CVS, Aetna Plot $66 Billion Tie-Up

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Somehow Friends Predicted the Plot of Netflix’s Emmy-Winning Black Mirror Episode

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Avengers: Infinity War Picture Hints at Possible Plot Point

New set images from Avengers: Infinity War appear to show a major change for Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity.

What follows could be considered spoilers for the upcoming film and, possibly, Spider-Man: Homecoming. This is your final warning!

In set images published by Variety, Robert Downey Jr.’s character appears to have a new chest-set Arc reactor incorporated into his costume.

Within the MCU timeline, Stark was able to remove the Arc reactor – which kept shrapnel from entering his heart – at the end of Iron Man 3, and was able to power his Iron Man suits without it in Captain America: Civil War.

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A Japanese promo leaflet for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has seemingly revealed a little more about the upcoming sequel’s plot.

What follows could be considered light spoilers for those looking to know know nothing about The Last Jedi. Be warned!

Spotted by StarWarsNewsNet, the leaflet headline (as translated by SWNN user Niamor and independently verified by an IGN translator) reads: “The Most Shocking Truth in Star Wars History Will Soon be Revealed!”

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Woman Arrested in Craigslist Rape Fantasy Plot Was Actually Framed by Ex-Boyfriend’s Wife, Prosecutors Allege

A California woman who authorities claimed had recruited men on Craigslist to rape her ex-boyfriend’s wife has been cleared of all charges related to the case — and officials allege the man’s wife herself was behind the whole thing.

Michelle Hadley, of Ontario, was arrested in July, accused of harassing Angela Diaz, 31, and sending men to her home to engage in “rape fantasies.” Hadley was exonerated on Monday and Diaz is facing a slew of charges as a result of the twist in the case.

“Ms. Hadley is an innocent victim of a diabolical scheme,” Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced in a statement.

Rackauckus alleged Diaz went to great lengths to frame Hadley by allegedly falsely reporting a rape claim and posing as Hadley in emails and on Craigslist.

Diaz has been charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, falsely reporting crimes, perjury, grand theft and forgery, among other charges. She was arrested by Phoenix, Arizona, police on Friday.

Hadley, who had been released from custody in October nearly three months after her arrest, became emotional outside a Fullerton courthouse on Monday after she was officially exonerated.

“Obviously, this has been a huge nightmare for me, probably the most traumatic experience of my life,” Hadley said, according to the Associated Press. “I’m glad it’s finally over, and I can move on.”

Diaz Allegedly Sent Herself Threatening Emails

The ordeal began in June when Diaz allegedly posed as Hadley on Craigslist and sent responses to people who had responded to “rape fantasy” ads. She allegedly reported to Anaheim police that men arrived at her home to engage in the act. Prosecutors alleged the men were intercepted by police. (The men have not been publicly identified.)

Authorities alleged Diaz sent herself threatening emails, using “violent language” and including pictures to portray herself as a rape victim. Rackauckus also alleged that Diaz falsely reported that a man attempted to rape her in her garage.

Prosecutors said that, for about a month, Diaz allegedly told police Hadley had been threatening to have her raped and had threatened to kill her and what she represented as her unborn child. However, prosecutors alleged Diaz faked the pregnancy.

Hadley’s arrest made headlines, with details of the case garnering widespread attention. But Diaz’s alleged plan soon fell through as authorities learned the threats and Craigslist solicitations allegedly came from Diaz’s phone and condo.

Authorities have not determined a motive for Diaz’s alleged actions. But the women are linked by Ian Diaz, an agent with the U.S. Marshals Service, according to the AP. Prosecutors have said they have no evidence indicating Ian was involved.

It is unclear whether Diaz has entered a plea or acquired a lawyer. Prosecutors said she faces a maximum sentence of 12 years and eight months in prison along with 11 years in county jail.


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EXCLUSIVE: Tony The Tiger Victim Of Food Terrorist Plot?

