Bill O’Reilly: ‘People Are Trying To Kill Me Right Now’

Bill O’Reilly made a thinly veiled reference to the sexual harassment scandal that cost him his job at Fox News by comparing his situation to that of his father, who served in World War II

On his podcast Wednesday, O’Reilly read a message from a fan who complimented his book, “Killing the Rising Sun.”

“I really like the way you wrapped it up, Bill, the last bit about your father caught me off-guard, but it was a really nice twist,” O’Reilly quoted. 

He then talked about how his father was a naval officer en route to Japan “and would have been killed in the invasion had the atom bombs not been dropped.” 

O’Reilly said he wouldn’t be here if his father had been killed in the war. 

And a lot of people are trying to kill me right now, as you know,” O’Reilly said. “But we’re going to tough that one out.”

He then recommended his book as “a great Father’s Day/Mother’s Day gift.”

O’Reilly also said the next book in his “Killing” series will be released in September. 

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The Metropolitan Museum Of Art Might Start Charging Out-Of-Towners Admission

Admission to New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is free ― technically. The institution promotes a “suggested” entrance toll of $25, but, after a few lawsuits, it’s become abundantly clear that patrons can in fact pay nothing and still revel in the glory of art history. 

That could change for some, though. According to The New York Times, the Met, which is currently embroiled in a multimillion-dollar budget deficit snafu and accompanying staff shakeup, has been in talks with NYC officials about potentially charging an admission fee only for visitors who live outside of New York.

The move would, as the NYT and several other outlets since have pointed out, be controversial. The Met is a public institution, once mandated by a 1893 state law to offer free admission at least five days and two evenings per week. (Since 2013, it adheres to an amendment to its lease with the city that allows it to renegotiate the pay-as-you-wish policy in the future.) It receives annual grants from NYC ― without paying taxes or rent ― now totaling $26 million. That amount, however, covers only approximately 8 percent of the museum’s $332 million annual operating costs.

In the face of a $10 million deficit that could balloon to $40 million in the next year and a half, according to the Wall Street Journal, instituting a two-tiered admission structure could alleviate some financial pressure. The Met’s current blanket “suggested” admission structure generated $39 million in the 2016 fiscal year, amounting to 13 percent of the museum’s overall revenue. The NYT speculates that charging tourists would generate tens of millions of dollars more.

Reports in 2013 noted that six in 10 visitors shirked the full $25 fee, many of whom were locals familiar with the then-”recommended” nature of the fee. (After the aforementioned lawsuits, the Met settled upon slightly clearer language for its fee signage: “suggested.”) “It’s the unwitting out-of-towners who get yoked into chucking up the full price,” The Atlantic wrote, noting that third-party ticket websites ― like Groupon ― didn’t always communicate that fees were not mandatory.

When asked whether or not talks concerning the admissions structure switch were indeed taking place, a representative from the museums sent HuffPost the following statement:

Our admissions policy is one of many components of the Museum’s operating budget, all of which are continuously under review and refinement. The Met and the City are partners, and always in conversation on how The Met can continue to thrive and best serve all of New York City and beyond. While we have started preliminary discussions about our admissions policies, we have not submitted an official, detailed request.

A request for comment from the City of New York has yet to be answered.

Why is the Met in debt? There are several potential contributing factors: namely, financial mismanagement amid previously rising salaries, staff increases and expansion and rebranding plans. Plus, visitors ― particularly young ones ― are indeed paying less at the door, which, according to Daniel H. Weiss, the Met’s president, matters. A decline of “30 to 40 cents per person is material,” he told the Times.

A two-tiered ticket system is hardly unheard of; pay-as-you-wish is more common. Some major museums like the Art Institute of Chicago allow locals in the city and state of Illinois a discounted entrance fee. Still, the response to the free-for-locals-only suggestion for the Met has been met with some criticism.

“Especially at a time when our President is fueling his supporters’ xenophobia, the last thing we need is to make foreigners (let alone fellow citizens) feel less welcome at our country’s premier repository for world culture by instituting a two-tier admissions structure,” arts writer Lee Rosenbaum wrote on her blog.

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Newly Inked Demi Lovato Wants You To Know She’s Not A Tattoo Copycat

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Demi Lovato has officially inked herself with none other than the king of the jungle. That’s right, Lovato now has a lion’s face on her hand. 

