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The Clovehitch Killer is an artful, nail-biting Bible Belt thriller: EW review

Horror films have frequently employed the trope of the killer next door, the seemingly perfect neighbor who charms your mom but still harbors a deadly secret only you can see. Duncan Skiles’ stylish and intimate feature directorial debut, The Clovehitch Killer, extends that sense of helplessness to your own home: What if the killer was your father?

Tyler (Charlie Plummer) is a pale, awkward teen in a small Kentucky town where the local hobbies are limited to coupon clipping, going to church, and ritualistically commemorating the anniversary of a spree by a local serial killer who’s been quiet for 10 years; the titular killer left a calling card of a clovehitch knot at the site of each of his murders. It’s the sort of flat, sepia-tinted world that seems like it’s just waiting for someone to introduce a Shirley Jackson-style culling.

Tyler borrows his dad’s truck to go on a date, and hidden under the seat he finds a clipping from a BDSM magazine depicting a woman held captive in knots. Alone, this wouldn’t be enough to rouse a son’s suspicion in his beloved father, the masculine Boy Scout leader and hunter, but Dylan McDermott plays Tyler’s father, Don, with the perfect mix of unsettling realism and genuine creepiness. In a goatee that might as well be a Ned Flanders mustache, Don wields his power over his son like a weapon, manipulating and twisting him like one of the knots they learn in the Scouts. “Men like you and me, we’ve got thoughts,” Don says jovially after trapping his son into a corner for a father-son sex talk.

Unlike so many recent horror movies, The Clovehitch Killer is patient with its thrills, almost excruciatingly so. “Atmospheric” seems like an adjective created just to describe this type of movie, in which coupon clipping can become a nail-biting event and shots are framed with an almost twee, Wes Anderson-like symmetry. The film falters with the character of Kassi (Madisen Beaty), a non-church-going outcast fascinated by the Clovehitch killings who pops up only to pull Tyler further along in the direction of the plot. Tyler might have been able to discover all on his own that his seemingly infallible father was less perfect than he appeared. B+

Arrowverse stars reveal details about the Trinity-centric 'Elseworlds' crossover

Yes, this year’s Arrowverse crossover, “Elseworlds,” will introduce Batwoman (played by Ruby Rose). Yes, it will also include other iconic DC Comics characters like Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch), and John Wesley Shipp in a Flash costume. But at the end of the day, the crossover is primarily a topsy-turvy ode to the universe’s main trio: Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), the Flash (Grant Gustin), and Green Arrow (Stephen Amell).

And now we can finally reveal what the hell brings the Trinity together!

The three-night event begins with Arkham Asylum doc John Deegan (Lost’s Jeremy Davies) rewriting reality, which results in Oliver (Amell) and Barry (Gustin) swapping lives. In this new reality, Oliver Queen looks like Gustin and Barry Allen looks like Amell, and the two heroes are the only ones who know they’re in the wrong lives and have each other’s powers. This not only explains what’s going on in the recent promos, but also why the actors have swapped costumes.

“You’re not going to see me playing Oliver Queen’s mannerisms, or Stephen playing Barry’s mannerisms. It’s more being aware that for some reason we’ve switched lives and destinies. It’s more the fun of the situational comedy that we keep finding ourselves in, and less us having a complete role reversal,” Gustin tells EW. “We get to see Stephen do some of the more goofy speed stuff I have to do on a regular basis, and I get some actual combat as Green Arrow. So, we just see different colors for each of us.”

“Having superpowers is crazy! Wearing the Flash suit is crazy!” says Amell, who, like everyone else involved, sounds genuinely thrilled about the crossover’s story. “The idea is that in order to be the best version of Barry Allen, which I have to be because we face a threat, there are elements of his personality I have to embrace, and there are elements of my personality that he has to embrace.”

The swap is also one of the reasons reason “Elseworlds” is funnier than previous crossovers.

“My initial reaction in reading the scripts this year was that it would be a hoot to film. The comedy just lives in this. Even just seeing them in each other’s suits is funny; they’re literally putting themselves in each other’s shoes!” says Benoist, whose character, Kara/ Supergirl, gets pulled in because she’s the only one who can see Barry and Oliver for who they really are (the perks of being from another Earth?). “She inevitably becomes kind of a middleman because ultimately there’s conflict between the two and they start butting heads.”

Adds Supergirl co-showrunner Robert Rovner, “She’s trying to help them navigate what they’re going through and support them and kind of battle their way back to being who they’re supposed to be.”

“The most fun aspect about really focusing on the leads is we really had a chance to tell a story about the troika that we’ve never really been able to do before,” says former Arrow consulting producer Marc Guggenheim, who oversaw the crossover. “When you have Legends of Tomorrow part of it, and all of the other secondary and supporting characters, the amount of time we had Grant and Stephen and Melissa on screen together was actually pretty minimal in other crossovers compared to this year.”

