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Amber Rose takes a break from quarantine to get Botox injections

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Amber Rose is not letting the coronavirus pandemic hold back her beauty routine.

The model, 36, revealed on Instagram Thursday that she hit up celebrity favorite Dr. Jason Diamond in Beverly Hills to get a round of Botox injections.

“Thank you @drjasondiamond Ur the best! My forehead is so Smooth!,” Rose captioned a photo with the doctor, both wearing face masks.

The Beverly Hills Council voted to resume elective and cosmetic surgeries in California earlier this month.

Another Kardashian-favorite dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer, told Page Six Style that his clients have been calling his office daily, begging for treatments. He even says he has 1,000 appointments already booked for late summer with his regulars, who are all desperate to re-do their Botox, fillers and other rejuvenating treatments.

Other celebrities who are willing to go to great lengths for their looks during lockdown include “Bachelor” star Amanda Stanton, who drove to Arizona to get her hair colored, and the cast of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” who hired hair and makeup teams to come to their homes ahead of the virtual reunion taping.

Perhaps Dr. Lancer will be able to open his doors sooner than expected.

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NFMLA Launches Seed&Spark-Powered Online Film Festival

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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, which champions emerging filmmakers, is holding its monthly film festival online this month in coordination with the highly respected crowdfunding and SVOD platform Seed&Spark.

This marks a triumphant treturn for the NMFLA Festival after COVID-19 shut down its March and April editions, and the NFMLA Monthly Film Festival will be the very first film festival to launch on the new Seed&Spark platform.

The first all-digital NFMLA Monthly Film Fest will begin Friday and run through Sunday, with a focus on Female Cinema and Asian Cinema, two parts of NFMLA’s InFocus Initiative, which aims to correct the lack of diversity in media.

It will include short and feature film programs, filmmakers, Q&As, industry panels and more. Moderators and panelists will include CNN contributor and author Jeff Yang, Viacom CBS vice president of talent acquisition Suzanne Rosenthal, journalist Katherine Tulich, Gossip Girl writer Elaine Loh, the Big Sick writer Emily V. Gordon, among others.

Seed&Spark has previously worked with artists including Mark Duplass, Lena Waithe, Patton Oswalt, Jill Soloway, Franklin Leonard, Jason Reitman and many more.

“Team Seed&Spark is proud to be launching our virtual festival and screening platform with NFMLA. Both organizations are centered on helping independent filmmakers build their careers, so the alignment couldn’t be better,” said Emily Best, Seed&Spark founder and CEO.

A full schedule is here, and a full festival pass is $45, though you can also buy passes for individual films and panels.

Here’s a full list of the films:

Shorts

● A Sunburnt Summer – Zicheng Li (Writer/Director)

● Beam – Jesse Gi (Writer/Director)

● Boxers of Brule – Jessie Adler (Director)

● Crimson Cuffs – Madeline Vail (Writer/Director)

● Curtains – Kirsten Vangsness (Writer/Director)

● Daytime Moon – Kyung Sok Kim (Director), Kyung Sok Kim and Rex Reyes (Writers)

● Deaf Latinos Y Familias – Kathryn Boyd-Batstone (Director)

● Dream Boy or the Pursuit of Being – Auden Bui (Writer/Director)

● Fleck – Jing Ai Ng (Writer/Director)

● He Wants To Know My Number – Sakinah Iman (Writer/Director)

● Jackets For Butterflies – Hank (Writer/Director)

● Just One Night – Sahar Jahani (Writer/Director)

● Kama’āina (Child of the Land) – Kimi Howl Lee (Director)

● Master of Divinity – Eugene Suen (Writer/Director)

● Pushing Buttons – Summer Rudas (Director), Silvana Gargione (Writer)

● Red Ladies or Help! My Mom is a Republican – Parida Tanti (Writer/Director)

● The Cat in Me – Xuerui Wang (Director), Lingyu Wang (Writer)

● The Jessicas Are Turning 30 – Maya Sugarman and Amy King (Directors)

● Topanga – Aycil Yeltan (Writer/Director)

● What We Talk About When We Talk About Lights, Camera, Action – Jianle Liu

(Director), Ruochong Wang (Writer)

Features

● First Blush – Victor Neumark (Writer/Director)

● Romance Analyst – Rachel Wortell (Writer/Director)

Founded in 2007, NFMLA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves approximately 25,000 patrons annually. It has screened more than 2,500 films from roughly 80 countries.

