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CBS Has Officially Fired Former NCIS: New Orleans Boss Brad Kern After Investigation

A number of high-profile people in power have been toppled over the past year after allegations of abuse and misconduct, and now one more has lost his job. Former NCIS: New Orleans boss Brad Kern has officially been fired from the hit drama as well as CBS altogether. His firing ends the process of investigation first reported way back in 2017, and here’s how it finally happened.

Following a third investigation into Brad Kern’s behavior on set at NCIS: New Orleans, CBS Television Studios made the decision to fire him from his role as a consulting producer on the show and from his overall deal with CBS TV. Brad Kern’s firing actually went into effect on October 1, although news did not break the next day. The news comes four months after CBS shocked many by renewing Kern’s contract even as another investigation into his behavior on set was being conducted.

At the time, he had been demoted from his role as showrunner to “consulting producer,” and the investigation was to be handled by an outside investigator rather an somebody in-house in human resources at CBS. Sources then alleged that a “toxic” atmosphere at NCIS: NOLA had continued due to Brad Kern despite his demotion, and the outside investigation clearly provided the kind of results that were serious enough for CBS to make the move to fire Kern.

A key difference between the in-house investigation and the outside investigation is that the outside investigation was not limited to the complaints originally filed to CBS HR. Claims of harassment and abuse from his previous projects could be taken into account. Complaints against him from the likes of Beauty and the Beast, Charmed, and more were valid this time around.

News of Brad Kern’s firing comes only about a month after it was officially announced that CBS CEO Les Moonves was leaving the network after allegations of misconduct were levelled at him. THR states that multiple people who had previously worked at NCIS: New Orleans shared their opinion that Les Moonves’ ousting is what opened the door for Brad Kern to be fired from the network. If so, Moonves’ departure continues to impact the CBS slate. 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, also accused of harassment, left CBS shortly after Moonves, and Moonves’ wife Julie Chen decided to leave her long-running gig as co-host of The Talk to focus on her husband and child. (Notably, she does still work at CBS as host of Big Brother.)

We’ll have to wait and see if there are any notable changes behind the scenes at NCIS: NOLA in the wake of Brad Kern’s departure. He was already working on the show in a reduced capacity, although he was reportedly present in the writers room ever since it opened for work on Season 5, and then previous plan was for him to work with editors when production began. His role as “consulting producer” seemed substantial, if not quite as expansive as showrunner.

Disney World Has Added Alcoholic Push Pops, No Really

If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World and especially if you’re a huge fan of the most magical place on Earth, you know that there are certain snacks that you simply have to eat on every visit. Examples include the Mickey Ice Cream Bar, a chocolate-shelled vanilla treat that keeps you cool in the hot Florida sun, the massive and juicy turkey leg that’s well worth its high price, and the refreshing cult favorite Dole Whip. These iconic snacks are synonymous with Disney World, and now, a new contender destined for similar greatness has entered the fray. Alcoholic push pops are now available at Disney World. That’s right, push pops, but with alcohol.

The new adult-only treats will be available at the Paddlefish restaurant located in Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World’s shopping and dining district. That means you won’t be enjoying one of these drunken delights while riding It’s a Small World or the Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom. According to People, the alcoholic push pops are made by Buzz Pop Cocktails and are 15% ABV, or the equivalent to one cocktail, so enjoy responsibly. The push pops come in flavors including blueberry pomegranate, Moscow mule, mango passionfruit, with white Russian and grasshopper sorbet on the way. The pops are also fat free and less than 100 calories each, just in case you want to tell yourself you’re being healthy while basically eating candy and getting drunk in Disney World.

Unlike some of Disney’s theme parks, there are plenty of options for inebriation in Disney Springs, so this isn’t a groundbreaking introduction of alcohol. If you’re going to Disney Springs, you’re either shopping, eating or drinking, and probably all three. The alcoholic push pops are the perfect transportable snack for the young at heart who still want to reap the mind-altering benefits of their advanced age while they admire art they can’t afford in The Art of Disney store and act like a kid in The LEGO Store.

The Disney parks have been going through something of a transformation when it comes to alcohol in recent years. Walt Disney himself famously didn’t want alcohol served in the parks, and that mandate was maintained for some time, at least in Disneyland proper and Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. However, the addition of the Be Our Guest restaurant in 2012 introduced alcohol to the Magic Kingdom, and now it is served in all of that park’s sit-down restaurants. And now even the original Disneyland park will be adding alcohol with the addition of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, because you can’t really have a dry cantina.

