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Justin Duggar Courtship: Has He Ever Even MET His New Girlfriend?!

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Earlier this week, the Duggars hinted that there would be a courtship announcement on an upcoming episode of Counting On.


The news caused quite a stir within the fandom community, largely because the family had never done anything quite like this before.


Courtship announcements are quite commonplace now that most of the family’s 19 kids have reached marrying age (which, for the Duggars, begins in one’s late teens).


But usually, the act of announcing the relationship is left to the couple.


Never before has the process been so drawn out. 

Duggar Family: Counting On Season 4 Photo


And never before has a relationship been used as a ratings stunt to draw a larger audience to the family’s ailing reality series.


The situation gives credence to the rumors that the Duggars are facing cancelation and will do anything to avoid that embarassment.


And it’s made even more sad and bizarre by the fact that the principal players in this thing are children.

Justin Duggar and Baby


Yes, Justin Duggar is only 17 years old, and it looks as though he’ll be the one to make a courtship announcement this Tuesday.


Obviously, there’s nothing strange about a 17-year-old dating, but as the Duggars so frequently remind us, courting is something more than dating.


It’s “dating with a purpose” — and that purpose is marriage, followed by frenzied breeding.

Justin Duggar Image


So it’s a lot for someone to take on before they’re even old enough to vote.


We’re sure Justin feels like he’s up to making such a major decsision and announcing it on national talevision, because getting in over your head and taking big, foolish risks is what being 17 is all about.


A kids parents are supposed to talk him down in situations like this one, but clearly Jim Bob smells ratings, which means the Counting On community is about to be introduced to a new Duggar under very strange circumstances.

Justin Duggar Is Courting


Yes, Justin doesn’t normally appear on Counting On, a fact that his siblings noted when it was revealed — in a preview for next week’s episode — that he would be joining the rest of the family for so social-distanced video conference.


“We are going to have another family video chat,” Michelle told the usual brood.


When Jim Bob revealed that Justin would be sitting in on the call, the news was greeted with considerable confusion.

Justin Duggar Video Conference


“Justin joined the video chat. We were like, ‘Oh, okay,'” said Jessa’s husband, Ben Seewald.


Knowing that the family had been teasing some courtship news, most Duggar fans probably figured out what was in store at that point.


But just in case it wasn’t clear, Justin stopped just short of making it official:

Justin Duggar Photo


“Well, I actually do have some news for the family,” he said.


And it seems that until next week, additional details will be hard to come by.


Because this courtship has (reportedly) taken place remoteyl due to the coronavirus, the family has had an easy time keeping it under wraps, which means we know nothing about the identity of Justin’s love interest.

Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle on Instagram


It also means that there’s a good chance Justin has never even met the girl he’ll likely be engaged to before the year is out, and the situation was largely engineered by his overbearing parents!


No wonder Jim Bob insisted this situation be featured on Counting On.


We just hope producers will slip this kid the phone number of a good therapist before they pack up for the season.

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Celebrity engagement rings: Photos – 9Celebrity

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Update: Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich have since called off their engagement.

Demi Lovato is engaged!

The 27-year-old ‘Skyscraper’ singer revealed the news of her engagement to partner Max Ehrich, 29, on Instagram.

“When I was a little girl, my birth dad always called me his ‘little partner’ — something that might’ve sounded strange without his southern cowboy like accent,” Lovato wrote alongside a snap of her ring on July 23.

“To me it made perfect sense. And today that word makes perfect sense again but today I’m officially going to be someone else’s partner.”

“@maxehrich — I knew I loved you the moment I met you. It was something I can’t describe to anyone who hasn’t experienced it firsthand but luckily you did too,” Lovato continued.

“I’ve never felt so unconditionally loved by someone in my life (other than my parents) flaws and all. You never pressure me to be anything other than myself. And you make me want to be the best version of myself. I’m honoured to accept your hand in marriage. I love you more than a caption could express but I’m ecstatic to start a family and life with you. I love you forever my baby. My partner. Here’s to our future!!!!”

Lovato and Ehrich, a Young and The Restless actor, started dating in March.

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15 Actors Whose Iconic Roles Were Their Second Choice

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Imagine being an actor and preparing for the role of a lifetime, physically and mentally. You go in for the audition, you give it your all, and then you get notes from the casting director:

“We love it! We think you’d be great to play a role that’s the polar opposite in every conceivable way. When can you start cutting weight and being universally hateable?”

