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Vladimir Putin Has Received The Approval Of One U.S. Lawmaker (Which Really Should Make Him Reevaluate His Entire Strategy)

Vladimir Putin found a hopeful friend within the House of Reps, but it’s really a signal that his Ukraine plan is not going well for him.

That’s no understatement. Putin’s disastrous war on Ukraine has led to a 20-year low for his approval rating, and even one of his long-time allies has trashed his “colossal mistake” of deciding to invade Ukraine. He’s reportedly in danger of being assassinated by someone in his inner circle, and the Kremlin is ragingly issuing period lists of Americans who are not welcome in Russia. That would include several U.S. lawmakers, including “Moscow Mitch” McConnell, but there’s one congressperson who might be on Putin’s party list in the future.

Actually, Putin might wanna pass and then redo his whole strategy after learning of his new buddy. Marjorie Taylor Greene — she of the “gazpacho police” quote and “Jewish space laser” conspiracy theory — has reacted to recent news about NATO. The international military alliance recently invited Finland and Sweden into their fold (amid fears that Putin will keep invading nations during his imperialistic fervor), and Greene must not be impressed. Further, she believes that the U.S. should leave NATO, and (via Raw Story) she worries that Biden will join the Russia-Ukraine conflict when she believes that Russia should simply be allowed to do it’s thing.

“The American people do not want war with Russia, but NATO and our own foolish leaders are dragging us into one,” Greene tweeted. “A war that no one will win. Escalation over Ukraine, a non-member nation, risking nuclear war is a power play endangering the entire world. We should pull out of NATO.”

Of course, there’s no real use in trying to make sense of Greene’s strategy because she rarely makes any sense with her points. And Russia’s now growing increasingly isolated, but does he need friends that badly to appreciate Greene’s embrace? This really should be a sign for him to step back and realize that the writing is on the wall when it comes to friends and allies. He’s painted himself into a corner, where it seems like his only recourse for newfound support is to cozy up to the Taliban, and now, there’s Marjorie Taylor Greene in his ballpark. Time for a reset.

(Via Raw Story)

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Beck Wishes He Had Let ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Parody ‘Loser’

As a parody artist, “Weird Al” Yankovic doesn’t have to get permission from anybody to make his comical spins on popular music, but he makes sure to anyway. It’s something he’s talked about on multiple occasions over the years and a FAQ on his website explains, “Al does get permission from the original writers of the songs that he parodies. While the law supports his ability to parody without permission, he feels it’s important to maintain the relationships that he’s built with artists and writers over the years.”

So what this means is that during his career, there have been songs Yankovic wanted to make/release but didn’t because the original artist said no and he respected their desires. That includes Beck, who now says he wishes he had given Yankovic the go-ahead.

In a new installment of Audible Original’s Words + Music (as Billboard notes), Beck talks about “Loser” and says, “‘Weird Al’ Yankovic tried to do a version of it. It was going to be called ‘Schmoozer.’ I regret denying him permission to do it. I think it would have been an amazing video. I’m actually really sad it didn’t happen.”

As for Yankovic, he’s currently in the midst of his gigantic The Unfortunate Return Of The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, which has a whopping 133 dates.

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Paris Hilton Details How Emotional Britney Spears’ Wedding Was

Britney Spears and Sam Asghari’s recent wedding was a night of many headlines, from her ex-husband trying to crash it to folks like Selena Gomez, Madonna, and Paris Hilton attending the ceremony. Hilton previously revealed she canceled a presidential DJ gig to be there for Spears and now she has spoken even more about the big day on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Chelsea Handler (who has been filling in for Kimmel over the past few days) asked Hilton about the wedding and she said, “It was literally, like, one of the most iconic nights of my life, for real.”

Handler then noted she saw a photo of Hilton looking emotional during the ceremony and Hilton explained, “I was. Just seeing her walk down the aisle, this angel who has just had such a horrible time these past 13 years, to finally have her freedom and be able to do what she wants and have that happy fairy tale ending was just beautiful.”

