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It’s been seven years since he found life-changing fame with One Direction on The X Factor U.K., and on Saturday, Harry Styles returned t...

Harry Styles Returns to 'The X Factor U.K.' Stage For Solo Performance -- Watch!

It’s been seven years since he found life-changing fame with One Direction on The X Factor U.K., and on Saturday, Harry Styles returned to the same stage to perform for the first time without his former bandmates.

Looking dapper in a purple suit, the 23-year-old heartthrob made a special appearance on the British singing competition series to perform his latest track, “Kiwi.”

Styles previously appeared on the show with his bandmates to perform their hit, “Story of My Life,” while promoting their album Midnight Memories in 2013. They then sung on the show in December 2015, their last appearance before their hiatus.

With the group currently focused on solo music, Styles is promoting his self-titled debut album, with tour dates in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Singapore before the year’s end.

There’s a new blonde bombshell in town, and she’s joining the Dallas drama! Real Housewives of Dallas are getting to know newcomer Kamero...

RHOD: 5 Things to Know About Dallas Socialite Kameron Westcott

There’s a new blonde bombshell in town, and she’s joining the Dallas drama!

Real Housewives of Dallas are getting to know newcomer Kameron Westcott, who joins fellow new Housewife D’Andra Simmons in trying to find a place among returning cast members Cary Deuber, Stephanie Hollman, LeeAnne Locken and Brandi Redmond.

Here are five things to know about Westcott.

1. She’s a Dallas socialite.
The Westcott family is one of the wealthiest and most prominent in Dallas. Highly respected in the city’s charity scene, she has a broad social circle that spans throughout the city.

“Kameron Westcott is a Dallas socialite. It’s what Chris Rock always said: there’s rich people and then there’s the wealthy ones that write the rich people’s checks. The Westcotts are wealthy,” Deuber explained on the premiere.

2. She’s a California girl.
Although she now calls Dallas home, Westcott is originally from Montecito, California. After graduating high school, she left the Santa Barbara area to attend Southern Methodist University, where she majored in fine arts.

3. She’s a married mother of two.
At the age of 22, Westcott met her husband, Court, a venture capitalist who has made his money off of tech investments. The couple has been married for eight years now and lives with their two children — daughter Hilton, 6, and son Cruise, 3 — in a 7,500-sq.-ft. home in Dallas’ most exclusive neighborhood, Highland Park.

4. She’s practically a real-life Elle Woods from Legally Blonde.
If Reese Witherspoon‘s famous character Elle Woods were a real-life person, she would be Kameron Westcott. The socialite may have long blonde locks, but don’t underestimate her intelligence! Westcott admittedly prefers to “use the blonde card” and has a blonde license plate, which she believes prompts fellow drivers to drive safely around her vehicle. And like the Legally Blonde character, Westcott also has a furry companion that accompanies her (in her purse) wherever she goes — a Yorkshire Terrier called Louis that she got before she met her husband.

“Kameron is like a real-life Elle Woods from Legally Blonde and she’s happy in her world and I say more power to ya, sister,” Deuber shared.

5. She loves pink.
Westcott loves pink. From her clothes to her lipstick to her home, there’s never enough pink for her. In fact, she loves pink so much that she’s developing an organic and natural pink dog food line.

“I love pink. It’s my way of taking myself out of reality. I mean, with all the horrible things that are happening in our world, I like to live in a bubble,” Westcott said. “I always say: blonde by birth, pink by choice.”

The Real Housewives of Dallas airs Mondays (10 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

Country music’s brightest stars stepped out in style with their best looks tonight at the 2017 CMA Awards. Strutting down the red carpe...

Ruby Rose Looked Like a Sexy Disco Ball and More Best-Dressed Stars at 2017 CMA Awards

Country music’s brightest stars stepped out in style with their best looks tonight at the 2017 CMA Awards.

Strutting down the red carpet in all-black was Faith Hill, dressed in a floor-length gown by Giorgio Armani. The bodice oozed sex appeal with lace material and nude-illusion panels, and the skirt had a sheen with beading on the mesh skirt that partially concealed her peep-toe platforms. A puffy one-shoulder lace strap added drama, but nothing compared to the eye-catching appeal of her colossal earrings.

The singer was joined by her hitmaker husband, Tim McGraw, who looked sharp in a Tom Ford suit that included a red blazer paired with black trousers and boots.

Actress Ruby Rose shined on the red carpet in a metallic gown. The striking look featured a halter-neck silhouette in the front, with a sensual cut that revealed plenty of skin from the back. The dress incorporated silver and gold paillettes that she complemented with a pair of gold stilettos.

As host of the award show for the 10th consecutive year, Carrie Underwood was dressed to impress in a blue off-the-shoulder gown that flattered her figure. The country music darling finished the look with a pair of silver Giuseppe Zanotti Betty platforms.

Swiftie are sure to rejoice with the debut of the “…Ready For It?” music video, which may be Taylor Swift’s most CGI-heavy music video to d...

Taylor Swift Battles Herself In ‘…Ready For It?’ Music Video

Swiftie are sure to rejoice with the debut of the “…Ready For It?” music video, which may be Taylor Swift’s most CGI-heavy music video to date — in close competition with “Bad Blood” and “Look What You Made Me Do,” also directed by Joseph Kahn.

The video, which dropped Thursday night, depicts Swift in an “Ex Machina” meets “Westworld” meets “Blade Runner” scenario, in which a cloaked Swift navigates through a graffitied and tech-heavy landscape until she meets an AI version of herself contained within a force field-constructed cage. The original Swift is revealed to be a replicant, however, when her AI version bests her in a confrontation after trying different forms to escape, and ascends out of the building.

Kahn has directed several of Swift’s videos, including “Blank Space,” “Wildest Dreams,” and “Out of the Woods,” in addition to “Bad Blood” and “Look What You Made Me Do.”

“…Ready For It?” is the second single from Swift’s forthcoming album “Reputation” to get a music video. The much-anticipated album hits shelves Nov. 10. Swift teased the first footage from her “…Ready for It?” music video via Instagram Monday.

The video for “Look What You Made Me Do,” which premiered at MTV’s VMAs, featured Swift quite literally rising from the dead as a zombiefied version of the pop star crawled from a grave. The video became much more glamorous as Swift bathed in a tub of diamonds before cutting to a shot of her on a golden throne, snakes popping up behind her.

After four months being away from Twitter, Maine Mendoza recently made her return with an update from the ADN Festival. As reported on ...

Maine Mendoza recently made her return with an update from the ADN Festival

After four months being away from Twitter, Maine Mendoza recently made her return with an update from the ADN Festival.

As reported on GMA, the actress, who left the social media platform back in June, shared photos from the event, which was held on 22 October at the SMX Convention Centre in Pasay City. 

She wrote, "Thank you very much, AlDubNation! Thank you for the support and love that you've tirelessly given!" 

