Walking Dead: Actor Josh McDermitt Explains Eugene’s Shocking Reveal | Vanity Fair

Is Eugene, of all people, about to become the group’s worst nightmare?

Throughout his time on The Walking Dead, Eugene has been a lot of things—a coward, a hero, a crotch-biting source of comic relief. But this week, the zombie drama took the character to a whole new place. We already knew this character was at a crossroads, but apparently the situation is more dire than we thought. Vanity Fair spoke with actor Josh McDermitt about his character’s surprising shift, as well as the episode’s poignant ending.

Source: Walking Dead: Actor Josh McDermitt Explains Eugene’s Shocking Reveal | Vanity Fair

Worst mistake in Oscar history

The Oscars have ended in chaos, with the wrong film announced for the night’s biggest award – Best Picture.

Warren Beatty looked confused with the envelope and paused, before letting Faye Dunaway mistakenly announce La La Land had won.

Moonlight was actually the winner – something which wasn’t rectified until the cast and crew of La La Land were onstage.

Moonlight Director Barry Jenkins said it was definitely a surprise.

“I was speechless when the result was altered because I’ve watched the academy awards [and] I’ve never seen that happen before.”

La La Land actress Emma Stone said she’s happy for the Moonlight cast and can see the funny side.

“Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time?”

Source: Worst mistake in Oscar history

Poll: Majority thinks media too critical of Trump | TheHill

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A majority of Americans believe news organizations are too critical of President Trump, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Sunday.

Fifty-one percent of Americans said the media is too critical of Trump, while 41 percent think news organizations have been fair and objective.

The poll also found that Americans are becoming more optimistic about where the country is headed, with 40 percent saying it is headed in the right direction. In December, 33 percent felt that way, compared to 18 percent in July.

Source: Poll: Majority thinks media too critical of Trump | TheHill

Body Found in Burned Vehicle in Chatsworth, Homicide Investigation Underway: LAPD | KTLA

A body was found inside a burned car in Chatsworth early Sunday and a homicide investigation is underway, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.A neighbor in the 20600 block of Celtic Street reported a car fire about 1:40 a.m.Los Angeles firefighters put out the blaze and found the body in the backseat of the car, said LAPD Detective Dave Peteque.

Source: Body Found in Burned Vehicle in Chatsworth, Homicide Investigation Underway: LAPD | KTLA

Actor Bill Paxton Dead at 61 Due to Complications from Surgery – NBC News

Bill Paxton died at the age of 61.

Paxton first got a start in the 1970s playing minor roles, but he won over audiences in the following two decades. The journeyman actor played notable characters in “The Terminator,” “Weird Science” and “Aliens” in the 1980s, and he grew to have a larger profile in the 1990s in films such as “Tombstone,” “Apollo 13,” “Twister” and “Titanic.”

In a February interview on NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly,” Paxton looked back on his career and called himself a “working actor.”

“You see those big stars who work all the time. I’ve never had that one movie that really put it all together for me and really gave me a run on sugar,” Paxton said.

“I always felt like Avis,” he added. “They used to have a slogan, Avis Car Rental: ‘We try harder.'”

Source: Actor Bill Paxton Dead at 61 Due to Complications from Surgery – NBC News

The Hard Truth about The New York Times’ Anti-Trump Campaign | Vanity Fair

A noble effort to find new subscribers repeats the same big mistake that Clinton made.

Anti-Trump fervor is especially rampant along the Acela Corridor, and now our most famous paper surfaces with a provocative — if belated — ad campaign at a time of marketing need.

On Thursday, The New York Times announced a campaign with the central message, “The truth is…hard….hard to find…hard to know…more important now than ever.” It will roll out Sunday in two versions, including one just for the Oscars on ABC, which is charging between $2 million and $2.5 million for 30-second spots.

The purpose, the paper explains, “is to show that producing quality, independent journalism requires resources, commitment and expertise and that it’s important that people support it.” It includes “the first television advertising The Times has done since 2010 and its first brand-focused television ad in a decade.”

Yes, in a decade. And you wonder why the newspaper industry has had its butt kicked? That’s one of many (many) reasons. “Throw it on the 7-Eleven racks and they will come” seemed to be the self-deluding mantra.

So take a look at the debut effort: “The truth is more important than ever” is the first line. Then there’s the background noise of people gabbing and a rapid-fire series of on-screen statements that whiz by.

“The truth is our nation is more divided than ever…The truth is alternative facts are a lie…The truth is the media is dishonest....The truth is a woman should dress like a woman… The truth is we have to protect our borders…The truth is his refugee policy is a backdoor Muslim ban…The truth is celebrities should keep their mouths shut…The truth is everyone has the right to speak their mind….The truth is we need a full investigation of Russian ties…The truth is leaking classified information is the real scandal…The truth is climate change is a hoax.”

There are many more that zip by one or both versions very quickly, with a rising crescendo of voices in the background, clearly meant to suggest argument and confusion (the “celebrities” reference is only in an Oscars version of the ad). It concludes, “The truth is hard…to find…to know…more important now than ever.” It then fades to The New York Times’ logo.

Sitting in a South Side Chicago coffee shop with a coffee, a carrot cupcake and a Chobani blueberry yogurt, I listened and watched it once. Then twice. Then another time. And a fourth, as Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On was playing at the Bridgeport Coffeehouse.

I was still confused. It was a bit too much, too fast. And “The truth is more important now than ever” seems a direct function of the Age of Trump, a reaction to the business of real and fake news. That’s a different tack than The Washington Post’s new branding gambit of talking about light and a threat to democracy. “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” it declares online under its masthead. That’s concise and smart.

Source: The Hard Truth about The New York Times’ Anti-Trump Campaign | Vanity Fair

Hillary Clinton’s Video Message To Democrats Sparks 2020 Rumors [Video]

On Friday, a day before Democrats were expected to elect a new chair, the party posted to social media a three-minute video message by the former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Clinton’s message was essentially a political pep talk addressed to supporters and Democrats attending the Democratic National Committee (DNC) gathering in Atlanta, Georgia, where the party will elect new leaders.

Source: Hillary Clinton’s Video Message To Democrats Sparks 2020 Rumors [Video]

Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April – The Santa Fe New Mexican: News

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect “a great wall” along the 2,000-mile border.

Source: Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April – The Santa Fe New Mexican: News

12 hurt when vehicle plows into Endymion parade crowd in New Orleans | NOLA.com

Critical injuries reported at Carrollton and Orleans avenues

Twelve people were injured Saturday night (Feb. 25) when a vehicle plowed into a crowd at the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans, police said. The crash was reported at about 6:45 p.m. at Carrollton and Orleans avenues.

Source: 12 hurt when vehicle plows into Endymion parade crowd in New Orleans | NOLA.com