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New York (CNN)Hoping to push more people to sign up for Obamacare amid lagging enrollment, former President Barack Obama urged Americans Monday to check out healthcare.gov before the December 15 deadline.

"I think you've proven that you don't need to see me taking jump shorts or sitting between a couple of forest plants to know it's important to have health insurance in case, God forbid, you get really sick or hurt yourself next year," Obama said, referencing his previous efforts to encourage enrollment while he was in office, including a 2014 interview on comic Zach Galifianakis' "Between Two Ferns" show.
The Facebook video garnered more than 700,000 views and the Twitter post had more than 55,000 retweets in three hours.
    Last year, Obama kicked off the open enrollment period with an 80-second video on social media praising many of Obamacare's benefits. Then, a few days before open enrollment ended, he reminded Americans of the deadline on social media and joined a conference call to thank several hundred people who were helping consumers select plans.
    This year, the former President noted the November 1 launch of open enrollment on his social media accounts, but amid a flurry of posts urging people to vote in the midterm elections to protect the law and those with pre-existing conditions.
    The renewed push by the former President follows weeks of weak enrollment reports for Obamacare plans. The average number of people signing up daily on the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, is down roughly 8% as of December 1, compared to the same time a year ago, according to figures released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
    The days just ahead of the deadline, which is December 15 in most states, are the most crucial as Americans typically wait until the last minute to sign up. But the Trump administration has slashed the budget for Obamacare advertising by 90%.
    Only a quarter of those who buy their own insurance or are uninsured know when open enrollment ends, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll.
    In the new video, Obama lauded young Americans for stepping up "like never before, on campuses, at the voting booth and at the doors of power." During the midterm elections, he urged voters to support Democratic candidates because they would better preserve protections for people with pre-existing conditions and other popular parts of the health reform law.
      The new post includes one of Obama's favorite marketing points -- that most consumers can find policies for between $50 and $100 a month, less than many people pay for their cell phones.
      Always willing to make fun of himself when it comes to his signature health reform law, Obama ended the video with a filter showing him wearing sunglasses and standing before a picturesque scene of mountains, trees, the ocean and a rainbow.

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      New York (CNN)Hoping to push more people to sign up for Obamacare amid lagging enrollment, former President Barack Obama urged Americans Monday to check out healthcare.gov before the December 15 deadline.

      "I think you've proven that you don't need to see me taking jump shorts or sitting between a couple of forest plants to know it's important to have health insurance in case, God forbid, you get really sick or hurt yourself next year," Obama said, referencing his previous efforts to encourage enrollment while he was in office, including a 2014 interview on comic Zach Galifianakis' "Between Two Ferns" show.
      The Facebook video garnered more than 700,000 views and the Twitter post had more than 55,000 retweets in three hours.
        Last year, Obama kicked off the open enrollment period with an 80-second video on social media praising many of Obamacare's benefits. Then, a few days before open enrollment ended, he reminded Americans of the deadline on social media and joined a conference call to thank several hundred people who were helping consumers select plans.
        This year, the former President noted the November 1 launch of open enrollment on his social media accounts, but amid a flurry of posts urging people to vote in the midterm elections to protect the law and those with pre-existing conditions.
        The renewed push by the former President follows weeks of weak enrollment reports for Obamacare plans. The average number of people signing up daily on the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, is down roughly 8% as of December 1, compared to the same time a year ago, according to figures released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
        The days just ahead of the deadline, which is December 15 in most states, are the most crucial as Americans typically wait until the last minute to sign up. But the Trump administration has slashed the budget for Obamacare advertising by 90%.
        Only a quarter of those who buy their own insurance or are uninsured know when open enrollment ends, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll.
        In the new video, Obama lauded young Americans for stepping up "like never before, on campuses, at the voting booth and at the doors of power." During the midterm elections, he urged voters to support Democratic candidates because they would better preserve protections for people with pre-existing conditions and other popular parts of the health reform law.
          The new post includes one of Obama's favorite marketing points -- that most consumers can find policies for between $50 and $100 a month, less than many people pay for their cell phones.
          Always willing to make fun of himself when it comes to his signature health reform law, Obama ended the video with a filter showing him wearing sunglasses and standing before a picturesque scene of mountains, trees, the ocean and a rainbow.

