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Fox Might Pull Some Networks Off-Air This Weekend Due To Contract Dispute

Fox Networks Group has threatened to pull some of its networks off-air as contract negotiations with major cable provider Charter Communications continue to stall.

That’s bad news for sports fans ― and anyone keeping up with “Feud.”

While Fox News and the Fox broadcast network would not be affected, Deadline reports, FX would go dark along with National Geographic, Fox Sports and 19 regional sports channels for subscribers to Charter’s Spectrum service, formerly known as Time Warner Cable.

With all the cheesy histrionics of a political attack ad, Fox Networks warned in a clip aired in affected markets that the outage would come during the NBA and NHL playoffs and certain MLB games. (Watch it above.) Episodes of “The Americans,” “Feud” and “Fargo” on FX would also not be accessible, should the blackout continue.

A carriage agreement between Fox Networks and Charter expired March 31, Variety reported. Because the two sides have failed to reach a deal so far, Fox claims that Charter is in breach. The cable provider purchased Time Warner Cable in May 2016, and rebranded it shortly after.

In a statement provided to Variety, Fox points out several teams whose coverage could be affected, including the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Cavaliers and Cincinnati Reds along with “many other” games. 

Fox isn’t the first network group to have problems negotiating with Charter, however. Earlier this year, Univision networks went dark for about 36 hours ― affecting about 2.5 million Latinx homes in the U.S., according to the Los Angeles Times ― until a judge stepped in. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

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Emily And Haley Ferguson Might Be Taylor Swift’s Long-Lost Sisters

If you’re a member of Bachelor Nation, then you’re aware of Emily and Haley Ferguson, the identical twins who vied for “Bachelor” star Ben Higgins’ heart on Season 20 before trying to find love on “Bachelor in Paradise” Season 3. Although they walked away from both shows single, they will always have each other, which is why Freeform decided to give them their own reality series, “The Twins: Happily Ever After?” (following their memorable appearances on Higgins and fiancée Lauren Bushnell’s show, “Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?”).

“We’re living the life out in Las Vegas, but then [our mom] is sending us out, we have to leave the house, and we decide to make the move out to LA,” Haley explained of the show’s premise during a Build Series interview with The Huffington Post, adding, “Before that, we explore some different career options out in Vegas. We try mermaids, magicians’ assistants … sushi models.” 

But what the twins should really think about doing is being Taylor Swift impersonators, because man, they look a lot like her. 

“We get that a lot,” Haley said when asked about the twins’ resemblance to Swift. “We might be [her long-lost sisters].” 

“I wish,” Emily chimed in. 

“I wouldn’t be mad about it,” Haley insisted. 

For now, though, the twins are sticking to their reality-star shenanigans and Instagram sponsorships as their day jobs, but might make another appearance on “Bachelor in Paradise” this summer if they feel it works with their schedule. 

“If we got asked to go back to ‘Bachelor in Paradise,’ right now, we’re in such a good place and I’m really happy with everything that’s going on that honestly it’s something we wouldn’t want to do right now in this moment,” Emily said, “but we keep saying, ‘Never say never.’”

“The Twins: Happily Ever After?” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Freeform. Watch the full Build Series interview with Emily and Haley below. 

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Overly In-Depth Analysis Of ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Teaser Might Reveal A Secret

On “Game of Thrones,” the sword Oathkeeper has been there and back a-Gwen.

The sword, which now appears in a new Season 7 teaser, was originally part of Ice, the Valyrian steel greatsword of House Stark. Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) had the Stark sword melted down and reforged into two different blades. 

He then gave the reforged sword that became Oathkeeper to his son Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who later gave it to Gwendoline Christie’s character Brienne of Tarth. In Season 6, Brienne tries to give it back to Jaime, as she’s completed her quest to get Sansa (Sophie Turner) to safety, but Jaime doesn’t take it back. Instead, he tells her, “It’s yours. It will always be yours.”

OK. Phew. That’s the sword’s story. Or, it was until the new Season 7 teaser.  

The teaser reveals a glamorous, sexy shot of Oathkeeper’s hilt. But wait, something is amiss. Who’s holding it?

The sword should still be with Brienne ― as we recapped, she’s still its owner ― but the hand holding it appears to be covered in freckles. 

This is a picture of Gwendoline Christie:

And here’s a zoomed-in version of that picture:

Gasp.

That hand in the teaser and Christie’s hand in the photo look hella different.

Does this reveal a dark secret for Season 7? Will someone else get Oathkeeper? Does this mean Brienne’s end is coming? 

The teaser could just be a behind-the-scenes image, but what if it’s not?

Other than unconfirmed leaks, we don’t know a lot about what’s happening in Season 7. Though, there is a theory from A Song of Ice and Fire readers that claims Brienne was secretly killed in George R.R. Martin’s novels by a zombified Catelyn Stark. Perhaps we will see Christie’s character meet her end in Season 7.

But, if the hand isn’t Brienne’s, whose could it be? Here are some suspects:

 

Suspect #1: Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) 

Despite his respect and love for Brienne, could Jaime Lannister have reclaimed Oathkeeper for himself? Did he have her wrapped around his little freckled finger only to betray her?

