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The ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Extended Cut Is a Cash Grab That Manages to Add Fun Context – IndieWire

October 25th, 2019

Considering that he’s a cinematic purist who enjoys final cut no matter the budget, it’s tempting to assume that Quentin Tarantino wouldn’t be a fan of augmenting his films after they come out; he seems like the kind of guy who’d think the picture is the picture, and that each frame goes directly into the canon once it’s beamed out of the projection booth. But as Tarantino fans well know by now, that has never really been the case with him.

“Kill Bill” was katana-sliced in half, precipitating an ongoing debate as to whether or not it’s one film or two. “Death Proof” was presented both as the second part of “Grindhouse,” and also as a self-contained experience (where it was somehow much easier to appreciate). “Inglourious Basterds” was cut down after Cannes, making it easy to dismiss the film’s big premiere as a glorified test screening, but Tarantino — in the most unexpected move of them all — later went back into the editing room years after the theatrical release of “The Hateful Eight” in order to pad the epic Western into a Netflix miniseries. His decision to collaborate with the streaming giant remains one of film history’s biggest recent plot twists, even after the idea has been floated that he might do it again with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (which, it’s worth noting, was first conceived as a novel).

While it remains to be seen how Tarantino might use Netflix to flesh out his dreamscape vision of 1969 Los Angeles, he couldn’t even wait for it to leave theaters before he went back and gave it a fresh polish. This weekend sees the “extended cut” of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” debuting on 1,000 screens across the country, and while nothing about this new edition has any effect on the adventures of fading Western star Rick Dalton, his longtime stuntman Cliff Booth, or “The Wrecking Crew” star Sharon Tate, this cut provides some fun additional context for the world around them. It’s nothing that significantly adds to the experience or can’t wait to be watched on the Blu-ray, but the bonus footage that now bookends the film is a swell incentive for anyone looking for an excuse to revisit one of the year’s best films on the big screen.

Here’s a quick overview of what the extended cut has to offer — if you want to enjoy the surprises for yourself, set your expectations to their mildest level and stop reading here.

The most important thing to note about the new footage is that none of it is actually in the film itself. The extended cut opens with two commercials that have been made to look like they might have aired on TV in 1969; each of the ads comes before the Sony logo that kicks off the film, and each of the ads is isolated by its own ultra-modern copyright slide (Tarantino must have shot this stuff, but you get the distinct impression that he didn’t personally supervise this amiable cash-grab). The first is for Red Apple cigarettes, a cute nod to the fictional brand that pops up throughout Tarantino’s body of work. Two square-looking actors stare into the camera, one after the other, as a narrator asks them if they “want to take a bite of a red apple.” The third person up is a young black woman with an afro, and she responds to the question by whipping out a cigarette and lighting it up with a smile.

Then comes a moment that some people have been waiting for since they didn’t get to see it in theaters this summer: James Marsden appears as a young Burt Reynolds during his TV cowboy days (it’s easier to appreciate than it is to believe), and lights up a Red Apple on the set of one thing or another. It’s a nice tip of the cap to the late actor, as Reynolds starred in Sergio Corbucci’s “Navajo Joe,” which paved the way for Rick Dalton to make a career comeback with the spaghetti western “Nebraska Jim.” Who knows, maybe Rick is one “Deliverance” away from getting to hate Paul Thomas Anderson one day?

The next ad is for Old Chattanooga beer, and it’s just spectacularly uneventful. Still, even that second TV spot helps set the tone for the film to come, as it attunes you to appreciate how “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is wallpapered in commercials from start to finish. Not only does Tarantino weave a rich tapestry of period-appropriate radio ads into the film’s soundscape, but Sharon catches a few trailers before her screening, the Manson girls are constantly framed against bus stop ads that contrast them against the mainstream, and the neon signs that light up half of Hollywood are given their own romantic montage as things shift into gear for the grand finale. It’s the full evolution of an idea that Tarantino has been kicking around since at least “Reservoir Dogs.” He’s always used ads as the texture of American time, but here they’re also tinged with nostalgia and endowed with the bittersweet promise of a better life — they represent the faded beauty of Rick’s world, and the unfulfilled promise of his dreams. L.A. is a town built on aspiration, even (or especially) when it makes you feel like everyone else has already gotten what they wanted.

