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  • JetBlue Officially Has A Basic Economy Fare (And It Doesn’t Totally Suck)
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    Getty Image Today, Jet Blue unveiled its revamped airfare structure and it now includes a new tier that essentially acts as the airline’s first foray into the economy flight game. Blue Basic, as it’s being called, is now JetBlue’s cheapest airfare option, and aside from forbidding flight changes and not refunding cancellations, the new tier isn’t horrible. They haven’t shrunken the seats or taken away your right to snacks, Wi-Fi, and free TV — making this a great option if your goal is simply to catch a flight you’re absolutely sure you need to take for as cheaply as possible. Previously, JetBlue’s offerings consisted solely of Blue, their cheapest option which included a carry-on but no checked bag, Blue Plus, which included a checked bag and carry-on, Blue Flex, which offered two checked bags, a carry-on and personal item and the ability to change flights without fees, and JetBlue’s business class offering, Mint. As of today, the structure remains virtually the same with the exception of Blue Flex which has been replaced with Blue Extra (and now doesn’t include free checked bags), plus the new tier Blue Basic. Blue Basic has all the same accommodations as the standard Blue fare, but passengers board last and can only choose their seats from what is leftover 24 hours before departure, which means there is a high likelihood you’ll be sitting between two people. Members of JetBlue’s True Blue rewards program will also only receive one point per dollar spent on the Blue Basic fare, or two if booked online, as opposed to the normal three points per dollar for all the other fare groups. JetBlue In terms of how much you’ll be saving, it isn’t astronomical, but again if you’re traveling light, don’t care where you sit, and your flight plans are solid, you can shave off a few dollars. To test out how much I could stand to save, I picked an arbitrary date in the future to see how much I could save on a flight from Long Beach, California to New York City. The standard Blue fare would cost me $175 for a roundtrip flight, $16 more expensive than it would cost if I choose JetBlue’s new Blue Basic tier for just $159. Is it life-changing? No, but would I choose the cheapest fare? Absolutely — that $16 can be used on a good cocktail once I land in New York City. Read more »
  • James Holzhauer Dominated Again To Set Up His ‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament Of Champions Rematch
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    Twitter James Holzhauer will get his chance at Jeopardy! revenge after all. The quiz show phenom won his Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions semifinal match and will, indeed, get to challenge Emma Boettcher, the woman who ended his 32-game run as champion earlier in the year. Holzhauer dominated his appearance in the tournament’s quarterfinals last week, and he did the same on Tuesday, following Boettcher’s own victory in the first semifinal with a dominant runaway that set up the rematch that Jeopardy! fans have waited for since the tournament roster was announced in July. Holzhauer found a Daily Double on his first pick of the game and never trailed, setting up another Final Jeopardy that he didn’t need to get correctly in order to advance. Jeopardy! has long hyped Boettcher and Holzhauer up on social media as the tournament approached and when the matches actually went down, so it’s no surprise the official Twitter account did the same on Tuesday following Holzhauer’s win. Get ready for James vs. Emma: Part II. pic.twitter.com/1NyiJvLDF8 — Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) November 13, 2019 After the win finally hit airwaves, Holzhauer revisited a Twitter thread from July 10, when the Tournament of Champions lineup was first announced and he made some puns at Boettcher’s expense. Am I eager for revenge? You Boettcher ass I am — James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) July 10, 2019 His tweet on Tuesday was another pun, but one that was certainly meant to hype up Jeopardy! fans about their finals rematch. GET HYPE — James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) November 13, 2019 Wednesday’s episode will let us know who will join them in the two-day final for a chance to win $250,000. The favorite is likely Francois Barcomb, who won the Teachers Tournament and dominated his own quarterfinal matchup last week. Read more »
  • Coby White Set A Bulls Rookie Record With Seven Threes In A Quarter
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    Getty Image After three quarters on Tuesday evening, the Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks were tied at 85-85 and the game felt very much up for grabs. 12 minutes later, the Bulls breezed to a lopsided, 120-102 victory and, while he wasn’t alone, rookie point guard Coby White was the biggest story in the closing period. White exploded for 23 points in less than 11 minutes of on-court action in the fourth quarter and, when he was done, a bit of history was made. "COBY… COBY… COBY!"@CobyWhite (27 PTS) walks off to a standing ovation in Chicago after setting a @chicagobulls record for most threes made in a quarter with 7! #NBARooks Powered by Ticketmaster https://t.co/FZAFEdI0LN pic.twitter.com/udlptffKF9 — NBA (@NBA) November 13, 2019 White converted eight of his nine shots from the field in the fourth quarter and the headliner was the fact that the 2019 lottery pick buried seven (!) three-pointers. Considering White had only four points (and hadn’t converted a single field goal) through the first three quarters, it is safe to say that his barrage wasn’t foreseen and he was directly responsible for much of the margin of victory. In the grand scheme, beating the Knicks at home shouldn’t be a landmark event for any NBA team, and the Bulls were “supposed” to win on Tuesday night. Still, no one could have predicted the way it transpired and White earned every bit of the reaction he received in the United Center after a quarter to remember. Read more »
  • Tracy Morgan Cryptically Tweeted He’s Heard ‘Some Things’ About Mark Jackson And The Knicks
