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A Guide to Vietnamese Spices and Their Usage You Should Know

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Vietnamese Spices are put into food to make it flavorful and fragrant which have been passed from generation to generation. Sometimes, the secrets of the delicious Vietnamese food lie on

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Vietnamese Spices and Herbs to Know While Cooking The Local Food

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Vietnamese spices and herbs are important things when you want to cook the real Vietnamese food. Come to Vietnam, foreign tourists are not only impressed by a small country with

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Vietnamese Food: 25 Must-Eat Dishes in Saigon (and Where To Try Them)

Vietnamese Food: 25 Must-Eat Dishes in Saigon (and Where To Try Them)


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Vietnamese food is an insanely delicious cuisine. Here are 25 Vietnamese dishes you need to try, and restaurants to eat them in Saigon.

The Best Lunch Foods in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

What to eat for Lunch in Ho Chi Minh City a.k.a Saigon? Entering the world of Vietnamese food can be a daunting task for a beginner out there on their own. What is it? Where is it? Is it the best? These are the questions...

Must-try Sapa Street Food for Memorable Vietnam Food Tours

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Sapa Street Food is on the list of discovery things for adventurers traveling to the North of Vietnam. Sapa is so lovely and scenic that enchants photographers, nature lovers, adventurers,

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The Best Boutique Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

While it is quite easy for anyone to look up on TripAdvisor or Agoda for the best hotels in Saigon (and get some great deals), we have decided this time to search some accommodations here that stands out (to us) for their decor and style....

Ideal Da Nang Vietnam Travel Guide – Know What to Do and See

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

You might be in search of Vietnam’s cleanest and most worth-living city, then the Da Nang Vietnam Travel Guide below to discover the attractive destination better than ever. The tips

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‘SNL’ Weekend Update Host Michael Che Says Trump Is as ‘Healthy as a Fat Horse’ (Video)

‘SNL’ Weekend Update Host Michael Che Says Trump Is as ‘Healthy as a Fat Horse’ (Video)

by Phil Owen @ TheWrapTheWrap

It was a typically contentious opening portion of Weekend Update on this week’s “Saturday Night Live,” with the jokes at Donald Trump’s expense coming extra fast and furious because “SNL” has been off the air for the past two weekends — and hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost had a lot of ground to cover.

“Well, the National Guard has been deployed to the Mexican border, our trade war with China keeps escalating, and a porn star says she can give a detailed description of the president’s penis. And yes, I listed those stories from least to most disturbing,” Jost joked to start off the segment.

“The Trump administration has also published a list of Chinese exports that could be targeted for tariffs, including salt, rubber and animal blood. Which are the exact ingredients in Monster Energy Drink,” Jost continued. “President Trump defended his trade policies on Twitter, saying this about our trade deficit with China: ‘When you’re already $500 billion down, you can’t lose.’ What kind of degenerate gambler logic is that? It can always get worse, man. If your plane loses an engine after takeoff, the pilot doesn’t say, ‘We’re still flying to Hawaii anyway, because when you’re already one engine down, you can’t lose.'”

Michael Che then discussed the tariffs coming at the U.S. from the other direction.

Among the U.S. products facing higher tariffs are dried nuts, something the Trump administration is very familiar with, Che said, a joke about the Trump administration being full of crazy old men.

“Experts say that Trump’s new tariffs will directly hurt U.S. manufacturers. but why would Trump ever care about what experts say? Experts also said he couldn’t win the presidency. And that eating four bags of McDonald’s a day will kill you. But somehow there he is, healthy as a fat horse.”

Che continued: “I don’t think we want to get in a trade war with China, though. If Canal Street has taught me anything, it’s that there is nothing we have that the Chinese can’t just make themselves. That’s where I get all my Fucci from.”

Jost then had a couple jokes about Trump’s new feud with Amazon and his relationship with Vladimir Putin.

“This week shade queen Donald Trump also repeatedly attacked Amazon on Twitter. If I were Amazon I would troll him right back. I’d just constantly send the White House copies of ‘Fire and Fury’, and Stormy Daniels DVDs or things Trump really hates, like vegetables,” Jost joked. “Kremlin officials are also saying, during a call last month, President Trump invited Vladimir Putin to come visit him at the White House. Worse, when Trump hung up, he accidentally said, ‘Love you, bye.'”

You can watch all of this week’s Weekend Update on “SNL,” which included a visit from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (as played by Alex Moffat), in the videos embedded below.

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How to Get to Hoi An Vietnam – Ways to Beautiful Ancient Town

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How to get to Hoi An Vietnam provides open ways to Ancient Town inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. This is amongst the oldest and most idyllic towns

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‘SNL': Aidy Bryant Channels Cardi B’s Assertiveness to Try to Become Her Best Friend (Video)

‘SNL': Aidy Bryant Channels Cardi B’s Assertiveness to Try to Become Her Best Friend (Video)

by Phil Hornshaw @ TheWrapTheWrap

Cardi B’s appearance as musical guest on “SNL” this week inspired Aidy Bryant to become more self-confident and empowered, much to the chagrin of the rest of the cast.

The sketch started with Bryant remarking about how confident the rapper is, and how she just speaks her mind. The meek Bryant believes she could take a page from Cardi’s playbook and be more assertive in her life.

Watch the sketch in the video above.

That immediately manifests as her conversation with Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon is interrupted by Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney, who sarcastically ask if they’re encroaching on the women’s “girl time.”

“Why don’t you shut your ho’ ass up,” Bryant responds to Mooney. “I’m sick of you hatin’ ass hos always got somethin’ slick to say. Just remember I’m a boss and you’re a worker, you goofy bitch.”

Bryant adds, “I’m from the Bronx, and we don’t play that” before leaving — just like Cardi B. When Mooney asks if Bryant is actually from the Bronx, Bennett notes that she’s actually from North Central Phoenix.

Meeting host Chadwick Boseman, Aidy’s nervousness turned aggressive, as she yelled, “I’m not afraid of you, bitch!”

Bryant’s newfound assertiveness becomes a problem for the rest of the cast, as she continues channeling Cardi. When asked to do a shout-out to fans on social media, Bryant switches to Cardi mode on a dime.

“Stop asking me about the show,” she says, recording the video. “The cast sucks, the writers are stupid, I f—ed them all, they were boring. So live from the Bronx, y’all can shut the f— up.”

“And then I just hit send?” she asks the stunned crew member.

The sketch ends with Bryant finally meeting Cardi B, and suggesting the pair could be best friends: Aidy B and Cardi B, she says. Bryant tries to pitch Cardi on a few songs — including one about preferring pizza over submarine sandwiches. Bryant’s obsession even starts to freak out Cardi.

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Eat your way around Ho Chi Minh City

Eat your way around Ho Chi Minh City


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A food tour on a motorbike proves to be speedy and flavoursome.

Top 5 Children Activities in Saigon, Vietnam!

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

We’re quite proud to say that we had our tours customers aged from 1 to 95 years old, and they all enjoyed it! Though parents are often quite scared to let their children on a motorbike in busy Saigon, we believe that is also a...

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Ozark’ Win Location Managers Awards

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Ozark’ Win Location Managers Awards

by Steve Pond @ TheWrapTheWrap

The location managers responsible for the settings of the films “Dunkirk” and “Baby Driver” and the television shows “Game of Thrones” and “Ozark” won the top awards on Saturday night from the Location Managers Guild International, which presented its fifth annual awards at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.

Ben Piltz and Arnaud Kaiser won the Outstanding Locations in a Period Film award for the Christopher Nolan film “Dunkirk,” sections of which were filmed on the actual beach where the World War II evacuation took place. Doug Dresser and Kyle Hinshaw won in the Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Film category for “Baby Driver,” which was set in and around Atlanta.

In the television categories, the multi-country production “Game of Thrones” and the Missouri-set “Ozark” (which is actually filmed around Atlanta) won the awards for period and contemporary series, respectively.

In addition to having a hand in one winning film and one winning television series, the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment also won the Outstanding Film Commission award.

Honorary awards went to location managers Rino Pace and Josh Karan.

The show was hosted by comedian Jonah Ray.

The Location Managers Guild International Awards winners:

Outstanding Locations in a Period Film: “Dunkirk,” Ben Piltz and Arnaud Kaiser
Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Film: “Baby Driver,” Doug Dresser and Kyle Hinshaw
Outstanding Locations in a Period Television Series: “Game of Thrones,” Robert Boake, Matt Jones and Tate Araez Guzman
Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Television Series: “Ozark,” Wes Hagan, Kevin Dowling and Patrick Rofoli
Outstanding Locations in a Commercial: Volkswagon: “Atlas,” Charlie Love, Jof Hanwright and John Hutchinson
Outstanding Film Commission: Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment, “Baby Driver”
Lifetime Achievement Award: Rino Pace
Trailblazer Award: Josh Karan

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Must Eat Food in Hoi An – Tips on Hoi An Cuisine

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Discover some of must eat food in Hoi An and know why the local cuisine is one of reasons for people travel to Hoi An
There is a saying that

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The Best Place for Shopping in Saigon

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

Everyone likes to go on a shopping spree sometimes, and Saigon is definitely one of the best place for this. Through a quick Google search will help you find countless of high end shopping malls (Vincom A and B, and the most recent Takashimaya), we...

13 Worst ‘Trading Spaces’ Designs, From the Sob-Inducing Fireplace to Straw-Covered Walls (Photos)

13 Worst ‘Trading Spaces’ Designs, From the Sob-Inducing Fireplace to Straw-Covered Walls (Photos)

by Reid Nakamura @ TheWrapTheWrap

In honor of the triumphant return of TLC’s “Trading Spaces,” TheWrap looks back at some of the worst designs from the show’s original run, from hay glued to the wall to furniture nailed to the ceiling.

