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    Well, “Sense8” fans — Netflix listened. They listened to your petitions, and maybe they even listened to at least one humble article about why ending the series after Season 2 wasn’t a great idea.

    Via a letter posted on Twitter by the official “Sense8” account, creator Lana Wachowski announced that Netflix had agreed to greenlight a new two-hour special that will wrap up the “Sense8” story in 2018.

    This is huge news, given the storylines left unresolved— until today, it seemed likely that current fans as well as future Netflix subscribers who might discover the show would be left with an unsatisfying cliffhanger as the final moments of “Sense8.”

    It’s something Wachowski fully attributes to the power of the show’s fandom. “By myself, there was nothing I could do,” Wachowski writes in the letter. “But just as the characters in our show discover that they are not alone, I too have learned that I am not just a me. I am also a we.”

    The tale of eight strangers (played by Toby Onwumere, Tina Desai, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Jamie Clayton, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, Brian J. Smith and Max Riemelt) connected by a psychic link that changes their lives forever wasn’t necessarily for everyone. But the intriguing mystery, high-stakes action, beautiful cinematography, and unprecedented commitment to diversity across all spectrums made it a fan favorite amongst many.

    Wachowski did note that Netflix was amongst the show’s fans (“believe me, they love the show as much as we do, but the numbers have always been challenging”) — and the fact that the streaming giant was able to reverse its decision on this is a testament to that fact. So read Wachowski’s full letter below, and look forward to 2018 to find out what happened to Wolfgang, if Riley and Will will work out, and if they’ll have time to squeeze in one last orgy.

    Here's the letter that was tweeted out on Thursday:

     

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • Corinne Olympios released a statement on Thursday saying that her legal team's investigation into the "Bachelor in Paradise" sexual misconduct allegations has been completed.
    • She also said that she won't be returning to shoot the fourth season of "Bachelor in Paradise."
    • Olympios accused the media of reporting an "overwhelming amount of misinformation" about the incident.

    Corinne Olympios' legal team has wrapped its investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations that threatened to cancel the show and has surrounded her in controversy, according to the reality star.

    In a statement to Buzzfeed on Thursday, Olympios said that the investigation, which was led by her attorney Marty Singer, was completed "to her satisfaction" and that she won't be returning to shoot the fourth season of "Bachelor in Paradise."

    Sources had said that Olympios engaged in sexual acts with "Bachelorette" alum DeMario Jackson when she was too intoxicated to give consent, and while the "Bachelor in Paradise" cameras rolled in Mexico.

    Olympios doesn't share the results of her legal team's investigation, but said she wanted to make her intentions for it clear.

    "My intent over the past few weeks has been to learn and understand what happened on June 4," said Olympios, who had previously said she was a "victim" in the alleged incident, and that she remembers very little about the night in question.

    She also accuses the media of spreading an "overwhelming amount of misinformation" about the incident in question.

    After receiving complaints about the scenes between Olympios and Jackson, "Bachelor in Paradise" producer Warner Bros. suspended production and conducted its own investigation. Once completed, Warner Bros. said it had found no misconduct during the night in question and would resume production. After the announcement, Olympios' attorney said he was continuing his investigation into the events in question.

    No complaints have been filed with law enforcement at this time.

    Jackson has maintained that he did nothing wrong. In an interview with E! News, he referred to the scandal as a "conspiracy," though he stopped short of naming who he believes is behind it.

    "I got played," he said, "not by [Olympios], but I got played in general. I am not sure by who, but I got played."

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    President Donald Trump's latest rant on Twitter has flabbergasted "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert.

    “I want to say something right now that I did not think was possible anymore,” Colbert said at the start of his show Thursday night. “I am shocked by something Donald Trump said. I thought by now after five months of this that my soul had calcified into a crouton.”

    Colbert is referring to Trump's tweets on Thursday morning aimed at MSNBC "Morning Joe" cohost Mika Brzezinski, in which he wrote: "I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore),"Trump tweeted. "Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe [Scarborough,] came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"

    The shocking tweet is presumed to be a response to a segment the show did that morning which took aim at a fake Time magazine cover featuring Trump that hangs at several of Trump's golf clubs and properties, according to The Washington Post.

    "Nothing makes a man feel better than making a fake cover of a magazine about himself lying every day and destroying the country," Brzezinski said.

