Newly released images indicate glimpse of life inside Prince’s Paisley Park

( CNN) Images merely released show Paisley Park as a colorful, eclectic space that was the beloved home of Prince, where the hotshot had relaxed, recorded music and threw parties.

The sprawling compound was long the subject of curiosity and is now a permanent museum in Chanhassen on the outskirts of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 65,000 -foot property has tours there.

A Cubs fan appears back at the most epic World Series ever

Chicago Cubs celebrate after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs won 8-7 in ten innings to win the series 4-3.( AP Photo/ Matt Slocum )
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It’s been a little less than a day since the last out was recorded. I’m still not sure if the Chicago Cubs truly won the World Series and I was there to see it, or if it was all some fever dream and, at some moment, I’ll wake up and it will all disappear.

The last two weeks have been one of the more surreal experiences of my life, a blur of tons of baseball, little sleep, and more emotional swingings than I would ever care to have for a lifetime.

But I wouldn’t give any of it up. Not one second of doubt. Not a single moment of agony, surrounded by cheering Cleveland fans from our nosebleed seats at Games 1, 6, and 7.

Because it all led to this.

My wife is a Cleveland native and she comes from a family full of Cleveland sports fans fans I’m now surrounded by as we moved to Cleveland at the beginning of October with no idea of what was to come. There was no way to know then that I’d be in the stands for the first Chicago Cubs World Series game in 71 years and that I’d be there to see the most famous championship drought in athletics come to a dramatic conclusion.

I was luck enough to go Games 1, 6, and 7 in Cleveland and for the others, I stimulated sure to surround myself, either in Cleveland or Chicago, with fellow Cubs friends, people who knew what this mean, people who I could celebrate or commiserate with.

Progressive Field is squeezed into a corner of downtown Cleveland, separated from the Quicken Loan Arena( where the Cleveland Cavaliers play) by a plaza. That plaza was filled every night with raucous Cleveland sports fans, as rabid a fanbase as you’ll find.

It didn’t matter that so many of them didn’t have tickets; they packed into the plaza to watch the game on huge screens.Two World Series games even collided with Cavs games, creating a hysterium of Cleveland athletics, a swirling mass of fans of a beleaguered sports city ready to celebrate a previously unfathomable second major sports championship in six months.

Fans line up for Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series at Progressive Field and the season opener for the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loan Arena Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland.

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Over the course of those games, as the series unfolded in unexpected ways, the Cleveland fan base’s mood shifted notably. Before the Cubs suffered a deflating loss in Game 1, there were friendly, good-natured barb hurled at Cubs fans, jokes that recognise both teams’ long droughts without a championship( Cleveland hasn’t won since 1948 ).

But by Game 6, that tone had changed. Cleveland still resulted the series, but after failing to clinch the series in Game 5, there was a new energy in Cubs fans at Game 6 and the Cleveland faithful were visibly tense. Warm gags was transformed into swearing and threats, there were less “excuse me’s” with concession line jostling, and those bumps had a bit more power behind them.

As the Cubs unleashed an onslaught during Game 6, surrounded by Indians fans, including my aforementioned wife, I kept my galas to a minimum: a quiet fist pump, a nod, and, occasionally, a loud holler I couldn’t contain. There was little chance to celebrate or commiserate with other Cubs fans during the games, though their presence was felt, clumps of royal blue fans letting out yells with each successive run.

Even if you don’t believe in curses, it was hard not to feel the weight of history.

On paper, this series should have been an easy Cubs win. But a talented, depleted Cleveland pitching staff baffled Chicago batters and fans. I drove to Chicago to watch Games 3 and 4 with friends, and the amped crowd at the packed bars we haunted became deflated as video games wore on and the drinks stacked up.

Things felt dire. Deep down, we knew this team was perfectly capable of coming back. But, even if you don’t believe in curses, it was difficult to not to feel the weight of history. That includes the infamous 2003 breakdown. Watching Game 5, I was as nervous for a sporting event as I had ever been and that only increased as the Cubs won and forced a Game 6. And then won again, forcing a Game 7.

