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Meghan Markle Has Officially Given Birth to a Baby Boy

It’s official: Meghan Markle is a mom. The Duchess of Sussex welcomed a baby boy, Buckingham Palace confirmed on Instagram.

“We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz,” the palace wrote in a statement on Instagram. “The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.”

The world has been waiting for Baby Sussex for what feels like ages. In October 2018, Kensington Palace announced Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were expecting their first child together.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” the palace said in a statement. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

On May 6, 2019, Buckingham Palace confirmed Markle had gone into labor with Prince Harry by her side.

Unsurprisingly, Markle’s pregnancy was one of the biggest stories of the year. Everything from her maternity style to the way she held her baby bump has been analyzed by fans and critics alike. The duchess, for the most part, kept mum about the baby for the length of her pregnancy, only offering a few soundbites.

On International Women’s Day, for example, Markle said this: “I think the real treat in and of itself is being able to be here—that is such a gift on this day. And then separate from that there are the women in my life that I want to celebrate with and send some love to today. But also the men who are championing all of us as part of this journey. And then I’ll put my feet up because that’s a deserved treat, especially in this stage of pregnancy.”

Prince Harry didn’t say much, either, though he did let the press in on what he and Markle were calling the baby during pregnancy: their “little bump.”

Congrats, Meghan and Harry! We’ll, of course, keep you updated on more Baby Sussex news as it comes in.

Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Baby Be an American Citizen?

The wait is finally over: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal baby has arrived.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that Markle gave birth to a healthy baby boy early in the morning on May 6. According to Prince Harry, both mother and son are doing great—and the littlest royal is “to die for.” The couple plans to introduce the world to their son in two days—and we will likely hear his name then as well.

The newest member of the Sussex family is now seventh in line for the throne behind his grandfather, Prince Charles; his uncle, Prince William; his cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis; and his own father. But he differs from his family in a big way: His mom is American. So does that mean Baby Sussex will also be an American citizen?

The answer is, technically, yes. According to the U.S. State Department, a child born to a U.S. citizen abroad who, in this case Markle, has lived in the U.S. at some point in the five years before the birth automatically acquires citizenship. Although, as People notes, Markle and Harry would need to “report the birth to an American consulate in order to acquire the official documents needed to prove U.S. citizenship.” Like a passport, for example.

The Palace has previously stated that the Duchess of Sussex plans to become a U.K. citizen, but that process takes some time. At the time of her engagement to Prince Harry, a spokesperson said it was “too early to say” if Markle would retain her American citizenship as well, but that’s still a possibility. In other words, both she and her new son could be citizens of both countries.

But given how private the couple has been about details of their first child’s birth, we might not get an answer to this for quite some time.

Meghan Markle Is in Labor, Buckingham Palace Confirms

It’s happening, people: Meghan Markle is in labor. Buckingham Palace confirmed the news on Monday, May 6. “The Duchess went into labour in the early hours of this morning. The Duke of Sussex was by Her Royal Highnesses’ side. An announcement will be made soon,” the palace wrote in a statement.

In October, news broke that Markle and Prince Harry were expecting their first child, and a few months later we learned her expected due date was in late April/early May. The speculation about when Markle would give birth has been wild, especially these last few weeks, so Buckingham Palace released a rare statement saying it would announce when she was in labor. It appears the palace stayed true to its word.

This story is breaking and developing. Come back here for all your Meghan Markle updates.

‘All Star’ At 20: How A Smash Mouth Victory Ode Launched A Thousand Memes

These days, artists who book session time at Los Angeles’s Barefoot Recording have a sprawling, fully loaded, three-studio musical playground at their disposal. Vintage equipment — including a nine-foot Yamaha grand piano used by Stevie Wonder — lines the walls. After producer Eric Valentine took ownership of the facility in 2000, it became the recording nexus for several rock albums of the era: Queens of the Stone Age’s Songs for the Deaf, Good Charlotte’s The Young and the Hopeless, Taking Back Sunday’s Louder Now, and more. But before Valentine ran Barefoot, he operated a far less glamorous and smaller space 350 miles north in Redwood City.

