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    Warning: Spoilers ahead for "Westworld" season two.

    HBO is hyping up "Westworld" fans this weekend with an exclusive experience event at New York Comic Con. During the course of the experience, a staged evacuation takes place that mimics the chaotic robot revolution ending of season one.

    After fake security guards usher visitors into an elevator, an audio recording is played. It's an announcement being made by Ashley Stubbs (played by Luke Hemsworth). After assuring guests everything will be fine, he says "parks one, three, and six" are undergoing emergency evacuation procedures. 

    Luke Hemsworth as Ashley Stubbs   credit John P. Johnson Westworld

    Though Stubbs' fate was left unclear on season one, the new season two trailer showed him alive and well.

    But more importantly — is this confirmation that there are six Delos parks? 

    We knew Westworld was likely just the first Delos park creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy had decided to show the audience. In the original 1973 movie, there are two additional parks: Medieval World and Roman World

    During a recent Vanity Fair Summit event, Nolan was asked outright why Medieval World and Roman World were absent in season one of the HBO adaptation.

    "We had to save something for season two," Nolan said. 

    But this is still a very vague answer, and doesn't feel like surefire confirmation. Plus Nolan commented on a Reddit post sharing news about this quote, and simply wrote "/s"— a common demarcation used by Redditors to note sarcasm. Was his answer to Vanity Fair meant to be read as sarcasm?

    Then, as we noted last year, Nolan once outright said "no" when a fan asked if we would see Medieval World and Roman World, but even then he left the window open for additional worlds to come into the series.

    Roman World original movie Westworld

    Plus we can't forget the teased possibility of a Samurai or Shogun world from the season finale. While Maeve was making her escape, she and the other hosts ran through a development area of Delos marked "SW" that had Asian hosts inside.

    westworld samurai world season finale

    While in the new "Westworld" experience event, we also spotted another "SW" sign. Combine that with the recording of Stubbs mentioning a "park six," and we're closer than ever to learning the truth about just how many park varieties will be included on "Westworld."

    Fans will likely have to wait until season two airs to learn for certain. In the meantime we'll continue taking Nolan's hints with a grain of salt. See more of the New York Comic Con "Westworld" pop up in our full review here.

    SEE ALSO: See inside the exclusive new 'Westworld' experience you can only visit by special appointment

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    Reed Hastings

    Netflix shares reached a record high on Thursday, following the company's decision to raise its prices for US subscribers. 

    Netflix stock closed at $194.39 per share on Thursday, up 5.4% for the day.

    The figure is an all-time high, according to Variety.

    Netflix raised the price of its most popular "standard plan" service to $10.99 a month from $9.99.

    Its highest-tier plan, which supports 4K video resolution and four simultaneous streams, will increase to $13.99 a month from $11.99.

    The company's lowest-tier plan will not change from its current price of $7.99 per month.

    The stock surge suggests investors are confident the price increase won't cause big subscriber losses, as Netflix has continued to improve the quality of its content offering over the last year, and has therefore boosted its pricing power. 

    RBC analysts have estimated that Netflix's price hike will boost its revenue by about $650 million in 2018.

    The price increase comes as Netflix continues to spend more money on content. The company will spend close to $7 billion next year, according to its content boss, Ted Sarandos.

    SEE ALSO: Netflix is raising its prices starting this month

    MORE HERE: Netflix's price hike could boost its revenue by about $650 million in 2018, according to RBC

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    Despite winning three Academy Awards earlier this year, Amazon Studios went home empty handed at the Emmys last month, and the defeat stung more since it had passed on making two of the night’s biggest winners: “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) and “Big Little Lies” (HBO).

    But that’s just the start of what a Wall Street Journal story, which came out Friday, revealed about the steaming giant.

    The movie/TV division of the conglomerate has an annual spending of $4.5 billion to produce and acquire its titles, according to the Journal. However, inside its walls there seems to be a lot of low morale — and major Hollywood producers heading for the exits.

    Top-flight producer David E. Kelley left the Amazon show, “Goliath,” after its first season due to creative differences. Sources told the Journal Amazon was not supportive of the multi-Emmy winner. And Kelley doesn’t hold back on what he thinks about Amazon Studios.

    “I’m a huge fan of the company overall, but their entertainment division is a bit of a gong show,” Kelley told the Wall Street Journal. “They are in way over their heads.”

    Known for hit shows like “The Practice” and “Ally McBeal,” Kelley took “Big Little Lies” to HBO. The show won eight Primetime Emmys.

    Roy Price Getty finalShawn Ryan, creator of the award-winning “The Shield” for FX, produced the canceled Amazon drama “Mad Dogs,” and called his time there frustrating and confusing. Particularly how Amazon gives notes. Ryan said at traditional networks you get notes from executives the day after a cut of an episode. At Amazon, notes took more than a week and led to shooting delays and overages in production budget.

    And the Wall Street Journal story highlighted potential conflict of interest on the part of Amazon Studio executives Joe Lewis and Roy Price.

    According to the Journal, Lewis, Amazon's head of comedy and drama, pressured people working on Amazon show “The Tick” to cast his girlfriend, actress Yara Martinez. Price, the head of Amazon Studios, also encouraged his team to buy the idea for a series called “12 Parties” from his fiancée Lila Feinberg. In the story, there was a character that resembled Price: a middle-aged Harvard graduate who wears leather jackets and has a Black Flag tattoo. Amazon Studio declined to buy the script after a conflict-of-interest review was conducted, according to the Journal.

    After being shut out at the Emmys, the company’s main priority is reportedly finding a massive global hit like HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

    Amazon Studios was not immediately available for comment.

    SEE ALSO: Every HBO show ranked from worst to best, according to critics

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    riverdale season 1 cast

    The INSIDER Summary: 

    • Fans of "Riverdale" can grab a milkshake at the actual Pop's Chock'Lit Shoppe.
    • The pilot episode of the show used Rocko's Diner in British Columbia as the location until they built their own set for later episodes.
    • They even serve milkshakes named after characters in the show.
    • The Serpents' hangout, the Whyte Wyrm, is also an actual bar in the area.

    If you dream of sipping sodas in Pop Tate's shop with the "Riverdale" gang, then get pumped: your dreams are about to come true. Yes, you read that right. The diner from "Riverdale" is a real place, and you can go and visit it. Although the actual Pop's Chock'Lit Shoppe in the show was built in a parking lot, the pilot episode was filmed at Rocko's Diner in British Columbia.

    If you don't know what a pilot episode is, think of it kinda like making some epic pancakes— you use the first one as a tester to see if the rest of the batch will work. Luckily, the producers liked the first episode enough to give the series the greenlight, and "Riverdale" was born.

