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Jadium – April 22

Fri, 4/22/2016 12:00 AM

How to play Jadium
Also, try Nexus4 puzzles

Monday and Tuesday – 16 givens, Wednesday to Sunday – 4 to 15 givens

To solve online, copy the puzzle between the delimiters (including the date and the nine puzzle rows), then click here for where to paste the copied puzzle. (Thanks to Kenneth R. Whitaker.)

*** April 22, 2016 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 73 64 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 06 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 04 05 __ __ __ 53 54 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 48 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 22 41 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ ***

 

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5 National Pretzel Day 2016 Freebies

Thu, 4/21/2016 10:53 PM

When you think of pretzels, do you think of the hard, crunchy kind you buy in the supermarket? Or do your taste buds go for the big, soft kind that you might get from a street vendor or at a sporting event? Do you like to dip your pretzel in anything—such as cheese or mustard? I prefer mustard.

When it comes to National Pretzel Day on April 26, and the freebies and giveaways I’ve tracked down, they all seem to focus on the big, soft pretzel variety. Which if that’s the kind of pretzel you love, like I do, then it’s a great day to indulge your savory tooth with a bunch of free pretzels. In at least one instance you can indulge your sweet tooth, too, with a cinnamon-sugar covered soft pretzel.

Launch the slideshow to discover the details of these five freebies for National Pretzel Day 2016, listed here in alphabetical order. Unless specified otherwise these freebies are for April 26 only, one per customer, while supplies last, at participating locations only.

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Celebrities Remember Prince On Twitter

Thu, 4/21/2016 10:20 PM

“Say it isn’t so.” Tweeted Chris Rock today about the news of Prince‘s death. As the barrier-breaking artist wrote in the lyrics to his song 1999, “We could all die any day. But before I’ll let that happen I’ll dance my life away.”

Celebrities honored the 57-year-old music legend on Twitter.

This what it sounds like when the world cries. Prince, I already miss you. Your melodies will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/X0FQ0AzCWJ

— LA Reid (@LA_Reid) April 21, 2016

RIP to @prince…a true artist in every sense of the word. Gone way too soon.

— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) April 21, 2016

Prince was a true gentleman, a king among men. He was as sharp and as talented as they come. I'm so glad I was lucky enough to work with him

— zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) April 21, 2016

His Purple Badness. LOVE. https://t.co/Ywjd0WUIi7

— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) April 21, 2016

Damn. RIP to a true legend. The world won't be the same without Prince's crazy ass.

— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) April 21, 2016

My heart is broken. Prince man. One of the greatest. This one hurts like MJ.

— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) April 21, 2016

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— florence welch (@flo_tweet) April 21, 2016

Prince: 1958 – 2016 pic.twitter.com/qJ3e2gRy3P

— VH1 (@VH1) April 21, 2016

Prince the doves really are crying now. Listening to your music. Remembering you. #RIPPrince

— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 21, 2016

Numb. Stunned. This can't be real.

— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 21, 2016

R. I. P to the King Prince thank u for inspiring me to be a Musician First and using this tool to heal people

— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) April 21, 2016

#RIP our dearly beloved #Prince. Tears and love on our tour bus. @CHICorg @nilerodgers I'll never forget my brother. We've had #good times

— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) April 21, 2016

Rest in peace. Prince. Dead at 57. Too soon. #PurpleRain

— Tom Green (@tomgreenlive) April 21, 2016

I can't. I just can not. #Prince

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) April 21, 2016

"Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called Life…"
-Prince

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 21, 2016

Long Live The King.

— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) April 21, 2016

Damn. Some real genius gone now. RIP PRINCE

— marc maron (@marcmaron) April 21, 2016

RIP Prince, everybody go watch Purple Rain

— Daniel Platzman (@DanielPlatzman) April 21, 2016

Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P I am crying!

— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) April 21, 2016

I am so saddened to hear of Prince's passing. Prince was a revolutionary artist, a wonderful musician and composer. 1/3

— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) April 21, 2016

 

And just like that…the world lost a lot of magic ✨ Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much…

— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) April 21, 2016

RIP OG !!!!! pic.twitter.com/7BtzSJgCRo

— T.I. (@Tip) April 21, 2016

i promise this was the greatest moment of my entire life. i wish i could relive it everyday. pic.twitter.com/i7oax7tLYr

— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) April 21, 2016

Omg….. RIP Prince….

— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) April 21, 2016

R.I.P PRINCE, another icon gone to soon

— SHAQ (@SHAQ) April 21, 2016

Numb. Stunned. This can't be real.

— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 21, 2016

Rest In Peace Prince.

— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) April 21, 2016

Dang it… Truly hate hearing we lost Prince. Sad day..

— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) April 21, 2016

Long Live The King.

— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) April 21, 2016

In Minneapolis right now…and it's raining…

Prince…

— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) April 21, 2016

Just heard about Prince ….can't believe it ……. – KU

— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) April 21, 2016

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— Lorde (@lorde) April 21, 2016

None of prince's albums are available in digital format. You Have to find a physical copy. I appreciate that, bout to go an adventure

— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) April 21, 2016

Not Prince

— NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) April 21, 2016

PRINCE. Larry, Edge, Bono, Adam pic.twitter.com/3pJTLuHoEh

— U2 (@U2) April 21, 2016

Thank you God for letting us experience the GREATNESS that is
Prince! What a blessing! #RipPrince

— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) April 21, 2016

One of my biggest inspirations. A true icon. You will be missed. Sad sad news today… #RIPPrince

— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) April 21, 2016

This what it sounds like when the world cries. Prince, I already miss you. Your melodies will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/X0FQ0AzCWJ

— LA Reid (@LA_Reid) April 21, 2016

Nothing compares to you. pic.twitter.com/DF8ayQj8CX

— James Corden (@JKCorden) April 21, 2016

mourning the loss of the greatest warrior to ever exist in the fight for intellectual property. who screamed "YOU WONT OWN ME". RIP prince..

