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Jersey Shore Family Vacation Stars Said Ronnie Looked Really Bad After Car-Dragging Incident

Warning! The following article contains spoilers from the Jersey Shore Family Vacation episode “Where It All Started.” Read at your own risk!

Jersey Shore Family Vacation recently featured everyone returning to Seaside Heights, and while Deena was back with the gang for this next chapter, Ronnie was not. Viewers expected this, of course, as news had previously spread that the reality star was absent from shooting in Jersey after an alleged car-dragging incident involving his on-and-off girlfriend Jen Harley. It was claimed that Ronnie looked really bad after the incident, but without photographic proof, fans were left to guess as to how rough the reality star was feeling afterward. Luckily, Deena filled in the blanks and described the pic Ronnie sent to her and the others.

Deena’s reaction implied that Ronnie’s injury pic was pretty graphic, even if she didn’t get to see his actual face. That said, Jersey Shore Family Vacation did show Ronnie later in the episode via a Facetime call, and possibly because a week or so had passed since the incident, his face did not look as “fucked up” as others had implied. Ronnie appeared to be largely unchanged from the neck up, although the cameras were still a distance away from the phone screen, so maybe smaller cuts and bruises didn’t show up. What was seen was that his arm was in a sling, which was confirmed to be a result of the accident.

The arm in the sling seems to be the thing Deena saw too, and Snooki described the picture separately to Angelina. Snooki was a bit more graphic in her description, which helped shed some light on the extent of his injuries:

Ronnie’s arm appeared to get cut up pretty badly during the incident, in which he was allegedly dragged from a car. although Snooki told Angelina she didn’t “see bone” or anything like that. As serious and problematic as the incident and picture were, however, the cast still found time to joke around with their Jersey Shore Family Vacation castmate while talking to him.

Vinny was the first to make a joke, and then kept it going with several puns involving the word “drag.” The gang chastised Vinny and called him out for being insensitive, but Ronnie took the jokes in stride and just appeared to be happy to talk to his friends again.

Everyone on Jersey Shore Family Vacation went on the record in the episode with their own condemnation of Ronnie and Jen’s volatile relationship. During their live-tweeting, the cast was noticeably silent about the drama on screen at that part in the episode, probably because Ronnie and Jen appear to be still (or back) together currently, based on their frequent pictures on social media. The car incident seems to be the last major fight between the two that will air in Season 2 unless the series captured some additional drama the tabloids didn’t pick up on.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation airs Season 2 on MTV on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET. It’s not the only entertaining show on television at the moment, and may not be the last, as our fall premiere guide is loaded with premiere dates for a bunch of new and returning shows this season.

One Long-Lost Walking Dead Character Could Finally Return

The Walking Dead is typically good at resolving the fates of characters both minor and major, even if it takes a while for the writers to make good on that promise. Robert Kirkman revealed at New York Comic Con that the franchise has not forgotten a currently missing member of the group, Corey Hawkins’ Heath, and has confirmed the still-presumably-living character could finally return to the series somewhere down the line. Kirkman talked about the potential future plans for Heath, and how they’d like to bring actor Corey Hawkins back to the show at some point:

Robert Kirkman’s joke at the end appears to mean The Walking Dead has something bigger in mind for Heath’s story down the road. If they didn’t, they could’ve shown a skeleton or some other obvious sign that Heath didn’t make it out on his own, without the need for Corey Hawkins to appear on set. Hawkins has been busy since his days on the AMC show, and his latest appearance in the film BlacKkKlansman proves he’s not slowing down anytime soon. As such, it could still be a while before Hawkins’ schedule opens up enough for another Walking Dead appearance, and his star power in Hollywood might mean any re-emergence he’d make as Heath would be short-lived.

For those who can’t remember what happened to Heath, the character was last seen with Tara fighting walkers back in Season 7. Both were getting overrun, but before Tara could come to Heath’s aid, she tumbled off a bridge and touched base with the Oceanside posse. When Tara returned to her previous spot later in the episode, she found Heath’s broken glasses and a badge that says “PPP,” with the RV they were traveling in now missing. Robert Kirkman’s statement to New York Comic Con attendees appears to confirm Scott Gimple’s prior assertion that Heath isn’t dead, and that there is more within his story they’d like to revisit.

