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Game of Thrones cast addresses season 8 backlash: ‘Don’t call people names’ – CNET

July 19th, 2019

The cast of Game of Thrones at SDCC.

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When Game of Thrones ended its eighth season in May, not everyone was happy with how things turned out. In fact, internet unrest even manifest itself in a petition to redo the entire final season. At San Diego Comic-Con on Friday members of the cast talked about the backlash during a panel in Hall H.

“It’s going to piss you off no matter what because it’s the end,” said Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played Jaime Lannister. He also noted that over the course of the show, plenty of other events made fans swear off the show, from Ned Stark’s fate to the Red Wedding.

Along those lines, Conleth Hill, who played Varys, said he didn’t think the backlash was as drastic as what it seemed.

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Other panelists included John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) and Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark).

The Game of Thrones panel comes just a few days after the show garnered 32 Emmy nominations, including nods for best drama series, best lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor and supporting actress.

Overall, Coster-Waldau said however fans felt was fine.

“At the end of the day, it’s absolutely fine — if you hated the ending, if you loved it, that’s great,” he said. “Just don’t call people names.”

Originally published July 19, 6:33 p.m. PT. 


‘Rick And Morty’ Teases Fourth Season With “Ominous Beeping Noise” Clip – Deadline

July 19th, 2019

The first look at Season 4 of Rick and Morty came out. Far out, as fans of the strange series have discovered.

“Ominous Beeping Sound” was unveiled today at Comic-Con, spotlighting the efforts of an alien to thwart efforts to get to the mothership. Spoiler alert: He almost succeeds.

The animated science fiction sitcom was created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim segment. It follows mad scientist Rick and grandson Morty on a series of madcap adventures through time and space. Different versions of the characters inhabit other dimensions and exhibit different characteristics from the main reality. Roiland voices most of the characters.

The fourth season is scheduled to premiere in November 2019 and will consist of ten episodes. Watch the teaser below:

*Ominous beeping noise* FIRST LOOK AT RICK AND MORTY SEASON 4 *Ominous beeping noise* @adultswim


Legionnaires’ Update: Sheraton Atlanta closed through mid-August – Atlanta Journal Constitution

July 19th, 2019

The Sheraton Atlanta will remain closed at least until mid-August, hotel officials said Friday, as health officials continued their tests to to determine the source of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.

In an emailed statement, hotel General Manager Ken Peduzzi said the Sheraton has hired environmental consultants to test the water in the pool, hot tub, water fountain, chillers and other areas.

“At this time, it remains unknown if the source of the exposure is located within the hotel,” Peduzzi said in the statement.

Earlier this week, the state health department said that six guests at the hotel had been sickened with Legionnaires’ disease. No new cases have been reported since. There are also no reported deaths related to this outbreak, according to the Georgia Public Department of Health.

The hotel shut down voluntarily as tests are done to determine if Legionella bacteria is present. The bacteria is found naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, the agency says, it can become a health concern when it grows and multiplies in human-made building water systems.

The consultants hired by the hotel are working with epidemiologists and environmental health staff from the state health department and Fulton County Board of Health.

The hotel will be closed until at least Aug. 11 and may remain closed for several weeks longer, depending on the test results and whether remediation is necessary.



One major event coming up is Dragon Con, which starts in late August. The hotel was one of five host hotels for the event.

Dragon Con spokesman Greg Euston said while organizers hope the Sheraton Atlanta will reopen in time for the event, they are working on a contingency plan.

Peduzzi said his staff is reaching out to guests with upcoming reservations to help them find other accommodations. Those affected also can call Marriott, the parent company of Sheraton, at 1-888-236-2427 and a reservationist can help re-book. Guests whose reservations are canceled will receive a full refund, he said.

The Sheraton also is working to help employees find temporary jobs during the hotel closure, Peduzzi said.

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Most people who become ill from the disease have breathed in mist or steam infected with Legionella and the bacterium makes its way into the lungs. Legionnaires’ isn’t spread from person-to-person contact.

The number of Legionnaires’ cases are on the rise. Nearly 7,500 people in the United States contracted the disease in 2017, increasing by more than five-fold since 2000 when the total cases that year was about 1,100, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is believed the actual number in 2017 is far higher because many people get sick and never get care or tested, according to the CDC.