Is someone kidding around with beloved breakfast cereal mascot Tony the Tiger with a series of viral videos showing him helping a sex worker, a suicide bomber and a police officer who savagely beats a female suspect?

Or is a food terrorist trying to commit a cereal killing by making Tony look bad?

Kellogg Co. said it had nothing to do with what it called “offensive” videos posted this week showing its Frosted Flakes mascot behaving badly. Evidence uncovered by The Huffington Post suggests a well-known food activist, Jani Leinonen, may be involved.

The latest video shows a battered woman named Anna seated inside a California cafe.

“Last night I experienced the worst physical abuse of my life, for no reason,” reads a description of the video at tonyisback.com. “I feel so humiliated, betrayed, my whole body is aching. I am angry but I have not found the courage to fight back. I was so lost, but Tony came and encouraged me to go ahead with my plan to show people.”

Tony the Tiger, in the video, encourages Anna to go through with her “plan” by eating a bowl of sugary Frosted Flakes — “They’re grrrrreat,” he says in his trademark shout.

After eating a bit of the cereal, Anna stands up and shows she has a bomb strapped to her chest, which detonates as the video ends.

Actress Gina Ferranti shared a video still shot from the film on Instagram, The Huffington Post’s investigation shows. Ferranti lists the role on her acting resume, which identifies the director and production company responsible for “Tony.”

Neither Ferranti nor her agent replied to HuffPost’s inquiries. 

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Ferranti’s resume identifies the “Tony” director as Jani Leinonen, an artist from Finland who has been linked to a group of health-food activists called the Food Liberation Army.

The organization was responsible for the Jan. 31, 2010, theft of a life-size Ronald McDonald statue from a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in central Helsinki, according to NPR.org. The kidnappers threatened to decapitate Ronald unless McDonald’s answered questions about the quality of its food and its work ethics. Finnish police identified Leinonen as a suspect and  jailed him for 30 hours, according to a report on the art news website we-make-money-not-art.com.

 Leinonen didn’t respond to a request for comment from HuffPost on Friday.

In her resume, Ferranti identified the company that filmed “Tony” as Route 1, a Los Angeles-based firm that provides production services. 

Route 1’s website says the company has worked with a number of well-known corporations, including Kellogg. Route 1’s show reel includes two commercials for Kellogg’s Special K products.

Route 1 recently shared a photo on its Facebook page that shows its ”amazing crew” with Jani Leinonen at the Malibu Pier.

“Thank you Tero, Jani, Anti, and Jani #2 for trusting us with your amazing project,” the post reads.

Thank you Tero, Jani, Anti, and Jani #2 for trusting us with your amazing project…. and thanks to our amazing crew for your support!

Posted by Route 1 on Sunday, May 24, 2015

Route 1 didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment from HuffPost on Friday.

A Kellogg spokesperson, who replied to questions without providing a name, said Friday that the company has no relationship with Leinonen, but didn’t say whether it had worked with Route 1.

“As a company grounded in the values of integrity and respect, we recognize people’s right to creative expression,” the Kellogg spokesperson said in an email. “We also believe these videos are offensive and make light of serious issues that deserve real dialogue. Tony is a beloved icon and we will protect the integrity of our brands and our characters.”

 

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Here’s The Diabolical Plot Behind Apple’s Ever-Changing MacBook Chargers

That new Macbook is pretty sweet, huh?

No, not that one. The new, new Macbook — you know, the one with the radically different charger port for no apparent reason.

Oh, wait. There is a reason: “Because f**k you, that’s why!” So say the comedians at College Humor, who put together this satirical video explaining Apple’s eagerness to poke you in the eye.
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How to Plot the Perfect French Exit for the Holidays

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The holidays are a time of joy, peace, togetherness, and slipping quietly into the night because you can’t take it anymore.