A day may come when Jaime’s love for Brienne fails, but it is not this day. His hands appear to be clean … and freckle-less.

 

Suspect #2: Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) 

We know Tormund is into Brienne from all the thirsty as heck looks he gave her in Season 6. Could she have finally let her shield down long enough for Tormund to get close?

Better luck next time, dude.

Unless those freckles are just dirt — which, hey, they could be — it’s probably not Tormund.

Dang, man. Keep your cool.

 

Suspect #3: Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)

Jorah Mormont is the definition of an oath-breaker. The guy fled from Westeros after illegally selling poachers into slavery, and later was secretly spying on his queen, Daenerys Targaryen.

Those are all bad things.

So far, Jorah’s journey has been bumpier than Dany’s first time flying on Drogon.

Khaleesi banished him, he contracted greyscale while attempting to deliver Tyrion to her, and he was banished again before eventually getting on good terms with the Mother of Dragons. 

Jorah was already denied the sword of House Mormont, Longclaw, which is now in possession of Jon Snow. Somehow, getting the sword Oathkeeper would let Jorah come full circle.

And, most importantly, the guy appears to have freckly hands:

Boom. Caught freckle-handed.

Could the hand from the teaser belong to one of the suspects above? Or did we awkwardly analyze those hands for nothing?

Both are possible. Both make us uncomfortable.

There is some good news for Brienne fans, though. Freckled hands of various crew members of “Game of Thrones” seem to appear in another “In-Production” teaser from the show. 

Plus, another first look shows Lena Headey (Cersei) getting makeup and hair touch-ups behind the scenes.

If the tease with Oathkeeper is only a behind-the-scenes shot, the person holding it may not have an impact on the storyline. It could just be a crew member or stunt coordinator. That’d mean the sword is still safe with Brienne … for now.

We know from the show that all men must die. Hopefully this teaser doesn’t mean that one of our favorite female characters will die, as well.

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Hugh Jackman Might Still Be Wolverine If He Was an Avenger

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Speaking to ScreenRant, Jackman explained that, had there been a chance to appear in an Avengers movie, things might have ended differently:

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,” Jackman said, “it certainly would have made me pause. That’s for sure. Because I always love the idea of him within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man but there’s a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can’t figure that out

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Torment Might Be 2017’s Most Promising RPG

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In this most recent demo, I had around two hours to explore The Bloom – a fascinating new environment – and in that time, I never once drew my sword, dagger, or my menacing-looking, Tesla-inspired arc-thrower. I certainly could have, many times, but Torment provides so many other avenues for success that brute force rarely even seems necessary in order to get what you want – even when what you want is to be unambiguously evil.

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Whoa, Elsa Might Actually Be The Villain In ‘Frozen’

Remember how the people of Arendelle freaked out when they found out Elsa had ice powers in “Frozen“? And you’re all like, “Chill, people. She’s cool.”

Well, what if they actually had a point?

The latest video from YouTubers BloodBlitz Comedy imagines what it’d be like if Elsa actually was the monster everyone thought she was. And the girl is scary.

There’s definitely a lot more bloodshed in the vid than we remember in the movie, but the YouTubers also made a video turning Harry Potter into a villain, so at least Elsa has some good bad company.

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These Kit Harington Photos Hint Jon Snow Might Be Coming Back

Kit Harington knows nothing about keeping a secret.

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The “Game of Thrones” season finale had people everywhere going crazy over what happened to Jon Snow. After the character was stabbed by the Night’s Watch and left to die in the cold (et tu, Olly?), fans went nuts speculating about various ways he may have actually survived. Even so, Harington has maintained that Snow died and he’s gone for good. And that appeared to be the case, until now.

Various pictures of Harington at Wimbledon have started popping up online and there’s one thing about them that has fans getting excited:

Kit Harington still has his long hair!

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It has been nearly a month since the finale and Harington is still honoring his “GoT” oath to keep his long hair and beard, which seems to indicate that he may still need them for his sworn duties to protect the realm from White Walkers and look like a total boss on the show.

For more proof, just look at Harington’s other photos.

Here’s the actor perhaps in shock that we all caught on:

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And here he is again, seemingly congratulating all of us for figuring it out (good work, everyone!):

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Now, you might think to yourself, “Who cares? That beard is dope. I’d keep my hair like that, too.” And you’re partly right. The beard and hair are hella dope. But the problem is Harington doesn’t seem to think so.

The actor previously told Rolling Stone about his plans after the show and they didn’t include keeping his long locks:

“I told my agent, ‘No more swords, no more horses,'” he said. “You [don’t want to] get stuck in things. And maybe I can cut my fucking hair.”

So is Harington really coming back to the show? It’s all still speculation, but these pictures certainly don’t indicate otherwise. Actress Emilia Clarke even said recently his return is a 50-50 chance.

Plus, if he really doesn’t want people to think he’s coming back, he’s doing a terrible job of hiding his Jon Snow frowny face:

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Like, are you Kittin’ me? Nobody is that frowny. Nobody!


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Seven Cartoon Characters Who Might be on the Autism Spectrum

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“Mom, I think that person has autism,” says my 10-year-old son Noah. And because his brother Evan is on the spectrum, he has developed an intuitive ability to detect even the most subtle signs of autism.

