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How The Umbrella Academy season 2 explains Grace’s true origins

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Grace’s discovery leads to Reginald sharing that he’s “quite often” involved in nefarious things before he tries to gaslight Grace into feeling guilty about her snooping. As she pleads with him to be honest, Grace declares she wants to spend the rest of her life with him. In response, Reginald takes Grace’s hands and says, “Someday, I hope to share it all with you. Until then, I’m asking you to trust me.” But Grace can’t, and she shakes her head before declaring, “I can’t wait that long.” 

At this point, he’s lost Grace, but is it forever? Knowing that Reginald did once love her, it now makes more sense why we’d see her in a robotic form. Reginald was likely trying to re-create their family with Pogo and saw a chance to do that with the siblings. In this way, he does “share it all” — including knowledge of an impending apocalypse — with a woman who waited for him. Yet, knowing what Reginald’s capabilities are, coupled with the open-ended departure of the human Grace, it’s not entirely clear what kind of relationship robot Grace has to her flesh-and-blood counterpart. 

Is “Mother” a new version of the woman Reginald once loved, or some hybrid like Pogo and Luther? Furthermore, fans saw at the end of The Umbrella Academy season 2 that Reginald has formed a new team, The Sparrow Academy. With the timeline now altered and his relationship broken up, could robot Grace only have been a product of a season 1 timeline where the real woman never learned Reginald’s connection to the JFK assassination? Could Diego telling her mean she’s not present on Reginald’s new team? 

While fans know where “Mother” has been, they’ll now have to hope season 3 explains what becomes of this incredibly influential force on The Umbrella Academy.  

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Tu Dors Nicole is the rare film to capture the tedium of summer

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Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: As August kicks off and the warmest season begins drawing to a close, we’re looking back at some of our favorite summer-themed movies.


Tu Dors Nicole (2014)

For many people, especially those fresh out of school and circumscribed by money or geography, summer is an aimless time defined by temp gigs, tenuous relationships, and desperate attempts to relieve boredom. It’s understandable that so many filmmakers tend to liven up their summer films with external conflict or improbably high stakes, if only because it’s very difficult to dramatize the sheer tedium of youth. In Tu Dors Nicole, however, director Stéphane Lafleur depicts one of the most resonant, believable lazy summers of the past decade simply by focusing on idle moments too rarely captured on film. Much of Tu Dors Nicole features bored people trying to entertain themselves by any means necessary. The results are often riveting and beautiful.

Lafleur’s portrait of a dog-days summer is grounded by the friendship between Nicole (Julianne Côté) and Véronique (Catherine St-Laurent), two Québécois twentysomethings suffering from severe post-grad malaise. When Nicole receives her first credit card in the mail, she and Véronique impulsively buy tickets to Iceland in order to “do nothing, but somewhere else.” It’s an excuse to get out of the suburbs, particularly after Nicole’s brother, Rémi (Marc-André Grondin), turns their family home into a makeshift recording studio for his indie/garage rock band. Unfortunately, the plans are quickly scuttled by Véronique, who doesn’t live at home and can’t abruptly quit her job because of rent. A rift grows between the two old friends.

The Ghost World-esque narrative compels on its own merits because Lafleur and his stars are committed to indirectly communicating universal feelings, like jealousy and betrayal and the painful feeling of drifting apart from a close friend. There’s a brief blow-up, but most emotions are unspoken, conveyed instead by pointed glances or pregnant silences. Lafleur never makes it too explicit, but it’s clear that Nicole is the more insecure and socially defensive of the two, the Enid to Véronique’s Rebecca, and her friendship with Véronique has always sat on slightly unsteady ground. When Véronique hits it off with Rémi’s new drummer, JF (Francis La Haye), who also casually flirts with Nicole, lingering resentments are brought slightly closer to the surface.

Yet this plot never threatens to overwhelm Tu Dors Nicole, a film much more interested in conveying the weight of ennui. When she’s not at her job folding clothes in a secondhand store (where she frequently shoplifts), Nicole putters around her neighborhood, watching the neighbors and walking empty suburban streets at night because of her insomnia. A general half-awake feeling pervades Tu Dors Nicole, underscored by the film’s gorgeous black-and-white 35mm photography, which spotlights the gray areas Nicole moves through, and the fact that every character exists in some kind of liminal state. Nicole and Véronique face relatively uncertain futures, likely apart instead of together. Rémi knows his band will soon break up when Pat (Simon Larouche), his bassist, starts a family. In the film’s most overtly surrealist touch, a local neighborhood kid (Godefroy Reding) speaks with a sexy adult voice, which he believes gives him a shot at Nicole, his former babysitter. Though he exists in the film’s margins, he’s the literal manifestation of the shaky bridge between childhood and adulthood that Lafleur probes so well.

