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It’s all coming together, Step By Step!
Christine Lakin, who gave birth to daughter Georgia James in March, has been a busy bee. In between tending to her newborn daughter with husband Brandon Breault and finding time to blog about her experiences as a new mom, she has also put together a stunning nursery fit for any southern belle.
“I wanted to bring a touch of southern style to Georgia’s nursery, and love the way the peach and pink colors pop out against the gray,” Lakin, 37, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
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The southern influence makes sense for the Texas-born, Georgia-raised new mom considering her daughter’s namesake and that her baby shower was peach-themed.
“The Evolur crib is so beautiful,” the Mother’s Day star says. “I think it’s such a modern color for a girl’s room and the dresser construction is so exquisite with the soft closure drawers. It’s definitely a room set that will grow with her.”
She continues, “The quilt was made by my husband’s great aunt, and is such a special gift straight from the heart of the Midwest. Handmade traditions like that are so incredible and unique.”
“I found the fabric banner on Etsy, as well as the carved wood sign,” she adds. “We hung artwork by our photographer friend Jamie Arrigo, and some paintings my husband did as well.”
And it seems as if the serene sleep space is already a hit with the couple’s baby girl.
“Georgia is just starting to take in the colors and movement of her mobile, and it’s so fun to watch her change and grow every day,” the proud mom shares. “Mabel’s Labels have also helped me keep her gifts and hand-me-downs organized.”
Lakin may have bought a lot of her daughter’s nursery items new, but she also wasn’t afraid to turn to friends for other things.
“Many of my friends had girls and passed on their treasures,” she says. “Love me some recycled clothes!”
— Jen Juneau
Megalyn Echikunwoke ('90210'), Eden Sher ('The Middle') and Lyndon Smith ('Secret in Their Eyes') head up the cast.Consider it a whole step. In one fell swoop, Broad Green Pictures has filled in the entire cast of its comedy Step Sisters, formerly titled Ain't No Half Steppin'.The ensemble cast includes star Megalyn Echikunwoke (90210, House of Lies), Eden Sher (The Middle), Lyndon Smith (Secret in Their Eyes, Parenthood), Gage Golightly (Red Oaks, Teen Wolf), Nia Jervier (Dear White People), Alessandra Torresani (The Big Bang Theory), Marque Richardson (Dear White People, All The Way), Naturi Naughton (Power, Notorious) and Matt McGorry (Orange Is the New Black, How to Get Away With Murder).The film is being directed by Charles Stone (Drumline).Written by Chuck Hayward, Step Sisters centers on an ambitious black sorority girl (Echikunwoke) who, in order to get admitted to the law school of her dreams, agrees to cross cultural lines and teach the exclusive art of black Greek stepping to a band of wild, party-obsessed white sorority girls whose charter is about to be revoked.Step Sisters begins shooting in Atlanta on June 1. Broad Green plans to release the film theatrically in 2017.Matt Alvarez (Straight Outta Compton, the Ride Along franchise), who recently was hired to head up Broad Green's growing production department, is producing alongside Lena Waithe (Dear White People) and Benjamin Cory Jones (Hand of God). Broad Green’s Josh Reinhold is an executive producer.Echikunwoke is represented by UTA, Smith and McGorry by Gersh, Golightly by ICM Partners, Jervier by The Glick Agency, Naughton by Innovative Artists, Sher by Paradigm, Torresani by Don Buchwald & Associates and Richardson by LINK Entertainment.Up next for Broad Green is the Bryan Cranston-led thriller The Infiltrator on July 13.
