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Narcos Mexico: Did El Chapo really work for Felix Gallardo?

Narcos Mexico season two picked up again with Felix Gallardo (played by Diego Luna) as he began to lose control on his drug empire. The show also shows El Chapo (Alejandro Edda) at a much younger age working for Gallardo. This Narcos subplot is actually based on the true story of El Chapo and Gallardo working together.

Did El Chapo really work for Felix Gallardo?

WARNING: This section contains spoilers for Narcos: Mexico

A young El Chapo really did work for Felix Gallardo.

In Narcos: Mexico on Netflix, Felix Gallardo is seen running the Guadalajara Cartel.


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According to The Independent, El Chapo started working for the Guadalajara cartel under Gallardo in the early 1980s.

In Guzman’s current court case in New York, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fels told jurors El Chapo began as a small-time marijuana dealer.

However, according to the publication, he was working with Hector Luis Palma Salazar in a logistics role, helping to move cocaine into the US.

Andres Oppenheimer’s book Bordering on Chaos says Salazar was a gunman for Gallardo when he headed the Guadalajara cartel.

Gallardo’s ordering of the torture and murder of Kiki Camarena (Michael Pena), which we saw at the end of Narcos: Mexico, lead to the DEA starting Operation Leyenda, an aggressive attacking of the cartel that gave El Chapo and opening to go out on his own.

In 1989, Gallardo was arrested and control of the cartel was handed down to Rafael Caro Quintero (Tenoch Huerta) and Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo (Joaquin Cosio).

Then, when they too were arrested, El Chapo was able to establish dominance for his cartel.

The Guadalajara cartel was split into three smaller cartels, the Tijuana, Juarez and Sinaloa, with El Chapo reportedly heading the latter.

This splitting gave Guzman and Salazar control of the Pacific coast operations.


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However, in his current trial, Guzman denies being the leader of this cartel.

Netflix’s El Chapo also told the story of Guzman’s early years in the Guadalajara cartel.

Although this show does feature Salazar (Juan Feldman), Gallardo does not make a credited appearance.

This is possibly because it is not really known how much interaction there was between the two.

Narcos: Mexico season 2 is available to watch on Netflix now

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Tyler Cameron Asks Fans to 'Pray' for His Mom After He Cancels Event Due to Family Emergency

The Bachelorette’s Tyler Cameron is asking his followers for prayers after a sudden family emergency involving his mom caused him to cancel an event scheduled for Friday morning.

“Have to cancel GMA group run tomorrow. Family emergency,” Tyler, 27, wrote on Twitter Thursday afternoon. “Please pray for my mom and my family.”

He did not go into further detail. A representative for the Barkitecture star did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Tyler had been scheduled to host a group run in New York City on Friday with Good Morning America in celebration of National Workout Buddy Day, and had been excitedly promoting it on social media earlier in the day.

“Can’t wait to celebrate #NationalWorkoutBuddyDay with @GMA,” the reality star wrote on Twitter just an hour and a half earlier. “If you want to run along with us from Central Park to Times Square, meet us at 7:15AM at Tavern on the Green FRIDAY! Comment below If you can make it!

GMA‘s Twitter account retweeted Tyler’s announcement of the emergency, writing, “Family first, always! Thinking of you!”

It’s no secret that the Barkitecture host prioritizes family in his life.

In October, Tyler shared a photo on Instagram with his mom, Andrea, noting his love and appreciation for her.

“Dear Mama, I appreciate you. I love you. I need you,” he wrote in the caption. “See you soon.”

Andrea also showed her support for her son by cheering him on the following month when he ran in the New York City Marathon.

Tyler’s father has had serious health problems in the past with the reality star’s father almost dying before Tyler appeared on The Bachelorette.

The host has been candid before about his dad’s health and told PEOPLE in October that his dad’s struggles inspired him to get into running in the first place.

“When my dad got sick, I started getting everybody in my family to go on group runs,” he said at the time. “It started once a week on like a Thursday, and we’d go for 30 minutes and just meet for 30 minutes, and then go do like an hour. We just keep increasing, and I really enjoyed doing it. It was good family time, good time with my friends and we all got better together.”