Straw walls

Hildi Santo-Tomas was always “Trading Spaces'” biggest provocateur. Eventually even the homeowners knew to steel themselves if she showed up as their designer. Never content to simply paint the walls, Santo-Tomas aimed to think outside the box — way, way outside. And perhaps the epitome of that was when she had the bright idea to glue straw to paint the ceiling pink and glue straw to the walls as some kind of avant-garde wall treatment. The homeowners, predictably, hated it.

Red and white

The only designer who ever came close to matching Santo-Tomas’s ambition was Doug Wilson, who once saw fit to put a loud red-and-white pattern and enormous lounge seating into an already too-small room, making it seem about as big as a cardboard box.

The fireplace

One of the most infamous reveals in “Trading Spaces” history was the episode featuring the woman who would come to be known as “Crying Pam.” In the episode, Wilson chose to cover the homeowners’ brick fireplace with a modern white facade. When it came time for reveal, Pam broke down in tears, quietly telling host Paige Davis that she’d have to leave the room. Unfortunately Crying Pam forgot to remove her mic, and was recorded sobbing as her husband and Davis tried to survive the crippling awkwardness.

Mosaic Hildi

As if there was ever any risk of the homeowners forgetting that Santo-Tomas was the one to inject her, shall we say, unique sense of taste into their home, the designer once put up an accent wall in a dining room featuring a floor-to-ceiling mosaic rendering of her own face.

A horror show

A horror-inspired theme for a kitchen is bad enough, but as is her wont, Santo-Tomas took the whole concept to the next level. She had the room painted a truly off-putting shade of red, commissioned shelving made to look like a coffin, and the pièce de résistance, a blood-stained tarp stapled to the wall as “an art project.” Appetizing.

Flower bathroom

In one homeowner’s bathroom, Santo-Tomas stapled hundreds of fake flowers to the walls and painted all the trim gold. All things considered, it could’ve been worse.

The upside-down

“Stranger Things” has nothing on Hildi. Turning the entire concept of interior design on its head, Santo-Tomas turned one couple’s living room literally upside-down, hanging all the furniture from the ceiling. Because why not? Oh, because people actually have to live in this house, that’s why.

Sand everywhere

A beach-themed room could be nice. A beach inside your room, complete with outdoor furniture, a tree and an open-flame torch, is not. The worst part is, if the homeowners wanted to undo the room entirely — which they presumably did, because they seemed to have sense — the sand-covered floors ensured that process would be a true nightmare.

Safari bedroom

Sometimes the “Trading Spaces” designers seemed to commit themselves to a theme in a way that made the show more interesting to watch than if they were trying for something tasteful, but often resulted in a truly hideous living space. That seemed to be the case when Wilson went for a jungle safari vibe in one couple’s bedroom, with zebra print walls and bamboo on the ceiling and furniture.

Pebble fireplace

Sometimes the theme for the room was inspired by the homeowners’ own interests, and after two days they would come home to find something they had a passing interest in blown up to an unreasonable proportion and glued to the walls, or something. For example, one homeowner’s collection of glass beads was sewn into her pillows, hung from curtain rods and used as a gaudy new facade for her fireplace, all accompanied by a warm, inviting concrete floor.

Paintball

Santo-Tomas lived every seven-year-old boy’s dream in the episode where she chose to paint the walls with paintball guns. Problem was, paintballs are more oil than actual paint, and the bright pink splatters quickly became a greasy, drippy mess (she blamed it on the heat). To make matters worse, the force of the gun damaged the drywall and the oil was impossible to clean, so painting over it? Not an option.

Black…

Santo-Tomas and Wilson even teamed up once for an episode that worked better as a conceptual design challenge than in its execution. Two couples asked for bright colors to reflect their personality, and in response, the two designers delivered completely monochromatic rooms, one all black and the other all white. Santo-Tomas’s room wowed her homeowners with an intricate ribbon wall treatment and all black furniture. Wilson, however, didn’t get quite the same response.

… and White

The couple who received Wilson’s white room specifically asked that their newly refurbished wood floors not be touched. But if the color doesn’t match the palette, then request be damned, right? Wilson painted the floors (and everything else in the room) a blinding white, resulting in something straight out of a Kubrick film. Hope they don’t have kids or pets.

 

‘SNL': Black Panther Figures Out White People and Learns About Police Violence on ‘Black Jeopardy’ (Video)

‘SNL': Black Panther Figures Out White People and Learns About Police Violence on ‘Black Jeopardy’ (Video)

by Phil Owen @ TheWrapTheWrap

Chadwick Boseman joked during his monologue on “Saturday Night Live” that it was unfortunate they waited so long to have him on because they’ve already done all the good “Black Panther” sketches, but “SNL” managed to pull a pretty great one off anyway by having T’Challa be a contestant on “Black Jeopardy.”

“Boy, this might be the blackest ‘Black Jeopardy’ yet,” Kenan Thompson, as the host, exclaimed after T’Challa introduced himself as “a big fan of the program.”

Thompson then introduced the categories: “Grown Ass. Aw Hell No. Fid’na. Girl, Bye. I Ain’t Got It. And, as always, White People.”

But it turned out T’Challa was not extremely good at playing “Black Jeopardy” because life in Wakanda is a bit out of step with the experiences of African-Americans in the United States. The answer that best illustrated that divide was “Aw Hell Nah” for $800.

“The police man says there’s been some robberies in your neighborhood, and asks if you have ‘any information,'” Thompson said, to which Boseman’s T’Challa responded with basically the opposite of the correct question.

“What is, not only do I tell this man what I know,” T’Challa said, “but I also assist him in tracking down the offender. After all, our ministers of law enforcement are only here to protect us. Is this correct?”

“I mean, it should be,” Thompson said. “But, I don’t think you’ve spent much time here in America.”

But after being wrong several times and watching his fellow contestants, played by “SNL” cast members Leslie Jones and Chris Redd, provide correct questions, T’Challa started to understand. Which resulted in this amazing final exchange.

T’Challa: “Okay. I am ready. Let’s go to White People for $400.”

Thompson: “Okay, let’s try it. Your friend Karen brings her potato salad to your cookout. Uh-oh, T’Challa.”

T’Challa: “I think I am getting the hang of this. But before I answer, a few questions. This woman, Karen, she is Caucasian, nay?”

Thompson: “Yes.”

T’Challa: “And she has her own recipe for potato salad, nay?”

Thompson: “Yeah. Yep.”

T’Challa: “Ah, I understand. It is noble that she would volunteer to cook for everyone. And although I have never had potato salad…”

Thompson: “Of course.”

T’Challa: “…I sense that this white woman does not season her food.”

Thompson, nodding profusely: “That’s right.”

T’Challa: “And if she does, it is only with a tiny bit of salt.”

Thompson, getting enthusiastic: “That’s exactly right.”

T’Challa: “And no paprika.”

Thompson: “No paprika, no.”

T’Challa: “And she will probably add something unnecessary, like raisins.

Thompson: “I know, right!”

T’Challa: “So, something tells me that iI should say…”

Thompson: “Say it!”

T’Challa: “Aw, hell no, Karen. Keep your bland-ass potato salad to yourself.

Thompson: “You got it, T’Challa!”

You can watch the full “Black Jeopardy” sketch from Chadwick Boseman’s stint as “SNL” host in the video embedded at the top of this post.

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VIETNAM: HO CHI MINH CITY TRAVEL GUIDE (Budget +Itinerary) 2017

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What Best Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam – The Best of Saigon

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

The collection of the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam promises to call you to this ideal city. Formerly called Saigon and famed as “The Pearl

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The Best Value Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

After the best boutique hotels in Saigon, we decided to have a look at a cheaper selection of accommodation in our city. As always this is only based on our opinion nor this is a sponsored article/video by any of these hotels. Check out the...

‘SNL’ Skewers Trump’s Immigration Policies With ‘DACA’ Board Game (Video)

‘SNL’ Skewers Trump’s Immigration Policies With ‘DACA’ Board Game (Video)

by Phil Hornshaw @ TheWrapTheWrap

SNL” created the worst board game ever, and it’s based on the U.S. immigration system.

In the April 7 episode, hosted by Chadwick Boseman, “Saturday Night Live” debuted a parody commercial for “The Game of Life: DACA Edition” that has some players randomly finding themselves battling confusing bureaucracy to avoid getting deported. While other players go to law school or have twins in the game and have to deal with it, players stuck in the version about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, have to dodge deportation and struggle to pay legal bills.

Melissa Villaseñor played a woman stuck on the DACA path, which included navigating the obstacles of becoming a legal citizen and avoiding Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents looking to send her “back to Honduras.”

“Back to? But I’ve never been to Honduras,” she winced.

“Surprise!” said Beck Bennett, playing the commercial’s narrator. “You were brought here as a baby!”

Things got worse for Villaseñor as she continued playing, with the game board expanding to include barbed wire-surrounded deportation centers and Donald Trump’s much-discussed border wall.

“DACA Edition” players also had to worry about cards that could get drawn at random to change the game, similar to the “Chance” cards of the game “Monopoly.” The “SNL” version of those cards were labeled “Presidential Tweets.”

“Uh-oh!” The narrator said. “Better hope it’s about ‘Roseanne!'” Instead of being a real-life tweet from Trump congratulating Roseanne Barr on her show’s ratings success (and how much has been made about Barr and the show being pro-Trump), the card had another real Trump tweet, declaring “DACA is dead!”

The game then moved Villaseñor’s character into the immigration legal system, a much larger section of the board made to look like a flaming hellscape. Here, Villaseñor was forced to figure out how she could get a job to pay a lawyer, who would help her get the immigration papers that would make it legal for her to work in the U.S.

“Figure that one out!” Bennett’s narrator said sarcastically.

As Villaseñor gave up in frustration, Bennett read the game’s immigration law-skewering tagline:

“The Game of Life: DACA Edition. Now your destiny is determined at birth.”

