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Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson just melted the internet’s heart by sharing an image of himself feeding his girlfriend dinner while she breastfee...

Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson just melted the internet’s heart by sharing an image of himself feeding his girlfriend dinner while she breastfeeds their new baby.

He may be a former WWF champion, but the wrestler turned actor certainly isn’t afraid to show his softer side.

Since his baby daughter Tiana’s arrival back in April, the 46-year-old dad of three has been charming fans with his proud papa posts.

But his latest share is perhaps the most dreamy.

The snapshot shows Johnson kneeling on (a rather Instagram-worthy) rug as he fork-feeds girlfriend Lauren Hashian while she’s nursing their newborn.

“I’ll handle this business,” he wrote in the caption. “Mama has her hands full nursing/feeding Baby Tia, so I’m feedin’ mama her dinner. My pleasure.

“So much respect to her and all mamas out there holding it down and running things,” the Jumanji star added.

Nicki Minaj has announced new live dates with Future. Find the itinerary for the NickiHndrxx Tour below, and buy tickets here. Nicki is set...

Nicki Minaj has announced new live dates with Future. Find the itinerary for the NickiHndrxx Tour below, and buy tickets here. Nicki is set to tour behind her new album Queen, which is out on August 10. The follow-up to 2014’s The Pinkprint includes the singles “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li.” She recently shared the regal cover artwork for the album, shot by Mert and Marcus.

In addition to the tour announce, Nicki has also shared a new song with Lil Wayne, “Rich Sex.” A collaboration with Ariana Grande titled “Bed” is set to drop this week as well. Last month saw Nicki appear on “SNL” to perform “Chun-Li.” She also brought out Playboi Carti to play “Poke It Out” from his new Die Lit album.

Nicki Minaj and Future:

07-07 Quebec City, Quebec - Impérial Bell ^
08-17 Des Moines, IA - Water Works Park ^
09-01-02 Philadelphia, PA - Made in America Festival $
09-21 Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena
09-23 Washington, D.C. - Capital One Arena
09-26 Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
09-28 Chicago, IL - United Center
09-29 Cincinnati, OH - US Bank Arena
10-01 Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
10-02 Buffalo, NY - KeyBank Center
10-04 Boston, MA - TD Garden
10-05 Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
10-07 Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
10-11 Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
10-14 Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
10-16 Charlotte, NC - Spectrum Center
10-19 Miami, FL - American Airlines Center
10-20 Orlando, FL - Amway Arena
10-21 Phoenix, AZ - Lost Lake Festival ^
10-23 Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum
10-28 Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena 10-30 New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
11-01 Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
11-02 Houston, TX - Toyota Center
11-04 Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
11-06 Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
11-09 Portland, OR - Moda Center
11-10 Seattle, WA - Tacoma Dome
11-16 San Jose, CA - SAP Center
11-17 Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
11-20 Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
11-24 Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand
02-21 Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
02-22 Bratislava, Slovakia - Ondrej Nepela Arena
02-24 Lodz, Poland - Atlas Arena
02-25 Budapest, Hungary - Budapest Sportarena
02-28 Berlin, Germany - Mercedes Benz Arena
03-01 Copenhagen, Denmark - Royal Arena
03-03 Oslo, Norway - Spektrum
03-04 Stockholm, Sweden - Ericcson Globe
03-06 Brussels, Belgium - Palais 12
03-07 Paris, France - AccorHotels Arena
03-09 Bordeaux, France - Metropole Arena
03-11 London, England - The 02
03-14 Birmingham, England - Arena Birmingham
03-15 Dublin, Ireland - 3Arena
03-17 Glasgow, Scotland - SSE Hydro
03-18 Manchester, England - Manchester Arena
03-20 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg - Rockhal
03-22 Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle
03-23 Cologne, Germany - Lanxess Arena
03-25 Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
03-27 Zurich, Switzerland - Hallenstandion
03-28 Geneva, Switzerland - Arena Geneva

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$ Nicki Minaj solo show

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It’s only Monday and Nicki Minaj is already having a very eventful week leading up to the release of her latest album, Queen. After announc...

It’s only Monday and Nicki Minaj is already having a very eventful week leading up to the release of her latest album, Queen. After announcing her “NICKIHNDRXX Tour” with Future earlier today, the Trinidadian rapper has shared new song with Lil Wayne.

Dubbed “Rich Sex”, it finds the two longtime collaborators and Cash Money artists bragging about their wealth and bedroom romps. Here, Lil Wayne details his love of a good sexcapade aboard a helicopter. For her part, Minaj sets the record straight about which of the two pleasures she treasures more: “I like money more than d***, ni**a, that’s a fact,” she claims, before advising her female friends to be sure of their worth. “If you know your p**** worth a Benz truck (rich sex) / Don’t let homie f*** unless his bands up (rich sex).”

“Rich Sex” follows other Queen singles “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li”. It also comes after Minaj and Wayne’s previous collaborations, including “No Frauds” from 2017 and 2014’s “Only”. Coincidentally, Minaj’s tour mate Future also has a song called “Rich $ex”.