Sometimes Noah notices an inability to decipher social cues. Sometimes it’s an unusual speech pattern or a repetitive behavior. Once it was something as simple as a mother holding the hand of her young teenage boy.

Noah’s A-dar* got me thinking about which cartoon characters might have an autism diagnosis if such a thing existed in the world of animation. But then, like every responsible attorney, realized I probably should include some sort of disclaimer.

Caution: This post is intended for people who have an appreciation for sarcasm and humor.Yes, I know that autism is a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by deficits in social interaction and communication, a limited range of activities and interests and often the presence of repetitive behaviors. And I know that if a person exhibits one or even some of these traits, it does not necessarily mean he/she has autism. But, for the fun of it, I have diagnosed seven cartoon characters who meet at least one of the criteria for autism. Just remember; sarcasm and humor – or at least one mom’s attempt at it.

1. Cookie Monster Not only does this Sesame Street character exhibit a significant preoccupation with cookies, but his expressive language is significantly delayed when compared to his monster peers. Like many on the spectrum, if he had his way and the writers didn’t cave in to pressures to make him eat healthier, Cookie Monster would happily live on a self-restricted diet consisting of only his preferred food.

2. Schroeder, the object of Lucy’s unrequited affection, is a precocious piano playing prodigy. His savant skills are perfect, and his knowledge of all things Beethoven are nothing less than impressive. Typically, Schroeder is content to play his music and engages in very little on-going dialogue. He can, however, become easily agitated if either his piano playing or his idol Beethoven are criticized.

3. One of the 101 Dalmatians. The prevalence of autism is 1 in 68. Statistically speaking, if you have 101 Dalmatians, chances are at least one of them will fall somewhere on the spectrum.

4. Tigger clearly has issues with attention and focus. With all his bouncing around, we can also speculate that his sensory-seeking behaviors are indicative of an autism diagnosis.

5. Elmer Fudd Forget about the fact that he really needs a good speech pathologist, the guy is obsessed with killing a rabbit. Does he even talk about anything else, ever?

6. Brainy Smurf is a know-it-all intellectual who isn’t afraid to impart his wisdom upon the entire Smurf clan Do they want it? Mostly they don’t, so it’s not unusual for Brainy to be kicked outside the village or smacked over the head with a mallet. Despite the abuse, he remains oblivious to the fact that his fellow Smurfs have no interest in his “wisdom.”

7. SpongeBob wins the award for having the most characteristics of autism. Although hyperactive, he is extremely focused and determined and will do whatever it takes to accomplish a goal. Often, he is oblivious to impending danger, and his lack of awareness tends to put him and others at risk for harm. He has a hard time detecting lies, and his kind-hearted and innocent nature means he is nice to everyone, notably those who are not always kind to him. SpongeBob also has anxiety. He is especially anxious about clowns and the dark.

*A-dar is a made-up term used to refer to someone with an intuitive ability to identify an individual on the autism spectrum.

Which cartoon characters would you add to this list?

This post originally appeared on SpecialEv.com.

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Before the Middleton sisters earned their style cred and way before any Hadid girl ever walked the runway, style lovers were all about Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. From child stars to fashion phenoms, the Olsens broke so many barriers that it’s hard to keep track. Most notably however, they have become some of the industry’s most respected designers, on par with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors (and they’ve got the CFDA Award to prove it!).

Now, another duo that’s been in the spotlight since infancy is primed to make some fashion noise: Jaden and Willow Smith.

The Smith kids have made it pretty clear that they’re style obsessed. Willow recently nabbed a plum role modeling Marc Jacobs’ fall 2015 campaign, while Jaden just gave an interview to GQ, explaining his strange choice to wear a superhero costume to Kim Kardashian’s wedding and his prom (to “heighten my experience” and address the feeling that he “needed to protect everyone there and needed to have the proper gear to do so”).

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While Jaden’s talked about wearing clothes of his own make before, the two have never spoken about an actual fashion line. Even so, if the House of Smith designs pop up in the future, no one can pretend to be surprised. The two have too much in common with the Olsen twins for it to not work.

They’re not afraid of stepping outside the box. Think about it: did the world even know what whipping your hair back and forth meant before Willow popularized it? Likewise, MK&A made bag-lady chic a thing when they first moved to New York City.

When they can’t find what they want, they make it. The Row was first conceptualized as an answer to Ashley’s quest for the perfect t-shirt, and that need to make something for yourself is something Willow totally gets. She’s said she writes her own novels and then reads them.

They get the power of a sartorial moment. When Mary-Kate got engaged, there was no simple solitaire. The more boho twin opted for a serious statement piece from Cartier, bought vintage at Sotheby’s. For the Smith kids, there’s the whole superhero costume thing, worn most recently to his prom.

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The Smith kids have created plenty of soundbites chatting between themselves (reference “because living”), and the twins have done it too. “Some of our memories are shared, We don’t know what actually happened to whom,” Mary-Kate has said. “One of us was stung by a bee, but we can’t remember who, because we both felt it.”

