‘GoT’ and ‘Big Bang Theory’ finales highlight shift to fewer shared TV experiences

(CNN)Two major hits, “Game of Thrones” and “The Big Bang Theory,” are signing off within days of each other. Whether those shared viewing experiences represent a celebration or a wake is once again the subject of debate in TV industry circles. This discussion is hardly a new one. Each time a major hit goes off the air — “The Cosby Show” in 1992, “Seinfeld” in 1998, “Friends” in 2004, “The Sopranos” in 2007 — there seems to be a new round of speculation regarding whether TV has crossed a bridge into what amounts to a smaller, more dispersed world. When “Seinfeld” ended, the late Larry Gelbart — who developed “M*A*S*H,” still the most-watched series finale ever — cited the value …

Why Are We So Goddamn Horny For Fleabag’s Hot Priest?

“Fleabag” Season 2 is a revelation, a religious experience, ecstasy.  Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the kind of storyteller that only comes along once in a very long while. The actor and writer, who’s brought audiences “Crashing,” Killing Eve” and “Fleabag,” created a near-perfect conclusion to a project that began as a one-woman play. Played by Andrew Scott, who “Sherlock” fans might recognize as villain Moriarty, The Priest (now informally known by “Fleabag” fans as Hot Priest) defies stereotypes. He is introduced to us ― and to Fleabag ― during the first episode of Season 2 at a terribly awkward family dinner. Fleabag’s dysfunctional family (plus The Priest) have gathered to discuss her father’s upcoming marriage to Godmother (played in pitch perfect …

Are our weddings too white?

‘Ignored’ When Assumpta Vitcu got engaged, a friend bought her a pile of wedding magazines. But the sight of them blunted her excitement. “It was very disheartening not to see myself reflected in the pages,” says Nigerian-British Assumpta. She handed them to her fiancé Horia, who is Romanian. But when he looked the only black face he could find was the tiny figure of a marriage officiant in a Caribbean wedding. Image copyright AFP Image caption Horia and Assumpta had a separate ceremony where they wore traditional Nigerian dress There are strong ethical reasons why the bridal industry should reflect a greater diversity in the pages of magazines, and treat customers with equal respect. But there are sound financial reasons …

This Colorado high school student never thought he would have to decide to rush a gunman

Highlands Ranch, Colorado (CNN)When a gunman walked into his British Literature class at STEM School Highlands Ranch last week, interrupting the movie “The Princess Bride,” Joshua Jones says his instincts kicked in. “Adrenaline and tunnel vision are crazy things,” Jones said, with his parents sitting by his side. “You get what you’re doing done, and then later you realize what’s happened.” And he didn’t think of himself as a hero, he said. “You never expect to make that choice at any point in your life.” He tackled the gunman, then called his mom Jones remembered the gunman entering the classroom, drawing his weapon and yelling “Nobody move!” Kendrick Castillo was the first to move towards the shooter, then Brendan Bialy …

Grateful Dead drummer: We’re disrupting nature’s rhythms and killing our planet

(CNN)I bet you’ve never thought about what it would mean to set aside half the planet for all the creatures that thrived just 200 years ago. To tell you the truth, until recently, neither did I. And killing the thing you love the most seems like a pretty stupid idea to me. I am hoping to contribute to the solution by participating in the Earth’s Call live stream concert in Aspen, Colorado, on May 18. Earth’s Call is a new nonprofit that is finding and funding innovative solutions to the climate crisis, and the event is a celebration and call to action. My fascination with the rhythms of our planet — and the universe beyond — goes way back, and …

The Colorado school shooting suspects are due in court as mourners honor a student hero

(CNN)On the same day mourners gather to remember a young hero, two schoolmates accused in the mass shooting that killed him are due in court. in the eight days since gunfire erupted in the school, killing one student and wounding eight others, a spate of new information has emerged about one of the suspects, the allegations against the school and the high school senior who lost his life protecting others. Hundreds of Jeeps will arrive for slain hero’s memorial Kentrick Castillo spent his final moments trying to stop the attack, classmates said. He was killed as he lunged toward a gunman, just days before he was supposed to graduate. “Because of what he did, others are alive, and I thank …

Nick Kyrgios throws chair during Italian Open meltdown

(CNN)Even by Nick Kyrgios’ standards, it’s been an eventful 24 hours. Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features and videos The result also means that Ruud, who had been leading 2-1 in the final set, will face Juan Martin del Potro in the next round. These events come shortly after Kyrgios, ranked No. 36 in the world, had taken aim at rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Speaking to tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg on the “No Challenges Remaining” podcast, Kyrgios labeled the Spaniard “super salty,” saying that “every time I’ve beaten him … when he wins, it’s fine. He won’t say anything bad, he’ll credit the opponent. … But as soon as I beat him, it’s just like, ‘He has no …

Why America Cant Solve Homelessness

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The lunch rush at St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall is a snapshot of the changing character of American homelessness. The first thing that strikes you is the sheer number of people the soup kitchen serves. The line outside starts forming two hours before the food is ready. Diners file in, eat quickly and get up as soon as they’re finished. They know someone is waiting outside for their seat. : Just give homeless people homes. In 2005, the state and its capital started providing no-strings-attached apartments to the “chronically” homeless — people who had lived on the streets for at least a year and suffered from mental illness, substance abuse or a physical disability. …