In another post, she shared a clip from last year's event, and wrote, "Happy Tamang Panahon anniversary!" 

Prior to her return, Mendoza shared on her blog post that she was frustrated with the "toxic" atmosphere of Twitter. 

"How's it now, by the way? Do you still remember when everything used to be fun there? When Twitter used to be a harmonious environment for everyone? Haha I know, me neither," wrote Mendoza. 

(Photo source: instagram.com/mainedcm)

The family at the heart of Queen Sugar is about to find out how strong their bonds really are. In this week’s episode of the OWN drama,...

'Queen Sugar' postmortem: Bianca Lawson weighs in on Darla's shocking revelation

The family at the heart of Queen Sugar is about to find out how strong their bonds really are.

In this week’s episode of the OWN drama, Darla (Bianca Lawson) reunited with her estranged parents for the first time in six years and introduced them to her fiancé, Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), and her son, Blue (Ethan Hutchison).

But the bittersweet reunion led to a shocking revelation. As Darla made amends to her father, he reminded her of a long-held secret, one that she shouldn’t keep in sobriety. So, she went to Ralph Angel with a confession —  she’d slept with an unknown man while visiting home, and Blue’s paternity is up in the air.

It was devastating news for Ralph Angel, and something that is sure to tear apart the Bordelons.

Lawson talked to Yahoo Entertainment about the bombshell that could change everything.

Did you know this secret from the start? Or did you find out when you read the script?
That was a surprise for me. Ava [DuVernay, the show’s creator] called me before the script came out and told me about it. It was shocking and it took a minute to land, it took a minute to process.

I had to go in and do a scene that day where I was so happy, and I felt like I was grieving for the characters, grieving for Darla, grieving for Blue, grieving for Ralph Angel and the whole family. I was actually kind of surprised by how emotional I got about it. It’s a major thing.

Very major. It could change everything!
It changes everything! It also gave me more information about [Darla]. It’s not just that she was carrying this secret, but also that when the conception happened, she was at home in D.C. with her family and friends, and she used the drugs at a party with her friends so she thought she was in a safe place.

She doesn’t even know who it was that she had sex with. So there’s something really traumatic about that, and the shame that can create. And then her parents finding out. And then finding out she’s pregnant.

It’s interesting, you never know what a traumatic event like that can do to a person and whether that’s a contributing factor in how she really spun down that rabbit hole afterwards.

How do you approach such an emotional scene like that?
Every scene is different. Some days are easier than others. I’m not someone who does the same thing every time. I’m different every day. When you come to work, different things can happen to you right before you step on set that changes your energy.

I actually had to do ADR for a scene the other day and it was a really emotional scene. I had to re-create the most emotional scene I’ve probably done up until that point — in a sound booth with two people watching me, waiting for me. Watching the scene back, it’s been some time now since I shot that, I was like, “Oh my god, I can’t go back there, I don’t know how I got there!”

So, with scenes like that, I try to get quiet and just show up with whatever I have that day.

Your scene with Michael Michele, who plays her mom, was amazing. You could feel the history between the two characters. Did you rehearse that together?
We didn’t even really chat about it. We just read the scene once with our amazing director and alone in a room. And then we shot it. There were things that she pulled out of me. It was really natural. It all kind of spontaneously happened in the moment — the history was creating itself in the moment between us. It was like magic. I loved, loved working with Michael.

So, what can we expect after this revelation?
It could go a million different ways. What I like about this is in terms of a larger conversation that could potentially happen after this bombshell — it asks the question, what is family really? Is family people that you share blood with? Is it conditional on that one thing, or is it the time you spend and the love you share?

There’s something about a crisis or something so overwhelming like this — people go to their primal instincts. You really see who people are in these moments. It’s going to get very deep. Very deep. It really looks at how people deal with these hard truths about life.

She could’ve never said anything, but like her dad said to her, if you’re going to get married and make this commitment, you have to have total honesty. And if she’s going to stay sober, she can’t have any secrets. Everything has to be on the table. There’s something really powerful about that.

People, once they’ve processed their pain and shock, what’s left? What’s really there when everything’s blown up?

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are friendly exes! The former couple, who dated on and off from 2011 to 2014, were spotted hanging ou...

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Reunite at Her House

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are friendly exes!

The former couple, who dated on and off from 2011 to 2014, were spotted hanging out at her house in Studio City, California, on Sunday. 

In photos obtained by TMZ, Bieber is photographed pulling up to Gomez's house in his white Mercedes G-Wagon, 10 minutes before Gomez, wearing a gray sweatsuit and white sneakers, walked in. According to the outlet, the two, as well as other mutual friends, hung out until at least midnight. 

Gomez's boyfriend, The Weeknd, meanwhile, has been on tour. 

EXCLUSIVE: Selena Gomez & The Weeknd Living Together While in New York City

Sunday's hangout isn't the first time Bieber and Gomez crossed paths this year. In February, the two attended Rihanna's GRAMMY after-party at 1OAK in West Hollywood. An eyewitness told ET at the time that Bieber left shortly after arriving, while Gomez was spotted getting intimate with The Weeknd. 

And Bieber isn't the only one Gomez has recently reunited with. See her and Demi Lovato's adorable reunion in the video below. 

Family ties can unravel after years of estrangement, and this week on Queen Sugar, Darla (Bianca Lawson) will discover if those bonds can b...

'Queen Sugar' star Bianca Lawson previews Darla's emotional family reunion

Family ties can unravel after years of estrangement, and this week on Queen Sugar, Darla (Bianca Lawson) will discover if those bonds can be rebuilt.

She reunites with her parents, Darlene (Michael Michele) and Quincy (Roger Guenveur Smith), after six years of radio silence. Darla has been sober for two years, is engaged to Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), and proved a good mother to Blue (Ethan Hutchison), but this stage of her recovery is still fraught with anxiety.

“It’s that almost most delicate point, because it can go either way,” Lawson tells Yahoo Entertainment. “Everything is still so new. She’s still so early in her recovery. So there’s all of that emotionality, that fear of relapsing, that determination not to relapse, all these new experiences so wonderful and painful that she didn’t have to confront before, and all these ups and downs.”

Seeing her mother and father again is sure to dredge up old wounds, and Lawson says the scenes with Michele are especially heavy.

“Relationships between mothers and daughters are so complex, and especially if they’ve been estranged for six years,” she says. “I think you can expect a lot of revelations. You’ll probably see things about Darla that maybe you didn’t really notice before. There’s something about when you see someone’s mother, it’s like, ‘Oh, that’s where she comes from, I didn’t see that part of her before.’ No one really knew her backstory, no one really knew where she was from or what her parents were going to be like. There’s something about Darla’s resilience that I think Michael really imbues in Darlene.”

This season has put a spotlight on Darla, and therefore on Lawson, who’s loved the challenge.

