Britney Spears Claiming Father Forced Her to Take Drugs in Rehab

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After Britney Spears spent the past several months on social media saying that she had voluntarily checked herself into a mental health facility, she has now told a judge that her father committed her and forced her to take medication against her will.

Britney Seeks to Adjust or End Her Father’s Conservatorship

Britney Spears is trying to end the 11-year conservatorship that has given her father, Jamie Spears, control over her medical, financial, and career affairs. She is asking the judge to adjust the conservatorship so that she will have more freedom.

Jamie Spears has had held this conservatorship since 2008, when Britney was hospitalized in 2008 and deemed legally incapable of taking care of herself.

The conservatorship does not grant Jamie Spears the power to put his daughter in rehab against her will, according to the terms. Any facility that did so would be breaking the law.

No Ruling on the Conservatorship Has Been Made

The judge has declined to make any ruling on the conservatorship but has ordered an expert evaluation of the singer’s situation, according to TMZ. The hearing ended in a bizarre fashion, with Britney walking out of the courthouse barefoot.

Her condition remains unstable, reportedly. Fans were outside the courthouse chanting and holding up signs that said “Free Britney.”

Lynne Spears is Getting Involved

Britney’s mother, Lynne, is apparently echoing some of Britney’s concerns about the conservatorship and her treatment. Lynne and Britney have been estranged for nearly 15 years, but Lynne is apparently trying to reestablish a relationship with her daughter and has been staying at her home.

Lynne attended the hearing after filing legal documents trying to gain access to Britney’s medical information from Jamie. Britney was seen holding hands with her mother on their way into the courthouse.

Lynne reportedly does not want to become her daughter’s co-conservator, but Britney is hoping that her mother will “ease the restrictions.”

How the Public Battle Began

This very public battle over Britney’s physical and mental health began after she suddenly took a break from her Vegas show, and then checked herself into a mental health facility in April.

It was supposedly to deal with stress over her father’s health. Jamie underwent two emergency surgeries for a ruptured colon. According to some reports, though, Britney’s stay in the facility was really because the cocktail of medications that she has been taking had become ineffective and left her unstable.

‘Game of Thrones’ Just Ruined the Entire Series, Outraged Fans Say

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Spoiler alerts, obviously.

Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode aired last night and it featured some pretty bold choices by showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff. Choices so bold, some fans say, that it ruined the entire series for them.

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Character Arcs Decimated

Among the complaints was Dany’s quick-flip to the dark side, reminiscent of George Lucas’ own mishandling of a good-character-goes-bad arc in another huge franchise. We agree that if you want a character to “break bad”, the Vince Gilligan approach is much more effective than cramming it all into an episode or two.

Jaime Lannister’s character arc is another point of contention. They’ve spent years pushing him away from Cersei, coming to understand honor and oath, and finding attraction in character (Brienne) rather than beauty (Cersei).

Turns out, Jaime is still just as shallow as he was in Season 1. Going back to Cersei to die together was a serious digression from the book version’s likely path.

Some folks even complained that the fabled ‘Cleganebowl’ did not live up to the hype, although we’re not sure that would even be possible. Definitely making Gregor look like Hulked-Out-Varys was a poor choice.

We just have a week to find out how Weiss and Benioff plan to wrap up the series, but the anticipation levels seem to be dropping amongst fan circles.


Police Nab Man Getting Free Cats from Craigslist Only to Dismember Them

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Police have arrested a Missouri man who kept using Craigslist to get free cats, only to bring them home to dismember, mutilate and kill them.

Kaine Louzader, 20, was charged on Friday with felony, first-degree animal abuse, and prosecutors say more charges are expected. He is being held on the $50,000 bond.

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Man Spotted Dumping Dead Cats

Since January, dead cats kept turning up on the same street or near where Louzader lives outside of St. Peters, Missouri.

However, on May 6, someone then spotted Louzader dumping a dead cat near his home and contacted police.

During a police interview, they noticed cuts and scratches on Louzader. A search turned up three mutilated kittens and a dead cat. Police say that he has admitted to dismembering the animals.

Louzader would meet people on Craigslist who were selling or giving away kittens or an adult cat, prosecutors allege, and then he would take them to his home and mutilate them.