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    Getty Image Tracy Morgan is New York through and through, and as such, he’s a big fan of the Knicks. Even thought being a fan of Manhattan’s basketball team can be a bit of a headache — more on this in just one moment — Morgan has always had a ton of love for his NBA team, even going as far as predicting that a championship is somewhere on the horizon. (In fairness, this was before free agency this past summer, when it seemed like the Knicks were going to spend big money on superstars.) Still, it’s a tough time for the Knicks right now. The team has gotten off to a brutal start to the season, sitting at 2-9 following a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night in which things were tied at 85 heading into the fourth quarter before rookie guard Coby White hit seven threes in the fourth quarter and led the Bulls to a 120-102 victory. As for New York, the loss came at an especially awkward time, as a few team executives held a press conference following their last game to stress their discontent with how things have gone so far this year. Questions now exist about the future of head coach David Fizdale, and during the loss to the Bulls, Morgan might have given the slightest bit of insight into what the future holds. Morgan sent a tweet about his squad and the name that has been most closely tied to their coaching gig if Fizdale is fired, Mark Jackson, and appeared to endorse … something. I dont usually get into sports rumors on https://t.co/L9hJHwl66J but I am hearing some things about Marc Jackson and the @nyknicks and let me tell you something…LETS MAKE IT HAPPEN!! — Tracy Morgan (@TracyMorgan) November 13, 2019 Occam’s razor indicates we should take this as Tracy Morgan saying he’s heard that Jackson would take over in the event Fizdale was fired. The ESPN announcer has some head coaching experience, accruing a 121-109 record with the Golden State Warriors from 2011-14 before getting fired, but has been in the broadcast booth ever since. Given the fact that he is a New Yorker, played for the franchise, and seems to be respected by plenty of people in basketball, he would make sense as a hire. But what if Morgan means something else? What if he has heard the Knicks — which could use a veteran presence in the locker room — want to have 54-year-old Mark Jackson take the floor at Madison Square Garden for the remainder of the season? Or what if he’s trying to buy the team, or join its front office in an advisory role? Maybe he just bought a box at Madison Square Garden and will be a more constant presence at games. Perhaps these are separate thoughts, and Morgan heard that Jackson is opening a restaurant on the Upper West Side and the Knicks are considering giving more minutes to Allonzo Trier. Regardless of what it is, Morgan wants it to happen, and perhaps he will be able to will whatever he has heard into fruition. Read more »
  • No. 1 Kentucky Suffered A Stunning Home Upset To Evansville
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    Getty Image Just one week ago, the Kentucky Wildcats pulled a minor upset by toppling No. 1 Michigan State in the Champions Classic. While it is never surprising when one of the country’s best college basketball programs gets a win on a big stage, Kentucky was impressive and, from there, the Wildcats crushed Eastern Kentucky by a 42-point margin in their second game of the 2019-20 campaign. On Tuesday, Kentucky was supposed to have another breezy evening as the No. 1 team in the nation, entering a home match-up with the Evansville Purple Aces as 25-point favorites at Rupp Arena. Forty minutes later, though, it was Evansville — whose head coach is none other than former Kentucky standout Walter McCarty — that left Lexington with a wild upset victory. The Wildcats had a chance to send the game into overtime at the buzzer, but the attempt from deep did not fall, making the visitors the first team in 52 games to win as an unranked opponent at Rupp. Beyond that, this was Evansville’s first win over a No. 1-ranked team in program history and, to illustrate the unlikelihood of what transpired, Ken Pomeroy’s projection model gave Kentucky a staggering 99 percent chance to hold serve at home. Even McCarty seemed a bit surprise that his program took down his alma mater. "I told them if they win tonight, party at my house. Now I'm like nooooo." Great moment with @waltermccarty after Evansville knocks of No. 1 Kentucky. — Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 13, 2019 K.J. Riley led the way for the Purple Aces with 18 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, while Sam Cunliffe added 17 points and six rebounds. On the Kentucky side, Immanuel Quickley (16 points, nine rebounds) and Tyrese Maxey (15 points) enjoyed productive nights but, as a team, the Wildcats shot just 37 percent from the floor and 23.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc. In a stunning turn of events, Kentucky also allowed 11 offensive rebounds to an Evansville team at an immense size and athleticism disadvantage and, in the end, extra possessions contributed to the result. Kentucky has a soft schedule until mid-December before things ramp up, giving Calipari time to reset his team. Still, Tuesday’s match-up could have been described as a favorable one, although Evansville cared not for the pregame expectations. Read more »
  • A ‘Friends’ Reunion Is Reportedly In Development For HBO Max, But There’s A Catch
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    NBC From continuations like Veronica Mars and Fuller House to oddball meta-narratives like BH90210, television reunions are (still) all the rage in our neverending “Peak TV” era. Even so, one of the most popular sitcoms of the past few decades — NBC’s Friends — has managed to avoid the likely popular temptation to join the bandwagon. Many other series of similar repute have thankfully done the same, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, it seems the gang may have finally succumbed to their urge to get back together. Kind of. Per the report, the cast and creators of Friends are in talks for an “unscripted reunion special” that, if it actually happens, would stream exclusively on WarnerMedia’s forthcoming HBO Max streaming service: Talks are currently underway for an unscripted reunion special that would feature Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matt LeBlanc (Joey), Matthew Perry (Chandler) and David Schwimmer (Ross) as well as series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman. Sources caution that a deal is far from done and agreements with cast and creatives still need to be hammered out. When and if deals are completed, the challenge then becomes sorting out everyone’s schedules. Of course, the talks could fizzle and the whole concept could fall apart. So, should Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, and Joey actually decide to get back together for what sounds more like a weird prime-time television special than anything else, nothing will happen for at least the next year or two. Plus, it won’t even happen on broadcast or cable television, but on (and only on) HBO Max. Friends has been celebrating its 25th anniversary in numerous ways. So, too, has the cast. Especially Jennifer Aniston, who seemingly loves to tease fans constantly about the prospect of a potential reunion. At least Matthew Perry hasn’t been doing that. (Via The Hollywood Reporter) Read more »
  • The Company That’s Bringing James Dean Back With CGI Wants To Do The Same With Other ‘Legends’
