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Fans and pundits made quite a bit of Brooklyn Nets star James Harden’s early-season struggles. Heck, even The Beard himself expressed doubts about his role, resulting in vehement criticisms from Charles Barkley.

But it’s abundantly clear that Harden has found his groove.

After missing four games in health and safety protocols, Harden returned to the Nets rotation for a Christmas Day showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers. He looked like the all-world talent of old in wins over the Lakers and LA Clippers. He also sounds like the supremely confident Harden of years past.

James Harden put together dominant performances against the Lakers and Clippers

James Harden led a Kevin Durant-less Nets team to a pair of big wins in LA. He did so with consecutive spectacular performances.

The Beard had a triple-double against the Lakers on Christmas Day, scoring 36 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Most importantly, he stayed on the offensive all game long, earning 17 free-throw attempts. The aggressiveness paid dividends, as a shorthanded Nets squad overpowered the Lakers.

Harden looked weary at the end of the contest. He went 0-of-5 from the field and committed three turnovers. Still, he got much-needed scoring help from unheralded guard Patty Mills and made a pair of massive free throws down the stretch to seal the victory for Brooklyn.

The 31-year-old took things up a notch against the Clippers. Harden matched his season-high with 39 points on 15-of-25 shooting, also tallying 15 dimes and eight boards. According to Basketball Reference’s Game Score metric, it was his best performance of the season.

However, the on-court excellence almost pales in comparison to The Beard’s postgame comments.

Harden declared his prior struggles over

Harden made one thing clear after Monday’s win over the Clippers: He is no longer dwelling on his struggles through the first third of the season.

The three-time scoring champion exuded positive energy during his postgame press conference. He suggested )h/t ESPN) that the poor showings are in the past.

“Yeah, that’s over with. That’s over with.”

–James Harden on his early-season struggles, per ESPN

The Beard said he zeroed in on his body during health and safety protocols, including eating healthier and ensuring he worked out whenever possible. That commitment seems to have made all the difference.

But Harden didn’t just speak about himself. He went on to say the team’s morale is as high as ever and said Brooklyn will be rolling once it gets back to full strength.

“Confidence is through the roof. “Now just you add KD, and Kai, and LaMarcus and Joe Harris [out after ankle surgery], and that’s four of our best players, four of our top players that are out. Our confidence level for our bench and guys that are in the game is high.”

–James Harden on the Nets’ outlook, via ESPN

This sounds more like the preseason version of Harden, the one who claimed the Nets could run rampant on the rest of the NBA. That’s inherently positive for Brooklyn.

The Nets need Harden to maintain his current level of confidence and aggression when Durant and Kyrie Irving return to the rotation.

Can Harden build on his current momentum?

Brooklyn Nets star James Harden drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets as he drives to the basket during a game at Arena on December 25, 2021 | Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Skeptics might suggest that Harden’s prolific outings only came in Durant’s absence. For starters, he still had to go out there and perform after a two-week layoff. Additionally, The Beard has proven he can coexist with Durant and Irving on the floor.

Harden averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 assists, and 7.2 rebounds during Brooklyn’s first-round win over the Boston Celtics in last season’s playoffs. It’s a smaller sample size, sure, but it shows that Harden is capable of putting up dominant numbers when sharing the floor with other members of the Nets’ “Big 3.”

Realistically, the Nets need Harden to be the most aggressive offensive player. Durant carried Brooklyn through the early part of the season, but he also played heavy minutes for a guy whose return from an Achilles injury still feels fairly fresh. Moreover, Irving needs time to get acclimated to game speed. Those factors are conducive to Harden’s need to have the ball in his hands and build confidence.

Maybe Harden simply needed to hit the reset button. He is carrying himself like the superstar of old. The question will be whether he remains intent on asserting his will when Durant and Irving rejoin the squad.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.

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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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