Green Day Singer Says He May Have Exaggerated Campaign Against Bush Presidency

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day has never been one to shy away from sharing his political perspectives ― the band did release a whole album called “American Idiot” which referenced the George W. Bush administration multiple times ― and these days, he’s no different.
 

In a brand new interview, Armstrong went in on Trump and his group of loyal supporters, saying, “The worst issue I see about Trump is who his followers are.”
 

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“I actually feel bad for them,” he added, “Because they’re poor, working class people who can’t get a leg up. They’re pissed off and he’s preyed on their anger.”
 

The rocker then went in for the kill.
 

“[Trump] just said, ‘You have no alternatives and I’m the only one, and I’m going to take care of it myself.’ I mean, that’s fucking Hitler, guy!” he said, adding, “I don’t even understand how else to describe it. I wish I were over-exaggerating. And sometimes perhaps I do over-exaggerate with Bush. But with Trump, I just can’t wait ‘til he’s gone.”
 

Armstrong joins a long list of celebs who’ve compared the Republican presidential nominee to the infamous fascist, among them Louis C.K., Eva Longoria and Sarah Silverman, who went so far as to dress up as Hitler to prove her point.

David Schwimmer – “‘Friends’ Ruined My Personal Life”

Poor Ross sounds like he could use a friend!
 

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David Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller for a decade on the success series “Friends,” recently opened up about the cost exacted by his most famous role.
 

“It was rather jarring, and it messed with my relationship to other folks in a way that took years, I think, for me to adapt to and become comfortable with,” Schwimmer said Monday on The Hollywood Reporter podcast “Awards Chatter.”
 

“As an actor, the way I was trained, my job was to observe life and to observe other people, so I used to walk around with my head up, really engaged and watching people.”
 

But the celebrity told THR that his newfound acclaim “made me want to hide under a baseball cap and not be seen.” His overnight celebrity altered things, and he slowly became more reclusive. Part of that, Schwimmer described, was because people found him approachable ― practically “part of the family” ― as a TV star.
 

“There’s less of a barrier than there is with, say, a huge movie star — you see them in this other kind of a space with lots of other people on a big screen and you see their role changes in every picture, for the most part,” Schwimmer said. “Whereas in our show I’m the same guy for ten years, you can rely on me to be a particular way and you know me — or, you believe you know me.”
 

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(Not to point fingers, but doesn’t the “Friends” theme song tell us, “I’ll be there for you?”)
 

Seriously, we can’t picture standing in Schwimmer’s shoes among the bunches of people he and the cast attracted when they walked outside during the heyday of “Friends.” Hopefully, the millions the celebrity made from the show ― and the innumerable doors that it opened ― helped with his troubles.

Big Bang Theory Star Candidly Discusses Divorce

Three years into co-parenting, “Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik has learned a lot about what it takes to raise healthy, happy children after divorce.

 

In a refreshingly honest YouTube video, the 40-year old celebrity talks about how she and ex-husband Michael Stone have put aside their differences to raise their two sons, ages 7 and 10.

 

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“Being divorced isn’t a fun way to raise children,” says Bialik, who split from Stone in November 2012 after nine years of marriage. “Things my ex did when we were married that annoyed me then, annoy me still.”

 

So why put the effort in, she asks?

 

“Life is not a dress rehearsal,” Bialik says. “My kids get one chance to be kids and this is their situation. I need to put them first because I’m their mother and he’s their dad.”

 

Bialik, who plays neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory,” also commends her ex-husband for bearing so much responsibility for their children.

 

“I’m a working mom and every night when I’m working, he’s the one feeding them dinner, giving them a bath, reading them goodnight stories, tucking them in and making sure they sleep well,” she says.

 

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The mother of two adds: “The best thing I can do is be enormously grateful for what a great ex-husband I have and what a terrific father he is and to continue to shatter the image of the ideal family I believed my intact family would be.”

 

Nicely said. (Though we’ve got to say: If getting divorced and co-parenting advice from “Blossom” doesn’t make you feel old, we don’t know what will.)

