Britney Spears Fans Beg Her to Post a Video Telling Them She’s Okay After Worrying Footage

Britney Spears’ fans have been begging her to post a video or send a message to let them know that she’s okay following some worrying footage.

Keep scrolling to see what has got fans so worried…

Britney Spears has battled through years of mental health problems…

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And, this week, fans are convinced that the star has issued a cryptic cry for help in one of her Instagram videos.

Britney was catapulted into fame from a young age.

Since starring in The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, aged eleven, she embarked on a highly successful career as a singer and performer with the release of the hit single “…Baby One More Time” in 1998.

Britney quickly became one of the most famous popstars of her decade.

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With hits such as “Oops, I did it again,” “Slave 4 U,” and “Britney,” the Mississippi born singer consistently topped the charts.

She was even affectionately hailed the Princess of Pop.

Britney seemed to be at the peak of her career – churning out hit after hit.

But, early on, Britney’s life started to take a turn for the worst.

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Bad press began during Britney’s breakup from husband and childhood sweetheart, Justin Timberlake, which was a very public and ugly split.

Justin famously sold Britney out following the ugly breakup…

The singer sat down for an interview on 20/20 in which he revealed that he had, in fact, been intimate with Spears – even though the singer had repeatedly told the press that she planned on remaining a virgin until marriage.

Things only got worse from there.

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Britney’s mental health began to dramatically deteriorate, and the endless attention and pressure from the public and the press alike started to take its toll.

And in 2007, Britney finally snapped.

The singer suffered a highly-public breakdown in the full glare of the world’s spotlight.

Her breakdown was triggered by a number of different factors…

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She had spent years battling mental health problems and, after her split from husband Kevin Federline, the father of her 2 sons, she headed to rehab in Antigua.

However, her stay didn’t last…

Birtney checked herself out after only twenty-four hours and flew back to L.A.

The pictures of her hacking her own hair off shocked the world.

Britney had walked into Esther’s Hair Salon in Tarzana, an upmarket neighborhood of LA, and asked the owner to shave her head because her hair extensions were too tight.

And, when the hairdresser refused, the singer grabbed the clippers and went on to shave off her long locks herself.

Britney’s breakdown was publicized all over the world.

The image of Britney, then aged thirty-seven, emerging from the salon with a freshly-shaven head and attacking a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella became one of the most famous snaps of that decade.

A few months following this, Britney was hospitalized.

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In January 2008, she was seen being carried out of her house after reportedly overdosing on prescription amphetamines and locking herself in the bathroom with her youngest son, Jayden, as she refused to hand him back to Federline, who had full custody of the children.

It was a long road to recovery for the pop star…

But she was gradually able to rebuild her relationship with her sons after regaining some of her custody rights and getting healthy, before eventually starting to focus on her music comeback.

And, despite a few health issues along the way, Britney has become an icon in her own right.

She has gone on to win a number of awards…

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And has since continued making huge strides forward, winning back custody of her children, making more successful music, landing a lucrative residency in Las Vegas, and having a number of healthy relationships.

She is even in a happy, long-term relationship with her actor boyfriend, Sam Asghari.

However, one sinister consequence of her breakdown still remains to this day.

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Since her 2007 breakdown, Britney’s dad, Jamie, has had full control over pretty much every aspect of her life.

A Los Angeles court named Jamie as the permanent conservator of his daughter’s affairs in 2008…

And he was named as the permanent co-conservator of her estate, along with an attorney, Andrew Wallet.

Fans believe that, to this day, Britney’s dad dictates her every move…

And many are finding the whole set up to be incredibly problematic, not to mention detrimental to Britney’s mental health and overall wellbeing.

And, last week, concerns about the star’s wellbeing have arisen once more…

The star has been consistently posting a series of bizarre videos, most of which she is pulling off some pretty strange dance moves.

But in her latest upload, people are convinced that she is issuing a cryptic cry for help.

This video sparked concern among her fans.

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Britney shared a strange video of her showing off her new flowers along to The Weeknd’s hit song, “Blinding Lights”, and people are convinced that there is a hidden message.

In the strange video, Britney can be seen smiling robotically at the camera while showing off a bouquet of flowers…

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The music starts playing before the pop star can be seen slowly walking in and out of the frame, all while maintaining eye contact with the camera.