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‘The Sandlot’ at 25: Why the ’90s Cult Classic Will Live ‘For-Ev-Ver’

‘The Sandlot’ at 25: Why the ’90s Cult Classic Will Live ‘For-Ev-Ver’

by Brian Welk @ TheWrapTheWrap

Five years ago, “The Sandlot” director David Mickey Evans and stars Chauncey Leopardi and Patrick Renna watched the Boston Red Sox take batting practice. When they stepped onto the field, David Ortiz, Big Papi himself, ran over to them, gave them all a big bear hug and said, “You guys are my heroes.”

Now upon its 25th anniversary, “The Sandlot” is still being embraced by a new generation of players. This spring training, it was the Milwaukee Brewers who celebrated the ’90s cult classic, reenacting a famous scene from the film.

“I don’t know how many people sent me that clip,” Evans told TheWrap. “How many other professional sports teams, hockey, football, basketball, have ever gotten together to re-enact a scene from a famous hockey, football or basketball film? I don’t know, but I would venture a guess none.”

“Every time I see an athlete mention ‘The Sandlot,’ it’s cool to know that at some point in these guys’ lives, they related to the film for whatever reason. It’s still nostalgic for them,” Leopardi told TheWrap. “We kind of shaped their… Well, I don’t want to take full credit for why they play the game, but it’s clearly enough of a part for them to want to grow up and be pinnacle of the league.”

Released on April 7, 1993, “The Sandlot” has since cemented its place in film history as the quintessential kids sports movie. A group of kids in a small town spend their summer bumming around a rundown old baseball diamond they’ve christened The Sandlot. They welcome a new, dorky and naïve kid nicknamed Smalls into their mix, and he gets himself in “the biggest pickle” when he smashes a baseball signed by Babe Ruth over a fence into a backyard guarded by a monstrous attack dog known as The Beast.

It’s a charming story with instantly memorable faces and dozens of quotable lines (“You’re killing me Smalls!), and though the film only made a modest $32 million in its theatrical run, Evans and Leopardi started noticing the film gaining popularity around the time of its release on DVD in 2002.

“When the DVD hit, it just took off. It’s never slowed down,” Evans said. “That’s when I noticed it. This film is not going away. It’s here forever.”

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Now a 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of the film is available on Blu-Ray, complete with Topps baseball cards for each kid in the movie. But for years, fans would show up at events for the film adorned with memorabilia, including tattoos of Ham, Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez and of Leopardi’s character Squints.

“There’s a Squints portrait on some dude’s ass,” Leopardi said. “There’s somebody out there sitting on my face.”

“The Sandlot” is set in 1962 but, to many fans, feels timeless, a perfect, idyllic relic of Anytown, USA. It may seem like an adaptation of a classic grade school novel, but Evans came up with the story himself after his younger brother was bitten by a particularly nasty dog named Hercules (the same name as in the movie) while he was trying to retrieve a lost baseball.

“That was not my childhood,” Evans said. “The idea that things are bigger than life, like that dog being six feet tall, that childhood imagination sort of aspect, that rings true for me. But having lots of friends, my little brother and I didn’t have that sort of thing. For me, the movie is a version of the way I wish my childhood would’ve been.”

Evans explained “The Sandlot” was set in 1962 because of a subplot that was eventually cut from the film: In 1962, Dodgers great Maury Wills chased down the stolen base record by swiping 104 bags in a single season. Squints would listen to Dodgers games on the radio, and every time Wills would steal a base, Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez would try and do the same. When Benny later gets a pack of Topps baseball cards that are all of Maury Wills, he’s inspired to become a ball player.

Evans said that audiences have either seen themselves in one of the many memorable faces in The Sandlot or wished they were one of them. And as a film about embracing legends (“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die), as Leopardi’s character Squints might say, it’s now become a movie that could live — as Squints famously recites in the film — “for-ev-ver, forrr-evv-verrrr.”

“That’s kind of what the story is about too,” Leopardi said. “It’s about these kids who weren’t supposed to make it there and watched Benny grow up to be a star. That’s the American dream.”

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‘AHS': Here’s What Ryan Murphy’s ’18 Months From Today’ Clue Tells Us About Season 8… We Think

‘AHS': Here’s What Ryan Murphy’s ’18 Months From Today’ Clue Tells Us About Season 8… We Think

by Jennifer Maas @ TheWrapTheWrap

You ready to have your mind blown? Great. Because TheWrap has a theory about what the theme is for “American Horror Story” Season 8, thanks to a clue Ryan Murphy dropped Friday and a little help from Reddit. And it’s explosive.

Murphy — who is notorious for being tight-lipped about upcoming installments of the FX anthology series — threw a number of details about No. 8 to the media this week, including the hint that it will take place “18 months from today.” (Back in January he said it would be set 10 to 20 years in the future, but fine.)

That statement was made during a pre-Emmy voting “for your consideration” panel Friday night in Los Angeles: April 6, 2018. That means if we’re taking Murphy literally (which we should probably never do, but what the heck) we’re looking at October 6, 2019.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the creator then encouraged fans to do a little digging to figure out exactly what is going on a year and a half from now. So they did, while also taking into consideration the title circulating the internet, “Radioactive.” And it looks like one of them may have found the answer, if not taken a very solid step in the right direction.

“October 6th will be the 58th anniversary of President Kennedy telling Americans to build nuclear bomb shelters,” Redditor Gato1980 wrote. “I know it’s kind of a stretch and probably not right, I just thought it might have something to do with the ‘Nuclear’ title of the season that’s been floating around.”

And, uh, according to Politico, this user is right.

On Oct. 6, 1961, President Kennedy advised citizens to build bomb shelters to protect themselves in anticipation of possible nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Kennedy also said the government would begin providing this protection for all Americans.

“There is need for a nationwide understanding of what each level of government, each private organization and each citizen can do to bring about and maintain the best attainable protection for the civilian population against the major effects of a thermonuclear attack,” JFK said in the speech, given one year before the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Now, the only mix up here was the user’s use of the title “Nuclear,” rather than “Radioactive.” However, we don’t even know for sure that “Radioactive” is the right label for Season 8 — though 20th Century Fox did file a trademark application with the USPTO for the title “American Horror Story: Radioactive” on March 6.

So does that mean Murphy is putting his favorite group of actors into a not-so-distant future where America is either about to, or already has, gone to nuclear war? It seems like a definite possibility right now. Well, about as definite as anything ever is with Murphy.

The showrunner himself wouldn’t confirm or deny the “Radioactive” title last night when asked. But he did give out a few more details about the season, including that “it’s heightened” compared to the last season, “Cult.” “It’s not necessarily as real and grounded as the past season. We’re sort of getting back to ‘Asylum’ and ‘Coven.’ That’s the tone of it,” he said, according to THR.

Murphy also doubled down on his announcement from earlier in the week that Joan Collins had been added to the cast. As of Wednesday, a representative for the actress told TheWrap she was still in “final talks” for a leading role. Previously announced leads are “AHS” staples Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters (who Murphy revealed Friday will be playing a comedic hairdresser and Collins’ grandson) and the returning Kathy Bates.

Representatives for 20th Century Fox, FX and Murphy did not immediately respond to TheWrap‘s request for comment on the season’s title or theme.

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Spending Christmas in Saigon, Vietnam

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Christmas is nearly a month away, and can be trully a magical time in Vietnam (minus the snow). If you decided to spend our favorite holiday in the South of Vietnam, make sure to check out our video on what Xmas is really like like...

‘SNL': A Man Finally Feels What Pregnancy is Like Thanks to Doctor Chadwick Boseman (Video)

‘SNL': A Man Finally Feels What Pregnancy is Like Thanks to Doctor Chadwick Boseman (Video)

by Phil Hornshaw @ TheWrapTheWrap

The man who agreed to become pregnant thanks to a medical breakthrough on “SNL” was blindsided when he realized he was going to have to give birth more or less exactly the same way that women do.

The sketch found Mikey Day as the pregnant man, thanks to a medical procedure created by doctors Connelly and Price, played by host Chadwick Boseman and Aidy Bryant. At first, Day and Kate McKinnon, who played his wife, were excited for their new baby daughter.

But then Boseman revealed that there would be a change of plans: Instead of a cesarean section for the birth, Day would have to deliver his baby through his urethra.

“Yes, picture a bowling ball going through a Twizzler,” Bryant’s Dr. Price explained.

The panicked Day continued to get more and more upset as Boseman revealed additional details about the procedure. It turned out the pregnancy would take 24 hours, and that if it was rushed at all, the possibility of “tuliping” would increase.

Bryant explained exactly what “tuliping” was with a Looney Tunes metaphor: Picture when Bugs Bunny puts his finger in Elmer Fudd’s gun, which then explodes. The edges of the barrel peel back like tulip petals, she said — much to the abject horror of Day. When a journalist asked if McKinnon would be present in the delivery room, she replied, “Not anymore, no.”

Things get even worse when Boseman told reporters Day also wouldn’t be able to use any of the pain medication often employed for women to help them during the procedure, because Day’s 24-hour-labor would require him to be fully conscious the entire time.

And then Boseman dropped another bombshell on Day and McKinnon as the sketch drew to its close — Day wasn’t having just one daughter, but three.

When a journalist asked Day how long he thought it would take for him to recover from the pregnancy, he replied, “Umm, forever?”

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‘SNL': Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump Proves He Can Read, Admits He Doesn’t Care About America (Video)

‘SNL': Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump Proves He Can Read, Admits He Doesn’t Care About America (Video)

by Phil Hornshaw @ TheWrapTheWrap

Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump opened up the first new “SNL” episode in three weeks with a speed-run through recent Trump-news, with Baldwin as POTUS reading a prepared statement specifically to prove that yes, the president can read.

He was also finally straight with the American people, describing his presidency as “a four-year cash grab.”