Lil Wayne recently reached a settlement with Cash Money, allowing for his long-awaited Tha Carter V to finally be released.

Queen — after a minor delay — officially hits stores Friday, June 15th. Minaj is expected to drop one last single from the LP, her Ariana Grande-featuring “Bed”, on Thursday.

Here’s Six more film folk who go the extra mile to ensure you enjoy every single dumb action flick they’re in. Tom Cruise Tom Cruise doe...

Here’s Six more film folk who go the extra mile to ensure you enjoy every single dumb action flick they’re in.

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise doesn’t seem happy unless he’s hanging off the edge of something, or leaping from one ledge to another from a massive great height.
But who else enjoys risking their life for the sake of cinema? Click through to find out!


Daniel Craig
The opening of Casino Royale is considered by many Bond fans to be the greatest stunt in the franchise’s long history.
That’s partly because Craig did it for real – yes, even that fight scene on top of a crane 200ft in the air.
Craig’s continued to do his own 007 stunts, even injuring his knee during Spectre’s fight scene with Dave Bautista.


Jason Statham
Statham’s pretty passionate about doing his own stunts. “I’m inspired by the people who could do their own work,” the actor said. “Bruce Lee never had stunt doubles and fight doubles, or Jackie Chan or Jet Li. I’ve been in action movies where there is a face replacement and I’m fighting with a double, and it’s embarrassing.
“But if you really are an aficionado of action movies, you know who’s doing what and who ain’t. To me it’s a little bit sad.”


Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz went shoulder-to-shoulder with Cruise when they made Knight & Day together. Diaz did her own stunt driving on the action flick – which means she was behind the wheel (and on the back of the bike) for some impressive sequences.


Christian Bale
Bale trained for months in order to be able to basically be Batman for Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, mastering the martial art know as Keysi. “It’s a very instinctive kind of martial art,” Bale said. “It’s not about choreography; it’s very much about using your adrenaline and becoming an animal in your fighting style.”
But it wasn’t just the fight sequences – that really is Bale standing on the edge of Hong Kong’s second tallest building.


Keanu Reeves
Someone, somewhere, please pay Keanu Reeves whatever he wants to appear in the next Mission Impossible movie.
After all, he did 90% of his own action scenes on John Wick (and if you’ve seen John Wick, you’ll know that’s a lot of action scenes), is an accomplished martial artist in his own right and, well, he’s Keanu Reeves.
Still, don’t tell him he does his own stunts. “I get to do some physical acting. I get involved in some action but they’re not stunts. I flip over guys, I get flipped, I run, I jump, I play.”


Cardi B is proudly showing off her sizeable baby bump. The pregnant Invasion of Privacy rapper, who is just a few weeks away from her e...

Cardi B is proudly showing off her sizeable baby bump.

The pregnant Invasion of Privacy rapper, who is just a few weeks away from her expected due date, made sure to give her fans a bit of a visual update on her pregnancy journey.

The 25-year-old artist -- whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar -- took to Instagram on Monday to share a snapshot of her baby bump in a tight, white, sporty ensemble, including a thin tank top and matching skin-tight leggings, which she captioned "Bomfy."

The pic also showed off the singer's rainbow colored 'do, bright pink nails and thick chain necklace, along with her dark shades.

Cardi previously showed off her growing belly in a slinkier white ensemble last Thursday, when the Bronx, New York, native first debuted her sexy unicorn look in a snapshot she captioned simple, "Big Momma."

The "Be Careful" rapper is expecting her first child with her fiancé, Migos rapper Offset, and told ET at the Met Gala in May that pregnancy has made her feel "powerful" while hinting at the sex of her baby.

"Oh, she wants to fight me!" she said at the time, when asked about her baby kicking. "[My dress tonight weighs] about 35 pounds plus baby."

Check out the video below to hear more from the expectant mom.

Kim Kardashian The reality star is never one to shy away from baring it all - take this cut-out swimsuit for instance. Kourtney Karda...

Kim Kardashian
The reality star is never one to shy away from baring it all - take this cut-out swimsuit for instance.


Kourtney Kardashian
The eldest Kardashian goes rock 'n' roll at the beach, wearing this one-shoulder Norma Kamali swimsuit with studs all over.


Rihanna
If you're not paying close attention, one might think Rihanna was naked while rocking this skin-toned traingle bikini on the beach in Barbados.


Paris Hilton
No top, no problem? The heiress swapped her bikini top for butterfly pasties.


Kylie Jenner
The youngest Jenner was one of the first to kick off the thong swimsuit trend.


Christina Millian
The R&B songstress looked carefree on Miami Beach in her mesh bikini that is sure to leave her with some interesting tanlines.

Are Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber back at it again? By the looks of photos from this weekend, we're leaning towards yes. As a re...

Are Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber back at it again? By the looks of photos from this weekend, we're leaning towards yes.

