5 Cool Things You Need to Know About Crown & Caliber

Crown & Caliber founder Hamilton Powell came up with the idea of a creating a trustworthy online wristwatch marketplace when listening to a friend complain about trying to sell a Patek Philippe Gondolo. That friend’s options were limited to eBay, Craigslist or, the option he went with, the local pawnshop.

The watch was sold to the pawnshop for $ 5,200, but when the friend walked back through the doors a few weeks later, he noticed the price tag said $ 12,500. Ouch. The fact is, before Crown & Caliber came onto the scene, the business of buying used luxury watches was one seemingly destined to stay fraught with uncertainty. On the authenticity side, even high-profile buyers have admittedly been taken advantage of in the shadowy world of fake Rolexes.

Since launching its website five years ago, the company has helped thousands find the piece of their dreams and sleep soundly in the process, all while building a cool community of collectors. Here’s everything you need to know.

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IT EMPLOYS A TEAM OF SWISS-TRAINED WATCHMAKERS

Once a watch comes through the doors of the Atlanta headquarters, it gets fully inspected by a team of classically trained watchmakers, technicians, and refinishers. The kind of people who love watches so much they would be tinkering with timepieces even if they weren’t getting paid for it. This team of specialists makes sure that each outgoing product is operating to their Swiss-certified standards, is made of authentic parts and, of course, keeps accurate time.

ITS INSTAGRAM WILL SERIOUSLY UPGRADE YOUR FEED

Our social media feed is always in need for more mechanics and less bad food photos, which makes @crownandcaliber an easy click. Expect plenty of desirable wrist candy like the Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi” or the OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra. Not only that, but they also do a great job of spotlighting iconic watch lovers with their favorite pieces, like Buzz Aldrin with his OMEGA Speedmaster or Steve McQueen with his Tag Heuer Monaco.

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IT PRODUCES A SLICK SERIES CALLED “WATCH STORIES”

The artful docu-series profiles people within the diverse watch community, from sportscar racers to auction house heads to chefs, and goes in-depth on the moments and pieces that define them as collectors. Their latest is with renaissance gentleman and Crown & Caliber ambassador Spike Feresten, who hosts one of the most popular automotive podcasts Spike’s Car Radio for Podcast One. Feresten wrote for fellow car enthusiast Jerry Seinfeld on the hit sitcom Seinfeld, and like his old boss he has the kind of car collection that will make any red-blooded man drool. Not to mention a watch collection to match, stocked with racing brands like Rolexes, Tag Heuers, and Tudors.

IT EVEN OFFERS COOL ACCESSORIES BEYOND TIMEPIECES

For most men, spreading your regular watches out on the bureau for selection is a perfectly passable way to display them. But if you are a Crown & Caliber kind of guy, you may be looking for a slightly more elevated presentation. Luckily it also offers watch boxes, cases, and winders from luxury designers WOLF. Family-owned since it was founded in the 1800s, the team designs the products to be passed down generations, just like your watches.

OMEGA Speedmaster Professional
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THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERY RANGE OF COLLECTOR

Whether you are a young professional looking for your first statement piece, or a seasoned collector, there is something for you on Crown & Caliber. The selection features over 40 brands, including signature pieces like the Cartier Tank Francaise, inspired by the French Army’s Renault FT-17 Army Tanks, and the Panerai Radiomir Black Seal. For those in search of their “grail watch”, you may want to check in on the regular; currently a like-new IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater Limited Edition can be snagged for $ 50,000. Looking to treat yourself? Pour a scotch and set aside some time to click through over 2000 timepieces. Better make it a double.

You can shop all the watches at crownandcaliber.com.

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Crown of Death – Keary Taylor

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Crown of Death

Keary Taylor

Genre: Paranormal

Publish Date: December 28, 2017

Publisher: Keary Taylor Book, INC

Seller: Keary Taylor


Years of bad luck have made Logan Pierce a little bitter, but it all goes from bad to worse the night she witnesses two immortal beings rip a man’s head off with their bare hands. Her life is wrecked overnight by a single man—Cyrus, who seems to think she’s someone important in his bloody world. But they won’t know the truth until she’s dead, and he’s very anxious to help her get there. But Logan isn’t going down without a fight. She makes him a deal. She will die, but first he must spend a month getting to know her, a month to change his mind. What she doesn’t expect is a month filled with displays of incredible wealth, spontaneous trips across the country, and unbelievable acts of immortal power. And as Logan spends her last days with Cyrus, she stops seeing the monster and begins to see a lonely, broken man she can’t walk away from. If she isn’t careful, it won’t just be her life she loses at the end of the month, but her heart as well… Crown of Death is a new standalone series set in the House of Royals world.  It is not necessary to have read the House of Royals Saga to start this series.

