It's been almost two months since Josh Duggar was arrested on child pornography charges.
For obvious reasons, Josh has been keeping a low profile since then.
But soon, he'll be dragged back into the spotlight for what's sure to be a horrifying and illuminating trial.
Josh is due back in court in July, and the stakes couldn't be higher.
Duggar is facing 20 years in prison for his crimes, and prison tends to be a very difficult ordeal for child sex offenders.
Sources say Josh's father, Jim Bob, has hired him a team of top-notch criminal defense attorneys.
Isn't it funny how Jim Bob will protect his son who's been accused of multiple sex crimes, but disowns his daughter for drinking alcohol?
Anyway, Josh's pricey legal team will definitely be fighting an uphill battle.
Federal agents found dozens of explicit images and videos on Josh's computer, and some of them portrayed children as young as 18 months.
Frankly, it's amazing that Jim Bob was able to find a reputable Arkansas lawyer who would be willing to represent Josh.
The trial is still weeks away, but both sides have already begun preparing for what's sure to be a very high-profile case.
Earlier this week, we learned that Josh's victims will testify against him.
Fortunately, they won't be doing so in open court, which would obviously be a highly traumatic experience for children who have already endured horrific abuse.
And according to a new report from UK tabloid The Sun, the children and their families have received guarantees from the court that they will be able to remain anonymous throughout the trial.
A Protective Order Concerning Child Victim and Witness Privacy was filed by prosecutors on June 11.
The DA's office has also agreed to share with Josh's defense team all of the evidence discovered during closed-door interviews with the victims.
Both sides agreed to the arrangement n order to “avoid information that identifies or could be used to identify a child victim or witness.”
Once the transcripts of the interviews are delivered to the court, they will be placed under seal, meaning that they'll be inaccessible to anyone who is not directly involved in the court proceedings on a given day.
The protective order applies not only to written transcripts, but also to anything that's deemed “Sensitive Information” including, but not limited to, “written documentation, electronic data and video or audio recordings.”
While portions of the transcripts will be read in court, the witnesses will be referred to anonymously using names such as "Witness #1," etc.
It's an interesting turn of events, as the fact that there are children testifying may indicate that Josh had a role in creating the illicit photos and videos.
Whatever the case, in a rare stroke of basic human decency, Josh “agrees to be bound by all terms [of the protective order]," according to court documents filed earlier this week.
Currently, Josh is living with friends of Jim Bob's, as he awaits trial.
Thankfully, he is not allowed to live in his own home, as the judge that granted his parole ruled that he should not be permitted to share a roof with anyone under the age of 18.
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Comic book adaptations are everywhere these days. Invincible, Jupiter’s Legacy and The Sandman have all been in the news recently and Loki just started airing on Disney+, basically sucking all the air out of the room from all of those other shows.
Netflix spent a fortune on Jupiter’s Legacy, and more broadly on comic book writer Mark Millar, the man who created Kick-Ass, Wanted and Kingsmen, who they hoped would create a bunch of successful new properties for them under his MillarWorld imprint.
They canceled it after one season because while it was successful, it wasn’t a runaway hit. Netflix is clearly looking for a big franchise property, something to compete with the Marvel Universe and Game of Thrones before it ran out of books to adapt and turned to s**t.
This is also probably why they’re creating a live-action version of One Piece. One Piece is essentially a cross between superheroes and pirates that follows Luffy D. Monkey on his quest to find the One Piece and become king of the pirates. It’s also the most popular comic book in the entire world and is massively successful everywhere but the US, where a terrible Saturday morning adaptation of the anime series by 4Kids was a lot of kids’ first exposure to it.
The point is that everyone wants to build the next Marvel Cinematic Universe, and they all think that comic books are the place they’re going to find it. And that leads to a world where we can’t throw a rock without hitting a hot take that we’re making too many comic book movies or someone comparing them to Westerns.
But I honestly don’t think comic book movies or superhero movies have actually become their own popular genres. I think people just like Marvel.
I know that when I say this, the first thing you’re about to say is “What about Batman?” Well yes, Batman, along with Superman and Wonder Woman, have always been pretty popular. Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe came along, if you asked someone to name a superhero, their response was pretty likely to be one of those three or one of Marvel’s three most famous characters, Spider-Man, Wolverine or The Incredible Hulk.
Comic book characters have always had some presence in pop culture. Aside from Wolverine, all the characters I just mentioned had a live-action, prime-time network TV show well before Marvel Studios was making movies. There have actually been five live-action Superman shows. Six if you count Krypton, so five.
