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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Recovering From Quadruple Coronary Bypass Surgery

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Paul Morigi—WireImage/Getty Images NBA hall-of famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks at The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Stand Up To Cancer discussion on the importance of cancer research at Cannon House Office Building in Washington on March 17, 2015.

Doctors said the basketball legend was on track to a full recovery

The NBA’s all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent what his doctors are calling a successful quadruple coronary bypass survey on Thursday.

The operation was performed by Dr. Richard Shemin, UCLA’s chief of cardiac surgery, after Abdul-Jabbar, a TIME columnist, was admitted to the hospital this week with cardiovascular disease. Sherman said in a statement that he expected Abdul-Jabbar, 68, to make a full recovery.

“At this time, Abdul-Jabbar would like to thank his surgical team and the medical staff at UCLA, his alma mater, for the excellent care he has received. He is looking forward to getting back to his normal activities soon,” read a statement from the hospital.

“He asks that you keep him in your thoughts and, most importantly, cherish and live each day to its fullest.”

TIME Television

Arya Will Get New Training in Game of Thrones on Sunday

Macall B. Polay—HBO Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.

She ended season 4 on a ship bound for Braavos

Arya Stark is coming back in this week’s episode of Game of Thrones, and this time she’s far from Westeros.

In the season 4 finale, Arya had boarded a ship bound for Braavos, and actress Maisie Williams says it was time for a change of scenery for her character. “She knows it’s the right decision to make, and she had been putting it off,” Williams told Entertainment Weekly. “She’s on a ship to somewhere new, somewhere she’s completely unfamiliar with. She’s ultimately trying to find release of her former self.”

And this season, Williams also says Arya will embark on some new kind of training (EW and Williams kept the term vague to avoid spoilers).

“She’s not treated amazingly,” Williams said. “It’s a form of training she’s not familiar with, and she doesn’t know why she’s doing [it]. One thing that frustrates her is, she’s a very logical person and she can’t understand how her training relates to her ultimate goal. And her attitude frustrates a lot of people.”

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO.

[Entertainment Weekly]

TIME Video Games

Watch the Trailer for the Most Anticipated Star Wars Game in Years

Star Wars: Battlefront is due out this November

Star Wars: Battlefront, an upcoming large-scale multiplayer battle game set in the Star Wars universe, is due out for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on Nov. 17.

Savvy Star Wars fans will notice that’s just about a month before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the next installment in the saga’s film franchise. That isn’t an accident — according to Battlefront’s design director, the game will help bridge the story gap between Return of the Jedi and Awakens.

Watch the new trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront above. You can read more about the game here.

Read more: See the 5 Most Important Scenes in the New Star Wars Trailer

 

TIME Books

Anna Kendrick Is Writing a Book of Essays

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Albert L. Ortega—Getty Images Actress Anna Kendrick poses inside the press room of the 87th Annual Academy Awards held at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Twitter's 140-character limit be damned

Anna Kendrick will join Amy Poehler, Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling on the list of funny celebs to write a memoir. The Pitch Perfect star’s book, a series of humorous biographical essays, is set to be published in the fall of 2016 by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

The Academy Award-nominated actor has earned a reputation for her wit and sarcasm on Twitter and, according to a statement she released, is eager to see if she can extend a series of 140-character tweets into whole chapters.

“I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself,” Kendrick said.

“And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to BuzzFeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!”

Read next: Aziz Ansari on His New Book and How Texting Is Ruining Our Relationships

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TIME Television

Univision’s Sábado Gigante Will End Its 53-Year Run on TV

The final episode will air Sept. 19

Sábado Gigante, the top variety show on Spanish language television, will air its final episode later this year after more than five decades on the air.

Known for its mix of zany acts, contests and musical performances, the weekly program led by host Mario Kreutzberger was the longest-running variety show in TV history.

The show is ending because Kreutzberger decided it was time to move on with his career, according to a source at Univision. He will continue to work for the network, hosting entertainment specials and TeletonUSA, an annual telethon to raise money for disabled children.

A representative of Kreutzberger did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the reason for the show’s end.

“To all those who joined us by tuning in to ‘Sábado Gigante’ with their constructive criticism, work and loyalty, I would like to say from the bottom of my heart and in capital letters, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,” Kreutzberger, also known as Don Francisco, said in a statement Friday.