— baby h (@halsey) April 21, 2016

Just came back from Cuba & received horrible news. Such an iconic legend. Will forever cherish u & what u gave this earth sir. Love u Prince

— Usher Raymond IV (@Usher) April 21, 2016

So sad to hear of his passing. #Prince pic.twitter.com/6PIqgTfcm6

— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) April 21, 2016

devastated to hear the news about Prince..
my dad used to play me his songs when I was growing up and showed me how… pic.twitter.com/GkrL6oyRit

— Michael Clifford (@Michael5SOS) April 21, 2016

He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I'm Devastated. This is Not A Love Song. pic.twitter.com/x4JaSxRraC

— Madonna (@Madonna) April 21, 2016

RIP Prince. <3

— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) April 21, 2016

Prince….there's no way

— Zendaya (@Zendaya) April 21, 2016

Absolutely stunned and heartbroken! #PRINCE

— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) April 21, 2016

prince forever

— CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx) April 21, 2016

rip to this star pic.twitter.com/l2FWmDRKXh

— ac (@alessiacara) April 21, 2016

Terribly saddened by the devastating news… He truly is a legend and a hero of mine. RIP #prince

— Celine Dion (@celinedion) April 21, 2016

R.I.P. His Purple Majesty. Thank you for everything.

— CHVRCHΞS (@CHVRCHES) April 21, 2016

PRINCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! celebrate you forever.

— Edward Sharpe (@EdwardSharpe) April 21, 2016

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— florence welch (@flo_tweet) April 21, 2016

WHAT!!???? PRINCE!!!????? IS THIS A DREAM!????????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! We just lost a true artistic PIONEER. Heart broken

— Chris Daughtry (@CHRIS_Daughtry) April 21, 2016

☔️still in shock☔️

— HAIM (@HAIMtheband) April 21, 2016

“DEARLY BELOVED, WE ARE GATHERED HERE TODAY TO GET THROUGH THIS THING CALLED LIFE” – PRINCE RIP

— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) April 21, 2016

changed the world…RIP prince. thank you pic.twitter.com/4k3wWUPWJg

— N O S A J T H I N G (@nosajthing) April 21, 2016

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— MAJOR LAZER (@MAJORLAZER) April 21, 2016

we love you Prince

— Efuru (@JheneAiko) April 21, 2016

R.I.P PRINCE

— Dj mustard (@DJmustard) April 21, 2016

RIP PRINCE. Damn. :(

— Run The Jewels (@runjewels) April 21, 2016

I loved this Man. Too soon. Can't comprehend it but it's unfortunately true. Heaven is yours. RIP #Prince #RIPPrince pic.twitter.com/EH8paEvn75

— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) April 21, 2016

R. I. P to the King Prince thank u for inspiring me to be a Musician First and using this tool to heal people

— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) April 21, 2016

RIP Prince ☔️

— G-Eazy (@G_Eazy) April 21, 2016

RIP PRINCE

— Ty Dolla $ign (@tydollasign) April 21, 2016

First we lose Bowie then Prince and Donald Trump is the front runner for the republican nominee? 2016 has to be the end. It just has to.

— Best Coast (@BestCoast) April 21, 2016

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Numbrix 9 – April 22

Thu, 4/21/2016 8:00 PM
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Remembering Prince: 10 of Our Favorite Songs

Thu, 4/21/2016 3:55 PM

“How can you just leave me standing? Alone in a world that’s so cold?” Prince fans around the globe are asking themselves those questions today.

Grammy-winning artist Prince died today at 57 at his Paisley Park home, his publicist confirmed to the Associated Press.

As we mourn his passing, take a look back at 10 of his most popular songs.

Music Icon Prince Dies at 57

“When Doves Cry” 
Prince and the Revolution

“Kiss” 
Prince and the Revolution

“Let’s Go Crazy”
Prince and the Revolution

“Cream”
Prince and the N.P.G.

“Batdance” (from Batman)
Prince

“Raspberry Beret”
Prince and the Revolution

“U Got The Look”
Prince

“Purple Rain”
Prince and the Revolution

“The Most Beautiful Girl In The World”
Prince

“Sign ‘O’ The Times”
Prince

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Electoral College: Pros & Cons

Thu, 4/21/2016 3:00 PM

 

There are many reasons why people both agree and disagree with the Electoral College, the system with which Americans elect their president every four years.

Does Your Vote Count? A Look into the Electoral College

Here are some of the more major pros and cons to the current practice:

PROS

„ It’s pretty accurate. The Electoral College has a more than 90 percent success rate,” says Thomas Neale, elections expert at the Library of Congress, meaning electors have chosen the candidate who won the popular vote more than nine out of 10 times.

„ The winner wins with a clear majority. Because 48 states use the “winner take all” method, “all you have to do is get 50 percent [of the popular vote] plus one and you get all the electoral votes,” says Neale. It avoids the possibility of an election with “50 Floridas” (a reference to the 2000 election)—in which states end up recounting popular votes.

„ A president for all the people. “The biggest thing the Electoral College does for us is ensure that the presidential candidates have to reach out to a variety of people,” says Tara Ross. No one region—Midwest, East Coast, etc.—has enough electoral votes to elect a president. So even someone who’s a regional favorite (say, Hillary Clinton in the Southeast) still has to reach out to other regions to win.