“It’s been really, really great for me as an actor because there are so many layers, so many complexities, so many things going on,” she says. “There’s a vulnerability and fragility about Darla, but I truly think she’s the strongest character I’ve ever portrayed because she’s had to survive on her own and move through all of this change alone, and in such a precarious emotional, physical, psychological state.”

Bollywood actor, director and producer Aamir Khan wowed his starstruck fans in Singapore during an intimate Q&A session on Monday (2 Oc...

Bollywood star Aamir Khan in Singapore: My mother is my 'Secret Superstar'

Bollywood actor, director and producer Aamir Khan wowed his starstruck fans in Singapore during an intimate Q&A session on Monday (2 October).

All 1,600 free tickets to the fan meet “In Conversation With Aamir Khan, Live In Singapore” at the Marina Bay Sands’ Mastercard Theatres were reportedly snapped up within three hours. Aamir was in town to promote his new film, “Secret Superstar”.

During the event, fans of the popular Hindi veteran actor got to interact with him and take a mass selfie with him. The 52-year-old star also accepted a script from a fan, who said he was inspired to write it because of Khan’s work. Here are some of the exchanges with his fans.

Who is his ‘Secret Superstar’?

“My mother. She has been a huge influence on me, what I am as a human being is shaped because of her. She is someone who is very caring, intelligent, sensible and has an enormous sense of empathy for others.”

What is his day typically like?

“On a typical shooting day, I wake up at 4am, train from 5-6am, then I reach the shooting location at 7am. I usually shoot from 7am to 4 or 5pm, then I’ll be in bed by 8pm. I make sure that I get eight hours of sleep so that I’m well-rested for the next day. Sometimes this schedule will shift forwards or backwards one or two hours, depending on my shooting schedule.”

“If I’m not shooting, my day becomes completely chaotic. I have meetings lined up throughout the day and I will end up working 16 to 18 hours a day. But when I don’t have anything scheduled, I will end up sleeping a lot – 12, 14, 16 hours straight for the whole day. I love sleeping, and I’m a heavy sleeper.”

Why he doesn’t attend award shows

“I’m not disrespecting those who attend such shows, but for me, my priority is my audience. I understand that people want me to attend award shows because they feel that I deserve those awards. But for me, the biggest award that I can get for my work is the audience loving my film. I’m not saying this just to make the audience happy.  That’s why awards are just meaningless to me. And you know, a lot of the awards are also… (trails off and does a ‘so-so’ gesture).”

On the potential of Indian cinema

“I think there’s a lot talent in India, and I’m not just talking about Hindi films but Urdu, Tamil, Nepali, all that. India’s regional cinema is actually very vibrant. We don’t really innovate or do new stuff like how Hollywood does, but we have made a lot of progress too. In terms of how the world views us, I think that they’re slowly becoming more aware of us and appreciating the high quality films that we have to offer.”

Other events in Singapore

Before the fan event last night, Khan also met with the media at a press conference.

He also met and spoke with students at the Global Indian International School as part of the school’s “Leadership Lecture Series”, where he shared stories about his school days and teachers who inspired him.

“Secret Superstar” is slated for global release on 19 October.

'Dancing With the Stars' Oozes Hollywood Glamour on Movie Night -- See Who Went Home! Nick Lachey started the night out nervous...

'Dancing With the Stars' Oozes Hollywood Glamour on Movie Night -- See Who Went Home!

'Dancing With the Stars' Oozes Hollywood Glamour on Movie Night -- See Who Went Home!

Nick Lachey started the night out nervous and Terrell Owens got his first 10 -- but find out who was sent packing.
*Spoilers ahead*

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood truly came to Dancing With the Stars this week!

It was a night at the movies on Monday's DWTS, and the dancers all upped their games for week six.

After last week's Disney Night, many of the competitors openly admitted to being nervous ahead of their performances this week. Nick Lachey seemed to have the roughest go of it, though, clearly frustrated in his pre-recorded package.

"I feel like an idiot trying to be a dancer," he admitted.

'DWTS': Vanessa Lachey Recovers Flawlessly After Wardrobe Malfunction

For their homage to westerns, Nick and partner Peta Murgatroyd did the samba in a steampunk-meets-Wild West setting, which was appropriate, since they danced to Will Smith's "Wild Wild West."

Though guest judge Shania Twain called it "very entertaining," Bruno Tonioli knew it looked labored. "The line dance, it was fabulous, but the samba itself… it's really, really hard for men," he said.

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba seemed genuinely heartbroken for Nick, as it pained her to see him put himself down. "We want to have fun. Everyone has a different growth trajectory, and yours is slow and steady,” she explained to Nick.

Even though he was clearly struggling and down on himself, Nick gave his partner all the credit she deserved. “You see these pros doing the opening number and you’re like, 'Wow, she looks so good when she doesn’t have me pulling her down with her dead weight,'" the 43-year-old singer told Erin Andrews after their dance. "But, honestly, this show is about so much more than the dancing, and I’m having a blast, and I’ll continue to have a blast as long as they’ll have me on here. It’s been a lot of fun and this dance was a lot of fun, so thank you.”

Unfortunately, that time came to an end less than two hours later. Bruno and Len both gave the duo 6s, while Shania and Carrie awarded them 7s. While those numbers elicited a boo from pro dancer Lindsay Arnold, the total of 26 out of 40 gave them the lowest score of the night.

In the end, it came down to Nick and Peta and Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke as the last two couples -- even though T.O. scored his first 10 of the year from Shania -- but, ultimately, the former 98 Degrees singer was sent packing.

Peta seemed to know they were going home, nodding before giving Nick a hug after their names were called. 

"I'm most proud of the fact that we laid it all out there every week," Nick told Erin -- who tried to reassure him that he wasn't supposed to come on the show a professional dancer -- after he and Peta were eliminated. "I came in here not a very good dancer, I'm going to leave not a very good dancer, but I'm proud of the effort we gave. That's all I can ask. It was a blast... I can't say enough about this wonderful woman [Peta] and the journey we had together."

After the show, Nick spoke with ET's Keltie Knight, and he admitted that he wasn't ready to leave quite yet. "Of course I would have loved to continue on as long as we possibly could, but at the same time, I measured the success over failure of this whole thing by how much I gave to it, and I know we gave 100 percent every week. I know that we came out here and did everything we could do, so I go out with my head held high... no regrets at all."

The father of three referenced his kids twice during movie night, noting in his pre-recorded package that he didn't want his kids to think he was a quitter. After his elimination, he said he was excited to just be a dad again. 

"They can't look at me as a dad and see that I quit or gave up, so it was important for me as an example, if nothing else -- not only for my kids but whoever is watching -- to do things that make you feel uncomfortable. Step outside your comfort zone," he told ET. "Dancing has never been comfortable for me. It's still not, but I am glad I did this. I am glad we had this experience; I am glad that I forced myself and challenged myself to come out and do this."

There were high points to the night, though, including that T.O. 10.

DWTS': Vanessa Lachey Recovers Flawlessly After Quickstep Wardrobe Malfunction The mom of three still nailed her sultry dance on Mov...

