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The Best Bottles Of Brandy Under $30, Just In Time For Thanksgiving

It’s always a good time for tasty, cheap brandy. That’s no small category, either. There’s a lot of quality juice at affordable price points — due to the fact that a fair amount of it is made here in the U.S. So while our parameter here is “under $30,” we’re not talking about swill. Any of these bottles would make a great bottle to bring to Thanksgiving dinner or gift for the dark spirits lover in your life.

The 15 bottles below are our picks for the best cheap bottles of brandy to buy right now. Perfect if you’re whipping up a batch of hot toddies to fight the cold winter nights. A quick note on deciphering brandy labels before we begin: In general, you’ll see VS, VSOP, and XO on bottles, like “Hennessey VSOP.” “VS” means “very special” and is a blend of at least two-year-old brandies. “VSOP” means “very superior old pale” and is a blend of at least four-year-old brandies. “XO” means “extra old” and is a blend of at least six-year-old brandies (sometimes this is called “Napoléon” as well). And, lastly, there’s “Hors d’âge” which means the brandy is aged for up to ten years or longer.

Of course, there are different words for each of these terms if the brandy is from, say, Spain. Also, brandy makers in the U.S. often use the French designations with zero respect for the age regulations they’re meant for, which adds a confusing wrinkle. Regardless, the info and the bottles here should get you started on your brandy journey, just in time for the beginning of the holiday season.

Paul Masson Grande Amber Brandy

Paul Masson

Style: California Brandy
ABV: 40%
Average Price: $11.99

The Brandy:

This American brandy is a blend of California winemaking and Kentucky bourbon ingenuity. The grapes are grown in California and the brandy is aged and bottled in Kentucky. According to the label, this brandy spends three years aging in oak before going into the bottle.

The Taste:

A distant note of grape juice underpins clear bourbon caramel and vanilla flavors. Light touches of bitterness and black pepper spice mingle with the caramel sweetness. That light spice carries on to a thin, sweet finish.

Bottom Line:

This is solidly in the “mixing” category. Brandy old fashioned, eggnog, mulled wine, and the aforementioned hot toddy are all viable candidates.

Korbel Brandy

Korbel

Style: California Brandy
ABV: 40%
Average Price: $12.99

The Brandy:

Korbel is a must-have for whipping up Wisconsin’s favorite drink, the brandy old fashioned. As with all the brandies on this list, that also makes it the perfect candidate for a hot toddy.

The Taste:

This Sonoma brandy actually gains a lot of depth over its two years in the barrel. There’s a clear sense of caramel that leans towards a butterscotch sweetness. The oak comes through with a hint of spice. There’s a slight minerality with a clear note of vinous grapes on the warming finish.

Bottom Line:

This is designed for the old fashioned. Use it for that! It also works really well with cola (especially Coke).

E&J VSOP Premium Brandy

E and J

Style: California Brandy
ABV: 40%
Average Price: $13.49

The Brandy:

E&J VSOP hails from the iconic Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery in Modesto, California. The juice is aged for two years before bottling, making it pretty versatile at this price point. You can drink this stuff in a highball or cocktail. It also works as a great dessert brandy. Pour some of this over a sponge cake or ice cream and you’ve got a nice boozy bump to that dessert.

The Taste:

Wet brown sugar mingles with baking spices and a note of sunny meadows. Cream soda dominates the palate with a wisp of bourbon vanilla, maple syrup, and plummy sherry. The end is bold and long-lasting with a return of the warming spice alongside a little bit of oak.

Bottom Line:

We’re still squarely in the mixing category with this one. Still, give it shot on the rocks or in a highball with some fizzy water to cool it down.

Paul Masson Grande Amber VSOP Brandy

Paul Masson

Style: California Brandy
ABV: 40%
Average Price: $14.20

The Brandy:

We can’t go on without hitting on Paul Masson’s VSOP. This is one of the better brandies you’ll find for under $20 in the U.S. This expression is the blend of Paul Masson’s Grand Amber (above) and imported Cognac. That addition of the real-deal stuff from France sets this brandy above the rest of the pack.