She also offered more detail about having to cancel on Joe Biden’s Summit Of Americas gathering, saying of a conversation between her and the POTUS’ team, “I’m like, ‘No, I’m not going to miss that.’ They’re like, ‘We’ll send a helicopter, then you can fly back and forth,’ and I’m like, ‘I’m not going to be the one landing in and out of Britney’s wedding in a helicopter,’ like, come on. So I had to cancel on the president. Sorry [laughs].”

Check out Hilton’s interview above.

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‘Jeopardy!’ Viewers Can’t Believe A Contestant Confused Public Enemy And Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch

Public Enemy is one of the most important groups in hip hop history, with (at least) two masterpiece albums to its name, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch is also a hip hop group from the 1990s, and that’s where the similarities between them and Public Enemy end. One group had “Fight the Power.” The other had the Booty Inspector. They are not the same — but one Jeopardy! contestant still somehow confused Chuck D and Mark Wahlberg.

One of the categories during Wednesday’s episode of the game show was “Chuck D, Times 3.” As Yahoo! Entertainment explained, “Four of the five questions pertained to either Charles Darwin or Charles Dickens. But one clue centered around rapper Chuck D.” (What a weird category.) The clue read, “In the 1980s, Chuck D began fighting the power in this hip-hop group with Flavor Flav, a man who always knew what time it was.”

Contestant Halley Ryherd buzzed in and guessed, “Who is the Funky Bunch?” Uh, no.

Another contestant, Pete Chattrabhuti, got it right — although Halley got her revenge by winning the episode with $5,999. It takes a nation of millions of Jeopardy! contestants to be in disbelief about the Public Enemy / Funky Bunch mix-up.

At least Halley has a good sense of humor about it:

(Via Yahoo! Entertainment)

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Travel, stay for FREE & play with furry friends? Sign us up!

Take some time away, meet new furry friends, and experience a place different from your home. Trusted Housesitters is on a mission to help connect animal-lovers who love to travel with other animal-lovers who love to travel. It seems like a match made in heaven, doesn’t it? Well, if you’re looking to visit some place new and need a pet-sitter or want to visit some place new and pet-sit, then Trusted Housesitters is the site for you. Here’s how it works:


Let’s first say that you’re someone looking to travel someplace different and stay for FREE (which let’s be honest, who isn’t looking for this?). Visit the Trusted Housesitters site and create a profile. Upload tons of pictures, sitter qualifications and little insights into your personality. Then, start applying for sits! It’s that easy! People from around the world looking to leave their furry companions for a few days or weeks will browse your application and if they think you’re a fit they’ll reach out and set up a video call.

Next you travel, arrive at your new home, hang with furry friends and spend some time in a new place! Stays range from homes with a pool in Scottsdale, Arizona, to farmhouses in Austin, Texas and even cabins in Big Sky, Montana. It’s a great way to get in touch with local life and perhaps even find that pet-shaped hole in your heart.

But what if you’re a paw-rent who’s looking to get away for a few days? Well, the process is the same, but reversed. After you create your account you list your home along with your tentative travel dates. Sitters from around the world then apply to watch your fur-babies. After reviewing their accounts and qualifications, you set up a video call to make sure you’re a good fit. And the best part is you know your leaving your home and your fur-baby in good-hands while you’re away.

Each of the sitters is vetted through the site and undergoes background checks, ID verification and a call to ensure that they meet the guidelines set by the site. Owners and sitters are both reviewed at the end of each vacation so the community of Trusted Housesitters maintains transparency and quality standards. It’s a safe, modern, cool way to travel and takes the anxiety out of leaving your fur-babies behind.

So what are you waiting for? Your next vacation could be right around the corner! Sign up today and start looking.

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Slip(per) into something more comfortable

Cold feet? We’ve got you covered… except in these peep-toe styles. Fluffy, furry, and fashionable this Lattelier slipper collection has us swooning! And they’ve got something for *almost* everyone. Take a look at the cutest, coziest slippers for styles across different walks of life.