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    This isn't Rocko's first time in the spotlight; the diner has also been featured in "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief,""Horns," and several other films. Rocko's may not have made the cut for the rest of the "Riverdale" series, but it was used in the show's promotional ads. The show has also brought in fans to the diner, who are keen to sit in Archie or Jughead's booth. Tbh, sign me up. I'll sit anywhere that KJ Apa's butt has been. In a totally non-creepy way, of course.

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    Rocko's may have recently achieved rockstar status, but the diner from "Riverdale" has humble beginnings. This mom and pop shop is family-owned, and it's one of the last free standing diners in BC. Plus, Rocko's is open 24/7, so you can have your coffee (or milkshake) at any time of the night. The only drawback is that the diner is located in Mission, which is about an hour out of Vancouver. That means if you're driving there at 3am, you have to reaaaaally want that shake.

    Speaking of milkshakes, Rocko's actually serves shakes named after the "Riverdale" characters. You can try an "Archie Shake" (strawberry apple pie), a "Jughead Shake" (jolly rancher), or a "Betty Shake" (banana caramel pecan). If ice cream ain't your thing, then don't stress; Rocko's also has a selection of burgers, poutine (a classic Canadian dish), omelettes, and deep-fried french toast. Can't pick? That's okay. Just buy the whole menu and #treatyoself. It's what Jughead would want.

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    If you're more about that leather-jacket-wearing, alcohol-consuming, Southside Serpents lifestyle, then don't worry. You can also visit the Whyte Wyrm, where the Serpents hang out. The actual bar is located in Langley, which is less than an hour's drive out of Vancouver. Whyte Wyrm, aka Gabby's Country Cabaret, offers live music and karaoke every Wednesday. Honestly, I would pay a lot of money to see F.P. Jones in a cowboy hat singing about his feelings. Seriously. Just look at his face and imagine it. 

    Even if you can't make it to Gabby's or Rocko's, you can still turn your home into the diner from Riverdale by mixing up this double chocolate shake. Pop on your pajamas, make some popcorn, and get cozy; "Riverdale" season two premieres at 8pm EST on Oct. 11, and with 22 episodes this season, the drama is only going to get bigger and better. 

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    Netflix raised its prices for US subscribers on Thursday and its stock took off, hitting an all time high of $194.39 per share by the end of the day. The price bump took the standard tier up to $10.99 from $9.99, and the premium tier to $13.99 from $11.99. The entry level $7.99 plan will not change. Subscribers are likely to grumble, but the stock increase indicates investors are confident the company won't see a decline in subscription numbers.

    Netflix has raised its prices before, and as we can see in this chart from Statista, subscriber growth rates slowed but never decreased as a result. Netflix has consumers hooked, and its content is only likely to get better. According to content boss Ted Sarandos, the company will spend almost $7 billion on content next year, and has recruited TV power players like Shonda Rhimes to produce original shows. 

     Chart of the Day 10/6

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    marvel's runaways

    The INSIDER Summary:

    • Hulu is venturing into the comic world with Marvel's "Runaways."
    • The show centers on a group of superhero kids whose parents are villains.
    • Hulu revealed the first teaser trailer leading up to the show's panel at New York Comic Con. It shows the kids stumbling upon their parents, who are part of a villain group called the Pride, performing a ritual sacrifice in a hidden lair.
    • The kids must ban together to stop them.
    • It stars Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, and Allegra Acosta as the powerful kids.
    • The first three episodes hit Hulu on November 21.
    • Watch the trailer below. 

     

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    stranger things season 2

    Netflix's library of original content has grown exponentially since it released its first big show, "House of Cards," in 2013.

    Over the years, it has proved to be a hotbed for original drama programming, with shows like "Stranger Things" and "13 Reasons Why" becoming cultural sensations.

    With so many drama series on the service, however, it can be hard to keep up with which shows are worth watching.

    To create a cheat sheet for you, we turned to review aggregatorRotten Tomatoes to rank all of Netflix's original drama series by their composite critical ratings. The shows had to have at least one season designated "Fresh" or "Rotten," to ensure they had a high enough number of reviews. We excluded shows that were continuations from other networks, like Channel 4's "Black Mirror."

    Here are Netflix's 24 original drama shows, ranked by their Rotten Tomatoes critic score from lowest to highest (if there was a tie, we used the audience score to break it):

    SEE ALSO: RANKED: Netflix's 25 original comedy shows, from worst to best

    24. "Iron Fist"— 17%

    Critic score: 17%

    Audience score: 77%

    Netflix description: "Danny Rand resurfaces 15 years after being presumed dead. Now, with the power of the Iron Fist, he seeks to reclaim his past and fulfill his destiny."



    23. "Between"— 22%

    Critic score: 22%

    Audience score: 71%

    Netflix description: "After a mysterious disease kills every resident over 22 years old, survivors of a town must fend for themselves when the government quarantines them."



    22. "Marco Polo"— 24%

    Critic score: 24%

    Audience score: 93%

    Netflix description: "Set in a world of greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, 'Marco Polo' is based on the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court."



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    Warning: Spoilers if you haven't watched Sunday's episode of E!'s "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

    Kim Kardashian says she has lost her hunger for media and public attention on Sunday's episode of E!'s "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

    "I just don't want to be in the mix the way that I used to," Kim, 36, said in a scene on the E! reality show, "how desperate I was, going to every restaurant every night, like only wanting to be seen, knowing that all the TMZ cameras were there, so I'd run, flock to those places ... I was so hungry for that."

    Two things happened on Sunday's episode that led to Kim's statements that she no longer craved media attention. The first being a set of photos of her in a bikini during an April vacation in Mexico that she didn't like and attracted criticism of the mother of two's cellulite.

    "Oh my god," Kim said, as she looked at the photos while lounging by the pool with her friends. "Like, I don't get it! Like, I literally don't look like this!"

    On the show, she freaked out over the photos and obsessed over what people were saying on social media.

    "I'm doing all the steps to try to be as private and discreet as possible and then you take pictures. And if they're not, like, perfect people just, like, body-shame you ... for people to just think that's OK is so frustrating."

    After talking about it with her friends/employees, Kim tried to rise above it, at least publicly.

    But she claims on the show that the public scrutiny isn't the real reason for her change of heart over public attention. Earlier on the episode, she suffered a tearful meltdown over whether the vacation home they were in was safe.

    Kim was feeling anxiety as a result of the 2016 robbery in Paris in which she was kept hostage while her assailants stole her engagement ring from husband Kanye West, and other jewels totaling $9.5 million. It later became known that they used her social media to plan the crime.