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Rick and Morty theories: Rick died when he was Pickle Rick? Here’s how

The self-destructive exploits of mad scientist Rick Sanchez (played by Justin Roiland) hit their pinnacle when he turned himself into a pickle. The Rick and Morty episode was divisive, and also led to plenty of theories regarding the character’s state of mind in the Adult Swim show.

In Pickle Rick, the alcoholic and unpredictable physicist decides to transform his body into a sentient pickle, seemingly on a whim.

Rick figures out how to move around, finding himself the aggressive participant in an underground adventure when he forges an exoskeleton made out of rat bones and faces off against a deadly mercenary, Jaguar (Danny Trejo).

Far from a whimsical impulse, it turns out Rick transformed himself in order to avoid an impending therapy session that would have forced him to address his mental health issues and his strained relationship with his daughter, Beth (Sarah Chalke).

A tongue-in-cheek post on Reddit highlighted why the offbeat series is beloved so much, as well as providing food for thought for the rest of the show.


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In the very first season it’s revealed that the current Rick and Morty actually hopped over from another dimension, replacing their alternate selves by killing them and burying them in the garden.

The grisly twist effectively set up the cynical theme of the series, arguing that life is ultimately meaningless compared to the incomprehensible scale of the universe.

A ‘theory’ from a facetious Reddit post recently suggested that Rick tried the same tactic when he turned himself into a pickle.

Reddit user Jeff_man3 cited his ‘overwhelming amount of evidence’ for the hypothesis, before presenting an ironic stop motion animation that co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon would be proud of.

The fan continued: “Things go MUCH deeper than we thought. In that specific timeline Pickle Rick actually dies.

“We could be seeing an alternate version of Rick towards the end of the episode, from a different dimension and possibly timeline.”

Fans don’t see Pickle Rick meet his end during the episode, but that doesn’t mean that something gory couldn’t have happened off screen.

The series is no stranger to having multiple Rick and Mortys interact at once, with the first season introducing the Council of Ricks.

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A season four episode recently added further precedent to indicate this humorous theory could in fact be true.

The season opener Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat saw Rick die multiple times and casually transfer his consciousness into alternate universe clones of himself.

Rick and Morty frequently imply they have countless adventures in between episodes, so there’s no telling how many times either Rick or his grandson could have been killed after an adventure went awry, only to replace themselves with another clone.

While this theory takes some leaps in logic to believe, it’s a testament to how dedicated the fans are to the series that frequently leaves its audience mentally exhausted and confused.


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Plus, showrunners Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon seem determined to discredit every popular fan theory with each season, so viewers shouldn’t expect their predictions to come to fruition.

So far the fourth season has dismantled the heist genre, deconstructed time travel and sent Rick into a rage over his private toilet.

Unfortunately there’s no release date set for the remainder of season four, but the show is confirmed to be returning later this year.

Rick and Morty season 4 will return to Adult Swim and E4 in 2020.

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Neighbours spoilers: Paul Robinson suffers heartbreaking loss in anniversary twist?

Paul (played by Stefan Dennis) has bid farewell to several loved ones in recent months on Neighbours, with two of his children and grandson beginning a new life in America. One character who the Channel 5 soap stalwart wasn’t expecting to get close to again was his son, killer Robert Robinson (Adam Hunter), who donated his kidney to his half-brother David Tanaka (Takaya Honda) at Christmas. With the murderer’s daughter, Harlow Robinson (Jemma Donavan), now living in Erinsborough with her grandfather, could he be left distraught as she leaves Australia during the show’s anniversary week?

The veteran was shocked to discover his son had conceived a child when she turned up in Erinsborough last year and since then, she has become a major part of the community.

However, shortly after her arrival, her mother Prue Wallace (Denise Van Outen) turned up to throw a spanner in the works, urging her daughter to return to London with her.

Unfortunately, the troublesome character was more devoted to her commitments with a cult called The Order and left her child on Ramsay Street.

As the soap’s anniversary approaches, the mother-of-one will return to the fold to stir up more trouble for the likes of Paul, but will this lead to a shock exit?


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It has already been revealed Prue will return and find herself in the centre of a proposal plot as she accepts Gary Canning’s (Damian Richardson) hand in marriage after the pair had a brief fling before her original departure.

