Hail to the Veep: the best and most brutal comedy of the century

Over seven seasons, Veeps bipartisan skewering of the bozos of Beltway political culture has made it unimpeachably perfect. It will be missed As HBOs Veep enters its seventh and final season, we should reflect on the maxim that all political careers end in failure. Selina Meyers career started with failure and she has been failing spectacularly ever since. When we first encountered her, in the series premiere in 2012, she had failed to secure her partys presidential nomination after casually referring to one of her staffers as a retard at a fundraiser. Such a defeat would end a lesser woman, but wood-chopping campaign commercial. If The West Wing often felt like a homily from an out-of-touch pastor, Veep is the …

Demi Lovato and Jameela Jamil tag team a take down of a body-shaming headline because size does not matter.

Demi Lovato was body-shamed last week by a publication that called attention to her “fuller figure.” They had no idea who they were messing with. “Demi Lovato Appears To Have A Fuller Figure After Working Up A Sweat In LA,” read The Inquisitir’s incredibly inappropriate and insensitive headline. Being the body image queen that she is, Lovato, who has struggled with an eating disorder throughout her life, didn’t let the incident go unnoticed. “I AM MORE THAN MY WEIGHT,” she wrote in all caps in an Instagram story. All photos via Demi Lovato/Instagram But she didn’t stop there. “Unlike in the past, I’m not triggered, I’m not upset that someone wrote a headline about my ‘fuller figure.’ I’m angry that …

Black Panther‘s Shuri Is Getting a Show. Sorta

Hello, and welcome once again to The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of all things pop culture. What's happening this Monday? Well, Dumbo had a kinda OK weekend at the box office. Also, Marvel has some new animated offerings on the way, and there's another weird comedy coming from Netflix. It's April Fool's Day, but none of these stories are jokes. Promise. Shuri Gets a Show—Sorta Over the weekend at the fan convention WonderCon, Marvel announced a handful of new chapters in its Marvel Rising animated series. Among them: Marvel Rising: Operation Shuri. The 22-minute special, which will stream on Marvel HQ, features the Princess of Wakanda learning how to be an average teenager from some of the Secret Warriors (Ms. Marvel, …

How to watch ‘Jesus: His Life’ for free

You may think you know everything about Jesus, but a new four-week-long series wants you to consider some alternative perspectives.  In eight chapters, Jesus: His Life explores the Christian figure through the lens of Mary Mother of Jesus, Joseph, John the Baptist, Judas Iscariot, Mary Magdalene, Caiaphas, Pontius Pilate, and Peter and by the world’s most respected Biblical scholars, faith leaders, historians, and theologians. It shares views across the ideological spectrum to offer as much context as possible. His Life seeks to shed light on Jesus and the turbulent era in history that he lived in and eventually defined. Here’s everything you need to know to watch Jesus: His Life online for free. History Channel Jesus: His Life cast Below are the …

Japanese Illustrator Imagines A World Where Humans Live Among Giant Animals (30 Pics)

It seems the artist likes to indulge himself with illustrations that depict soft and cuddly animals – pandas, rabbits, dogs and the like – although, it’s pretty evident that the cats are the apples of the artist’s eye. The atmosphere in the pictures is almost always etherial and peaceful, complete with story-telling elements in their compositions. Many of the illustrations are marked with soft sunshine filtering through various objects, including leaves and windows. #2 A world where you can surrender yourself to sleep on a giant ball of fur is a world where you wouldn’t be able to get any work done. A perfect world. Fun fact: did you know that in traditional Japanese architecture, a door, window or room …

Joe Biden just revealed his biggest 2020 weakness

(CNN)On Tuesday in New York, Joe Biden talked openly about the regret and frustration he feels for the way in which the 1991 Supreme Court confirmation of Clarence Thomas — which the then Delaware senator oversaw as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee — played out. “We knew a lot less about the extent of harassment back then, over 30 years ago. She paid a terrible price, she was abused for the hearing. She was taken advantage of. Her reputation was attacked. I wish I could have done something. To this day I regret I couldn’t come up with a way to get her the kind of hearing she deserved, given the courage she showed by reaching out to us.”

Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ revival is as brilliant as you hoped

This review is spoiler-free. It’s not a huge surprise that Jordan Peeles Twilight Zone revival is astoundingly good. This is the man who brought usGet Out(and its wholly unique follow-up), after all. He didn’t write or direct this anthology, so there was potentially some room for disaster, but as the host and creator, he evidently has good taste in collaborators. Two of the show’s early episodes put a sharp, contemporary spin on an old favorite, sending a promising message for the rest of the season. The Twilight Zone RELEASE DATE: 4/1/2019 DIRECTOR: Alvin Ganzer, Gus Trikonis STREAMING: CBS All Access Jordan Peeles ‘Twilight Zone’ revival puts a contemporary spin on an old classic. The originalTwilight Zone format is familiar, even …

Shane Warne ‘expecting huge things’ as Australian ball-tampering bans come to an end

(CNN)It was the scandal that damaged a proud cricketing nation. A year on, though, from the bans, the resignations and the outrage, Steve Smith and David Warner are back. Follow @cnnsport The good news, however, is that when they do eventually return, Australian cricketing great Shane Warne expects both men to “be on fire.” “They love the game,” Warne told CNN. “To have that taken away from them for a year is pretty tough. I expect some huge things from them this year. I think with the year off, it will have freshened their minds up, they will be fit, raring to go.” In a sense, neither Warner nor Smith have truly disappeared from the cricketing landscape; they have both …