Check out our guide to see all of Disney’s upcoming live-action remakes, and for all the latest reasons to visit Walt Disney World, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

Lauv’s ‘I Like Me Better’ Began As An Accidental iPhone Voice Memo

Believe it or not, Lauv once had to “beg” his friends to come to his shows. That was years ago; back when he’d play tiny rooms for tinier crowds that didn’t know his name, and maybe didn’t care. Joke’s on them — the 24-year-old singer-songwriter, who is MTV’s Push: Artist to Watch for the month of October, has been enjoying a banner breakout year on the back of his platinum hit, “I Like Me Better.” The nostalgic, moody electro-pop bop is a streaming smash (over a billion streams and counting) and, to hear Lauv tell it, its genesis was practically destiny.

“I came in that day and… I had no concept, no lyrics, no idea I was going to write that song,” he told MTV News. “I had just gotten some new synth sounds, and then I threw in this drum loop, and then I got the whole melody.”

The melody he’s talking about is one you’re probably already familiar with: it’s the one that, when tweaked to the high heavens, sounds sort of like a humming dolphin and immediately gets etched into your brain. Lauv sang it into his phone with the intent of eventually scrapping it, but it was just too good to resist.

“I didn’t want to forget it, so I just voice memo’d it in my iPhone,” Lauv continued. “I thought I was going to replace it with a different sound later but I ended up just sending that to my computer and chopping up that voice memo with all the noise and everything and just using that. It was probably the fastest song I’ve written. It kind of feels like it wrote itself, honestly.”

“I Like Me Better” is like a crush in musical form, and that sweetness, that emotion, translates beautifully to the stage. While performing in New York to celebrate his new Push: Artist to Watch tenure, he sang the hook (“I like me better when I’m with you”) with a sincere smile on his face, before dropping some playful spins and dance moves as the crowd cheered in approval. It was far from an empty room this time — no begging was involved in the making of this performance! — and it signals even more sweet success as Lauv continues making hits and defining his sound.

“I think the best artists, at least the artists I look up to the most, kind of redefine themselves throughout time and aren’t afraid to do that,” he said. “So I’m just trying to be as open to the future as possible.”

Check out Lauv’s full, exclusive performance of “I Like Me Better” below, and see more from his Push series here.

Donald Trump and His Son Think the #MeToo Era Is ‘a Very Scary Time’ for Men in America

As women rally and mobilize around survivors of sexual assault, and coming in a week that will see the one-year anniversary of the #MeToo Harvey Weinstein allegations, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he’s highly concerned for the safety of America’s young men as he answered questions about the FBI inquiry into his Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh.

While en route to board Marine One, NBC National Correspondent Peter Alexander asked the president what message he had for both young men and women in America right now.

“Well, I’d say that it’s a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of,” Trump very quickly replied. “This is a very difficult time. What’s happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice. You could be somebody who was perfect your entire life and somebody could accuse you of something. Doesn’t necessarily have to be a woman, as everybody says, but somebody could accuse you of something and you’re automatically guilty. But in this realm, you’re truly guilty until proven innocent. That’s one of the very very bad things that’s taking place right now.”

According to a White House pool report, filed by Hunter Walker of Yahoo! News, Trump was then asked if he had a message for young women. Trump reportedly replied, “Women are doing great.”

Trump’s comments came just one day after a similar question was asked by the Daily Mail to his son, Donald Trump Jr.

“I’ve got boys, and I’ve got girls. And when I see what’s going on right now, it’s scary,” he told the outlet. When pressed on who he was more frightened for, he replied, “Right now, I’d say my sons.”

“For the people who are real victims of these things, when it is so obviously political in cases like this, it really diminishes the real claims.”

It should be noted that false reports count for between 2 and 10 percent of sexual assault allegations, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. A sexual assault occurs every 98 seconds, and 90 percent of adult rape victims are female. In total, one out of every six American women has been the victim of sexual assault or rape in her lifetime.

It shouldn’t be surprising that Trump and his son would side with the accused, especially when you consider that 20 women have come forward with allegations that the president engaged in sexual misconduct.

But, it doesn’t make it any less shocking, especially when the numbers prove them wrong.