Like all great coming-of-age stories, Tu Dors Nicole focuses on a specific element of adolescence, mainly the terrible time when someone finally realizes that they’re in control of their own fate. Lafleur and Côté ignore all the traditional platitudes about “likability” and render Nicole unique but recognizable, someone who can be petulant one moment and generous the next. She is a typical college graduate in many ways, unsure of how to live out the rest of her life, and yet her behavior also suggests she’s completely lost in a deeper sense. (A telling moment: Nicole, sitting in the stands of an empty baseball field with Véronique and JF, is the only one who doesn’t react when suddenly informed that a ball is headed right for them.) As the English translation of the film’s title suggests, Tu Dors Nicole traces Nicole’s slow “awakening,” concluding on a reckless act that nevertheless implies she’s finally taking the reins of her own life, even though she can’t always predict the consequences.

Availability: Tu Dors Nicole is available to stream for free (with ads) on VUDU and on Kanopy (with a library card or university log-in). It can also be rented or purchased from Google Play, iTunes, and YouTube.

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Former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Peter Thomas thinks he contracted coronavirus after taking a selfie with a fan

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Former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Peter Thomas has tested positive to COVID-19.

The bedridden reality star shared his diagnosis on Instagram on August 3, saying that he thinks he contracted the deadly disease after taking a selfie with a fan.

“I’m going to tell you something, wear your mask, wear gloves and practice social distancing,” the 58-year-old said in the video. “People come up to me and ask me to take pictures all the time and they want me to have the mask off and they want to hug on me and they say they like me. I take those pictures, and every time I take those pictures, I’m praying to God that I don’t get this thing, but it caught up to me.”

Real Housewives of Atlanta, Cynthia Bailey, Peter Thomas, Omars La Ranita, 2016, New York City.
Peter Thomas was married to Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey from 2010 to 2017. (Getty)

Thomas was married to 53-year-old RHOA star Cynthia Bailey up until 2017, and often appeared on the popular franchise. The pair went their separate ways after seven years of marriage and Thomas now lives in Miami, where he runs his beachside bar, Bar One. 

“It’s the most excruciating pain I could think of. My stomach [has been] a complete wreck for the last 8 days, pain [and] constant cramping. The pain is crazy. Chills all day and all night,” he said in the clip, adding that he took five COVID-19 tests before getting a positive reading. 

READ MORE: Real Housewives of Potomac star Ashley Darby reveals how she and Aussie husband survived ‘torrential times’ to become stronger than ever

“I gotta be in bed for another seven days before they come and take the test again. I have to be negative twice before I can even think about outside. I guess I should be celebrating because here in Miami there’s 260 people dying everyday for the last seven days. I am celebrating because I’m still alive,” he said. 

“I want you guys to take this thing extremely serious because it’s no joke. The pain don’t go away. Your body is extremely sensitive, the slightest little thing, it’s constant pain everywhere. I can’t wait for this s–t to be over.”

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Behind the scenes of Doctor Doctor Season 4, Episode 8

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Hugh unleashes on everyone he loves after turning up to his birthday party drunk on the latest episode of Doctor Doctor.

The heart surgeon turned to alcohol when Tara, the doctor he was supposed to be mentoring, wound up in hospital following a difficult operation that triggered post traumatic stress disorder.

“He’s quite affected by everything with everything that’s gone on with Tara,” he told 9Entertainment in an exclusive video interview. “Tara ends up having to take a big break from medicine and that affects Hugh greatly, he starts blaming himself.”

While Hugh offended almost all of his family and friends at the party one person remained on his side.

“Penny has a lot of empathy towards Hugh, she can’t help it and she sees him for what he is. It’s been a really traumatic day for Hugh and it’s been a hard day,” Hayley McElhinney explained.

Penny gives Hugh a room to stay for the night, and that tender gesture resulted in Hugh telling Penny he loves her, but it’s a bittersweet moment for the star-crossed pair.

“He’s declared his love before, there’s always an obstacle and this time it’s clarity,” Corser added. “It’s not as genuine when he’s so intoxicated and high so she’s left with hollow feelings — this guy kind of promises everything but it’s conditional, he had to get so drunk to say it.”

Given Penny is married to Jarrod, it looks like things get a bit awkward the morning after. An exclusive preview scene shows Jarrod literally throwing Hugh out of the house, furious that his love rival stayed the night.

Meanwhile, Ajax confronted Ken over suspicions he’s been having an affair with Ajax’s wife Hayley. It was an awkward situation for Hayley, who was forced to admit that she’s actually been attending a pole dancing class with Ken.

Hayley’s portrayer, Chloe Bayliss, said her character’s secrecy about her new hobby leads to the accusation.

“I feel like Hayley is so wrapped up in the pole dancing, this new thing that’s just for her that she hasn’t really noticed that Ajax has these concerns that she might be having an affair,” she revealed.

“It’s like she’s put him to the side and has no idea about what’s going on in his life because he’s looking after [their son] Jimmy and everything, and she’s just found this new passion.”

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The accusation is shut down quite quickly but Hayley’s secrecy around her pole dancing classes could have ramifications for the couple in episodes to come.

There is one couple going from strength to strength though, and that’s Matt and Charlie. The ex-spouses have newly reunited and things are quickly heating up, according to a preview scene for next week’s episode.

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