Alberto Ciurana, president of programming and content for Univision Communications, praised Kreutzberger and the show in Unvision’s statement. “Mario is one of the most beloved and legendary entertainers in the world and has been an innovative and inspirational force in the television industry throughout his career… For so many in the Spanish-speaking community, Don Francisco’s weekly three-hour show defines Saturday evening entertainment.”

Sábado Gigante will air its final episode Sept. 19.

TIME Books

4 Things We Learned from John Green’s Reddit AMA

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He talks Paper Towns and Looking For Alaska

Celebrities often have a transitory relationship with Reddit: they arrive hawking their latest project, they answer a few questions during an ask-me-anything Q&A session, then they leave, often never to return. But The Fault in Our Stars author John Green is after a more genuine and lasting relationship with his fans and readers — he pops in threads from time to time — so he’s planning to do one AMA every month until the release of the Paper Towns, the second film adaptation of one his novels. Here are four things we learned from his first session:

If he had to choose between video blogging on YouTube with his brother, Hank, and turning his books into movies, the choice is clear:

If I had to pick between YouTube and movies, I would pick YouTube. This would be a financially counterintuitive choice, for sure, but I love online video and love working with my brother. Don’t tell my brother I said that, though.

There are three main reasons he likes writing for and about teenagers:

[1] They’re experiencing so much stuff for the first time–love and loss and grief and individual sovereignty and driving cars and, in the case of nonredditors, sex. Because those experiences are new, they are extremely intense, and it allows me to think about that stuff in a heightened way that doesn’t need to be cut by irony […] 2. Teens are extremely intellectually curious, and I love the straightforward way they consider the biggest questions […] 3. Publishing as a YA author also has many, many benefits.

A line in his book Looking for Alaska was inspired by his wife:

My wife and I went to high school in Alabama together, but we did not know each other in high school. Years later, we became reacquainted in Chicago, where we were both living. The first time we had dinner together, I told her a story from high school about sitting on a porch swing and thinking about all the things that might happen to me, and how I never thought I’d end up in Chicago across a table from Sarah Urist. And she said, “Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia,” which I put in my book Looking for Alaska.

He worries Paper Towns newcomers who see the trailer might think the movie reinforces the Manic Pixie Dream Girl myth instead of challenging it:

I’m not in control of the marketing of the movie obviously, and I might market it a little differently, but I also understand that you have to set people up with a world they think they know if you’re going to point out what is demented and evil about that world. That’s what the book (hopefully) does, and what the movie (hopefully) does. But that’s hard to do in a trailer for a movie, because you don’t want the trailer to tell the whole story. You don’t want the trailer to deliver the punch that hopefully comes at the end of the movie when Q finally acknowledges that Margo is not a thing to acquire or a miracle but rather a person.

Paper Towns hits theaters July 24.

Read next: Watch Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne in the New Paper Towns Clip

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TIME Music

David Hasselhoff’s New Video Is a Perfectly Ridiculous 80s Throwback

The surprise ode to '80s action flicks is a must watch

If you’re going to watch one music video today — or ever — make it the surprise video dropped by none other than David Hasselhoff.

The video for “True Survivor” — which is from the Kickstarter-funded film Kung Fury — is straight out of the star’s Knight Rider days and while it doesn’t have his computerized car K.I.T.T., it does have a white Lamborghini, an overactive fog machine, fingerless gloves and a slick beat.

The clip mixes up everything from keytars to 8-bit hacking to dinosaurs, vikings, flamethrowers, roundhouse-kicking cops, people walking away from explosions without looking back and so much more. And naturally, it all ends with Hasselhoff riding a dinosaur into the sunset. The video bodes well for Kung Fury, David Sandberg’s throwback martial arts comedy about a vengeful cop who travels back in time to kill the Nazis, but end up bringing in vikings and Thor to finish the deed. With a plot like that, it should be no surprise the film exceeded its Kickstarter goal of $200,000, and brought in well over $600,000.

TIME Television

“I’m On Television”: Britt McHenry’s Classist, Classless Mistake

As more meltdowns go viral, will people's behavior change, or will our standards for it?

Why was it fair for ESPN to suspend reporter Britt McHenry after she went Dennis Quaid on a towing-company clerk on viral video? She gave the reason herself: “I’m on television.”

