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Endemol Shine Germany preps puppet singing competition

Look out, Masked Singer. Here come the puppets.

In the latest example of a singing competition with a twist, Germany’s Sat.1 has tapped Endemol Shine Germany for an entertainment format titled I Got You Babe. 

The program will challenge six plush puppet characters with “powerful singing voices” to perform a duet with a celebrity. The performances will be judged each week by a three-person jury.

Each episode will culminate with the viewers deciding which duet team has to leave the competition until a winner is crowned in the finale.

Four episodes will premiere this fall.

All3Media, BBC News Persian TV enter multi-title deal

UK-based distributor All3Media International has sold the rights to seven documentary specials and series to BBC News Persian TV.

Audiences in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan will have access to Swan Films’ The Last Igloo,a 90-minute BBC4 film capturing the craft of igloo-building via the work of an Inuit hunter in Greenland, and Lion TV’s 4 x 60-minute The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts.

In addition, the deal includes a number of Raw TV titles, including the hour-long specials Bollywood: The World’s Biggest Film IndustryNadiya: Anxiety and Me,Meat: A Threat to Our Planet?;  Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me; and the two-part environmental doc Drowning in Plastic.

WE tv, Off the Fence renew distribution agreement

AMC Networks-owned cable channel WE tv has renewed its decades-long partnership with Amsterdam-based producer-distributor Off the Fence.

The exclusive distribution agreement will see Off the Fence distributing more than 1,200 hours of content internationally and more than 1,000 hours on the domestic side for second window linear television.

WE tv’s original slate includes docuseries franchise Growing Up Hip Hop, Love After Lockup and Untold Stories of Hip Hop. 

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Joan of Arc’s Trusted Bodyguard Turned Out To Be Pedophile Serial Killer

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In times of war, you don’t always get to pick your bedfellows. Capitalists and communists, crusaders and Mongols, Antifa and K-Pop stans â€¦ sometimes you have to team up with the enemy of your enemy to defeat the greater evil. Which makes it awkward when that enemy of your evil enemy turns out to be a child-molesting mass murderer who performed ritual sacrifices to demons. 

Joan of Arc, one of the purest heroines produced outside of an Afghani poppy field, didn’t change the Hundred Years’ War on her own. Fighting alongside her was a Wonder Woman-like team of elite soldiers. One of her brothers-in-arms (let’s say, the creepy Scottish one) was Gilles de Rais, a great fighter with a really troubled past and a really bad mullet

Englishman-killing in the front, party in the back.

At the young age of 25, de Rais was assigned the protector of Joan of Arc while also being appointed the nation’s highest military rank: The Marshal of France. But his career, like his ward, was short-lived. After Joan of Arc’s death, de Rais retreated to his dead parents’ lavish estate. There, the powerful Breton nobleman nearly bankrupted himself on renovations, servants, and shitty theater plays he wrote himself. He also spent a lot of money piously erecting a private chapel named the Chapel of the Holy Innocents, which he stocked to the brim with choirboys. And what could possibly go wrong when an untouchable megalomaniac develops an interest in choirboys?

For years, Gilles de Rais was a horror story whispered by the local peasantry. His manservants (imagine them hunched and pale) would scour the countryside for pretty boys whose heads de Rais wanted to admire — preferably, after detaching them from their bodies. Boys, and girls in a pinch, got dressed up in fineries and given a lavish meal, just so de Rais could see the look on their faces when they realized that the dessert would be rape, torture, and, eventually, death. 

In the span of only a few years, potentially over a hundred children were murdered by de Rais. Some he burned, some he had disposed of in ditches. Occasionally, the suddenly frugal serial pedophile would task a corrupt priest with sacrificing corpses to a demon named Barron to reverse his financial misfortune. But after several expensive attempts to summon this demonic accountant, de Rais gave up and went back to regular sodomy and murder. 

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Jada Pinkett Smith Hears What Her Mom And Daughter Thought Of Her ‘Entanglement’ For 1st Time

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Jada Pinkett Smith knows a thing or two about vulnerability. Now, she’s opening the conversation up to her family.

Jada surprised fans with a Red Table Talk episode in July after rumors of an affair surfaced. There have been many rumors around her marriage to Will Smith over the years, but this was the first with commentary from a source.

August Alsina, a friend of the Smith family, revealed that he and Jada had some sort of relationship for a period of time. Jada took herself to the table to open up about what she called an “entanglement,” in conversation with Will.