That’s what lots of these actors went through:

15 Actors Whose Iconic Roles Were Their Second Choice

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a man faces death with dark humor

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Dick Johnson Is Dead

Dick Johnson Is Dead
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Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson was an autobiographical portrait that allowed a career to speak for itself. A collage of unused material from her years spent as a documentary cinematographer, working for directors like Laura Poitras and Michael Moore, the film cannily repurposed raw footage from over two dozen different projects to showcase Johnson’s professional methods, compositional sense, and empathetic relationships with different environments and subjects. Johnson decontextualized the individual scenes so that her professional life become the through line. Only when she occasionally incorporated footage of her children and her mother, who was deteriorating from Alzheimer’s at the time, did one get the sense of her life outside the job.

Johnson is an active presence in her new feature, Dick Johnson Is Dead, in which she films her father, the title character, in the months and years following his dementia diagnosis. To help both of them process his impending demise, Johnson stages multiple visions of his sudden accidental death. We watch as she and her father plan, rehearse, and then film scenes of him tripping down the stairs, having a sudden heart attack, or being hit by a falling air conditioner on a Manhattan sidewalk. The finished death scenes are comically abrupt while the rehearsals demonstrate Johnson’s meticulous approach to a tragedy in the making. Dick Johnson Is Dead plays like a living tribute to the man, a record of a time right before he inevitably fails to recognize his own daughter. It just happens to take the form of killing him over and over again.

Dick Johnson Is Dead doesn’t simply coast on the director’s noble intentions. It helps tremendously that Dick Johnson himself is a hall-of-fame documentary subject, whose comfort on camera will coax grins from even the most stoic audiences. A big-hearted man with an infectious smile and an even greater laugh, Dick is a go-with-the-flow guy, which makes him a perfect collaborator for his daughter. Johnson features many scenes of her father playing with his grandchildren or cracking jokes amongst friends to ensure that the audience feels as protective of Dick as she does. It renders the infrequent moments when he shows hurt or fear appropriately devastating, like when he’s told he can no longer drive his car because of his condition, or when he becomes visibly rattled during a staged-death scene involving fake blood. But his buoyant spirit and good humor regarding his decline goes a long way to keeping Dick Johnson Is Dead a generally lighthearted affair. “I give you permission to euthanize me,” he chuckles to his daughter when she asks if he wants to live past a point when he can no longer communicate. “At what point do I have permission to do that?” Johnson asks. “Wellpass it by me before you do it,” he wryly replies with a knowing smile.

Considering that the film is about Johnson’s relationship with her father, it’s understandable that she takes a more personal, hands-on role behind and in front of the camera. Still, you can too often feel her guiding hand in Dick Johnson Is Dead. Her voiceover can be unnecessarily leading, especially when she’s explicating transparent subtext that the audience can glean themselves, and a scene rarely transpires without a clear and direct emotional takeaway. Johnson’s formal choices can also be too cute by a hair. Sometimes it’s minor, like cheeky narrative transitions that take the form of skywriting. But other times, these conceptual gimmicks take over the film, as during extended sequences of her father resurrected in heaven, where he’s surrounded by chocolate and can dance with his departed wife again, or in hell, to simulate the fear he must have felt when left alone in an apartment on Halloween night. These scenes, which take the form of an over-the-top music video and a silent horror film, respectively, feel transported from a broader project altogether. It’s fun to watch Johnson’s process of filming expensive set pieces, as well as the palpable joy Dick takes in his participation, but the finished product can be a little goofy. Dick Johnson Is Dead works best when it specifically focuses on her father’s death—the various, Groundhog Day-like variations and the real one coming around the bend, or his struggles with encroaching dementia.

Though Dick Johnson Is Dead might be about the period that comes at the end of everyone’s life, Johnson is rightfully disinterested in closure. She asks some of her other subjects about their experiences with death, and she recounts her own familial relationship with it, but the film isn’t about providing answers to tough questions. Instead, it’s concerned with the urgent need to document loved ones when they’re around, and to process emotions in the moment rather than retrospectively. Johnson is acutely aware that you can lose someone long before they actually die, and Dick Johnson Is Dead frequently scans as a sincere attempt to do for her father what she failed to do with her mother. That Johnson mostly pulls this off through the lens of black comedy, without succumbing to outright miserabilism, is an achievement. May we all have the opportunity to be present at our own funerals, surrounded by loved ones, before it’s too late.

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