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    Warner Bros. Last week, news broke that James Dean, the young actor who died in 1955, had been cast in an upcoming Vietnam War movie titled Finding Jack. How? With the use of advanced digital effects not unlike those used in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — as well as the fact that the company doing said effects has obtained the rights to Dean’s likeness from his estate. Many in Hollywood (and elsewhere) were not too thrilled by the news, but it seems things are moving forward nonetheless. In fact, Dean isn’t the only long-dead actor who might be brought back. The Hollywood Reporter initially indicated that Worldwide XR, the company behind Dean’s forthcoming CGI resurrection, has the rights to “more than 1,700 entertainment, sports, music, and historical personalities, including the likes of Burt Reynolds, Christopher Reeve, Ingrid Bergman, Neil Armstrong, Bette Davis, and Jack Lemmon.” Well, according to Variety, that’s not simply a statement of fact, as Worldwide XR wants to employ as many of these licensed personalities as possible. “Influencers will come and go,” Worldwide XR CEO Travis Cloyd, “but legends will never die.” “It’s disruptive,” acknowledged Cloyd. “Some people dislike it.” However, he argued that the emergence of digital humans was inevitable, and promised that his company would vet any potential partners to make sure that they would do the celebrity in question justice. “We will do our due diligence,” he said. Cloyd added that he was most excited about the potential to resurrect celebrities in augmented and virtual reality, where they could more directly interact with the viewer. And he suggested that we may get to see Dean even beyond the Vietnam war movie. “There is a lot more to come for James Dean,” he said. “Think of it as James Dean 2.0.” So, this is totally fine and cool and normal and not at all a sign of the ongoing #content dystopia. (Via Variety) Read more »
  • Tuesday Night MACtion Featured A Zero Yard Punt From Akron
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    Twitter We’re in the portion of the college football season where it’s clear which teams are very good and have a shot at the College Football Playoff. Eastern Michigan and Akron are not some of the top teams in the country, but Mid-American Conference football deserves a spotlight, too, and they get it on Tuesday nights on ESPN. This week’s MACtion featured the Zips hosting the Eagles, with the 0-9 kangaroos hoping to pull off an upset over EMU. And as you can see, there was a full house on hand to witness the action. 2 minutes from kick on ESPNews pic.twitter.com/30P1h4qvKn — Stuckey (@Stuckey2) November 12, 2019 What those empty seats and a wide ESPN viewing audience saw, however, was one of the worst punts you’ll ever find in a college football game. We’ve showcased some incredibly good punts this season, but Akron’s Kato Nelson gave us what’s definitely the worst one. 0 yard QB punt! Spectacular theater only the MAC can provide. #MACtion pic.twitter.com/D3NEWwcQSk — Brad Kellner (@BradKellner) November 12, 2019 The setup to the play was extremely MACtion as well — Akron was facing a 4th and 17 at the Eastern Michigan 37 when Nelson booted it straight up into the air. The camera did what it usually does on a punt, moving with what’s usually the flight of the ball toward the end zone, but then it froze when the operator realized that ball was going absolutely nowhere. “This might be one of the worst punts you’ll see all season,” the ESPN broadcaster correctly stated during the punt that went zero yards. It’s not a surprise that Akron did not allow Nelson to get another chance at a punt after that, with Jonah Wieland stepping in to kick it further than none yards. But not before we were given the MACtion highlight of the season. Read more »
  • Greedo’s ‘Maclunkey’ Line In The New ‘Star Wars’ Edit Isn’t As Random As You Might Think
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    Lucasfilm Between some initial technical difficulties, The Mandalorian premiere, complaints about the aspect ratio for the first few seasons of The Simpsons, and other matters, the Disney+ launch day was about as eventful as can be expected. Yet it was what many Star Wars fans noticed — including Uproxx‘s Mike Ryan — during the infamous “Han Shot First” scene of A New Hope that stirred lots of debate. Yes, that’s right folks… George Lucas managed to sneak yet another edit into the first film of his sprawling cinematic empire. As subsequently reported and confirmed by Vanity Fair, Lucas re-editing Han Solo’s fateful meeting with Greedo so that, instead of Han shooting first (as in the original theatrical cut) or Greedo shooting first and missing (as in the 1997 “Special Edition”), both bounty hunters shoot at the same time. Of course, Greedo misses and Han doesn’t. As weird and interesting as this was, though, it was the addition of a new line of dialogue from Greedo that spurred Twitter’s imagination. Just before firing, the Rodian exclaims “Maclunkey!” Or, at least that’s what it sounds like. Yet it seems the odd phrase is actually something that was first uttered in The Phantom Menace, as StarWars.com writer Bryan Young noted on Twitter. Also, the word Maclunkey (or however you spell it) was used by Sebulba. My Huttese is a bit rusty, but, roughly translated, it means "This'll be the end of you" pic.twitter.com/wkktkZJXGW — Bryan Young (@swankmotron) November 12, 2019 Former Uproxx writer Donna Dickens not only noticed the same thing, but also provided receipts courtesy of a fan-made online dictionary of Star Wars languages. (Huttese is the language spoken by the Hutts.) It’s not actually “Maclunkey” that Greedo is shouting at Han, but “ma klounkee,” which translates to “this” or “it will be the end of you.” Remember the alien that raced against Anakin in TPM? Selbulba? He threated Anakin with the same phrase. That dude — and Greedo — were in deep with the Hutts, and I think it's actually kind of cool to tie those threads together. #StarWars — MildlyExasperated (@MExasperated) November 12, 2019 So, there you have it, folks. Lucas didn’t suddenly decide to insert a random bit of comically bad and seemingly unheard of dialogue into one of his final edits on Star Wars before selling Lucasfilm to Disney in 2015. He simply pulled the phrase from a previous usage in The Phantom Menace and invariably set the Internet on fire for a day. Read more »
  • Werner Herzog Gave A Surreal Interview About Starring In ‘The Mandalorian,’ Among Other Things