My point is that while Marvel isn’t making the only comic book movies and TV shows that people are watching, we’ve had some amount of comic book adaptations almost as long as we’ve had comic books. There was a theatrical Batman serial in the 1940s and Little Nemo, widely regarded as the first animated movie, is from 1911 and based on the characters in Windsor McKay’s comic strip Little Nemo in Dreamland.
There isn’t really a boom in these adaptations and comic book movies, they’ve always been there. Even the adaptations of indie comics: remember Judge Dredd, Mystery Men and Men and Black? All based on comic books. And cartoons like Ultraforce, Gen 13, WildC.A.T.S. and Savage Dragon were big in the 90s.
Marvel’s movies are very popular and for good reason. I know that I tend to s**t on them, and I honestly didn’t think Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were that great, but in general, Marvel’s movies are all pretty good. They increasingly follow a cookie-cutter formula that really prevents them from being bad. It also kinds of prevents them from being great and it’s no coincidence that the most hype they’ve gotten in a long time was for WandaVision, a show that at least tried to break out of the mold.
Disney has also been experimenting with how much they can exploit the Marvel brand. The first six Marvel movies came out over a period of almost exactly 4 years. Seriously, Avengers came out 4 years and 2 days after Iron Man launched the MCU. This increased to two movies a year, the three, and now there are four Marvel movies scheduled to release in 2022. Plus they’ve got TV shows on Disney+ now. There have been three Marvel shows on Disney+ this year, counting the currently-running Loki, and two more, What If…? and Ms. Marvel slated to debut by the end of the year. Plus they have M.O.D.O.K. on Hulu, which isn’t part of the MCU but is still pretty good.
Marvel is more popular than ever, and a franchise putting out four movies and five TV shows a year is pretty much unheard of. Even NBC only has three Chicago shows and three Law and Order shows. And people are engaged with Marvel. You see a few recaps here and there for shows like Riverdale but basically every site on the internet covered WandaVision because it was so popular and so much fun to speculate about.
When people talk about “superhero fatigue” or complain about how there are too many comic book movies coming out, they’re really just talking about Marvel movies. DC has somewhat increased their theatrical output, but they’ve been putting movies out pretty steadily since Superman came out in 1978.
The flip side of that is that your attempt to make the next Marvel Cinematic Universe is probably going to fail. People aren’t rushing out to see anything comic book-related, they’re mostly just excited for Marvel. Jupiter’s Legacy failed. Justice League failed. They weren’t bad (okay, Whedon’s Justice League was pretty bad, but so was Age of Ultron) but they weren’t the next MCU either.
Marvel found the perfect formula for a summer blockbuster basically by accident when they let Robert Downey Jr.’s natural charm define Tony Stark and leaned into the campy fun the comic book industry has been trying to shake off since the 1960s Batman series.
DC tried to build their own cinematic universe by doing what most comic book movies were doing before Marvel came along, by being darker and more serious. This might work for Batman but it doesn’t work that well for Superman.
Man of Steel was a mess and you can’t point the finger at Joss Whedon for that. The washed-out colors, the depressing story and Superman killing Zod all went over like a wet fart with fans. Zack Snyder had a really interesting idea for Superman’s story arc in the would-be DCEU: turning Superman into the monster Lex Luther thought he would become after being corrupted by Darkseid and then showing how he redeems himself.
That would be a really good DC Comics miniseries, but it’s not a great idea for a series of four-quadrant summer blockbuster studio tentpole films. One of the things Marvel does really well is giving the audience the most iconic version of their characters. Mostly. Tobey McGuire’s Spider-Man was so much closer to the iconic depiction of the character than Tom Holland’s Iron Man Jr.
There’s a limit on how many Superman movies we can make, so people don’t really want them to be about his turn to evil and redemption. They want the classic Superman fighting for truth, justice and the American way and facing off with Wall Street douchebag Lex Luthor.
This is why DC’s planned Black Superman movie is probably going to fail as well. The Elseworlds “what if Superman was different” movies aren’t what people are looking for. I’m sure it’ll be a good movie when you do cider it for what it is, but when people go to see Superman, they want to see Superman, not an interpretation of how Superman might be in different circumstances.
But boy did Zack Snyder and Amy Adams absolutely nail Lois Lane. That’s the best version of Lois Lane that’s ever been on the big screen. Get your Superman as close to the classic as you got Lois Lane and you’ve solved it.
