Apollo Nida is (Sorta) Free! Phaedra Parks’ Ex-Husband Released Early from Prison After Serving 5 Years

Apollo Nida has a little something to celebrate today, as his circumstances have somewhat changed. The former Real Housewives of Atlanta husband has been released from prison earlier than expected.

We can confirm that Apollo was released from Fort Dix Correctional Facility in New Jersey today (June 4) after serving five years of his initial eight-year-sentence.

However, Apollo is not exactly “free.” He has been moved to a halfway house in Philadelphia and must stay there until at least October 15th, 2019.

This early release comes after a judge reduced Apollo’s sentence to 84 months (seven years) in March, with an expected release date of August 2020. It’s unclear why he’s being released now.

Apollo was initially sentenced to 96 months (eight years) for identity theft and defrauding millions of dollars from people. He pleaded guilty and went to jail in 2014.

“This defendant participated in a sweeping fraud scheme that exploited many segments of the financial system, including phony claims submitted to federal and state agencies, loans secured by vehicles and even basic identity theft associated with stolen checks,” United States Attorney Sally Yates said in a statement.

Apollo was married to former RHOA star Phaedra Parks from 2009 until they settled their messy divorce in 2017 (while he was still in prison). They share two children, Ayden, 9, and Dylan, 6.

And in 2016, we also reported the he became engaged to a woman named Sherien Almufti (also while he was in prison). Almufti appeared on an episode of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta and made a brief appearance during season 9 of RHOA.

I’m sure the couple was very happy to hear the good news of Apollo’s release.

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Writer Gareth Roberts Dropped From Doctor Who Anthology Due to Horrid Transphobic Remarks

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The BBC has removed former Doctor Who TV writer Gareth Roberts’ contribution to the anthology book Doctor Who: The Target Storybook, due to transphobic statements Roberts made in 2017.

News broke in a post from Medium titled “Statement on BBC Books and Transgenderism” written by Roberts himself. He explains that after his name was leaked as being one of the contributors to the book, people wanted him gone from the project because of his transphobic remarks in the past. “I was informed that although I would be paid, my story would not be published,” Roberts says, “as they judged – wrongly, in my opinion – that a potential boycott would make the book ‘economically unviable.’”

Back in 2017, he said in a tweet, according to The Guardian: “I love how trannies choose names like Munroe, Paris and Chelsea. It’s never Julie or Bev is it? […] It’s almost like a clueless gayboy’s idea of a glamorous lady. But of course it’s definitely not that.”

Roberts used this Medium post to clarify his opinions on “trangenderism” which are, as you could guess from him being a gay Conservative who has dabbled in transphobic and racist remarks in the past, transphobic.

“I don’t believe in gender identity. It is impossible for a person to change their biological sex. I don’t believe anybody is born in the wrong body. I think it’s wrong to – write a falsehood into law; compel people by law to speak words they do not believe; rewrite the law to remove women’s biological sex-based rights and protections; reinforce gender stereotypes; medicalise children who don’t conform to gender stereotypes. That’s it.”

That’s it, he only believes trans people are invalid on a show that has so many trans metaphors, trans fans, and a main character that changed their gender identity and has changed identities in general throughout the show.

He closed the statement by saying, “It would be interesting to know if BBC Books/Random House would be prepared to pull from publication writing by Sharron Davies, Graham Linehan, Linda Bellos, Robert Webb, Germaine Greer, Lionel Shriver, Julie Burchill or Martina Navratilova.”

What Roberts doesn’t seem to get is that if he was writing, say, an intro to a Jordan Peterson book, this wouldn’t have been a problem. However, despite its own toxic issues Doctor Who (which he calls “Dr Who” in his post) does generally strive to be genuinely inclusive, and his authorship is a blight on the franchise.

Roberts has his supporters, according to The Guardian, both Julie “Bisexuals are a fashionable trend” Bindel and Toby “pro-‘progressive eugenics’” Young support him and his statements.

