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Does Fitness Model Sommer Ray Have a New Boyfriend?

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When you’re in the public eye, it’s inevitable that paparazzi or fans will snag a picture of you when you’re least expecting it. Fitness model and YouTuber Sommer Ray is known for her large social media following, and in February she was caught engaging in some PDA with rapper Machine Gun Kelly (real name Richard Colson Baker). 

Who is Sommer Ray?

Before accruing an Instagram following of more than 24 million, Sommer got her internet fame started on the now-defunct app Vine. The 23-year-old Colorado native is known for her fitness / workout videos. As for how she makes her money, Sommer features sponsored Instagram posts on her page, and she also has a line of merchandise that is available for sale. 

Sommer’s mom, Shannon Ray, is also an Instagram influencer, and she has more than 750,000 followers.

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She has three siblings as well: Savana, Skylyn, and Bronson.

In 2017, Sommer became one of the members of the Clout Gang, a collective of influencers that was created by Ricky Banks in response to Jake Paul’s Team 10. 

Alissa Violet and RiceGum were just two of the other well-known members of Clout Gang. It’s unclear whether or not the collective still exists, since there are no social media accounts for it.

Who is Sommer Ray’s boyfriend?

YouTuber Brandon Awadis posted a new video to his channel in September titled “Dating Sommer Ray for 24 Hours!!” The video showed Brandon and the fitness model playing games, doing yoga, and even meeting the influencer’s mom. So, are the two really a couple? In an old video, Brandon revealed that Sommer is his celeb crush.  

Though the pair definitely seem like a cute couple, it’s safe to say they are just friends. 

Prior to going on a “date” with Brandon, Sommer was spotted with rapper MGK.

In February of 2020, TMZ posted a slew of grainy photos and videos that showed the fitness model holding hands with and kissing Machine Gun Kelly. The two were spotted at a concert together, and they were also seen engaging in some PDA at a mall.   

Machine Gun Kelly also fueled the romance rumors when he posted photos from a group trip to the Bahamas. In one snapshot, the two are sitting next to each other in a golf cart. In another, they are hanging out with another friend on the beach. 

Interestingly, they have actually known each other for some time now. They first met in 2017, when they both appeared on MTV’s Wild ‘N Out. One Twitter user posted a side-by-side photo of MGK and Sommer from the taping of the episode they appeared on together, and a photo of them kissing from the paparazzi.

“Started from this to this,” the Twitter user captioned the photo.

Machine Gun Kelly then confirmed the romance by retweeting the side-by-side and writing, “Hard. Even tho 2nd pic is complete invasion of privacy. But hard.”

But, it seems the two had a short-lived fling. In a recent TikTok video by fellow influencer Tayler Holder, the social media star seemed to confirm that he is dating Sommer.

“Boo’ed up,” he captioned a TikTok video of the duo sending each other snaps. It appears they started officially dating on May 19, 2020. Tayler’s most recent videos also feature his new girlfriend. 

As for Sommer’s past romantic history, she and her fellow Clout Gang member RiceGum dated. But, they seemed to split in 2018. She also reportedly dated actor Max Ehrich in 2017.   

Fellow Sway House member Bryce Hall only further confirmed the pair were an item. During a TikTok livestream, Bryce answered a question about Sommer and Tayler’s relationship, telling viewers, “It looks like they are. They’re definitely feeling all up on each other’s faces and stuff.”

He continued, saying they’re “definitely, maybe, kissing. I will say they probably have kissed,” but you “shouldn’t take [his] word for it.”

That being said, Bryce also tweeted that he supported a potential relationship between Tayler and Kelianne Stankus, another TikToker Tayler has been rumored to be seeing.

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Netflix’s Francisco Ramos: Spanish-language content has to keep its ‘specificity’ | News

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“Without specificity we will lose our identity,” said Francisco Ramos, vice-p[resident of Spanish-language originals for Netflix in Latin America, in an online industry talk organised by San Sebastian’s industry desk alongside Creative Europe this week. 