1. FOR THE SK8R – Don’t let the fuzz on these fluffy printed slippers fool you. Everything about this print screams rebel (and who says punks don’t deserve warm feet). The classic checkerboard print ads that bit of edge to even the most conservative of pajama sets, but we won’t judge if these slippers find their way out of the house and on to the streets. We did say they were for the rebel in the group, right?

2. FOR THE MINIMALIST – these cozy two band slippers have that simple, stunning Mallorca vibe that the rest of us only wish we could have. They make a subtle yet confident statement, and are the perfect set of slippers for summer. And if like us you think that these babies need to travel way further than your living room, know that they also come in black – hello dirt roads and dusty toes!

3. FOR THE GIRL NEXT DOOR – Lattelier’s classic full band slippers give that timeless, Elle Woods, just rolled out of bed with a perfect face of make up vibe. They’d make a great gift for a bridal party and they also come in creamy white so no need to worry about them interfering with your color palette.

4. FOR THE BOHO BEACH BABE – fluffy plush slippers that live up to their name. The effortless slip on style would look even better kicked up on a coffee table with an ocean view behind them. Ahh, we can practically hear the seagulls squawking now.

5. FOR THE SNOW BUNNY – or the one of us who actually gets cold feet! Ok, so you may have to wait until next winter to fully enjoy the snuggly effect of this round toe furry slipper, but with the open back they still could come in handy for those cooler spring nights – besides, we won’t tell if you won’t. And with a green like that, you’re going to want to make sure you have these on lock for autumn.

6. FOR THE BOSS – hand over the silk robe and we’ll take breakfast in bed. Lattelier’s two band furry slippers say, “I had my assistant book the suite” while still tipping big. The chic design perfectly combines comfort with style so that you’re always on your toes, even with your feet up.

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Miles Bridges Was Reportedly Arrested On Felony Domestic Violence Charges In Los Angeles

Miles Bridges was expected to receive a big pay day this week as he enters restricted free agency, but that new contract now is very likely on hold after word broke late Wednesday night via TMZ that Bridges had been arrested in Los Angeles on felony domestic violence charges.

Per TMZ’s report, Bridges turned himself in on Wednesday following the alleged incident on Tuesday night and was released after posting bail, which was set at $130,000. There are not any specifics regarding the incident right now, but TMZ did note that Bridges had left the scene before police arrived after being called on Tuesday night and the woman required medical attention after an argument turned physical.

Law enforcement sources tell us a woman claims she was in an argument with Bridges that turned physical. We’re told police were called to the scene, but Bridges was gone by the time cops arrived. We’re told the woman required medical attention.

There is no word on the status of the woman beyond the fact that she needed medical attention. Bridges nor any of his representatives have made any public statements on the matter, but one would expect this will put a halt on any contract negotiations he may have ongoing until further details are released and teams and the league can look into the matter.

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Danny Brown Says Ninja From Die Antwoord Sexually Assaulted Him: ‘He Know I Ain’t Lying!’

Danny Brown recently appeared on Tom Segura and Bert Kreischer’s 2 Bears, 1 Cave podcast, and during the conversation, which in total lasted for an hour and 15 minutes, the Detroit rapper made a shocking allegation. He accused Ninja, who is one-half of the South African hip-hop duo Die Antwoord, of sexually assaulting him after one of Brown’s past shows in Paris. Brown told Segura that Ninja messaged him about meeting up after the show, and instead, Brown offered to put his name on the guest list, but Ninja declined. “[He’s like,] ‘Don’t worry about it, I’ll find you,’” Brown said. “That was weird, that was like one red flag.”

Brown says he eventually did meet up with Ninja and was soon “freaked out” by his behavior. “I was a single, experimenting man at the time, but he was too aggressive!” Brown said. “He sat on my lap and started trying to kiss me and sh*t and doing weird sh*t. I’m like, ‘Man, you tripping!’”

