Daily Archive: June 2, 2018

Netflix’s Evil Genius Might Be Getting a Sequel, and We’re Freaking Out

Warning: The following contains spoilers for Netflix’s Evil Genius.

When the four-part Netflix docuseries Evil Genius premiered on May 11, there was no stopping us (and a whole lot of people on Twitter) from carving out time to watch it. The gripping documentary investigates the 2003 Erie, PA, Pizza Bomber bank heist and murder. Apparently four parts weren’t enough, because a sequel might be coming if directors Barbara Schroeder and Trey Borzillieri get their way.

“We would love to do another deep dive into the characters in here, to reveal new information,” Schroeder told The Wrap. “We could do a Good Genius, too.”

The series starts when Brian Wells, a pizza delivery man, walks into a bank with a shotgun disguised as a cane and a homemade bomb locked around his neck, and passes a note to the bank teller with instructions to give him $250,000 in cash. Instead he walks out with $8,000, all the bank had on hand, and not long afterwards Wells is apprehended by the Erie police. They handcuff him and leave him sitting in the middle of a road as they observe from afar, for fear the bomb might explode. Although he continuously begs for help, the cops are extremely suspicious, and within the hour the bomb goes off – instantly killing Wells.

Soon after the explosion, the cops discover a series of extremely meticulous written instructions that Wells was supposed to follow, and the hunt for the titular “evil genius” behind the crime begins. It dives deep into the lives of the brilliant-but-murderous Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, her ex-fiancé Bill Rothstein, and everyone else involved in this heinous crime.

At the end of the four hour-long episodes, there are still so many questions left unanswered: Was Wells involved? Did Armstrong and Rothstein plan the whole thing together? Was the bomb ever supposed to be real in the first place? These are all things that could get answered if Netflix greenlights a sequel, so fingers crossed.

Meghan Markle’s Ex-Husband Announces His Engagement 2 Weeks After the Royal Wedding

Well, here’s something to sip on. Two weeks after the world watched Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot at Windsor Castle in England, Meghan’s ex-husband, Trevor Engelson, shared the news of his engagement to his girlfriend, Tracey Kurland, Us Weekly reports. The 41-year-old film producer popped the question in Napa, CA, after dating the dietitian for three years and revealed the news on his private Instagram account on Friday, June 1.

“Luckiest guy I know! Get ready to party!” Trevor reportedly captioned a photo of the happy couple. According to the outlet, the celebratory photo also shows Tracey’s left hand resting on Trevor’s shoulder showing off her diamond rock. Talk about timing!

Trevor and Meghan dated for six years before wedding in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, in September 2011. The former couple was married for two years before filing for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split. The rest, as you know, is British royal history. Congrats to Trevor and Tracey!

BBL: Drilon wants charter compliance; Zubiri has option for deadlock

BBL: Drilon wants charter compliance; Zubiri has option for deadlock

Senate leaders on Saturday expressed optimism that they would be able to resolve the potentially contentious provisions of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) with members of the House of Representatives during discussions next month to unify  their different versions of the bill.

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Queen Elizabeth Has Some Very Specific Party Tricks Up Her Sleeve

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No one throws a party quite like her majesty, whether it’s a superglamorous formal banquet, a traditional afternoon tea, or a pull-out-all-the-stops royal wedding. Entertaining is something the 92-year-old has been doing as part of her job description for most of her life. To learn from the best, take note ahead.

Preparation

Invitations to the queen’s annual garden parties are sent out six weeks before the event, while for banquets, the seating plan is figured out on an eight-foot board and a slip of paper that can be moved around representing each guest.

Staging

It’s all about the lighting! The ballrooms in Buckingham Palace are softly lit by overhead chandeliers, wall-mounted lights with shades, and candelabras on the tables – although when it came to Prince Andrew’s 21st birthday party, Windsor Castle was lit up with lasers and filed with dry ice! For formal occasions, the queen likes to have fresh flowers on the table, and it’s said that she favors yellow freesias.