    Trump tweeted 30 minutes later.

    “First of all, someone bleeding badly at your door and you say, ‘No’? It sounds like your health care plan,” Colbert said.

    The late night host also called Trump's tweets "shocking,""vicious," and a "buffet of s---."

    Brzezinski responded to Trump's tweets with her own on Thursday:

    The "small hands" jab refers to Trump's annoyance for years that people think he has small hands and fingers.

    “Really Mika, making fun of the size of his hands,” Colbert said of the tweet. “I’m more worried about the size of his brain at this point.”

    Watch Colbert's entire opening monologue below:

     

    SEE ALSO: Here's the TV segment that prompted Trump's vicious Twitter attack on Mika Brzezinski

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    If you've ever wondered (and even if you haven't until this moment) what was all the rage on TV when you were born, INSIDER has you covered.

    If you haven't heard about these iconic TV shows from 1975 to 2016, you'll definitely need to watch them after this. We ranked these unforgettable shows by ratings, popularity, and nostalgia as some of the best TV shows that were popular before you could say your first word.

    Take a look at the best TV shows that came out the year that you were born. 

    1975: "Saturday Night Live"

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    1976: "Charlie's Angels"

    Source: IMDb



    1977: "CHiPs"



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    In the previous season of Comedy Central's landmark animated series, "South Park," the focus was heavily on the 2016 US presidential election and the man who would eventually go on to win, Donald Trump.

    Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone used the show's character Mr. Garrison to embody their Trump parody, as the character evolved to take on more and more Trump traits as the season progressed.

    The question has been raised to Parker and Stone if Garrison will continue as Trump for season 21, which starts in August. In a recent interview Parker gave to the LA Times, it sounds like a hard no.

    "This season I want to get back to Cartman dressing up like a robot and [screwing] with Butters, because to me that’s the bread and butter of 'South Park': kids being kids and being ridiculous and outrageous but not 'did you see what Trump did last night?' Because I don’t give a ... anymore," Parker said.

    In May, Parker told Bill Simmons on his podcast the challenges of trying to parody someone like Trump.

    “If you have like a little monkey and it’s running himself into the wall over and over and you’re like, ‘That’s funny, but how am I gonna make fun of the monkey running himself into the wall?’ I can discuss the monkey running himself into the wall, I can copy the monkey running into the wall, but nothing’s funnier than the monkey just running himself into the wall.”

    To the LA Times, Parker admitted, like "Saturday Night Live," people couldn't wait to see what "South Park" would do every week for its Trump storyline. But he's over it now.

    "We probably could put up billboards — 'Look what we’re going to do to Trump next week!' — and get crazy ratings. But I just don’t care," he said.

    Before "South Park" returns to the air, Parker will be lending his voice to play the villain in "Despicable Me 3" (opening Friday). This will be the first time he'll be on a project he didn't write and direct since the 1998 comedy "BASEketball."

    Now that's a bit of fun trivia you can wow your friends with this 4th of July weekend.

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • "World of Dance" judge Derek Hough serves as a spokesperson for the Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive, in which people can donate suits for the entire month of July.
    • The suits are given to people in need of a nice outfit to help them get back into the workforce.
    • Hough told INSIDER that accompanying his father on mission trips to South America showed him how clothing can make a difference.
    • His dedication to charitable causes is exemplified by one of his favorite quotes from motivational guru, Tony Robbins: "The secret to living is giving."

    As a spokesperson for the 10th annual Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive, Derek Hough is dedicated to getting the word out about the charitable cause and how clothing can change a person's life.

    "I think a lot of us have an abundance of clothing, and probably too much of it, more than we need, I’m sure," Hough, 32, told INSIDER. "I think the majority of people would definitely have something to share. And for us, we might think, 'How is this going to help?' But for somebody it can help tremendously, it makes a huge difference. And you know I’ve seen it firsthand, I think it’s a wonderful thing."

    The Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive, which takes place the entire month of July, collects gently-used professional attire and assists 170 nonprofit organizations across the country in helping unemployed men and women get back into the workforce.

    "I think it’s important and what’s wonderful about this is that it’s not necessarily donating money," said Hough, who's currently serving as a judge on the recently renewed NBC dancing competition, "World of Dance.""You know you’re donating clothing that is practical and it’s very useful. In fact, they donated more than one million items of clothing over the past nine years. It’s incredible."

