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Larry King, TV Host and Interview Legend, Has Died at 87

Larry King—one of the most influential talk show host in TV and radio history—has died at 87 years old. King was hospitalized with COVID-19 over the holidays.

Ora Media, the media company co-founded by King, announced the news on January 23. “For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television, and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster,” the statement read. “Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows’ titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience.”

According to TMZ, King has conducted over 30,000 interviews during his career, including the likes of President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Lady Gaga, Prince, and more. “Whether he was interviewing a U.S. president, foreign leader, celebrity, scandal-ridden personage, or an everyman, Larry liked to ask short, direct, and uncomplicated questions,” the statement continued. “He believed concise questions usually provided the best answers, and he was not wrong in that belief.”

Ora Media noted that the interviews conducted over the course of King’s career “remain part of the historical record of the late 20th and early 21st century.”

Before being diagnosed with COVID-19, King had several heart attacks and underwent a quintuple bypass surgery heart attacks in 1987. He went on to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation for uninsured patients. King also survived lung cancer in 2017. 

Larry King has been married eight times and is survived by five children; Cannon, Chance, Danny, Kelly, and Larry Jr.  King recently suffered the loss of two children, Andy and Chaia, within weeks of each other. “Losing them feels so out of order. No parent should have to bury a child,” he wrote on Instagram in August 2020.

Online, fans are sharing their favorite Larry King moments—from the hilarious to the heartfelt. 

RIP, Larry King.


Big Changes Walt Disney World Is Making For Magic Kingdom And More In 2021

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While Walt Disney World’s four theme parks have been open since July, the resort also has a pair of water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, which have remained closed since the resort first shut down in March. While other theme park resorts, like Universal Orlando, have reopened their water parks, Disney had made the decision to keep these two spots shuttered, but that will change in March, as Blizzard Beach is currently set to reopen on the 7th, nearly one year to the day after it initially closed down. Typhon Lagoon is still off the schedule, but if the crowds come back to Blizzard Beach in March, expect that to change sooner rather than later.

Why Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick Isn’t Being Sent To Streaming

Under the pandemic, where two-thirds of U.S. theaters are still closed, big movies have struggled to make any money. After a month in theaters, Wonder Woman 1984 has only made $142.5 million, with only $35 million coming from the domestic market. By comparison, 2017’s Wonder Woman made $822 million globally, with about half of its earnings coming from domestic dollars. Tenet, last summer’s only blockbuster, made $363 million worldwide against a production budget of over $200 million.

Halle Berry Talks Her Interracial Family And Why Seeing Black Women On The Big And Small Screen Was So Important

Halle Berry recently spoke about the importance of seeing Black women on the big and small screens growing up in the PBS documentary American Masters: How It Feels To Be Free. The doc highlights the careers of six Black women entertainers and how their stardom intersected with social justice causes. How It Feels To Be Free centers on Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier, one of whom especially important to Berry:

Wait, Is Eternals Bringing Back A Key MCU Character?

Luckily, the Eternals saga spans thousands of years, so if Thanos is indeed appearing in the movie, it’s logical to assume it will be through flashbacks. And it’s not like he’d be shoehorned in, because Thanos is closely tied with the Eternals in the comics, specifically the Titanian offshoots. He’s the son of the Eternals A’lars and Sui-San, and his brother is Eros of Titan. So Thanos is part Eternal, and the reason he looks so monstrous compared to other members of that race is because he’s also has Deviant genetics. We also visited Titan, Thanos’ homeworld, in Avengers: Infinity War, although it was long dead after being ravaged by overpopulation and scarcity of natural resources.

Kate Middleton Swapped Her Usual Blowout for Super Long, Pin-Straight Hair

Kate Middleton’s bouncy blowout is one of her style signatures, but she does switch things up from time to time. Exhibit A: The super long, super straight hair she debuted on a recent video call with nurses working the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Duchess of Cambridge spoke to several nurses from the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. “You hear time and time again about the amazing things nurses up and down the country are doing—going that extra mile,” she said, according to People. “It’s the things that, you know, it’s not part of the training and the things that you’re taught but the things that come from your heart.”

Check out a clip of the chat, below. Of course, what Middleton is talking about is the most important thing here, but it’s possible to appreciate two things at once. And I must confess: I love the long, sleek hair. 

As with most royal hair changes, we likely won’t get any details from Kate Middleton’s stylist. Maybe the long length is the result of lockdown restrictions on hair salons. (We can relate.) Maybe she wanted to keep things no-fuss to focus on the conversation at hand. Or, like many of us in quarantine, she’s keeping her looks easy and casual. Regardless, the end result is gorgeous, and we’d buy whatever products she’s using in a heartbeat.

Middleton isn’t the only royal who recently grew out her hair. Meghan Markle showed off her long hair last July, and the internet promptly freaked out. 

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Bringing it back to Middleton’s important conversation, Kensington Palace wrote the following on Instagram account about her chat: “Nurses up and down the country are going that extra mile, at a time when patients need it the most. These acts of courage, strength and kindness matter so much right now and we owe you a huge thank you for all that you have done and continue to do throughout these difficult times.” Indeed.

