The Complicated Joy of Listening to a New Album by Prince in 2017

No single descriptor could sum up Prince, and he was acutely aware of this, turning his perceived ambiguity into copy (“Am I black or white / Am I straight or gay?” his how he mimicked outsiders’ curiosity in 1981's “Controversy”) and rejecting labels openly in a litany of all the things that he wasn’t in 1984's “I…

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Remember 10 Years Ago When Prince William and Kate Middleton Were «On a Break?»

Looking at the Cambridge family on the Buckingham Palace balcony at Trooping the Colour earlier this month, it’s easy to forget that 10 years ago, Prince William and Kate Middeton’s relationship was not on the most stable ground. At that time, the pair had been together for around four years, but with both still in their mid-20s and Kate based in London while William was living in army barracks in Dorset, their relationship faltered — and at the end of March 2007, they went their separate ways.

Luckily the split was short-lived, and they both learned from it. Kate later said in their engagement interview, «At the time I wasn’t very happy about it, but it actually made me a stronger person. You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realized. I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger, and I really valued that time for me as well although I didn’t think it at the time.» By the time William and Harry hosted the Concert For Diana in July, the couple were back together. Bbut what did they both get up to during their time apart?

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How Beyoncé Helped Gal Gadot Land the Role of Wonder Woman

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Gal Gadot became the first woman to headline a superhero film in more than a decade thanks to Wonder Woman, and she has Beyoncé to thank for that. In an interview with W Magazine in April, the former Miss Israel revealed that she used Beyoncé’s music to help her get in the right mindset for her Wonder Woman audition. «When I auditioned for Batman v Superman, I didn’t know it was for Wonder Woman,» Gal said. «The director, Zack Snyder, asked me to do a camera test. That was torture. They were looking at six or seven girls, and we were all in separate trailers and were told to stay inside until they called us. Waiting is my enemy number one, and I was losing my mind. So, I decided to put on Beyoncé. ‘Who runs the world? Girls!’ I just started to dance, and I let my anxiety go. Thank you, Beyoncé!»

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Ironically, Beyoncé has also taken inspiration from the DC comic book character. In the 2010 music video for «Telephone» with Lady Gaga, Beyoncé channeled her inner Wonder Woman, wearing a star-spangled outfit with her brown hair perfectly teased like Lynda Carter’s, the original Wonder Woman.

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Russian Helga Is Back To Destroy Your Brain, OBJ Getting Shredded & Paul George Moving Out Of Indy?

Ever wanted to gamble on the NBA Draft in Vegas…

….it’s coming! The Las Vegas Sun reports that regulators voted Thursday to allow non-traditional betting on events. Past examples of “other events” approved by the board include the NBA draft, the NBA most valuable player award and the Heisman Trophy. For instance, the Westgate Superbook has prop bets on tonight’s NBA draft — like the number of Kansas players selected: Over 1.5 at minus-200.

Just another way to lose your money in Vegas, but at least this should be a new fun way to lose your money.

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Carson Wentz Hopped On Stage And Awkwardly Danced To Some Fergie In North Dakota

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You really can’t get much whiter than Carson Wentz and this video is going to prove it. He was at the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo on Wednesday night where they had a bunch of performers to celebrate the hospital’s grand opening.

One of the performers was Fergie who, as she does, lit the place on fire. That prompted Carson to get asked up on stage where did his best not to embarrass himself.

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He kept it safe, didn’t want to get too crazy up there and really humiliate himself. And the guy rocking the Baby Gap version of Wentz’s jersey was actor and Fergie’s husband, Josh Duhamel, who is also a North Dakota native, in case you were wondering.

Duhamel worked the crowd a little bit, got them going, but by the time Wentz mosied up there and it just ended up being 2 white dudes awkwardly hopping around. Not a great look in the cool department, as they say.

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He powered through it and had a good time

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The Illinois Bishop and His Catechism of Hate

I’d like you to look back to November 20, 2013. Did you perchance feel a shock of pain and fire, followed by a sudden release, and by «release» I mean a release of all the gay you had inside you that was now suddenly gone in favor of a previously untapped vanilla straightness, and perhaps a desire to wear more plaid or a desire to no longer wear plaid, depending upon any prior plaid-related feelings you may or may not have had.

You, my friend, were exorcised. And the man who «saved» you was Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill.

Bishop Paprocki has been in the news several times over the course of his tenure as bishop. He has a penchant for going viral through hateful rhetoric and ghastly attention grabs, despite once laughably saying he did not «seek to enter any controversy and I don’t relish being part of one.» I’m frankly amazed he hasn’t been given a cabinet seat in the Trump White House.