As a refresher, Bieber, 24, and Baldwin, 21, first sparked dating rumors in 2014, but they both denied possibilities of a romance. However, dating gossip bubbled up again in early 2016, after the pair was seen kissing and vacationing together. A month after the viral PDA, Hailey set the record straight and said she and Justin were not exclusive, People reports.

Now, two years later, could they be picking up where they left off? The new wave of romance dating arrives just a few months after his Bieber's breakup with another on-and-off flame, Selena Gomez. Neither the singer nor the model have confirmed or posted anything about their romance this time around, but here's what you need to know about their recent joint sightings.

They just hung out poolside.
Bieber was recently spotted acting flirty by the pool today with Baldwin in Miami. The photos show Hailey, sporting a bikini and denim shorts, bringing Justin a towel and running her hands through his infamous head of hair.

Before that, they went to church-and the club.
Prior to today's pool cameo, Bieber and Baldwin "spent Sunday together, kicking off their night with dinner at Casa Tua. They then went to club LIV in Miami Beach around 1 a.m., spending most of their time in one of the club's sky boxes," a witness told Entertainment Tonight. They reportedly left holding hands, per TMZ.

Nothing goes better with swimwear than a crisp pair of jean shorts. So when one of the best bikini brands partnered with one of the best de...

Nothing goes better with swimwear than a crisp pair of jean shorts. So when one of the best bikini brands partnered with one of the best denim labels, what happened is pure, summer magic-also known as the recently launched collaboration between Solid & Striped and Re/Done.
All Photo credit: Courtesy

“Working with RE/DONE made perfect sense in terms of our shared customer bases and complementary brand aesthetics,” says Isaac Ross, Solid & Striped founder. “The denim cut off short is iconic and embodies the nostalgia and romanticism of Los Angeles. We wanted to represent the old world glamor of Hollywood, the sporty beach culture and attitude of Malibu, and the playful nostalgia of Venice."

The campaign, modeled by Romee Strijd, shot by Clara Ballard, and styled by Mel Ottenberg, is peak West Coast. Think Malibu-worthy retro underwire tops and thigh-high cut bottoms, classic cut off denim shorts that belong on the Venice boardwalk, and a motocross checkerboard print that belongs on Claudia Schiffer.

"Los Angeles is at the soul of our brand so looking to iconic neighborhoods like Malibu, Venice and Hollywood as the inspiration for the collaboration made the whole process super organic." says Sean Barron, RE/DONE Co-Founder. Shop the collection below then fire up the Insta accounts. Your followers will thank you.

It's men's fashion week over in London right now, so there are lots of runway images hitting the wire, but the ones from designer X...

It's men's fashion week over in London right now, so there are lots of runway images hitting the wire, but the ones from designer Xander Zhou's show on Monday really have people talking. That's because he had many of his male models walk the catwalk with fake pregnant bellies. This is what they looked like:

Photo credit: Getty Images



Beyonc矇 and Jay-Z kicked off their On the Run Tour II in Cardiff, Wales last week and it was everything we could have hoped for and more....

Beyonc矇 and Jay-Z kicked off their On the Run Tour II in Cardiff, Wales last week and it was everything we could have hoped for and more. The costumes, the choreography, and the music were all on-point (not that we'd ever expect anything less from Bey and Jay), and the couple dug deep, sharing details about their relationship and their lives with fans.

The audience was treated to images of the Carter kids, Blue Ivy, 6, and Rumi and Sir, 11 months. The couple shared footage that appeared to be from their vow renewal ceremony. The vibe was definitely intimate.

Things got even more intimate in the On the Run Tour Book, where Bey and Jay shared pictures of themselves that are intimate in every sense of the word, including pictures of them in bed and of Beyonc矇 casually lounging in a thong.

Take a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor if needed. These pictures are amazing.

All eyes are on Sridevi’s daughter, Janhvi Kapoor’s debut film, in which she stars opposite Ishaan Khatter, Shahid Kapoor’s brother. The ...

All eyes are on Sridevi’s daughter, Janhvi Kapoor’s debut film, in which she stars opposite Ishaan Khatter, Shahid Kapoor’s brother. The much anticipated trailer of the Sairat remake, Dhadak is here:

Dhadak is scheduled to release on 20 July. Bankrolled by Dharma Productions and Zee Studios, the film is directed by Shashank Khaitan.

"We are honoured and excited to collaborate with Zee studios on the official adaptation of the immensely celebrated and loved SAIRAAT..DHADAK is Shashank Khaitan’s third film post his dulhania series and a true labour of love ....we present JANHVI and ISHAAN to the world today and can’t wait for the viewers to experience their innocence and magic on celluloid....Dhadak trailer out today at 12 pm!!!" - Karan Johar wrote

On Sunday night, the best of Broadway’s 2017-18 season were recognized during the 72nd annual Tony Awards hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Ba...

On Sunday night, the best of Broadway’s 2017-18 season were recognized during the 72nd annual Tony Awards hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles.

Broadcasted live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the show was a star-studded affair, with Hollywood a-listers, theater legends and even Bruce Springsteen, who was a performer, all in the same room.

