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Ulysse De Pauw took a surprise overall pole for Race 1 of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Sprint Cup season-opener at Brands Hatch while Raffaele Marciello set the pace in qualifying for Race 2.

De Pauw was the surprise package in the first 20-minute session, putting the Silver-class No. 53 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 on top of the overall leaderboard.

The 20-year-old Belgian resisted the best efforts of Mercedes-AMG factory driver Jules Gounon, who ended up just 0.034 seconds second short of pole for Sunday’s opening 60-minute race.

The  No. 89 Akkodis ASP Team Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo will start Race 2 from first after Marciello beat Patric Niederhauser by a 0.073-second margin.

In Qualifying 1, De Pauw initially hit the top with a 1:21.854, putting his Ferrari three-tenths ahead of Tresor by Car Collection Audi driver Mattia Drudi.

Gounon, driving the No. 88 Akkodis ASP Mercedes-AMG, slotted into second with a 1:21.925 but was met by an immediate improvement from De Pauw with the number that would be enough to top the session.

After a bout of tire changes midway through the session, Gounon wound up for a new attempt at pole but his 1:21.804 attempt fell just out of reach.

De Pauw, meanwhile, went into the 1m 21.4s territory but had that lap time deleted for overstepping track limits at Graham Hill Bend.

Drudi ended up third for the No. 12 Tresor by Car Collection crew, ahead of Timur Boguslavskiy in the No. 89 Akkodis ASP Mercedes-AMG that Marciello would take over for the next session.

Defending Sprint Cup champion Charles Weerts was fifth for Team WRT, while Aurelien Panis took sixth in front of his Sainteloc Audi teammate Gilles Magnus who caused a red flag with one minute remaining when he spun exiting Surtees and into the gravel.

The second session began with a rapid exchange of fast lap times between the likes of factory aces Marciello, Dries Vanthoor and Christopher Haase.

Marciello had an eventful stint, with the Swiss driver almost clattering the left-side barrier on the run to Druids after running into the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend.

Reigning champion Dries Vanthoor held the provisional pole for WRT when the mid-session tire changes took place, but the Belgian dropped to third courtesy of improvements from Niederhauser and Marciello.

Niederhauser went quickest with a 1:21.443 in the No. 25 Sainteloc Racing Audi with three minutes to go, but moments later Marciello came through to secure pole for Akkodis ASP Team on a blistering 1:21.370.

Vanthoor settled for third, ahead of Christopher Haase aboard the No. 11 Tresor by Car Collection Audi and Jim Pla driving the No. 88 Akkodis ASP Mercedes that Gounon put on the front row for Race 1.

Ben Barker climbed to sixth overall and took a clear Pro-Am pole for Race 2 in the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, which missed Q1 due to Bronze-rated driver Alex Malykhin feeling unwell.

Pro-Am pole for the opening race went to AF Corse Ferrari driver Louis Machiels.

After De Pauw’s Q1 heroics, Pierre-Alexandre Jean qualified the No. 53 AF Corse Ferrari in seventh for the second race of the weekend, as the Silver class pole-sitter.

A red flag also ended the second session after Attempto Racing Audi driver Dennis Marschall ended up in the tire barriers at Hawthorn.

Results to follow


By: Daniel Lloyd
Title: De Pauw, Marciello Claim Poles for Brands Hatch Sunday Races
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Published Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2022 15:50:14 +0000

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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.

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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. 


Title: Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions
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Published Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2022 03:07:00 GMT

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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!


By: Just Jared
Title: Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!
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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. 


By: Anne Thompson
Title: How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season
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Published Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2022 20:52:17 +0000

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