“It was called H.O.S. Recording, and H.O.S. actually really stood for ‘hunk of shit,’” Valentine told MTV News. “That song definitely was recorded in that building for sure.”

“That song” is “All Star” by Smash Mouth. You know it. Everyone knows it. You can sing the chorus without much effort, and you might even be singing it right now. Maybe you’re whistling its sugary melodic breakdown. Quite possibly, you’ve just thought of your favorite “All Star” meme, and you’re laughing. It’s in your head. It’s always in your head.

“All Star” seems immortal now, the kind of song that can never die because it’s not really a song at all, not anymore. Though it was released as the first single from Smash Mouth’s second album, Astro Lounge, on May 4, 1999 — 20 years ago this week — you likely know it from 2001’s Shrek, where it soundtracked the title ogre’s disgustingly charming morning routine. It actually first appeared in another movie, the ’99 superhero spoof Mystery Men, which accounts for its Ben Stiller-led music video. Maybe you remember hearing it all that summer, when it topped Billboard’s U.S. Adult Top 40 and Mainstream Top 40 charts, almost topped the U.S. Alternative Songs chart, and peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100.

Quite likely, you know it from the memes. Valentine knows this, too, and he’s into it. He likes how “All Star” really never went away.

“It really speaks to how much that song became a part of the culture of the generation. I’m really proud of that,” he said. “Whether people are making fun or it or celebrating it or both or whatever, the fact that it’s still meaningful to people, I think it’s really cool.”

In the 20 years since the song hit, the Internet has accelerated our nostalgia cycles. Anyone with Wi-Fi and a little time can easily isolate the parts of pop culture we collectively remember, warp them in bizarre yet hilarious ways, then reintroduce them to the world as new creations. In the case of “All Star,” those constructions steadily became more deranged in the 2010s, right after the song’s 10-year anniversary. A Saturday Night Live sketch from 2010 portrayed the band as one-hit-boogeymen haunting a girl at bedtime with their infectious chorus; four years later, mash-up artist Neil Cicierega positioned the song as a centerpiece to his Mouth Sounds composition. In 2016, YouTuber Jon Sudano recorded a series of bait-and-switch “covers” built around a simple gag: He actually just sang “All Star” over other popular songs. Then things got weird.

Compositionally, “All Star” is easy to meme. Its opening “some-BODY” lyric, delivered in singer Steve Harwell’s husky croon, is instantly recognizable as is its chorus, making both effective punchlines. (The band, for their part, have been in on the fun for a few years now.) Smash Mouth songwriter Greg Camp maximized these same elements to create an indelible, instantly memorable pop song — brought to life by Valentine’s production flourishes. The two first linked up in 1997 to record the band’s debut album, Fush Yu Mang. It yielded their first breakthrough hit, the beachy, ’60-inspired “Walkin’ on the Sun.”

“When we got together, they were like a punk-ska band and amazingly good at it, because Greg is an extraordinary songwriter. ‘Walkin’ on the Sun’ sort of came up as an aside when we were doing pre-production,” Valentine said. “I did this more retro surfy thing to it, and that became sort of their sound. That first record, it did really well for them. It was a multi-platinum record.”

To make good on that momentum, the band and Valentine spent months “wringing our hands and pulling our hair” recording follow-up Astro Lounge. But their label, Interscope, didn’t hear a first single. So they all returned to H.O.S. for a quick weekend session where they banged out both “All Star” and fellow vintage-inspired single “Then the Morning Comes.” They worked diligently, and key decisions happened quickly. Valentine hired a session musician to handle drummer Kevin Coleman’s parts for expediency’s sake. (“He never forgave me for that,” the producer said.) He also blended in a drum loop from a ’60s David Axelrod instrumental with the live percussion on the chorus, creating a potent kick that redoubles the song’s hooks.

The end result, as we know it, is an anthem to self-positivity. As the lore goes, Camp penned the lyrics as a rally against bullying and grabbed the title from his preferred brand of sneakers. As such, the song doesn’t take itself that seriously — it’s not “Everybody Hurts” — but it’s also not a lark, either. That’s perhaps why it lends itself to seeming unending relevance and boundless memeability. Valentine said his favorite send-up is the SNL sketch, but for a very specific reason.