Jussie Smollett, who fooled the media and faced the backlash, beats the system

But what happened in Chicago was an absolute travesty of justice. Axios is calling it “one of the biggest non-Trump stories of 2019.” But like so much else in our culture, it is very much a Trump story. It was no minor detail that the “Empire” actor claimed he was beaten up on the street by two thugs proclaiming the neighborhood “MAGA country.” That, along with their supposed noose, was central to depicting the incident as an anti-black, anti-gay hate crime perpetrated by Trump zealots. And it was all a lie, of course. But now Smollett will never be prosecuted. He will never be held to account for how he traumatized his city and betrayed his supporters. READ THE CHICAGO …

Jussie Smollett, who fooled the media and faced the backlash, beats the system

But what happened in Chicago was an absolute travesty of justice. Axios is calling it “one of the biggest non-Trump stories of 2019.” But like so much else in our culture, it is very much a Trump story. It was no minor detail that the “Empire” actor claimed he was beaten up on the street by two thugs proclaiming the neighborhood “MAGA country.” That, along with their supposed noose, was central to depicting the incident as an anti-black, anti-gay hate crime perpetrated by Trump zealots. And it was all a lie, of course. But now Smollett will never be prosecuted. He will never be held to account for how he traumatized his city and betrayed his supporters. READ THE CHICAGO …

Big university gender pay gap revealed

This is the second year that both public and private sector companies have been required to report their gender pay gap figures. Want to find out the gender pay gap where you work? Try the calculator below. How big is the pay gap at…? Type in a company name below …for every £10 the average man earns… …the average woman takes home [[PercOfMen]] Number of companies by pay gap >50 25 0% 25 >50 If you cannot see the calculator, please click here The public sector employs 5.3 million people, representing about one-sixth of the UK workforce. Many universities also report a high bonus gender gap – the difference between what men and women are paid in bonuses. The University …

TV GP ‘prescribes’ fortnight Fortnite ban

His message has been retweeted more than 350 times and liked by more than 3,000 people, with many commenting that they would like a similar prescription for their child. Skip Twitter post by @DrAmirKhanGP The best prescription I gave today was to an 11yr old lad “No Minecraft or Fortnight for two weeks, doctors orders!” Addictive computer games impacting his life I even wrote it on a prescription pad and signed it! Good luck to the pharmacist who gets that!😂#ThursdayThoughts — Dr Amir Khan GP (@DrAmirKhanGP) March 28, 2019 Los Angeles-based Mr Adair set up Game Quitters after battling an addiction to gaming that saw him playing up to 16 hours a day. He said gaming addiction “can be devastating” …

Cantina Talk: Here’s What Episode IX Looks Like. Maybe

As all things Star Wars begin to go quiet ahead of this month's big Star Wars Celebration convention—more on that later—it's been a strange couple of weeks when it comes to news from the galaxy far, far away. But that doesn't mean things have been entirely silent when it comes to the warriors beyond the stars. Here's what's been going on on this side of the Outer Rim. This Is What Episode IX Looks Like (Maybe) Source: An online leak of what might be a promotional image for the movie. Credibility: While the method of release is kind of unconventional, this looks pretty legit. Real Talk: What might be the mother lode of Episode IX spoilers leaked online last week …

Bookmakers pull new games after criticism

The Betfred game involved two cyclists on a screen in shops racing on a velodrome track with numbers on it. When the cyclist at the rear catches the one in front, the number they are on is the winning number. The numbers are 1 to 36, mirroring those on a roulette wheel, and other bets can be placed on odd or even numbers, colours, rows and columns. Customers could bet up to £500. Paddy Power’s game, with a maximum stake of £100 – the level before this week’s FOBT rule-change – also involved betting on numbers between 1 and 36. Act responsibly Ahead of the commission’s intervention, both firms drew fire from critics. Shadow culture minister Tom Watson described them …

Connie Constance: ‘British blood ain’t all the same’

“We’re all from these different cultures now really,” she explains, “but there are so many things that we’re so in line with, no matter where you are from, or whether you are left or right. “So that’s kind of my tune that represents how I’m feeling and how a lot of people I think are feeling about what’s going on with the Brexit thing,” adds Connie, in the type of plain-speak that has arguably been missing over at Whitehall. Report End of Youtube post by ConnieConstanceVEVO Image Copyright ConnieConstanceVEVO ConnieConstanceVEVO Report End of Youtube post 2 by ConnieConstanceVEVO Image Copyright ConnieConstanceVEVO ConnieConstanceVEVO Image copyright Getty Images & Sohpie Jones Image caption Watford’s finest: Sir Elton John, Connie and Anthony ‘AJ’ …

This TV Sitcom Broke New Ground By Portraying A Same-Sex Wedding In 1991

Fox sitcom “Roc” The series, which aired from 1991 to 1994, starred Charles Dutton as Charles “Roc” Emerson, a Baltimore garbage collector and family man, and Ella Joyce as his wife Eleanor, a nurse. Can’t Help Loving That Man” introduced audiences to Roc’s gay uncle Russell (played by Richard Roundtree), who surprised his family members when he revealed plans to tie the knot with his male partner, Chris (Stephen Poletti). In network television first, the 1991 episode concluded with the mixed-race couple’s wedding ― which, since same-sex marriage was still years away from being legal in any U.S. state, amounted to a symbolic commitment ceremony. Culture Cruise” video series, Seattle-based writer As Baume points out, the episode set itself apart from earlier portrayals of …