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Jeopardy! champ Mattea Roach reflects on win streak |



Mattea Roach always knew her record-breaking reign at the Jeopardy! podium would come to an end.

The all-time Canadian champion said her success on the show was as much about luck as it was trivia prowess.

“I just kind of felt like, why would I possibly be upset about this?” she said in a phone interview before the episode that ended her run aired on Friday.

“Obviously I would have preferred to have won. But I was always going to lose eventually, and most people lose their first game. I’m lucky I got to win 23.”

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She’s also had months to process the loss, given that the episode was filmed on Feb. 15.

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“Any possible angle I could have dissected my last game from, I feel like I did in the week after I taped it.”

Roach came to the conclusion that things could have ended differently had she tweaked her strategy, but she’s opting not to dwell on it. She was lucky “so many more times” than she was unlucky, she said.

And after weeks of media attention on both sides of the border, she’s ready to take a breath — something that’s gotten easier, given her US$560,983 in winnings. It’s the fifth largest haul of any contestant in Jeopardy!’s regular season.

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Jeopardy! champ Mattea Roach ends record-breaking run after losing by $1

The law school tutor will turn law school student in the fall. She got her first acceptance while taping the show and is still deciding where to enroll, but until then, she plans to take it easy.

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“Maybe I just won’t really work more than part time between now and then,” Roach said. “And I’ll just enjoy a last summer of freedom.”

“There’s so much stuff that I have not done in my life yet, because I’m relatively young,” she said. “I haven’t traveled in a long time. I have money now, I guess. I can go places if I want to.”

She’s also looking forward to thinking about things other than TV and trivia.

“Before Jeopardy! I was in a place in my life where there wasn’t really forward motion,” she said. “And now I feel like, for reasons both related to and unrelated to Jeopardy!, that’s not true anymore.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2022.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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Jennifer Lopez Recalls Emotional ‘Hustlers’ Oscar Snub in ‘Halftime’ Trailer



One of the most headline-making Oscar snubs in recent years occurred when Jennifer Lopez failed to secure her first-ever nod, for best supporting actress in Hustlers. Lopez had been considered a favorite for Academy recognition that season after her showstopping turn as enterprising stripper Ramona, but came up empty-handed on nominations morning. The omission was painful for J.Lo, as seen in the first trailer for her upcoming Netflix documentary, Halftime.


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In the preview, Lopez talks about her struggle “to be heard, to be seen, to be taken seriously” in Hollywood. “It was hard. I just had very low self-esteem,” she says in a voiceover as footage of her crying while looking at her phone in bed is shown. “I had to really figure out who I was and believe in that, and not believe in anything else.”

Lopez was snubbed in favor of Florence Pugh (Little Women), Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell), Margot Robbie (Bombshell), Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit), and eventual winner Laura Dern (Marriage Story). But she had little time to lick her wounds before co-headlining the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show with Shakira. “I do this, not for an award,” Lopez says in the trailer as her performance looms. “No, I do this to connect with people and make them feel things because I want to feel something.”

Ben Affleck, Lopez’s now-fiancé after a twenty-year break, is also featured in the trailer talking about negative press coverage of his partner: “I said to her once, ‘Doesn’t this bother you?’ And she said, ‘I expected this.’” At the time of her snub, Affleck—who had not yet reunited with Lopez—criticized the Academy for its oversight. “She should have been nominated,” he said then. “She’s the real thing…. How awesome is it that she had her biggest hit movie at 50? That’s fucking baller.”

Lopez first opened up about her Oscar nomination that wasn’t to Oprah Winfrey, telling the mogul that she “felt like I let everyone down a little bit.” J.Lo admitted, “I was a little sad because there was a lot of buildup to it. There were so many articles. I got so many good notices—more than ever in my career—and there was a lot of ‘She’s going to get nominated for an Oscar. It’s going to happen; if she doesn’t, you’re crazy.’ I’m reading all the articles going, Oh my God, could this happen? And then it didn’t and I was like, Ouch. It was a little bit of a letdown.” Still, she maintained, “I don’t need this award to tell me I’m enough.”