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Heavy lies the East crown, a burden Boston has yet to weigh

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The crown of glory: How NHL teams reward their player of the game

Sometimes it’s a hat. Sometimes it’s a jacket. Other times, it’s a fighter pilot helmet, like the Jets have used. Which is to say that these things can get weird. Here are 10 of the most unique awards in use this season.
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No Cross No Crown – Corrosion of Conformity

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No Cross No Crown

Corrosion of Conformity

Genre: Metal

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: January 12, 2018

© ℗ 2018 Nuclear Blast Entertainment

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The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1: Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill, and the Making of a Young Queen (1947-1955) (Unabridged) – Robert Lacey

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The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1: Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill, and the Making of a Young Queen (1947-1955) (Unabridged)

Robert Lacey

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 20.95

Publish Date: October 17, 2017

© ℗ © 2017 Random House Audio

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They haven’t always been pretty, but Falcons two wins shy of NFC South crown

The Falcons haven’t looked crisp for much of 2017, but they pulled off another close call Monday and control their destiny in the NFC South race.
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Vanessa Kirby: Princess Margaret Is In A ‘Very Dark Place’ In ‘The Crown’ S2

Vanessa Kirby reveals to Access Hollywood Live’s Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover what viewers can expect from her portrayal of Princess Margaret in Season 2 of “The Crown.” How difficult was it to play the controversial royal family figure? Season 2 of “The Crown” premieres Dec. 8 on Netflix.


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A$AP Ferg ft. Meek Mill “Trap And A Dream,” Chris Rivers “Fear Of My Crown” & More | Daily Visuals 11.9.17

It’s been just a few days since Meek Mill got sentenced to an unjustified and unnecessary bid, but until he begins to serve it (hopefully he won’t) we should just enjoy whatever material drops with his name on it.

Today we get blessed with a Meek Mill appearance on A$ AP Ferg’s “Trap And A Dream” where the two share some good times on the streets of Harlem where they stunt in a Rolls in front of the projects.

Keeping things Uptown, Chris Rivers details the domestic abuse he witnessed his legendary father, Big Pun commit when he was growing up in his black-and-white clip to “Fear Of My Crown.”

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Drag-On, Uno The Activist, and well, that’s about it. It was a slow day for visuals, y’all.

A$ AP FERG FT. MEEK MILL – “TRAP AND A DREAM”

CHRIS RIVERS FT. SY – “FEAR OF MY CROWN”

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UNO THE ACTIVIST – “GO WITH THE FLOW”

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Pink Beats Niall Horan to Australia’s Album Chart Crown

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A Crown of Swords: Book Seven of the Wheel of Time (Unabridged) – Robert Jordan

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A Crown of Swords: Book Seven of the Wheel of Time (Unabridged)

Robert Jordan

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 32.95

Publish Date: October 17, 2006

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Compton Looks To Crown An Impressive List Of Dr. Dre Produced Albums [Photos]

Fans and peers alike universally agree that Dr. Dre is the best Hip-Hop producer to ever do it. From his early beginnings as hands-on sound with N.W.A and Death Row Records to his subsequent maestro position in the later years, so many artists have won powered by his guidance and at the least, released the best music of their careers. (We’re looking at you, Truth Hurts.)

Now that the word is out that his first album in 16 years, Compton (also known as Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre) will be released this Friday, the bar has been set extremely high because he designed it that way.

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Kendrick Lamar, The Game, Snoop Dogg and more are looking to help solidify Dre’s legacy with his swan song but for now, let’s have a look at the classic Dr. Dre produced albums from over the years. All of these bodies of work are must-have’s for any true fan of the culture.

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Busta’s Big Bang Comeback

Busta Rhymes hopped on the Aftermath train in 2005 and thankfully wasn’t shelved like his latest stint with Cash Money Records. After the hit single “Touch It” blazed the winter and summer, The Big Bang solidified its place near the top of the Dungeon Dragon’s discography, all under the tutelage of The Good Doctor.

