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Courteney Cox Is Occupying Herself by Binge-Watching 'Friends' (Video)

“It’s really good!”

Courtney Cox visited Jimmy Kimmel from isolation Wednesday night for his at-home “Quarantine Minilogue,” and the “Friends” star had a confession to make.

“I don’t remember even being on the show,” said Cox, who played Monica Geller. “I have such a bad memory.”

Cox says while she knows she enjoyed the process, she couldn’t remember the specifics of what happened during the NBC sitcom, which aired for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004.

“I remember obviously loving everybody there and having fun and I remember certain times I was there, but I don’t remember certain episodes,” Cox said. We don’t blame her; the series had 236 episodes total.

So, she did what any normal person would in the age of the coronavirus. She binged it.

“I decided during this time, people love this show so much, I decided to binge-watch ‘Friends,’” Cox said. “I just started Season 1. It’s really good!”

And in case you’re wondering, no, it’s not on Netflix — Cox had to buy her own show on Amazon Prime Video.

To really test Cox’s “Friends” knowledge — or lack thereof — Kimmel challenged her to a game of Monica Geller-based trivia against his cousin’s son Anthony, who video chatted them both live from Staten Island.

Spoiler alert: Cox lost five to zero. Then Kimmel made them do a virtual kiss by turning their heads to the edges of their screen and kissing the air so that it looks like their lips are touching. Ah, love in the time of ‘Rona.

Watch the clip above.

11 Board Games You Can Play Online While Stuck at Home (Photos)

  • Tired of the constant binge-watching and desperate to make at least some kind of human connection while stuck under quarantine due to the coronavirus? Fortunately, many of your favorite strategy tabletop games are available online, so you can play with friends while still practicing proper social distancing. Here are some favorites you can play online to help pass the time.

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  • Monopoly

    There have been any number of mobile versions of Monopoly over the years, and you can find it on the app store, for your desktop or even on your gaming console. The additional perk is the option to do a pass and play game locally if the whole family happens to be in the same room.

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  • The Game of Life

    The digital version of The Game of Life (Mrs. Maisel version pictured) adds in a fast mode to play a shortened game as well as minigames that make it more of a “Mario Party” experience. Clacking colorful wheel that doesn’t spin properly not included.

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  • Settlers of Catan

    Another staple if you’re an avid board gamer, there naturally is an official Settlers of Catan app that even includes downloads for the game’s many expansions, like Seafarers, Traders and Barbarians or Cities and Knights.

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  • Carcassonne

    A beloved staple for gamers, the digital version of Carcassonne is one of the better-reviewed boardgame experiences in the app store, and it provides a lot of variety, including easy modes for kids, downloadable expansion packs or a variety of AI playing types should you decide to play solo.

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  • Dominion

    The deck-building game Dominion doesn’t have an app but a website at Dominion.Games that manages to take a complicated card game and move it to the web. The web browser version spells out just how many actions and buys a player has each turn, you can right-click on any card to see its abilities, and it even itemizes every card played in a long thread. The base set of cards is available for free, but you can also purchase additional expansions, and you can then customize your settings so that the game filters cards you prefer or don’t like.

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  • Exploding Kittens

    The card game that started as the most-funded game in Kickstarter history is also an app that shares the card game’s goofy animation style and makes things just as simple to learn.

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  • Pandemic

    Pandemic may be as informative as it is timely, a game that requires you to work together with your partners in order to stop the spread of a virus that threatens the entire planet. Part of the challenge of the board game is planning your strategy several moves in advance, and without the aid of being able to talk things out in person, the game allows you to backtrack some of your moves so long as you haven’t already drawn cards.

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  • 7 Wonders

    7 Wonders is the ideal game for accountants. The tabletop game requires a lot of patient, studious behavior as you determine what cards are playable and which will help you long term. For new players, it can be hard to learn and take an eternity. But the app highlights exactly what you can and can’t afford, eliminates the clutter of tiles and cards and makes games breeze by in minutes.

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  • Splendor

    Splendor is a simple enough game with a lovely visual style, and the app captures its simplicity and beauty perfectly. Up to four players claim colored gems that allow you to purchase cards and earn victory points. And via the app, which has timed moves to keep play moving relatively quickly, you can see what cards you’re able to purchase immediately or even on your next turn depending on your choices.