    Hough has known how clothing can make a real change in people's lives for years. He grew up in a Mormon family in Utah and often accompanies his father on yearly mission trips to South America, which have included buying and giving out hundreds of pressed collared shirts to people in need of them.

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    "I think it makes a big difference, because they have a lot of pride in themselves," the former "Dancing With the Stars" pro said. "What you wear really affects the way you feel. For me being a competitor my whole life, a dance competitor, it’s always been important about having that edge. So for me when you’re out there competing for jobs, it’s important to feel a certain way. And sometimes if you look a certain way it makes you feel better and gives you that confidence."

    Charity in general is a big deal for the professional dancer.

    "One of my favorite quotes is, 'The secret to living is giving.' And for me, it’s true," Hough told us of the quote made famous by motivational guru, Tony Robbins. "I think whenever you’re sort of giving, you’re at your best and you feel the best. I certainly have gotten a lot from my father and he’s in a constant state of giving and serving others. I know for me, at least, when I’m sort of in that place, I feel the most connected to myself and connected to others."

    For more information on the Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive, visit the program's website.

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    With its authentic look at all things 1980s, the new Netflix series "GLOW" has become our latest binge obsession. And then there's its incredible soundtrack.

    Following the creation of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling promotion, which really became a hit TV show in the late 1980s, the Netflix comedy starring Alison Brie and breakout star Betty Glipin pays homage to the era with loud outfits, teased hair, and some of the best music of the era.

    Here we highlight the 15 best songs from the show:

    Warning: Minor spoilers revealed if you haven't seen the entire first season.

    SEE ALSO: The biggest hit song of the year you were born

    1. "The Warrior" by Patty Smyth

    The first episode of the show kicks off with this classic anthem.

    Listen to the song.



    2. "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" by Journey

    When Debbie (Egan) finally learns that Ruth (Brie) has been sleeping with her husband, Mark (Rich Sommer), she confronts her at the wrestling gym. With both ladies in the ring, G.L.O.W. director Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron) has a vision of what could be. Cue this classic Journey song.

    Listen to the song.



    3. "Stir It Up" by Patti LaBelle

    The song in the first episode's end credits is a track best known for being on the "Beverly Hills Cop" soundtrack, which, at the time the show is set in, would have been a huge hit on the radio.

    Listen to the song.



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    NEW YORK — Maria Menounos says she has a benign brain tumor and has resigned from E! News.

    Menounos told People magazine she underwent surgery last month to remove a golf-ball-size tumor discovered in February. Menounos said 99.9% of the tumor was removed during a seven-hour procedure on June 8. She said there was a small chance it could come back.

    E! on Monday said Menounos was leaving the network after three years. The cable network said it thought Menounos would tackle her health struggles "with the same fierce dedication she is known for."

    The 39-year-old said her face was still numb from the surgery but should be back to normal soon.

    Menounos is also caring for her mother, who has stage-four brain cancer.

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • Maria Menounos revealed on Monday that she was diagnosed with a brain tumor in April.
    • She underwent surgery on the tumor in June. It was benign and she's currently in recovery.
    • Menounos is leaving E! News as she receives treatment.
    • Sadly, her mother is currently battling Stage-4 brain cancer.

    Maria Menounos is leaving E! News as she undergoes treatment for a brain tumor.

    "I am so grateful for the past three years at E!, I had such an amazing time co-hosting with Jason Kennedy and working everyday with the wonderful roster of talent on the show including producers, staff and crew,” Menounos said in a statement to press.

    “It was such a special, good-hearted group and one I’ll always consider family. A special thank you to [NBCUniversal Cable’s] Frances Berwick and [E! president] Adam Stotsky for all the support they have shown me through the years, especially during these tough times. I will truly miss everyone and looking forward to this next chapter in my life."

    Menounos revealed on Monday morning to People that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent a seven-hour surgery on June 8 that removed most of the benign tumor.

    "He said there’s a 6%-to-7% chance that we’ll see it come back,” she told People of her doctor's diagnosis. “But I’ll take those odds any day."

    Even more shocking for Menounos was that her diagnosis occurred at the same time her mother, Litsa Menounos, was fighting Stage-4 brain cancer.

