‘Teen Mom OG’ Star Maci Bookout Looks To Have A Baby Bump In New Instagram Photo

Maci Bookout sparked rumors of a pregnancy online.

Maci Bookout is facing new rumors, which suggest the Teen Mom OG star is expecting her fourth child.

Days ago, Celebrity Insider shared a report with readers in which they mentioned a recent photo post made by Bookout on Instagram. In the photo, as the outlet noted, Bookout was standing next to her husband, Taylor McKinney, and looking to be sporting a baby bump.

As fans can see in the photo shared below, Bookout looked to be round in her midsection as she held her husband’s hand and placed her other hand halfway into her pocket.

According to Celebrity Insider, Maci Bookout was caught photoshopping her midsection weeks ago while celebrating Halloween with her family and never addressed why she did so. She’s also shared a couple of images in which a baby bump was possibly on display.

After Bookout shared her most recent suspicious photo, fans began commenting on the post with questions about her potential pregnancy.

“Is that a baby bump?” one person asked.

“When are you due?” asked another.

Maci Bookout has remained completely silent in regard to the online rumors regarding her alleged baby bump but over the past several months, she’s made it clear that she is not at all opposed to expanding her family with husband Taylor McKinney.

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In September, during an interview with Us Weekly magazine, Maci Bookout confirmed she and her husband Taylor McKinney are planning to adopt at some point in the future.

“We are definitely still wanting to adopt. We don’t really have, like, a timeframe or, like, an exact answer,” she said months ago. “I feel like when we know to start the process, we will start it, but for now we’re happy with where we’re at.”

Bookout and McKinney currently share two children, 3-year-old Jayde and 2-year-old Maverick, and Bookout is also mom to 10-year-old Bentley, who she shares with former boyfriend Ryan Edwards.

“Jayde and Maverick are just Jayde and Maverick. They’re gonna be – Oh god, I feel bad for the world. Maverick got his first haircut – had to say bye to the man bun. Sad about that, but I mean, really they’re a trip,” Bookout gushed.

As for a future pregnancy, Bookout hasn’t said a whole lot, other than she’s open to the idea if it was what her husband wanted.

To see more of Maci Bookout and her family, tune into new episodes of Teen Mom OG Season 8, which air this and every Monday night at 9 p.m. on MTV.

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‘Doctor Who’ Season 12 to Premiere in 2020

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Doctor Who” season 11 ended with a big question, but it seems like fans have to wait a little longer than usual to get the answer. BBC announces that season 12 of the long-running series will not air until 2020, much to everyone’s surprises.

“The Doctor and her friends will land again with an all-new season on @BBCAMERICA in early 2020. #DoctorWho,” the series wrote on Sunday, December 9 through its official Twitter account.


In addition to the big delay, BBC confirmed the news that Jodie Whittaker would reprise her role as the Doctor in the upcoming season. She would be joined by Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Bradley Wash who are set to return as Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O’Brien respectively.

Showrunner Chris Chibnall will also return for the new season despite speculative report to the contrary. Explaining that he’s currently working for season 12, he says, “We’re off again! Well we never actually stopped. As Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and friends have been winning the hearts of families across the nation this autumn, we’ve been busy with a whole new set of action packed adventures for the 13th Doctor.”

Although the gap between season 11 and season 12 may seem big, it’s not as big as the gap between season 10 and season 11 which was one of the lengthiest in the show’s recent history. It is unknown why BBC has to take a year-long gap between season 11 and season 12.

“Doctor Who” season 12 will arrive in early 2020 on BBC and BBC America.

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Kim Kardashian Says Kris Jenner Thought She'd Be a 'Crazy Drug Addict' Because of Past Ecstasy Use

When Kris Jenner learned that her daughter Kim Kardashian West was experimenting with ecstasy years ago, she put a stop to it.

In November, Kardashian West, 38, surprised her fans by admitting on Keeping Up with the Kardashians that she was high on ecstasy during two notable life moments — when she wed music producer Damon Thomas in 2000 and when she made a sex tape with Ray J in 2003.

