Kermit the Frog’s voice is about to change for the first time in decades


After 27 years, Kermit the Frog is getting a new voice. 

Steve Whitmire, the actor who’s been bringing Kermit to life since 1990, is no longer with the Muppets, according to numerous reports. 

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Matt Vogel, a Muppet veteran, will instead take his place as the voice and action behind the iconic green frog.

Vogel joined Sesame Street in 1996, and has since played several roles, including Count von Count, Floyd Pepper, and interestingly enough, Kermit’s doppelgänger, Constantine in Muppets Most Wanted.  Vogel is also the Muppet Captain on Sesame Street. Read more…

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Meet the unbelievable man who set up Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russia through his public Facebook page


Decades from now, when American students learn about this abysmal period of history, they’ll discover that the man behind the collapse of American democracy wore a golden baseball cap with the word “cunty” on it.

That man’s name is Rob Goldstone, and he’s a British music publicist and former tabloid journalist responsible for setting up the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer. To understand Goldstone and Trump’s alleged collusion, you need to look no further than Goldstone’s shamelessly public Facebook account and Instagram history. 

The devil is in the insanely explicit details.  Read more…

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So a bunch of Twitter users actually sued Trump for blocking them


Twitter users blocked by President Donald Trump weren’t just threatening legal action if the president didn’t unblock them on the social media platform — they followed through. 

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The seven users through the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Trump for blocking them. They were cut from his feed because they criticized the president and his policies on the platform. 

The federal lawsuit claims Trump’s blocks essentially silences his opponents, infringing on their First Amendment rights and keeps them from interacting in a public forum. Along with Trump, White House press secretary Sean Spicer and White House social media director Dan Scavino are named in the suit. Read more…

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Beachgoers form human chain to save 9 people from drowning


Thanks to some quick thinking and innovative teamwork, approximately 80 beachgoers saved nine people from drowning at Panama City Beach in Florida this past weekend.

After a riptide trapped six members of Roberta Ursrey’s family, and three other swimmers, in its current on Saturday, onlookers at the beach worked together to form an impromptu human chain and rescue those struggling to stay above water, reports the Panama City News Herald. 

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According to the publication, beachgoer Jessica Mae Simmons first witnessed Ursrey’s family — including her eight and 11 year-old sons —trapped in the riptide, but she assumed they had seen a shark. However, after running to shore to alert her husband Derek, she realized someone was drowning and needed their help. Read more…

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How Donald Trump is using Bill Clinton’s impeachment suit to duck a lawsuit


On a day when Donald Trump Jr. is tweeting out emails with a Russian lawyer offering damaging material on Hillary Clinton, it’s worth revisiting a lawsuit haunting another member of the Trump family—and the lessons it contains.

Last Friday, President Donald Trump’s legal team formally requested that a New York judge halt a libel suit filed against him in January. And as has been reported already, one justification for the move is the case of Clinton v Jones—the very lawsuit that led to then-President Clinton’s impeachment. 

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Donald Trump is no stranger to lawsuits, having been involved in thousands of them, but the Clinton case highlights the dangers inherent in sprawling inquiries that can compel testimony under oath.  Read more…

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Hello, what have we here? Ron Howard teases Lando’s costumes in Han Solo movie


This Ron Howard-directing-Star-Wars deal is getting better all the time. 

The veteran director, who replaced Phil Lord and Chris Miller at the helm of the untitled Han Solo movie earlier this month, has been keeping us amused with utterly spoiler-free tweets from the set.

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 But that changed Tuesday when Howard gave us this gem:

can you guess whose closet this is? #UntitledHanSoloMovie

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 11, 2017

Let’s see: teal and green velvet? Flashy multi-hued jacket? There’s only one man in the galaxy far, far away who could pull those colors off: Lando Calrissian, original owner of the Millennium Falcon and smoothest dude this side of Bespin.  Read more…

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‘Outlander’ has a premiere date and steamy new photos yes please


Your favorite time-traveling romantic adventure Outlander finally has a return date: September 10.

The third season of the Starz drama will be based on Voyager, the third book in Diana Gabaldon’s popular Outlander series

“The third season of Outlander picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948,” a press release notes. “Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). 

“Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?” Read more…

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Get the PlayStation 4 Slim ‘Uncharted’ bundle for a low Prime Day price


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Gamers are winning big this Prime Day, especially with this deal on the PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Console bundle. 

This deal of the day includes a slim 500GB PlayStation 4 system, a matching DualShock 4 Wireless Controller, and a copy of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End on Blu-ray disc. Buy it today and receive a digital code for The Last of Us Remastered and a Comixology package on top of the bundle.

Usually $299.99, get it here for $229.  Read more…

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Astro’s first-ever budget gaming headset doesn’t skimp on sound


Astro Gaming headsets have always been a tradeoff: you get premium audio, but you pay a high price for it — literally.

It’s tough then, at least initially, to take Astro’s new A10 cans seriously. At minimum, you’re looking at a $150 buy when you pick up a new Astro headset. If you want the company’s MixAmp — which boosts the sound while offering a greater level of control over the output — add in another $100.

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A pair of A10s, on the other hand? $60. That’s less than half the cost of any other current Astro. Surely, there’s some kind of tradeoff. That’s what I was looking for over the past month as I tested these puppies firsthand with my gaming setup at home. Read more…

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