A variety of factors may be contributing to the increase, according to the CDC. More awareness of the disease could mean more reporting. But there’s also improved testing and an aging population is more susceptible. Another factor could be more Legionella in the environment.

In Georgia, there have been close to 90 confirmed cases this year, according to the state Department of Public Health. Last year, there were 180 confirmed cases and nine suspected cases in the state. That’s up from 41 in 2008.

Since Legionnaires’ is not a communicable disease, it is often not seen “as big of a traditional health threat” as other diseases like measles, said Allison Chamberlain, an Emory University infectious disease epidemiologist who has researched Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks.

“It’s the sort of the thing we might not think will happen because we have such trust in our water supply, but this particular pathogen can flourish in what we think of as safe water,” she said.

While Chamberlain encourages greater awareness about the disease, she said there’s no need for people to take drastic action.

“You have to live your life, and you can’t stop traveling,” said Chamberlain. “But I like to tell people to be aware of what Legionnaires’ is. And if you have concerns, and have traveled recently, and if you have symptoms that might align with pneumonia, perhaps you should get tested, especially if you have risk factors for complications.”

About one in 10 people who come down with Legionnaires’ disease die due to complications from the illness, the CDC said. Those who get the sickest and face complications tend to be over 50, have medical conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or diabetes or have a history of smoking.

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Corbella: Even with a photo, names and numbers, police fail to question six of Kumar’s attackers – Calgary Herald

July 19th, 2019

Calgary Radio host Kumar Sharma speaks to reporters in the courthouse on Friday, July 19, 2019. Brendan Miller / Postmedia

Something is amiss with the Calgary Police Service.

That is the only conclusion that can reasonably be made by Kumar Sharma, his family and those who know the facts of his disturbing case.

Sharma, a high-profile broadcaster in Calgary’s South Asian community, was left badly bruised and emotionally traumatized after he was viciously attacked by seven men 11 months ago to the day — on Aug. 19, 2018

On Friday, the 56-year-old host of Radio Akashwani on 94.7 FM read his victim impact statement of the attack before provincial court Judge Peter Barley and one of his attackers, Harwinder Guraya, 37, who pleaded guilty to assault.

“I am suffering from regular nightmares,” Sharma told the court. “My lower back still hurts. I get headaches. I have difficulty walking sometimes because my left thigh and right ankle hurt,” he said of the assault that was captured in a disturbing and dramatic photo that was given to news media last year by Conservative MP Deepak Obrahai.

In the photo, Guraya can be seen holding Sharma’s right ankle as he struggles on the ground and is kicked in the face by one of six other men surrounding him.

A practicing Hindu, Sharma said during the attack a spiritual necklace that he never took off since the early 1990s was torn off of him as well as a gold chain. The necklace was thrown away like it was a piece of trash but was recovered, though he never found the valuable gold chain and his sunglasses were broken as well.

Much more serious, however, is the emotional and spiritual trauma he, his wife, Usha, and their three sons continue to experience, simply because those men didn’t like the opinions Sharma shares weekly on his popular radio show and that he expresses on Facebook and other social media platforms.

“Apart from physical and emotional impact, my role as a journalist has been strongly impacted and in turn I am so afraid to speak freely because I feel that these offenders think they are above the law and they are still not charged and may not be charged, as the police have not been able to identify them yet and they can use violence to silence the journalist in me, in this free and law-abiding Canadian society.”

What’s odd about the emails Sharma has received from the main investigating police officer in his case is that even after he provided her not just with the names of each of the men in the photograph, but their phone numbers as well, she still has not interviewed the main suspects in this crime.

Journalist Kumar Sharma appears to be swarmed by men allegedly tied to the provincial nomination race in Calgary Falconridge. Calgary police confirm they are investigating an incident on Aug. 19 during an outdoor Punjabi concert.

Supplied by Deepak Obhrai

In one of those emails, shared by Sharma with Postmedia, Const. Haley Tutty wrote: “as I previously stated in another email, I can’t force witnesses to give information if they’re unwilling to provide.

“The witnesses you provided wouldn’t identify the individuals aside from the one offender that was identified and charged.”

So, even with a very clear photograph, information obtained by Sharma as to the identities of each of the men in the photo and after obtaining their phone numbers, employers’ names and work addresses, the Calgary Police Service has, according to emails sent to Sharma, never even questioned the men visible in the photograph.