In my new book Finding Mr. Brightside — click here for a chance to win a copy and a $ 25 Amazon.com gift card — Juliette is incredibly fluent in this kind of French … French exits, that is. A.k.a, leaving without saying goodbye to anyone. Yes, because she doesn’t want to be wherever she is ever, but also out of respect for the fun that others seem to be having despite the brutal circumstances.

Between office parties and family gatherings, you may find yourself in a similar panic-button situation this holiday season. By no means am I endorsing such disappearing acts, but it’s important to be realistic about the likelihood you’ll want to perform one, preferably without a trace.

Here’s how to plot the perfect French Exit for the holidays:

1. Dress in code — forgo your festive frock for camouflage couture. When selecting your outfit for the evening, choose a beta getup that will blend in with the wall paint of the place you’re going.

2. Leave your personal belongings in the car. You don’t need your inflatable-looking puffy coat for the 2-second walk to the front door! Unless you want to go back the next day to explain to the hosts why you left (it). It’s important to travel lightly when plotting a future silent au revoir.

3. Contain your exposure to others who may want to keep track of your whereabouts. Greet only the people you have to — e.g., the hosts — and then graciously survey the premises for all available exits. Maybe grab a carrot stick to be used as an “I’m all settled in now!” prop while you admire the craftsmanship of the doors.

4. Where’s the garage? If you’re trapped inside someone’s lovely home, is there a back door leading to the garage and out into the night? Say hello to your best bet. Garages are great because you can claim to be looking for someone besides your cab driver (the host) or something (trash can) if a fellow partygoer happens to catch you in the act.

5. If you came to the party with a social butterfly type, mistake! You may need to leave them behind, especially if they’re having a weirdly good time. When it’s time to go elsewhere, it’s every Frenchman and Frenchwoman for himself. They shouldn’t be surprised you’ve adopted this mentality unless they’re a complete stranger.

6. If you came to the party with a fellow antisocialite, you’re a genius. But hopefully you two thought of an EXIT! word beforehand. Something mysterious that still gets the point across. Suggestions: Disappearance. Dissipation. Disengagement. D words that evoke a comforting sense of future departure are always perfect.

7. If you’ve made it outside without anyone spotting you, great, but there’s actually a late arrival who’s just pulling in! If they’re familiar with the outline of your face in the darkness, whip out your cell phone and explain that you’ve stepped out to make a call and will be right in. Act like you really don’t want to make the call but it’s serious enough that you don’t have time to catch up because the fake person you’re calling has to be dealt with immediately.

8. Send an apology text the next day. One in which you refuse to make excuses — so selfless of you, plus you don’t really have any — and promise to stay longer than 25 minutes next time.

Have any inspirational French exit success stories of your own? Failures, then? Share them in the Comments section!
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‘Magic Mike XXL’ Plot And Full Cast Revealed

Warner Bros. has announced the full cast and plot of “Magic Mike XXL.” The sequel will include Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, Amber Heard, Jada Pinkett Smith, Andie MacDowell and Michael Strahan. “Magic Mike” stars Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias will return for “XXL.” Strahan also announced the news on “Live! with Kelly and Michael.”

The film picks up three years after the end of “Magic Mike,” when Mike (Tatum) left the stripping game. Per Warner Bros.:

“Magic Mike XXL” finds the remaining Kings of Tampa ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.

As previously reported, Steven Soderbergh stepped out of the director’s chair for the sequel, but will executive produce. Gregory Jacobs will direct and produce. Matthew McConaughey will not return.

“Magic Mike XXL” is due out July 1, 2015.
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Painfully Annoying Plot Lines On TV Shows We Love

Inspired by an emotionally frustrated Reddit thread and some recent absurdity on “Scandal” (see below), we took a look at all of the story lines we hate on shows we love. It seems even the greatest series have the potential to be flawed by implausibility, ridiculousness and / or incest. Here are the seven seriously cringe-worthy plot developments from our favorite shows.

Arrested Development: Michael’s love affair with Rita.

