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Mob Boss on the Run for 17 Years Busted Pretending to Be a Pizza Maker
Italy Carabinieri handoutROME—A hit man for the notorious Calabrian ’Ndrangheta mafia has been arrested working in a pizzeria in France after nearly 17 years on the run. Edgardo Greco, 63, was taken into custody on Thursday in the French hamlet of Saint-Etienne, where he had risen to fame as an “authentic Italian pizza maker” using the fake name Paolo Dimitrio. The arrest, supported by Interpol, was hailed in Italy as another anti-mafia success after the capture in January of Sicilian Cosa Nostra mob boss Matteo Messina Denaro, who had been on the run for 30 years. Greco denied his identity and was taken forcibly into custody, unlike Denaro, who admitted his name when he was approached at a cancer clinic in Palermo on Jan. 16.Greco was convicted in absentia in the late 1990s for the murder of Stefano and Giuseppe Bartolomeo, who were brothers from a rival Calabrese gang that he is said to have beaten to death with a crow bar and dissolved their bodies in acid. He was also accused of the attempted murder of another mobster, Emiliano Mosciarat, and several prison guards, earning him the dubious nickname “prison killer.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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WATCH: AOC Tears Republicans a New One for Booting Ilhan Omar
REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) raged on the House floor Thursday, calling her Republican colleagues racist and violent, and pointing out the glaring hypocrisy in their decision to kick Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) off the Foreign Affairs Committee.“One of the disgusting legacies after 9/11 has been the targeting and racism against Muslim Americans throughout the United States of America and this is an extension of that legacy,” she said as she bounced, waved and wagged her hands with fiery passion. “There is nothing consistent with the Republican Party’s continued attack except for the racism and incitement of violence against women of color in this body.”After Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) were booted from their committee posts by Democrats in 2021 over violent rhetoric, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had promised revenge. Both were appointed this year to top committee assignments again. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Taschen Is Having a Rare Sale on Its Luxe Art, Culture, and Photography Books for Four Days Only
Scouted/The Daily Beast/Taschen.Scouted selects products independently. If you purchase something from our posts, we may earn a small commission.In a world of Kindles, tangible books will forever have a place in my heart. Images of art and photography are just not done justice on a screen, thanks to the limited display capacity compared to print. Top-quality art and photography coffee table books are a wonderful way to display your interests in your home, but they can often be pricey. So, it’s an exciting time when one of the world’s leading publishers has a really big sale. Taschen has stores in international cities such as New York, Paris, and Hong Kong, but you don’t have to visit one in person to score a sweet deal on a luxury book. Whether looking for gifts, adding to a library collection, or something to leave on your coffee table, the selections of Taschen books now on sale are outrageously beautiful and historic–but don’t snooze since the sale is only live for a few days until February 5.Aside from historic artists such as Hieronymus Bosch and Frida Kahlo, you’ll find premium books featuring popular culture topics like Star Wars and David Bowie. Topics from dogs to surfing are available in smaller formats as well. There’s plenty for photography and architecture enthusiasts, including the late Beijing photog Ren Hang. The books come in a variety of sizes, from pocket to XXL, and have expert commentaries and biographies accompanying the images. Some are as little as $8; scroll through to see a few of our top picks.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Top Russian Official Teases ‘The Next Ukraine’ in New Threat
Sean Gallup-Pool/Getty ImagesRussia’s top diplomat said the actions of Western nations could soon turn Moldova into the “next Ukraine,” according to TASS.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Moldovan President Maia Sandu of being “eager to join NATO.” Sandu, Lavrov said, is “ready to unite with Romania and in fact, to do almost anything.”Romania is a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which was created to provide collective security against Russia.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Did These Two Witnesses Save the Prosecution's Case Against Alex Murdaugh?