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The other batch of new footage comes after the credits, Marvel-style. The first and most exciting bit is an extended look at the pilot of “Lancer,” another TV western in which Rick memorably played the villain. In this long and very silly little bonus, we see the Lancer brothers (Timothy Olyphant and the late, great Luke Perry) arrive in town on a stagecoach, the latter dressed in an incredible light blue suit and top hat. There’s a lot of cheesy banter between them, as it seems they’ve just learned that they’re related. Little Mirabella Lancer (Julia Butters as Trudi Fraser) is, of course, the smartest one in the family, and she has some fun laughing at her new siblings before leading them off for a meeting with dad. It ends with flamboyant director Sam Wanamaker (Nicholas Hammond) calling cut as he rides a crane into the shot and praises Trudi for a perfect take, effectively returning the compliment she pays to Rick in the film. It feels like Tarantino messing around with an entire shooting day worth of Sony’s money, and leaves this “extended cut” gamble feeling like the studio’s way of trying to get it back.

Finally, the presentation ends with some footage that patrons of Tarantino’s New Beverly theater got to see over the summer. We’re treated to a longer version of the “Bounty Law” clip from the beginning of the film, as Michael Madsen’s Sheriff Hackett exchanges some flinty dialogue with our hero Jake Cahill. When that’s over, Jake rides his horse across town as we learn that this week’s episode of “Bounty Law” was brought to us by Red Apple and Twinkies.

Is that enough to justify another trip to the multiplex? On its own, probably not — if that’s all you’re in for, you might as well wait for home video or whatever Tarantino decides to cook up on Netflix. But the bevy of commercials that now bookend “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” help blur the line between reality and dreams even more than before, cementing the golden age of Hollywood (and Tarantino’s take on it) as a place that ultimately belongs to both and neither all at once.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: The Extended Cut” is now playing in theaters.

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Rare ‘Star Wars’ Boba Fett action figure set to top auction records – CANOE

October 25th, 2019

A rare action figure of Star Wars character Boba Fett is expected to make franchise history by fetching the highest bid ever at auction.

The 1979 figurine currently has an entry bid of over $120,000 at Hake’s Auctions, and the toy is expected to sell to the highest bidder for between $200,000 to $500,000, breaking the previous $112,926 record set for a Star Wars statuette.

Less than 30 of the Boba Fett J-slot action figures are estimated to exist in the world and bidding will remain open until Nov. 7.

The Boba Fett bounty hunter persona first appeared in the Star Wars film franchise developed by George Lucas in 1980’s Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, and was also resurrected for Return of the Jedi.

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Who had the best celebrity Halloween costume of 2019? See what Demi Lovato, Liam Payne and others wore – Yahoo Entertainment

October 25th, 2019
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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="One of the many things that make Halloween&nbsp;fun is seeing the costumes that celebrities choose.” data-reactid=”22″>One of the many things that make Halloween fun is seeing the costumes that celebrities choose.

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Meanwhile, “The Good Place” actress Jameela Jamil got… creative with her costume. She opted to be a character she named Silly Eilish, a fictional sibling of 17-year-old pop star Billie Eilish and her actor/musician older brother, Finneas O’Connell.

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Which celeb do you think had the best costume? Cast your votes below, moving each photo up or down on the list, and be sure to check back, because we’ll add more throughout the spooky season.

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Los Angeles County health officials warn of possible measles exposure at CVS, Ralphs – KABC-TV

October 25th, 2019
Los Angeles County health officials have confirmed another local resident was diagnosed with measles.

Officials said the infected person visited a CVS pharmacy on Venice Boulevard and a Ralph’s on Pico Boulevard Saturday afternoon, potentially exposing others.

The report comes days after the health department reported a Disneyland visitor might have exposed others to measles earlier this month.

The CVS with potential exposure is located at 4707 Venice Blvd. and the Ralphs is at 4760 W Pico Blvd.

Anyone who was in those areas at that time may be at risk of developing measles, with symptoms appearing up to 21 days after the exposure.

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“For those who are not protected, measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that initially causes fever, cough, red, watery eyes, and, finally, a rash,” said Muntu Davis, a Los Angeles County health officer.

There have been 20 measles cases among Los Angeles County residents in 2019, in addition to 11 non-resident measles cases that traveled through Los Angeles County.

Health officials are reminding the public to check their immunization records and monitor themselves for symptoms. If any symptoms develop, such as a fever or unexplained rash, individuals should stay home and contact a health care provider immediately.

