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Gwyneth Paltrow’s alleged ski-crash victim can’t enjoy wine-tastings anymore

Gwyneth Paltrow is in a Utah civil court, defending herself from a lawsuit claiming that she brutally crashed into a senior citizen on a Park City ski slope and then skied away when the man was in visible distress from multiple broken bones. Everyone has an opinion about this case and the whole thing has turned into a lowkey media circus, especially because the trial is being streamed live. It’s bonkers, in my opinion. People are watching and reporting on the trial like it’s an R. Kelly sentencing.

Gwyneth’s lawyer told the court that the whole ski trip was planned as the first “family” trip with Brad Falchuk (who was then her boyfriend) and his two kids, who are close in age to her two children, Apple and Moses. Gwyneth’s defense is apparently that she was so absorbed in “see if this might work” blended-family ski holiday that she wasn’t paying attention to seniors on the slopes. Meanwhile, Terry Sanderson (the guy suing Paltrow) and his lawyers called on a doctor to testify that Sanderson couldn’t enjoy wine tasting anymore, ever since Paltrow allegedly plowed into him.

A medical expert at the Gwyneth Paltrow ski crash trial says the man she allegedly hit suffered such a blow that he can no longer do the things he enjoys, including wine tastings and spending time with loved ones.

Dr. Wendell Gibby, a neuroradiology specialist at the University of California, San Diego, said Dr. Terry Sanderson, 76, showed signs of traumatic brain damage that altered his behavior after Paltrow, 50, allegedly ran into him on a ski slope at the Deer Valley Resort in Utah on Feb. 26, 2016.

“Terry had been a high-functioning, active person,” Gibby told the court Wednesday. “Every day he was doing lots of things. Meeting groups, wine tasting, skiing, volunteering. After the accident, he deteriorated abruptly and many of the activities he loved to do, he stopped doing.”

Sanderson, a retired optometrist, claims his way of life was permanently derailed after Paltrow allegedly slammed into him and fled. Paltrow, however, claims Sanderson was the one who crashed into her. She sat quietly in the Park City court on Wednesday with a button-down cream sweater, brown corduroy pants and her hair tied back as she sipped on green juice. She remained on her phone and appeared to be texting during Gibby’s testimony.

Gibby said that while Sanderson appeared to pass all his tests checking for neurological damage, the former Army doctor failed one exam. Gibby concluded that Sanderson demonstrated abnormalities in his reasoning abilities.

[From The NY Post]

They’re trying to make Sanderson seem like the snob or the elitist here, which is pretty rich considering he’s suing GWYNETH. Gwyneth is not a working class hero. If anything, hearing about wine-tasting will cause her to try to out-elitist Sanderson. She already started – staying on her phone throughout the testimony isn’t a great look, it makes her look like she’s too bored to listen to a peasant.

This man wants to out-Gwyneth Gwyneth and that is a losing game

— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) March 23, 2023

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A flattering sun dress, a weighted stuffed animal and a non-drying toner

From CB: I got the Boldify hair powder that Hecate recommended. It matches my color and works well to disguise my gray roots and to fill in spots where my hair is thinning. I also really like the Shark stick vacuum that we talked about last week. It works great, it’s easy to switch out the attachments and I wish I ordered that sooner. Here are some more things Hecate and I are looking at on Amazon.

Crocs are on sale for up to 41% off

From CB: I don’t own a pair of classic Crocs, but after hearing how comfortable they are and seeing Questlove wear them on the Oscars red carpet I was convinced. I ordered a pair of black Crocs for 37% off at just $31. The white Crocs are 41% off at under $30. These shoes have a whopping 421,000 ratings, 4.8 stars and the same score on ReviewMeta. Owners say they’re ugly but comfortable and that they wear them all the time. “I bought these to wear on a vacation to Cabo. I had brought other sandals, but wore these 90% of the time. I wore them to the pool, walking long distances, and as slippers. They are super comfortable and for me, that is a major plus since I have had a few surgeries on my feet.” “I always said I would never purchase Crocs because they are hideous. Now I’m writing this review in my first pair that I’ve been wearing everyday for 3 weeks. Never say never. The first day I wasn’t impressed. I swear they molded to my foot though. I work in a fast paced job and I’m on my feet the whole time. These have replaced my Brooks Ghost 14.”

