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Hailey Bieber Apologizes to TikTok User Who Said She Was ‘Not Nice’ When They Met

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Canada’s public health agency warns threat of COVID-19 resurgence in Canada ‘not just hypothetical’

While the COVID-19 epidemic in Canada remains “largely under control,” one of Canada’s top public health officials is warning that the potential for a significant spike in new cases “is not just hypothetical, as this is exactly what we are already seeing in some other parts of the world.”

As the United States nears three million cases of COVID-19 and states like Texas and California show record-high numbers of newly-reported cases, Canada’s public health agency on Wednesday released the latest figures in its modelling of the coronavirus outbreak in this country, showing the epidemic is on the same trajectory as it was at the end of June.

Dr. Howard Njoo, deputy chief public health officer of Canada, told a media briefing in Ottawa today that “the current patterns of COVID-19 infections show limited to no transmission in most areas of the country.”

Dr. Njoo pointed out that most of the recent outbreaks have been localized, citing northern Saskatchewan and Ontario’s Peel and Windsor-Essex regions as hotspots that emerged over the last two weeks.

These outbreaks have led to Canada’s Rt number — representing the average number of people infected by each individual case — rising above 1 after staying below 1 for most of the last 10 weeks. An Rt above 1 suggests the spread of the disease is growing.

Dr. Njoo said that “with cases low in number, the daily Rt is likely to fluctuate dramatically. It remains important for us to closely monitor for new cases and outbreaks that could arise in any part of the country, even in places which might have few or no cases at the moment.”

Watch: ‘Limited to no transmission’ of coronavirus in most of Canada: PHAC

The Public Health Agency of Canada says transmission of the coronavirus is waning in most parts of the country, but warned that Canadians must keep following public health measures to prevent a rebound. 49:52

‘Things can change quickly’

In a press conference in Ottawa earlier today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau echoed the same warning.

“The situation is stabilizing in Canada today because Canadians did their part and followed public health instructions,” he said, “but we still have to be very careful. Things can change quickly.”

The models forecast that by July 17, Canada will have detected between 106,000 and 111,000 cases and suffered between 8,560 and 8,900 deaths.

As of July 7, the country had experienced 107,000 cases and 8,818 deaths, according to a tally by CBC News.

The data indicate that cases among Canadians over the age of 80 have declined the most, but that the prevalence of COVID-19 among Canadians between the ages of 20 and 39 has not declined at the same pace.

“To continue to prevent a resurgence and manage the epidemic,” Dr. Njoo said in French, “we need the rate of infection among this age group to decrease in a constant manner. Though severe illness is less frequent among younger age groups, young adults are not protected from serious consequences.”

Young people can also spread the virus to more vulnerable populations.

As of the public health agency’s data up to July 7, there have been only 24 recorded deaths among Canadians under the age of 39 due to COVID-19, representing just 0.3 per cent of the total. But they represent over eight per cent of hospitalized cases and nearly 10 per cent of those admitted to intensive care units.

Dr. Njoo said that, as businesses re-open and personal restrictions are lifted, he expects to see a resurgence in cases. He said there’s a risk of a significant spike in the summer and into the fall without enhanced public health measures related to case detection, contact tracing and quarantining.

The models suggest that without these measures in place, there is a “distinct possibility” that the caseload could explode beyond even the peak of the first wave in April, he said.

And while he thinks things are going well so far, Dr. Njoo said “we need to keep underlining the key public health messages and telling people that no, it’s not over, and if there’s too much of what we call a relapse … then certainly we’ll see more of these outbreaks.”

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AMD Declares 4GB of GPU VRAM ‘Not Enough’ for Today’s Games

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AMD is arguing that 4GB GPUs are effectively obsolete, based on performance data showing a distinct advantage for GPUs with more than 4GB of VRAM.