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Anne Nelson, Bundchen’s longtime agent at IMG Models told The Times that the 34-year-old stunner Times would be “clos[ing] the chapter on the Brazilian runway…It is important that we continue to work on all kinds of capacities within the fashion industry.”

News of Bundchen’s runway retirement has been plastered over thousands of Web Sites and news outlets across the globe ever since the supermodel told a Brazilian newspaper that she was quitting her catwalking days because her body “asked her to stop.”

Bundchen herself seemed to confirm the news in a post on Instagram the day before the show, writing: “I am grateful that at 14, I was given the opportunity to start this journey. Today after 20 years in the industry, it is a privilege to be doing my last fashion show by choice and yet still be working in other facets of the business.”

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It’s no surprise that Bundchen would want to limit her time on the runway—indeed, her catwalk appearances aren’t quite as frequent as other runway regulars—and the new positioning seems to open the door for special, one-off opportunities or appearances about which Bundchen feels passionately. So will she walk again or won’t she? It appears it’s an open-ended question.

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Blame the drop in marriage rates on declining American values, and you may be ignoring what often provides the push for couples to walk down the aisle: education.

That’s what Andrew Cherlin, a Johns Hopkins sociologist, argues in his new book Labor’s Love Lost. Cherlin told The Huffington Post that the move away from marriage has to do with the fact that those without a four-year college education face fewer job options and less financial stability, which causes them to delay marriage or eschew it altogether. A disregard of morals isn’t the culprit here.

And it’s not a subconscious choice: 34 percent of young adults cited financial security as the reason they weren’t currently married, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll.

Young adults with only a high school diploma aren’t earning as much as their parents and grandparents.

Between 1979 and 2007, young male high school graduates saw their real earnings fall by about 30 percent. Unlike their mid-century predecessors, men in this moderately educated group can’t expect to be as financially stable as their parents or grandparents, so they end up putting off marriage or avoiding it completely.

In 2013, marriage rates hit an unprecedented low, bottoming out at 50.3 percent. Compare that to 1950, when 82 percent of non-widowed women between the ages of 18 and 64 were married, and it’s hard to ignore the shift.

Cherlin ties this change to the “slow-motion collapse” of what we used to call the “working class” or “blue collar” family. Forty or 50 years ago, these families took on mid-level jobs that didn’t require higher schooling, so men were able to make enough to support a wife and kids. Many of those jobs have been lost with modern technology. (It’s worth noting that mid-century women weren’t given opportunities to be household breadwinners and often relied on husbands for economic stability.)

Without financial security, couples are taking increasingly complex relationship paths in lieu of marriage.

Nowadays, young men and women without college degrees are facing dimmer job prospects than ever, so they’re avoiding marriage. Without a stable income, it’s not advantageous for either partner — man or woman — to enter into a seemingly permanent union.

“More and more of the moderately educated young adults, those without college degrees, are having kids in living-together relationships, often ending those relationships after a couple of years, starting another one, perhaps having a kid in another relationship and building unstable, complex families,” he said.

Of course, this marriage gap wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t shift our norms since mid-century America. It’s now more acceptable and common for couples to cohabit and have children before marriage. But the big difference between college grads and those without a degree is that cohabiting college grads tend to be more economically stable and make it to the altar before they have children, while the less educated are having children before marriage and then breaking up.

Closing the marriage gap may involve putting more folks without college degrees on the path to stable, mid-level jobs.

It’s this “interaction effect between a changing economy and changing attitudes,” as Cherlin put it, that he argues has led to the marriage gap.

The remedies? Cherlin said that more education is needed — not in the form of four-year college degrees, but vocational education at community colleges that can put young adults on the path to entering the few mid-level jobs that are left. He also said that labor market interventions, like strengthening unions and increasing the minimum wage, might bring the moderately-educated closer to their college graduate counterparts when it comes to marriage.

“As far as I can tell, a college degree is really the closest thing we have to a class boundary in the US,” Cherlin said. “Certainly in terms of family life.”

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My husband and I are very lucky — my husband teaches school and I am a stay-at-home mom, which means that we are both currently doing exactly what we want to do. Like I said, we are very lucky indeed.

But around this time of year we notice (to put it delicately) that we aren’t as well off financially as we would have been if we had chosen other career paths. And that makes it difficult to buy gifts for others.

Which means year after year we make a pact with each other not to spend any money on ourselves (so that we will have funds to spend on our kids and other family members). But this pact hasn’t stopped us from finding a way to have something to give each other on Christmas morning.

And after 16 years of marriage, I feel that our holiday financial situation may have been a blessing in disguise… we’ve been forced to think about each other and what is most important. Sure, one of these years I’d love to have iPads, televisions, bikes, and the like under the tree, but I can say without any reservation that even though we don’t have money, I have never gone to bed on Christmas night feeling poor.

So this year as I’ve been thinking gift giving, I thought maybe I would share with you some of the gifts that we’ve given to our kids, our family members, and each other. Because when I reflect on my most favorite gifts, they are the ones that have cost virtually nothing.

The following list is a collection of some of my favorites:

1. The Board Game Challenge.

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Have a board game lover at your house? (Like my 10-year-old?) Well, print them out one of these cards and slip it in an envelope. Then together, after the envelope has been opened, fill out the five board (or card) games that you will be playing with each other and get started! You won’t regret it… unless of course you get schooled by your 10-year-old!

