8. Kylie “rapped” on Burberry Perry’s song “Beautiful Day” with best friend Jordyn Woods.
9. In 2015, Kylie sought out the rights to register the name “Kylie” for advertising and endorsement services, but was unable to after Kylie Minogue filed a notice of opposition, “citing possible confusion and ‘damage’ to her branding.”
10. Kylie co-wrote a young adult fiction novel which centered on a dystopian world with Kendall and ghostwriter Maya Sloan.
11. Kylie was a guest on an episode of America’s Next Top Model.
12. Kylie first met Caitlyn Jenner over FaceTime after she had her wisdom teeth removed.
13. Although she doesn’t use filters all that often, Kylie loves to use VSCO to edit her photos.
14. Kylie’s favorite emoji is the red matte heart that resembles the one from the card deck.
15. Kylie’s first dog, Norman, was a Christmas gift from her ex Tyga.
“Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.”
Sansa has used her hair and clothing to send very deliberate messages to her allies and her enemies on multiple occasions. The “dark Sansa” outfit she wore in Season 5, for instance, was an indication that she was well and truly a player in the game, with costume designer Michele Clapton explaining that her necklace specifically was symbolic of her own Needle. In Season 6, when Sansa reunited with Jon and the two of them were seeking allies in the North, she dressed not only herself, but also Jon, in the most Stark-ish clothes possible, reminiscent of Ned and Catelyn.
John Boyega’s superwatt smile is conspicuously absent in his latest movie.
There’s very little to smile about in Detroit, the new Kathryn Bigelow film about an infamous but largely forgotten incident during the 1967 Detroit rebellion. Scores of people died over the course of five days but no event was more shocking than what happened at the Algiers Motel on the fourth day, in which three black teenagers were killed in the motel annex, after a National Guardsman reported hearing shots in the area. Across the street, security guard Melvin Dismukes, whom Boyega plays, overheard the same noise and headed to the motel that night.
But the young men, who were questioned and brutalized by Detroit police officers in the annex, were unarmed. According to screenwriter Mark Boal’s script, what the Guardsman heard was a starter pistol, not a sniper. Dismukes, who found himself in the crosshairs, ended up being charged with first-degree murder, alongside the white police officers who, according to the movie if not an official report, were responsible for the murders of Carl Cooper (Jason Mitchell), Aubrey Pollard (Nathan Davis Jr.), and Fred Temple (Jacob Latimore).
While what occurred at the Algiers Motel is history, there are recent headlines that show how little the needle has moved when it comes to the impunity of a violent police force. For example, Detroit was filmed in the latter half of 2016, a year that saw 963 victims of deadly police violence in the US according to the Washington Post’s “Fatal Force” project. Of that number, the database counts 17 victims as black and unarmed.
During his interview with BuzzFeed News at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York, Boyega spoke briefly about Rashan Charles, the 20-year-old father who died in the hospital following interaction with police in East London last month. Police brutality spans continents; it is not strictly a US phenomenon, nor has it been relegated to the past. “A movie like this echoes with you because as a black person obviously you’re going to have lines and connections,” Boyega said. “But at the same time, a new process begins after a movie like Detroit. It’s a process of self-discovery, finding your place in all this. It’s not only sparking us, the actors, but in everybody — regardless of race. And that’s something that will warp into improvement.
“I want it to lead to some form of change, and I don’t know how that’s going to happen.”
“I plan to have some Nigerian babies sometime and it would be good for them to be in a world in which things are better.”
After a recent screening of the film in the city it was set in, Boyega talked about that drive to affect and bring change with his Detroit costar Algee Smith, who plays Larry Reed, former lead singer of The Dramatics. Reed survived the night at the Algiers, but remained haunted by what he experienced and witnessed; he lived, but his previously mapped out future was irretrievably derailed. “We met people from Detroit, some of whom had connections to the past, [and] the still kind of young, optimistic guys who still feel like Detroit has had a chance,” said Boyega. “And Algee was just like, ‘Man, I know this is a movie and I know we’re here to promote it. It’s a great, important film.’ But, he goes, ‘I need to be a part of this, man. I need to do something and I just don’t know what and I’m trying to figure that out.’ And I’m like, ‘Dude, I feel the same way.’”
For Boyega, working on Detroit brought him closer to his “purpose.” “You find that there’s a strength in your voice and in your perspective. And you just want to learn more and do more and be more than you are, obviously for the greater good. You know, because I plan to have some Nigerian babies sometime” — he flashed that signature smile — “and it would be good for them to be in a world in which, you know, things are better, because it’s real.”
