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The Man Responsible For That Viral $122,795 Timothée Chalamet Doll Would Love to See You Do Better

After a “Timothée Chalamet” ventriloquist doll for sale on eBay for the bargain price $122,795 set the internet ablaze this week, the creator wants you to know he stands by his work. He think it’s a beautiful boy doll indeed! His masterpiece is described on eBay thusly:

A one of a kind, handcrafted Timothée Chalamet ventriloquist figure, dressed in a recreation of the Louis Vuitton outfit worn to the 2019 Golden Globes, complete with beaded and sequined harness. Head, hands and ankle boots were all hand sculpted and wardrobe was custom made. Figure stands 26 inches tall and also sits independently. Body is made of white pine, upholstered in foam and quilted fabric. Head is controlled from inside body (accessed from back) by a head stick, which is outfitted with a spring loaded head lock, to keep head in place when not in use. Makes a perfect gift for any occasion, from baby shower to bar mitzvah!

For reference, here’s the real-deal Chalamet at the Globes:

Timothee Chalamet Attends 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Frazer Harrison—Getty ImagesTimothee Chalamet attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

While the stuff of the Internet’s nightmares collectively, the doll is the handiwork of Chris Alan. It wasn’t supposed to look exactly like the Call Me By Your Name star either. “It’s not a portrait, per se, it’s more of a caricature. It’s meant to be fun,” he explained to New York magazine.

Still, not all the fans of the actor were pleased with this take. In fact, people were more than a little taken aback by the likeness and were quick to share their shock. Their Timothée, this was not.

My therapist: The Timothée Chalamet ventriloquist figure isn’t real and can’t hurt you
The Timothée Chalamet ventriloquist figure:

— L (@GracesBliss) June 9, 2019

Have not been able to get this out of my mind for a whole 24 hours. Absolutely cursed.

— Michael. (@yosoymichael) June 9, 2019

“People online do not like the hair at all, which drives me crazy,” Alan went on to say, peppering in a challenge. “My response to them is: You’re welcome to do better. Go for it! You think you can do better, you’re welcome to try.”

Offering his critics insight into the process, he told New York that he used a polymer clay called Super Sculpey to bake his vision into existence, and that the hair (which, in particular, endured its fair share of criticism) was supposed to be “longer than it was at the actual Golden Globes.” Alan did not however offer an explanation about the doll’s eyebrows, probably because there is none.

Reached for comment, the doll itself said nothing. But perhaps its mournful eyes say it all?

Source: Newsfeed – TIME | 13 Jun 2019 | 3:48 am(NZT)

Keanu Reeves Was Unaware of His Most Important Role as the Internet’s Boyfriend

It might be nothing new, but Keanu Reeves has been the focus of a lot of internet love lately. Fans have been kvelling over the actor who is back in the spotlight thanks to his role in John Wick 3 and the upcoming Bill and Ted’s sequel, a memorable cameo in Always Be My Maybe, and an appearance at the E3 video game conference. Devotees have been turning him into memes, swapping stories about the star, reveling in his good deeds, and generally going gaga over him. Reeves, though, apparently had no idea.

On the red carpet for Toy Story 4, a reporter for People asked Reeves what it was like to be “dubbed the internet’s newest boyfriend”. Reeves seemingly had never heard of the term or had any idea of his ardent fandom. “I’ve been what?” he asked, when the reporter clarified, he replied. “I didn’t know that… That’s wacky.”

While Reeves may think it’s all a bit odd, he does appreciate his fans. “The positivity is great. It’s really special how [Always Be My Maybe and John Wick 3] have been embraced,” he told the reporter.

Reeves should not expect his internet fandom to disappear anytime soon, thanks to his upcoming role in Toy Story. The actor is joining the beloved franchise to voice a toy known as Duke Caboom, a motorcycle-riding Canadian stuntman. His addition to the Pixar world means the star will be introduced to a whole new generation of fans who will undoubtedly learn to love him, too.

Source: Newsfeed – TIME | 13 Jun 2019 | 3:34 am(NZT)

A Relaxed Dog Named Bam Bam Is the New Talking Point of the Big Video Game Expo

When it comes to E3, the video game conference where companies like Microsoft, Nintendo, Bethesda, and Ubisoft, unveil their upcoming titles, game makers like to make a splash. In the past, that has meant Steven Spielberg and James Cameron introducing the Avatar game, Robin Williams demoing the game Spore, and Drake to introduce FIFA 14. This year, the biggest buzz wasn’t generated by a celebrity (although Keanu Reeves did make an appearance), but by a celebrity’s dog.

