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‘Big Brother 22’ episode 18 recap: Did the Veto save Dani’s nominees on September 15? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

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This week “Big Brother 22” aired its Veto episode on Tuesday instead of Wednesday (due to CBS’s broadcasting of the CMA Awards). During the exciting hour, Head of Household Dani Briones was forced to name a replacement nominee after David Alexander played his “Disruptor” power and declared himself safe. That meant Dani had to get blood on her hands, something she tried to avoid in the previous episode when she nominated two floaters, David and Kevin Campbell. Did the Power of Veto save anyone from the chopping block? If so, who’s the fourth houseguest that Dani had to nominate this week?

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Below, read our minute-by-minute “Big Brother: All-Stars” recap of Season 22, Episode 18 to find out what happened Tuesday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite houseguests on CBS’s long-running reality TV show, who annoys you the most and who you think will ultimately join the “Big Brother” winners list.

Keep refreshing/reloading this “Big Brother 22” live blog for the most recent updates.

8:00 p.m. – “Previously on ‘Big Brother’!” In the 17th episode, the endurance HOH comp played out with Dani prevailing. She didn’t necessarily want to win this week because she felt safe with everyone in the house; the only person she wanted to beat was Tyler Crispen. After debating whether to nominate Tyler for playing too aggressively the previous week, Dani decided to make a final six deal with him instead, so up went Kevin and David. Unfortunately for her game, David is about to disrupt the entire house with his power. Let’s go!

 

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The True Historical Events Behind The Favourite

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If you thought your office’s politics were petty, just be glad you weren’t part of the English royal court at the turn of the 17th Century. Personality struggles were a major and – in good news for filmmakers – extremely dramatic part of court intrigue, as seen in the new critically acclaimed comedy-drama, The Favourite. The film, from The Lobster’s Yorgos Lanthimos, depicts a three-way power struggle between England’s Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and her two power-hungry frenemies, Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) and Abigail Masham, nee Hill (Emma Stone). As with most things involving the British crown, the backstory behind this tale is complicated, slightly absurd, and incredibly juicy. Here are the five historical events that led up to the events of The Favourite.


Queen Anne becomes an unlikely (and not especially good) queen.

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Queen Anne, played by Colman in a turn that’s already won her a Golden Globe nomination and is generating Oscar heat, began her rule in 1702 thanks to a somewhat odd line of succession. A former monarch, her uncle King Charles II, died without an heir, which meant that Anne’s father, James II, took the throne in 1685. However, he fled England during the Glorious Revolution three years later, and the crown fell to Anne’s older sister, Mary, who ruled alongside her husband William of Orange. Mary ruled until her death in 1694, and William’s reign continued until his death in 1702. After all that, it was time for Anne to take the crown.

Thing is, Anne was not especially good at being a queen. Especially, and tragically, when it came to the job of providing an heir. Though she had 17 children with her husband George, only one survived past infancy, and that boy died at age 11. That meant that there was another succession headache looming, and Anne, who had a nasty case of gout throughout her rule, wasn’t especially shrewd when it came to ruling in the meantime. As control of the country began to shift away towards politics, and away from the monarchy, with the Whig and Tory parties vying for control, Anne was just kind of… there.   


Sarah Churchill becomes Anne’s friend, confidant, and bully.

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In 1671, when the future Queen Anne was just six years old, she met a girl named Sarah Jennings and took a liking to her. Dynamic, confident, and older than Anne, Sarah was wise enough to know she should take advantage of this potentially beneficial friendship. Sarah, who would change her last name Churchill upon marrying John Churchill, the First Duke of Marlborough, wielded immense power in the court, as it became widely known that she was the person to approach if you wanted the Queen to do something.

Though Sarah and Anne were very close (a romance between the two has never been confirmed), it wasn’t always a kind relationship. Historians recount that Sarah berated Anne, driving her to tears and bossing the monarch around on several occasions. But, as Anne’s old “friend,” official head of the private royal treasury and bookkeeping, and courtly favorite, Sarah had that kind of power. Or at least, she did.


Abigail Hill joins the court and rises in the ranks.

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The bulk of The Favourite follows the power struggle between Churchill and a new contender for the throne (or at least, the throne’s confidence). Abigail Hill, played by Stone in the film, was Sarah’s cousin, but her branch of the family had fallen on hard times. Sarah brought Abigail, who had been working as a servant, into her personal employ before getting her a gig as a lady of bedchamber for Anne, a decision Sarah would soon come to regret.  

