You’ll Fall In Love With Laura Marano & Gregg Sulkin’s Romance in ‘A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish’ Trailer – Watch Now!

Laura Marano and Gregg Sulkin are way too adorable in the first trailer for their upcoming movie, A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish.

The movie centers on Katherine “Kat” Decker (Marano), who dreams of becoming a famous singer-songwriter. Her reality, however, is suffocated by her conniving and cruel stepfamily and a demoralizing job working as a singing elf at billionaire Terrence Wintergarden’s (Barclay Hope) Santa Land.

When she starts to fall for Nick (Sulkin), the handsome new Santa at the tree lot, things begin to look up.

Unfortunately, when her stepmother and stepsisters realize Kat has been invited to the prestigious Wintergarden Christmas Gala, they’ll stop at nothing to procure their own invitation and keep Kat from attending.

With the help of an attentive dog, a true friend, and a little bit of magic, Kat may just make it to the gala, discover the true identity of Nick, and learn the real meaning of Christmas.

The movie is out this fall.

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Love Island fans gobsmacked by Jordan Hames’ bulge as they accuse him of stuffing his pants with socks

LOVE Island fans have been left gobsmacked by Jordan Hames’ bulge and accused him of stuffing his pants with socks.

The 24-year-old model spent most of his summer in shorts but his latest Instagram picture caused many followers' eyes to pop out of their heads.

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On my way 👿😈

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In the black and white shot, Jordan can be seen in just a pair of white briefs, looking into the camera moodily.

He captioned the shot: "On my way", with fellow Islander Danny Williams replying: "It's a trap."

Jordan's followers were quick to comment on the hunky picture, with a number accusing him of stuffing his pants to make the bulge more prominent.

One wrote: "Probs a sock in there never looked like that on love island."


Another joked: "Far too many socks been put down there bro!"

A third added: "You can take the socks out your pants now."

Jordan had a rollercoaster time in the Love Island villa, coupling up with Anna Vakili for much of his time on the show, even asking her to be his girlfriend.

But just two days later, he attempted to crack on with India Reynolds, leading a furious Anna to confront him and the couple to subsequently split.

The pair went on to clash again on After Sun after they were voted out of the villa.

Jordan explained: “It was difficult for me, but all I wanted to do was be honest to how I was feeling. I didn’t go about it in the right way.

“Looking back I should have gone to Anna first and spoke to her about it. But I want to hold my hands up for that.”

When asked by host Caroline Flack whether he decided to move on after he and Anna came in the bottom three of the public vote, Jordan said: “Not at all.

“I feel like every decision I’ve made in there was based on how I was feeling.”

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Here’s When ‘Love Island’ Will Be Back For More Drama — And Maybe A Few Twists

Americans got to take their own trip to Love Island thanks to CBS’ spinoff of the popular UK reality show. And now, fans will be able to prep their bags for a return voyage. That’s right: Love Island U.S. is returning for Season 2, and it’s set to premiere next summer.

Over the past four weeks, viewers have watched more than 20 singles cycle in and out of the Love Island villa in Fiji. Ahead of the Aug. 8 finale, only four couples remain: Dylan and Alexandra, Ray and Caro, Weston and Emily, and Zac and Elizabeth. The winning couple will be announced on Wednesday night, but as narrator Matthew Hoffman announced during the penultimate episode, CBS is already looking for new islanders for Season 2. If you’re interested, you can apply at www.cbs.com/casting.

A second season is a well-earned gift for fans, since they’re active participants in the show. Voting dictates who wins the cash prize at the end, but it can also decide who remains in the villa on a day-to-day basis. Plus, tweets about the islanders are handy for stirring up drama, as we saw in the Social Bingo game.

As Variety reported, Love Island U.S. isn’t quite the sensation it’s British counterpart is. According to the BBC, the UK version achieved a ratings record of six million viewers during its Season 5 run, whereas per TVLine, the American take has averaged about 2.2. million total viewers. But Thom Sherman, senior executive vice president of programming at CBS, said in the renewal announcement that the network is hoping Love Island U.S. will follow in the footsteps of the original and gain more steam after Season 1.