    "I didn’t cry. I actually laughed,” the veteran newswoman said of finding out about her diagnosis. “It’s so surreal, and crazy, and unbelievable that my mom has a brain tumor—and now I have one too?"

    She is back at home in recovery now and her mother's brain cancer is currently stable.

    Menounos joined E! News in 2014. Previously, she was the co-anchor for "Extra," and served as a correspondent for "Access Hollywood" and NBC's "Today."

    She's engaged to film and TV producer Kevin Undergaro, who she has dated for about 20 years.

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    "Hawaii Five-0" stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have left the CBS show after the network refused to pay them as much as their white costars, Variety reports.

    Sources told the outlet that Kim and Park were seeking salaries equal to those of stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan, but they were unable to reach a deal with the show's producer, CBS Television Studios.

    CBS's final offer to the two actors was reportedly "10-15% lower" than the salaries of their two white costars.

    A representative for the network told Variety in a statement: "We are so appreciative of Daniel and Grace's enormous talents, professional excellence, and the aloha spirit they brought to each and every one of our 168 episodes. They've helped us build an exciting new Hawaii Five-0, and we wish them all the best and much success in their next chapters. Mahalo and a hui hou."

    The CBS reboot of a police procedural drama premiered in 2010, and Kim and Park starred alongside O'Loughlin and Caan for seven seasons.

    Kim's and Park's characters, Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua, respectively, will not appear in the show's eighth season.

    SEE ALSO: 32 actors who should get nominated for Emmys — but probably won’t

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    The common assumption in the tech world is that old media platforms are dying a slow death. As smart devices become more and more ubiquitous, the need for traditional platforms like linear cable TV seems to only lessen with each passing year.

    But while there’s no denying the changes new technologies have brought, it might be unwise to discount just how influential those older platforms remain. For instance, radio, not smartphones or PCs, reaches more Americans each week than any other media platform, according to a recent Nielsen report charted for us by Statista.

    Roughly 228 million adults in the US listened to some form of radio at least once a week in the fourth quarter of 2016, the report said. That's good for 93% of the US adult population, and the figure is growing. TV had the second-farthest reach at 89%, followed by smartphones at 83%. The PC and tablet were well behind, at 50% and 37%, respectively.

    Note that all of this is about reach— when it comes to actual usage, American adults still spend way more time watching TV than anything else. And it’s worth noting that the smartphone’s reach grew nine percentage points year-over-year.

    But the enduring usage of the radio seems to suggest that the rise of on-demand streaming doesn’t have to mean the death of older audio technologies. Since the bulk of this radio usage is coming from people in cars, it also suggests the “death of car ownership” narrative may still be a bit premature.

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    The "Bachelor in Paradise" misconduct scandal threatened to not only cancel the show, but forever change ABC's long-running hit "Bachelor" franchise going forward.

    Even though an investigation into the incident by show producer Warner Bros. concluded that that there was no misconduct, there continues to be more to the story.

    The alleged "sexual misconduct" incident occurred in early June while taping in Mexico. It temporarily shut down production, but has since resumed after Warner Bros. wrapped its investigation.

    But both "Bachelor in Paradise" contestants who are at the center of the scandal, DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios, have claimed that they're victims and have sought legal counsel.

    How did we get here? and what's next?

    Here's a rundown of all the events so far:

    SEE ALSO: 'Bachelor in Paradise' has been suspended over alleged misconduct

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    The potential for a sexual misconduct scandal was already at play.

    Before we go into the actual events of the current scandal, we have to acknowledge that all the elements for it have been cooking for years. It's almost a wonder that it took 15 years of "The Bachelor" and multiple spin-offs for a sexual misconduct scandal to happen.

    Just look at the mix: Attractive young men and women vying for the attention of equally attractive people, competition, hunger for celebrity, and in many cases, a real desire to fall in love. Throw alcohol into the mix and you have a recipe for possible disaster, and certainly legal trouble.

    That said, the current "Bachelor in Paradise" scandal — in which a female cast member was, according to reported allegations from those working on the show, sexually assaulted while too drunk to consent — clearly stepped over the boundaries set for reality TV.

    A veteran reality TV producer, who has never worked on the "Bachelor" franchise but has worked on similar shows, told Variety that they found this incident "unusual."