One thing she is going to have to face up to will be reuniting with daughter Harlow after months of no contact between the pair.

Known for her troublemaking ways, will the cult group member be able to pry her loved one away once more and she convince her child she’s changed?

Speaking exclusively to as she prepares to host in Proud Cabaret Embankment’s latest showcase, Cabaret All Stars, actress Denise Van Outen, 45, teased what’s to come for her character.

She’s very manipulative

Denise Van Outen

“It’s the 35 year anniversary coming up and she’s back. She’s back to cause a lot of trouble,” the soap star began, adding: “She’s got to tie up a few loose ends.”

Asked whether this would involve Prue trying to pry daughter Harlow away from Paul, Denise replied: “I think she will always try to lure her out of Ramsey Street.

“Her mum wants to feel like she has complete control. She’s very manipulative and obviously she’s quite a kooky character and a bit out there.”

Believing his life was juts settling down after the events of Christmas, will Paul be bidding farewell to yet another loved one?

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This would also leave teenager Hendrix Grayson (Benny Turland) heartbroken as he was just getting his head around his feelings for Harlow.

Will the strong-willed teenager agree to leave with her mother, or will she stick by Paul’s side as she fails to believe her mother has changed.

Viewers will have to wait and see what’s to come from Prue’s return, but Denise explained of her time on the show: “They were a brilliant cast and I made some really good friends now.

“I love it. It was such a great thing to be part of such an iconic show and then to be spending time with all those amazing people. And I’ve so much respect for the actors because they work incredibly hard.”

Next month, Denise will take centre stage in a Vegas-styled Cabaret show presented by Proud Cabaret Embankment, which will be running at the iconic London venue for an initial six week run from March 5.


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Guests will be treated to a night of entertainment from the worlds of burlesque and all things Gatsby-esque as they enjoy a three-course dinner, with cocktails on offer based on around the theme of the prohibition-era.

Revealing why she wanted to get involved, the Neighbours star said: “I lived in Los Angeles for three years. There was a burlesque club there and they used to have burlesque dancers and performers.

“And I love that and I was like, I wish London had something like this. I don’t really know any London venue that’s gone all out and put on a proper show like this, you know, so I think it’s gonna be really good.”

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1:45pm and 5:30pm on Channel 5.

Cabaret All Stars at Proud Embankment launches on Thursday 5th March and you can find out more about the event HERE.

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‘Tales From The Loop’ Releases New Trailer and Key Art For Amazon Prime Drama Series

The strange and intriguing tales from the town and people who live above “The Loop,” a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe, is coming from Amazon Prime. The drama series today unveiled a new trailer and key art by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, whose work formed the basis of the series.

The Loop makes things possible that were previously relegated only to science fiction. In this mysterious town, poignant human tales are told that bare universal emotional experiences, while drawing on the intrigue of genre storytelling.

The series will premiere April 3 after a March 16 world premiere at SxSW. Tales from the Loop will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

The series stars Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Town), Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation), Daniel Zolghadri (Eighth Grade), Duncan Joiner (Waco) and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes, Game of Thrones)

Tales from the Loop is from Fox21 Television Studios and Amazon Studios, in association with 6th & Idaho and Indio Studio. The series was created by Nathaniel Halpern, who wrote all eight episodes, and also serves as executive producer alongside Mark Romanek, Matt Reeves, Adam Kassan, Rafi Crohn, Mattias Montero, Samantha Taylor Pickett and Adam Berg.

Watch the trailer above.




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The Major Marvel Movie Mistake Even the Editors Missed

Continuity is obviously important to Marvel based on the tremendous amount of details they pack into their movies without any (or many) plot holes. When it comes to characters, though, it’s been confirmed they did miss one little thing. Even the editors happened to not catch something related to none other than Thanos.

One problem with the above villain was there was a gap between movies when he first made his appearance to when he became the center of the plot in Avengers: Endgame. This leap between Infinity War and Endgame wasn’t huge, but enough where more detail had to be put into Thanos’ look once he became the main nemesis.

Recently, the special effects team noticed one little gaffe related to the armor suit Thanos wears. Yes, these tech wizards fessed up to it, if not taking away from the astonishing work they put in.