Jon Bernthal, best known of his roles in The Punisher and The Walking Dead is starring in Ubisoft’s upcoming game, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. To introduce the world to his character, Cole D. Walker, which Variety describes as “a man who runs by his own moral code”, Bernthal appeared on stage. “What’s going on, everybody?” Bernthal said. “Hey, I’m Jon. This is Bam Bam the dog.“ The dog quickly settled on the stage and then proceeded to immediately upstage Bernthal by just sitting there sweetly and just generally being a very good boy.

Bam Bam, a blue pit bull who has his own Instagram feed, is one of Bernthal’s three rescue pups who make frequent appearances on Bernthal’s own Instagram feed. Bam Bam joined the family in 2017 (here’s a puppy pic, for no good reason other than adorableness) and has been at Bernthal’s side ever since, even in Esquire cover shoots and on stage at E3.

Lil Bam Bam Bernthal.

— Jon Bernthal (@jonnybernthal) July 6, 2017

Based on the fan’s reaction to Bam Bam, hopefully next year every E3 celebrity will bring their dog. Or the celebrities can stay at home and dogs can run the video game press conference on their own.


— The Man Who Sold The World (@LordBalvin) June 10, 2019


— IGN (@IGN) June 10, 2019

Jon Bethnal? Sorry, he’s no Keanu… oMG HR BROUGHT A DOG!!! TAKE MY MONEY!!!!#UbiE3 #E32019

— Geoff Rieck (@GeoffRieck) June 10, 2019

Give Bam Bam the dog his own game! #BamBam @Ubisoft #UbiE3

— 🏳️‍🌈🎃 Michelle 💜🏳️‍🌈 (@MEruivel) June 10, 2019

Microsoft: We've got Keanu Reeves

— Josh Lewis | Not @ #E3 (@JNLewis) June 10, 2019

I remember when Jon Bernthal first adopted that dog two years ago. He's been an outspoken & generous advocate for pitbull adoption and we should be more like Jon. #AdoptDontShop

— Paul Bae (@MrPaulBae) June 10, 2019

Jon Bernthal's dog won #E32019.

— KEN (@DetectiveX) June 10, 2019

First Keanu Reeves, and now Jon Bernthal with Bam Bam the dog!

— Salty Boi Gio (@TheSaltPrince_) June 10, 2019

the only thing i care about right now is jon bernthal bringing his dog bambam on stage at e3

— 𝖇𝖊𝖈𝖈𝖆. 🔅 (@omfgbooks) June 10, 2019

Wasn't sold on Ghost Recon until Jon Bernthal came out with HIS CUTE DOG BAMBAM.

— Mika Midgett (@SirenMika) June 10, 2019

Let me be honest I only paid attention to Jon Bernthal's dog.

— Custos Mortem (@mortem_custos) June 10, 2019

Source: Newsfeed – TIME | 12 Jun 2019 | 3:17 am(NZT)

‘I Hope I Was Trying to Be Funny.’ Samuel L. Jackson Really Didn’t Want His 2016 Trump Prediction to Come True

Samuel L. Jackson may not have wanted to be right about Trump becoming president, but that didn’t stop Stephen Colbert from reminding him about an uncannily accurate prediction he made concerning the 2016 election.

During a Monday appearance on The Late Show to promote his new movie Shaft, Jackson told Colbert that he hoped he was kidding when he made a prophetic remark about a potential Trump presidency while sitting in the very same seat three years prior.

“Don’t think the other thing can’t happen,” Jackson warned people who were convinced that Hillary Clinton would come out on top in 2016. “That’s why the Brexit is trying to get a recall right now. But we’re not gonna get a do-over!”

“What’s wrong with me!?” Jackson mused over the flashback clip before adding that his goal was to try to get people to go vote. “I didn’t want to be right. I hope I was trying to be funny.”

“You’re a prophet and you didn’t know it,” Colbert replied.

Watch the full clip of Samuel L. Jackson on Colbert below.

Source: Newsfeed – TIME | 12 Jun 2019 | 2:57 am(NZT)

Billy Porter Wore a Uterus Motif to the Tony Awards to Make a Statement

When it comes to red carpet fashion, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who can make an entrance like the inimitable Billy Porter, who in the past year alone, has shown up to the 2019 Oscars in an elegant tuxedo and ballgown skirt combo and was carried in on a golden litter, dressed as the Sun God, to the 2019 Met Gala.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that Porter chose to have another moment with a message when he showed up to the 2019 Tonys red carpet, attired in a show-stopping red velvet and pink tulle look with an embroidered uterus motif that he selected to support women’s reproductive rights amid the current political upheaval about the issue.