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Selena Gomez Reveals Why She ‘Hopes’ Justin Bieber Listens To ‘Lose You To Love Me’ — Watch – Hollywood Life

October 25th, 2019

Selena Gomez recently dropped a break-up anthem that certainly seems like it’s inspired by her lengthy on-again, off-again romance with Justin Bieber!

Selena Gomez, 27, wants Justin Bieber, 25, to hear her new music! “Yeah, I do [want him to listen],” she revealed in an interview on the Zach Sang Show on Oct. 25. “And here’s the whole point: being able to say something on your own, and being able to say something that actually is beautiful.” Selena recently dropped the dramatic ballad to “Lose You To Love Me” — which, unmistakably, makes reference to her lengthy on-again, off-again romance with Justin. In the song, she states “you replaced us in two months,” which fits with the timeline: Justin and Selena last broke things off in Mar. 2018, and he was already back with Hailey Baldwin, 22, in June.

“For me, my intentions are never evil. They just aren’t,” Selena continued. “I don’t even know how to do that. My intentions can be a bit snappy but I always want to come from a place that’s genuine, and when I feel like some things haven’t been said, then, I get to turn things into art.” Selena followed up the dramatic ballad with “Look At Her Now” — an empowering anthem that also makes reference to the Justin romance. In the lyrics, she says the relationship was “shiny until it wasn’t” but that she “knows she’ll find love again.” Overall, the theme of the song is that she “dodged a bullet,” re: being the one to marry Justin.

After Justin reunited with Hailey, things quickly escalated: the pair were engaged and then legally married by Sept. 2018! The move seemed like a rebound to some, but Justin and Hailey very much stayed together and had their official wedding ceremony in South Carolina just last month!

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“So naturally, for sure [I want him to listen],” Selena continued. “In general, the most important part is that the world got to hear it, and relate to it, and know that they aren’t alone because this feeling that everyone goes through in life is so real. And you just get destroyed. So, sure.”

Justin has yet to respond to the new music, but many believe Hailey did by posting a screenshot of Summer Walker‘s “I’ll Kill You” — but Hailey later denied that’s what she was doing.


Meghan King Edmonds and Jim Edmonds to Divorce After 5 Years of Marriage: Report – Bravo

October 25th, 2019

Meghan King Edmonds and her husband, Jim Edmonds, are reportedly divorcing after five years of marriage, multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly.

Jim reportedly filed for divorce on Friday, October 25, one day after the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary. 

The news also comes one day after Meghan exclusively told The Daily Dish that she and Jim had been working on their marriage following the former MLB player’s alleged cheating scandal over the summer. “We’re just still working it day by day. I think after such a breach of trust, it’s so hard to rebuild from there, especially [with] so many distractions, like our son’s health problems and two other little babies [daughter Aspen and Hart’s twin brother, Hayes], as well. And so to focus on the two of us as a couple, is really hard,” Meghan said. “Today’s actually our five-year [wedding] anniversary — and so we, he’s inside at Goodwill [and] we’re like, looking for Halloween costumes. And then we’re going to counseling. I think that’s almost a date for us because we have to talk about us; we have to communicate about things that don’t involve [other topics].”

Meghan and Jim, who wed in October 2014, faced a difficult time in their marriage when rumors swirled in June that Jim had been unfaithful when she was pregnant with the couple’s twin boys in March 2018. “Regrettably, I had a lapse in judgment. I engaged in an inappropriate conversation with this person,” Jim said in a statement to Us Weekly at the time. “At no time was there any type of relationship or physical contact. Absolutely none.”

In the wake of the cheating scandal, Meghan had been open about her decision to remain married to Jim, noting to The Daily Dish this week, “It’s so easy to just say ‘no,’ it’s harder to work through.” 

In fact, Meghan seemed optimistic that she and Jim could turn things around in their relationship. “I think people can change — and people screw up and people can change. I’m in no way taking responsibility from him or accountability — and if we were just dating, he would be long gone,” she said. “But we built a life together and there are so many lives that would be affected. I’m hurt right now and our life is massively affected, but if we were to split just because of his indiscretion then there’s multiple other people who are affected, as well. So I owe it to not only myself and the commitment I made to my marriage to work on it, but I owe it to my children.”

