Sacha Baron Cohen Is Back

This week: Sacha Baron Cohen, a Supreme Court pick, Emmy nominations, Pose, NATO, the Thai cave boys are free and more…
Sacha Baron Cohen Is Back
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The Lead
Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen Is Returning to TV and He’s Bringing Dick Cheney With Him
In a teaser for the show, the former Vice President is seen signing a waterboarding kit. Yes, you read that right.

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Pop Culture by Miu von Furstenberg
Kylie Jenner Is Super Rich
Forbes magazine proclaimed makeup mogul Kylie Jenner as a self-made businesswoman in their Wednesday magazine cover, but not everyone was convinced—including “Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided.” 

Girl got some help.

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“Yup — we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now?” Sarah Palin lashed out at Sasha Baron Cohen in a lengthy Facebook post admitting she was “duped” by the Borat creator for his new series. This is going to be such a fun watch!

A HUGE congratulations to Janet Mock  on being the the first trans woman of color to ever write and direct an episode of television. Topping that was the fact that it was an exceptionally moving episode of Pose as well! Billy Porter, I smell an Emmy. BONUS! Pose has been renewed for season 2!

The Emmy nominations are here! If you love Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Atlanta, Westworld and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, you will be very happy.

The Queer Eye reaction to their Emmy nominations: simply amazing and pure.

This is how Outlander stud Sam Hueghan got so incredibly buff. Swoon.

Cardi B gives birth to a baby girl. Gives her an unfortunate name.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers was detained by police. He was involved in a verbal dispute with wife and vaping incident aboard flight. Meyers, who is said to be sober, had been drinking on the flight. It seems as if Jonathan is still riding his own hamster wheel.

Singer Michael Buble opens up about “superhero” son Noah‘s cancer battle. “I’ve been to hell,” the singer told the Herald Sun. So thrilled that Michael and Noah made it through to the other side.

TV dramas need to stop being so quiet. Speak the fuck up!

Gal Gadot brought some much needed cheer and good vibes to sick kids. She visited a children’s hospital while dressed as Wonder Woman. God, I love her.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are engaged! What did we do to deserve this?

In the most important Star Wars news of the year, Billy Dee Williams will return as Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode IX.

One month to go until we get a new season of Issa Rae‘s Insecure. Watch the extended trailer and behold.

Robin Wright finally speaks on Kevin Spacey allegations. But she doesn’t say much.

Scarlett Johansson has exited the drama film Rub and Tug a little more than a week after her casting sparked backlash amid trans groups and activists. Well done, people!

The Crawley’s are back! The Downton Abbey movie is finally happening with the original cast!!!

Henry Cavill made a very unfortunate rapist comment. He’s now apologizing. Think before you speak Henry.

Trump Opens NATO summit Germany Slam, Labels Allies ‘Delinquent’
Trump accused Germany on Wednesday of being a “captive” of Russia due to its energy reliance, before a NATO summit where he pressed allies to more than double defense spending. And that was just in the first few minutes.
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With Robert Muller‘s new indictments in the Russia investigation, pressure is mounting on Donald Trump to be tough on his handler, Vladimir Putin. That probably will not happen.

The Trump administration takes another swipe at Obamacare. They really don’t give a shit about anyone.

Trump pardons Oregon ranchers who sparked 2016 militia standoff. The two men were involved in a dispute with federal authorities over federal land usage that sparked the takeover of a wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Donald Trump‘s spiritual advisor (BAH HA) said this week that Jesus would have been sinful and “would not have been our Messiah” if he had broken immigration laws. I have no words.

This is Donald Trump‘s solution to stopping kids from being separated from their parents. “Tell people not to come to our country illegally. That’s the solution. Don’t come to our country illegally. Come like other people do. Come legally.” Whew, so glad he solved that one. 