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  • Terraforming Mars

    Though Terraforming Mars is on the expensive side in the app store (currently listed at $8.99 on Apple), it greatly simplifies a game that has an enormous number of tiles, pieces and components to keep track of and does so with a neat visual style. Developer Asmodee has constantly improved the game to make it clear when your resources are destroyed, gained or stolen and grays out options that are unavailable to you during gameplay.

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  • Ticket to Ride

    In Ticket to Ride, you collect colored cards in a race to build trains on designated routes across the country in the U.S. in 1917. The app works beautifully, allowing you to zoom in and visualize with lighted dots what train routes you need to connect. And it also allows you to pay to download the game’s many alternate maps from countries around the globe.

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  • Just keep in mind that with any games, don’t turn your friends into enemies. Here are some more recommendations for games that can ruin friendships.

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If you’re itching for strategy and human contact while on quarantine, try these online board games

Tired of the constant binge-watching and desperate to make at least some kind of human connection while stuck under quarantine due to the coronavirus? Fortunately, many of your favorite strategy tabletop games are available online, so you can play with friends while still practicing proper social distancing. Here are some favorites you can play online to help pass the time.

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Photoshopped portraits show Friends stars reunited with younger selves

Fancy bumping into you, old friend! Artist’s fascinating portraits show Friends stars reunited with their younger selves ahead of reunion episode

  • Dutch artist Ard Gelinck has photoshopped present and past pictures of the cast 
  • The actors seem to pose next to images from their time in the show Friends 
  • Follows last month’s announcement Friends are reuniting to shoot new episode

You could be forgiven for doing a double-take when looking at these pictures.

But they really are the cast of Friends appearing to reunite with their younger selves.

The portraits are the work of Dutch artist Ard Gelinck, who has photoshopped present-day pictures of the famous US sitcom stars so they seem to pose next to images from their time in the cult show.

Visual trickery: Jennifer Aniston gets friendly with Rachel Green 

How you doin’? Matt LeBlanc with young Joey Tribbiani 

Twincredible: Lisa Kudrow poses with Pheobe Buffay

The pictures follow last month’s announcement that the cast of Friends are reuniting to shoot a new episode 16 years after the series ended.

The iconic show, which ran from 1994 to 2004, told the stories of six twenty to thirty-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan, New York.

The snaps feature Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel Green, Courteney Cox (Monica Geller) and Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay). Also featured are Matthew Perry, who was Chandler Bing, David Schwimmer, (Ross Geller) and Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani).

Me, myself and I: David Schwimmer and Ross Geller 

Court out: Courteney Cox and her character Monica Geller 

Although the last episode of Friends was screened in 2004, the programme’s popularity has endured with the help of streaming services. Last year Netflix revealed that Friends was the most streamed TV series on the platform. 

Details about what fans can expect in the reunion are unclear, but it is thought to be a special unscripted episode. 

The stars simultaneously shared a flashback cast photo on social media in February on announcing the eagerly-awaited reunion.

Lean on me: Matthew Perry appears beside Chandler Bing 

The new episode will help launch HBO Max – the WarnerMedia streaming service – which will be the new digital home of Friends.

Briton Ben Winston, who has worked on James Corden’s US chat show, is directing the special. Kevin Reilly, of HBO Max, said of the comedy classic: ‘It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.’

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Should sanitary products be FREE of charge?

It’s a highly controversial bill to end period poverty – so should sanitary products be FREE of charge?

  • Tanith Carey and Vivienne Hayes MBE debate if tampons should be given for free
  • Scottish Government plans to make sanitary products free for ‘period poverty’ 
  • Tanith Carey argues for £1 you can get all the monthly protection you need
  • Vivienne says nicotine patches and condoms are free so why not tampons?  

NO 

By Tanith Carey

Sorry, but the phrase ‘period poverty’ leaves me slightly baffled. Is it just me — or do the numbers simply not add up?

Tanith Carey said she is all for girls’ empowerment

Last week, I bought pads and tampons at Aldi for my two daughters. A box of 20 Lunex tampons cost 69p, while 28 panty liners was 42p, or 1.5p each.

Prices are roughly the same at Tesco or any other value supermarket. And it takes about 22 pads and tampons to get through a five-day period. That means for about £1 you can buy all the monthly protection you need for the cost of a big bag of crisps.

Despite this, the Scottish Government plans to make sanitary products free ‘for anyone who needs them’. Danielle Rowley, the former Labour MP who led the way on this, claims periods cost the average woman £500 a year. I’m not sure how. (Others cite a more sensible £100 — but it still sounds high.)

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for girls’ empowerment. But free sanitary protection for all, regardless of need, age or income, is not the best way to achieve this.

