The 'Big Little Lies' Cast Just Gave Their First Interview About Season 2 and I'm Shook

HBO’s 2019 schedule did not come to play. The network confirmed today that the long-awaited second season of Big Little Lies will premiere in June, right after the final season of Game of Thrones wraps up.

Per the official synopsis, the second season will explore “the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode … the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.”

The seven-episode second series will see the Monterey Five— Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Renata (Laura Dern) and Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz)—return, while Meryl Streep joins the cast as Celeste’s mother-in-law, who visits Monterey following the mysterious death of her son in Season 1’s finale.

All five lead actresses appeared at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Friday (February 8), alongside series creator David E. Kelley and Meryl Streep (!!!!!!!), and hinted at what’s to come. Here’s everything you need to know about Season 2 of Big Little Lies.

1) The #MeToo movement helped persuade the cast to return for Season 2.

Season 1 of Big Little Lies aired months before the Harvey Weinstein revelations would spark a revolution in Hollywood, and Reese Witherspoon revealed the collision of the show and the movement made a second season feel more vital. “We had no idea it was going to converge with this moment of women ascending to be leaders and stepping up and talking about their experiences,” she said. “I do think that’s part of the reason we felt a Season 2 was not just great as an experience, but great to talk about: Now what? We’ve talked about trauma, we’ve experienced trauma, we see each other’s trauma, but how do we cope with it? How do we go on?”

2) Meryl was as obsessed with the show as you were last season.

“I loved this show, I was addicted to it,” Streep admitted. “I thought it was an amazing exercise in what we know and what we don’t know about people, and I loved the way it flirted with the mystery of things. What was unsaid, unshown, unknown, was sort of the gravitational pull of the piece. So when I got the chance to join the crew, I thought ‘Yeah!’ I wanted to be in that world.” As for the deeply complex relationship between Streep’s character Mary Louise and her daughter-in-law Celeste, Streep would only say “I do love her. That’s the only thing I’ll tell you about my character.”

3) The season is built around The Lie shared by the Monterey Five.

Despite the title of the show, the new season is built around a single, huge lie: The murder of rapist and abuser Perry (Alexander Skarsgård) by Kravitz’s Bonnie, which the five women mutually agreed to cover up. “Will the lie have a life?” Kelley said, describing the thrust of Season 2. “What impact does that have on the equation of these friendships, relationships, marriages? There was a lot of fertile storytelling ground to be mined [after Season 1].” Though there was some trepidation about continuing the show after the success of the first season, Kelley said they waited until every single member of the cast felt confident in the material before finalizing Season 2. “There’s a fault line through all of it, which is this event that happened on Trivia Night, and once the crevices start to widen, it escalates pretty quickly,” Kelley teased.

4) One major element of Season 1 will not return.

Namely, the “Greek chorus” of Monterey neighbors delivering gossipy exposition about the show’s character via police interviews. “We don’t have the Greek chorus this year,” Kidman revealed, before nervously turning to Kelley to ask, “Am I allowed to say that?” Kelley expanded on the decision to do away with this more comedic element: “We felt that last year with the Greek chorus, with each episode we wanted that to go away a little bit. It was a way of informing the audience on the world and the characters, but once the show intensified, you want to live and breathe in that intensity. Tonally, Season 2 is still a mix of comedy and drama, but it’s probably more dramatic.”

5) New director Andrea Arnold brings a crucial “female gaze” to the new season.

Last season’s director Jean-Marc Vallee did not return to direct Season 2, and was instead replaced by acclaimed film director Andrea Arnold. “It was interesting having a woman [direct],” Kidman said. “You talk about the male gaze and the female gaze, and now we have a woman behind the camera, and the way she enters into all of us is different, as you’ll see.” Kelley added that Arnold “really mines the emotional center of character and story and you feel like you’re jumping into the trench with your characters,” Kelley added. “She’s really raw and honest with the approach toward emotion.”

6) Season 2 will explore the experience of recovery through Jane’s story.

Now that her rapist Perry is dead, Shailene Woodley said that Jane is grappling with how to carry on. “In Season 1, she had this idea of who this person was, this ghost in her closet, this demon that haunted her constantly. Her idea was always that if she could kill the man or get rid of the man, she could be free and able to move forward … Now she’s able to work on the other side of that trauma, and what does it look like once the ghost in her closet is gone? How does she move forward in a way that’s healthy for her and her son?”

7) There are no plans for a season three.

But as Kidman pointed out, that’s what they said last time! “There is no such plan now,” Kelley confirmed. “I think we like where we close at the end of Season 2, so that will probably be it.” Kidman added that Season 2 was “a long shoot for us, an enormous amount of work, and we’re just amazed that we can be here. [Season 2] is its own entity and hopefully it will be taken in that way. It was made with an enormous amount of love.”

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Dogs Before Instagram

Decades before Instagram or #packwalk, Jim Buck was trouping through the streets of New York with multiple leashes and multiple dogs in tow. In 1964, Gay Talese profiled Buck, pictured above, in The New York Times. “145-Pounder Walks 500 Pounds of Dogs,” ran the headline. That doesn’t sound exceptional now, but Buck was apparently the first professional dog walker. In the story, Talese noted that Buck was 32, married with two children and two big dogs of his own. He was making a decent income — in the low six figures, in today’s dollars — in electronic sales. But, Talese explained, Buck was bored. He loved animals and the outdoors, so, with “a little advertising and a little salesmanship,” he began a dog-walking business and not only earned a living but also became a fixture of the Upper East Side.

