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Writer for Graydon Carter’s Air Mail infiltrates secret lockdown party

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Writer for Graydon Carter's Air Mail infiltrates secret lockdown party

After Page Six reported on various underground parties going on around town during the lockdown — an editor for Graydon Carter’s Air Mail claims to have infiltrated one.

At the illicit basement bash, “tequila shots and dry martinis were being passed around, sweaty hand to sweaty hand. Drinks were $10 a pop, cash only,” and “a long-haired man snorted cocaine-and-ketamine swirlies off of mirrored platters lining the sides of a professional DJ booth.”

Writer Elena Clavarino writes that at the same party, “a supermodel and her boyfriend I recognized from Instagram downed shots” and toasted by exclaiming, “Cheers to corona!”

Her piece also details underground parties at restaurants everywhere from Soho to the East Village posing as takeout-only spots with secret wild lock-ins. At one, guests “sat at tables, eating food served from the kitchen like they would on a regular night. Later they turned up the music, and booze and cocaine flowed until the early hours of the morning.”

Apparently, Air Mail reports, there’s also a weekly “cigar gathering” with performers at a “well-known Lower East Side hotel rooftop.”

Michael Leahy has worked in various news organizations and now aims to make Report Door one of the best and fastest growing news websites in the U.S. He contributes to the US section. He loves going around different people in the US and loves meeting new people and making new friends.

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Chris Evans almost rejected ‘Captain America’ over panic attacks

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Chris Evans almost rejected 'Captain America' over panic attacks

Even superheroes can suffer from anxiety.

While he might seem like a paragon of confidence on screen, “Captain America” actor Chris Evans reportedly rejected the star-making role several times due to debilitating panic attacks.

“All of a sudden your hobby becomes your job,” Evans, 38, told the Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast of struggling to cope with his meteoric rise. “Anxiety comes with that.”

As a result, the “Avengers” star repeatedly turned down the opportunity to try out for the part of Steve Rogers in 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” despite a proposed salary increase and an offer to cut his daunting nine-film contract to six flicks.

“My suffering would be my own,” lamented Evans, who worried that the prominent movie role would cause his anxiety to spike. He also feared how he would be viewed on social media as it was “during the proliferation of the internet age where all of a sudden you can read people’s reactions online,” says Evans.

Captain America’s battles with anxiety reportedly began in 2010 while shooting indie film “Puncture.”

“It was the first time I started having mini panic attacks on set,” Evans says, adding that he wasn’t sure if “this [acting] is the right thing for me.”

Despite his repeated rejections, Marvel offered him the role of the star-spangled superhero outright, which Evans finally accepted. He changed his tune after consulting “Avengers” co-star Robert Downey Jr., a therapist and several family friends, who told him not to make decisions based on fear.

“It was the best decision I’ve ever made,” says Evans, who also played Johnny Storm, a k a the Human Torch, in Marvel’s critically panned 2005 flick “Fantastic Four” and its 2007 sequel, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.”

And he was able to conquer the panic attacks before they became an issue.

“To be honest,” he says, “all the things that I was fearing never really came to fruition.”

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Billie Eilish Slams Body Shaming in ‘Not My Responsibility’ Short Film

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Billie Eilish Slams Body Shaming in 'Not My Responsibility' Short Film

Billie Eilish unveiled her powerful short film, Not My Responsibility. The video originally debuted during the singer’s Where Do We Go? world tour, which was postponed in March due to the COVID-19 crisis.

In the affecting clip produced and written by Eilish, the singer is seen alone in the dark wearing a black hoodie. As she recites her vulnerable, revealing words that slam body shaming and judgmental behavior, she slowly disrobes before sinking into water. She starts by questioning, “Do you know me?” and asks a series of questions about how people perceive her and may want her to be and act. “Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you?”

“We make assumptions about people based on their size. We decide who they are. We decide what they’re worth,” she concludes in the clip. “If I wear more, if I wear less — who decides what that makes me? What that means? Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?”