    "I have such anxiety just going places," she said on the episode. "I get it. I'm in the spotlight, you go out in public and people can takes pics — it's not that annoying part. It' s just that I don't want it to be said that Kim was here, Kim went to the restaurant, I just don't want to be in the mix the way that I used to. "

    She then explained further in an interview:

    "I am so afraid of everything. You know, dealing with anxiety, pressure, things that I've never really dealt with before. I'm really not as open and out there as I used to be. I just don't like to be in the mix and that's so not like me, but maybe it's good."

    It's especially strange for Kardashian to say she that she now shies away from the media and public attention. She initially became famous by being seen in public with then-bigger celebrities, such as Paris Hilton, and then later became a megastar by allowing E!'s cameras to capture her and her family's life on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

    "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" airs at 9 p.m. ET  Sundays on E!.

    Want more? Read all of our Kardashians coverage here.

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    Method Man Casey Curry AP

    Most know Cliff “Method Man” Smith as one of the original members of the legendary rap group, The Wu-Tang Clan, but if you’ve been watching HBO’s “The Deuce,” you also know he’s got some acting talent as well.

    Though he’s been acting in movies and TV since the late 1990s, playing pimp Rodney on the latest show from the creators of “The Wire” — which Method Man also starred in — is a high water mark for the rapper/actor. That's especially true in Sunday’s episode, where he delivers a scene-stealing performance opposite one of its main leads, Maggie Gyllenhaal.

    Business Insider spoke to Method Man about the generosity Gyllenhaal showed him in preparing for their scene, if we’ll ever see a “How High” sequel, and if the album Martin Shkreli bought is really an official Wu-Tang album.

    Jason Guerrasio: This past episode is when Rodney really shines. The character has an intense scene opposite prostitute Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who he’s trying to recruit to his stable. Were you nervous going into shooting that?

    Method Man: I’m always nervous before I shoot. Well, I won't say nervous, I get butterflies, which I think is normal so I think that's good. The thing that I had working on my side for this scene was Maggie, in all aspects. Not just her acting chops and her carrying us through that scene, but that fact that she took aside a day of work that she had, and rehearsed with me before we even shot the scene, that's gracious as hell. She did not have to do that. I'm not even a major character on the show.

    Guerrasio: Going in you know it's a big scene for you, were you planning to approach Maggie yourself to see if she wanted to rehearse beforehand?

    Method Man: I wanted to, but I didn't know how to ask, so I was just going in and let nature take its course. She made the call and said, “Can Cliff come in and we can rehearse if he wants to.” And I was like, “What? Yeah!” By the time we got on set we were ready to go. It was balled up energy ready to explode.

    The Deuce Paul ShiraldiGuerrasio: On the shooting day, how many times did you go through that scene?

    Method Man: I'd say the meat and potatoes of the scene, where we were moving with steadicam, that was shot about four or five times. But I haven’t seen the episode yet.

    Guerrasio: I’m kind of shocked you haven't seen the episode yet. Is that just your style, you just don't want to see it?

    Method Man: No. They just haven't given it to me. I don't have the same kind of access Maggie and James [Franco] have, and I'm fine with that because I want to enjoy the show just like everybody else. But to Maggie's credit, in that scene, from the rehearsal it was more or less let's try it like this and if it doesn't work f--- it, we're in the realm. And I had a hang-up about f------ up on certain words and she was like, “Don't even worry about it, if you go with something else, use it.” So it was a learning experience as well as knowing the magnitude of the scene, that I was in with someone who is certified. So I knew I did not want to be the ugly person in the picture. You know you have a picture of a bunch of beautiful people posing perfectly, and then one person got the ugly face. Ruins the whole picture.

    Guerrasio: You've worked with a lot of big names in front of and behind the camera, had you ever gotten that graciousness in the past that Maggie gave you?

    Method Man: Yeah. My man Tom McCarthy, who directed “The Cobbler.”

    Guerrasio: Who is an actor himself, so he knows what's needed.

    Method Man: Absolutely. I mean, he walked me through things step-by-step, and that's who reinvigorated my love for acting. It made me really want to get serious about it.

    Guerrasio: So that was the experience that got you serious about acting?

    Method Man: Yeah. When we did rehearsing I'm in there with Adam Sandler and Ellen Barkin, Dustin Hoffman, so I was very nervous and anxious. But when we got on set Tom didn't baby step me though it, he was just like, “You got this, you got the job already, get rid of the anxiety, let's do it!” And he made it fun for me, and I said, "F---, now I get it!" I can't put in words, it was just like, "Yeah, I can't wait to do the next role and try this or that." I took the blue pill and I'm ready.

    Guerrasio: How did you get involved with "The Deuce?" Is it a call from show creators George Pelecanos or David Simon? You were on "The Wire,” do you have that clout now?

    Method Man: I think there's a very short list of people who don't have to audition for a David Simon project. Very short list of people. I have had to always audition. I came in for this, and I was willing to do it, but I wasn't notified by David or any of his people, it was casting person Alexa Fogel. She was responsible for getting me on "Oz,""The Wire," and those are all parts I had to read for. I auditioned first for Reggie Love, the part that Black Thought from The Roots got, and she also sent me C.C.’s part. So basically when I came in to audition for David and a few others I literally auditioned for Reggie Love, got up, walked out, walked right back in and auditioned for C.C.

    Guerrasio: [Laughs.]

    Method Man: And didn't get either part, by the way.

    Rodney The Deuce Paul Schrialdi HBOGuerrasio: So when did Rodney come around?

    Method Man: Rodney came around when they called me and said I got the part. And I was like, “Who is it?” And they were like, "It's Rodney," and I'm like smiling the whole time but I'm like, "Who the hell is Rodney?" And I started reading the script and I was like I exactly know who Rodney is, let's go.

    Guerrasio: The look of Rodney is amazing, did you help give birth to his look?

    Method Man: Very little. It was really all the wardrobe, hair and makeup departments. They did their thing.

    Guerrasio: Which role that you've played in your career is most memorable for you? Your favorite.

    Method Man: It was on television, an episode of "Difficult People." That's my favorite thing that I've done of anything right now. Because that whole episode it was just me being me. They didn't ask me to be some exaggerated version. Even though I did take liberties at certain points because they made me feel that comfortable to do that.

    Guerrasio: I’m not familiar with it, but I see that the character name for that episode is Method Man, so is it safe to say that's the real Meth right there?

    Method Man: Yeah, pretty much in a nutshell, yes sir.