"After its first season, the UK version exploded via word of mouth and social media to become a huge hit, and its viewership has grown every year," he said, also per TVLine. "We believe first season U.S. fans are just as passionate and engaged and we look forward to building on that foundation with another fun season next summer."

Love Island is so popular in the UK that it actually will have not one, but two seasons in 2020. That’s not going to happen over on this side of the Atlantic, but fans did have one suggestion for CBS on how to make the U.S. version more fun. People have been asking that the show be extended to last a few more weeks since the UK version is currently eight weeks long.

Besides the fact that Season 2 is happening and it will premiere next summer, CBS hasn’t released any other details about the new season. But anyone who watches the UK version knows keeping up the drama won’t be a problem, whether that mean with a fresh crop of contestants or game-changers like the Casa Amor. So until Love Island U.S. Season 2, check out Love Island UK on Hulu to see how CBS might shake things up when the show comes back.

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Who is Emily from Love Island USA?

Emily Salch has rocked the Fiji villa to its core on Love Island USA. She has become one hot commodity with three different islanders wanting to couple up with her.

So, who is the woman who has caught the eye of Eric, Weston, and Kyra?

Emily is a 21-year-old student. She is currently studying political science at Binghamton University in New York. Once she finishes undergrad school, the feisty beauty plans on attending law school.

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In her bio for the CBS summer reality TV show, Emily said she wants to be a lawyer because she “never loses at anything, especially arguments.” Oh yes, she is one confident chick that is not afraid to go after what she wants regardless of the cost.

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Her Instagram feed is full of gorgeous pictures of Emily, mostly in a swimsuit and mostly with her tongue sticking out. Right now, her bio is promoting her stint on Love Island USA.

It also has an e-mail address for business inquires. What business she is referring to is not stated in her bio. Perhaps modeling, since a good portion of her pictures come across as modeling shots.

Along with not being shy about showing off her smoking hot body, Emily also loves to show her playful side on social media.

It is easy to see why she said she was looking for someone fun and adventurous when she entered the Fiji villa. Emily appears to be both of those things.

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Although Emily has never been in a serious relationship with a woman before, she said she is open to it. The brunette beauty made it clear to the gals in the villa that she has kissed her fair share of females in the past. Her honesty, openness, and, of course, hotness has certainly piqued Kyra’s interest.

Tonight, fans will find out who Emily chooses to couple up with, in what is being promoted as “the most epic recoupling ever,” on Love Island USA. Will she pick Weston or Eric, or will CBS have its first-ever same-sex reality TV couple?

Love Island USA airs weekdays at 8/7c on CBS.

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Where I Find Romance in Marriage

I feared that my childhood had ruined me for romance.

My mother raised me alone, just the two of us, in five states and nine different houses. Sometimes we were broke, but we always had fun. She made every day beautiful. We ate pancakes for dinner, grew watermelon in the garden, picked raspberries.

I had always imagined myself married, but how could marriage ever compare to the enchantment of my childhood?

We had dogs, cats, ferrets. Wild animals showed up like messengers from fairy tales: a black snake by the river, dragonflies skimming the pond. When we lived in Florida, a baby manatee once brushed our bodies in the bay. When we lived in Maryland, my mother took care of injured birds of prey, one-eyed owls and hawks with broken wings.

We were always telling stories. Remember when? And then you said! And then I said! We laughed all the time.

When I was 27 and living in Vermont, I fell in love with Jeff, a fly fisherman and hunter who also crooned show tunes, read The New Yorker and wore an apron to bake scones.

But I was scared of being married. In fact, I backed out of our big Cape Cod wedding a month before the date. We eventually got married in the living room of our apartment at midnight during a New Year’s Eve party. “By the way,” we announced at 11:45, “we’re getting married in 15 minutes.”