The dramatic look, a custom Celestino Couture gender-fluid evening suit, featured a sweeping train and 30,000 Swarovski crystals. The suit also held special meaning for Porter because it was made of an upcycled curtain backdrop from the Broadway production of Kinky Boots, which Porter won a Tony for best actor in 2013; the musical’s Broadway run ended this April after an impressive 2,507 shows.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Porter shared that his Elizabethan fashion-inspired red carpet look for the night was motivated by current anti-abortion legislation.

“At the fitting, we spoke about making a pattern on the train that was in the shape of a uterus, but not obvious, of course. And I thought it was awesome because women’s rights are under attack right now,” Porter said. “I’m an advocate for all who are disenfranchised. None of us are free until we’re all free! I really want to make sure that I’m showing up for all of the disenfranchised people I can so that we can find power in our unity. This government is trying to take away the woman’s right to choose and that’s unacceptable. No!”

See Porter’s red carpet look with a message below.

Source: Newsfeed – TIME | 11 Jun 2019 | 3:33 am(NZT)

Rihanna’s Pro Tips for a Rewarding Career Are All the Monday Motivation You Require

As a record-breaking international music star and budding fashion and beauty mogul, Rihanna has more than proven that she has an eye for business. And in an interview with Interview Magazine that was published on Monday, Rih shared some of her pro tips for a rewarding career.

While chatting with her Ocean’s 8 co-star Sarah Paulson, Rihanna revealed that one of the most important secrets to her success is making sure that she takes time to do her own thing outside of work.

“It’s only the last couple years that I started to realize that you need to make time for yourself, because your mental health depends on it,” she explained. “If you’re not happy, you’re not going to be happy even doing things that you love doing. It’d feel like a chore. I never want work to feel like a chore. My career is my purpose, and it should never feel like anything other than a happy place. I’ve made little things a big deal, like going for a walk or going to the grocery store. I got into a new relationship, and it matters to me. It was like, ‘I need to make time for this.’ Just like I nurture my businesses, I need to nurture this as well. I’ll shut things down for two days, three days at a time. On my calendar we now have the infamous ‘P,’ which means personal days. This is a new thing.”

But Rihanna still isn’t ready to give all of her secrets away. When Paulson followed up with a question about the identity of the person with whom she’s in the aforementioned relationship, Rih had a very simple answer: “Google it.”

Source: Newsfeed – TIME | 11 Jun 2019 | 3:00 am(NZT)

Everyone Is Screaming for Meryl Streep’s Big Little Lies Scream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Meryl Streep’s scream on Big Little Lies. HBO’s addictive soapy drama returned to TV on Sunday night with Streep joining the show’s already star-studded cast. Joining Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, and Laura Dern on the award-winning series, the three-time Oscar winner instantly won fans over with her screaming ability.

The second season of Big Little Lies has one very notable arrival. And that’s none other than Mary Louise (Streep), playing Celeste’s (Nicole Kidman) mother-in-law. While Mary Louise is ostensibly in town to help the recently-widowed mother manage her two children, it’s quickly clear that Mary Louise is equally interested in finding out what happened to her son, Perry (Alexander Skarsgad).

It’s obvious that Mary Louise is still working through her grief, and that becomes even more apparent when she lets loose with a heart-rending holler at the dinner table. When the yell fills the room, Kidman’s Celeste looks horrified and her young sons are stunned into silence. The scream is so convincing that it almost explains why Witherspoon described her first day on the Big Little Lies set with Streep as “terrifying”.

Fans can’t get enough of the scream, quickly turning it into a Twitter meme and a Reddit joke, with everyone pretty much agreeing that with just one gut-wrenching holler, Streep earned herself an Emmy nod.

In one hour, with one scream, may as well start etching Meryl Streep’s name in that Emmy now. #BigLittleLies

— 🥃🥔 Leis 🏳️‍🌈 (@nakedbard) June 10, 2019

scream #BLL2 now that's some good acting.
Meryl Streep deserves every award for acting.

— eze 🌒 (@dawerdboy) June 10, 2019

MERYL STREEP’S SCREAM. that’s it, that’s the tweet

— han✨ (@cherakagoddess) June 10, 2019

Remember this tweet. Meryl Streep will win an Emmy for #BigLittleLies and that scream will be in her highlight package when the nominees are read at the ceremony.