    "My concern about this situation is that if the person was beyond a point of making her choices and was still being shot and being put into this scenario, it’s a very weird situation," the producer said. "When you talk about sexual assault, it’s almost always just two people alone and it becomes a he-said-she-said situation; this is the most unusual situation because not only is there a third party, but there are cameras that watched everything that happened and everything that led up to what happened. That, to me, is the smoking gun as to why a franchise worth hundreds of millions of dollars was shut down."



    Sunday, June 4: Day of the alleged sexual assault.

    With three seasons under its belt, taping on its fourth season started on this day in Mexico. Taping was slated to last three weeks. It also happened to be the day when the reported incident occurred.

    Sources told news outlets that a sexual encounter between Jackson ("The Bachelorette" season 13) and Olympios ("The Bachelor" season 21) occurred when she was too drunk to give proper consent and the show's cameras were rolling.

    TMZ published a graphic description of the alleged sexual encounter between the contestants in a hot tub.



    Tuesday, June 6: An investigation was underway, production halted, and the contestants were placed on lockdown.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, production continued on the show Monday. But at some point between Sunday and Tuesday, a producer filed a complaint of potential sexual misconduct. It isn't clear whether that producer was present while the incident was being taped.

    On the condition of anonymity, a contestant told People that taping was being suspended and the cast members were placed on lockdown Tuesday, meaning they were sent to separate rooms, couldn't contact one another, and were under constant supervision by production.

    "We were told to stay in a certain part of the [resort] while they figured out what the hell had happened,” the contestant said “We knew something bad had happened; there was a dark energy that came around the house. You have to understand that we weren’t even there a week. The game hadn’t even really begun yet."

    THR reported that Jackson and Olympios had been questioned ahead of the other contestants after the complaint was filed and were sent home.

     



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    2017 is already halfway gone. Have you had enough time to watch the literal hundreds of television shows that exist now? Probably not. But some of them are well-worth your time.

    If the first half of the year is any indication, we have a lot of great stuff to look forward to, including the seventh season of "Game of Thrones."

    With excellent writing, direction, style, and performances that stand out among the overwhelming amount of TV shows around today, this is the best of 2017 so far — from mid-seasons to new seasons to entirely new series.

    Here are the best TV shows of 2017 (so far), ranked:

    SEE ALSO: Here's why season 6 is the best season of 'Game of Thrones' — and why the next one will be even better

    17. “Riverdale”

    If you're into glossy, cheesy teen drama that doesn't require much thinking, where the teens are played by adults well into their 20s, The CW's "Riverdale" is one of the best since The CW's "Gossip Girl." The characters are based on the Archie comics (Archie, Betty, Veronica, and many more) but in a modern setting. The show explores the darkness and weirdness of this small town that is so much more than it seems. 

    Where to watch: Netflix

    Best episodes: "Chapter 1: The River's Edge,""Chapter 7: In a Lonely Place,""Chapter 12: Anatomy of a Murder"



    16. “Pretty Little Liars“

    "Pretty Little Liars" was never great TV, but it's addicting TV. In June, the cell phone-friendly teen drama-mystery ended its seven season run on Freeform (formerly ABC Family). The final season and the final episodes threw in a lot of twists including an evil British twin, surprise weddings, and surprise pregnancies.  

    Where to watch: Hulu

    Best episodes:"Playtime,""Choose or Lose,""Till Death Do Us Part"



    15. "The Americans"

    As the show nears its end, "The Americans" focuses more on the the Jennings family in season five. Season six, due next year, will be the final season of the FX drama. With incredible performances (as always) from Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Frank Langella, and Margo Martindale, the Cold War drama stays fresh. Even though we know how the Cold War ends, we have no idea what that will mean for the Jennings family and those around them, and season five, though a little slow at times, did an excellent job setting up our what could happen with these characters. 

    Where to watch: iTunes, Amazon Video

    Best episodes: "Amber Waves,""Darkroom,""The Soviet Division"



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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stevie Ryan, an actress and comedian who gained fame with impersonations of celebrities on YouTube, has died. She was 33.

    Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Ed Winter says Ryan died Saturday at her home in Los Angeles. He says her death has been ruled a suicide after the agency performed an autopsy.

    Ryan had gained fame on YouTube with impersonations of celebrities, including Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Amy Winehouse.