If Heath’s story is indeed picked back up, it seems probable whatever follows has to be tied to that “PPP” card that was left behind. The mysterious card Tara found was the subject of much speculation when it appeared, with various theories regarding its meaning popping up all over the web. Some believe it’s a clue concerning where Heath is currently, while others have guessed it’s a message tied to symbols used in music. Many others have just made memes and jokes about it, seemingly resigned to the fact that we may never know the outcome unless Corey Hawkins finds time in his schedule to return. Given one can never predict what the writers are planning, that might actually be the better option.

The Walking Dead returns for Season 9 and Rick’s final episodes on Sunday, October 7, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Keep tabs on everything happening on television over the next couple of months by visiting and bookmarking our fall premiere guide.

Who Needs Fall Foliage? These Ornamental Grasses Outshine It

HUE KNEW? October at Le Jardin Plume, near Rouen, France. Grasses Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ and miscanthus sinensis ‘Saturnia’ shimmer amid anemone japonica ‘Honorine Jobert’ and Aster ‘Little Carlow.’
HUE KNEW? October at Le Jardin Plume, near Rouen, France. Grasses Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ and miscanthus sinensis ‘Saturnia’ shimmer amid anemone japonica ‘Honorine Jobert’ and Aster ‘Little Carlow.’ Photo: Allan Pollock-Morris

THE UNCULTIVATED eye might miss the subtle charms of grasses in fall, seduced instead by the overt allure of dinner-plate dahlias and blazingly bright foliage. But as the days shorten, the botanically aware know that the indefatigable ornamental grasses—in countless colors, sizes and textures—are primed to steal the spotlight and hold it straight through winter.

“Grasses give the garden its opulence and structure in the fall, when there are fewer blooms,” said Patrick Quibel, who with his wife created Normandy’s bewitching Jardin Plume, or feather garden.

The Quibels’ generous, naturalistic use of grasses among delicate perennials throughout the garden creates contemporary combinations that treat grasses as equals, not just a framework for other blooms. Billows of lavender asters float among Miscanthus sinensis‘Saturnia’ (a Le Jardin Plume introduction), whose green blades explode into gold, amber and bronze come fall. White Anemone japonica dapple Achnaterum brachytrichum, an ethereal plume whose downy flower heads, Mr. Quibel noted, glitter in the early morning dew. The changing leaves seem garish in comparison.

Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Blue Heaven’ transforms from a steely blue to a brilliant burgundy in the fall, perfect for front-of-the-border frippery. In summer, Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus ‘Cosmopolitan’ arches tall in ribbons of white and green variegation. Later it crowns itself with rosy tassels pretty enough to distract eyes from perennials in their withered late-season condition. The hardworking Nassella tenuissima’s upright green tufts turn to flaxen cascades perfect for softening up stone paths.

Like Le Jardin Plume, the grass garden at Kew, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Richmond, England, avoids forcing ornamental grasses into rigid, symmetrical grids, a tired modern trope. The Kew grass garden forgoes flowers completely. The forms and textures of its more than 390 grass species, from towering to tiny, combine to create a frothy, undulating effect. In fall, “grasses maintain their structure, capture sunlight and provide graceful movement in the garden,” said Crissy Mulrain, the garden’s supervisor.

Morning frost in the Grass Gardens at Kew, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Richmond, England.
Morning frost in the Grass Gardens at Kew, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Richmond, England. Photo: GAP Photos/J.S. Sira

Ms. Mulrain also noted that because of the breadth in varieties, grasses are a solid answer to questionable corners, be they drought-prone, nutritionally depleted or even dry and shaded. “No matter where in your garden, there is a grass that will do well,” she said.

Ornamental grasses that aren’t evergreen require only a yearly haircut with a hedge trimmer, when the garden transitions from winter to spring, advised Neil Lucas, author of “Designing with Grasses” (Timber Press).

Establish new plants in spring, and because you spend no time watering, deadheading, feeding or staking, grasses will yield a generous yearlong return, from their early-summer fullness to the sparkle under the first frost. “The best plants do all of the hard work for us.” said Mr. Lucas.