The Arrowverse bosses decided not to include Legends of Tomorrow in “Elseworlds” because last year’s Nazi-filled four-part extravaganza, “Crisis on Earth-X,” was ambitious but also extremely difficult, as they had to juggle, well, everyone. “It’s very hard on the crew, it’s very hard on the cast, and we wanted this year to just be a little easier. That’s why we focused on crossing over mainly the leads of the shows and not including a fourth hour,” says Guggenheim. “The hard thing about crossing over with Legends is, because that’s an ensemble show, you’re crossing over with the entire cast. That said, there is a Legends cameo in hour 3.”

Furthermore, whereas “Crisis” felt like a four-hour movie, “Elseworlds” returns to the episodic format of the earlier crossovers. “I think this year, it feels a lot more like individual [episodes],” says The Flash showrunner Todd Helbing. “Flash kind of feels like a Flash episode, Arrow feels like an Arrow episode, Supergirl feels like a Supergirl episode.”

Adds Rovner, “It’s like a three chapters of one story, but they’re all kind of unique to their own show.”

Even though it’s relatively smaller, the writers and cast promise it’ll be just as satisfying. Says Gustin, “It feels like it’s going to be our strongest crossover, our funniest crossover. I don’t know what fans are excited for, but I’m excited just to see Superman, Flash, Supergirl, Green Arrow, and Batwoman all on screen togehter. It’s pretty amazing.”

“Elseworlds” begins Sunday, Dec. 9, with The Flash at 8 p.m. ET; continues Monday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. ET with Arrow; and concludes the following night at 8 p.m. ET with Supergirl.

Emma Thompson's first sex scene involved Jeff Goldblum and toast on her 'arse'

Emma Thompson may recently have been made a “Dame” at Buckingham Palace, but the two-time Oscar-winner has not become too prim and proper.

Thompson appeared on the most recent episode of the wildly popular podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno and reminisced about shooting her first-ever sex scene for 1989’s Richard Curtis-scripted Brit rom-com, The Tall Guy, in which she starred alongside Jeff Goldblum.

“My first film…was called The Tall Guy and there was a sex scene in it,” she said. “Because it was a comedy sex scene, we were shagging on the piano, we were shagging in the breakfast things. There was shots of my arse with bits of toast stuck to it. Two f—ing days of being nude on set. And when the campaign came out, the Campaign Against Pornography…said that if they were to show their children a sex scene, they would show that one, because it was fun, and funny, and full of humor. Because I noticed at the time that all sex scenes, everyone was so angry. They’re angry! You look at people’s faces, you look at Basic Instinct. Sharon Stone…livid! So cross!”

How to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving this year

No Thanksgiving Day is complete without several slices of turkey, a heaping serving of mashed potatoes, and of course a side of Peanuts.

Thankfully, we’re here to help you with that last one: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will air Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. In addition to the classic 1973 Peanuts cartoon, the hour-long special will also include The Mayflower Voyagers, a segment from another Charles Schulz-created miniseries called This is America, Charlie Brown. This episode from the 1988 miniseries sees the beloved animated crew transported back to 1620 to experience the original Thanksgiving firsthand.

Escape At Dannemora Star Eric Lange Praises Ben Stiller For His Directing Abilities

‘Escape At Dannemora’ premieres on Showtime Sunday November 18th at 10PM ET.

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Nelly Speaks Out About 'False Allegations' Made in New Sexual Assault Lawsuit Filed Against Him

Rapper Nelly is speaking out after a woman filed a new lawsuit against him on Thursday claiming that he sexually assaulted her after one of his British concerts last year.

The woman, who filed as Jane Doe, says that the rapper masturbated in front of her multiple times after his show in Essex in December 2017, according to TMZ. Nelly (real name Cornell Haynes Jr.) has been under criminal investigation by Essex police since February after the woman first came forward with the claims.

“I’ve been quiet for some time,” Nelly, 44, tells PEOPLE in a statement. “But these baseless allegations hurt more than just me. The truth will come out, and I will be vindicated.”

“These types of false allegations undermine real claims of sexual abuse/harassment by real victims,” he continues.

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In the documents obtained by TMZ, the woman alleges thatNelly asked her to stay behind and talk after she and her friends paid for a photo with him at a meet-and-greet. According to Jane Doe, Nelly then brought her into a private room where he masturbated in front of her and forced himself on her without consent.

The woman also claims that after she rebuffed his advances, Nelly got aggressive and clenched his fist. When she asked if he was going to hit her, he responded: “No I’m just frustrated. I’m not used to not getting my way, just do it.”

Nelly’s girlfriend, Shantel Jackson, is also named in the lawsuit and being sued for defamation because she released a statement on Instagram in January saying the anonymous woman’s claims were false because she was “at those venues, in the dressing rooms, and on that tour bus” during the date the alleged incident occurred.

