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Getting their kicks: Actress Natalie Portman, Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian launch women’s pro soccer team in LA

July 23, 2020

The National Women’s Soccer League has awarded its latest expansion franchise to an ownership group led by Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman and Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Fox Business News reports.

The Los Angeles-based franchise, tentatively named Angel City, is scheduled to begin play in spring 2022. Ohanian’s firm Initialized Capital led the investment in the expansion team.

“Today we take an exciting step by announcing the first women majority-owned and led ownership group,” Portman said in a statement. “I am thrilled by the opportunity to partner with this incredible group of people to bring a professional women’s soccer team to Los Angeles.  Together, we aim to build not only a winning team on the field, but also to develop a passionately loyal fan base.”

Aside from Portman and Ohanian, the star-studded investment group behind Angel City includes venture capitalist Kara Nortman, entrepreneur Julie Uhrman, tennis superstar Serena Williams and former U.S. women’s national soccer team standout Mia Hamm. Ohanian and Williams are married.

The majority-female group also includes several prominent actresses, including Jennifer Garner, Jessica Chastain, Uzo Aduba and Eva Longoria, Fox Business notes.

The team is expected to finalize its name and home stadium by the end of the year.

“I am proud to be a part of this wonderful group working to bring a women’s professional football club to Los Angeles,” Ohanian said. “Chiefly, because I’m a fan of the game, but also because I believe there is massive potential for the sport and it’s been undervalued by too many people for far too long. As someone who spends hours kicking around a football with my two-year-old daughter, I want her to have a front row seat to this revolution.”

Angel City will be the NWSL’s 11th franchise and its first based in California. Another expansion franchise, Racing Louisville FC, is expected to begin play in 2021.

NWSL attendance surged last year following the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s victory in the FIFA World Cup. The league was forced to suspend its 2020 season in March due to the coronavirus pandemic but resumed play in June.

Research contact: @FoxBusiness

Pretty, pretty good: Larry David narrates the ‘Go the F**k to Sleep’ sequel for grownups

September 20, 2019

When the news broke that Larry Davidbest known for his writing, producing, and acting on the TV series Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm—would be narrating Adam Mansbach’s latest profanity-filled “bedtime story for adults,” most people thought the casting choice was, umm … “Pretty, pretty good.”

Mansbach is the author behind blunt parenting favorites “Go the F**k to Sleep” and “You Have to F**king Eat.” The third installment in his series of “children’s books for adults” is “F**k, Now There Are Two of You” from UK-based Dreamscape Media—described as “an honest look at the reality of welcoming a second child,” according to a report by HuffPost.

David’s narration is a monologue from a potty-mouthed parent to a firstborn child about the new addition to the family. Given the comedian’s reputation as someone who isn’t overly sentimental about parenthood, it’s a match made in heaven, the news outlet raves.

“When I heard that Larry David was going to voice this book, I jumped up and down with joy—which was awkward, because I was getting a vasectomy at the time,” Mansbach stated in a press release. “David’s a f**king national treasure, and he did just as fantastic a job as you’d expect. I can’t wait for you to hear it.”

Among those who have previously narrated the books are actors Samuel L. Jackson, Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, and LeVar Burton.

Both the print version and audiobook of “F**k, Now There Are Two of You” will be available on October 1.

Research contact: @HuffPost