CONS

It’s not purely democratic. You’re voting for “people you expect will vote for who you want as president and vice president,” says Neale. That means that sometimes the candidate who gets the majority of the popular vote doesn’t win, as happened in 2000 when Al Gore won 543,895 more votes than George W. Bush, yet Bush won the majority of electoral votes and the presidency.

Swing states get all the attention.  Utah hasn’t voted for a Democrat since 1964; Minnesota hasn’t voted for a Republican since 1972. Candidates tend to ignore states like that and focus on states that might “swing” to their side. “People don’t think about the fact that the presidential election boils down to nine states,” says James A. Thurber, head of American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. “Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.”

 

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Does Your Vote Count? A Look into the Electoral College

Thu, 4/21/2016 3:00 PM

The Electoral College doesn’t have a sweatshirt, a logo or a mascot. It’s not a physical building, its members never get together (except with colleagues from their own state) and it ceases to exist as soon as it has performed its function. The term “Electoral College” doesn’t even appear in the Constitution. Yet its 538 members are responsible for one of the most significant tasks in the world: choosing the president of the United States.

When you cast your vote for president this November, you’re not voting for the candidate on the ballot, you’re voting for which group of electors from your state—Republican, Democrat or some third party—get to vote for president. If you don’t understand exactly how it works, you’re not alone. “For most Americans, even those who study it, the process is still a mystery,” says Christina Greer, associate professor of political science at Fordham University.

How does the Electoral College work?

It works a lot like Congress: The U.S. is divided into 435 congressional districts, each of about 710,000 people. Each district elects one person to the House of Representatives. Every state elects two senators. Electoral College votes are allocated the same way. (The District of Columbia is the exception; it doesn’t have representation in Congress, but it gets three electoral votes.) There are 538 total electors, each with one vote.

In a presidential election, every party picks its own group of electors. The candidate who gets the most popular votes in a state on Election Day “wins” all the electors for that state (except in Maine and Nebraska, where electors are doled out differently, see page 14). Electors then meet in their own states on a set day in December and vote by paper ballot. Results are sent to the vice president and other officials, and the Electoral College is dissolved (until next time). On Jan. 6, Congress meets and states’ electoral votes are counted.

Why is it called a “College”?

It has roots in the word “collegium,” which means a group of people with equal power. “It goes back to the concept of the college of cardinals that elects the pope,” says Thomas Neale, elections expert at the Library of Congress.

Why do we elect presidents this way? 

The Electoral College process is outlined in Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution. It was adopted at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and was the process used to elect George Washington. The system reflects the Founding Fathers’ concern with separation of powers and checks and balances. The people get to vote for president, the states retain plenty of power (each state gets to decide how to choose electors and how to divvy them up) and electing a president is a separate process from electing members of Congress.

Originally, electors each voted for two people. The person with the most votes became president and the second-place finisher became vice president. The Twelfth Amendment (ratified in 1804) changed that. It requires electors to specify a candidate for president and vice president, which is how we do it today.

Who are the electors?

The Constitution requires that electors can’t work for the federal government and can’t vote for a president and vice president who are both from their own state. And that’s it. The rest is up to each state.

During early presidential elections (before 24/7 coverage of candidates), “people were more likely to know who their electors were than to know the presidential candidates,” says Tara Ross, author of Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College.

Some states choose electors during party conventions; some states have the party central committee pick electors; in Pennsylvania, presidential candidates choose their own electors. Electors are “prominent party figures” in their state (governors, state legislature leaders, long-term poll workers), loyal party members who can be counted on to vote in accordance with their state’s popular vote. In a year like this, with a highly contested election even before the national conventions, states will be very careful in choosing electors, Neale says. “They’ll want to go the extra mile to make sure the electors are fully committed.”

What if electors don’t vote for the candidate they promised to vote for?

There haven’t been many “faithless” electors (those who break ranks and vote for the other party’s candidate), but it’s happened—eight times since 1900 (nine if you count the blank ballot cast by one elector in 2000). More than 99 percent of electors have voted the way they pledged to since the system began. And those few contrary votes have never influenced the outcome of a presidential election.  

Electoral College: Pros & Cons

Are superdelegates a factor?

They aren’t. “The primary process and the Electoral College are two completely different things; they’re not at all connected,” says Ross. Primaries, caucuses, delegates, superdelegates and conventions are all about choosing a candidate and have nothing to do with the Electoral College. The Electoral College is about choosing a president.

What if there’s a tie?

Fasten your seat belts, because it’s going to be a bumpy night. If there’s a tie on Jan. 6 (the day electoral votes are counted), the newly elected Congress immediately holds a “contingent election” in which the House of Representatives elects the president and the Senate elects the vice president.

The twist: Every state gets the same number of votes, regardless of population. So California, with 55 electoral votes, gets one vote in the House and two votes in the Senate; Rhode Island, with three electoral votes, also gets one vote in the House and two votes in the Senate. A contingent election raises some interesting issues, says Neale. “If each state casts a single vote, what if that state’s House members split evenly? If you’re a representative, you have in your own mind, Do I vote for the candidate who won the national vote statewide? Do I vote for the candidate who won in my district? ” Congress has two weeks to elect the new president and vice president and can’t address other legislation until that decision is final.

What is the alternative?

To move to a popular vote nationwide would require a Constitutional amendment, no easy task. An amendment requires approval of two-thirds of both houses of Congress and a green light from three-fourths of the states. “Any proposed Constitutional amendment faces an uphill struggle,” Neale says. But there are other options.

The District Method Because states get to choose whatever method they want for divvying up electors, some would love to see more states use the “district” method like Maine and Nebraska, where two electoral votes go to the candidate who wins the popular vote statewide and the rest go to the popular vote winners in each congressional district.

