‘This Is Us’ finale: Sterling K. Brown on Randall’s family surprise

So, it’s sort of art imitating life imitating art. So, what changed in Randall about expanding his family as he looked over that album? After we saw him   add a picture of William (Ron Cephas Jones) to a   photo album and leaf through childhood   pictures of himself   with his adoptive parents, Randall told his wife Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) that he wanted to adopt a child. Time may   deem   those two   choices “Good”   or   “Bad,” but we already   know which   Big Three decision   falls under “Knock Us Off Our Feet.” It   came courtesy of father-of-two Randall   (Sterling K. “Sometimes they’ll make good decisions, sometimes bad decisions,” he said, “and every once in a while, they’re going to   do something that’s going to knock us off our feet. Want to hear from   Mandy Moore? The season 1 finale of NBC dramedy   This Is Us   ended on   an unsettling, uncertain, unkind   note for   Jack and Rebecca   after a vicious, years-in-the-making fight sent Jack packing for Miguel’s place. How did Brown feel about this perfect pay-it-forward parenting moment? But before a sobered-up Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) told   Rebecca (Mandy Moore) that their love story was just getting started and walked out the door, Rebecca worried that   this trauma would affect her kids. I don’t know which one came first, the chicken or the egg.”
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The egg was almost fertilized earlier the season. In “The Game Plan,” Beth thought she   was pregnant, causing the spouses   to spiral into a mess of stress. Before “Moonshadow” aired, Brown said that   the finale “was one of the first episodes that I watched that just left me saying, ‘Man, this is dark,’” pointing to that Jack-Rebecca fight, which he called “pretty damn special.” “Something that I appreciate about Dan is never being afraid to recreate the show anew.”   While fans are now voicing   disappointment that they did not learn or see how   Jack dies in the finale, Brown previously dropped a hint to EW   that it will be impactful when it’s finally revealed. “Professionally, in the context of the show, having been the product of an adoption myself, and having a loving father and being able to pay homage to my family, makes perfect sense. “It was a conversation that Dan [Fogelman, the series creator] and I   had early on about a possibility to be explored in the upcoming season, and it makes great sense to me — on a personal and professional level,” he tells EW. And part of the thing personally my wife and I explore   —   because we have two boys — my wife sometimes is like, “It would be really nice to have a little girl.” And I think to a similar extent, he’s one of three, he has two girls right now, it could be very nice to have a little boy.”
While not too much is known about season 2 — series creator Dan Fogelman does promise, “We’re not going to be coming back into season 2 with them divorced and sharing the kids on the weekend”— the adoption process seems to be an early order of business. “That’s something that’s going to be explored right from the beginning,” hints Brown. Jack assured her that   the Big Three   would be just fine. Brown), who surprised his wife with a feel-good announcement. Indeed, the man who was taken in by the   Pearson clan 36 years ago to create the Big Three, is now looking to create his own three-sibling familial unit and in a way, to honor the legacy of both fathers. And just when they   both managed to get to a good place of acceptance and love, they learned that she was not pregnant — and celebrated in relief. “I think Jack died the way that he lived, by always trying to do the right thing,” he said. Go here. Show Full Article “I think folks are going to be moved, and surprised, and it’s very, very sad.”
To read a Q&A with Milo Ventimiglia about the finale, click here. Factor in the literal and figurative journey he made with   William, as well as the fact that he now has the   time to focus on such an undertaking now that he   reprioritized his life to honor William’s legacy; in “What Now?,” he rolled down the windows and   quit his pressure-cooker job doing… you know, something with the wind. “It definitely was something that went on internally within him,” says Brown. “I believe that Randall and Beth talk about everything   [but]   our show begins with him doing something where he doesn’t announce to Beth that he’s actually going to be bringing his biological father home, and it seemed perfectly fitting to go ahead and end the season with him not talking to her and saying, ‘Yeah, I think we should do this.’ I just think [it’s] the loss of William, going to visit Jack’s memorial, recognizing the benefits of having had his mom and dad bring him up in the loving environment, and wanting to possibly have another child. Something that exceeds even our wildest dreams.”
In a flashforward sequence during   our ’90s story — or, as you may also   know it, the   present day — Kate (Chrissy Metz) announced to Toby (Chris Sullivan) that she’d like to become a singer, following the dreams that her young (and older)   mother had, and Kevin (Justin Hartley) jetted   off to a meeting with   Ron Howard about   a movie in L.A., which would take him away from Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge) in New York. And then also myself being a father of two and on the precipice of wanting to expand my family or not expand my family, it’s a conversation that my wife and I have all the time.

