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Britney Spears allowed to hire own attorney, wants to press charges against father

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Britney Spears’s 13 year conservatorship may finally be coming to an end. As we’ve heard, Britney’s manager, co-conservator and court-appointed lawyer have all recently stepped down after her testimony in her case went public. A lot of people were surprised to hear how much Britney’s life has been controlled under the conservatorship. In that initial testimony she also said that her existing lawyer did not inform her she had the right to petition the court to end it. Britney will be able to do that now, because she’s been granted the right to hire her own lawyer. Britney spoke over the phone in an open hearing in court yesterday. She described how she’s been abused by her father and has been scared of him since she was a child. She also said that she would like to press charges against him for conservatorship abuse. CNN did some bullet points that sum up the latest developments in Britney’s case well.

New attorney: Spears has retained former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, who attended the hearing Wednesday. The decision came after Spears told Judge Brenda Penny at a hearing last month that she wanted to hire her own attorney to advocate on her behalf, stating that she had been forced by her conservators to perform, take lithium and remain on birth control against her will.

Calls for justice: An emotional Spears said she would like to bring formal charges against her father Jamie over his role in the conservatorship. “I would like to charge my father with conservatorship abuse,” said Spears, speaking to the court by phone, breaking down in tears at times. “I want to press charges against my father today,” Spears said. “I want an investigation into my dad.”

Heartbreaking testimony: At one point during the hearing, Spears said she felt that those in the conservatorship “were trying to kill me.” “If this is not abuse, I don’t know what is,” the singer added. Spears called her conservatorship “f–king cruelty.” Spears told the court she was not willing to be evaluated to remove her father from the conservatorship, saying she has “serious abandonment issues.”

New attorney speaks: Spears’ new lawyer called on her father Jamie to voluntarily step down as her conservator, saying it was “in the best interest” of his client. “Jamie Spears should be removed as conservator because it is in [the] best interest of the conservatee,” Rosengart, a veteran entertainment litigator now representing the singer, said outside the courthouse today. “We will be moving promptly and aggressively for his removal. The question remains, why is he involved? He should step down voluntarily because that’s what’s in the best interest of the conservatee,” he added.

[From CNN]

I wonder if Britney’s dad will just see the writing on the wall and step down as her lawyer is requesting. It’s only going to get worse for him if he continues to use Britney’s money to try to control and abuse her. The world knows what Britney has been going through under her father’s control. Plus, as so many of you have pointed out, how is she only worth $60 million at this point? She has one of the most popular fragrance lines and she had a Vegas residency for four years! Hopefully Britney’s sad case will set an example for others who are using conservatorships as a means of financial control, and hopefully she’ll be free of it soon.

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Who knows if Britney wrote this.

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Richard E. Grant wants a spinoff with classic Loki and alligator Loki

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WandaVision was exceptional in its delivery and Falcon and the Winter Soldier expanded how we see the stars and stripes through the complicated history of Blackness in the United States. Loki is the latest offering from Marvel and Disney and it has been the best storytelling yet. I am obsessed with Loki’s evolution from the trickster god to a man in love. The best part of last week’s episode was classic Loki (an older Loki who called himself the god of Outcasts) and Croki aka Alligator Loki. Croki is f*ck around and find personified (or animafied?) and I think I laughed for three days straight thinking about how crunk Croki was. Richard E. Grant, who played classic Loki, was interviewed by Collider. He discussed being a part of the MCU and how he wants a classic Loki and Croki spinoff miniseries. Below are a few highlights from Collider:

Collider: To start things off, what does it mean to join the MCU in this capacity? Is this something you’ve been looking forward to?


RICHARD E. GRANT: Oh yeah. I’d had experience because I was in Logan about five years ago, so I’d had a taste of what this is, but Tom Hiddleston has said to me, he said, “You know, I think that when people see Classic Loki there’s going to be a big response.” I thought that he was just blowing smoke up my fundament on the first day to make me feel better about coming into work for one episode, Episode 5, after they’d be doing it for practically a year before. Then I saw my Instagram and Twitter feed and the reviews that came out last Wednesday and I realized that he saw into the crystal ball in a way that I didn’t. So Tom was right and I stand gleefully corrected.