A non-drying balancing toner for clearer, brighter skin

From CB: Clear Collective by trusted brand Hero has the consistency of a serum with the clearing properties of a toner. It has over 2,100 ratings, 4.5 stars and a B on Fakespot. You get 4.4 ounces for $13. Reviewers like that it’s non-drying and say that it reduces acne and makes their skin look glowy. It’s also said to be great for combination skin. “I use this product after washing my face along with the face cream they make & my face has been clearer than it’s been in a while & glowing.” “I have really bad acne and this has been a lifesaver. Best toner on the market by far! Adding this to my skin care routine has totally changed the game.”

A set of refrigerator organizer bins to keep everything in its place

From CB: My refrigerator is getting messy and part of that is the fact that I have different-sized organizer bins. This listing offers sets of 4-14 organizer bins from $14 to to $37. You can get eight bins for just $19 after the $2 coupon. Make sure to measure out the size you need. These have over 25,000 ratings, 4.7 stars and the same score on ReviewMeta. Reviewers say they’re sturdy, easy to clean and make their fridge look much neater. People use them for general organization too. “These have been super helpful for me. I have a very hard time reaching anything on the top shelf in my refrigerator. It makes it so convenient, since I can arrange them so I can reach them easily.” “I use six of them in my fridge, and they help separate thawing meat, processed/prepared meat… fruits, cheeses, and vegetables. I also used two in my pantry for onions and potatoes.”

A pretty, foldable yoga mat that stays flat

From Hecate: A woman in my Essentrics class had one of these and I noticed how pretty it was. I’m oddly bugged by yoga mats curling. So when I’m supposed to be zen-ing out, I’m really thinking about what positions I can hit to weight each corner flat. This mat by well known brand Gaiam folds to avoid curling ends. It also has a sticky, non-slip texture that keeps it on the floor. It comes in five different designs, priced $22-$25. It has almost 4,000 reviews with 4.4 stars and an A on Fakespot. Many customers talked about how easy it was to pack, “I’m a flight attendant and was looking to find a mat to take on layovers and this folds up so easily in my suitcase and is much better than being on the nasty hotel floor with just a towel.” To keep it foldable, it’s thin, so people suggest using it with your gym’s mat, “I take it to the gym and throw it over the gym’s mats. Since I have knee issues, the folds in this mat help by acting as a cushion to support my knees.” I’m a yoga novice so this is perfect for me.

A colorful ceramic butter dish with a convenient knife

From Hecate: I keep my butter in the fridge but the kids have asked that I keep some butter at room temperature. I’ve been hesitant because butter always gets, let’s say unpleasant, on the counter. But this cute dish might be the answer. The top has a silicone seal, which keeps the butter fresher. And because it’s not see-through, when the butter does get super soft, at least I won’t have to look at it on the counter. I love the knife fitting right on top. It costs $15-$18 depending on which of the six different colors you choose. And it is both dishwasher and microwave safe. Over 2,000 people gave this 4.8 stars and a B on Fakespot. Customers love how tidy it is, “Perfect design- and i love the little knife that comes with it. Easy to clean/keep clean and matches my kitchen decor perfectly!” And it’s as sturdy as it looks, “I love this cute little butter dish. Nice and sturdy.”

