Exclusive interview with Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian

Exclusive interview with Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian
This story was originally published in the September 7th edition of The Smart Reader magazine. Born and raised in Kenosha, John Antaramian initially served as our mayor from 1992 to 2008, when he decided to not seek re-election and pursue other interests. In 2016, Antaramian returned to the mayor’s office. He recently sat down with Smart Reader for this exclusive interview. You have been the mayor total for 18 years now, what is the biggest difference from being the mayor in 1992 compared to 2019? “The biggest difference is probably the economics of the situation. In 1992, the economics in the area were still very difficult. Today, we see increased growth, not just in the city of Kenosha, but around the area as well.” What made you come out of retirement in 2016 and run again? “There are a lot of things that I believed in that I’d like to... More

Jennifer Garner says she’s a ‘lame’ mom: ‘I kill the fun’

Jennifer Garner says she’s a ‘lame’ mom: ‘I kill the fun’
Sept. 13 (UPI) — Jennifer Garner says one of her daughters refers to her as the “fun-killing mom.” The 47-year-old actress discussed raising Violet, 13, Seraphina, 10, and Samuel, 7, her children with ex-husband Ben Affleck, during Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. “I kill the fun. I am so lame, I say no to everything. They call me ‘the dragon,’ they have all these names for me,” Garner told host Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel showed a handwritten note from one of Garner’s daughters that Garner posted on Instagram in November that read, “When I grow up, I want to be a fun-killing mom, just like you!” Garner will star in a Netflix adaptation of the Amy Krause Rosenthal book Yes Day!, which centers on one day of the year where parents say “yes” to all of their children’s wishes. Garner said she doe Yes Day with her... More

Frank Miller returning to Batman with new ‘Dark Knight Returns’ comic

Frank Miller returning to Batman with new ‘Dark Knight Returns’ comic
Sept. 13 (UPI) — Famed comic book writer Frank Miller is returning to Batman with a new story set in his Dark Knight Returns universe titled The Golden Child. Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child will be a 48-page standalone issue that releases on Dec. 11. Rafael Grampa is returning to comics for the first time in six years to provide the art. The comic will take place following the events of 2015’s Dark Knight III: Master Race which Miller co-wrote with Brian Azzarello with art by Andy Kubert. Carrie Kelley will return as Gotham City’s new protector Batwoman as she teams up with Lara Kent, the daughter of Superman and Wonder Woman, in order to take on a new threat. The duo will also be joined by Lara’s brother Jonathan Kent, who possesses unimaginable powers and is referred to as the Golden Child. Miller’s Batman universe first started with... More

Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ singer, dead at 70

Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ singer, dead at 70
Sept. 13 (UPI) — Eddie Money, the singer behind hit songs such as 1977’s “Two Tickets to Paradise” and 1986’s “Take Me Home Tonight,” has died at the age of 70. Money’s family confirmed his death on Friday. “The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world with out. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music,” they said in a statement. Money announced in August that he was battling Stage 4 esophageal cancer. He was the star of reality series Real Money on AXS TV which followed his life on the road and at home with his family. The hit maker had canceled his summer tour in July due to pneumonia. Money released his first, self-titled album in 1977 which... More

Nicki Minaj announces retirement on Twitter

Nicki Minaj announces retirement on Twitter
Sept. 5 (UPI) — Hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj announced Thursday on Twitter that she is retiring from her music career. Minaj, whose career has led to multiple MTV Video Music Awards wins and 10 Grammy nominations, tweeted Thursday that she is retiring to spend time with her family. “I’ve decided to retire & have my family,” the “Anaconda” singer wrote. “I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, X in the box- cuz ain’t nobody checkin me. Love you for LIFE.” Minaj recently performed for Planned Parenthood‘s “Bands Together, Bans Off” Campaign, which aimed to raise awareness about restrictive legislation on reproductive rights in states like Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama and more. The performer recently canceled a scheduled appearance at a music festival in Saudi Arabia to protest the country’s restrictive laws, including a ban on women driving... More

Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser happily shop in NYC in new ‘Mad About You’ teaser

Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser happily shop in NYC in new ‘Mad About You’ teaser
Sept. 5 (UPI) — Spectrum Originals released a teaser for its upcoming revival of the classic sitcom, Mad About You, on Thursday. Starring Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser as married New Yorkers Paul and Jamie Buchman, the show is set to return with six new episodes on Nov. 20. Another six will be available for streaming on Dec. 18. The series initially ran for seven seasons from 1992 through 1999. Also returning for Season 8 along with Reiser and Hunt are Richard Kind as the couple’s friend Mark and John Pankow as Paul’s cousin Ira. Abby Quinn will play Paul and Jamie’s college-bound daughter Mabel. Thursday’s 30-second preview showed Paul and Jamie walking around their neighborhood, smiling and shopping. It pays homage to the show’s original opening credits and includes its iconic theme song, “Final Frontier.” All 164 episodes are now streaming on Spectrum. More

‘It: Chapter Two’ stars recapture other kids’ youth

‘It: Chapter Two’ stars recapture other kids’ youth
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4 (UPI) — It: Chapter One introduced horror fans to the Losers Club of Derry, Maine, who faced the evil force they called “It,” manifested as the evil clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). It: Chapter Two, in theaters Friday, picks up 26 years later with the Losers Club as adults. The grown-up cast had to capture the chemistry that made viewers fall in love with those seven kids — played by Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor. It director Andy Muschietti worked with Jessica Chastain on his first film, Mama, so he felt there was no one better to play Beverly as an adult. Chastain herself drew on Lillis’s performance. “I took everything that she did from the first film and used it,” Chastain said about Lillis. “I stole her whole performance. Meeting Soph was so incredible,... More

Maren Morris says ‘American Idol’ audition at 17 was ‘traumatic’

Maren Morris says ‘American Idol’ audition at 17 was ‘traumatic’
  Sept. 5 (UPI) — Country star Maren Morris said on Late Nightthat she unsuccessfully auditioned on singing competition shows such as American Idol and The Voice before making it big. “I have this very traumatic, vivid memory of auditioning for American Idol when I was 17 in Dallas, where I’m from,” Morris told host Seth Meyers on Wednesday’s show. Morris explained how she didn’t get to sing in front of the show’s previous judges, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, and instead performed in front of a young producer. She sang for 8 seconds and was immediately eliminated, along with a large group of contestants. “I had to like walk through the walk of shame out to the parking lot and find my mom’s car and just cry on the way home with her,” she recalled. “The poetic justice of that whole thing is that now people audition... More

Stars send warm wishes to comedian and ‘good human’ Kevin Hart after crash

Stars send warm wishes to comedian and ‘good human’ Kevin Hart after crash
Sept. 2 (UPI) — Hollywood is sending Kevin Hart its best wishes after the comedian was injured as a passenger in a car crash Sunday. The 40-year-old actor and his driver were hospitalized with “major back injuries,” but his condition is not currently known. “Stop messing with my emotions brother,” Dwayne Johnsoncaptioned an Instagram photo of him and his Jumanji co-star. “We have a lot more laughing to do together. Love you man. Stay strong,” Johnson added. Bryan Cranston also posted a supportive message to his TheUpside scene partner on social media. “I’ve just heard that @kevinhart4real was injured today in a car accident in Los Angeles. Let’s all send him positive energy and healing thoughts. He’s a good human. Get well soon, brother,” Cranston wrote. “Argued with you @kevinhart4real onscreen but offscreen, Love you so much. Praying for you Kevin and your friends who were in the car with... More

Leslie Jones confirms ‘SNL’ exit, thanks Lorne Michaels

Leslie Jones confirms ‘SNL’ exit, thanks Lorne Michaels
Sept. 3 (UPI) — Leslie Jones confirmed on Twitter Tuesday that she is leaving NBC’s Saturday Night Live after five seasons on the sketch comedy series. Jones uploaded to Twitter images of the various characters she has played on SNL and gave thanks to producer and creator Lorne Michaels alongside her co-stars. “You not only have my loyalty but you have my heart too! You have shown me skills I never imagined I had. I leave a better performer because of you,” Jones said about Michaels. “I will miss holding it down with Kenan everyday, I will miss Cecily’s impression of me making me laugh at myself often, I will miss Kate’s loving hugs and talks when I needed. And of course Colin, you porcelain-skinned Ken doll,” she continued. “And I know you will be as excited as I am when you see some of the amazing projects and adventures... More