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Christine Baranski on ‘dissing’ Elon Musk and name-dropping him in ‘The Good Fight’

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A look is worth a thousand words — or in this case, a few punchy lines in an episode of “The Good Fight.”

The sixth and final season of the hit CBS show is a spinoff of “The Good Wife” and returns Sept. 8. Christine Baranski has played the lead role of Diane Lockhart for the past 13 years across both shows and is now one of the producers of the spinoff, too.

She told Entertainment Weekly that a meme of her staring at Elon Musk at this year’s Met Gala inspired her to write the Tesla CEO into the final season. The show conveniently has a tech billionaire of its own in Neil Gross, played by John Benjamin Hickey, who owns a version of Google called Chumhum. Baranski said he appears in the series’ second-to-last episode, where she gets “to bash the billionaires a bit.”

“I get to bash the billionaires a bit,” Baranski said of an upcoming episode of “The Good Fight.”Nathan Congleton / TODAY / Taylor Hill / Getty Images

“I’ve added a few lines (to the script),” Baranski said, “and I actually will include Elon Musk in the final episode.”

At the Met Gala on May 2, Baranski was photographed with a look of alarm as she stares at the SpaceX founder, someone she has criticized for not allocating some of his wealth to causes she thinks are more worthy than space travel. Baranski told EW that she did not make that face on purpose.

“The funny thing is I have no memory of turning back and glaring at him, but I was actually dissing him as I was waiting in line to go to dinner,” Baranski told EW. “I was with someone who was at my table, and I noticed Elon Musk and I went, ‘Oh my God, it’s Elon Musk,’” she recalled saying to the person sitting with her.

She continued, “‘I don’t know how you feel about him, but why is he spending billions of dollars in space when he could be cleaning up the planet?’ I’m an environmentalist. I must have at some point turned back and looked, but I did not pose for that picture.”

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Christine Baranski plays Diane Lockhart in “The Good Fight.”Patrick Harbron / CBS via Getty Images

Taking ideas from real life and adding them to the show is common for Baranski and “The Good Fight.” Season Six will include Roe v. Wade and voting rights cases, according to Deadline.

Robert King, the show’s co-creator and co-executive producer, told Deadline that he wanted to create a sense of déjà vu for the audience to make it “fun in a last season.”

“Maybe this sounds like we’re recycling, but we want Diane to have a sense, haven’t I done this before? Haven’t I done that before?” King told the publication. “That just felt like a way to be kind of meta and reflect what we thought was going on with liberals and progressives around in a sense that we thought these fights were done.”



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The US Has Started To Wind Down The “Remain In Mexico” Policy That Put Thousands Of Immigrants At Risk Of Danger While They Waited For A Court Date

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Immigration officials on Monday said they’ve started to wind down a Trump-era program that forced thousands of immigrants to wait in Mexico while their US immigration cases were completed.

In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security said it stopped enrolling new people into the Remain in Mexico program. Immigrants and asylum-seekers who are currently enrolled in the program and in Mexico would be taken out when they show up at the border for their next court date, allowing them to continue their cases from within the US.

Remain in Mexico “has endemic flaws, imposes unjustifiable human costs, and pulls resources and personnel away from other priority efforts to secure our border,” DHS said.

This is the second time the Biden administration has started to end the policy. Last year, District Court Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk issued an injunction that required the Biden administration to restart Remain in Mexico. DHS’ announcement came hours after Kacsmaryk vacated his injunction after the Supreme Court ruled in June that the Biden administration could rescind the much-disputed policy and sent the case back to his court.

After the policy was put in place in January 2019 by then-president Donald Trump, more than 70,000 immigrants and asylum-seekers were sent back to Mexico under what’s officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols. The policy resulted in forcing thousands of immigrants to wait for their day in a US court in dangerous Mexican border cities, where they have little access to legal aid and live with the constant threat of violence from cartels.

Immigrants were often left with nowhere to go but the streets, and in one Mexican city, hundreds of people lived in a squalid camp for months, if not more than a year, in what became a symbol for the Trump administration’s Remain in Mexico policy. Human rights advocates tracked hundreds of cases of returned immigrants being kidnapped, raped, and tortured while the US government forced them to wait there.

Shortly after taking office, President Joe Biden stopped enrolling people into the program and later started processing some of the people put in Remain in Mexico into the US, where they will continue their immigration cases. In June, Biden fulfilled a campaign promise when the Department of Homeland Security published a memo terminating the policy.

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Bachelorettes face their ‘worst nightmare’ when 1 contestant switches sides

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When there are two Bachelorettes in one season, anything can happen. But what happened during Episode Five, in retrospect, is obvious — because it’s exactly what leads Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey feared would happen. Windey called the situation her “worst nightmare.”

In short, one man professed his feelings for one of the leads — before deciding to pursue the other.

But before unpacking Logan Palmer’s Great Flip Flop, let’s rewind to the fateful first night at the Bachelorette mansion, where the seeds were planted that blossomed into tonight’s episode’s mess.

Both Recchia and Windey developed feelings for Palmer, a 26-year-old videographer from San Diego, Calif. Palmer was the only contestant, of the 32 men in the running for the Bachelorettes’ hearts, to kiss both women on the first night.