What did the special effects designers miss?

According to a YouTube video, the Endgame artists discussed their design of Thanos and called out one little problem with the character’s glove. One of the biggest challenges with visual editing is dealing with something called clipping. Clipping hides part of the animation mask to make things look more three-dimensional.

During the above video, one of the artists points out a clipping issue with Thanos’ fingers as he does the snap with the Infinity Gauntlet. Matt Aiken, one of the head supervisors for Endgame special effects, says they somehow missed this important detail.

They all nervously laugh it off in the video while really being much ado about nothing. To the naked eye, there isn’t anything there anyone would call out unless studying the shot frame by frame. Of course, some Marvel fans do this to scope out every production morsel.

Even so, it’s interesting they, and the filmmakers, didn’t seem to notice the mistake. It proves the tremendous amount of detailed work put into the MCU movies, something any fan should appreciate.

Rewarding when CGI works well

If there’s a backlash against CGI of late, the digital effects in the MCU films is unarguably astonishing. One can debate forever on whether CGI really “humanizes” the characters in the Marvel films, despite Thanos already being a challenge since it’s all motion capture from actor Josh Brolin.

What the digital team has done is amazing enough in making things look at least believable. Nevertheless, Aiken points out in the above video there’s always more they could have done to fix tiny errors.

Working on Thanos’ armor was especially tough because they didn’t want to take away from Brolin’s performance in his own body. That said, they still have to embellish digitally since Thanos is double Brolin’s real size.

Now with this revelation of a special effects mistake, it’s probably going to tip off fans to hunt out further Endgame errors, or in future MCU films. It wouldn’t be the only digital faux pas made in the CGI era.

Digital errors have been plenty since the CGI era began

Look around online and it’s easy to find myriad lists of CGI fumbles that went unnoticed by the director or anyone else. Some of them were so blatant, it’s made many wonder whether anyone was really awake at the wheel.

A few of these can be forgiven in films made during the earlier days of CGI. In some cases, similar digital effects were being utilized in films back to the early ’80s with equal FX botches.

The Star Wars prequels are equally notorious for various CGI mistakes, outside of “blink and you’ll miss it” moments. The Thanos glove problem above seems to pale in comparison to more egregious special effects problems of the last decade.

As the MCU films become more elaborate as time goes on, Marvel’s special effect gurus have their work cut out for them. Expect them to start watching the work prints several extra times in their sleep to make sure they don’t end up on the next CGI blunder list several years from now.

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Bethenny Frankel's Boyfriend Paul Bernon Leaves Flirty Comment on Her Sexy Bedroom Snap

It looks like things are heating up for Bethenny Frankel and boyfriend Paul Bernon!

On Wednesday, the former Real Housewives of New York City star, 49, received a flirty comment from her beau after posting a steamy ad for her Skinnygirl Sensuality Supplements on Instagram.

In the sultry shot, Frankel can be seen wearing what appears to be a black robe as she holds up a bottle of her product.

“Feelin’ sexy? I created my #Skinnygirl Sensuality Supplement to give a helping hand in the bedroom,” she captioned the photo, to which Bernon, 42, responded, “🔥😍.”

Frankel began dating Bernon, a real estate developer and film producer, in 2018 following the death of on-off again boyfriend Dennis Shields.

Last September, the Skinnygirl mogul celebrated their one-year anniversary with a sweet tribute post on Instagram marking the relationship milestone.

“Having such a supportive and loving partner makes me a better person & inspires me to achieve the impossible,” she wrote alongside a photo of them sitting on the edge of a boat. “Happy Anniversary! I love you and thank you for the most beautiful year! ♥️❌⭕️♥️😘.”

Frankel also sang of Bernon’s praises while celebrating his birthday in July.

“Happy Birthday, Paul,” Frankel wrote on Instagram. “You are such a brilliant, sweet, beautiful, kind, hilarious person. You have enriched my life immeasurably. You make me laugh to the point of tears… You embrace my life, my spirit, my daughter, my career, my goals, and my choices. The very few people who truly know you are the luckiest people in the world.”