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / ReutersOver the last week, jurors have been inundated with details about how Paul and Maggie Murdaugh were brutally murdered outside their South Carolina estate in June 2021—and allegations about who did it.Prosecutors say that Alex Murdaugh, a former lawyer from a prominent local family, fatally shot his 52-year-old wife and 22-year-old son—in an attempt to distract from the looming threat of his financial problems being exposed—and then took deliberate steps to cover up his role in the grisly crime. To prove their case, they called over a dozen witnesses to detail the crime scene, cell phone data, and Murdaugh’s initial interviews with law enforcement. Murdaugh, they argue, is the only person who could have killed his family.But prosecutors have yet to fully explain to the 12-person Colleton County Court jury the nature of Murdaugh’s alleged financial crimes—or disprove the defense's claim that he was nowhere near the crime scene during the murders. Further, prosecutors have yet to explain how Murdaugh would have successfully shot his wife and son with two different guns in a matter of seconds before going to visit his ailing mother and calling several family members and friends around the same time.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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​​Locals Livid Over Florida County’s Proposal to RESTORE Its Confederate Statue
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/State Archives of Florida, Florida MemoryFlorida residents are livid that one of its counties could become the first in the country to restore a previously-removed Confederate monument under a proposal that was set to be voted upon on Tuesday—just ahead of Black History Month—until it was abruptly removed once community members found out.During a meeting this week, Manatee County officials were supposed to vote on whether to reinstate a memorial for Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis at the Bradenton courthouse that had been removed in 2017 and placed in storage, according to Saratoga Magazine. But lawmakers made a hasty decision to remove the item from Tuesday’s agenda without alerting community members—some who traveled and took the time to voice their frustrations.Citizens nevertheless blasted the board of Manatee County commissioners during a contentious public-comments portion of the meeting.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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James Cameron Admits Jack Might Have Survived ‘Titanic’ After Testing the ‘Raft Theory’
CBS via Getty ImagesTo commemorate the 25th anniversary of his blockbuster melodrama Titanic, director James Cameron has decided to conduct a very thorough, slightly unhinged scientific test of “the raft theory,” aka the movie’s biggest point of contention among fans. The theory, of course, is that Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) could have floated alongside Rose (Kate Winslet) on a broken door in the ocean and survived, rather than plunge, frozen, into the fathomless depths of the sea.Is it possible? To find out, Cameron enlisted the aid of two (hopefully well-compensated) stunt actors around the same height and weight as DiCaprio and Winslet were at the time, dunked them in a freezing pool in a controlled laboratory setting, and had them try different methods of simultaneously remaining on the raft together. In one scenario—seen below in a clip from the upcoming NatGeo special Titanic: 25 Years Later with James Cameron—both actors were able to position themselves on the raft so that their upper bodies remained out of the water, but their lower extremities got soaked. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Putin Evokes Hitler as Cops Parade Soviet Secret Police Costumes
Sputnik/Pool via ReutersNot even local cops cosplaying as Soviet secret police and a newly installed bust to Josef Stalin were enough to prop up Russia’s Vladimir Putin as he emerged from his bunker on Thursday to deliver a speech marking the 80th anniversary of the Soviet victory in Stalingrad.The Russian leader at times appeared to be tired of hearing himself speak as he repeated the Kremlin’s tired narrative that its war against Ukraine is really a war to save humanity from Nazis.“Unfortunately we see that the ideology of Nazism in its modern form and manifestation again directly threatens the security of our country,” Putin said during a ceremony in Volgograd.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Republicans Boot Ilhan Omar From Foreign Affairs Panel
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstAfter years of threats, House Republicans took the drastic step of kicking Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from a key congressional committee over past comments that invoked antisemitic tropes.In a Thursday vote on the House floor, a majority of lawmakers voted to remove Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, with zero Republicans voting with all Democrats to back Omar.The Minneapolis congresswoman has apologized for the remarks in question, which were directed toward the state of Israel and pro-Israel lobbying groups in 2019. But Republicans have continued to argue those comments were disqualifying for her service on the Foreign Affairs panel, despite the glaring record of blatantly antisemitic comments by powerful figures like former President Donald Trump.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Scientists Injected Human Cells into Rat Brains to Help Them See