As Talese reported it, Buck always drew a crowd. “Hook up a sled!” cried one doorman. “Opening race at Aqueduct!” was one policeman’s quip. When Buck died in 2013, his Times obituary said he “is widely described as the first person to professionalize dog walking in New York City and, by extension, in the United States. … He walked in sun; he walked in rain. In wintertime, his charges might be clad in small sweaters bearing the logos of the European resorts where their masters skied.”

When we began the process of digitizing the six million photos in the Times archive, it quickly became apparent that in photographing New York City over the course of the 20th century, this paper photographed a lot of the city’s dogs. One thing that stood out: while the people, the fashion and the cars changed, the dogs stayed very much the same.

We also noticed that dog pictures popped up everywhere, from the style pages to the weather reports, from Metro to Sports. In much the same way that dogs of Instagram say a hundred delightful things without actually saying a word, these images speak to “urban love stories: how and why people fetch, sit and roll over for their pets,” as N.R. Kleinfield put it.

To help us better understand this lasting obsession, we assembled a panel of dog experts: New York Times archivist Jeff Roth; photographer Landon Nordeman, whose photographs of the Westminster Dog Show established his career in portraiture, fashion and street photography; Andy Newman, a New York Times reporter who wrote the Pet City column about the lives of pets and their owners; artist and writer Maira Kalman, whose illustrations regularly appear on the cover of The New Yorker; Amanda Hess, a New York Times critic, who has written about how dogs and cats have been represented in culture; the artist and writer Jeff Hamada, who created the Instagram account @chillwildlife; Lydia DesRoche, who trains animals for Broadway and theater; and Sheila Bridges, an interior designer and animal lover.

What follows is an edited and condensed transcript of that conversation.

Jessie Wender: Why do you think we like looking at pictures of dogs?

Jeff Hamada: Dogs are just really pure. There’s sort of an unconditional love that they give. It’s sort of depressing as an artist, you slave over a painting or a beautiful photo, and a dog photo will almost always get more likes or engage more than anything that you slave over. I try to think of this as something to embrace.

Amanda Hess: Dogs also like looking at you. Like, this dog is gazing back at the camera.

Lydia DesRoche: Or, maybe he’s just looking at the dog on the street going, “Sucker, you’re on a leash.”

Andy Newman: A lot of dogs have that ability to just kind of channel their emotions and their thoughts or whatever is occupying them, it just shows immediately in their face. Cats are a little bit more opaque emotionally.

Hess: I’ve never had a dog. I would love to have a dog. Right now the most important dog in my life is this dog that has no idea that it’s so important to me. Her name is Luna and she’s this big, white dog, with brown spots and alert ears and she’s blind. She just ambles around my neighborhood and whenever I see her, it gives me a lot of joy. Her owners are a little skeptical of me. Luna’s not mine, but she’s the most important dog to me right now.

Sheila Bridges: On Monday, I put down my Australian shepherd, Wheeler. I’m a little emotional today, but I thought this would be kind of therapeutic.

Maira Kalman: I was terrified of dogs and thought they would rip your head off if you turned your back on them, a legacy from my mother. When [my late husband] Tibor became ill, we somehow decided that it was good for the kids to have a dog. Pete quickly became my constant companion. He never left my side. He made everybody happy, but really made my life much better. Sara, my mother, who was the legacy of being terrified of dogs, ended up loving him and knitting him sweaters, and making him schnitzel and blintzes that we weren’t allowed to touch.

Bridges: One of the hardest decisions you sometimes have to make as a pet owner is whether or not it’s time to let go of the life you share with your beloved pet. I believe that the loss is particularly amplified for those of us who do not have children. My animals — dogs, cats, horses — have always been my family on a spiritual level that I sometimes have difficulty explaining.

Kalman: Pete died in a dog hospital. It was really the end after so many months of trying to keep him alive. Finally, we understood that it was not possible. They were so wonderful. They put us in a room with soft lighting and said, “Take your time.” I was with my son, Alex, and my boyfriend, Rick. When we said goodbye to him, you choose what you want to happen afterward. I said ashes would be great. I think it was New Year’s Day and it was snowing. It was so beautiful. We were talking about James Joyce and “The Dead,” and how it ends with such a beautiful, soft, gentle snow falling on the land. It was a beautiful, big, thick snow. Then we went and we had grilled cheese sandwiches somewhere. [She holds up a pink vintage-looking tin, which holds the ashes of her beloved dog.] This is Pete, the only dog I’ve ever had and probably will ever have, unless I share it with some other family member. He lives on very intensely, so here he is.

Wender: Do you think people look like their dogs? Or that dogs look like their owners?

Hess: I feel like it’s a trope that people look like their dogs. I don’t know if that’s because they start to look more like their dog or they find a dog that looks like them.

DesRoche: Some people act like their dogs, or their dogs act like them.

Newman: These dogs accessorized the people very well.

Kalman: The dog in New York is the universal dinner party excuse. I’ve got to go home, the dog is waiting. People may be thinking, “How am I going to get out of here?” Maybe that’s also true in the country, but it certainly is in the city.

DesRoche: You can’t leave your dog in the yard in New York, you have to interact with your dog in New York.

Hess: Dogs mediate so many social interactions in New York, where often you meet someone, the first thing you see, you’re focused on their dog instead of them.

Bridges: I don’t think I ever knew the name of the people walking their dogs, or that they even existed. They were only a vehicle for getting to know their dog and exclaiming how wonderful every dog was. It was more important to focus on the dog than on the person.

DesRoche: No one recognizes me without an animal. Literally no one.

Newman: The photo above is from the William Secord Gallery. I get an email from them every week. They send a Dog Painting of the Week. And you get one of these ridiculously over-the-top, 19th-century dog paintings with an explanation of who the dog was and who the artist was. They’re amazing paintings.