On Busy Tonight this week, the makeup mogul told host Busy Philipps that her momager‘s disapproval put an end to her dabbling.

Noting that she was “so young,” the mother of three explained, “I would tell my mom everything. We always had such a close relationship. So I would come home and be like, ‘Oh my God, Mom. I did ecstasy last night.’ “

“I remember this so clearly,” Kardashian West continued. “She was sitting on top of the washing machine. She jumped up on it, and we were sitting in the hallway by the garage in the laundry room. She was like, ‘One day you’re not going to be able to have babies. You can’t do this. You’re going to ruin yourself.’ “

“She was so upset, and she never did drugs,” Kardashian West said. “So she was just so upset thinking that I was going to turn into something and be this crazy drug addict. And I was just like, ‘You know what, she’s so right. I’m so over it. This is so not me.’ And I just never did anything again.”

On KUWTK, Kardashian West opened up about her experience with ecstasy to Scott Disick and Kendall Jenner after the model said that she had “heard stories” about Kardashian West’s past.

“I got married on ecstasy. The first time,” she said. “I did ecstasy once and I got married. I did it again, I made a sex tape. Like, everything bad would happen.”

“You were high on ecstasy when you made that sex tape?” Disick replied during the episode.

“Absolutely. Everyone knows it,” Kardashian West said. “Like, my jaw was shaking the whole time.”

In November, a source told PEOPLE that Kardashian West moved on long ago from her partying days. Kardashian West “definitely does not do drugs and hasn’t for years — and even then she barely dabbled,” the source said.

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“Now she drinks here and there, but mostly abstains,” the source said. “She may have a glass of champagne on a holiday or for someone’s birthday, but it’s rare.”

Kardashian West “pretty much doesn’t drink at all,” another insider previously affirmed to PEOPLE. “She’s not a partier and it’s just not part of her life. Occasionally she’ll have a drink, but she really doesn’t like the taste of alcohol.”

And it was her old friendship with Paris Hilton that influenced her to go out, the insider said.

“Kim definitely had her years of partying, especially around the time she was friends with Paris,” the insider said. “She also used to go to clubs every night of the week. Her life is completely different now.”

On Busy Tonight, Kardashian West reacted to people’s interest in her revelation.

“Here’s the thing,” she said. “People that were close to me that obviously know that life of mine, they’re like, ‘I can’t believe you said that.’ And I was like, ‘Well, I mean, I never really hide anything.’ “

“It’s just weird to people: I’ve done ecstasy, but I don’t drink, I don’t smoke weed, I don’t do anything,” she said. “So it’s weird to have done that.”

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On KUWTK, Kardashian West clarified her current approach to having fun.

“I definitely went through a wild phase, I would say in my late teens,” she said. “I’m not like that anymore. But I still have fun — don’t get it twisted, I’m always the life of the party.”


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Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations: ‘The Favourite’ Tops With 14, ‘Black Panther’ A Marvel, ‘First Man’ Rebounds; ‘The Americans’ Leads TV Series

The Favourite led all movies with a whopping 14 nominations for the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards including Best Picture, Director and nods for all three of its stars — Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. This had to be a bit of deja vu for distributor Fox Searchlight, which had the same headline last year when its Guillermo del Toro film The Shape of Water also led the critics list with 14 nominations, went on to win four including Best Picture and Director, then rode that momentum all the way to taking the same four awards at the Oscars.

In fact, the Critics’ Choice Awards proved to be the most prescient of any precursor kudos by eventually matching Oscar in 17 of 19 categories they had in common, differing only in Foreign Film and Visual Effects. Attention must be paid.

Also scoring big in this morning’s nominations is Black Panther with 12 (but not Ryan Coogler in Director); First Man, rebounding in the race for Oscar by getting its first significant showing of the season with 10 including key nods for director Damien Chazelle and stars Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy; and then the trio of Mary Poppins Returns, A Star Is Born, and Vice with nine mentions each. All of the above are nominated for Best Picture along with Netflix’s eight-time nominee Roma, Green Book with seven, If Beale Street Could Talk with five and BlacKkKlansman with four.