Watch President Trump’s rally in Nashville live

The rally, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Speaking at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Trump is expected to deliver remarks on repealing Obamacare in favor of the American Health Care Act, the Republican health care bill, according to the Tennessean. Watch a live stream of the rally below. President Donald Trump will hold a rally on Wednesday in Nashville following an appearance in Detroit earlier in the day. This is Trump’s second rally since he was sworn in as president just under two months ago. The president is also expected to address school choice, as Nashville is at the center of the debate over publicly funded versus privately run charter schools. (EST), coincides with former President Andrew Jackson’s 250th birthday. Show Full Article Trump is a noted fan of Jackson — his portrait hangs in the Oval Office — and the president will visit Jackson’s tomb at The Hermitage to lay a wreath ahead of the rally later in the evening.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Sarah Drew previews Japril the Sequel

She tells him what he needs to hear in the moment, and she’s not needing anything in return from him.”
“I love this episode,” Drew continues. On Thursday, Grey’s Anatomy presents Japril: The Sequel, a follow-up to last season’s Japril: The Movie episode, which took a Momento-like approach to chronicling the origins of Jackson (Jesse Williams) and April’s (Sarah Drew) relationship all the way to their untimely divorce. “There’s a girl who needs a throat transplant, and it’s too delicate for her to be moved and brought here, so we go out there,” Drew tells EW. “It’s totally different,” Drew says of the sequel. “The episode starts with them in a pretty contentious place, snipping at each other and fighting with one another,” Drew says. She’s just taking it and is getting more and more frustrated with him until she discovers the reason behind all of this behavior, which is that he’s here to find his father. We’re forced to be in the same space, working on a case together, in an unfamiliar location without any distractions or any of the normal life stuff surrounding us.”
April, however, doesn’t know about Jackson’s intentions to meet his father, leading to tense moments between the former couple. Show Full Article “It was supposed to be Meredith Grey [with Jackson], but then Catherine Avery puts April up to be there instead. So often in our history together, April has been the one to spin out of control, and Jackson’s been the one to try to pull her back and ground her. This is an opportunity for the roles to be reversed. “He’s especially distracted, especially cold, and especially short with her. April happens to be there, along for the ride, and throughout the journey of the episode, it does become a little bit about the two of them, but it’s mostly about something that Jackson is going through.”

During the hour, Jackson and April head to Montana to treat a patient, but Jackson has ulterior motives — he wants   to meet his estranged father. Could Jackson and April be on the way to reconciliation? “She knows him better than anybody else, and she can read him pretty well. ET on ABC. It puts to rest all of that stuff.”
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So, will the sequel offer hope for Japril fans? She also can meet his needs before he knows to ask for them; we get to see that play out in this episode. “It’s a pretty neat opportunity to see another dynamic between the two of them. I love it, because it’s an opportunity for April to really show up for him in a way I don’t think she has for him before.”
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. “She shows up really as a rock for him,” Drew says. “Stylistically, it’s totally different, and this one is really more about Jackson.