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    Disney When the full cast of The Mandalorian was first announced, all anyone could focus on was the fact that film director and Disney World aficionado Werner Herzog was listed among the names. And sure enough, his grizzled visage popped up in most of the teasers and trailers Lucasfilm and Disney put out to promote the flagship Disney+ series ahead of its November 12 launch day. Well, now that many have already seen The Mandalorian‘s premiere episode, they’ve had plenty to say about Herzog on social media. So too, it seems, has Herzog himself. In an interview with Variety, Herzog said all kinds of wonderful, surprising, and surreal things about his work on The Mandalorian — like the fact he “[did] not know what other films” series creator Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Lion King) had made. There was plenty for avid fans of the documentarian to go on, like his opening salvo about “fever dreams in the jungle” and “quasi-science fiction stories”: Jon Favreau approached you directly forn The Mandalorian. Why do you think he had you in mind, and why did you say yes? I think there are two reasons: One, he has seen some of my performances as an actor and is completely convinced that I should be part of his new series. Second, I think it’s a bit of an homage to my films and to my storytelling and to my way of putting emphasis on world stories, fever dreams in the jungle, quasi-science fiction stories. I think he sees a kindred spirit in me. Though it was Herzog’s admitting to watching WrestleMania and Keeping Up With the Kardashians that took Variety‘s interviewer — and everyone online — by complete surprise: Do you watch any television? I do, I watch the news from different sources. Sometimes I see things that are completely against my cultural nature. I was raised with Latin and Ancient Greek and poetry from Greek antiquity, but sometimes, just to see the world I live in, I watch WrestleMania. An unexpected choice. You have to know what a good amount of the population is watching. Do not underestimate the Kardashians. As vulgar as they may be, it doesn’t matter that much, but you have to find some sort of orientation. As I always say, the poet must not close his eyes, must not avert them. Yes, by referencing the famous E! family, Herzog was, in fact, saying that he watches Keeping Up With the Kardashians. “I’m starting to discover it,” he explained. “I’m curious; that’s my guiding principle.” And while the 77-year-old filmmaker and actor had plenty more to say, Twitter just couldn’t get over the fact that he was now a part of the Star Wars universe — or that he partook in occasional viewings of the WWE and the E! Network. Would pay a good deal of money to attend a a marathon of Jon Favreau movies introduced by Werner Herzog. “And now, I present a film titled Swingers. I am unsure of its content. I imagine there is a good deal of gyrating, and undulations of a base and erotical nature.” — Matt Singer (@mattsinger) November 12, 2019 "the babies, they are beautiful? are all babies not beautiful? no, some have darkness at the core of their souls." — Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 12, 2019 A hearty congratulations to my wrestling friends on their new ice breaker with Werner Herzog — Jacob Oller (@JacobOller) November 12, 2019 Love Werner Herzog’s way of saying “No.” pic.twitter.com/NeCWFKOeYJ — Minovsky (@MinovskyArticle) November 12, 2019 I would love love LOVE to see Werner Herzog guest on #SesameStreet50 in a story arc in which he persuades Big Bird that Mr. Snuffleupagus does not exist, because existence itself is an illusion. — Melanie McFarland (@McTelevision) November 12, 2019 In “Watchmen” world, where there’s no Internet, Disney+ is launching today as a traveling circus that visits your town every four weeks, setting up in old Sears parking lots and performing new episodes of “The Squidadorian” with holograms, puppets, and Werner Herzog. — Jeff Jensen (@EWDocJensen) November 12, 2019 Werner Herzog : The Mandalorian :: Andre Braugher : Brooklyn Nine Nine (no matter what they’re saying, it’s just fun to hear them say it) — CarolineD Framke (@carolineframke) November 12, 2019 Read more »
  • Simpsons Fans Are Upset With Disney+ About Aspect Ratios (With Valid Reason)
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    @TristanACooper on Twitter The launch of Disney+ on Tuesday brought streaming fans a slew of content to binge, both new and old. Disney’s massive movie library hit the service at launch, along with an extensive catalog from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and an array of Star Wars movies to boot. Once new customers watched the pilot episode of The Mandalorian, however, they may have gone back to some classic episodes of The Simpsons to see how they look. And many fans were disappointed by what they found, especially with streams of the old episodes. It’s a problem that any show that’s existed long enough to move from standard to high definition has struggled with: what aspect ratio do you broadcast the SD episodes in? For The Simpsons on Disney+, it appears that old episodes have been cropped to make them 16:9 rather than their original 4:3 ratio. This is more than just a bunch of Martin Scorsese yelling at Marvel about cinematic merit, too. The change in aspect ratio makes for some weird visuals, as many pointed out on Twitter when the service launched on Tuesday. Not only are the classic Simpsons episodes on Disney+ awkwardly cropped, but they're stretched in a lot of places too. Bart's head looks 4 inches wider here: pic.twitter.com/fCpmTPasGj — Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) November 12, 2019 Writer Tristan Cooper captured a few examples of the problems the ratio change presents here. Many of the visual jokes from the show are lost in the translation, getting cut off screen altogether. The joke here — that all three Duff beers are coming from the same tube — is totally lost on Disney+. All the classic Simpsons episodes on Disney+ are in cropped widescreen format — this means you miss out on tons of great visual jokes, like how Duff, Duff Lite and Duff Dry all come from the same tube. pic.twitter.com/cTy9adulFl — Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) November 12, 2019 It’s not a matter of just showing the Simpsons in a different ratio here: it completely changes the show, sometimes making it less funny in the process. It’s something other streaming services have had to grapple with. The Wire fans were upset, for example, when the show’s aspect ratio was altered when Amazon Prime Instant got the rights to HBO shows. Simpsons fans grappled with this problem when the show started airing on FXX in 2014, too. Some suspected that the Disney+ versions of Simpsons episodes were adapted from those FXX cuts. Former Simpsons showrunner Bill Oakley expressed his displeasure on Twitter on Tuesday, retweeting complaints about the aspect ratio on Disney+. 4:3 or we riot https://t.co/PgD77hj3s6 — Nick Wiger (@nickwiger) November 12, 2019 This sucks. https://t.co/gWOEi0djRu — Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) November 12, 2019 If #DisneyPlus doesn’t deliver on their promise of 4:3 aspect ratio I WILL become a real life Disney villain. https://t.co/lczyLOIA4I — Allie Goertz (@AllieGoertz) November 12, 2019 It seems pretty clear that fans want the old episodes in 4:3, or at least the option to change them back to their original aspect ratio if they want to see everything the show intended them to when it first aired. The Disney+ parody account on Twitter also chimed in. The Simpsons (Series – 1989) pic.twitter.com/e1ZEUmPU98 — Disney+ (@GetDisneyPlus) November 12, 2019 We’ll see if Simpsons fans get their wish, but you have to feel for those who may tackle The Simpsons for the first time on the service. They’re certainly missing out. Read more »
