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Demi Lovato Says Boyfriend Max Ehrich ‘Accepts and Loves Me for Who I Am’ as She Shares New Photo





For one snapshot, in which the two smile as they embrace each other, Lovato wrote, "U R Magic." Re-posting another pic — in which they bring their dogs into the fold for a family photo op — on his own Instagram Story, Ehrich, 28, wrote, "full heart 😌❤️."

Lovato recently uncovered a prophetic tweet from Ehrich's Twitter feed, in which — back in 2011 — the actor declared that she would be his ultimate Christmas gift.

"All I wanted for Christmas was Demi Lovato. #cantalwaysgetwhatyouwant…." he tweeted at the time.

Re-sharing the throwback post, Lovato wrote: "@maxehrich every Christmas? We love a little manifestation."

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De Blasio throws cold water on actually having fun at NYC’s open beaches

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that the Big Apple’s beaches will be open for Memorial Day weekend — but warned there won’t be a whole lot of fun in the sun allowed.

“You can walk on the beach. You can hang out on the beach, but do it in a manner that is consistent with everything we’ve been talking about,” de Blasio said.

“You go out for the amount of time you need, then you get back home.”

With no lifeguards on duty, de Blasio said, beachgoers can forget about one of the main attractions — hitting the waves.

“I’ve been really clear about the beaches — they are closed for swimming . . . People are not supposed to go to the beach to swim,” he said during his daily coronavirus briefing at City Hall.

Hizzoner also said that sun-worshippers will need to wear a face mask along with their bathing suits, and that social-distancing and other rules would be strictly enforced by about 150 Parks workers — backed up by “hundreds” of NYPD cops.

“There’s not going to be anything with group activity. No sports, no volleyball, no gatherings,” he said.

“And there will be vehicles constantly reminding people: no swimming, no barbecuing, no sports.”

City personnel will be stationed at all entry points, de Blasio said, “counting how many people are going on the beach, checking to make sure that there’s the right number of people, and we don’t see any crowding on the beach, we don’t see any crowding on the boardwalk.”

“If we start to see any crowding, we’re going to make sure to limit,” he added.

De Blasio called the crackdown on traditional summertime pleasures “smart moves to keep our progress going” in the fight against the deadly coronavirus.

Later, during an interview on WNYC radio, de Blasio also called the plan a “modified, lesser version of what we would normally do, because we cannot allow to have happen what happened in Florida and California.”

“We cannot see people going to the beaches in large numbers, crowding together. We’re just not doing that,” he said.

During a meeting of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, Deputy Parks Commissioner Margaret Nelson noted that surfing was still allowed because it’s “not considered swimming under the state health code.”

And while there will be “people on the waterline” enforcing the no-swimming edict, Nelson said, the water won’t be entirely off-limits.

“You can dip your feet into the water,” she said in response to a question from committee Chairman Donovan Richards (D-Queens).

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Kim Kardashian Fans Started Debating Her Parenting Skills and Things Got Heated

With the birth of baby Psalm last year, Kim Kardashian West officially has more children than any of her siblings. Kourtney Kardashian is a close second. The oldest Kardashian sibling has three kids, but Kim and her husband Kanye West were dead set on four. 

Psalm joins their older children, North, Saint, and Chicago. They range in age from 6 to 2, and they frequently appear on Kim’s Instagram feed. But some fans aren’t sure if Kim is really as good a mom as she would like us to believe. 

Kim Kardashian West and North Kardashian West’s video proves they are close 

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Even though some fans doubt that Kim spends a lot of time with her kids, others came to her defense in a recent discussion on Reddit. Those fans who think Kim is a dedicated mom pointed out the recent video she posted that features her daughter North.

In the video, Kim is hiding from her kids in the guest bathroom to film a makeup tutorial. She can’t hide from North apparently, and when Kim tells fans she’s hiding because her kids won’t leave her alone, North pipes up and says “Hey! That’s mean!”

