End of an Era
February 16, 2021

After years of service, Rudy Giuliani is "not currently representing" former President Donald Trump in "any legal matters," Trump adviser Jason Miller told CNN on Tuesday.

In a follow-up tweet, Miller said Giuliani is still an "ally and friend" of Trump and "simply there are no pending cases" where Giuliani is representing Trump.

Following the November presidential election, Giuliani went to several states Trump lost in an attempt to overturn the results, and was at the Jan. 6 "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington, D.C. During the event, which took place immediately before a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, Giuliani told the crowd, "Let's have trial by combat."

Last month, CNN reported that Trump was not happy about being impeached for a second time and he instructed aides to stop paying Giuliani's legal fees; the staffers weren't sure if he actually meant it or was just in a bad mood.

Trump is facing multiple state investigations, including a probe into calls he made to Georgia elections officials in an attempt to overturn the presidential election results, as well as two defamation lawsuits filed by women who accused him of sexual assault. Giuliani is being sued by Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems over his spreading of baseless conspiracy theories about voter fraud involving their technology. On Tuesday, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) filed a civil lawsuit accusing Trump and Giuliani of conspiring with far-right groups to incite the Capitol riot. Catherine Garcia

September 8, 2020

Keeping Up With the Kardashians will air its 20th and final season in early 2021, the Kardashian-Jenner family and E! announced Tuesday.

The show's 19th season will premiere on Sept. 17. On Twitter, Kim Kardashian West said it is "with heavy hearts that we've made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up With the Kardashians." She thanked fans for their support and said she is "so incredibly grateful to everyone who has watched," adding that "the show made us who we are and I will be forever in debt to everyone who played a role in shaping our careers and changing our lives forever."

The first episode of the reality series aired on Oct. 14, 2007, and since then, hundreds of episodes have been filmed and a dozen spin-offs have been launched. The show followed the Kardashian-Jenner clan through weddings, divorces, births, deaths, rivalries, Playboy photo shoots, ugly cries, and vacations where $75,000 diamond earrings were lost in the ocean and then miraculously found. Catherine Garcia

March 17, 2020

Tom Brady is out.

After officially becoming a free agent and capitalizing on his uncertain future, the longtime New England Patriots quarterback announced Tuesday he wasn't headed back to Massachusetts. While he's thankful for "the happiest two decades I could have envisioned in my life," Brady seemed to make it clear in a statement that his "football journey will take place elsewhere" from now on.

Brady's statement seemed deliberately vague, and doesn't confirm whether he's leaving football entirely. But it does paint "Pats Nation" in a very retrospective light, and thanks them for "a lifetime full of fun memories."

This is undoubtedly good news for the rest of the league, especially if it turns into a retirement announcement. Catch the Buffalo Bills winning the AFC East next season — if there is one. Kathryn Krawczyk

January 24, 2020

Eli Manning's quarterback career has come to an end.

After first announcing his departure earlier this week, the former New York Giant gave a press conference Friday thanking the team that let him walk away "feeling like a New Yorker, or at least a northeasterner. And while it's easy to say "once a Giant, always a Giant," Manning closed his speech by acknowledging he was "only a Giant."

After his prepared speech, Manning took questions from the media, which he kicked off by acknowledging the one vote that had kept fellow New Yorker Derek Jeter from a unanimous Hall of Fame induction. "Which one of ya'll didn't vote for him?" Manning joked to the gathered reporters before saying Jeter had been a "great role model for me all these years."

Manning was later asked about a Friday tweet from the New England Patriots' Tom Brady where he congratulated Manning on his retirement. "Not going to lie though, I wish you hadn't won any Super Bowls," Brady tweeted, seeing as Manning's two Super Bowls came from beating Brady twice. Manning said it was something they "joke around" about, but "it's not real funny to him."

Find Manning's whole remarks here, and his press conference here. Kathryn Krawczyk

July 5, 2019

The satirical MAD magazine will disappear from newsstands following the publication of its August issue, ending a 67-year run after facing dwindling circulation.

DC, the division of Warner Brothers that publishes the magazine, said after the summer MAD will recycle previously released cartoons and parodies, and be available at comic book stores or by subscription. MAD will publish new content only in special, year-end editions.

MAD, with its iconic gap-toothed mascot Alfred E. Neuman ("What, me worry?), has influenced generations of readers, including comedians. "It's pretty much the reason I turned out weird," tweeted "Weird Al" Yankovic. Josh Weinstein, a writer and producer of The Simpsons, tweeted a thank you to MAD, saying: "There was a moment in so many of our childhoods where you were the greatest thing ever." Harold Maass

March 20, 2019

If it hasn't yet hit you how big a deal it is that Disney's purchase of most of Fox has gone through, look no further than the bizarre sight that is the company's new website.

Disney's $71 billion takeover of Fox's assets was officially completed just after midnight on Wednesday, and an update to the official Walt Disney Company website was ready to go almost immediately, as pointed out by The Hollywood Reporter. A banner on the homepage now features a mix of classic Disney properties and Fox ones that are now under its control. Mickey Mouse and Queen Elsa are there, but so are Deadpool and Bart Simpson. The website also features images from the new Disney properties like Avatar, Atlanta, and The Shape of Water, mixed with classic ones like Star Wars and Toy Story.

Disney did not take over all of Fox, as Fox Sports, Fox Business Network, Fox News, and the Fox broadcast network were spun off into a new company, Fox Corporation. But 20th Century Fox's film and TV shows have gone to Disney, with some of the other properties they now control including X-Men, Alien, and Family Guy.

Clearly, Disney was excited to show off some of its new toys with this website change, one of which, Avatar, is the highest-grossing film of all time and has four sequels on the way. The image from Deadpool is particularly interesting and supports the theory that Ryan Reynolds' foul-mouthed version of the character might be incorporated into Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe. And we're not saying a crossover between Star Wars and The Shape of Water is likely, but yes, that's now technically a thing that could happen. Brendan Morrow

December 14, 2018

Conservative magazine The Weekly Standard is shutting down after 23 years in print, its owners announced Friday.

The Weekly Standard, once published by Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp, rose to prominence as it influenced former President George W. Bush's administration. It was sold to Clarity Media Group in 2008, and soon proved a persistent critic to President Trump and the rise of the far right.

That neoconservative voice may have been its downfall, though, CNN points out. The Weekly Standard's finances faltered as far-right publications such as The Daily Caller and Breitbart grew. It reportedly searched for a new owner earlier this year, but The Daily Caller later reported the magazine wouldn't last until 2019, per The Ringer.

The Weekly Standard editor Steve Hayes broke the news to staffers in an email on Friday. Read all of it below. Kathryn Krawczyk

November 20, 2018

The January 2019 issue of Glamour will be the magazine's final monthly print edition, Condé Nast announced Tuesday.

Launched in 1939 as Glamour of Hollywood, the magazine will be shifting to an entirely digital presence. Glamour has a print circulation of about two million and an online audience of 20 million, Variety reports. Last year, Condé Nast ended the print editions of Teen Vogue and Self. No layoffs are planned, and the magazine will still print special issues on occasion.

Samantha Barry, the magazine's new editor-in-chief, told staff in a memo that Glamour is "doubling down on digital — investing in the storytelling, service, and fantastic photo shoots we've always been known for, bringing it to the platforms our readers frequent most." Barry came to Glamour in January from CNN Worldwide, where she was executive producer for social and emerging media. Catherine Garcia

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