In 2012, he urged Catholics not to vote for Barack Obama because of the «intrinsic evils» of the Democratic Party. Or, to be fair, he didn’t say you shouldn’t vote Obama, just that your soul would be plunged into damnation if you did.

«I am not telling you which party or which candidates to vote for or against but I am saying that you need to think and pray very carefully about your vote, because a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy.»

This next part may be unrelated, but I believe the timing is important. Because one event took Paprocki from a Breitbart reject to the David Blaine of Catholicism.

In January of 2013, Springfield priest Fr. Tom Donovan called 911. He had been «playing» with handcuffs and was trapped. When responders arrived, they found Donovan in a prison jumpsuit with a gag in his mouth. He insisted he had been alone. Sure.

Later that year is when Paprocki held his «exorcism.» It was the same day Illinois signed gay marriage into law.

«Be gone Satan, father of lies, enemy of human salvation,» Paprocki said at the Wednesday ceremony, in front of a crowd of some 500, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. «Give way to Christ, in whom you found no trace of your works. Give way to the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic church, which Christ himself won by his blood.»

And then no one was ever gay again. Amen.

Until 2015, that is, when a couple who somehow didn’t get the sin properly removed from their souls attempted to enroll their children in a private Catholic school. At that point, Paprocki drafted a release form that basically assures all parents in the diocese know that even though they’re sinful and gross, their children will be taught how to be good (straight) Christians (straight, basically).

And then there was this whole blog on how being transgender is a mental illness and your assigned gender is a gift from god and apparently god doesn’t do gift receipts.

And now, just this week, he’s done it again. This time calling upon priests to deny funeral rites for people in same-gender relationships unless they «repented» before death.

While this all reeks of a confusing kind of desperation for a brand of attention that is ultimately dismantling the entire system of the man’s religion, it’s also relatively par for the course, Catholic-wise. So why do I care?

Because he’s my bishop. Because the guy in the handcuffs? He officiated my wedding. And because I had to sign that sin form, too, so that my kid could go to school.

Springfield, Ill., should be known for two things: Abraham Lincoln and that thing we do where we put toast, meat, fries, and cheese sauce on a giant plate and call it a normal lunch. Instead we have this clownshoe mucking around with the bible and a WordPress account like a middle-aged Milo of the cloth. And perhaps I’m not the right person to address him and his unspeakable acts against my hometown. I am not a practicing Catholic. At best, I’m a comfortable agnostic. But I was raised Catholic. I went to Catholic school for 14 years. I went to confession and wore a plaid skirt and sang in the choir. And sure, I don’t know what if anything I believe in, but if something exists I refuse to believe it’s steeped in hate, that it’s something that cares more about signs on a bathroom than the lives of the people in the stalls and the dangers they face by just being themselves.

My religion is ultimately this: Don’t be an asshole. And you, sir Bishop, are excommunicated.

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NASA Vs. GOOP

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I wish I could say this was a story about how Gwyneth Paltrow called up NASA and asked if they could get to work on creating a zero-gravity vaginal steaming booth for her. Rather, this is about NASA calling out the dubious claims of something dumb and expensive that was shilled on Goop.com.

This week, Goop promoted a cheap-looking wearable sticker called Body Vibes that claims to target imbalances in energy. They cost $ 60 for a pack of ten, and look like something you’d peel off a tomato bought from an Illuminati grocery store.

But how do they work? Allow Goop to educate you:

“While you’re wearing them – close to your heart, on your left shoulder or arm – they’ll fill in the deficiencies in your reserves, creating a calming effect, smoothing out both physical tension and anxiety. The founders also say they help clear skin by reducing inflammation and boosting cell turnover.

[Body Vibes stickers are] made with the same conductive carbon material NASA uses to line space suits so they can monitor an astronaut’s vitals during wear.”

Stickers. They claim stickers will do this. Gwyneth recently admitted she has no idea what the hell Goop is talking about. So energy-balancing arm stickers feels like something she would make up to troll her readers. But Body Vibes has a website and everything, and appears to be very real.

As for NASA’s thoughts on Goop mentioning them, a representative for their spacewalk office tells Gizmodo that they don’t use carbon material to line its suits, and its current spacesuit has no carbon fibers in it at all. Former chief scientist at NASA’s human research division Mark Shelhamer tells Gizmodo that space suits are not lined with carbon material, but if they were it would be for adding strength to the suit and not monitoring vitals.

Goop.com deleted the line about the stickers being made of NASA-grade material, and issued the following backpedal-y statement:

“The opinions expressed by the experts and companies we profile do not necessarily represent the views of [Goop]. Based on the statement from NASA, we’ve gone back to the company to inquire about the claim and removed the claim from our site until we get additional verification.”