The company’s argument boils down to the following slide:

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Independent reviews back up the idea that anyone buying an RX 5500 XT is leaving performance on the table. The average gap is small — only about 5 percent for 1440p averages and 9 percent for 1440p minimums according to TechSpot — but the relatively small average obscures an important point: The titles with the largest division between 4GB and 8GB versions of the Radeon 5500 XT tend to be newer games. TechSpot reports Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is 22 percent faster on the 8GB card compared with the 4GB. So does AMD.

It’s sometimes difficult for consumers to tell how much VRAM matters at the low end of the market. Manufacturers commonly offer GPUs with more VRAM for a higher price, but customers have no interest in paying for VRAM that their GPU isn’t powerful enough to effectively utilize. If your card isn’t powerful enough to run the detail levels required to fill 4GB of VRAM, buying 8GB will gain you nothing. Manufacturers want to sell you higher VRAM cards because the profit margin from additional VRAM is much larger than the cost of the VRAM itself.

When the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 arrive later this year, default console RAM capacity will jump to 16GB. GPUs don’t have to match that — consoles share RAM between CPU and GPU, while PCs have dedicated memory for each — but the gap between 4GB and 8GB cards is only going to widen from here.

The reason your total VRAM capacity is so important is that PCs use separate memory pools for CPU and GPU. When your GPU can’t find data in VRAM, it has to fetch it across the PCIe bus. PCIe 4.0 bandwidth is fast, but it doesn’t hold a candle to GDDR6 or HBM, and the interface isn’t optimized for low latency. This is why having less VRAM than required is so terrible for performance — you can see the system hitch as it tries to load a map or even a visual effect.

One good reason to believe the transition to 8GB over 4GB is upon us is that the 5500 XT is turning in very playable frame rates in the same titles where it winds up VRAM-bound. If a GPU scores 10 frames per second with 4GB of RAM and 15 FPS with 8GB, that’d be a 50 percent improvement and utterly useless, as far as the end-user is concerned. But that’s not what’s happening here.

If you already have a 4GB GPU, there’s no reason to panic — games aren’t going to suddenly and collectively fall off a cliff. Remember that the games in question are being tested at very high detail levels, and that certain detail settings inevitably put pressure on VRAM more than others. It’ll still be possible to play future titles on 4GB cards by reducing detail and potentially resolution settings, and while that comes with its own obvious tradeoffs, it’s still better than being kicked out of playing entirely.

One of the points I considered was whether AMD is making this argument because it specifically ships more RAM in lower price points than its competitor. I’m sure that’s part of the reason, but AMD has actually been making that argument for several years now. All the way back to Polaris, AMD has argued that its larger VRAM buffers were an asset against Nvidia’s tendency to offer narrower RAM buses and less bandwidth. What’s changed, in this case, are the games themselves. We’re starting to see pressure on the 4GB memory point, and it’s not as if games are going to suddenly start collectively using less VRAM.

Now, does this mean no 4GB GPU can be a good buy? Of course not. If you want to play Stardew Valley and Undertale in 1080p, you don’t exactly need much GPU horsepower.

We are at a point in time where 8GB GPUs are demonstrating real performance advantages over 4GB cards, but the gains are still small on average and confined to certain titles. A 4GB GPU may still be a smart purchase depending on the use-case and required gaming performance, but it’s clear that 8GB will be needed soon. Taking advantage of the imminent transition by buying an 8GB budget card today will likely improve overall performance in the future.

One last point: Different GPUs from different manufacturers can use VRAM differently. Don’t conclude that just because AMD sees this kind of jump from a 4GB / 8GB shift that it’s also automatically true for Nvidia. I’m not saying that it isn’t true — but we can’t assume that it is without testing the same game on two different versions of each card.

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Chris Cuomo Says He’s Still ‘Not 100 Percent’ Recovered After Battle With COVID-19

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Drew Doughty on resuming NHL season: ‘not going to be like winning a real Stanley Cup’

Two-time Stanley Cup champion and 2016 Norris Trophy winner Drew Doughty is pessimistic about the chances of the NHL resuming play this season.