Because there is no official account of what happened that long ago night at the Algiers Motel, it was up to Bigelow and Boal to conduct interviews with survivors and witnesses and build a narrative that fleshed out the details. The real Melvin Dismukes served as a consultant on the film, and Boyega first spoke to him on a conference call after he was cast last summer. He wanted to learn about Dismukes as an individual because, Boyega said, he “landed in that circumstance, the circumstance doesn’t dictate who he is.” Boyega discovered that Dismukes was “an introvert, very soft-spoken, has good intention,” and in him, Boyega found echoes of his own father, back home in London.
“We didn’t have enough time to put it in [the film] and establish, but [Melvin] was a great, great community man. He’s a big community man. My dad is like that, so I understand that mentality,” said Boyega. “My dad is a minister so we would have loads of the congregation come to our house for counseling, sometimes at crazy hours in the morning. So I understand the kind of like, agape love for people, which is something that [Dismukes] had.”
Frustratingly, Dismukes’s community-minded principles are not well-established in Detroit. We are given only a couple of fleeting scenes, when he diffuses a situation between the police and a black boy frustrated by the officers’ way of speaking to him, and later, when he brings the white Guardsmen coffee as a gesture of goodwill and keeping the peace. The boy he ushers away from the police sneeringly calls him “uncle.” For many black people in the city, Dismukes’s proximity to the violence at the Algiers Motel left a sour taste. Boyega says he had to consider responses like this as also valid. “Those tables were just turned, not only for him, you know, being accused of first-degree murder, but from black folks too, who were just like, ‘You’re an Uncle Tom, and you could have done something.’ And I had to understand that as well.”
Detroit offers a somewhat muddled narrative that perhaps does not linger in the places you want it to: the post-traumatic stress Reed apparently suffered afterward, or the aftermath of the trial on Dismukes’s life, for example — but it is also intensely claustrophobic, with a thread of simmering and raw violence that explodes every so often in shocking spikes. Unsurprisingly, reactions have been mixed, with some black viewers leaving screenings perturbed and triggered by the violence depicted. Danielle Young of The Root wrote: “It’s the equivalent of watching the Facebook Live video of Philando Castile taking his final breath … for two hours.”
“We need to understand our people’s pain. And that doesn’t come with sugar and cupcakes. I’m sorry, it doesn’t.”
What does Boyega think about the people, like Young, who walked out of the cinema? He paused thoughtfully before answering. “Each to their own,” he said finally. “Like, it’s not an easy process for some. But I think it’s necessary.”
The filmmakers’ motive was authenticity, Boyega said, and the goal is to get people to watch the film. “What they should know is that the intention is not to just sort of make you feel that way and for you to go home. Because think about it: There still is an element of business in this in which we want the movie to do well. We’re not trying to make a movie that chases everybody away. But it has to be integral to what happened.”
In Boyega’s mind, the quest for equal civil rights and social justice that has reemerged in the public consciousness in the last few years, requires a hard look at the past. “We all want the same thing. But you, me, us, who weren’t born back then, who are still trying to deal with the pains and sufferings of our ancestors and we’re having to walk through life being aware of our blackness, we need to understand our people’s pain. And that doesn’t come with sugar and cupcakes. I’m sorry, it doesn’t. It comes [out] of an element of us having to emotionally just go there for a few hours in a movie. … Whatever it takes to ignite that conversation is something that I find important and if someone does leave, it’s each to their own.”
Ultimately, Boyega said, the film does require “a huge emotional payment from its audience,” adding, “that’s real life.” “Sometimes we like to simplify issues so that it’s easy for us to comprehend so that we don’t have to worry about that on a day-to-day basis,” he continued. “It’s so easy to class this kind of issue as a kind of black versus white. That’s not necessarily how simple it was, and Detroit goes into that. And I just feel like that in itself makes its appeal to everybody that is an adult in today’s day and age where we have to get along.”
Bim Adewunmi is a senior culture writer for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
“I love being a redhead because it’s different. Redheads are the minority of hair colors, and I like that. We’re special, we’re different, and we stand out in a crowd. And I love going to Ireland and Scotland, where I’ll see more redheaded people than here in the states,” McEntire said.
“I always loved my hair because it came from momma… Anything that had to do with momma, that was OK with me. If I got kidded about having red hair at all, that was OK, because I was proud of it.”
1. Today, Monica’s apartment would cost at least $4,500 a month. (In the show, it was explained that she was able to afford it because she inherited the rent-controlled apartment from her grandmother.)
2. The cast was scared by the idea of Joey and Rachel together because they didn’t “belong together, and it wasn’t right.”
3. The director encouraged the cast to play poker as a way to bond. This later inspired “The One With All The Poker.”
4. In the beginning, the cast would all get together and watch the show.
5. Initially, Jennifer Aniston was considered for Monica, but she wanted to play Rachel. Courtney Cox was considered for Rachel, but she wanted to play Monica.
6. Ursula Buffay was introduced to explain that Phoebe Buffay is the twin sister of Lisa Kudrow’s character on Mad About You.
