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UCLA basketball players arrested in China

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Three UCLA men’s basketball players were arrested in China for shoplifting on Tuesday, media said, a day before U.S. President Donald Trump arrived on his first official visit.

The players arrested were freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, according to USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and ESPN, all of which cited unnamed sources familiar with the incident. Ball is the younger brother of National Basketball Association rookie Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Reached by telephone at a hotel in the eastern city of Hangzhou on Wednesday, Ball declined to comment. ESPN said the three had been picked up by police at their hotel on Tuesday and released on bail early on Wednesday. They were confined to their hotel pending legal proceedings, it said.

The University of California, Los Angeles, declined to confirm the arrests but said it was “aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China”.

“The university is cooperating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time,” UCLA Athletics said in a statement provided by spokeswoman Shana Wilson.

The UCLA team had arrived in China on Sunday with plans to play Georgia Tech in both teams’ regular-season opener on Saturday, according to statements from both teams.

It traveled to Hangzhou, about three hours by bus from Shanghai, to visit the campus of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd <BABA.N>, sponsor of the annual Pac-12 games in China.

The three players were questioned about stealing from a Louis Vuitton store next to the hotel where the team is staying, ESPN said. UCLA representatives, including coach Steve Alford, were at the police station while they were there, it said, citing an unidentified source.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement the conference was “disappointed by any situation that detracts from the positive student-athlete educational and cultural experience that this week is about.”

“Whether in the United States or abroad, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards. We will continue to closely monitor the situation,” he said.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Wednesday the Chinese government had reported the case to the U.S. side in accordance with consular agreements.

“China is handling this case in accordance with the law and will guarantee the lawful rights in accordance with the law of those involved in this case,” she said.

In a video posted on Twitter on Wednesday by Arash Markazi, a senior writer at ESPN, LaVar Ball said his son, LiAngelo, would be fine.

“He’ll be fine. Everyone’s making it a big deal. It ain’t that big a deal,” said Ball, the outspoken CEO of athletic apparel maker Big Baller Brand.

Chinese President Xi Jinping led Trump on a private tour of the Forbidden City to kick off his visit on Wednesday.

White House officials could not be immediately reached for comment. Alibaba declined to comment, as did the Hangzhou police.

A U.S. State Department official said the department was aware of reports of three citizens arrested in China and stood ready to provide assistance but had no further comment due to privacy considerations.

Three players from Georgia Tech were questioned by the authorities in China on Tuesday at their hotel in Hangzhou but were later released by police, Georgia Tech athletics spokesman Mike Flynn said in a statement.

“During the questioning, it was determined that Georgia Tech student-athletes were not involved in the activities being investigated. They have resumed their scheduled activities,” Flynn said.

 

(Reporting by John Ruwitch in Shanghai and Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago,; Editing by Ben Klayman, Matthew Lewis and Nick Macfie)

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Kylie Jenner Is Selling Lip Kits & Panties Out of a Truck

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Kylie Jenner’s lip kits are making her a fortune. The reality star’s company, Kylie Cosmetics, has raked in $420 million in its first 18 months and is on track to become a billion dollar empire in the next few years.

In an effort to expand the beauty brand, Kylie Cosmetics is hitting the road with the Kylie Truck. Picture a food truck with lip kits, because, well, why the fuck not?

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The truck made its debut Dec. 8 at The Grove in Los Angeles, with stops in Calabasas and Beverly Hills in the days following. The truck’s Insta account, which has already reached 144k followers, and likely growing, promises more stops to come soon.

Kylie’s truck sells lip kits, lipsticks and merch ranging from lighters to panties.

The 20-year-old hasn’t been spotted driving the beauty truck yet, and likely won’t be a passenger in it any time soon. She’s been keeping a low profile since dodging pregnancy rumors for the last few months. In September, rumors began circulating that Kylie was expecting a child with rapper boyfriend, Travis Scott.

Looks as though the closest anyone will get to Kylie now is by visiting her beauty truck.

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Netflix’s Biggest Streaming Day of the Year & Other Bingeing Facts

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Netflix knows what you binged last summer — and for the rest of 2017 for that matter. The streaming services revealed its end of the year stats with some surprising facts about our binging habits.

Perhaps the most bizarre bingeing habit comes from 53 people who watched the same Christmas movie 18 days in a row, as Netflix savagely tweeted out.

Netflix reports the biggest streaming day of the year was January 1. Makes sense.

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In more bingeing facts, the streaming service says Mexico had the most members watching Netflix every single day. Globally, 140 million hours were watched per day. That’s 1 billion hours each week.

The average member watched 60 movies this year. In fact, one member watched Pirate of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 365 days in a row!

Oh, and someone in Antartica binge-watched the entire series of “Shameless.”

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Who Probably Will & Who Should Win at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards

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Nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards were announced Monday.

Most people have figured out that award shows are all about who you know, and perhaps who you let touch you. Sometimes people who deserve to win, don’t.

That being said, here’s the list of who was nominated for the major categories along with our picks of who will probably win and who Better than the Weekend believes should actually win.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Nominated:

“Call Me by Your Name”

“Dunkirk”

“The Post”

“The Shape of Water”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Will Probably Win:

“The Post”

Who Should Win:

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Nominated:

“The Disaster Artist”

“The Greatest Showman”

“I, Tonya”

“Lady Bird”

Will Probably Win:

“I, Tonya”

Who Should Win:

“The Disaster Artist”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama 
Nominated:
Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”
Michelle Williams, “All the Money in the World”
Who Will Probably Win:
Meryl Streep, “The Post”
Who Should Win:
Michelle Williams, “All the Money in the World”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Nominated:
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Tom Hanks, “The Post”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Who Will Probably Win:
Tom Hanks, “The Post”
Who Should Win:
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Emma Stone, “Battle of the Sexes”
Helen Mirren, “The Leisure Seeker”
Who Will Probably Win:
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Who Should Win:
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Best TV series – Musical or Comedy
“Black-ish”
“Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“Master of None”
“SMILF”
“Will & Grace”
Who Will Likely Win:
“Will & Grace”
Who Should Win:
“Will & Grace”
Best performance by an Actor in a TV series – Musical or Comedy
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansari “Master of None”
Kevin Bacon, “I Love Dick”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Eric McCormack, “Will & Grace”
Who Will Probably Win:
Eric McCormack, “Will & Grace”
Will Should Win:
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Best performance by an Actress in a TV series – Musical or Comedy
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
Alison Brie, “Glow”
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Frankie Shaw, “SMILF”
Who Will Probably Win:
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Who Should Win:
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“Big Little Lies”
“Fargo”
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“The Sinner”
“Top of the Lake: China Girl”
Who Will Probably Win:
“Big Little Lies”
Who Should Win:
“Big Little Lies”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”
Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Hugh Jackman, “The Greatest Showman”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Who Will Probably Win:
“Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Who Should Win:
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
The complete nominees for the Golden Globes can be found here. Watch the show January 7 on NBC.

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