Though generally thought to have not been as mercenary as Sarah, Abigail was shrewd, and when Anne started to rely on Abigail for the emotional support Sarah never really gave her, the newcomer was happy to oblige. Queen Anne knew all about Abigail’s marriage to a courtier named Samuel Masham, while Sarah was on the outs and increasingly irritated by Abigail’s rising standing within the court. We won’t say who ultimately won the Queen’s favor, or how – you will need to see the film for that particularly delicious chapter of the story.

(Worth noting, while we’re on the subject, that there’s no concrete evidence that Anne and Sarah or Abigail were lovers in real life).


The Whigs and the Tories also have a go at it.

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The relationship between Anne, Sarah, and Abigail is the titillating part of the story, but the Queen’s rule was marked by political conflict as well (which is actually quite titillatingly laid out in the film). The Favourite plays more fast and loose with the political aspect of the story than it does with the three women’s relationships, as it would have it, but the gist is that both parties were becoming more powerful in the wake of the Glorious Revolution that overthrew Anne’s father. The queen largely identified with the Tories, since they were more royalist; Sarah, meanwhile, wanted to push Anne into supporting the Whigs, who were more capitalistic puritans. This was the period when England’s two-party system really clicked into place, and it did so as Sarah, Anne, and Abigail were subtly wrestling for influence.


Winston Churchill is involved (sort of!)

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Winston Churchill is not in The Favourite, since the World War II leader wouldn’t be born until more than a century and a half after Anne’s reign ended. However, he was a descendant of Sarah Churchill’s. Sarah would die at the ripe old age of 84, outliving both the queen and her younger rival Abigail. She wrote a book, An Account of the Conduct of the Dowager Duchess of Marlborough, from her First Coming to Court to the Year 1710, that did not portray Anne in a favorable light. Her characterization of Anne as a feeble and weak leader endured, and it wasn’t until much later that historians reevaluated Anne and her reign. But, history, as the old saying goes, is written by the winners. Or at least the longest-livers. Even now, centuries later, The Favourite is still indebted to Sarah’s accounting of the events, even if the Duchess of Marlborough probably would’ve had some objection to the film’s depiction of her.


The Favourite is in theaters now

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Queen Latifah Talks Politics and Black Lives Matter, Plus: Her Work with the American Lung Association

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Queen Latifah is not holding back her feelings about 2020. She told “Extra’s” Nate Burleson, “This whole year has been hell… ya know what I mean?”

Opening up, she said, “I’ve been, you know, emotionally wounded, you know, I’ve been financially wounded… I can’t help my family, that bothers me… When I work, 200 people work, you know what I’m saying? So it’s bigger than me when it comes to that.”

Regarding the pandemic, she said, “Watching this virus called COVID coming at you like a slow-moving train and not seeing enough being done about it, like, ‘Yo, is everybody seeing this?’”

Queen Latifah also spoke about Black Lives Matter, and how it might have been avoided if we paid more attention to Colin Kaepernick. “He decided to take a knee… and then it became about everything except what it was about. It was strictly about police brutality. It was about the way the police were treating Black men… and so here we are five years later, and it took the death of George Floyd… a veteran police officer’s knee on this man’s neck, squeezing the life out of him, for America to really get it.”

Now she is hoping to see changes in the White House. “I have always liked Kamala Harris… I don’t expect her to make miracles overnight. Nobody can reverse what has happened in this country overnight, but I think if we have the right people in place, then we start, you know, chipping away at what has to be done.”

She is doing her part to give back by partnering with the American Lung Association and the COVID-19 action initiative. She explained, “They wanted to raise $25 million to go towards… providing masks for people… research and prevention, and making sure that vaccines would be developed and that they will go toward people in underserved communities.”

Teaming up with stars like Jimmy Fallon, Common, Laura Dern, Katharine McPhee and Gabrielle Union for a livestream event, she said, “If people want to go to get involved, they can go to hashtag ‘act for impact,’ the number four (#Act4Impact). And listen, you don’t have to wait till Saturday — you can start donating right now.”

Learn more here!

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Ken Jeong on ‘Masked Singer’ Season 4, Plus: His New Show ‘I Can See Your Voice’

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“Extra’s” Terri Seymour spoke with Ken Jeong as he promoted his new show “I Can See Your Voice.”

Along with explaining the concept of the show, Ken also dished on the talent on the fourth season of “The Masked Singer.”

He said, “We have the most concentrated talent pool this season.”

“I Can See Your Voice” and “The Masked Singer” air Wednesday nights on FOX.

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