Mean Girls andSpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical led the night’s honorees, with 12 nominations each. The two musicals were followed closely by the revivals of Angels in America and Carousel as well as The Band’s Visit, all of which were nominated for 11 awards. Rounding out the top shows were Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and My Fair Lady, which were nominated for 10 awards each.

Andrew Garfield won the first award of the night for his performance in Angels in America, with Glenda Jackson, Nathan Lane, Laurie Metcalf among the other winners of the Tonys' acting prizes. And there were plenty of standout performances, from Gavin Lee doing his show-stopping tap number in SpongeBob to the Parkland shooting survivors singing an emotional rendition of "Season of Love" from Rent. 

Check out the complete winners list below (updated throughout the night):

Show

Best Musical

The Band's Visit **WINNER**
Frozen
Mean Girls
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Revival of a Musical

My Fair Lady
Once on This Island **WINNER**
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Best Play

The Children
Farinelli and the King
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two **WINNER**
Junk
Latin History for Morons

Best Revival of a Play

Angels in America **WINNER**
Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Eugene O'Neill's the Iceman Cometh
Lobby Hero
Travesties



Performance

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

Andrew Garfield, Angels in America **WINNER**
Tom Holland, Travesties
Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Mark Rylance, Farinelli and the King
Denzel Washington, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Michael Cera, Lobby Hero
Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
Nathan Lane, Angels in America **WINNER**
David Morse, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Carousel
Tony Shalhoub, The Band's Visit **WINNER**
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
Alexander Gemignani, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Ari'el Stachel, The Band's Visit **WINNER**

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Glenda Jackson, Three Tall Women **WINNER**
Condola Rashad, Saint Joan
Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Susan Brown, Angels in America
Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Deborah Findlay, The Children
Denise Gough, Angels in America
Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women **WINNER**

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady
Hailey Kilgore, Once on This Island
LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Katrina Lenk, The Band's Visit **WINNER**
Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
Jessie Mueller, Carousel

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Renée Fleming, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel **WINNER**
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady



Technical

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden, Once On This Island
David Cromer, The Band's Visit **WINNER**
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Best Book of a Musical

Itamar Moses, The Band's Visit **WINNER**
Jennifer Lee, Frozen
Tina Fey, Mean Girls
Kyle Jarrow, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Original Score

Angels in America
The Band's Visit **WINNER**
Frozen
Mean Girls
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Orchestrations

John Clancy, Mean Girls
Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Annmarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin, Once on This Island
Jamshied Sharifi, The Band's Visit **WINNER**
Jonathan Tunick, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Best Choreography

Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Justin Peck, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel **WINNER**

Best Scenic Design in a Musical

Dane Laffrey, Once on This Island
Scott Pask, The Band's Visit
Scott Pask, Finn Ross & Adam Young, Mean Girls
Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical **WINNER**

Best Costume Design in a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls
Clint Ramos, Once On This Island
Ann Roth, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady **WINNER**

Best Lighting Design in a Musical

Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Once On This Island
Donald Holder, My Fair Lady
Brian MacDevitt, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Tyler Micoleau, The Band's Visit **WINNER**

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Kai Harada, The Band's Visit **WINNER**
Peter Hylenski, Once on This Island
Scott Lehrer, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
Brian Ronan, Mean Girls
Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Direction of a Play

Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Joe Mantello, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Patrick Marber, Travesties
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two **WINNER**
George C. Wolfe, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Best Scenic Design in a Play

Miriam Buether, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two **WINNER**
Santo Loquasto, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh
Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in America

Best Costume Design in a Play

Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Nicky Gillibrand, Angels in America
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two **WINNER**
Ann Roth, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women
Ann Roth, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Best Lighting Design in a Play

Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two **WINNER**
Paule Constable, Angels in America
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh
Paul Russell, Farinelli and The King
Ben Stanton, Junk

Best Sound Design of a Play

Adam Cork, Travesties
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Angels in America
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two **WINNER**
Tom Gibbons, 1984
Dan Moses Schreier, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh



Special Awards 

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Chita Rivera
Andrew Lloyd Webber

Special Tony Awards

John Leguizamo
Bruce Springsteen

Regional Theatre Tony Award

La MaMa E.T.C. New York City

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award

Nick Scandalios

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

Sara Krulwich
Bessie Nelson
Ernest Winzer Cleaners

“Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical” led the field with 12 Tony Award nominations each on Tuesday, including Best Musical....

“Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical” led the field with 12 Tony Award nominations each on Tuesday, including Best Musical.

A critically acclaimed revival of “Angels in America” earned 11 nominations, including for stars Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane, tying with the new Tony Shalhoub musical “The Band’s Visit” and the musical revival “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel.”

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the hit two-part drama that follows up on J.K. Rowling’s beloved wizard franchise, picked up 10 nominations, including Best Play. The show, which broke the record in its London run by winning nine Olivier Awards, has become a gigantic hit on both sides of the Atlantic — setting box office records for a nonmusical on Broadway.