Olena Kurashova via GettyThe brain is an exceptionally complex organ. It forms and trims neural connections in ways that are mysterious yet unquestionably shape development, memory, and processing. It’s also highly resilient—people born without large chunks of their brains can turn out just fine, possibly due to the organ’s ability to reroute neural connections early in life.But when the brain is injured and its resiliency pushed to a limit, there is only so much modern medicine can do. When blood flow to the brain is blocked like in the case of a stroke, brain tissue can die, leaving a husk of what was once there that is difficult to rewire.Isaac Chen, a neurosurgery researcher and clinician at the University of Pennsylvania, has been interested in fixing injured brains since his medical school days. To him, it seems like the key to unlocking how to heal the brain lies in the organ’s structure.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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How ‘Poker Face’ Pulled Off the Epic Fight With…Nursing Home Ladies
PeacockPoker Face is already reinventing itself, just five episodes in. In the most recent episode of Rian Johnson’s Columbo-inspired mystery romp, amateur sleuth Charlie Cale (Natasha Lyonne) encounters likable murderers for the first time on her cross-country journey: two elderly women, former activists, living in a retirement community.In each episode of Poker Face, which premiered last week on Peacock and will continue rolling out new episodes weekly, Charlie faces down a new murderer in an attempt to uncover the truth. Throughout the series, we see the crime happen, but we don’t always know the motive. That’s the case again in this episode, “The Time of the Monkey,” in which Charlie, a “human lie detector,” cracks the case of the two murderous retirement home residents. It’s the best episode of the season thus far.The two women, Irene (Judith Light) and Joyce (S. Epatha Merkerson) are, in a word, badasses. They become fast friends with Charlie, who seeks them for guidance as she races away from being murdered, hiding out as a steward in the old folks’ home. The trio play croquet. They reminisce on the old times, in which Irene and Joyce were members of a cult-like activist group akin to the Weather Underground.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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American Arrested After Church’s Jesus Statue Is Attacked in Israel
Amir Cohen/ReutersAn American citizen was arrested in Jerusalem on Thursday after allegedly entering a church and pulling a statue of Jesus down from its plinth, Israeli police said.The incident took place inside the Church of the Flagellation, a Christian pilgrimage site on the city’s Via Dolorosa—the road along which Jesus is believed to have carried his cross to his place of crucifixion.In images shared on social media, the damaged statue can be seen laying on its side after apparently being torn down from its plinth. On the floor next to the statue, a breathless man can be seen restraining the alleged vandal. “You can’t have idols in Jerusalem,” the suspect can be heard saying. “This is the holy city.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Pelosi Says She’ll Back Schiff if Feinstein Steps Aside
Jonathan Ernst/ReutersFormer House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi says she’ll back California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff in the state’s 2024 Senate race—but only if Dianne Feinstein doesn’t run for re-election.In a statement released early Thursday, Pelosi offered heaps of praise to 89-year-old Feinstein, who she noted had “fought against the far right and for working families.”“Senator Feinstein has been a leader in strengthening our national security wrote,” Pelosi wrote.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Even North Korea Just Noticed Russia’s War in Ukraine ‘Isn’t Going So Well’
ReutersLess than a week after North Korea promised to “always stand in the same trench” with Russia, it seems even Pyongyang is losing faith in Vladimir Putin’s war machine.After promising last November to help Russia rebuild bombed out parts of occupied eastern Ukraine, North Korean authorities picked out laborers to send and then even recruited some more—but they have now thought better of sending them, according to Daily NK.“This is because they were going to rush the workers over if Russia quickly ended the war and expanded its liberated zones, but the war isn’t going as well as they thought,” a source in North Korea was quoted telling the newspaper.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Russia’s Shadow Army Accused in Mysterious Teen Abductions
Photo Illustration by Erin O’Flynn/The Daily Beast/Getty ImagesKENZOU, Cameroon—It was the middle of the night when armed men from the local wing of Russia’s Wagner Group, commonly referred to as “Black Russians,” allegedly arrived at Ali’s home.“They looked straight into my eyes and said, ‘If you don’t come back to us, you and your family will be killed,’” Ali, who had spent close to a year working closely with the Wagner Group, told The Daily Beast. “They left without saying anything else.”Ali’s wife, his three adolescent daughters and three adult brothers were allegedly at their three-bedroom home in the outskirts of Berbérati—a city in the southwest of the Central African Republic (CAR)—when the men arrived armed with machine guns. “As they stepped out of the house, one of them looked at me and said ‘Tell your husband to do what is right or else all of you will suffer,’” Fatou*, Ali’s wife, told The Daily Beast.Read more at The Daily Beast.