The Taste:

Notes of fatty hazelnuts and dry Champagne grapes lead the way. There’s a matrix of spices at play, with cloves out front. Cigar smoke, oily espresso beans, and freshly ground allspice round out the sip before it reaches a dry finish.

Bottom Line:

This is starting to get into workhorse brandy territory with applications in cocktails, highballs, and on the rocks working well with this expression.

St-Rémy VSOP

St. Remy

Style: French Brandy
ABV: 40%
Average Price: $14.99

The Brandy:

St-Rémy is a classic French gateway brandy. Its price point is the biggest draw, but the booze is backed up with a decent grape-forward essence. That’s thanks to a base wine that’s a blend of — deep breath — Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Gamay, Ugni Blanc, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The juice is then aged for four years in small format French oak barrels before hitting the bottle.

The Taste:

This is a big departure from the Californian brandies populating this list thus far. Fruit orchards, rays of sunshine, and wildflowers lead the way on this sip. That wide-focus narrows on the palate to present ripe apricots and peaches with an almost honeysuckle floral hint that’s cut by a lemon rind citrus on the very end with a final dry, vinous touch.

Bottom Line:

You can warm this one up in a snifter, in the sense that it’s a solid entry point French brandy that’ll help build your palate and lead you to better things in the brandy world.

Korbel Brandy XS

Korbel

Style: Blended California Brandy
ABV: 40%
Average Price: $14.99

The Brandy:

Korbel XS is the “Extra Smooth” brandy that’s a stand out on this list. The brandy is spiked with vanilla, spices, sugars, and orange essence to really amp up the mixability of the brandy.

The Taste:

There’s a clear bitterness upfront with whiffs of orange and baking spices. Later, the taste leans into cream soda vanilla that errs a little saccharine. The spices, bitter orange, and soda pop vanilla all combine on a quick end that fades with a slight burn.

Bottom Line:

This works really well in an old fashioned or Brandy Alexander (think chocolate and orange with a creamy body).

E&J Brandy XO

E and J

Style: California Brandy
ABV: 40%
Average Price: $14.99

The Brandy:

E&J’s XO deserves some love. Although this is designated as an “XO,” it’s still only aged for a minimum of two years. It is, however, charcoal filtered. A lot of the harsher edges are whittled away through that process.

The Taste:

That classic creamy vanilla of U.S. produced brandy is front-and-center. There’s a good sense of rich toffee and very dark brown sugar on those vanilla coattails. The finish is velvety, creamy, sweet, and full of that continued presence of vanilla.

Bottom Line:

This is a dark, spicy, and sweet brandy that suits the Christmas sipping season where the eggnog flows and we all bathe in mulled wine.

Presidente Brandy

Presidente Brandy

Style: Mexican Brandy
ABV: 40%
Average Price: $15.99

The Brandy:

Mexico’s Presidente Brandy is making big waves in the U.S. and with good reason. This is a solid brandy at an accessible price. This was also one of the most popular drinks in Mexico for a very long time — so much so that it was the “National Drink of Mexico” at one point.

The Taste:

There are notes of vanilla that are tempered by rich marzipan. The vanilla dries out and has more of a saltwater taffy essence as oak, spice, and a hint of florals linger in the background. The finish holds onto the dryness and ends strong.

Bottom Line:

While you can drink this one neat or on the rocks, it really shines as a base spirit for a great cocktail.

Raynal VSOP Brandy

Raynal

Style: French Brandy
ABV: 40%
Average Price: $16.79

The Brandy:

Raynal is one of the biggest French brandies in the United States. It’s the perfect balance between affordability and quality. The brandy is a blend of white grapes from Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Champagne that are then aged in French oak for the requisite four years.

The Taste:

This brandy smells like velvet and nuts (walnuts and almonds dominate). Hints of freshly grated ginger spice things up with a nice underbelly of candied dried fruits next to a wisp of fresh flowers. The finish is vinous and dry, with a lingering moment of ginger and nuttiness.