I’ve never expended an entire day impression like I’m going to vomiting without actually being sick, but that was my day before Game 7. I paced, I fidgeted, I did anything I could to distract myself from what could happen. A loss would bring unimaginable heartache but a win would bring levels of joy I couldn’t even comprehend.

And then the most epic Game 7 of all time unfolded, a torturous, virtually five-hour slog of constant stress, emotional peaks and valleys, and unbelievable moments. A game so close, so excruciatingly tight that nine innings wasn’t enough.

What felt like certain victory suddenly turned to what seemed to be another meltdown. When Rajai Davis homered in the eighth inning to cap a comeback and affiliation the game, a rejuvenated Cleveland faithful unleashed a deafening roaring that drowned out the stunned Cubs fans who had traveled and packed the stadium, building up maybe a one-third of the crowd.

Somehow, though, at around 12:45 a.m. early Thursday morning, when the final out was stimulated, the team I root for, the team I put too much of my own happiness and well-being into, the Chicago Cubs, had won.

The impossible was possible, unicorns were real, and nothing induced sense in the best possible way.

And I felt the ache of Cleveland fans; I’ve been the fan slumped back in the seat, shaking my head in incredulity, as the other team celebrates on the field. I’ve felt so low I never wanted to talk to anyone or watch sports ever again.

Dejected Cleveland fans after the Chicago Cubs won Game 7 of the World Series in an 8-7, 10 inning thriller

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But, ultimately, for Cubs fans, it was our turn to rejoice. My colleague Josh Dickey says this victory is the worst thing to happen for Cubs fans because now we lose our identity as the “lovable losers.” With all due respect to Josh, I am more than happy to give away that identity in exchange for this, this joy and happiness that no living Cubs fan has ever known.

As the celebration continued on-field, my spouse and I made our way to center field to meet some friends, Cubs fans like me, and I hugged and high-fived every Cubs fan I find, grinning like an idiot.

At some point, while standing on top of the center field wall, watching the post-game revelries and soaking in the cheers and chants of the thousands of Cubs fans, it began to rain again, but even harder. It never relented.

As fans around us scattered and my spouse and friends stimulated for shelter, I merely stood there, looking at the celebration on the field, looking at the stadium, and trying to figure out if it was all a dream, if this had really happened to this squad and I was there to witness it.

Game 7 of the 2016 World Series should go down as one of the greatest games of all time and the emotional roller coaster for fans of both sides is unequal to anything I’ve ever seen: the momentum swingings, the despair followed by hope followed by unimaginable tension in the form of a rainfall delay.

It’s hard not to wonder, “Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we set ourselves through this for a game? ” But looking at all of the Cubs fans who traveled from far away and paid gobs of money just to be in the stadium where it all happened, to see this moment … those doubts faded.

I simply stood there, soaked by the sheets of rain and not giving a damn at all. It didn’t matter. All that mattered was how good it felt to see the Cubs win, how good it felt to be there, how good it felt for that rainfall to wash away 108 years of disappointment, failing, and annoyance, and to feel like things are starting anew.

Even if this means another 108 years before the next championship, so be it. It was all worth it for this one night.

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Jared Leto gunning for another Oscar with Andy Warhol biopic

The Oscar winner is teaming with individual producers of “Fifty Shades of Grey” and the writer of “The Wolf of Wall Street” on the project .
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LOS ANGELES After playing the Joker in Suicide Squad , Oscar winner Jared Leto is set to tackle another pop culture icon, as he has signed on to play Andy Warhol in an upcoming biopic titled Warhol , Mashable has confirmed.

Leto is teaming with Michael De Luca ( Fifty Shades of Grey ) to create the movie, which will be written by Boardwalk Empire inventor Terence Winter. Leto and De Luca have already acquired the rights to Victor Bockris’ 1989 volume Warhol: The Biography , which will serve as the basis of Winter’s script.