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          The Top 5 Worst Celebrity Parents Betcheshttps://viralnews2.pw/the-top-5-worst-celebrity-parents-betches/ Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:52:43 +0000 https://viralnews2.pw/?p=5960

          I’m a writer living in New York City, so obviously I’m obsessed with therapy. And two incontrovertible truths my shrink has told me? One: using humor as a defense mechanism to compensate for my emotional unavailability is only f*cking up any of my chances at a healthy, intimate relationship, thus making me destined for crippling loneliness. Two: parents are the sole reason that anyone is so f*cked up. It’s evident that mommy and daddy issues are the lifeblood of petty drama on a public scale, toxic celebrity relationships, and reality television. We love that sh*t at Betches. So let’s all raise a vodka soda to awful parents of celebrities. I’ve rounded up who I deem to be the worst celebrity parents, but be sure not to drink too much because that could mess with your antidepressants!

          1. Stephen Baldwin

          Dads can be so embarrassing. One time I was at a really chic, celebrity-studded spot and Hailey Baldwin was there with her dad. She looked gorgeous, tastefully dressed, and was absolutely flawless in person, whereas her dad was wearing a trucker hat and what I believe were board shorts. I thought it was bad when I went to a Halloween party when I was little with my dad dressed up like my mom. But trust me, what Stephen did to Hailey was ten times more embarrassing.

          He also was recently out to lunch with Hailey and Justin when the newlyweds got into a tiff. Color me shocked that two crazy kids who barely dated before they got married are already having trouble in paradise. Onlookers noted that Stephen facilitated in resolving the situation, and then smacked Justin on the a**. Look, a lot of us want to grab Justin’s a**, but a lot of us aren’t creepy enough to actually go there. And if Stephen playing grab-the-booty with his son-in-law isn’t proof enough that he’s a mortifying dad, peep this Instagram video and tell me this isn’t enough incriminating evidence to get emancipated:

          View this post on Instagram

          #beegees #PTL 🙌🏽

          A post shared by stephenbaldwin7 (@stephenbaldwin7) on

          The f*ck did I just watch?

          2. Dina Lohan

          Dina Lohan really loves her kids. Like, really, really loves her kids. See?

          View this post on Instagram

          Parent Trap #lindsaylohan #dinalohan #maternalinstinct #appledoesntfallfar #fbf

          A post shared by @ sassyskips on

          It’s ironic that Lindsay Lohan played Cady Heron in Mean Girls when she had Regina George’s mom in real life. That is if Regina George’s mom allowed underage girls to drink inside a house that hosted happy hour 24 hours a day. Dina is known to go out clubbing with Lindsay, whose substance abuse issues have previously landed her in jail. Maybe not the best idea to blatantly enable your daughter that way? IDK, I don’t have kids. I’m just spitballing ideas here.

          Dina also had a failed reality show called Living Lohan. It was about her trying to get her youngest daughter Ali’s career off the ground. Critics lambasted Dina, calling it “exploitative” and “trashy”. Most reality television is exploitative and trashy, but Dina somehow managed to make it completely unwatchable. The only redeeming quality about Dina is that one time she met my ex-best friend at Starbucks and told her that she resembled her daughter when her daughter was at her peak crackhead phase.

          3. Joe Simpson

          In classic Donald Trump fashion, father of Ashlee and Jessica Simpson just loves to talk about his daughter’s bodies, specifically Jessica’s. Joe was quoted in a 2004 article for GQ saying, “Jessica never tries to be sexy. She just is sexy. If you put her in a T-shirt or you put her in a bustier, she’s sexy in both. She’s got DOUBLE Ds! You can’t cover those suckers up!” That’s totally normal praise any father would give their daughter? Right???

          In 2012, Simpson was caught cheating on his wife of 34 years with an aspiring male model, Bryce Chandler Hill. Hill was only 21 at the time (younger than both his daughters) and Simpson was 54. The two were introduced by a mutual friend of Ashlee and Jessica, so it doesn’t quite get more f*cked up than that. The affair allegedly went on for a year, but Simpson still denies all rumors about being gay to this day.

          To top this all off, Simpson also had his Twitter account “hacked” back in 2014. For the hour he was locked out, his account posted over 40 tweets claiming that he was a child molester. That couples well with being accused of fitting your daughter for her training bra. Can someone say dad of the year?