‘The Blacklist: Redemption’ star addresses that Scottie twist

It would be so much easier if he could just confront it all, but having to remain in the shadows like this is hard. It’s great. Though The Blacklist: Redemption was surprisingly willing to tell fans early on that Scottie Hargrave is actually Tom Keen’s mother, the Blacklist spin-off threw in a new twist. That is something that would be addressed on The Blacklist. EW turned to Eggold for answers. Is Scottie his mother? I don’t know where we’re headed. I don’t know what his plans are for how she’s doing with that. So, what’s really going on here? Yeah, he’s definitely being pushed to his limits. ET on NBC. After Tom (Ryan Eggold) recently infiltrated a Russian training camp, in which operatives were given plastic surgery to look identical to their American marks, Howard Hargrave (Terry O’Quinn) shared his suspicions that Scottie (Famke Janssen) was never the same after their son disappeared — as in, she could’ve been replaced by a Russian operative in that same fashion. Or is she an imposter? It will certainly leave it in an interesting place to pick it up if we go ahead. Show Full Article How is Tom handling that? The Blacklist: Redemption airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. I can tell you that I did a scene with Megan [Boone] the other day for Redemption, so we saw each other on this show, which is very fun because they hadn’t seen each other in so long. He’s definitely very nervous about it. How torn does Tom feel between his two parents? Or does he suspect that his father may actually be crazy? What does Redemption mean for Tom’s future? Yeah, I think that’s probably the hope, that the story can continue and that there will be more episodes, but, at this point, having aired three episodes, we have no idea what the future holds. It’s taking its toll. Will it be addressed soon how Liz and Agnes are doing without Tom? It’s really going along and all of a sudden the rug is pulled out from under everybody, the world spins and everything is upside down. I think it would be heartbreaking, but it would also be a relief, to be honest, because then his mother is not some monstrous person with this plan to betray her country in some sort of nefarious attempt at whatever it is that they’re planning — or this double of hers is planning. Pretty far. If he had to pick a side right now, it’s probably his father only because his father is the one giving him more information, and Scottie still apparently doesn’t even know that he’s her son, so they can’t even really have an honest conversation. He’s pretty freaked out. Scottie is getting closer to uncovering the truth that Tom is her son. He doesn’t know how to proceed. I don’t know, both his parents are f—ing crazy, I don’t know how he’s still doing it. They’re both asking so much of him and not giving him that much in return. Check out an exclusive sneak peek from Thursday’s episode below. How do you think Scottie would feel if she found out the truth? That’s his dilemma is that he’s caught in the middle and he’s trying to figure out which one of these truths is the real one. It would almost be a relief that maybe there is good in her and maybe he can have a relationship with this woman. Also, again, she would probably be relieved that her son is alive, he’s here, she’s found him. Does Tom actually believe that? If she is that, then it would certainly clarify his feelings toward her. It will definitely be present, it won’t just go away. To what lengths will he go to try to verify the truth? I think she would be pretty upset, pretty betrayed. I know that I am going back to Blacklist for at least one episode toward the end of the season. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So the show started off by saying Scottie is his mother, but now it looks like Scottie may have basically been body-snatched. I think there has to be answers soon about who is telling the truth and who is lying, or he’s just going to combust. They’re missing the person for the first time in a long time. It’s pushed pretty far. RYAN EGGOLD: I think he’s caught in the middle and he doesn’t know what to believe. I hope it is addressed. Does the first season end in a way where there’s potential for more? I don’t know when that is yet, but that relationship will be explored on Blacklist again later this season. Their relationships are certainly beyond tested. I don’t know what [executive producer-creator Jon Bokenkamp’s] plans are. How would Tom feel if she really isn’t his mother, but an imposter? At the end of the season, it all starts coming out. I know that the story really breaks wide open in episodes 7 and 8. They’re bonded by both their relationship and their child together, so there was a lot of weight in there, and they’re reconnecting. It’s a double-edged sword in that way.

Musicians v. presidents: 16 songs that take on Trump, Bush, and more

The animated and apocalyptic clip features a soldier returning from Iraq to his family only to be sent back to the war thanks to the younger Bush’s decision to deploy more troops to the area during his presidency. (Good job, Stevie!) Wonder pleads for truth and sings about being sick of listening to politicians’ lies, all set to the backdrop of an uptempo beat. presidents earlier this week when he dropped the video for “Lavender” starring a man dressed up as a clown version of Donald Trump… who is then shot in the head with a fake gun by Snoop himself (and, no, the president is not happy about it). heightened. —ERB 