    Guerrasio: This has always bugged me, why the accent in “Trainwreck?"

    Method Man: They wanted him to sound West Indian or Jamaican. I needed a movie part. I love Amy Schumer. I didn't know the movie would be big or not, I just knew I loved Amy and wanted to work with her. So I came in there with some pseudo-African/Jamaican/bad Trinidad accent. I had way more scenes than that but I guess the accent was so bad Judd Apatow tried to save me from being embarrassed and took it all out.

    Guerrasio: It's funny because you watch that movie and go, "Oh, Method Man is in this movie, cool," and then you talk and it’s like, "Oh really?"

    Method Man: [Laughs.]

    how high UniversalGuerrasio: I’m sure you get this a lot, but will we ever see a “How High 2?"

    Method Man: I’m not sure. If there is one, hopefully there is, I'll be all over it if it's the right subject matter and funny. If it's not funny I don't want no part of it.

    Guerrasio: But is it just a pipe dream or have you gotten calls that it's serious?

    Method Man: No. There have been attempts, no lie. Script is written. The studio turned it down. And then we weren't happy with the material. Right now, I don't know where it is, it's in limbo. But there are people, from what I've heard, are behind the scenes trying to get some kind of “How High” movie done. I guess we'll see. I don't want it to be a video-on-demand type thing. I won't be participating in that.

    Guerrasio: "How High" did get a second life, I want you to know that.

    Method Man: Really, "How High"?

    Guerrasio: Yes. When that's on a movie channel it's one of those movies you watch because it's a fun time. People discovered that movie once it hit cable.

    Method Man: I appreciate that. See, that's how I look at other people's movies. It's hard for me to watch that movie and feel that way because I was actually there for the experience. But that's mad cool. I will never be able to enjoy my accomplishments the same way someone from the outside will. I have to enjoy it from someone else's eyes.  

    Guerrasio: Let's finish with Martin Shkreli. Is there really a “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” album?

    Method Man: Yeah, I think there is. I believe that is an actual album. But as far as recording, that's as far are my reach went, which is why when I was informed how they were approaching selling the album I kind of flipped out because I was misinformed by the person who gave me the information. But it's hard for me to speak on it because I wasn't informed, I wasn't in the loop. It's just next thing I know this dude had the album and I felt no kind of way about it.

    Guerrasio: Is it an official Wu album?

    Method Man: I wouldn't know because I haven't heard it, I only know the tracks that I spit on. That is it. So for me, especially with music, my personal opinion, I wouldn't have done it that way. I would have just gave it to the people at the end of the day. But you have people that have families to feed, things of that nature. Maybe without all the glamour and glitz on it it could have been done better because it was lost in translation whatever kind of message they were sending. And then to have someone [buy the album] that is pretty much disliked by a lot of people based off something that had nothing to do with hip-hop, that made it a little bit more worse.

    Wu-Tang ClanGuerrasio: Is there a Wu album for the people coming soon?

    Method Man: October 15 a Wu album will be dropping called “Wu-Tang The Saga Continues.” First video is out right now called “People Say.” I personally don't like the video. But the song is pretty dope.

    Guerrasio: What's wrong with the video?

    Method Man: I always have problems with editors. If an editor can dance, if they can keep a rhythm, then they can edit. That's just my opinion. Music video director Diane Martel, she's not an editor but she sits in and she's responsible for “Bring the Pain” and “All I Need,” “How High,” her cuts always come on beat. So if you can't keep my interest on beat and your cuts are all over the place you're going to lose my interest pretty fast. But I'm a trained eye. I don't know how everyone else will perceive it.

    Guerrasio: Did you hear what a prospective juror said at the Shkreli trail? That Shkreli "disrespected the Wu Tang."

    Method Man: Yeah. You'll be surprised how far that W stretches man.

    Guerrasio: Are you still shocked by the power of the Wu?

    Method Man: I’m always shocked, brother. I take my blessings as they come and it's always new to me. That's how I feel about it. That's how I want to keep it. I always want the feeling to be new, never want to get used to it.

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    Warning: Spoilers if you haven't watched Sunday's episode of E!'s "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

    A raucous vacation in Mexico and a fairly sweet glamping trip surprisingly results in some pretty complicated feelings surfacing on Sunday's episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

    On the most recent episode, Kourtney Kardashian organizes a girls' trip to Mexico to celebrate her 38th birthday. But Kim Kardashian didn't enjoy herself at all when paparazzi photos of her in a bikini don't show her in the best light and she suffers from anxiety over security.

    Meanwhile, Kris Jenner decides it would be fun to do a backyard glamping weekend with Scott Disick and the kids. But again, paparazzi strikes when Kourtney has to break the news to her ex that photos of her with another man may hit the press soon.

    What moments had everyone buzzing? Here's what everyone is talking about from Sunday's episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

    1. Kim is having major anxiety after being held hostage and robbed in Paris.

    Early on the episode, Kim suffered a meltdown over whether the vacation home they were in was safe. She tearfully called the home's owner, Joe Francis (of "Girls Gone Wild" fame), to make sure he believed it was secure.

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    Kim was feeling anxiety as a result of the 2016 robbery in Paris in which she was kept hostage while her assailants stole her engagement ring from husband Kanye West, and other jewels totaling $9.5 million. It later became known that they used her social media to plan the crime.

    "I have such anxiety just going places," she said on the episode. "I get it. I'm in the spotlight, you go out in public and people can takes pics — it's not that annoying part. It's just that I don't want it to be said that Kim was here, Kim went to the restaurant, I just don't want to be in the mix the way that I used to."

    2. Body-shamers are giving Kim body dysmorphia.

    In April, paparazzi captured photos of Kim that led to criticism of her cellulite. At the time, she tried to put a positive spin on the photos (although she also claimed they had been Photoshopped). Now, we know how she really felt.

    "Oh my god," Kim said after seeing the photos. "Like, I don't get it! Like, I literally don't look like this!"

    As Us Weekly pointed out, the public ridicule has really gotten to Kim:

    "You take pictures and people just body shame you," she complained. "It's like literally giving me body dysmorphia." She added that people think she's so confident, but in reality, "I'm so insecure."

    3. The sisters are peeved at Scott and think Kourtney is sending him mixed messages.

    The fact that Kourtney and Scott's relationship is complicated isn't new news. But on Sunday's episode, the Kardashian sisters weighed in and they aren't happy with him or Kourtney. They think it's gross and disrespectful that he's being photographed all around town with other women. And they think that Kourtney needs to punish him instead of taking him on lavish family vacations. 

    Buzzfeed captured the scene nicely with the following screenshots:

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    4. Kourtney is moving on and Scott doesn't like it.

