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Desperate Americans hit by pandemic beg Congress, Trump to pass economic relief bill

(Reuters) – Sylvia Padilla spent last Thursday checking food pantries in Lubbock, Texas for groceries to feed herself, her daughter and three-year-old grandson.

Sylvia Padilla poses for a photo outside St. John’s United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas, U.S. on October 8, 2020. REUTERS/Brad Brooks

Some places were closed, others had nothing available. Outside the shuttered St. John’s United Methodist Church, Padilla, 50, recounted her struggle to survive during the economic disaster that the novel coronavirus pandemic had dumped upon her, choking words out through tears of fear and frustration.

“This is like a nightmare I can’t wake up from,” Padilla said, resting her face in her hands. “It really feels like a nightmare, but it’s our reality.”

Like many Americans, Padilla is barely getting by and says she desperately needs government help. She received a $1,200 check in April from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed

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  • October 13, 2020
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Trump’s stimulus bill bombshell puts new pressure on an ailing economy. Here’s the latest

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Americans are cutting back on spending as they plan for a recession that might not end until the coronavirus pandemic is over.


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President Donald Trump’s call for an end to stimulus negotiations on a new stimulus bill presented a wrinkle in the story of the US economic recovery from the deep financial fissures of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. His tweet a few hours later urged Congress to pass several of the stimulus measures that had been part of those very discussions. Neither political analysts nor many of the millions of Americans who’ve suffered financial calamity due to the pandemic seem to know what to make of the president’s contradictory messaging.

The relief package under negotiation was expected to include a second stimulus check and renewed enhanced unemployment benefits. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the economy could experience “tragic” results without significant government support. Without that

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  • October 8, 2020
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‘Bill & Ted’ Writer Really Wanted Eddie Van Halen in Sequel

Eddie Van Halen, the guitar legend who died Tuesday at 65, has received tributes from countless rockers and celebrities — including the fictional Wyld Stallyns from “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”

“Bill & Ted” writer Ed Solomon said that he and co-writer Chris Matheson desperately wanted Van Halen to make a cameo of some kind in this year’s sequel “Bill & Ted Face the Music” and that his music greatly shaped the narrative direction of the film.

“Super sad to hear about the passing of Eddie Van Halen. He was a big influence on Chris and me as we were writing ‘Bill & Ted.’ In fact, when director Stephen Herek was reading the script he got three pages in, stopped, put on ‘1984’ and resumed. We wanted the movie to be a cinematic ‘Jump,’” Solomon wrote on Twitter. “We tried to get him to do something — anything —

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  • October 6, 2020
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Try to spend Bill Gates’ $116B fortune in this online shopping game

What would you do if you woke up a billionaire? Would you take a whack at solving world hunger? Maybe travel the world? Do something boring like investing? Or maybe just buy an island?

It’s hard to imagine just what you can buy with all that money. But imagine if you had $115.6 billion like Bill Gates. You too would probably think a box of frozen pizza rolls cost $22, and not $8.

So, let’s spend Bill Gatesmoney. Introducing the web-app that lets you calculate all the different sorts of items you can buy and sell using Microsoft’s co-founder’s cash.

The game lists a bunch of items along with their prices that Bill (you) can buy. You have the choice to buy a luxury bottle of wine ($7,000), a book ($15), a Tesla ($75,000), and an entire cruise ship ($930,000,000).

Remember: This

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  • September 7, 2020
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The latest “Bill & Ted” adventure is more bogus than excellent, despite some chuckles

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Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in “Bill & Ted Face the Music”

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in “Bill & Ted Face the Music” Orion Picutres

Whoa! Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are back! Sure, it seems like the two dudes from San Dimas have been lost in the Circuits of Time for three decades — they have! — and now the teens are middle aged fathers. Bogus! Or excellent?!