Show Full Article In her note, she noted that failing to do so would “send the final message to our nation that the Obama administration brutally punished moral courage in these unforgiving United States.” Her song’s lyrics, such as “When you were elected / The world cried for joy / We thought we had empowered / The truth-telling envoy,” allude to the hope many carried into the Obama administration, yet seem to have lost during its course. —CH 
“Obama,” Anohni (2016)
As a means of aligning herself with the ACLU’s efforts to commute the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, Anohni released “Obama” and penned a letter to the president, urging him to help Manning. —JG
“FDT,” YG (2016)
Trump came into the 2016 presidential campaign swinging. President (Have Pity on the Working Man),” Randy Newman (1974)
“Mr. —Ruth Kinane
“Mr. on the chorus, you can take on any tyrant. —ERB
“American Idiot” and “Holiday,” Green Day (2004)
Though “American Idiot” and “Holiday” are the only American Idiots tracks directly linked to the political atmosphere of the early 21st century, the band pulled no punches with either: Four-time Grammy-nominated “American Idiot” targets the more gullible sect of the population, specifically focusing on propaganda, while “Holiday” has been described by Billie Joe Armstrong as the band’s way of saying “f— you” to George W. The video ends with a group of protestors (including Eminem) yelling at the then-president. The politician drew cheers by quoting Jay Z during his 2008 campaign, and Young Jeezy later celebrated Obama’s historic victory in that race with the jubilant “My President.” But as Obama’s term went on and it became clear he was going to perpetuate the War on Terror and other Bush-era policies rather than end them, more and more rappers became bolder in their criticism. He quickly made it clear he was prepared to denigrate and mock anyone who stood in his way, from Mexican immigrants to John McCain. Still, Snoop’s refusal to utter Trump’s name didn’t stop the sitting president from tweeting that the “failing” rapper would’ve faced “jail time” had he released such a video about Obama. But while the cut’s music video explicitly takes on the president, with Snoop holding a fake gun to the head of one Ronald Klump, its lyrics tackle broader grievances, like mass incarceration and the case for reparations. But 1989’s “Rockin’ in the Free World,” released less than a year after George H.W. Killer Mike takes a buzzsaw to all of that. While Miller made sure to emphatically distance himself from Trump’s then-ongoing “birther” crusade against Barack Obama, the song itself is light on political criticism, and never even mentions Trump’s name outside the chorus. The lesson here? But just to say something that needed to be said.” —Ariana Bacle
“Dear Mr. Gloomy, yes, but it certainly sent a clear message to participate in politics by voting — and unleashed a roaring rallying cry to bring the country’s troops home. It is a powerful brand, after all — powerful enough to get Mac Miller on the Billboard 100 chart and Donald Trump in the White House. Kaytranada & Snoop Dogg),” BadBadNotGood (2017)
Snoop’s fresh verses complete “Lavender,” a collaboration between BadBadNotGood and Kaytranada originally released as an instrumental last year. / And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay?” She also takes a shot at the president’s partying past, belting, “You’ve come a long way from whiskey and cocaine.” —AB
“F— You,” Lily Allen (2009)
Allen’s ironically peppy song, which you might have caught in an Avenue Q-esque cover during the first Pitch Perfect film, has been described by the singer as targeting “George W. Lupe later tried to play this song live at an inaugural event for Obama’s 2012 re-election and got pulled off the stage — essentially proving the entire point of the song and video. On this 2011 track, Lupe called Obama out for his foreign policy (“Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say s— / That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either”), while the music video portrayed a gagged culture that prohibited meaningful criticism of the country’s “cool” president. He doesn’t utter the president’s name on the caustic track, but Bush is unmistakably his subject: “We got a kinder, gentler machine gun hand,” Young snarls, mocking Bush’s hollow 1988 campaign pledge to bring about a “kinder, gentler nation.” —Eric Renner Brown
“Ronnie, Talk to Russia,” Prince (1981)
One of the iconic musician’s first forays into politics, off 1981’s Controversy, is blunt in its criticism of Ronald Reagan. Music, Mike destroys the Reagan myth, reminding listeners of the immiseration and devastation that the so-called “Great Communicator” inflicted on America’s inner cities and most vulnerable populations. —CH