The Tony committee also announced special awards for Bruce Springsteen and John Leguizamo for their one-man shows this past season — even though Leguizamo’s “Latin History for Morons” picked up a surprise nod in the Best Play category.

The awards, presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, previously announced that actress Chita Rivera and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber will received lifetime achievement awards.

Tony nominees Sara Bareilles (“Waitress”) and Josh Groban (“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”) will co-host this year’s ceremony, which will be held June 10 at Radio City Music Hall.

Winners will be announced on the 72 Annual Tony Awards

Here’s the complete list of nominees:

Best Play

“The Children” — Author: Lucy Kirkwood
“Farinelli and The King” — Author: Claire van Kampen;
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” — Author: Jack Thorne
“Junk” — Author: Ayad Akhtar
“Latin History for Morons” — Author: John Leguizamo

Best Musical

“The Band’s Visit”
“Frozen”
“Mean Girls”
“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Best Revival of a Play

“Angels in America”
“Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women”
“Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh”
“Lobby Hero”
“Travesties”

Best Revival of a Musical

“My Fair Lady”
“Once On This Island”
“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”

Best Book of a Musical

The Band’s Visit, Itamar Moses
Frozen, Jennifer Lee
Mean Girls, Tina Fey
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Kyle Jarrow

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

“Angels in America,” Music: Adrian Sutton
“The Band’s Visit”, Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek
“Frozen,” Music & Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“Mean Girls,” Music: Jeff Richmond and Lyrics: Nell Benjamin
“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical” — Music & Lyrics: Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil’C

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Tom Hollander, Travesties
Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Mark Rylance, Farinelli and The King
Denzel Washington, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Glenda Jackson, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Condola Rashad, Saint Joan
Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Tony Shalhoub, The Band’s Visit
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady
Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island
LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit
Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
Jessie Mueller, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Michael Cera, Lobby Hero
Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
Nathan Lane, Angels in America
David Morse, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Susan Brown, “Angels in America”
Noma Dumezweni, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”
Deborah Findlay, “The Children”
Denise Gough, “Angels in America”
Laurie Metcalf, “Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
Alexander Gemignani, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Ariana DeBose, “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”
Renée Fleming, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”
Lindsay Mendez, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”
Ashley Park, “Mean Girls
Diana Rigg, “My Fair Lady”

Best Direction of a Play

Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Joe Mantello, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Patrick Marber, Travesties
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
George C. Wolfe, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden, Once On This Island
David Cromer, The Band’s Visit
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Miriam Buether, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Santo Loquasto, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in America

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Dane Laffrey, Once On This Island
Scott Pask, The Band’s Visit
Scott Pask, Finn Ross & Adam Young, Mean Girls
Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Nicky Gillibrand, Angels in America
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Ann Roth, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Ann Roth, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls
Clint Ramos, Once On This Island
Ann Roth, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Paule Constable, Angels in America
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Paul Russell, Farinelli and The King
Ben Stanton, Junk

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Once On This Island
Donald Holder, My Fair Lady
Brian MacDevitt, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Tyler Micoleau, The Band’s Visit

Best Sound Design of a Play

Adam Cork, Travesties
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Angels in America
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Tom Gibbons, 1984
Dan Moses Schreier, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Kai Harada, The Band’s Visit
Peter Hylenski, Once On This Island
Scott Lehrer, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Brian Ronan, Mean Girls
Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Choreography

Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Justin Peck, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Best Orchestrations

John Clancy, Mean Girls
Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Annmarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin, Once On This Island
Jamshied Sharifi, The Band’s Visit
Jonathan Tunick, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

According to weather reports, Britain is set to welcome yet more snow this weekend thanks to the ‘Beast from the East: 2.’ But while it...

According to weather reports, Britain is set to welcome yet more snow this weekend thanks to the ‘Beast from the East: 2.’

But while it’s probable that the majority of us will deem it a great excuse for a Netflix binge, one woman from Ukraine sees frozen temperatures as the opportunity to go for a naked jog.

Yes, 32-year-old Inna Vladimirskaya believes that her weekly skinny dip in the icy waters of Dnieper river in Kiev is the secret behind her youthful looks.

For the past nine years, she has gone for a weekend jog in sub-zero temperatures (minus running gear) before going for a brisk swim.


And according to Vladimirskaya, the exercise routine helps combat muscle pain while keeping her skin youthful thanks to the increase in oxygen supply.

She explained: “Immersion in cold water makes the blood rush to the internal organs, activating their circulation, which helps break down fat and improve muscle tone.”

The 32-year-old continued, “The walrus looks much younger than its actual age, because it spends so much time in cold water. Humans can reap the same benefits if they are prepared to put the hard work in.”

But of course her routine hasn’t gone unnoticed in the local area, as Czech photographer David Tensinsky had to capture Vladimirskaya’s unusual weekend ritual after hearing of it from locals.

A daring plan for the weekend, perhaps?