Baldwin’s Trump met with leaders of the Baltic states for a press conference, but even as the event started, Trump was eager to leave. “Let’s make this quick because I’ve got more trade wars to escalate,” he said. “That’s why I added more tariffs on things like fireworks and finger traps.”

Trump then introduced his counterparts from the Baltic States, listing them as “Estonia, Lithuania, and I wanna say Stankonia.” Trump further endeared himself to the other world leaders, saying, “Baltic Avenue was always my favorite, after Oriental Avenue, which you can’t say anymore. You have to call it China Street. So sad.”

“Before I turn things over to these freak shows here I’m going to read a prepared statement to prove that I can read. I hate this,” Trump continued, before quickly reading off the prepared statement — which started with, “Do not congratulate Putin.” “Oh wait,” Baldwin’s Trump said. “That’s a note for me.”

As soon as he was finished reading the statement, Baldwin’s Trump immediately congratulated Putin, just like the real Trump did, despite a real-life note reminding him not to.

“First up a big congratulations to Vladimir Putin,” he said. “Nobody’s ever been tougher on Russia than I am, including Hitler.”

Trump then handed the reins of the event to the Baltic leaders while he zoned out, completely bored.

“Oh my god I’m already so bored,” Baldwin narrated for Trump’s thoughts. “I wish I was watching Roseanne, how great is that show. Roseanne loves me, she’s like a good Rosie O’Donnell.”

Trump then took questions from journalists. He ducked answering about Stormy Daniels, admitted to hating Jeff Bezos because the Amazon CEO is richer and admits he’s bald, and talked about a caravan of immigrants in Mexico by describing the armored cars from the movie “Max Max: Fury Road.” He even called he immigrants “Mad Maxicans.”

When asked about whether he was worried his policies are ruining America, Baldwin’s Trump finally leveled with the nation.

“I am not worried at all, because here is the thing that no one else is saying and I’m the only one who’s willing to actually say this, ‘I don’t care about America,'” Trump explained. “Okay? This whole presidency is a four-year cash grab and admitting that will probably get me four more years, but I do not care about any of you. Okay? Basically, does that answer all of your questions?”

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Top 5 Seafood dishes to try in Vietnam

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We always recommend travelers in Vietnam to definitely try what the locals call “ốc”, which literally means “snails”, though its meaning is actually going out and enjoying seafood, including crabs, shrimps, oyster and yes, snails. However these ốc restaurants usually have only a 5 to 10...

Traditional Food for Vietnamese Lunar New Year – Delicacies for Tet Celebrations

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In the event of Tet holiday, what traditional food for Vietnamese lunar new year? To celebrate the most important holiday in the country, generations of the Vietnamese have been following

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What Da Lat Street Food to Eat for Your Vietnam Food Discovery

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Da Lat Street Food is one of the most wanted things for people traveling to this beautiful city on a Vietnam food vacation. Da Lat is one of the ideal

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‘You Were Never Really Here’ Rides Cannes Praise to Big Indie Box Office Start

‘You Were Never Really Here’ Rides Cannes Praise to Big Indie Box Office Start

by Jeremy Fuster @ TheWrapTheWrap

Off the wave of strong reviews from critics, Amazon’s Cannes thriller “You Were Never Really Here” got off to a good start at the indie box office, releasing on three screens in New York and Los Angeles and making just under $130,000 for a per screen average of $43,304.

“You Were Never Really Here” got heavy marketing aimed towards the arthouse crowd, with trailers and ads touting the Best Screenplay and Best Actor awards the film won for director Lynne Ramsay’s script and Joaquin Phoenix’s lead performance as a trauma-stricken former FBI agent turned hired gun who rescues young girls from sex traffickers. The film holds an 88 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes and now has the second-highest PSA of the year behind “Isle of Dogs.”

Speaking of “Isle of Dogs,” Fox Searchlight expanded the stop-motion animated film to 554 screens in its third weekend, which pushed the film into the top 10 among all films with $4.6 million and a PSA of $8,300. Now with a domestic total of just over $12 million, the film will expand nationwide next weekend to over 1,700 screens.

On the new release list is A24’s horse drama “Lean on Pete,” which made just over $50,000 on four screens in Los Angeles and New York for a per screen average of $12,530. The film stars Charlie Plummer as a teen who bonds with an old horse named Pete after his relationship with his father (Travis Fimmel) ends up on the rocks. When the boy discovers that Pete is scheduled to be slaughtered, he takes the horse and runs away from home.

The film is directed and written by Andrew Haigh and also stars Chloe Sevigny and Steve Buscemi. It currently has a 90 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Among holdovers is FIP’s “Baaghi 2,” a Bollywood action film starring Tiger Shroff and directed by Ahmed Khan, made $255,000 from 124 screens to push its U.S. cume to $1.17 million. Lastly, IFC’s “The Death of Stalin” added $1.1 million in its fifth weekend from 554 screens, bringing its total to $5.6 million.

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Foodie tour of Ho Chi Minh City by Vespa: review

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‘SNL': Is There a New Episode Airing This Week?

‘SNL': Is There a New Episode Airing This Week?

by Phil Hornshaw @ TheWrapTheWrap

SNL” continues to fire away at American politics and culture in Season 43, with no shortage of ammunition coming from Donald Trump and the rest of the White House staff.

This week marks the return of “Saturday Night Live” after a three-week break, with “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman hosting the episode, and Cardi B serving as musical guest.

Former “SNL” alumnus Bill Hader hosted the last new episode of “SNL” before the break, with indie rock band Arcade Fire filling the role of musical guest. The episode also featured guest appearances by John Goodman as former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and “SNL” alumnus Fred Armisen, playing “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff.

Prior to Hader, “This is Us” actor Sterling K. Brown hosted, fresh off his Prime-Time Emmy win for his turn on the hit show and a role in “Black Panther,” with singer-songwriter James Bay as musical guest. Before that, basketball great Charles Barkley served as host, with musical guest Migos. That episode also saw Alec Baldwin reprising his role as Trump, which is only the second time in 2018 he’s played the role.

Natalie Portman played host for the first “SNL” episode to air following the hiatus for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, with musical guest Dua Lipa, on Feb. 3. Before Portman’s episode, which was her second turn as host, it had been a while since she was on the show — her last hosting turn was in 2006, and made a cameo on the show in 2012.

Portman’s episode marked the first time in 2018 that Alec Baldwin reprised his role as Donald Trump. He appeared in the episode’s cold open, in which Trump called into a parody version of Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” a show the real president seems to watch pretty consistently.

Riffing on a gag from her 2006 hosting turn, Portman also took part in a “Star Wars”-infused rap in her latest episode.

Before Portman’s episode, another host returned to the show after a long hiatus — “SNL” alumnus Will Ferrell, who left the show way back in 2002. His Jan. 27 episode marked Ferrell’s fourth turn as host for the show in the last 16 years, and his first return to lead the show since 2012. Singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton took on the role of musical guest, ahead of his appearance Sunday playing at 2018 Grammy Awards.

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‘A Quiet Place’ Rockets to $50 Million Opening at Box Office

‘A Quiet Place’ Rockets to $50 Million Opening at Box Office

by Jeremy Fuster @ TheWrapTheWrap

“A Quiet Place” has crept up on an unsuspecting box office and delivered a very impressive $50 million opening from 3,508 screens.

Holding a budget of $17 million, Paramount’s horror film saw its pre-weekend projections tick up last week as reviews gave the film a 97 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. But even the most optimistic of projections had the film making a $35 million start.

Not only is this result 51 percent higher than the $33 million opening for last year’s critically-acclaimed horror film “Get Out,” it’s also the biggest opening for Paramount since “Star Trek: Beyond” and the $59 million it made all the way back in July 2016. Globally, the film is off to a $71 million start, with half of its international rollout still to come.

With a B+ on CinemaScore — the same as last year’s horror hits “It” and “Split” — “A Quiet Place” is on its way to being the first big success for Paramount under new CEO Jim Gianopulos, as the word of mouth should make this film a top choice for moviegoers over the next three weeks rather than fizzle out early like many horror films. It’s also a relief for exhibitors, who were looking for films to help provide foot traffic in their theaters until “Avengers: Infinity War” comes out at the end of the month.

Other films are giving theaters a reason to smile, including WB/Village Roadshow’s “Ready Player One,” which earned $25 million in its second weekend for a 10-day domestic total of $97 million. Studio execs told TheWrap that they were hoping for a 40-50 percent drop from the film’s $41 million opening, and it got that with a 40 percent downtick.

Internationally, “RP1” added $81.7 million, with $42 million coming from China. The film’s Chinese total now sits at $161.3 million, with $13 million coming globally from IMAX screenings. It passed the $300 million mark on Thursday, and will pass $400 million tomorrow with a current global cume of $391.3 million.

In third is Universal’s new comedy “Blockers,” which hit the upper end of projections with a $21.4 million opening from 3,379 screens. The film had a budget of $20 million and continues the success that Universal has had with R-rated comedies, with “Girls’ Trip” making $140 million last summer. Combined with the success of films like “Game Night” ($104 million) and “A Bad Mom’s Christmas” ($130 million), raunchy comedies may be making a slow recovery at the box office after a 2017 that saw most of them flame out.

“Black Panther” takes fourth in its eighth weekend with $8.4 million, bringing its domestic total to $665 million and its global total to $1.3 billion. The Marvel film is $32 million away from crossing the global total for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Just behind it in fifth is “I Can Only Imagine,” which sneaks past the $8 million made by a second-weekend “Tyler Perry’s Acrimony” to stay in the top five for a fourth week with $8.4 million. The faith-based film from Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate now has a $69 million cume.

