There’s a New President in House of Cards Trailer

The latest House of Cards trailer confirms it: Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood has become president and Frank Underwood is dead in the wake of Kevin Spacey’s departure from the Netflix series. “The reign of the middle-aged white man is over,“ Claire declares in the trailer for the sixth and final season, which premieres Nov. 2, Mashable reports. “That’s right, Claire’s gone gangster,“ Vulture proclaims. (Watch the first teaser below.)

John Oliver Torches Facebook With Fake Ad

John Oliver has proposed a new ad for Facebook, but don’t expect Mark Zuckerberg to be adopting it. In the latest episode of his HBO show, Oliver delivered a scathing critique of the site that culminated in his assessment of Facebook as “a fetid swamp of mistruths and outright lies interspersed with the occasional reminder of a dead pet.“ Oliver focused most of his diatribe on the situation in Myanmar, saying Facebook has contributed to the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim population by allowing hateful propaganda to flourish unchecked, reports the AV Club.

At one point, when a teacher in Myanmar compared Facebook to a toilet, Oliver took exception. “There is a purity and integrity to toilets that Facebook seriously lacks,“ he said. That led to his suggested new ad, complete with a proposed tag line: “Facebook is a toilet and God willing, your country will survive it.“ Watch it in this video; the new ad comes around the 17-minute mark.

Stunner on Vietnam’s Bachelor Not What Bachelor Expected

Bachelor host Chris Harrison is known for repeatedly promising “the most dramatic rose ceremony ever,“ but the hit ABC reality show has nothing on what just happened on its Vietnamese counterpart. Mashable calls it a “surprise plot twist,“ which was likely an understatement for bachelor Nguyen Quoc Trung, who first offered a rose (a sign that a competitor is invited to remain in the dating contest) to Truc Nhu, then declined to give one to Minh Thu. Thu, however, had a shocking announcement to make before she left. “I went into this competition to find love,“ she said, per People. “I’ve found that love for myself. But it isn’t you. It’s someone else.“ Then, while a stunned Trung and other wide-eyed contestants looked on, Thu walked over to Nhu, buried her head in her chest, and implored: “Come home with me. Come home with me. Yeah?“

An emotional Nhu patted Thu’s head several times, then walked over to Trung, said he’d made her “feel special,“ and apologized. Trung, trying to fend off her departure, told Nhu she would “have regret” if she left and said, “You only get one chance in this life, and you need to take it.“ But Nhu tearfully gave him his rose back and walked off the set with Thu. Per NextShark, showrunners say this is the first time this has happened in any of the Bachelor franchises in more than 30 countries; two contestants from the Aussie version dated, but after the show had wrapped. Don’t celebrate Nhu and Thu’s happily ever after quite yet, though: NextShark notes Trung caught up with Nhu, “had a heart-to-heart with her,“ and got her to return. “After talking to Trung, I’ve changed my mind to accept this rose and continue this journey,“ Nhu said, per the site. Thu’s emotional confession HERE.

SiriusXM Is Buying Pandora

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Subscription radio company SiriusXM says it’s buying music streaming service Pandora Media Inc. in a stock deal valued at about $3.5 billion that’ll allow it to expand its service beyond cars and into homes and other mobile areas. Pandora stockholders will receive 1.44 newly issued SiriusXM shares for each Pandora share they own, the AP> reports. Sirius XM Holdings Inc. has more than 36 million subscribers in North America, while Pandora has more than 70 million monthly active users. If the deal goes through, SiriusXM will become the biggest audio-entertainment company in the world, with more than $7 billion in combined revenue expected this year, per CNBC.

Pandora has a “go-shop” period in which it can solicit other offers from third parties; one analyst tells CNBC that while he wouldn’t rule out a higher bid, he thinks “Apple and Spotify have had a chance to look at Pandora already.“ Both companies’ boards have approved the transaction, which is expected to close in 2019’s first quarter. It still needs approval from Pandora shareholders. Shares of Pandora, based in Oakland, Calif., jumped more than 8% in Monday premarket trading; SiriusXM’s stock declined 4%. Sirius also recently entered into a partnership with Netflix to launch a comedy channel on Sirius featuring material from comedians who have original content on Netflix; that channel is set to launch in January.

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