The Proportional Plan With this plan, electoral votes are awarded in direct proportion to percentage of the popular vote each candidate receives.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact In this plan, states award their electors to whoever wins the popular vote nationwide, not statewide. So far 11 states (with 165 electoral votes) have signed on; to take effect, the compact needs enough states to total 270.

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Music Icon Prince Dies at 57

Thu, 4/21/2016 1:44 PM

Legendary pop musician Prince (If you don’t remember, his full name: Prince Rogers Nelson) died at his Paisley Park, Minnesota, recording studio, on April 21. He was 57.

The seven-time Grammy winner released more than 25 albums throughout his life and was considered a true icon due to his unique style and creative work.

The singer/songwriter/producer was best-known for albums like Prince, Dirty Mind and 1999 before finding immense success with his Purple Rain album in 1984 along with the feature film of the same name.

He was considered a perfectionist in every sense of the word and was methodical when it came to creating his work. His most recent album, ART OFFICIAL AGE, was released in the fall of 2014.

Remembering Prince: 10 of Our Favorite Songs

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Nashville Recap: Who Ran Away?

Thu, 4/21/2016 1:41 PM

Last night’s episode of ABC’s Nashville, “Didn’t Expect it to Go Down This Way,” was more about who wasn’t there than who was there. And who was trying to come between the people who were there.

Last week, Deacon (Charles Esten) caught his underage daughter Maddie (Lennon Stella) playing at a bar, the famed Skulls Rainbow Room in Nashville’s Printer’s Alley, and summarily yanked her out of the bar and read the riot act to Cash (Jessy Schram), her friend and daughter of Deacon’s AA sponsor who’d taken her there.

Maddie was plenty mad. So, when Rayna (Connie Britton) got back from her trip and walked upstairs to give Maddie a talking to, (flash to the open bedroom window) she found her gone. Deacon worked the phones while Rayna went to Cash’s place in search of Maddie. Cash lied, saying she wasn’t there, but Maddie was hiding out back.

Also missing last night was Riff (Steve Kazee), the coming-out-of-retirement country star due to hit the stage with longtime buddy Luke Wheeler (Will Chase) on his new tour. With just hours until show time, Riff’s wife Heidi (Julia Barnett) confides that he used to go off the deep end like this back in the day and that she hasn’t seen Riff since he played The Beverly last week. Heidi gets a call that he’s in a hospital in New Orleans and she and Luke head out to find him.

Riff is in the ICU—the doctor tells them a prostitute brought him in—and after overdosing on alcohol and sexual performance enhancing drugs, he’d had a stroke.

Heidi encourages Luke to head back to Nashville and find someone to replace Riff.

 

Back in a more tranquil place, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) makes breakfast for her work family Glenn (Ed Amatrudo) and Emily (Kourtney Hansen) to make amends and (back to me!) talk about her career. Juliette enjoys a tender moment with Avery (Jonathan Jackson) while visiting baby Cadence and gives an Academy Award worthy performance pretending not to be annoyed that Avery is going on tour with Layla and taking Cadence with him. He says Juliette can come visit.

When she goes to the set and witnesses a steamy rehearsal between Layla (Aubrey Peeples) and Avery, Juliette loses her poker face and storms home to Emily who she charges with going along on the tour as Cadence’s nanny so she can keep her eye on things.

Layla, determined to give Avery the star treatment, fixes up her room on the tour bus for Avery, complete with a crib for the baby. Avery is stunned, and tells her he isn’t used to being treated so well.

Next, it’s Avery and Layla’s turn to be stunned when after an impromptu performance by real-life star Thomas Rhett, who fills in for Riff and sings “Die a Happy Man,” Juliette comes onstage and announces to the fans that she’ll be joining the tour.

On another tour, Autumn (Alicia Witt) is doing her best to come between the Exes although Scarlett (Clare Bohen) and Gunnar (Sam Palladio) haven’t figured it out yet. Autumn treats Scarlett to a spa day where after a hot stone massage, she tells Autumn about her true feelings for Gunnar. Later, Scarlett sees Gunnar coming out of Autumn’s room and gets the wrong idea. (Gunnar actually turned down Autumn’s invitation for just-the-two-of-them trip to New York). Autumn is planting the seeds of jealousy between the duo who always say they have each other’s best interests at heart.

Someone else who got the wrong idea: Will (Chris Cormack), who asked out one of his back-up singers only to learn that the guy isn’t gay.

Deacon has words with Frankie (Mark Collie), telling him it’s his daughter’s fault Maddie is missing. Frankie turns the spotlight back on Deacon, saying his anger issues may be to blame. Deacon, distraught, stakes out Cash’s place and sees Maddie go inside. Rayna comes over and they confront Maddie, who announces she’s seen a lawyer and will seek emancipation. Rayna, wrecked over this, falls into Deacon’s arms.

Nashville airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC

 

 

 

 

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Enter for a Chance to Win a Copy of Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors on DVD

Thu, 4/21/2016 11:21 AM

Dolly lovers, we’ve got exciting news! Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors will be available for you to own on DVD May 3, and we have your chance to win a copy.

Experience the magic and warmth of this television movie event based on the inspiring true story of the living legend’s remarkable upbringing in rural Tennessee. This once-in-a-lifetime special takes place inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat—vividly described in the well-known song of the film’s title—that helped make Parton who she is today. The DVD includes an alternate version of the movie, bonus footage and deleted scenes!

MORE: Dolly Parton on Coat of Many Colors, Faith and Marriage

Sign up for our free newsletter below for your chance to win one of 10 copies. And increase your chances by tweeting us @ParadeMagazine with the hashtag #ParadeDolly for a second chance at the prize. All entries must be submitted by May 3 at noon EDT. Good luck!