A cute flattering dress for when the sun finally comes back

From Hecate: This is a sweet, simple silhouette that would be perfect for the spring and summer. And it comes in a bunch of really cute prints and colors. I was thinking of this with some flats and a floppy hat but with light shawl and strappy sandals, you could probably get away with a dressier affair. It comes sized small to XXL and only costs $30. And it has pockets! Over 6,300 customers gave this kicky number 4.3 stars that ReviewMeta confirmed. There are a lot of customer photos that show how cute it is on. People love the look, “The cut is fit and flare without looking too baby-ish, faux wrap top, stretchy thick jersey material. This dress is so flattering!” And, not just how it looks, but how it made them feel, “It is flowy-comfy and so easy to wear. I could not believe how great it fit and how great I felt wearing it.”

Weighted anxiety pets to help comfort your loved ones

From Hecate: I am a huge advocate of weighted blankets for anxiety, sleep – whatever you use it for. But they can be a bit cumbersome and certainly hard for travel. So I was intrigued when I saw these companion pets that your little ones can keep with them at all times. That would do wonders for the foreign hotel room or a new classroom. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not above grabbing one of these for myself. I’ll take what I can get these days. You can choose between pink or green dinos, in 16” at 1.6 lbs or 24” at 3.5 lbs. Normally they are $25 or $35 but they’re on sale for $20 or $30. The weight is from beads so it will be fun to squish when it’s hugged. It’s moldable so it won’t wake anyone who rolls over on it. ReviewMeta rated these 4.3 stars. People say it works great for stress, “I gifted this weighted plush to my girlfriend, and i have to say. She absolutely loves the product. It is so soft and cozy to cuddle with.” It made a teenager the envy of her class, “All of her friends asked where she got it because they also loved it so much!! It’s not too heavy for a toddler to carry either.” A few people mentioned the price, but quality weighted products are expensive so this is pretty reasonable considering it works.

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Chris Pine wore a jaunty neckerchief to the Paris ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ premiere

Do you sometimes wonder if Chris Pine has a bad/weird picker for scripts? I do. In my mind, Chris Pine should be at the top of the Hollywood A-list, with his pick of drama, romantic-comedy, sci-fi and historical scripts. Instead, it does feel like Pine is still on sort of a lower tier, mostly because he chooses some odd projects for himself. Speaking of, he’s been traveling through Europe this week to do premieres and photocalls for Dungeons & Dragons, the film adaptation of the popular role-playing game.

Pine, as always, makes interesting fashion choices. For the Paris premiere, he chose a black suit, a white unbuttoned henley, showing some cleavage, and a jaunty scarf or… are we calling this a cravat? Or maybe a neckerchief? Anyway, I enjoy it. He looks great, honestly. Piercing blue eyes, a good haircut, a hint of chest, gray wolf energy. He looks like he took his Lear jet up to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun. “Your scarf, it was apricot/You had one eye in the mirror, as you watched yourself gavotte.”

I can’t believe Rege-Jean Page and Hugh Grant are also in this movie. I can totally believe Michelle Rodriguez is in it though. What an utterly bizarre cast.

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Lady Amelia Spencer got married in South Africa, her father didn’t go to the wedding

Charles, the Earl Spencer, has seven children. Five daughters and two sons. His first-born is Lady Kitty Spencer, and she got married in 2021 in Italy. She was 30 years old at the time and she married a 62-year-old millionaire, and Dolce & Gabbana made her outrageous bridal trousseau. It was said, at the time, that Kitty’s father was injured and simply couldn’t fly to Italy. Crash cut to this week, and another one of Charles’s daughters got married. Lady Amelia Spencer, now 30 years old, married Greg Mallett in South Africa. All of the kids from Charles Spencer’s first marriage were pretty much raised exclusively in South Africa, so it’s no surprise (to me) that the girls are marrying South African men.

Princess Diana’s niece is married! Lady Amelia Spencer and Greg Mallett tied the knot in South Africa, Hello! magazine revealed. The location of a mountain-top near Cape Town for the wedding ceremony was a special choice, as the country is where the bride spent much of her childhood.

“It means so much to get married here,” Amelia told Hello! magazine. “Growing up here together for the last 14 years, all of mine and Greg’s happiest times as a couple are here. It’s even more special now.”