Susie Day also admitted she was one of the anthology authors who protested Roberts’ inclusion because “being involved felt like a tacit endorsement of his views,” as she expressed on Twitter.

Bethany Black, the first trans actor in Doctor Who (” Sleep No More“), also applauded the decision.

It’s great that BBC recognized how Roberts being included was damaging to Doctor Who fans, but sadly, transphobic ideology is spreading. As allies we have to make sure we are challenging those who think that their vile and harmful rhetoric doesn’t have real consequences that affect trans people every day.

(via The Guardian, image: BBC)

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Patty Jenkins Dropped a Breathtaking Wonder Woman 1984 Poster to Celebrate One Year Until the Film’s Release

Diana readies herself for battle in the new poster for Wonder Woman 1984.

Great Hera! Patty Jenkins has finally given us a poster for Wonder Woman 1984, and it is gorgeous. The eighties-set film is leaning hard into the aesthetic and feel of the era, but more importantly, it’s giving us a new look for Wonder Woman herself (Gal Gadot) that will instantly jump to the top of cosplayers’ to-do lists.

Wonder Woman 1984 poster shows Wonder Woman in a suit of armor against a spiky, rainbow-colored backdrop that looks like WW.

First off, the color scheme of the poster is gorgeous (and would be fitting for Pride month if they’d ever tackle Diana’s canon bisexuality in the films). It’s bright and vibrant, completely eye-catching. If we were worried about the film taking the muted tones of the first outing’s World War I setting into the eighties, we can rest assured that the film will be completely different from the original’s look and feel, though it will probably have the same heart.

Diana’s new look is breathtakingly badass. Gone is the gladiator skirt, and in its place is an imposing full body suit of armor that looks amazing and also practical. Diana looks ready to take on the Cheetah and anyone else in her path—we don’t know for sure what other villains that may be. Still, she’s ready for action, no matter who tries to take over the world, or take Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) away from her again.

The one downside to this poster is that Jenkins has posted it to give the fans a treat, since Wonder Woman 1984 won’t be at San Diego Comic-Con this year. That means no trailer, no panel with Jenkins and the cast, and no surprises for diehard fans. Jenkins also implied that the real marketing push for Wonder Woman 1984 won’t begin until December of this year, which means that we’ll have to subsist on the occasional tease from Twitter.

I’m somewhat bummed that we won’t get a panel in SDCC’s storied Hall H this year, but I understand. The film doesn’t come out for another year, and Warner Bros. might want to play this one close to the chest after already teasing fans with Steve’s return and Diana’s new look. Expect a trailer to drop this December, then, and reveal just what we can expect from this already amazing looking film. In the meantime, expect cosplayers to start eyeing this new look and gearing up for con season.

(image: Warner Bros.)

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Bill & Ted Are Back, and They Brought Their Daughters!

Bill & Ted Face the Music just got even more excellent, dudes. Billie Logan and Thea Preston will join their fathers on a bogus journey in the third installment to the franchise! For those who have blocked Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey from your memory, you might not remember that the two pals had daughters who they, in a very Bill & Ted move, named after each other.

Brigette Lundy-Paine is bringing Billie Logan to life, and Samara Weaving will portray Thea Preston. Why is this important, you may ask? Because it will anger the manbabies of the internet, of course! Or that’s probably what manbabies will say. I don’t know. I don’t see how anyone could watch any of the Bill & Ted movies and not recognize that these two dudes would totally bring their daughters on adventures with them, but hey, it’s the internet, and I’m sure someone out there is already mad about “forced diversity” in Bill & Ted Face the Music.

According to the press release, Bill & Ted Face the Music is definitely going to be in the same vein as the original and the sequel, but with even more nostalgia, because come on, who doesn’t love Bill & Ted?

“Following 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, the stakes are higher than ever for William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Reeves).  Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure, when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe. Along the way, they will be helped by their families, old friends and a few music legends.”

