I’ve always loved building Lego projects, and with this one being the iconic 1989 Batwing, it was a chance to put together two things that I love.
I’ve always loved building Lego projects, and with this one being the iconic 1989 Batwing, it was a chance to put together two things that I love.
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Pamela Tiffin, star of the 1962 remake of “State Fair” who enjoyed major success in the 1960s in both the U.S. and Italy before retiring from acting in 1974, died Friday of natural causes. She was 78.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tiffin was hospitalized at the time of her death.Born Pamela Tiffin Wonso in Oklahoma City in 1942 but raised in Chicago, Tiffin began a public career as a teen model in the late 1950s. Her film career began during a trip to Los Angeles in 1961 when, while visiting the Paramount lot, she was spotted by powerhouse producer Hal B. Wallis and given a screen test.Also Read: Whitney Collings, 'Bad Girls Club' Star, Dies at 33Very quickly she saw success as a burgeoning movie star, landing as her second film role one of the leads in Billy Wilder’s 1961 cold war comedy “One, Two, Three.” She followed that up by landing the lead role of Margy Frake in the 1962 remake of “State Fair.” Other credits from this period include “Come Fly with Me” (1963), “The Pleasure Seekers” (1964), and “The Hallelujah Trail” (1965), as well as an appearance on “The Fugitive.”Tiffin moved to Italy in 1967 and over the next several years starred in a series of successful films including “Torture Me But Kill Me with Kisses,” while occasionally returning to the United States to work. She retired from acting entirely in 1974 after marrying her second husband, Edmondo Danon. The couple had two daughters. Danon and their children survive her.la Repubblica first reported the news.Read original story Pamela Tiffin, ‘State Fair’ and ‘One, Two, Three’ Actress, Dies at 78 At TheWrap
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Tucker Carlson isn’t a fan of diversity, so it’s not surprising that he would complain about the more-diverse-than-usual makeup of Joe Biden’s cabinet picks. On Friday night, Tucker delivered an angry screed complaining about how Biden has picked five people of color for his cabinet, and five women, and compared such attempts at inclusiveness to “the Antebellum South” and “the ancient caste systems of India.”“This is called identity politics. It is the most divisive possible way to run a government. No wise country allows identity politics,” Tucker complained, though he never explained how the government could forcibly stop anyone to stop caring about having diverse groups of people represented in leadership positions.“In identity politics, there is no such thing as the common good.”Also Read: Tucker Carlson Freaks Out Over Biden's 'Woke' Cabinet Picks (Video)Tucker is distorting the topic here. In reality, identity politics — on the left, anyway — is about supporting groups that federal and local governments, businesses and other organizations have traditionally disadvantaged. Those disadvantages certainly never went away. In the present, to cite one example with readily available data, women still make significantly less money on average than men, and Black workers make significantly less money than white workers. Leftist identity politics attempts to address those sorts of blatant inequalities.Tucker, however, does not like that idea.“Not all people who look alike are alike. Stereotypes are bad, remember? In this country appearance is not everything. In America, you are more than your ethnicity. Life here is not determined by your DNA. That was the promise anyway. And for a time, roughly from the end of the civil rights movement to the beginning of Barack Obama’s first term, that seemed to be working fairly well,” Tucker said, indicating he thinks that America had solved racism until it elected its first Black president.Also Read: Tucker Carlson Cites His UFO Obsession as Proof He's 'Open Minded' (Video)But he was just getting warmed up with that rhetoric.“We all agreed to try to drop the stereotypes and try to judge people for what they do, not on how they were born, but no longer. We’ve got new rules now, rules that in fact are very old rules. They stretch back to the Antebellum South and all the way to the ancient caste systems of India. According to these rules, Joe Biden’s rules, your place in society is determined by your birth. Certain groups get benefits, other groups get punishments. It’s as simple and as primitive as that,” Tucker whined.That last bit is particularly egregious, since it was conservatives who maintained the role of slavery in the South before the Civil War, not leftists — and Tucker Carlson is certainly on the conservative end of the political spectrum. Attempts to bring the living standards of marginalized peoples up to that of people who were born into relative privilege is, in fact, the opposite of what Southern states were doing before the war with chattel slavery.Also Read: Tucker Carlson: America Is 'the Nicest Country in the World' Because 'We Don't Eat Dogs' (Video)You can watch the quoted rant from Friday’s episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News in the video embedded up at the top of this article.Read original story Tucker Carlson Compares Leftist Identity Politics to ‘Antebellum South’ (Video) At TheWrap
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“Vanderpump Rules” has parted ways with stars Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright.Taylor, one of the show’s original stars and its most controversial cast member, announced in an Instagram post on Friday that he and his new wife would not be returning for a 9th season of the Bravo reality series.“The last 8 years on ‘Vanderpump Rules’ have been some of the most challenging, rewarding and fulfilling years of my life,” he wrote. “Although this is difficult to share, Brittany and I will not be returning for another season of Vanderpump Rules. We are excited to take this time to focus on our growing family and share with you our new endeavors.”Taylor thanked Bravo, his castmates and producers Evolution, telling fans to “stay tuned” for his next steps.Also Read: Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute Fired From 'Vanderpump Rules' After Racist Posts ResurfaceEarlier this summer, “Vanderpump Rules” axed two of its main stars, Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute, after racist posts resurfaced of them reporting a black castmate to police for a crime she did not commit. At the time, fans also called out Taylor for having made similar statements about the same cast member, Faith Stowers.Originally a spinoff of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” centered around star Lisa Vanderpump and the employees of her portfolio of restaurants, “Vanderpump Rules” has since evolved into a hit franchise in its own right, with cast members like Schroeder and Taylor emerging as breakout stars. The most recent season centered around the planning of Taylor and Cartwright’s wedding and was criticized by fans and critics alike as a series in need of a cast shakeup.Since the conclusion of Season 8 back in June, “Vanderpump Rules” has dropped a total of six full-time or recurring cast members: Taylor, Cartwright, Schroeder and Doute, as well as Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jax (@mrjaxtaylor)Read original story Jax Taylor, Brittany Cartwright Depart ‘Vanderpump Rules’ At TheWrap