          4. Billy Ray Cyrus

          Okay, we all try to forget, but remember when Miley went through her awful phase? Like broke-up-with-Liam-twerked-on-giant-stuffed-animals-and-made-trash-music phase? Yeah, that wasn’t her fault. Ask any shrink out there, and they will tell you that your nasty skank phase is your parents’ fault. Miley even came forward and said Hannah Montana really f*cked her up. And who was instrumental in that? Her father.

          I mean, Jesus Christ, not only did he play a stage parent, he played her father on the show and had the world’s most annoying catchphrases. Billy Ray later came forward and said the show ruined his family. Um, you’re an adult who should have his children’s best interest at heart. Miley was a clueless kid, so why’d you do it in the first place? Billy Ray is a one-hit wonder who piggybacked off his daughter’s fame 10 years ago. So he’s got loads of time on his hands. Maybe he should use that time to parent instead of posting sh*t on Twitter that only a teenage girl would post.

          5. Donald Trump

          Look, every parent has a favorite kid, but good parents just refuse to admit it. Yet Donald Trump admitted that Tiffany is the daughter that he’s “less proud of.” Um, Tiffany is the only adult kid of his that probably isn’t going to be indicted for treason or whatever, so maybe take it easy on her.

          His son Donald Trump Jr. is also probably going to be indicted because he was doing his father’s bidding. And besides Ivanka and her husband Jared’s legal transgressions, let’s focus on the fact that Donald seems to have the creepiest relationship on the planet with her. He once said she has a nice enough figure to be featured in Playboy. He also frequently makes comments about how hot her body is. Just like any dad would. He even went as far as to say that he would totally date her if he weren’t her father. Did Southern states vote for Trump because he’s just as chill with incest as they are? (LOL is that too far?) From being a father and husband to a businessman to the president to a decent human being, Donald Trump is clearly a horrific person on every level. But remember Hillary’s emails, though?

          Images: (@stephenbaldwin7/Instagram; @sassyskips/Instagram; @charliercollection/Instagram; @billyrayecyrus/Twitter)

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          I’m a writer living in New York City, so obviously I’m obsessed with therapy. And two incontrovertible truths my shrink has told me? One: using humor as a defense mechanism to compensate for my emotional unavailability is only f*cking up any of my chances at a healthy, intimate relationship, thus making me destined for crippling loneliness. Two: parents are the sole reason that anyone is so f*cked up. It’s evident that mommy and daddy issues are the lifeblood of petty drama on a public scale, toxic celebrity relationships, and reality television. We love that sh*t at Betches. So let’s all raise a vodka soda to awful parents of celebrities. I’ve rounded up who I deem to be the worst celebrity parents, but be sure not to drink too much because that could mess with your antidepressants!

          1. Stephen Baldwin

          Dads can be so embarrassing. One time I was at a really chic, celebrity-studded spot and Hailey Baldwin was there with her dad. She looked gorgeous, tastefully dressed, and was absolutely flawless in person, whereas her dad was wearing a trucker hat and what I believe were board shorts. I thought it was bad when I went to a Halloween party when I was little with my dad dressed up like my mom. But trust me, what Stephen did to Hailey was ten times more embarrassing.

          He also was recently out to lunch with Hailey and Justin when the newlyweds got into a tiff. Color me shocked that two crazy kids who barely dated before they got married are already having trouble in paradise. Onlookers noted that Stephen facilitated in resolving the situation, and then smacked Justin on the a**. Look, a lot of us want to grab Justin’s a**, but a lot of us aren’t creepy enough to actually go there. And if Stephen playing grab-the-booty with his son-in-law isn’t proof enough that he’s a mortifying dad, peep this Instagram video and tell me this isn’t enough incriminating evidence to get emancipated:

          View this post on Instagram

          #beegees #PTL 🙌🏽

          A post shared by stephenbaldwin7 (@stephenbaldwin7) on

          The f*ck did I just watch?

          2. Dina Lohan

          Dina Lohan really loves her kids. Like, really, really loves her kids. See?