— Ryan (@tvisgreat) June 10, 2019

Good morning to Meryl Streep’s scream in last nights episode of HBO’s Big Little Lies

— 🌐 SUFI invites you to play STRIKING VIPERS X (@sufihamilton) June 10, 2019

5. Give awards to #MerylStreep's scream, @ReeseW sass and @LauraDern singing along to It's My House
6. I love #LianeMoriarty's source material but I feel season two might outdo itself – I can already feel the tension searing beneath the surface. #Monterey5 #BigLittleLies

— Ollie 🏳️‍🌈🇪🇺 (@OllieCharles) June 10, 2019

My new goal is to scream like #merylstreep…😲 @biglittlelies #biglittleliesseason2 #BigLittleLies

— Anne (@Res_Judicata_) June 10, 2019

Meryl Streep should get an Emmy for this scene alone. #BLL2

— Daffa Akhmad (@DaffaFuture) June 10, 2019


— vince said hosie rights (@lauharrier) June 10, 2019

And with a mighty scream Meryl Streep has earned herself an Emmy Nomination

— Alex Elis (@NotAlexndra) June 10, 2019

Source: Newsfeed – TIME | 11 Jun 2019 | 2:44 am(NZT)

John Oliver Challenges 13 States to Pass the Equal Rights Amendment on Last Week Tonight

John Oliver knows that this year has been rough for women, who “judging from restroom signs are just men who have swallowed a trapezoid.” To cheer women up, after the confirmation of a “Supreme Court justice with resting beer face” and “the election of a president who thinks of their genitals as handles”, Oliver has an idea—finally ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment that guaranteed the right to vote, a right that according to Oliver, women should have had “for a lot longer than Kirk Douglas has been breathing.” While voting is an important right, so is equality under the law. However, gender equality is not guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and it won’t be unless the Equal Rights Amendment passes. The so-called ERA is just 24 words long, and according to Oliver, 80% of us think it’s already in the Constitution. “It’s one of those things that’s so obvious that you think you already have it,” he said, comparing its protections to the box of baking soda you see in the grocery store and think you definitely have at home only to get home, reach for the baking soda, and realize “f—, women still aren’t guaranteed equal rights under the Constitution.”

While there are laws and policies guaranteeing equal rights for women, Oliver points out that policy guidelines and laws can change depending on who is in charge. That is happening now, with the Senate allowing the Violence Against Women Act to expire and doing away with Obama-era guidelines protecting against discrimination based on gender. “Constitutional amendments are safe from Donald Trump, unlike Melania’s hopes and dreams and any American flag he gets close to,” said Oliver.

The ERA passed the Senate and then the House of Representatives, and then in 1972, the proposed 27th Amendment to the Constitution was sent to the states for ratification. Thirty-seven states have ratified it so far, meaning just one more is needed to make the ERA law. However, momentum for ratification came to a halt, thanks in part to Phyllis Schlafly, described by Oliver as a “pre-internet internet troll.” Due to her efforts and vitriolic debate, the deadline for ratification came and went.

That doesn’t mean that the ERA is dead on arrival though. According to Oliver, legal scholars believe that Congress can simply change the deadline again or do away with the deadline entirely and allow the ERA to be ratified. To that point, Nevada and Illinois have ratified the ERA in the last few years and now just one more state is needed to make the ERA law. There are 13 states that Oliver points out could genuinely make history by making the ERA the law of the land. “None of this is that complicated,” said Oliver. “Equality for women should be a basic principle for our society. If you think it already is, great, all the more reason to write it down. And if you think it isn’t, then we badly need the ERA.”

To do that Oliver beseeched the states to take a stand and ratify the ERA. The states that could make history, include Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma, either Carolina, Utah, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama (“It definitely won’t be you,” said Oliver) or Virginia (“You’re the birthplace of Chris Brown, Rick Santorum and Pat Robertson, so frankly you owe America this.”)

Oliver just had one request: “Somebody please do it before Florida, because I do not want to give them credit for this.”

Source: Newsfeed – TIME | 10 Jun 2019 | 8:52 pm(NZT)

Former Boston Red Sox Player David Ortiz Shot in Dominican Republic

(SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic) — Doctors removed David Ortiz’s gallbladder and part of his intestine after the beloved former Boston Red Sox slugger known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic, a spokesman said Monday.

Leo López said that the retired athlete’s liver was also damaged and that he was in stable condition in intensive care. He said Ortiz will be flown to Boston once his condition improves.