View this post on Instagram Enough is Enough A post shared by Shantel Jackson (@missjackson) on Jan 25, 2018 at 6:44pm PST

Nelly, though, says that bringing Jackson into this is “unfair and goes too far.”

“Shantel has been through enough,” he says in the statement. “I am a father to a beautiful strong woman. I was raised by a strong single woman. I love them all very much.”

The alleged incident occurred just two months after another woman, Monique Greene, claimed Nelly raped her on his tour bus in October 2017 after a concert in Washington. Nelly was subsequently arrested on suspicion of rape, but prosecutors dropped the case after Greene refused to testify and did not file any charges.

After prosecutors dropped the case, Greene filed a lawsuit against Nelly for sexual assault and defamation. Nelly went on to countersue.

“I own my actions and take responsibility for my conduct with Monique Greene,” he says. “We had CONSENSUAL sex after meeting in a club. Period. I have been living in the limelight for my entire adult life. I have had zero allegations or issues in the past. I knew better! And for that I had to deal with the repercussions of my poor choice. I am repairing the trust that I broke with Shantel, I have apologized to my family and friends for the embarrassment I have caused them. And, I am committed to be a better man.”

“Monique [Greene] pursued civil legal action against me, when no criminal charges were filed or pursued,” he continues. “I responded with civil claims of my own against her. Ultimately, we both agreed to dismiss our claims against each other.”

RELATED: Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Nelly Dropped: ‘No Settlement or Money Changed Hands,’ Says Lawyer

Nelly’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum, told PEOPLE in a statement at the time that “both parties have mutually agreed to drop the lawsuit. No settlement or money changed hands.”

However, the accuser’s attorney, Karen Koehler, disputed Rosenblum’s claim that no money changed hands between the pair, calling that information “false” in a statement to The Blast.

Now, Nelly alleges that the same lawyer who represented Greene has filed the Jane Doe lawsuit in question.

“I do NOT plan on walking away quietly,” he says. “I have to speak up for my family and for the real victims strong enough to come forward and face people that have actually assaulted them.”

He adds: “I want to thank Shantel, my family, friends, and fans that have stood next to me through all of this, and know my real character.”

First Responder Was Killed in Mass Shooting at Same Restaurant Where He Proposed to His Wife

Ron Helus and his then-girlfriend, Karen, were dining at a restaurant in Thousand Oaks, California, when she stepped away to go to the bathroom. She was surprised when she found a blue box with an engagement ring tucked inside her purse.

When she returned and showed it to Helus, he dropped to one knee and proposed.

Last week, more than 30 years later, he returned to the same restaurant to try and stop an active shooting.

Helus, a 54-year-old sergeant with theVentura County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed along with 11 other people at the Borderline Bar & Grill on Nov. 7. Authorities said he was shot multiple times as he entered the bar and later died at the hospital. He leaves behind his wife and their son, Jordan.

“He went into save lives, to save other people,” Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters at the time. “He was totally committed, he gave his all, and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero.”

On Thursday, hundreds of people packed the Calvary Community Church for Helus’ funeral, paying tribute to a man they frequently called a hero.

“Thank you for sharing the last 31 years of your life with me,” his wife said in a statement read aloud at the funeral. “Thank you for being you — my hero, my love and my life.”

Musician Billy Ray Cyrus was also in attendance, performing “Amazing Grace” and original song “Some Gave All.”

“Today, we’re here to honor Ron Helus,” he said. “This man is a true definition of a hero.”

Helus was one of the first on the scene of the mass shooting. He had been on the phone with his wife before responding to the call, according to the sheriff. “I love you, I’ll talk to you later,” he told her.

His bravery that night was something he had trained for throughout his career, according to Thousand Oaks Police Chief Tim Hagel.

“He was telling officers how to survive, he’s the most tactical sergeant that I’ve ever met in 34 years,” Hagel told PEOPLE. “That’s all he did — his whole drive was to get his deputies home every shift, every night. He probably told me that 400 times over the last 20 years. That was his drive. That was Ron’s calling: to protect the community.”

Tamera Mowry-Housley's Niece Alaina Housley, 18, Laid to Rest: 'I'll Miss You Forever'

Tamera Mowry-Housley‘s niece Alaina Housley has been laid to rest, one week after she died in the shooting at a college bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

“Today we lay you to rest sweet angel,” Mowry-Housley, 40, wrote on Instagram Thursday.

“I’ll miss you forever and your sweet smile. Until we meet again💕” the Real co-host continued.

Alongside her heartfelt caption, Mowry-Housley shared a touching quote that her friend, David, sent to her, which she clings to when she is “having a challenging day.”