John Boyega Calls Big Franchise Work ‘Luxury Jail’ For An Actor

John Boyega’s performance in Small Axe: Red, White and Blue is stunning. He captures the depth of Leroy Logan being a new father, truly caring about his job even though he is not accepted by his co-workers, and dealing with his family disproving of his choices. The story itself is hard to take in, but it’s honest and necessary, as are the other four films in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology. Together, the collection of five films tell personal stories from the West Indian Community in London between the late 1960s and the mid 1980s. You can watch Small Axe on Amazon Prime Video.

What Is Your Skin Barrier and Why Is Everyone Talking About It?

Seemingly overnight, it became impossible to scroll social media without a skinfluencer talking about strengthening your skin barrier. Across Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, skin care pros and enthusiasts have switched their focus from instant-gratification products like acids and peels to the somewhat unsexy stratum corneum (the technical term for your skin moisture barrier). 

So why exactly is everyone talking about barrier repair right now? In addition to it being an extremely important factor in your overall skin health—more on that later—the pandemic may have something to do with the influx of interest in barrier-strengthening products. 

“Barrier repair is such a huge conversation for myriad reasons,” says Sean Garrette, a licensed esthetician, Fenty Skin ambassador, and barrier repair enthusiast. He says one reason the skin barrier is top of mind right now is because, for many, it’s more irritated than usual. “Because we’re wearing masks and facial coverings daily, a lot of us are suffering from maskne,” he says of the breakouts and irritation caused from the friction and heat of wearing a face mask.

New York dermatologist Shereene Idriss, M.D., agrees that masks are bringing irritation top of mind. She also says the pandemic has given us extra time to really pay attention to our skin. “Unlike previously, when people did not have the time nor bandwidth to understand their skin and would rely on makeup to cover up, people are finally taking the time to understand how to repair their skin rather than just mask it,” she says.

So, what exactly is the skin barrier and its function?

Basically, your skin is composed of several different layers, and your skin barrier—also called your moisture barrier—is the outermost one. In the simplest terms, its job is to keep bad things like irritants out, and good things like hydration in. Many dermatologists say to think of your skin barrier as a brick-and-mortar structure. “The bricks are skin cells, and the mortar is the lipids and proteins between,” says Mona Gohara, M.D, a dermatologist in Connecticut. “Together, they keep water locked in and irritants out.”

Keeping water in your skin is your barrier’s number one job, and is key for not only dewy, bouncy skin, but overall healthy skin. Keeping your barrier strong slows down transcutaneous evaporative water loss (TEWL), which can lead to skin conditions like atopic dermatitis and eczema

What causes a damaged skin barrier? 

Your skin barrier can very easily become damaged, and those bricks become unglued. This leads to the water loss mentioned above, and your skin can become dehydrated and irritated. Most of the barrier damage comes from stripping your skin of its natural oils, due to harsh cleansers, acne medication, and acids.

Scrubbing too hard, waxing, DIY ingredients like lemon and baking soda, and on some skin types, alcohol and fragrance are also common culprits for damage. Idriss warns that over-utilizing the same ingredients in different steps of your routine—for example, a salicylic acid face wash and toner—can also contribute to dehydration. She says internal factors like stress and hormones can also lead to an impaired barrier. 

Garrette says that one of the main reasons his clients experience barrier damage is because they are exfoliating way too often. It’s hard not to fall into the trap of buying six different exfoliating products, but it’s so easy to overdo it and cause sensitivity and irritation. 

What are the signs of skin barrier damage? 

One of the only plus sides of a compromised barrier? It’s pretty easy to tell that that’s what you’re dealing with. Your skin will look and feel overall irritated—think redness, scaly texture, itching, and inflammation. Gohara says you can even experience rashes, while Garrette says a telltale sign of a damaged barrier is that you experience stinging and burning when applying non-active products like cleansers or hydrating serums. An out of whack barrier may also lead to acne, which will only be exacerbate by more harsh treatments. 

How to repair a damaged skin barrier 

If the above paragraph had you scared that one too many exfoliating products would leave you red and scaly forever, that’s not the case. In fact, it’s actually a pretty straightforward process to reverse the damage and get your barrier back in good shape. While your first instinct may be to up your skin care game, all three experts say less is way more here. 

Why Dakota Johnson’s Mardi Gras Scene From Our Friend Was Not As Glamorous As It Looked

We’re so suspended in the reality of a movie when we’re watching it that we don’t necessarily think about the circumstances that go into recreating moments such as those in Our Friend. Although it looks like Dakota Johnson may have been able to wave from a float in character at the famous celebration in New Orleans, it was a nearly 2 a.m. ordeal involving a single float during a time the Mardi Gras wasn’t even happening in Louisiana. Sounds like it was a bit of a strange ordeal for Johnson, but that’s movie magic for you!

A Key Disneyland Resort Location Will Be Reopening Soon

Disneyland Resort has had to get quite creative when it has come to keeping business going during the pandemic. The two theme parks have been closed since March and there’s no indication when they might reopen. Only Downtown Disney, the shopping and dining district, has been open to guests, but even that has undergone significant changes in the last year. In an attempt to give visitors access to special Disneyland merchandise from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the WonderGround Gallery was recently transformed into Star Wars Trading Post. While this gave guests the chance to buy things that hadn’t been available for months, it removed the ability of guests to see, nevermind purchase, some really amazing Disney-themed artwork. Soon, however, that ability will be back as Disneyland has announced the Star Wars Trading Post will be moved and the WonderGround Gallery will reopen.