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Top Chef Power Rankings, Week 12: The Pitfalls Of Cooking Italian Food For Italians

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This week, the Top Chef gang traveled to Italy for part one of the season 17 finale, the series’ first in Italy. I was hoping for some incredibly provincial Italian food criticisms, about how you should-a never cook-a this thing in-a this way, and we did get some of that, though not enough. Not that it’s ever enough. Frankly, I could’ve used more hand gestures, too.

Before they went anywhere though, the show had to squeeze in four or five minutes of infomercial content about how great the food is in the American Airlines Admiral’s Club and how comfortable the seats are on American Airlines Business Class while the contestants all smiled and gushed about what a great time they were having on American Airlines Business like some fresh-faced kids on the cover of a course catalog. Aw, see how much ass the show had to kiss in order to afford going to Europe? Basic cable productions are just like us!

Even after they arrived — at the luxurious Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa — the show had even more generous product placement to do for Birra Peroni. “I love Peroni!” Steph whispered, in what was surely a moment of pure spontaneity.

In the quickfire challenge, “Champagne Padma” from last episode became “World Traveler Padma” in the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro in Lucca, showing off her not inconsiderable Italian skills. Oh, did you not realize that Padma is fluent in Italian? The things one learns when one is an internationally famous model… You know what I learned at my first job? How to nap with my sunglasses on so it looked like I was awake.

The first challenge was to make an “aperitivo,” which we were given to understand is basically the Italian version of a tapa — something small you eat to whet your appetite for more food while putting just enough calories in your belly to provide ballast for your drunk ass to waddle from bar to bar. Ugh, stupid Europeans, always drinking and having a good time. I’m so proud we “won” two world wars. Meanwhile, they all spend three days a week (plus 12 random holidays) getting sloshed and eating cured meats and still live 10 years longer than we do. Wonderful culture we’ve got here. I’d probably resent them for their food, and scenery, and history, and ample vacation days, if we didn’t have so many beautiful cities here like, uh… Scottsdale, and… Topeka. Yeah.

Anyway, the contestants had to cook their aperitivo for 30 people in 30 minutes, continuing this season’s trend of impossibly hard challenges. The locals mostly went easy on them, with no gesturing or crotch grabbing or giving of the evil eye. Which was frankly very disappointing. After that, Tom showed up looking like he was auditioning for a Fellini movie:

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Ay, Signor Colicchio, come fa? My man looks like he’s about to say buongiorno to all the bellisima lady and drive off in an extremely small car.

In the elimination challenge, the chefs got to tag along for a truffle hunt. That’s when a team of men in rubber boots and adorable dogs go snuffling around a forest in search of your mother’s panties. Jk, jk. I actually saw an incredible documentary at Sundance called The Truffle Hunters about this very thing — one guy sang songs on an accordion and another got a benediction for his truffle dog at a cathedral. It was incredible. Sony Pictures Classics, get off your asses and release that.

All of this was, naturally, a prelude for a challenge in which the chefs had to create a dish to showcase the flavors of Tuscany’s famous white truffle. Now, if you had “someone shaving $800 worth of truffle onto a dish with more spices than an average mole” on your Top Chef bingo card, you can definitely check that one off. Che peccato, non me piace, why you donna respect-a mama’s a-truffles?

The chefs also learned a very important lesson this week, about how Italian supermarkets don’t sell chicken broth. Which does seem extremely Italian. “Chicken-a broth? Basta! You donna have-a due o tre hora to cook-a di brodo you-a self, you donna deserve-a no brodo!” (*spits on ground, crosses self*)

(Don’t look at me like that, you knew this week’s recap would have lots of terrible fake Italian).

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5. (-3) ((eliminated)) Gregory Gourdet

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AKA: Kravitz. Aka Hepcat. Aka Lids. Aka Pollos Hermanos.

Yep, Gregory is out. Can you believe it? This one was both painful and shocking. Not since Stefan in season five have we seen such an odds-on favorite all season stumble in the finale. Gregory was also the second contestant eliminated this season after the end of Last Chance Kitchen — meaning he and Malarkey and the next few eliminated chefs will be the only ones not to get a second chance.