“[In the sketch], the daughter’s saying, ‘It’s that song that you hear all the time,’ and the dad goes, “Isn’t that the one that goes ‘do do do, do do-do do?’ And it’s another song I recorded [Third Eye Blind’s ‘Semi-Charmed Life’],” he said. “There was a lot going on for me in the ’90s.” As a wise man once sang, the years start coming and they don’t stop coming.

New Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Moves On After Avengers: Endgame

We’re out of the Endgame now. The MCU is in a bold new place, where beloved characters have moved on, and it’s time for the universe – as a whole – to pick up the pieces. One of the first movies tasked with picking up the baton and running with it post-Avengers: Endgame is Jon Watts’ sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home, and we now have a better idea why Peter Parker (Tom Holland) wants to take a break from superhero adventures in this movie. The second full trailer just arrived from Sony and Marvel Studios. Let’s see what’s up with the webslinger:

Sorry, But That Scene With Brienne and Jaime on Game of Thrones Was B.S.

This post contains spoilers for the final season of Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.

During the Battle of Winterfell, the women of Game of Thrones kicked some serious butt. Of course, Arya Stark landed the final, fatal blow against the Night King, but everyone from Daenerys to Sansa had moments too. I dare say, nobody fought harder than my girl, Brienne of Tarth, who is arguably the most honorable and loyal character on this show.

Over the seasons Brienne has exhibited her tremendous skills as a fighter. She’s also a fierce protector of the Stark children and a true friend to Jaime Lannister—a man with many flaws that include a longtime affair with his own sister and pushing a young Bran Stark out of a window. Brienne was rewarded for her bravery in the second episode of the season when she was knighted by Jaime, and it was incredibly touching to watch. But she took a turn last night that I—and many others—found out of character.

Last night’s episode picked up after the big Battle of Winterfell, with many of the characters celebrating their victory with much merriment and even more booze. And because this is Game of Thrones, the sexual tension was palpable in those scenes—including the bubbling emotions between Jamie and Brienne, who finally consummated their relationship after some of the other men teased her about being a virgin during a drinking game.

Some will call it fan service, but I was here for it. Frankly, I think we should have gotten a little more of the action onscreen. It’s not like this show has ever shied away from sex, and this was actually consensual—something many of the encounters on GoT are decidedly not.

What I take issue with, though, was Brienne’s response once Jaime decides to return to Cersei. Suddenly, this stoic warrior of a woman was sobbing and begging for her new lover to “stay with me” in a way that felt entirely out of character to me. That’s not to say that Brienne shouldn’t or can’t have emotions, but this response felt surprising for a woman we’ve come to know quite well over the years. There are other ways to allow her to be a complex woman with real feelings without making her a hysterical mess. Perhaps more women in the writers’ room might have helped?

I was not alone in this opinion, as many fans took to social media to express their thoughts:

Even so, others felt like Ser Brienne would truly be emotional over the loss—and they make some good points. “I reject the perception that this isn’t consistent with Brienne’s character,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “Jamie just made her a knight, took her virginity, and fought along side her against zombies. Damn, let my dawg be in her feelings.” Some think Jaime only hurt Brienne so she wouldn’t follow him and that he actually plans to kill Cersei. That’s an interesting theory, but it doesn’t negate her reaction.

Wherever you land in the debate, the fact that people feel so passionately one way or the other proves Brienne of Tarth is one of the most beloved (and multi-dimensional) characters on Game of Thrones. I think we can all agree that we hope she makes it until this end of this wild ride—with Jaime Lannister or without him.

Abby Gardner is a contributing writer at Glamour. You can follow her pop culture musings on Twitter @abbygardner or in her weekly newsletter, We Have Notes.

The Weeknd, SZA, And Travis Scott Revisit Game Of Thrones‘ Highlights In ‘Power Is Power’ Video

Would you care for a walk down a Game of Thrones memory lane? The Weekend, SZA, and Travis Scott have released a Westeros-themed visual for their For The ThroneMusic Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones collaboration, “Power Is Power.” It’s a magical film, sponsored by the Lord Of Light and does justice to eight seasons worth of the show’s twisting narrative. It looks back at shows most memorable moments in a fond light, setting the stage for the bombastic conclusion as the show moves rapidly towards its end.