The star Los Angeles Kings defenceman said Monday it’s going to be difficult for hockey to get back this season, even just to hold the playoffs and hand out the Stanley Cup.

“Honestly, I don’t see how the season is going to return,” Doughty said. “I really don’t. We have no idea when this virus is going to be over.”

The 30-year-old known for his frank answers and commentary cast doubt on the validity of a 2020 Cup winner, especially given that there were 189 regular-season games left and not all teams had played the same number of games. Doughty is also concerned about how playing late into the summer might affect next season, which the league has maintained it wants to play in full.

“I know they so badly want to give out the Stanley Cup this year, but in all seriousness it’s not going to be like winning a real Stanley Cup because the [regular] season wasn’t finished,” Doughty said. “There’s teams that couldn’t get in the playoffs. And then I’m assuming they’d have to come up with a different playoff format. I don’t know. It’d be a little different. I’m not a huge fan of it, as much as I want to play. I just don’t want things to go into next season and affecting those [games].”

WATCH | A look at some possible return scenarios:

Ever since Donald Trump talked to a handful of sports commissioners, plans seem to be leaking about possible return scenarios. Rob Pizzo looks at a few.  2:31

Doughty, who won the Cup with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014, said “for sure” his opinion would be different if the Kings were in a different spot in the standings. They were 28th out of 31 teams and eliminated from playoff contention.

But he added that his view on the NHL season was more affected by the state of the world during the coronavirus pandemic than the logistics of holding sporting events.

“Everything just keeps getting delayed even more, like lockdowns and stuff like that,” Doughty said. “People are dying even more every day. So I just don’t see how or when we’re going to be able to make any type of decision to return to the season.”

Everything on the table for Bettman

In an interview Monday on CNN, Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to say the NHL hasn’t ruled anything in or out when it comes to the resumption of play.

“We’re exploring all options, but when we’ll have an opportunity to return depends on things that we have absolutely no control over because it all starts with everybody’s health and well-being,” Bettman said. “Until there’s a sense that people can get together, not just in our arenas but for our players to get together to work out, we don’t know when we can come back, but it’s something we’re monitoring on a daily basis.”

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Paramore’s Hayley Williams Reveals She Weighed 91 Pounds and Was ‘Not OK’ After Her Divorce

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‘Not now. Then when?’: Kobe Bryant’s death prompts battle over focus on star’s rape charge

For author and attorney Mark Shaw, there’s one memory of Kobe Bryant seared into his brain — that of a young basketball star seated in a Colorado courtroom with what he perceived as a flippant attitude to the charge of sexual assault against him.

“Here was Kobe with an arrogant look on his face,” said Shaw, who covered the case for ESPN in 2004.

“It bothered me and it bothered all of the other reporters. He wasn’t taking this seriously at all. I don’t know if he was in denial or whatever, but he just didn’t take it seriously.”

Shaw, who is convinced of Bryant’s guilt, said he is particularly bothered by the coverage of Bryant’s death, that not enough emphasis has been placed on this part of the athlete’s life.

The tragic death of Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash Sunday, has sparked an outpouring of grief and tributes for the basketball great who helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA titles during his 20-year career. But others have been quick to note that Bryant’s legacy is also marked by an allegation of sexual assault. And that, in turn, has sparked a backlash from some fans angered that the allegations were revisited so soon after his death.

“When someone passes away, certainly you want to highlight what they did well in life. And apparently he did kind of turn his life around from that point and became a great father, and the things that he’s done and all of that, that’s great,” said Shaw.

But you just need to tell both sides of the story. A lot of times people just don’t want to really know the truth. They would rather discard that and only look at the positives that were involved with somebody’s life.”

Bryant at the Eagle County Justice Center in 2004 for pretrial motions in connection with the alleged rape of a 19-year-old woman. (Ed Andrieski/The Associated Press)

Indeed, a Washington Post reporter faced considerable social media backlash and death threats after she tweeted a link to an old article about the sexual assault allegation against Bryant shortly after he was killed. (Felicia Sonmez was suspended by the paper, which then seemed to back off on Tuesday.)