'DWTS': Vanessa Lachey Recovers Flawlessly After Quickstep Wardrobe Malfunction

DWTS': Vanessa Lachey Recovers Flawlessly After Quickstep Wardrobe Malfunction
The mom of three still nailed her sultry dance on Movie Night.
Who said a wardrobe malfunction has to be a bad thing?

Vanessa Lachey suffered a skirt slip while performing the quickstep with her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, during Dancing With the Stars' Night at the Movies on Monday, but you truly wouldn't have known it was intentional. 

Paying homage to classic musicals, the 36-year-old actress started off singing with her "Lachey Sisters" -- a take on the Andrew sisters -- before gliding into her choreography with Maks. Her pro partner accidentally stepped on her skirt as they passed by the judges, causing her longer silk skirt to fall to the ground.

Vanessa handled it so gracefully, however, that the moment seemed planned. Not missing a beat, she hit all of her steps as she lip synced along to Smash's "Let's Be Bad."

Before even hearing the judges' scores, the mom of three turned to Tom Begeron and said, "Oops!" When the host asked why, she replied, “I swear that was not planned to lose my skirt right in front of the judges. It looks like drapery.” Then she gave Maks a hug and joked with judge Bruno Tonioli, "Hey, if it’s for extra points, I’ll take it.”

The judges clearly didn't see the missing costume piece as an error. 

"It took me back to season one, when Kelly Monaco had a wardrobe malfunction, and it actually sent her over the top," Carrie Ann Inaba admitted. "What I saw was something happened, and you just let yourself go, and it was such a fantastic performance. You are the epitome of class and grace, and then it was freedom.”

Guest judge Shania Twain seconded the sentiment, noting, "For me, just on the entertainment value, it was sass, humor and class. And I wasn’t sure, when you lost the skirt, if it was meant to happen at that moment or not because you kept your composure. It didn’t matter and you went with it, and I loved it.”

We don’t mean to make you feel old (ancient even), but did you know that J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was publis...

J.K. Rowling’s original “Harry Potter” pitch is now being revealed to the public

We don’t mean to make you feel old (ancient even), but did you know that J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published twenty years ago? That’s an entire two decades, but thankfully, that’s an entire two decades that we’ve had to bond with Harry, Hermione, Ron, Hagrid, and the gang.

Twenty years later, we’re still celebrating the author and her wizarding world, especially as we get to see her original pitch, which will be on display at the “Harry Potter: A History Of Magic” exhibition at London’s British Library. Because even though her world is magical, J.K. Rowling still had to put in a lot of work to get where she is today, and that’s worth celebrating.

You can’t have chill as a writer, and more than anything, you have to believe in your work and voice no matter how many rejections come your way.


While the original iteration of Harry Potter is different from the one we now know, the original pitch of the book proves that the foundation is the same. Harry lived with the Dursleys, Hagrid broke down the door to deliver Harry his Hogwarts acceptance letter, and Harry still had his infamous scar, given to him by Lord Voldemort.

We got a sneak peek of the original pitch from Seventeen, including:

“The Dursleys’ greatest fear is that Harry will discover the truth about himself, so when letters start arriving for him near his eleventh birthday, he isn’t allowed to read them. However, the Dursleys aren’t dealing with an ordinary postman, and at midnight on Harry’s birthday the gigantic Rubeus Hagrid breaks down the door to make sure Harry gets to read his post at last. Ignoring the horrified Dursleys, Hagrid informs Harry that he is a wizard, and the letter he gives Harry explains that he is expected at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in a month’s time.”
We love that the original pitch included the fact that Harry’s “secret” was being kept by the Dursleys. And we love even more that the pitch goes on to mention Harry’s soon-to-be best friends.

“Harry makes friends with Ronald Weasley (sixth in his family to go to Hogwarts and tired of having to use second-hand spellbooks) and Hermione Granger (cleverest girl in the year and the only person in the class to know all the uses of dragon’s blood). Together, they have their first lessons in magic — astronomy up on the tallest tower at two in the morning, herbology out in the greenhouses.”

We hope that we’ll eventually get a chance to see the exhibit for ourselves. Until then, we’ll just be reading this manuscript until we can get our eyes on the real thing.
We don’t mean to make you feel old (ancient even), but did you know that J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published twenty years ago? That’s an entire two decades, but thankfully, that’s an entire two decades that we’ve had to bond with Harry, Hermione, Ron, Hagrid, and the gang. Twenty years later, we’re still celebrating the author and her wizarding world, especially as we get to see her original pitch, which will be on display at the “Harry Potter: A History Of Magic” exhibition at London’s British Library. Because even though her world is magical, J.K. Rowling still had to put in a lot of work to get where she is today, and that’s worth celebrating. You can’t have chill as a writer, and more than anything, you have to believe in your work and voice no matter how many rejections come your way. While the original iteration of Harry Potter is different from the one we now know, the original pitch of the book proves that the foundation is the same. Harry lived with the Dursleys, Hagrid broke down the door to deliver Harry his Hogwarts acceptance letter, and Harry still had his infamous scar, given to him by Lord Voldemort. We got a sneak peek of the original pitch from Seventeen, including: “The Dursleys’ greatest fear is that Harry will discover the truth about himself, so when letters start arriving for him near his eleventh birthday, he isn’t allowed to read them. However, the Dursleys aren’t dealing with an ordinary postman, and at midnight on Harry’s birthday the gigantic Rubeus Hagrid breaks down the door to make sure Harry gets to read his post at last. Ignoring the horrified Dursleys, Hagrid informs Harry that he is a wizard, and the letter he gives Harry explains that he is expected at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in a month’s time.” We love that the original pitch included the fact that Harry’s “secret” was being kept by the Dursleys. And we love even more that the pitch goes on to mention Harry’s soon-to-be best friends. “Harry makes friends with Ronald Weasley (sixth in his family to go to Hogwarts and tired of having to use second-hand spellbooks) and Hermione Granger (cleverest girl in the year and the only person in the class to know all the uses of dragon’s blood). Together, they have their first lessons in magic — astronomy up on the tallest tower at two in the morning, herbology out in the greenhouses.” We hope that we’ll eventually get a chance to see the exhibit for ourselves. Until then, we’ll just be reading this manuscript until we can get our eyes on the real thing.

Rick and his gang, much like Kool and the Gang, are all ready for a celebration. As Mr. Grimes tells an assembly of the Alexandrians, Kin...

'The Walking Dead' Season 8 premiere recap: 'We've won! We've already won'

Rick and his gang, much like Kool and the Gang, are all ready for a celebration. As Mr. Grimes tells an assembly of the Alexandrians, Kingdomites, and Hilltoppers ready to go to battle against the Saviors, “With everything we’ve beat, everything we’ve endured, everything we’ve risen above, everything we’ve become, we start tomorrow right now. No matter what comes next, we’ve won… we’ve already won!”