When it Becomes a Felony

“It becomes a felony if the animal was mutilated prior to death, so that is something we’re going to have to look at and make sure that in fact we can prove the animals were mutilated before they died,” St. Charles Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar said

“We’ve had several incidents over the years people involved in violent crimes, lo and behold in their background some animal mutilation,” Lohmar said. “So it’s a scary situation.”

Lohmar added that if someone is capable of torching and mutilating animals, he believes that person could be capable of a whole lot worse.


Return to the Matrix! Original Filmmakers Working on New Film in Series

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Are you ready to swallow the red pill again?

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According to John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum director Chad Stahelski, a new Matrix film is in the early stages of development. Stahelski worked on the stunts in the film trilogy and said in a recent interview that the Wachowski sisters have absolutely started working on the next movie.

What Stahelski didn’t reveal was if the film was a third sequel, a prequel, a reboot, or something else set in the Matrix universe.

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When asked if the Wachowskis will be directing the new film, Stahelski wasn’t sure, but was “super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a Matrix, but they’re expanding what we all loved.”

Stahelski added that if they called on his assistance again for the film’s production, “I would absolutely put down whatever I was doing to help them”.


Kim and Kanye Welcome Baby #4 – ‘He’s Here and He’s Perfect!’

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At long last, the West family officially has a new addition! Kim and Kanye welcomed a new son, their fourth child, into the world on May 10. Kim happily tweeted, “He’s here and he’s perfect!” at 9:05 AM PST.

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Rumors were swirling about when the surrogate–not the same one who gave birth to Chicago, Kim and Kanye’s third child, as she recently gave birth to her own child in December–would go into labor. The rumor mill was confirmed when the Wests had to skip a taping of “Ellen” this week to tend to their surrogate. Kim was present at Chicago’s birth, so she was expected to attend her fourth child’s delivery as well. The Wests headed to the hospital on Thursday night to welcome their bundle of joy.

Joining the Family

The new baby joins older siblings North, Saint, and Chicago as West #4. Kim’s tweet seems to suggest that baby, surrogate, and the West family are all in good health and doing well.



Renee Zellweger Shines as Judy Garland in New Film – See the Trailer Here First!

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The trailer for the new Judy Garland biopic has been released, and it looks magical.

Simply titled Judy, it stars Renee Zellweger as the film’s eponymous actress and singer. Directed by Rupert Goold of English theater fame, the film follows a 47-year old Garland between the years of 1968 and 1969.

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The plot revolves around a five-week period of sell-out shows the real-life Garland performed at a London venue, approximately one year before her death.

Also Featuring

Despite the film’s title, Judy isn’t a one-woman show. The flick also has a slew of British and Irish stars on its roster such as Michael Gambon (aka Dumbledore), Finn Wittrock (Unbroken, American Horror Story: Freak Show), and Bella Ramsey (Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones).

Gemma-Leah Devereux (The Tudors) plays Garland’s daughter, Liza Minnelli.

Judy and the rest of the cast will dazzle theaters this fall beginning September 27th.

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Pennywise is Back! Check Out the ‘IT Chapter Two’ Trailer!

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It returns. Or, IT returns rather.

The trailer for IT Chapter Two, the sequel to 2017’s box office hit IT, was released on Thursday and promises more killer-clown creepiness.

Bill Skarsgård returns as Pennywise the Dancing Clown (aka It), as do the child actors that compromised the original film’s Loser’s Club. As the new film takes place 27 years later, stars like Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James McAvoy, and Isiah Mustafa portray the older versions of the kids.

Like the first movie, the plot was adapted from Stephen King’s It novel and Andy Muschietti returns as director. The film is scheduled for release on September 6th.

Big, Giant Clown Shoes To Fill

The first film in the series (well, not counting the 1990s miniseries that starred Tim Curry) set so many box office records, it has its own Wikipedia page to track them all. Among many other achievements, the film was the highest-grossing horror film of all-time in the US and Canada.

While that’s a high bar to reach, IT: Chapter Two will certainly come close if it’s any bit as creepy as the original.


Ban it Like Beckham? Soccer Star Banned from Driving for This Unsafe Practice

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Even though he’s long since retired from soccer, David Beckham received a proverbial red card on Thursday.