Bottom Line:

That sharp ginger makes this a nice base for a sidecar cocktail spiked with ginger syrup. It’s also a quality brandy for a highball.

St-Rémy XO

St. Remy

Style: French Brandy
ABV: 40%
Average Price: $19.99

The Brandy:

St-Rémy XO is a mellowed and very tasty brandy that’s always around $20 a bottle. This brandy is a masterclass in French grapes. It blends distilled wines from Burgundy, Champagne, Rhône Valley, Languedoc Roussillon, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, and Beaujolais into each bottle.

The Taste:

Figs, gingerbread, sun-dried grapes, and butterscotch are present up top. The sweetness of figs peak as a clear espresso bean bitterness counterpoints that fruity sweet edge. There’s an echo of wildflowers in the background as the bitterness and sweetness fades with a nice velvet texture at the end.

Bottom Line:

This is a solid sipper (with a little ice). Take your time with it to let it open up in the glass and then your senses.

Laird’s Straight Applejack 86

Lairds

Style: American Fruit Brandy
ABV: 43%
Average Price: $25.25

The Brandy:

This apple brandy, or applejack if you will, is 100 percent apple brandy made from 17 pounds of apples per bottle of brandy. This is a very German-American spirit with clear heritage derived from Germanic fruit brandies married to U.S. aging processes like bourbon and Tennessee whiskey.

The Taste:

Granny Smith apples baked in butter, cinnamon, bourbon vanilla and caramel, and brandy lead the way here. Then a billow of smoke arrives with a clear sense of the charred oak barrel. The vanilla, spice, and tart apple carry through to a bold and warm finish that feels like the ghosts of a fallow apple orchard.

Bottom Line:

This is nice on the rocks or as a funky and fruity old fashioned base.

Lustau Brandy Solera Gran Reserva

Lustau Brandy

Style: Spanish Brandy
Distillery: Lustau
Age: 40%
Average Price: $26.40

The Brandy:

This is a shockingly decent brandy at this price point. Lustau is so revered in distilling circles that Ireland’s iconic Redbreast uses their used barrels to age one of their best high-end expressions. The Gran Reserva expression is aged in used Amontillado sherry casks for around three years under the Spanish sun in Jerez, Spain.

The Taste:

Orange, coconut oil, oak, vanilla, toasted almonds, and baking spices lead the way. There’s a real sense of freshly ground nutmeg and allspice that leads to a rich and buttery fruit cake full of sun-dried fruits. Espresso and dark chocolate bitterness cut in and highjack the spices, sending them to a warm and sunny end with a hint of dry Spanish grass.

Bottom Line:

Let this warm nicely in a big snifter and then take your time nosing and sipping. It’ll help you get a deeper knowledge and entry into the world of Spanish brandy.

De Luze VS Cognac

De Luze

Style: Cognac
Age: 40%
Average Price: $26.99

The Brandy:

This a real-deal brandy from Cognac. The heritage of this Cognac house goes back 24 generations to the 1600s. The juice is a blend of Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne grapes from some of the best vineyards in the Grande Champagne region of Cognac. The expression is then aged for two years in French oak before direct bottling without any meddling.

The Taste:

This is a dialed-in sip. Equally sweet and earthy prunes and dates lead towards a rush of wildflowers in full bloom. Soft notes of orange zest and lemon citrus dance with wisps of oaky smoke, Christmas spices, and deep green grape leaves. A note of lavender mingles with roasted nuts as the velvet finish hits flowers, fruit, and oak notes. This is pure sunshine.

Bottom Line:

Cognac for under $30? Sign us up! This is a decent sipper with a little warmth that really embraces you as it goes down.

Metaxa 5 Stars

Metaxa

Style: Greek Brandy
ABV: 38%
Average Price: $27.99

The Brandy:

This Greek spirit is a blend of brandy, Muscat wine, and botanicals (not unlike gin). It’s then aged for five years — hence the “Five Star” designation. This process makes for a wholly unique experience with botanicals like anise and rose shining through the distilled grape base.