Of course, they still have to actually go ahead and play out the war first, which begins in the season premiere that finds all the leaders of the resistance against Negan getting their grooves back after the brutal, tragic events of Season 7.

Rick, Red-Eye Rick, and Old Man Rick

There appears to be three different timelines happening in the premiere: current Rick, who’s making speeches, and bidding loved ones Carl, Michonne, and Judith adieu as he leaves Alexandria to go off to take out Negan at the Sanctuary.

Then there’s Red-Eye Rick, nicknamed so because he looks as though he’s been crying, or had his peepers traumatized by some sort of gas or other irritable agent. This Rick also seems deep in thought and either in the middle of, or close to the end of, some sort of major event. He appears throughout the episode, most notably at the end, when he mumbles, “My mercy prevailed over my wrath,” and smiles. This Rick appears to be a future Rick, but not as far in the future as Old Man Rick.

You know him, from the San Diego Comic-Con trailer for Season 8. Here’s what we learn about him so far: He wakes up in his bed, where a bouquet of flowers is on a table beside him (in one of the 100th episode’s cool callbacks to TWD scenes past). An aged Rick — gray buzzcut hair, bushy gray beard, relying on a cane to walk — gets up and goes out to the living room, where Michonne (who hasn’t aged) is at the table. Carl comes in (also looking unaged), and tells his dad they’re playing hooky. The house does not appear to be the same one they lived in at Alexandria, and the furniture isn’t the same. And most major reveal: Judith, who looks to be around three or four-years-old when Rick kisses her forehead before leaving home in the war timeline, but who is walking, talking, and appears to be around five or six-years-old as she excitedly tells Old Man Rick about the festival the community is planning, including the creation of a giant owl statue. They look outside, where there is a stone building that is not a part of current Alexandria, as well as new crops. Readers of The Walking Dead comic book will recognize these events as part of the post-“All Out War” storyline, so it’s a good bet that Old Man Rick is a real future version of Rick, and not just a dream.

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Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in ‘The Walking Dead’ (Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC)


War Prep

All three communities gather in a field to officially launch their plan against the Sanctuary, after they’ve armored cars and an RV with metal plates. Rick, King Ezekiel, and Maggie make speeches, and assure their people the bigger world Jesus forecasted for Rick has come together, and that it is now “ours by rights.”

“But those who use and take and kill to carve out the world and make it theirs alone… we end them!” Rick says. “We don’t celebrate it, but we don’t have shame about it, either. There’s only one person who has to die, and I will kill him myself. I will… I will.”

Ezekiel quotes Shakespeare: “For he today that sheds his blood with me today shall be my brother,” adding, “she today, my sister,” as he puts his hand on Maggie’s shoulder.

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Tom Payne as Paul ‘Jesus’ Rovia, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Khary Payton as Ezekiel, Ross Marquand as Aaron, and Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene in ‘The Walking Dead’ (Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC)

Maggie warns the soldiers that, though they’ve practiced their plan, they all should keep in mind that they may have to live in uncertainty for days, or longer, before their new order prevails. “We have to keep our faith in each other,” she says. “If we can hold on to that with everything we have, the future is ours. The world is ours!”

Jerry, beloved Jerry, eschews speeches for more practical action. He tries to give Enid a piece of armor for her sternum. She says no thanks, she plans to go back to the Hilltop with Maggie. Jerry persists, holding out the armor, and saying to her, “Dude… sternum.” She doesn’t take it, still, prompting Jerry to hold it out again, and say, more strongly, “Duuuude… ” Enid accepts his thoughtful gift.

Dwightie Boy

Can Rick and Daryl trust Dwight’s Season 7 finale claims that he wants to help them take down Negan? Dwight’s actions in “Mercy” do nothing but suggest they can. Daryl shoots an arrow that lands near Dwight. When he unwraps a piece of paper wrapped around the bow, it says “Tomorrow.” Dwight looks around and sees Daryl, and soon returns the bow with paper that lists the addresses of various Savior lookouts, including one on a treetop (who’s shot down and become zombie chow); one who Rick stabs, then unleashes a walker upon when the man taunts Rick that Carl will die; and one sitting on the hood of a car, who Daryl kills, then begins puffing on the dead Savior’s still lit cigarette. Daryl’s still very angry, and tells Carol later he thinks it’s going to be fun to take the Saviors down.

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Austin Amelio as Dwight in ‘The Walking Dead’ (Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC)

Morgan also kills one of the lookouts, stabbing him with his newly sharpened pointy-ended stick. But his “all life is precious” philosophy is still causing him great conflict, and he says very little to anyone as he carries out his duties in Rick’s master plan.

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Lennie James as Morgan Jones in ‘The Walking Dead’ (Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC)
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The Master Plan

Here’s the gist of the clever, multi-pronged attack against Negan: After taking out the lookout Saviors thanks to Dwight’s info, Rick and company steer a herd of walkers along several miles towards the Sanctuary. They also set off a car bomb on the highway, which Savior lieutenant Dwight sends several carloads of Negan’s minions to investigate. That lowers the number of Saviors at their homebase; Daryl rigs another bomb, which the Saviors in cars set off when they trip a wire, blowing themselves up. With the Saviors population lowered, a caravan of the armor reinforced cars, filled with members of the resistance, roll up to the Sanctuary and unload some gunfire into the air. That brings Negan out, and after Rick gives everyone but Negan a chance to surrender, he and his crew will shoot the place up, with the goal of killing Negan. Then, they’ll immediately go attack the rest of the Saviors’ outposts, dismantling the whole organization.

Here’s Negan

And most of that plan goes off without a hitch, except for the killing Negan part. Rick makes his best effort. When Negan comes out of the Sanctuary, alongside Simon, Gavin, Eugene, and Savior Regina, he smiles when he sees Rick and his army all lined up on the other side of the Sanctuary fence.

“I see you got your little mudflaps with ya,” Negan says. “I’m not exactly seeing a reason for us to throw lead at each other. I care about my people. I don’t wanna march them into the line of fire because I wanna play ‘My Dick Is Bigger Than Yours … it is. We both know it. But I’m also comfortable enough to accept the fact if it wasn’t. I’m certainly not gonna let my people die over that sh*t. Like you’re about to. So, Rick, what the hell can I do you for?”

Rick calls out Negan’s minions by name, and offers to let them, and the Saviors inside, live, if they surrender now. Eugene tries to speak up, but Rick cuts him off, telling him he knows who he is.

“So, they surrender, and you and your little piss patrol doesn’t kill ‘em?” Negan asks. “That sounds like a good deal. What about me, Rick?”

“I told you. Twice,” Rick says. “You know what’s gonna happen.”

Negan: “I do, I do know what’s gonna happen, but you don’t.” He asks Rick if he thinks he has the numbers for the fight, not knowing that Rick and the gang have already taken out a lot of his people.