The St. Louis Blues are going back to goaltender Brian Elliott for Game 6 of the Western Conference final against the San Jose Sharks."It's his turn," coach Ken Hitchcock said Tuesday. "It's his turn for Game 6."Jake Allen has started the last two games and made 21 saves in a 6-3 Game 5 loss that included two empty-net goals.The Sharks lead the series 3-2 and on Wednesday night can earn their first trip to the Stanley Cup final. The Blues are in the conference final for the first time since 2001.Elliott started every game of the playoffs before Hitchcock switched to Allen for Game 4, believing a shake-up was in order, and the Blues won 6-3 in San Jose. The two split duties during the season."We needed a jolt to get back in the series and we got it," Hitchcock said. "Unfortunately we didn't get the win yesterday, but this has been Brian's playoffs and we'd like him to finish the job."Hitchcock thought a couple games off might benefit the 31-year-old Elliott during the longest playoff run of his career."Yeah, it's been a mental drain," Hitchcock said. "This is the first time he's gone through this and I think it allowed him to reset it. I think he's going to be great tomorrow."Elliott's 17 starts this playoffs equals his previous career total from the last four years.
Red Light Special
Bryson Tiller’s having a heck of a year and last night, he made his television debut Late Night with Seth Meyers. Surrounded by a red backdrop, he performed “Exchange” off his platinum seller, Trap Soul. Download here on iTunes.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice successfully launched Warner Bros.' DC Comics Extended Universe when it hit theaters this past March, which will continue this summer with Suicide Squad, arriving August 5. Even before the March release, one of the trailers for Batman v Superman revealed the costume worn by Batman (Ben Affleck)'s former sidekick, Robin, although it was never confirmed which of the DC Comics characters was fighting crime alongside Batman. Today we finally have our answer, from the most unlikely of places, a Warner Bros. studio tour.
The official Facebook page for Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood posted a new video last week, featuring a sneak peek at DC Universe: The Exhibit! The tour guide revealed that all of the items in this exhibit are from the actual movies, revealing a number of costumes from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before coming to the iconic Robin suit, which has the hand-scrawled message from The Joker. The tour guide confirmed that the movie version of Robin was in fact Jason Todd, the second character to take up the Robin mantle in the comics, after Dick Grayson.
Of course, many fans assumed that Robin was Jason Todd, since the costume with The Joker's message fell in line with the iconic comic "A Death in the Family," where Jason Todd/Robin was killed by the Joker, which had a profound impact on Bruce Wayne. There have also been rumors that the death of Robin could lead into The Red Hood appearing in the standalone Batman movie that Ben Affleck is starring in, directing and co-writing the script for, alongside Geoff Johns. However, a recent report revealed that this stand alone movie won't feature the Red Hood, but it will feature a slew of other iconic villains.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice didn't reveal any details about Robin's death, but the costume display strongly hints that The Joker was responsible for his demise. There has been speculation that Robin's death may have been what lead to Batman actually killing the villains he goes up against, but it's also possible that Batman became more comfortable with killing while he was fighting crime with the Boy Wonder. It isn't known for certain whether or not we'll learn more about Robin's death in this solo movie, which has been rumored to be called The Batman.