Menus are always in French, and each place setting is arranged with six pieces of cutlery, plus a butter knife. The space between knife and fork is 18 inches, and napkins are folded into a “Dutch bonnet” shape. Meanwhile, when it comes to royal family Christmases, the queen commissions bespoke poppers for her family to pull.

Food

Her Majesty is all about local, seasonal produce and likes to have fish served as a starter and meat for the main course, followed by pudding and a fruit course. Guests are served five pairing wines throughout the meal, starting with a glass of Champagne. Afterward, there’s a change of scenery when guests are ushered through to the state rooms for coffee and hand-made petit fours. Her majesty prefers the menu at her private bashes to be more informal though – at Charles and Diana’s evening reception, there were scrambled eggs and baked beans, and at her own 60th birthday party, she chose salmon fishcakes.

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Drinks

When it comes to entertaining formally, the queen has a raft of specialist wine merchants to choose from, and as to be expected when it comes to the pinnacle of hosting, there’s always an array of the finest fizz on offer. Royal Warrant holders include no fewer than eight kinds of Champagne: Bollinger, Mumm, Krug, Lanson, Louis Roederer, Moet and Chandon, Veuve Cliquot, and Pol Roger.

Port and red wine are always poured into glass decanters the afternoon before a formal dinner. Sometimes special cocktails are created; at one of the queen’s birthday parties, the Windsor Fizz – a mix of Champagne, elderflower, and raspberry liqueur – was served.

Fun

The queen knows that to get a party started, it’s all in the details. Guests were supplied with sailor hats at Charles and Diana’s wedding, and her majesty has participated in her fair share of costume parties over the years; she went as a Spanish infanta to a fancy dress bash when she was in her 20s and also dressed up for Prince William’s Out of Africa-themed 21st birthday party.

There are charades at Christmas with the family, and it’s also been said that her majesty is good at doing impressions. However, everyone knows the best way to get a room loosened up is with a spot of dancing. The queen always takes to the dance floor for a few reels when she throws a highland ball at her Scottish residence Balmoral, and apparently she took to the dance floor with Sir Elton John at Prince Andrew’s 21st to “Rock Around the Clock.”

The royal’s all-time favorite dance, though? The conga! The queen’s father, George VI, led a conga line through the palace the night before the queen’s wedding, and her majesty also joined a conga line at the VE Day celebrations and Charles and Diana’s wedding reception.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Real-Life Superhero, Saves a Cyclist From a Vicious Attack in London

Benedict Cumberbatch, star of Marvel’s Doctor Strange and Avengers: Infinity War proved his superhero status was the real deal when he saved a cyclist from four muggers recently.

According to The Sun, the 41-year-old actor spotted the attack happening while riding in an Uber on Marylebone High Street in central London. Witnesses at the scene said Benedict sprang into action after jumping out of the car, shouting “leave him alone!”

The actor faced off with the muggers who assaulted the food-delivery cyclist with a bottle. Although one of the attackers attempted to land a punch on the star, Benedict was able to thwart off the assailants. The Uber driver, Manuel Dias, confirmed the story to the outlet, saying, “The cyclist was lucky; Benedict’s a superhero.”

Manuel continued, “He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave.” Benedict reportedly asked the cyclist how he was feeling after the scary incident and hugged him after he was assured that he was OK. “Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless,” Manuel shared. “If he hadn’t stepped in, the cyclist could have been seriously injured.”

Benedict doesn’t consider himself a hero, though. “I did it out of, well, I had to, you know . . .” he told the outlet. A humble superhero? We’ve decided to stan forever.

This Week’s Festivals: June 3-9, 2018

This Week's Festivals: June 3-9, 2018

June 5 to 12 Silay City Charter Day Residents of Silay City in Negros Occidental province, celebrate the city’s 61st charter anniversary. Weeklong festivities include a dance festival, a two-day food festival, poetry presentation, agro-industrial fair and street dance competition. June 8 to 9 Abaca Festival Culmination of the monthlong festival is with a rock […]

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