“Bill & Ted Face the Music” opens with a brief recap of what the guys have been up to since “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” back in 1991. Their band, Wyld Stallyns, did have a hit single but they also broke up. They married the Princesses, Elizabeth (Erinn Hayes) and Joanna (Jayma Mays), and each had a daughter — Thea (Samara Weaving) and Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine). Oh, and they still need to write the song that unites the

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  • August 28, 2020
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Here’s what happens in the Bill and Ted Face the Music post-credits scene

Bill and Ted 3: Face the Music post-credits scene, and it’s now out in the wild (or should that be Wyld?). ” data-reactid=”17″Air guitars at the ready! Yes, there is a Bill and Ted 3: Face the Music post-credits scene, and it’s now out in the wild (or should that be Wyld?). 

watch Bill and Ted Face the Music online) and in UK cinemas on September 23.” data-reactid=”18″For those of you who are curious or just want to relive the rockin’ adventure’s epilogue, we’ve broken down exactly what happens after the credits in Bill and Ted 3. Otherwise, click away now! The bodacious threequel is out now in cinemas and on-demand in the U.S. (check out our guide on how to watch Bill and Ted Face the Music online) and in UK cinemas on September 23.

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  • August 28, 2020
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Bill & Ted “aren’t playing Van Halen riffs” anymore

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Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in “Bill & Ted Face the Music”

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in “Bill & Ted Face the Music” Orion Picutres

Making good on the promise of one of their signature catchphrases, “Catch ya’ later!” Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are back. Sure, it’s been nearly 30 years since “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” the 1991 sequel to “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (1988), but “Bill & Ted Face the Music” reunites the two “Great Ones.” And while much has changed over the years — phone booths are a thing of the past, and the internet is now a thing of the present — the Wyld Stallyns are still a band. And perhaps still ridiculously insipid. In fact, one in-film critic writes, “More Manure from the Stallyns” in response to one of their musical efforts.

This latest escapade for the duo has them

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  • August 27, 2020
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Keanu Reeves brings sunny ‘Bill & Ted’ sequel to ‘darker’ world

Featuring a young Keanu Reeves, a madcap time-travelling plot and a supply of the most bodacious catchphrases, 1989’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” has become a cult comedy classic.

Three decades on, the hit that launched Reeves’ career is back for a third movie — and its air-headed, good-natured heroes’ message to “be excellent to each other” is needed now more than ever, its creators told AFP.

“It’s certainly fortuitous,” co-writer Chris Matheson said ahead of Friday’s release of “Bill & Ted Face the Music.”

“We didn’t have any sense when we started back up, that their ingenuousness about the world was somehow going to be more resonant,” he told AFP.

“But as things got darker and darker in the world — starting, let’s see, November 2016 perhaps — there was a sense of like, ‘Huh… it might be really, really nice to spend some time with them now.'”

Reeves

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  • August 27, 2020
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Inside the Deep, Dark Roku Underworld Featuring Terrorists, Conspiracy Nuts, and Bill O’Reilly

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty

If the streaming wars reinvented network television, the digital streaming device Roku amounts to something like basic cable. Through purple software packaged in a set-top box or smart TV, Roku peddles a discount option for the average viewer, bundling a limited range of shows and movies on what they call The Roku Channel. For a wider selection, users can consult the Channel Store, an App Store-esque glut of paid, free, and amateur offerings. It’s a popular set-up. As of June, some 43 million households had an active Roku account—millions more than the population of California. 

Scrolling through the Roku Channel Store is the TV viewer’s answer to crate-digging: thousands of titles, many of them familiar, multiple copies of Jerry McGuire, and a sprawling collection of obscure odds and ends, detritus from the over-productive arm of the American entertainment industry. A recent trip through

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  • August 22, 2020
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Hear Weezer’s ‘Beginning of the End’ From ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ Soundtrack

What better way to celebrate the first Bill & Ted movie in 29 years than with a band that took the Nineties by storm?

“My head is spinning, it’s the beginning of the end,” Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo sings in the hook of just-released song “Beginning of the End.” The band whipped up the new tune for the third installment of the franchise — aptly titled Bill & Ted Face the Music — which United Artists Releasing will release on August 28th. Record label 10K Projects will drop the soundtrack on the same day.

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Actors Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves first became time-traveling heroes as the lovable oafs Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan upon the 1989 release of cult classic Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Its sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, arrived in 1991. In Face the Music, visitors

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  • August 14, 2020