  • Janelle Monae Puts A Jazzy Spin On Her ‘He’s A Tramp’ Cover From Disney’s ‘Lady And The Tramp’ Remake
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    Getty Image With Disney+ officially live, fans have been delighted to check out their old faves and some of the new offerings on tap, like Wars Wars spinoff The Mandalorian. One of those potential new favorites is the live-action remake of animated classic Lady And The Tramp, which features music star Janelle Monae as Peg the Pekingese. Monae also contributed updated versions of the two of the classic soundtrack’s songs, including the centerpiece “He’s A Tramp.” Check it out below. In addition, Monae rewrote the formerly problematic “The Siamese Cat Song” with Roman GianArthur and Wondaland’s Nate “Rocket” Wonder, transforming the song into “What A Shame.” Finally, she also contributed the brand-new song “That’s Enough.” You can check out “What A Shame” below and look up “That’s Enough” on Apple Music. Monae has had a relatively quiet year after 2018’s Dirty Computers became one of the standout albums of the year, earning Janelle a Grammy night performance of “Make Me Feel” that helped her raise her profile. She also popped up at Lizzo’s Coachella performance for an impromptu twerk-off. You can check out the live-action remake of Lady And The Tramp on Disney+ today and listen to the soundtrack on Apple Music here. Read more »
  • What’s On Tonight: Disney+ Is Live With ‘The Mandalorian’ And More
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    Disney The Mandalorian (Disney+) — After some technical difficulties, Disney’s Netflix killer launched today with its new live-action Star Wars series leading the charge. The premiere episode of The Mandalorian sees Pedro Pascal’s unnamed character take on a seemingly impossible bounty alongside a by-the-book bounty droid. Jeff Garlin: Our Man In Chicago (Netflix) — Best known for his work on Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Goldbergs, Second City alum Jeff Garlin released his latest comedy special, Our Man In Chicago, with Netflix. From his early role in RoboCop 3 to his infamous arrest in a Los Angeles parking lot, Garlin makes laughs about it all. The Conners (ABC, 8:00 p.m.) — The Lunch Box may finally be making a comeback, should Jackie and Becky’s brewing plans for the place come to fruition. The only problem is, they need Darlene to sign off on it, and judging by what she ultimately decides, it seems everyone isn’t going to get what they want. The Voice (NBC, 8:00 p.m.) — It’s the live results show, which means eight of the performers are totally safe, while celebrity judges Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani must pick a particular person to save for themselves. But what will happen to the rest of them? Mixed-ish (ABC, 9:00 p.m.) — The kids are finally going to learn more about their grandfather at family day, but will this new information change how they think or feel about him? This Is Us (NBC, 9:00 p.m.) — While Rebecca attempts to strengthen her bond with Randall in the past, his future wife Beth grows increasingly concerned about their new foster daughter, Deja, whose latest request has her feeling unsettled. Empire (FOX, 9:00 p.m.) — Lucious and Cookie spend much of the episode apart as they attempt to deal with their conflicted feelings for each other in their own ways. For Cookie, this means a girls-only trip to Miami. For Lucious, it’s another bout of debilitating self-reflection. Black-ish (ABC, 9:30 p.m.) — Dre sets aside some time for him and daughter Diane to catch up, but it seems his plans are for not as she’s not all that interested. Dolly Partin: Here She Comes Again! (ABC, 10:00 p.m.) — Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts sits down with country music icon Dolly Parton for a special program dedicated to the singer’s long, storied career — and what lies ahead. LATE NIGHT GUESTS Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Patrick Stewart, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Carrie Underwood, Old Dominion The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kristen Bell, Judd Apatow, Danny Brown Late Night With Seth Meyers: Taron Egerton, Steve Kornacki, Markiplier The Late Late Show With James Corden: Jenny Slate, Laurie Metcalf, Billy Lockett A Little Late With Lilly Singh: Tyler Perry The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Noah Baumbach Conan: Lizzy Caplan, D.J. Demers Read more »
  • Understanding The Northwestern Student Paper Apology And The Ensuing Backlash
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    Unsplash/Uproxx Over the weekend, Northwestern University’s student newspaper, The Daily Northwestern, issued an editorial apologizing for “mistakes” they had made while covering a student protest of former attorney general Jeff Sessions’ visit to the campus last week. The offending act consisted of photographing students involved in the protest and then attempting to reach out to the students to participate in interviews via the student directory, known to many as, you know, reporting. Now the daily student paper is dealing with another “controversy,” this time involving the apology itself which many professional journalists view as alarming and antithetical to the very act of journalism. However, the situation is a whole lot more complicated than headlines and quick judgments give it credit for, so let’s break it down and understand each part of The Daily Northwestern’s apology and its ensuing backlash. The Protest The Daily Northwestern dispatched two reporters to cover former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ speech at the College Republicans event on Northwestern’s campus on November 5th, one to cover the speech itself, and another along with a photographer to cover a nearby gathering of students protesting his invitation. The paper’s Twitter account posted photos of the protest and received complaints from some of the students pictured, who felt the photos were retraumatizing of the experience and invasive. According to The Daily Northwestern, some of the staff members covering the story also used the university’s student directory to obtain phone numbers of fellow students and texted them requesting interviews, a move many students felt was an invasion of their privacy. The Apology It’s easy to look at the events surrounding the protest and criticize the response of Northwestern’s student body — a protest by nature is public, the idea of students desiring privacy while they publicly display their opposition to something is laughable, an example of how real-world discourse and the type found on the internet differ. However, according to The Daily Northwestern, while some