Yet, despite how bizarre the video is, people are more concerned by her caption.

“HOLY HOLY CRAP !!!!!! My florist surprised me today by making the flower arrangement all different colors  ….. I was so excited I threw on my favorite yellow shirt and just had to SHARE !!!!” she captioned the video.

The description of her “favorite yellow shirt” seems a bit random and unnecessary, doesn’t it?

Well, her caption could actually be a cry for help.

One Twitter user has come forward with “evidence” that could confirm that Britney used the video to subtly ask for her help.

They shared this:

A screenshot from one of Britney’s uploads prior to the flower video shows a user commenting on June 27th:

“If you need help wear yellow in your next video.”

In the video, which was posted a few days later on July 2nd, Britney is wearing her “favorite yellow shirt”, which she emphasizes in the caption.

People are convinced that Britney was communicating that she isn’t okay…

And that, by slowly walking in and out of the frame and showing off her “favorite yellow shirt”, she was actually crying out for help.

Since Britney posted the unnerving video, she’s been fairly active on social media…

But she hasn’t mentioned the concerns risen by thousands of her fans.

And when she posted this selfie…

Fans bombarded her post with messages begging her to let them know she’s okay.

“Our biggest question is are you ok?” one fan asked.

Fans were desperate for another message…

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But the singer is seemingly oblivious of her worried fans.

People are more convinced than ever that Britney has no control over her life…

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And fans are demanding for her freedom.

All we can do is hope that Britney will speak out soon and let us know that she’s okay.

To see the difference in which Britney was treated compared to Kanye West over mental health problems, keep scrolling.

The evidence is truly shocking…

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Angelina Jolie & Son Pax Jolie-Pitt Grab Dinner In New Photos  – Hollywood Life

Angelina Jolie enjoyed some one-on-one time with son Pax Jolie-Pitt in LA on July 14! The actress and her 16-year-old son stepped out with protective face coverings for a nice dinner together.

Angelina Jolie and her son Pax Jolie-Pitt were photographed grabbing a bite to eat in LA on Tuesday. The Maleficent actress, 45, and 16-year-old Pax enjoyed dinner at A.O.C. restaurant — a swanky eatery that offers Californian-French style plates. Both mother and son wore face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as surges in positive tests continue across the country.

Not pictured during the outing were Angelina’s other five children: Maddox, 18, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, Vivienne, and Knox, both 12. Angelina adopted Maddox, Zahara and Pax with her ex-husband, Brad Pitt. Shiloh, along with twins Vivienne and Knox are Brad and Angie’s biological children.

Angelina donned a pleated, white dress with oversized sleeves, that was belted at the waist. She stepped out in a pair of camel-colored sandals, which matched her belt. The humanitarian, who appeared to sport a fresh face, wore her brunette locks in a half-up, half-down do’. Meanwhile, Pax, who covered his face in sunglasses and a printed mask, wore an all-black ensemble and sneakers with red shoelaces. Pax was also pictured adjusting his black hat with the letters “FTP” on it.

Angelina’s outing with Pax came after she reunited with her ex last week. Brad was photographed leaving Angelina’s gated community in California on July 9 — which, at the time, was just two days before Vivienne and Knox’s 12th birthday. The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor, 56, was pictured riding his motorcycle away from his ex’s home.

Angelina and Brad went through a very public split in 2016 after a 12-year relationship. They were married from 2014 until 2016, when Angelina filed for divorce. Following their split, Brad was investigated for alleged child abuse, which he was later cleared of all allegations.

The exes went on to experience a tumultuous divorce and custody battle over their six kids, which finally came to a close in December of 2018. Today, Brad and Angie are on much better terms and are amicably co-parenting their kids. Meanwhile, Brad has focused a lot of attention on rebuilding his relationship with their son Maddox, who he reportedly went through a rough patch when the split first happened.

Angelina recently opened up about her relationship with Brad in a recent interview, while discussing World Refugee Day. “I separated for the wellbeing of my family,” Angelina told Vogue in a rare statement about the split. “It was the right decision. I continue to focus on their healing. Some have taken advantage of my silence, and the children see lies about themselves in the media, but I remind them that they know their own truth and their own minds,” she explained, adding, “In fact, they are six very brave, very strong young people.”