On a more recent episode of Red Table Talk, the subject of vulnerability came up. Jada was joined by her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, and daughter, Willow Smith. The three started talking about the times they’d been most vulnerable on the show. This led to the subject of the entanglement. It was Adrienne and Willow’s first opportunity to comment publicly.

Jada Pinkett Smith has opened up about some very personal times in her life this year. It all started in June, when Smith family friend August Alsina spoke with Angela Yee of The Breakfast Club about his previous relationship with Jada. He claimed that he got Will Smith’s blessing to date Jada.

“I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation…. He gave me his blessing,” August revealed.

“And I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life, and I truly and really, really, deeply loved and have a ton of love for her. I devoted myself to it. I gave my full self to it. So much so that I can die right now, and be ok with knowing that I fully gave myself to somebody… And some people never get that in this lifetime.”

The interview fueled rumors of marriage problems between Will and Jada. They also validated years of claims that the two had an open marriage. The couple decided to get real about that time in their lives on a very candid episode of Red Table Talk.

Jada explained that she and will went through a low period where they decided to separate.

“I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,” Jada admitted.

“One thing I want to clear up that was swirling around in the press was you kind of giving permission. The only person that can give permission in that certain circumstance is myself. But what August was probably trying to communicate… I think he wanted to make it clear that he’s not a homewrecker.”

Later in the conversation, Will asked Jada to be clearer as part of the show’s commitment to candid conversation.

“It was a relationship, absolutely. I was in a lot of pain and I was very broken. In the process of that relationship, I definitely realized that you can’t find happiness outside of herself,” she said.

“And luckily enough, you and I were going through a process of healing in a much different manner. I would definitely say we did everything possible to get away from each other only to realize that that wasn’t possible.”

Will asked her what she had hoped to gain from the relationship.

“I just wanted to feel good. It had been so long since I felt good and it was really a joy to just help heal somebody,” she answered.

On a more recent episode of Red Table Talk Jada, her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones, and her daughter Willow Smith spoke with author Brené Brown about vulnerability. Brené praised the women’s commitment to vulnerability, calling it “the birthplace of courage.”

“I’ll tell you Brené, we definitely be trying to practice some vulnerability over here,” Jada said. The three hosts went on to discuss what moments they felt they’d been most vulnerable on the show.

“For me, it would be the last RTT we did,” showing a clip from the episode about August.

“Full blast of, like, flaws, and feeling and just the total breakdown of any mask.”

Adrienne said it took “so much courage” for Jada to hold herself accountable in that public way.

“I’m so proud of you,” Willow added.

“To be able to see you and dad do that, for me, that was like, okay that’s real deal. That’s real love.”

“When you can be like, I’m with you, I’m gonna stand by you and I’m gonna hold your hand because I love you. That’s what we do and that’s really important.”

Willow went on to say that her most vulnerable moment was opening up about her history with self-harm. In a previous episode, she’d admitted to cutting during the period following her “Whip My Hair” success.

“Looking back, it makes me feel even stronger because so many people DMed me or talked to me and were like, ‘Wow, that really helped me,’” she explained.

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Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner Teases Her Memoir ‘Crying In H Mart’

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Back in 2018, Japanese Breakfast vocalist Michelle Zauner published the poignant essay Crying In H Mart in the New Yorker. The story detailed her experience growing up as one of the only Asian kids in her Eugene, Oregon hometown, and how she honors her late mother’s memory through food. Zauner transformed the essay into a full memoir, and she has now shared its release date: April 20, 2021.

Described as an “exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance,” the book is set for an official release next April. Alongside her announcement, Zauner described the life events which eventually led to Crying In H Mart:

“My mother passed away almost six years ago and ever since, my life has felt folded in half, divided into a before and after her death, my identity and my family having been fractured in the wake of her loss. I’ve spent the past six years processing grief in the best way I knew how — through creative work. I wrote two albums worth of material in an attempt to encapsulate all of that heavy darkness, confusion and loneliness, and then I spent another three years writing pages and pages to try and capture my mother’s brilliant character and spirit, what it was like to be raised by a Korean immigrant in a small west coast town with very little diversity, the intense shame I felt towards my mixed race identity and how my embrace of Korean food and culture helped me come to terms with that upbringing, allowed me to reconnect with her memory.”

After sharing the news on social media, Zauner posted a heartfelt interaction between her and an Instagram user who used to serve her mother at her hometown’s Olive Garden.

Check out the Crying In H Mart cover art below.

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Crying In H Mart is out 4/20/2021 via Knopf. Pre-order it here.

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