GRASS ACTS / Five Species to Add Shimmer and Color to Your Fading Plot
Who Needs Fall Foliage? These Ornamental Grasses Outshine It
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The Fringe Element

A variegated example, the striped and stately Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus ‘Cosmopolitan’ boasts arching, cream-and-green foliage that reaches upward of 7 feet. As an added bonus, it bursts pink-tinged tassels in the autumn.

Who Needs Fall Foliage? These Ornamental Grasses Outshine It
Photo: Marianne Majerus
The Leggy Blonde

Tall, effervescent, towheaded—Stipa gigantea turns heads in midsummer when, from a 2- to 3-foot clump, it sprouts a crown of golden flower heads topping 8 feet. After seeding, the flowers retain their structure for late-season interest.

Who Needs Fall Foliage? These Ornamental Grasses Outshine It
Photo: Mary Meyer
The Changeling

Scene-stealing schizachyrium scoparium ‘Blue Heaven’ is a low-clumping little bluestem whose 3-foot stature makes it suitable for front-of-the-border drama, especially in fall when it chameleons from steely gray to shades of fuchsia.

Who Needs Fall Foliage? These Ornamental Grasses Outshine It
Photo: Marianne Majerus
The Billowy Bunch

Nassella tenuissima, or Mexican feather grass, grows low, finely tufted green ponytails that flower into fluffy flaxen strands of 2 feet. A potentially prolific self-seeder, it behaves best within its native Southwestern range and in well-managed gardens.

Who Needs Fall Foliage? These Ornamental Grasses Outshine It
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The Upright Citizen

Think vertically with Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’, whose architectural, reed-like posture reaches 4 to 5 feet, making it a strong statement when its narrow spikes bleach to a golden straw.

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Lady Gaga Shows Support for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford With a Powerful Speech

Lady Gaga wants you to know she stands behind Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who says Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago.

Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, she took a break from talking about A Star Is Born to deliver a powerful speech about what trauma does to the memory, as well as the immense strength it took for Ford to share her experience “to protect this country.”

“What I have seen on the news, with this debate of Kavanaugh vs. Dr. Ford, it’s one of the most upsetting things I have ever witnessed,” she began. “It’s heartbreaking, but I will tell you something, because I am a sexual assault survivor, and the truth is—you know. Trump the other day was speaking at a rally and says, ‘She has no memory of how she got to the party, should we trust that she remembers the assault?’ And the answer is yes.”

Gaga was referencing Ford’s testimony during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, where she detailed her alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh. In the heartbreaking testimony, Ford said she is 100 percent sure her attacker was Kavanaugh. The conservative judge firmly denies the accusations and his supporters, most notably the President himself, has mocked her account.

“I’ll tell you exactly why—and I also know that this woman is smart, because she’s a psychologist, she’s no dummy—if someone is assaulted or experiences trauma, there is a science, and scientific proof, it’s biology, that people change, the brain changes, and, literally, what it does is it takes the trauma and it puts it in a box, and it files it away and shuts it, so that we can survive the pain,” she continued. “It also does a lot of other things. It can cause body pain, baseline elevations in anxiety. It can cause complete avoidance of wanting to even remember or think about what happened to you.”

“But what I believe that I have seen, is that, when this woman saw that Judge Kavanaugh was going to be possibly put in the highest position of power in the judicial system of this country,” the singer said, “she was triggered, and that box opened, and when that box opened, she was brave enough to share it with the world, to protect this country.”

Watch the clip, above.

MORE: Watch Donald Trump Publicly Mock Christine Blasey Ford at Mississippi Rally

Lady Gaga Shows Support for Christine Blasey Ford With a Powerful Speech

Lady Gaga wants you to know she stands behind Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who says Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago.

Appearing on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, she took a break from talking about A Star Is Born to deliver a powerful speech about what trauma does to the memory, as well as the immense strength it took for Ford to share her experience “to protect this country.”

“What I have seen on the news, with this debate of Kavanaugh versus Dr. Ford, it’s one of the most upsetting things I have ever witnessed,” she began. “It’s heartbreaking, but I will tell you something, because I am a sexual assault survivor, and the truth is—you know. Trump the other day was speaking at a rally and says, ‘She has no memory of how she got to the party, should we trust that she remembers the assault?’ And the answer is yes.”