Meghan and Jim share have three children together: daughter Aspen, who turns 3 in November, and 1-year-old twin sons Hart and Hayes. Fans of The Real Housewives of Orange County followed their marriage during Seasons 10 through 12.


‘Dancing With the Stars’ pro Val Chmerkovskiy epically responds to Kanye’s diss lyric – USA TODAY

October 25th, 2019

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“Dancing With the Stars” pro dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy got quite the surprise when listening to Kanye West’s new album, “Jesus Is King.”

Chmerkovskiy — who has hoisted the “DWTS” mirrorball trophy two times — took to Instagram Friday hours after the album’s release to question a head-scratching lyric about the ABC dancing competition on West’s song, “On God.”

In the track, West raps: “That’s why I charge the prices that I charge / I can’t be out here ‘Dancing With the Stars’ / No, I cannot let my family starve / I go hard, that’s on God.”

In the video, a shirtless Chmerkovskiy raps along to West’s song up until the lyric. He then flashed a confused smirk, joking, “Yo, Kanye, keep talking that smack about Dancing With the Stars.”

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Chmerkovskiy epically called attention to Kim Kardashian West’s participation on Season 7 in 2008 with pro Mark Ballas, sharing multiple pictures of the rapper’s wife trying to keep up on the ballroom. (She was the third star eliminated, finishing in 11th place.)

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“Man, you’re going to catch this diss track. Put some rhinestones on,” Chmerkovskiy added, seemingly challenging West to participate on the reality series. 

The dancer playfully captioned the video, “That new Ye album got me in my feelings,” adding the hashtags #shotsfired and #beefstronganoff.

Kardashian West wasn’t the only member of her family to participate on “DWTS.” In 2011, her brother Rob Kardashian danced with pro Cheryl Burke on Season 13. He fared much better than his older sister, finishing in second place. 

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“DWTS” is currently in its 28th season. Chmerkovskiy was paired with Sailor Brinkley-Cook after her mother Christie Brinkley was injured during rehearsals.

The duo was eliminated from the competition Monday. 

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Chris Selley: Rethinking the shameless election, and how it was covered — damp squib and all – National Post

October 25th, 2019

One of the odder criticisms of the election campaign we all just endured is that it was unprecedently nasty.

Last week, Global News ran a story headlined “Conservatives running ‘one of the dirtiest, nastiest campaigns’ Trudeau alleges,” in which essentially the sole evidence — other than Justin Trudeau saying it over and over again — was Andrew Scheer’s prediction that a re-elected Trudeau government would tax capital gains on the sale of principal residences.

The Conservatives were shameless with this sort of prediction-stated-as-fact. But the Liberals spent much of the election campaign warning that Scheer would go after abortion rights despite him swearing he wouldn’t.

It’s exactly the same technique. When it comes to truth-telling, neither party has any high ground to stand on. And I think the media did a good job at this most basic role: Informing the public when they’re being BSed.

That’s about all the defence the dreary 2019 campaign deserves from anyone, though. And in their post-mortems, many groups need to consider the part they played in that — not least the media.

The “official” English-language debate, organized by a large consortium of media outlets, was an unwatchable mess. That’s partly the Liberal government’s fault for creating the Leaders’ Debates Commission, thus needlessly cementing the idea of “official debates” — and for setting rules that led to an unwieldy minimum of five leaders on stage. It’s partly the commission’s fault for choosing such an inside-the-box winning bid. One might even blame Ekos Research for foisting Maxime Bernier, leader of the (Not Very Many) People’s Party, on debate viewers: in polling commissioned by the commission, it found the PPC had an outside shot at winning in a few ridings — notably Etobicoke North, where it found 15 per cent were “certain” to vote PPC.

Three per cent voted PPC in Etobicoke-North. Yikes.

Most of the blame, though, goes to the organizers for a thoroughly uninspiring format that tried to do too much. The novelty of having five moderators was wildly applauded in media circles because all were women, any of whom would have been a fine choice. But there’s a reason “five moderators” was a novelty: It makes no sense. Whoever gets the debate production job the next time around simply has to do better.

The media’s daily coverage needs a serious rethink as well, in my view. In an election where by far the starkest dividing line was on climate change policy, that wound up as a peripheral issue. The first week in particular was almost entirely consumed by talk of abortion and same-sex marriage, for no reason except that the Liberals wanted it to be: Every morning they beamed out on-the-record information about Scheer or someone he was campaigning with, and that became the story. It shouldn’t work like that.