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Becks pleaded guilty to using his phone while driving at a court in Bromley, England. In addition to about $1200 worth of fines, the 44-year old received six points on his license, banning him from the road for six months.

The former England national team captain was photographed on November 21st looking down at his phone while driving in slow traffic. According to his lawyer, he has no recollection of this particular day.

Not His First Foul

Beckham already had six points on his license due to previous speeding offenses. In September, he was clocked doing 59MPH in a 40MPH zone but dodged yet another speeding charge on a technicality.

In the UK, holding a phone while driving is a punishable offense, even in slow traffic. The typical punishment is six points on your license and a fine of around $260, though these can increase for more serious offenses.


‘Avengers: Endgame’ Directors Say This Popular Character is Still Alive

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In a recent interview with The Los Angeles Times, the Russo brothers discussed many of the Avengers’ emotional journeys. They also revealed the possible fate of a certain character.

We saw what became of our favorite Avengers in Endgame – how they’d grown, the sacrifices they’d make, and more. But whatever really happened to Thor’s brother Loki?

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Tragic Endings

If you’ll recall, in Infinity War, Loki died being strangled by Thanos; and in Endgame, Thanos did say there’d be no resurrections this time.

But wait…

In Endgame, we were brought back to the very first Avengers film during one of the time heist scenes. There, when things didn’t go exactly according to plan, Loki managed to disappear with the Tesseract.

So, what does that mean for the fate of the Asgardian prince?

Alive in the Multiverse

The Times asked the Russo brothers if Captain America returning the stones would technically undo that scene or not.

“Loki could absolutely still be alive in an alternate timeline,” responded Anthony Russo.

This may mean we haven’t seen the last of the God of Mischief, especially considering what’s been recently been revealed.

In the new Spider-Man: Far Away From Home trailer, there is certainly mention of such alternate worlds. When Thanos snapped his finger, it seems a multiverse was created – and perhaps Loki is alive in one of the alternate universes.

“Loki, when he teleports away with the Time Stone, would create his own timeline,” Joe Russo told Business Insider. “It gets very complicated, but it would be impossible for [Cap] to rectify the timeline unless he found Loki. The minute that Loki does something as dramatic as take the Space Stone, he creates a branched reality.”

Upcoming Spinoff

We also know that there’s about to be a streaming series starring Tom Hiddleston on Disney+, too. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, “sources say the show will follow Loki as the trickster and shape-shifter pops up throughout human history as an unlikely influencer on historical events.”

The show, helmed by Rick & Morty‘s Michael Waldron, we suspect will certainly shed some light on what’s happened.

In the meantime, it definitely seems as if Loki is alive and well in some universe.


Breaking: Royal Baby’s Name Revealed, First Photos and More!

In their first public appearance since his birth, the family was photographed and filmed during a private photoshoot at the Windsor Castle royal residence.

World, meet Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor Archie. The new royal baby had his first of a lifetime of photo shoots on Wednesday, providing the first glimpse of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s first child.

The baby sported a patch of blonde hair, red shorts, a white shirt, and was mostly indifferent to the scene around him. In a brief interview with the couple, the proud parents said so far Archie has “the sweetest temperament” and has been “really calm”.

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The first photos of Archie were posted on the couple’s @SussexRoyal Instagram account. Taken by royal wedding photographer Chris Allerton, the photos had over 1 million likes within just a few hours.

In a somewhat controversial move, the only camera crew allowed in was from American network CBS. They will be required to share the content internationally, however.

Earl Archie

Although Prince Archie has a nice ring to it, for now, the new baby will inherit one of William’s old titles as Earl of Dumbarton. However, he could also gain prince status at the will of great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

In the same way that William and Kate’s children have assumed the surname Cambridge, Archie is expected to go with the last name ‘Sussex’ for school purposes.

Usually short for ‘Archibald’, ‘Archie’ is a popular British name but it’s unclear as of now if there’s any sort of special connection to the royal family.

A Mini-Meghan or Mini-Will?

When asked who the two-day-old resembles more, neither parent had a definitive answer just yet.

Meghan remarked that the baby already had a little bit of facial hair while William’s answer was more diplomatic: “Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks. We’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month really. But his looks are changing every single day, so who knows.”

Earl Archie is seventh in line for the throne and the seventh of the reigning Queen’s great-grandchildren.


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