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Review: ‘Touch of the Poet’ is a Powerful Study in Toxic Pride

It’s all Byron’s fault. Before James Dean and Gary Cooper and Heathcliff and Rochester — all the real and fictional men lounging at the center of the Venn diagram of “bad boys” and “sad boys” — Byron made such a career of drinking, lusting and gallivanting that he became a type. The Byronic hero: temperamental, hedonistic and romantic. “I am such a strange mélange of good and evil,” the poet once wrote of himself, “that it would be difficult to describe me.” Save it for your Tinder profile, bro.

Byron also embodied a masculine ideal defined by paradoxes. A man of society who scorns status. A virile lover made impotent by ennui. A dreamer plagued by disillusionment.

These contradictions sit at the heart of Eugene O’Neill’s 1942 play “A Touch of the Poet.” Irish Repertory Theater’s new online production, with its cunning use of technology and design — each actor

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These Seattle-area businesses got called out the most for alleged COVID-19 violations

I understand that a lot of folks strongly oppose Washington’s mask mandate, but that’s still no excuse to be rude.

According to a complaint filed with the state’s online portal for reporting coronavirus-related business violations, a customer at the Gold Bar Family Grocer in Snohomish County asked the cashier if she would wear a mask. Her response?

“No, I don’t have to and what are you going to do about it?”

She told him he should shop elsewhere. When the customer, described as an elderly man, told her that this wasn’t possible because he can’t go too far from home, she “just stood there staring at him and said, ‘I’m not wearing a mask,” according to the anonymous complaint. The man left without his groceries.

It’s just one anecdote, but it’s a sign of how tense these times are as we grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grocery store in

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Lil Wayne is the latest rapper to support Trump, much to Twitter’s ire

Lil Wayne performs in April at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Lil Wayne has been criticized for endorsing President Trump. (Michael Tullberg / Getty Images for Coachella)

Lil Wayne is feeling the heat after he became the latest prominent rapper to endorse President Trump for reelection.

Before Trump jetted to Miami for last-minute campaigning, he met privately with the “A Milli” artist.

“Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership,” Lil Wayne tweeted Thursday. “He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.”

Trump retweeted the post from his personal account.

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Judge Judy to Star in New Courtroom Show for IMDb, Amazon

If you’ve been seeking justice for a minor grievance (for example, a neighbor peed on your leg during what you had fervently believed to be a rainstorm), fret no more. Judge Judy Sheindlin will be returning to court in the Untitled Judge Judge Sheindlin Project from Amazon Studios, set to stream on their IMDb TV service.

The news followed Sheindlin’s announcement back in March that her iconic courtroom show Judge Judy, which premiered in 1996, would come to a close after the series’ 25th season, and that she already had a new project in the works. There’s currently no word as to when her new show will premiere.

“I’m over the moon to be in business with Amazon Studios and continuing this incredible journey with them on a new platform is so exciting,” Sheindlin said in Amazon’s press release. “I used to yell at my husband, Jerry, for all

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Come Play Review: A Dull Horror Movie About the Demon in Your iPad

The little kid from “Marriage Story” is tempted to befriend an iPad demon named Larry in this silly jump-scare factory of a Halloween movie.

As if parents don’t have enough to worry about these days, now there’s a lonely demon named Larry hiding in your kid’s iPad and trying to lure them into some kind of hell dimension. So goes the rusty hook of Jacob Chase’s “Come Play,” an uninspired jolt machine of a horror movie that’s being dumped into theaters on Halloween weekend, where its tepid scares will be forced to compete against the abject terror of breathing the same air as a few reckless strangers.

But the problem here isn’t necessarily with Chase’s premise, which the writer-director first explored in the 2017 short “Larry.” For one thing, the poor guy had no way of knowing that — by the time his feature was finished — the prospect of

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Feds arrest alleged white supremacy group member who claimed to run “hate camp” in Michigan

The FBI and Michigan state police have arrested a self-proclaimed leader of the white supremacy group The Base and an alleged associate, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said on Thursday. The suspects are linked to a December 2019 incident in which The Base allegedly targeted a Michigan family’s home, mistakenly believing it belonged to a podcaster critical of the neo-Nazi movement. 