Ortiz, 43, is one of the most popular figures in sports history in the Dominican Republic and Boston, a fearsome power hitter with a ready smile. He led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10-time All-Star and hit 541 home runs.

Dozens of fans crowded the hospital in Santo Domingo where Ortiz was being treated, causing a traffic jam. In the U.S., fans prayed for his recovery.

“He’s a great friend to the city of Boston,” Sheila Kieran said. New England Patriots star Julian Edelman joined the throngs of pro sports figures who took to social media to wish Ortiz well, assuring him on Instagram: “Papi, all of New England has your back.”

Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo on Sunday night when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range, said National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte.

The gunman has not been identified or arrested.

The driver of the motorcycle who was transporting the suspected gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, and police were waiting for him to undergo treatment for his injuries before questioning him, authorities said. Investigators said they were trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target.

Ortiz’s father, Leo, told reporters he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.

“He is resting,” the elder Ortiz said. “Big Papi will be around for a long time.”

The Red Sox said in a statement that Ortiz was wounded in the “lower back/abdominal region” and that the team offered his family “all available resources to aid in his recovery.”

Two other people were wounded, including Jhoel López, a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz. Police believe López was wounded by the same bullet, Bautista said.

López was shot in the leg, and his injuries were not life-threatening, said his wife, Liza Blanco, who is also a TV host.

Police did not identify the third person or detail that person’s injuries.

The bar is on Venezuela Avenue, a bustling nightlife district packed with dance clubs and expensive bars that Ortiz is known to frequent.

Ortiz, who retired after the 2016 season and lives at least part of the year in the Dominican Republic, is often seen getting his cars washed and hanging out with friends, including other baseball players, artists and entertainers.

The Red Sox retired his number, 34, in 2017, and Boston renamed a bridge and a stretch of road outside Fenway Park in his honor. He maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.

Ortiz galvanized the city after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that left three people dead, bellowing through a megaphone at Fenway Park: “This is our (expletive) city!”

Source: Newsfeed – TIME | 10 Jun 2019 | 5:43 pm(NZT)

‘It Has Become a Very Personal Endeavor.’ Paul Rudd on What the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend Means to Him

Paul Rudd may not consider himself a talented softball player, but when it’s time to take the field for the annual Big Slick celebrity softball game, that doesn’t matter. What matters is raising money for the Cancer Center at Children’s Mercy, a not-for-profit hospital that provides care for children from birth through the age of 21.

The game is just one of a series of events that takes place over the course of the annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend in Kansas City, Mo. Each year, hometown hosts Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, David Koechner and Eric Stonestreet recruit a band of celebrity guests to visit the kids in the hospital and help bring in donations.

On Friday, the first day of the 10th annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, Rudd spoke to TIME about how much the charity event — which started out as a simple poker game — has come to mean to him over the past decade.

“Each year we’re figuring more things out, it’s becoming a bigger deal to the city, we’re raising more money, and we’ve also gotten to know the doctors at the hospital, the staff at the hospital and a lot of the kids and the families that have been at the hospital,” he explained. “It has become a very personal endeavor for us. And the fact that it’s here, in this town where the five of us grew up and our families still live, makes it very fulfilling for us.”

At this point, the event has been going on for so long that, when it first began, Rudd says many of the kids at Children’s Mercy didn’t even know who he was.

“It used to be, I would come here and none of the kids really knew who I was. This was pre-Marvel,” he explained before describing his thought process during those visits. “Is this going to be weird? I’m going to go into some room talking to some kid when chances are they haven’t seen The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”

Of course, now that Rudd has made his mark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ant-Man, things have changed.

This year, Rudd says the Big Slick crew hopes to crack the $10-million donation mark, every single dollar of which goes right to the hospital. And with the help of celebrity guests like Selena Gomez and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, it seems like that won’t be a problem.

“It’s an incredible thing to see Selena Gomez walk into the hospital room of a 13-year-old girl,” Rudd said of the group’s Friday morning visit to Children’s Mercy. “The temperature in the room changes.”

As far as Rudd is concerned, getting to see that type of reaction from the kids makes everything worth it.

“One of the things that we’ve realized is that the fighting spirit of a lot of the kids that are here is an example of how to live your life. They’re the most loving, positive, incredible group of kids — and the families too. I think all of us as hosts have gotten very close to kids that have been at the hospital,” Rudd said. “The relationship that we have with this place now is so intense that it’s become part of our lives.”

Source: Newsfeed – TIME | 10 Jun 2019 | 2:24 am(NZT)


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