It's possible that we'll learn more about Robin's death in the upcoming Suicide Squad, which hits theaters on August 5. We know that Ben Affleck will be appearing in that movie as Batman, since he has been seen in set videos, and the first trailer, riding atop The Joker's high-end sports car. There have been rumors that The Joker plays a big part in a massive prison riot sequence at the end of Suicide Squad, and that Batman may also confront him during this scene, possibly to avenge the death of Robin, but those details haven't been confirmed. While we wait for more details, take a look at this new video which confirms Jason Todd is the late Robin in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Warner Bros.' 'Nice Guys' lands No. 4 with a soft $11.3M debut.Angry Birds has officially flown the coop from popular mobile game to full-fledged movie stardom. Sony and Rovio's animated film took to the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office with a strong debut of $39 million, while this crowded weekend's other new releases -- comedy sequel Neighbors 2 and detective caper The Nice Guys -- struggled to take flight.Angry Birds, directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly, beat expectations to take the top slot over Disney and Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, which is now in its third week in theaters. Civil War earned another $33.1 million (54 percent drop from its third weekend) to bring its domestic total to a huge $347.4 million. Worldwide, the superhero film passed the $1 billion milestone Friday, to become Disney’s 10th billion-dollar club member, and the 19th highest grossing movie of all-time to date globally.Worldwide, Angry Birds (which features the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride and Maya Rudolph), earned an estimated $94 million this weekend, bringing its total to $150 million. It flew to No. 1 in 48 markets around the world. Plus, with summer kicking off and children out of school, the 3D animated film will likely have strong multiples in the weeks to come as families head to theaters."We are thrilled that with our partners Rovio, Sony Pictures and Imageworks, we were able to transform a worldwide video game brand into a global movie brand,” says Sony's marketing chief Josh Greenstein. “We had a fantastic date for a family film, and the marketing really tried to keep it relevant to whatever was happening at the time."The marketing campaign started nine months ago, with Sony creating custom content for social media surrounding major holidays and other events in the zeitgeist. The campaign, one of the largest in the studio’s history, included tie-ins with more than 100 partners, including McDonald’s and Panasonic.Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Universal's follow-up to its 2014 comedy hit, took in an estimated $21.8 million for its domestic debut. That's a 56 percent drop from the first film's tally of $49 million when it hit theaters in 2014. Going into the crowded weekend, tracking had the film (which earned a B CinemaScore) landing higher, in the low $30 million-range.The sequel, directed by Nicholas Stoller, sees the return of Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron. New castmembers include Chloe Grace Moretz and Kiersey Clemons, who play the sorority girls living next door.The comedy also expanded into 10 more foreign markets this weekend for a total 45 territories in release. The international weekend total is an estimated $6 million for an international gross of $30 million and a worldwide tally of $51.8 million.The Nice Guys, which stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, also had a soft opening (although slightly ahead of initial tracking) to earn an estimated $11.3 million from 2,865 theaters, enough for a No. 4 finish. Warner Bros. acquired the film as a pick-up, shielding the studio slightly, but it's still a disappointing start for a film with name stars and favorable reviews.The film follows a private detective and an enforcer who team up to find a missing woman. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, the Shane Black-helmed project had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, and is produced by Joel Silver.Disney landed with two films in the top 5 as its massive hit live-action/CGI film The Jungle Book continues to do strong business in its sixth week out.It added another $11 million to its total, bringing its domestic cume to $327.5 million.
HBO is hunting down Game of Thrones pirates. Its weapon: warning letters.The TV network wants to stop people from illegally downloading its hugely popular and widely pirated TV series.HBO "aggressively protects its programming," the network told CBC News in an email.But many Canadians who pirate Game of Thrones claim they haven't much choice; the fantasy drama, known for its violence, nudity and plot-twists, isn't available in Canada without a costly cable subscription.HBO cracks down on Canadians accessing U.S.-only streaming service HBO Now
After Netflix crackdown on border-hopping, Canadians ready to return to piracy