“You have literally and figuratively saved my life,” she added, a nod to his assistance when she was hospitalized after suffering a near-fatal allergic reaction to fish in 2018.

Likewise, Bernon only had kind words for Frankel on her birthday in November, writing on his personal Instagram, “You have brought me true happiness, and I’m so lucky to have you in my life.”

“No one is smarter, funnier, or makes a bigger impact to help those around us,” he shared. “Thank you for being the most loving partner. I can’t wait to celebrate you today ❤️ 👑 🦊 😍.”

Speaking to PEOPLE in December, Frankel — who shares daughter Bryn, 9, with ex-husband Jason Hoppy — raved about the relationship, saying things with the businessman have been “wonderful.”

“He’s a good person who I love,” she continued. “I don’t know if it’s a yin to my yang, but he’s really relaxed, he’s mellow and he’s very, very funny.”

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Feuding rock brothers The Black Crowes say ‘Liam and Noel got it from us’ – The Sun

AMONG the ranks of rock royalty, there is a special section reserved for feuding brothers.

Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks, Noel and Liam Gallagher of Oasis . . . and Chris and Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes.

They are all capable of intuitive brotherly brilliance — and spectacularly intense fallouts.

So it is an unexpected pleasure when Chris and Rich pitch up in London to talk about their Black Crowes reunion and new-found peace with each other.

Five years ago, they announced their “final” break-up after a disagreement over the band’s ownership. But here they are, side by side and talking openly.

Sitting opposite singer Chris, 53, and guitarist Rich, 50, in the swish Langham Hotel, a stone’s throw from Oxford Street, I notice amethyst healing crystals strewn across the coffee table.

Despite the amicable vibe in the room, they are clearly taking no chances.

Chris comes straight out with an admission about his past behaviour: “I can look at my brother now and apologise. I’m man enough to admit it.”

“So you were the main aggressor?” I ask him.

But Rich interjects: “I was more the passive aggressor!” I can’t resist taking them back to 2001’s Tour Of Brotherly Love with Oasis, which could easily have made the slogan on the posters laughable.

The notion of the Gallaghers constantly at war brings a wry response from Rich: “Yeah, they got all that from us.”

But Chris adds: “Actually, that tour was amazing. Everyone was on good behaviour. We got on because we were just cheeky enough.”


For those needing a quick reminder, The Black Crowes gave American rock ’n’ roll a turbo-charged shot in the arm with the release of their debut album Shake Your Money Maker in 1990.

They drew comparisons with the best in class from this side of the Atlantic — Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Free — but added a raw, Southern-soul twist.

The album was fittingly named after a song by blues legend Elmore James, “King Of The Slide Guitar”, and boasted four hits: Jealous Again, Twice As Hard, She Talks To Angels and the definitive cover of Otis Redding’s Hard To Handle.

They followed it with two more stellar albums — The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion (1992) and Amorica (1994) and went on to perform live with Led Zep’s Jimmy Page.

Now Chris and Rich are celebrating Shake Your Money Maker’s 30th  anniversary by putting their chequered past behind them.

On their tour of the US and Europe, they will play every track in sequence, followed by other favourites like the scorching Remedy, Sting Me and Wiser Time.

“Despite all the differences Rich and I have had, we agree that these records are good, especially Shake Your Money Maker, which is where it all starts,” says Chris.

When your hero is Keith Richards, you’re going to get far out

He recalls the heady days when they formed the band in Marietta, Georgia: “We were kids and we were ambitious. All we wanted was to be in a band and play music.”

It could have been so different. Chris was taken hundreds of miles by his parents to a creative writing course interview at a top college in Vermont.

“I was in the back of the car thinking, ‘I’m not doing this’. I had a s**t interview and that was it.” The rock-band life was all the brothers craved. Rich wrote the music to She Talks To Angels when he was 15.

Chris says: “At that time, I thought, ‘I don’t care what it looks like to anyone. This is what I want and I’m never, ever, ever looking back. I’m never stopping’. I think I speak for Rich, too.

“I remember our first gig in Chattanooga (Tennessee, before they were called The Black Crowes).

“There was a sour beer smell and the PA was making popping sounds but I loved it. We were learning on the run and suddenly we were selling millions of records. It’s taken us 30 years to put everything into perspective.”