Another thing: When a politician won’t answer a dead-simple question — say, did your campaign hire a consultant firm to dig up dirt on Maxime Bernier?” — it’s news. Once he’s refused to answer it 10 times at a single Toronto press conference, it’s time to accept he has embarrassed himself and move on. Scheer took a question and a follow-up from every reporter who showed up to each of his press conferences (until the last day, which was unfortunate). I’m afraid the record will show many of those questions were not put to productive use, except for the purposes of evening newscasts.

There’s a reason ‘five moderators’ was a novelty: It makes no sense

(I don’t exempt myself from this rethink, to be clear. I could have simply ignored all the stuff I considered silly and peripheral. Instead I wrote at least a couple of columns complaining about how silly and peripheral it was.)

I do think the Bernier situation worked out quite well, though. As is the style of the time, many progressives berated the debates commission and the media for paying too much attention to this allegedly dangerous new force in Canadian politics. There was even a mini-mutiny at the Toronto Star over its editorial board inviting Bernier in for tea and cake, as it did the other party leaders.

As is also the style of the time, roughly as many progressives berated the media for paying too little attention to Bernier and the threat he ostensibly represented, as a superficially respectable new home for the far- and alt-right.

I think Canadian media got it just right. Bernier’s apostasy on various issues where there is essentially a consensus across the political spectrum — immigration, first and foremost — led to some very useful “explainer”-style pieces that should have left readers and viewers better informed about an issue on which the major parties often try to exploit small policy differences. In an era of straitened resources, more of them should go toward ensuring consumers are left informed rather than entertained. It’s really lousy entertainment anyway.

And while it’s easy to criticize Bernier’s inclusion in the debate, “platforming” him, in modern parlance, seemed more than anything to expose him as a damp squib. One of the funniest moments was his insistence on supporting immigration, just not quite as much immigration. Some firebrand. I doubt anyone, least of all his most xenophobic supporters, came away impressed.

It proved that sunlight does, indeed, disinfect. Let’s open the skylight wider next time.

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California wildfires: Millions warned of possible power cut – BBC News

October 25th, 2019

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Millions of Californians face having their power cut as firefighters continue to battle a surge in wildfires in the state.

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) said it may have to turn off power in 36 counties amid forecasts of a “historic wind event”, which it said could damage facilities and cause new fires.

The warning came as wildfires forced some 50,000 people from their homes.

A state of emergency has been declared in Los Angeles and Sonoma counties.

California’s fire department says the state is experiencing “critical fire weather”.

What is PG&E telling Californians?

PG&E on Friday warned about 850,000 customers – whose households are estimated to contain about 2 million people – that they “may be impacted” by a power cut between Saturday evening and midday on Monday, citing forecasts of potential extreme weather.

“PG&E will need to turn off power for safety several hours before the potentially damaging winds arrive,” the company said in a statement.

“The weather event could be the most powerful in California in decades.”

The company said high winds “pose a higher risk of damage and sparks on the electric system and rapid wildfire spread”, adding that vegetation was especially vulnerable to fire because it had been dried out by previous winds.

The warning from PG&E came as the company faced scrutiny over its possible role in the fires.

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Image caption PG&E says high winds could damage its infrastructure, potentially leading to more fires

The company says the Kincade Fire that started in northern California on Wednesday began seven minutes after a nearby power line was damaged.

It has not yet confirmed whether the power glitch sparked the Kincade Fire.

The deadliest wildfire in the state’s history – which killed 85 people in northern California in 2018 – was caused by PG&E power lines.

Commenting on the latest fire, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Friday that the company “simply did not do their job”. He condemned “years and years of greed, years and years of mismanagement in the utilities”.

‘Seconds to get out’

BBC correspondent Peter Bowes lives in the Santa Clarita area north of Los Angeles, where the Tick Fire has been raging.

“My partner was in the house and had just seconds to get out, to pick up the dog, throw the dog in the car – gently – just get out. It happened that quickly and all our neighbours did exactly the same thing,” he said.

He later tweeted photos of the devastation.

Where are the major fires?

The Kincade Fire, which started on Wednesday, has burned through 21,900 acres (8,800 hectares) of land in Sonoma County – one of California’s best-known wine regions.

More than 1,300 firefighters are tackling the blaze, which remains uncontained.