David Sheehan, a veteran Los Angeles entertainment journalist and broadcaster, whose legendary career spanned across four decades, has died. He was 82.According to the Los Angeles Times, Sheehan had been battling cancer for years and passed awat on Tuesday at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center from complications of a stroke he suffered last week.Coined the “Dean of Hollywood Entertainment Reporters,” Sheehan was a founding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (now Critics Choice Association).Sheehan started his career and broke ground as the first entertainment interviewer and reviewer on Los Angeles television when he joined CBS in 1970. Sheehan would work there for 14 years, and then spent a decade working at NBC. During his stint at NBC, Sheehan both produced and hosted a series of syndicated network entertainment specials including “Macho Men at the Movies” and “Hollywood’s Leading Ladies.” Sheehan would return to CBS for another 10-year stint from 1994 to 2004.“He interviewed EVERYONE and became such a fixture that he enjoyed decades-long relationships with many of Hollywood’s biggest stars,” the Critics Choice Association says in a statement to TheWrap. “His popular interview compilation specials were syndicated from coast to coast, making him among the most successful and most widely known of our members.”David Sheehan is survived by his children, Brian, Shannon, Kelly, and a grandchild.Read original story David Sheehan, Veteran LA Entertainment Journalist and Broadcaster, Dies at 82 At TheWrap
Magic Castle, the exclusive club for magicians in Los Angeles, is facing accusations of sexual assault, harassment, discrimination and racism leveled against its management, members and performers.As detailed in an extensive report from the Los Angeles Times on Friday, former employees said they reported instances of sexual harassment and assault to Magic Castle managers, who they said did nothing in response and later retaliated against them for speaking up.Randy Sinnott Jr., the president of the organization’s board of directors, told The Times in a statement, “The Academy of Magical Arts and its Board work to provide a safe and welcoming environment and experience. All claims brought to the attention of the Board or management are treated seriously and professionally.”Also Read: MGM Board Chair Kevin Ulrich Accused of Sexual Assault in Since-Dismissed LawsuitAccording to the Times, the academy was sued four times between 2011-2019 by former employees for allegedly violating the Fair Employment and Housing Act. One of those ex-employees is Stephanie Carpentieri, a former waitress at the Castle, who claimed in a 2019 lawsuit that she was sexually assaulted by a busboy while at work, and also faced verbal and physical abuse from a dining room manager. She told the Times that her supervisors never took action, and said she was fired in retaliation. The academy, the busboy and Carpentieri’s boss all denied her allegations. Her case is set to go to trial in August 2021.Carpentieri told the Times, “I do have hope that shining a light on this stuff will make a change, because the Magic Castle … should not be tarnished by this atmosphere of violence and harassment.”In another case, a former bartender, Terry Lee Lamair, said the Castle ignored complaints that a co-worker had sexually harassed her. She told the Times that instead of doing anything to stop the abuse, a supervisor joined in by repeatedly referring to her vagina as the “Grand Canyon.” Lamair sued the Castle in 2013.Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Sued by Miriam Haley for Sexual AssaultCarpentieri said the culture at the Castle is one of “not believing women” — a sentiment echoed by magician Chris Hannibal, who told the Times he’s seen female guests treated like “prey or props” while volunteering to participate in live shows. One guest, Andrea Kemp, recalled to The Times that during a 2018 visit to the Castle, a magician named Charles Chavez “invaded” her personal space against her repeated objections and asked her to rub a card against her breasts. Chavez was later stripped of his membership and banned from the castle.The Times also spoke to former Black employees of the Castle who said racial slurs were regularly used by white staffers. One former cook, Brian Turner, told The Times, “It was a whole lot of N-bombs being dropped all day, every day. It was very uncomfortable.”In a June 5 Facebook post, the Castle’s board of directors addressed concerns about how it handles issued related to race, writing, “We admit our own past shortcomings in this area. We will work steadfastly for a more diverse and inclusive club in our membership, our performers, our staff, and our outreach.”Also Read: 3 Years After MeToo, Two-Thirds of Women Experience Harassment in Hollywood, Anita Hill-Led Survey FindsIt was additional dialogue on Facebook over the summer, the Times reports, that ultimately pushed the academy’s board of directors to launch an investigation into “alleged inappropriate workplace conduct.” On Oct. 14, the board shared a statement saying that its findings “were serious and broad-spanning, covering management, culture, human resources, operational systems and processes and the need for systemic change.” Sinnott said that the organization is working with a management consulting firm to implement new changes “over the coming months,” though it’s unclear what exactly those changes will entail.Meanwhile, the Magic Castle has been temporarily shuttered because of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Times, since its closure in March, the Castle has laid off about 95% of its staff, or 189 people, and has reported losses topping $300,000. No reopening date has been set.Read original story Magic Castle Embroiled in Accusations of Sexual Assault and Discrimination At TheWrap