MORE: 10 Dolly Parton Quotes to Live By

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Survivor Kaôh Rōng: Scot Pollard Talks Idols And Villainy

Thu, 4/21/2016 11:05 AM

After thirty-two seasons on the air, you better believe Survivor is a complicated game. But sometimes, the show’s complexity is best summarized with a single, simple word: “Wow.”

Former professional basketball player Scot Pollard uttered that hashtaggable word as his final breath in the game, betrayed by his ally Tai Trang. Scot, Tai and bounty hunter Kyle Jason were targeting brawny brainiac Aubry Bracco, planning to use the combined forces of their Super Idol if needed. Not only did Tai deviate from the plan to save Scot with the idol, he actively voted against Scot, sending the Brawn baller home with an idol in his pocket — marking one of the biggest jaw droppers yet in what’s already been a rollercoaster of a season.

For Scot, it was a game of ups and downs as well. Early on, his Brawn tribe ran into wall after wall, haunted by infighting and multiple challenge defeats. At the swap, Scot rebounded, joining and creating voting majorities with unlikely allies. Then another dip at the merge, as longtime ally Cydney Gillon flipped away from Old Brawn, leaving Scot and Jason in the wind. After the two remaining Brawn men pulled their Bebop and Rocksteady routine with the Super Idol at last week’s Tribal Council, it looked like they were poised for deep runs into the game. That may still be the case for Jason, but for Scot, the shot at the championship is over.

Here’s what Scot told me this morning about Tai’s flip, going home with an immunity idol in his possession, his partnership with Jason, his views on Cydney, his side of the sabotage strategy and his early conflict with Alecia Holden, and his villainous portrayal.

Scot, how’s it going?

Oh, it’s going. [Laughs]

I’m sure it is. #Wow.

#Wow! I got #Wow, #Caveman, #Roshambo and #RockPaperScissors…

I do want to represent the Internet here and express how much I wish you two tied in RPS last week, before handing the idol over to Tai. That would have been great.

Well, you can wish in one hand, and crap in the other, and see which one fills up first, right? [Laughs]

Let’s talk about last night’s Tribal. Huge, dramatic moment on television. How did it play out in person?

We literally thought we were going to do a repeat of the week before at Tribal, where we talked a lot, made a lot of noise, and the girls end up chewing off another one of their own legs. That was the plan. That was the goal. And it would have worked … but Tai decided on something else. Aubry got in his head, and Tai decided on what he thought was best for him. He decided to not only not give me the idol, but to write down my name, to put my name down on the parchment. I was shocked. I was surprised. I was like, “Wait! I saved that idol for you! You wouldn’t have that idol if I hadn’t talked you out of using it!” He was so scared he was going home, I just thought for sure that since I saved his idol and that we had that bond, he was going to repay the favor and keep me around. Clearly, he made the move he thought was best for him. Hey, no hard feelings.

You really did have a long history with Tai’s idol, from back in the post-swap Gondol tribe, when you convinced him not to use it…

It was very poetic, I guess, if you want to call it that. I helped Jason get his idol, and Jason very blatantly gave it to me when he won immunity in yesterday’s episode. If you want to go back and look and say hindsight’s 20-20, when Tai doesn’t do the same thing… but in Tai’s defense, that wasn’t much of a clue, that he didn’t give it to me, because he already had one, and I had one, and we were on even ground. Jason has the necklace, and we each have an idol. Some people on social media asked me, “Why wouldn’t Tai just give you the idol?” Well, why would he? He needed it just as much as I did in case they vote for him, or in case they vote for me, and that’s how you make a Super Idol after. It was a shock, but that wasn’t a clue, that he didn’t give me his idol, anymore than me not giving him my idol.

Where’s the idol now?

I gave it to Jason post show. I wouldn’t have felt right holding onto it. I left with it in my pocket, and that’s the only thing I felt bad about in the whole game, was going home with the idol in my pocket. That’s a bad feeling. Going home is bad enough, but going home with somebody’s idol in your pocket? That’s not very fun.

Obviously you’re so close to it, but do you see sense in Tai’s move? You’re the one who loses because of it, but from Tai’s perspective, do you think the move made sense?

We’ll find out if it gets him further in the game. But at the time, I’m sitting there trying to put myself in Tai’s shoes: “Strategically, no one is going to vote for Scot, because he already has money and no one is going to give him a million dollars. Nobody likes Jason — supposedly. So I want to sit with those two guys, if I’m in the Final Tribal.” So I had a hard time understanding why he’d make that move. If I’m so unlikable and nobody liked me, why would they vote me out? You want to keep those guys in the game. You want to keep that character in the game. They voted out Debbie, and same thing; why vote out Debbie? No one’s going to give her a million dollars. I have to take a little bit of confidence in my gameplay out of it, that if I’m such a bad person and nobody liked me, why would they vote me out?

In the episode, Tai talks about not feeling like he had an equal voice in the alliance with you and Jason. What was your view of Tai’s role in your crew? Did you view him as an equal partner?