Seeing Keanu Reeves take on Theodore Logan once more, with Alex Winter’s William S. Preston Esq. at his side, is going to be exactly what we need in this world—or, at least, it’s exactly what need in this world, and I personally can’t wait to see the third movie! In honor of the brilliance that has always been Bill Preston and Ted Logan, please watch as the two best friends sing their famous song.

(Spoiler alert: It’s “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You” by KISS.)

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Trailer for Brad Pitt’s Ad Astra Is the Latest Space Drama to Explore Daddy Issues

20th Century Fox has just dropped the first trailer for its upcoming space epic Ad Astra, Latin for “To The Stars”. The film stars Brad Pitt as astronaut Roy McBride and is directed by James Gray (The Lost City of Z). The film’s synopsis reads “Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.”

Tommy Lee Jones plays Pitt’s father, and Liv Tyler plays Pitt’s girlfriend back on Earth. The trailer is filled with some beautiful. striking shots of outer space, including a satellite explosion that sends Pitt hurtling back to Earth. We learn that Earth is suffering from some sort of attack known as “the surge”, and Pitt is enlisted to find his long-lost father and figure out what his covert mission has to do with what’s happening on Earth.

With its cinematography and tone, Ad Astra immediately brings to mind other recent elevated sci-fi films like Gravity and Interstellar. The film also appears to join the pantheon of outer space films centered on daddy issues. This is hardly a new conceit: similar terrain was covered in Robert Zemeckis’s 1997 film Contact, where Jodie Foster’s character encounters an extraterrestrial who has taken the form of her father.

Issues of fatherhood also anchor Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, where both the heart and the conceit of film rest on Matthew McConaughey’s relationship with his daughter. Similarly, in Gravity, Sandra Bullock’s journey of survival mirrors her grief over her daughter’s death. First Man explores these themes as well, as it focuses on a grieving Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) recovering from the death of his daughter.

It’s no surprise that films about outer space use family dynamics as an emotional cornerstone. After all, these relationships serve to personalize narratives that exist outside the scope of our experience. What better way to humanize the alien isolation of deep space than to tap into our most essential human relationships?

Expanding the emotional bandwidth of these films not only elevates the genre, but can also bring a gritty realism that grounds these films. It’s a tricky balance to achieve, blending awe-inspiring visuals with intimacy and emotion.

Gray said of the film, “The science-fiction genre is so tricky because there are elements of fantasy usually involved, and there are also fantastical elements. What I’m trying to do is the most realistic depiction of space travel that’s been put in a movie and to basically say, ‘Space is awfully hostile to us.’”

Ad Astra hits theaters on September 20th, 2019.

What do you think of the first trailer? Will you be seeing Ad Astra when it hits theaters?

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The Newest Captain Marvel Featurette Gives Us the Goose Content We Deserve

Captain Marvel new character posters tease old friends, new faces, and Goose the cat.

The acting! The humor! The cute li’l paws! Goose stole the show in Captain Marvel, and the creative team knows this. Thankfully, they’re playing to the fandom’s love of the Flerkin in disguise and giving us more bonus Goose content on the Blu-ray and digital releases.

Talking about auditioning different cats for the role sounds like a dream come true. I too want to snuggle and cuddle a variety of adorable cats as they scamper around and I figure out which would be the best option for Goose. This is my dream so Marvel, if you need someone to be a cat wrangler, please let me know.

The aesthetics of the video are also perfect in an after-school special kind of way. Leaning hard into the nineties aesthetic is a perfect way to give audiences a rush of nostalgia as well as add a layer of humor to the featurettes. It’s campy and fun, and who doesn’t love camp and fun.

Goose had better appear in Captain Marvel 2 somehow, though since she’s safely back on Earth it might be better if she appears when Carol teams up with the Avengers. I don’t know how long Flerkins are supposed to live but hopefully Goose is still kicking and ready for action in an upcoming film. Missing out on more Goose goodness wouldn’t negatively impact any future films but you have to admit, it’s better than spending the rest of our MCU loving lives photoshopping Goose into scenes of upcoming projects.

