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‘FBoy Island’ Had One Of The Biggest Debuts In HBO Max’s History (According To HBO Max)

Last weekend saw a new HBO Max horse enter the race: FBoy Island, a new reality dating show with an admittedly not-terrible hook: Three women, hoping for romance, not hook-ups, are given a whopping 24 men with whom to flirt and, maybe, find true love. But half of them are actually nice guys, hoping for real commitment, while the other dozen…are not. How will they know which is which? It’s a question a lot of people wanted answered, at least according to HBO Max.

The streamer claimed that not only did a lot of people watch the first three episodes of FBoy Island, but that it had, they claimed, “the biggest premiere weekend for a Max Original reality series.” Hooray! If anyone’s more deserving of success, it’s FBoys.

A couple caveats, though. For one, this only applies to HBO Max Original reality series, which is a pretty specific record to hold, especially since the service is only a year-and-change old.

For another, this is only according to HBO Max. Like most streamers, they don’t offer any real numbers, and there is no independent organization, like the Nielsens, that can verify their claims. The streaming world is still a wild west in terms of stats, and so the only response to hearing a joint like HBO Max — or especially Netflix, which only reports on viewership when they have a big (alleged) hit — claim they had huge numbers is to say: If y’all say so.

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Kevin Hart and Snoop Dogg’s uncensored Olympics commentary is hilarious

When the COVID-19 pandemic socially distanced the world and pushed off the 2020 Olympics, we knew the games weren’t going to be the same. The fact that they’re even happening this year is a miracle, but without spectators and the usual hustle and bustle surrounding the events, it definitely feels different.

But it’s not just the games themselves that have changed. The coverage of the Olympics has changed as well, including the unexpected addition of un-expert, uncensored commentary from comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Snoop Dogg on NBC’s Peacock.

In the topsy-turvy world we’re currently living in, it’s both a refreshing and hilarious addition to the Olympic lineup.

Just watch this clip of them narrating an equestrian event. (Language warning if you’ve got kiddos nearby. The first video is bleeped, but the others aren’t.)

The duo has been sharing their unbridled thoughts since the opening ceremony:

Watch Kevin Hart explain to Snoop why the lane 8 gold medal upset is such a big deal in swimming:

Here they discuss how adding a word to a sport makes it a whole new sport, and Snoop proves he’s as quick as any comedian on the fly.

“Oh, that’s Auntie! Look at Auntie! Go ahead!” Snoop says, as 46-year-old Oksana Chusovitina performs the vault in gymnastics. Hilarious.

So many times since the pandemic started, it’s felt like we’ve just collectively tossed up our hands and said, “Whatever!” With Kevin Hart and Snoop Dogg commentating on the Olympics, it feels like that’s what Peacock did, and the coverage is all the better for it. We all need to laugh, and if it takes Snoop Dogg talking about Olympic dressage horses “crib walking” to make it happen, so be it.

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Boomers and Millennials love sparring but *SURPRISE* their phone habits are eerily similar

The stereotype about Millenials (1981 to 1995) is that they are addicted to their smartphones. And, well, it’s kind of true, right? The generation that can hardly remember what the world was like without the Internet spends a lot of time staring at their phones.

On the other hand, the stereotype about Baby Boomers (1946 to 1964) is that they are Luddites who are often stymied by technology and had a really hard time making Zoom calls when COVID-19 hit.

However, this stereotype is not so true. The truth is, they’re a lot more alike than anyone thought. Is that such a bad thing?

A new study by Provision Living found that after surveying 1,000 Baby Boomers and 1,000 Millennials that both use their smartphones for about the same amount of time every day. The survey found that the average Millennial spends 5.7 hours a day on their smartphone and the average Boomer spends 5.

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Even more revealing is they use smartphone technology in only slightly different ways.

Overall, social media takes up the bulk of smartphone screen time for both generations. This is pretty obvious when you see the sheer number of news articles Boomers share on Facebook.

A report in Rolling Stone found that Boomers are much more likely to share fake news online than any other generation.