Wender: What’s the difference between painting dogs and photographing dogs?

Kalman: I think they’re basically the same. There are a number of photographs here that I would love to do paintings of, especially this one. It just seems like a perfect set to me. I think this is my favorite photo of all of them, with the dog sitting on the sofa, just a self-contained, beautiful world of fancy furniture, fancy dogs in fancy frames. I find it really funny, and just really enchanting. I take millions of photographs during the week of many dogs. The other day in the park I photographed a dog that was wearing a sweater with a hat and a pompom. I thought, “My day is made.” Then I could do a painting of that, and be equally happy.

Bridges: Whenever magazines shoot interiors, they love to have you to put your dog or your cat, but particularly your dog, into the shot. I always trained my dogs that they were never allowed on furniture, but this dog looks like he’s used to being up there. I like interior photographs with dogs in them because there’s just something that makes the home feel like it’s lived in; it creates life.

Roth: We did a story about a woman who took care of junkyard dogs a few years ago, Regina Massaro from Maspeth. As we wrote in the story, for 20 years she traveled through some of the city’s roughest neighborhoods and industrial areas caring for guard dogs that were chained up, and were often underfed or abandoned. She found my dog on the street so I took him. His name is Hobo.

Landon Nordeman: To photograph dogs you need a lot of patience and I think sometimes the dogs have to trust you. I think that’s true when you’re photographing anyone. Once I was hired by the American Kennel Club to take pictures, and I’m meeting a brand-new dog every few minutes. I would always kind of get lower than the dog and try to offer a hand, something, just to let them smell me, touch me, realize that I was not a threat to them, and then try and get them to look in the camera.

Nordeman: It’s a great honor to be selected to be the Best in Show judge for the Westminster Dog Show. The judge is kept in seclusion for the entire duration of the show and only is brought out to judge the final seven, so that they’re not hearing any rumors, they’re not seeing the dogs perform in the earlier rounds, they only see the very last round, like a sequestered jury.

DesRoche: Show dogs are show dogs. I trained a chow once. He always won best in breed, but he never won best in show at Westminster. He always got his butt kicked by a poodle. He was so difficult to train. He was not motivated by anything. He’d have a pound of beef in front of him, nothing. But one day, I was sitting in a sports bar and I see ESPN and there he was, flying through the air for the applause, just throwing his mane back. It was amazing. Then I realized that what I needed to do was cheer him on. That changed everything. I could train him then, but I had to be a cheerleader.

Hess: Do you think dogs know they look alike?

Bridges: Do dogs recognize their own breed?

Wender: Or that they’re wearing the same outfit?

Kalman: Multiples of dogs are always so enchanting. There’s a man who walks five Yorkies, and they all wear matching coats and hoods and pompoms. There’s an excessive bit of that, but whenever you have more than two dogs together, it’s a circus of fun. You just can’t stop looking at them.

Nordeman: I always love photographing in what’s called the benching area, where people are preparing their dogs for the show ring. It’s where all this primping, combing and fussing happens. It’s amazing kind of how much goes into it before they’re ready.

Hamada: People often use images of animals, on social media, to communicate with one another. In the comments section, they'll tag an image of a dog and say, "This is totally me,” to their best friend or whomever it is.

Jessie Wender is a photo editor of Past Tense, an archival storytelling initiative devoted to publishing articles based on photographs recently rediscovered as The Times digitizes millions of images from its archives. @jmwender

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Cleaners copy Kendall Jenner's naked pose and strip down to rubber gloves

They are professional cleaners whose yellow rubber gloves are essential equipment when it comes to mopping up messes.

Yet seeing leading model Kendall Jenner, 23, posing in Vogue Italia wearing nothing but the gloves, knee-high tights and white heels has made them see their tools of the trade in a far more empowering light.

JENNY FRANCIS got our fearless four to strike a similar pose, to see if they too can rock a yellow rubber glove…

‘I know I’m no supermodel but I’m proud of this pose’

CARAVAN park cleaner Bonnie Stainer, 34, from Saunton, North Devon, found posing as Kendall empowering after losing 8st. She has a daughter Paisley, four, and son Recco, three.

She says: “I clean up after tourists when they go home. I’m a single mum and the work fits around the kids’ school schedule, so I’ve been doing it for three years.

“I like the job but people see you carrying your bucket, wearing a uniform and yellow gloves and they do look down on you a bit.

“Unlike Kendall, who has cameras everywhere she goes, no one gives me a second look. Until now.

“I wanted to recreate her picture to show what a woman, who wears these gloves every day to do hard graft, looks like.

“My Marigolds have helped me clean up some disgusting messes left by tourists. Muddied sheets, sinks full of unwashed dishes, dirty showers and toilets – they are hardly something I’d associate with Vogue magazine.

“My yellow gloves are my life-savers so I actually feel quite empowered to pose in them.

“I used to be a size 24 and weighed around 18st. After having my children I lost 8st in three years through healthy eating and ­exercise. I know I’m no supermodel but I do feel sexy and proud in this pose.”

‘No matter what your size you can look good naked’

She says: “When I saw Kendall’s picture I thought it looked like any other high-fashion picture. But when I looked closer and realised she was in Marigolds I was thrilled.

“I showed my friends and said, ‘I told you I’m ahead of the trend’. Then the next thing I know I’m recreating the picture for myself.

“I’m a kennel cleaner and dog groomer. From tiny chihuahuas to dobermans, I wash and clean them all, along with their kennels. It’s tough work but I love it.

“Every day I’m covered in detergent, disinfectant, dog hair and sometimes dog poo, but my ­yellow gloves save the day.