My mother wasn’t at the wedding, only a handful of friends and a few strangers. I called her the next morning to tell her.

“You’re pregnant!” she said, gleefully.

Nope. Just too cowardly to declare our commitment in front of friends and family. But she didn’t care how I got married; she was happy I had gone through with it at all.

My mother lost her memory three years later on Dec. 23, when Jeff and I were home on Cape Cod for a Christmas visit. Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole were singing carols; the house smelled of sugar. When Jeff and I walked on the icy beach, there were Christmas lights reflecting in the water.

Later, my mother went upstairs with a bad headache. When we checked on her, she was disoriented, blinking like someone woken from a long sleep. She couldn’t remember that it was Christmas. She couldn’t remember that it was winter.

We know our parents will grow old, but this wasn’t a slow fumbling toward frailty. It was like something had snapped. We led her out to the car and drove her to the hospital.

When I was finally allowed into the intensive care unit, my stepfather, Tom, was standing by her bed, looking scared.

“Oh, hi,” my mother said when she saw me. She looked around the room. “Where am I? What happened?”

My stepfather and I exchanged looks.

“You’re in the hospital,” he said. “You got a terrible headache.”

“My head does hurt.” She touched her temple.

“Then you lost your memory.”

“I was walking around and — poof! — my memory was gone?”

“You’re not having a stroke,” Tom said. “They ruled that out.”

“At least my memory’s back,” she said. She glanced down at her hands on the white sheets. “So, what happened?” she said, looking up. “Where am I?”

“Your turn,” my stepfather said to me.

“This is the hospital, Mom. I guess you lost your memory.”

“Really? I was walking around and — poof! — my memory was gone?”

“It started with a headache —— ”

“My head does hurt.” She touched her temple. “I’m just glad my memory’s back.” She looked around the room, at the metal bed, the beeping machines. “So what happened?” she said. “Where am I?”

I felt a terrible wave crashing on us. For several hours we took turns answering her loop of questions. When we told my mother that we were home for Christmas, she said, “But I didn’t buy any presents! I never made cookies.”

“You did,” we told her. “Don’t worry about that.”

We had that conversation maybe 30 times.

CT scan. Spinal tap. She peed in a cup and then forgot she had peed in a cup and eyed the container suspiciously. Her headache went away. She perked up, made a joke, laughed, then a minute later made the same joke. And again. And again.

She remembered everything about the distant past. My childhood, her childhood. Those old memories weren’t in danger. But she had no short-term memory. I felt the ache of this new reality. I was planning to have babies soon, and she wouldn’t remember meeting them, no matter how many visits we made. I wanted to sell a book, but even if I achieved that dream, she would never know me as a writer. I would be 33 forever, and she 62. We were frozen in time.

My beautiful mother, the keeper of my childhood memories, would not — it seemed clear — be able to keep any memories of my adulthood.

“So where am I?” she said. “What happened?”

“It started with a headache,” Jeff said, taking over when my stepfather and I were too tired. “And then you lost your memory.”

“That’s not how I remember it,” she said. “I remember a hospital, but it was a different hospital. And I remember people, but they were different people. The whole place was full of light. And we were all working so hard! It was a herculean effort.”

I stood near my new husband. I held his hand.

I finally cornered the doctor, who told me they believed she was experiencing transient global amnesia, a sudden memory loss that occurs in 5 in 100,000 people. It lasted about 12 hours and rarely recurred. There were no side effects.

“You couldn’t have told me this three hours ago?” The adrenaline of relief gripped my muscles.

My mother moved into a private room. My stepfather stayed the night. Jeff and I went back to the house, where we got undressed and slid under the blankets.

From the bed we could see the frozen pond through the window. There were geese on the ice. I felt how securely the image of the pond was lodged already in my memory. It was as lovely and lonely a thing as I had ever seen.