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Delays Hollywood Film Trip Amid Backlash To Anti-Abortion Bill

Georgia Gov. the Atlanta Journal-Constitution bill banning abortionlegal challenges, would make Georgia one of the most restrictive states in the country for women seeking an abortion. In response, several Hollywood in Georgia ― including David Simon, creator of HBO’s “The Wire,” and producer Christine Vachon, behind critically acclaimed films like “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Carol,” several . Georgia’s generous film and television tax incentives have attracted many big Hollywood productions, including Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and Marvel’s “Avengers” franchise.   Some film workers have pushed back on calls to boycott Georgia’s film industry, saying such actions would only serve to struggling to get by in film and TV there. In that vein, filmmakers JJ Abrams and Jordan …

Tucker Carlson Lavishes Praise On Late Fox News Boss Roger Ailes

Tucker Carlson on Wednesday described late Roger Ailes, who left the network in 2016 amid a sexual misconduct scandal, as “a great and wise man.” Laura Ingraham for a birthday celebration. But Ailes ultimately hired Carlson for Fox News and he “wound up loving” him because he was “really a great and wise man,” he explained. at the age of 77 in 2017. Multiple female subordinates had alleged that he’d pressured them into having sexual relationships with him. “I feel honestly like the contents of my head have been emptied,” he claimed. “I feel like an untethered balloon, floating around, looking down.” Download

Around Eurovision in 20 lyrics

Australia “I’ve been aching/Feeling low/You’re so heavy/I have got to let you go” Image copyright Wouter Struyf Aged 18, Belgium’s Eliot Vassamillet is one of the youngest of this year’s Eurovision hopefuls. But the teenage Vassamillet has experience on his side in co-songwriter Pierre Dumoulin, whose City Lights track saw Belgium come a creditable fourth two years ago. Eliot’s song Wake Up is an inspirational pop anthem with a stirring chorus that calls on young people to come together for a better world. Eliot is the 10th act to perform on Tuesday and should qualify for the final with room to spare. Cyprus “We keep it undercover/I know you miss the taste/Heart beats like an 808/You need my love on …

The best of British press photography

From wars and riots to world cups and red carpets, the press photographer is on hand to capture in a split second the moment that tells the story. Members of the British Press Photographers’ Association are showing off their best work from the past couple of years at the Bargehouse Gallery, central London. Here is a selection of those on show. Image copyright Henry Nicholls / Reuters Image caption England football fans enjoyed an amazing summer as their team made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup. Here, they watch the game on television as England go out to Croatia. Image copyright Samir Hussein Image caption Taylor Swift was pictured on stage at Wembley Stadium, north-west London, by photographer …

Amy Schumer Gives Birth To Her First Child, Pokes Fun At Meghan Markle

Amy Schumer has given birth to a baby boy. It is the first child for the comedian and her husband, chef Chris Fischer. The comedian said in an Instagram post that she gave birth to her baby Sunday night.  In October, she announced that she was expecting, just days after Kensington Palace said Meghan Markle were also set to welcome their first child.  Los Angeles Times at the time. “I look forward to competing with Markle every step of the way.” Throughout her pregnancy, Schumer often View this post on Instagram A post shared by @amyschumer on Oct 22, 2018 at 1:26pm PDT “She’s out there in six-inch heels, adorable outfits and there’s been no bump. She, like, cups where the …

Trump’s Plan For A 4th Of July Celebration Starring Himself Is Reportedly In The Works

Donald Trump is going full steam ahead with a plan he mentioned months ago to take over the traditional feature a speech by him, The Washington Post reported. Trump and Interior Secretary taken charge” of the celebration, according to the Post. The fireworks launch will be moved from the Mall to West Potomac Park under the new scheme. And Trump has made “tentative” plans to deliver a speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Trump first mentioned his plans in February in a tweet, bizarrely urging followers  to “HOLD THE DATE” — as if that had never occurred before to vacationing Americans. He promised then an “address by your favorite President, me!”  mocked by critics who accused Trump of hijacking a …

Trump Pits Florida Against Puerto Rico Over Emergency Aid: ‘They Don’t Like Me’

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. ― President Puerto Rico at a rally  The Trump administration plans to provide 90% of federal emergency cleanup funds to the state of Florida to help with repair after Hurricane Michael struck last October, Trump said at his rally in Panama City Beach, Florida. Aware of complaints about a lack of disaster relief funding, the president blamed Democratic lawmakers and told his supporters, “You’re getting your money one way or the other.” once again demonizing the island of Puerto Rico, which continues to struggle after Hurricane Maria hit in 2017, causing an estimated 3,000 deaths. “It’s the most money we’ve really given to anybody. We’ve never given $91 billion to a state,” he said. Congress provided …

Thailand King Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned in elaborate three-day celebration

(CNN)Thailand has crowned its new king in a $31 million three-day celebration that comes almost 69 years to the day since the last coronation. He also delivered his first royal command as King, saying, “I shall continue, preserve, and build upon the royal legacy and shall reign with righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the people forever.” In some ways, Thitinan said the celebrations are likely to be relatively “modest” compared with those for the late King’s 60th anniversary in 2006, when the Sultan of Brunei, the Emperor of Japan, and Queen Elizabeth’s son Prince Andrew traveled to Bangkok for the occasion. This time, no foreign dignitaries have been invited. Who is King Vajiralongkorn? King Vajiralongkorn studied in Australia …