For one thing, pads and applicator tampons are an environmental disaster. Plastic applicators, often flushed even though they should not be, are clogging up the oceans. Pads, which end up in landfill, can be up to 90 per cent plastic.

If there is any spare cash, it should be spent on menstrual cups, which are re-useable and better for the environment.

But then I suspect political virtue signalling is at play here. If girls are stuffing loo paper down their pants, as campaigners claim, can it really be because they can’t afford pads? Isn’t it more likely they just don’t have any tampons with them?

But no, it plays better to paint these girls as ‘victims’.

It’s often conveniently left out of the debate that the Government is supplying free sanitary products to all state schools and colleges. It has wanted to scrap VAT on the products for years, but the EU blocked this.

If campaigners really mean that some British girls are still too ashamed to talk about their periods, and don’t ask their parents for what they need, that’s a different issue. It’s one I suspect is at the root of the problem.

If so, wouldn’t the cash about to be spent on free pads for all, be better spent on training more teachers and counsellors to talk to girls about their periods, so that our young women can take charge of this basic necessity for themselves?

YES 

by Vivienne Hayes MBE 

Vivienne Hayes MBE said periods are expensive too 

Of course we should make tampons free. The Scottish Parliament is right. Women and girls cannot avoid periods, so why should they pay for sanitary products?

The Government provides free condoms, nicotine patches, and countless other services, yet products needed by more than half the population are seen as a luxury, and taxed as such.

Periods are expensive, too. The average annual spend on products is £77, so it’s no surprise one in four women and girls is hit by period poverty.

We see period poverty as a lack of access to products, education or facilities when a woman is menstruating — and it is the poorest who are affected.

This includes single mums who struggle to feed their children, women who rely on foodbanks, are homeless, or who are on universal credit — even girls who can’t go to school as they have no period products.

These girls are being hopelessly compromised. If a girl misses out on a proper education thanks to period poverty, she is less likely to overcome poverty in later life.

But because the haves aren’t in dire need, they ignore it — leaving the have-nots to suffer.

Women and girls cannot live in our society without period products. They are not a choice. Without them, periods become unmanageable, potentially embarrassing and ultimately isolating, with numerous negative knock-on effects.

In my work for the Women’s Resource Centre charity, which campaigns for gender equality, I visited a school where the girls talked about how glad they were that period poverty is finally being addressed. Not only did they no longer have to worry about the cost or availability of products during the school day, but they also spoke of their relief that the discussion is out in the open. Normalising the fact they have periods rather than treating the subject as taboo was vital, they said.

In 2020, it is unacceptable that male policymakers are still leaving women facing shame, discomfort and isolation by denying us free access to a necessity.

Critics argue that only the poorest should get free tampons or towels — but how on earth could you means test this? This must be a benefit for all women, although not all will choose to take it up. Rich or poor, we did not sign up to have periods, and therefore we should not be forced to pay to manage them.

The Government provides standard-issue condoms free, although using these is a matter of choice. Why aren’t period products available in the same way for those who need them?           

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Dustin Rhodes on his escape from WWE ‘prison’ and the quick rise of AEW

Dustin Rhodes, formally Goldust, tries his hand at a Q&A with The Post’s Joseph Staszewski ahead of his match with Jake Hager (formerly Jack Swagger) at All Elite Wrestling’s Revolution pay-per-view (8 p.m, BR Live) on Feb. 29.

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Q: AEW has prided itself on trying to tell long-term stories. With your story with Jake Hager, do you feel like you’re delivering that since this goes back to November?

A: Definitely. Me and Jake aren’t strangers to each other and he came in and he made an impact and he broke my arm, and now I’m just out for revenge. It’s taken me awhile to get there because I went through Sammy (Guevara) first. It’s slowly building and brewing, and last (Wednesday) I got my hands on him a little bit and the crowd, I could feel the energy in the crowd start to rise because I think they’re ready to see it and that’s a good thing.

Q: How rewarding is it for you to be working an angle similar to the one your dad, Dusty Rhodes, had with The Horsemen breaking his arm in 1986?

A: Watching those times when dad got his leg broken or his arm broken, just going back with The Four Horsemen and stuff like that, those are special times and I remember them like they are yesterday. It’s really cool that we have this little old-school feel to certain elements of our show with new school.

The stuff with Jake, when you can sink your teeth into something and plan for it and make these small elements and bits and pieces and plug them in and they’re there and you finally get your hands on him, you will see it.