Do you want more Goose in the sequels, or has the cat become overrated?

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Got Me Thinking: Does Fandom Have a Consumerism Problem?

 Exhibit floor at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Please attribute to Gage Skidmore if used elsewhere.

As I strolled through the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge park at Disneyland, one thing caught my eye beyond the immersive experience: the price tags. While some merchandise seemed reasonable, other experiences, like building a lightsaber, could clock in at $200. I was lucky—invited by Disney to attend a media day there. Others in the fandom might not have that luck, and have to pay for a parking ticket and transportation/hotel rooms just to get a glimpse of that life-size Millennium Falcon.

This isn’t a rant against Galaxy’s Edge; anyone who’s listened to me knows that I adored the park itself. Disney’s price tags on the park are a Disney problem, and not the fault of any fandom or fan culture, but as a community, does fandom have an obsession with purchasing merchandise and experiences at high prices that can exclude those who don’t have the money or ability to travel?

This goes beyond Disney parks. At cons like Star Wars Celebration and ACE Comic Con, stars from major franchises sign autographs for prices in the triple digits. Big-name cons feature exclusives that people will line up for hours to get their hands on, and that’s after the price of a ticket. Fans purchase toys and merchandise to build elaborate collections. Star Wars even prides itself on having a celebratory “Force Friday” when all the new merchandise drops. Fans on TV are portrayed has having massive comic book or action figure collections, which makes it seem like being a fan requires spending all your money on merch and experiences.

But what does this mean for those who can’t afford to drop everything and attend a con, or who have to save up for an action figure and can’t go splurging on Force Friday? When fandom becomes, in part, about showing your obsessions through ownership, what does that mean for those who don’t possess enough disposable income to purchase tickets or exclusives?

Fandom has become, in a sense, commodified. While it’s wonderful that now you have a wide spread of merchandise and experiences that allow you to indulge in your fandom or show it proudly, it also means that prices are rising to make these things more exclusive. With prices on the rise, it gets harder and harder to afford these special moments, making them only for a certain group of fans for the most part.

Being able to attend a theme park or a convention isn’t a right. I’m not suggesting that we make everything free for all, but if the prices were a little more manageable, it would allow more fans to have these special experiences. A $200 lightsaber on top of a park ticket and hotels and a flight is a lot to ask. Some fans will be willing and thrilled to pay, but other fans will have to make do without.

There really is no easy answer to this. Prices aren’t about to drop just because someone writes an article saying that maybe fandom should be a little less concerned with price tags. Still, it’s something to consider. As companies realize that fan culture is profitable, they’re going to try to monetize it as much as humanly possible, and that means theme parks and con tickets and making everything cost more. Still, it’s good to reflect on the exclusivity of certain fan events and merch, even as we celebrate the achievement of Galaxy’s Edge.

It’s not being a killjoy to suggest the prices are high at Disney. It’s realistic to take a step back and consider the accessibility and costs for a moment in between hopeful visits to Batuu.

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Cheryl reveals the secret to her washboard stomach claiming she ‘almost dies’ in gruelling home workouts

Achieving a body like Cheryl’s isn’t for the faint hearted

Cheryl has finally revealed the secret behind her super slim figure, crediting her mega toned post-baby body to gruelling home workouts.

The 35-year-old pop songstress, who recently flaunted her slim line physique in the sexy new video for her latest single Let You, said that she follows US fitness guru, Tracy Anderson’s workout plans, turning her living room into a sauna for the torturous sounding regime.

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Chez said: ‘I’ve been doing the Tracy Anderson method, where you work your muscles at all different angles to lean you out rather than bulk them up.

‘You do it in 90 degree heat with humidity, which is supposed to help tone your skin.’

Speaking to The Sun, she went on to explain she struggled to regain her banging bod after giving birth to two-year-old son, Bear, who she shares with ex flame, Liam Payne.

She continued: ‘Obviously it’s not that easy to get your body back after having a baby so I’m at it nearly every day.