7. When they were shooting the pilot, the network got nervous that the audience wouldn’t like Monica because she had sex on the first date, so they made up a survey to give to the audience. Most of the audience couldn’t have cared less, and they left it in the show.
8. According to Marta Kauffman, one of the show’s creators, the question went like this: “For sleeping with a guy on a date, do you think Monica is: A) A Slut, B) A Whore, C) Too Easy, D) None Of The Above.” She said that “it was all none of the above. Nobody cared except for this one guy.”
9. While filming “The One Where No One’s Ready,” Matt LeBlanc dislocated his shoulder, which is why Joey had a sling for a few episodes during Season 3.
10. Because Matthew Perry was so similar to Chandler, the actor ended up helping a bunch of his friends prepare their auditions. He couldn’t audition himself because he was already committed to another project, but when it was cancelled, he auditioned for Chandler, and the rest is history.
11. According to Jennifer Aniston, none of the cast members were fans of the theme song.
12. It took hours to shoot the title sequence, and everyone had “pruney fingers” by the end of it.
13. For all 10 years of filming, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow had lunch together every day, and they ate the same food every day.
14. For the final season, each member of the cast was paid $1,000,000 per episode, the highest salary ever paid to a television ensemble at the time.
15. Lisa Kudrow thought that a reunion hoax was real and was upset that she wasn’t asked to participate.
16. Matt LeBlanc’s daughter has started saying: “How are you doing?” When LeBlanc tried to tell her it’s “how you doin’?” she told him that no, in fact, it should be “how are you doing?”
17. Jennifer Aniston turned down a job on Saturday Night Live to be on Friends.
18. Hank Azaria auditioned for the role of Joey twice before being cast as Phoebe’s boyfriend David.
19. Ellen DeGeneres was offered the role of Phoebe and decided not to take it.
20. Phoebe drank the most coffee of any character with 227 cups throughout the 10 seasons.
21. The characters’ birthdays changed multiple times. Ross once said his birthday was in December, and on a different occasion, he said it was on Oct. 18.
22. When Friendspremiered, People gave it a D+ rating and Time called the characters a group of “dysfunctional morons.”
23. When Bruce Willis was a guest star, he donated the money he made from the three episodes to charity.
24.Ugly Naked Guy was an uncredited role. Many people believed he was played by Michael Hagerty, who played Mr. Treeger, but he was actually played by a man named Jon Haugen.
25. When asked why he had never come forward before his identity was discovered in 2016, Haugen explained: “I was just keeping it mellow because Warner Brothers was keeping it mellow. They wanted everybody to have a guess who I was.”
26. Neither Haugen nor David Schwimmer were actually naked when they filmed their scene together. They were both wearing boxer shorts, and the scene was just shot so that it looked as if they were naked.
27. There was a storyline where Chandler went to a male strip club because he really liked the sandwiches, and Matthew Perry convinced the writers to scrap it.
28. The pilot tested so poorly that Friends almost never made it on air.
29. There are a handful of episodes where you can tell that there are doubles standing in for the cast members.
30. Lisa Kudrow’s pregnancy was written into the show through her surrogacy, but Courtney Cox’s pregnancy during the last season was simply ignored because she and Chandler were unable to have kids.
31. NBC told the creators of Friends that they needed to have an older character because no one would watch a show about a bunch of twentysomethings.
32. Chandler tells Monica that he loves herfor the first time two different times.
33. The production team needed to save money, so “The One Where No One’s Ready” was filmed in the basic sets without any guest stars.
34. The writers began to really like the episodes where it was just the six of them in a room and did at least one per season.
35. Lisa Kudrow didn’t like learning the guitar and suggested that Phoebe play the bongos.
36. Courtney Cox wanted Matt LeBlanc to be cast as Joey because he was “so dang cute.”
37. The cast kept crying while filming the finale, so they had to keep redoing their makeup.
38. David Schwimmer, who was the “rock,” starting getting choked up during the cast’s final pre-show huddle. Once he got choked up, that was it. Everyone lost it.
Kim’s first boyfriend was Michael Jackson’s nephew T.J. Jackson, who she dated between the ages of 12 and 15. In fact, her 14th birthday party was actually held at Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch, where there were “baby elephants and chimpanzees in overalls”.
To this day, Kim is still in possession of a fake chicken foot that was used as a prop in a Michael Jackson video, and a confidentiality agreement signed by him.
But the connection doesn’t end there. Kourtney dated Taryll Jackson, another of Michael’s nephews, when they were teenagers, and she and Kris Jenner recently attended his 40th birthday celebrations. Furthermore, Kris recently revealed that she’s “obsessed” with Michael Jackson, and that Scott Disick had bought her artwork of him for Christmas that’s currently hanging in her office.