Ramos was speaking about the boom in Spanish-language content, with the goal to protect each country’s, or even each region in a country’s, specific voice.

He added, “In Latin America, more and more we want stories that start to pave the way to talk about diversity, and the specificities of culture. In countries like Mexico and Brazil, each region is a whole universe…We need different and diverse perspectives, diversity of stories.”

“The language somehow is the vertebrae of us, but it doesn’t mean it’s one single culture. Let’s promote the specificities of our own Hispanic cultures. That specificity that unique point of view that comes from the director, creator, that is what makes each product special.”

Netflix is very active in Spanish production of course, but increasingly also in Mexico and Latin America, such as Brazil and Argentina.

”The main motivation that we have to expand our location presences in more and more countries is that we are convinced the combination of the best content coming from each country in the world, they need to have those local stories but linking that with this global perspective,” Ramos explained.

 

“We are in a moment in which we are demolishing barriers. Spanish content isn’t just for Spain and Mexican content is not just for Mexico. Each country has its own culture, it’s a huge opportunity.”

 He continued, “The Spanish language is important because it links so many different civilizations, between Latin America and Spain, and links with the Mediterranean basin.”

Ramos hopes Netflix can support more unique voices, including in countries such as Uruguay, Chile or Peru, to tell their specific stories. “Being from a small country that doesn’t mean you are small in a creative setting, there is a lot of talent,” he said. “You have impact through credibility. That story can only happen right there at that place, at hat moment. That is the most interesting thing for us.”

He added, “We need to give power to the executives in each country so that they can create the fabric of local relationships. And in those places where we have no local office, we have headquarters in Amsterdam or Mexico, we have Argentinians working with Argentinian producers, and Colombians working with Colombian producers, that is the first step. The second step is that we need to use more traditional co-production models. To have the best possible offer for our subscribers., we have to be open to any model [of financing and production].”

He noted Netflix productions had begun again, with new Covid-19 safety measures, in both Spain and Mexico.

He wants Netflix’s Spanish-language productions to be “more and more ambitious” and that can be powered by the current subscriber growth. “at a local level, we are able to do things maybe eight years ago that we wouldn’t have been able to carry out. The goal is to be ambitious and to improve the quality and diversity of our offer.”

Of the Spanish-language world, Ramos said, “The value of language is something that American people have been taking advantage of, and we have to do the same.”

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‘Utopia’ Review: Amazon’s Gillian Flynn Adaptation Is a Grim Nightmare

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By and large, “timely” is a terrible word to use in the context of a review. There are obvious exceptions, when dissecting the weight of an excellent program is tied directly to its relevance, and before my pesky little trolls dig up eight old articles where I improperly lean on that particular adjective, I’ll admit: I’ve used it. We’ve all used it. When you watch a show or film that feels particularly relevant to headline news, it’s almost instinctual to throw the word “timely” into your own headline. People need to know know that this one is different than so much of the mindless entertainment out there, because this show speaks to the moment.

But does that mean it’s good? Bad? Effective? Affecting? “Timely,” on its own, doesn’t really tell us anything qualitative, and even as a context clue, the word has been hollowed out by misuse. Commentators who use “timely” to describe narratives about police misconduct or racial injustice simply haven’t been paying attention long enough. Overuse is a problem, too. As long as you’re writing about what’s going on in the world today — and, one way or another, we all are — everything is timely. Trump’s election really crystallized that concept, as so many stories post-November 2016 felt related to the president, his supporters, or the many problems connected to both.

When your mindset is dominated by a common concern, all roads lead to the same spot. A drama about the systematic oppression of women? Timely. A comedy about political sniping? Obviously timely. A show about dragons and warfare and full frontal nudity set in a made-up fantasy land? Still timely! The point being, if you sit with something long enough — whether it’s living under a misogynistic fascist or surviving a global pandemic (with a death toll that’s been exacerbated by that same misogynistic fascist!) — then it clouds your every thought. You see everything through that fog, and thus everything you see is foggy.