“Reagan,” Killer Mike (2012)
Years after his death, Reagan remains a powerful figure in American politics. Then the catchy Jackson Five-sung chorus kicks in, inviting the audience to dance along as they support the song’s political statement. With Michael Jackson and co. President,” Pink (2006)
Pink teamed up with the Indigo Girls for the dejected “Dear Mr. Although YG had specific criticisms to make (“black students, ejected from your rally, what?”), he couldn’t stop himself from telling Trump that, simply, “I really don’t like you!” —CH
“Lavender (feat. “The whole point was to have like a commercial more than it was a song — I don’t think it’s a particularly good song. “You Haven’t Done Nothin’,” Stevie Wonder (1974)
The ‘70s funk track takes aim at Richard Nixon, who resigned over the Watergate scandal two days after the song’s release in 1974. Snoop Dogg carried on a long tradition of musicians roasting U.S. Bush, who, by the way, I’m quite happy isn’t president anymore.” She made that proclamation during a 2009 concert in Los Angeles, where the song’s chorus — “F— you very much” — was met with supportive middle fingers from the crowd. On this unforgettable cut from his 2012 comeback album R.A.P. Bush took office, may be Young’s political high-water mark. Bush. —JG
“Mosh,” Eminem (2004)
The rapper’s protest song not only featured lyrics as inflammatory as “Stomp, push shove, mush / F— Bush! Here, we look back at 16 songs that called out presidents, ranging from Stevie Wonder criticizing Richard Nixon in 1974’s “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” to Lily Allen directing a simple “F— You” at George W. It is, instead, a perfect encapsulation of how Trump has existed in pop culture over the last few decades: a famous name, a glitzy brand that marked wealth and excess. —RK
“When the President Talks to God,” Bright Eyes (2005)
Frontman Conor Oberst imagines what would go down in a conversation between Bush and God in this “First Day of My Life” B-side, which features scathing lyrics like, “Does he ask to rape our women’s rights and send poor farm kids off to die?” “I was extremely angry after Bush got re-elected,” Oberst told Vanity Fair in 2011. Trump’s whole problem with the song, in fact, seemed to center on Miller using his name in this way without permission. —JG
“Donald Trump,” Mac Miller (2011)
Miller’s “Donald Trump” dates from the era before Trump’s every tweet was a national news story, when the current president was just starting to get involved in politics. President,” a stripped-down, guitar-driven song that questions Bush’s policies and actions with lyrics like, “What kind of father would take his own daughter’s rights away? / Until they bring our troops home,” but it had an accompanying politically charged video to boot. Listen and read along below. Conservatives worship him, but even Democratic Party leaders like Obama discuss Reagan approvingly in speeches and campaigns. “Ronnie, talk to Russia, before it’s too late,” Prince sings, “before they blow up the world.” His plea — which contains the clever wordplay “You go to the zoo, but you can’t feed guerillas” — arrived months into Reagan’s first term, as Cold War tensions between America and the U.S.S.R. With a verse like, “Maybe you’re cheatin’ / Maybe you’re lyin’ / Maybe you have lost your mind / Maybe you only think about yourself,” Newman is referencing Nixon’s notorious history with “the truth.” The song as a whole alludes to the 1973 oil crisis and its consequences, as Newman is asking Nixon to help those who suffered financially as a result with lyrics like “It’s getting hard to make a living” and “People everywhere are running out of money.” —Jami Ganz
“Rockin’ in the Free World,” Neil Young (1989)
The Canadian rock legend had an extensive first act railing against the president of his adopted country, taking on Richard Nixon in 1970’s “Ohio” and mocking the politician days after he resigned with “Goodbye Dick,” which he played during an August 1974 Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young concert. Bush in 2004. President (Have Pity on the Working Man),” off 1974’s Good Old Boys, is a direct call-out to Nixon, whose presidential term ended the month prior to the release. It didn’t take long for pop culture to start hitting him back: YG’s single “FDT” was about as succinct a statement of animosity as any Trump opponent could hope for. —Christian Holub
“Words I Never Said,” Lupe Fiasco (2011)
Rappers didn’t always know what to make of Obama. But Mike doesn’t stop there; by the end of the song, he’s indicted Reagan’s presidential successors like Obama and the Bushes by name for the same crimes.