Absolutely. I won’t blame the edit for how I looked, but I will blame the edit on that one, because after the three of us were talking on the beach, I went for a walk with Tai and I said, “Look man, I know you were kind of quiet and I can sense you’re having some hesitation. Give me your voice. What do you want?” And he said, “I’m fine, I know you guys like to talk, and I just don’t talk as much.” I said, “I know, but I want you to make sure you feel you have a voice, because we do talk loud and fast and we make decisions and we’re done. I want to make sure you have time to process it, and if you think of something, let me know.” I did the same thing with everyone I was in an alliance with … and I got backstabbed by everyone I was in an alliance with. [Laughs]

But I always felt like I was trying to give Tai a voice and Cydney a voice. When Nick was saying, “The girls are going to vote with us, the girls are going to vote with us,” I didn’t know Michele and Julia well at the time, so I didn’t feel it was correct for me to approach them and make sure they felt like they had a voice. But they felt like Nick didn’t listen to them, and I trusted Nick to know what he was saying. I didn’t know them yet. There’s times when you can take control of your alliance and say, “Do you feel like you have a voice?” But in the case of Nick and the Beauty girls, I didn’t think it was my place. I felt like it would’ve been a bad thing for me to reach out to them directly, and hurt my relationship with Nick, when he’s saying we’re good. I decided to trust that and let that be. But with Tai, he and I had history, so I went up to him all the time to say, “Hey, what’s up? How’re you feeling with this? I’m with you two, so don’t backstab. We’re good, man. You’re here. We have a voice.” He would promise that we were good. I felt comfortable with my relationship with Tai.

What happened with Cydney? You were with her and Jason from the start. How did that fall apart?

It fell apart exactly the way I thought it would. I sensed Cydney was playing us from minute one, as far as, “Oh yeah, I’m loyal with you guys.” I could tell she wasn’t. Also, her age. I trusted Jenny. I really thought Jenny, Jason and I would have been a much better threesome to move foward in the game. When Jenny had her issue at Tribal, it was really hard to convince Jason to stick with her. He liked Cydney the whole time. I tried to tell him, “Hey, she’s going to melt down. She’s young and she’ll betray us as soon as she can. When the tribes change, she will betray us.” I’ve given Jason a lot of crap post show about this, because now we’ve seen it happen, so I can talk about it. [Laughs] He’s like, “You’re never going to let me forget this, are you?”

And by the way, it’s not like we don’t like Cydney in real life. We do. This is just me talking strategy here. There’s no ill will between us, or any of the people we played on a game show with. But what I thought was going to happen, happened. Not that I’m Nostradamus or anything, but I had a feeling about Cydney and Jenny, and I trusted age over youth. Jenny was older and more mature, and I felt like even if she did betray us eventually and do the girl’s alliance thing, I would have an inclination about it that I didn’t have with Cydney. Just didn’t trust her from minute one. I thought she was hiding something, and it turns out, she was. She was hiding an Ivy League education.

Going back to your comment about talking about these players strategically, it does seem — and correct me if I’m wrong — that you didn’t have great feelings toward Alecia. That was a big moment as it played out on the show. Can you talk me through your side of the Alecia story?

Yeah. [Pauses] She’s a difficult person to deal with because of her age. The things she told us about her personal life, would lend herself — in her age and station in life — to listen to someone older who has been through some things and has some good solid advice for you. But she didn’t want to hear it. She didn’t trust us. She thought we were always trying to play her. She built up a wall around herself socially that she didn’t even notice — between herself and Cydney, herself and Jenny, herself and Darnell, on the show. We didn’t get a chance to see if she and Darnell would have been any kind of alliance, because he was the first one to go. But we just don’t mix. There’s nothing wrong with that. I don’t bear any ill will toward her. We played on a game show and we voted her out. Personally, I don’t think we’re going to be friends long term! [Laughs] But I do look forward to seeing her at the finale. I don’t have bad things to say about her.

I was told — well, not told, but asked — by Jeff, at her final Tribal Council, to speak to her like a father, because I’m old enough to be her dad. And I did. I said — and this didn’t make the air, of course — but I said, “Alecia, the game’s over. Okay? This is me talking to you like I would talk to my own daughters. You built up walls around yourself and you wouldn’t let any of us in.” If you look closely, I don’t think you’ll ever see me call her Blondie once on air. I believe I always called her Alecia. And by the way, “Blondie” is not a derogatory term. She has blonde hair.

Blondie is also a talented singer. [Updated Wigler’s Note: Blondie is a band, and Debbie is a singer. Harry, not Wanner, though also maybe Wanner.]

Exactly. [Laughs] The point I’m trying to make is, I broke it down and said, “I’m not trying to con you. I’m saying, I think you have blinders on to the world. I think when people are legitimately trying to reach out to you, you put a hand in their face. I think you should open your eyes up, that even though we’re playing a game against you, there were legitimate attempts to bring you in.” For example, when I was honest with her and told her I wrote her name down [instead of Jennifer] because I promised Jenny I would never write her name down, that that was the end of it. What does she do in the next testimonial? She goes, “Well Scot said this, I can’t even believe it, what an idiot, blah blah blah.” I never called anybody any names on the show. I never used any terms that got bleeped out, in reference to anybody else. I never called anyone any names. And yet I’m getting the villain edit. I get it. I’m a character on the show. But even last night, Cydney called me some word that got bleeped out…

One of the great mysteries of the show.

We have no idea, but it was something she had to bleep out, and it was in reference to me, so who knows? But Jason and I played the game harder, maybe, than other people — maybe because we have wives and kids we’re trying to provide for. We also know what it’s like to be competitive at a high level. The antics, or whatever, made great TV. Take it or leave it. I think the fans of the show, the true fans of the show, understand that every season has villains and every season has heroes, and we got a villain edit. I’m fine with it. Imagine a season without Jason and Scot?

I want to ask about Operation Sabotage, from a gameplay perspective. From the outside looking in, it seems like jury suicide. You’re putting out the fire on people who you’re hoping will eventually vote for you to win. Did you think about it from that perspective, how the sabotage would impact the jury?

When I went into the game of Survivor, I thought, “No way is anyone going to award a millionaire a million dollars.” So I’m instantly playing for second place. So why not? Was my plan going in to sabotage camp and wreck stuff? No. I’m a provider. If anyone on the cast is honest with you, they will admit that I brought in a lot of the food. Tai was the number one provider because he could cook and stuff — and I can too, but he was better at it. But I would go out swimming in the ocean, spearfishing and collecting giant clams, gathering crabs. I did most of that, besides Tai. Being a provider was who I was for the bulk of the show. They didn’t show that. That’s okay.