Taking seventh this weekend is Entertainment Studios’ “Chappaquiddick,” which recounts the infamous 1969 scandal that destroyed Ted Kennedy’s hopes of becoming president. The film came ahead of projections for a $3.5 million start, instead taking $6.2 million from 1,560 screens. Finally, LD Entertainment’s inspirational film “The Miracle Season” took $4.1 million from 1,707 screens, putting it in 11th place.

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Ann Coulter’s Solution for Illegal Migrants: ‘If You Shoot One … Maybe They’ll Learn’ (Audio)

Ann Coulter’s Solution for Illegal Migrants: ‘If You Shoot One … Maybe They’ll Learn’ (Audio)

by Jon Levine @ TheWrapTheWrap

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter proposed a novel solution for illegal immigration, suggesting that U.S. border guards might solve the problem and send a message to others by shooting a migrant trying to cross into the United States.

“I mean, unless they’re going to shoot one and send a message to the rest,” Coulter told radio host Lars Larson earlier this week. “If you shoot one to encourage the others, maybe they’ll learn, but otherwise, we’ll see, we’ll see.”

Coulter analogized her position to the Voltaire line from Candide — “We hang one to encourage the others.”

The GOP fire queen was on the program to continue her excoriation tour against President Trump, which has been ongoing since he signed the federal omnibus spending bill last March.

Coulter told Larson that she was not confident that the president’s latest plan to send the military to police the U.S. border would make any noticeable difference.

“Both Obama and Bush did this too. No, there’s a reason the chant was ‘we want a wall,’ we don’t want to use the military to process illegals and let them into the country,” she said.

While Coulter still hasn’t completely jumped off the Trump Train — and the movement which led Donald Trump to the White House — she has become increasingly ferocious in her denunciations.

During a talk at Columbia University last month, Coulter called the president a “shallow, lazy, ignoramus.”

As one of 45 people the president follows on Twitter, it is almost impossible to believe he hasn’t noticed the upswing in attacks from Coulter. To date, however, he has declined from attacking her publicly.

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Best Danang Seafood Restaurants – Where to eat in Da Nang

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Best Danang seafood restaurants is one of the most wanted information since 5 years. With the rapid development, Danang becomes not only the most-worth living city but also a very

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The Best Desserts in Ho Chi Minh City

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  It’s not always easy to explore Saigon under this unbeatable heat, and sometimes a quick ice cream stop can be the best way to refresh yourself and have enough energy for your adventures here. Fortunately, with a summer all year round, Ho Chi Minh...

‘Mean Girls’ Broadway Review: Tina Fey’s Nasty Teens Now Sing, Dance and Recycle

‘Mean Girls’ Broadway Review: Tina Fey’s Nasty Teens Now Sing, Dance and Recycle

by Robert Hofler @ TheWrapTheWrap

In a recent New York Times interview, the husband-wife team behind “Mean Girls” discussed how their new musical is different from its source material, the 2004 screenplay by Tina Fey.

“The biggest laugh lines are not the ones from the movie,” said composer Jeff Richmond, who makes his  Broadway debut with “Mean Girls” after years of executive producing and scoring Fey’s TV hit “30 Rock.”

“Which makes sense,” agreed Fey, also making her Broadway debut, as the new musical’s book writer, “because laughs are usually generated by some element of surprise. It’s hard to get a laugh on something people know is coming.”

Truth be told, the biggest laughs in Fey’s book for “Mean Girls” are lifted directly from her screenplay about a pretty, vapid, backstabbing group of teenage girls, a.k.a. the Plastics, who rule North Shore High. Since those laugh lines of callous reverse feminism were hilarious the first time around, they remain LOL effective on stage in the musical version of “Mean Girls,” which opened Sunday at the August Wilson Theatre.

Beyond the successful recycling of 14-year-old jokes, the other good news about Fey and Richmond’s first joint Broadway effort is that her characters need to sing. The angst, joy and fear on display are big in a very hormonal teenager kind of way. “Mean Girls,” unlike its first cousin “Legally Blonde,” finds the necessary volume to justify breaking into song, whether those songs are about the despair of being an outsider or falling in love with a photo of the Wham!-era George Michael. These are the early traumatic experiences of life that stick in your memory much longer than passing the bar exam or applying for social security.

If only Fey’s springboard of a book had inspired more memorable, distinctive songs. A few hit the mark: “I See Stars” delivers chewable bubblegum and “What’s Wrong With Me?” is a poignant lament from Gretchen, the most insecure of the Plastics. And when the group’s nasty leader, Regina, seeks revenge on her new turncoat friend Cady, “Watch the World Burn” turns up the heat.

What’s odd, considering Richmond’s TV background, is how Broadway derivative much of his score sounds. “Stop,” an ode to banning bad behavior, clearly references “Zip” without ever replicating the sardonic wit of that “Pal Joey” classic.

Richmond, fortunately, avoids the current Broadway trap of having to turn every modest tune into a major anthem. The “Mean Girls” score is nothing if not varied, and who can’t appreciate a musical where Act 1 ends with a parody of the now-ubiquitous female power ballad, appropriately titled “Fearless”?

Where Fey’s recycled one-liners are inspired, Nell Benjamin’s lyrics are rarely more than serviceable, although an improvement on her “Legally Blonde” wordplay.

The show’s most original laughs can be attributed to Casey Nicholaw’s always sharp choreography and direction. He delivers several funny surprises, whether it’s the chorus boys dancing on food trays in the cafeteria or dressing up in drag to fill out the bleachers in the gym when the girls are lectured on their bitchery. And Scott Pask’s deceptively simple set bursts with color and unexpected novelties thanks to Finn Ross and Adam Young’s arresting videos.

Most important, Nicholaw knows how to direct actors for maximum comic effect. Taylor Louderman and Kerry Butler present effective variations on, respectively, Rachel McAdams’ beautiful shrew Regina and Amy Poehler’s 40-going-on-16 mother from the film version.

Where Nicholaw works real magic is with Regina’s two sidekicks, the insecure Gretchen (Lacey Chabert in the film) and the dimwit Karen (Amanda Seyfried in the film). On stage, Ashley Park finds infinite variations to make her doubting Gretchen both amusing and poignant, while Kate Rockwell’s Karen is both dumb and dumber and, ultimately, the funniest character on stage.

As Cady, the teenager who must negotiate American high school politics after years of being home schooled in Kenya, of all places, Erika Henningsen grows into the role after a rough start not entirely of her own making. On that fateful first day at North Shore High, Cady meets her instant best friends: the suspected lesbian Janis, played by Barrett Wilbert Weed, and the very gay Damian, played by Grey Henson, who is every bit as flamboyant as Daniel Franzese in the movie.

The major obstacle for Henningsen is that the Damian character is now the gay guy in a musical, meaning he stills gets to wear pink and act queeny but also sings, taps and knows his show tunes. In Henson’s opening scenes, the show is less “Mean Girls” than “Funny Boy.” Henningsen’s Cady doesn’t really grab our attention until the second act, when she turns herself into a total bitch on the make.

In other ways, there are signs of social progress. In the movie, Janis is handed a boyfriend at the end so we knew she really isn’t a “dyke.” That nugget of homophobia (the boyfriend, not the word “dyke”) has been dropped from the musical. And it’s nice to see that at least two same-sex couples have the guts to invade the Spring Fling at North Shore High.

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Final ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer Lands With a Bang: ‘Assume Everyone Will Betray You’ (Video)

Final ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer Lands With a Bang: ‘Assume Everyone Will Betray You’ (Video)

by Phil Owen @ TheWrapTheWrap

Disney dropped the final trailer for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” Sunday night, and you can watch it above.

We knew the broad strokes of the film’s plot, but this trailer gives us our clearest look yet. Han Solo and Chewbacca join up with a woman named Qi’ra to try to pull off a heist, but they’ll need the help of Lando Calrissian, the renowned smuggler who owns the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon. We also get our first look at the big bad of the movie, played by Paul Bettany.

It’s a visually striking trailer, featuring new locales, like a greenish-hued planet that feels an awful lot like the descriptions of Kessel from the old “Star Wars” Expanded Universe, as well as some pretty fun dialogue. The highlights are Lando, played by Donald Glover,  smoothly saying, “Everything you heard about me is true,” and Han remarking that Chewbacca looks great after learning that the Wookiee is a whopping 190 years old.

It’s a cool enough trailer that it might assuage the concerns of fans who have been skeptical about the project since the abrupt exit of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller last year sparked extensive reshoots under the guidance of Ron Howard. Lord and Miller said they decided not to challenge Howard on a “directed by” credit on “Solo,” but rather took on executive producer credits.

The standalone “Star Wars” film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke as Qi’Ra and “Westworld” star Thandie Newton, as well as Paul Bettany as the villain.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” will premiere at a special screening at the 71st Cannes Film Festival May 15, before its global premiere on May 25.

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5 Reasons ‘A Quiet Place’ Became Horror’s Latest Box Office Sensation

5 Reasons ‘A Quiet Place’ Became Horror’s Latest Box Office Sensation

by Jeremy Fuster @ TheWrapTheWrap

After a long series of busts for Paramount, the Melrose studio finally has something to celebrate — “A Quiet Place,” which blew by analyst expectations with an opening weekend of $50 million, is the best start for a Paramount film since “Star Trek: Beyond” nearly two years ago.

And unlike “Beyond,” which had a $185 million budget, “A Quiet Place” was made on a thrifty $17 million budget, making this an instantly profitable release. It’s starring, directed and co-written by John Krasinski, whose success as a first-time filmmaker for a major studio with this horror tale could bring in more offers from Hollywood’s heavyweights.

All of this is thanks to a mix of quality work from Krasinski and his team, excellent stewardship by Paramount, and the continuing success of horror at the box office. Here are our five reasons for “A Quiet Place” taking theaters by storm.

1.) Concept + Heart = Broad Appeal

From a monster that attacks his victims in their nightmares to a doll with the soul of a serial killer, high-concept films are standard when it comes to horror. “A Quiet Place” starts with a concept among the best of them: monsters that will quickly devour anything that makes a sound louder than breathing.