The fact that seven of those Best Picture nominees also have key directing and writing and acting nominations indicates this is an extremely tight race and not easily predictable for this very Oscar-predictive organization. Several people got multiple nominations numbering three or more including Roma’s Alfonso Cuarón, A Star Is Born’s Bradley Cooper; Green Book’s Peter Farrelly, Vice’s Adam McKay, BlacKkKlansman’s Spike Lee and Mary Poppins Returns composer Marc Shaiman.

There were not a lot of glaring omissions on the list since the Broadcast Critics has numerous categories including Actor and Actress, Director and Original Screenplay with seven nominees apiece, and Best Picture with 10. Most of the usual suspects for the season are covered here, and Universal can breathe easily with First Man’s strong showing to go along with its continuing momentum for Green Book. Disney was tops among distributors with 25 nominations, though it was a good day for just about anyone. This group (I am a member) is generous.

On the TV side, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association lauded the final season of The Americans, plus limited series Escape at Dannemora and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story with five nominations each. HBO and Netflix tied for bragging honors with 20 nominations each to lead the networks. As in the Golden Globe competition, This Is Us failed to make the cut for Drama Series (landing only two acting nods, for Milo Ventimiglia and Justin Hartley), but Emmy giants Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things and The Crown weren’t on this list that includes CBS Access’ The Good Fight, Amazon’s Homecoming, BBC America’s Killing Eve, FX’s Pose, HBO’s My Brilliant Friend and Succession to add some new blood to the top series race in addition to The Americans  and Better Call Saul. Amy Adams landed nominations for HBO’s limited series Sharp Objects to go along with her Supporting Actress nod for Vice, making her the key crossover this year on both sides of the aisle.

The winners will be revealed at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala, broadcast live on The CW Network on Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm ET (delayed PT).

Here is a complete list of the nominees:

FILM NOMINATIONS FOR THE 24TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

 

BEST PICTURE

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

The Favourite

First Man

Green Book

If Beale Street Could Talk

Mary Poppins Returns

Roma

A Star Is Born

Vice

 

BEST ACTOR

Christian Bale – Vice

Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate

Ryan Gosling – First Man

Ethan Hawke – First Reformed

Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

 

BEST ACTRESS

Yalitza Aparicio – Roma

Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns

Glenn Close – The Wife

Toni Collette – Hereditary

Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy

Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman

Sam Elliott – A Star Is Born

Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams – Vice

Claire Foy – First Man

Nicole Kidman – Boy Erased

Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone – The Favourite

Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

 

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade

Thomasin McKenzie – Leave No Trace

Ed Oxenbould – Wildlife

Millicent Simmonds – A Quiet Place

Amandla Stenberg – The Hate U Give

Sunny Suljic – Mid90s

 

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Black Panther

Crazy Rich Asians

The Favourite

Vice

Widows

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Damien Chazelle – First Man

Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

Peter Farrelly – Green Book

Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite

Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay – Vice

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade

Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara – The Favourite

Adam McKay – Vice

Paul Schrader – First Reformed

Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly – Green Book

Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski – A Quiet Place

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole – Black Panther

Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk

Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters – A Star Is Born

Josh Singer – First Man

Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

James Laxton – If Beale Street Could Talk

Matthew Libatique – A Star Is Born

Rachel Morrison – Black Panther

Robbie Ryan – The Favourite

Linus Sandgren – First Man

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Hannah Beachler, Jay Hart – Black Panther

Eugenio Caballero, Barbara Enriquez – Roma

Nelson Coates, Andrew Baseman – Crazy Rich Asians

Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton – The Favourite

Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas – First Man

John Myhre, Gordon Sim – Mary Poppins Returns

 

BEST EDITING

Jay Cassidy – A Star Is Born

Hank Corwin – Vice

Tom Cross – First Man

Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough – Roma

Yorgos Mavropsaridis – The Favourite

Joe Walker – Widows

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Alexandra Byrne – Mary Queen of Scots