Enter “Utopia,” Amazon Prime Video’s new original series that’s impossible to discuss without mentioning its timely premise. Set in modern day Chicago, the eight-episode first season follows a group of comic book geeks who are fighting a mysterious organization for control of a graphic novel — and here’s where the relevance comes in — that may hold the key to ending a national pandemic.

Hazmat suits are worn by nearly every lead character. National news covers the viral outbreak 24/7. People are scared. Protests erupt. Conspiracies are debunked and, disconcertingly, validated. “Utopia” carries more parallels to the ongoing global pandemic than many of today’s news outlets (where the next election has outranked COVID coverage).

Jessica Rothe in “Utopia”

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It’s also very, very different. Without getting into spoiler territory, it’s hard to say exactly how “Utopia’s” fictional pandemic differs from our real one, but its origin, dispersal, and effects are all tailor-made for a TV thriller, if not outright science fiction. This isn’t a grounded take. This is entertainment, and any timeliness wasn’t invited by its creators — it was thrust upon the show by circumstance.

So here’s another problem with “timely”: Whether intended as an endorsement or a censure, the word can often elicit the opposite effect. Maybe you don’t want to watch a TV show that hits a little too close to home right now, but plenty of people do. Similarly, if you’re only invested in seeing direct parallels to your real-world experience, there’s still someone else who’s hoping to escape into an alternate timeline only tangentially connected to our own. People are fickle. Just because you “can’t imagine” who would or wouldn’t want to watch this show, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of those folks out in the world. All you can do — as a critic, a writer, or anyone with a louder megaphone than average — is interpret how well the series achieves its goals, and what effect it had on you.

What you need to know about “Utopia,” now that I’ve spent more than half of my word-count explaining what you don’t, is that it’s grim to the point of being hostile, clumsy in critical character-centric moments, and an otherwise efficient dystopian thriller. (Many episodes are under 50 minutes, which is often the bellwether of streamlined television these days.) Amateur conspiracy theorists have plenty to chew on (arguably too much by Episode 7), and the unsettling trail of breadcrumbs is dispersed well enough to keep hardened viewers engaged. There’s at least one too many gruesome “twists” by Episode 2, especially a kicker that undermines a lot of long-term potential, but fans of Gillian Flynn’s dark and violent written work will likely see a lot of similarities between her past screen adaptations and this, her second adaptation of another author’s work. (Remember: “Widows” was also based on a British TV show.)

Utopia Amazon Series Dan Byrd

Dan Byrd in “Utopia”

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If you’re looking for a stronger opinion, maybe consider why I ended up writing more about the annoying trend of “timely” TV than “Utopia,” but let me expand on the provided premise anyway: “Utopia” starts at a comic convention where a random relative has discovered the eponymous comic that could save the world — and is selling it for cold hard cash. “Utopia” is the sequel to “Dystopia,” which according to its obsessive fans, accurately predicted many of the diseases afflicted upon society over the last few decades, so it’s only logical to assume the follow-up will offer similarly clairvoyant foresights. Unfortunately, mega-fans Wilson (Desmin Borges), Becky (Ashleigh LaThrop), Ian (Dan Byrd), Samantha (Jessica Rothe), and the mysterious Grant (Javon “Wanna” Walton) aren’t the only ones who believe in “Utopia’s” predictive power, and soon they’re being chased by an ominous corporate goon squad (led by Christopher Denham’s cold-blooded Arby) and a lethal woman who may or may not be a character from the comics (“American Honey’s” Sasha Lane).

Near the end of its seventh episode (the last provided in advance), “Utopia” lands itself in the middle of a debate I’m not sure it wants. Time (and interviews) will tell what kind of messaging was intended, if any at all, but this kind of narrative mismanagement isn’t restricted to the show’s more delicate thematic content. The biggest problems lie in its characters, mainly the possible comic book character Jessica Hyde, who is simply too cold-blooded and underwritten to make for a compelling central figure. The rest of the crew are similarly flimsy, even if the performers (notably Desmin Borges and Cory Michael Smith) manage to elevate them above sketches.