“I usually associate my Marigolds with dirt, but since recreating Kendall’s pose I see them as more about female empowerment in the sexiest way possible.

“I’m proud to represent plus-size women too, although balancing on heels, keeping my boobs in place and making the right ­expression isn’t as easy as it looks.

“I hope my recreation of her ­picture shows that all women – no matter what size they are – can look good naked.”

‘I couldn’t wait to recreate this incredibly sexy picture’

HOUSEKEEPER Emily Kuipers, 33, from Hampstead, North West London, says she thinks Kendall has made rubber gloves the new sexiest accessory for the bedroom.

She says: “I’ve been cleaning for my ­current household for a year and a half now, and cleaning for other homes for years.

“I’ve never seen cleaning as an unglamorous job, mainly because I’m the one who comes in and makes everything look better.

“I used to be obsessive about cleaning and tidying. I once woke at 3am and got up to tidy around.

“I like things to be spotless and enjoy transforming a room.

“When I saw the Kendall picture I laughed at first. Rubber gloves have never struck me as sexy.

“But this picture is incredibly sexy – it shows a confident woman taking control, waiting for her partner to follow her to the bedroom.

“I couldn’t wait to re-create it. I went through a party-girl stage in my twenties – out every night and I lost a lot of weight. I was only 8st.

“When I left it all behind I shot up to 12.5st. It’s only in the last few years that I found a healthy balance and I’m confident in my body.

“I don’t look at my picture and love what I see, but I don’t hate it either. It’s something I will learn to be proud of.”

‘Stripping off was scary, the gloves were my armour’

HOUSE cleaner and former ­nursing-home cleaner Vanessa Hilder, 47, is a mum of one from Watford. She is proud of being a size 12 at her age.

She says: “When I first saw Kendall’s picture I couldn’t help but think how amazing she’d made a pair of rubber gloves look.

“I’d never associated Marigolds with supermodels before – they’re something I wear to clean toilets.

“It just goes to show that if you have the guts and glamour to wear it, you can turn anything into a fashion item. The rubber gloves actually make her look elegant.

“I showed the picture to my 18-year-old daughter and my fiancé Matt, and they both told me to go for it.

“I used to clean an old people’s home, now I clean houses. It’s a challenging job but I credit it with keeping me in shape later in life.

“I’m the oldest of the women recreating this pose and that makes me so proud.

“It was scary taking off my kit, but weirdly the gloves gave me confidence – they’re my armour.

“When I saw the picture of myself naked, the first thing I said was, “I don’t actually look that bad”.

“I left feeling like a teenager again and eager to get home and show my fiancé my new cleaning pose.”


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Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher shows off his six pack in naked selfie

The 35-year-old actor, who left the popular ITV soap in 2016 after two decades, showcased his incredible muscular physique in a racy bathroom selfie.

Despite all eyes on his six-pack, the former soap star's facial expression told a different story as he was left open-mouthed over his orange spray tan.

Captioning the shot, which narrowly avoided flashing his nether regions, he wrote: "……and how dark do you want to go?"

"Dark. But I don’t want to be orange #spraytan" alongside an embarrassed -face emoji.

Although worrying over his spray tan, his 94,000 followers were understandably distracted by his honed-body.


One follower shared: "Fit fit fit !!"

"Holy hunk heaven," another penned. "Yum yum and yum."

A fourth wrote: "Nice paint job on the abs."

The racy shot comes ahead of his appearance in The Real Full Monty, which is supported by charities Movember, Cancer Research, Everyman and Prostate Cancer UK to raise awareness.






 

Returning for it's third installment, Kelvin will reportedly join Love Island Jack Fincham and snooker legend Willie Thorne to perform the iconic striptease from the 1990s cinema classic.

Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo will once again put the celebrities through their paces and teach them a routine. Alexander Armstrong is also set to return as Ashley's co-host.

Last month, The Sun reported that Megan Barton Hanson, Danielle Armstrong and Benidorm's Crissy Rock will star in the female spin-off Ladies Night.


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AFLW: Second-term blitz helps Dogs to win over Cats

Emma Kearney watched on at Whitten Oval on Saturday night, providing special comments for Channel Seven. Not that the Western Bulldogs were missing last year’s AFLW best and fairest.

The reigning premiers are so far getting by fine without Kearney, (these days North Melbourne captain). With Saturday night’s 18-point win over Geelong, it's two victories from as many starts for the Dogs in 2018.

The Dogs won the game over the competition newcomers on the back of a three-goal to nil second quarter.

Geelong’s Rebecca Webster feels the pressure from Bulldog Monique Conti.Credit:AAP

Captain Ellie Blackburn was again outstanding, while Monique Conti was also in the thick of things, and Kirsty Lamb impressed.

The Dogs now turn their attention to Kearney's Roos, also undefeated. The two sides will meet next Friday night in Launceston.

The Cats – hurt by the midweek season-ending knee injury to Nina Morrison – didn’t relent and look like a tricky opposition. However a general lack of class around the ground was telling.

Perhaps even harder to cover than Kearney is Brooke Lochland, the competition’s leading goalkicker last season, who is sidelined due to a leg fracture sustained in a practice game.

While the Dogs aren’t exactly kicking cricket scores, their total of 5.4 (34) on Saturday night was a sizeable improvement of last weekend’s unlikely winning tally of 2.6 (18) against Adelaide.

Pluck of the Irish

It was a night to remember for Irish debutant Aisling McCarthy. The Tipperary export didn’t look at all out of place, and even though she didn’t have a lot of the ball, she made her presence felt. In the second term she laid a strong tackle which opened the door for Deanna Berry to run into goal. Then in the third, McCarthy finished the job herself, slotting a major from general play. Unsurprisingly she was duly mobbed by teammates.