The Taste:

Bold stone fruit, fresh honeycomb, and a field of wildflowers lead the way. Then the spices hit with a big dose of Christmas spices leading into a bowl of dried roses. The fruit comes back with a note of oak on the finish.

Bottom Line:

This is a definite mixer for highballs. Really fizzy water, lots of ice, and a twist of lime or lemon really open this blend up in the glass.

Courvoisier VS Cognac

Courvoisier

Style: Cognac
ABV: 40%
Average Price: $28.99

The Brandy:

This Cognac just squeaks by at $28.99 per bottle. This is a good entry-level brandy that has pretty solid name recognition. The juice is a blend of four to seven-year-old brandies made primarily from grapes grown in the Fins Bois region with a solid percentage of Petite Champagne grapes thrown in to balance things out.

The Taste:

Dried grapes, ripe apples and pears, and creamy chocolate mingle on the nose. The florals feel more like a fruit orchard in full bloom on a spring day. Coffee bitterness arrives next to barrel spiciness with a wisp of smoke lurking far in the background. The fruit and florals bring about a quiet-yet-warming final note.

Bottom Line:

Another Cognac for under $30? That’s a win for this list. It’s also a win for you. This is a very sippable brandy that also works as a great gift for any brandy lover.

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LCD Soundsystem Covered Spacemen 3’s ‘Big City’ At Their First Live Show In Three Years

Like every other musician who had planned a tour in 2020, LCD Soundsystem‘s performance plans were wildly thrown off by the pandemic. It’s been nearly three years since the band last took the stage together to play a live show. But that all changed on Tuesday when the band kicked off their near-20-night residency in New York City. To celebrate to occasion, LCD Soundsystem took on a cover of their predecessor Spacemen 3’s track “Big City.”

LCD Soundsystem’s version of the 8-minute song opened their set, immersing the crowd in atmospheric synths. After taking on a rendition of the cover, the band ran through a setlist that bounced between their hits as well as some of their lesser-known songs. They performed tracks like “I Can Change,” “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House,” “Home,” and “Dance Yrself Clean.”

The performance marked the band’s first show in three years, but it certainly won’t be their last. The night was just the start of the band’s nearly lengthy run at the NYC venue Brooklyn Steel, presented by Bowery Presents/AEG. The short tour kicked off on Tuesday and runs until December 21. Seeing as Brooklyn Steel has a capacity of less than 2,000, it’s no wonder LCD Soundsystem needed to add nearly two dozen shows to give their fans a chance to catch them live.

Watch LCD Soundsystem cover “Big City” above, starting at around 8 minutes into the video.

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Some Guy Made A Toilet That Looks Like Metallica’s Lars Ulrich

As Tarō Gomi, the Japanese children’s book author known for Everyone Poops, once wrote (or rather, as their words were once translated), “everyone poops.” The book was originally published in 1977, with the English translation arriving in 1993, and indeed, the core message of the book still rings true today. There’s one Metallica fan out there, though, who has a different pooping experience than the rest of us thanks to their special toilet, which looks like Lars Ulrich.

Loudwire notes that Florida metal musician Prince Midnight created a toilet that’s a statue of Ulrich sitting, but it was molded around a toilet so the still-functional bowl is between his spread legs. He told Loudwire, “Make no mistake, this is not me taking a jab at Lars. This is my way, albeit unconventional, to honor Lars Ulrich and Metallica. I could have painted a picture or made a traditional sculpture, but no one would have even noticed, and really, that’s not the kind of art and performance I do. The first band I ever loved was Metallica, the first record I became obsessed with, the first music I ever dove into, the concert I ever attended.”

For those who saw this toilet and dreamed of sitting on or standing in front of it, there’s good news: The toilet will actually be available for use at a Prince Midnight concert, at the Tampa, Florida venue Brass Mug on December 3. It sounds like a worthwhile trip because honestly, nothing else bladders except for this toilet, the true master of pooppets.