The Weeknd, SZA, and Travis Scott all cosplay as different characters in “Power Is Power.” The Weeknd is the former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch with stab wounds in his chest, looking solemnly into the horizon. Around him, snow falls on ice caps. Then we see Jon Snow’s boldest battles and defeats. At Hardhome, he clashes with the white walkers. At Castle Black, he gets betrayed by his brothers of the Night’s Watch and stares off into the sky as he bleeds out. He rises to the top of the suffocating pile of bodies during the Battle of the Bastards and survives amidst flailing corpses and screaming men. In retrospect, Snow’s journey has been the stuff of legends.

SZA and Scott are Daenerys Targaryen and the Night King, respectively. SZA moves her body like the Khaleesi’s dragons, and, behind her, fire washes across a gigantic screen, covering SZA in tendrils of warm red and a sandy orange. Dany’s journey from a passive teenager to dominating rightful queen fiercely riding dragons into battle will make one lone tear stream down your cheek. Scott’s Night King breathes ice out of his mouth as he sits on the Iron Throne (something he may not ever get to do on the show). Clips shone through his verse are a tad different, focusing on other aspects of the show, mainly Arya’s time in the Free City of Braavos with the Faceless Men. The video does a spectacular job with its teasers and builds the hype for the rest of season 8. There are only two more episodes until its conclusion.

For The Throne: Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones came out on April 26. The star-studded LP features music from Maren Morris, Lil Peep, A$AP Rocky, Ty Dolla $ign, and more.

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It Sure Looks Like Game of Thrones Is Setting Sansa Stark Up to Kill Cersei Lannister

This post contains spoilers for the final season of Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.

Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones may not have been as stressful as the Battle of Winterfell, but it was still filled with tension. More important, it included some major plot developments that might have revealed who will eventually end up on the Iron Throne. Over the course of the past few seasons, and this latest episode in particular, Sansa Stark has emerged as a major political player in Westeros. Now, a new theory outlined by the NY Post suggests she will be the person who will ultimately kill Cersei.

The episode last night picked up with the aftermath of the fight with the Night King, and we got a better idea of just how decimated the armies of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen really are. The team in the north must now figure out how to proceed in their next fight against Cersei Lannister and her troops in King’s Landing.

They’d be wise to listen to Sansa, who has been a voice of reason in Winterfell this season. For example, she’s been the one to question how they are going to feed all the troops and suggest they need time to rest before heading to King’s Landing to face Cersei. She also has a lot of questions about the kind of ruler Dany will be. Once she (and Arya) learn the truth about Jon’s parentage—and his claim for the Iron Throne—Sansa passes that information on, even though she swore she wouldn’t. Could this all be a part of her larger plan?

Sansa, of course, has a history with Cersei from the time they spent together in King’s Landing in the early seasons of GoT. Back in season five, we saw a flashback where a witch told Cersei that “another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.” Over the years, many viewers thought that woman might be Margaery Tyrell or Dany. But Sansa is the Lady of Winterfell, and basically the unofficial queen in the North, so perhaps it’s her. And we know she now has a weapon given to her by Arya—she could stick Cersei with the “pointy end.” Sansa even pointed out herself that she’s no longer a “little bird”; after all, she has learned from the most manipulative of masterminds like Littlefinger, Ramsay Bolton, and Cersei herself.

Dany is still the obvious choice for the Iron Throne right now, given the look we see in her eyes after Cersei has the Mother of Dragon’s closest friend, Missadei, beheaded. Cersei is also responsible for Euron Greyjoy’s troops killing one of Dany’s remaining dragons. (RIP, Rhaegal!) That said, Sansa would be a more unexpected foe, both to Cersei and fans. I, for one, am rooting for the Stark sister all the way.

Abby Gardner is a contributing writer at Glamour. You can follow her pop culture musings on Twitter @abbygardner or in her weekly newsletter, We Have Notes.