“Just imagine,” said Sharma, “if that photo didn’t exist? Would we be in court today? Would there be even this small sliver of justice? I doubt it.

“The officer says she can’t force witnesses to give information, but what about the perpetrators? They haven’t even been questioned.”

Sharma’s oldest son, Sunny, 29, said the police should pay a visit to each man in the photo and just ask them, “Is this you?”

It’s certainly better than the alternative, which, to this point has been to do nothing and to allow vigilante assaults against a journalist — one of the estates of any democracy — to triumph.

In the hours prior to the assault, Sharma says, he had been warned by several people, including prominent local politicians, that he was in danger because of comments he had made about the fierce battle to win the nomination in Calgary-Falconridge for the United Conservative Party. He was threatened backstage prior to a large outdoor concert he attended along with about 30,000 other people in the Skyview area of northeast Calgary.

Sharma sat in the front row with Obrahai (who had to leave early) and later asked other friends to walk him to his car, which was parked in a gravel laneway.

I very easily could have been killed.

Kumar Sharma

Crown prosecutor Samina Dhalla read the accepted facts of the case into the court record, as agreed to by Guraya’s defence attorney Derek Jugnauth.

The Crown is seeking a suspended sentence with 15 to 18 months of probation that would give Guraya a criminal record. Guraya’s lawyer, however, is pushing for a conditional discharge that would prevent Guraya from having a criminal record, because his client works as a long-haul trucker and sometimes has to travel into the United States, something that would not be allowed if he got a criminal record.

However, Dhalla pointed out that Guraya had previously been granted a discharge in 2017 on a fraud charge. He was given the chance to be of good character and reform his life then, and that clearly didn’t work.

Sharma is disappointed that Guraya won’t be spending any time behind bars.

Calgary Radio host Kumar Sharma speaks to reporters in the courthouse on Friday, July 19, 2019.

Brendan Miller / Postmedia

“I very easily could have been killed,” said Sharma following the court proceedings. “When you get kicked in the head, that’s a real possibility.”

An attack on a journalist, said Barley, would be an aggravating factor, but Jugnauth says his client denied that he attacked Sharma because he’s a journalist but because of a Facebook post Sharma reposted. The court should not believe the accused.

“I reject that completely,” said Sharma. “Before this incident, I didn’t know these people who attacked me. I was attacked because they wanted to silence a journalist who was commenting on the Falconridge nomination race for the UCP.”

Sharma, whose main job is running an insurance business with his son, Sunny, says he is always looking over his shoulder, is living in fear, suffers from nightmares and has troubles concentrating and forming words — sometimes even when he is on the air during his live broadcast, that airs every Saturday night.

“I have lost faith in the police and in the system right now,” he said. “I hope the remaining six men face justice. Judging from the interest the police have shown, I don’t hold out much hope.”

Licia Corbella is a Postmedia opinion columnist.

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July 19th, 2019

Meghan McCain reveals she had a miscarriage in emotional op-ed – Yahoo Entertainment

July 19th, 2019
Meghan McCain hosts "The View" on ABC. (Photo: Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) Meghan McCain hosts "The View" on ABC. (Photo: Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
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“I look back at those pictures now, and I see a woman hiding her shock and sorrow. I am posed for the camera, looking stern and strong, representing my fellow conservative women across the country,” McCain, 34, wrote. “But inside, I am dying. Inside, my baby is dying.”

This would have been the first child for McCain, who’s married to political writer Ben Domenech.

McCain noted that she missed a few days of work, which was “enough to spark gossip.” She’s now moved past wanting to hide her feelings and speaking out so other women going through the same situation know that they aren’t alone.

“My miscarriage was a horrendous experience and I would not wish it upon anyone,” she wrote, noting that miscarriages are “distressingly common.”

“I blamed myself. Perhaps it was wrong of me to choose to be a professional woman, working in a high-pressure, high-visibility, high-stress field, still bearing the burden of the recent loss of my father and facing on top of that the arrows that come with public life,” wrote McCain, whose father is late Sen. John McCain. “This is not a complaint. This is reality. I blamed my age, I blamed my personality. I blamed everything and anything a person could think of, and what followed was a deep opening of shame.”

Eventually, she concluded, by examining the story of Job in the Bible, that it wasn’t her fault. She realized that while she can’t control everything, she can control how much she loves. She said her baby will always have her love.