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A Live-Action ‘Wishbone’ Movie Is In The Works

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Did you kids enjoy Wishbone? The clever and adventurous Jack Russell Terrier that can do just about anything!

If they did, you are going to love this news (and so will they)… A Live-Action ‘Wishbone’ Movie Is In The Works!

It is reportedly in talks but we do know that the Green Book Oscar-winning producer Peter Farrelly is producing the live-action feature alongside Mattel Films.

The film will be based on the live-action series that ran from 1996 to 2001 on PBS, which followed a Jack Russell terrier named Wishbone and his adventures through stories from classic literature.

‘Wishbone’— the Jack Russell terrier with a penchant for literary classics— is getting the feature film treatment via #Oscar winner Peter Farrelly https://t.co/UwgMT2Jo0n

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He honestly always reminded me of Sherlock Holmes only as a dog.

With this live-action movie, fans will be able to see these adventures play out on the big screen.

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As of right now we don’t have a release date yet but I am so excited.

I am truly loving all of these live-action movies. I mean, have you seen the Live-Action Lion King? It was incredible!

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As soon as we know more, we will certainly update you!

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STAR WARS DAY! New Releases by Ise Ananphada, Gianmarco Magnani, Andy – Bottleneck Art Gallery

STAR WARS DAY! New Releases by Ise Ananphada, Gianmarco Magnani, Andy Fairhurst & Juan Ruiz Burgos – On Sale INFO!

July 14, 2020

We’re having a Star Wars celebration this Wednesday with new, officially licensed art from artists all over the planet, including: Ise Ananphada, Juan Ruiz Burgos, Gianmarco Magnani aka Silence TV, and Andy Fairhurst!

Ise returns and brings hope back to the galaxy with her print for the original Star Wars movie. Ise’s image is a gyre of nostalgia–a visual vortex including so many vital moments from the movie that started many fans’ obsession with Star Wars!

Juan’s newest image for The Mandalorian is a heartwarming portrait of Din Djarin and The Child. The first season saw the two bond as the galaxy turned against them, and Juan has captured a pivotal moment in the two outlaws’ relationship.

Pivoting from calm, touching scenes, we’ve enlisted ISH and Gianmarco to portray Din Djarin and The Child’s precipitous journey to freedom, surrounded by remnants of the fallen Empire, outnumbered, outgunned, but together. ♫ Just the two of us… ♫

Andy is no stranger to trilogies, and his newest set of prints centers around three climactic duels from the original cinematic Star Wars trilogy. The colors, the fights, the characters, and the classic lightsaber noises echo deeply from Andy’s set of prints.

Just a reminder, Bottlebux points accrue 2x this week, which means every $1 spent = 10 Bottlebux!

All of these Star Wars prints will be available for purchase Wednesday (7/15) @ 12PM ET on our homepage, Bottleneckgallery.com!

All of the artwork is released in conjunction with Acme Archives, the official Star Wars licensee.


An Epic Saga by Ise Ananphada
18-color screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 425
$75


An Epic Saga – Variant by Ise Ananphada
11-color screen print with metallic inks
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 200
$85

Clan of Two by Juan Ruiz Burgos
Fine art giclée
18 x 24 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 250
$50

Lone Gunfighter by Gianmarco Magnani
Metallic Screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 200
$60
Co-release with ISH

Lone Gunfighter – Variant by Gianmarco Magnani
Metallic Screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 100
$70
Co-release with ISH

Feel the Force by Andy Fairhurst
Fine art giclée
18 x 24 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 200
$50 each / $140 per set

Power Struggle by Andy Fairhurst
Fine art giclée
18 x 24 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 200
$50 each / $140 per set

The Final Battle by Andy Fairhurst
Fine art giclée
18 x 24 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 200
$50 each / $140 per set

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Rod Bernard, Swamp Pop musician and broadcaster, dies at 79

Rod Bernard, Swamp Pop musician and broadcaster, dies at 79

Victoria Dodge Lafayette Daily Advertiser
Published 6:36 PM EDT Jul 13, 2020
Swamp pop musician and broadcaster Rod Bernard died Sunday at 79 years old. Born on August 12, 1940, to French-speaking Cajuns parents, Bernard learned to play guitar, sing, and yodel from a young age. At 10 years old, Opelousas-born Bernard joined the Cajun country-western group The Blue Room Gang.
Shane Bernard

Swamp pop musician and broadcaster Rod Bernard died Sunday. He was 79 years old.