NASA better save Goop’s number, because I doubt this is the last time they’ll have to correct something for them. One day, some pseudo-scientist is going to watch Aliens under the assumption it’s a documentary, start preaching about the skincare benefits of xenomorph saliva, and before you know it, it will be featured on Goop as the newest anti-aging miracle. And poor NASA will be like, “Okay, where do we even begin with this one.

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The Best Discoveries from the 2017 Food & Wine Classic

Last weekend, the crème de la crème of the food and wine world descended upon Colorado for the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen’s 35th annual celebration of everything food, wine and fun. Here are a few of our favorite finds, discoveries and delights:

Best Sips:

Jack Edwards Collection, a wine importer from Napa, brought some amazing Rhone Valley wines to the tent including those of Pierre Gaillard and Francois Villard. On Saturday it was #DrinkChenin day at the Wines of South Africa tent with standouts from Craven Wines and Ken Forrester’s fantastic FMC. And, finally, on the domestic side, Scheid Vineyards from Monterey, California, was a standout with a stellar range of wines including my new favorite pinot noir.

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Best Bites:

Les Trois Petits Cochons, an artisanal pate and charcuterie shop in Brooklyn showed up en force this year serving, among other treats, decadent truffle cupcakes iced with Mousse de Canard au Foie Gras and a few currents sprinkled atop.

Biggest Surprise:

The strong portfolio of wines served at Wines of Georgia – an up-and-coming region for both wine and adventure travel.

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Best Seminars:

Exploring Chateauneufe-du-Pape: Sommelier Andy Chabot of Blackberry Farm brought with him a selection of the best of Chateauneufe-du-Pape (en.chateauneuf.com) to perhaps the year’s most coveted of wine seminars. Chabot’s expertise, dry wit combined with great stories of small villages, hardy farmers and a revered history of winemaking transported us to the famous French region and dropped some serious knowledge on his guests in just 45 minutes. (www.blackberryfarm.com)

Wine for Zillionaires: Oh, Mark Oldman. Part wine expert, part author, Broadway-caliber entertainer, and tattooed cell mate from “Soused State Prison,” you are always guaranteed a show when Oldman is on the docket. This year, he brought out the big guns (wines fit for Zillionaires), spoke about how to detect fraudulent wines (famous vintages with misspelled labels should raise a red flag) and formed a Champagne sabering conga line to close.

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Best Parties:

Outside of the tents and seminars is a food and wine party culture all its own. New wine and spirit brands, hotels, and even clothing labels host parties around town, hoping to lure pass holders to their soirees. Opening night began with a party for the new Source Hotel in Denver at the Aspen Art Museum. On Friday night we took the Silver Queen gondola and rode 13 minutes to the top of Aspen Mountain where we ate shaved lamb and dolmas at Dubai in the Sky, where Food & Wine magazine editor in chief Nilou Motamed toasted some of Dubai’s most interesting cuisine.

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Best Meals:

Brunch at Aspen Kitchen: Deep fried stuffed French toast, farm fresh egg omelets, a dripping bacon clothesline, and a Breckenridge Distillery Bloody Mary bar paired with the best patio view in all of Aspen, made our mornings of the Food & Wine Classic not only tolerable, but absolutely lovely.

Dinner at Jimmy’s: Celebrating 20 years in Aspen: Saturday night meant a raucous party at Jimmy’s – an Aspen dining institution. Not only is a feat to survive 20 years, but I would argue Jimmy’s is better than it’s ever been with an expanded American wine list and local beef by Kurt Russell’s Home Run Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado.

Most “Classic” Moment:

Popping a bottle of Armand de Brignac “Ace of Spades” Champagne on a sunny afternoon at Ajax Tavern. People were so enthralled by the gold bottle and the finesse of what was inside they took pictures and fawned over the label owned outright by Hova himself.

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Steve Irwin Is Getting a Hollywood Star, and His Family Could Not Be Prouder

It was announced on Thursday that the late Australian wildlife expert Steve Irwin (aka «The Crocodile Hunter») will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018, and naturally, his family was overwhelmed with excitement. Following the news, Steve’s wife, Terri, tweeted, «Someone I love is a star,» while Steve’s 18-year-old daughter, Bindi, shared a precious photo of her and her dad on Instagram. Along with the snap, she wrote, «Dad changed the world by reaching out to people through their television screens to bring them on the adventure of a lifetime. To have his name on a Hollywood Star means the world as we carry on his important work.»

Steve’s 13-year-old son, Robert, shared similar sentiments, posting a video of his family’s reaction and captioning it, «I am so proud of my dad getting a star on the walk of fame in Hollywood . . . I am so excited that everything he loved and was passionate about will carry on.» Steve passed away nearly 11 years ago after he was attacked by a stingray, but his memory continues to live on.

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