          View this post on Instagram

          Parent Trap #lindsaylohan #dinalohan #maternalinstinct #appledoesntfallfar #fbf

          A post shared by @ sassyskips on

          It’s ironic that Lindsay Lohan played Cady Heron in Mean Girls when she had Regina George’s mom in real life. That is if Regina George’s mom allowed underage girls to drink inside a house that hosted happy hour 24 hours a day. Dina is known to go out clubbing with Lindsay, whose substance abuse issues have previously landed her in jail. Maybe not the best idea to blatantly enable your daughter that way? IDK, I don’t have kids. I’m just spitballing ideas here.

          Dina also had a failed reality show called Living Lohan. It was about her trying to get her youngest daughter Ali’s career off the ground. Critics lambasted Dina, calling it “exploitative” and “trashy”. Most reality television is exploitative and trashy, but Dina somehow managed to make it completely unwatchable. The only redeeming quality about Dina is that one time she met my ex-best friend at Starbucks and told her that she resembled her daughter when her daughter was at her peak crackhead phase.

          3. Joe Simpson

          In classic Donald Trump fashion, father of Ashlee and Jessica Simpson just loves to talk about his daughter’s bodies, specifically Jessica’s. Joe was quoted in a 2004 article for GQ saying, “Jessica never tries to be sexy. She just is sexy. If you put her in a T-shirt or you put her in a bustier, she’s sexy in both. She’s got DOUBLE Ds! You can’t cover those suckers up!” That’s totally normal praise any father would give their daughter? Right???

          In 2012, Simpson was caught cheating on his wife of 34 years with an aspiring male model, Bryce Chandler Hill. Hill was only 21 at the time (younger than both his daughters) and Simpson was 54. The two were introduced by a mutual friend of Ashlee and Jessica, so it doesn’t quite get more f*cked up than that. The affair allegedly went on for a year, but Simpson still denies all rumors about being gay to this day.

          To top this all off, Simpson also had his Twitter account “hacked” back in 2014. For the hour he was locked out, his account posted over 40 tweets claiming that he was a child molester. That couples well with being accused of fitting your daughter for her training bra. Can someone say dad of the year?

          4. Billy Ray Cyrus

          Okay, we all try to forget, but remember when Miley went through her awful phase? Like broke-up-with-Liam-twerked-on-giant-stuffed-animals-and-made-trash-music phase? Yeah, that wasn’t her fault. Ask any shrink out there, and they will tell you that your nasty skank phase is your parents’ fault. Miley even came forward and said Hannah Montana really f*cked her up. And who was instrumental in that? Her father.

          I mean, Jesus Christ, not only did he play a stage parent, he played her father on the show and had the world’s most annoying catchphrases. Billy Ray later came forward and said the show ruined his family. Um, you’re an adult who should have his children’s best interest at heart. Miley was a clueless kid, so why’d you do it in the first place? Billy Ray is a one-hit wonder who piggybacked off his daughter’s fame 10 years ago. So he’s got loads of time on his hands. Maybe he should use that time to parent instead of posting sh*t on Twitter that only a teenage girl would post.

          5. Donald Trump

          Look, every parent has a favorite kid, but good parents just refuse to admit it. Yet Donald Trump admitted that Tiffany is the daughter that he’s “less proud of.” Um, Tiffany is the only adult kid of his that probably isn’t going to be indicted for treason or whatever, so maybe take it easy on her.

          His son Donald Trump Jr. is also probably going to be indicted because he was doing his father’s bidding. And besides Ivanka and her husband Jared’s legal transgressions, let’s focus on the fact that Donald seems to have the creepiest relationship on the planet with her. He once said she has a nice enough figure to be featured in Playboy. He also frequently makes comments about how hot her body is. Just like any dad would. He even went as far as to say that he would totally date her if he weren’t her father. Did Southern states vote for Trump because he’s just as chill with incest as they are? (LOL is that too far?) From being a father and husband to a businessman to the president to a decent human being, Donald Trump is clearly a horrific person on every level. But remember Hillary’s emails, though?