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‘I do the routine at home, she has a streaming system so I can watch on the TV. I literally have four heaters and two humidifiers, it’s not for the faint-hearted, honestly I am an extremist.

‘I am one of those people who can’t do basic yoga, it’s too boring – I have to do the extreme heat where somebody can potentially die, or you feel like you’re dying, it’s quite extreme – it’s a hard method, but it works.’

As if that wasn’t enough, the former Girls Aloud star continued to describe her intense health kick, admitting she also downs celery juice first thing in the morning.

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‘I have been drinking celery juice recently, I found somebody on Instagram who believes that drinking celery juice on an empty stomach first thing in the morning gets rid of all the pathogens and everything that is in your body.

‘I have been trying that but I can’t always do it to be honest – it’s a mission getting up and juicing when you’re trying to feed a toddler at 7am.’

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Jennifer Aniston teases Friends reunion admitting she and her co-stars are keen

SO exciting!

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Each year we hold out hope of a Friends reunion, with no luck – until now…!

During her recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show actress, Jennifer Aniston, suggested that it actually could – finally – be on the horizon!

The star, who rose to fame following her stint playing Rachel Green for ten years, revealed that ‘anything could happen’ when quizzed about the show’s return.

Jen, 50, told Ellen: ‘I would do it…the girls would do it. And the boys would do it, I’m sure. Listen. Anything could happen.’

Eek!

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However, in recent interviews her fellow castmates have indicated that they are less keen on the idea of a reunion…

Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe, labelled the idea as ‘sad’ before explaining that the show, ‘was about people in their twenties, thirties… [not] about people in their forties, fifties. And if we have the same problems, that’s just sad.’

David Schwimmer, aka Ross Geller, also dismissed a possible reunion, stating that the cast are too old to play the same characters.

He said: ‘I just don’t know if I want to see all of us with crutches [and] walkers.’

But..it seems only right to see our favourite characters reaching the next stage of life!

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With the rest of the cast, Jen’s BFF Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry, yet to comment, we can only hope that they persuade Lisa and David to change their minds.

However, it seems the girls could well take on the reunion themselves, with Jennifer Aniston joking earlier this year that Monica, Phoebe and Rachel would come together one last time as a remake of The Golden Girls.

Fingers crossed!

Words by: Ariana Longson.

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Love Island fan shares hilarious snaps of contestant Anton Danyluk working as a ‘naked butler’

Anton once had a rather cheeky job

An eagle eyed Love Island viewer took to Twitter to share some old family photos, after she spotted hunky contestant Anton Danyluk posing as a naked butler in the snaps.

Uploading the pics, in which the Scottish fitness pro can be seen showing off his gym honed abs and wearing nothing but a bow tie and an apron, Tweeter Nicole seemed in disbelief, writing: ‘Hahahahahaha mums found pics from a night she went to with “butlers in the buff” and correct me if i’m wrong but is that no that Anton from Love Island.’

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Anton, 24, went on to confirm suspicions when the Islanders played a cheeky game of Never Have I Ever on Monday night’s show, inevitably spilling some juicy details.

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During the fire pit antics, Anton confessed to his raunchy, ex-occupation, saying: ‘I used to be a naked butler.’

He then went on to describe the time he had a threesome while on the job, explaining: ‘We used to play a game where the girl would bounce on your lap to burst a balloon. So these two girls were doing everything together and it just kind of happened from there.’

Stunning airhostess Amy Hart quickly piped up to joke: ‘I love how you were like “They were trying to burst the balloon” so obviously you had a threesome!’

Anton coupled up with Amy on the first episode of the series but was left single last night when pro dancer Curtis Pritchard stole his girl in the first recoupling, after the pair hit it off.

Despite being left un-coupled up, the ripped Scotsman has admitted to having his eye on Barbie-esque surfer Lucie Donlan, who was torn from her current flame Joe Garratt when she was picked by boxer Tommy Fury last night.

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