Was there anything specifically Loki-ish that you were trying to incorporate into the performance?


GRANT: I knew that rather than Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief, [Classic Loki] has this line explaining his past that he is the God of Outcasts, and has been so lonely and isolated on this planet, and is willing to be arrested by the TVA in order to get back in contact with his brother, and to sacrifice himself ultimately to Asgard, I thought that was a way into the character that was not trying to imitate, because I couldn’t hope to, what Tom does so brilliantly and has done for over a decade now. So I thought that was the way into doing it.

Looking over your career, you’ve gotten to be a part of a lot of really exciting franchises, including Doctor Who and Star Wars. Is there anything else on your bucket list? Are there other franchises, and/or other fantasy costumes you want to wear?


GRANT: Classic old Loki with muscles and Alligator-dot-com, the subseries of the sub-sub-sub series. That’s what I want.

Given the audience reaction to Alligator Loki, I think that there would be a fan base for that.


GRANT: Yeah and classic Loki is the only one that can talk to him and understand him. It’s a given. It’s a scriptwriter’s dream. Get it done.

[From Collider]

I am quite sure we will not get this mashup. Despite my love of classic Loki in that one episode, I do not think I could watch an entire show or movie with him as the star along with Croki. With that being said, I wouldn’t mind seeing both Croki and classic Loki sprinkled throughout the MCU. Croki can be a permanent fixture as far as I am concerned. I heard someone call Croki “Florida Loki” and I… haven’t been the same since. I love how Richard didn’t know that he was the first choice for the role. He took on the role with such thoughtfulness. I also thought it was cute that Richard and Tom Hiddleston have always wanted to be in a movie or show together as a father and son duo because they vaguely resemble each other. If you haven’t seen Loki yet, I seriously encourage you to do so. It really is that good. And Loki, who has always been one of my faves in the MCU, has really come to life in this show. Here’s to Croki and Classic Loki showing up in the MCU from time to time.

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— Richard E. Grant (@RichardEGrant) July 9, 2021

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Study finds that waking up an hour earlier can significantly reduce risk of depression

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A study by the University of Colorado of over a quarter of a million people found that waking up just an hour earlier in the mornings was correlated with a 23% reduced risk of depression. The study was published in JAMA psychiatry and is consistent with a 2018 study that found a 27% lower risk of depression among early risers. Other studies have found positive benefits to drinking coffee, so if you go to bed early, get up at the crack of dawn and have a cup or two you may be protecting your mental health. Here’s more, from PennLive:

Conducted by the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (and published on Science Daily), this study took a look at 840,000 individuals that pushed their alarm clock settings up by an hour.

What they found was that, on the whole, that the risk of depression of these “early risers” was cut by 23 percent.

“We have known for some time that there is a relationship between sleep timing and mood, but a question we often hear from clinicians is: How much earlier do we need to shift people to see a benefit?” states the study’s senior author, Celine Vetter, assistant professor of integrative physiology at CU Boulder. “We found that even one-hour earlier sleep timing is associated with significantly lower risk of depression.”

The study, however, doesn’t just look at those who get up from their beds earlier; those who decide to go to sleep an hour earlier than they usually do also had a lower risk of depression as well.

“Keep your days bright and your nights dark,” advises lead author of the study, Iyas, Daghlas, M.D, to those looking to improve their lifestyle. “Have your morning coffee on the porch. Walk or ride your bike to work if you can and dim those electronics in the evening.”

[From PennLive]

If you’re interested in learning more about this study, The University of Colorado has a more thorough writeup on it, I just excerpted this one as it explained it simpler. There are also genetics at play, including a gene called PER2. I looked up my 23andMe data for this gene and tried to make sense of it, but ended up lost. The gist is that genes may influence your sleep preferences and may also be a factor in whether you’re prone to depression. Here’s a section from that article about this:

Do those with genetic variants which predispose them to be early risers also have lower risk of depression?