          Images: (@stephenbaldwin7/Instagram; @sassyskips/Instagram; @charliercollection/Instagram; @billyrayecyrus/Twitter)

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          Former Arsenio Hall Show music director arrested in $750G scam linked to charity concerthttps://viralnews2.pw/former-arsenio-hall-show-music-director-arrested-in-750g-scam-linked-to-charity-concert/ Tue, 11 Dec 2018 05:21:41 +0000 https://viralnews2.pw/?p=5957
          Robin DiMaggio, pictured here in 2012, was arrested on Friday for allegedly embezzling $750,000 linked to a charity concert. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

          A former musical director for the United Nations and TV's Arsenio Hall Show has been arrested for allegedly embezzling $750,000 "from a charity concert for homeless children" and using the money for his personal spending, including buying a home for his ex-wife in Southern California.

          Robin DiMaggio was arrested on Friday and could face felony wire-fraud charges, the Justice Department said. If convicted, DiMaggio faces 20 years in prison.

          A rep for DiMaggio did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. The U.S. Attorney's Office had "no additional comment" when reached by Fox News.

          DiMaggio was arrested after allegedly agreeing he "would assist" the Bulgaria-based non-profit Peace for You Peace for Me Foundation "with organizing a charity concert designed to raise money for and awareness of homeless and displaced children from conflict zones worldwide," federal prosecutors said.

          According to the release, the 47-year-old drummer allegedly said he would "be able to secure several celebrities" to perform at the event.

          As a result, in 2016 the foundation's financial sponsor wired DiMaggio $750,000 to be placed in an "escrow account" to pay the artists, prosecutors said.

          However, prosecutors said DiMaggio allegedly "never set up the escrow account." Instead, several days later he deposited the funds into his "personal bank account and used the money to make payments on cars, credit card debt and his living expenses," the feds alleged.

          FLOYD PARTON, SINGER-SONGWRITER AND DOLLY'S BROTHER, HAS DIED

          DiMaggio also allegedly used $251,370 of the money "to purchase a Calabasas home for his ex-wife," prosecutors said.

          One day the funds landed in his personal account, DiMaggio allegedly emailed the foundation's financial sponsor stating that “an entire group of managers” believed the charity concert should be postponed by two months, from Oct. 1 to Dec. 1, 2016, prosecutors said.

          They said after the sponsor asked to get the $750,000 back, DiMaggio allegedly claimed he already had sent the "deposit to the artists as agreed and that he would return the funds when the deposits were returned."

          'WHEEL OF FORTUNE' HOST PAT SAJAK SUGGESTS 'QUICK FIX' FOR OSCARS

          Per the release, the sponsor sued DiMaggio and during his 2016 deposition, DiMaggio "testified that a third party" had used his email "to contact the foundation about the concert and had been responsible for the withdrawal of most of the funds."

          However, he allegedly admitted he used part of the funds to buy a house for his ex-wife. The release also noted that DiMaggio filed for bankruptcy nine months later.

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          Robin DiMaggio, pictured here in 2012, was arrested on Friday for allegedly embezzling $750,000 linked to a charity concert. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

          A former musical director for the United Nations and TV's Arsenio Hall Show has been arrested for allegedly embezzling $750,000 "from a charity concert for homeless children" and using the money for his personal spending, including buying a home for his ex-wife in Southern California.

          Robin DiMaggio was arrested on Friday and could face felony wire-fraud charges, the Justice Department said. If convicted, DiMaggio faces 20 years in prison.

          A rep for DiMaggio did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. The U.S. Attorney's Office had "no additional comment" when reached by Fox News.

          DiMaggio was arrested after allegedly agreeing he "would assist" the Bulgaria-based non-profit Peace for You Peace for Me Foundation "with organizing a charity concert designed to raise money for and awareness of homeless and displaced children from conflict zones worldwide," federal prosecutors said.

          According to the release, the 47-year-old drummer allegedly said he would "be able to secure several celebrities" to perform at the event.

          As a result, in 2016 the foundation's financial sponsor wired DiMaggio $750,000 to be placed in an "escrow account" to pay the artists, prosecutors said.

          However, prosecutors said DiMaggio allegedly "never set up the escrow account." Instead, several days later he deposited the funds into his "personal bank account and used the money to make payments on cars, credit card debt and his living expenses," the feds alleged.

          FLOYD PARTON, SINGER-SONGWRITER AND DOLLY'S BROTHER, HAS DIED

          DiMaggio also allegedly used $251,370 of the money "to purchase a Calabasas home for his ex-wife," prosecutors said.