Negan plays his next hand when he summons someone from inside: Gregory. Of course, the Sanctuary was his destination when he packed his weasel bag and embarked on a trip at the end of Season 7. Gregory comes out to address Rick and the army, declaring, “The Hilltop stands with Negan and the Saviors.” He threatens that any Hilltop residents who don’t leave now will be banished from the community, as will their families.

None of them leave, and Jesus shouts out at Gregory, “The Hilltop stands with Maggie!”

Simon is unhappy that Gregory has no sway with his people, and he pushes him down a set of concrete stairs to show his displeasure.

Meanwhile, off in the distance, a giant cloud of smoke enters the sky. Rick and the group know it’s the bomb blowing up the cars full of Saviors, and that’s their signal to open fire on the Sanctuary. He starts counting down from 10, but the whole army starts shooting when he gets to seven. They shoot out most of the compound windows, as Negan’s people run inside, and Negan himself runs for cover. He’s limping — did he get shot? — as he dives behind some metal, and Rick keeps shooting. Finally, the resistance army retreats, and Gabriel tells Rick he has to go, even though Negan is still alive.

Elsewhere, Daryl is on his motorcycle, leading the walker herd right to the Sanctuary, and one of Rick’s crew rigged a bomb-filled RV to roll right through the compound’s fence before it explodes.

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Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon in ‘The Walking Dead’ (Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC)
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Father Gabriel is the last one to leave, but just as he starts his truck to go, he sees Gregory stumbling towards him, begging for help. Gabriel — yes, the guy who was once as frightened and cowardly as Gregory — gets out of the car to save Gregory, who then hops in Gabriel’s truck and takes off on his own.

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Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes in ‘The Walking Dead’ (Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC)
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With the walker herd surrounding the Sanctuary, and no one else from his group left to help him, Gabriel runs into a building as walkers claw at the door behind him. Out of the darkness, he hears a voice. “I hope you got your sh*ttin’ pants on,” Negan grins at him. “Because you are about to sh*t your pants.”

In a nod to the end of the series pilot, when an aerial shot pans out as Rick is trapped inside the Army tank in downtown Atlanta, surrounded by walkers, an overhead shot pans out on Gabriel and Negan’s current location, which is also surrounded with hangry walkers looking for a snack.

Phase II

Rick, Daryl, and the rest of their contingent wait in a field to rendezvous with Gabriel, but have to leave to carry out their next attack: another satellite station Saviors outpost.

And Carol and Ezekiel are leading members of the Kingdom army back to an industrial center where Morgan had killed the lookout Savior earlier. His replacement proves more formidable, though, as the Kingdom army opens fire, and the Savior on duty tosses a smoke bomb at them, temporarily blinding all of them.

Meanwhile, Back in Alexandria…

After Rick and the community members going to battle leave the town, Carl tells a still injured — from the initial battle in the Season 7 finale — Michonne he knows she wanted to go. He did, too, he says. Michonne tells him she is ready to help him defend Alexandria though. “This is your show,” she tells him, as Carl shakes his head.

“OK, you’ll see,” she promises him.

More than just a hint of battles to come on Alexandria turf, the “this is your show” line could also be a shoutout to the popular fan theory that the entire series, and TWD comic book, will end, and have been the story of Carl’s life during and after the apocalypse.

Homage to 100

In addition to the shot of the walkers swarming the building where Gabriel and Negan are holed up, the premiere’s greatest nod to the series making it to 100 episodes is a shot-by-shot creation of Rick’s series pilot encounter with Bunny Slippers Girl. This time it’s Carl looking for gasoline, wearing his dad’s hat, wandering through cars filled with walkers, passing abandoned children’s toys, and getting down on the ground to look under cars to spot a nearby human. Rick found BSG, and Carl finds “The Traveller,” a guy who tells him he’s experienced traumatic things, hasn’t eaten in days, and talks about how his mother always says, “whatever you have good, spend on the traveler.” Carl proceeds carefully towards him, as The Traveller — shaking, emaciated, and frightened — says his mother also liked to quote the Quran: “May my mercy prevail over my wrath.”

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Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes in ‘The Walking Dead’ (Photo Credit: Greg Nicotero/AMC)
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But before Carl can befriend the man, Rick appears, and shoots his gun over the man’s head. He tells Carl he was supposed to meet him at the intersection, and that The Traveller could have been a Savior. Carl doesn’t think so, and later returns to the gas station, where he leaves two cans of food and a “sorry” note. The Traveller sees his gesture from the bushes where he’s hiding.

Zombie Bites:

* Despite his commitment to killing Negan, as he had previously promised to do on two occasions, Rick is not taking the war against the Saviors lightly. He tells Father Gabriel, “It’s one person who brought it to this,” and he spends time at the gravesites of Glenn and Abraham, almost as if he needs to focus on why he and his people must go to such extreme lengths, be willing to kill so many people. And his speech to the communities who are banding together to give themselves a shot at a better world? It’s probably just as much to keep his own mind wrapped around the task at hand as it is for his cohorts’ benefit.

* Why yes, that is Weird Al Yankovic’s “Another One Rides the Bus” — Al’s parody of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” — playing in the house when Old Man Rick awakens and goes into the living room. And Carl tells Rick he’s not the one playing it, so, that means either Judith or Michonne is a Weird Al fan, which makes them both even more delightful.

* Another TWD 100 callback: Tara is wearing the orange sunglasses she found in the gift shop she hid in on the way back from the Oceanside in Season 7’s “Swear.”

* If you’ve been paying attention to the decaying show logo at the end of the opening credits sequence each season, be sure to check it out for Season 8. It’s in super gnarly shape now.

* Just before Rick flees the Sanctuary after the group shoots up the place, he pulls out a Polaroid One Step camera and snaps some pics. It’s another callback, this one to the Saviors’ sadistic use of Polaroids to document their handiwork (and to torture Daryl with images of dead Glenn when they imprisoned him at the Sanctuary).

* Rick tells Maggie the Hilltop is lucky to have her. “You showed me how to be someone worth following,” she tells him.

Rick: “Good. After this, I’m following you.”

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Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes and Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene in ‘The Walking Dead’ (Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC)
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* F-Bomb Count: zero. AMC is reportedly allowing the writers to use Negan’s favorite four-letter word twice this season, but they must be saving them for something big. Even when Negan was being shot at, he didn’t deploy it.

* After the first round of battle, Ezekiel and his people meet up back at the Kingdom. He sees Carol there, and nods and smiles at her. So… Carol is still living at the Kingdom. Do we think Carekiel is happening?

* The episode was dedicated to the memories of TWD stuntman John Bernecker, who died after an accident on set in July, and to zombie movie legend George Romero, who also died in July.

So much happened in the action-packed Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead that we’re still trying to wrap our minds around a few things. ...

'The Walking Dead' postmortem: Greg Nicotero on those timelines, and a character (possibly) returning from the dead

So much happened in the action-packed Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead that we’re still trying to wrap our minds around a few things. Like those timelines… were there two, with All Out War Rick and future Old Man Rick? Or is there a third, with Rick of the red eyes… is he from somewhere between the time of the war battles and the Rick with a gray buzzcut and bushy beard?