Born to French-speaking Cajun parents, Bernard learned to play guitar, sing and yodel from a young age. By age 10, Opelousas-born Bernard joined the Cajun country-western group The Blue Room Gang. 

With the band, he toured outside of Louisiana, visiting the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and it was during this tour he recorded his first song — Hank Williams Sr.’s “Jambalaya.”

In high school, Bernard switched to the new rock ’n’ roll sound. He created a band called Rod Bernard and the Twisters. In 1958, the ground covered King Karl & Guitar Gable’s song “This Should Go On Forever” with a swamp pop twist, quickly becoming popular along the Gulf Coast. 

The record soon propelled Bernard to national recognition. The Louisiana teen was featured on Alan Freed’s rock ‘n’ roll show and Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand.” Bernard also had concerts and tours with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, B. B. King, Duane Eddy, Roy Orbison and Frankie Avalon, among others. 

Shane Bernard, Rod’s son, said it was interesting to see his father play because his whole demeanor would change on stage.

Swamp pop musician and broadcaster Rod Bernard died Sunday at 79 years old. Born on August 12, 1940, to French-speaking Cajuns parents, Bernard learned to play guitar, sing, and yodel from a young age. At 10 years old, Opelousas-born Bernard joined the Cajun country-western group The Blue Room Gang.
Shane Bernard

“At home he was quiet, didn’t talk much, very introverted, didn’t want to be center of attention,” Shane said. “But he became a different person on stage.”

Bernard’s grandchildren were able to see him perform “in his natural habitat,” both deriving musical talent from their grandfather. As little as two weeks ago, Bernard and his grandson would lock themselves in a room and jam out to swamp pop and old blues. He taught his grandson Bill Doggett’s “Honky Tonk Part One and Two.” 

In the 60s, Bernard released many regional hits that today remain swamp pop classics, including “Congratulations to you Darling,” “Fais Do-Do,” and his own bilingual version of the Cajun classic “Colinda.” 

From 1962 to 1968, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, attaining the rank of sergeant. 

In 1976, he teamed up with fellow Opelousas native, zydeco legend Clifton Chenier, to record the album “Boogie In Black & White” — a groundbreaking collaboration between Black and white musicians. He performed at various times with other swamp pop musicians, including Warren Storm and Skip Stewart. 

Shane Bernard remembers watching Storm, Stewart and his dad practice in the living room of their home. Growing up, Shane quickly got used to his dad being recognized in the grocery store or at his Cub Scout meetings. 

In addition to his music career, Bernard worked in radio and television. He landed his first radio program on KSLO around age 10, and for many years in the 1960s he deejayed, sold airtime, and served as a program director at KVOL radio in Lafayette.

Swamp pop musician and broadcaster Rod Bernard died Sunday at 79 years old. In the early 2000s, Shane, his son, joined his father in the studio for the first time. Bernard was recording his last LP and this is when Shane realized his father is a perfectionist when recording, insisting on redoing songs until they met his standard.
Shane Bernard

Bernard was instrumental in hiring Lafayette’s first Black deejay, Paul Thibeaux, who joined KVOL in 1965. Around 1970, Bernard switched to a career in television and for nearly 30 years worked as an advertising executive and on-air talent for Lafayette’s KLFY-TV 10, where he previously hosted his Saturday Hop live dance program. 

In the early 2000s, Shane joined his father in the studio for the first time. Bernard was recording his last LP and this is when Shane realized his father is a perfectionist when recording, insisting on redoing songs until they met his standard. 

Although 2016 was Bernard’s last performance, he would frequent local nursing homes to play live music but he “didn’t make a big deal of it” Shane said. 

The Bernard family asks that donations be made to the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots campaign at www.toysfortots.org. At Bernard’s request, no funeral will be observed.