He pauses for misty-eyed reflection. “That first ten years was a case of hanging on . . . ”

“ . . . for dear life,” chips in Rich, completing his sentence as siblings often do.

Chris, the mercurial frontman, is the heart-on-sleeve, talkative one, accompanying his comments with big hand gestures.

Rich is quieter, more measured, happy to let his guitar do the talking but reliably perceptive when he does speak up. Chris blames their past issues on the external pressures of being in a high-profile rock band — the music men, the money men, the endless tours, the oceans of booze, the mounds of drugs.

“I really, honestly believed that these things could co-exist but we just wanted people to leave us the f*** alone when it came to writing songs,” he says.

“We just got our little water wings but we were in a pool with the sharks, the people who are part of the cult of money, excess and ego.”


Against this lurid backdrop, the brothers were pulled apart and Chris adds ruefully: “It’s not until recently that Rich and I could even just talk as brothers.

“It’s been painful but we had to go through what we had to go through. No amount of music or art or pain or love or lack thereof can remove you from the reality of growing up.”

Rich says their rift opened because of a “communication breakdown” that meant only talking through third parties.

“The situation became sprinkled with manipulations and agendas.

If we’d just spoken to each other, nine times out of ten we would have agreed. That was the sh***y thing.”

Chris again: “We lived together but in completely different worlds, in different factions. But I’ve got to a point where I’ve realised I was completely f***ing wrong about some things.

“That was my ego and my pain.  I thought I was giving my life to this band and no one was there to catch me, all that dumb s**t.

“It’s amazing that Rich and I can communicate now. As different as we are, we’re on the exact same page.”

The only permanent thing I truly care about is where Rich and I go on from here as a family

For both brothers, the various Black Crowes hiatuses have allowed them to pursue rewarding solo projects.

But Rich says “it felt like something was missing” — the unique Robinson chemistry.

This 2020 reunion is happening on their terms and without any bandmates from the classic line-up.

Rich believes a break from the past is needed to make things work in the present.

He says: “I don’t want to f*** it up and I don’t want to bring in the past because ingrained patterns could surface.”

Recently remarried, Chris gives this telling insight: “When Rich and I got back together for the first time, my wife had never seen The Black Crowes — and she had never met Rich.


“She was like, ‘Oh my god, to see you guys together is like a piece of a puzzle I never knew’. Music is a language and Rich and I, for better for worse, grew up with the same language.”

To Chris, restoring strong family ties is more important than The Black Crowes continuing after the tour.

“I’m being sincere when I say the only permanent thing I truly care about is where Rich and I go on from here as a family,” he says.

“When we were in Los Angeles a few months ago, I had a picture of Rich and his two oldest kids with my oldest son. Rich’s kids said, ‘Dad, we’ve never had breakfast with Uncle Chris before’.

“When I married a couple of weeks ago, my nephew — Rich’s second oldest — was there and I thought, ‘This is nice, this is how it should be’.”

Speaking of family connections, it was Chris and Rich’s late father Stan, a musician, who helped inspire their abiding love of rock ’n’ roll.

Rich says: “The two of us grew up in the same house and our father and his music laid an impression. He loved Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joe Cocker, Sly & The Family Stone . . . ”

“ . . . Jimmy Reed,” continues Chris. “Mose Allison, The Stanley Brothers. We grew up on a steady diet of roots music and developed a pretty deep respect and understanding.

“Everyone loves Led Zeppelin, everyone loves the Rolling Stones. Well, some horrible people might not!

“But what separated us from our contemporaries was the level of roots. We listened to Chuck Berry as much as we listened to the Stones.

“But to me, (the Stones’) Exile On Main St is the best rock ’n’ roll record ever,” he affirms.

Rich agrees: “They took all these American influences and left it dirty, left it rough. It feels like you’re sitting in the room with them.”

Like the enduring Keith Richards, Chris earned a reputation in The Black Crowes’ early years for taking mind-altering substances and being pretty indestructible.

“I had my go,” he says. “It felt like my right as a young man and I didn’t have children then — nothing other than our band. For me, it was a case of, ‘I want to get far out’.