Gaga was referencing Ford’s testimony during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, where she detailed her alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh. In the heartbreaking testimony, Ford said she is 100 percent sure her attacker was Kavanaugh. The conservative judge firmly denies the accusations and his supporters, most notably the President himself, has mocked her account.

“I’ll tell you exactly why—and I also know that this woman is smart, because she’s a psychologist, she’s no dummy—if someone is assaulted or experiences trauma, there is a science, and scientific proof, it’s biology, that people change, the brain changes, and, literally, what it does is it takes the trauma and it puts it in a box, and it files it away and shuts it, so that we can survive the pain,” she continued. “It also does a lot of other things. It can cause body pain, baseline elevations in anxiety. It can cause complete avoidance of wanting to even remember or think about what happened to you.”

“But what I believe that I have seen, is that, when this woman saw that Judge Kavanaugh was going to be possibly put in the highest position of power in the judicial system of this country,” the singer said, “she was triggered, and that box opened, and when that box opened, she was brave enough to share it with the world, to protect this country.”

Watch the clip, above.

MORE: Watch Donald Trump Publicly Mock Christine Blasey Ford at Mississippi Rally

Criminal Minds’ Season 14 Premiere Didn’t Do So Well In The Ratings

Once one of the biggest shows on TV, CBS’ killer drama Criminal Minds entered Season 14 on shaky legs, with CBS waiting until late in the game to renew the series for a shortened run. Now, that season has started up alongside the other big fall debuts, and it’s arguably more obvious than ever that Criminal Minds is on its last legs, bringing in series-low stats in both viewership and the demo rating.

The season premiere, titled “300,” was watched by 4.45 million people, which is easily the smallest group of people who have ever tuned in for a Criminal Minds episode. The previous series low was for the Season 13 episode “Annihilator,” which had a 5.04-million-strong audience. Before now, no other installments had ever amassed fewer than 5 million viewers before, which doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season, considering the premieres are often the most-watched episodes.

To be fair, Criminal Minds did have some pretty stout competition from NBC, which used Wednesday night to air its giant “One Chicago Crossover” event between its trio Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago P.D. The latter, which aired in the same time slot as CBS’ crime drama, brought in 7.78 million viewers, which was the lowest total of the three Dick Wolf series, but was still obviously better than Criminal Minds‘ stats. ABC’s new drama A Million Little Things was in third place at that time, with just 3.79 million total viewers. And to its credit, the BAU team also attracted more eyeballs than Fox’s Star and ABC’s Single Parents.

However, A Million Little Things did manage to win out over Criminal Minds in the key age demographic department, according to TVByTheNumbers. The CBS drama faced another series low here, earning a 0.7 demo rating, which is as terrible a sign for its future as anything else. Though Criminal Minds has always skewed older with viewers, even the previously mentioned “Annihilator” managed to rope in a 0.9 demo rating. Seal Team barely topped it with a 0.8 rating (with 5.02 million viewers), but the only programming that fared worse in that stat was The CW’s Burden of Truth finale and a Supergirl repeat.

The Season 14 premiere wrapped up the events from the cliffhanger finale, which saw Garcia taken hostage while Reid was tasked with an impossible request, so it speaks to the show’s pop culture status that so few people tuned in. Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer is hopeful to keep the drama going on CBS for as long as possible, and has many more ideas for all of these characters. But I think we can all agree that the audience needs to match up with its former heights in order for CBS to be confident in Criminal Minds‘ chances of doing better than a new project.

Criminal Minds airs Wednesday nights on CBS at 10:00 p.m. ET. Be sure to keep watching to give the show a better shot at reaching Season 15. And when needing some other form of escapism to dive into, hit up our fall TV premiere schedule.

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Arm Wrestles in New Campaign Ad

A new T.V. spot in one of the country’s hottest Senate races aims to show voters that the guy tough enough to do the job is…the woman already doing it.