News & Politics
President Trump’s Supreme Court Pick: Brett Kavanaugh
We should all be very, very worried.
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The amazing full story of the three-week ordeal Thai cave rescue. To say that it was a miracle that all twelve boys and their coach made it out alive is an understatement.

FBI Agent Peter Strzok puts the GOP in its place during bonkers hearing. Foot note. Darrell Issa is an asshole.

Michael Selyem, who is the Deputy DA in San Bernardino County, CA said this about California Congresswoman Maxine Waters:Being a loud-mouthed cunt in the ghetto you would think someone would have shot this bitch by now …” He has a history of making completely offensive statements, so I am just wondering how he still has a job? He was only put on leave following this latest statement.

Man accused of burying baby in Montana woods said the child was too “heavy.” Throw the book at him! The huge silver lining to the story is that the 5-month-old boy was miraculously found alive.

A 1-year-old boy, who was separated from his parents, had a solo court appearance before an immigration judge in Phoenix. If you’re okay with Trump’s immigration policy, just let that sink in for a moment.

2-year-old dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound in northwest Houston. Police said the boy found an unsecured 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol on the living room couch and accidentally shot himself in the head. Talk about a totally preventable tragedy. Parents, lock up your damn firearms!

Papa John‘s founder resigns as chairman after apologizing for using the “N” word during board meeting. Bye, girl.

Paul Manafort has a new mugshot!

Curt & Frank Recommends
Pete Souza reveals the cover for his book Shade and it is awesome.

Amazon Prime Day. You know there is going to be something that you’re going to want.

If you LOVE entertainment and are not a sports fan, then Philo is the streaming service for you (only $16 per month).

Now available on Amazon Fire and Apple TV.

EP of the Week: joan – portra. Simply sublime pop.
The More You Know
Twitter Axes Locked or Suspended Accounts From Follower Counts
The great Twitter purge is here!
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Digital media continues to be one hot mess. After multiple reports surfaced last week indicating that Univision will be selling its digital divisions, the company today announced it has “initiated a formal process to explore the sale of the assets comprising the Gizmodo Media Group (Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker and more) and The Onion.”

That whole IHOP changing its name to IHOb was one big joke that no one thought was funny.

Warner Bros. is planning on building a $100 million aerial tram that would whisk visitors from its Burbank studios to the famed Hollywood sign. Nope, nope, nope.

Social Injustice
Racist GOP Lawmaker Claims He’s Not Racist
I can’t be racist, “my son is named after a black guy.” 🤯 
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Officer will not face disciplinary action for using stun gun on unarmed black man. Seriously, WTF? The mayor said that the officer has not violated current use of force policies, but those policies are being updated. The victim is suing officer and city police department alleging excessive force and racial profiling.

Racism in America is sickening and here is one prime example. A 92-year-old grandpa was beaten with a brick and told to “go back” to his country. There is a special place in hell for those who beat him.

Maude Gorman, a contestant in a state-level Miss America competition, returned her Miss Plymouth County crown last week after a host of the Miss Massachusetts pageant mocked the #MeToo movement. She is a sexual assault survivor.

A white property manager at an apartment complex in Memphis, Tennessee lost her job after she called the cops on a black man wearing socks in a swimming pool on the Fourth of July. I’m not going to touch on the wearing socks in the pool part, but you know if it was a white man who was wearing socks, she would have not called the police.

Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee pass an amendment that would allow adoption agencies to legally discriminate against LGBTQ families. Next, it goes to the full House.

Authorities placed an Illinois park officer on desk duty Monday night after video surfaced of him standing idly by as a white man harassed a woman wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag. He also asked her, “are you a citizen. “If you’re not an American citizen, you should not be wearing that shirt.” Ah…

#Aww #Cute #LOL
Armadillo Just Chilling
Everyone needs a pool day.
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Grandma so confused by Steve Harvey clapping GIF that she heads directly to Verizon store for answers. I get you girl. We all want to stop Steve Harvey. 

End Notes
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