They did show you throwing Tai up into the tree. That was pretty good.

Yeah, we made a good team. There were other alliances too that didn’t get developed or shown as much as, say, Tai and myself, or Jason and myself, in the interest of making good TV, so…

Digging deeper into the villainous portrayal, I’m curious about your take on Jason. Who’s the Jason that you know? Who’s the Kyle Jason that we’re not necessarily getting to see, but is the guy who you spent twenty some-odd days with on that island?

And several days with since the show. He’s a husband and a father who cares dearly for his children. We’re both very much alike. We’re the only ones on this cast who have spouses and children — that we can confirm. Debbie claims to have a spouse and children, but no one’s really sure if that’s actually true. We bonded because of that fact, and we’ve been around each other [since the show]. We are loud, and we are brash, but in no way shape or form are we rude to people we don’t know. We played a game. Our characters on the game, at some point, looked like they were hard to swallow… again, it’s a game show on TV. In person, Jason is a very dedicated father and husband and provider for his family. I respect that about him.

One last question. When I spoke with Debbie last week, she said she hid your shorts. Is that true?

That is true. She hid a lot of stuff in retaliation for us hiding the stuff we hid. I never found them, but the joke’s on her, because my shorts were split up the [expletive] crack, so I couldn’t wear them anyway. It was fortuitous that Nick got voted out so I could wear his swimsuit, because he left it behind. I was able to fit into it because I’d lost so much weight. So, the joke’s on Debbie. I got a better swimsuit out of the deal, and I got to wear the same swimsuit that her Greek God wore. [Laughs] I was very stoked.

Josh Wigler is a writer, editor and podcaster who has been published by MTV News, New York Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Comic Book Resources and more. He is the co-author of The Evolution of Strategy: 30 Seasons of Survivor, an audiobook chronicling the reality TV show’s transformation, and one of the hosts of Post Show Recaps, a podcast about film and television. Follow Josh on Twitter @roundhoward.

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REVIEW: The Huntsman: Winter’s War – S’no Go

Thu, 4/21/2016 10:29 AM

 

The Huntsman: Winter’s War
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron

Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
PG-13
Release Date: Friday, April 22, 2016

Muddled ‘Snow White’ prequel-sequel mash-up can’t find its way

Hey Snow, where’d you go?

In 2012, Snow White and the Huntsman gave the age-old fairy tale a sassy new action-y feminist twist, with Kristen Stewart as the feisty, fair-skinned maiden—foretold by the Magic Mirror to be the loveliest in the land—and Chris Hemsworth as the evil queen’s “huntsman” ordered to take her into the woods and kill her.

Of course, things didn’t quite work out that way—and now we have The Huntsman: Winter’s War, a sequel. Actually it’s a prequel. Well, I think it’s a little of both, and a mash-up of several other things, too, and quite a bit of an all-around muddled mess.

And Snow White seems to have wisely decided to steer clear from it all. So there’s no Snow in this Huntsman, unless you count the times she’s mentioned by name. But the movie certainly isn’t hurting for other talent. Hemsworth is back, and so is Charlize Theron as the wicked monarch Ravenna. Emily Blunt is newly aboard as Ravenna’s sister Freya, turned into a cruel “ice queen” by an act of heartless treachery. Jessica Chastain is Sara, who, like Hemsworth’s rebellious Huntsman, grew up as an abducted child soldier forced to serve in Freya’s army of marauders.

British comedic actors Nick Frost and Rob Brydon, shrunk to wee size by the modern magic of digital effects, play a pair of dwarf brothers who provide most of the chuckles in this otherwise dull and dreary trek through a disjointed plot that feels like someone threw bits of Game of Thrones, Disney’s Frozen, Lord of the Rings and The Wizard of Oz into a blender with some crushed ice, black goo and gold flecks, then set it to puree.

If you’re into ornate costumes, you might dig the over-the-top duds in which Blunt and Theron get to vamp. In the couple of scenes they’re together, I kept wishing Cher would suddenly appear—maybe descending from the ceiling—for a full-on Las Vegas revue.

The storybook decor is lush and quite lovely, especially when the Huntsman, Sara, the two dwarves and their special-effect dwarf dates (Alexandra Roach and Sheridan Smith) take a day trip to Goblin Land, or something like that, to retrieve the purloined Magic Mirror, which looks like a huge polished cymbal from a music store. Some of the location filming was done in England’s Windsor Great Park, although I’m pretty sure you won’t find any big, blue ape-men, giant moss-covered snakes or tiny florescent flying fairies there.

Not campy and gonzo enough to be real fun, nor dark and dangerous enough to qualify as truly grim, this is instead a drab, disjointed stab by a first-time feature director who, bless his heart, can’t seem to find his target in all the icy, FX-laden glop. The best—and most amazing—thing about it by far is its all-star, A-list cast, all of whom who gamely give it their best in the service of something clearly less than “the fairest of them all.”

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Celebrate 15 Years of Shrek with a Quiz!

Thu, 4/21/2016 10:11 AM

The premise may have sounded familiar—an ogre takes on the role of knight to rescue a princess who ultimately falls in love with him—but Disney’s animation and voiceovers from Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz turned Shrek into an instant classic.

In the 15 years since Shrek debuted on the big screen April 22, 2001, the Shrek franchise has spawned three sequels, a children’s book, a Broadway play, video games and more.

Test your knowledge of Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona and the tale of true love by taking this quiz.