And he did so after a top-three finish in a quickfire. And in the midst of back spasms. As a backiotomy-needing American myself, I commiserate. It’s easy to imagine not giving too much of a shit about cooking when your back hurts. There aren’t too many things worse for your back than taking a trans-Atlantic flight and then standing hunched over a cutting board all day. Especially when you’re a long-legged dude like Gregory.

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The Dish: Wild boar with tomato, prunes, cocoa, and white truffle polenta.

The Reviews: “The truffle was lost.”

According to some stuff I Googled just now, “cinghiale in dolceforte” is a traditional Tuscan dish made of wild boar and dark chocolate that is often compared to mole. Gregory’s version looks bomb as hell but yeah, I guess I can see how shaving a few hundred bucks worth of white truffles on top of something that resembles mole would be an elimination-worthy offense. Seems like Gregory would’ve been better off incorporating truffles into something Haitian-ish rather than serving the Italians his version of their food. Gotta keep them Italians on their heels, Gregory! You can never let an eye-talian get too comfortable, I always say.

I don’t know what’s worse, a clear favorite going home so early or that we only got half an episode worth of Gregory-in-Italy’s-fashion to enjoy.

4. (+1) Stephanie Cmar

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AKA: C-Monster. Aka Underdog. Aka C-Truffle.

I nicknamed Steph “C-Truffle” for totally non-truffle related reasons, and this week it showed. She, like pretty much everyone else, made a dish that didn’t let the truffles shine. The C-Monster was actually in the bottom of both challenges this week, but somehow she’s still hanging on.

First, in the quickfire, she attempted a “venison en carrozza”, with venison stuffed into two slices of focaccia toast spread with gorgonzola and then deep fried. That actually sounded pretty good, though deep frying venison went as badly as you might imagine and the townsfolk nearly broke a tooth trying to gnaw through it.

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The Dish: Squash and brown butter mezzaluna, porcini brodo, rosemary, braised radicchio & white truffle.

The Reviews: “Too much going on.” “Truffle gets lost.” “Please don’t make us any more pasta.”

The most Italian moment of the episode was probably when Steph served her elimination challenge dish and an Italian woman walked over to say “please, don’t-a cook us anymore a-pasta, we-a so tired of-a eating the pasta.” Hey, thanks, lady. Great timing.

At first, I thought Steph’s squash ravioli looked pretty good, but then when I read the actual ingredients I get mad that Gregory got sent home instead of her. Rosemary, porcini, and radicchio? What the f*ck? She also served the radicchio even after she tasted it and made a gross face. C’mon, C-Monster! There’s no rule that says you have to serve everything you buy! Was it because Kevin won the quickfire with a radicchio dish? Let this be a lesson, not every radicchio is a winner.

I’m half rooting for C-Monster as the clear underdog but she keeps sabotaging herself with these rookie mistakes. Clean it up, C-Monster.

3. (+1) Kevin Gillespie

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AKA: Hops. Aka Oops All Kevins. Aka Thicc Kev. Aka Foghorn Kevhorn.

Thicc Kev screamed into an early lead this week, winning the quickfire with his creamy polenta with radicchio agradolce. In the elimination challenge, the editors would have us believe Kevin was undone by his lack of familiarity with Italian supermarkets, when he accidentally bought ground pork, wild boar, and veal instead of whatever single ground meat he intended to (unclear).

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The Dish: Polpette with chestnut honey, roasted onion, pecorino, and white truffles.

The Reviews: “The spices he used are competing with the white truffle.” “It didn’t need the meat at all.”

When Gail asked Kevin why he chose to deep fry his meatball, Kev said “I didn’t want it too saucy, there was already so much fat elsewhere on the plate that I didn’t want to add more.” Which has to be the first time a chef said they deep-fried something in order to make it less fatty. Only a Southern chef…

Say what you will about Foghorn Kevhorn, if he was going to go out, it was going to be the way he came in — atop a shield of deep-fried meat. You gotta respect it. I want to see at least one tater tot dish out of Kevin before this season ends.

2. (+1) Bryan Voltaggio

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AKA: Flatbill Dad. Aka Bry Voltage. Aka Kyle Shanahan. Aka Linkin Clark Griswold. Aka Family Bry.