Ruth Carter – Black Panther

Julian Day – Bohemian Rhapsody

Sandy Powell – The Favourite

Sandy Powell – Mary Poppins Returns

 

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Mary Queen of Scots

Suspiria

Vice

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

First Man

Mary Poppins Returns

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Ready Player One

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

The Grinch

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Mirai

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

 

BEST ACTION MOVIE

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Deadpool 2

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Ready Player One

Widows

 

BEST COMEDY

Crazy Rich Asians

Deadpool 2

The Death of Stalin

The Favourite

Game Night

Sorry to Bother You

 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Christian Bale – Vice

Jason Bateman – Game Night

Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

John C. Reilly – Stan & Ollie

Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool 2

Lakeith Stanfield – Sorry to Bother You

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns

Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade

Rachel McAdams – Game Night

Charlize Theron – Tully

Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians

 

BEST SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE

Annihilation

Halloween

Hereditary

A Quiet Place

Suspiria

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Burning

Capernaum

Cold War

Roma

Shoplifters

 

BEST SONG

All the Stars – Black Panther

Girl in the Movies – Dumplin’

I’ll Fight – RBG

The Place Where Lost Things Go – Mary Poppins Returns

Shallow – A Star Is Born

Trip a Little Light Fantastic – Mary Poppins Returns

 

BEST SCORE

Kris Bowers – Green Book

Nicholas Britell – If Beale Street Could Talk

Alexandre Desplat – Isle of Dogs

Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther

Justin Hurwitz – First Man

Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns

 

TELEVISION NOMINATIONS FOR THE 24TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

 

BEST DRAMA SERIES

The Americans (FX)

Better Call Saul (AMC)

The Good Fight (CBS All Access)

Homecoming (Amazon)

Killing Eve (BBC America)

My Brilliant Friend (HBO)

Pose (FX)

Succession (HBO)

 

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Freddie Highmore – The Good Doctor (ABC)

Diego Luna – Narcos: Mexico (Netflix)

Richard Madden – Bodyguard (Netflix)

Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (AMC)

Billy Porter – Pose (FX)

Matthew Rhys – The Americans (FX)

Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us (NBC)

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Jodie Comer – Killing Eve (BBC America)

Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Deuce (HBO)

Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Sandra Oh – Killing Eve (BBC America)

Elizabeth Olsen – Sorry For Your Loss (Facebook Watch)

Julia Roberts – Homecoming (Amazon)

Keri Russell – The Americans (FX)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Richard Cabral – Mayans M.C. (FX)

Asia Kate Dillon – Billions (Showtime)

Noah Emmerich – The Americans (FX)

Justin Hartley – This Is Us (NBC)

Matthew Macfadyen – Succession (HBO)

Richard Schiff – The Good Doctor (ABC)

Shea Whigham – Homecoming (Amazon)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Dina Shihabi – Jack Ryan (Amazon)

Julia Garner – Ozark (Netflix)

Thandie Newton – Westworld (HBO)

Rhea Seehorn – Better Call Saul (AMC)

Yvonne Strahovski – The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Holly Taylor – The Americans (FX)

 

BEST COMEDY SERIES

Atlanta (FX)

Barry (HBO)

The Good Place (NBC)

The Kominsky Method (Netflix)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

The Middle (ABC)

One Day at a Time (Netflix)

Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Hank Azaria – Brockmire (IFC)

Ted Danson – The Good Place (NBC)

Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method (Netflix)

Donald Glover – Atlanta (FX)

Bill Hader – Barry (HBO)

Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)

Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Allison Janney – Mom (CBS)

Justina Machado – One Day at a Time (Netflix)

Debra Messing – Will & Grace (NBC)

Issa Rae – Insecure (HBO)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

William Jackson Harper – The Good Place (NBC)

Sean Hayes – Will & Grace (NBC)

Brian Tyree Henry – Atlanta (FX)

Nico Santos – Superstore (NBC)

Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Henry Winkler – Barry (HBO)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Betty Gilpin – GLOW (Netflix)

Laurie Metcalf – The Conners (ABC)

Rita Moreno – One Day at a Time (Netflix)