It’s a concept that quickly grabs audience attention and makes for striking trailers that can freak anyone out. But that concept is coupled with protagonists who come up with brilliant ways to survive in a world of silence and who embody a theme that can resonate beyond the hardcore horror crowd: the desire to protect one’s family. 

“It really is all about the story. It’s something that anyone can relate to on a basic level,” Paramount domestic distribution head Kyle Davies told TheWrap. “And the proof of that is in the demographics. This film played in big cities, small cities and with people from all walks of life.”

“Get Out” was able to tap into this crossover appeal last year, providing social commentary for audiences who want more than just a good scare. Krasinski, who told Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” that he had never seen a horror film before starting work on “A Quiet Place,” said that he signed on to do the project because he empathized with the Abbott parents’ all-encompassing focus on protecting their children and wanted to make that the nucleus of the story. Mission accomplished.

2.) Horror Is Hot at the Box Office

2017 truly was a banner year for horror. Along with “Get Out,” which also won an Oscar and has helped make Blumhouse into one of the most noteworthy studios in Hollywood, titles like “Annabelle: Creation,” “47 Meters Down” and “Split” also came away with strong box office numbers. And, of course, there was “It,” which became one of the top 10 highest grossing films of last year and set a new all-time box office record for horror.

In other words, moviegoers love a good scare right now, and Hollywood is delivering with several well-reviewed films. “A Quiet Place” is the latest in that slew of successes, and audiences have responded.

3.) Blockbuster Counter-Programming

Part of the reason for this interest in horror is because it provides an alternative to the usual triple-A action blockbusters released on a regular basis. This past March was defined by such films, with “Tomb Raider” and “Pacific Rim: Uprising” needing China to help boost numbers before “Ready Player One” finally became the mega-budget film that domestic audiences responded to.

But this also meant the market was wide open for studios who could provide a movie for those who weren’t interested in CGI flash-and-bang. “A Quiet Place” was able to provide that at a much cheaper price tag for the studio, serving as genre counter-programming to “Ready Player One.” This was also the case for “Blockers,” a raunchy comedy from Universal that opened to $21.4 million this weekend.

4.) SXSW

This annual festival in Austin has become the perfect launch pad for studios with films that might be commercially risky or not on most moviegoers’ radars. If your film’s got the goods, the critics and crowds at South by Southwest will quickly let the rest of the world know, as we saw when “Ready Player One” finally got some traction after holding its world premiere at SXSW and getting a standing ovation.

“A Quiet Place” enjoyed similar acclaim after its SXSW launch, earning unanimous praise from critics in Austin and going on to post a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Anticipating that praise, Paramount set the film to be released in this early April slot to capitalize off the critical success.

5.) The New Paramount Regime

As noted at the top, Paramount is a studio in desperate need of a turnaround at the box office, and “A Quiet Place” marks the first big victory for the company under its new CEO, Jim Gianopulos.

The former 20th Century Fox head took over at Paramount 12 months ago, just three weeks after “A Quiet Place” was greenlit with Krasinski and his wife, Emily Blunt, attached to the project. Under Gianopulos’ team, the film became a priority project at Paramount, with the studio deciding to make it the centerpiece of SXSW in the hopes of quickly building word of mouth. In between the festival and release, Paramount launched an extensive digital campaign promoting the film’s premise, with Krasinski and Blunt making appearances on “The Today Show,” “Ellen” and “The Tonight Show” to promote it.

Next week, “A Quiet Place” will go against Blumhouse and its new movie “Truth or Dare.” It’s expected to win as early projections have it making a second weekend total in the $20 million range, with “Truth or Dare” opening in the low teens.

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Zoe Saldana Calls Out Hollywood ‘Elitists’ Who Look Down on Marvel Films

Zoe Saldana Calls Out Hollywood ‘Elitists’ Who Look Down on Marvel Films

by Jeremy Fuster @ TheWrapTheWrap

If you work in Hollywood and are rolling your eyes at “Avengers” mania, Zoe Saldana is calling you out.

In an interview with British fashion site Net-A-Porter, Saldana says that she’s been looked down upon by some people in Hollywood for working on superhero movies and blockbuster fare. She says she hates that mentality, and feels she’s providing just as important a contribution to cinema as any prestige film by giving children a figure to look up to.

“Whenever you see pictures of people in this industry who donate their time to children in need, it’s these actors that live in the world that you feel is selling out,” explained Saldana, who has appeared in several blockbuster franchises including “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Star Trek” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

“It’s these actors that understand the role that they play inspires a five-year-old who has one dying wish to meet a superhero. That actor takes time out of their life and sits down with that five-year-old and says, ‘I see you, I hear you, and you matter.'”

She continued, “Those elitists should be a little more cognizant about what playing a superhero means to a young child. Because you’re not just dissing me, you’re dissing what that child considers important in their world. I feel so proud to be living in space, to be playing green and blue aliens, to inspire, primarily, the younger generations. I remember what it was like to be young and to feel completely excluded out of the mainstream conversation of life because I was just little and unimportant and ‘other’.”

The performances of Sigourney Weaver in “Alien” and Linda Hamilton” in the “Terminator” films made Saldana a lifelong sci-fi fan and stoked a desire to provide a new generation of girls with images of women thriving in fantastical worlds.

“I work with filmmakers who gravitated to this genre because they were exiles in their own right, excluded from a mainstream conversation,” she said. “They found their world and they were able to imagine the unimaginable. Everything about how they create, and how they invite characters to join them, is absolutely inclusive.”

Saldana again appears as Gamora in “Avengers: Infinity War,” in theaters on April 27.

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‘Trading Spaces’ Host Paige Davis ‘Really Liked’ That ‘Prison of Love’ Bedroom – for Real

‘Trading Spaces’ Host Paige Davis ‘Really Liked’ That ‘Prison of Love’ Bedroom – for Real

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Paige Davis has seen hundreds of room transformations from her years hosting “Trading Spaces.” And though the vast majority resulted in beloved transformations, a handful of the redesigned rooms were hated by the homeowners.

Yes, you all know about the room with hay-covered walls, and our readers have probably watched this woman break down over her new-look fireplace, but Davis can’t possibly defend the “Prison of Love” bedroom, could she? After all, it had two friggin’ toilets supporting a bench, jail-cell bars covering the windows, and a terrifying mural that would make one want to return to a nightmare.

“I actually thought that room was really neat! I really liked it,” Davis told TheWrap. “I did!”

OK, Paige, maybe you shouldn’t be considered a tastemaker.

“The true, original concept is that ‘I know my neighbors and I know that they’re stuck,'” Davis explained. “‘Their home doesn’t represent the people that I know anymore. They’re stuck in the past or they’re too afraid to move forward, and I can envision for them the home that they should have, and I think they should trust me, and I’m gonna trust them, and we’re gonna trade.'”

“But for pure logistical [reasons] — out of absolute necessity, the designers need to plan and shop the room ahead of time,” she added.

That kinda kills the purity pitch about personal touches provided by a neighbor. But “Trading Spaces” certainly isn’t the only reality show to liberally bend the word “reality” — it was just among the first and most popular.

And those few gaudy rooms you couldn’t bear to watch the reveals of? The host has an excuse for her designers that we can kind of buy.

“It’s a little bit the same as seeing a high-fashion runway show, of couture. Or flipping through the pages of Vogue,” Davis said. “And I don’t mean that as the ‘Trading Spaces’ rooms are high-end — I mean it like they’re very high concept. So, you might see some crazy couture fashion design image in a Vogue magazine, with the crazy makeup. And you look at that picture and say to yourself, ‘Who the hell would ever wear that?'”

“Well, the ‘Trading Spaces’ rooms are very much like that, too. They often — not always — but some of them are out-of-the-box ideas and what some people would think are crazy ideas,” she continued. “They’re meant to inspire you.”

And to inspire high ratings, we imagine, from viewers saying to themselves, “Who the hell would ever sleep there?”

“Trading Spaces” returns to TLC on Saturday at 9/8c.

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Every ‘SNL’ Alec Baldwin Donald Trump Sketch Ranked, From Least to Most Retweetable (Photos)

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We’re in for at least four years of Donald Trump as President of the United States. That means one particularly great thing: We’re in for a lot more Alec Baldwin impersonations of Trump on “SNL.”

From the often ridiculous phrases to the weird outbursts, “SNL” has captured all of it. In fact, the sketches often seem to struggle to surpass reality in terms of absurdity. But they get there.

Here’s a list of every Baldwin-as-Trump “SNL” sketch, ranked from least to most hilarious.

25. Trump’s Classroom Cold Open (Dec. 3): Trump retweets ridiculous people, like a 16-year-old and a white supremacist. This one’s sadder than it is funny, though, because most of it doesn’t even require jokes. You can watch that sketch here.

24. Donald Trump Prepares Cold Open (Nov. 19): Fresh off winning the election, Trump’s completely unprepared. We already know that Mike Pence will do everything, but good effort, “SNL.” You can watch that sketch here.

23. Trump’s Christmas Cold Open (Dec. 17): Vladimir Putin drops by Trump Tower for Christmas. This one definitely brings to mind the phrase, “No puppet, no puppet.” You can watch that sketch here.

22. The O’Reilly Factor with Donald Trump (April 8): Alec Baldwin played both a scandalized Bill O’Reilly and Trump, who appeared on O’Reilly’s show to defend him. A clueless Trump is a nice addition to this one but he’s ultimately just an addition to another gag. You can watch the sketch here.

21. Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton — Debate Three Cold Open (Oct. 22): Trump is winning “every single poll taken outside a Cracker Barrel,” but it’s Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton who steals this one — kind of like in real life. You can watch that sketch here.

20. Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton — Debate 1 Cold Open (Oct. 1): The first debate really found Baldwin hitting the Trump stride. It’s mostly just him shouting “Gina” in a very insistent tone. “Yuge Gina” gets a lot of mileage though. You can watch that sketch here.

19. Trump Takes the Appeals Court to ‘The People’s Court’ (Feb. 11)

“SNL” made good on Trump’s all-caps “SEE YOU IN COURT” tweet by taking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to “The People’s Court.” But Judge Milian hassling Trump about his travel ban was a bit too short to really take off. Watch the sketch here.

18. Sean Spicer Confronts Trump (May 13)

After a tough White House Press Briefing, Melissa McCarthy’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer rode his motorized podium to New York to confront Trump on lies. The pair wound up making out. Watch the sketch here.

17. Donald Trump Phoenix Rally Cold Open (Aug. 24)

Trump gives a goodbye to Steve Bannon and pledges to build the Wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and make the American tax payer pay for it. Watch the sketch here.

16. Press Conference With Baltic Leaders (April 7, 2018)

Trump meets with leaders from the Baltics and gets so bored that he finally tells America what he really thinks about the presidency. Watch the sketch here.

15. Trump’s People (April 8)

Trump checks in with rural white Americans after ordering an airstrike on Syria. Desperate to keep everyone happy, he promises everyone will have coal jobs for the rest of their lives and that he’ll slash minimum wage. The final joke about “finger chili” is a standout moment. Watch the sketch right here.

14. VP Debate Cold Open (Oct. 8)

Trump nabs the spotlight from the vice presidential debate and realizes he needs to be a lot more careful about talking about sexually assaulting people while wearing hot mics. Describing himself as a gross groping hurricane is hilariously cringe-worthy. You can watch that sketch here.

13. Trump might have ties to Zorblat-9 as aliens invade (March 11)

Trump spoke to American troops to rally them in a battle against super-powerful space aliens. Unfortunately, Trump’s old standbys like “we don’t win anymore” and “we’re going to bring coal back” were not all that helpful. Most of the rhetoric is stuff we’ve heard before, but Leslie Jones’ and Sasheer Zamata’s moments near the end elevate the sketch. Watch the sketch here.

12. White House Tree Trimming Cold Open

Joined by his family, Mike Pence, Jeff Sessions, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway, Trump decks his Christmas tree by remembering the losers in his first year as president. Watch the video here.

11. Trump call with Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz (Sept. 30)

Trump fields a call with Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and reminds her that if the U.S. territory should have invested in FEMA Prime if it wanted fast hurricane relief. Watch the sketch here.

10. Trump Administration sings “Hallelujah” (May 20)

The final cold open of the season references Kate McKinnon’s cold open as Hillary Clinton, making a perfect joke about Donald Trump’s week of news scandals. Scarlett Johansson even returned for a quick guest appearance to reprise her role as Ivanka Trump.

9. Hillary Clinton/Donald Trump Cold Open (Nov. 5)

CNN doesn’t care as Trump literally kisses the FBI, Putin and the KKK. Alec and Kate heartwarming run through Times Square is the real sweet spot of the sketch. You can watch that sketch here.

8. Donald Trump gives Bannon and Kushner the ‘Apprentice’ Treatment (April 15)

After a week of reports about infighting between Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, “SNL” pits the two advisers against each other in to see who will be eliminated. Spoiler alert: It’s Bannon. Watch the sketch here.

7. Donald Trump Trucker Rally Did Cold Open (Oct. 14)

Baldwin’s Trump continues to make Vice President Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) walk out of things in protest, including a basketball game, a Starbucks and a gay wedding. Watch the sketch here.

6. Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Town Hall Debate Cold Open (Oct. 15)

Of all the debates, the second was the funniest. Trump lurking in the background and slipping past Hillary like he’s the shark in a “Jaws” movie completely captures the awkwardness of the real event. You can watch that sketch here.

5. Paul Manafort’s House Cold Open (Nov. 4)

After Robert Mueller indicts Paul Manafort, Trump offers a pardon plan: Pretend he’s a Thanksgiving turkey. Watch the video here.

4. Donald Trump Press Conference Cold Open (Dec. 14): It might be the lowest-brow of the sketches, but Trump accidentally talking about urine throughout his press conference is bested only by the line, “I’m not talking about the pee-pee, because it didn’t happen and it wasn’t as cool as it sounds.” You can watch that sketch here.

3. Donald Trump and Steve Bannon call world leaders (Feb. 4)
“SNL” channels two weeks of executive actions and other Trump news items to turn out a ton of jokes that channel absurdity while still finding new ways to be funny. Watch the sketch here.

2. Donald Trump interview with Lester Holt (May 13)
After firing former FBI Director James Comey, Trump realized he could say just about anything with no consequences. He tried it out in an interview with Lester Holt. Watch the sketch here.

1. Presidential Address (May 4, 2018)

Trump addresses the gun control debate and talks about how America is in the top 5 countries in the world — but lags behind Wakanda, the fictional African nation from the movie “Black Panther.” Watch the sketch here.

‘Andre the Giant’ HBO Doc Couldn’t Fit This Story About WWE Legend Nearly Drowning 2 Rivals

‘Andre the Giant’ HBO Doc Couldn’t Fit This Story About WWE Legend Nearly Drowning 2 Rivals

by Tony Maglio and Brian Welk @ TheWrapTheWrap

André Roussimoff, better known as the wrestler André the Giant, wasn’t only a giant in stature: he was living a legend.

In the upcoming HBO documentary, “André the Giant,” from Bill Simmons’ Ringer Films, he’s even referred to as “a god.”

The film, which debuts on Tuesday, April 10, gathers up the titans of wrestling to share their larger than life stories about André.

There’s Arnold Schwarzenegger telling of the time that when he tried to pick up the check at dinner, André instead picked Arnie up and put him on an armoire like he was a rag doll. And of course, everyone has a legendary story aboutAndré’s drinking. Ric Flair says in the film that he and André once put away 106 beers.

But there were a lot of stories that couldn’t fit into the documentary, even for someone as big as André (he officially stood 7-foot-4). Here’s one from “André the Giant” director Jason Hehir, who spoke with TheWrap to share a couple of stories that were cut for time.

André had a reputation from “The Princess Bride” as something of a “gentle giant,” as director Rob Reiner puts it in the HBO doc. But here’s a story that shows a more dangerous side of André.

“This legendary story that [Ric] Flair was there for. It was at this beachside bar. I forget if he said it was in Charlottesville, or somewhere down south, along the beach,” Hehir recalled.

“And Blackjack Mulligan reaches across the table and punches André in the face. And André grabs Mulligan and one other guy, Dusty Rhodes maybe or someone, and drags them out onto the shore and starts drowning both of them,” he said. And Flair had to come out and break up the fight. And then André just turned around, walked in and sat down and started drinking again.”

That was just a glimpse into the anarchy of those days.

Another story dates back when André was when he was 18. “Back in those days, you had to enlist in the army if you were an 18-year-old male in France,” Hehir said. “And one of the reasons why he got into wrestling is — he could have been off enlisted in the army somewhere, training, but he didn’t have any uniforms that would fit him. So, he kind of fell through the cracks because of that. Ironically, a guy that size falls through the cracks,” he laughed.

“And then soon after that is when he was ‘discovered’ as a pro wrestler. So when he’s 18 he’s supposed to be fitted and he can’t fit into that uniform. When he’s 19, that’s when you see that black and white video of him [training as a wrestler] that we showed,” Hehir explained.

Hehir admits his “bulls— detector” went off a bit on that first story, and made a judgment to keep it out based on a lack of “evidence and plausibility.”

André passed away in 1993, but his legend still lives on.

“André the Giant” premieres on HBO Tuesday, April, 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Check back with TheWrap for more from our conversation with Hehir on Tuesday.

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WWE’s Paul Heyman Talks Post-WrestleMania Plans, Ronda Rousey

WWE’s Paul Heyman Talks Post-WrestleMania Plans, Ronda Rousey

by Tony Maglio @ TheWrapTheWrap

Let’s face it: Brock Lesnar is leaving WWE for UFC after Sunday’s WrestleMania 34. That means he’s probably dropping the Universal Championship to Roman Reigns in this weekend’s main event — unless in a twist the “Beast Incarnate” walks away with everyone’s least-favorite (aesthetically) title belt. But where does the probable scenario leave Lesnar’s “humble advocate,” Paul Heyman, whose contract is also up by next Monday morning?

As TheWrap exclusively reported last week, pro-wrestling’s best talker is pitching a TV show around town with “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” creator Roy Bank. The busy Heyman is set to star in and executive produce the project, but it won’t prevent him from returning to WWE — if both sides can come to an agreement, that is.

The leading WWE options would call for Heyman to either manage newcomer and UFC import Ronda Rousey, or the man likely to carry the all-red belt home with him late on Sunday. Even Heyman’s not sure what his near-future holds, as Vince McMahon notoriously never looks past WrestleMania, which is basically his “show’s” season finale.

“I have no idea what’s gonna happen after WrestleMania because all focus right now is on the final moments of WrestleMania and how to build everything in WWE to that collective moment,” Heyman told TheWrap. “Once we all figure out collectively what that final moment of WrestleMania is going to be, then the focus of this multibillion dollar global conglomerate will be what happens next.”

No, that’s really how WWE operates — even with its biggest stars in its biggest week.

“The best analogy I can give you is, the creators of ‘Dallas’ didn’t think about who shot J.R. — they just knew they had to put a bullet in the bastard,” the ECW founder made it sound all TV-friendly for us. “Once they shot him, they had to come up with who did it. And that’s how WWE is focused… ‘Let’s get to that final moment of WrestleMania, then we can discuss the ramifications of it.”