Nice one, old mate

Aasta O’Connor was a member of the Bulldogs premiership team, and has a reputation for not being short of a word on the field. Playing against her former side for the first time, O’Connor had a chance to kick what would have been an important goal not long before half-time at the Geelong Road end. It didn’t end well. O’Connor dropped the ball while running in to take the set shot, and while she managed to recover the footy her eventual kick was hurried and didn’t register a score. Not surprisingly former teammate Ellie Blackburn was more than happy to get in her former teammate’s face to let O’Connor know all about her blunder. Things got even worse for the ruck from there, as she left the ground in the third quarter with a suspected foot injury.

Bulldog Kirsty Lamb breaks away from Rebecca WebsterCredit:AAP

No troubles for Sue

Susan Alberti’s difficulties getting into Whitten Oval during a game last season were well-documented, but there were no such troubles for the former Bulldogs vice-president and prominent benefactor on Saturday night. Alberti mightn’t have been an official VIP, but she took her place in the EJ Whitten Stand to watch the “Daughters of the West” go about their business. It was another couple of daughters who played a prominent role in the night’s proceedings. Izzy Grant and Bridie Garlick, daughters respectively of Bulldogs great Chris Grant and former chief executive Simon Garlick, unfurled the 2017 AFLW premiership flag, with AFL chief Gillon McLachlan looking on.

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Opponents the only thing missing in Jeff Horn’s world title plan

The best sign that Jeff Horn might be officially done as a welterweight has come from his wife Jo, who has given a resounding tick of approval to his improved moods now he has to obsess less over his calorie count.

It could answer one part of the Horn puzzle in 2019. There's still little clarity on who he may fight and when, although with another baby on the way for the couple it will only be twice.

Over and out: Jeff Horn was impressive fighting at a heavier weight in the mismatch against Anthony Mundine.Credit:AAP

An outing in May and then again closer to Christmas would be ideal, and both must count. There will be no repeat of the easy rebound fight in which he crushed Anthony Mundine in 90 seconds, nor does it seem that social media taunts for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao will amount to much more than light entertainment.

His promoter, Dean Lonergan, would love Horn to challenge for a world title before the year is out and, at the very least, his pair of fights must position him to make a challenge early in 2020.

More and more that challenge is looking like it would be at a heavier weight division than the one he famously occupied when he upset Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title, only to defend it once and hand it over to the almost peerless Terence Crawford.

It’s having the right fight in the right place at the right time.

"I like him at super welter or middleweight," Lonergan said. "I thought he looked fantastic even though it was hard to tell in 90 seconds. Certainly at welterweight he always looked drained. From his wife Jo’s point of view, he’s a lot less grumpy and more comfortable. You don’t have to starve yourself.

"It’s having the right fight in the right place at the right time. We’re only going to fight twice this year so they have to be meaningful. That means those are fights that get us to a mandatory position or a world title fight."

But Lonergan's phone isn't exactly ringing off the hook after a glimpse of what Horn could do in the meatier divisions, even if it was against an outmatched veteran in Mundine, whose pleas for a rematch haven't even registered in the Horn camp.

For all the ridicule Horn was given from American critics after his performance against Crawford, the Nebraskan went on to dominate his next opponent Jose Benavidez Jnr and is widely tipped to do the same to Amir Khan.

Horn's effort may yet be reappraised and the strength and footwork he showed at 71kg (four heavier than the welterweight limit) has him pegged as a rough, aggressive fighter who would be unlikely to give anyone a simple night outside the sport's elite.

"After doing what he did against Mundine, there are a lot of people wondering whether fighting Jeff is a particularly good idea. He’s all action and he’s hard to beat, and he draws a lot of attention. I’d love to have a fight for him against an American, but we’ll see what transpires," Lonergan said.

"The people ringing me are in the media. Not many people are ringing me and saying ‘Jeff Horn, that’s a great fight for us’ because they know it’s going to be very tough. It would be nice to take some phone calls, but that’s not how this business works."

A bout with England's Kell Brook at 154 pounds was mentioned and, after learning important lessons from their fruitless trip to Las Vegas last year, the Horn camp are willing to get on the road again if it means a shot at another genuine world title belt.

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When Cultural Circles Are Expanded and Redrawn

Rabia Ahmad’s parents, who live in Portland, Ore., were not around to witness her exchange of vows with Christopher Pattison on Dec. 19 at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. They were visiting relatives in her father’s native Pakistan.

But Ms. Ahmad, 39, was not without the warmth of family to greet her when she stepped out of a Mercedes-Benz in front of 141 Worth Street wearing a blush-colored wedding dress amid the whir of cameras, the sun peeking at her from behind dark clouds on a chilly day.

Clutching a small bouquet of white roses and pine stems, Ms. Ahmad made her way past a dizzying array of soon-to-be and just-married couples and into the arms of Harper and Ellis Marsili-Batt. The blonde 5-year-old twin girls are part of Ms. Ahmad’s “New York family,” an ethnic mix of friends who have been helping her view life through an ever-widening lens since she arrived in New York City 22 years ago.

“I was raised in a very conservative Muslim community in Portland, and left there at 17 to attend N.Y.U.,” Ms. Ahmad said. “I liked the freedom that came with living in New York, and never went home.”

She began socializing, most often, in Islamic circles, “and dated a couple of Muslim men,” she said, but it didn’t work out quite as she, or her parents, had envisioned.