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Outlook
Odds to win Group E: 80%
Odds to advance: 96.2%
Odds to win World Cup: 20%
Elo rank: 1
Yahoo Sports power rank: 2

Our writers say: The Selecao were expected to win the Hexacampeao – their sixth World Cup title – on home soil four years ago. You may remember seven reasons why that didn’t quite go to plan. But the demons of Belo Horizonte have been exorcized, and Brazil was the only South American team to cruise through qualification. — Ryan Bailey

(Odds via BetOnline, converted to percentages – and therefore slightly exaggerated)

Philippe Coutinho, Neymar and Gabriel Jesus lead a fearsome Brazil attack into the 2018 World Cup. (Getty)

Basics
World Cup appearance: 21st
Best World Cup finish: Champion (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
2014 finish: Lost in the semifinals to Germany
Qualifying: Finished first in South America
Schedule: Switzerland (Sunday, June 17, 2 p.m., FS1), Costa Rica (Friday, June 22, 8 a.m., FS1), Serbia (Wednesday, June 27, 2 p.m., Fox/FS1)

Squad
Manager: Tite
Captain: Rotation
Top players: Neymar (F), Marcelo (D), Casemiro (M), Gabriel Jesus (F), Joao Miranda (D)
Full 23-man squad

Breakdown
Why they’ll win games: Brazil swept through CONMEBOL qualifying like no team has since 2000-01 Argentina. Tite has built a machine, with world-class talent fitting snugly into a defined system. That machine has scored 42 goals and allowed five over the past two years, mostly against World Cup opposition. The defense, anchored by Miranda, can seem impermeable at times. And unlike the 2014 Selecao, this iteration isn’t utterly reliant on Neymar. The dazzling winger is simply one eye-catching piece of a beautiful attacking puzzle.

Why they’ll lose games: Tite has been tinkering a bit. That isn’t inherently bad. But it is a bit strange, given how consistently excellent his team was throughout qualifying. And there have been a few unfortunate bumps in the road in recent months. Dani Alves, Brazil’s starting right back, will miss the World Cup due to injury. Neymar’s fractured metatarsal should be fully healed come mid-June, but there’s a doomsday scenario where re-injury turns Brazil’s 2018 campaign into 2014 all over again.

How they’ll play: Few teams have ever married attacking flair with defensive solidity like the Brazilians do. Casemiro will sit in front of the back four and behind two more attack-minded central midfielders. His presence gives protection and security at the back, especially in transition. It also gives the front five, and even the ever-eager fullbacks, freedom to do their thing going forward.

Projected lineup (4-1-4-1): Alisson; Fagner, Marquinhos, Joao Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro; Willian, Paulinho, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar; Gabriel Jesus.

With Alves out, either Fagner or Danilo could start at right back. At center back, Thiago Silva started in two March friendlies, but the spot was Marquinhos’ throughout qualifying. In midfield, Renato Augusto was also a fixture throughout 2016 and 2017, with either Coutinho or Willian on the right. But Coutinho could play central, with Willian wide right, against inferior group foes.

Rooting Guide
What makes them unique: Since Tite took over, 16 different players have worn the captain’s armband for Brazil. The rotation policy began as a clever ploy to avoid stripping Neymar – who had received criticism in the role – of the captaincy. Now it’s a unique, symbolic way of fostering shared responsibility throughout the squad.

Why to root for them: Because there was so much heartache in 2014. Way, way too much for many of those players to bear responsibility for. To see them undo all of it on July 15 in Moscow would be special. Oh, and they’ll entertain you in the process.

Why to root against them: Because you’ll be accused of glory hunting, and rightly so.

If you’re going to watch one game … None of the three really standout above the rest, so don’t wait; pick the first one against Switzerland.

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Outlook
Odds to win Group D: 60%
Odds to advance: 85.7%
Odds to win World Cup: 10%
Elo rank: 4
Yahoo Sports power rank: 5

Our writers say: There is a great deal of money to be won if you can accurately predict what this Argentina team will do on any given day. Because there’s just no telling. After losing a World Cup final and two Copa America finals in extra time in three consecutive summers, a shambolic qualifying campaign very nearly saw the Albiceleste miss out on Russia. There are a lot of big names up front, and gaping holes everywhere else in the lineup. Still, Argentina has Lionel Messi. And the world’s greatest player might be taking his last stab at finally winning this thing. — Leander Schaerlaeckens

(Odds via BetOnline, converted to percentages – and therefore slightly exaggerated)

Is this the summer Lionel Messi finally wins a World Cup? (Associated Press)
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Basics
World Cup appearance: 17th
Best World Cup finish: Champion (1978, 1986)
2014 finish: Lost in the final to Germany
Qualifying: Finished third in South America
Schedule: Iceland (Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m., Fox), Croatia (Thursday, June 21, 2 p.m., Fox), Nigeria (Tuesday, June 26, 2 p.m., Fox/FS1)

Squad
Manager: Jorge Sampaoli
Captain: Lionel Messi (F)
Top players: Messi, Sergio Aguero (F), Gonzalo Higuain (F), Paulo Dybala (M)
Full 23-man (or preliminary) squad

Breakdown
Why they’ll win games: Because they have the greatest player ever. That, obviously, is overly simplistic reasoning, but Messi is brilliant enough to make it valid reasoning. You’ll probably hear a lot about Argentina’s qualifying struggles, but with Messi in the team – he missed eight games due to injury or suspension – La Albiceleste took 2.1 points per match. He singlehandedly dragged them from the mountains of Ecuador to Russia. He can singlehandedly drag them to a World Cup final. He’s that good. And he has a defense that conceded less than a goal per game in qualifying behind him.