Zoe Perry – Young Sheldon (CBS)

Annie Potts – Young Sheldon (CBS)

Miriam Shor – Younger (TV Land)

 

BEST LIMITED SERIES

A Very English Scandal (Amazon)

American Vandal (Netflix)

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)

Genius: Picasso (National Geographic)

Sharp Objects (HBO)

 

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Icebox (HBO)

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)

King Lear (Amazon)

My Dinner with Hervé (HBO)

Notes from the Field (HBO)

The Tale (HBO)

 

BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Antonio Banderas – Genius: Picasso (National Geographic)

Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

Paul Dano – Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)

Benicio Del Toro – Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)

Hugh Grant – A Very English Scandal (Amazon)

John Legend – Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Amy Adams – Sharp Objects (HBO)

Patricia Arquette – Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)

Connie Britton – Dirty John (Bravo)

Carrie Coon – The Sinner (USA Network)

Laura Dern – The Tale (HBO)

Anna Deavere Smith – Notes From the Field (HBO)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Brandon Victor Dixon – Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)

Eric Lange – Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)

Alex Rich – Genius: Picasso (National Geographic)

Peter Sarsgaard – The Looming Tower (Hulu)

Finn Wittrock – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal (Amazon)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Ellen Burstyn – The Tale (HBO)

Patricia Clarkson – Sharp Objects (HBO)

Penelope Cruz – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

Julia Garner – Dirty John (Bravo)

Judith Light – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

Elizabeth Perkins – Sharp Objects (HBO)

 

BEST ANIMATED SERIES

Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)

Archer (FX)

Bob’s Burgers (Fox)

BoJack Horseman (Netflix)

The Simpsons (Fox)

South Park (Comedy Central)

 

 

 

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Schoolchildren doorstep Chris Evans outside Radio 2

Schoolchildren drive all night to doorstep Chris Evans outside Radio 2 this morning in their bid to keep Ariana Grande off Christmas number one spot with their charity song

  • Pupils from Flakefleet Primary school in Fleetwood, Lancs, surprised Chris Evans
  • Head teacher drove them 500 miles overnight to ask Evans to play their song 
  • Want to reach number one with their charity song in aid of Alzheimer’s Society
  • Were delighted when Evans invited them to join him in the Radio 2 studio today

A group of schoolchildren doorstepped Chris Evans as he arrived for work at 5.45am this morning in their bid to knock Ariana Grande off the Christmas Number One spot.

The pupils from Flakefleet Primary school in Fleetwood, Lancashire, were driven down to London through the night by head teacher Dave McPartlin to promote their charity single, Light Up.

And they were delighted when Evans, 52, invited them to join him in the Radio 2 studio for his Breakfast Show.

The pupils from Flakefleet Primary school in Fleetwood, Lancashire, were driven down to London through the night by head teacher Dave McPartlin to promote their charity single, Light Up

Head teacher Mr McPartlin was moved to tears. ‘Chris could not have been nicer to the kids. I cried like a baby, I was so proud,’ he said.

Chris recorded a video message of support and promised Mr McPartlin he’d see if producers would agree to air the children’s Light Up single, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.


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‘We’re trying to encourage the kids to have big dreams,’ said the head teacher. ‘No matter what your dream is, you can achieve some pretty special things.

Mr McPartlin set off on the 500-mile round trip at 11.30pm last night with pupils Poppy Short, seven; James Grundy, nine; Betsie Wilkinson, five; and teaching assistant Amy Scholefield, 28.

The pupils of the Fylde Coast school have now sold enough copies of ‘Light Up’ to make the Top 40 this Christmas -with no budget, no PR and no record label

‘We stood outside from 4.30am waiting for Chris to arrive,’ said Dave, 40. ‘We just explained that we’d recorded a single and without a budget or any PR we wanted to see it at Number One for Christmas.

‘He invited us in and we spent an hour in the studio. It was something pretty special.

‘Chris Evans reached the top of his game by daring to dream and hard work. He began his career in radio at the bottom working for nothing and is now one of the highest paid and most successful entertainers in his field.