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Joan Jett Drops Cover of T. Rex’s ‘Jeepster’ (Listen) – Variety

Joan Jett has released her cover of T. Rex’s 1971 classic “Jeepster,” the latest track from the forthcoming tribute album “Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T. Rex,” which arrives on Sept. 4 on BMG and was helmed by legendary producer Hal Willner, who died of coronavirus complications in April.

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T. Rex and the music of the glam-rock era was a huge influence on Jett, and the pairing of artist and song is perfect. She’s joined by a backing band that includes Tom Waits vet Marc Ribot on guitar, Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett on piano and arranging, Jim White on drums (PJ Harvey, Cat Power), and of course was produced by Willner.

The 26-track album, also features a tag team between U2 and Elton John on T. Rex’s biggest hit, “Bang a Gong (Get It On),” as well as contributions from Nick Cave, Father John Misty, Todd Rundgen, Perry Farrell, Soft Cell singer Marc Almond, Kesha and many others. The full track list appears below, head here for full details.

Both the album and documentary are from BMG, in collaboration with Who/Robert Plant manager Bill Curbishley’s Trinifold company.

Disc 1

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho can call him to discuss FFP ruling | Football News | Sky Sports

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola would welcome a phone call with Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp to discuss the ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport
 
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola would welcome a phone call with Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp to discuss the ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Pep Guardiola says rival Premier League bosses Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho are welcome to call him to discuss their grievances at Manchester City having a two-year ban from European competition overturned.

On Monday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) removed the suspension UEFA had handed to City – and reduced their initial €30m fine to €10m (£8.96m) – after finding “most of the alleged breaches reported were either not established or time-barred”.

UEFA had accused City of breaking their Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules by overstating sponsorship revenue in their accounts and in the break-even information submitted between 2012 and 2016, as well as failing to co-operate with its investigation.

Liverpool manager Klopp said the decision to overturn the ban was not “a good day for football,” because he believes FFP rules are important to protect both teams, and the sport as a whole.

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Liverpool boss Klopp says City’s FFP ban being overturned is not great for the sport but is pleased they are in next season’s Champions League
 
Liverpool boss Klopp says City’s FFP ban being overturned is not great for the sport but is pleased they are in next season’s Champions League

Tottenham head coach Mourinho said the ruling was “disgraceful and a “disaster”, arguing that if City were innocent they shouldn’t have been fined, and if they were guilty the suspension should have stood.

“If they want to talk, I’m here,” Guardiola told Sky Sports News.

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July 15, 2020, 5:30pm

“The sentence from the three independent judges was clear. But, if they want, they know my telephone number, they can call me and I can explain. It’s not a problem at all.

“But I think we don’t have to discuss a lot because the sentence was clear. All the suggestions that we were lying or cheating, it was not like this. We were clean, like they say are.”

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Tottenham manager Mourinho says the decision to lift the two-year European ban for City but still fine them was a ‘disaster’
 
Tottenham manager Mourinho says the decision to lift the two-year European ban for City but still fine them was a ‘disaster’

With City already having sealed a second-placed Premier League finish behind champions Liverpool, the ruling means the club have qualified for next season’s Champions League.

Guardiola, whose future in Manchester had been in doubt amid the possibility of the ban, said he is delighted for his squad, who will retain the opportunity to play in Europe’s top competition.

“I am incredibly happy for them,” Guardiola said.

“They are the reason why we are in the Champions League next season because of what they have done on the pitch.

“Off the pitch, maybe, other clubs are better, but on the pitch we were quite good the last three or four years, and we will defend what we won on the pitch next season in Europe.”

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Mikel Arteta: Arsenal head coach says missing European football would be a ‘massive blow’ | Football News | Sky Sports

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Arsenal head coach Mike Arteta explains it would be a big blow if they miss out on European football next season
 
Arsenal head coach Mike Arteta explains it would be a big blow if they miss out on European football next season

Mikel Arteta has admitted it would be a “massive blow” if Arsenal were to miss out on European football next season.

Sunday’s defeat to north London rivals Tottenham left Arsenal ninth in the table with just three games remaining, leaving their most likely path into next season’s Europa League being the FA Cup, in which they have a semi-final against Manchester City on Saturday.