For how well “Utopia” mines modern society’s greatest fears, it’s mainly cultivating them for ambiance, not commentary. Maybe current events make it difficult to judge the show on its own terms, but it’s not free from judgment either. There are problems and pluses that exist no matter when someone watches — credit to the Chicago backdrop for helping distinguish the series’ overall look — and, ultimately, it’s just another spooky story in need of refinement. To call it timely would be too generous and too thoughtless. Huh, it’s almost like the conversation should’ve been focused elsewhere.

Grade: C

“Utopia” Season 1 is streaming now via Amazon Prime Video.

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10 TV Shows You Should Binge-Watch This December

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Great news: it’s the time of year where it’s completely socially acceptable to spend any and all free time curled up in front of the TV with a cup of hot cocoa and keep warm with some of the best that TV has to offer. Luckily, December has that in spades with 10 returning programs that we can’t wait to catch up on in time for new episodes later this month. Among our recommendations: Amazon’s award-winning comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, J.K. Simmons’ sci-fi spy drama Counterpart, the return of the animated superheroes of Young Justice, and more.


What it is: In 1950s New York City, Midge Maisel’s (Rachel Brosnahan) husband, Joel (Michael Zegen), admits to having an affair and leaves her. Rather than getting back, she gets even, and decides to pursue his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian — which makes sense, because she was the funny one all along.

Why you should watch it: Certainly the runaway comedy hit of the past year, Maisel won top honors at both the Emmys and Golden Globes and is well-positioned to do it again this award season. Brosnahan’s star-making performance (and her scene-stealing costars like Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein) anchor a series that is smart, funny, and full of heart — not to mention super timely. Quite simply, it’s a home run. Season 2 streams in full on Amazon Prime Dec. 5.

Where to watch: Amazon

Commitment: Approx. 7.5 hours (for the first season)


What it is: From creator Justin Marks, Counterpart is a sci-fi drama centered on Howard Silks, a low-level employee at a nondescript agency in Berlin who comes to learn his employer is actually guarding and operating an underground tunnel that connects to a parallel world that mirrors his own. The catch is that everyone has an identical-but-different counterpart in this parallel dimension, and his is a top-level spy intimately involved in the brewing war between both sides of the tunnel.

Why you should watch it: Counterpart is probably one of the great new shows that you’re not watching — and this is the perfect time to change that. Among the best-reviewed dramas of the past year, this espionage thriller is tense, gripping, and altogether unexpected in the best of ways. Plus, J.K. Simmons is in top form, pulling double duty as the central Howard and Howard Prime and offering a revealing study of cause, effect, and how our choices have repercussions out of our immediate control. Season 2 premieres on Starz Dec. 9.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 10 hours (for the first season)


What it is: Based on the beloved Archie comic and from creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, this iteration of Sabrina the teenage witch has a dark and spooky twist, charting the titular witch’s (Kiernan Shipka) coming of age as she’s forced to choose between human normalcy and her magic’s haunting lore.

Why you should watch it: Sure, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina may have just made its big Netflix debut this Halloween, but will premiere an hourlong Christmas special, “A Midwinter’s Tale,” this month. That makes it a perfect time to binge the first 10 episodes of season 1, which was an immediate sensation with lovers of Riverdale and the original Melissa Joan Hart–starring series alike. “A Midwinter’s Tale” premieres Dec. 14.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 10 hours (for the first season)


What it is: From creators Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan, Timeless stars Abigail Spencer, Malcolm Barrett, and Matt Lanter as a trio (a professor, a soldier, and an engineer) tasked with traveling through to save the world — and history — as we know it.

Why you should watch it: Christmas is coming early for the devoted fans of NBC’s sci-fi action drama that was resuscitated not once but twice. Though the network canceled the series after its first season, it quickly reversed the decision days later. The cancellation after season 2 stuck, but after more fan outcry NBC decided to bring the series back for a two-hour installment to wrap up loose storylines. Thrilling, entertaining, and featuring dazzling set and costume design pieces across its many time periods, Timeless is the kind of series that lives up to its name. Catch its anticipated final installment on Dec. 20.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 18 hours (for the first two seasons)


What it is: Creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage leave their mark on the Marvel Cinematic Universe with this hit Hulu series based on the comic of the same name, which follows a motley group of super-powered teens who unite to stop their supervillian parents.

