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As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, Mike Bloomberg essentially entered the 2020 race last Friday, making him the 187th Democrat to do so. This largely came as a surprise, given that in March 2019, the former New York City mayor had announced that he would not run for president after internal polling had suggested he had little chance of winning the Democratic nomination, particularly with the similarly moderate Joe Biden in the race. Now that Bloomberg has changed his mind, is the former vice president worried about the threat Bloomberg poses to his path to the White House? Not exactly!

According to the Hill, longtime Biden allies have expressed little concern about Bloomberg’s decision to jump in the race, with one calling the bid “laughable,” which is generally not the reaction candidates hope for. “He had no chance when he was flirting with a bid and he has even less of a chance now,” said this friend of the Biden camp, noting that the former vice president has deep support with African Americans and that Bloomberg is unlikely to pick off any of those votes, given his embrace of “stop and frisk” policies while serving as mayor, which disproportionately discriminated against African American and Hispanic people. “No one wins the nomination unless they secure these voters,” the ally said. “Bloomberg is far from it.” Adam Parkhomenko, a Democratic strategist who hasn’t endorsed any candidate, told reporter Amie Parnes that literally no one should view Bloomberg as a threat. “Do people actually think Bloomberg will have support? I don’t think the undecideds have been sitting on the fence waiting for Mike Bloomberg to enter the race,” he said. “I don’t think Bloomberg is going to make or break anyone in this primary.”

While Democratic strategist Brad Bannon cautioned that the Biden camp should take the ex-mayor seriously, saying “there’s only room for one moderate in this race and Bloomberg threatens Biden’s status as the centrist standard-bearer,” Biden himself appears unconcerned. “In terms of [Bloomberg] running because of me, the last polls I looked at, I’m pretty far ahead,” he told reporters in New Hampshire. “If I’m not mistaken, I’m doing pretty well both relative to Trump and relative to all the people running in the Democratic primary.” (On Monday, a Quinnipiac poll of New Hampshire voters put the former V.P. in the lead with 20% support, followed by Elizabeth Warren with 16% and Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders at 15% and 14%, respectively.)

Also apparently unenthused by Bloomberg’s bid? His own allies, though they do see it portending bad news for Biden. “I don’t see how this doesn’t hand the nomination to Warren,” a Manhattan financier and a longtime Bloomberg supporter told New York magazine. “I don’t see how this isn’t the most destructive thing he could possibly do.”

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Mia Will Do Whatever It Takes To Get Her Dad Back on Arrow

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Two episodes down, three to go. 

The second part of Crisis on Infinite Earths just aired, and things aren’t looking good for the multiverse in any way, shape, or form. First, we lost a whole bunch of beloved superheroes and universes, and then we lost the whole of Earth-38, minus a couple billion people who were saved via spaceship. We also lost Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who died trying to save those billions of people. 

But of course, Oliver’s friends and family weren’t going to just let him stay dead. Tonight, Barry, Mia, Sara, and Constantine headed out in search of lazarus pits in other universes, and they found one! Oliver’s body is now alive, but his soul has yet to be returned, despite Constantine’s best efforts. And honestly, how lame would it have been if Oliver had been brought back to life so quickly anyway? 

Mia and Barry have really been leading the charge in trying to get the Green Arrow back, and while yes, there are magical pits involved, Kat McNamara says we’re also just watching real grief. 

“It really is the stages of grief,” she told us. “There’s the shock and the denial and the anger and the guilt and all of these things, and you see Mia go through it all during this crossover. It’s really interesting to see her be so emotional in so many ways, because it’s not something that we’re really familiar with seeing out of Mia. She’s surrounded by strangers, for the most part, in one of the most dramatic moments of her life. She’s literally on another planet while the entire earth has been pulled out from underneath her. It’s a lot to process, and it’s a lot to deal with, but in true Queen-Smoak fashion, she’s pulled herself up by her bootstraps and tried to handle it in the best way that she can.” 

She’s also dealing with the legacy her father just gifted her, by giving her her own Green Arrow suit in part one. 

“You really do get to see those vulnerable moments from her, from the time she gets the suit and starts to really understand what it means, to the time that Oliver actually breathes his last breath. She’s fighting for him, and she’s resisting this, because she’s not ready. She’s not ready to take on the mantle. She doesn’t think she knows what to do with it. And she doesn’t think it’s her time or her place to take over the legacy that she’s come to have so much respect for in fighting alongside her father for this amount of time.” 