Q: You spoke out on Twitter after some of the negative comments on social media about Nyla Rose winning the AEW women’s title. Rose being a champion, Dwyane Wade’s daughter identifying as transgender, how much does that type of representation help toward tolerance toward the trans community?

A: It’s there. It’s not going away, and I didn’t understand that for the longest time. Then I got married to my wonderful third wife, and my son is trans. So I started to learn a little bit about it and I started to see all the stuff these men and women go through and it’s so ridiculous and stupid.

This is 2020, man. Let somebody live their life like they want to. I don’t care what the Bible says. I don’t care what anybody else says. Live your life and be happy. That’s all I care about for my son is to be happy, and nobody picks on him because if they do they got to deal with me.

And I see that in Nyla. I treat her like she’s my child. I love Nyla to death, and I don’t think of any of that when I’m at work with her and I watch her perform — and she’s a great performer. This is not the Olympics, OK? This is pro wrestling, this is entertainment. This is scripted stuff that we do, and you’re gonna have Nyla Rose wrestle Riho and everybody get all bent out of shape about it and just really give her hell, I don’t like that at all. I take offense to that and I let them know it because it’s wrong.

Q: Luke Harper and Matt Hardy are two of the names rumored to be joining AEW. You were around them in WWE. What do you think those two guys would bring to a company that doesn’t have some of the creative restraints there are in WWE?

A: I think they’d bring creativity. Harper, man, is incredible. I’ve worked with him many times with the Wyatt Family, me and Cody did, and he knows his stuff and he’s not a greenhorn in the business. He can help people. He can take them to new highs and he can get them there and at the same time get himself over in a company that will allow him to do so.

Matt Hardy, if he comes in here, my God, he’s been through so many different variations on YouTube and things like that with WWE. He’s so creative in all the things that he does that when we do it with him, it’s gonna touch gold.

Q: How has it been for you to step away from the Goldust character?

A: Piece of cake. That’s probably the easiest thing I’ve ever done. But it was the hardest thing to leave a company where they made you a household name in Goldust. I became a star there with something other than the Rhodes name with the full-on Goldust character. And to take it to the levels that I did.

But the last couple years where you’re just sitting and you have so many talents and they just keep giving you the “We don’t have anything for ya” and this and that, and I know I’ve got so much more to give. So much more, and they’re not allowing me to do that. I lost my passion for those last couple of years in WWE.

Getting out of WWE is a very tall order once you’re in there. It’s tough. It’s like a prison. I compare it to a prison, getting out of prison, breaking out of prison. I’m very thankful for all the things they’ve done for me and my career, but when I got out of there, my head lifted and I got the phone call from Cody and we went to “Double or Nothing” and after that night, my passion reignited. It was a very special time, and since that night, I’ve had probably the funniest time that I’ve had in my 32 years in the business, every single week here doing this with my brother, with my family, with these passionate kids.

I don’t want to go nowhere. I like this place. I’d like to retire here. I’m not ready to retire, but somewhere down the line, you know, and just continuing to help these kids.

Q: Cody recently tweeted that you and Dean Malenko held classes for the roster. How often are those being done, and is that something that’s going to be done more often?

A: Everybody flew in (to Atlanta) and Dean had a little 3-4 hour seminar on just working and just transitions and holds and things like that. Everybody loved it. I flew in the next day and we had a great turnout. They came over to DDP’s (Diamond Dallas Page) studio and sat them down and I talked to them a little bit about the art of promos, how to tell stories with it just like they do in their matches, and they were all taking their notes. I’ve never seen a more hungry, passionate group of kids.

I’m suggesting and the kids came to me after the seminar and they loved it and they wanted to do it again. Logistically, it is tough to get everyone together for more than one day. So “Double or Nothing” is our next pay-per-view (in May). Maybe there, since we are in Vegas the whole week basically and we can do another one there and slowly fit them in more often because it was a hit.

Q: What’s it been like for you to work in that more athletic style that we see from the likes of The Young Bucks and the Lucha Brothers?

A: It’s fun. When we first worked The Young Bucks, me and Cody, I was so nervous because they do so much and I’m not used to that. I’m used to more of an old-school-type wrestling and approach. I started doing some things I’ve never done before and I did it well and it was like, “Oh s–t, I can do this. This ain’t that bad.” It’s just sometimes you can get lost in what they do because they’re doing so much impressive stuff that you’re like, ‘Where do I plug myself in here?’ But they got me and they talked me through this and we do some cool stuff, and their timing is impeccable so they know and I fit right in there.