2. Memorize a Favorite Passage.

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This may take some time and some sneakiness. Step one… find out the favorite written passage of your loved one. Is it a scripture? A sonnet? A monologue? Or a paragraph from a beloved book? Got it? Good. Now it’s time for step two, which is: memorize!

With memorization complete, all that’s left is step three: the delivery. (When I did this, my husband opened a box that only held a piece of paper with a reference to the passage written on it. When he questioned what it was, I told him… and to this day he will say it was one of his favorite gifts of all time. He even still has that piece of paper hanging on the wall in his office.)

3. Housekeeping Card.

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Does your spouse, roommate, or significant other have a household chore that they just hate to do? Taking out the garbage? Scrubbing toilets? Sorting laundry? If so, this is a great gift. Give them a card, letter, or note explaining that you will take over that job for them for a certain period of time.

WARNING: Be specific about this gift… If you say you are going to do their chore, then you really need to do it, so let them know exactly what you are going to do and how long you are prepared to do it. For a day? A week? A month? Let them know what to expect from you and then don’t offer more than you can deliver. This will make both you and the recipient of the gift happy campers.

4. _____ of the Month Club.

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What is your speciality? Soup? Bread? Cookies? Casseroles? Whatever it is, you should share it with someone who would appreciate it! A grandparent, an aunt or a neighbor… Just print out the card and you are good to go! Then the recipient of your gift not only gets something delicious once a month, but they also get a visit from you. (Which will probably be just as appreciated as your tasty vittles are!) So go ahead and do it! Make someone you love an official member of your salsa (or cake or chicken dish) of the month club! The possibilities here are endless…

5. When Skies Are Gray…

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Is there someone on your list this year who is going through a hard time? If so, maybe a “When Skies Are Gray” Kit could help. All you need to include in this kit is a bundle of letters or images that you put together into different envelopes. What kind of letters and images? Well, things to help get them through a rotten day… maybe a funny “remember when” story… or an “I love you because” letter… or a “10 Reasons Why You Are Awesome” note. Other things you can include in the envelopes are quotes or thoughts that help you through tough times as well as some photos of good times together. Put something different in each envelope.

Try to gather together a small bundle (10-15 envelopes) and then tie them up with a bow. It’s surprising how something as simple as an “I’m lucky to have you in my life because…” can help you through a tough day.

6. A Tell-Me Notebook.

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This is a gift that I have given to my grandparents and love! All you need is a simple notebook. (I gave my grandparents these spiral bound notebooks because I wanted them to just sit down and write whatever came into their minds and not worry about handwriting or doing anything fancy in a nice book.)

Now of course you don’t just give someone an empty notebook… you need to fill the book with questions (I did one every three pages so there was plenty of room to write if needed).

The questions will vary depending on who you are giving the notebook to. The questions I asked my grandparents were like: “Tell me about your first house.” “Tell me about something you are proud of.” “What do you remember most about your mother?” “Tell me about three memorable friends.”

Think about what you want to know from the person you are giving the gift to… and then be prepared for some really terrific conversations.

7. Daily reading date.

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Our kids read every day… but that doesn’t mean that I read out loud to them every day. Recently, as I was reading aloud to the 3-year-old, I noticed that my older two had gathered around to listen to the story. When I asked them what was going on, I was surprised to discover that they said they miss me reading out loud to them. That is when I thought about this card.

Each one of my kids is going to get one this year. The triangles will count as the punches on the card, which makes the card above a 20-punch card. Then I will have the kids redeem them when they want me to read one of their chapters out loud to them, or just feel like reading a picture book together.

8. 50 Things I Learned By…

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Is there someone on your list who is reaching a milestone? Turning 40? Celebrating 30 years together? Then making them something like this is perfect. When my mom turned 50, I made her a framed sign that told her the 50 things I learned from her by the time she turned 50.

Later, when my grandparents turned 80, I made them these books with simple illustrations on card stock sharing the ways they influenced my life and what I’ve learned from them. These gifts have been some of my most favorite to make, and are wonderful for anyone who has helped to shape your life.

9. Magic Car Wash.

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This gift may have to be given before Christmas… because for this gift you will need to have access to the recipient’s vehicle. I usually do this while my husband is at work. I drive over to his school, take his truck, zoom over to the gas station and give it the once-over, quickly cleaning it inside and out, and then return it to its space before he even knows it was gone. When he leaves work, he finds a clean vehicle and a note on the dashboard.

10. Freedom From Responsibility (a.k.a. “I Will Take the Kids for the Night”).

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Sometimes what one really needs is just some quiet time alone. We all love our children and our homes, but sometimes we need a break with time to ourselves to regroup. If that’s the case with anyone on your list, then one of the best gifts you can give is to take his or her responsibilities away for a few hours and let them recharge their batteries.

Do this by giving a card, letter, or note tied up with a bow. Then, once the gift has been given, decide right then and there when the gift will be redeemed… pick a day and a time right away! (And then stick to it! The gift is meaningless unless you follow through!)