    She also had a sketch comedy show on VH1, "Stevie TV," and co-hosted a relationship talk show with Brody Jenner.

    SEE ALSO: The Asian stars of 'Hawaii Five-0' quit the show after CBS refused to pay them as much as their white costars

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones" season seven.

    "Game of Thrones" season seven is just around the corner — the penultimate season airs on Sunday, July 16, at 9 p.m. Ahead of the new episodes, we've gathered all the major details released through trailers, new cast interviews, and more.

    Keep reading for a look at what to expect in "Game of Thrones" season seven.

    Daenerys is heading to Dragonstone.

    At the end of season six, Daenerys finally set sail for Westeros. Thanks to details in the first trailer, we know that she'll land on the island stronghold Dragonstone. Not only was this where she was born, but it's an ancient Targaryen castle built on top of a huge obsidian (dragonglass) deposit. This should come in handy, considering that dragonglass is one of the few materials known to be deadly in a fight against White Walkers.

    Dany will claim the Dragonstone seat as her own with no resistance, since its previous lord was Stannis Baratheon and he's long gone.

     



    The Lannisters, led by Jaime and Bronn, will clash with Daenerys' Dothraki and Unsullied.

    Multiple shots in the new trailer have set up a fierce battle between Cersei's Lannister forces and Daenerys' two armies. According to a report from Entertainment Weekly, "Game of Thrones" broke a record while filming by lighting the largest number of stuntmen on fire for a single scene. 



    The field isn't the only place they'll meet. The Unsullied will also attack what looks like Casterly Rock — the Lannisters' castle.

    Based on the context of this shot from the trailer, with Lannister sigils on the entryway and a dead Lannister guard, we're sure this is Casterly Rock. The prospect of seeing the Lannister stronghold is super exciting — in the book series, Casterly Rock is described as sitting at the top of a huge cliff that's nearly three times higher than the Wall.



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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones."

    Many "Game of Thrones" characters have been killed off in tragic ways, but none was more heart-wrenching than the death of Hodor on season six. But now fans can see the actor behind Hodor, Kristian Nairn, in a new KFC commercial for a chicken and rice box.

    The commercial lampoons the tragic way Hodor died on the HBO series. In an upsetting act of self-sacrifice, Hodor held a door closed against an army of wights so Bran Stark and Meera Reed could escape. 

    The ad — titled "Lunchtime is coming..." on YouTube— starts with Nairn behind the register at a KFC, nervously looking at the clock as the time strikes noon. Then a horde of angry people come through the door, mimicking the army of wights and White Walkers that were chasing Hodor on the show.

    Each person orders "chicken with fries" over and over, until Nairn becomes overwhelmed and turns around — just as Hodor did when he held the door with his back to the wights.

    Nairn repeats "chicken with fries" (a.k.a. "hold the door") until the syllables run together and turn into "chicken with rice." At this point, a gentleman comes forward to pick up his order of chicken with rice — the new lunch box option at KFC. 

    While the lighthearted take on Hodor's upsetting death uses clever wordplay on the "hold the door"/"Hodor" lines, we think there's another "Game of Thrones" character more suited to star in a KFC commercial.

    Sandor "The Hound" Clegane is notorious in the series for his love of chicken. One of our favorite lines in the show comes when The Hound is at an inn and in great need of ale and chicken.

    "If any more words come pouring out your c---t mouth, I’m going to have to eat every f------ chicken in this room." — The Hound (Season 4, Episode 1: "Two Swords")

    The Hound's love of chicken was even immortalized in an amazing GIF, and turned into cosplay:

    Perhaps we'll see Rory McCann star in a KFC ad of his own one day, though it'd likely be more vulgar than Nairn's version.

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • "Dancing With the Stars" judge Julianne Hough is reportedly marrying ice hockey player Brooks Laich this weekend.
    • "World of Dance" judge Derek Hough told INSIDER that wedding planning can be "overwhelming" and he has certainly seen sister Julianne get stressed out while planning her nuptials.
    • Derek has some advice for people who are similarly planning their wedding: Focus on "the end result" and "celebrate love."


    "Dancing With the Stars" judge Julianne Hough is reportedly marrying ice hockey player Brooks Laich this upcoming weekend.