The case for Heyman handling Roman Reigns is threefold: 1) Reigns will now be the champ, replacing Lesnar; 2) Reigns, who was hand-plucked by McMahon to succeed John Cena as the face of WWE, has faced a lot of resistance from the fans, who love Heyman; and 3) Such a pairing could help Reigns turn “heel” — or become a bad guy, for the uninitiated. WWE needs a top baddie.

Reigns recently discussed the possibility of being Heyman’s next “guy” with NBC Sports.

“I think it would be really cool,” he told them, per Sportskeeda. “Obviously it comes down to a couple of different things creatively, but I think it would be really neat. I think it would be able to show a different aspect of myself.”

“It would show not only myself, but also him in a totally different light,” Reigns continued. “I wouldn’t just be the guy bouncing around not saying anything. If there’s something I need to say, I’m going to step up and say it because, regardless if I’m with a guy like Paul Heyman, I would not be a ‘Paul Heyman Guy,’ he would be a ‘Roman Reigns Guy,’ that’s the way that would work.”

That “guy bouncing around not saying anything” is a shot at Lesnar’s participation level when the fists aren’t flying, by the way. Beyond his mouthpiece Heyman, Brock generally lets his german suplexes do the talking.

“My role is my role and I don’t plan on changing that for anybody,” Lesnar’s opponent this weekend concluded. “As long as nothing crazy or drastic would change, I think we’d be able to do a lot of really cool stuff. I’m into it.”

Yes, Heyman’s talents would create some “really cool stuff” for any WWE Superstar’s storylines — but as Reigns pointed out, he’s doing just fine on his own. Rousey makes more sense, and she and Heyman already have a relationship. Back at SummerSlam 2015 in Los Angeles, Heyman was actually the one who first introduced Rousey to WWE executives Paul “Triple H” Levesque and Stephanie McMahon.

So that’s how the two potential (probable, we’d estimate) partners know each other, but why does she need him? Well, have you ever heard Rousey cut a wrestling promo — or even just do an interview? They’re… not good. But don’t take our word for it — ask Mike Golic.

Forget the in-ring action that she’s still learning — the lifelong athlete and judo champ will pick up on that — Rousey is not yet comfortable with anything involving a microphone. Hell, even her pointing at the giant “WrestleMania” sign at the end of the Royal Rumble was awkward.

A tag team of Rousey and Heyman is a win-win for WWE. After all, who mirrors Lesnar’s fighting career, intensity level and preference for silence more than Rousey? Heyman knows and creates the big fight feel better than anyone in fake fighting.

And you know what’s great about the desire for a “big fight” atmosphere, which is what Lesnar has brought to WWE for years? It makes for part-time work. Heyman is already used to such a cake schedule, whereas Reigns is in the building damn near every night.

For a guy running a marketing agency, a popular blog and about to host a TV talk show (of sorts), Heyman might not have 40 hours/week for Reigns.

Finally, in case you haven’t heard, there’s a women’s revolution going on in WWE — and Rousey is the biggest name they’ve ever signed. For his part, Heyman seems down with switching locker rooms, which would instantly add extra legitimacy to a talented group.

“I find it hard to envision a scenario working with someone on the male roster that would compete with the body of work that Brock Lesnar and I have put together as a tandem since 2002,” Heyman said. “The concept of lending my history to the women’s division is quite intriguing, whether that means standing next to Ronda Rousey or opposed to Ronda Rousey, I don’t know.”

“And I don’t even know if it’s applicable, because the concept of Brock Lesnar riding off into the sunset with his Advocate never to be seen in WWE again certainly has dramatic value as well,” he concluded, rather poetically. We told you Heyman could talk.

Readers can catch Heyman and Lesnar Monday on “Raw,” which airs from 8-11 p.m. on USA Network. Lesnar’s big WrestleMania title defense will main event Sunday night’s WrestleMania 34.

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There’s a Glimpse of a New Big Vision-Related Action Sequence in the Latest ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Spot (Video)

There’s a Glimpse of a New Big Vision-Related Action Sequence in the Latest ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Spot (Video)

by Phil Owen and Phil Hornshaw @ TheWrapTheWrap

There’s still a ton we don’t know about “Avengers: Infinity War,” though we do know a lot of the basics. The trailers and TV spots so far have given us pretty extensive looks at several huge, distinct sequences — the battle in New York involving Spider-Man, Iron Man and Doctor Strange; the battle in Wakanda involving Captain America, Black Widow, Bucky, War Machine, Falcon, the entire cast of “Black Panther” and probably the Hulk; the battle on Titan involving the Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man and Doctor Strange; and the sequence that follows directly from “Thor: Ragnarok” that sends him into space where he meets the Guardians of the Galaxy and they go on some kind of adventure.

But through all of the ads so far, there have been a few random snippets that don’t fit with any of those big set pieces. That’s to be expected, because the whole movie probably isn’t going to be action scenes. And there almost certainly are some very important pieces they’re holding back, because this is one of the biggest events in movie history and Marvel won’t want to give away the game too early.

This new TV spot that Marvel released on Saturday morning — which you can and should watch in the embed above — provides a couple more of those extra snippets, showing off two brief looks at an action sequence that is distinct from any of the others seen in previous ads. It’s a part of the movie that we have seen shots from in the other trailers, but didn’t see enough to fully separate it from the established locations and distinct it from the other big battles. But now we have.

The most important shot here is so quick that you probably missed it. We even had to look at it a couple times to realize what we were seeing. It happens so fast and, YouTube’s video compression being what it is, it’s hard to get a clean screenshot of it, but it happens at the 56-second mark and looks like this:

What you’re looking at above is Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) fighting baddie Proxima Midnight. And, as a bonus, that would appear to be Vision’s (Paul Bettany) laser on the left blowing stuff up. But what’s really interesting to me is the background.

That’s a distinctly European location, definitely not Wakanda and probably not New York. Which means this sequence is a wholly separate fight from the other big battles we’ve seen. And it involves several of our heroes. Another shot from this same fight but from inside the building came earlier in the spot, with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Likewise, it was a quick enough cut that it’s hard to get a quality screenshot, but it’s this:

The real world location where that was shot is Waverley Station in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the external shot above is in the street near the station. That obviously doesn’t mean the sequence is taking place in Scotland, but since they built sets at Pinewood Atlanta for New York, and then also actually shot in Queens for a bit, they probably aren’t trying to pass off Scotland for NYC.

In any case, there’s a lot going on in this sequence, based on shots from the other trailers that we’ve been able to connect with it. For one thing, we can also place Captain America (Chris Evans) here with a reasonable amount of certainty because in the first trailer released back in November, there’s a shot of Proxima Midnight chucking a spear at him and him catching it in front of a wall that is architecturally very similar to the shots above. There aren’t a lot of shots that take place on Earth at night in any of the trailers, so that one in particular stands out as being a part of this, considering Proxima Midnight’s apparent involvement.

In addition to the sequences that have gotten tons of play time in the various trailers — Wakanda, Titan, New York and whatever Thor and the Guardians are doing in space — we also have this other big sequence that would appear to involve at least Scarlet Witch, Vision, Black Widow and Captain America. It may also be the sequence that has that big shot from the first trailer in which some bad guy thrusts a scepter into Vision’s forehead to try to steal the Mind Stone. That part also takes place at night on Earth and on a street that is wet just like in the first shot above (though it’s tough to make out any background details to know for sure if it’s the same location).

Where this takes place in the movie is anyone’s guess. But if Proxima Midnight manages to successfully steal the Mind Stone, it would have to be after Wakanda, because the “Infinity War” Super Bowl spot places him there. That, coupled with Shuri’s hologram of Vision’s head in the second trailer, would indicate that battle is happening to defend Vision from being taken. If this new fight ends with an Avengers victory, then it could take place earlier.

Only a few more weeks until we find out for sure!

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The best breakfasts in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

If you’re like us and got the Vietnamese habit of waking up with the sun and a cup of cà phê sữa đá, you probably have already your favorite Phở or Bánh Mì joint that will help you start the day in ease. For most...

Facebook Suspends Second Company for Abuses Similar to Cambridge Analytica

Facebook Suspends Second Company for Abuses Similar to Cambridge Analytica

by Rosemary Rossi @ TheWrapTheWrap

Facebook has suspended and is investigating a second data analytics firm, CubeYou, after learning that the company was harvesting user information via quizzes.

CNBC first notified the platform that CubeYou was labeling quizzes such as “You Are What You Like” (aka “Apply Magic Sauce”) as for “non-profit academic research that has no connection whatsoever to any commercial or profit-making purpose or entity,” but then selling the user information it collected to marketers.

“These are serious claims and we have suspended CubeYou from Facebook while we investigate them,” Ime Archibong, Facebook vice president of product partnerships, said in a statement.

“If they refuse or fail our audit, their apps will be banned from Facebook. In addition, we will work with the UK ICO [Information Commissioner’s Office] to ask the University of Cambridge about the development of apps in general by its Psychometrics Centre given this case and the misuse by Kogan,” he said.

This news comes following Facebook’s announcement on April 4 that 87 million users unknowingly had their information accessed by Cambridge Analytica in 2014 — a jump from the 50 million users originally believed to have been hit.

Facebook is taking steps to restrict data access moving forward. Apps will now need Facebook approval, along with the green light from administrators, to access information — including member list of a group and personal information such as names and profile photos attached to posts or comments.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify about the matter in front of Congress on Tuesday, April 10.

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KYOTO TRAVEL GUIDE 2018 (Budget + Itinerary)

by thepinay solobackpacker @ The Pinay Solo Backpacker

As promised, I’ll blog about KYOTO, so here’s my Kyoto Travel Guide based on my recent visit to Kyoto, Japan to help you plan your trip to Kyoto this 2018. Kyoto is just as I imagined Japan to be – Japanese wearing their traditional kimono, ancient Japanese wooden temples fringed by Zen gardens and rich culinary tradition. After all, this bountiful district was the center …

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