In her latest ad, North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp—who’s in a serious fight to hang on to her job in November’s election—makes her pitch while casually arm-wrestling a mountain of a man in a muscle shirt.

“Maybe this is how we should decide elections, because it couldn’t get much more ridiculous,” says the Democratic incumbent in the spot, which her campaign shared with Glamour ahead of its official launch.

Heidi Heitkamp for Senate ad

Heitkamp puts the verbal smackdown on her real-life opponent during the phony arm-wrestling match, telling viewers Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer wants them “to believe that I’m anti-veteran, pro-taxes, and against prosecuting illegal immigrants who commit crimes. Are you kidding me? That’s about as silly and fake as this T.V. ad,” she says.

“I approve this message because I’ve fought every day for North Dakota—and Kevin, I’m just getting warmed up,” Heitkamp closes before slamming the big guy’s arm down on the table.

“Here in North Dakota, we look each other in the eyes and tell the truth—that’s what I learned growing up in Mantador and that’s what I’ve always done as North Dakota’s senator,” Heitkamp told Glamour in an email via her campaign. “But Congressman Cramer apparently doesn’t share those values. I didn’t think it’d come to arm wrestling, but I’ll always fight tooth and nail for North Dakota.”

Republicans would love to replace Heitkamp with one of their own, giving them a stronger hold on the Senate. But recent polls show Heitkamp losing ground to Cramer in North Dakota, a state where Republican President Donald Trump got a whopping 63 percent of the vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 27 percent in 2016.

The latest Cook Political Report analysis calls the race a toss-up in an election that’s seen as a referendum on not just the GOP, but the president himself. Trump endorsed Cramer—whose campaign includes promises to keep cutting taxes and regulations—months ago.

Just Thursday, Heitkamp, North Dakota’s former attorney general, came out against confirming Trump’s controversial Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, potentially riling voters a month out from the November 6 midterms.

“If this were a political decision for me I certainly would be deciding the other way,” Heitkamp told local T.V. station WDAY of her choice to oppose Kavanaugh in a Senate vote that could come in just days.

“History will judge you, but most importantly you will judge yourself, and that is what I am saying: I can’t get up in the morning and look at the life experience I have had and say ‘yes’ to Judge Kavanaugh,” said Heitkamp, who did vote in favor of confirming Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

Cramer, by contrast, has called college professor Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980’s “even more absurd” than the harassment charges Anita Hill made against then-SCOTUS nominee Clarence Thomas.

“These are teenagers who evidently were drunk, according to her own statement,” Cramer was quoted as saying in a radio interview regarding Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh attacked her at a party when they were in high school. “They were drunk. Nothing evidently happened in it all, even by her own accusation. Again, it was supposedly an attempt or something that never went anywhere.”

Kavanaugh has emphatically denied Ford’s allegations.

In a separate T.V. appearance, Cramer also reportedly said even if Ford’s claim’s were true, the judge shouldn’t be out of consideration for a Supreme Court seat just because “he did something really bad 36 years ago.” The congressman did say, however, that he felt Kavanaugh should be disqualified if he lied about the incident under oath, “because that’s what he’s doing today, not 36 years ago.”

Team Heitkamp tells Glamour it’s spending six figures to put the deliberately campy arm-wrestling ad on statewide television and on the web. According to NBC News, the senator is also going to air with another spot that plays up her political independence in the wake of her announcement about opposing Kavanaugh.

Heitkamp’s latest spots joins the reel of ads and viral videos, some light-hearted, some personal and serious, put out by female candidates on both sides of the aisle in a cycle that’s seen a historic number of women nominated for Senate, the House, and governor.

However, she’s not the first woman contender to do battle on air with a male adversary: Sharice Davids, a Democratic lawyer running for Congress in Kansas, put out a clip this spring that showed her in the ring in a nod to her time as a pro MMA fighter.


Celeste Katz is senior political reporter for Glamour. Send news tips, questions, and comments to celeste_katz@condenast.com.

In a pivotal election year, Glamour is keeping track of the historic number of women running (and voting) in the midterm elections. For more on our latest midterm coverage, visit www.glamour.com/midterms.

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp Arm-Wrestles in New Campaign Ad

A new TV spot in one of the country’s hottest Senate races aims to show voters that the guy tough enough to do the job is…the woman already doing it.