Linkin Clark couldn’t speak a lick of Italian, but he oozes the kind of raw dadliness that requires no translation. The way the collar of his plaid shirt sticks out the neck of his sweater… it screams “quit messin’ with the dang thermostat!” in any language. Where nü metal meets New Balance, that’s where you’ll find Bryan Voltaggio.

Bry Guy blew yet another quickfire challenge (too many spices in the lamb tartare) but redeemed himself in the elimination challenge with yet another hyper-competent yet slightly boring white tablecloth take on the challenge.

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The Dish: Braised veal shank ragu, chestnuts, white truffle, and aerated potato.

The Reviews: “It has the right classic flavors.” “I got the most pure truffle flavor from Bryan’s dish.”

Was this the first foam of the season? Do “aerated” potatoes count as a foam? I don’t know, but I do know that Bry Guy damn near won another challenge and his skill set seems well suited for pleasing these persnickety Italians. Have the editors and judges been sandbagging him all season? Or is he about to become runner up yet again?

1. (even) Melissa King

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AKA: Zen Master. Aka Dimples. Aka Shutterstock.

Did you catch Melissa’s fantasy of riding through Italy on a scooter with a beautiful woman on the back? I think that was the first hint at Melissa’s sexuality this entire season and they moved right along. You have to admire the way Top Chef glosses right over the kind of human interest nuggets most reality shows would beat you over the head with in umpteen promos.

With Gregory gone, Melissa is pretty obviously the odds-on favorite to win it all. First she almost won the quickfire with a pickled mussel and then she won the elimination challenge with a rice congee.

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The Dish: Truffle congee, salami, fried garlic, parsley, quail egg, and white truffle butter.

The Reviews: “I thought the quail egg was brilliant.” “If we remove the salami she made a really intelligent dish.”

Melissa did her own food with an Italian twist, rather than her own twist on Italian food, which seemed like the right move. She managed to win even as she pissed off an Italian for the unforgivable food sin of cooking salami. Once again, apparently without even breaking a sweat. How could she possibly lose at this point? I guess we’ll find out.

Vince Mancini is on Twitter. Read more of his cooking commentary in UPROXX’s Cooking Battles and Viral Cooking. For past Top Chef Power Rankings, go here.

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13 Reasons Why Season 4 Honest Review: I Am Happy The Tapes Lay In Peace!

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*Spoiler Alert*

Clay and gang’s final year at Liberty High, the final season of 13 Reasons Why, and finally the shit is over. With slow storyline, not much to show, the makers have narrowed down the final season with 10 episodes, unlike the previous seasons which had 13 episodes each.

So what do we have in box for the final season? Let us say we have, a certainly boring and too slow storyline, characters which have become less interesting over the years and a death which was not required.

The final season of Netflix’s controversial teen drama ’13 Reasons Why’ answers the questions from the previous seasons which certainly didn’t require any answers.

The series that started with the story of Hannah Baker, had no references for the ‘dead’ character until the last 10 minutes of the series finale. The tapes are back, for like 5 minutes, a character who had just cleaned himself up is forced to die, and Winston who wanted to take revenge does nothing apart from flirting with Tyler and Alex throughout the show.

Though the final season has a loose storyline there were a couple of moments that stabbed the fans right in their hearts.

Alex kisses Zach but falls in love with Charlie, Justin goes and returns from Rehab but breaks up with Jessica, he then after some time realizes he loves Jessica and dies as soon as he starts dancing with her.

Clay on the other hand has developed into a person who in ordinary terms is referred to get some mental therapy or even a checkup. Clay’s annoying habit of seeing dead has not gone, he still sees Monty, but this time Jessica has also got the powers to see Bryce, who is also dead.

After a point of time, I started wondering is this Clay or Klaus from The Umbrella Academy.

SO SHOULD YOU WATCH THE FINAL SEASON?

The answer to the question is pretty clear, investing 10 hours in 13 Reasons Why Season 4 is something even Hannah Baker won’t recommend you. The actors did a fabulous job, the production was impeccable but the storyline lacked something too much as compared to the previous seasons.

So if you are willing to watch the show, this honest review cannot change your decision but if you are someone who is starting the show from Season 1, I would suggest you cancel your Netflix subscription after completing Season 2 so that you would not even accidentally click on Season 3 and Season 4 of 13 Reason Why.

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