John Krasinski, Emily Blunt starring together in thriller ‘A Quiet Place’

Scott Beck and Bryan Woods wrote the original script for A Quiet Place, with Krasinski rewriting. Blunt is currently in production on Mary Poppins Returns, starring as the practically perfect nanny in the upcoming Disney sequel. Show Full Article He previously directed Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and The Hollars, but this will mark his first time heading up a major studio film — and his first time appearing on screen opposite Blunt. Paramount and Platinum Dunes are handling production, and Michael Bay is   among the producers. Krasinski will next be seen in Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled film about the Detroit riots, and he’s also starring as Jack Ryan in Amazon’s upcoming series. The husband-and-wife duo have signed on to star in the upcoming supernatural thriller   A Quiet Place, with Krasinski set to write and direct. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are teaming up on screen.

Ivana Trump to publish ‘Raising Trump’ in September

“Every day, people ask me how I raised such great kids,” Ivana said in a release. Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric will also contribute their own memories to the book. Raising Trump will be published September 12. I was a tough and loving mother who taught them the value of a dollar, not to lie, cheat or steal, respect for others, and other life lessons that I’ll share now in Raising Trump.”
The book, which publisher Gallery Books   calls “non-partisan” and “non-political,”   will chart   Ivana’s journey   from communist Czechoslovakia to America,   as well as her children’s lives, from their upbringing to   becoming the First Family. Ivana Trump, the first wife of President Donald Trump, will   publish her memoir,   Raising Trump,   this September. “They are truly amazed when I tell them that there was no magic to their upbringing. In the book, Ivana takes a look back at her life, including her romance with the real estate mogul, and, in particular, the experience of raising and being the primary caregiver to their children, Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric. Show Full Article

‘Gins-burned!’ Celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s birthday with Kate McKinnon’s ‘SNL’ sketches

After responding to worries about her age and status as the oldest justice on the bench, she summed up the morning routine that keeps her “spry”: “100 push-ups, 100 laps in the bathtub, and then I do my   P90X, where I pee 90 times.”
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2. ‘Baby Gap!’ Nobody’s safe from the fire, not even me! 28, 2015 edition of Weekend Update. McKinnon plays the justice as an energetic, foul-mouthed cartoon who loves nothing more than to diss her opponents and drop the mic. That’s due to several factors, from her status as a feminist icon to ubiquitous   “Notorious R.B.G.” t-shirts, but by far the funniest element fueling Ginsburg’s place in the zeitgeist has been Kate McKinnon’s impressions of her on   Saturday Night Live. Weekend Update debut
McKinnon first spoofed Ginsburg on the Feb. metro area.”

Show Full Article 1. And by ‘apple’ I mean pure human growth hormone. And if that doesn’t work, I’ve hidden Horcruxes in all the Talbots in the D.C. In celebration of Ginsburg’s birthday Wednesday, take a look back at some of McKinnon’s funniest portrayals. She even shared her priceless health regimen: “I’m eating an apple to keep Ben Carson away. After dissing the state of Kentucky, McKinnon ended up burning herself in response to Colin Jost’s question about written briefs: “You know what’s written on my briefs? After the election
After Trump’s surprise upset in the 2016 election, McKinnon’s Ginsburg stopped by   SNL‘s powerful post-election episode to explain that she wouldn’t be retiring from the Supreme Court any time soon. On marriage equality
McKinnon returned to Weekend Update on May 2, 2015 to dish out more “Gins-burns” about the Supreme Court’s then-ongoing marriage equality case. I just got Gins-burned!”

3. Checking in with Trump and   the RNC
SNL dialed its political coverage up a notch during the 2016 campaign, sending its Weekend Update team to cover the Republican and Democratic political conventions from the ground. At age 84, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the Supreme Court’s biggest viral media star. McKinnon’s Ginsburg stopped by the RNC edition to spit-fire at the convention’s star, who had recently dissed the real-life justice: “If my mind is shot, then Donald Trump’s mind is shot, stabbed, strangled, put in a vat of wet cement, and dumped in the Gowanus Canal. His mind is sleeping with the fishes, but it’s waking up to a Gins-burn.”