He continued, “Ninja tried to f*ck me. I was scared … … He always throw Yolandi on you. I think that’s how he’s been f*cking n****s. F*ck them, though! F*ck them. I could’ve canceled cuz. MeToo. I was sexually assaulted by Ninja. He know I ain’t lying!”

Brown added that Ninja refused to stop attempting to make a move on him. Additionally, Ninja told him that he would find out where his hotel was. “That’s what started making me pound drinks because I’m like, ‘I might have to stab this n**** tonight,’” Brown said. He added, “Because if this n**** knock on my hotel room door, bro, I’m the stabbing the sh*t — it’s gonna be a big deal. It’s gonna be a thing. That would’ve been a fight, but I’m in Paris. Who want to be in a Parisian jail? N****, do you know what jail is like for me in Paris? It’s gonna be crazy. So I’m shellshocked, like, ‘This n****’s really doing this?’”

You can watch the full episode of 2 Bears, 1 Cave in the video above.

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Machine Gun Kelly Helped The Empire State Building Become The ‘World’s Tallest Emo Girl’

In honor of Machine Gun Kelly’s Hulu documentary, Life Is Pink, as well as his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, The Empire State Building lit up pink yesterday. According to the 1,451-foot-tall tower’s website, the building did so as “a symbol of strength, perseverance, and hope in partnership with Machine Gun Kelly and his new documentary, Life In Pink.

In a video shared by The Empire State Building’s official Twitter account today, Kelly is seen dancing with one of the building’s tour guides to his hit single, “Emo Girl.

Perhaps this video was taken before the concert and the afterparty thrown by Kelly and his fiance, Megan Fox. From there, footage on Kelly’s Instagram story of Kelly celebrating at Catch Steak after the show. During the celebration, the “Emo Girl” rapper/singer smashed a champagne glass over his head.

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“I don’t give a f*ck, bro. I don’t give a sh*t,” he said seconds before breaking the glass.

But the fact that he had glass in his skin didn’t stop him from singing. In a subsequent clip, he is seen singing his hit single, “My Ex’s Best Friend.

“F*ck it,” he captioned the video.

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‘The Forgiven’ Is That Ever Elusive, Provocative Mid-Budget Adult Drama

In a more just world, the opening of The Forgiven this weekend would be bigger news. The film comes from John Michael McDonagh (The Guard, War On Everyone, Calvary) — not to be confused with his younger brother, Martin, who did In Bruges but also Three Billboards — and stars an A-list cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Christopher Abbott, and Matt Smith. You’d have a hard time squeezing more awards and acclaim into its pedigree, but it’s not a Minion or a Thor, so you probably haven’t heard about it.

That’s a shame because The Forgiven is the rare adult drama that doesn’t feel like a museum piece. It lives and breathes, it teases and provokes, the kind of movie that seems designed to be discussed and fought over — in a world where adults might still do such things. John Michael McDonagh has always had an acid pen and a facility for quippy dialogue, but adapting here from Lawrence Osborne’s 2012 novel, it feels like McDonagh also has a solid narrative framework undergirding all that cleverness, and this is a filmmaker who perhaps could’ve benefited from more girding occasionally in movies past.

Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain play David and Jo Henninger, two rich assholes on their way to a Moroccan estate for a party thrown by two other rich assholes, Richard and Dally (Matt Smith and Caleb Landry Jones). David and Jo bicker their way through the storybook landscape, immune to its rugged beauty — she the hectoring wife, he the checked-out husband. At one point she calls him a “functioning alcoholic,” to which he responds “I’ve always wondered, shouldn’t the ‘functioning’ part cancel out the second part?”

It’s a comment I imagine McDonagh had in his notebook for some time. Their sniping seems to reach a fever pitch on a darkened desert road when David plows over a Moroccan teenager selling fossils by the side of the road.