“The guys I dated followed old-school Muslim traditions,” said Ms. Ahmad, now a vice president for media relations at Home Box Office in Manhattan. “I soon realized that what drew us together were the basic commonalities of our religion. But we had a different thought process and a different view of the world, as they were much more conservative than I was.”

As the years passed and her circle of friends became more ethnically diverse, Ms. Ahmad began dating men of different faith, much to the chagrin of her father, Dr. Masud Ahmad, a cardiologist in Portland, and her mother, Salma Ahmad, a Filipino woman who was raised Roman Catholic but converted to Islam after meeting her husband, and who is now president of the Islamic Society of Greater Portland.

“When my parents realized that I was opening my mind to meeting other guys, which meant looking outside the tribe, it was a jagged pill for them to swallow,” said Ms. Ahmad, the youngest of three children. “I became the black sheep of the family.”

In September 2015, Ms. Ahmad met Mr. Pattison on OkCupid, describing him to family and friends as “this 6-foot-tall white guy who looked like Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys.”

“Not exactly what my parents had in mind,” she said, laughing.

But it was no laughing matter to her father.

“As far as I was concerned, as a Muslim father, it was my obligation to see to it that my daughter married a Muslim man,” Mr. Ahmad said from Saudi Arabia in a recent phone interview. “At the end of the day, the man Rabia was going to marry would be her decision, but she knew where I stood on the matter.”

Mr. Pattison, who was born and raised in Burlington, Vt., and graduated from Champlain College there, was working as a cook for a catering service by day, and as a club D.J. by night when he met Ms. Ahmad.

“He was a genuinely sweet guy who was old-school respectful, opening doors, pulling out chairs, all of those chivalrous things,” Ms. Ahmad said. “He was also a history buff who was fascinated by different cultures from around the world.”

Mr. Pattison made the 12-hour, round-trip drive to visit Ms. Ahmad in New York just a week after meeting her online.

“From the beginning I realized that Rabia was a really kind, considerate and nurturing person,” he said. “I just loved being around her.”

For the next year and a half, he drove every weekend from Burlington to Brooklyn to spend time with her, racking up nearly 50,000 miles on his 2005 Ford Focus during the long-distance phase of their relationship.

“It wasn’t an easy trip, but Rabia made every mile worthwhile,” Mr. Pattison said. “Every time I came to visit she would always go out of her way to make me feel welcome, and did little things to show she cared, which made me want to keep coming back.”

One day in May 2017 he decided to stay for good. He moved into Ms. Ahmad’s studio apartment in Brooklyn Heights, leaving in his rear view mirror the only life he had ever known in Burlington.

“I just picked up and left, and at first, it was definitely a struggle, especially when you consider it took me six months to find a job,” Mr. Pattison said. “But Rabia kept saying, ‘Just hang on, we will persevere,’ and eventually I got both feet down on the ground.”

Mr. Pattison, now 44 and a digital designer in Manhattan for the Smithsonian Network, for which he handles digital advertising across all platforms, had barely landed on his feet when Ms. Rabia’s parents came to Brooklyn for a first visit in December 2017.

“I knew that her parents were not happy that I wasn’t a Muslim,” Mr. Pattison said, “so I was very nervous about meeting them.”

Among the things that Ms. Ahmad’s father brought with him from Portland was literature about Islamic customs, teachings and overall history that he asked Mr. Pattison to read.

“I think he was hoping for two outcomes,” Mr. Pattison said. “As someone who loved history, he hoped I might be inspired by what I was going to read, and as someone who loved his daughter, he hoped I might be inspired enough to convert to Islam.”

In September 2018, Ms. Ahmad and Mr. Pattison visited her parents in Portland, where Mr. Pattison, a lifelong Roman Catholic, met with an imam who was close to the Ahmad family.

After what Mr. Pattison described as “a series of very spiritual and extremely inspirational discussions,” he did indeed convert to Islam.

“Immediately after the conversion, I asked Rabia’s father for her hand in marriage,” said Mr. Pattison, who proposed to Ms. Ahmad the following month.

Mr. Ahmad was thrilled. “I have been very impressed with Chris, who clearly loves my daughter and has willingly accepted Islam,” he said. “I cannot criticize the road that Rabia and Chris have taken regarding his conversion, as I took the same road with my own wife.”

When Ms. Ahmad began discussing the two life-changing sacrifices made by Mr. Pattison on her behalf — leaving his community, and then his religion — she began to cry.

“His willingness to leave a life behind to commit to the adventure of New York, his expressed interest in learning about my cultural background and faith, and his acceptance of my loud but loving family, made me fall into the kind of love that I had almost given up on finding,” she said. “Bottom line: I would have gotten down on one knee if he hadn’t beat me to the punch.”

Mr. Pattison said that he was fully aware that his decision to convert to Islam “might not be seen as a popular choice by some who do not look favorably upon Muslims in this current political climate.”

“Nevertheless,” he added, “it was the right choice for me.”

Ms. Ahmad said: “Chris did a ton of research before converting. This was no split-second decision, and was not made based on the perspective of a bunch of religious zealots, but from a very modern-day view of Islam and a belief system that he could see himself being a part of.”

Mr. Pattison’s father, Leonard Pattison, who lives in Burlington, said of his son’s decision to convert: “I thought it was fantastic that he would do that for Rabia. It shows true love and commitment.”

“Rabia is such a warm, beautiful person, maybe the best person I have ever met,” said the elder Mr. Pattison, who co-owns Control Technologies, a company, based in Williston, Vt., that installs temperature controls for heating and ventilation systems.

“She’s the best thing that ever happened to my son, and as diverse as their backgrounds are, they are a match made in heaven.”