11. Read This When…

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This gift is perfect for college students who are away from home. For this gift, you will be writing a number of short letters, putting them in separate envelopes and then labeling the envelopes with when they should be read. The topics of the letters you write will depend on the relationship you have with your college student, but some ideas for these letters are: Read this when: you fail a test, you have a terrible date, you’ve had a rotten day, you feel homesick, you think you are in love, etc. Seal each letter and tie the bundle up with a bow.

12. A Personalized Playlist.

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Think back to junior high, when we made those awesome mixtapes for each other… you know, on cassettes… that was pretty cool. And you knew that your friend chose those songs because she knows you so well or that guy chose those songs because he was secretly trying to let you know how much he was madly in love with you? Well… how great would it be to get one of those tapes again?

Nowadays we can either burn a CD or download a personalized playlist for that friend, sibling, or special someone. Maybe a list of songs for a sibling from back in the day, a woman power list for a good friend who needs a pick-me-up to and from work — or my husband made a running playlist for me that I love. Be creative!

13. Park Tour Permit.

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Find five local parks and tour each one. (Not all in the same day!) Have your children compare slides, big toys, open space, etc., and decide which park is the best.

14. Netflix Night Punch Card.

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I’m not sure an explanation is needed here… and my husband has already asked for another one of these this year.

15. A month of meals.

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This gift takes a little bit of prior planning, but it is so worth it, and I have given this gift to both my parents and in-laws for Christmas several times.

To make a month’s (or a few weeks’) worth of meals, I choose meals that freeze well and then for the next few weeks that is what I make my family for dinner. As I am preparing these dinners, I just make extra… as long as I’m already cooking… and when the meal is finished, I freeze the extra portion and before I know it I have quite a collection of meals that I can take to my working parents and in-laws.

16. “I Love You” Now and Later Letters.

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Simply choose the recipient of your gift and then write them two letters about why you love them. Write one for them to read now, and then write one to be read later on a date you determine… in a year… five years… Just be sure to write “Do not open until____” on the front of the letter to be opened later!

17. Favorite Recipes Pack.

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My mom gave me these recipe cards a few years ago, and I love them! She put together a collection of recipes we grew up eating. Everything from my grandma’s cookies, to my uncle’s BBQ sauce, to her homemade rolls. They are the recipes from my childhood, and I am so happy to have them!

18. A Personalized Screen Saver.

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One year my husband made me some personalized screen savers and snuck them onto my computer. Then every time they popped up on my computer it reminded me of him. Nerdy? Yes. Completely! But I LOVED it!

19. Remember This Book.

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For our second married Christmas, I had a blank book that I filled with short written memories of things my husband and I had done. It was nothing fancy. It wasn’t scrapbooked. There are no pictures. Just short stories, inside jokes, and song lyrics. And it’s a favorite… we laugh every time we read it.

20. Time Capsule Kit.

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I have made time capsules with school classes many times, but this year we are doing it with our children. What they will get is an empty box (I know it sounds like a practical joke…) with a sheet explaining what a time capsule is.

Then, on New Year’s Day, we will fill the box together, with things like predictions, favorite candy wrappers, newspaper clippings, photos, notes, and whatever else the kids want to include. When it is filled, we will wrap it in duct tape and write on the outside the date it can be opened again.

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After going through a devastating divorce, author Elizabeth Gilbert took a journey of self-discovery that led her to Italy, India and Bali. In Bali, she met a Brazilian-born man she called Felipe in her best-seller Eat, Pray, Love. Jose (Felipe’s real name) and Elizabeth eventually married, a journey she chronicled in her book Committed.

Through it all, Elizabeth says, she’s learned what a soul mate truly is. “People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants,” she writes in Eat, Pray, Love. “But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention.”

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On Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw cheekily declared, “Clooney is like a Chanel suit: He’ll always be in style.” The doyenne of cosmopolitans and everything fabulous was right: The Monuments Men actor can do no wrong — at least in the looks department. But did he make a fashion faux pas when he persuaded the mayor of Laglio, Italy, to draft anti-paparazzi laws just in time for his nuptials to fiancée Amal Alamuddin?

Sarah Jessica Parker and George Clooney are two peas in an anti-paparazzi pod. In 2002 the savvy SJP stood outside a hospital with her husband, Matthew Broderick, and their newborn son for a universal photo op to devalue the images taken by the paparazzi of little James Wilkie Broderick.

The ageless Clooney, who owns a villa in Laglio, on Lake Como, has used a different tactic to ward off intrusive photographers when his betrothed, a barrister specializing in international law, walks down the aisle later this summer in Italy.

The Oscar-winning actor, director, and screenwriter secured two new protection orders that prevent paparazzi from getting close to his residence ahead of his planned wedding to human-rights advocate Alamuddin. The edicts prohibit anyone from stopping on both the road outside his villa and the water directly in front of his majestic mansion, 24 hours a day. The restrictions will remain in place until Sept. 30.

George Clooney obtained these anti-paparazzi laws in the same country where freelance photojournalists were once immortalized in Federico Fellini’s internationally popular film La Dolce Vita. Do not be under any illusion that the glamorous paparazzi of the 1960s exist today. A select subset of lensmen admit that the profession has changed dramatically in the past five years, with more aggressive, untrained photographers dedicated to pursuing the stars without regard to safety, security, or privacy.