Failure to qualify would see Arsenal go without European competition for the first time since the 1995-96 season, while it will be a third successive campaign without Champions League football.

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July 15, 2020, 8:00pm

“For everybody [it would be] a massive blow,” Arsenal’s head coach told Sky Sports News. “But a lot of things change and a lot of things are changing. And a lot of clubs that were always in their history in the Champions League are now not, so we are not the only ones in that situation.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Tottenham’s win over Arsenal in the Premier League
 
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Tottenham’s win over Arsenal in the Premier League

“It’s never in the history of the Premier League that you had seven teams at that level competing for those places.

“These records are there to break, so it’s something that has happened, so obviously we need to know that there is a reason behind it. It’s not bad luck, it’s not one element or two elements.

“It’s a lot of things that have to be changed in order to accomplish again the level that we want for this football club.”

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Jurgen Klopp praised Mikel Arteta’s impact at Arsenal and says they will be a proper challenge when they meet in the Premier League
 
Jurgen Klopp praised Mikel Arteta’s impact at Arsenal and says they will be a proper challenge when they meet in the Premier League

Having replaced Unai Emery in December, Arteta has set about transforming a club in decline, with the Spaniard promotion several young players into the first team.

While there are likely to be a number of players culled by Arteta in a summer clear out, one individual who has enhanced his reputation at the Emirates is Scotland full-back Kieran Tierney.

The 23-year-old suffered with injury problems after his arrival from Celtic last summer, but has impressed since the Premier League resumed in June.

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney in action

“I’m so happy for him,” Arteta said. “It’s been a difficult period for him since he moved, just trying to adapt to a new club, a new city, with the injuries that he had.

“His effort, his energy and his willingness is paying off, and it always does long term.

“So it’s a very clear example that if you keep fighting, keep achieving your goals and you work hard and you are always humble and you are always positive and trying to help, things come your way.”

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Jessica Brown Findlay Talks ‘Brave New World’ Series, NBC’s Peacock – WWD

When Aldous Huxley wrote his dystopian novel “Brave New World” in the early Thirties, he couldn’t have imagined where his story would take him: the streaming wars. The book has been adapted for radio, film and the stage, and now it’s been given the miniseries treatment, launching Wednesday with Peacock, NBC’s new streaming platform.

The nine-episode “Brave New World” began development under NBC Universal-owned Syfy, and was picked up for USA Network before getting plucked for Peacock late last year. Star Jessica Brown Findlay nods to the excitement of being part of Peacock’s launch, which follows shortly after that of HBO Max and Disney+ (and the tanking Quibi). But more than that, she’s just happy to be talking about new work during a pandemic and sustained shutdown of production. Also, despite being a futuristic take from the past, the show is still able to connect with the present moment.

“It feels even more relevant now than when we were making it this time last year,” says Findlay (the show began filming last June). “It’s unbelievable to make something that can mirror some of that. There’s literally a moment when John [the Savage; a central ‘outsider’ character] is referred to as a virus that’s infected.”

The series, led by showrunner David Wiener, reimagines Huxley’s vision of a dystopian future world coming 88 years after the book was published. Although much of that vision is dated (or aspects of it have long come to fruition), Findlay points out themes of the work that are so vast that they’re enduring.

“It’s about what is happiness and what is freedom,” she describes. “If you’re told you’re happy, that you experience nothing outside of that and you’re not experiencing anything other than a drugged-out numbed existence, what cost does that come at? And are you free? There’s no one type of person, and yet in this world they’re putting people in unmovable, unquestioning spaces.”

A still from “Brave New World.”  Steve Schofield/USA Network

The show also stars Alden Ehrenreich as John the Savage and Harry Lloyd as the upper-class Bernard Marx. The series deviates from Huxley’s book in its point of view; Findlay’s character, in particular, is given a central — and more exciting — character arc on-screen as opposed to her more “flat projection” on the page.

“She’s kind of left behind,” she says of the Huxley-penned Lenina Crowne, adding that in the original work, all of the authority figures were male. (She chalks these elements up to “when it was written,” although a male author imagining a male-dominated world doesn’t feel all too antiquated). Nonetheless, the series length — nine hours — means the show is able to flesh out its characters. “It allows for each character to take what feels like a human amount of time to adjust and change and make choices and adapt to the world around them,” she says. “Everyone’s affected, and no one falls by the wayside.”