“For example, both Baby Boomers and Millennials spend an average of one hour or more on Facebook per day,” the study says. “Instagram ranks 2nd among both generations in terms of usage and activity with 52 minutes for millennials and 44 minutes for Baby Boomers”

From there, the generations go their separate ways.

“Baby Boomers spend a large portion of time on email with an average of 43 minutes per day. For Millennials, texting ranks 3rd with an average of 48 minutes per day,” the study says.

via Provision Living

The study proves that smartphone technology is addicting for just about everyone and that both young and wise both have a hard time putting their phones down. The research also has to be disheartening to the Boomers and Millennials who’ve defined themselves by being different from one another.

But the good news is that they have a lot more in common than they previously thought. Now, Boomers can’t yell at Millenials for having their faces stuck in their phones and Millenials can’t make fun of Boomers for not being able to change their printer ink.

The study did uphold one stereotype: Gen X is the most ignored generation. The researchers didn’t even bother to ask about the smartphone habits of the smaller generation born between 1965 and 1980.

However, a similar study found that the “Coolest Generation” suffers from the same smartphone addiction as their younger and older cohorts. Gen X uses their smartphones a little more than their Boomer elders and a little less than their Millennial nieces and nephews.

The next step should be for the generations to come together to make this world a better place by teaching one another how to be better at social media. The Boomers need to teach Millenials how to stop it with narcissistic selfies and the Millenials have to teach their grandparents about how to stop sharing fake news.

Gen X? Just keep doing your thing. No one is paying attention and that’s how you like it anyway.

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Kendrick Nunn Will Join The Lakers After Becoming An Unrestricted Free Agent Earlier In The Day

Kendrick Nunn became an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday afternoon after the Miami Heat opted to pull his qualifying offer. While Nunn has been an effective member of Miami’s rotation in recent years, the team has been quite busy in free agency and seemingly decided that there just wasn’t room for Nunn on the roster.

It didn’t take long for Nunn to land somewhere else. According to multiple media reports, Nunn has decided to head to Los Angeles and suit up alongside LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, and the Lakers.

The terms of the deal came out shortly after, with Nunn getting two years from L.A. for $10 million.

Nunn joined the Heat in 2019 after a stint with the Golden State Warriors’ G League team. He came in second place in Rookie of the Year voting during the 2019-20 campaign and carved out a role as one of the team’s starting guards. While the Lakers have largely sought out more veteran players on cheap deals as they push for a championship next season, Nunn and the recently-signed Talen Horton-Tucker give them a pair of younger players who, at the very least, should help them get through a slog of a regular season next year.

In 56 games last season, Nunn averaged 14.6 points per game while connecting on 38.1 percent of his attempts from three.

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Here’s Your First Glimpse Of Monica Lewinsky (Played By Beanie Feldstein) In ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’

There was a time when Impeachment, the third installment of American Crime Story, almost didn’t happen. Ryan Murphy temporarily scrapped his telling of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal before thinking better of it. And proof that he’s seeing it through can be found in the new poster for the series, which was debuted by its resident Lewinsky, Beanie Feldstein.

It also gifts the world with the first look at Feldstein as Lewinsky — sort of. It’s just her back as she stands, facing the White House, ready to unwittingly expose a sitting president’s extramarital affairs. Speaking of which, Sarah Paulson will play Linda Tripp, the co-worker who broke the news of her trysts with the commander-in-chief, partly by secretly taping their phonecalls. Meanwhile, Clive Owen plays Bill and Edie Falco Hillary, which sounds great — but not as great as Betty Gilpin’s Ann Coulter or Billy Eichner’s Matt Drudge.

Lewinsky herself has been heavily involved in the production, giving notes and advice on the scripts for every episode. In fact, it was roping her in that inspired Murphy to return to the project, having felt that a series that didn’t feature her input would be “gross.”

Impeachment: American Crime Story debuts on FX starting September 7.

(Via Vanity Fair)

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The Lakers Will Bring Back Talen Horton-Tucker On A Three-Year, $32 Million Deal

Talen Horton-Tucker is headed back to Los Angeles. After spending the first two days of the NBA’s free agency period as a restricted free agent, Horton-Tucker and the Lakers were able to come to terms on a deal that prevented the promising young wing from signing an offer sheet with another team.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Horton-Tucker put pen to paper on a three-year deal that will keep him in L.A. for $32 million.

