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Gia Giudice Then & Now: See Pics Of ‘RHONJ’ Star Teresa Giudice’s Daughter Through The Years

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‘RHONJ’ fans have watched Teresa Giudice’s eldest daughter Gia, now 19, grow up on the hit Bravo show. See the stylish teen’s evolution, from her younger years to now!

Gia Giudice has grown up right before our eyes on the small screen! The 19-year-old college student — who studies at Rutgers University — is the daughter of The Real Housewives of New Jersey veteran Teresa Giudice and her estranged husband Joe Giudice. Gia, along with her three younger sisters, have been part of the hit show for most, if not all of their lives. Gia, being the oldest, made her debut during the show’s inception in 2009. From her 12th birthday, to her singing debut and red carpet moments — take a look back at Gia’s major milestones through the years!

Gia in January of 2013

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Gia Giudice celebrates her 12th Birthday with family. (Photo credit: SplashNews.com)

Teresa made sure to ring in Gia’s 12th birthday in style, with a lavish party on January 11, 2013. A then pre-teen Gia posed in front of her massive rainbow cake for a sweet photo op. She sported a cute, sparkly tank and a heart necklace on her special day.

Gia in October of 2013

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Teresa Giudice and children Gia Giudice and Gabriella Giudice at New York Fashion Week on Thursday, September 12, 2013, in New York City. (Photo credit: Mark Von Holden/Invision for Just Dance/AP Images)

Later that year, Gia hit the red carpet at New York Fashion Week with her mom and sister Gabriella Giudice. The trio posed for photos at the STYLE360 carpet during the Just Dance with Boy Meets Girl fashion show on September 12, 2013. Gia looked too cute in a black dress with a striped top and flats. She even accessorized with silver hoop earrings!

Gia in December of 2014

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Gia Giudice and her girl group 3KT perform live on stage at Freehold’s iPlay America Friday night on December 25, 2014 in New Jersey.

Christmas Day in 2014 was a special one for Gia, along with her besties Alexa Maetta and Cristianna Cardinale. The trio, who made up the girl group 3KT, performed their then-recently released single, “Season of Joy” — the group’s second single. The performance, which took place at Freehold’s iPlay America in New Jersey, aired on an episode of RHONJ.

Gia in March of 2016

Fast forward two years later, where Gia attended a wedding on March 15, 2016. She shared this cute photo with one of her gal pals, Miranda, that showed the pair in identical black dresses. The duo were bridesmaids in a friend’s wedding. Gia, who rarely wears her hair in an up do’, looked beautiful with her brunette locks in a low bun.

Gia in December of 2018

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Milania Giudice, left, Teresa Giudice and Gia Giudice attend Z100’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on Friday, December 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo credit: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

If there’s one thing RHONJ viewers have learned from watching the Giudice family, it’s that Teresa loves to take her daughters to concerts. From meet and greets with Fetty Wap and more stars, Tre loves to give her girls the VIP treatment. And, 2018’s annual Jingle Ball was no exception. Teresa, Gia and Milania Giudice all attended Z100’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden on December 7th that year. Talk about an epic early Christmas present!

Gia in July of 2020

This particular photo marked a major milestone for Gia, as it was the first time she revealed her plastic surgery. “Yes I got a nose job,” Gia captioned a photo, alongside her mother, Teresa on July 17, 2020. “Yes I’m swollen,” she admitted without shame, before thanking her doctor, Geoffrey Tobias, a New York City-based rhinoplasty specialist. “I’m absolutely in love with it,” Gia continued, declaring, “I am an adult now. This has been an insecurity of mine for a while and I’ve never been happier and so comfortable in my own skin!!” Dr. Tobias also shared Gia’s photo to his Instagram page, which contains more photos of his patients after surgery. That same month, Gia also revealed her new boyfriend, Christian Carmichael.

Gia in August of 2020

Following the reveal of her nose job, Gia’s been spending most of her summer at the beach in New Jersey. As seen in this bikini snap, the college student enjoyed a sunny day at Ortley Beach.Gia, along with her mom and sisters have also been enjoying their Uncle Joe and aunt Melissa Gorga‘s newly renovated beach house.

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Netflix is developing a live action ‘Assassin’s Creed’ show

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Netflix announced this morning that it’s partnering with Ubisoft to adapt the game publisher’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise into a live action series.