According to the Hollywood Reporter , which broke the Warhol news, the project will be aimed at mainstream audiences rather than the arthouse crowd.

Best known for turning Campbell’s soup cans and Coca-Cola bottles into high art, Warhol also founded an art studio called The Mill that generated music and movies in the 1960 s. The New York socialite was a regular at Studio 54 and he worked closely with artists ranging from the Velvet Underground to Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Warhol died in his sleep in 1987 while he was retrieving from routine gallbladder surgery. His family sued the hospital for medical malpractice and eventually determined for an undisclosed sum of money.

Leto has played gay characters before, having won an Oscar for his turn as an AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club . He’s currently filming the Blade Runner sequel with Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.

De Luca has had success make-up movies about real people, such as Moneyball , Captain Phillips and The Social Network . The same can be said for Winter, who earned an Oscar nomination for writing The Wolf of Wall Street .

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VFILES launches its first crowdsourced publication, ‘WOMB’

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At a period when magazines are folding, one is being birthed.

VFILES, the New York-based Web portal, app and retail store with a user-base mostly composed of the representatives of Generation Z, simply announced it was launching its first-ever magazine.

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The publication in question is aptly called, WOMB , one that delves into youth culture through the purveyors themselves. The entire magazine was crowdsourced from VFILES users and fans from vfiles.com.

“A womb is literally where we all came from, it’s the start, it’s a common denominator that everyone has, ” Julie Anne Quay, VFILES founder, told Mashable .

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Its first issue of the quarterly, composed of 104 pages is called, “We’ve Got Issues, ” and has little to no editorial text. Rather, it’s composed of the representatives of images from novelists, stylists, photographers, makeup artists, hairdressers and models from the platform.

Quay says that it’s not because youth don’t like reading, just that the goal is more a visual publication and dialogue.

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“Pictures tell hundreds of thousands of words, ” she told. “We don’t want to set terms in people’s mouths and what we think of this and that. Instead, their images are published on beautiful, luxurious paper to celebrate their perspectives. It’s a really personal thing.”

WOMB comes with a handful of well-known figures within the downtown scene. They include co-founder and editor-in-chief Kevin Amato, influential social starrings like Luka Sabbat as a curatorial director at large and vocalist CL and Will.I.Am as contributors. Calvin Klein was onboard to finance the endeavor.

“I wanted to create a project that focused on emerging and undiscovered talent, ” said Amato to Mashable , who’s casting credentials range from Hood By Air to HBO and the VMAs, among others. “Young artists have limited subsistence, limited resources and no fund. [ WOMB ] isimportant because it’s the voice of our future. Gen Z is somewhat more removed from real life shit, communicate more with hands than voice, yet the objective is style smarter, progressive, more educated and exposed to more than past generations.”

Image: luka sabbat/ vfiles

Instead of a lucrative endeavor ( WOMB is free ), Quay says it’s more a festivity of VFILE’S talented community. The same portal, after all, is where decorators are detected for the brand’s annual runway show in September. It’s also a style for older generations to understand the youths of today, Quay says.

“Youth culture is leading the world, ” she said. “The older generation has no clue. To see how these kids are pushing culture forward is an inspiring thing. It’s a glimpse into their world from their perspectives.”

Before launch, Quay told VFILES sent out a survey to its 200,000 active users. It asked its youths about various topics including: health, identity, relationships, love, violence, style, abhor, economics, among others.

“Media runs around and pretends life is one thing and another, it’s not honest, ” Quay says. “This is raw and uncomfortable at times. But it’s truly what these young people are thinking about.”

Amato said the magazine was all about freedom and providing the tools necessary to be creative.

Before the launch, Amato said he dedicated 50 disposable cameras to VFILES users. They took their photos from their own vantage points and sent them in for submissions.

“Each artist and contributor is present in their work , not a spectator, ” Amato said. “I hear people talk about the youth. ‘Do it for the youth.. blah blah buy my product.’ WOMB is the realest way to give the youth a voice, resources and exposure while respecting and distinguishing all calibers of talent on an even playing field.