Kim’s critics say this is proof she doesn’t want to spend time with her children. Her defenders say that a daughter who doesn’t have a good relationship with her mother wouldn’t follow her around as North does. North wouldn’t have interrupted the video to admonish Kim if she wasn’t perfectly comfortable in her mother’s care. 

While some people say that the Kardashian West children are being raised by nannies, it turns out that it couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Do Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West use nannies? 

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Even though most wealthy families have help to take care of their children, Kim and Kanye are actually trying to move away from using nannies. Now that they’re quarantining in their California home, they have no nanny with them at all.

Kim’s critics say that this is probably the first time she’s actually had to parent her kids. They believe that Kim and Kanye are so reliant on nannies during normal times that they don’t really spend time with their children. However, most working parents are reliant on some kind of care for their children. That might mean daycare, babysitters, or grandparents. For many working parents, this is the longest they’ve been without help. 

Many of Kim’s fans jumped in on Reddit to say exactly that. Wanting a break doesn’t make anyone less of a mom. Everyone is in this situation right now, not just Kim. Still, some fans weren’t convinced that Kim is actually as involved as she looks on Instagram. 

Fans are split on Kim Kardashian West’s parenting skills 

For all the fans who loved Kim’s video with North, there were still some who were rubbed the wrong way by the post. Some fans claim that this is Kim’s most relatable moment, but others say it’s just further proof that she doesn’t actually like to spend time with her kids.

Kim has nannies to take care of her kids under normal circumstances. Some fans think Kim probably never had all four children in her care before quarantine. She would have always had a nanny to help out with one or two, while she spent time with the others. 

For those who defend her, there’s also the question of sexism. As one fan said, “Not everyone wants parent to be their only identity.” For working moms, that can be especially difficult to achieve. Society still expects women to be primary caretakers. People have theorized that Kim faces sexism before, considering she is a powerful businesswoman who is constantly criticized. Plus, fans are attacking Kim, but not her husband Kanye.

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David De Gea shows off amazing long beard as Man Utd keeper and popstar girlfriend share snaps on Instagram – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED keeper David De Gea appears intent on growing his beard in lockdown as he posed for snaps with popstar girlfriend Edurne Garcia.

The Spaniard once revealed how he was planning on not shaving until the Red Devils won the Premier League.


With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side lightyears away from lifting the Prem crown, De Gea eventually caved in by giving himself a trim.

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WI Supreme Court slaps down Dem Gov’s effort to extend coronavirus stay-at-home order in first ruling of its kind – The Sun

THE Wisconsin Supreme Court has slapped down its Democratic Governor's effort to extend coronavirus stay-at-home orders in the first ruling of its kind.

Governor Tony Evers' stay-at-home order was struck down Wednesday after the state's Supreme Court ruled his administration violated its authority without seeking advice from legislators.



The 4-3 ruling, which is effective immediately, basically reopens the state.

It removes limits on the size of gatherings, allows people to travel, and lets shuttered businesses – like bars and restaurants – to reopen.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court declared Health Services Secretary Designee Andrea Palm’s Safer at Home order “unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable."

The ruling also requires that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to go through the rulemaking process to be able to respond to an epidemic, according to a media release.

Following the ruling, Evers said: “Today, Republican legislators convinced four members of the state Supreme Court to throw the state into chaos.

“They have provided no plan. There’s no question among anybody that people are going to get sick. Republicans own that chaos.”


The governor first issued a stay-at-home order in March that shuttered schools and nonessential businesses.

According to the Associated Press, the order was planned to be lifted on April 24, but Palm pushed it to May 26.

Republicans questioned the Supreme Court to stop the extension because the legislature did not approve.

Evers later said in a statement: "Up until now, Wisconsin was in a pretty good place in our battle against COVID-19.

“We cannot let today's ruling undo all the work we have done and all the sacrifices Wisconsinites have made over these past few months.

"I am disappointed in the decision today, but our top priority has been and will remain doing what we can and what we have to do to protect the health and safety of the people of our state."