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A Crown of Swords: Book Seven of the Wheel of Time (Unabridged) [Unabridged Fiction] – Robert Jordan

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A Crown of Swords: Book Seven of the Wheel of Time (Unabridged) [Unabridged Fiction]

Robert Jordan

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 41.95

Publish Date: October 17, 2006

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The Crown of Grass – Act I. (A Serial Novel) – Jesse Beeson Tate

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The Crown of Grass – Act I. (A Serial Novel)

Jesse Beeson Tate

Genre: Historical

Publish Date: April 28, 2015

Publisher: Jesse Beeson Tate

Seller: Smashwords


Lucius Marcius Falx has always considered himself above the factional politics that consume his beloved city of Rome. Yet even he cannot help, but be caught up in the vicious cycle of bloody machinations that will bring a once mighty empire to its knees. Welcome to Roma Universalis, a new serial novel from the author of Achilles vs. Mecha-Hector. In Act I. we are introduced to our principle cast as they navigate the ever-shifting environment of intrigue and murder amidst the decay of Rome's finals days.

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Has a Horse Ever Won the Triple Crown in Baseball?

Horse racing represents the two things I hate most: animal abuse and rich white people celebrating.

Nevertheless, congratulations to American Pharoah on winning the equestrian Triple Crown. Animal athletics represent what is pure and good about sports. Unlike the fame-driven phonies who play professional football and basketball and baseball, animal athletes are not guided by money or ego or even a basic comprehension that they’re competing in a sporting event.

Literally the moment the Belmont Stakes ended, American Pharoah had already forgotten that an important race had just taken place. And five minutes later, the rest of America forgot that an important race had just taken place.

The worse thing that could’ve happened to the sport of horse racing, thirty-seven years later, was for a horse to actually win the Triple Crown. The build-up was suspenseful and spectacular. The actual moment was like, “Eh. Now what?” Sort of like Christmas morning or airplane bathroom sex.

But unlike Christmas and- too a lesser extent, sex- horse racing is horrible.

Baseball is just as boring as horse racing. But unlike the Kentucky Derby, if Miguel Cabrera breaks his ankle running to second base, the trainers don’t come out to the field and shoot him. I mean, even North Korea waits for spectators to leave the stadium before killing its underperforming athletes.

To watch a prestigious horse race is not the equivalent of watching the NBA Finals. Rather, it’s like viewing those adorable cat videos on YouTube. That’s because- and I say this in a complimentary way, actually- horses are animals.

1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat ranked #35 on ESPN’s list of Greatest American Athletes of the 20th Century, ahead of sports legends such as Mickey Mantle, Lawrence Taylor, and Olympian Eric Heiden. Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax was #42 on the list, which, by definition, means he would’ve been #41 on a list of Greatest American Human Athletes of the 20th Century.

Interesting to note that famous horse racing jockey Bill Shoemaker was #57 on the list. Shoemaker ranks lower than the horses. Auto racing’s Mario Andretti was #92. But yet Andretti’s car is not on the list. That’s because a car is not an athlete. And that’s because a car, like a horse, is not a human being.

The fastest kitchen table in America might be the fastest kitchen table in America. Doesn’t make it an “athlete.” And I don’t know what you call it when kitchen tables ski jump, but I know it’s not “sports.”

As a matter of fact, three horses placed on ESPN’s list of Greatest American Athletes of the 20th Century. Somewhere a javelin-throwing panda bear, not on the list, is thinking, “I was snubbed.”

To describe a horse as an “athlete” is insane. Even weirder is to label it an American athlete. Are horses granted citizenship? I never really thought of animals as having a nationality, though I’m aware of the Republican Party’s insistence on building a giant fence around our border to keep out illegal Chihuahuas.

When talking about horse racing, sports pundits speak of the elite horses as having “a lot of heart” or a will to win. But I bet the horses also run fast because they’re being whipped.

And why horse racing? Why not, say, guinea pig racing? That horses are fast is not a logical rationale. Hippopotamuses run twenty miles per hour. Hippos are fast. No, they’re not as fast as horses. But other animals are. Explain to me why the Preakness is a legitimate sporting event, but put ten cheetahs on a track and it’s a sideshow?