‘His story is nothing short of inspirational and he also does a lot to support children, being a scouting ambassador and is a real advocate for the children’s motto of daring to dream!’

Ariana Grande is currently the bookies’ favourite for a Christmas Number One, at 4/6 with Thank U, Next, ahead of Ava Max and Dalton Harris. Flakefleet Primary is at 16 to one, but Dave is hoping their no-budget campaign will catapult sales

Ariana Grande is currently the bookies’ favourite for a Christmas Number One, at 4/6 with Thank U, Next, ahead of Ava Max and Dalton Harris.

Flakefleet Primary is at 16 to one, but Dave is hoping their no-budget campaign will catapult sales.

The pupils of the Fylde Coast school have now sold enough copies of ‘Light Up’ to make the Top 40 this Christmas -with no budget, no PR and no record label.

The video for the single – filmed by the headteacher and his staff – has now reached close to 1 million people in the last week since its release last Thursday lunchtime.

Their heart-warming video featuring kids from the school taking elderly residents from nearby Fleetwood Hall Care Home to Blackpool for a day of fun received a red-carpet premiere at the glitzy Blackpool Winter Gardens Opera House last week.

And 500 children were bussed from nearby Fleetwood, watched on by more than 500 parents and the public who came along to cheer on the children.

The video for the single – filmed by the headteacher and his staff – has now reached close to 1 million people in the last week since its release last Thursday lunchtime

The entire community has been united by the school’s efforts with balloons, posters and banners on show everywhere – with taxi drivers even branding up their own vehicles for the cause.

A sponsored airplane will be flying across the North West next weekend and hundreds of thousands of flyers and posters have been donated and are being distributed far and wide – all sponsored by local companies.

Mr McPartlin, whose school was recently named the Nation’s Official Happiest Primary School 2018, said: ‘This has now become so much more than teaching our children that anything is possible no matter where you come from or what you have but about giving a town with high levels of unemployment and deprivation a sense of worth and a purpose again.

‘And, if we have any chance of taking on the multi-million pounds top-dogs we need the UK to unite and get behind us.

‘We are top of the charts on Amazon and third favourites. Leicester City were not meant to win the Premier League, but they did at odds of 5000/1. We think this is our year and would absolutely love the nation to be part of our inspirational journey and document something very special – a moment of history in the making.’

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Arsenal eyeing swoop for Barcelona ace Ousmane Dembele but Lionel Messi is doing his best to stop it

The North London side were hoping to make a move for the French star, but Dembele's team-mates seem to be trying to put Arsenal off him.

The troubled Barcelona star angered chiefs yesterday by turning up two hours late for a light training session, but his team-mates are prepared to turn a blind eye to his off the field antics and attitude.

Last month, Dembele was on the bench for Barca's Champions League clash with Inter Milan after skipping a team meeting and was left out of the squad completely for their loss to Real Betis after failing to show up to training.

But his performance during Barcelona's 4-0 win over Expanyol on Saturday was enough for Messi to back him.

Speaking to reporters after the game, the Argentinian ace said: "We are happy for Dembele. Today he has scored again.

"He is animated and will do very well. We need Dembele."

Messi's comments will no doubt come as a blow to the Gunners, who were eyeing up a January swoop for the World Cup winner.

The Gunners are in the market for a forward as Danny Welbeck is likely to miss the remainder of the season while he recovers from a broken ankle.

Dembele was thought to be the perfect man for the job thanks to his eight goals from 19 games and seemed to be a popular choice among Arsenal fans.

They are currently having to make do with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has only scored twice and provided one assist in 13 appearances.

The Armenian playmaker has frustrated fans, who are less than impressed with his struggle to adapt to life at the Emirates.

Supporters took to Twitter to slam his performance against Bournemouth, with some even claiming he hadn't had a good game since he swapped places with Alexis Sanchez.


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Thankfully for Unai Emery, his side seem to be doing OK in spite of the Armenian's input and have gone on an impressive unbeaten run.

But, the Spanish manager and Arsenal chiefs had hoped to boost their squad by signing Dembele.