Despite the new ruling, the ASLU of Wisconsin is urging employers to "not force people back to work before it is safe to do so or before childcare is available."

"We also encourage state leaders in the legislative and executive branches to make a serious effort to work together and continue to follow the advice of medical experts and make decisions that prioritize the health of Wisconsin residents and protect those who are most in danger," Chris Ott, the executive director of the ACLU of Wisconsin, said in a statement Wednesday evening.

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Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider Passed Away A Few Days After 73rd Birthday

Confirming the loss of the electronic group’s co-founder, through a representative, is electro pioneer Ralf Hutter who noted that his friend died from a short cancer disease.

AceShowbizKraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider has died, aged 73.

Schneider formed the influential electronic group with Ralf Hutter in 1970, and they became the pioneers of the synth-rock movement and the current electronic dance music scene.

An official spokesman tells WENN, “Kraftwerk co-founder and electro pioneer Ralf Hutter has sent us the very sad news that his friend and companion over many decades, Florian Schneider, has passed away from a short cancer disease just a few days after his 73rd birthday.”

“In the year 1968, Ralf Hutten and Florian Schneider started their artistic and musical collaboration. In 1970s they founded their electronic Kling Klang studio in Dusseldorf (Germany) and started the multi-media project Kraftwerk. All the Kraftwerk catalogue albums were conceived and produced there… ‘Autobahn’, ‘Radio Activity’, ‘Trans Europe Express’, ‘The Man Machine’, ‘Computerworld’, ‘Techno Pop’, ‘Minimum Maximum’, ‘Tour De France’.”

“In 2014 Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider were honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Florian Schneider was born Florian Schneider-Esleben in April, 1947. He and Hutter met as students at the Academy of Arts in Remscheid, Germany and formed the experimental band Organisation.

Schneider’s vision turned Kraftwerk into human robots during performances and their live shows became legendary for their striking images of androids playing synthesizers.

The multi-instrumentalist left the band in 2008 after releasing 10 albums with Kraftwerk. In 2015, he released “Stop Plastic Pollution”, for ocean environment conservation as part of the Parley for the Oceans campaign.

Prior to his death, Kraftwerk had announced they would be embarking on a summer tour of North America to celebrate the group’s 50th anniversary. The shows were cancelled due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

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De Blasio finally learns how to get homeless out of NYC subways and into shelters

“We’ve never seen so much success in a single night before,” Mayor de Blasio marveled Wednesday, lauding the number of homeless persuaded to enter shelters when the subways shut down. Well, yes: Because for once they were told they had to leave — leave the trains and the stations.

If you can’t turn public property into your own domicile, the shelters suddenly become a lot more attractive.

Over half the homeless so evicted — 139 of the 252 “engaged” by social-service workers — agreed to go to a shelter. That’s great — but it’s also a sign of what could have been done long ago, if city government were willing to force the issue.

Not that de Blasio gets any credit: It was Gov. Andrew Cuomo who ordered the subways to shut down from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. for thorough cleaning — which was impossible as long as the homeless could stay on the trains and force cleaners to work around them.

Cuomo’s order would’ve been superfluous if de Blasio had simply ordered cops to clear out the homeless without a total shutdown.

The mayor’s willing to admit the obvious — that it’s not fair to anyone, including the homeless, to have them sleeping on trains. But he wasn’t willing to act on that simple fact. Indeed, not two weeks ago he was still insisting that the homeless taking over the subways during the pandemic wasn’t even a real problem.

We’ve been writing for years that de Blasio’s key failing on the homeless was his refusal to embrace “tough love.” Now he’s astonished that using a stick to supplement the carrot actually makes a difference.

What a genius.

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How CBS Pulled Off a New 'All Rise' Episode During the Coronavirus

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum Says Covering Coronavirus Pandemic Reminds Her of Covering 9/11

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How CBS Pulled Off a New ‘All Rise’ Episode During a Pandemic

“We get to watch these characters go through the exact same things that a lot of people are dealing with,” star Simone Missick told TheWrap

CBS’ upcoming new episode (yes, new) of its rookie legal drama “All Rise” will blur the lines between reality and fiction like never before.