Justen Watkins, 25, the man who allegedly claimed to be leader of the group, and Alfred Gorman, 35, both of Michigan, have been charged with felony counts of gang membership, unlawful posting of a message and using computers to commit a crime. If convicted, they could face more than 25 years in prison.

According to prosecutors, a man and a woman witnessed two men in dark clothing shining a light and taking pictures on the front porch of the family’s home in Dexter, Michigan. The photos were then allegedly

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Keke Palmer, Pasek & Paul, Finneas Team for Pro-Voting/Anti-Trump Tune

If you never expected singer-actor Keke Palmer, writer-producer Finneas and the Broadway songwriting team of Pasek and Paul to ever show up in the same collaborative space, you would not have been alone in that. But there’s a reason that, in a season full of earnest songs being penned either as campaign or get-out-the-vote songs, Palmer’s newly released “Actually Vote” has a big leg up on the others in terms of edginess, if not catchiness.

“Dear Evan Hanson” creators Benj Pasek and Justin Paul brought their Broadway-honed knack for getting a laugh out of a rhyme to the track, which they co-wrote with Finneas (of Billie Eilish fame) and Kaleena Zanders. And while most pro-voting anthems of late have been officially nonpartisan, the zingers in Pasek and Paul’s lyrics makes it clear who the team is saying not to vote for, at least.

Sings Palmer in the song’s bridge:

We

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Victoria and David Beckham Are Getting Their Own Netflix Documentary

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

From Harper’s BAZAAR

Longtime power couple David and Victoria Beckham, and their family, are set to star in a new $20.6 million Netflix documentary, reported Variety.

The not-yet-named doc will be coproduced by David Beckham’s Studio 99 and will recap his rise to soccer fame, as well as look back at his decades-long relationship with his fashion designer wife and former Spice Girl. Personal photographs; video footage of family celebrations; and recollection from friends, family, and teammates are all reported to be part of the upcoming project, giving superfans of the couple rare access to the influential pair’s private life. The film will also include footage of past birthdays, holidays, and even some of Victoria and David’s early dates before they married in 1999.

Photo credit: Stephane Cardinale - Corbis - Getty Images
Photo credit: Stephane Cardinale – Corbis – Getty Images

Though the couple already post their fair share of family snapshots on

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Kamal Haasan to release the first look poster of his 232nd film on November 7?



Kamal Haasan in a suit standing in front of a curtain


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There is a strong buzz in the south film industry that megastar Kamal Haasan will be unveiling the first look poster of his 232nd film on November 7, which is the actor’s 66th birthday. The hashtag #Ulaganayagan232 was trending on social media. The southern superstar Kamal Haasan enjoys a massive fan following on his social media accounts. The latest news reports of the actor Kamal Haasan unveiling the first glimpse of his upcoming film with director Lokesh Kanagaraj is generating a lot of interest among the fans and followers of the actor.

The news reports state that the lead actor’s 232nd film will have well known music composer Anirudh Ravichander doing the music direction. The news reports further go on to state that the upcoming Kamal Haasan starrer with filmmaker Lokesh Kanagaraj will be a political thriller. The film is expected to go on floors very

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6 dead, millions powerless as Zeta roars across southern, eastern US

Zeta, now downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, continued to lash portions of the eastern U.S. Thursday with heavy rain and high winds as the potent system made its way out to sea. 



Hurricane Zeta flooded the parking garage of the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.


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Hurricane Zeta flooded the parking garage of the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The storm, which made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane Wednesday afternoon, knocked out power to more than 2.6 million homes and businesses and has been blamed for at least six deaths in the South. 

One man was electrocuted in New Orleans, a man drowned in Biloxi, Mississippi, and a man in Acworth, Georgia, was killed when an oak tree fell on the mobile home in which he was staying. Two people were killed near Atlanta when a tree fell on their house, pinning them to the bed. In Alabama, one person died when a tree fell on a mobile home

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