In her latest ad, North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp, who’s in a serious fight to hang on to her job in November’s election, makes her pitch while casually arm-wrestling a mountain of a man in a muscle shirt.

“Maybe this is how we should decide elections, because it couldn’t get much more ridiculous,” says the Democratic incumbent in the spot, which her campaign shared with Glamour ahead of its official launch.

Heidi Heitkamp for Senate ad

Heitkamp puts the verbal smackdown on her real-life opponent during the phony arm-wrestling match, telling viewers Republican Representative Kevin Cramer wants them “to believe that I’m anti-veteran, pro-taxes, and against prosecuting illegal immigrants who commit crimes. Are you kidding me? That’s about as silly and fake as this TV ad,” she says.

“I approve this message because I’ve fought every day for North Dakota—and Kevin, I’m just getting warmed up,” Heitkamp closes before slamming the big guy’s arm down on the table.

“Here in North Dakota, we look each other in the eyes and tell the truth—that’s what I learned growing up in Mantador and that’s what I’ve always done as North Dakota’s senator,” Heitkamp told Glamour in an email via her campaign. “But Congressman Cramer apparently doesn’t share those values. I didn’t think it’d come to arm wrestling, but I’ll always fight tooth and nail for North Dakota.”

Republicans would love to replace Heitkamp with one of their own, giving them a stronger hold on the Senate. But recent polls show Heitkamp losing ground to Cramer in North Dakota, a state where Republican President Donald Trump got a whopping 63 percent of the vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 27 percent in 2016.

The latest Cook Political Report analysis calls the race a toss-up in an election that’s seen as a referendum on not just the GOP, but the President himself. Trump endorsed Cramer, whose campaign includes promises to keep cutting taxes and regulations, months ago.

Just Thursday Heitkamp, North Dakota’s former attorney general, came out against confirming Trump’s controversial Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, potentially riling voters a month out from the November 6 midterms.

“If this were a political decision for me I certainly would be deciding the other way,” Heitkamp told local TV station WDAY of her choice to oppose Kavanaugh in a Senate vote that could come in just days.

“History will judge you, but most importantly you will judge yourself, and that is what I am saying: I can’t get up in the morning and look at the life experience I have had and say ‘yes’ to Judge Kavanaugh,” said Heitkamp, who did vote in favor of confirming Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

Cramer, by contrast, has called college professor Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s “even more absurd” than the harassment charges Anita Hill made against then-SCOTUS nominee Clarence Thomas.

“These are teenagers who evidently were drunk, according to her own statement,” Cramer was quoted as saying in a radio interview regarding Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh attacked her at a party when they were in high school. “They were drunk. Nothing evidently happened in it all, even by her own accusation. Again, it was supposedly an attempt or something that never went anywhere.”

Kavanaugh has emphatically denied Ford’s allegations.

In a separate TV appearance, Cramer also reportedly said even if Ford’s claim’s were true, the judge shouldn’t be out of consideration for a Supreme Court seat just because “he did something really bad 36 years ago.” The congressman did say, however, that he felt Kavanaugh should be disqualified if he lied about the incident under oath, “because that’s what he’s doing today, not 36 years ago.”

Team Heitkamp tells Glamour it’s spending six figures to put the deliberately campy arm-wrestling ad on statewide television and on the Web. According to NBC News, the senator is also going to air with another spot that plays up her political independence in the wake of her announcement about opposing Kavanaugh.

Heitkamp’s latest spots join the reel of ads and viral videos, some light-hearted, some personal and serious, put out by female candidates on both sides of the aisle in a cycle that’s seen a historic number of women nominated for Senate, the House, and governor.

However, she’s not the first woman contender to do battle on air with a male adversary: Sharice Davids, a Democratic lawyer running for Congress in Kansas, put out a clip this spring that showed her in the ring in a nod to her time as a pro MMA fighter.

After viewing the spot, the North Dakota GOP appeared unimpressed with Heitkamp’s on-air attack.

“Let’s be clear: Heidi Heitkamp is a liberal Democrat who is now going to spend the rest of the campaign trying to rewrite her record,” North Dakota Republican Party Communications director Jake Wilkins told Glamour via email.