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Get Strong With Sylvester Stallone’s New Health and Fitness Series

Thu, 4/21/2016 10:05 AM

Rocky wasn’t Sylvester Stallone‘s first movie, but it’s the one we most remember. And part of what made it memorable was the training Rocky went through as he prepared to meet Apollo Creed in the ring. Who can forget the scenes where he pounded sides of beef with his fists, or ran up the 72 stone steps in front of the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art?

Now Stallone, who revisited the character in last year’s Creed, is bringing his knowledge about health and fitness to TV with Strong, a series which reflects the changing perception in the industry that getting skinny isn’t the goal. Rather, it’s about feeling strong and getting strong.

Professional volleyball player and fitness expert Gabrielle Reece hosts the 10-episode series, from executive producers Dave Broome, Stallone, Kevin King Templeton, and Holly Wofford, in which ten everyday women, who are looking to improve themselves mentally and physically, join with ten of the most elite male fitness trainers in the nation to conquer a series of challenges that push everyone to the limit.

In addition to an amazing transformation, the winning team will take home a cash prize of up to $500,000, which is a result of their overall performance.

At a press junket for Strong, Stallone talked about his interest in the reality TV series. Here is what he had to say:

How did you become involved with this?  And why did you want to do it? 

Well, I’ve always been very, very involved in physical culture, and I just like it. It changed my life, and, obviously, I’ve done a great deal of it throughout my career. When Dave presented the idea to me, I thought, ‘This is just perfect synergy. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.  I’ve held back on it because I needed someone who was really a master at the game, and he is, and he’s put together this extraordinary competition.

What made you want to tap into the reality market?  Did you watch any other reality shows to get inspiration? 

Of course. I actually worked on one called The Contender, so it was where reality meets fiction, and then actually there was no more fiction. There was the real fighting. I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting to transfer my fictional character and actually take it into the real world?’

So with this, I thought, ‘This is an opportunity, especially at my age, to be the embodiment. You follow a certain curriculum, and I know it can be done because I’m not a genetic freak or anything.  It’s just been a lifestyle, and this allows me to see it applied to everyday people.

You say it’s for everyday people, but can everyone really do it?

Here’s what I think it gets down to: Life breaks us all down. It’s not about building. Building is very, very tough.  We get to a certain point and it becomes negative, and every day gets tougher and every month and every year, and the problems compound. People are at a crossroad, and they say, “Either I’m just going to go down the drain, I’m going to have life put its foot on my chest, or I’m not going to be broken anymore. I’m going to try to become unbreakable. I’m going to build armor around myself, a body, a strength, mentally and physically,” and all they need is a format.

I think the fact that this is going on national television, people will say, “Hey I can do that.  That’s me. I share in that.”  That’s all it is. Someone just to break the dam and just say, “You know what?  I’m tired of being broken.  I want to be unbreakable.”

Strong airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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11 Romantic Quotes from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre

Thu, 4/21/2016 9:48 AM

“Reader, I married him.”

It’s the most famous line from Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë’s classic 1847 novel about the tumultuous romance between Jane, a young governess, and her mysterious employer, Edward Rochester.

Jane Eyre was Brontë’s first published novel, released under the pen name Currer Bell. Since the early 20th century, the book has inspired dozens of film, stage, and TV adaptations.

See Also: 100 Inspiring Quotes on Love and Marriage

In honor of the the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth on April 21, launch the gallery to read some of the most romantic quotes from her most beloved work.

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The Queen turns 90, Holds Princess Charlotte in New Portrait Featuring Her Youngest Family Members

Thu, 4/21/2016 9:07 AM

She may be Britain’s longest-serving monarch and the head of state of the world’s 16 Commonwealth realms, but a new photograph by Annie Leibovitz reminds us that Queen Elizabeth II is also a grandmother.

It could be any grandmother, dressed in a plain cardigan and tweed skirt, that poses in this family portrait, were it not for the ornate surroundings of a Buckingham Palace drawing room.

The queen is at the center of the picture, holding the newest addition to the royal family on her lap—11-month-old Princess Charlotte.

Also pictured are the queen’s four other great-grandchildren and two youngest grandchildren: 2-year-old future king Prince George; his cousins Mia (daughter of Zara Phillips) and Savannah and Isla (daughters of Peter Phillips); and the children of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn, and Lady Louise Windsor.

The photograph was taken to celebrate the queen’s 90th birthday today. Two other photographs show the queen on the steps of Windsor Castle accompanied by four of her beloved corgis, while another portrait shows the queen sitting closely beside her daughter Princess Anne.

The new portraits have been revealed just after the unveiling of a new British stamp that portrays four generations of the royal family: the queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George.

Prince Charles will host a birthday dinner for his mother later this evening, but first she will take part in a ceremony that will see a chain of 1,000 beacons light up across the UK and the world.

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Our First Coins

Thu, 4/21/2016 5:00 AM

M.H. in Evansville, Indiana, writes:

What metals were used for the first coins in our country?

Marilyn responds:

The United States Mint’s original coins were made of gold, silver, and copper. Hard to believe now, isn’t it?

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Jadium – April 21

Thu, 4/21/2016 12:00 AM

How to play Jadium
Also, try Nexus4 puzzles

Monday and Tuesday – 16 givens, Wednesday to Sunday – 4 to 15 givens

To solve online, copy the puzzle between the delimiters (including the date and the nine puzzle rows), then click here for where to paste the copied puzzle. (Thanks to Kenneth R. Whitaker.)

*** April 21, 2016 __ __ 01 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 56 __ __ __ __ __ 06 __ __ __ __ __ 64 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 12 __ __ __ __ __ 70 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 18 __ __ __ __ __ 76 __ __ __ __ __ 26 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 81 __ __ ***

 

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