Leonard Pattison was one of the many guests in attendance at the civil ceremony, which was presided over by Michael McSweeney, the New York City clerk, at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. Other guests included Mr. Pattison’s mother, Linda Banks of Brevard, N.C., his stepmother, Eileen Pattison, and Ms. Ahmad’s sister, Maryam Ahmad, along with her 6-month-old-daughter, Naila Shah, who live in Hermosa Beach, Calif. (Her husband and a son could not attend, nor could Ms. Ahmad’s brother, Tariq Ahmad of Oakland, Calif., and his family.)

“Christopher and Rabia, we wish for you a love that makes both of you better people and continues to give you joy that provides you with energy with which to face the responsibilities of your lives,” Mr. McSweeney said to the couple after they exchanged wedding rings and vows.

Just after Mr. McSweeney pronounced the bride and groom married, they exited the building to showers of applause and confetti from family and friends, including three members of Ms. Rabia’s “New York Family,” Dan Marsili and Erik Batt, the fathers of the twin girls, and Shuaib Siddiqui, her best friend from N.Y.U.

“Rabia is still the same old bubbly person she was the day I met her,” said Mr. Siddiqui, who has known the bride for more than 20 years. “When she was younger, she kept to a certain sense of the way things were supposed to be based on what her parents had taught her. But as I watched her mature, she forged her own path, and decided that she was not going to marry someone just because they were raised like she was. Instead, she would wait for someone, from any walk of life, with values and morals that fell in line with hers, someone with a lot of good inside of them, and she found all of that in Chris.”

After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their contingent went to Dumbo, Brooklyn, to take more photographs before enjoying dinner later that night at Lucali’s, a restaurant in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn, where they dined on pizza, calzones and meatballs, the bride’s favorite, that was made specially on her wedding day by Mark Iocono, the owner of Lucali’s. Dessert included a blackout chocolate cake from the Little Cup Cake Shop, also in Brooklyn.

On July 5 and 6, the couple are to take part, before 300 guests, in a traditional two-day Pakistani wedding ceremony that will conclude at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland, a gift from the bride’s parents.

“I’m very much looking forward to it,” Mr. Ahmad said. “There is so much worth celebrating.”

ON THIS DAY

Where The Manhattan Marriage Bureau

When Dec. 19, 2018

Happy and Happy The bride chose Dec. 19 as the date to legally marry, as that is the date of her parents’ wedding anniversary and her parents’ birthdays.

A Familiar Ring The bride’s mother removed the center stone — a rose-gold, round-cut diamond — from a ring she owns and gifted it to the couple. They used it as the centerpiece for the bride’s engagement ring, which they decorated together, adding, among other shiny things, pear-shape diamond baguettes.

What They Wore The bride wore a blush-colored Jill Stuart dress with an ivory silk organza veil, while the groom wore a charcoal gray Ludlow suit by J.Crew, and a black Paul Smith tie emblazoned with a music note that was a gift by the bride.

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How to Watch the 2019 Grammys on TV and Online

Music lovers, rejoice! It’s time for the 2019 Grammys. 

Now in its 61st year, the Grammy Awards makes its highly-anticipated return to the City of Angels when the star-studded celebration broadcasts live from the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10. 

The Grammys performance lineup includes Cardi B, Miley CyrusShawn MendesRicky MartinJanelle Mon&#225e and a whopping 10 more impressive live acts. This year’s nominees also boast unmatched talent, with Kendrick Lamarand Drake leading the pack of the Grammys’ top artists.

And speaking of the most celebrated musicians, Drizzy sees himself nominated alongside Cardi B, Janelle Monáe, Brandi CarlileH.E.R.Post MaloneKacey Musgraves and the artists included in the Black Panther soundtrack for the most coveted honor of the evening… Album of the Year!

Oh, and how could we forget? The one and only Alicia Keys is hosting. 

So without further ado, here’s your handy dandy viewing guide to the 2019 Grammys: 

CBS will broadcast the Grammys live this Sunday, starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Viewers can also livestream the show through the CBS All Access subscription service, which is available on CBS.com, as well as the CBS app available for iOS, Android Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Roku and more.

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Additional streaming services that offer CBS include YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV and PlayStation Vue. 

We recommend scheduling your Grammys watch party for 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT, when E!’s Live From the Red Carpet special officially kicks off. Hosts Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic will bring pop culture fanatics onto the Grammys red carpet for exclusive interviews and unforgettable moments with A-listers across every genre. 

Watch E! this Sunday starting at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT for our Live From the Red Carpet 2019 Grammy Awards coverage! After the ceremony, tune in to E!’s After Party: The 2019 Grammy Awards special at 11:30 p.m. And don’t miss E! News on Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. for a recap of music’s biggest night.

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Jihadists who slaughtered 60 people in Tunisia jailed for life

Seven jihadists who slaughtered 60 people – including 31 British tourists – in machine-gun terror attacks at Tunisia beach resort and museum are each jailed for life

  • Shootings occurred just months apart in Tunis and Sousse in Tunisia in 2015
  • Four were given life for shooting rampage which killed 38, mostly British tourists
  • Another three were given life sentences for attack on Bardo National Museum 

Seven jihadists who killed 60 people during attacks at a museum and on a beach in 2015 have been handed life sentences by a Tunisian court.

The closely linked shootings, which occurred just months apart in Tunis and Sousse, saw dozens of defendants go on trial, with many acquitted.

Four were sentenced to life in prison for the shooting rampage at a Sousse tourist resort in June 2015, which killed 38 people, mostly British tourists.

Five other defendants in the Sousse case were handed jail terms ranging from six months to six years, while 17 were acquitted, prosecution spokesman Sofiene Sliti said.