DC arguably has more brand recognition than Marvel, especially before the release of Iron Man, and they have had some successful movies, but not enough to be another Marvel. People don’t want something too different from Marvel, there’s a reason they like those movies. But they also don’t want something too similar because they could just watch Marvel’s films instead. That puts them in a really tough spot.
And then there’s Jupiter’s Legacy. Mark Millar is an excellent comic book writer. He’s created some really amazing properties, and arguably wrote the comics that inspired the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Nick Fury looking suspiciously like Sam Jackson? That was Millar and artist Bryan Hitch. Marvel smartly used a lot of his ideas but ditched the ones that strayed too far from the core of the characters, like ignoring his Captain America being the super-soldier version of your Fox News-watching Grandpa in favor of the classic, wholesome moral compass Cap Chris Evans played.
Mark Millar had a lot to say in Jupiter’s Legacy the comic, it was very tied to his political beliefs. I’ve actually talked to Mark Millar about politics on Twitter, the man is not shy about sharing his beliefs and he’s incredibly well-informed and passionate.
The comic and the show are about the idea of the second generation of superheroes growing up in the shadows of their parents, trying to live up to their ideals and exploring whether they’re outdated. It’s a sort of meta-commentary on comic book tropes as well as what those superheroes would look like in the current world of late-stage capitalism.
Ever since Alan Moore wrote Watchmen, he’s been endlessly imitated. Millar is the first person to really capture the energy Moore had in that book because his look at the meaning of superheroes in the real world realized that Watchmen was written in 1985 and Millar wrote a book for the 2010s.
Still, as good as Jupiter’s Legacy was, Netflix didn’t want a good show, they want a franchise. They want a superhero universe they can build into a franchise, and so they canceled Jupiter’s Legacy in favor of other stories set in the same world. They also want to build a Marvel-sized franchise without the Marvel-sized budget, which probably isn’t feasible.
Speaking of Watchmen, HBO attempted to make a sequel to the beloved comic and failed miserably. While the show was acclaimed by critics, it was pretty clear those critics weren’t familiar with the source material. Of course, neither were the creators of the show, so it worked.
Watchmen had incredibly low ratings, to which HBO said “no, like 8 million people watched it. They just all watched it online and that’s why Nielsen said it had like a third as many viewers as Westwood. But people were totally watching it.” And that’s why they didn’t renew it for another season, because too many people watched it. I don’t think that anyone really believes for a second that HBO paid for a property as high-profile as Watchmen with the intent of only doing nine episodes.
So why have all of these would-be franchises failed to take off? Is it superhero fatigue? Have comic book movies finally gone the way of the Western? Well, no, Loki launched recently and the buzz for it is huge. It was also Disney+’s biggest debut to date. Marvel has three films coming out in the second half of this year and four films next year. No one is getting tired of Marvel, even with the last two Avengers films acting as something of an ending.
There has never been a franchise like Marvel before. By the end of the year, there will be more Marvel movies released in 13 years as there have been James Bond movies released in 60 years. It’s essentially a genre in and of itself. And the assumption has been that if Marvel is so popular then other, similar things must also be popular. But that really hasn’t turned out to be the case.
It’s probably not the healthiest thing in the world for one movie studio to control so much of the blockbuster market share, but Marvel’s consistent quality and “no such thing as too much” attitude to their films has really pushed out their competition. And it would probably be in the best interest of other studios looking to create their own franchises to try to find a different niche because Marvel has theirs pretty well-covered.
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She's here, folks!
And she's perfect.
On Monday, Josie Bates and Kelton Balka announced they had welcomed their child into the world, just underr a year since revealing they had lost their previous baby to a miscarriage.
"Welcome to the world, Hazel Sloane!" Bates wrote as a caption to the phots immediately above and below.
The reality star told Us Weekly that the newborn arrived at 6 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 18 inches in length.
"After so many months of dreaming about what it would be like as a family of four and anticipating Hazel’s arrival, we are so thrilled to finally meet her!" added Bates on Instagram.
"The delivery went so smoothly thanks to Dr Brabson’s incredible birthing team, our midwife Laura, and the kind nurses at Tenova North Birthing Center."
Bates and Balka, both 25 years old, got married in October 2018 and became parents less than one year later when their first daughter, Willow, was born; she is now 22 months.
"We are so thankful and relieved to have our precious baby girl healthy and here in our arms," continued Josie online.
"God has answered so many of our prayers throughout this journey, and it was such a tender and emotional experience to finally hold her.
"We are enjoying every second of cuddling and bonding with her, but we also cannot wait to introduce Hazel to her big sister Willow!