Jill Filipovic, lawyer and author of The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness, said it’s possible to “grieve a life lost and also address that life honestly.”

“To everyone yelling NOT NOW: Then when? When are we supposed to grapple with, and tell the whole truth about, the lives of people many admire?” she tweeted Sunday.

In a blog posted titled Kobe Bryant and Complicated Legacies, Filipovic wrote that all of his success in sports is “key to Kobe’s story” but also “is not the whole story.”

“Out of some mislaid definition of ‘respect,’ we are so excellent at sidelining the inconvenient parts, at least when the inconvenient parts are women we’ve made invisible and the one inconvenienced is a man we would prefer to keep admiring, without complication,” she wrote.

Bryant with his daughter Gianna at the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game. Gianna was also killed in the helicopter crash Sunday. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

In 2003, Bryant was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old employee at a Colorado resort. He had said the two had consensual sex. Prosecutors later dropped the felony sexual assault charge at the request of the accuser, in exchange for a public apology. Bryant also settled a civil suit against him by the accuser for an undisclosed amount of money.

While some endorsements dried up, including McDonald’s, other major companies like Nike stuck by Bryant. He was largely able to put the allegations behind him, going on to have one of the most successful careers in the NBA, eventually retiring in 2016 as the third-leading scorer in the league’s history. 

However, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, those allegations resurfaced. In March 2018, after he won an Oscar for the short animated film Dear Basketball, based on a poem he wrote, some criticized the Academy for its selection. And in Oct. 2018, he was ousted from the jury of an animated film festival after an online petition was circulated demanding he be dropped.

Shaw said in recounting Bryant’s legacy, it’s fine to talk about how Bryant seemed to change his ways following the alleged attack.

I think you can do it in a way where you say despite him being charged with sexual assault … Kobe Bryant had become a changed man. I think you can put a positive spin on this — but it does need to include this incident that happened back then.”

Globe and Mail investigative reporter Robyn Doolittle, whose recent book Had it Coming: What’s Fair in the Age of #MeToo? includes a chapter about the Bryant case, said it’s important to remember someone like Bryant as a whole person. 

“He can be a basketball legend, and it means so much to so many people, and he can also be an amazing father, by all accounts. He can also be someone who faced very credible sexual assault or rape allegations,” she said.

“I don’t necessarily think that people should hate Kobe Bryant. My book is all about ‘It’s not black or white. The hot take isn’t necessarily the most productive one.'”

His death, the outpouring of grief, and what some might say is an effort by fans to ignore the most controversial chapter of his life is illustrative of the intense relationship many have with their celebrity idols, said Bradley Bond, a University of San Diego associate professor in communication studies.

Bond studies the psychological concept known as parasocial relationship: the way people develop very strong social and emotional ties to fictional characters and celebrities.

The nature of entertainment media is to continually disclose information about these people, and the public feels like they get to know them over the course of time, he said.

“So it makes sense that when one of those perceived relationships dissolves that we experience grief in a similar way.”

Eric Mascarenhas comforts his son Nicolas at a memorial for Bryant near the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/The Associated Press)

And when a celebrity does something that conflicts with one’s own moral code, it either negatively influences the relationship or fans find a way to close that cognitive dissonance with some type of excuse, Bond said.

I think the easiest case with something like Kobe’s complicated background is to simply not believe the accuser.”

As well, fans may also be able to separate an actor or athlete’s personal life with their performance.

“You can still admire that primary attribute even if secondary attributes might conflict with what you see as an admirable person. I think you can separate Kobe the athlete from Kobe the individual.”

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‘Not safe to move’: Wildfire threats intensify in Australia

A father and son who were battling flames for two days on Kangaroo Island. off the coast of South Australia, are the latest victims of the worst wildfire season in Australian history, and the path of destruction widened in at least three states Saturday due to strong winds and high temperatures.