While a picture may be worth a thousand words, they are not always the right ones. Some shutterbugs contend that they are part of a legitimate newsgathering force whose activities will be swept up by laws that limit their access to public figures. The inherent problem with this argument is that the paparazzi commit serious crimes in the pursuit of so-called newsgathering, including trespassing, assault, and false imprisonment, which happens when a person or the vehicle they are driving is being prevented from freedom of movement.

Though I vehemently disagree with Kanye West’s recent characterization of being followed by paparazzi as akin to being the victim of sexual assault, First Amendment jurisprudence will not legitimize inappropriate conduct by the paps in the name of news reporting.

Moreover, the notion that the paparazzi have a symbiotic, not parasitic, relationship with VIPs is offensive to most people’s intelligence. Granted, some D-list celebs cultivate alliances with the paparazzi for press and money, but do you think actress Lupita Nyong’o, musician Blake Shelton, model Gisele Bündchen, or tennis pro Serena Williams would not be in high demand but for the generosity of the paparazzi? The entertainment industry needs the paparazzi like charities need Bernie Madoff.

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15 Things You Might Not Know About ‘The Colbert Report’

As part of the 2013 New York Comedy Festival, Stephen Colbert and 17 members of his writing and production staff offered a rare look behind the scenes of “The Colbert Report.” Here are 15 things we learned.

1. They’ve done over 1,200 episodes. And it’s a grueling process.

“We’re all going to die young,” Colbert joked after hearing co-Executive Producer Rich Dahm say they’ve done 1,273 shows as of that night (1,267 according to Wikipedia). And, after hearing Colbert and his staff walk through a day in the life of a “Report” writer, one can imagine why. Each writer begins his or her day by “cramming” the news for topical content and, after a series of pitch meetings, teams up with another writer to write scripts for the day’s selected ideas in just a couple of hours.

Colbert said he has to hear or say the writers’ pitches out loud because, “What’s funny on paper isn’t always funny in your mouth” (and yeah, the audience chuckled at that one).

“It’s like having to pee,” and “Feels like writing a term paper,” are a few of the ways the writers summed up the tight writing deadlines. After finishing scripts, the writers only have one hour to go over the entire half-hour episode in a “small, red, poorly ventilated room” with a ticking clock that “feels like a beating heart.”

The writers reminisced about how they used to do “The Word” on every show, often times writing it in the rewrite meeting at 3:00, right before air. “It was no way to live,” Colbert joked.

There was a consensus among the staff that despite the taxing schedule, having to “do it all again” the next day is more of a comfort than a curse. Even if they’re not happy with how an episode turned out, “There’s always another Kleenex in the box.”

2. The writers are predominantly white men. And Colbert doesn’t know why.

As each of Colbert’s writers took their seat on stage, it was hard to ignore the, as one audience member put it, “common denominator” among them. Colbert joked, “What, that we’re white? No, actually, some of us are Jewish.” But with the exception of Sam Kim and Meredith Scardino (the latter of whom received as much applause as Colbert upon taking the stage) the panel was a sea of white, male faces.

“I don’t know why that is. I don’t say ‘Bring me men,'” Colbert joked, adding that he doesn’t look at the name on writing packets so he won’t consider anything other than the writing when looking to hire someone.

3. Writing for Colbert (The Character) is “Like driving a truck backwards down the highway.”

Head writer Opus Moreschi said his job is to “Sit in a room full of incredibly talented, funny people and make sure they don’t have too much fun.” That said, jokes that make the room laugh aren’t used unless they fit Colbert The Character’s point of view, which is usually the inverse of what Colbert (or any logical person) feels. The writers’ main focus is the backwards emotional response Colbert The Character has to a news story. “Facts are not important,” Colbert said. Media figures and politicians are seen as “Good guys” and “Bad Guys” to him (“Are you helping America or are you part of the problem?”) and consistency of character is key. “You can’t break your own rules,” Colbert said.

Colbert The Character wants you to see the world in the ridiculous way that he does. It’s like he’s presenting a philosophical argument to the audience each and every night. So, how do they choose what does and doesn’t belong on the show? Anything fits as long as it’s important to Colbert The Character, which is why they’ve been able to do so many varied things like sponsor an Olympic speedskating team and run a political campaign. “Did I laugh? Then I don’t really care if you laugh,” Colbert said.

Although no topic is off limits, the writers have one rule: never punch down. Colbert “is really interested in high status people and low status people, and the dynamics between them,” writer Rob Dubbin explained, so one thing that doesn’t work is when the “victim” is the punchline.

4. He agrees with his character about 13.4 percent of the time.

One of the night’s best questions came from a 13-year-old (he had his mom step up to ask it) and it was, “What percentage of your character is actually you?”

“I sometimes agree with my character, and it’s really important that you don’t know when that is,” Colbert answered. “So I don’t know… 13.4 percent?”

But the more interesting answer came from Colbert’s reaction to a study done at the University of Ohio that asked liberals and conservatives with which political party they think Colbert identifies. He was amused when the conservative fans suggested he is actually a, “Conservative playing a liberal playing a conservative.”