The answer is a firm yes.

Each one-hour earlier sleep midpoint (halfway between bedtime and wake time) corresponded with a 23% lower risk of major depressive disorder.

Put another way, if someone who normally goes to bed at 1 a.m. goes to bed at midnight instead and sleeps the same duration, they could cut their risk by 23%; if they go to bed at 11 p.m., they could cut it by about 40%.

It’s unclear from the study whether those who are already early risers could benefit from getting up even earlier. But for those in the intermediate range or evening range, shifting to an earlier bedtime would likely be helpful.

[From Colorado.edu]

As someone who goes to bed around 9pm and wakes up around 4:30, this is promising to me. I know it’s not for everyone, but I’ve always preferred to wake up earlier and go to bed when I’m tired. My mom tells stories about me asking to go to bed when I was a little girl. So many of us are dealing with mental health struggles after this tough year. Going to bed earlier and setting your alarm a little earlier can’t hurt.

I wish they had studied naps too though. I always love a good nap.

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Elsa Hosk’s Latest Skinny Model Snaps

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Skinny model snaps: She may not have been the skinniest model to walk the runway during the 2016 VS show last month, but Victoria’s Secret beauty Elsa Hosk recently shared a few snaps on her Instagram page that showed off a very thin figure. The model took a few photos while on a job in Miami, where she modeled lingerie, then shared a bikini snap while tanning.

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Male Mondays: Spanish Model Jon Kortajarena

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Name: Jon Kortajarena

Nationality: Spanish

Occupation: model & actor

Age: 31

Height: 6’2” / 188 cm

Modeled for (among others): Just Cavalli, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Bally, Etro, Trussardi, Diesel, Mangano, Lagerfeld, Pepe Jeans

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Kate Beckinsale: “I do circuit training interspersed with brutal cardio”

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On not drinking alcohol ever:

I don’t drink alcohol. I feel [its effects] very quickly, so I’ve never actually had an entire glass of anything alcoholic.

On her celebrity morning routine:

I basically wake up, eat breakfast, and then work out. I prefer to get it done in the morning. That said I don’t naturally get up early. It would be much better for me if the entire world went to bed at 4 am and woke up at noon. But it doesn’t, so I’m usually staggering around first thing.

On her favorite workouts:

Hard-core workouts have really made a big difference in my life. I have a lot of internal energy, and intense exercise helps me channel that energy. I find balance by doing a workout that makes me pour sweat. I never was that girl before, but I am now. I do circuit training interspersed with brutal cardio, such as crazy things on a nonmotorized treadmill. That part is torture. But the thing I like about circuit training is that you’re never doing one thing for very long. You get to the point where you almost can’t bear it, and it changes to something else.

… says 43 year-old Kate.

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Tracee Ellis Ross: “I am small for people and big for an actress”

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44 year-old Tracee Ellis Ross, who stars in Black-ish, recently opened up to People Magazine about weight fluctuations, style and not being Hollywood thin.

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“I’ve always been connected to the narrative of clothing,” she says. “My mom taught me that you can spend money on nice things if you’re going to use them. For example, I have an Alexander McQueen jacket that I wear with everything, even sweatpants.”

One of the things she has also learned over the years is stop obsessing over her size despite not being Hollywood thin.

“You know, I am not a sample size,” she says. “I am not a model size. I am small for people and big for an actress. My weight fluctuates a lot and I move with it. It is what it is. That’s why I try not to have a relationship with the size that I am.

And she deals with the change in her own unique way. “I actually own my favorite jeans in three sizes—28, 29 and 30,” she explains.

“Depending on how I feel, I always start with the big ones and if I get to go down, great,” she says. “It’s the same thing with dresses and clothing. I want to wear something that makes me feel gorgeous, not that makes me feel self-conscious about my body. Hiding insecurities or putting attention on the stuff that feels good is really the key…”

Ultimately, though, when it comes to picking out her looks, she says “there’s no real method to my madness.” All she does, she says, is “ask what is the best thing out of my closet or the best thing on the rack that makes me feel good and fits.”