universities grant amnesty to student protesters, Northwestern University does not, meaning anything the paper reports can be used to take action against the students by the university — creating the potential for repercussions that the paper did not want to play a role in. So the paper removed the photos of the protest, omitted the name of a protestor they spoke to and issued an apology that began “Last week, The Daily was not the paper that Northwestern students deserve,” and spoke of photos that were “retraumatizing and invasive” to which grown adult professional journalists who are not at all involved in Northwestern University aired their displeasure on Twitter. Apologizing for the sin of committing journalism. This is chilling and a sign of more to come: https://t.co/hrIZr1j7GQ — Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) November 12, 2019 The Backlash Professional journalists and people who like to talk about “the death of journalism” absolutely flipped out about The Daily Northwestern‘s apology, which critics saw as excessive, pandering to the idea of “safe spaces,” and journalistically irresponsible. Northwestern University is home to the prestigious Medill School of Journalism, so many critics of the apology felt that this was setting a dangerous precedent for the future of journalism. There’s a lot to comment on in this Daily Northwestern editorial, but apologizing for contacting people to ask if they’re willing to be interviewed? Regretting that you photographed protesters protesting in public? https://t.co/2GmEF4ZyZq — Gregory Pratt (@royalpratt) November 11, 2019 DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR DOING YOUR JOB https://t.co/gt7hGyHjPr — Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) November 12, 2019 It’s both stunning and frightening that the student paper at NU — home to one of the nation’s most respected journalism schools — APOLOGIZES for doing journalism. #DailyNorthwestern https://t.co/wmWzzQ1Zyc — Matt Arado (@mjarado) November 12, 2019 This put The Daily Northwestern back on the defensive, only this time they weren’t dealing with complaints from their fellow students, they were dealing with angry journalism Twitter. Speaking to the Washington Post about the backlash, Daily Northwestern editor in chief Troy Closson discussed what his team were learning as events continued to unfold, “Something we thought about a lot this week is how challenging it is to be student journalists who are reporting about other students… we’re thinking about what our role looks like specifically as student journalists who have to cover this, but at the same time we have to go to class with those students tomorrow.” Closson also posted an extensive thread on his Twitter account further explaining the reasoning behind the decisions made, announcing that the paper stands by its reporting, and stressed that all future feedback over the statement should be addressed to him and not his staff. /2 There’s a lot that I could talk about, but first want to say that we covered the protest to its full extent and stand by our reporting. Our statement… Read more »
  • King Princess Will Be The Musical Guest On An Upcoming ‘SNL’ Episode Hosted By Will Ferrell
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    Vince Aung It was only a few days ago that King Princess made her TV debut on The Late Show, delivering a rousing performance of “Hit The Back.” It appears that whoever books the musical talent at Saturday Night Live was watching that performance: It has been announced that King Princess will be the musical guest on the November 23 episode of SNL, which will be hosted by Will Ferrell. King Princess had an understandably excited reaction to landing perhaps the most coveted music performance slot on television, writing on Twitter, “I will be living my wettest dream by playing SNL on November 23rd. Will Ferrell has me gagged and gooped.” I will be living my wettest dream by playing SNL on November 23rd. Will Ferrell has me gagged and gooped. pic.twitter.com/Oy1K4jY0BQ — King Princess (@KingPrincess69) November 12, 2019 King Princess joins an esteemed group of artists who have performed on SNL this season: The previous musical guests on this 45th season of Saturday Night Live have included Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Camila Cabello, Chance The Rapper, Coldplay, and Harry Styles. Both Chance and Styles, by the way, served as both musical guest and host of their episodes. This SNL gig is just the latest development in what has been a stellar year for King Princess. In addition to guesting on Mark Ronson’s “Pieces Of Us,” King Princess also released her debut album, Cheap Queen. Read our review of Cheap Queen here. Some artists mentioned are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music. Read more »
  • A Western Australia Road Trip Is A Dream For Wildlife Lovers
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    Jess Kearney When it comes to East Coast partiality, Australia looks at the United States’ East Coast bias and says “that’s cute, mate, hold my beer.” The three biggest cities in the country — Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane — are all on the east coast and command most of the tourist attention. The Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House are east coast mainstays. So is the Great Barrier Reef and a few hundred famous surf breaks from Noosa Heads to Byron Bay to Bondi Beach. The country has plenty to reward those venturing off the east coast, though. There’s endless hinterland in New South Wales and Queensland, where waterfalls and canyons abound. Victoria’s coastline is a dream and Melbourne is probably the most bikeable city on the planet. Then there’s the Outback and the Red Center in the vast Northern Territory, and the green, windswept wilds of Tasmania. Adelaide and South Australia have their charms too, and there are scores of outlying islands that deserve shouting out. Point being: It’s a big country with a lot to see. But even with all of these highlights, Western Australia is special. In a country full of big things, it’s particularly huge. Biggest in sheer landmass among Australia states. Big waves (cringe at videos of “The Right” when you have five minutes to spare). Big wilderness. Big Aboriginal culture. Big distances perfect for traversing by van. Over the past decade or so, as more and more visitors manage to get off the east coast tourist track, Western Australia has become a #TravelGoals-level trip for young adventurers. Especially if they like their adventures uncrowded. Having both heard this hype hundreds of times, my girlfriend Jess and I decided to visit the state as part of a trip to see her family in Queensland. Our twin priorities were seeing the quokkas on Rottnest Island and swimming with whale sharks at the famed Ningaloo Reef in Exmouth, WA. With a known point A (whale sharks) furthest north and point B (quokkas) furthest south we had a general spine for our six-day visit. We also knew we