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Post Malone, Doja Cat, And Pearl Jam Are Headlining Lollapalooza Stockholm 2022

The Lollapalooza global festivals takeover is in full effect. After a successful flagship function in Chicago this past July, Lollapalooza began announcing its 2022 international slate with bills led by Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, The Strokes, and Doja Cat in Brazil and Argentina next March. Then in July, Pearl Jam, Imagine Dragons, David Guetta, and ASAP Rocky will be atop the lineup at Lollapalooza Paris. But it doesn’t stop there.

The second annual Lollapalooza Stockholm in Sweden was announced today and it’s set to go down from Friday, July 1st through Sunday, July 3rd, 2022 at Gårdet, a sprawling park in the heart of the city. Ahead of their Paris appearance, Pearl Jam will also be headlining the Stockholm affair, along with Post Malone, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Doja Cat and Swedish pop sensation Veronica Maggio. There’s definitely an effort to incorporate Swedish talent on the bill with confirmed appearances from producer/DJ Alesso, reggae-hoppers Timbuktu & Damn!, pop star Tove Lo, singer Benjamin Ingrosso, electro-pop duo Jubël, and more. Other lineup highlights include Jack Harlow, Italian rockers Måneskin, Polo G, Modest Mouse, and Haim.

Tickets go on sale November 25 and you can get them, along with full lineup info and more, at here.

Lollapalooza Stockholm
Lollapalooza Stockholm

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South Korean Horror Series ‘Hellbound’ Overtakes ‘Squid Game’ As Netflix’s Most Popular Series Globally

Following the success of Squid Game and the subsequent surge of interest in other non-Western series — such as Alice in Borderland — many of us were wondering if the hype around South Korean television and cinema was here to stay. While it might still be a bit too early to tell, it looks like the answer so far is a resounding “yes,” as yet another South Korean-made television show has skyrocketed to the top of Netflix’s most-watched charts.

According to FlixPatrol analytics (via The Guardian), fantasy horror series Hellbound has officially surpassed Squid Game as the world’s most-watched Netflix television series, shattering the former champion’s record within 24 hours of the show’s debut on November 20. As of right now, Hellbound rest at the top of the most-watched charts in over 80 countries, with no signs of slowing down.

Based on a Webtoon by the same name, Hellbound takes place on an alternate version of Earth, wherein hoards of monstrous-looking demons suddenly emerge with a mission of sending all past and future sinners to Hell. As expected, the phenomenon causes mass hysteria that ultimately leads to religious zealotry and even more issues for the seemingly doomed mankind. The grim and gory series is directed by the comic series’ original author, Yeon Sang-ho, and has quickly made headlines not only for its popularity but for being the first Korean drama to make it to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival.

However, while Hellbound’s feat is incredibly impressive and worthy of praise, this certainly doesn’t mark the end for Squid Game, which could easily jump back up on the Netflix Most Watched list after holding the spot for 46 non-consecutive days. Furthermore, Squid Game also boasts being a breakout commercial success, having generated nearly a billion dollars in profits even before its merch lines with Walmart and toy manufacturer Funko have properly launched. Last but not least, with the recent news that Squid Game is, in fact, getting season two, we all can sleep soundly knowing we haven’t seen the last of it yet.

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Jeffrey Epstein Reportedly Spent His Final Days Tormented By A Chatty Cellmate, A Running Toilet, And Constipation

New documents obtained from the Bureau of Prisons are shedding some light on the final days of Jeffrey Epstein. The former financier and convicted sex offender committed suicide on August 10th while being held on charges of sex trafficking teenage girls. His death sparked various conspiracy theories, most implying that some of his more high-profile friends might have ordered a hit on him in order to keep their own wrong-doings under wraps. Epstein’s known associates included powerful figures like Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump, among others, but according to these new documents, it seems likely that Epstein’s death was the result of incompetence, perhaps even negligence, on the part of the Bureau.

The New York Times published a report based on over 2,000 documents it obtained after threatening legal action under the Freedom of Information act. The documents include notes from inmates specially assigned to watch Epstein, as well as official psychological evaluations by prison psychologists. A lot of information has been redacted, but from what the Times could put together, Epstein somehow convinced the professionals monitoring him that he was not suicidal, despite having already attempted suicide once before. That incident happened in July when Epstein was first brought to the prison. He was found unconscious on his cell floor with a bedsheet tied around his neck, but records of that event have been heavily redacted for some reason. What we do know is that there were plenty of red flags missed by prison officials.