    Well, there's clearly a double standard when it comes to being photographed with dates for Scott. Even though he had been captured by paparazzi out on the town with women, Scott blew up when Kourtney gave him the courtesy of warning him that photos of her with another man may hit the press.

    As E! Online recounted it:

    "Last night I went to dinner with a guy and was photographed and I just felt like I should give Scott a heads up out of respect, even though he hasn't done the same to me in the past," Kourt explains after calling Scott. "But the photos never ended up coming out in the end so it was pretty much all for nothing."

    Cut to Kourtney on the phone with Scott during a workout with Khloe Kardashian. Scott can be heard screaming obscenities like "f---" at Kourtney. 

    5. North West is adorable and has her dad's back.

    Let's end with something adorable. Fans went nuts when Kris Jenner asked North West, 4, who her favorite rapper is. She answered: "Kanye West is my dad." And a collective "awwwwww" spread across America:

     

     

     

    "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" airs at 9 p.m. ET Sundays on E!.

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • A short scene from "The Walking Dead" season eight premiere was released.
    • If it looks familiar, it's a near recreation to the opening sequence from the show's first episode.
    • The homage is to celebrate the series' 100th episode.
    • INSIDER looks at the similarities between the two scenes below.


    AMC debuted a clip from "The Walking Dead" season eight premiere at New York Comic Con Saturday night with Rick's son Carl, and if it felt a bit familiar, there's a reason why. 

    Episode director and executive producer Greg Nicotero told fans at the "Walking Dead" panel that for the 100th episode they filmed a near shot-for-shot recreation of the show's first episode from 2010.

    Instead of Rick searching for gasoline at an abandoned gas station, it's his son Carl looking for fuel.

    The similarities between the father and son at similar locations are uncanny.

    walking dead season 8 rick carl

    While it's nostalgic to see a nice homage to the iconic opening of the series, it's also a bit strange that Carl's little side adventure plays out very similar to dear old dad's.

    There just happens to be an upside down car lying by a similar truck from the pilot episode that Carl parks in front of. Come on!

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    It's clearly not the same area that Rick stops at in the pilot episode. Carl's on a highway (and presumably near D.C.) while Rick was in Georgia in the show's debut so it's a little silly to see the same exact car placement in a different location. 

    While you may be focused on the mystery man seen in the clip, the short scene leaves us with even more questions than the identity of the man seemingly mumbling to himself.

    Why is Carl on a run by himself? When is this scene taking place? And, most importantly, when did Carl get good at driving all of a sudden? (His last time behind the wheel wasn't exactly without its hiccups.)

    The scene may also hint Carl will start taking on a lot more responsibility in season eight, especially if he's out making runs on his own. 

    We'll have to wait to know for sure when "The Walking Dead" returns to TV October 22.

    SEE ALSO: 'The Walking Dead' is going to have a big crossover with its spin-off show

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    Warning: There are major spoilers ahead from "The Walking Dead" comics.

    "The Walking Dead" has brought a lot of iconic and gruesome moments from the comics to life, but there's one thing the show hasn't done that lead actor Andrew Lincoln would love to see happen to his character Rick Grimes.

    "That is the one thing that I have been campaigning for for a long time, for them to chop my arm off," Lincoln told a group of press Saturday at New York Comic Con. 

    While comic book Rick doesn't lose his whole arm, Grimes loses his right hand after meeting the Governor.

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    The Governor's time came and went on seasons three and four of the show without Rick losing any body parts.

    Fans have been waiting years to see whether or not the iconic moment from Skybound's comics would make it into the show. Lincoln said there's always one hang up.

    "All that happens is the special effects department just starts sucking their teeth [like], 'That's gonna cost a lot of money to do,'" said Grimes of one reason we haven't seen Rick lose his hand on the show.

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    "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman has also spoken about the complications chopping off the lead character's hand would provide to the show.

    "The practical difficulties of having a guy who doesn’t have a hand is extremely complicated in the comic and would be impossible in the show. Because the comic book doesn't move," Kirkman said in a 2014 episode of "The Writer's Room.""It would add a huge complication to the TV series, and probably a lot more money to the budget, especially since Rick is the main character and involved in many action scenes."

    In a subsequent Reddit thread that same year, Kirkman told fans it would prevent them from showing things like how Rick reloads his gun. Still, never say never.

    "The CGI of cutting off Rick's hand would be expensive, but we did it with Hershel's leg so if we felt strongly about Rick losing a hand, we'd do it," Kirkman wrote on Reddit.

    Though Rick's hand is still intact on the show, it hasn't stopped the series from teasing fans that he could lose it multiple times.

    A small moment in season six made fans think Rick may have to get his hand chopped off after his blood mixed with zombie blood. More recently, fans thought Rick's hand may be in danger in the season seven premiere since it was called "Right Hand Man."

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    Instead, a small homage was made to it in that episode when Negan threatened to chop off his son Carl's arm upon their first meeting.

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    Maybe when we see the flash forward of Old Man Rick wake up at some point in season eight we'll be surprised to see him without a hand, but until then it looks like the hand may be staying for good. 

    "The Walking Dead" will return to AMC October 22 at 9 p.m.

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    "The Walking Dead" season eight doesn't premiere until October 22, but you can get an early look at what went into the making of the episode.

    AMC released a bunch of behind-the-scenes photos showing the cast and crew on set. While Rick and company may be all business in the zombie apocalypse, on set the close-knit actors are all smiles, hugs, and even pranksters. 

    If you're a big fan of the show, it's a treat seeing many of them out of character while still in their apocalypse makeup and gear. Keep reading for a tease at what to expect in the season eight premiere.

    SEE ALSO: 'The Walking Dead' actor has been asking the show to do one of the biggest moments from the comics

    The cast of "The Walking Dead" isn't just close on set, they're pals in real life, too.

    Nacon was recently upgraded to a series regular. She told INSIDER she hopes the show will eventually explore more of her background in future seasons. 

    You can read more of Nacon's conversation with us here.



    We're ready for the Rick and Daryl bromance to return. The two will be working together to take down Negan, the leader of the Saviors, this season.

    This isn't the first time we've seen Lincoln wearing headphones on "The Walking Dead" set.



    Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Rick, and Ezekiel (Khary Payton) are supposed to be leading three separate groups in a big war against Negan but they can't stop cracking up.