The death toll in the wildfire crisis is now up to 23 people, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said after calling up about 3,000 reservists to battle the escalating fires, which are expected to be particularly fierce throughout the weekend.

“We are facing another extremely difficult next 24 hours,” Morrison said at a televised news conference. “In recent times, particularly over the course of the balance of this week, we have seen this disaster escalate to an entirely new level.”

Dick Lang, a 78-year-old outback safari operator, and his 43-year-old son, Clayton, were identified by Australian authorities after their bodies were found Saturday on a highway on Kangaroo Island. Their family said their losses left them “heartbroken and reeling from this double tragedy.”

Lang, known as “Desert Dick,” was an acclaimed pilot and led tours for travellers throughout Australia and other countries. “He loved the bush, he loved adventure and he loved Kangaroo Island,” his family said.

Clayton Lang, one of Dick’s four sons, was a renowned plastic surgeon who specialized in hand surgery. One of the men was found inside a car after they were trapped by fire on the highway.

Soaring temperatures in Sydney suburbs

The fire danger increased as temperatures rose Saturday to record levels across Australia, surpassing 43 C in Canberra, the capital, and reaching a record-high 48.9 C in Penrith, in Sydney’s western suburbs.

Video and images shared on social media showed blood red skies taking over Mallacoota, a coastal town in Victoria where as many as 4,000 residents and tourists were forced to shelter on beaches as the navy tried to evacuate as many people as possible.

By Saturday evening, 3,600 firefighters were battling blazes across New South Wales state. Power was lost in some areas as fires downed transmissions lines, and residents were warned that the worst may be yet to come.

“We are now in a position where we are saying to people it’s not safe to move, it’s not safe to leave these areas,” state Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters. “We are in for a long night and I make no bones about that. We are still yet to hit the worst of it.”

Morrison said the governor general had signed off on the calling up of reserves “to search and bring every possible capability to bear by deploying army brigades to fire-affected communities.”

Calling up reservists for 1st time to join fight

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said it was the first time that reservists had been called up “in this way in living memory and, in fact, I believe for the first time in our nation’s history.”

The deadly wildfires, which have been raging since September, have already burned about five million hectares (12.35 million acres) of land and destroyed more than 1,500 homes.

The early and devastating start to Australia’s summer wildfires has also been catastrophic for the country’s wildlife, likely killing nearly 500 million birds, reptiles and mammals in New South Wales alone, Sydney University ecologist Chris Dickman told the Sydney Morning Herald. Frogs, bats and insects are excluded from his estimate, making the toll on animals much greater.

Here is a view of fire damage on Friday in the town of Sarsfield, about 200 kilometres west of the small coastal town of Mallacoota, where on Friday people began fleeing the danger, aboard the ship HMAS Choules. (Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Experts say climate change has exacerbated the unprecedented wildfires around the world. Morrison has been criticized for his repeated refusal to say climate change is intensifying the fires, instead deeming them a natural disaster.

Some residents yelled at the prime minister earlier in the week during a visit to New South Wales, where people were upset with the lack of fire equipment their towns had. After fielding criticism for taking a family vacation in Hawaii as the wildfire crisis unfolded in December, Morrison announced he was postponing visits to India and Japan that were scheduled for later this month.

The government has committed 20 million Australian dollars ($ 18 million Cdn) to lease four fire-fighting aircraft for the duration of the crisis, and the helicopter-equipped HMAS Adelaide was deployed to assist evacuations from fire-ravaged areas.

The deadly fire on Kangaroo Island broke containment lines Friday and was described as “virtually unstoppable” as it destroyed buildings and burned through more than 14,000 hectares of Flinders Chase National Park. While the warning level for the fire was reduced Saturday, the Country Fire Service said it was still a risk to lives and property.

New South Wales Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers warned that the fires could move “frighteningly quick.” Embers carried by the wind had the potential to spark new fires or enlarge existing blazes.

