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Aug 16 2021
Murray Bartlett Dumps On THE WHITE LOTUS + GOP Attempts To Scrub Trump's Afghanistan Culpability + Nichelle Nichols Conservatorship Battle + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Ann Miller — a legend for sure — was only 57 here!

BELOW: Keep reading for Murray Bartlett offers the poop on The White Lotus, more Afghanistan armchair nation-building, the battle for Nichelle Nichols and more  ...

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DAILY BEAST: Murray Bartlett, arguably The White Lotus's stealth MVP, talks about being out at 50 in Hollywood, his show's boundary-pushing scenes (rimming, on-screen defecation) and more. On that poop:

When I got the script, I thought, “Oh, this isn’t going to be that bad.” And then when I saw it I was like, “Oh, my God.” I had no idea it was going to be that explicit. But at the same time when I saw it on the page and more so when I saw it on screen it was the perfect moment in the story, because it’s got the kind of shock value that really works in the moment. When I watched it, I wasn’t expecting it to be so one-shot. I got to feel what it is to experience that moment in shock. I love that Mike White will go there.

POLITICO: Disaster upon disaster led to the heartbreaking scenes in Afghanistan yesterday, but at the core of them, the worst intelligence failure in memory. Nobody foresaw the entire Afghan army rolling over without a fight.

TWITTER: The GOP is trying to scrub evidence that Trump initiated the departure from Afghanistan, that he handed 5,000 prisoners to the Taliban, that he legitimized the Taliban (and almost had them at Camp David), etc., etc.

TWITTER: Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California) was the only member of Congress to vote against the Afghan War:

THE GUARDIAN: A young woman in Kabul tells her story — and says everything she has achieved will now go up in smoke.

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GR8ERDAYS: Inside the conservatorship battle over ... Nichelle Nichols. In this case, the 88-year-old Star Trek legend is demonstrably mentally unwell (dementia), and her only child is duking it out against a manager and a friend.

BACK2STONEWALL: Hundreds march in Bosnia for LGBTQ rights.

GO PRIDE: Some 92% of LGBTQ people have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.

KENNETH IN THE (212): Shameless manspreading at its finest.

NME: Eminem's adopted child Stevie Laine has come out as non-binary.

TEXAS NEWS TODAY: Cardinal Burke, an anti-vaxxer, is at death's door on a ventilator with COVID-19.

GR8ERDAYS: Madonna turns 63, and has announced what sounds like a dream (re-)partnering with Warner Music Group. Via statement:

2022 will mark the 40th anniversary of Madonna’s recording debut. This new deal heralds the launch next year of an extensive, multi-year series of catalog releases that will revisit the groundbreaking music that made her an international icon. For the first time, Madonna will personally curate expansive deluxe editions for many of her landmark albums, as well as introduce unique releases for special events, and much more. The series of releases will be overseen by Warner Music’s catalog team, led by Kevin Gore, President of Global Catalog, Recorded Music, with the first release to be announced soon.