How to Cure a Flaky, Dry Scalp: Treatment and Causes

It doesn’t matter the time of year, a dry, flaky scalp can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. The good news is there are plenty of dry scalp treatments out there—and chicly packaged, at that—but first, you have to pinpoint what’s causing the issue. We talked to leading dermatologists to find out why dryness arises and how to get to the root of the problem. Here’s what they advised.

Why Do I Have a Dry, Flaky Scalp?

There are several reasons you could be suffering from a dry scalp, including:

  • Sebhorrheic dermatitis (a.k.a. dandruff)
  • Eczema
  • Hair products and styling habits
  • Psoriasis
  • Allergies

Read on to learn more about these conditions and the course of treatment for each one.

Dry Scalp Cause No. 1: Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is the fancy term for dandruff, explains Massachusetts dermatologist Papri Sarkar, M.D. And while seborrheic dermatitis might look like dry scalp, it’s actually due to having too much oil. “Dandruff is caused by an overproduction of oil or other secretions in the skin, or an increase in normal skin yeasts,” explains Dr. Carlos Wesley, cosmetic surgeon and hair loss specialist in New York City. The oil on your scalp blocks dead skin cells from shedding like they normally would, and in turn, these dead cells become more apparent—hence, the flakes along the hairline.

The Remedy: Dandruff isn’t curable, but there are several ways that you can help keep flakes at bay. First, go grab an anti-dandruff shampoo. “Products containing tar, zinc pyrithione, or selenium sulfide often prove most beneficial,” notes Dr. Wesley (we like Clear Complete Scalp Care Anti-Dandruff Shampoo). Since the product needs to have contact time with the scalp in order to work, Dr. Sarkar recommends applying the shampoo to the affected area before you jump in the shower and hang around for a few minutes to let the formula do its thing. “For most people I recommend using it only on the scalp, not the hair, because it is quite drying,” she warns. “You can rotate it with other shampoos but make sure to use it at least a few times a week to prevent the spot from coming back.”

Stanford-trained dermatologist Laurel Naversen Geraghty, M.D., recommends at-home coconut oil treatments to soothe your skin. “A lot of women also feel better with once-a-week home scalp treatments. Massage coconut oil onto the scalp, plop a shower cap on top to help it penetrate, and shampoo in the morning,” says Dr. Geraghty.

If the dry, itchy, flakiness continues, you can also talk to your dermatologist about getting a prescription topical steroid. “You can also try over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream (1 percent) and use that twice a day for three to five days. It’s weak enough that it won’t cause any side effects,” Dr. Sarkar adds.

Dry Scalp Cause No. 2: Hair Products and Styling Habits

If you don’t have dandruff, your hair styling products or habits could be to blame. “Some gels, creams, balms, pomades and sprays can build up on your scalp and form tiny flakes and itching,” says Dr. Geraghty. (Dry shampoo, overuse ring a bell?) “Other products contain ingredients that may cause a contact dermatitis rash from irritation or allergies. For example, there’s a hair dye ingredient called paraphenylenediamine, or PPD, that’s a common cause of skin and scalp allergies.”

A dry scalp can also be caused by how frequently (or infrequently) you shampoo. “If you shampoo too often, you could dry out your scalp, but if you shampoo too infrequently, your skin’s natural oil can build up, making your head feel flaky or itchy. Most women know what makes their scalp and hair feel good, and that’s what you should stick with, regardless of any no-shampoo or infrequent-shampoo trends,” says Dr. Geraghty.

This Rotten Week: Predicting Detective Pikachu, The Hustle, Poms, And Tolkien Reviews

We’ve got four movies coming out this week with themes that are all over the map. A cartoon character solves crimes, two ladies work a con game, some senior citizens go rah-rah, and there’s a famous author’s biopic. Get ready for Pokemon Detective Pikachu, The Hustle, Poms, and Tolkien.

Just remember, I’m not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they’ll end up on the Tomatometer. Let’s take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.

Detective Pikachu Justice Smith and Pikachu

Rotten Watch Prediction

A live-action Pokemon movie based around the video game/cartoon of the same name really seems like it should be a massive failure – something meant for only the superfans of the franchise or perhaps mindless youths. But they might have actually pulled something off with Detective Pikachu. It’s a buddy cop film, pairing a rather unsuspecting kid sleuth with an adorable Pikachu as they work to solve a mystery.