On Tuesday, Eilish commemorated Peggy Lee’s 100th birthday during a panel alongside k.d. lang and Black Pumas’ Eric Burton as part of the Grammy Museum’s virtual exhibit and events surrounding the late artist’s centennial birthday.

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DC’s Stargirl Luke Wilson Interview On STRIPE, Being A Sidekick

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DC's Stargirl Luke Wilson Interview On STRIPE, Being A Sidekick

Only one week in, and DC’s Stargirl is officially a hit. The DC Universe/CW superhero series kicked off with a massive amount of viewers for the premiere by CW standards, and according to showrunner/creator Geoff Johns, that was only the first half of what is essentially Stargirl: The Movie*. (*Not to be confused with Stargirl, the movie that is currently on Disney+ and completely unrelated to DC’s Stargirl.)

That includes this week’s big second episode for series star Luke Wilson, who plays Pat Dugan. He’s Courtney Whitmore’s (Brec Bassinger), a.k.a. Stargirl’s, stepdad, so you’d think with Wilson’s experience and his parental guidance, he’d be the one steering the fledging superhero.

In fact, as became clear on this week’s “S.T.R.I.P.E.” the dynamic is completely flipped from what you’d expect.

“The idea that this guy is basically just a gofer for the real superheroes, it’s like he’s like the equipment manager for the Chicago Bulls you know like, ‘Hey! But I’m part of the team, baby!’,” Wilson joked to Decider, when asked about playing aging sidekick Pat.

In the series, as we discover this week, Pat was a teen sidekick to the Star-Spangled Kid (Joel McHale) named Stripesy — because of his striped shirt. Stripesy wasn’t the guy in the front of the action, he’s the guy that “folds the cape and like keeps the car running,” Wilson noted. After the death of superhero team the Justice Society of America a decade ago, Pat made it his mission to track down the perpetrators, the Injustice Society, and… Well, the rest is TBD, but one part of the plan is building his own, massive mech suit, which Courtney dubs S.T.R.I.P.E. in the episode. According to her, the acronym stands for “Subatomic Tactical Robot Internet Pat Enhancer” which doesn’t make a lot of sense, but is pretty rad.

She’s also pretty clear about the chain of command between Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. Despite suiting up a total of once, Courtney is number one, and Pat is her sidekick. “That lent itself to comedy,” Wilson added. “I thought that was really a funny idea.”

It also lent itself to the dynamic on set. Despite having decades of movie experience under his belt, Wilson recalled that Bassinger, who he called, “such a great kid to begin with [and] a hard worker,” would constantly be doing stunt training; but also had time to memorize both her lines… And his.

“I’d tell Geoff that I was getting confused by some of the names, so I’d be doing these scene with Brec and I’d be like, ‘Okay look we’ve got to get to Iceman’s lair now,’ and she’d be like, ‘What about Icicle?’ and I’d say, ‘Look, we’ve got to get to Icicle’s lair now.’” Wilson said. “It got to be where the crew wouldn’t even cut they’d be like, ‘Yeah we’ll just let Brec correct him, and then we’ll just keep on moving.’”

That tracks from the leader/sidekick dynamic on the show, as well as on set. Adding that Bassinger would finish her work, then head off with the stunt coordinators for hours so she would have the action series’ stunts down, Wilson remarked that not only did that impress the crew, but it added, “to the feeling of camaraderie on the set… she worked as hard or harder than anybody on that project and it certainly made me, you know, it certainly changed my mode of thinking from like, ‘I’m gonna teach these kids how its done,’ to ‘Oh shit, I’d better get organized here.’”

Still, when it comes to Pat, Wilson was happy to dive into the sidekick of it all, for the comedy.

“I can still remember equipment managers from high school,” Wilson said. “You’ll go to a pro sporting event or something, you’ll see an equipment manager and I’ll be like, ‘That guy is… He’s part of the team! He’s got a jacket on, if they win the championship that guy gets a ring, he’s part of the damn team!’ The idea that someone that might not quite have the power can still be in the crew, I think is kind of funny.”

DC’s Stargirl streams Mondays on DC Universe and Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

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