Google’s Artificial Intelligence Will Stop Internet Trolls

Trolling has become a second identity of the Internet. From Twitter trolls to Disqus warriors, on-line harassment has become so powerful that it’s driving people offline, or worse, silencing their voices. Repressive governments, political campaigns, and just about anyone is using internet to demonstrate their points, regardless of what the cost. “Mass harassment online has proved so powerful that it’s emerging as a weapon of repressive governments,” Andy Greenberg of Wired noted.

Now Google is using artificial intelligence to finally kill this troll-monster. Jigsaw, a small Google subsidiary, is releasing some tools called Conversation AI. The group has designed this software to automatically see mistreatment and harassment and block vitriolic content. It will give the contemptuous language an assault score with 100 indicating the incredibly harmful content.

Jigsaw engineers say the accuracy of Conversation AI is much better than any key word filter and quicker than human moderators. But, they also need to work on false positives and tread through the puzzles of free speech. Google says that technology has a 92% conviction and a 10% false positive rate, which will continue to improve with time.

Conversation AI will automatically flag abuses, scold harassers, and even auto-delete toxic language.
The group partnered with The New York Times, which gave access to 17 million opinions from its stories. Jigsaw also worked with the Wikimedia Foundation to help its algorithm understand the difference between harmless banter and harassment.

The software is inspired by the League of Legends that began using machine learning to prohibit players who participated in sexist or abusive dialogs. Reports indicate that 92 percent of players changed their behaviour after seeing automated warnings. Jigsaw wants to do something similar for the broader web “to level the playing field.”

The technology will be open-source to help social media platforms and other websites to catch abusive content before it even hurts the intended target.

Victims have long been asking the businesses to create methods to pull back on the reigns of online harassment. Nonetheless, depending on users to flag abuse to be reviewed by staffers has failed to prove viable. If Jigsaw engineers make it work without possibly impacting the gray areas of speech, Google’s Conversation AI might help to finally end the era of trolls.

Nick Viall Confirmed As Next Bachelor!

Back for a fourth show in the Bachelor franchise! In a shocking turn, Nick Viall will be ‘The Bachelor’ season 21 star, ABC announced on After Paradise Tuesday, August 30.

Viall is costarring on Bachelor in Paradise season 3, where he is dating Jen Saviano. He often butted heads on the beach with his Bachelorette season 10 foe Josh Murray over Amanda Stanton’s affections.

“I’ve definitely had the practice,” Viall quipped on After Paradise about taking on the big role. “I’m definitely ready for it — I’m very excited.”

Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell appeared via Skype on the show, where the former Bachelor offered his best to the reality TV mainstay. “Buckle up — your life is about to change big time, but all for the better,” Higgins said.

The 35-year old Milwaukee native was the Bachelorette season 10 runner-up, where he lost Andi Dorfman’s closing rose to Murray. This past year, he came in second behind Shawn Booth for Kaitlyn Bristowe’s love on The Bachelorette season 11.

Viall continues to be a polarizing figure among Bachelor devotees, and he even walked onto the set of After Paradise last year just before Higgins was pronounced as the season 20 Bachelor (which was meant as a joke, playing off of how many fans disliked Viall). Yet, many fans found him easy to root for on Paradise.

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That is undoubtedly a big turn for Bachelor Nation fans, as The Bachelorette season 12 standout Luke Pell was viewed as the likely front runner for the job, along with JoJo Fletcher’s castoffs Chase McNary, Robby Hayes and Wells Adams.

Fletcher, 25, picked Jordan Rodgers over runner up Hayes in her August 1 finale, and the pair are now engaged and living together in her hometown of Dallas

‘Stranger Things’ Fans Rejoice Netflix Confirms Second Season

Netflix is reviving its hit summer series “Stranger Things.”

Stranger Things is set in 1983, with children investigating the disappearance of a friend within an alternate dimension.

It is been described as “E.T.” meets the “Twilight Zone,” with a mysterious government setup tossed into the mix.

Creators Ross and Matt Duffer tell Entertainment Weekly most of the characters will be back in Season Two, along with some new ones.

The story continues into 1984, but won’t be set entirely in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana.