How ‘Puss in Boots’ Pulled Off That Incredible Panic Attack Scene
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/DreamworksThere are a host of villains and supposed villains in Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, ranging from a power-mad Big Jack Horner voiced by John Mulaney to a red-eyed, scythe-wielding wolf (Wagner Moura) who’s the literal personification of death. But as we see in one of the DreamWorks movie’s most affecting scenes, the feline hero’s real foe—the one he can’t tear down with even the sharpest of swords or claws—is his own anxiety.Ever since the long-awaited sequel hit theaters in December, one of the most talked-about scenes is the one in which Puss has a panic attack. It comes after the caped kitty finds out he’s burned through eight of his nine lives and sets off on a quest to find the mythical Last Wish to (hopefully) restore them. In other words, the arrogant and fearless Puss in Boots is forced to confront his own impermanence. If it sounds like a lot for an animated movie to tackle, well, that’s kind of the point.“It’s about him discovering mortality, but it’s also about him discovering vulnerability,” director Joel Crawford recently told The Daily Beast over Zoom. “He has this kind of immortal point of view; he’s like a superhero. And we really wanted to make sure he embraced his vulnerability. And that, I think, is best showcased in the scene where Puss in Boots has so much anxiety that it paralyzes him.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Inside Trump’s Sudden and Doomed Foray Into Retail Politics
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyInstead of packing arenas and touring the nation to remind everyone who’s king of the Republican Party, Donald Trump is trying something he never really attempted during his previous campaigns: retail politics.Goofy trips to local restaurants and long lines for selfies have never been Trump’s forte, with the former president almost always opting for the packed arena and a quick plane departure rather than working a living room circuit and pressing the flesh.So it was notable over the weekend when Trump, whose campaign has appeared asleep for months, awoke with a pair of private events in New Hampshire and South Carolina capped off with a visit to a local ice cream and burger joint, where Trump was seen clasping hands with an employee and praying.Read more at The Daily Beast.
A Texan Fugitive, His DJ Fiancée, and a Corpse in a Suitcase
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Getty/Policía NacionalCAUCA, Colombia—American citizen John Poulos, 35, was arrested by Interpol officers last week in Panama for the alleged murder of his fiancée, a celebrated DJ from Bogotá. The body of Valentina Trespalacios, 21, had been found in a dumpster on Jan. 22 in the Fontibón district of the Colombian capital, according to the public prosecutor’s office.Trespalacios’ remains had been stuffed into a “blue plastic-coated travel suitcase, which was properly packed in a white plastic bag,” Semana magazine reported officials as saying, and the body had been found by a homeless man rooting in the trash. Prosecutors also noted that Trespalacios’ cellphone had been found in a garbage bin at the Dorado International Airport in Bogotá.Authorities listed Trespalacios’ cause of death as “mechanical strangulation” and added that the autopsy indicated she had also had intercourse with her killer shortly before her death. There were also bruises on her lips, cheeks, back, and arms.Read more at The Daily Beast.
