries in the Diageo stable, including powerhouses like Talisker and Lagavulin.

Tasting Notes:

Citrus meets spicy Christmas cake and a bit of powdery white pepper. Those wintery spices carry on through the taste as creamy maltiness, caramel sweetness, and dry herbs bounce on your tongue. The oak comes in late with a dose of peaty smoke that’s cut by an orange zest flourish on the quick end.

Bottom Line:

Johnnie Red is built to be mixed. Johnnie Black is built to be enjoyed on the rocks. While you do see a lot of bar folks using this to mix cocktails with, it still 100 percent works as an end-of-day sipper with plenty of ice. Pro-tip, express some lemon or orange oils over the whisky and rocks before you drink it. It’s the classic “twist” from back in the day.

1. Compass Box Artist Blend Scotch Whisky

Compass Box

ABV: 43%

Average Price: $35

The Whiskey:

The lion’s share of this blend — 45 percent — comes from a single grain whisky aged in ex-bourbon from Cameronbridge Distillery. 22 percent is a single malt aged in ex-bourbon that comes from Linkwood Distillery. The rest is a mix of French oak and ex-bourbon single malts and blended malts from the Highlands, Clyneilish, Linkwood, and Balmenach. Those whiskies are vatted and then proofed down before bottling.

Tasting Notes:

This opens with a very clear and concise note of apple candy with a hint of salted caramel ice cream cut with a touch of eggnog spices. There’s a nice maltiness that leans into a creamy vanilla, soft holiday spice mix, butter toffee, and a hint of milk chocolate near the end. The finish is warming with a whisper of tobacco next to a woody apple, spice candies (maybe ginger), and a final hint of cocoa and caramel.

Bottom Line:

This is the one whisky on the list that has no business being as inexpensive as it is. This really punches far above its price point. It’s freaking delicious and works wonders in a cocktail, highball, on the rocks, or even neat in a Glencairn. That’s versatility at a great price point.

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Whoopi Goldberg Shuts Down The Notion That Joe Biden Should ‘Apologize To The American People’ For Insulting Peter Doocy

While tacking the now viral moment when President Joe Biden called Fox News reporter Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b*tch” during a Monday afternoon press brief, The View panel was divided on the seriousness of the incident. Guest host Lisa Ling was the most vocal critic of Biden’s “gaffe” and called it “yet more examples of men behaving badly.” Despite being a huge supporter of the administration, Sunny Hostin also agreed that “beneath the dignity of the presidency.”

However, Hostin praised Biden for personally calling Doocy to apologize, but things got heated when Ling argued that wasn’t enough. The guest host said that Biden needs to take things further and apologize to the whole country, which is when Whoopi Goldberg stepped in to shut the line of thinking down.

Via The Wrap:

“No! I’m sorry. He should acknowledge he’s human, because that happens sometimes, when people ask you endless stupid questions, from one particular place,” Whoopi said. “And sometimes, you just lose it for a second. The difference is, he said ‘OK, let me call him and apologize, because that happens.’ And I think that, for me, is the representation of what a human being, as president, should be.”

Joy Behar agreed with Whoopi’s take that Biden did enough by calling Doocy to apologize, and in the grand scheme of things, that Donald Trump did way worse during his time in office. When Hostin argued that Biden still needs to be held accountable for his actions, Behar fired back, “He’s not Charles Manson.”

(Via The Wrap)

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Saints Coach Sean Payton Is Retiring As Rumors Swirl About A Future TV Career

Over the weekend, some rumblings began to emerge about Saints head coach Sean Payton, who was apparently mulling his future despite having three seasons remaining on his contract in New Orleans.

The longtime head coach is reportedly being pursued by Fox Sports as a replacement for Troy Aikman, should the Hall of Famer bolt for Amazon’s new Thursday Night Football broadcast booth (with Al Michaels expected to be the play-by-play man) next year. That came as a rather big surprise to NFL fans, and that smoke was apparently real as word broke on Tuesday afternoon that Payton had returned from vacation and informed the Saints that he was, in fact, retiring.

The Saints will join the Texans, Bears, Vikings, Jaguars, Raiders, Broncos, Giants, and Dolphins in the coaching carousel, as nine of the 32 teams in the NFL currently have vacancies. For a New Orleans team already trying to find its way in the post-Drew Brees era, losing Payton now shifts the organization into even more uncertainty about on-field leadership.

While the Saints figure out who they’ll be hiring — with defensive coordinator Dennis Allen expected to be a top candidate — Payton will have plenty of offers to join the broadcasting ranks, apparently starting with Fox Sports who would love to have him join Joe Buck in their A-booth. Whether this is the end of his coaching career or, somewhat like Bruce Arians, just a brief departure from the sidelines before returning later, remains to be seen, as there are already plenty of people making connections between Payton and the Dallas Cowboys.

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Britney Spears Flaunts Her Body In A Post Telling Paparazzi To ‘Please Go F*ck Yourself’

At the moment, Britney Spears is enjoying an escape in Maui, Hawaii, but one thing she hasn’t been able to get away from on her trip is the paparazzi. Her two latest posts from the trip have accomplished at least two things: showing off some skin and giving the paparazzi a piece of her mind.

Spears’ posts compile photos and videos from the trip, many of which feature Spears donning a skin-bearing string bikini as she soaks up the sun. In one post, she calls her purple hair “absolutely horrible” and notes that she hasn’t been feeling well recently before continuing, “I’ve done so well trying to fight feeling sick by doing THE RIGHT thing and it just sucks !!! Paps still show pics of me on the balcony with fat rolls !!!! The media has always been hateful to me !!! I know my body is not perfect by any means but I also know I definitely don’t look like that.”

In another post shared shortly after, Spears describes her health further and continues, “I wake up and my body is so little yet the war dog media hiding outside my room put me on defense just like they always have … so if you’re outside my room trying to get another cheap shot of me … please go f*ck yourself and leave me alone !!!! I should be able to run around naked if I choose to … Have a good day folks !!! I will say I am grateful for the food in Maui and this cool hotel … I just wish the sneaky paps would f*ck off. Pss … Aloha although the paps are horrible, Maui is absolutely pure magic … Thank you dear Jesus for this magical place.”

This follows a similar incident from this past summer, when Spears was bothered by paparazzi in Maui and told them via Instagram, “kindly F*CK YOU AND F*CK OFF.”

Check out Spears’ posts below.

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Big KRIT Announces The Release Date Of His Next Album, ‘Digital Roses Don’t Die’

It has been nearly three years since Big KRIT’s last full-length release, KRIT Iz Here, building on the growing independent catalog he began cultivating in 2017 with 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time. Since he can release music on his own schedule now, it’s no surprise that the run up to his follow-up was as unhurried as it has been, but the wait is almost over.

The first hint that KRIT was preparing to break his hiatus with a new release came on New Music Friday last week when he dropped the video for his groovy comeback single, “So Cool.” Today, he revealed the new album’s title and release date. It’s called Digital Roses Don’t Die — a fittingly multilayered meditation on legacy, a constant theme throughout his music (his name stands for King Remembered In Time, after all) — and it’s due on February 18 through KRIT’s own operation, Multi Til I Die.

KRIT also shared the album cover, which breaks tradition by featuring the back of his head as he faces away from the camera, showing off an intricate braid pattern of a rose in his hair, surrounded by an elegant-looking portrait frame. We’ll presumably find out more in the coming weeks, but for now, check out the cover below.