Why they’ll lose games: They’re not quite sure who or what they are. And that’s been the case for ages. Argentina still hasn’t figured out how to piece a pretty puzzle together around Messi. There’s still time. But there’s also a very real chance that Sampaoli can’t crack the code, and that Argentina remains exasperatingly ordinary.

How they’ll play: Whether it’s a 4-2-3-1 or 3-5-2 of some sort, Sampaoli’s challenge is to mold Messi into his full-bore pressing system. Messi runs less, on average, than any other outfield player in a top European league. Sampaoli has, in the past, required incessant intensity from all 11 players, but knows running Messi into the ground isn’t feasible or optimal. So Argentina will still be aggressive and combative, and they’ll play at a break-neck pace when possible. But this won’t look like Sampaoli’s Chile team from four years ago.

Projected lineup: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ We’ve got no clue. Neither, in all likelihood, does Sampaoli. Messi is a certainty. Nicolas Otamendi and Angel Di Maria are near certainties. But beyond that? Lucas Biglia probably would be, but is currently recovering from a back injury and might not be fit. If he is, here are a few possibilities:

(4-2-3-1): Franco Armani; Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Nicolas Tagliafico; Lucas Biglia, Ever Banega; Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi, Manuel Lanzini; Sergio Aguero.

OR

(3-4-2-1): Franco Armani; Nicolas Otamendi, Javier Mascherano, Marcos Rojo; Eduardo Salvio, Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia, Angel Di Maria; Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala; Gonzalo Higuain.

Almost anybody in the squad could realistically start, though. Among the possibilities not mentioned in either mock-up above are: Marcos Acuna in defense, Giovani Lo Celso as an attacking midfielder, and even young winger Christian Pavon.

Additionally, Sergio Romero’s knee injury leaves the No. 1 shirt up for grabs – likely for Armani ahead of the aging Willy Caballero.

Rooting Guide
What makes them unique: The strange, strained relationship the nation has with its star.

Why to root for them: Messi deserves a World Cup. He deserves to never hear ridiculous arguments diminishing his greatness by pointing to his supposed failures on the international stage. He deserves to be universally loved in Argentina. And only a title will extinguish all of that.

Why to root against them: If it turns out to be a dumpster fire, there’s some serious schadenfreude potential. There’s something surreal about seeing a team with so much talent fail so spectacularly.

If you’re going to watch one game … The Iceland game should be fantastic theatre.ac

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Outlook
Odds to win Group B: 35.1%
Odds to advance: 84.6%
Odds to win World Cup: 3.8%
Elo rank: 6
Yahoo Sports power rank: 7

Our writers say: Cristiano Ronaldo is the headliner, the catalyst and the focal point. He’s also a convenient distraction from Portugal’s many problems – namely, an aging defense that restricts the Portuguese stylistically. They ground their way to a European title two summers ago, but will need double the good fortune to repeat the feat on the global stage. — Henry Bushnell

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal are the defending European champions. Can they repeat the feat at the World Cup? (Getty)
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Basics
World Cup appearance: 7th
Best World Cup finish: 3rd place (1966)
2014 finish: Group stage (1-1-1)
Qualifying: Topped UEFA Group B ahead of Switzerland
Schedule: Spain (Friday, June 15, 2 p.m., Fox), Morocco (Wednesday, June 20, 8 a.m., FS1), Iran (Monday, June 25, 2 p.m., Fox/FS1)

Squad
Manager: Fernando Santos
Captain: Cristiano Ronaldo (F)
Top players: Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva (M)
Full 23-man squad

Breakdown
Why they’ll win games: There’s a decent amount of high- to mid-tier talent in the squad. But all rivers flow to Ronaldo. He is simply sensational, and the centerpiece for all that Portugal does going forward. His presence renders dominance or control of a game unnecessary, because one moment of brilliance can turn it on its head. That allows Santos to program his team in a relatively defensive posture – the chief reason it conceded just one knockout-round goal en route to a Euro 2016 title, and just four throughout qualifying.

Why they’ll lose games: There are growing concerns about the back four that achieved that defensive success, though. The contenders to start at center back are now 34, 35 and 36 years old. The only prospect who has emerged, Ruben Dias, just turned 21 and probably isn’t ready. Portugal, therefore, has to play cautiously to protect them. And that’s a problem, especially against lesser foes. Portugal isn’t good at picking minnows apart. Bernardo Silva is too constrained by the system. Other talented attackers don’t even have places in the starting 11. Santos’ cautious approach worked two summers ago, but that doesn’t mean it’ll work this time around.