          One day the funds landed in his personal account, DiMaggio allegedly emailed the foundation's financial sponsor stating that “an entire group of managers” believed the charity concert should be postponed by two months, from Oct. 1 to Dec. 1, 2016, prosecutors said.

          They said after the sponsor asked to get the $750,000 back, DiMaggio allegedly claimed he already had sent the "deposit to the artists as agreed and that he would return the funds when the deposits were returned."

          'WHEEL OF FORTUNE' HOST PAT SAJAK SUGGESTS 'QUICK FIX' FOR OSCARS

          Per the release, the sponsor sued DiMaggio and during his 2016 deposition, DiMaggio "testified that a third party" had used his email "to contact the foundation about the concert and had been responsible for the withdrawal of most of the funds."

          However, he allegedly admitted he used part of the funds to buy a house for his ex-wife. The release also noted that DiMaggio filed for bankruptcy nine months later.

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          Harry Redknapp wins I’m a Celebrityhttps://viralnews2.pw/harry-redknapp-wins-im-a-celebrity/ Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:01:38 +0000 https://viralnews2.pw/?p=5954
          Image copyright James Gourley/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

          Harry Redknapp has been crowned King of the Jungle in the final of ITV's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

          The football manager beat fellow finalists Emily Atack, who came second, and John Barrowman to take the crown, saying it was "so surreal" to win.

          Ten celebrities headed into the Australian jungle in November, where they were later joined by Noel Edmonds.

          In the absence of his normal partner Ant McPartlin, Declan Donnelly hosted the show with Holly Willoughby.

          'Unbelievable experience'

          More than 11 million votes were cast in the final, Willoughby said.

          Redknapp, who follows in the footsteps of previous winners such as Gino D'Acampo and Georgia Toffolo, said: "My grandkids will be jumping around the living room now. They'll be so excited."

          He said he didn't think he would survive so long in the show and praised his former camp mates for being "amazing" and pulling him through, adding that he would miss all of his new friends.

          Just before he was named the winner, he said: "It's been an unbelievable experience."

          He said while he has a "very happy home life", football can be a "lonely business" and that the show had "taught me how to laugh again".

          But he admitted he had struggled with the meagre rations - and unusual foods - and that he thought the contestants would get well-fed with a "nice bit of grub" every night.

          Image copyright ITV
          Image caption Atack said the experience had changed her life

          Atack said she was "honoured" to be in the final two with Redknapp.

          She said had been soul-searching and found "so many amazing souls" as well as new-found love and respect for herself.

          The Inbetweeners star said: "It's changed my life in so many ways. I came into this with a bit of a difficult start to the year.

          "I didn't really know what I was doing and where I wanted to go and this place has just given me so me so much self-acceptance."

          Willoughby made the actress promise to never cover up her freckles again, after Atack said: "This is my skin, this is my hair - this is what I look like."

          Image copyright ITV

          Barrowman came in third place, and said I'm a Celebrity had been one of the best experiences of his life.

          The actor and singer appeared emotional as he told Willoughby and Donnelly: "I can't tell you how happy I am."

          This year's contestants have been put through a series of Bushtucker trials involving snakes, cockroaches and other creatures.

          They've also had to negotiate assault courses blindfolded, bake cakes while plastered in treacle and climb through "sickening sewers" in order to win food and other necessities.

          The trio had to each carry out a final trial in order to win treats for their last supper together, after 23 days in the jungle.

          Barrowman had to eat a range of gruesome items like worms, a dead spider, goats' eyes and a bull's penis.

          Atack had to wear a helmet filled with insects while Redknapp's trial saw him trapped in an underground chamber while rats and bugs ran over him in the pitch black.

          Former football manager Redknapp was the bookies' favourite to win this year's series, despite having never watched the show before.

          After leaving the show and being shown his highlights, he said: "Great show, innit?"


          Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

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          Image copyright James Gourley/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

          Harry Redknapp has been crowned King of the Jungle in the final of ITV's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

          The football manager beat fellow finalists Emily Atack, who came second, and John Barrowman to take the crown, saying it was "so surreal" to win.

          Ten celebrities headed into the Australian jungle in November, where they were later joined by Noel Edmonds.

          In the absence of his normal partner Ant McPartlin, Declan Donnelly hosted the show with Holly Willoughby.

          'Unbelievable experience'

          More than 11 million votes were cast in the final, Willoughby said.