Director and screenwriter Rob Letterman seems to be taking Pikachu into a more funny direction with this film, and it seemingly makes for a movie that looks like it actually works. Letterman has a couple of wins with Goosebumps (77%) and Monsters vs. Aliens (73%), but also a bit miss in Gulliver’s Travels (20%). Critics are mostly positive about his latest, with the Tomatometer sitting at 70% with 37 reviews posted. Maybe it ticks down a little, but this already seems like a critical surprise.

Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway in The Hustle

Rotten Watch Prediction

If there’s a lesson I learned from the trailer for The Hustle, it’s that if you want to take power from someone, you should just run a couple of cons on them and bilk them out of all their cash. Apparently that’s how you beat the bad dudes – by hitting them where it hurts the most.

It’s hard to know where critics are going to land on this movie. On the one hand, we have two great actresses in Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson carrying the comedic load and that could be enough to get the job done. On the other hand, this is a movie about two (probably) unsympathetic con-artists whose freedom comes from scamming rich dudes out of their fortunes. Ultimately comedies like this really don’t seem to fall in the critics’ favor, and I suspect that this remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ends up on the rotten side.

Poms Jackie Weaver Rhea Perlman Diane Keaton Pam Grier

Rotten Watch Prediction

Movies like Poms are generally made to appeal to a specific demographic: namely older women who don’t typically get to see themselves properly represented on the big screen all that often. That being said, it’s not exactly a demographic that dominates the world of film criticism, so I don’t suspect that a ton of them will be going gaga over this one

Poms centers on a group of women at a retirement community who form a cheerleading squad, and watching the trailer I was initially concerned that the whole thing would feel too hokey. And then it took a turn for the sentimental and empowering, and I think it might have actually sold me. I’m not sure an overwhelming majority of critics will feel the same way, but a song by Pink playing in the background and a story of strength in spite of age has me more bullish on the film than I might have otherwise been.

Tolkien Nicholas Hoult laying on leaves

Rotten Watch Prediction

At this point, most know the story of Blibo and Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gangee, Gandalf, and the rest of the folks in Middle-earth. Those dudes have had their stories told to the tune of billions of book and movie dollars. Tolkien, however, works to tell the story of the storyteller. The movie centers on J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult), and informs audiences about his fellowship of friends, how he found the love of his life, and the war that haunted him to the point that he was inspired to write both The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

As compelling as this story seems, critics are really mixed on the output so far. Tolkien is sitting at 53% currently, with more than 30 reviews posted. The opinions about the title are definitely wide-ranging, from “loved it” to “hated it.” This really appears to be polarizing among the critical crowd. Some loved the artistic look at Tolkien’s early life, while others don’t appreciate the tone and lead performance. It really is all over the map, making me think the score winds up in the middle when it’s all said and done.

I went four for four last week, which was definitely an awesome showing for This Rotten Week. Long Shot (Predicted: 85% Actual: 83%) was almost dead on, and with a couple of more positive reviews we might find this one right on the nose. Though this movie finished very high on the Tomatometer, many of the reviews were mildly apologetic and focused a bit more on the performances than on the actual script. That being said, this is still a huge win for a comedy to finish this high.

Meanwhile Uglydolls (Predicted: 42% Actual: 35%) finished a little lower than predicted, but still within range. Animated flicks can crush it with critics when the story is tight and there are enough laughs for the adults. This movie apparently had neither. It was fairly clear from the trailer that they were working on a thin, commercial premise that focused mostly on the songs.

El Chicano (Predicted: 48% Actual: 40%) almost fell out of range, but this vigilante movie about a cop taking on a mythic persona and laying waste to the Latin gang world was just good enough to be considered a Rotten Week win. This seems like one of those films destined to be a fun watch on basic cable in about two years. There are worse fates for poorly-reviewed action movies.

Finally, The Intruder (Predicted: 35% Actual: 27%) was predictably bad. The story of a deranged dude who doesn’t want to let go of his house even though the closing papers are fully signed just didn’t have the legs with critics. This was easy to see from a mile away.

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