“You know what?” I reached under the pillow and took Jeff’s hand. We looked at each other, wide-awake, although it was 2 a.m. “I feel like this could explain alien abductions.”

Jeff shook his head. “I might need a little more,” he said.

“Think about it. The missing time. The weird warped memory of being in another hospital with other people.”

“I think you need sleep,” he said.

“I think I’ve just solved a really unsettling mystery.”

In the morning, my mother’s memory returned. She didn’t recall the night in the hospital, but she remembered where she had hidden the Christmas gifts. We found the cookies she had baked. On Christmas morning we ate cinnamon rolls for breakfast, just as she and I had every Christmas for as long as I could remember.

I thought romance would be like a fairy tale. I thought it would be like my childhood. A beautiful adventure. Wild creatures stalking through lonely forests. Raspberries plucked from the vine. The actual motifs of my married life (which now includes a 100-year-old house and three children) are plastic dinosaurs, public pools, soccer games, flat tires, lost jobs, hospital beds.

Sometimes marriage is downright unpleasant. There have been times Jeff and I stopped talking to each other. There have been times we wondered if we wanted to be married at all. Some may call marriage a herculean task. I’m not that good at it. I can be distant. I can be exacting. I demand a kind of focused attention and then feel smothered by it. But maybe that’s not surprising. I grew up with a single mother, and our intimacy was effortless and magical.

So marriage isn’t the romantic thing I once imagined. But what other word is there for the ineffable force that keeps you coming back, coming home, night after night, returning to family and love? What else captures that sense of collaborating to create magic and adventure for your children, the way my mother did for me?

The night my mother lost her memory was a turning point for me. It was the night I realized Jeff and I would be the keeper of future memories.

And we are. When our babies are big, when they have moved out, when our parents are gone, we will tell the stories. The camping trip, the escaped chicken, the canceled flight, the flooded basement, the fights, disappointments and glee. We collect those things now so we can recollect them later. We’re pulling memories like shells out of the sea. We’re filling our pockets.

We’re collecting a life together. If that’s not romantic, I don’t know what is.


Miciah Bay Gault lives in Vermont. Her first novel, “Goodnight Stranger,” will be published July 30.

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Love Island’s Curtis apologises for rejecting sex with Maura and viewers are mad

Curtis Pritchard caused frustration with Maura Higgins after he rejected her sexual advances, but it’s his apology which has riled viewers.

In the latest episode, Maura attempted to take their romance to the next level only to be rejected by Curtis, who explained ‘tonight is not the night’.

Maura complained to the girls about the lack of action with her frustrations soon echoing through the villa – prompting Curtis to confront the situation and explain himself.

Speaking to Maura, Curtis said: ‘I just wanted to talk with you because last night the thing that happened in bed and stuff. Don’t take that the wrong way at all.

‘Because literally everything that had gone on to do with four people had left, two of your best friends, two of my best friends, and looking after the babies and everything, drained it out of me as well because I couldn’t sleep.

‘In bed I was just… I had a headache, what Anna said was playing on my mind and stuff, I’d love to rip the clothes off you and everything, I’d love to do all of that, but last night was so not the time.

‘Nothing that’s gone on has been a problem, I just want to reassure you and let you know that there’s nothing wrong.’

Maura, who seemed comforted by his words, said: ‘I don’t want us bickering either.’

Viewers didn’t necessarily believe Curtis should explain himself over the situation though, criticising Maura’s tantrums.

Love Island continues on ITV2 at 9pm.

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Taylor Swift drops 'vulnerable' song The Archer from new album

Taylor Swift has just dropped another song from her upcoming album Lover and now all we can hear are Swifties screaming everywhere.

The 29-year-old singer released The Archer on Tuesday and told fans in an Instagram Live that it was a very ’emotional, vulnerable and personal’ track.

Tissues at the ready, guys.

‘There’s a lot that’s covered emotionally and I really wanted to give you track five before the album came out,’ T-Swift said on Instagram.