Hello! reports attendees at the nuptials included Lady Amelia’s three siblings: twin sister Lady Eliza, older sister Lady Kitty and younger brother Samuel.

Amelia, 30, is the daughter of Princess Diana’s brother, Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, and his first wife, Victoria Aitken.

[From People]

The Earl Spencer did not attend this daughter’s wedding. He skipped another one. I get that Charles and Victoria Lockwood (Aitken) had a contentious divorce and that she was sick of his bullsh-t. But… I would have hoped that Charles would at least make an effort to ATTEND his daughters’ weddings. Now, Charles apparently did say that Greg Mallett did ask his permission to ask Amelia to marry. So Charles is in some kind of contact with his adult children, albeit in a limited way (or so it appears). The Daily Mail thinks this is all about his kids not getting along with his current (and third) wife, Countess Karen Spencer. I don’t know, I really don’t. I think the Spencers always have dysfunctional marriages, honestly.

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CNN: Donald Trump is unsure about how to handle a potential indictment

Well, Donald Trump wasn’t arrested on Tuesday or Wednesday. It’s unlikely he will be indicted today, but I really don’t know. There’s a lot of gossip about when the New York grand jury will be reconvened and when they’ll actually vote on indictments – apparently, the DA sent the grand jury home yesterday. NBC says that they’re reconvene today, but other outlets say no. One thing is for certain, Trump is absolutely expecting to be indicted and he’s trying to prepare for it by leaking a lot of sh-t about how being arrested would be good for him.

Behind the gilded doors of Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump and his advisers are preparing for several different potential scenarios related to a possible indictment from the Manhattan grand jury probing a hush money scheme.

Already a 2024 candidate for the White House, Trump has both celebrated how an indictment would help him politically and complained about how “unfair” it would be. He’s toyed with the idea of trying to create a media spectacle around it and, at times, he’s ignored the prospect of criminal charges altogether, sources close to him told CNN.

Two advisers said that the former president appears to have resigned himself to the likelihood of an indictment, with one close adviser calling his perceived distancing from the matter “compartmentalization.”

Even as there are signs the investigation into Trump’s alleged role in the scheme to pay hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels is nearing an end and that preparations are being made for an indictment, it is not clear yet that the former president will be charged or when those charges could be unveiled.

“[Trump] knows it’s happening. We’ve all moved on to ‘OK, this is happening, how do we deal with it?’” one Trump adviser said.

[From CNN]

The message we’re supposed to get from outlets like CNN and the New York Times is that Trump is a former president surrounded by competent professionals who are all taking this very seriously. The truth is that Trump is always a ball of criminality, fake tanner and chaos. He is not taking this well and he can’t hide it. The only reason his freakouts aren’t making the news with more regularity is because – I sh-t you not – he’s mostly raging out on his Truth Social platform and barely anyone is following him. He’s apparently posted no fewer than 80 messages, many of them caps-lock screams-into-the-void about George Soros and New York crime and Ron DeSantis.

he increasingly resembles a demon

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 22, 2023

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Megan Fox & Machine Gun Kelly’s ‘volatile’ relationship is ‘currently off’

Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly had some kind of extreme falling out mid-February. They went to a pre-Grammy party and suddenly Megan looked like she was crying and yelling at MGK and then she deleted all of the photos of MGK on her social media, etc. They ended up going to couples counseling on Valentine’s Day, but Megan removed her engagement ring and she still hasn’t put it back on. Then, at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, she was definitely giving single-lady vibes and made a point of flirting with Noah Centineo all night. If you ask me, the VF Oscar party was Megan announcing that she’s single again. But I guess we still need to deal with the formality of “are Megan and MGK really over.”

Hitting the pause button. Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly are taking some time apart, an insider exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly.

“Megan and MGK are currently on a break but are still in contact,” the source says of the Jennifer’s Body actress, 36, and the “Emo Girl” artist, 32. “They are very hot and cold.”