The franchise jumps around in history, telling the story of a secret society of assassins with “genetic memory” and their centuries-long battle the knights templar. It has sold 155 million games worldwide and was also turned into a nearly incomprehensible 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which underperformed at the box office.

The companies say that they’re currently looking for a showrunner. Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik of Ubisoft’s film and television division will serve as executive producers. (In addition to working on adaptations of Ubisoft’s intellectual property, the publisher is also involved in the Apple TV+ industry comedy “Mythic Quest.”)

“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said Netflix’s vice president of original series Peter Friedlander in a statement. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”

It sounds like there could be follow-up shows as well, with the announcement saying that Netflix and Ubisoft will “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.”

Netflix recently placed an eight-episode order for “Resident Evil,” another video game franchise that was previously adapted for the big screen. And it also had a big hit with its adaptation of “The Witcher,” which is based on a fantasy book series that was popularized via video games.

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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers

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As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts.

The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly.

And while there’s a story running through the whole season, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions on various horror and science fiction tropes. There’s a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode and more.

The show isn’t perfect — the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap-looking. But at its best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly outlandish plots, creepy monsters (with plentiful gore) and a healthy dose of politics.

After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted form a book by Matt Ruff) is named after notoriously racist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on Black characters, making the case that old genres can be reinvigorated with diverse casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.

In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the Original Content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix earnings, the new season of “The Bachelorette” and the end of Quibi.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 “The Bachelorette”
6:30 Quibi
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” review
31:32 “Lovecraft Country” spoiler discussion

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The short, strange life of Quibi

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“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.”

With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service.

Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly any conditions, but even in a world that’s littered with high-profile failures, the streaming service’s swan song was remarkable for both its dramatically brief lifespan and the amount of money the company managed to raise (and spend) during that time.

A month ahead of its commercial launch, Quibi announced that it had raised another $750 million. That second round of funding brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

“We concluded a very successful second raise which will provide Quibi with a strong cash runway,” CFO Ambereen Toubassy told the press at the time. “This round of $750 million gives us tremendous flexibility and the financial wherewithal to build content and technology that consumers embrace.”

Quibi’s second funding round brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

From a financial perspective, Quibi had reason to be hopeful. Its fundraising ambitions were matched only by the aggressiveness with which it planned to spend that money. At the beginning of the year, Whitman touted the company’s plans to spend up to $100,000 per minute of programming — $6 million per hour. The executive proudly contrasted the jaw-dropping sum to the estimated $500 to $5,000 an hour spent by YouTube creators.

For Whitman and Katzenberg — best known for their respective reigns at HP and Disney — money was key to success in an already crowded marketplace. $1 billion was a drop in the bucket compared to the $17.3 billion Netflix was expected to spend on original content in 2020, but it was a start.

Following in the footsteps of Apple, who had also recently announced plans to spend $1 billion to launch its own fledgling streaming service, the company was enlisting A-List talent, from Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott to Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James. If your name carried any sort of clout in Hollywood boardrooms, Quibi would happily cut you a check, seemingly regardless of content specifics.

Quibi’s strategy primarily defined itself by itself by its constraints. In hopes of attracting younger millennial and Gen Z, the company’s content would be not just mobile-first, but mobile-only. There would be no smart TV app, no Chromecast or AirPlay compatibility. Pricing, while low compared to the competition, was similarly off-putting. After a 90-day free trial, $4.99 got you an ad-supported subscription. And boy howdy, were there ads. Ads upon ads. Ads all the way down. Paying another $3 a month would make them go away.

Technological constraints and Terms of Service fine print forbade screen shots — a fundamental understanding of how content goes viral in 2020 (though, to be fair, one shared with other competing streaming services). Amusingly, the inability to share content led to videos like this one of director Sam Raimi’s perplexingly earnest “The Golden Arm.”

It features a built-on laugh track from viewers as Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan lies in a hospital bed after refusing to remove a golden prosthetic. It’s an allegory, surely, but not one intentionally played for laughs. Many of the videos that did ultimately make the rounds on social media were regarded as a curiosity — strange artifacts from a nascent streaming service that made little sense on paper.

Most notable of all, however, were the “quick bites” that gave the service its confusingly pronounced name. Each program would be served in 5-10 minute chunks. The list included films acquired by the service, sliced up into “chapters.” Notably, the service didn’t actually purchase the content outright; instead, rights were set to revert to their creators after seven years. Meanwhile, after two years, content partners were able to “reassemble” the chunks back into a movie for distribution.

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