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‘Captain Marvel’ Brings On the Girl Power

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It only seems right that Captain Marvel is being released on 2019’s International Women's Day. Since 2008’s Iron-Man, Marvel has presented a good chain, albeit a bit short, of strong women characters starting with Pepper Potts. Black Widow became the first Marvel female superhero to grace the screens in Iron-Man 2 followed by Scarlet Witch, Gamora, Mantis, The Wasp, Okoye and Shuri. But today, Brie Larson heads the first female-driven superhero movie for Marvel Studios.

Let’s just get this out of the way – this movie packs a “girl power” punch without putting men down in the process. While their intentions are good, too many films try to present a message of female empowerment while emasculating men in the process. Sure, the opposite has been true for many years, but this is no way to move on with injustice and certainly isn’t a message that today’s girls need to here.

Marvel Studios has toyed with an “anything you can do, I can do better” attitude between its men and…

Look Who's Feuding This Year

Team Eva Longoria on Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)

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Maybe I’m just fooling myself, but I thought that Family Feud was a lot cleaner when I was kid. Still, it’s hard to pull away once the show gets started and even tougher when you add celebrities. If you remember, last summer’s premiere episode “went there” with the very first question which is a shame since this could be a great family show. Hopefully, ABC rethinks its strategy this time around, but with guests like Amy Schumer, it doesn’t look promising. Be that as it may, Celebrity Family Feud kicks off its third season with back-to-back episodes beginning at 8:00 p.m. and instead of money for themselves, the 10-episode series features families competing against each other to win money for charity.

As always, the show is hosted once again by Steve Harvey (who is also hosting ABC’s Funderdome and NBC’s Little Big Shots: Forever Young this summer) who will pit celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people.

Here are the players announced for the first four episodes airing on June 11 and June 25:

Singer Kelly Clarkson
Playing for: The Dollywood Foundation

Teammates:
Alyssa Watson – Kelly’s sister
Shane Tarleton – Kelly’s friend; vice president and creative - director of Warner Music
Ashley Donovan – Kelly’s childhood friend
Tricia Farrow – Kelly’s personal assistant

Actress and Comedian Amy Shumer
Playing for: Everytown for Gun Safety

Teammates:
Kim Caramele – Amy’s sister; writer and producer on Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer
Kevin Kane – Amy’s friend; actor from Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer
Jason Stein – Amy’s brother; from band Locksmith Isidore
Cayce Dumont – Amy’s sister-in-law; helped write Amy’s memoir, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo



Australian animal conservationist Bindi Irwin
Playing for: Wildlife Warriors USA, Inc.

Teammates:
Terri Irwin – Bindi’s mother
Robert Irwin – Bindi’s brother
Daniel Marineau – Bindi’s cousin
Sara Marineau – Bindi’s cousin

Actress Chrissy Metz
Playing for: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Teammates:
Denise Hodge – Chrissy’s mother
Monica Watson – Chrissy’s sister
Morgana Witt – Chrissy’s sister
Abigail Hodge – Chrissy’s sister

Actress Eva Longoria
Playing for: Padres Contra El Cancer

Teammates:
Amaury Nolasco – Actor known for Prison Break, Transformers and 2 Fast 2 Furious
Ana Ortiz – Actress known for Ugly Betty, Devious Maids and Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
Justina Machado – Actress known for One Day at a Time and Jane the Virgin
Wilmer Valderrama – Actor known for That ‘70s Show, NCIS and Charming

Actor and Comedian George Lopez
Playing for: George Lopez Foundation

Teammates:
Constance Marie – Known for her roles on George Lopez, Selena and Switched at Birth
Ray Diaz – Model and actor on George Lopez, East Los High
Oscar De La Hoya – Olympic gold medal-winning boxer
Mayan Lopez – George’s daughter

International Model Ashley Graham
Playing for: World Vision

Teammates:
Linda Graham – Ashley’s mother
Abigail Ralston – Ashley’s sister
Kia Ervin – Ashley’s sister-in-law
Kathryn Ervin – Ashley’s mother-in-law

Actress Yvette Nicole Brown
Playing for: The Motion Picture and Television Fund

Teammates:
D.C. – Yvette’s brother
Rachelle Jones – Yvette’s cousin
Stacey Bryant – Yvette’s cousin
Sharon Etheridge – Yvette’s cousin

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