"It has been a huge blessing to have family and friends here supporting us and checking on us, sending meals, flowers, and so many prayers! We have felt so much love and our hearts are so full!"
Back in September, Bates broke the awful miscarriage news as follows:
“Our hearts have been completely broken. I’ve never experienced the type of pain and loss that I’ve had these past weeks.
"There is an empty spot in our hearts and in our home.
"Even though we never got to see our baby face to face or hold its tiny hand, we know God has a purpose for its short life. In spite of our grieving, we have peace in knowing that our little baby is in heaven with Kelton’s sweet mom.”
Four months later, the UPtv personality shared her pregnancy news, noting that her baby-to-be was “healthy” and “developing perfectly.”
“We are so filled with gratitude, and we couldn’t feel more blessed and more in love with the thought of being parents again!" wrote the expecting parent in Januarry.
"Though there are still fears, concerns and uncertainties, we are taking extra precautions and praying diligently for the safety of our new little one...
"We are overjoyed start this new year with such happy news and are beyond thrilled to become a family of four in early summer!"
Bringing Up Bates airs on UPtv Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.
We are so very happy for Josie Bates and Kelton Balka!
Teen Mom fans are very familiar with Leah Messer and her baby daddies.
Ex-husband Corey Simms is the father of Ali and Alleeah, Leah's twins.
Hey moved on and fell in love again and is now married to Miranda.
In a new, super-rare photo, she is flaunting her spectacular post-baby body.
Corey has not really shared public images of Miranda on Instagram in a long time.
Not since their wedding in 2013, in fact.
However, after the coupled welcomed their daughter, Remington, Miranda notably lost a lot of weight.
Here, posing beside her husband, we see Miranda flaunting her post-baby body.
She is looking more slender than ever in this photo snapped by the water.
Fans quickly took notice after the image was circulated among Teen Mom fans.
First, of course, fans noticed how adoringly Miranda was curled up to Corey.
But fans could not resist commenting about her very conspicuous body transformation.
Commentary ranged from praise to neutral observations to craving Miranda's secrets.
"Wow she’s really changed. I almost didn’t recognize her," a fan observed.
"Damn she lost A LOT of weight since I saw her on Teen Mom!!!!" another noted.
"What are all these Teen Moms doing to lose so much weight like Chelsea!?!?" that same fan asked. "I need the secret plssss."
"She’s always been beautiful!" another commenter affirmed.
The comment continued: "I have no idea why everyone is saying she’s changed."
"Looks like Miranda is half the size she used to be," observed another. "Did she have weight loss surgery?"
Weight loss is a complicated topic.
For years, it was pushed -- and to some degree, it still is -- that weight loss is a simple product of diet and exercise.
In reality, scientists have observed that long-term weight loss is rarely attainable through these methods.
Money gives people the time and resources to go through body transformations.
It's not always about surgery; it can simply be about having the time for exercise and the money for reliable nutrition.
However, many do explore surgical options, including a number of Teen Mom franchise stars.
Whether or not Miranda had "help" bouncing back from pregnancy after welcoming Remington, we don't know.
Many have observed that the manner in which celebrities focus upon instantly regaining their pre-baby figures gives people unrealistic expectations.
However, Miranda is a tertiary celebrity at the most -- we don't think that she's doing any harm by looking good in a beach photo.
In other news, viewers recently saw Leah open up to Corey about her health.
She had discovered a benign tumor in her right breast.
Benign doesn't mean harmless, merely non-malignant. Even "benign" tumors can harm and even kill.
Leah expressed to Corey that she might "need his support" during her health journey.
They also spoke about how to tackle this complicated topic if their shared daughters bring it up.
This is an important conversation for co-parents to have.
It was a scary moment when Leah found a lump in her right breast.
The news that it was benign was a comfort, but does not mean that it can simply be ignored.
It is good that they have a plan for addressing this with Ali and Alleeah.
The entire Kardashian clan seem to be on a constant vacation, travelling all over during this pandemic while telling their fans to STAY HOME. Do as they say not as they do!
Kendall is on yet another vacation this week with a few friends, including Hailey Bieber. The gal pals have been sharing some vacation photos over on Instagram including some super close up bikini shots of Kendall looking out over the ocean. Swipe through the gallery for more!
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Doja Cat is keeping the symbolism going with a new photoshoot shot by David LaChapelle that has her in outer space! The rappers new album called Planet Her is due to drop June 25th and already has a new music video for the song Need to Know out. The video dropped last week and has Doja and a few friends, including Grimes, dressed as aliens occupying Planet Her. Scroll down to see more from the new shoot!
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