Rich jerks mowing down impoverished locals in the roadway has been a handy inciting event in class fiction for some time now (not to mention reality), from Bonfire Of The Vanities to White Tiger, but if The Forgiven‘s skeleton feels familiar, the meat of it is unique unto itself. There’s the picturesque setting, this louche party in an outpost of privilege, the blasé Orientalism of all the guests, the resentful local household staff. If we were writing a highfalutin thesis, we could say The Forgiven is about “colonialism and the moral rot of the privileged classes,” but as with Succession, I suspect the draw is more the exotic settings, the absurd situations, the cleverly wicked characters, and the lack of moralizing. Who doesn’t enjoy venal characters behaving badly? I have to imagine The Forgiven is doing a lot of things Death On The Nile wanted to, without the corny genre trappings.

David, who is either the worst kind of rich old white guy or the most brutally honest kind, who alienates his peers by speaking plainly about the things they tend to cloister behind euphemisms and platitudes, eventually gets drawn into the family, legal, and cultural drama that naturally results from killing a boy in a foreign country — and a cultural minority boy in a foreign country at that. The Forgiven is a comedy of manners about a manslaughter.

Meanwhile, his wife Jo tries to enjoy the party, having a sort of holiday from her marriage as a way to rediscover her individuality while carrying on a flirtation with a finance guy dilettante played by Christopher Abbott. They have nice chemistry, and McDonagh excels at banter, always riding that line between clevered-up realism and A List Of Funny Things I Had In My Notebook That I Shoehorned Into A Script. Jessica Chastain is so much more fun when she’s not trapped in Aaron Sorkin competence porn mode. Much more fun to hear her coo “what’s the point of a prostitute who doesn’t do anal?”

These people are wicked partly because they’re emblematic of societal ills, sure, but mostly because they’re just bored. The Forgiven feels a little like Bret Easton Ellis meets Curb Your Enthusiasm. Credit to McDonagh for noticing the parallels.

The whole movie is a bit like that — while it certainly has a moral center, it’s refreshingly un-didactic, willing to let its characters be ethically complex without stapling them to a facile allegory. The dead boy is from a tribe of Berber nomads, who eke out a living pulling fossils from the desert and selling them to westerners. “We don’t know why you want them, all we know is you’re willing to pay money for them,” explains one of their emissaries, played by the once again solid Saïd Taghmaoui.

The potential allusions here are obvious, from fossil fuels to anyone making a precarious living from a diminishing resource. The skill of McDonagh (or maybe Osborne’s novel, which I haven’t read) is to invite the audience to make those allusions rather than forcing one read onto us. Discussing such things used to be the fun part of collectively experiencing art, before it became a sort of scavenger hunt for previously introduced characters.

The Forgiven is about — and this won’t shock you if you’ve seen Calvary — guilt. How much guilt we owe personally for the criminal society we didn’t ask to be born into but nonetheless benefited from, and which forms of penance are constructive and which are just masturbatory rationalization. Few actors are better at this dance, between genuine introspection and the angry rejection of it, than Ralph Fiennes. This dance itself is something of a McDonagh specialty (both brothers, really) and if there was a lifetime achievement Oscar for best acting in McDonagh brothers’ films, Fiennes’ work here and in In Bruges would make him a lock. Aside from being excellent at shouting the word “cunt,” he’s authentically aristocratic (his birth name is Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, for God’s sake) but also seems to genuinely enjoy necking the occasional pint of cheap lager (Wes Anderson has also exploited this characteristic, in less Anglocentric ways).

Both McDonagh and Osborne feel like they’re working through some things with this story, and Fiennes has the perfect face to express them; sometimes wordlessly, other times vulgarly. Mostly, The Forgiven is the kind of naughty, knotty crowd-pleaser that used to dominate the cultural conversation, but now seems like a tribute act. Too bad. I think lots of people enjoy this kind of entertainment, when given half a chance.

‘The Forgiven’ is available only in theaters July 1st. Vince Mancini is on Twitter. You can access his archive of reviews here.