McHenry’s sole job, at its root, is to make people want to watch her on TV. To the extent that she followed “I’m on television” with “and you’re in a f*cking trailer” along with a string of other untelegenic, education- and body-shaming insults, she has herself to blame. As with Phil Robertson and many other instances of TV stars getting penalized for popping off, this isn’t a free speech issue. No one has a constitutional right to a TV job.

But also as in those other cases, it’s worth asking what exactly McHenry’s being punished for. For abusing a poorer, less famous employee? For doing it in such a way that we found out about it? Or for doing it on camera?

As someone raised by two hard-working parents, neither of whom went to college, McHenry’s “That’s why I have a degree and you don’t” classist attitude disgusts me. And I also know there’s plenty more of it in the world, not caught on camera. The more cameras are out there–in business, in our pockets, on elevators–the more bad celebrity behavior we’re eventually going to witness.

What less certain is whether the awareness that someone might be watching will make people behave better, or whether the frequency of meltdown videos will numb us to it. Let’s say you believe that anyone, like McHenry, who verbally lashes a service employee, or underling, or anyone in a lower power position, should be punished for it. Lets further assume that two or three–or a squintillion–powerful people have done the same thing, but off-camera.

If you could invent a magic device (like a video camera) that could reveal every such instance, would you want them all punished? Would you want the same to every nonfamous person who ever cursed out the cable-company operator? Or would the scale of it–there are a lot of jerks in the world–make it seem futile and ridiculous?

Maybe the knowledge that you never know when you might be caught on tape will lead some people to behave better. Occasionally, the power of example does some real good; Jonah Hill, for instance, was videotaped in 2014 yelling a homophobic slur, and it produced one of the few seemingly true, contrite and considered public celebrity apologies. He went through the now-familiar ritual of public shaming, came out of it with his career just fine, and hopefully he and maybe a few fans learned an actual lesson.

But the more meltdowns become public–not just celebrity ones, but increasing cable-TV fodder of amateur bad behavior–the more I wonder if they’ll become cautionary tales or just entertainment. It’s something we’ll have to work out, intentionally or gradually–will we define our standards of behavior up, or our ability to be shocked down? As McHenry reminded us, she’s on TV. But these days, who isn’t?

Read next: ESPN Suspends Reporter Britt McHenry Over Leaked Parking Lot Video

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TIME Music

Listen to Sia’s Thrilling New Track With Giorgio Moroder, ‘Déjà Vu’

The disco icon and the celebrated songwriter take things back

The most impressive thing about Sia is the way the camera-shy hitmaker can seemingly write the same song over and over again without it ever feeling like she’s run out of ideas. “Written by Sia” is one of those magical combinations of words that, much like “featuring Nicki Minaj” or “produced by Pharrell Williams,” immediately lets listeners know what’s about to hit. She may rarely show her face, but Sia has nonetheless branded herself a prolific and reliable provider of soaring, hooky anthems that find melancholy in moments of celebration and victory in moments of defeat.

So it’s somewhat fitting that her new collaboration with dance-music pioneer Giorgio Moroder is called “Déjà Vu.” The song title, also the name of the Italian producer’s first solo album in more than 30 years (arriving June 16), is a clever nod to Moroder’s career longevity. It also happens to describe Sia’s work to a T: simultaneously intriguing in its familiarity and thrilling in its newness.

Read next: Kylie Minogue and Giorgio Moroder Cut Right to the Chase on ‘Right Here, Right Now’

TIME Music

Watch Jay Z’s New Video for ‘Glory’

How to get to Carnegie Hall?

This post has been updated since the original version of the video has been removed from its streaming service.

It’s been three years since Jay Z recorded “Glory” to celebrate the birth of his daughter Blue Ivy. Now she has a music video to go with her lullaby.

“I think some songs shouldn’t be rehearsed,” he raps; the video, though, features rehearsal footage from a charity concert he gave in 2012 at Carnegie Hall, so maybe the best way to get there is still practice after all.

The “Glory” video was released exclusively on Jay Z’s new music streaming service, Tidal, which already has a star-studded celebrity roster: Madonna, Rihanna and—of course—Jay’s wife Beyoncé have all premiered songs on the service in recent weeks.

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