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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • When "The Walking Dead" returns October 22 to TV, you'll see even more of Enid (Katelyn Nacon), Carl's love interest.
    • Nacon was promoted to a series regular.
    • The actress told INSIDER at New York Comic Con she'd love for us to learn more about Enid's mysterious background, but that we'll have to probably wait until at least season nine.
    • This season, Enid will focus on becoming a strong warrior to help take down Negan and grow more into an adult.
    • Her "Just Survive Somehow" mentality has expanded to consider surviving not just for herself, but her loved ones around her.


    "The Walking Dead" has a big roster of characters, and you'll be seeing even more of three characters in particular when season eight debuts October 22. Enid (Katelyn Nacon), Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh), and Negan's right-hand man Simon (Steven Ogg) were all promoted to series regulars recently. 

    But if you're hoping to see some flashbacks for Carl's romantic love interest Enid this season, don't get your hopes up just yet.

    "I would love to see more on her background, but I don't think necessarily this season [that will happen]," Nacon told INSIDER Saturday at New York Comic Con's press panel. "I think a lot of it's seeing her progress more into an adult and a woman pretty much."  

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    "When we first saw her, she was kind of like this angsty teenager, kind of closed off, had these walls built up around her," she continued. "But now, we're seeing her become kind of like a strong warrior. She's trying to implement herself into the community in a bigger way, get ready for battle."

    Enid joined the show in season five as a member of the Alexandria community. She has since found herself helping Maggie at the Hilltop as her pregnancy progresses and starting a relationship with Rick's son Carl.

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    "I hope that one day we will learn more about her past because there's a lot we don't really know. There's a lot that I still don't really know," said Nacon of being hopeful for more backstory on her character one day. "I just know that her parents and her were off on their own and then they got taken away and she had to learn how to survive and grow up really quickly." 

    When we met Enid, her mantra was "JSS." The letters stood for the phrase "Just Survive Somehow," and helped her carry on after the death of her parents. Nacon says that Enid still very much believes in "JSS," but the acronym has a slightly evolved definition for her now.

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    "I think it's JSS, but it's for a different meaning," said Nacon of Enid's mindset. "Now, it's not only just survive for yourself. It's survive somehow for these people that are surrounding me, the people that I love."

    "The Walking Dead" will return to AMC October 22. You can follow along with our coverage of the show here.

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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "The Walking Dead."

    "The Walking Dead" characters have done some unspeakable things to survive to episode 100, but they've also made some mistakes along the way. 

    During a press conference for the show at New York Comic Con that INSIDER attended, several members of the cast were asked what their character's biggest regret was on the show. Lennie James, who plays Morgan, was quick to respond. For any fan of the show, his answer was instantly heartbreaking.

    "That Morgan didn't put a bullet in his wife's head," James answered instantly. "I think it's his big, big regret."

    When we first met Morgan on the series pilot in 2010, it was just him and his son, Duane. Morgan's wife Jenny was already turned by zombies. Instead of killing her, he let her wander the streets of his hometown.

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    Morgan attempted to take her out in the premiere episode after acquiring a rifle from Rick, but he couldn't bring himself to kill his wife. 

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    When Morgan reappeared in a season three, episode 12, fans learned that his decision to not kill Jenny resulted in the death of their son. Duane was bit by Jenny in a moment when Morgan left him unattended.

    "He'd be a different man today," James said as he reflected on his character. "If he loved his wife a little less, he loved her a little more ... I mean, the whole dilemma, the crux of Morgan's life is pulling that trigger or not pulling that trigger, and he didn't pull it for the right reasons and he should have pulled it for all the right reasons. His boy would be alive now, and his heart would be a little less broken. He would be a different man."

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    Morgan recently watched another young boy, Benjamin, die at the hands of the Saviors right before his eyes. Now, he's on a vengeful mission to take down Negan's group. Hopefully, he's not reckless enough to get himself hurt. 

    Season eight of "The Walking Dead" will premiere on AMC October 22.

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    When "The Walking Dead" returns to AMC in October, Rick, Maggie, King Ezekiel and their respective communities will go head-to-head with Negan and his Saviors. 

    INSIDER attended both the show's press conference and panel at New York Comic Con to learn more about the upcoming season. Keep reading to see what we learned about season eight.

    We'll learn a little bit more about Negan.

    "I think you're finding out more and more about Negan and a little bit of who he is," Jeffrey Dean Morgan told press.

    During the Comic Con panel, Morgan said we'll see "slivers" of Negan's past.



    Daryl will make a mistake he regrets this season.

    When a reporter asked the cast what moment from the show their character has regretted the most, Norman Reedus said there's one on this upcoming season for him.



    Don't expect to get any sort of flashbacks for Enid this season.

    "I would love to see more on her background, but I don't think necessarily this season [that will happen]," the actress behind Enid, Katelyn Nacon told INSIDER Saturday at New York Comic Con's press conference. "I think a lot of it's seeing her progress more into an adult and a woman pretty much."

    You can read more from our conversation with Nacon here.



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    Since The New York Times published a bombshell report last week filled with sexual harassment accusations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, most late-night hosts had kept quiet — until Monday. 

    "The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert didn't hold back in his jokes about Weinstein. “If you’re not familiar," Colbert said, "Harvey Weinstein is responsible for 'The English Patient,' 'Good Will Hunting,' 'Shakespeare in Love,' and other movies your mom liked in the '90s."

    Colbert mentioned that Weinstein was fired from his own company over the scandal, and that more stories are coming out, including one from a TV journalist who told the Huffington Post that Weinstein pleasured himself in front of her and ejaculated into a potted plant. 

    “Pro tip: If you ever have dinner at Harvey Weinstein’s house, avoid the fresh basil,” Colbert said. “And after the salad’s been served, when he comes around the table, that’s not a pepper grinder he’s holding. Get out of there.”

    Colbert called Weinstein's behavior "monstrous" and mocked his apology to the New York Times, in which he blamed his upbringing in the '60s and '70s for his behavior. Colbert also mentioned that Weinstein's lawyers called him an "old dinosaur learning new ways."

    “Okay, A: That’s no excuse.” Colbert said. “B: Dinosaurs did not touch themselves in front of the employees. The T-Rex’s arms were way too short.”

    Then Colbert, like John Oliver on Sunday night, addressed the one-year anniversary of the Donald Trump "Access Hollywood" tape being leaked, and how President Trump dismissed it as “locker room talk” yet again over the weekend.

    “Mr. President, saying ‘locker room’ does not excuse it,” Colbert said. “That’s like Harvey Weinstein saying ‘Masturbating into potted plants? That’s green house talk.'”

    Colbert wasn't the only only host to connect Weinstein with Trump.