HBO wouldn't provide details about its plan of attack.But Bell Media, which owns the rights to HBO content in Canada, told CBC News in an email that the American network has been sending warning letters targeting Thrones pirates "for some time now."Bell added there's no actual "crackdown" in Canada but it suspects "more letters are being issued at this time due to the popularity of Game of Thrones."According to the online publication, TorrentFreak, HBO is behind thousands of copyright infringement notices recently sent to internet service providers.The letters reportedly identify the computer user allegedly pirating episodes of Game of Thrones. They also ask the provider to inform the customer about the notice and "take proper steps to prevent further downloading or sharing of unauthorized content."Internet providers in Canada are required by law to forward infringement notices to customers."They see it as a way of hopefully scaring people," tech analyst Patrick O'Rourke says of HBO's intentions. "I don't see them actually taking legal action."No cheap access in CanadaAccording to TorrentFreak, the letter also encourages the internet provider to inform the customer that "HBO programming can easily be watched and streamed on many devices legally."But Canadian pirates argue their options are limited.In the U.S., Thrones fans can sign up for the streaming service, HBO Now, for $14.99 US a month. But in Canada, viewers must subscribe to cable to legally access the series.And it doesn't come cheap. To get HBO Canada, subscribers typically have to pay around $20 for a Movie Network package on top of the cost of a regular TV plan."If you don't want to pay all that extra money to get channels you don't want, you're only option unfortunately is piracy," says O'Rourke, a Toronto-based writer for the tech site MobileSyrup.Season 6 of Game of Thrones began its run on Canadian TV last month. (Polay/HBO)The situation has frustrated many Canadian Thrones fans who claim they resorted to piracy after realizing they can't pay for a streaming service to watch the show."HBO Canada. I'm sitting here trying as hard as I can to give you money to watch Game of Thrones, and you won't let me," someone tweeted following the recent launch of the new season."Now understanding why people pirate Game of Thrones. Wanted to buy via iTunes Store but apparently not available in Canada...ugh," posted another person.I tried to payJake Deichert of Toronto admits he pirates Game of Thrones every week right after it airs on TV. "I personally torrent the show every Sunday night after 10 p.m.," he says.Deichert is open about his piracy because he says he would pay to stream the show — if he could.The 22-year-old software developer isn't interested in an expensive cable package. But he pays for a monthly Netflix subscription and also tried to sign up for HBO Now.That's when he discovered the streaming service isn't available to Canadians."It is depressing," he says. "If HBO Now was in Canada, I 100 per cent would pay just to watch Game of Thrones."He also checked out Bell's $7.99-a-month streaming service, CraveTV, only to discover it doesn't include the series. "I was willing to pay for it if it was," Deichert says.Jake Deichert of Toronto pirates Game of Thrones episodes. He won't subscribe to cable but says he would happily pay to stream the show legally. (Jake Deichert)No HBO Now for nowHe adds he hasn't yet received a threatening letter on behalf of HBO. He believes that instead of circulating letters, HBO could easily curb its piracy problem by making its streaming service available outside the U.S."To me, that's problem solved," Deichert says. "I don't expect them to [be available] on Netflix but I expect them to at least bring their streaming service to more countries."HBO told CBC News it has no plans to bring HBO NOW to Canada. Bell Media said it continues "to assess the market" but, at this time, Game of Thrones is available exclusively to TV subscribers of The Movie Network.Bell added that it supports HBO's efforts to combat piracy, "which is illegal and immoral."But pirates like Deichert just don't see it that way.He says he understands why HBO would try to protect its product. But he also feels justified in pirating Game of Thrones when he would shell out for a streaming service."I'm begging for it, but it's not happening yet," he says.He suggests perhaps the problem will solve itself in the near future as more people cancel their cable subscriptions and streaming services expand their content to meet the demand."Cable will not last forever."Cable cord-cutting numbers soar in Canada
It’s just one year after Terrence Howard welcomed his first son with Mira Pak and the two are set to do it all over again!
The Empire star, 47, was by Pak’s side, at a series event Friday night in Los Angeles, where she debuted her new baby bump for the first time — a subtle way of announcing that she is expecting. Howard posed next to her, smiling, with a hand on her belly.
This will be Howard’s fifth child, after Heaven, Hunter, Aubrey and Qirin. He and Pak were married in 2013 and reconciled after divorcing last July.
But when it comes to their children together, Howard has said they’ve already figured it out.
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“She has to be up with him all throughout the day. I wasn’t born with boobs, I’ve started growing some recently,” Howard joked last year of raising Qirin. “She has the boobage and nurses him during the day.
“So, I pull night duty, so that she can sleep and I keep him with me and will take some of the pre-pumped ‘breast cheese,’ whatever you call it.”
— Adam Carlson
Open Your Mind
The Flatbush Zombies were back in New York last night to make their network debut on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. Along with The Roots and a choir, the trio performed “Bounce” off their latest release, 3001: A Laced Odyssey. Download the album here.