Putting that suit on is a major moment for any actor and probably any superhero, and McNamara said it made her feel so grateful to be a part of such an “iconic” story. 

“When you’re standing there on set surrounded by a couple folks with the big S on their chest and maybe somebody with a bat on their chest, you look around and you go, this is really special, and it’s really a moment that I’m gonna remember for the rest of my life, and makes me really grateful that I get to do something like this for my job.” 

So what’s next for the new Green Arrow as she’s grieving the loss of the former Green Arrow? From the sound of it, some very extreme measures and a little help from her dad’s best friend. 

“Diggle and Mia will go to any lengths to exhaust any option they have to save Oliver,” McNamara teases. “And whatever they have to do, whatever sacrifice they have to make, no matter how risky, they will do it. And we’ll see what the outcome of that is and what the cost of that is and what the cost of that is, but they certainly go to extreme lengths to try to remedy this.”  

She says they believe there’s “gotta be a way around this,” especially given the fact that Sara Lance is standing right there, and she’s very successfully come back from the dead. 

“You know, we have aliens and godlike beings and all these other things surround them. There has got to be a way. The Monitor has already taken her mother from her, and Mia will be damned if she’s going to let the Monitor take her father too. She will do anything to get him back, and fight anyone, and take on any obstacle, and go any distance, and that’s something that really speaks to the fact that whether or not she knows it, Mia is ready to take on her father’s legacy, and she is ready to carry on the mantle as it were.” 

As McNamara points out, we’ve known Oliver’s death was coming for months now, but few probably expected it to come so early on in the crossover, which is all part of the creators keeping us on our toes. 

“I heard [Stephen Amell] and [executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz] and everybody talk a lot about this, sort of given that, you know, the Monitor predicted this to come to pass so long ago, they had to figure out some way to keep it exciting for audiences,” she says. “So that’s the sort of the mechanism of having this event happen so early on in the crossover. What you’re expecting to happen happens, but now what? There’s so much crossover left and the dilemma still isn’t solved. So now, what do we do?” 

We’ll find out tomorrow at 8 p.m. on The CW. 





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Simon Cowell’s Business Is Booming Despite America’s Got Talent Investigation

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As NBC continues its investigation into what transpired on America’s Got Talent before Gabrielle Union’s exit late last month, all eyes have reportedly landed on Simon Cowell—but the scrutiny does not appear to be doing any damage to Cowell’s business. This week marks the premiere of Cowell’s new series, The X Factor: The Band, and according to Deadline, Cowell is also nearing a record five-year deal with ITV for Britain’s Got Talent.

Tensions reportedly rose on the set of America’s Got Talent as Union, who joined the cast as a judge in February, voiced concerns over inappropriate and racist humor on set; Union was also reportedly told multiple times that her hairstyles were “too black.” NBC insisted at first in a statement that Union’s exit from the show, along with fellow first-timer judge Julianne Hough, was simply a routine switch-up for a show accustomed to cycling its cast in and out. But as criticism mounted, the network later released another statement, writing, “We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate.” Union and NBC did meet last week, and the discussion reportedly centered on Cowell. (Simon Cowell has not responded to multiple requests for comment from VF in recent weeks.)

Still, it appears Cowell’s collaborators at Britain’s ITV are not backing away from him; Deadline reports that Cowell’s upcoming Britain’s Got Talent deal will be the longest he’s ever sealed with the broadcaster, and promotion for X Factor: The Band, has continued apace ahead of its premiere Monday. Representatives for ITV, X Factor, and Britain’s Got Talent did not immediately respond to VF‘s request for comment.

In the wake of emerging reports regarding Gabrielle Union’s time at America’s Got Talent, two former judges spoke out against the show’s work environment. Howard Stern, who served as a judge on the show for four seasons ahead of his exit in 2015, said last week that the show was the “ultimate example of a boys’ club,” while Sharon Osbourne, whose tenure ran from 2007 to 2012, said that she was paid less than her male colleagues, who also seemed to receive perks that she did not. Following their meeting last week, both Union and NBC have described the meeting as “productive.” The Peacock is now planning a “further investigation to get a deeper understanding of the facts.” Cowell, meanwhile, has retained Larry Stein, high-powered Los Angeles attorney whose former celebrity clients include Peter Jackson and David Duchovny.

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