The quote reads: “Grief never ends … but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith …. It is the price of love.”

View this post on Instagram Today we lay you to rest sweet angel. I’ll miss you forever and your sweet smile. Until we meet again???? This quote was sent to me by my friend David. When I am having a challenging day, I cling to it. A post shared by tameramowrytwo (@tameramowrytwo) on Nov 15, 2018 at 9:10am PST

Alaina was at the Borderline Bar & Grill with a group of friends when a gunman opened fire last week. The bar was reportedly hosting a college night for country music fans.

At least 12 people were killed in the shooting. Shots were first reported about 11:20 p.m. at the bar in Thousand Oaks, west of Los Angeles, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters.

News of her death came after Tamera and her husband Adam Housley searched for information about their niece on social media.

In a statement to PEOPLE, the couple confirmed that Alaina had died. “Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks,” they said.

“Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time,” they continued.

View this post on Instagram I really don’t know what to say other than I love this girl with all my heart and I’d give my life right now for a miracle. #thehousleys @alaina.housleyy A post shared by adamhousley (@adamhousley) on Nov 8, 2018 at 8:05am PST View this post on Instagram He was so excited to give you these flowers and as today as we celebrate his 6th birthday he says you are in his heart Alaina. We miss you so..but I know you are here and you are with him. Please be his guardian angel and Arian’s. Happy birthday Aden, as sad as we are, we are so blessed you have a heart like your cousin and we know you will carry her spirit for the rest of your life and make this world a better place. #thehousleys #adensbirrhday #alainasvoice #enough A post shared by adamhousley (@adamhousley) on Nov 12, 2018 at 10:51am PST

In the wake of her death, the Sister Sister star shared some of her fondest memories with Alaina in a loving tribute on social media

Alongside a series of photos of her niece, Tamera wrote on Instagram, “My sweet, sweet Alaina. My heart breaks. I’m still in disbelief. It’s not fair how you were taken and how soon you were taken from us.”

“I was blessed to know you ever since you were 5. You stole my heart. I will miss our inside jokes, us serenading at the piano. Thank you for being patient with me learning how to braid your hair, and I will never forget our duet singing the national anthem at Napa’s soccer game,” she wrote. “I love you. I love you. I love you. You are gonna make one gorgeous angel. My heart and prayers are with every victim of this tragedy.”

Twitter Erupts After Fox News Airs Bizarre Ad for 'Trumpy Bear': 'It's the Next Chucky Doll'

Twitter was full of jokes this week after Fox News aired a campy commercial for a stuffed teddy bear resembling President Donald Trump.

The toy, called Trumpy Bear, features the president’s trademark blonde comb-over, a collar and red tie, as well as a secret pocket with an American flag blanket tucked inside.

A spokesperson for Fox News told HuffPost the commercial is a local ad and the network does “not do business with them nationally.”

Nevertheless, the stuffed toy has made a national splash, with Twitter users across the country poking fun of Trumpy Bear, its ad — and its namesake.

“Democracy dies in a trumpy Bear ad,” wrote one user.

“Trumpy Bear is the next Chucky Doll,” tweeted another.

“Trumpy Bear will be indicted before the end of the week,” read another message.

Trumpy Bear will be indicted before the end of the week— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) November 12, 2018 Trumpy Bear has filled me with despair https://t.co/EtwcMjbdXi— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 12, 2018 Breaking News....... Trumpy Bear to be represented by Lawyer Bear in Porn Bear payoff..... #TrumpyBear pic.twitter.com/XqLAuEDika— Renegade Cowboy ?? (@Rene_gadeCowboy) November 13, 2018 Trumpy Bear is the next Chucky Doll.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) November 12, 2018 This is real, and Trumpy Bear is hands down one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen. Am I right? pic.twitter.com/2h7x73XLKY— Nick Knudsen ???????? #WaveCast (@DemWrite) November 12, 2018 Democracy dies in a trumpy Bear ad. https://t.co/nbl4eeKPR1— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) November 12, 2018 I can't believe this commercial that just ran on Fox News is for real pic.twitter.com/gGInt8BKhp— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 12, 2018 #TrumpyBear isn’t just for @RealDonaldTrump supporters… pic.twitter.com/GfelaoyK3j— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) November 13, 2018 i made this... in answer to trumpybear #makestuffmonday pic.twitter.com/LIqIotCmjv— Once A Nerd (@OnceANerd) November 13, 2018

Some Twitter users questioned whether the bear was actually a real product or just a spoof ad.

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But the website Snopes fact-checked the bear’s existence and reported: “Trumpy Bear is real. The commercial is real, not a spoof (although some moments appear to have been written with tongue firmly in cheek). And the bear itself is a real product available for purchase.”

Brett Young Remembers Emotional Wedding Day: ‘I Was Fighting Back [Tears] Pretty Hard’

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