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Mia Isaac From ‘Not Okay’ and ‘Don’t Make Me Go’ Is Having A Breakout Year

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Last year, Mia Isaac had never been in a feature film. Now, at 18, the young actor has delivered two buzzy performances as a lead in two different movies—Amazon’s Don’t Make Me Go and Hulu’s Not Okay, released less than a month apart—and will soon be headlining a Hulu series produced by Oprah Winfrey. To say that Isaacs is having a moment would be an understatement.

In Don’t Make Me Go, which was released on Amazon Prime in mid-July, Isaac starred as the 16-year-old daughter of a single father (played by John Cho) who is whisked away on a road trip, after her dad learns about his terminal diagnosis. It’s a sweet, endearing, and, eventually, tragic father-daughter story that relies heavily on Cho and Isaac’s performance, which they delivered in spades.

But it’s Isaac who is the real breakout star. She’s impossible not to love, sincere and earnest in a way that makes you want to shield her from the horrors of the world. When she delivers her big, emotional plea to her father to fight for his own life—tears streaming down her face—she breaks your heart. It’s her movie, really, and it’s hard to believe as you’re watching that it’s her first feature film role.

In a previous interview with Decider, Don’t Make Me Go director Hannah Marks said her team viewed tapes from nearly 400 girls to play the role. “From her very first tape, there’s something so special about her,” Marks said. “She had never really acted before, and so we did several callbacks and a chemistry-read Zoom between John and Mia. They had chemistry even over Zoom.”

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Isaac plays a very different sort of character in Not Okay, which was released on Hulu on Friday, but her performance is no less compelling. While’s sweet, open-hearted, and just a touch naive in Don’t Make Me Go, in Not Okay she’s traumatized, angry, and grieving. Rowan (Isaac) is a survivor of a school shooting, who has channeled her rage and sorrow into activism. One of her viral, rousing anti-gun speeches catches the attention of protagonist Danni Sanders (played by Zoey Deutch), who lied about being a survivor of a terrorist attack and is now milking her “trauma” for the internet clout.

As annoying as Danni is, you immediately see why she’s so drawn to Rowan. It’s not just her Instagram follower count; it’s a magnetism that Isaac exudes, drawing everyone into her orbit. Rowan is everything that Danni isn’t. She’s generous. She’s compassionate. She’s real. She graciously humors Danni’s attempts at friendship, because she thinks Danni is going through something, and she genuinely wants to help. And when she finally learns about Danni’s lie—her betrayal—Isaac once again breaks your heart.

The movie gives Rowan the final word, via a wrenching slam poetry performance from Isaac. She radiates rage and hurt, as she spits her words—aimed at Danni, who is sitting in the audience, unknown to Rowan—into the mic. Her eyes shine with tears, and her whole body quivers as she puts everything she is feeling out into the world. It’s the kind of performance you can’t look away from.

Needless to say, you’ll know by the end of the film that Isaac is a young performer to keep your eye on. Coming up, she is starring in Black Cake, a family drama Hulu series produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films company. Isaac will star as a young bride in the 1960s, whose disappearance becomes the plot of a murder mystery cold case. If her talent in Don’t Make Me Go and Not Okay is any indication, this is just the beginning of a long career for Isaac.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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