The world of “Brave New World” is constrained by societal norms that go against the conventional grain of those in the real world, particularly in regards to intimacy and relationships: monogamy is antisocial and promiscuity is expected. Those rules are reflected on-screen (although not in the HBO-sense), but the conventional rules of the real world were the same and came into play. The 30-year-old British actress credits the presence of the show’s intimacy coordinator as integral in establishing a sense of security throughout production, and not just to help navigate overtly “intimate” scenes through need language. “If you’re telling certain stories with certain actors, you need to feel comfortable all the time and not just at those little points,” says Findlay.

Although she starred on historical brothel drama “Harlots” (which was female produced, written and directed), “Brave New World” was her first time working onset with an intimacy coordinator.

“It’s all about trust and how you’re feeling in your bodies; we’re human beings, so we change all the time. That was always thought about, and you could change [your consent to] anything,” says Findlay. “And merely by being given that power, especially as a woman, I felt freer than I ever had before.”

A still from “Brave New World.”  Steve Schofield/Peacock

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The Quarantine Stream: Help, I’ve Started Watching ‘Supermarket Sweep’ and I Can’t Stop, Please Kill Me – /Film

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Series: Supermarket Sweep

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Supermarket Sweep is a game show from the world of RoboCop that somehow escaped into our reality, where contestants show off their knowledge of food brands, solve puzzles involving those food brands, and then run through a fake supermarket to spend as much money as possible, focusing on brands brands brands! It’s a nightmare and I can’t stop watching it. Help.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Living in isolation in the age of COVID-19 has give me an opportunity to challenge myself and dig into art I have been putting off. Did you know I started reading War and Peace a few weeks ago? It’s true! I say this because I need you to not judge me too harshly for watching episodes of Supermarket Sweep from the early ’90s on Netflix, a TV series that feels like less of a fun romp and more like another tragic side effect of American consumerism. But goodness, it’s hard to watch just one episode. You’ll let Netflix auto-play one episode after another, hopelessly addicted to this nonsense. I can’t wait until I run out of episodes in the special “collection” currently streaming. Then I will be free.

Supermarket Sweep was not a new series in the ’90s – it was a revival of a short-lived show from the mid-1960s. But this version, which ran from 1990 through 1995 and again from 2000 through 2003, is the one that dominates a certain corner of my brain. You see, Supermarket Sweep seemed to be always on when I was a kid. It was something my grandmother would put on to distract the grandkids while she made meals. It was something my little sister would watch obsessively. To my young brain, Supermarket Sweep was on the same level as Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Of course, time has been kind to Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune continues to be totally adequate game show junkfood. Supermarket Sweep on the other hand? Woof.

Look, I can talk crap about this show all day long, but it doesn’t change the fact that I can’t stop watching it. That’s a “me” problem. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, host David Ruprecht (wearing some truly awful ties) puts three teams (showcasing the worst ’90s fashions imaginable) through a series of trivia rounds where they answer questions based on their knowledge of brands. Answering correctly gets them more time in the “sweep,” where they dash through a fake supermarket and attempt to fill their baskets with as many goods as possible. Whoever makes the most expensive grocery run can compete in one final scavenger hunt to win a measly $5,000.

And yet, there’s something undeniably addicting, even fascinating, about Supermarket Sweep. It’s a window into how much familiar (and unfamiliar) items cost 30 years ago. It’s an eyeball-burning example of just how awful ’90s clothing truly was. It’s low-rent enough that minor mistakes and errors are left in and glossed over because doing a second take or editing around an awkward moment was clearly too much effort. It’s the exact opposite of the slick game shows produced today. It’s like walking into the past via a time machine powered by Crest toothpaste and Prego spaghetti sauce. It’s captivating in its own bizarre way.

While no dates have been set yet (most likely due to the pandemic), a new version of Supermarket Sweep is set to debut at some point with Leslie Jones hosting. I expect it will utilize a similar structure, but add a thick coat of modern polish to everything. And it won’t be nearly as interesting as the older junk you can stream on Netflix right now.

 

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