An intake form identified Epstein as Black, despite him being a white male. It also indicated he had no prior sex offense convictions when, in reality, he was a registered sex offender in Florida. Some of his “social” phone calls were not logged, including a call he made to his girlfriend the night he killed himself. Epstein reportedly told guards he was “calling his mother” but his mother had been long dead. Official psychological evaluations described Epstein as “future-oriented” and “psychologically stable” saying he denied suicidal ideation and describing him as “smirking” and “cracking jokes” while saying his Jewish faith prevented him from committing suicide. Those reports contrast notes from inmates assigned to watch Epstein, however, with logs indicating he was having trouble sleeping, worried for his safety, constipated, and increasingly disturbed by the running toilet in his cell and other loud noises in the jail.

“He said he sat in the corner and held his ears,” a psychologist wrote about Epstein’s toilet complaint, noting he suggested he might have autism because “Dustin Hoffman’s autistic character in Rain Man had an aversion to noise.”

The report stated Epstein was given novels to read and confirmed that the prison pharmacy should continue to prescribe his constipation meds, which he hadn’t been taking since being incarcerated.

Epstein also faced multiple bail denials and other blows to his legal defense, hearings that were noted in his psych reports as being potential catalysts for more suicide attempts. He was often put on psych watch, though the prison seems to have failed at properly evaluating him after his scheduled court dates. He had no familial connections, and the only visitors he received were his lawyers — both were identified as potential risk factors for future suicide attempts. But, the final blow for Epstein may have been when a federal appeals court unsealed 2,000 pages of previously confidential documents in a defamation lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell. The documents were damning for Epstein, detailing events that happened in his Manhattan mansion, his Florida residence, and his infamous private island.

That same day, after calling his girlfriend, Epstein returned to his cell alone — the prison hadn’t assigned him a new cellmate despite strict orders he was not to be left alone. Though he was on psych watch, he was left unmonitored by the two guards on duty who reportedly spent their time “surfing the internet and appearing to be asleep.” The next morning, Epstein was found with a bedsheet tied around his neck and pronounced dead an hour later. Though plenty of conspiracy theories have been tossed around, none have been supported by facts and in these new documents, inmates in charge of watching Epstein make it clear that the man had a talent for manipulating others.

“Jeffrey Epstein definitely killed himself. Any conspiracy theories to the contrary are ridiculous,” one inmate whose cell was next to Epstein’s reportedly told the psychologist after his death, saying he could hear the disgraced businessman “tearing up his sheet before committing suicide.”

It’s likely his death can be blamed on poor supervision and his own ability to deceive people.

(Via The New York Times)

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Teyana Taylor’s 5-Year-Old Daughter Stopped A Concert To Scold The Crowd For Fighting During Her Set

Teyana Taylor is currently gearing up for retirement from music by going on one last show-stopping tour. During her performances, Taylor’s adorable daughter Junie, who is five years old and already probably more Instagram-famous than you, oftentimes makes an appearance on stage. During a recent set, Junie made it clear that she inherited her mother’s fearless spirit because she stopped the show to scold the crowd for fighting during her song.

“Ain’t no f*cking fighting while my baby’s performing,” Taylor told the crowd and Junie clearly agreed. She reprimanded the audience for causing a disturbance and made it clear she had every intention of keeping the show moving. “Whoever has gotten sassy, they need to get out,” Junie said, continuing with: “If you don’t play my music, I’m beating y’all up.”

It was far from the first time Taylor has stopped one of her performances due to some commotion in the crowd. Earlier this month, the singer was performed a show at Los Angeles’ The Novo theater when she noticed member of the crowd was looking queasy and slumped over the barrier. Taylor then paused her set to make sure the fan was OK. She instructed security guards to pull the fan out of the packed crowd and sit them down until they were feeling alright.