As a restricted free agent, another franchise could have potentially put the Lakers in a precarious position by signing Horton-Tucker to a hefty deal and daring them to match. Instead, Los Angeles was able to keep the 20-year-old with the only team for which he’s played during his NBA tenure. He also gives the team someone who is familiar with their style of play, something that could help him compete for early minutes as a number of other players get used to life in L.A.

With the Lakers bringing in a handful of veteran players in free agency, Horton-Tucker gives them the added bonus of a youngster with room to grow. Last season, the former second-round pick averaged nine points, 2.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds, and a steal in 20.1 minutes per game.

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A Long-Time Coen Brothers Collaborator Thinks Ethan Coen Doesn’t ‘Want To Make Movies Anymore’

Joel and Ethan Coen have made some of the best movies of the past 30 years, including one Best Picture winner (No Country for Old Men), three more Best Picture nominees (Fargo, A Serious Man, True Grit), and a half-dozen other films that should have been nominated for Best Picture (Inside Llewyn Davis, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink, etc.). The brothers have never gone more than three years between films, but with no follow-up to 2018’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs on the horizon, that decades-long streak is about to be snapped. In fact, there may never be a new movie from both Coen brothers again, according to collaborator Carter Burwell.

“Ethan just didn’t want to make movies anymore,” the composer, who’s frequently worked with the Coens since 1984’s Blood Simple, said on the Score podcast (via LA Magazine). “Ethan seems to be very happy doing what he’s doing.” As for Joel, he wrote and directed his first solo feature, The Tragedy of Macbeth, which premieres at the 2021 New York Film Festival. “I’m not sure what Joel will do after [Macbeth],” Burwell added.

[Ethan] Coen did say in fall 2019 that he was “giving movies a rest” in order to focus on his solo playwriting. But Burwell’s explanation after about two years of Ethan not participating in the making of any movies sounded more definitive than a simple break.

Now before you bash your head against a chalkboard, Sy Ableman-style, thinking about a world without new movies from the Coens, Burwell did note that the screenwriter brothers have “a ton of scripts they’ve written together that are sitting on various shelves… I hope maybe they get back to some of those because I’ve read some and they’re great. But I don’t know. We’re all at an age where we could retire, but I don’t think that’s exactly what’s going to happen.” It better not. I’m not ready to say fare thee well.

(Via LA Magazine)

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What’s On Tonight: The UFO-Related TV Projects Keep Suggesting That The Truth Is Out There

Top Secret UFO Projects: Declassified: Season 1 (Netflix docuseries) — UFOs are so hot right now, and Netflix is taking a crack at a docuseries ahead of J.J. Abrams’ Showtime series. Things might be coming to a head (as far as public interest goes) after the U.S. government’s so-called comprehensive report on Unidentified Flying Objects revealed zilch. This Netflix original series promises a “factual” approach to dig into the latest information and possible proof that would expose government projects that may have covered up extraterrestrial visits to Earth. The trailer looks fascinating, so here’s to hoping that the show delivers some fresh insight.

Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord (Netflix film) — You’ve probably heard of Netflix’s German series, How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast), and here’s a documentary that delivers the inspiration. A German teenager, Maximilian Schmidt (who went by the “Shiny Flakes” nickhame) got busted in 2015 running several million euros worth of illicit substances out of his family home. This turned out to be an international drug empire, and most of the money’s still missing.

Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail (TBS, 10:30 pm) — Season 3 of this anthology series continues in 1844, when an idealistic preacher (Daniel Radcliffe) must join forces with a wanted outlaw (Steve Buscemi) as they set off on the eponymous trail by wagon. TBS suggests that the promise and peril that they encounter might remind us of our own times. We’ve already seen hipster pioneers and an exploration of toxic masculinity, and this week, there’s a whole lot of debauchery and temptation for Ezekiel.

