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Three-time All-Star Jayson Tatum is playing like a man on a mission these days. In his last four outings, the Boston Celtics star is averaging 42 points, all in victory. The Celtics are as hot as any team in the league right now.

Tatum is living up to expectations from the $195 million extension he signed. That wasn’t the case earlier this year. Have those early-season struggles hurt Tatum’s chances of a shot at becoming the NBA’s MVP? Not if you ask former Celtics center and current basketball analyst Kendrick Perkins.

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Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics celebrates in the fourth quarter during their game against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on March 9, 2022, in Charlotte, North Carolina. | Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images.

How hot has Tatum been lately? He made his way into the same conversation as Larry Bird with his 54-point performance Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets. He joined Bird as the only two Celtics players in history to score 50 or more points four times. Tatum is just 24 years old and in his fifth year in the league.

Tatum has been Bird-like recently. He’s put up 33, 37, 54, and 44 points in his last four outings. He’s led the team in scoring six out of the last seven games. Tatum has helped put the Celtics in position for a high playoff seed and a strong postseason run.

Earlier in the season, the team would’ve been happy with a simple playoff berth. Tatum has been the leader the Celtics have needed. He’s accepted the challenges he’s faced on the court, playing against some tough competition.

Against Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, Tatum was the best player on the court, pouring in his game-high 54 points.

“Those matchups — when you’re playing one of the better teams in the league, two of the best guys — as a competitor, those are the kinds of moments that as a kid you looked forward to,” Tatum said after the Nets game, per ESPN. “When those opportunities come, you try to make the most of it.”

Kendrick Perkins says Jayson Tatum is a legitimate MVP candidate

Tatum has been as good as anyone in the NBA recently. Is that good enough to vault him into the MVP conversation?

Yes, his numbers are good enough for consideration, but can he be a serious candidate after struggling much of the first half of the season? Remember, the Celtics were at .500 after 50 games. Tatum was also mired in a major shooting slump as his frustrations kicked in.

At one point this year, he was 0-for-17 from three-point land and 1-for-21 in a four-game stretch. He had been hounded about his shooting slump and was just as frustrated talking about it as he was with his shooting performance.

“I will (get out of the slump),” Tatum said, per Jay King of The Athletic. “and we’ll be able to talk about something else.”

He certainly found his way out of the slump, and according to Perkins, he’s now in the MVP race.

“Jayson Tatum has played himself right into the MVP conversation!” Perkins tweeted. “The numbers that he’s been putting up along with willing his teams to victories has been right up there with the Best of them! Carry the hell on…”

Is Tatum a legitimate MVP candidate?

There’s no question Tatum is as hot any anyone in the league at the moment, but his lack of consistency this year will keep him from being a serious MVP candidate.

Tatum is good, but not Joel Embiid good. He’s not Nikola Jokic or Giannis Antetokounmpo, either. Had he been this good earlier in the season, Perkins may have a case. Through 50 games, the Celtics were mediocre at best, and Tatum was inconsistent.

According to Vegas Insider, Embiid is the clear favorite to win the award. The Philadelphia 76ers star leads the league in scoring at 29.7 points while pulling down 11.2 rebounds. The line on Embiid is -135. Jokic, the Denver Nuggets versatile center is second on the list at +200, followed by two-time MVP Antetokounmpo at +800.

There are plenty of others in the picture, including Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (+1200) and Chicago Bulls star Demar DeRozan (+1800).

For the record, Tatum’s odds are +30000 to win the MVP.

Carry on.

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Taylor Swift speaks onstage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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