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Savannah Chrisley: 5 Things To Know About Reality Star Battling Endometriosis

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Savannah Chrisley just underwent surgery for endometriosis after opening up about the diagnosis on Instagram and she shared an update on her recovery process in a recent post. Here are 5 things you need to know about her.

Savannah Chrisley, 23, revealed that she was diagnosed with endometriosis, a painful disorder in which tissue that usually lines the uterus grows outside of it instead, in a honest Instagram post on Aug. 18. Since then, the Chrisley Knows Best star has had her third surgery for the disorder and has been giving her followers updates on her experiences and how they’re affecting her.

“I was diagnosed with Endometriosis when I was 18 and it’s been quite the struggle,” Savannah first wrote in her Aug. 18 post. “The pain at times is unbearable and the toll it takes on my emotional/psychological health is pretty rough at times. Tomorrow I have my 3rd surgery.” She went on to rave about finding a specialist in Atlanta and revealed that she would be posting a vlog about the journey in the coming weeks.

Here are five things you should know about Savannah and the struggle she’s going through.

1. She had to have a cyst removed during her third surgery. She took to Instagram to share a photo of herself sitting in a hospital bed while wearing a face mask on Aug. 20, which can be seen below, as her doctor posed next to her with his own face mask and talked about the process in the caption. “UPDATE: Had a huge cyst they had to remove. Found endo in/on my uterus, ovaries, bladder, and surrounding areas,” she wrote. “So Dr. Sinervo removed that along with a good bit of scar tissue. He also cut some nerves to help with pain.”

“I stayed in the hospital overnight and then was able to go back to my hotel and now I’m heading home today!” she continued.”Can’t tell you guys how many times I’ve cried…Dr. Sinervo and Dr. Winer are truly gifts from God. Dr. Sinervo asked to pray with me before surgery and then they both held my hands in the OR until I was put to sleep. ? It’s time to give myself time to recover..”

2. She’s all about family. Savannah is very close to her parents, Todd and Julie Chrisley, and often posts about them on social media. In one memorable post, she sent her dad some love after he hosted the red carpet before the Golden Globes. Along with a cute pic of the duo, she said “Unbelievably proud of this superstar that I get to call my dad!! You’re KILLING it tonight on @eentertainment for the #goldenglobes ? #dreamsdocometrue.” How sweet!

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Savannah Chrisley revealed that she was diagnosed with endometriosis in an Instagram post on Aug. 18. (MEGA)

3. She’s engaged. The blonde beauty‘s hockey player boyfriend-turned fiancee Nic Kerdiles, 26, who she first introduced to her fans in Jan. 2018, popped the question with a 5-carat diamond ring in Dec. 2019 and the lovebirds kept the engagement quiet until they made it public in Apr. 2020. “I think we just both kind of came to the agreement that we wanted to enjoy it within our family so we just wanted to kind of soak it all in and enjoy without other people coming at us and kind of giving us their opinion,” Savannah EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife about why she kept the happy news under wraps for four months. “There’s always going to be people who have positive things to say and negative things to say so we just wanted to enjoy it without having all the madness from it.”

4. She’s got a hot temper. Savannah once got riled up and tweeted angrily at the ex-wife of her ex-boyfriend of two years, Blaire Hanks because her mother commented negatively on a pic of the couple. However, she’s also mature and took it down, saying “I am going to acknowledge that I definitely did something wrong. I shouldn’t have let someone get me to their level. I shouldn’t have let someone get me so low to where I’m at their level. I allowed her to get me to a point that is not a good representation of myself. That is why I posted the response I did on Instagram and Twitter.”

5. She’s admitted to struggling with her “body image”. “Body image is something I have always struggled with due to growing up on television,” she wrote in the caption for a July 8 Instagram post, which can be seen below, that included a photo and video of her boxing in a crop top and leggings. “I have had others constantly commenting on my body and how they believed it should look…at about 18 years old I was 110lbs at almost 5″8…this wasn’t a healthy weight nor was it achieved in a healthy manner. I was FIXATED on working out and would do it multiple times a day and wouldn’t go to bed without doing at least 4 miles on the treadmill.”

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Trying to stay healthy and sane during these crazy times thanks to @larry_donald !! Body image is something I have always struggled with due to growing up on television. I have had others constantly commenting on my body and how they believed it should look…at about 18 years old I was 110lbs at almost 5″8…this wasn’t a healthy weight nor was it achieved in a healthy manner. I was FIXATED on working out and would do it multiple times a day and wouldn’t go to bed without doing at least 4 miles on the treadmill. I also was eating VERY minimal… this was not safe or healthy! Over the years I have been focusing on loving who I am from the inside out while trying my hardest to block all the negative comments out. My weight has fluctuated for sure! But now I am sooo happy with where I am at mentally and physically. I’m not focusing on the number that the scale shows…I’m focusing on how I feel internally! I used to workout because I hated my body…now…I workout because I love my body ? Ladies…don’t be so hard on yourselves… know that it’s ok to not be ok and to seek help. Your body is YOURS and YOU can do whatever YOU want with it. Let’s focus on fueling our bodies with healthy nutrients, love, laughter, and…some ice cream lol! It’s all about balance! I would love to hear your stories…let’s let this be a post where you guys can come together and be vulnerable ? #vulnerability #bodypositivity #bodyimage

“I also was eating VERY minimal… this was not safe or healthy!” she continued. “Over the years I have been focusing on loving who I am from the inside out while trying my hardest to block all the negative comments out. My weight has fluctuated for sure! But now I am sooo happy with where I am at mentally and physically. I’m not focusing on the number that the scale shows…I’m focusing on how I feel internally! I used to workout because I hated my body…now…I workout because I love my body ?”

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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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