    After a Twitter fight over the weekend with Donald Trump Jr. over the matter, Jimmy Kimmel mentioned that Hillary Clinton has now unknowingly accepted campaign dollars from two men accused of sexual misconduct: Harvey Weinstein (a longtime supporter of the Democratic party) and Donald Trump (he donated to her 2008 campaign).

    You can watch Colbert's monologue below:

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    In Morgan Freeman's new National Geographic show, "The Story of Us," the Hollywood icon travels the globe interviewing a multitude of people, including a few famous public figures, to shed light on the common bonds of the human experience. 

    Business Insider spoke to Freeman and the show's producers, James Younger and Lori McCreary, at a hotel suite in New York City.

    We discussed Freeman's interviews with Bill Clinton and Nadya Tolokno of Pussy Riot for the series, his personal keys to longevity, and the show's mission to, as Freeman put it, "reduce the amount of tension between people who don't know each other."

    ("The Story of Us" premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST on National Geographic.) 

    John Lynch: Mr. Freeman, your interviewing in the series is incredible and really the driving force of the show, as opposed to a voiceover narration. What made that face-to-face element the best way to tell these stories?

    Morgan Freeman: Eye contact. Eye contact is part of any storytelling interview. Interviewing someone and having eye contact, you get much more information because the eyes talk, too. And going and sitting down with these people also gives it more legitimacy. 

    James Younger: I've done lots of work with documentaries where there isn't an on-camera interviewer. As a producer, you sort of sit behind the camera lens and ask a bunch of questions, and that is an eye-to-eye conversation. But there's something different about having Morgan on camera. Because he is Morgan, people tend to look at him and don't think about the cameras, so it ends up becoming a very human conversation, a much stronger emotional connection. And Morgan's so great at, you know, I guess, being an actor. He's quite good at figuring out how to get people into these emotions.

    Lori McCreary: Drawing people out too. He draws people out in a way that sometimes we don't even know where it's going to go, and we get more information than we expected.

    Freeman: Well, actually, the secret to all of it is listening.

    Lynch: Your passion to enlist in the US Air Force is a touchstone throughout the series. At one point in the show, you speak to an American drone strike officer who told you he regretted his service. Did that conversation change your perspective of the modern military at all?

    Freeman: No, not at all. The military. It's a necessary evil. I put it in those terms because we just launched our eleventh aircraft carrier. No other country in the world has more than one, and we have eleven. My feeling about the military is, as I said, it's a necessary evil. We don't need what we got. Personally, I think we'd do a lot better dealing with home, infrastructure, education. Look at Puerto Rico. We claim not to be able to deal with that? Horse-pucky.

    Lynch: What can you tell me about the filming of your interview with Nadya from Pussy Riot? How did that come about?

    Younger: I'm not quite sure how we got in touch with her. It was through a contact who knew her. What's really interesting about her is how she's so adaptable. She's kind of a self-professed troublemaker. Whatever's going wrong, she's going to say something about it. She's in the US now, and she's found a whole bunch of other stuff to get engaged with. She's a motivator of people. She's one of these people who is a magnet, attracts other people who feel the same way.

    Freeman: Yeah. It's a certain kind of extant courage. There are people who think things are wrong. And then there are people who have an absolute need to say it, to stand up and say, "That's wrong!" She's one of those. And I love the name. It makes a point.

    Lynch: At another point in the show, a homeless man in London says he recognizes you by your voice. As a viewer, it sort of felt like a "voice of God" moment, as people have described your voice. How does it feel to know that your voice spans the globe in that way?

    Freeman: I don't think about it.

    Younger: You know, what I think was interesting about that conversation was not really that it was Morgan's voice, but that Morgan addressed him by his name. I'm sure he knew Morgan was a famous Hollywood actor, but to be spoken to made him feel human. Someone who goes around with this mess of outgrown hair and doesn't have a name to the millions of people that have walked past him in his life, he's just an object, an animate object. To feel human like that...

    McCreary: Yeah, when Morgan called him Stuart, you saw this...

    [Pause.]

    Lynch: Definitely, it was a moving moment. On another note, what can you tell me about your extended conversation with Bill Clinton for the series? What did you all take away from it?

    McCreary: Well, it's always great to talk and listen to Bill. Some days are better than others in America these days, depending on what's going on in the news, and I think all of us just came in thinking, "Okay, we're going to have an interview." And then two hours later, all of us felt buoyed up. He has a historical perspective, a world perspective about what's going on, not only here but around the world, that is so hopeful. That Martin Luther King quote...

    Younger: "The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice." We started making this series before all the events of the last year, and we were making a film about tribalism, about how we all lock ourselves into different beliefs. And it was sitting down with President Clinton when he really crystallized that being about "The Story of Us," and the story of them. And that we are always stronger when us can expand and include them. So that was a powerful thing.

    Lynch: Mr. Freeman, at 80, doing this show and going across the world in such a rapid production, you're still spry, and you're killing it...

    McCreary and Younger: [laughs]

    Lynch: ... what's your secret to longevity in your life and career?

    Freeman: Discipline. Exercise, part of your discipline. How you eat, part of your discipline. I try not to overeat. One of the things that I discovered somewhere back down the line was that eating, for us particularly here, has become a habit, not necessarily a need. So if you try to keep it down to need, it's going to be much better for you. You know there are more obese people in the US than probably anywhere else? Because we can feed them. And in the time in history when everybody had a job, an actually physical job to do — you get up in the morning, and you get your hoe or your axe or your saw, or whatever the tool it is that you're using, and you use it. And then at noon, you stop using it and refuel, and then you use it some more, and then you go home, and you refuel. Aha! Now, let's say you get up in the morning, and you brush your teeth, you comb your hair and put on a suit. And you go and sit down at a desk. You haven't used up anything, comparatively. 

    McCreary: And you're refueling, even though you don't need it. 

    Younger: I once sat down at a bus stop in Oakland when I was about 20, and there was a guy sitting there, waiting for the bus, older man, probably 75 years old. And he just turned and looked at me and said, "You want to know what the secret to happiness in life is? ... Comfortable shoes." 

    All: [laughs]

    Lynch: I'm 23, but I can attest to that. Well, I really found the show...

    Freeman: Oh, wait a minute. There's one more secret to longevity: Genes. 

    McCreary: Jeans? Oh, genes. Not Levis. 

    Freeman: No, not blue jeans.

    Lynch: Fantastic. Well, I found the show really moving and captivating. What do each of you hope to communicate through the show, for the viewers who experience it?

    Freeman: The point of the show, the point of telling people about people, is so that we can, on some level, reduce the amount of tension between people who don't know each other. 