As for what they see in him? Based on his official bio, Logan’s “lifelong crush” is Elaine from “Seinfeld.” Witty and self-aware, Logan’s ideal woman is “artsy, low maintenance and down to cuddle by a bonfire under the stars.”

In the third episode, when Recchia and Windey divided the contestants into “teams,” Recchia chose Palmer. While he accepted her rose, he said he harbored feelings for Windey, and often spoke about their kiss.

Two episodes later, and Palmer was itching enough to make his feelings known. He approached Recchia in Episode Five and id he no longer wanted to pursue a relationship with her. “It’s been hard for me moving forward, to kind of forget about that connection … I’m going to have to step away from pursuing things with you,” he said.

Following multiple rejections, Recchia was set aback to the point t that e needed a heart-to-heart with host Jesse PalmerShe ended up cancelling her group date.

“I want to really apologize to you all,” Recchia said to the group. “This morning, Logan did come to my room. He told me that he is interested in pursuing a relationship with Gabby and this is something that Gabby and I … it was kind of our biggest fear. I thought we were farther enough in this process where this wasn’t going to happen. It’s just tough, the constant rejection. And I do want to like, open the floor, if you guys don’t want to be here, you do not have to be.”

Logan went on to explain his feelings to Windey. Windey, saying she was speaking candidly, revealed Logan was their “only overlap,” or the only man they both h had elings for.

Before accepting hihim back into her flockWindey checks with Recchia.a“I just want to check in with Rachel,” she said. “I want to always, always, always put my friends first.” 

Windey ultimately gives Palmer another chance, much to the chagrin of the other members of Team Gabby.

During the final rose ceremony, Windey y gavealmer a rose, indicating that she, too, been pining for Palmer when he was a brief member of Team Rachel. By doing so, , Windey sent home Mario Vassal— who received her first impression rose — and Michael Vaughan.

On Twitter, fans responded to Palmer’s great save with skepticism.

Palmer may have won over both Recchia and Windey — but he doesn’t appear to have Bachelor Nation in his good graces.

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Olivia Newton-John Dead: John Travolta, Barbra Streisand and More Stars Pay Tribute

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Olivia Newton-John is being remembered. After the actress’ husband, John Easterling, announced that she died at her California ranch on Monday morning, tributes poured in for the Grease star online. Newton-John was 73 at the time of her death, which came after a decades-long battle with breast cancer.

Newton-John’s Grease co-star shared a photo of the late actress to Instagram, along with a touching tribute to her.

“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much,” he wrote. “We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”

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On Instagram, Barbra Streisand wrote that Newton-John was “too young to leave this world.”

“May she RIP,” Streisand added in her post.

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Andy Cohen shared a video of Newton-John singing on Instagram.

“Hopelessly Devoted to YOU, Olivia Newton John,” Cohen captioned the clip of the actress singing the Grease song. “Rest In Peace, Queen. Thank you for the music.”

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“My heart is broken,” Richard Marx tweeted alongside photos of himself and the late actress. “Rest now, sweet friend. You were as kind and loving a person as there’s ever been. I’ll miss you every day.”

Fellow Australian Kylie Minogue paid tribute to Newton-John as well, saying, “Since I was ten years old, I have loved and looked up to Olivia Newton John. She was, and always will be, an inspiration to me in so many, many ways. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. x ONJ4EVER”

Singer Melissa Manchester also took time to publicly mourn Newton-John, saying, “Olivia Newton-John was a valiant warrior. I will remember her as kind, compassionate, loving and so talented. I was honored to have her sing my Christmas song, There’s Still My Joy , co-written by Beth Neilsen-Chapman and Matt Rollings.The world has lost a sweet source of light. May she now and forever rest in peace.”

Actor and musician Rick Springfield took to Facebook to pay tribute to Newton-John, saying, “Sweet Olivia has gone home. She was a beautiful soul and I know of no one who didn’t love her or know what a great humanitarian she was. The world is out of balance when we lose these magnificent people. God speed Livvy. We will all meet again.”

Kate Hudson shared a video of herself singing Newton-John’s iconic hit from Grease, “Hopelessly Devoted to You.” Alongside the touching video, she wrote, “There are a handful of people in my life who inspired me to lock myself in my bedroom and sing from the top of my lungs in the mirror.” Hudson continued, “Thank you for sharing your light to the world as it moved and shaped little girls like me. May we all today sing for Olivia and celebrate her courageous years of fighting. Love and Light.”

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Newton-John’s Grease co-star Dinah Manoff also shared her condolences, saying, “As many will tell you, Olivia Newton-John was one of the kindest, most generous souls ever to grace the earth, and I was one lucky Pink Lady to have spent time with her during the filming of Grease. She brought light and laughter wherever she went.  My deepest condolences to her family and friends during their time of great loss.”

Gayle King took to Instagram to share her memorial for Newton-John as well, writing, “We lost one of the greats today… deeply saddened by the loss of @therealonj..She was kind, talented & big fun! Olivia talked to us before the auction of those iconic leather pants… and becuz she’s such a good sport she tried them on for the first time in many years … did they fit ??? Swipe left …. Heaven has gained another angel .. thinking of her husband John and daughter Chloe. She was a beautiful human being inside and out.”

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Keep reading to see more tributes to Newton-John.

 

 

 



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