Spread from national park to suburbs feared

Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fizsimmons said the 264,000-hectare Green Wattle Creek fire in a national park west of Sydney could spread into Sydney’s western suburbs. He said crews have been doing “extraordinary work” by setting controlled fires and using aircraft and machinery to try to keep the flames away.

More than 130 fires were burning in New South Wales, with at least half of them out of control.

Firefighters were battling a total of 53 fires across Victoria state, and conditions were expected to worsen with a southerly wind change. About 900,000 hectares (2.2 million acres) of bushland has already been burned through.

Here, flames burn through bush on Saturday in Lake Tabourie, New South Wales. A state of emergency has been declared across the southeastern state with dangerous fire conditions in the forecast. (Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

In a rare piece of good news, the number of people listed as missing or unaccounted for in Victoria was reduced from 28 to six.

“We still have those dynamic and dangerous conditions — the low humidity, the strong winds and, what underpins that, the state is tinder dry,” Victoria Emergency Services Commissioner Andrew Crisp said.

Thousands have already fled fire-threatened areas in Victoria, and local police reported heavy traffic flows on major roads.

“If you might be thinking about whether you get out on a particular road close to you, well there’s every chance that a fire could hit that particular road and you can’t get out,” Victoria Emergency Services Commissioner Andrew Crisp said.

Queen sends thoughts and prayers 

On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth expressed her sorrow over the devastating bushfires, sending her thoughts and prayers to all Australians, including emergency services.

The Queen, who is Australia’s head of state, sent a message of condolence as the fires continued to rage dangerously out of control.

“I have been deeply saddened to hear of the continued bushfires and their devastating impact across many parts of Australia,” the 93-year-old monarch said in a statement.

“My thanks go out to the emergency services, and those who put their own lives in danger to help communities in need. Prince Philip and I send our thoughts and prayers to all Australians at this difficult time.”

The message of condolence was sent to the Governor General of Australia, her representative in the country, and to the governors of states affected by the fires, including New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. It was also addressed to “all Australians.”

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‘Not stalled’: Trump plans Friday meet with vaping stakeholders

U.S. President Donald Trump will host a meeting on vaping at the White House on Friday with a range of groups, including industry and public health representatives, a White House spokesperson said on Wednesday, as his administration considers calls to tighten e-cigarette regulations amid alarm over serious health issues.

“The policy making process is not stalled,” White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in a statement.

On Nov. 11, Trump said he would be meeting with industry representatives after previously saying his administration would release its position on vaping last week — though it never was.

The Trump administration in September announced a sweeping plan to ban all e-cigarette and vaping flavours, aside from tobacco flavours. Earlier this month, Trump also said he would raise the age to buy such products to 21.

But the Republican president soon backed off the plan, it was later reported, in part over political concerns the ban could harm his re-election campaign ahead of the November 2020 election.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar looks on as President Donald Trump talks about a plan to ban most flavoured e-cigarettes in the Oval Office of the White House on Sept. 11, 2019. (Evan Vucci/The Associated Press)

Deere said Friday’s planned meeting would “include a diverse group of advocacy, industry, non-profits, medical associations and State officials,” but did not name specific organizations.

Representatives for the industry and various health groups could not be immediately reached for comment on the meeting.

Friday’s meeting would give Trump “an opportunity to hear from a large group, representing all sides as we continue to develop responsible guidelines,” Deere said.

The American Medical Association this week urged “a total ban” on all e-cigarette and vaping products that do not meet U.S. regulators’ standards for smoking cessation, citing concerns about the growing number of serious vaping lung illnesses.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 42 deaths linked to vaping and 2,172 injuries, according to the federal agency’s latest count. In Canada, there have been eight confirmed or probable cases of severe lung illness related to vaping.

Vaping companies have said their products are not targeted at youth and have touted the industry’s job creation.

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Hugh Grant Open to ‘Notting Hill’ Reunion Movie: ‘Why Not?’ (Exclusive)

Hugh Grant Open to ‘Notting Hill’ Reunion Movie: ‘Why Not?’ (Exclusive) | Entertainment Tonight

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