The “Confident” singer’s new tattoo was done on Tuesday by New York-based celebrity tattoo artist Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy, who also inked Cara Delevingne’s lion tat on her finger. 

We certainly see the similarity, but Lovato was quick to call out anyone who thinks she’s a copycat: 

As for the significance of Lovato’s new ink? She hasn’t said anything yet, but we’re sure there’s a meaningful reason behind it. 

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These Epic GIFs Show ‘Romy And Michele’ Was About Friendship AND Fashion

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since Romy and Michele interpretive danced their way into our hearts?

”Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” the quirky comedy about two friends who are equal parts Mary and Rhoda, was released on April 25, 1997. Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino are the film’s stars, but their outfits were main characters, too. 

Fashion is threaded throughout the film and the duo’s friendship. Whether it was their “Vogue-approved” handmade reunion outfits or quirky workout gear costume designer Mona May said would have been made by Romy and Michele themselves, these pals communicated through clothing as much as their absurd, highly quotable dialogue.  

Their closets were colorful treasure troves.

Their accessories were on point.

Their workout clothes were perfect.

Their road-tripping attire was second to none…

…and so was their partywear.

Their final reunion looks put everyone else to shame…

…but they looked totally babely in business casual, too. 

Even their laundry outfits were fun.

On the 20th anniversary of this fun-loving film, grab your bestie, fold some scarves and remember, you don’t have to have invented post-it notes to be total fashion icons. Just be yourselves. 

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This 14-Year-Old Cellist Is Making Her Mark In Classical Music

If you haven’t heard of Ifetayo Ali-Landing yet, you may soon.

The 14-year-old cellist won first place in the 20th Annual Sphinx Competition’s junior division in February.  

The competition, which takes place in Detroit, Michigan, allows teens and college-aged black and Latino string players to compete amongst professional musicians. 

Ali-Landing came in second during last year’s competition, but a runner-up position didn’t sit well for the prodigy. 

“Last year I came in second place, which was great, but what I really wanted was first place, and this year I got it,” Ali-Landing, who transitioned from the violin to the cello at age four, told the Chicago Defender in February. 

Although Ali-Landing’s victory, which comes with a $10,000 award and the promise of solo appearances with major orchestras and an appearance on the national radio program From the Top, took place a couple of months ago, her performance only recently began making its rounds among black media outlets

Ali-Landing currently attends the Hyde-Suzuki Institute in Chicago. Keep killin’ them strings, girl. 

Watch her interview with the Sphinx following her win below: 

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Jessica Biel Finally Finds A Role She Can Sink Her Teeth Into

She’s played a “summer catch.” A love interest. A leading lady in an action movie. A horror movie victim. But none of these roles have really given Jessica Biel the opportunity to truly excel, which is why her latest on-screen character is a welcome sight.  

In her first lead television role since her run as Mary Camden on “7th Heaven,” Biel plays Cora Tannetti on USA’s “The Sinner,” an upcoming eight-part series that premiered its pilot episode at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday night. The thriller, based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr, delves into the mystery behind Cora’s unexplained killing of a man on a public beach, surrounded by her husband, child and dozens of witnesses. What made this seemingly doting mother and wife do something so out of character? And why is it that we don’t fully trust her? “The Sinner” will, hopefully, explain it all when it debuts Aug. 2. 

Bill Pullman plays the detective working to uncover Cora’s motives, while Christopher Abbott portrays Cora’s husband, Mason. 

But it’s Biel who went all in for her role ― made clear by the applause she received following the Tribeca screening. Director Antonio Campos (”Christine,” “Simon Killer”) envelops the actress in dreamlike shots before zooming in for close-ups, letting her physical emotion easily slip through the screen. Her performance is committed, solid, and might be her best yet. 

“Obviously, she’s a terribly complex and complicated person,” Biel, who’s also an executive producer on the series, said of Cora during the post-screening Q&A. “Just in the pilot we get to see a tiny bit of what’s to come … in her mind and in her past and everything. That was interesting, for me, to think about playing somebody like this.”

Biel admitted that the role was a bit daunting, due to the fact that Cora is, well, a murderer, and so hard to read; she wasn’t sure which direction to take the character at any given time. 

