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If you are one of the poor bastards that has to work this July 3rd…well, there’s no one that had a worse weekend than you. Your scaries must have been simply unbearable and I have the utmost sympathy. Personally, I sucked it up and took a vacation day so I could have a four-day weekend at the casino/outlet mall a few states over, because what’s more American than gambling and shopping? So, while my weekend was pretty good and yours was probably pretty bad if you had to work today, at least we all had a better weekend than these people.
Well, it was only a matter of time. On Friday, the co-organizer of the clusterfuck known as Fyre Fest, was arrested on charges of wire fraud. But on Saturday, things got even more interesting when he showed up at his hearing with a public defender – despite living in a $21,000-a-month penthouse in Manhattan and driving a $110,000 Maserati.
McFarland appeared before Judge Kevin Fox in United States District Court in New York City on Saturday. Fox set his bail at $300,000 to be secured by $50,000 cash or property, and McFarland was released after his hearing. His public defender, Sabrina Shroff, said that the attorneys that McFarland had hired in the wake of the Fyre Festival “had not been paid enough to continue to represent him.”
McFarland’s next court date is on July 31st; until then, he’ll be living with his parents in New Jersey, according to Shroff. Now, let’s be honest, isn’t that really punishment enough? [Via People]
Or, as you may know him, the guy who played Farmer Arthur Hoggett in Babe. Whatever you may call him, the 77-year-old actor is headed to jail after refusing to pay fines related to his arrest at a protest in 2015.
Back in December of that year, the Oscar-nominee was arrested for obstructing traffic during a sit-in at the site of a natural gas-fired power plant being constructed in Wawayanda, NY. He was found guilty in April, but refused to pay $375 in fines, and Wawayanda Town Justice Timothy McElduff Jr. sentenced Crowell and two other protestors to serve seven days in Orange County Jail.
According to The Times Herald-Record Online,
Cromwell said he hopes people realize the injustice of the jail sentence and hoped it would mobilize more people to join their pickets in front of the power plant. The plant is under construction and scheduled to go online in February 2018.
“If we don’t stay together, nothing will change,” Cromwell said. “Power to the people.”
As Farmer Hoggett said to Babe, “That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.” [Via Record Online]
Let’s be honest, there’s not too much that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can do wrong. He’s handsome, he’s smart, he doesn’t tweet ridiculous memes of him “beating up” cable news networks. But on Saturday, which was Canada Day, he did make a blunder that has his people talking.
During a speech, Trudeau said “We may live in British Columbia, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador but we embrace that diversity while knowing in our hearts that we are all Canadians.”
Now, maybe you missed it because you were googling where the hell Nunavut was, but Trudeau, while shouting out all of the country’s provinces and territories, forgot one: Alberta, home to about 4 million of the country’s 38.5 million inhabitants. Whoops. And, of course, Albertans (?) took to Twitter to make their displeasure known:
— Lisa Raitt (@lraitt) July 1, 2017
— Ashley 🌺 (@mzmyzery) July 1, 2017
Apparently according to our PM Alberta doesn't even exist so…. he is a idiot pic.twitter.com/g3b3HqGnR9
— Sherri Elder (@freaksareyou311) July 1, 2017
Oh, so that’s where Nunavut is.
Of course, Trudeau being the man that he is, took to social media to apologize for his mistake:
Got too excited somewhere over the Rockies. Sorry Alberta, I love you. Happy Canada Day!
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 1, 2017
After seeing the previews for The House, I had added it to my must see list. I mean, any movie starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler has to be hilarious, right? Well, that remains to be seen since, due to a lack of screenings for critics, there are few reviews. But if the film’s opening weekend take is any indication…I may just wait for this one to come out OnDemand. The R-rated comedy, which has Ferrell and Poehler as parents who open an underground casino in their home when their daughter can’t get a college scholarship, made $9 million its opening weekend in 3,134 theaters, making it one of the worst openings of Ferrell’s career.
Jeff Goldstein, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., the parent studio of New Line, who produced the film, said, “I’m so disappointed, and especially for the actors. The movie just didn’t connect with a broad audience. Clearly, there is a trend of these kinds of comedies not working.”
Is there a trend? Or it is that this one just didn’t work? [Via Hollywood Reporter]
Going into Sunday’s game against Cleveland, Detroit pitcher Verlander was tied with Curt Schilling for the sixth-longest street of games with at least one strikeout. While Verlander likely hoped to break that tie, he instead ended his streak.
Verlander was taken out of the game in the fourth after an RBI single by Edwin Encaracion. Before that, that Indians had scored two runs in the second, and two more in third. After he was taken out, the next batter up hit a three-run homer, meaning that Verlander was charged with seven runs and nine hits in three and third innings. According to ESPN Stats and Information, “Sunday’s outing marks the fourth time in his past seven starts that Verlander has allowed seven or more earned runs.”
At least he’s going home to this…