How a Champion Surfer Became a Notorious Jewel Thief and Murderer
Photo Illustration by Erin O’Flynn/The Daily Beast/Getty Images and MGM+Jack Roland Murphy, better known by his headline-friendly moniker “Murf the Surf,” was a criminal who pulled off America’s biggest jewelry heist, stealing the Star of India sapphire—among several other valuables—from Manhattan’s Museum of Natural History on Oct. 29, 1964. That swindle attracted national attention and turned Murf into a media darling, abetted by his brashness, good looks, and defiant lack of repentance. He was a beach boy-turned-hoodlum with style and attitude to burn, and his exploits were grand enough to beget a 1975 feature film (Murf the Surf) about his legendary burglary.Documentarian R.J. Cutler’s Murf the Surf (Feb. 5) details the origins of his subject’s illicit career as well as his historic robbery, albeit with little of the flashy flair one might expect. Enthusiasm is muted throughout this four-part docuseries, and the reason becomes clear when it gets to Murf’s second major brush with the law: the 1967 Florida murders of Terry Rae Frank and Annelie Mohn, two twentysomething secretaries who had stolen half a million dollars in stocks from their Los Angeles employer.Murf was convicted of killing Frank in 1969 and received two life sentences plus 20 years for the slaying as well as another robbery and a prior shootout with police. Murf the Surf doesn’t take that offense lightly, even if Murf himself spent the back half of his life (until his death in 2020) trying to downplay his involvement in the double homicide while making a case for his holy rehabilitation in prison. During his stint in a Florida jail, Murf found Jesus, and amazingly, the parole board—bolstered by testimonies from the warden and others—granted him a release in 1986, thereby giving him the opportunity to use his final decades preaching his “born again” gospel and, in doing so, hiding his role in a murder of grisly proportions.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Prince Harry Told All. Will King Charles and Prince William Follow His Lead?
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/ReutersRoyalist is The Daily Beast’s newsletter for all things royal and Royal Family. Subscribe here to get it in your inbox every Sunday.If, as reports suggest, King Charles decides to dish in a TV interview in advance of his coronation in early May, what might he say about his relationship with son Prince Harry, the status of their relationship, and Harry’s various accusations of royal mistreatment—going so far as to call his family “abusers,” and Camilla Parker Bowles a schemer who left “bodies in the street” in her quest for royal power? Maybe Charles will say nothing; or maybe he will seek to match the dog bowl grievously harmed when William shoved Harry by smashing every vulnerable inkpot in sight.Charles’ most infamous TV interview in June 1994—with his friend Jonathan Dimbleby, who may also conduct the coronation interview—contained his admission that he had committed adultery with Camilla Parker Bowles. A year later Princess Diana gave her own explosive interview to Martin Bashir, when she was famously open about the breakdown of her marriage—“There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded”—and later for the revelation of Bashir’s underhand methods in order to get it.Read more at The Daily Beast.
New George Santos Filing Prompts Even More New Questions
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Getty/ReutersPay Dirt is a weekly foray into the pigpen of political funding. Subscribe here to get it in your inbox every Thursday.The top line seems simple enough: more than $28,000 raised, about $43,000 spent, and $28,000 or so cash on hand. But an autopsy of George Santos’ latest campaign finance filing reveals what experts are calling “a colossal mess” and a “chaotic state of affairs.”With the near-daily developments in Santos’ ongoing saga of scandals, a routine campaign report covering just one month of activity may not seem noteworthy. But underneath some pretty standard numbers are some truly incredible disclosures.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Idaho Lawmaker Wants Children to Work for Those Free Lunches