“The tracking of what she knows, what she remembers, what she thinks she remembers, what is a lie, what is told to her and when she’s lying [was difficult],” Biel explained. “It’s very complicated. We would constantly be going, ‘Wait, is this a moment where she’s telling the truth or is this a moment where she’s lying? Or is she telling the truth, but it’s actually a lie that we don’t know?’ So there’s this weaving of this denial and this shame and all these things,” Biel added, joking that there’s a lot of “fake news” in Cora’s head.

“It was very, very tricky to kind of remember and to keep it in line and that’s what I’ll be facing as we go forward,” the actress said.  

So far, only the pilot has been completed, so the cast and crew will return to film the remaining seven episodes. The hope is to create a series that analyzes the human psyche and investigates what we, as people, are capable of. 

“When I read the book, every step of the way for me was a shock, and I just feel like nothing can shock me anymore,” Biel said. “You know, like, I’ve seen it all, there’s nothing that weird or that dark. We’ve all seen it all, I think in a sense, the way we’re exposed and have access to everything. But every time there was a surprise, it was a genuine surprise for me and it just felt incredibly rare to find a piece of material where you didn’t expect every twist and turn every way. And then, generally, like, selfishly, I just wanted to play that girl and get to be a little nuts.”

“The Sinner” debuts on USA at 10 p.m. on Aug. 2.

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13 Times Latinos Refused To Stay Silent During Trump’s First 100 Days

President Donald Trump’s first 100 days have been an emotional and political rollercoaster for many, and Latinos did not sit idly by. 

Just days after taking office, Trump signed an executive order to begin construction on a U.S.-Mexico border wall and threatened to defund cities that refused to collaborate with federal immigration authorities. The administration’s immigration crackdown led to the deportation of at least one DACA recipient and one mother with no criminal record, among others. And at least one domestic violence victim was reportedly detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement while seeking court protection. 

Through it all, Latinos have refused to stay silent ― from America Ferrera’s rousing speech at the Women’s March to the undocumented Latina who took a viral tax form selfie and then asked Trump for his. 

Here are 13 times Latinos spoke up in solidarity with immigrants and their community: 

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Michelle Obama Won’t Stop Encouraging Kids To Pursue College

Former first lady Michelle Obama, continuing a tradition she began while in the White House, will host a “college signing day” on MTV next month, celebrating graduating high school seniors pursuing college, university or professional training programs.

Obama has hosted a college signing day event every year since 2014 as part of her Reach Higher initiative, which aims to make higher education more accessible. Her efforts have often involved creative ways of reaching young people, including a rap video.

This year’s event will be held at the famed Public Theater in New York on May 5, four days after the deadline for students to commit to a college or university to which they have been admitted.

The event, which MTV will air on its Facebook page, will be hosted by singer Nick Cannon, the network said Wednesday. It will feature a diverse group of famous guests, including comedian Billy Eichner, model Bella Hadid, chef Carla Hall, former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), “Hamilton” star Renée Elise Goldsberry, actor Michael B. Jordan, The Roots drummer Questlove, and “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts.

Obama has continued working on education issues after leaving the White House in January. She made a surprise visit to a public school in Washington, where she and the former first family live, and collaborated with Civic Nation, a nonprofit that says it focuses on “innovative engagement and awareness initiatives.”

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is A Master Class On The Power Of Rebellion

In the third episode of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” viewers are exposed to a quotidian site seldom shown on television: a shock of red, sitting plainly in the heroine’s underwear, delivering the news that she’s started her period, and isn’t, as she thought, pregnant.

Menstruation is part of many women’s daily (or, monthly) lives, but the visual display of it remains a taboo in media. Just last year, a tampon company made waves by showing women boxing and climbing, and getting bloody as a result. Before that, depictions of bloody periods didn’t usually make it to TV, barring a few exceptions from “Degrassi,” “Mad Men,” and “Broad City.”

So, the choice to include a splotch of blood in “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a bold one. But, in an interview with The Huffington Post, showrunner Bruce Miller was matter-of-fact about the decision. “Our version needed to be unflinching if it was going to be successful.” Many women menstruate and bleed, he said, “and if people are uncomfortable with that, tough.”