‘I didn’t realize I was doing this, but as I was making albums, I guess I was just kind of putting a very vulnerable, personal, honest, emotional song as track five.’

She went on: ‘So because you noticed this, I kind of started to put the songs that were really honest, emotional, vulnerable and personal as track five, so that has definitely happened in the case of track five on this album.’

The lyrics of the catchy pop track go: ‘I’ve been the archer / I’ve been the prey / Screaming, “Who could ever leave me darling?” / But who could stay?’

We’re getting chills.

Tay-Tay’s been a big old tease about her album Lover, dropping several songs from it including You Need To Calm Down and ME!, which features Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie.

And after what feels like decades and decades of drama with celebrity manager Scooter Braun, things are looking up for Swifty.

The singer has scored a whopping 10 nominations for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, which is the same as Ariana Grande.

ME! was nominated for Best Collaboration, while the song’s video received nods for Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.

And the singer’s LGBT-themed anthem, You Need to Calm Down, received seven nominations for Best Pop, Video for Good, Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Art Direction.

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘I’ve Been Mostly Dead All Day’

Bye Bye “Family” Minivan

The “family” minivan — that he said we needed, but that I should buy, for road trips to visit his son in Los Angeles, and his daughter in Santa Barbara, and to take our two boys camping and biking and skiing; the “family” minivan that he encouraged me to purchase just the year before, when he knew what he was doing and with whom, and so he knew that we were over, doomed, but was too afraid to say, and for which I later blamed him every time I looked in my driveway — has been sold. — Kyrie Robinson

Any Color, Any Day

“You can have three colors if you want,” I said to my 3-year-old daughter as patrons and aestheticians looked on, horrified. Was I truly allowing my toddler to get a multicolored pedicure? What kind of a self-absorbed monster was I raising? Just two years ago, my child was fighting for her life, spending months in the hospital, undergoing multiple procedures. Her feet and hands swallowed up by giant IVs, she nursed unimaginable pain for a tiny person. Today she is thriving. She can paint her nails any color, any day, for the rest of her life. — Gabriela Revilla Lugo

Our Four Secret Years

I didn’t want to fall in love with her. I had a husband. I led worship at my church. Naturally, my affection was unnatural. Then why did it feel right? How could love be wrong? Perhaps only those who have tried not to fall in love understand fully why it’s called falling. You can’t stop it. Can’t feel the earth beneath your feet. Leaving our husbands, we had four secret years. Then she left me for a man. She couldn’t be open about us. Not “strong enough,” she said. Fifteen years later, I still cry. — Paula Wescott

“22 Minutes Without Oxygen”

After seven days comatose, following 22 minutes without oxygen during an unfortunately named instance of “cardiac death,” my husband began to flutter his eyelids. My father and I had been waiting, hopeful but frightened. We wondered: Will he be able to talk? To walk? To feed or bathe himself? The predictive tests hadn’t been encouraging. So we stared, and after a while my husband’s blue eyes focused on mine. Then he sputtered and coughed. We stared. He blinked. We stared. Finally, I whispered, “How are you, love?” He sighed and said, “Well, I’ve been mostly dead all day.” — Lisa Petty

She Waters Me Every Day

My girlfriend, Emma, makes me drink water. I don’t like it, that magical liquid scientists claim is necessary for survival. If it were up to me, I would start the morning with three cups of coffee and maybe a mug of tea in the afternoon, followed by a few sips of lemonade with dinner. Alas, it’s not up to me. At 4 p.m., Emma asks, “How much water have you had today?” When I feel dizzy, she puts her water bottle in my hands. She loves me, so she waters me like a favorite plant in order to watch me grow. — Mary Drue Hall



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Love Island fans in tears after Chris breaks down and says he’s ‘never fitted in anywhere’ after he’s saved from being dumped from the villa

LOVE Island fans were left in tears after Chris broke down and admitted he’s "never fitted in anywhere".
The 28-year-old cried after being saved by his fellow islanders who voted for him to remain in the villa, sending Michael and Francesca home in the double dumping.