Motherland: Fort Salem: Season 2 (Freeform, 10:00pm) — In this world, witches not only enlist in the U.S. Army, but they also use their spells to rule the world and take down terrorists, who are (in turn) hell-bent upon getting witches out of the military. This week, vengeance becomes more of a priority Abigail and Adil, and Raelle is fighting a life-and-death battle.

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How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast): Season 3 (Netflix series) — The controversially named hit series launches a new season with Moritz feeling alienated yet trying to keep it together as the MyDrugs CEO. Meanwhile, Lenny’s condition deteriorates, so Moritz must step in to assist. This season’s pulling the “one last job” trope with these best friends, and expect some explosive consequences.

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Christian Slater Will Be Voicing Kylo Ren In Disney+’s ‘Lego Star Wars’ Halloween Special

Just in case sarlaccs and force ghosts weren’t spooky enough, Disney has announced a new addition to their upcoming Lego Star Wars Halloween Special: Christian Slater. According to the official Star Wars blog post, Slater has signed on voice the tall, dark, and fearsome Kylo Ren in the upcoming special entitled Terrifying Tales. While we still have a few months to go until the special hits Disney+, the description revealed earlier today already has us pretty hype — I mean terrified — for it:

“After the events of The Rise of Skywalker, Poe and BB-8 must make an emergency landing on the volcanic planet Mustafar where they meet the greedy and conniving Graballa the Hutt who has purchased Darth Vader’s castle and is renovating it into the galaxy’s first all-inclusive Sith-inspired luxury hotel. While waiting for his X-Wing to be repaired, Poe, BB-8, Graballa, and Dean (a plucky and courageous young boy who works as Graballa’s mechanic) venture deep into the mysterious castle with Vader’s loyal servant, Vaneé. Along the way, Vaneé shares three creepy stories linked to ancient artifacts and iconic villains from across all eras of Star Wars. As Vaneé spins his tales and lures our heroes deeper into the shadowy underbelly of the castle, a sinister plan emerges…”

Based on that description and Slater’s role, it seems like we can pretty safely say Kylo Ren will be one of the “iconic villains from across all eras” Vaneé will be telling stories about. That is unless Disney wants to do some serious retconning that I personally would be okay with, but don’t worry I’m not bitter or anything.

In addition to Slater, Disney announced Arrested Development star Tony Hale will also be joining Lego Star Wars: Terrifying Tales as aforementioned creepy storyteller Vaneé. Furthermore, former Lego Star Wars voice actors Jake Green (Poe Dameron), Raphael Alejandro (Dean), Dana Snyder (Graballa the Hutt), Trevor Devall (Emperor Palpatine), and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (NI-L8) will all be reprising their roles, and David Shayne will serve as the special’s writer and executive producer while Ken Cunningham (The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special) is on board to direct. The Lego Star Wars Halloween Special is set to hit Disney + on October 1, just in time for some spooky streaming.

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Diddy Is Starting A New, ‘All R&B’ Record Label But Isn’t Signing Any Artists

Before he was a world-renowned hip-hop impresario and multi-hyphenate businessman with designs on starting a political movement, Sean “Puff Daddy/Diddy/Love” Combs got his start A&Ring R&B acts like Jodeci and Mary J. Blige at Uptown Records. For his next endeavor, he’s getting back to those roots, as he told Vanity Fair in the magazine’s upcoming September issue. Although he did previously announce he was putting out an R&B album, here he goes a step further, announcing that he’ll be starting a new, R&B-centric record label as well.

And before any of his many critics could point out that his previous label, Bad Boy, has a less-than-stellar record in how it treated its artists, Combs explained that he’s doing things differently this time, explaining that he wants to get back to R&B because “I feel like R&B was abandoned and it’s a part of our African American culture,” he says. “And I’m not signing any artists. Because if you know better, you do better. I’m doing 50–50 partnerships with pure transparency.”

He also elaborates that his purpose in launching such a label is so “we can own the genre; we don’t own hip-hop right now. We have a chance to — and I’m going to make sure that — we own R&B.” Although he hasn’t announced any projects or even a name just yet, it may be interesting to find out whether or not he can be the person to drive innovation in the music business.

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