This is in keeping with an inflammatory comment made by the cast during a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival, that they’ve since wheeled back. “It’s just a story about a woman,” actress Madeline Brewer said, when asked whether she got involved with the story because of its feminist themes. “It’s a human story because women’s rights are human rights,” the show’s star, Elisabeth Moss, said.

The remarks caused a stir, and were blamed on Hulu’s marketing team, even though Atwood herself has made similar claims. The author has taken issue with certain aspects of early feminism, which took a stand against feminine modes of self-expression; she’s also said that the story is about power dynamics more broadly, and could’ve been told from a man’s point of view.

In a recent New York Times op-ed, the author wrote, “[I]s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ a ‘feminist’ novel? If you mean a novel in which women are human beings — with all the variety of character and behavior that implies — and are also interesting and important, and what happens to them is crucial to the theme, structure and plot of the book, then yes. In that sense, many books are ‘feminist.’”

In other words, Atwood makes a distinction between her intention as a storyteller and the implications of the book for readers and scholars. As a novelist, she aims to tell a story about an individual’s struggles, her daily wants and hopes and fears. The character doesn’t explicitly observe that her biological womanhood is an integral part of her oppression and her experience of the world, as a feminist essayist might; instead, she observes that she’s feeling scared, or mad, or happy. But, to create a woman character who thinks and feels on her own terms is a feminist act, and certainly to read the book is a feminist experience.

Like Atwood, Miller discusses the show as Offred’s story, first and foremost. Early on, in hiring a director and costume designer, the team decided that filming close-in on Offred, to create a claustrophobic effect that would emulate her oppression, would be stylistically key.

“The book has a sense of anecdotal remembrance. She’s remembering things that’ve happened to her. So you don’t want to forget that she was there ― there’s no objectivity, it’s Offred telling stories of herself, of her life. You don’t ever want to lose that feeling of the book, that it’s a very personal narrative of Offred’s,” Miller said. “One of the strongest things about the book was not knowing everything else that was happening. We’re so used to being able to hop on the internet or watch TV or ask somebody a question, and she’s lost all of that. And that, to me, was so scary and so frustrating.”

To this end, the team worked to design custom bonnets that would let light through, so that scenes filmed close to Moss’s face would be possible. “You feel every emotion go across her face, even when she wants to hide from the rest of the world,” Miller said.

Staying true to the heroine’s point of view was key for Miller, who said he wanted to keep as much of Atwood’s original story intact as possible. Most of the updates were tethered to technology. In the book, Serena Joy, the woman who Offred serves as a handmaid for, is an evangelical personality on TV; in the show, she’s an author.

“If it isn’t real ― if you can say, ‘Oh, that’s not the real world’ ― then it’s less scary. The more it feels like the real world, the scarier it becomes, at least to me,” Miller said.

As it relates to today’s political climate, Miller thinks the show will encourage viewers to, “appreciate the freedoms that we have, and see little ways that they’re chipped away and what that can lead to.” Although the show was conceived before last year’s presidential election, Miller thinks its themes are relevant.

“There’s been just an unrelenting assault on […] women’s sovereignty over their own bodies, that’s been happening at the state level and the national level, that’s been head-spinning,” he said.

Again, he steered the conversation toward Offred’s personal struggle, and what readers and viewers can glean from it.

“Every single part of her life is so truncated. Yet, she still finds ways to keep her brain alive, she still finds ways to manipulate and move the world around her to increase her chances of survival,” Miller said. “I think to me that’s super inspiring, because I always feel like ― the problems that we have, the government seems like an intractable force, a big, faceless force, but if Offred could do something, I should get off my ass and do something as well.”

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25 Vintage Boy Names Worth Reviving

If you’re looking for a baby boy name that’s not all-the-rage right now, Nameberry has some suggestions with a vintage flair.

Since boy names tend to stay on the popularity lists longer than girls’ names, these examples are quite unusual in that most of them were in common use at one time but then slid into obscurity.  See which ones you think are ripe for revival.

Alaric — An ancient regal name that sparks with electricity, it starred in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series and in The Vampire Diaries. Emeric is a similar possibility.

Aldous — Associated with Brave New World’s Aldous Huxley, more recently seen in “Orphan Black,” Aldous boasts the popular s-ending for boys

Ambrose — As rosy as Rose, as amiable as Amelia, this early Latin name has loads of history, both religious and literary.

