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The Weekend Mauling: 12.9.2023

Hi, Milhouse. The studio sent me to talk to you, being a former child star myself, and the number-one box office draw from 1939 through 1940! Wow! Spanning two decades.

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The Dark Side of Christmas Music - The Atlantic
The season of Christmas music––of Mariah Carey blasting in malls, carolers gracing street corners, and children singing about Rudolph—has once again arrived. Fans of festive cheer are rejoicing, and haters are rolling their eyes. I spoke with my colleague Spencer Kornhaber, who covers music for The Atlantic, about what makes holiday music sound distinct, how the genre relies on nostalgia, and why sleigh-bell-sprinkled tunes can be so polarizing.

The French Taco Has Made Landfall in the U.S.
In France, the term “taco” might not mean what you think it means. The so-called French taco is a concoction that doesn’t look like a round handheld tortilla loaded with various meats or veggies—it’s more akin to a quesadilla crossed a with shawarma wrap. It consists of a flour tortilla filled with meat, fries, condiments, and cheese sauce, then the entire thing is sealed shut and grilled to perfection.

Zion Williamson reportedly refuses to prioritize diet and conditioning: '[He] doesn't listen' -
Williamson's poor worth ethic has been a source of frustration for the Pelicans since they drafted him No. 1 in 2019. The Pelicans have tried to surround Williamson with veterans who have track records of maximizing their potential. The team signed JJ Redick in 2019. IN 2022, they traded for CJ McCollum.

Texas Supreme Court pauses ruling allowing pregnant woman to have an abortion | The Hill
On Friday, the court said it was staying a Thursday ruling from a district court that allowed 31-year-old Katie Cox to have an abortion. Cox, who is 20 weeks pregnant, has a fetus that has been diagnosed with full trisomy, which is a condition that results in miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of the infant in the hours, days or weeks following the birth.

Natalie Portman Thinks Star Wars Fans Likely Overlooked A Key Part Of Her Performance
"I had been to Japan. I went to the Kabuki theater, and when I saw the sort of drawings for Queen Amidala, I was like, 'Oh my god, that reminds me of the Kabuki!' And so I tried as a 16-year-old to kind of, like, channel that influence because it was such a specific style. The slow kind of movement, and very, kind of, dreamlike ... I mean, I don't know if any of it reads. You're paying attention to the spaceships."

Brandon Flowers on when The Killers first met Noel Gallagher on the 2005 NME Tour
“We were doing the NME tour and we were playing at Brixton Academy or something and we heard that Noel’s gonna come to show, he was probably there to see Franz Ferdinand or Kaiser or somebody but he’s coming and after the gig, we finish and here he comes, you know, This is one of my heroes, he walks in the door and I am just so excited,” began Flowers.

Chinese garlic is a national security risk, says US senator
Republican Senator Rick Scott has written to the commerce secretary, claiming Chinese garlic is unsafe, citing unsanitary production methods.

McDonald’s CEO: Bigger burgers are coming | CNN Business
It’s not just more burger in your burger. It’s more everything. The burger chain plans to open thousands more restaurants. It wants to add 100 million members to its loyalty program, which nudges customers into spending more. And it’s investing in more marketing campaigns to get people craving its burgers and fries — and, increasingly, chicken sandwiches, too.

Noel and Liam Gallagher's children put feud in past with reunion pic
Anais, Gene and Lennon posed happily at the luxury brand's afterparty alongside footballer Rúben Dias, putting past social media jabs behind them.

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” Sets Season 12 Premiere Date (Exclusive) – IndieWire
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” will return for its 12th season on February 4, IndieWire has exclusively learned. HBO chief Casey Bloys had previously told reporters the sitcom would be back in February without giving a specific date.

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