More than a month after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered TV productions everywhere, “All Rise” will return on Monday with an episode set squarely in the throes of the current global health crisis.

“We get to watch these characters go through the exact same things that a lot of people are dealing with,” star Simone Missick told TheWrap. “It will resonate with our audience in a way that’s very honest and very timely.”

Not since the 9/11 terrorist attacks has a real-world event forced its way into a fictional environment like this. But with studios closed and most of the country subject to mandatory “shelter-in-place” orders, the only reason to even do a new episode would be to show the pandemic has infected these fictional characters’ lives.

“The series is all about how do you deal with the Justice System [and] contemporary issues of the Justice System in Los Angeles. How would our characters react to this?” added executive producer Len Goldstein. “If we could get the technology to deliver a great episode — and not just be about the technology — but to try to make a really good episode and come up with a way to deliver that.”

The episode, which sees Missick’s Judge Lola Carmichael preside over a virtual trial, was filmed using a variety of video conferencing apps including FaceTime, WebEx and Zoom. It required the actors to shoulder a much greater burden of the production than they’re used to. “They basically did 12 departments,” said Greg Spottiswood, creator and co-showrunner.

“You have to come camera-ready, set-ready, props-ready, sound-ready, lighting-ready,” Missick said. She had to give a virtual tour of her home to the rest of the crew so they could figure out which ones to use as backgrounds. Other times, special effects were inserted to change the backdrops. Missick joked that the experience “makes you start questioning your decorating ability, as well as your choice of Wi-Fi internet providers.”

The episode took about a week to write, Spottiswood said.

Co-showrunner Dee Lawrence-Harris led a virtual writers’ room, which brought its own challenges. One of them: having to constantly look at the virtual board was “exhausting on the eyes.” Though she was glad that they could pull this off and find a way to interact with each other, Lawrence-Harris doesn’t believe that this is a sustainable model for making TV long-term. She’s wary studios might try to keep it this way for a bit to try and reduce the number of people on the lot when production facilities eventually reopen.

“Is it sustainable in this fashion? It’s really hard. I don’t think it’s going to [be],” she said. “The studios are going to try. It’s hard to do writers’ rooms like that. The magic happens when you’re in those rooms.”

Michael Robin, who directed the episode, said it was a truncated production schedule from a typical episode: “We shot quickly. We shot 64 pages in six days. We typically shoot 60 pages in 7 ½ days.”

But even though they shot more in fewer days, those days were shorter. “Because of the nature of all the work that went into it, even though you’re shooting a shorter day, it’s way more exhausting because of all the other departments that you have to handle,” said Missick.

“All Rise” was in the middle of production on its season finale when Warner Bros.-produced series was shut down. Spottiswood explained they all came up with the idea for a remote episode that dealt with the current world crisis around the same time.

“Our actors are our production value. You don’t see a lot of car crashes,” said Robin. “If you get a great story and stage scenes inside this [virtual] space, with however boxes you might have, you can really see characters connect. We figured a way to basically isolate and record each one of these boxes in a high-definition way and then take those and put them in editorial. That sort of becomes a classic post-production workflow at that point.”

With the shutdown effectively putting pilot season on ice, along with canceling upfronts (though ViacomCBS is trying to put together some kind of virtual presentation for advertisers). That has the domino effect of putting any renewal prospects for “All Rise” in limbo. But if and when they come back for a second season, COVID-19 will be embedded into the show forever, especially as it figures to wreak havoc on the real-life Los Angeles Court system.

“I’m sure we’ll be picking up on it story-wise,” Robin said. “And that will also teach us a lot about how we have to go about capturing it.”

The new “All Rise” will air in the show’s normal timeslot on Monday, May 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Tim Baysinger