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyIdaho state Rep. Ron Mendive thinks his state’s school kids should have to sweat for their pizza squares and chicken nuggets.“If we could find a way for the students to work to earn credits for their school lunch, I don’t think we’d see any of the waste we do in that program because it doesn’t mean much,” he said during an education committee meeting on Tuesday.Mendive did not say whether he envisioned first graders sweeping floors or wiping down tables to pay for meals. He also did not indicate how he would get around Idaho child labor laws, which say children must be at least 14 for non-agricultural work. The law is supposed to be enforced by local school boards as well as by probation officers.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Dammit, James Gunn Is Getting Me Hyped for DC Movies Again
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Getty/EverettThe DC Universe cannot be fixed in a day. They’re staring down Marvel’s intercontinental trillion-dollar blockbuster machine—with a nexus of power consolidated under the eternal stewardship of Disney, a corporate broker so rich with influence it can make She-Hulk a household name and flagrantly reskin California Adventure’s esteemed Tower of Terror into some sacrilegious Guardians of the Galaxy ride.That’s daunting enough, but Warner Brothers’ stewardship over the IP has also made countless unforced errors as they managed what is, and always will be, the most iconic cast of superheroes on the planet. Some of those mistakes are buried in the past—like the 2011 Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern film, or Zack Snyder’s weirdly spartan, uncanny take on Superman—while others will continue to dog them in the future. (The forthcoming Flash debut, headlined by noted Hawaiian felon Ezra Miller, will surely unleash some of the worst days any of us have had online.)All of this is to say that the DC creative team has earned absolutely zero credibility in any of the promises it can make to those of us who have been waiting, patiently, for a filmic superhero canon commensurate with the Marvel-Russo pedigree. I am too old to be innervated by heedless hype; we’ve all been hurt too many times before. That said, when I watched James Gunn, the newly anointed chairman of DC, calmly elaborate on his plans for the franchise in a video released this week, I couldn’t help but buy what he was selling.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Silk Suggests New Theory on Diamond’s Death During Bizarre Return to Show
Lindell TV via Rumble Making her solo comeback on the show without the sister who helped launch their Trumpworld career, Rochelle “Silk” Richardson, of the pro-Trump duo ‘Diamond and Silk,’ floated a new theory about why her sidekick Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway died: A bioweapon was released in the air.The Wednesday night show took multiple turns as Silk proclaimed that she was back, bigger and bolder than ever, while scolding supporters over sending in audition tapes and criticizing Lisa Marie Presley’s funeral for “copycatting” her sister’s memorial service. (“What’s this lady’s name? Marie Presley? Lisa Marie Presley?”)But first, Silk launched into Diamond’s death, who, according to her death certificate, died of heart disease Jan. 8 at the age of 51. During the show, Silk brought a pair of her sister’s high heels, showed them to the camera and declared: “I am not here to try and fill my sister’s shoes. I’m not going to try to be like my sister, act like my sister, all I’m going to do is be myself: Silk.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Why ‘The Sims’ Trans-Inclusive Update Means So Much to Me
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/EAFirst, I have to confess that I have not played The Sims—any version—in at least two years. While I do own The Sims 4, I rarely boot it up and have not played regularly since I was teenager. So, it has been a while. This, however, does not change how meaningful the game or its latest update is to me.On Tuesday, Electronic Arts (EA) announced a big update to The Sims 4 that included some ground-breaking transgender inclusive options. With this new update players can make Sims (teen and older) that wear binders or have top surgery scars. The update also allows players to create Sims with medical wearables such as hearing aids and glucose monitors.For those unfamiliar with the wonderful game that is The Sims, let me explain what exactly this all means. The first ever The Sims was released in 2000 for PCs and became a massive hit for EA. In the game, players create virtual people called Sims and control them as they go about their lives in a neighborhood full of AI non-player characters (NPCs). Read more at The Daily Beast.