There are a number of other major fires, including:

  • The Tick Fire in Los Angeles County has burned at least 4,300 acres in the Santa Clarita region
  • The Old Water Fire in San Bernardino County has burned 95 acres, shutting off a major highway
  • The Cabrillo Fire in San Mateo County, south of the town of Pescadero, has burnt about 95 acres
  • The Sawday Fire in San Diego County, which began on Friday, has burned 97 acres, some 40 miles northeast of San Diego
  • The Saddle Ridge Fire in Los Angeles County has burned more than 8,700 acres over the last 14 days
  • The Muir Fire in Marin County has burned 58 hectares
  • The Mines Fire in Alameda County has burned some 35 hectares since Thursday night
  • The Miller Fire in San Diego County has burned about 37 hectares since Friday afternoon

What’s caused the wildfires?

According to a report filed to the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday, a “broken jumper” – which connects power lines to towers – was discovered at 21:20 local time on Wednesday.

The fire began at 21:27, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The news sent share prices of PG&E tumbling on Friday, as investors feared the company might be held responsible for the Kincade Fire.

The company is already seeking bankruptcy protection as it faces lawsuits over last year’s deadly Camp Fire. It was found to have been sparked by aging equipment owned by PG&E.

It spawned billions of dollars in liability claims against the company.

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Image caption Homes have been destroyed in the town of Geyserville, which has been evacuated

High winds appear to have spread the fires – gusts of up to 70mph (112km/h) have swept much of the state.

California is affected by Santa Ana winds, which are known for being dry and gusty, exacerbating wildfires.

Who is affected?

On Thursday morning, PG&E shut off power in 15 California counties to prevent accidental fires, affecting about 180,000 homes.

Power was restored to most customers on Thursday night. But officials warn of more outages over the weekend in regions experiencing high winds and dry heat.

Schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District remained closed on Friday because of air quality and safety concerns.

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‘RHOC’ Alum Meghan King Edmonds’ Husband Jim Files For Divorce After 5 Years Of Marriage – Hollybaby

October 25th, 2019

It looks like another ‘Real Housewives’ marriage has reached its expiration date, as a new report claims former ‘RHOC’ star Meghan King Edmonds’ husband, Jim, has filed for divorce.

Former Real Housewives of Orange County stars Meghan King Edmonds and former pro baseball player Jim Edmonds have called it quits after five years of marriage, according to Us Weekly. The news outlet claims that multiple sources said Jim filed for divorce on Friday, Oct. 25 — one day after their fifth wedding anniversary. But that’s not even the worst of it. Us Weekly also claims that Meghan and Jim got into an altercation before he filed, and the police were called. “Meghan and Jim have been fighting,” a source told Us Weekly. “The latest fight began when he went to a recent hockey game and she began interrogating him about who he went with.”

Meghan and Jim tied the knot in October 2014, and they share 2-year-old daughter Aspen and 16-month-old twin boys, Hayes and Hart. However, we can’t say we’re too surprised to hear they’ve split. This heartbreaking news comes just four months after Meghan discovered that Jim was sending lewd text messages to another person while she was pregnant with their sons.

“I engaged in an inappropriate conversation with this person,” Jim told Us Weekly on June 13. “At no time was there any type of relationship or physical contact. Absolutely none. This is someone trying to profit from my name. I am aware she has done this to others in the past.”

Following the reveal, Meghan confessed that she could no longer trust Jim. “Marriage is hard, we’ve been through our ups and downs, I’ve talked about it openly,” Meghan wrote on June 14. “A relationship takes two but it doesn’t take two to cheat. I did nothing wrong, I don’t deserve this. I did nothing except be pregnant with our twins and try to have a healthy pregnancy. So what is so broken in him to propel him to do this to me? To us? It wasn’t one mistake, one lapse in judgement. I saw the texts – each one represents his decision to throw our marriage in the trash. Why did he self-sabotage? And who sends nudies? Doesn’t everyone know better than this in 2019? What drives someone to self-destruct in such a way?”

Even so, Meghan also expressed “hope” that they could recover from the scandal. Sadly, that didn’t happen. HollywoodLife has reached out to the couple’s reps for statements.

Also, interestingly, Meghan’s former co-star, Vicki Gunvalson, basically predicted this split during Season 10 of RHOC, when she was arguing with the couple. During an Aug. 2015 episode, Vicki told Jim, “Talk to me in five years when you’re divorced”. We wonder how she feels about the news.