Episode 100 director, executive producer, and special effects whiz Greg Nicotero gives us some clues, and talks about the reason Rick took that Polaroid picture, the episode’s homage callbacks to the pilot, and whether or not the group can trust Dwight.

He also hints that next week’s episode could find viewers surprised by a visit from a “character that we may have thought was dead.”

The premiere goes by so quickly. It felt like it was 30 minutes long.
I know. It’s funny, that was the criticism, people wanted more. But that’s good, leaving them wanting more is a compliment. You know, we have kind of redefined how we’re telling our stories this season… We’re making concerted efforts to streamline our storytelling by allowing characters to not disappear for multiple episodes. The first several episodes definitely catapult us into this world of the Alexandrians, Hilltop and Kingdomers fighting for their way of life.

The gas station sequence called back directly to the scene in the series premiere where Rick meets the bunny slipper girl. What made you choose that scene to recreate for the 100th episode?
Well, you know, it really was the opening scene in the pilot, so to be able to open our episode, we just felt that not only was it a great match up for our fans, the people who have been dedicated to the show, but also in a fun way, for new viewers who are coming to the show to see what the hell everything’s about.

And it also shows us who Carl has become. Aside from just it being a great visual callback, Carl is now out in the world, on his own, scavenging for food and looking for people out there. You know, the fact that Carl gets into the conversation with the traveler… I think it’s really interesting because Carl is very different than Rick, in this instance. Carl really does feel that there’s an opportunity to turn the world around and not just kill every single person that they come in contact with. So, it’s a unique opportunity to tell a story in this world using the same visual cues they had with Rick entering an unknown world [in the series premiere], and to see Carl now as coming into his own and exploring that same situation.

And we get to meet a new person who we may possibly, I’m guessing, see again?
It seems fair to assume that we may see him again, yeah.

Did you use any of the exact props from the pilot, like the tricycle?
No. It was sort of the, as Seinfeld would say, the bizarro version of the pilot. We didn’t want to use the exact same props, because it wasn’t the exact same gas station. But we wanted to emulate the idea that, oh, there was a baby carriage, and then there was a toy, and there were some blankets. Even duplicating the shot where Carl looks into the car and sees the decimated corpse, versus when Rick looked down and saw the woman in the car who ultimately ends up being a walker… it gave us a chance to show a little bit of duration of time, because that corpse in the car was clearly desiccated and decomposed to almost skeletal proportions.

Then the shot towards the end, where Negan and Gabriel are in the shed, and you use a great aerial shot to pull back and show that they’re surrounded by the walker herd — was that meant to be a callback to the end of the pilot, when Rick is trapped in the tank?
Absolutely. There are other shots from the pilot, too… Future Rick waking up in the bed with the flowers next to the bed, that was all put there to emulate Rick waking up from the coma. We’ve done that high overhead [shot] one or two other times, but pulling back and going higher and higher and higher was a great opportunity to see, number one, how many walkers there are, but also, we’ve never really seen much inside the Sanctuary. So, having the chance to really show that the place is completely overrun and flooded and there’s not much opportunity to get out was really important.

It seems like there are multiple timelines going on. We have the current timeline, then we have Old Man Rick, who appears to be living maybe two or three years down the road, and then there’s Red-Eye Rick. That seems like it could be a separate timeline, maybe a little further down the line in the war with Negan. What can you say about that?
I think seeing Judith grow up gives you a good indication of a time in the future. In terms of the other ones, like where we also see Rick standing at Glenn and Abraham’s grave, things like that… we do definitely get the sense that yeah, there’s a couple different timelines. In regards to Red-Eye Rick, that’s funny — I can’t really say where that fits into the timeline. I think it’s probably based on the fact that he doesn’t have a crew cut and a gray beard that, if indeed that is a timeline, that that would play somewhere in there, probably.

Though the episode is so action-packed, we still get some moments of catching up with where the characters are emotionally. Morgan is obviously still conflicted about killing. Daryl is very, very angry, still. Rick also seems conflicted. But we see him later take that Polaroid when he leaves the Sanctuary. Is that him taking a little bit of pleasure in that he’s finally getting revenge, for his friends’ deaths, for how Negan has terrorized Rick and those he cares about?
Negan did the same thing, the Saviors did the same thing [with the Polaroids]. I don’t know if it was taking pleasure in it, or it was just an opportunity to use that… as a tool. Like, listen, if Negan was trying to lure somebody over to his side, or exert some force, he could literally throw those Polaroids of Glenn and Abraham and everybody that he’s killed in front of somebody and go, “If you don’t do what I want, that’s what’s gonna happen to you.” So, there could be a possibility that maybe Rick wants to use that as a tool. Or, maybe he’s a little sadistic, ’cause he did smile when he took the picture.

Dwight gave up the Saviors’ lookouts to Daryl. A lot of people are still skeptical of him saying that he wants to help dethrone Negan. Did Dwight just prove his sincerity once and for all?
Well, I think that remains to be seen. I mean, clearly he’s making efforts by providing information from the inside… but you never know whether they’re being led into a trap or not.

He’s also taking a risk himself, because obviously Negan could begin to suspect that he is someone who has given information away.
For sure, there’s always that. It’s the same with Eugene. We ended last year, Eugene handed the [suicide] pill to Sasha. So, there’s a lot of dissent… Eugene is gonna go where he feels safe, because he is a bit of a coward. But Dwight has a different agenda because of his wife and because of the fact that he’s got half of his face burned off. So, is he a good soldier? Or has he just had enough?

There were some nice moments of levity, as well. Jerry “dude”-ing Enid into taking the armor, for instance.
“Dude… duuuuuude.” Yeah, that’s pretty funny. I think my favorite, well the biggest laugh I get, is when Negan walks out and goes, “I see you brought your mud flaps.” And he’s talking to Rick about Rick and his “piss patrol”… Every single time we shot that scene I would giggle, because I thought Jeff’s delivery, he’s really funny. And I love the end of the episode, when you see him and Seth together, Negan and Father Gabriel together, and you’re like, “Uh-oh, this is not gonna be good.”

I also love the RV driving into the Sanctuary with the armor on the front. Did you intentionally make that look like a smiley face?
We didn’t. You know, my joke always was I felt like it was the Deathmobile from Animal House. That’s what we kept calling it. Actually, I almost called John Landis to see if they had the Faber head that was on top of the car, and put it on top of the RV as a joke.

Okay, small hint about Episode 2, “The Damned.” What can we expect?
Two is fantastic. It’s a direct continuation of the war and the attack on the satellite [outpost], which is exciting. And it’s possible that there may be a character that we may have thought was, dead pop up. Who knows?