Watch fan-captured footage of Taylor and her daughter Junie above.

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Anthony Fauci Is Fed Up With Tucker Carlson’s Weaponizing Of Lies About COVID

During a recent interview, Dr. Anthony Fauci called it a “badge of honor” to be attacked by Tucker Carlson, who the infectious disease specialist singled out for spreading vaccine misinformation.

Fauci made his remarks while appearing on Tuesday night’s episode of The Beat with Ari Melber, where he made it clear that he doesn’t waste time considering whether or not the internet likes him or not. His concern is stopping diseases like the coronavirus pandemic, which has continued to ravage the United States thanks to a deadly combination of the Delta variant and vaccine hesitancy caused by right-wing conspiracy theories. On that topic, Fauci didn’t mince words. Via Mediaite:

“The praise or the arrows and slings are irrelevant. I do what science drives you to do, and that’s what I do. I’m not in it for a popularity contest. I’m trying to save lives. The people who weaponize lies are killing people. So the only question I have is that, when you show Tucker Carlson and Peter Navarro criticizing me, I consider that a badge of honor.”

Carlson has been a consistent source for spreading doubt about the COVID vaccines. The Fox News host has gone so far as to call vaccine mandates a “Satanism-inspired plot,” and he was notably obsessed with promoting the highly questionable anecdote about Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend’s swollen testicles. However, for all of Carlson’s talk about the dangers of the vaccine, a recent Fox News event featuring the host required proof of vaccination. Funny how that works.

(Via Mediaite)

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French Montana And Lil Tjay Secure The Bags In The New Video For ‘Bag Season’

Last Friday, French Montana released his fourth full-length album, They Got Amnesia. The Bronx rapper’s follow-up to 2019’s Montana clocks in with 20 tracks, and even though he’s had to publicly defend himself against Twitter trolls who say he has too many features on his songs, just half of the album’s cuts are collabs with the likes of Drake, John Legend, Rick Ross, Fabolous, and Doja Cat and Saweetie.

As for the album’s accompanying videos, Montana is really be leaning into the heist narrative. On the “Panicking” clip, he and Fivio Foreign infiltrate an airplane to swoop in a pallet of cash, and now on the new visual for “Bag Season,” he and Lil Tjay mastermind a smash and grab plot to secure rare bags. They crash through a window and Montana moves stealthily through a club with his crew wearing eerie masks of nuns with blood running down their eyes. Lil Tjay is the point man behind the scenes as the pair course through the banger track in the process. The shifting lights in the club are reminiscent of the iconic nightclub robbery scene in Hype Williams’ Belly, and it shows the ever-present influence of the DMX- and Nas-starring film in hip-hop culture more than 20 years after it’s release.

They Got Amnesia is out now via Epic Records. Get it here.

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A ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ Star Explains How Halle Berry Helped Him Land A Role In The Movie

Being in a John Wick movie seems like a good gig. You get to wear stylish clothes, kick and/or punch people, and hang out with Keanu Reeves. So, it’s no wonder that Shamier Anderson is thankful for Halle Berry this Thanksgiving season.

The actor, best known for his role in Syfy’s cult series Wynonna Earp, plays Immaculate in Berry’s directorial debut, Bruised (you can read our review here). The MMA drama was executive produced by Chad Stahelski, who directed John Wick, John Wick: Chapter 2, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (which icon Berry and her good dogs starred in), and — I think you can see where this is going — John Wick: Chapter 4.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, when Anderson learned this fact, he asked Berry to put in a good word on his behalf because of her close ties to the franchise.” It worked out. “I got the job, and I finished filming a week ago,” he said. “I’m in John Wick with Keanu Reeves! Shout-out to Halle Berry for giving me the opportunity that led to that.”

The moral of the story: the next time you see Halle Berry, ask her for a job.

John Wick: Chapter 4, which also stars Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Rina Sawayama, Donnie Yen, and hopefully more Jason Mantzoukas as the Tick Tock Man, opens on May 27, 2022.

(Via the Hollywood Reporter)