Art — Sure it’s familiar as a vintage nickname for Arthur, but there’s a lot more to Art. In Ireland it’s the stand-alone name of a pagan High King (perhaps why Chris O’Dowd chose it for his son), and of course it’s a culture-saturated word name as well.

Burl — A long-lost nature name related to trees, Burl has a down-home feel, and was in the Top 1000 for 81 years, ranking as high as number 381. A notable namesake: folk singer and Oscar-winning actor Burl Ives.

Clive — If you’re looking for a sleek and polished one-syllable name with a refined British accent and the charisma of Clive Owen, consider Clive.

Cosmo — A name with cosmic breadth and a stylish o-ending; as long as you can banish all thoughts of cocktails and Kramer.

Crispin — Harry Potter-related, crisp and curly-haired (its literal meaning), Crispin is now ranked number 518 on Nameberry.

Cyprian — A rare and noble ancient Latin saint and Harry Potter name (such a treasure trove!), Cyprian is related to the island of Cyprus.

Doyle — This friendly Irish surname, which hasn’t been heard from since 1980, was a well-used choice for about a hundred years, peaking at number 195 in 1931. Doyle McMaster was a recurring character on “Gilmore Girls” — one of the name’s few modern appearances. It could make a cool choice for Sherlock Holmes aficionados.

Eben — Most of us are not ready for Ebenezer, but short, stand-alone Eben has lots of appeal, it was as high as 528 in the 1880s but hasn’t been used much since then.

Esmond — An interesting alternative to Edmond or Desmond with a distinguished air and literary cred via Thackeray’s novel The History of Henry Esmond.

Eustace — The monocled New Yorker magazine symbol and, curiously, the middle name of both Ross on “Friends” and the female Paris on “Gilmore Girls.”

Florian — This name shares the gentle floral quality of Flora and Florence, with solid saintly and literary cred (Harry Potter once more!). It ranks at number 55 in Germany right now.

Garland — A generic floral name that isn’t primarily female: it was used for boys through the 1980s. Garland was a military name in “Twin Peaks.”

Giles — The G is pronounced as J in this single-syllable British aristo appellation. It’s another one with lots of literary connections.

Green — Blue is now an accepted unisex name, as are many shades of green. And Green itself actually ranked on the popularity list for at least 32 past years, reaching as high as number 254 in the 1880s.

Guthrie — Now that Arlo has taken off, how about surname Guthrie? It has a nice cowboyish feel, a la Wylie, and even hit the Top 1000 for one year, back in 1895.

Hardy — A name with the solid, strong yet spirited Hardy Boys image, Hardy fell off the list in 1960, but in this era of word names, deserves a new look. British fashion designer Hardy Amies (born Edwin), official dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth II, was its most notable bearer.

Ignatius — The ancient Roman name of several saints, it was used in the U.S. in the early decades of the 20th century, primarily by religious families. Actresses Cate Blanchett and Julianne Nicholson both chose it for their sons; and if you’re wondering about Iggy Pop and Iggy Azalea, the former was born with the name James, while the latter grew up with jewel name Amethyst.

Ives — This cool single-syllable surname has lots of cultural cred, via composer Charles Ives, singer Burl (see above), and James Merritt Ives, half of the renowned Currier and Ives printmaking duo.

Jennings — Looking for a distinguished but unusual surname ending in ‘s’?  This one, which ranked at number 244 in 1897 (likely the William Jennings Bryan influence) could make a neat namesake for a family member, Jenny.

Morley — A pleasant surname name that has never ranked. Now that Marley is becoming popular for girls, this could make a nice option for boys. It was long associated with Morley Safer of “60 Minutes.”

Roscoe ― If you’re looking for a forgotten o-sound-ending name, Roscoe may be your boy. It’s got a slightly quirky but warm and friendly feel. Once a Top 200 name, it’s now given to fewer than 75 boys a year.

Teddy — Yes, I know Theo is the current nickname du jour for Theodore, but there’s something so irresistibly warm about Teddy. Used on its own in the U.S. until the early 1990s (peaking at 239 in 1933), its one of the enthusiastically revived nicknames in England and Wales — now at number 42!

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