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8 Songs For Moths That Love Lamps, Including Kacey “Mothgraves” Musgraves

There is only one universal truth for the internet this week: Moths. Love. Lamps.

This unifying statement has resulted in what’s being called “moth memes,” as folks fully embrace the love affair between moths and lamps, or really, any kind of lighting in general.

Additionally, it’s been decided that moths stan every song having to do with lamps, lights and bright things. For the past several days, whether they’re light-related or not, fan-favorite songs have been mothified — enough to make an entire playlist for light-loving moths.

“Take Me To Church,” Hozier

No lights are involved in the original Hozier song, but that didn’t stop nearly 100,000 meme lovers from liking the modified moth version’s lyrics.

“The Light Is Coming,” Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj

There’s really no such thing as a night out for moths without the quite-literal “The Light Is Coming.”

“Mr. Brightside,” The Killers

The same way a dog reacts to a person saying “squirrel,” a moth loses its composure hearing the word “bright.”

“Valentine,” 5 Seconds of Summer

Yes, even moths love the 5SOS boy, as long as they’re singing about their favorite thing, light.

“Sk8er Boi,” Avril Lavigne

Moths can’t ride skateboards, but the simple structure of “Sk8er Boi” was the perfect opportunity for a moth love story.

“Your Man,” Josh Turner

You can lock the door, but you will NOT turn the lights down low if a moth has anything to do with it.

“What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction

Since One Direction’s debut single is about their world being lit up, it only makes sense that the 1D boys might be moths.

“There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” The Smiths

If moths have their own version of Heaven, it’s gotta be a place where there’s a light that never goes out.

Every Kacey Musgraves song on Golden Hour

Though the moth meme has remained mostly on Stan Twitter, the meme-loving Kacey Musgraves is wholly aware of moth memes and created her own alter ego, Kacey Mothgraves.

Fans immediately stanned Kacey Mothgraves, even recreating the album Golden Hour into Golden Moth and replacing every song on the tracklist with a moth title.

With a playlist of light songs and all of Golden Moth, that’s got to be enough for the short lifespan of a light-loving moth.

Seattle Police Hope To End Swatting Tragedies With Database

With swatting incidents still popping up from time to time, the Seattle Police Department has come up with a measure they hope will help prevent additional “pranks” from turning into legitimate tragedies. The measure allows folks to opt-in to a potential swatting database, with the hope being that officers will then proceed to a reported incident with a different mindset.

This news comes to us from Ars Technica (via Gameinformer), which is reporting that the Seattle PD has implemented a measure to help prevent swatting that’s so simple, it’s surprising it has taken this long to go into practice. While their plan certainly won’t stop swatting from taking place (perhaps more severe penalties that stick would serve as a solid deterrent), the hope is that it will help prevent these instances from leading to more dramatic outcomes.

First, for those who are unaware what swatting is, it’s the practice of calling the police department and reporting a crime severe enough to get the SWAT team to respond, such as kidnapping. This primarily takes place in the world of streamers, specifically folks who stream while playing video games. While this isn’t always the case, the plan is usually to report the crime and witness the incident unfold while a person is streaming. The motivation is typically petty grudges from a lost match or an ongoing feud. Hard to believe, but some people think it would be hilarious to watch their rival, mid-stream, have the police bust through their door and restrain them all because they beat them in Call of Duty or Fortnite.

The issue, obviously, is how horrendously irresponsible and illegal this is. In fact, swatting has resulted in things such as damaged property and, as recently as last year, loss of life. A swatting attempt led to the death of Andrew Finch, of Kansas, as he lived at the previous address of the person a group of individuals were trying to swat.

While Seattle’s new measure probably wouldn’t have helped in that situation due to it being the wrong address, the hope is that it will at least cut down on the number of incidents going horribly wrong. In short, individuals who feel they might become the target of a swatting attempt can register their address with the police department. If you’re a streamer living in the area, it might not be a bad idea to contact your local authorities and look into the process. Apparently, all you have to do is submit your details and make it clear that you have “swatting concerns” and, once you have been approved, you’ll be added to their database.

The Seattle PD has made it clear that being in the database will not change their standard procedures, so they will still respond to these addresses even if they are included in the database. The idea is that, if you’re in the database, they will be able to proceed with the mindset that you are a potential victim of swatting.