Netflix says the second season will be debut sometime next year.

Katy Perry Reaches Out To Catfish Victim Who Thought He Was Dating Her For 6 Years

It only took being catfished by a Katy Perry imitator to get the real Katy Perry’s attention. The “Firework” singer responded to catfish victim of a recent episode of MTV’s “Catfish” featuring a man who believed he was dating her for over six years.

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM radio’s “Morning Mash Up,” Perry addressed the man, Spencer Morrill, who was convinced he had been exchanging personal messages with the superstar since 2012.

“My heart goes out to him, actually,” Perry said on the show. “Anybody who’s been fooled like that … people have dreams and people live in different parts of the world where not everything is always so accessible. We live on the coasts and we get stuff in a way that some other people don’t get, and I feel bad for him. So I didn’t really like to indulge in that because my heart, like, would die.”

By the episode’s end, Morrill came face-to-face with his scammer, a young woman and Katy Perry devotee living in Gloucester, England.

Unilever Is Buying Up All The Hip, Green Companies

Unilever announced Monday that it intends to purchase Seventh Generation, adding the eco-aware home goods company to its stable of chic, green brands.

The transaction marks the latest move by Unilever, an Anglo-Dutch behemoth with a stock market value of about $136.2 billion, to standing itself as a Top supplier of sustainable personal care and consumer goods.

Privately held Seventh Generation sold $200 million of all-natural products ― from family cleansers and detergents to organic tampons and baby wipes ― in the United States this previous year. For the previous nine years, the Vermont-based Firm was enrolled as a benefit corporation, a voluntary Certification that requires businesses to adhere to strict environmental and social-great standards.

The deal, the conditions of which Were not disclosed, now Anticipates regulatory acceptance.

In July, Unilever spent $1 billion to get Dollar Shave Club ― the men’s grooming startup praised by environmentalists. In August, it got air purification startup Blueair, with the Intention of helping “millions more People fight climbing urban air pollution.”

Unilever is also in talks to purchase the Honest Company, celebrity Jessica Alba’s natural consumer goods brand, based on a report last Thursday in The Wall Street Journal.

Cineplex Leaves Giant Bag Of Popcorn In Field To Be Hit By Lightning

If you are driving through southern Ontario and see a 20-foot tall bag of popcorn, don’t worry: you’re not imagining things.

This isn’t any average bag of popcorn. It’s one that has a lightning rod running down the center of it. And it’s sitting just outside Windsor, Canada’s lightning capital.

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Cineplex has put the giant bag of unpopped kernels in the town of Tilbury included in its #weatherornot campaign. The goal? To see if the kernels will pop if hit by lightning.

One bolt of lightning can reach searing temperatures of about 27,000 C, five times hotter than the surface of the sun.

Popcorn kernels pop as a result of several factors: heat; moisture inside the kernel; starch; and the hardness of the shell. The shell traps the heat and after that the wetness increases the pressure, causing the starch to grow and burst.

Wondering if it is going to pop or not? You are able to vote until Sept. 2, at Cineplex’s #weatherornot page. Not only this, but, if there’s a storm blowing through the area, you may also watch it live with their webcam on precisely the same page.

John Stamos Developing TV Show About 80’s Soap Operas

John Stamos is creating a brand a new television series centered around the sensational world of daytime soap operas in the ’80s.

The Fuller House actor has partnered with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to develop the new project, that will be broadly based on Stamos’ early days on General Hospital, when he was just 18 years old.

The drama will be told through the eyes of a young man thrown into sudden stardom, as he deals with the temptations of sex, drugs, and fame in Hollywood.

Viewers will even get a glimpse of the colorful and often dark world of soaps, along with the greed, indulgence, excess, and materialism that went on behind the scenes. Stamos will executive produce the unnamed drama, currently in the first stages of development.

The 53-year old actor played Blackie Parrish on General Hospital before getting his enviable role as Uncle Jessie on Full House in 1987. More recently, the actor wrapped production on Season 2 of Fuller House and is promoting his forthcoming role as Dr. Brock Holt on FOX’s Scream Queens.