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There is a ton of weird crap on “Arrested Development” that is ultimately hilarious because of the fastidiousness with which it is repeated. In a lot of ways, “Arrested” deals in the currency of awkwardness. But Rita’s existence wasn’t even just awkward, inside joke-y or absurd. It was unfunny and slightly disturbing. Knowing that Rita was not only disabled, but the mental equivalent of a pre-school age child made Michael’s romantic feelings seriously uncomfortable (if not belittling to the mentally handicapped). Not even Franklin could save Charlize Theron in this role.

Homeland: Literally anything related to Dana Brody … but mostly her running away with that fratricidal maniac.

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Dana’s grappling with her father’s supposed terrorist status should render her sympathetic. But it doesn’t. Something about her whining and the sleeves pulled up over her grubby hands is irreconcilably aggravating. “Homeland,” in general, suffers from a lack of endearing characters, especially with the recent ambiguity in Saul’s moral character. It is difficult enough to be patient with Carrie, as she acts on instinct and denies orders (on literally every mission). Watching Dana’s belligerent road trip with her murderous rehab pal is like chewing on the razors she cuts herself with.

Girls: Hannah’s spontaneous case of OCD.

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Encountering mental illness with such brutal honesty was an admirably bold choice for Lena Dunham. Hannah’s Q-tip incident shed light on some particularly grim aspects of OCD, functioning as far more than a superficially comedic quick. Yet, introducing Hannah’s condition as surprising twist felt cheap. Yes, OCD spikes during stress. And yes, Hannah had a lot going on in her life that might have triggered the Q-tip episode. But she is also a girl that has a penchant for martyrdom and talks about herself almost non-stop. The fact that this wouldn’t have come up before in, like, any of 800 conversations with Marnie is decidedly implausible.

Dexter: Deb’s incestuous obsession with Dexter.

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The only time incest has been done right is in “Cruel Intentions,” and that wasn’t even actual incest. Even though Dexter is not Deb’s biological brother, the way they were raised and their current closeness as siblings made Deb’s affection feel disgusting at a visceral level. Initially it seemed that Deb’s romantic feelings might have been simply an uncomfortable suggestion by her therapist, perfectly capable of fading out of the show’s consciousness. Yet, when she goes to the extent of confessing her love to Dexter, things go from complex to just terrible. In the words of Deb herself: “You’re a serial killer and I’m more fucked up than you are.”

Downton Abbey: The post-war arrival of the English Canadian patient.

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I’m almost convinced that Julian Fellowes whipped out the mysterious-stranger-with-double-reverse-amnesia plot line, just in case watching a surprisingly accurate period drama was making American audiences feel too smart. If “Downton Abbey” is soapy, a heavily bandaged Patrick Gordon masquerading as Patrick Crawley returned from the dead (and entitled to his share of the inheritance) through an overly complex medical explanation is the sudsy equivalent of your dishwasher overflowing and flooding your entire town. Geez, Lady Edith blushing over their (completely made up) “childhood memories” is even aggravating in retrospect.

Scandal: Olivia’s mother secretly still being alive / in prison.

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The most compelling aspect of “Scandal” is that it maintains some level of plausibility even in its most complex government conspiracy plot threads. With the revelation that Olivia’s mother was aboard the flight Fitz gunned down, things already felt a bit too conspicuously threaded together or, at least, more soapy than thrilling. Now, the fact that Olivia’s mother is actually still alive, being kept in a tiny jail cell by her father is just too much to stomach. This is one “Scandal” plot line that could use fixing.

Grey’s Anatomy: Denny Duqette coming back as Izzy’s ghost lover.

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As Reddit user pressuretobear put it “I think that the term ‘jumping the shark’ should be replaced by ‘ghost orgasms.'” It was hard to stay emotionally invested in “Grey’s” after Denny died, and though “Grey’s” jumping the shark can be blamed on a number of absurdly melodramatic plot lines, the fallout of his death was definitively the worst of it. Previously the show had been overly dramatic in an appropriately soapy way. This felt like soap opera porn.
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