You are speaking at George Romero’s Walk of Fame star ceremony on Oct. 25. What do you plan to say?
You know, I have so many things that I’ve written, I’ve got to figure out how to whittle it down. This is a guy who I met when I was 16-years-old, and I wouldn’t be here, and I guarantee that The Walking Dead wouldn’t be here, if George hadn’t basically single-handedly invented the zombie genre. Up until this point, zombies were voodoo. It was all voodoo. There was no resurrected corpses that eat flesh, but that was his thing. I’m proud to have worked with him and proud of so much that he’s given all of us. What I loved about George the most was that when the rules didn’t apply to what he was doing, he just re-wrote them. When he made Dawn of the Dead, they wouldn’t release the movie without a rating … they kept trying to give it an X rating. He’s like, “You know what? Screw that. I’m just gonna release it unrated. You can’t tell me … an X rating is associated with pornography, and this film is not pornographic.” The stories that he told … I think that he really, really, really sought to preserve his vision. And I just love that about him. I love how groundbreaking and what a maverick he was. And I’m grateful every day to have called him my boss and my friend.

Sometimes all it takes to destroy an enormous, magic-infused ice wall is simply an undead dragon. Yes, just as we’d assumed would happen, ...

'Game of Thrones' Season 7 finale mini-recap: An epic downfall

Sometimes all it takes to destroy an enormous, magic-infused ice wall is simply an undead dragon. Yes, just as we’d assumed would happen, the Night King rode his new, reanimated pet toward Eastwatch and incinerated a huge section of the wall with blue flames! The sequence ended Game of Thrones‘ occasionally shaky seventh season with a sense of awe and terror that truly sets up the urgency of the final six episodes. Winter may have already arrived, but now so have the White Walkers.


Those final few moments weren’t even the most important in “The Dragon and the Wolf.” Probably the most talked about (and fanfic-satisfying) sex scene in Game of Thrones history finally happened: Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen got it on! But in true Game of Thrones fashion, the erotic interlude was narrated by Bran, who confirmed that Jon Snow was definitely the true heir to the Targaryen throne and therefore Daenerys’s nephew! Few things are as steamy as incest on this show.

Unfortunately, the steaminess of incest wasn’t enough to keep Cersei and Jaime’s relationship afloat, as we saw her stoop to her lowest moment yet: sentencing her twin brother to die for treason. Her rationale was foggy at best, but it arrived after Jaime attempted to dutifully carry out her order to help Daenerys and Jon Snow fight the White Walkers. In a rare showing of integrity and leadership, Cersei took one look at Jon Snow’s captured wight and pledged her forces to assist in any way they could. Except, nope, it was all a lie, and when Jaime objected to her deviousness she gave Ser Gregor the nod to take care of him. Ugh, what a family.

By far the most satisfying moment in “The Dragon and the Wolf” happened in Winterfell when — thank the old gods — we learned that Arya and Sansa had grown wise to Littlefinger’s manipulations and put him on trial for murder and treason, ultimately leading to Arya executing him! Even better, Arya and Sansa made up and appeared to be a solid team moving forward. In other words, the terrible, borderline ruinous Winterfell scenes from last week are now looking to be worth it in retrospect! Barely.

Anyway, this is just the tip of the ornate dagger, so be sure to check back soon for our full photo recap!

If you’ve got it, flaunt it and that’s exactly what Rihanna is doing down in Barbados. The “Needed Me” singer busted out (literally) a su...

Rihanna wows with sexy getup in Barbados

If you’ve got it, flaunt it and that’s exactly what Rihanna is doing down in Barbados. The “Needed Me” singer busted out (literally) a super sexy ensemble for the annual Crop Over Festival.

Sporting blue hair, colorful wings, a bedazzled crystal bra and matching thong, Rihanna was full of pride on Monday for one of her favorite events, the Kadooment parade. The Barbados native regularly takes place in the bash, which marks the end of country’s months-long Crop Over celebrations.

Rihanna — who has clapped back at haters recently for critiquing her weight — looked confident, colorful, and happy during the celebration.
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The 29-year-old Grammy winner posted a series of photos on Instagram from the festivities that show off her amazing getup. From head to toe, Rihanna went all out with her bling and we’ve come to expect nothing less from the singer through the years.

In 2015, Rihanna showed off her curves in a similar, barely-there jewel-encrusted bra and headdress.

Similarly, in 2013, it was all about two things: cleavage and jewels.

Then there was her look in 2011 that really made #RihannaCropOverWatch a thing in the first place.

Thank you, RiRi, for never disappointing.

Warning: This mini recap for “The Spoils of War” episode of Game of Thrones contains spoilers. Assuming full battle armor poses a s...

'Game of Thrones' mini-recap: Did [SPOILER] just get killed by a dragon?

Warning: This mini recap for “The Spoils of War” episode of Game of Thrones contains spoilers.

Assuming full battle armor poses a swimming challenge, there is a very good chance we just saw Jaime Lannister sink into a watery grave! By no means a definitive ending, “The Spoils of War” concluded with that image and left us to weigh whether he’ll survive or not. The arguments against: Those eerily silent credits; Jaime’s various nice-guy moments sprinkled throughout the episode make for an honorable send-off; and, y’know, armor is HEAVY. On the other hand, this is Game of Thrones, and when characters die, this show usually leaves no question marks about it. Maybe some mermaid or mystical beaver will save Jaime’s life, who knows? Point is, at the end of one of Game of Thrones‘ BEST EVER battle sequences, Jaime Lannister avoided point-blank dragon incineration only to fall into a very deep pond and drown? There’s a metaphor in there somewhere.

But perhaps discussing Jaime’s fate is beside the point when Daenerys finally used her dragons in battle! Despite her entire team (and even Jon Snow) warning her that using dragons in wartime would be way uncool, Daenerys decided to notch at least one win for her side by attacking and incinerating a huge chunk of the Lannister army as they caravanned their ill-gotten gains back to King’s Landing. We’d seen Dany use her dragons in the past, but never like this. We’re talking entire swathes of soldiers rendered into ash statues, Pompeii-style. Just a truly satisfying and ambitious battle scene to surpass our most fiery expectations. And yes, in case you were wondering, Cersei’s custom-made giant crossbow was indeed not all that amazing in the end. Daenerys’ dragon should have a healed shoulder within hours.

Aside from all that grade-A dragon carnage, the rest of the episode functioned as a veritable Stark reunion-fiesta! Arya arrived in Winterfell and caught up with both Sansa and Bran, and I think we can all agree these kids are quite different than the last time they’d hung out together. Sansa, for example, is one million percent less lame than last time Arya saw her, and Bran is, of course, now the worst. Still, it was hard not to shed a tear when Arya finally hugged her older sister again. Meanwhile on another shore, Jon Snow reunited with his erstwhile adopted brother Theon Greyjoy for a less joyous reunion, but still. It was a good day for the surviving Stark kids and wards!

Anyway, that’s just the tip of the giant crossbow harpoon, so check back shortly for our full Game of Thrones photo recap!