wanted to do it by van. We are road-trip people, after all. We arrived in Perth late, so we booked a room at the charming Alex Hotel downtown and took off the next morning. Here’s our easily replicated itinerary. Day 1 — Collect the Camper Jess Kearney // @jesskearney_ In the morning we grabbed a rideshare to Apollo Motor Homes. We fell in love with Dumplin’, our Apollo campervan, in New Zealand, so when we found out they have an office in Perth we quickly made a booking. This time, we booked a slightly bigger motorhome with a bed space above the driving cockpit. We christened it ‘Sunpie’ and we were off. Sunpie had an embarrassment of riches in the room and space department, so we felt like we were toting an apartment into the outback with us. The extra area was a pleasant feature because we knew we weren’t going to be holing up in a hotel room at any point, as we sometimes do every so often on the road just to reset. Like Dumplin’, Sunpie had the fridge, stove, shower/bathroom but additionally had a lounge area in the back that converted to a bedroom if traveling with more than two people. We used it as a work/research area and slept up top. Our next few moves were dictated by our shared commandment of Road Trip Life: Make headway ASAP without distraction. Get some miles — or kilometers — under your belt before stopping for too many supplies. Rest when you’re dead, that sort of thing. Off a tip from our booking agent at Apollo, we drove north with a mind to sleep in Port Gregory and make a couple stops along the way. There are a few small towns to stop in for lunch along this road. We tucked into Cervantes to have a bite, followed by a cruise through Jurian Bay to a small recreation park called Sandy Cape. With giant sand dunes, caravans, kids milling about, and people swimming, Sandy Cape is a classic ‘secret’ beach that absolutely every local knows about but half-heartedly tries to keep from becoming a tourist mainstay. There were plenty of camper spots available, and the short walk to the picturesque Indian Ocean lent itself to us stopping for an hour to take a refreshing and resetting dip. Night fell on us as we voyaged north toward Port Gregory, concealing the visual treasure that would be revealed with the sunrise the next morning. Day 2 — On to Exmouth Jess Kearney // @jesskearney_ For perhaps the first time in my life, I was not reluctant when the sun woke me up earlier than expected. We scrambled to prepare Sunpie… Read more »
  • Rusev Says His Angle With Lana And Bobby Lashley Is The ‘Best Storyline Currently Going On’ In WWE
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    WWE On Raw, Rusev, Lana, and Bobby Lashley have been involved in one of the most insane, soap opera-esque WWE storylines in some time – at least since the last Rusev-Lana cheating angle (the one with Aiden English.) What started as Rusev being brought up as a possible father of Maria Kanellis’s baby turned into Lashley making out with the Bulgarian Brute’s wife in front of him, Rusev and Lashley fighting in a fancy restaurant, Rusev being outed as a sex addict, and, as of this week, Lana claiming Rusev had knocked her up, which turned out to be a lie to lead to Lashley beating him up. All in all, it’s some trash TV that’s getting a lot of views on YouTube and it’s hard to get a sense of if or when it will lead to a wrestling match. The Rusev character is further humiliated with every new development in this storyline and seems pretty distraught, but the performer was very positive about it when speaking to UK tabloid The Sun. He said the angle is “a collaboration” and that he thinks it’s the best and hottest thing going in WWE right now. In Rusev’s words: “I think we are in the best storyline currently going on and the best storyline that’s been around for years. It’s getting a lot of views and a lot of eyes on it. Some people like it, some people love it, but at the end of the day, it’s the hottest storyline going on.” He also spoke positively about his WWE career, accepting that it has had ups and downs: “My goal is to be healthy, that’s my first-and-foremost. It doesn’t matter about storylines or things like that. One day you ride a tank but the next day, you do nothing but main event dark matches so it’s a big wave, you just gotta ride the wave and do the best with anything that is given to you. You gotta enjoy everything you do, and you gotta control what you can control because some things you can’t, and there’s no point being mad so whatever I can control, I do, and if not, I’m just having a blast with it.” In this interview, Rusev also reveals that he’s started taking Japanese lessons, so maybe that’s a hint that he might leave WWE and do a tour in Japan and have a bunch of wrestling matches. Maybe at some point, he won’t basically recite the Serenity Prayer when talking about his career. For now, he is being very professional while talking about this angle. Read more »
  • Spoon Share A Piano-Led ‘Inside Out’ Demo, As Part Of A Series Of Rarity Releases
    Now that Spoon has concluded their tour with Cage The Elephant and Beck, their plan for the rest of the year is to go into the archives and share some rare material with their fans. They have done so today by dropping a piano-led demo of “Inside Out.” It is much different from the version of the song that appears on the 2014 album They Want My Soul, but in terms of style and the fact that the demo is about three minutes shorter. The demo comes as part of a series of rare recordings the band is set to release digitally for the first time. So far, the group has shared a filmed recording session for “My Mathematical Mind,” as well as a live 2006 performance of “I Summon You.” Over the course of the next month, the band will continue sharing new rarities every Tuesday and Thursday, with new singles comes on November 19, December 3, and December 10. Britt Daniel previously said of “Inside Out” in a recent interview, “I wrote that on piano. It was just the chords and a melody, and I remember singing it for my girlfriend and at the time and she was not impressed. I was like ‘Are you kidding me? I know this is f*cking great!’ And then it kind of just existed as this piano vocal song for a long time. I knew something was good about it, but we were making I Want Your Soul and I didn’t want to have just a vocal and piano song on there, it felt we had done that too much already. So we put a beat to it that was sort of stolen from this Dr. Dre song. Then we used that kick-snare pattern and Alex [Fischel] came up with the idea of a harp sound on a keyboard. Then it sounded like something we’d never done before.” Listen to the demo of “Inside Out” above, and revisit the official version of the song below. Also read our interview with Daniel here. Read more »
  • Eric Gordon Will Undergo Knee Surgery And Could Miss Up To Six Weeks