    Her brother, "World of Dance" judge Derek Hough, told us that planning for the wedding did get stressful for his sister.

    "Yeah, I've seen some little moments here and there," Derek, 32, told INSIDER when we asked him if Julianne, 28, has leaned on him for support while planning her wedding.

    But as for the actual planning, Derek says he isn't much help with all that.

    "I can barely decide about what to eat sometimes, let alone deciding the fabric, the textures, the colors, the location," he said. "For me listening in on the conversations, like wow! There's so much that goes into like the details. It's remarkable and completely overwhelming. I completely understand why guys are like, 'Hey, it's all you babe.' I don't think we have the capacity to go into details on those certain things."

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    While Julianne is keeping much of the ceremony details, including the location, hush-hush, the "Dancing with the Stars" judge has said that it will be intimate and the guest list consists of close friends and family; that there will, obviously, be a lot of dancing; and potentially superstar performers. Julianne has mentioned that she wants Norwegian superstar DJ Kygo and recent collaborator Selena Gomez to perform.

    When we asked Derek if he had any advice for others regarding wedding planning, he joked, "Elope!"

    "I'd be the last person to ask for advice for a wedding," continued Derek, who has been dating "Dancing With the Stars" backup dancer Hayley Erbert since 2015. "I think somebody getting married should just focus on the end result, focus on what is the purpose of what's happening and celebrate love."

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    Amelia Earhart

    The History Channel is about to add a breakthrough development to the mystery surrounding Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. The upcoming documentary “Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence,” which premieres on Sunday, July 9, includes photo evidence suggesting Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan survived the plane crash and became Japanese prisoners of war. The photo can be seen by heading to PEOPLE

    Former FBI executive assistant director Shawn Henry is behind the documentary, which attempts to finally answer what happened to Earhart and Noonan after their plane went down in the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937. The photo was discovered by former U.S. Treasury Agent Les Kinney in 2012 and is revealed for the first time in the documentary.

    The image shows Earhart and Noonan on a dock, with the duo’s Lockheed airplane aboard a ship. The photo would confirm a popular theory stating Earhart and Noonan survived the crash and were held prisoner by the Japanese on the island of Saipan, where they both eventually died.

    “This absolutely changes history,” says Henry. He suggests the Japanese believed Earhart and Noonan were American spies and took them in as prisoners.

    The photo was discovered in what was once a top secret file in the National Archives. Independent analysts have told History the photo appears to be legitimate.

    “When you pull out, and when you see the analysis that’s been done, I think it leaves no doubt to the viewers that that’s Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan,” Henry told NBC News

    “Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence” debuts this Sunday at 9pm on the History Channel.

    Watch the report “Today Show” did on Wednesday about the never-before-seen photo shown in the movie below:

     

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    daniel dae kimDaniel Dae Kim has broken his silence, following news that he won't be returning to "Hawaii Five-0" next season amid salary drama.

    "By now many of you have heard the news, and I'm sad to say it is true," the actor posted Wednesday morning on Facebook. "I will not be returning to 'Hawaii Five-0' when production starts next week. Though I made myself available to come back, CBS and I weren't able to agree to terms on a new contract, so I made the difficult choice not to continue."

    Last week, Variety reported that Kim and his costar Grace Park would be departing the CBS procedural ahead of its eighth season because of a dispute with CBS Television Studios to reach pay equality with costars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan. Insiders said Kim and Park's final offer from the studio was 10% to 15% less than that of O'Loughlin and Caan, who also have lucrative back-end deals on the show.

    In Kim's Facebook message, the actor thanked his fans, while addressing Hollywood's diversity problem, specifically for Asian-American actors.

    Since the announcement of the duo's departure, fans have been critical of CBS' failure to reach parity with the series' two Asian actors while keeping two Caucasian stars on the show. The social-media chatter comes after critics have targeted CBS for its lack of diverse leading roles for women and actors of color, in comparison with the other broadcast networks.

    He wrote, "As an Asian American actor, I know first-hand how difficult it is to find opportunities at all, let alone play a well developed, three dimensional character like Chin Ho. I will miss him sincerely. What made him even more special is that he was a representative of a place my family and I so dearly love. It has been nothing short of an honor to be able to showcase the beauty and people of Hawaii every week, and I couldn't be prouder to call these islands home. To my local community, mahalo nui loa."

