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Joel Embiid is one loss away from suffering yet another second-round playoff exit, but that wasn’t at the forefront of his mind after the Philadelphia 76ers‘ embarrassing Game 5 performance against the Miami Heat.

Instead, the five-time All-Star went on a long postgame rant about losing out on the MVP award to Nikola Jokic for the second straight season. If Embiid can’t get his priorities straight — and quickly — he’s going to miss out on the Eastern Conference Finals yet again.

Joel Embiid can’t stop thinking about the MVP award

Joel Embiid rubs his face against the Heat.
Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts during Game 5 against the Miami Heat | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Tuesday night was a golden opportunity for Embiid and the Sixers to take control of their second-round playoff series against the Heat. A road victory would’ve given them a chance to close out the series in front of a raucous home crowd to advance to the ECF for the first time in the Embiid era.

But, somehow, they didn’t even bother to show up.

Philadelphia was outplayed and outhustled directly from the opening tip. There was no heart. No passion. No sense of urgency from a team that’s supposed to be desperate to make it past the second round.

Surprisingly, the lackadaisical performance stemmed from Embiid. The NBA’s scoring champ attempted just six shots in the first half as he watched Miami cruise to a 12-point lead at the break. He finished the game with 17 points on a meager 12 field-goal attempts. In 33 minutes on the court, he managed to grab only five rebounds. Backup center Paul Reed pulled down eight in just 15 minutes off the bench.

It’s fair to blame Embiid’s unenthusiastic performance on the right orbital fracture that he aggravated in Game 5, but if he’s going to play through injuries, he’s only going to hurt the Sixers by playing with no aggression whatsoever.

Based on his postgame comments, though, there might’ve been another factor distracting Embiid on the court.

“I just knew it wasn’t gonna happen,” Embiid told reporters regarding Jokic beating him out for MVP. “Obviously, congrats to Nikola. He deserved it. He had an amazing season. There’s no right or wrong, there was a lot of candidates. It could’ve gone either way. Giannis (Antetokounmpo), Devin Booker being on the best team in the league by far. I guess every year, it’s all about whatever you guys (the media) decide. Whatever fits the narrative as far as who’s gonna win.

“The only thing I’ll say about these awards is that, I don’t know how to explain it, but I go back to what I heard on the podcast about Bill Simmons basically saying, it sounded like he had a grudge against somebody saying ‘F Jalen Green.’ If we’re gonna allow these types of people to vote for these awards, that’s not fair,” he continued. “What if Jalen Green was in a position to earn a supermax or, I don’t know, an All-Star appearance, you got someone sounding like that and he has a lot of power. He can sway other media members and you got someone saying this type of stuff. I don’t think it’s fair, I don’t think it’s OK, so that’s really the only thing I’ll say about those awards.”

So, after one of the most uninspiring playoff performances of his career in a pivotal Game 5, Embiid decided to go on a rant about losing the MVP and who gets to vote on those awards. Sixers fans can’t be feeling too confident about the rest of the series.

Embiid needs to get his priorities straight

Everyone who’s followed Embiid’s career knows how badly he wants to win an MVP award. There’s nothing wrong with that, but when the disappointment of losing an individual award starts to affect your team in the playoffs, it becomes a problem.

Embiid should’ve used the snub as fuel to dominate the Heat in Game 5 and emphatically prove he deserved the award. Instead, he couldn’t wait to bash the voting process after the game.

“I’m not mad, but that’s two years in a row,” he said. “I put myself in that position, it didn’t happen, it’s almost like at this point, it’s whatever. Whatever happens, happens. Last year, I campaigned about it. This year, I answered questions when I was asked, and the next, you know, few years until I retire, it’s almost like to me, it’s just, I don’t know. I don’t know what else I have to do to win it and to me, it’s just at this point, it’s whatever. It’s all about focusing, not that I wasn’t focused on the bigger picture, but it’s really time to really put my energy into the bigger picture which is to win the whole thing.”

Hopefully, Embiid did have that realization after getting blown off the court in Game 5. As much as Embiid wants to win an MVP, he wants to win a title for the city of Philadelphia more.

It’s time to prove it.

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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. 


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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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