The Transformers star and the American Music Award winner got engaged in January 2022, but the pair have yet to set a wedding date — and the insider claims they won’t be picking out a venue any time soon.

“They have stalled wedding planning to work on their issues,” the source tells Us. “Their relationship is pretty volatile at the moment. They are currently off, but still texting each other.”

[From Us Weekly]

Ugh. I don’t even know what to say about this anymore – it’s clear (to me) that MGK is a loser who doesn’t know how to be in a relationship with anyone, much less his dream girl, Megan Fox. I suspect that their relationship has always been really toxic and dysfunctional. It irritates me that she’s still in contact with him, but maybe it’s a good thing that it’s only texting. Maybe that’s her version of getting out cleanly. Plus, it will be good to have records in case she eventually needs a protective order!

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BAFTA CEO: older white women BAFTA nominees count as diversity

In Britain, they do two BAFTA awards ceremonies, one for film and one for television, and they call both awards shows “the BAFTAs.” At the film BAFTAs this year, there was a concerted effort made to nominate people of color, from Angela Bassett to Viola Davis to Michelle Yeoh. Unfortunately, every single BAFTA winner this year was white. Cate Blanchett beat Yeoh and Davis; Kerry Condon beat Bassett and Hong Chau; Barry Keoghan beat Ke Huy Quan and Micheal Ward. Part of me still believes that in the British film industry’s hive-mind, “Irish” counts as an ethnic minority. I’m sure that’s the case for BAFTA president Prince William. In any case, this year’s BAFTA television nominations have come out and they are overwhelmingly white, to little surprise. Something funny and terrible happened though: BAFTA’s CEO claimed that nominating old white women “counts” as diversity.

BAFTA has celebrated the number of older white women nominated for best actress at its Television Awards amid a steep decline in ethnic diversity in performance shortlists. All six nominees in the Leading Actress category are white and have been nominated for BAFTAs across film and TV multiple times in the past.

Asked if BAFTA had hoped for a different outcome, CEO Jane Millichip said: “There is representation in that category in the fact that if you look at the age of the actresses and the roles written for them, it is extraordinary. This is something that we’ve discussed for a long time in the television and film world: Are the roles written for women over the age of 40? That is a really impressive result.”

BAFTA later clarified that Millichip was referring to “representation” for older women as a separate issue from diversity, which it considers to relate to ethnicity and socio-economic background among other factors.

Imelda Staunton (aged 67) has been nominated for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown. Other nominees include Kate Winslet (47) for I Am Ruth, Billie Piper (40) for I Hate Suzie Too, Maxine Peake (48) for Anne, Sarah Lancashire (58) for Julia, and Vicky McClure (39) for Without Sin.

Sara Putt, Deputy Chair of BAFTA and Chair of the Television Committee, said all the female nominees are “well deserving” of their place on the shortlist.

Some observed that Ambika Mod had been overlooked for her performance in BBC/AMC series This Is Going To Hurt, which is leading the chase for a bronze mask with a total of six nominations. Mod has been nominated for Supporting Actor at the Royal Television Society Awards, while the Broadcasting Press Guild nominated her for Best Actress. Deadline understands she was put forward for Supporting Actress rather than Leading Actress at the BAFTAs. There are three women of color nominated in the Supporting Actress category: Adelayo Adedayo (The Responder), Jasmine Jobson (Top Boy), and Saffron Hocking (Top Boy).

[From Deadline]

I mean, it’s a real thing when actors of color are snubbed for nominations in the lead category and relegated to supporting categories. That happens all the time across the board in the film and television industry, because most awards shows can’t handle films or TV shows with Black leads or Asian leads. So no, I’m not surprised that all of the lead actress nominees are white. I guess they deserve a slow clap for including women over the age of 40, although that’s been the case for decades now – women over 40 are pushed out of film work and given TV work.

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