“Oh, and WOMB is free.”

WOMB is now on newsstands and available on VFILES.com.

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Leon Russell, member of Rock& Roll Hall of Fame, dies at 74

( CNN) Leon Russell, who emerged as a stone ‘n’ roll star in the 1970 s after running behind the scenes as a conference pianist for other musicians, succumbed Sunday in Nashville, his wife Janet Bridges told CNN. He was 74.

Russell died in his sleep, his wife said in a statement posted on his website . Honey Bridges, his daughter, told CNN he was regaining from a quadruple bypass when his health took a turn for the worse.

Leon Russell, member of Rock& Roll Hall of Fame, succumbs at 74

( CNN) Leon Russell, who emerged as a rock ‘n’ roll star in the 1970 s after running behind the scenes as a session pianist for other musicians, died Sunday in Nashville, his wife Janet Bridges told CNN. He was 74.

Russell died in his sleep, his wife told in a statement posted on his website . Honey Bridges, his daughter, told CNN he was regaining from a quadruple bypass when his health took a turning for the worse.

Let These 20 Animals Show You Why Adulting Is For The Birds

Having countless responsibilities is the best, isn’t it?

Nope! As kids, we expended so many years wishing that we could be grownups that it’s almost funny to look back at those days in an existence-is-futile, how-did-I-get-here sort of way.

Whether you’re a 20 -something like me who’s simply been dropped into adulthood against her will or a seasoned veteran in the real person department, you know the struggle. Adulting is the worst, and here’s why.

1. The second paycheck of the month magically turns into rent right before your eyes.

2. Expending more than$ 6 on anything fills you with a deep sense of existential dread.

3. You have to live in a city for run, but the only apartment you can afford isn’t actually big enough to house a real human being.

4. Halloween get creepier and less appropriate every year because adulthood is where fun goes to die.

5. The words “health insurance” strike fear into your heart.

6. You can’t just go to the playground and wait out a crisis because you’re “too old” and “you need to go home, or I’m calling the cops.”

7. Your automobile is out to get you at all times.

8. Pretending to be sick and attaining your mommy play along to avoid your responsibilities for the working day is no longer an option.

9. Weekends are less about having fun and more about preparing for the run week ahead in a never-ending cycle because nothing gold can stay.

10. Grocery shopping is a silent killer.

11. Social media starts to feel more like this by the second.

12. You have to make your own appointments.

13. Niceties are thrown to the wind because all anyone genuinely cares about is when you’re getting married and having infants when you can’t even manage paying your own telephone bill yet.

14. Speaking of phone bills, gross.

15. Politics.

16. You have to build your own food but all you typically have on hand is balsamic vinegar, old bread, and donuts.

17. You start realizing that your parents were right…about everything.

18. “No, beer does not counting as a snack, ” is something that you and your depressing bank account have to hear about 30 times a month.

19. Pinterest is quick to remind you that most of your goals are unattainable.

20. You figure out who’s always going to be there for you no matter what, like student loans.

Hey, paying bills might be the worst, but at the least we can find a false sense of agency in eating cheese whiffs for dinner. Small victories, friends. Small victories.

Oh, and wine is a thing that exists. We’re going to be okay.

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Leon Russell, member of Rock& Roll Hall of Fame, dies at 74

( CNN) Leon Russell, who emerged as a stone ‘n’ roll star in the 1970 s after working behind the scenes as a conference pianist for other musicians, succumbed Sunday in Nashville, his wife Janet Bridges told CNN. He was 74.

Russell died in his sleep, his wife said in a statement posted on his website . Honey Bridges, his daughter, told CNN he was recovering from a quadruple bypass when his health took a turning for the worse.

The females Prince loved

( CNN) Prince loved girls. There was no doubt about that. From how he praised them in anthem to his many loves, he truly was an “International Lover.”

But there were three women who were central to his life. One he held as a baby and two he married.