Her Netflix documentary Halftime will premiere on the opening night of the Tribeca Festival on June 8, before debuting on the streamer on June 14.

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Ready for Roses! Becca Tilley Kisses Hayley Kiyoko After Music Video Cameo



So rosy! Bachelor Nation’s Becca Tilley shared a kiss with singer Hayley Kiyoko while celebrating the release of her latest hit “For the Girls.”

The pop star, 31, and the reality TV star, 33, locked lips at a party held in honor of the new song and its accompanying video, which dropped on Friday, May 20.

Kiyoko put a queer spin on The Bachelorette in her new music video. “For the Girls” is the first single from her upcoming album, Panorama, out this summer.

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In the footage, the California native stands in front of a mansion waiting to meet the contestants vying for her heart. As the limos pull up, women dressed in gowns and suits exit one by one, introducing themselves to Kiyoko before entering the mansion. Just like an episode of the ABC dating series, there are tears, toasts and tons of makeouts.

At the end of the video, a car honks outside and one last contender steps out of her limo. Tilley emerges in a gold off-the-shoulder dress and smiles at Kiyoko. The “Scrubbing In” podcast host previously appeared on season 19 of The Bachelor, finishing as Chris Soules‘ runner-up in 2015, and returned on Ben Higgins‘ season the following year.

“‘For The Girls’ is an anthem celebrating that love, highlighting our strength, beauty, and vulnerability,” the songwriter explained in a press release. “The music video is meant to reflect that celebration with a sense of humor and an expansive take on whose romantic story gets told.”

The self-directed video aimed to “give representation to all of us searching for love,” Kiyoko continued. “Being surrounded by queer people of many different gender identities and making art that feels relevant to us was the greatest gift. It was a reminder of how resilient this community is and how strong and confident we feel being our authentic selves together. No matter how you identify or who you love, I hope this summer bop makes you feel sexy and empowered.”

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Following her search for love on reality TV, Tilley briefly dated Robert Graham, who appeared on season 9 of The Bachelorette and season 1 of Bachelor in Paradise. Us Weekly confirmed they called it quits in 2017, and the clothing designer has decided to keep her dating life on the down-low ever since.

“I just think that my relationship that I’m in is just, I like that it’s private and it’s my own,” she exclusively told Us in September 2019, months after revealing on her podcast that she was “in love” with someone. “I had a public relationship before and it just felt like I had a lot of people involved, which I know that’s why they sort of watched me in the first place.”

At that point, Tilley didn’t “have a timeline” of when she would reveal her significant other’s identity. “I just feel if the moment comes where I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m just going to say something,’ then I will,” she told Us. “I’m really happy and I hope to eventually start opening up about it more, but I’m happy with it being private right now.”

More recently, the chiropractic assistant asserted that she wasn’t “hiding” her romance from fans. “Being private on social media is not the same as hiding. People already have an opinion on about my relationship and I haven’t even shared it,” she explained during an Instagram Q&A in February. “Makes sense why I want to protect it? But maybe one day! It’ll be our choice though.”

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Cynthia Erivo & Alia Shawkat Lead Anthony Chen’s ‘Drift’ For ‘Call Me By Your Name’ & ‘Nomadland’ Producers — Cannes



EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) will lead cast alongside Being The Ricardos and Arrested Development star Alia Shawkat in Anthony Chen’s (Ilo Ilo) English-language debut Drift.

The film reunites Call Me By Your Name producers Emilie Georges and Peter Spears and exec producer Naima Abed. Spears won the Best Picture Oscar last year for Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland.