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    Getty Image Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon has battled nagging injuries this season, resulting in him shooting a career-low 30.9% percent from the field, including 28.4% from 3-point range. In an effort to finish the season as healthy as possible, the 30-year-old will undergo a surgical clean-up procedure on his knee and is expected to miss up to six weeks to recover, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle and Shams Charania of The Athletic. Timetable expected for Eric Gordon's absence from Rockets lineup: Up to six weeks, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. https://t.co/gSCosbej5K — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 12, 2019 Rockets guard Eric Girdon to undergo knee surgery, source confirms. — Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 12, 2019 Rockets expect Gordon to miss six weeks. Surgery will remove debris. — Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 12, 2019 Gordon is averaging just 10.9 points and 1.9 rebounds on the year as he adjusts to a different role with the addition of Russell Westbrook to the roster. The Rockets have managed to stay afloat in spite of the injuries their roster has suffered, including the potentially season-ending broken foot Gerald Green suffered in October, but Gordon’s injury might be their most devastating to date in spite of his rough start to the season. With Gordon sidelined, Houston will have to find a way to get Russell Westbrook and James Harden rest with Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore as their primary (and only) backup options until Danuel House returns from an injury of his own. As Feigen notes, this also means Chris Clemons will likely join the rotation. With Eric Gordon surgery and Danuel House Jr. likely out tomorrow against the Clippers, Rockets likely to start Ben McLemore. That means Austin Rivers and Chris Clemons to get the time off the bench in the backcourt. — Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 12, 2019 Of note, McLemore is shooting 33.3% from the field this season on 4.5 field goal attempts per game, which is actually better than what Gordon has been shooting this season, but Gordon’s career numbers favor him tremendously over McLemore. Having two All-Star guards that don’t mind playing heavy minutes in Westbrook and Harden should make the injuries less difficult to deal with, but ideally they wouldn’t have to be playing close to 40 minutes per game at any point in the regular season. With Gordon sidelined, they might have to do just that. The Rockets will deal with the cards they’ve been dealt, but they’ll struggle as much as any team missing a handful of their key role players. Read more »
  • The Best Places To Drink In Chicago, According To Goose Island Brewer Quinn Fuechsl
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    Unsplash/Goose Island/Uproxx Welcome to Beer This City! If you dig Eat This City and Drink This City but have always wanted more beer-ness, then this column is for you. We’re talking to brewers and beer experts to get an in-depth look at the best places to pair amazing beer with exciting food in different cities around the world. Chicago is well-known for a lot of things. It’s an underrated food destination, it’s got a great cocktail scene, and the music is superb. But don’t sleep on all the awesome breweries in the Windy City. One of the most beloved local brands in this beer-filled metropolis is Goose Island. Founded in 1988, the brewery famously produces Goose IPA, 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Honkers Ale, and its highly-acclaimed, eagerly-awaited line of Bourbon County beers. Quinn Fuechsl is an R & D Brewer at Goose Island. Though he began his career in the world of finance, his love for brewing was too much to dismiss as a passing idea and he decided to attend the Master Brewer certification program at the Siebel Institute of Technology. In 2013, Fuechsl began his professional brewing career as an intern at Sun King Brewing in Indiana and joined Goose Island shortly after that. In his tenure, he’s become closely associated with the aforementioned Bourbon County line of beers — creating this year’s Mon Chéri Stout, a cherry-centric, malty love letter to his wife. Fuechsl was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about his favorite beer-filled watering holes, breweries, brewpubs, and dive bars in the Chicagoland area. Check out his reccos below! FAVORITE CLASSIC BREWERY/TAPROOM EXPERIENCE – ROCK BOTTOM Rock Bottom (downtown). One of the few places that old in the city. Lots of rock bottoms exist but this one is still cranking out great beers. FAVORITE EXPERIMENTAL BREWERY/TAPROOM – MOUSETRAP (OFF COLOR BREWING) I love Mousetrap (Off Color Brewing). They brew a lot of wild fermented beer and they spend a lot of time recreating historical and old beer styles. FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOOD BREWERY/TAPROOM – DOVETAIL BREWERY My go-to neighborhood brewery is Dovetail Brewery. They make all sorts of classic German styles. Very homely feel and fantastic beers to go with pretzels and meat sticks. FAVORITE BOTTLE/CAN SHOP – BEER TEMPLE My favorite bottle shop is Beer Temple. They carry all sorts of hype beer and old school classics. There are hidden gems that can be found at any given time. FAVORITE BEER BAR (THAT’S NOT A BREWERY) – HOPLEAF My go-to beer bar is Hopleaf. This is up in my hood in Andersonville and has an extensive list of Belgian beers. It also carries some great hard to find beers. FAVORITE DIVE BAR FOR BEER – CIGARS AND STRIPES I’m a big fan of Cigars and Stripes. It’s a tiny spot that is out of the way (Berwyn), but has a cool horseshoe-shaped bar that is horror/sci-Fi themed. They make super-hot BBQ food as well. FAVORITE HOTEL BAR FOR BEER – THE BAR AT HOTEL ZACHARY My go-to hotel bar for beer is Hotel Zachary by Wrigley. Great ambiance overlooking Clark street right across from Wrigley Field. You can get a fancy bucket of two Budweiser 40s called ‘King Edwards 40 hands.’ FAVORITE FANCY RESTAURANT FOR BEER – THE PUBLICAN The Publican. It has an old-world vibe with decor that exudes comfort. Everything on the menu is executed flawlessly from suckling pig to mussels made with Belgium Lambic. Draft list is always extensive — with everything from international beers to regional ciders made by Michigan’s Virtue Cider. FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT PIZZA AND DRINK BEER – DIVERSEY RIVER BOWL I love Diversey River Bowl. Seriously, don’t sleep on this pizza, and the beer list is legit. You can also get 100oz tubes of any beer you want. Classic. FAVORITE BREWERY/TAPROOM RUN BY A FRIEND – WHINER BEER CO. Whiner Beer Co. Brian Taylor worked at Goose for many years prior to opening this spot in Back of the Yards. Great beers with a lot of wild variations and barreled aged offerings. The brewery is part of the Plant, which is a group of businesses committed to reducing waste within the space. Composting spent grains and capturing Co2 are a couple of cool examples. Read more »
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