    Younger: We live in a time of increasing tribalism. We, humanity, got to where we are now because of tribalism, because we knew how to group together and do things together as communities. And now, we're in this phase where the all tribes are bumping up against each other, and we've got all this tension. And so we've got to get over that, this phase of tribalism, without losing our local culture. So the series is really about that. How do we get to know each other so we don't have that animosity between cultures. 

    McCreary: I think there's some kind of human instinct to be with people that look like us, that like the same things as us, which is what James is talking about in terms of tribalism. And I think our show really highlights, instead of that instinct, the human spirit that is an outgrowth of these clashes we have because of our instincts. And the human spirit is what can take us out of that and into reconciliation in Rwanda, or in Bosnia. When I look at what happened in Rwanda or Bosnia, and then I think about how amazing their reconciliations are, then I look at America, and I think, okay, there's hope, there's definitely hope for us. If those countries can go through what they did and come out the way they did, then maybe we can also do the same. 

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    The INSIDER Summary:

    • Frankie Muniz starred on "Malcolm in the Middle" from 2000 to 2006.
    • Now he's a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."
    • In a recent episode he revealed that he suffers from memory loss and doesn't remember his time on the show. 
    • He suspects that concussions and mini-strokes might be at fault.


    Most people remember Frankie Muniz as the titular character on the sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle." But Muniz — now 31 and competing on the reality series "Dancing with the Stars" — doesn't share those memories with fans. 

    In a pre-taped interview from Monday night's DWTS episode, Muniz revealed that he suffers from memory loss, Entertainment Weekly reports. He said he has essentially no memory of his years as a child star.

    "Most people would think that my most memorable year would be the year 'Malcolm in the Middle' started, because it allowed me to live all these dreams of mine," Muniz said. "But the truth is I don't really remember much of that. It almost feels like it wasn't me. There's no negative feelings. I just don't necessarily remember."

    The reason behind his memory loss is still unclear. Muniz went on to say that he's suffered nine concussions and "a fair amount" of mini strokes in his life. (After "Malcolm," he worked as a professional race car driver, suffering some serious injuries behind the wheel, according to People.)

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    In his DWTS interview, Muniz said the concussions and mini strokes "could be" connected to his memory loss. But he also admitted that he's never actually asked a doctor if the two are linked. The Mayo Clinic notes that memory loss can be triggered by a variety of health problems, from vitamin deficiency to mood disorders, and Muniz apparently hasn't confirmed the root cause of his. 

    But it is certainly possible that his multiple concussions played a role. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that happens when a hit to the head or body make the brain move rapidly back and forth inside the skull, causing a temporary loss of normal brain function. Though most concussions don't have long-term effects, repeated TBIs — like the kind Muniz experienced — may add up to "cumulative" neurological problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

    Mini strokes (technically known as transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs) are just like regular strokes. They happen when a clot blocks blood flow to part of the brain. The difference is that the blockage in TIAs is only temporary. In rare cares, TIAs can cause short-term memory loss, according to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, but that doesn't seem to be what Muniz is experiencing. And in general, the Mayo Clinic notes that most TIAs last just a few minutes and cause no permanent damage.

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    To Muniz, it doesn't seem to matter whether or not the concussions or mini strokes contributed to his memory problems. According to his DWTS interview, he's not dwelling on the heartbreak of lost memories. 

    "My most memorable year is 2017 because I've learned to live in the present," he said. "I'm happy with my acting career, I'm happy with the decision I made to go race cars and to focus on music. Even if I don't remember it all, I'm happy."

    Watch his interview in full below:

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    Note: This is our spoiler-free review of "The Walking Dead" season eight premiere.

    "The Walking Dead" returns to AMC October 22 with its 100th episode. INSIDER got an early look at the season eight premiere, "Mercy," and longtime fans of the series hoping for the glory days of the show will be very pleased with what they see. 

    As the trailers have teased, this season will focus on its adaptation of the comic's "All Out War" storyline. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Alexandria, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and the Hilltop, and Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and his Kingdom have joined forces to take out Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his Saviors. Little does Negan know, one of his top men Dwight (Austin Amelio) is working as a double agent for Rick and the gang.

    Season eight wastes little time getting into the thick of it. And if you think you know what will happen based on Robert Kirkman's graphic novels, think again. The show is taking some liberties from the popular comics and so far, it's all the better for it.   

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    If you're tired of seeing only one group at a time per episode, the premiere remedies that quickly. While some of the series' standalone episodes are great (Morgan's flashback episode on season six comes to mind), one of the biggest missteps of the show in later seasons was separating the pack to focus on a few characters at a time. 

    There were two things that made the early seasons great. Everyone was together up until the Governor came around on season three. This allowed you to see the group dynamic play out on screen between the cast. As well, a lot of ground was covered on each episode. If you rewatch season one's six episodes, it's like watching a bunch of mini movies.  

    The season eight premiere feels very much like an earlier episode of the series. The group is united, reunions are had, your onscreen favorites are seen teaming up and interacting, and a few characters from different communities get to meet for the first time. At the same time, the episode moves quickly and is action-packed with, what Norman Reedus told press at New York Comic Con, Rick's best (and maybe only?) good plan to date. 

    This shouldn't be a one-episode thing either. Showrunner Scott M. Gimple told TVLine season eight will rely less on character-centric episodes and will focus more on keeping multiple members of the group intact. In other words, it sounds like the show is listening to the fandom after upsetting many with the violent introduction of Negan

    What else can we say without giving much away?

    You'll see a lot of what was in the trailers for the new season in the premiere. There will definitely be a few intense moments halfway through the episode where you'll be on the edge of your seat. Longtime viewers should be on the lookout for several nods and references to earlier seasons. And if you're waiting to see more of Old Man Rick, you'll get that too!

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    Our biggest complaint was that the episode wasn't longer (even though it's 47 minutes). If we're nit-picking, there are some weird, confusing sequences that play with time, but we're sure a re-watch later in the season will have it all make more sense.

    The episode probably could have ended a few minutes earlier on a pivotal moment, but overall, the fans will be very pleased with the start of season eight. Rick hits his stride and isn't taking prisoners in the war for humanity.

    The bottom line:

    After a season that ended on its lowest finale ratings since 2012, it looks like the crew took a few steps back to reevaluate what fans love about the show. So far, it's all the better for it.

    If you've been waiting for Rick to get it together and come down hard on the Saviors, you won't be disappointed. You'll be cheering alongside him. The Ricktatorship is most certainly back, but it has evolved to be wiser, more collected, and to allow other leaders' voices be heard.

    Grade:

    B+

    "The Walking Dead" returns to AMC October 22. Watch a trailer below.

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