Best Women’s Loafers for Fall 2018: Easy and Stylish Flats and Platforms

During the summer wearing shoes is easy. All you have to do is slip your toes into a pair of sandals and you’re done. Fall makes things a little more complicated. It isn’t that boots aren’t amazing, but sometimes things get awkward when you try to pair them with jeans or with socks or with tights. But until it’s chilly enough to worry about that, may we suggest taking a look at the best loafers to wear this season.

Like with sandals, you can just shimmy into a pair of loafers and you’re done. Some of the best loafers right now don’t have backs (also known as ‘the mule’) which means you can wear them solo on a warmer fall evening. Some have platforms which means they give you the height of a heel with the ease of a flip-flop. Other look more like a slipper (complete with fluff and cushioning, thank you Gucci) which means you can basically roll out of bed and wear them right out. Almost all of them look great with tights or knee high socks as demonstrated by Chloë Sevigny and Alexa Chung.

So if you’re starting to think about what shoes are best to invest in this fall, loafers are probably the way to go. Shop below for our top picks and all the best ways to wear them.

How One Horror Legend Helped Make Netflix’s Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Even Creepier

If you have seen the trailer and teaser images leading up to the release of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, then you know audiences are in for a lot of lush and stunning horror visuals. Well, it turns out the comic-based series got a helping hand in creating some of the haunting imagery that punctuates its heroine’s surroundings. The revelation involves a specific set piece and its ornamentations, specifically the art adorning the walls of the Academy of the Unseen Arts, which come form the private collection of works from legendary horror author and filmmaker Clive Barker.

The Academy of the Unseen Arts will was the temporary home to over 150 paintings crafted by Books of Blood author Clive Barker. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s production designer Lisa Soper revealed to io9 that Barker had actually contributed most of the artwork that can be seen in the mystical school, sharing that the man behind Hellraiser and Candyman was enthusiastic to contribute his pieces, going so far as to let her spend a weekend looking through his artwork and picking out what she wanted. Wondering how big the set must be to see all of Barker’s works?

That turns out to be more simple and complex than one would expect. The set actually isn’t all that big, since the schoolrooms are all shaped identically, so Clive Barker’s works will be featured within a single interchangeable set-piece that stands in for whatever room of the Academy characters are supposed to be occupying. Different rooms mean different sets of Barker’s artworks popping up, an added touch will undoubtedly provide a reason worth pausing the show to take a closer look at. Whether it potentially clues viewers into the story’s dark twists or not, one will have to watch carefully to discover.

The spooky imagery being brought in does not mean necessarily mean any of it hints at something specific to the story. Clive Barker’s works will undoubtedly lend an disturbingly penetrating backdrop for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, with the illustrations setting it closer to its horror comic roots. Barker does know a thing or two about supernatural evil, after all. And it’s flourishes such as these that serve a subconscious and pivotal role in enriching the series‘ visual pedigree. Based on early glimpses, the show will be leaning into its genre precursors.

Fans are drawing ever closer to the premiere of the highly-anticipated new series, which will be a drastic change of pace from what viewers saw of the eponymous character in Melissa Joan Hart’s sitcom. They do not have to much longer to wait before they get a complete look at Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and the artwork that pervades the Academy of the Unseen Arts. The mysterious Dean of said academy has been glimpsed before in previously released images, hinting at an ominous show set to cast a spell on viewers.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will premiere just in time for Halloween, with the first season available to watch in its entirety starting on October 26 on Netflix. The supernatural drama will be joined by countless other shows making their debut before the end of the year on the streaming giant, including a fellow horror series. And tune into our fall TV premiere schedule to see what else is on the way soon.

Venom Should Make A Lot Of Money Worldwide Opening Weekend

If all goes as predicted, Venom is going to be a box office powerhouse, which should be music to Sony’s ears, as the studio has been pushing for it to be the first installment of Spider-Man-related spinoffs, like Morbius. Critically, on the other hand, Venom is already getting off to a rocky start. Early reactions have ranged from mixed-to-negative, with CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell saying that the movie was plagued by “rough CGI, poor story plotting and a schizophrenic tone.” Nevertheless, as we’ve seen with the Transformers movies, just because a theatrical tale doesn’t earn the best critical reception doesn’t mean it won’t make a lot of money, and Venom appears to be on that track. And, of course, commercially exceeding expectations will likely result in Sony green lighting a Venom sequel, which could see either Venom and Carnage clashing or, fingers crossed, Venom going mano a mano with a certain Web-Slinger.