“When my father passed, I took refuge in the hope that someday we would be united in the hereafter,” McCain said. “I still imagine that moment, even as I trust that a loving God will see it happen. Now I imagine it a bit differently. There is my father — and he is holding his granddaughter in his hands.”

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Game of Thrones Stars Didn’t Hold Back From Addressing Season 8 Hate at Comic-Con 2019 – E! Online

July 19th, 2019
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead, Game of Thrones, Comic-Con 2019

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Consider the Game of Thrones cast perfectly unbothered by all of the criticism surrounding the eighth and final season. 

In what marked their final appearance at Comic-Con, several stars from the HBO series gathered Friday to reminisce on all that’s transpired in the years they spent captivating the pop culture world.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) and Conleth Hill (Varys) all participated in the hotly-anticipated panel, which delved into the swift backlash felt following GoT‘s series finale. 

According to Variety, Hill joked about starting the petition signed by fans demanding HBO remake Season 8, before adding, “We’re very grateful for your fandom over the years and I think this is the reality rather than a media-led hate campaign.”

Coster-Waldau added, “If it comes to an end, it’s gonna piss you off no matter what because it’s the end. If you hated the ending, if you loved the ending, that’s great, just don’t call people names.”

The actor also defended his character’s demise, telling those in attendance, “I thought it was perfect for him to end in the arms of Cersei. It made sense to me, that’s just my opinion.”

After addressing the critics, the cast riffed on their most cherished memories from filming, what they’ll miss most about GoT and where they think their characters ended up after all was said and done in Westeros. 

“I’m sure she’s having a wonderful time,” Maisie quipped of Arya. “She’s like Dora the explorer with her new bob.”

Added Isaac, “To all intent and purposes, Westeros is now a surveillance state with Bran being aware of all that people are doing.” 

Earlier this week, it was announced that Game of Thrones swept the 2019 Emmy nominations with a record-breaking 32 nods. 

Continue checking back to E! News for more around-the-clock coverage of Comic-Con!


Netflix’s Witcher Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich Says They Won’t Adapt The Games – GameSpot

July 19th, 2019

Netflix’s Witcher show has become one of our most anticipated series of 2019, and with good reason. The Witcher universe is rich with characters, stories, and lore, whether from the original books by Andrzej Sapkowski, or the popular games that followed later.

During The Witcher’s lively Comic-Con panel, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich took the stage with actors Henry Cavill (Geralt), Freya Allan (Ciri), and Anya Chalotra (Yennefer) to debut the new trailer and some exclusive footage, which raised our expectations even higher. After the panel, we got the chance to chat with Hissrich, and her answer to our biggest question surprised us.

At the panel, Hissrich revealed that “The Last Wish”–a collection of short stories that’s considered the first book in the series–was her entry into the Witcher universe, and the book she loves the most. In a group interview later, she elaborated, explaining that much of The Witcher’s first season on Netflix is based on The Last Wish.

“The Last Wish was the first book I read, so–you know how, with anything, the first time you experience a world, you fall in love with it in a totally different way. I love all of the books, but that was really my entrance into the world. So yeah, I drew a lot from it,” the showrunner said. “It really is [the] worldbuilding in The Last Wish that I found to be the most important thing.”

“When I first started talking to Netflix about the show, I think everyone assumed that we would start with the saga [the books that make up the main Witcher story], because that’s sort of the most serialized storytelling and would lend itself to bingeing,” she continued. “And I said, ‘You can’t do that without setting up the world first.’ I guess that was a big challenge, too, was where to begin.”

The next logical question, of course, was whether the Netflix show will draw from CD Projekt’s acclaimed and beloved video games as well. The answer? Nope–even if Netflix’s Witcher show goes on so long that it runs out of book material to adapt, Hissrich said, she wouldn’t move on to adapt the games, which, in the absence of any new books in years, have acted as sequels.

“Extreme long vision, no, we will not start adapting the games,” Hissrich explained. “I can only adapt one season at a time, and I’m so excited for this one, and the rest kind of makes my mind explode right now. If someone said to me, ‘What happens in Season 7?’ Like, sure, I have thoughts, you know–fingers crossed we get there.”

She elaborated slightly on that position in an answer to a separate question, saying she thinks game fans will like the show regardless of which source material it draws from.