“Heitkamp was elected to represent the people of North Dakota in the Senate, but she has failed,” Wilkins continued, “and a new TV ad can’t erase that.”


Celeste Katz is senior political reporter for Glamour. Send news tips, questions, and comments to celeste_katz@condenast.com.

In a pivotal election year, Glamour is keeping track of the historic number of women running (and voting) in the midterm elections. For more on our latest midterm coverage, visit www.glamour.com/midterms.

Watch Lady Gaga Surprise Fans At A Star Is Born Screening

The buzz around A Star Is Born is impressive, but one group of lucky fans got an even bigger experience than they were expecting. An early screening a couple of days ago received a very special appearance by the one and only Lady Gaga. Check it out below.

Seeing one of the most anticipated movies of the year early is great enough on its own, but fans at a recent screening hosted by YouTuber Tyler Oakley got even more than that when Lady Gaga stopped by to say hi. The audience is attendance is as thrilled as you’d expect and Lady Gaga seemed equally happy that everybody is there to see her new movie. She praises her co-star and director Bradley Cooper for fighting to cast her in the part that many are saying will put her in contention for major awards including the Oscar.

A Star Is Born has been one of the hottest things in entertainment these days as the movie is a double threat. Thanks to the fact that it’s actually about the music industry, A Star is Born contains great music as well, including the recent release Shallow which has been catching fire on music streaming services ahead of the film release. Though, if you’ve been able to avoid the song to this point, you’re in luck, because of the song and video sort of spoil some of the best parts of the movie.

Quite frequently is seems like the movies that win awards and the ones that make money fall in two separate camps, though, A Star is Born might be the lucky film that’s able to succeed in both categories. Whether on not it’s able to overcome an opening weekend challenge from a comic book movie or not, it could very well put up solid box office numbers not only this weekend but in the weeks to come as well.

It’s all the more impressive to see such buzz around a movie that has been made so many times before. It seems to indicate that there’s something universal about the themes of A Star is Born that just works with nearly any audience. The story itself is basically a trope at this point, thanks to the previous versions of the story, but that doesn’t stop people from embracing it. You can now check it out for yourself. A Star is Born is in theaters now.

How The X-Men Movies Are Affected By The Disney And Fox Deal, According To Simon Kinberg

Fox’s X-Men franchise may be in its whopping 18th year of existence, but the long standing property seems to be in flux at the moment. Fox recently delayed a gaggle of movies including Dark Phoenix, and the pending merger with Disney makes the future all the more unclear. Disney’s bid on 20th Century Fox has the potential to bring the X-Men and Deadpool into the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper, finally uniting most Marvel characters in one shared universe. But how will this affect the upcoming movies like The New Mutants? Long standing X-Men producer Simon Kinberg recently addressed just this, saying:

Well, this is interesting. While crossovers and universe-altering change seem like an inevitability, Simon Kinberg and the folks at the X-Men franchise are just continuing the work on previously announced projects. As for the future, your guess is as certain as ours.

Simon Kinberg’s comments to Collider are sure to be a relief to the hardcore X-Men fandom, who may be nervous about the current state of the franchise. While everyone’s favorite mutants have never been closer to joining the greater MCU, the current slate of movies have seen a fair amount of set backs. Just one day after releasing the trailer for Dark Phoenix, the movie ended up being pushed back a number of months. Also on hold is Channing Tatum’s Gambit, and The New Mutants had previously been delayed after releasing an epic trailer of its own.

But despite these setbacks and the need for extensive reshoots in both Dark Phoenix and New Mutants, 20th Century Fox and the powers that be in X-Men land are still moving forward with its set of future blockbusters. Aside from the projects that are already in the can, Simon Kinberg also maintains that both Gambit and Multiple Man are still in development. Gambit has Channing Tatum attached, and has been pushed back a handful of times already. Multiple Man has been a bit more of a mystery, but James Franco is reportedly playing the lead, in a film that may end up being rated R. We’ll just have to see how things continue to develop over at Fox.

The next installment in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise is Dark Phoenix, which was recently pushed back to June 7, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.