“When your heroes are Keith Richards and (Grateful Dead’s) Jerry Garcia, you’re going to get far out.”

Now, The Black Crowes are on mission to bring rock ’n’ roll centre stage again in a pop world dominated by reality TV contests and insipid singers, where rap has the most powerful voice.

Rich doesn’t hold back: “I feel like we’re on the precipice, like when the ‘disco sucks’ movement kicked in.

“Popular music has become pathetic, so disingenuous and there’s nothing to it.”

“It’s anaemic — everything’s a talent show,” says Chris, before Rich adds: “It’s the worst. I watched some of the Grammys in utter horrific dismay.

“You see some of these R&B performers doing their tribute to Prince. I saw Prince and he was immaculate.

“Those people can’t even come close. Everyone gets a trophy just for showing up.”

Sadly, he has a point.

So why not let the reunited brothers in arms blow your socks off instead?

The Black Crowes European tour kicks off on October 10 in Dublin, followed by dates in London, Glasgow, Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Cardiff and Leeds. Go to for tickets

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There are moments in The Invisible Man that are genuinely shocking – The Sun

THIS slick update on the classic story by HG Wells brings many modern “woke” twists to the story.

It features a great performance by Elisabeth Moss, but oddly for production company Blumhouse (which brought us Get Out), this film seems to bottle it and offers a pretty lame sci-fi as its finale.

If Get Out was horror’s take of all our inherent racism and Midsommar a subtle twist on toxic masculinity, then this is a slightly more obvious representation of gaslighting.

We meet Cecilia Kass (Moss) as she executes a narrow escape from the clutches of her clearly very rich and abusive tech entrepreneur boyfriend.

So far, so Sleeping With The Enemy. Grabbing a pre-packed bag and drugging him to sleep, she shimmies over the wall to the safety of her sister’s car.

Terrified after her ordeal, she then struggles to adjust to being free until she learns of boyfriend Adrian’s suicide — and a sizeable amount of cash left to her in his will by way of apology.

Life slowly starts to get better until Cecilia begins to feel as though she is being watched, becoming convinced not only of Adrian’s continued existence but that he has somehow used his tech prowess to become invisible.

This theory gets predictably short shrift from those around her and, as time passes, she begins to look unhinged and dangerous. For the most part, this is a classy, modern horror. We (obviously) see nothing of Cecilia’s adversary for a long time.

Instead, the film is reliant on director Leigh Whannell’s subtle camera movements to suggest rather than display. Moss’s performance is intense. Your breath is held for an uncomfortable amount of time.

But as the film continues to its rather obvious ending, it tosses this dread out of the window, replacing it with something more akin to one of the lesser Predator films mixed with the invisible James Bond car from the naff Die Another Day.

Despite losing its nerve, there are moments (one in particular) that are genuinely shocking, which just about makes it a worthwhile and unsettling experience.

This is a timely look at abuse with some great Nineties reference points. It was just better when the man stayed invisible.

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Downhill is Will Ferrell’s best screen performance for a decade – The Sun

IF you are expecting yet another goofy Will Ferrell comedy, think again. While funny, it is also steeped in poignancy and is his best screen performance for a decade.

In this remake of the excellent Scandi drama Force Majeure, Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are Pete and Billie Staunton on a ski holiday with their two kids.

As the plot unfolds, a brief yet terrifying event causes the pair to question their loyalty and marriage.

What should have been a fun few weeks on the slopes becomes a drawn-out ordeal that any of us who have experienced a domestic on holiday can relate to.

The sniping, the gritted teeth, forced fun, kids who would rather be on the iPad, the finger-pointing . . . you know the drill.

Sprinkle with a surprise visit from a work colleague and you will be chewing the inside of your mouth out. While not holding a torch to the original – do seek it out if you can – I think this has been unfairly mauled (other critics have not enjoyed this very much).

I laughed out loud throughout and enjoyed the chemistry the two leads share on screen. They are excellent. This is more Curb Your Enthusiasm than Elf and it is all the better for it.

A lot of that can be put down to the script co-written by Jesse Armstrong, the showrunner of Succession, on which Ferrell is executive producer.

But the cast made this bitter-sweet comedy dance for me.

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