The Dembele defence

  • Sergio Busquets:
    "It's not as difficult as it seems from the outside. Ousmane is a good boy, young, who has come from a foreign country and needs an adaptation process. He's a great footballer, we want to help him and hopefully he gives us a lot because he can do it."
  • Ivan Rakitic:
    "It's not easy to come to the largest club in the world and the daily pressure that comes with it and having to endure that. You have to give him time. He has unbelievable qualities and I am sure that he will take the next step. You have to turn a blind eye to such a player. It's worth doing that for such players because they have a huge career ahead of them."
  • Gerard Pique:
    "We have to help Dembele to see that football is 24 hours. You have to live it from the first minute to the last. All his teammates are here to help him… we've all been young and we've all made mistakes.
  • Luis Suarez:
    “It's not that he did not adapt, because the relationship with his team-mates is very good. We see him being happy. But as some of my team-mates have said, and Ousmane knows, football is a privilege for every player, and I think he needs to focus more, and be more serious on some points. There are many people around him in Barcelona who he can draw inspiration from, people with great professionalism. But he deserves to be there and triumph with Barcelona.”

The Barcelona struggler has many allies within the Nou Camp and despite angering the club's bosses with his behaviour he received the backing of Gerard Pique.

Pique, who has achieved legendary status at Barca, believes that the Frenchman just needs some guidance.

When the forward was dropped, the Spanish defender said: It's a strategic decision but we're all here to help him out.

"He's young and got a lot of potential. We've all been young and made errors, so from our experience we've got to help him realise that football is a 24 hour game- you've got to live and breathe it."

 

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Cutting edge Chinese fighter jet spotted at US air base sparking speculation pilot may have defected to West

The cutting edge warplane was seen parked in a military facility inside Savannah-Hilton Head Airport, Georgia, on Wednesday, December 5.

The image was first reported in TheAviationist.com.

But when the aviation news website contacted the US Air Force, Colonel Emmanuel Haldopoulos, commander of the Savannah Air Dominance Center said it was mock-up.

He said: “It is a full scale replica and remained at the Air Dominance Center for a short period during the week of 4-6 Dec.

"The United States Marine Corp is funding and directing the training objectives of this device.”

The image has been shared millions of times online, with some incorrectly claiming it was photoshopped while others suggest it could have been a Cold War style defection.

The most famous of these was Viktor Belenko, a former Soviet pilot, defected in 1976 while flying his MiG-25 “Foxbat” jet fighter and landed in Hakodate, Japan.

The J-20 last made a public appearance at an airshow, which comes on the 69th anniversary of the founding of the country's air force in Zhuhai, China.



 

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Tui Lolohea hopes to inspire Leeds Rhinos charge before facing Britain's Lions

Much is expected of the Leeds new boy after moving from NRL side Wests Tigers as they look to get back to Super League’s summit.

Should Lolohea prove an inspired signing, it is likely he will be in Tonga’s side to face the reborn Great Britain in its first Test in 12 years.

SunSport understands that is lined up as the first match of next year’s tour, with the Lions also facing New Zealand, Samoa and Fiji on Kiwi soil before heading to Papua New Guinea.

And Lolohea believes that can be the next stage for the Tongan side as it tries to join the world’s elite, and its unbelievable supporters who spend games singing hymns.

He said: “Tongan fans for a start – they’re crazy. That’s next level.

“So playing Great Britain would be great for international rugby if we get the opportunity.

“Playing the top teams is what we want and it would grow the international game massively.”

Lolohea, who wants to play at stand-off, also hopes to call new turf at Leeds his own after being handed land on the other side of the world.

After starring for Tonga on their run to last year’s World Cup semi-final, a run ended by England, he was gifted an area by nobles in his family’s village.

And after recalling the Headingley atmosphere when he played there for New Zealand in 2015, he hopes to stamp his authority in West Yorkshire just as he has in the south Pacific.

Lolohea, 23, added: “It’s just land for me to do what I want with. It’s pretty much outside my family’s house in Tonga, so it’s going to be part of me for the rest of my life, then my kids’ lives, then so on and so on.