“I’m happy with that answer,” Colbert said.

5. Satirizing the news everyday is cathartic, but can also be super depressing.

While they do not have a political axe to grind, the writers’ emotional reactions to politics does fuel a lot of the humor. On one hand they have the perfect outlet for their honest, visceral reactions toward politicians and media figures, but on the other, it’s hard to be angry all the time. One writer even had to leave the show because mocking the news had become too depressing for him. For Colbert, however, it’s actually very cathartic.

“It’s a release for me to dance while the world burns,” Colbert joked.

6. He’s not here to change minds.

How much does Colbert think about how he influences the young people who get all their news from he and Jon Stewart? As he demonstrated physically on stage, a big, ol’ donut. Zero. A.K.A., not at all.

“I’m not here to change minds. I’m here to confuse you in an amusing way,” Colbert said, going on to mock the idea that they’d put influence over comedy: “Hey, you know what, this script wasn’t funny, but I think it’s going to influence some voters. Good job, guys. We do work for Influence Central.”

7. They have to do about four ‘Intrusive Sponsorships’ per year, but they do it like no one else.

The way Colbert and his writers handle product placement on the show is all their own. “We want to hug the bear,” Colbert joked, referring to the glorious Wheat Thins “Sponsortunity” segment that was so much more than a simple “Brought to you by” credit (which is all the network requests). His decision to read the company’s ridiculous memo aloud on the air and blow the entire thing so hilariously out of proportion not only served the purpose of comedy, but even won the cracker brand a marketing award (yes, they loved it).

8. “Jimmy” is a real person.

When Colbert asks “Jimmy” to roll that clip, he’s referring to his real-life director Jim Hoskinson.

9. The guests in Colbert’s field segments “Have no idea what’s going on.”

Despite the fact that a staff member sends each guest featured in segments such as, “Better Know A District,” all the information they need including videos of previous interviews, they tend to take themselves so seriously that they don’t see the interview as comedy. Colbert admits, “I’m not Borat,” in that the interviewees know (or should know) what they are getting into when they meet him, but they often forget because they simply aren’t self-aware enough to see themselves as the subject of a joke. Not to mention, speaking with Colbert The Character is a bit of a whirlwind experience that often leaves the guest unaware of what just happened. Long story short, “The Colbert Report” has never had to rely on editing tricks to make people look stupid.

10. Colbert’s favorite recurring segment is…

“Cheating Death with Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A.”

But, his favorite joke that didn’t make it to air was inspired by the infamous Daft Punk mishap. Before they canceled their appearance, the group had said they would appear on the show but not perform or speak. Colbert wrote a bit for he and the group’s manager to do where he’d ask how he knew it was really Daft Punk under the helmets if they wouldn’t perform. The manager would have said, “If it wasn’t Daft Punk, they’d be doing the show.”

One more joke that never made it to air: Head writer Opus thought Paul Ryan looked a lot like “that guy from the game Guess Who?” I’m not sure if he meant George or Bernard, but it’s a funny visual either way (R.I.P. 2012 election jokes).

11. Colbert has some very young fans (and does a great Henry Kissinger impression for them).

Another young fan, a 12-year-old, asked what has been the craziest segment they’ve ever done. Right away, Colbert cited the “Guitarmageddon” episode in which he faced off with The Decemberists’ Chris Funk in a guitar solo competition judged by Henry Kissinger and Eliot Spitzer. We’re not sure if the child asking the question even knows who Henry Kissinger is, but he seemed to enjoy Colbert’s impression of the former Secretary Of State rehearsing a joke that he wouldn’t say on air: “Where are my pancakes? I was promised pancakes.”

12. The record number of people under Colbert’s desk is…

About four. That doesn’t count, however, writers who have had to sit under the desk with live animals or buckets of chicken. There are trap doors underneath the desk that allow for so much stowing away.

13. The best part of the Maurice Sendak interview was actually a phone call before it was shot.

Colbert and the staff agreed that their 2012 interview with Maurice Sendak was one of the most memorable, in part because he was the only person who could really get Colbert The Character’s goat. But the highlight of their conversation might have occurred during a phone call before they shot the segment. At the beginning of the call, Sendak was fiddling with the phone, saying he couldn’t figure out which button to press, as Colbert patiently waited on the line. When Colbert told him “No rush,” Sendak simply replied: “I’m 83 years old. Death looms.”

“I think that might be the greatest phone call I’ve ever had in my life,” Colbert said. “I hope the interview that we did was as good as the 20 minutes I had with him over the phone, because I got off the phone and I said, I think that’s what humans are like… He really just didn’t care what people thought of him.”

14. He still takes cues from his old pal Amy Sedaris.

Have you ever noticed how Colbert doesn’t seem to know how to operate a calculator? That bit of physical humor stems all the way back from the pilot episode of “Strangers With Candy.” It was Amy’s idea to have Colbert smash the keys with his knuckles and he still does it to this day. He admitted that he likes to keep “Strangers” close to his heart, with his old co-star Paul Dinello currently serving on his writing staff.

15. The secret to getting a job as a writer on “The Colbert Report” is…

Write well. There is no other way.
Arts – The Huffington Post
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