Three were given life sentences for the earlier attack in March 2015 at the capital’s Bardo National Museum, in which two gunmen killed 21 foreign tourists and a Tunisian security guard.

Pictured: the 30 Britons murdered by an ISIS gunman while on holiday in Sousse, Tunisia on June 26, 2015

Seven jihadists who killed 60 people during attacks at a museum and on a beach (pictured) in 2015 have been handed life sentences by a Tunisian court

Four were sentenced to life in prison for the shooting rampage at a Sousse tourist resort in June 2015, which killed 38 people, mostly British tourists

Others found guilty of links to the Bardo attack were sentenced to prison terms ranging from one to 16 years, and a dozen defendants were acquitted, Sliti said. 

The court heard that the two attacks, both claimed by ISIS, were closely linked.

Several defendants pointed to the fugitive Chamseddine Sandi as mastermind of both.


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According to Tunisian media, Sandi was killed in a US air strike in neighbouring Libya in February 2016, although there has been no confirmation.

Victims’ family members in France and Belgium watched Friday’s hearing via a live video feed.

‘It was important for us to see, and especially to hear – to try to understand the role’ of each defendant, said one French survivor.

Three were given life sentences for the earlier attack in March 2015 at the capital’s Bardo National Museum (pictured: blood stains outside the museum)

Two gunmen, pictured on CCTV during the attack, killed 21 foreign tourists and a Tunisian security guard

Mother-of-two Sally Adey (centre) was on a luxury cruise with her husband (right) when they went into the museum. She was among 21 tourists killed 

‘Arriving at the end of the process will help us to turn the page, even if we can never forget.’

Gerard Chemla, a lawyer for French victims, said the live feed had brought some degree of comfort to relatives.

‘The trial allowed them – by organising the video conferencing and giving the floor to lawyers chosen by the victims – to finally be recognised as victims by the Tunisian state,’ he said.

But he lamented that the families of those killed had not been compensated.

The Sousse attack, which killed 30 Britons, is also the subject of proceedings in front of the Royal Courts of Justice in London, which is seeking to establish what happened.

After holding inquests into the British deaths in January and February 2017, judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith concluded that the response of Tunisian police was ‘at best shambolic, at worst cowardly’.

He said hotel guards were not armed and had no walkie-talkies. 

Both attacks were claimed by ISIS. Several defendants pointed to the fugitive Chamseddine Sandi as mastermind of both. Pictured: tourists light candles outside the Bardo museum

Gunman Seifeddine Rezgui, pictured, who was laughing and joking among the midday bathers, was later shot dead by police after a rampage lasting at least 20 minutes

Among those who were facing trial were six security personnel accused of failing to provide assistance to people in danger during the Sousse attack.

That shooting was carried out by Seifeddine Rezgui, who opened fire on a beach before rampaging into a high-end hotel, where he continued to fire a kalashnikov and throw grenades until being shot dead by police.

Four French nationals, four Italians, three Japanese and two Spaniards were among those killed in the Bardo attack, before the two gunmen, armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles, were themselves shot dead.

Investigations showed one of the gunmen, Yassine Laabidi – who was born in 1990 and was from a poor district near Tunis – had amphetamines in his body.

His fellow attacker Jaber Khachnaoui, born in 1994 and from Tunisia’s deprived Kasserine region, had travelled to Syria in December 2014 via Libya.

Rezgui pulled out a Kalashnikov hidden in a beach parasol and fired bullets at sunbathers lounging on a beachfront resort in the deadliest Islamist attack on westerners since the July 7 London bombings in 2005

One suspect questioned in court, Tunis labourer Mahmoud Kechouri, said he had helped plan the Bardo attack, including preparing mobile phones for Sandi, a neighbour and longtime friend.

Kechouri, 33, said he was driven by a ‘duty to participate in the emergence of the caliphate,’ that IS supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed in June 2014 across swathes of territory the jihadists controlled in Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

Other defendants accused of helping prepare the attack said they had only discussed ideas with friends. Several alleged they were tortured in detention.  

There have been substantial improvements in security at Tunisian tourist resorts since the massacre and in July 2017 Britain lifted its warning against ‘all but essential travel’ to the North African country.

The attacks and resulting travel warnings dealt a devastating blow to Tunisia’s vital tourism sector from which it has taken time to recover.

Since a 2011 uprising that toppled dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, jihadist attacks in Tunisia have killed dozens of members of the security forces.

Thousands have also travelled abroad to join jihadist organisations in Iraq and Syria, Libya, Mali and Yemen, according to the United Nations.    

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Coronation Street's Simon Barlow burns alive as he's trapped on dad Peter's boat

The rest of Coronation Street watch on in horror as the flames spread further around the vessel and they hear the choking cries of Simon from inside.

In the teaser Peter is in the Rovers when Tim Metcalfe rushes in to tell him his boat is on fire.

As the father of one makes his way down the cobbles, Sally calls 999 and tells them about the situation.

At that moment Asha Alahan arrives with her dad Dev and informs Peter that Simon is still on the boat.

It’s all hands on deck as Kevin goes back to grab a fire extinguisher and Peter shouts for his son.


Inside, Simon wakes up choking on the smoke and tries to make it up out.

The teenager is overcome by the flames and retreats back to the floor below.

Looking on Peter hears his son shouting out for him to help.

He screams: “Help me, Dad!”


Simon is on the boat after Peter invites him to join him on a sailing trip around a Greek island.

Excited about going away with his dad the teenager goes on board to show his friends Asha and Aadi Alahan around.

The father and son are due to leave in a few weeks’ time and Si is thrilled to be going away.

The episode airs on Wednesday 13 February at 8.30pm on ITV.


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