“I actually signed before David Furner came on board as coach but from what I recall having played here, the fans are crazy, in a good way. Hopefully I get part to be part of it.

“And the number six role is my preference. I’ve been all over the place in my career so far so I’m hoping to come here and play at number six.”

 

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Auschwitz museum calls for British shop to remove Gestapo costume

Auschwitz museum calls for British fancy dress shop to remove German Gestapo costume from its website after branding it ‘disrespectful on so many levels’

  • Gestapo were official secret police of Nazi Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe  
  • Tweet read: ‘You really think that selling Gestapo officer costume is ok and fun?’
  • The Camden-based shop is selling costume online for £38.05 as a ‘hot promo’
  • People were divided in their reaction to it with some saying costume is historical 

A German Gestapo costume for sale online by a British fancy dress company was slammed by the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and museum. 

A tweet from the official account, which called the £38.05 costume ‘disrespectful on so many levels’, has divided opinion with some people saying the uniform is historically relevant while others said it was ‘disgraceful’ and ‘disgusting’. 

The Gestapo were the official secret police of Nazi Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe who played a key role in the extermination of Jews. 

The tweet from the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum and memorial called for removal of costume

The Gestapo officer costume being sold on Escapade which has faced calls to remove it 


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The tweet from the former concentration camp where over one million Jews were exterminated has called for the costume, included in the website’s “hot promo range”, to be discontinued. 

The costume, being sold for £38.05, is included in the website’s ‘hot promo range’

It read: ‘Dear @Escapade_UK. Do you really think that selling a Gestapo officer costume is ok and fun? Read more about an organization that symbolizes the organized terror of the Nazi state.’

The message included a link to further reading about the Gestapo before adding: ‘Please remove the item. It’s disrespectful on so many levels.’ 

Reacting to the tweet, most people tended to agree with the sentiment from the museum and memorial in Poland.  

Shona Bennet said: ‘Disgusting. What type of person wants to profit from selling Gestapo uniforms? It’s shameful.’

Matt Holub said: ‘please do the right thing and take it down.’

The Gestapo was created by Hermann Göring in 1933 and headed by Heinrich Himmler the year after. Birkenau was one of three Auschwitz camps and was the largest extermination camp (death camp) run by Nazi Germany during The Holocaust. 

Below the costume on the Escapade UK website, a ‘complete the look’ option offers a ‘Chaplin Moustache + Eyebrows’ for £1.49, alongside a toy gun. 

Some people leapt to the defence of the costume shop with its base in Camden, highlighting the subject of the costume’s historical importance and use in TV. 

Daniel Gamble said: ‘There are legitimate reasons for a costume such as this. Reinactments, plays, films, etc… sometimes you have to visualize the hateful to expose it for what it is. By hiding it, we hide the lesson as well.’

Most people seemed to think the costume is distasteful with Matt Holub calling for its removal 

‘They are used in movies, plays, etc. for drama & satire. E.g. ‘The Producers’ or Sarah Silverman on TV as Hitler. If the costumes should not be available then should the skits, movies, & plays w the costumes be banned or impossible?’ pointed out a user called Tinny Ray. 

A review of the costume on the Escapade website said it ‘looked good’ and was ‘easy to wear as long as you can take the stick.’  

In the listing for the costume, Escapade make reference to the Gestapo’s brutality and say the uniform is ‘one of the most recognizable anywhere in the world.’ 

Escapade fancy dress and party store in Camden, London. They are selling the costume online

Daniel Gamble and Tinny Ray pointed oit the use of the costumes in TV and stage dramas 

The costume is made by Northern Ireland-based Palmer Agency who have been contacted for comment alongside Escapade UK who were slammed in the tweet from Auschwitz-Birkenau museum.   

The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum and memorial and the Jewish Historical Society of England have been contacted for comment.

A buyer of the costume rated it four out of five stars on Camden-based Escapade’s website and said ‘it’s easy to wear if you can take the stick’.

 

 

 

 

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