          Redknapp, who follows in the footsteps of previous winners such as Gino D'Acampo and Georgia Toffolo, said: "My grandkids will be jumping around the living room now. They'll be so excited."

          He said he didn't think he would survive so long in the show and praised his former camp mates for being "amazing" and pulling him through, adding that he would miss all of his new friends.

          Just before he was named the winner, he said: "It's been an unbelievable experience."

          He said while he has a "very happy home life", football can be a "lonely business" and that the show had "taught me how to laugh again".

          But he admitted he had struggled with the meagre rations - and unusual foods - and that he thought the contestants would get well-fed with a "nice bit of grub" every night.

          Image copyright ITV
          Image caption Atack said the experience had changed her life

          Atack said she was "honoured" to be in the final two with Redknapp.

          She said had been soul-searching and found "so many amazing souls" as well as new-found love and respect for herself.

          The Inbetweeners star said: "It's changed my life in so many ways. I came into this with a bit of a difficult start to the year.

          "I didn't really know what I was doing and where I wanted to go and this place has just given me so me so much self-acceptance."

          Willoughby made the actress promise to never cover up her freckles again, after Atack said: "This is my skin, this is my hair - this is what I look like."

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          Barrowman came in third place, and said I'm a Celebrity had been one of the best experiences of his life.

          The actor and singer appeared emotional as he told Willoughby and Donnelly: "I can't tell you how happy I am."

          This year's contestants have been put through a series of Bushtucker trials involving snakes, cockroaches and other creatures.

          They've also had to negotiate assault courses blindfolded, bake cakes while plastered in treacle and climb through "sickening sewers" in order to win food and other necessities.

          The trio had to each carry out a final trial in order to win treats for their last supper together, after 23 days in the jungle.

          Barrowman had to eat a range of gruesome items like worms, a dead spider, goats' eyes and a bull's penis.

          Atack had to wear a helmet filled with insects while Redknapp's trial saw him trapped in an underground chamber while rats and bugs ran over him in the pitch black.

          Former football manager Redknapp was the bookies' favourite to win this year's series, despite having never watched the show before.

          After leaving the show and being shown his highlights, he said: "Great show, innit?"


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          Artie aims to bring you closer to your digital idols with autonomous AR avatarshttps://viralnews2.pw/artie-aims-to-bring-you-closer-to-your-digital-idols-with-autonomous-ar-avatars/ Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:27:39 +0000 https://viralnews2.pw/?p=5951

          If you spend enough time scrolling through manicured photos of manicured lives on social media, you might come to the realization that maybe the fakeness of the online world has started to look too real.

          This might be why so many investors are starting to stare headlong into the world of avatars and digital influencers that aren’t real people but can learn from their audiences in real time. Earlier this week, I chatted with a pair of interesting founders from the startup Artie. The team is basically trying to create an interaction engine for digital avatars to sit in the real world and have some sort of meaningful interaction with users through phone-based AR.

          The startup’s backers include Founders Fund and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Co-founders Armando Kirwin and Ryan Horrigan both come from some top startups in the VR media space.

          The Artie team

          Artie’s sort of autonomous storytelling platform really focuses in on a couple of emerging trends.

          One is this big idea of digital influencers revving up in Japan and Korea that’s basically leveraging all of these new face-tracking capabilities of smartphones to allow users to craft 3D avatars that are sort of animated, abstracted online personalities. It’s started to make waves stateside, but it’s a slower grind. Artie isn’t necessarily looking at user-generated content at this moment, but the company’s work in more branded moments with already leveraged IP is an interesting first step toward something bigger.

          The makers of the virtual influencer, Lil Miquela, snag real money from Silicon Valley

          Artie is also an AR company. The phone AR market really seems to have a number of usage obstacles to overcome. Despite the excitement coming from Apple and Google, platforms like ARKit and ARCore have mostly arrived with a thud. There are a few companies trying to build out some more fundamental backend capabilities to enable shared experiences that adjust to their surroundings, but it’s unclear where the missing link really is in getting people to use a feature that’s really just sitting dormant on their smartphone.

          The company is working with WebXR standards that will basically allow anyone to tap a link on their phone and plunge straight into an experience where the avatar is inside their physical space. The video below gives some early insight into what their platform is going to offer.