Why you should watch it: By this point, you know what you’re getting with an MCU project — but Runaways still manages to have a few surprises up its sleeve. Led by a cast of a excellent young actors and featuring a unique spin on the hero-villain narrative (and exploring relationships between friends and family in the process), the streaming series is a welcome addition to the already well-trod Marvel empire. We can’t wait to see what season 2 has in store when it premieres Dec. 21. 

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Hulu, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 8.5 hours (for the first season)


What it is: Those poor, poor Baudelaire orphans — always getting caught up in events that are, well, unfortunate. Netflix’s whimsically dark series follows Violet, Klaus, and Sunny who, after their parents’ death, are put in the care of an evil distant cousin, Count Olaf, who’s set on getting his hands on their sizable inheritance.

Why you should watch it: Neil Patrick Harris is doing more than just stealing the show (as he did for nine seasons on How I Met Your Mother) — he is the show, making each of Olaf’s master-of-disguise getups more beguiling than the one before. It’s just an added bonus that the sets, music, and just about everything else about this series are technically dazzling. Season 3 premieres in full Jan. 1.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 13 hours 9for the first two seasons)


What it is: A spinoff of Kenya Barris’ beloved and award-winning black-ish, grown-ish charts eldest daughter Zoey Johnson’s next big journey: college.

Why you should watch it: We already expect the Johnson family of black-ish to fearlessly deep dive into hot topics with heart and humor, and grown-ish carries the torch on to the college campus. Plus, if Yara Shahidi’s take on Zoey in the former series didn’t make it clear enough, she gives an absolutely star-making turn as the leading lady on this spinoff. Season 2 premieres Jan. 2.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 4.5 hours (for the first season)


What it is: The city of Gotham was a mess well before Batman had anything to do with it, and this Fox hit depicts exactly how and why in this origin story of Commissioner Gordon’s rise to prominence and Bruce Wayne’s transformation into Batman — and the varied ne’er do wells they dealt with along the way.

Why you should watch it: Now that Gotham is rounding the bend into its fifth and final season, this is the perfect time to binge and catch up on all the DC Comics fun of this gritty and endlessly entertaining series. An assortment of characters both known and new, it’s especially grounded by Benjamin McKenzie’s take on a young Det. James Gordon. Season 5 premieres Jan. 3.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Netflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 65 hours (for the first four seasons)


What it is: Before Runaways was charting the lives of teen superheroes coming into their own, there was the beloved (and until recently, much-missed) Young Justice, a Cartoon Network animated series from Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman that follows teen superheroes and sidekicks as they try to prove their worthiness of the Justice League.

Why you should watch it: It is with a great sigh of relief that the fan-favorite Young Justice returns from its elongated hiatus for an adventure-filled third season, titled Young Justice: Outsiders. This outing has the likes of Nightwing, Superboy, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, and others taking on meta-human teen trafficking, and even appears to have the team venturing off into space. Season 3 premieres on streaming service DC Universe on Jan. 4.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 19 hours (for the first two seasons)


What it is: To reveal very much about the twists and turns of this complex cat-and-mouse drama would spoil the fun, but the impetus of the series is rooted in its pilot, in which FBI agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) is called to a peculiar case where the highly pursued fugitive Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) turns himself in and demands to speak to her — and only her. Promising that he has intel on some of the world’s most dangerous underground terrorists, they build an unlikely partnership.

Why you should watch it: The guarantee for first-time viewers of the long-running and much-loved Blacklist is that you’re in for one heck of a rollercoaster ride. Led by a stellar performance from Spader as the central criminal mastermind, the series has time and again reinvented itself and upped the ante with each outing. It’s a safe bet that season 6, which premieres Jan. 4, will do the same.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 80 hours (for the first five seasons)

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