How they’ll play: With one holding midfielder, three central-ish midfielders ahead of him, and two up top … but with a strange lack of dynamism. The attack is very cross-heavy, in part because it is so dependent on Ronaldo, but also in part because there is an unwillingness to try other avenues. Portugal will rarely press ferociously high up the field; it won’t overload central attacking areas and pull defenders out of position. It will play at a relatively slow pace, and won’t be particularly entertaining, unless the ball is at Ronaldo’s feet.

Projected lineup (4-1-3-2): Rui Patricio; Cedric, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Raphael Guerreiro; William Carvalho; Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Bernardo Silva; Cristiano Ronaldo, Andre Silva.

The two spots up for grabs, it would seem, are Alves’ and Moutinho’s. Dias or Jose Fonte could start ahead of the 36-year-old Alves. Adrien Silva would be the top option to replace Moutinho. Goncalo Guedes is a wild card, and is certainly one of Portugal’s 11 best players, but doesn’t seem to have a place in Santos’ setup.

Rooting Guide
What makes them unique: They have arguably the second-best player of all time.
Why to root for them: Because you appreciate Ronaldo’s greatness.

Why to root against them: Because you despise Ronaldo and his arrogant perfection.

If you’re going to watch one game … You can’t miss the showdown with Spain. But the other two should be intriguing as well.

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Outlook
Odds to win Group B: 3.8%
Odds to advance: 12.5%
Odds to win World Cup: 0.2%
Elo rank: 21
Yahoo Sports power rank: 28

Our writers say: Team Melli is built to frustrate favored opponents, just as it did Argentina for 90 minutes and 28 seconds in 2014. Four years later, though, it possesses a bit more of a counterattacking threat. Spain and Portugal – the latter, especially – must be wary. — Henry Bushnell

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Sardar Azmoun will give Iran a dimension at the 2018 World Cup that it didn’t have four years earlier. (Getty)
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Basics
World Cup appearance: 5th
Best World Cup finish: Group stage
2014 finish: Group stage (0-1-2)
Qualifying: Won Asia’s Group A ahead of South Korea and Syria
Schedule: Morocco (Friday, June 15, 11 a.m., Fox), Spain (Wednesday, June 20, 2 p.m., Fox), Portugal (Monday, June 25, 2 p.m., Fox/FS1)

Squad
Manager: Carlos Queiroz
Captain: Ashkan Dejagah (M)
Top players: Sardar Azmoun (F), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (F)
Full 23-man (or preliminary) squad

Breakdown
Why they’ll win games: Iran didn’t concede a single goal during the final round of qualifying until the last matchday, at which point it had already booked its ticket to Russia. Queiroz is excellent, and has personnel that suits his restrained pressing system. His team will frustrate superior opponents, like it did Argentina four years ago. But this time, with Azmoun and Jahanbakhsh the attacking catalysts, and a younger squad overall, there’s significantly more punch.

Why they’ll lose games: There isn’t nearly enough technical ability in midfield and at the back to control a World Cup game. So Iran will be stuck on the back foot for long stretches. And center backs from the Persian Gulf Pro League and Qatar Stars League can only keep Cristiano Ronaldo and Spain’s stars at bay for so long.

How they’ll play: They’ll defend. A lot. Against Spain and Portugal, they’ll likely pull their line of confrontation back to midfield, and repel attacks in a 4-5-1 of sorts, with two back-line shields. They’ll break through Azmoun when possible.

Projected lineup (4-2-3-1): Alireza Beiranvand; Ramin Rezaeian, Jalal Hosseini, Morteza Pouraliganji, Milad Mohammadi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Ehsan Hajsafi; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Ashkan Dejagah, Saman Ghoddos; Sardar Azmoun.

Mehdi Taremi could start out of position on the left wing, instead of Ghoddos. Ezatolahi is suspended for the opener, and his most likely replacement is Ali Karimi.

Rooting Guide
What makes them unique: Queiroz is a fascinating figure. Even more fascinating is the Mozambique-born Portuguese manager’s résumé. It includes two stints at the helm of Portugal’s national team and two stints as a Sir Alex Ferguson assistant at Manchester United. Queiroz’s four club managerial jobs were Real Madrid, Sporting CP, MLS’s New York/New Jersey MetroStars, and as Arsene Wenger’s successor at Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight. He’s also taken charge of the United Arab Emirates and South Africa national teams. Now he’s taking Iran to a second straight World Cup, and this time find himself matched up with his native country.

Why to root for them: Do you want to take pleasure in Ronaldo’s arms flailing around in frustration? Iran might just be the team for you. And although it’s a long shot to advance from the group, it really does have a shot of taking upset bids into the second halves of games.

Why to root against them: Uh, let’s just say they don’t play particularly enjoyable soccer.

If you’re going to watch one game … Make it the Portugal game on the final day of the group – especially if both sides still have a shot to progress.