Protesters Clash With Mourners Outside Cardinal George Pell’s Sydney Funeral
Dan Himbrechts via ReutersAngry protesters disrupted the solemn funeral for scorned cardinal George Pell at Sydney’s St. Mary’s cathedral on Thursday, yelling “Pell, burn in hell” so loud it drowned out the funeral mass inside. “Pell stood for blatant homophobia, misogyny,” protest organizer Kim Stern told the BBC. “We think it’s pretty disgusting he’s getting a send-off like this.”One protest organizer told The Guardian that it was “pretty grotesque that someone who’s an arch defender of homophobia, sexism, who said abortion is a worse moral scandal than priests abusing children, gets to have a celebration of his life.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
The ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ 50th Anniversary Bonanza Is a Total Delight
ABCYou know when a party features a guest list including Kermit the Frog, the Black Eyed Peas, Retta, and Raven-Symoné, it’s going to be a good time. It’s made only better by the fact that these folks have teamed up to celebrate one of the most beloved kids’ shows of all time: Schoolhouse Rock!To celebrate its golden anniversary, ABC brought back the educational series with a new special, which aired Wednesday night. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the Schoolhouse Rock! 50th Anniversary Singalong featured familiar faces singing wonderfully catchy classics like “I’m Just a Bill” (sung by Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen in full costume) and “Figure Eight” (accompanied by a classy dance number performed by Derek Hough).While none of the numbers lived up to the retro animation style of the 1970s series, it was nice to see the timeless tunes adapted for a more contemporary audience. I do fear for the wear and tear on my old Schoolhouse Rock! VHS tapes—surely, I’m not alone in wanting to keep them safe and protected—so pressing play on an ABC special allowed me to relive my childhood memories without ruining them.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Interior Decor on the Cheap: How I Beautified My Home With $6 Vintage Illustrations
Scouted/The Daily Beast/AmazonScouted selects products independently. If you purchase something from our posts, we may earn a small commission.Collecting artwork is a passion of mine, however, sometimes my budget is tight; and bare walls can be–well, too bare. Museum art prints are glorious but can be pricey too, especially in larger sizes. While looking to cover a lot of space with little dough, I stumbled across a fantastic way to upgrade the whole look of a room on the cheap, while looking like I spent much more.I first bought a Cavallini Papers & Co. print years ago, and they have notably not faded, and, even more remarkably–still cost just $6. Sold as craft papers, the art reproductions have countless uses, from wrapping paper to decoupage, but at a large-sized 20”x 28”, they also make impressive art prints. The illustration themes are often botanical, nature, or travel; the designs remind me of vintage posters of a Chelsea gallery I once worked at. The type of advertising made by hand before computers; the images are often whimsical, alluring, or educational. Whether dinosaurs for a child’s room, cocktail recipes for the kitchen, or flora and fauna, the prints enliven a room without being ostentatious. They also work with a variety of decor styles, adding charm to modern or country styled-homes.Read more at The Daily Beast.
‘80 for Brady’ Is Truly the Super Bowl of Ridiculous, Embarrassing Fun
Photos by Scott Garfield/Paramount PicturesWe’re finally just hours away from the biggest day in American entertainment. For months, millions of people around the country have been hyping themselves up after closely following the careers of their favorite players. They held watch parties every week; they tracked the stats online; they placed thousands of dollars worth of bets. And it all comes down to one inescapable, monolithic event in February: the theatrical release of 80 for Brady.If you thought for a second that I might’ve been talking about the Super Bowl, you just haven’t been paying attention (or, you somehow got here without reading the headline). This year, the biggest day in sports is being overshadowed by the biggest weekend in cinema. Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Sally Field, and Lily Tomlin will be shuffling their way into theaters this weekend for a performance far more entertaining than whatever Rihanna’s “mic” will “pick up” the following Sunday.The conceit of 80 for Brady is like one of those unavoidable popup ads that have some sort of clickbaity (yet vaguely nonsensical) headline designed to attract impressionable internet users. “Four Grannies Go to the Super Bowl, What Happens Next Will Warm Your Heart.” Except that, in the case of 80 for Brady, there is no virus that will download immediately onto your hard drive for your curiosity. This is the fantasy world where we get everything that we were promised, rewarded for having a heart big enough to want four lovable seniors to have the time of their lives.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Texts Reveal Miserable Alex Jones Spying on Wife: ‘I Am in Hell’
Zach Roberts/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesThe Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch released a tranche of far-right conspiracist Alex Jones’ text messages on Wednesday, seemingly corroborating previous reporting that the Infowars founder hired an ex-Blackwater mercenary to spy on his wife.The previously private texts, which have become public largely due to Jones’ lawyer’s own ineptitude, also highlight the increasing levels of despair, paranoia and misery the Jan. 6 insurrectionist found himself in just before helping stoke the Capitol riots.“I am in hell,” Jones texted his wife, Erika Wulff Jones, at one point.Read more at The Daily Beast.