    He continued to write: "I'll end by saying that though transitions can be difficult, I encourage us all to look beyond the disappointment of this moment to the bigger picture. The path to equality is rarely easy. But I hope you can be excited for the future. I am."

    Kim has starred on "Hawaii Five-0" as Chin Ho Kelly since the drama's debut in 2010 and was a series regular for seven seasons. Before the CBS series, he became known to television audiences for his starring role on "Lost." While Kim won't be returning to the small screen this coming TV season, Kim's production company, 3AD, has its first major series coming up with "The Good Doctor" on ABC on which he'll serve as an executive producer.

    SEE ALSO: The Asian stars of 'Hawaii Five-0' quit the show after CBS refused to pay them as much as their white costars

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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones."

    The first question often asked among "Game of Thrones" fans is a simple one: Who do you think will be on the Iron Throne in the end? This, in my opinion, is a trick question.

    In a recent interview with the New York Times, Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) said her character can't be the victor in the end. "It can't be me because I'm already there," she said. "So I'm [expletive]."

    But it's not just Cersei who's metaphorically screwed — I believe every character with dreams of ruling the Seven Kingdoms will be very disappointed by the series' end. 

    No one will be on the throne in the end. Heck, the throne might not even exist the the series' end. 

    Fan theories about the Iron Throne's rightful claimant have been circulating for decades, ever since George R.R. Martin's first novel — "A Game of Thrones"— was released in 1996. Though the title is clear indication of the wars to come and the ongoing fight for the Iron Throne, fans of the show should keep in mind this was only the first book. HBO adapted Martin's writings for the screen and used the series' first book title, and this may have caused an inadvertent emphasis on the Iron Throne. 

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    In the span of six seasons, King's Landing has had four rulers seated on the throne of power: Robert Baratheon, Joffrey and Tommen Lannister/Baratheon, and now Cersei Lannister.

    Fans love to argue that Daenerys is the true heir to the throne and deserves to rule over the Seven Kingdoms. Or what about Jon Snow? The bastard son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark would surely make a good king. 

    Others believe Littlefinger will outwit them all and take the throne for himself and Sansa Stark, or perhaps Jaime will grow from Kingslayer to King

    But more plausible than any of these scenarios is this: The Seven Kingdoms will be in such disarray after the war against the White Walkers that a single ruler won't be needed anymore. 

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    We know the White Walkers are the biggest threat to humanity right now, even if many people in Westeros don't realize it yet. The wars being fought between Lannister and Stark or Targaryen and Greyjoy will ultimately be meaningless in the face of impending doom from ice zombies intent on wiping out mankind. 

    That also means the Iron Throne — and who sits on it — is ultimately meaningless. Westeros is already rather decimated after the War of the Five Kings. The land and smallfolk have been ravaged, and many of the local armies are not in their prime. Once the White Walkers manage to get past the Wall, and winter truly sets in, things will go from bad to worse. 

    Assuming humanity prevails and manages to defeat the White Walkers, Westeros will be in a very sorry state at the end of the great battle. Would it really make sense for a hero like Jon or Daenerys to rule over everyone? Maybe it would if this was "Lord of the Rings." But it's not. This is Martin's epic fantasy series which the author claims will have a "bittersweet" ending.

    Daenerys Targaryen and Drogon dragon Game of Thrones

    Bittersweet is Daenerys finally arriving in Westeros only to realize her "home" is under attack, and fighting tooth and nail to preserve the land only to see it in ruins after the battle ends. Bittersweet is Jon Snow being the literal "song of ice and fire" (the only descendant of the great northern house Stark and fiery royal house Targaryen) but never getting the chance to rule the Seven Kingdoms and instead living out his days in the North.  

    Perhaps Dany will live to rule over a small section of Westeros in the South, and amicably agree to leave the North to Jon and separate out other kingdoms to surviving nobility. Fans should also prepare themselves for the possibility that none of their heroes make it to the end. 

    Fans have also guessed the Iron Throne itself will be disassembled — melted down and used to forge new Valyrian steel weapons for a coming fight against the White Walkers. Though this might be unlikely (people alive in Westeros probably aren't capable of Valyrian magic) it acknowledges a truth about the seat of power: In the end, the Iron Throne simply won't matter.

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