“I’ve played the games, but really our stories are coming from the books,” the showrunner said. “I think there’s a lot of concern, will the television show be for game fans as well? And I absolutely think so. I mean, if you think about how adaptations work, the games are adaptations of the same source material that we’re using. If you come to the games and love the characters and love the kinds of stories that you find there, I think you’re going to love the show too.”

Based on the footage that we saw at Comic-Con today, and the trailer released online, we think she might be right. The Witcher will arrive on Netflix sometime in 2019.


They showered in contact lenses, then lost vision – WREG NewsChannel 3

July 19th, 2019

The woman’s eye, which appears green because of a dye used to detect cornea damage. (New England Journal of Medicine)

A scary reminder to wearers of contacts to take them out before showering or swimming.

Two UK patients were left legally blind in one eye after contracting a rare parasitic eye infection linked to water, reports Live Science. A 41-year-old woman described two months of pain, blurry vision, and light sensitivity in her left eye before doctors found a defect in her cornea, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The woman was ultimately diagnosed with Acanthamoeba keratitis, a parasitic infection “most common in people who wear contact lenses,” according to the CDC. It describes risk factors including improper handling and “swimming, using a hot tub, or showering while wearing lenses.”

The woman eventually received a partial cornea transplant, which slightly improved her vision.

Nick Humphrey is awaiting the same procedure on his right eye. “If I get my sight back I’ll never wear contacts again,” the 29-year-old says, per Fox News. He contracted Acanthamoeba keratitis in 2018 after regularly showering with contact lenses.

“I’d wake up, pop my lenses in, and head to the gym before work, then I’d jump in the shower before heading to the office,” he says.

He’s working with charity Fight for Sight to warn others that this “can happen because of something as simple as getting in the shower.” (More about the risks here.)

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‘Game of Thrones’ Goes on a Victory Lap—and an Apology Tour – WIRED

July 19th, 2019

Hey. So, um, remember the end of Game of Thrones? If you were a fan of the show, you probably do. And there’s a good chance it still stings. Daenerys Targaryen turned into a totalitarian dictator (if that can, indeed, be a thing). Then she died. Then Bran Stark—of all people!—was picked to rule Westeros. His sister Sansa became Queen in the North. And those are just the major plot points, the top of the crap-heap. It was, well, not beloved.

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And the people who made that final season know it. To be clear, they don’t entirely agree with the criticisms of the HBO show, they just know there was some blowback. A murderer’s row of fan favorites from Game of Thrones—Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Jacob Anderson (Greyworm), Liam Cunningham (Davos), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister)—showed up at Comic-Con International to both take a victory lap and go on a quick apology tour. (Showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, who were originally slated to appear, canceled two days ago.)

“I don’t regret starting the petition,” Hill joked when asked if he had any regrets over comments he made about his own disappointments, referencing the online petition to remake the show’s eighth season. But, he added, “for the record I loved all my 10 years on Game of Thrones.” Coster-Waldau went further, saying, “You look at the amount of people who are here, and we’re here to thank you for watching us for all those years … I think this is the reality [of how much people enjoyed the show], rather than media-led hate.” People cheered.

Reiterating that people did like Game of Thrones and thanking the fans were common themes during the hour-long panel. But what was also evident was that the show left many unanswered questions. Some discrepancies were acknowledged and laughed off—the cast all had coffee cups left at their seats—while others, like the choice to have Jamie Lannister die with his twin Cersei, were met with at least one boo. “Every season we had huge controversies,” Coster-Waldau acknowledged. “This show has brought so many people together, watching it, loving it. It’s going to piss you off no matter what, because it’s the end.”

Well, sure. But certainly there were things fans wanted to know, or grievances they wanted to air. (In what might have been the best cosplay of the whole con, one person in attendance came dressed as the Night King, complete with a dagger in his gut that said “Star Wars”—presumably a nod to the fact that Arya Stark killed that Darth Maul-looking-dude in a way not all that different from the move Rey used in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.) Yet folks in attendance—and the panelists themselves—will never get to know if the fans loved them in the end or had axes to grind: The cast didn’t take questions. The moderator, James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly, blamed the lack of an audience Q&A on the panel running long. The cast waved for photos and walked off the stage. That was that.

It’s a shame. Before it began, the panel was billed as a farewell from the show to its fans. It was a one-sided way to say good-bye. Maybe one day the stars of Game of Thrones will answer fan questions about the end of their beloved series. Not today.

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