Q: What’s it been like to watch Cody evolve as a storyteller?

A: He is so creative and has so much of our father in him and just him taking the ball and running with it and hurdling over these little ant mounds. Everybody makes everything mountains, but he’s hurdling over these things and he’s handling it. He’s got so much now on his plate, doing so much in the back, running things day-to-day. He has the help of the other EVPs and [AEW president] Tony Khan of course, but Cody — now, I’m partial to my brother because he’s my brother — and I watch him and he’s just, it’s unbelievable the knowledge in such a short time that he’s picked up.

It’s incredible to watch him, and his performance has really stepped up to where he takes a beat and he feels the crowd and he can go off that now and he’s learned the element of telling a story and have them in the palm of your hand. He’s incredible. His promos have gotten phenomenal, man, because it’s repetition.

Not everybody has that gift of gab. MJF has a great gift of gab, but you have to give him structure. You have to give him a little structure, otherwise he might step over the line, and we don’t want that right now. We need to protect that.

Q: Was it tough to watch Cody get whipped by MJF with a belt? It’s part of the show, but he’s actually getting whipped.

A: Yeah, but it’s not gonna kill him. He’s a tough kid. He took a whipping, man. It’s like when we got whipped when we were little. He took a whipping and he kept getting up. He had some marks on his back to show for it, and I’m sure it stung like hell in the shower or tub the next day. But man, yeah, it’s uncomfortable. It’s uncomfortable when you are watching somebody whip somebody else. It is. It’s real. There is a real element to that. And me as his brother, I’m just looking at his eyes and focusing on him and what he’s going through and not really trying to pay attention to everything else, just trying to help him get through it.

Q: One of your other passions has been acting, and you have a new movie coming out, “Copper Bill.” What have you enjoyed the most about being able to get away from wrestling and use your creativity in a different area?

A: I was not allowed the freedom to do those things (in WWE), so I would have had to really keep it under wraps and not tell anybody, and that’s not the way I wanted to live. They wanted control of every single thing in your life. And then you get out and you continue, because during my stint there I had little-bitty, little low-budget independent films, and that was preparing me for more and more and that’s what I wanted.

One of these days, I’m going to be big. I really feel that because I’m gonna make it happen and I believe that it’s gonna happen. This movie I just did, “Copper Bill” … I did really well in it, man. I nailed the role to a T. It’s a different side that nobody’s ever seen of me. They’re gonna go, “Damn, Dustin can act.” That’s all I want. I want to be a good actor.

Q: You have a project, “Thunderclap,” with R-Truth and Kevin Nash?

A: I think the director and the producers and stuff are trying to get the proper financing for it. That is in the works. I’ll be starring as Van Thunderclap. I’ve already told the director I do not like the name because it sounds like an STD. Hopefully we’ll change the name, but the script I love.

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Stolen hearse crashes on LA freeway with coffin inside

Los Angeles: It has all the hallmarks of an only-in-Los Angeles crime: a thief stole a hearse – with a body inside – that went on a wild ride, ending with a chase and a crash on a busy freeway.

Authorities say they found the body undisturbed inside a coffin on Thursday, local time, and took a male into custody after the crash, which closed the 110 Freeway during the morning commute. The deceased's identity was not immediately released.

Los Angeles police officers at the scene of the end of a pursuit of a hearse with a body inside in South Los Angeles.Credit:KTTV-TV/AP

The crime began on Wednesday night, when the thief stole the black Lincoln Navigator from outside St Anthony Greek Orthodox Church in East Pasadena. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department pleaded with the thief on social media to return the body in a post that was widely shared online.

"Out of all the bad decisions you have made, at least make one good one & bring back the deceased person & casket inside the Navigator," it tweeted.

Local media reported that the coffin remained in the vehicle while a mortuary attendant brought a second coffin into the church and that's when the SUV was stolen.

The hearse was stolen from outside a church in Los Angeles the night before it was pursued by police and crashed.Credit:AP

On Thursday morning, a witness reported seeing the SUV and was following it. Los Angeles police officers pursued the hearse on local streets and onto the freeway until it crashed around 7.45am. At least one officer was involved in the crash, though Los Angeles police did not immediately have details about it.

No one was seriously injured, police said.

Video footage from news helicopters showed that it has heavy front-end damage. It was not immediately clear if the person in custody was the same person who had stolen the hearse.

The Sheriff's Department did not identify the funeral home.

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