Drift follows a young Liberian refugee named Jacqueline (Erivo) who has barely escaped her war-torn country to a Greek island. She offers massages to tourists in exchange for one or two euros to battle her hunger, while her daily struggle for survival keeps the memories that haunt her at bay. She meets an unmoored tour guide (Shawkat) and the two become close as they each find hope in the other. Ibrahima Ba, who has a supporting role in Cannes 2022 title Father & Soldier, is also among cast.

Filming is currently underway in Greece on the under-the-radar drama. Susanne Farrell (Dirty God) and Alexander Maksik adapted the screenplay from Maksik’s well-received novel A Marker To Measure Drift.

Drift marks the third collaboration between Chen and Georges, who sold his first two films, Caméra d’Or winner Ilo Ilo and Wet Season. French firm Memento is handling sales but it isn’t a sales priority project in Cannes.

Georges and Abed, co-founders and co-CEOs of Memento’s newly re-launched production label Paradise City are producing with Spears of Cor Cordium. Cynthia Erivo and Solome Williams are producing under their Edith’s Daughter banner alongside Anthony Chen’s Giraffe Pictures. Konstantinos Kontovrakis and Giorgos Karnavas are serving as co-producers for Heretic.

Erivo stars in Netflix’s upcoming film Luther opposite Idris Elba. She will next begin filming Jon M. Chu’s two-film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Wicked, starring as Elphaba opposite Ariana Grande. Erivo was nominated for two Oscars for Harriet, for Best Actress and Best Original Song, and was recently nominated for an Emmy for her performance in Genius: Aretha. Also a singer and a stage actress, Erivo has won Tony, Grammy, and Emmy for her performance in the musical The Color Purple.

Shawkat can currently be seen in Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed feature film Being The Ricardos from Aaron Sorkin. She stars opposite Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem as I Love Lucy writer Madelyn Pugh. On TV, she will next be seen in FX’s series, The Old Man, opposite Jeff Bridges. She is well known for HBO’s Search Party and Arrested Development.

Festival-favourite Chen’s recently wrapped The Breaking Ice starring Dongyu Zhou. He is also slated to direct The Secret Daughter with Priyanka Chopra and Sienna Miller for Amazon.

Drift is a compelling and deeply affecting story about the strength of the human spirit during the worst of times. It has been an emotional experience developing this film in the past few years, particularly during the challenging days of the pandemic,” said director Chen. “I’m thrilled to mark my English language feature debut working alongside the remarkable talents of Cynthia and Alia.”

Commented Erivo: “From the moment I read Drift, I was moved by the rare duality of Jacqueline, who both painfully and hopefully represents the depths of the immigrant experience, and specifically the black immigrant experience abroad. Sadly this subject becomes more and more relevant and timely with each day. Too often the experience of immigrants is told through headlines, which don’t encapsulate the individual’s humanity. My hope is this project can show their struggle with the empathy and attention it deserves.”

Georges said: “From my long standing collaboration with Anthony on Ilo Ilo and Wet Season, I’ve learned that he has a unique talent for exploring intimacy with love and his accessible style giving the audience access to character’s humanity, decency and warmth.”

Added Abed: “Representing the immigrant experience requires nuance, subtlety and grace. We couldn’t be prouder to have this incredible team to bring this story to life.”

Spears explained: “In this time of great human upheaval, Drift reminds us of our common humanity; that every one of us has a story forged by hope, resilience, and, for many, unimaginable hardships. I could not be prouder to help tell this powerful story with our incredible team of filmmakers from around the world.”

The film is a co-production between Paradise City Films (France), Heretic (Greece) and Fortyninesixty (the U.K.), in association with Cor Cordium, Edith’s Daughter and Giraffe Pictures, and is financed by Sunac Culture and Aim Media, Lauran Bromley’s Ages LLC, the UK Global Screen Fund – financed by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and administered by the BFI, and the Greek Film Center, with additional support from the Creative Europe Media European Program.

Erivo is represented by UTA, Authentic Talent & Literary Management & The Lede Company. Anthony Chen is represented by UTA and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates. Shawkat is repped by UTA and MGMT Entertainment.

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