Overcome with emotion, Chris told Curtis: "It's hard to explain.

"It's hard to say without crying.

"Honestly, it's good tears.

"I've never felt like I fitted in."

He was unable to get his words out as he opened up to Curtis in the bedroom.

Someone on Twitter said: " Chris crying is heartbreaking. He’s so precious."

Another added: "Chris crying that he doesn’t fit in got me hella upset omg."

Someone else said: "Chris crying is breaking my heart, just shows how confident and outgoing a person can pretend to be. #loveisland."

A fan added: "Chris. Aww his insecurities, he doesn’t know he’s a gem. Bless. #LoveIsland."

Trying to check in on Chris, Curtis told him: "You fit in here more than anyone. I've never met a guy like you.

"You'll have me crying too.

"It was hard for me not to choose you tonight.
"You're incredible. I respect you so much, you're smart you're mature you're incredible mate. Everyone loves you in here."

 

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Love Island's Joanna wants to talk to Michael after Amber snubbed him in tonight's recoupling

LOVE Island's Joanna Chimonides wants to talk to Michael after he was brutally snubbed by Amber in tonight's recoupling.

Joanna, 22, is furious that Michael “constantly denied” his feelings for Amber – and vows to confront him when he’s out the villa now he has been snubbed by Amber.

In a shock snubbing that left viewers overjoyed, Amber opted to couple up with new boy Greg instead of ex Michael.

Taking to Instagram Joanna said: "Who else's hearts was pounding at that? It was too much.

"I'm actually really proud of her, not going to lie.

"That was probably one of the hardest decisions she'll ever have to make and she did so well, like good on her."

And now in an exclusive interview with The Sun, Joanna said: “I asked him quite a few times and gave him every opportunity to express himself but it was constant denial. He denied that he had any feelings for her.

“I had a gut feeling something was still there but I never expected after just two days he would go straight back to Amber.

“I want to have a chat with him when he comes out – for me if he does go full steam ahead with Amber then it would be good to get things out of the way with him.”

The reality star was dumped from the show this week and branded Michael, 27, a “snake” for not leaving with her.


Just days later he claimed he was forced to make all the effort with Joanna – and dismissed their romance as something of the past.

Joanna added: “Now he’s pointed the finger at me when I couldn’t move forward with him because I knew he wasn’t being honest. I told him it was best to communicate and tell people how you’re feeling.

“It’s out of sight out of mind for him and that’s the theory he’s playing on. Everyone had a go at me for calling him a snake but actually now they get why.

“If Michael stayed as a single man in the villa then I would have waited for him and had a chat with him on the outside – but things are very different now.


“I am so confused by his actions now, it is hard to judge his aims or whether he’s playing a game.”

In tonight’s show Michael says sorry to Amber for cruelly dumping her and his treatment of her since.

He says: “I can only apologise about how I was over the last few weeks. I’m just letting you know that I do still like you.”

But Joanna has warned Amber not to go back to Michael over fears he will let her down again.

She said: “I don’t want to see Amber hurt again, I want her to be happy. In my opinion, if he goes back there I just hope it’s real and genuine before he hurts another girl again.


“ I always knew him staying in there would make him realise he wants me or make him realise he doesn’t – for me now I’ve got the truth.”

Joanna was pictured this week in a loving embrace with former Islander Jack Fowler and fans hoped there was something romantic between them.

But she has confirmed her and Jack are life-long friends after growing up in the same hometown.

She said: “Jack and I have known each other for over ten years – we lived in the same area, our schools are really close, and my group of girls were really close to his group of boys.

“We’ve been so close ever since, we have always been there for each other. It looks like something but at the same time that’s my boy best mate and when I saw him I was like ‘Oh my God.’

“We’ve never dated, absolutely not. He’s a boy best mate and that’s it really.”

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