          As niche as this market sounds, Artie isn’t totally alone here, Google has actually flirted with this in its Playground release on Pixel phones, where users can jump into photos with 3D characters who are somewhat aware of their environments. For Artie, the deeper interactions between the avatar and characters is really where they hope the magic comes into view. Their platform carries out emotion tracking and object detection to give Unity developers some freedom to let users interrupt the avatars and send them on tangents, all while learning from the user in how they interact with the character and want them to act.

          “Think of it like how YouTube, back in the day, established this notion where content creators could for the first time get closer to their audiences through the comments, but it always happens post-mortem after the video was published and would inform what would happen next week,” Horrigan told TechCrunch. “So the difference here is that we’re actually bringing that intimacy between audience and content creator in real time.”

          The co-founders both share some big ideas for the direction of storytelling that leverages deep learning to tell the content creators more about the world and audience they’re building for. Artie is at the forefront of some interesting but deeply odd market trends, ones that are probably driven as much by the state of pop culture as they are by tech capabilities, though it’s all still early tech coming from a small team.

          The founders say they’ll start working with some early “power users” like media companies and celebrities in the first quarter of next year to start building out the first experiences for Artie on their “Wonderfriend” engine.

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          If you spend enough time scrolling through manicured photos of manicured lives on social media, you might come to the realization that maybe the fakeness of the online world has started to look too real.

          This might be why so many investors are starting to stare headlong into the world of avatars and digital influencers that aren’t real people but can learn from their audiences in real time. Earlier this week, I chatted with a pair of interesting founders from the startup Artie. The team is basically trying to create an interaction engine for digital avatars to sit in the real world and have some sort of meaningful interaction with users through phone-based AR.

          The startup’s backers include Founders Fund and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Co-founders Armando Kirwin and Ryan Horrigan both come from some top startups in the VR media space.

          The Artie team

          Artie’s sort of autonomous storytelling platform really focuses in on a couple of emerging trends.

          One is this big idea of digital influencers revving up in Japan and Korea that’s basically leveraging all of these new face-tracking capabilities of smartphones to allow users to craft 3D avatars that are sort of animated, abstracted online personalities. It’s started to make waves stateside, but it’s a slower grind. Artie isn’t necessarily looking at user-generated content at this moment, but the company’s work in more branded moments with already leveraged IP is an interesting first step toward something bigger.

          The makers of the virtual influencer, Lil Miquela, snag real money from Silicon Valley

          Artie is also an AR company. The phone AR market really seems to have a number of usage obstacles to overcome. Despite the excitement coming from Apple and Google, platforms like ARKit and ARCore have mostly arrived with a thud. There are a few companies trying to build out some more fundamental backend capabilities to enable shared experiences that adjust to their surroundings, but it’s unclear where the missing link really is in getting people to use a feature that’s really just sitting dormant on their smartphone.

          The company is working with WebXR standards that will basically allow anyone to tap a link on their phone and plunge straight into an experience where the avatar is inside their physical space. The video below gives some early insight into what their platform is going to offer.

          As niche as this market sounds, Artie isn’t totally alone here, Google has actually flirted with this in its Playground release on Pixel phones, where users can jump into photos with 3D characters who are somewhat aware of their environments. For Artie, the deeper interactions between the avatar and characters is really where they hope the magic comes into view. Their platform carries out emotion tracking and object detection to give Unity developers some freedom to let users interrupt the avatars and send them on tangents, all while learning from the user in how they interact with the character and want them to act.

          “Think of it like how YouTube, back in the day, established this notion where content creators could for the first time get closer to their audiences through the comments, but it always happens post-mortem after the video was published and would inform what would happen next week,” Horrigan told TechCrunch. “So the difference here is that we’re actually bringing that intimacy between audience and content creator in real time.”

          The co-founders both share some big ideas for the direction of storytelling that leverages deep learning to tell the content creators more about the world and audience they’re building for. Artie is at the forefront of some interesting but deeply odd market trends, ones that are probably driven as much by the state of pop culture as they are by tech capabilities, though it’s all still early tech coming from a small team.

          The founders say they’ll start working with some early “power users” like media companies and celebrities in the first quarter of next year to start building out the first experiences for Artie on their “Wonderfriend” engine.

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