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‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Changed My Mind About Nicole Kidman

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People tell me that Nicole Kidman is a good actor. Hollywood agrees with that assessment. So far Kidman has one an Academy Award, a BAFTA, two Emmys, and five Golden Globes — the awards we use to gauge whether or not someone is good at acting. Despite this mountain of evidence, I’ve had a hard time seeing it. I could only see Nicole Kidman as “Nicole Kidman.” At least that was the case until Nine Perfect Strangers came along. By casting Kidman as the goddess-like figure I secretly believe her to be, I can finally understand how truly superb Kidman is as an actor.

I recognize that this is my weird problem, and mine alone. By the time I was old enough to care about actors, Kidman had already broken onto the scene with Far and Away, Batman Forever, and Eyes Wide Shut. She dominated the covers of most major magazines, and anything she did could be used as fodder for a news story. We didn’t have gods, but we had celebrities, and those were basically the same. Often in interviews Kidman comes off as grace embodied. She smiles openly at reporters who seem overly eager to be in her presence, and encourages her co-stars to talk even when she’s clearly the focus. And yet there’s an approachability there, something about her that makes you wish she was your best friend.

That’s what started my dissonance. I’d see Nicole Kidman on screen, but I’d never accept that she was anyone other than herself. Gretchen Carlson? No, that’s Kidman with shorter hair. Marisa Coulter? Wintertime Kidman. Celeste Wright? Kidman with more running. They were all nice to watch, but I couldn’t see anyone other than my nice actor friend, some form of a woman I would love to be.

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This sort of borderline deranged idol worship for an everyday person? That’s exactly the sort of energy that makes Nine Perfect Strangers hum. Kidman’s Masha fits perfectly into my weird hangups with this star. Masha is supposed to be better than us. That’s the entire point of her character. Masha offers the hope that there’s another way of living, that if you drink the right smoothies, avoid sugar, and meditate daily, you may one day reach the elevated level of humanity where she currently resides. She has to be seen as perfect and aspirational or else the Venus flytrap that is Tranquillum House will fail. And Kidman plays her part beautifully.

Masha is exactly the sort of woman who would immediately terrify me, yet I would follow to the edge of the Earth. In every scene she seems to glide rather than walk. Her nods and rare smiles feel strangely all-knowing, as if she knew exactly what each of her guests was about to say, and she’s patiently waiting for them to get there. Merely entering a room causes her guests to reverently fall into silence. She’s the sort of character who warns me I may be susceptible to cults.

But as the series progresses, the cracks start to show. Masha isn’t all mellow reflections on death and calls to action for the living. Every new threat triggers a new flash of anger. She dives into water and sits at the bottom of pools, punishing herself and forcefully willing herself to ignore her own messy humanity. Abstaining from sugar is shown to be an active choice. As each episode shows, Masha isn’t just naturally better than the rest of us. She has to fight and claw and repress to be this ethereal. Seeing Kidman suffer through these extremes after starting on a pedestal is what opened my eyes. For the first time, I’m seeing Kidman not as a celebrity; but something more.

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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.”
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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.”
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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

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