Horse athletes are forced to compete. Human being athletes have a choice… I mean, unless you’re one of Archie Manning’s kids. Human being athletes do it for the fame and the glory. Horses do it for the food. When a human being athlete is unsuccessful, he is cut from the team. When a horse athlete is unsuccessful, he is cut into meat.

When a human athlete’s career is over, he or she usually gets a job in broadcasting or they make a living signing autographs or going on Dancing with the Stars. When a horse’s racing career is over, it usually gets eaten… which, to be fair, is slightly less degrading than going on Dancing with the Stars.

Let’s get real. Let’s call this what it is. Horse racing is not a “sport.” It’s gambling– no different than blackjack or the lottery or getting into a car when Lindsay Lohan is at the wheel.

But it’s 2015. We don’t need horses for gambling anymore. Hell, people don’t care what they’re betting on, as long as they’re betting. Every year during the Super Bowl, literally hundreds of thousands of dollars are waged on the opening coin flip! The freakin’ coin flip! (My free tip for next year’s big game? Tails.) The Breeder’s Cup wouldn’t be any less popular if they raced computerized robot unicorns, just as long as people can still play the trifecta.

It’s time to put horse racing out to pasture. It’s time. And don’t feel too bad for the rich white owners with the funny hats who look so happy when their horses win the big race. Even without horse racing, those people will still be happy because they’ll still be rich.

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American Voices: Triple Crown Won For First Time In 37 Years

Nearly four decades after Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, a 3-year-old colt named American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday to become the 12th horse in history to sweep thoroughbred horse racing’s top three events. What do you think?





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News in Brief: Owner Tearfully Releases American Pharoah After Triple Crown Win

ELMONT, NY—Overcome with emotion as he described how much he’d miss his “old friend,” the owner of Triple Crown–winner American Pharoah bid a tearful farewell to the colt Monday before granting the horse its freedom, sources confirmed. “You’ve done more than I could have asked, and now you’re free to roam and run wherever you please,” said the horse’s owner, Ahmed Zayat, who, following American Pharoah’s victory in the Belmont Stakes, is said to have transported the 3-year-old colt deep into the country near a forest clearing, removed its saddle, and given the animal one last kiss on the forehead before setting it free. “Nobody believed you could win all three, but you did it—you did it, American Pharoah!—and you earned your freedom. Wherever you go now and whatever you choose to do, just know that I’ll never forget you …





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With ‘Welcome To Me,’ Kristen Wiig Dons Her Newfound Indie Crown

“Saturday Night Live” alumni tend to form predictable career paths: They star in broad comedies that double as extensions of their work on the series, then attempt to wow us with an off-kilter dramatic performance that confirms they’re worth more than sketch-show idiosyncrasies. Some forge their own paths in television (see: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jimmy Fallon), but most linger in the admittedly fruitful shadow of the famous words “live from New York.”

Kristen Wiig, on the other hand, has been quietly breaking with her “SNL” heritage since exiting the show in 2012, and this year offers a trifecta of films in which the she not only masters dramatic roles — she is a marvel in them.

First up is “Welcome to Me,” which opened in select theaters this weekend and expands nationwide on May 8. Wiig’s best role since “Bridesmaids,” the film casts her as Alice Klieg, an Oprah-obsessed hermit with borderline personality disorder who uses her $ 86 million lottery winnings to fund her own daytime talk show. Its topics, all of which revolve around Alice, are very un-Oprah-like. Instead of finding “aha moments,” Alice devours an entire piece of homemade meatloaf cake (after discussing its “carbohydrant” quantity), reenacts melodramatic moments from her adolescence and neuters dogs on live television. That description sounds like one long “SNL” sketch, and parts of “Welcome to Me” very well could have been. But that’s what makes the movie a perfect interlude in Wiig’s career: The accessories of her broad-comedy background are intact, but what resounds is a heartfelt character study that never reduces Alice’s mental condition to a punch line.

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Clockwise: “Welcome to Me,” “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” and “Nasty Baby”

Wiig, whose participation in movies like Paul Feig’s female-centered “Ghostbusters” reboot indicate she hasn’t abandoned big-budget comedies, does not think of her indie-film trajectory as strategic. In fact, while discussing “Welcome to Me” earlier this week, Wiig told The Huffington Post that she receives fewer “SNL”-esque scripts than one might imagine. There’s a misperception, then, that her dramatic parts — which have recently included “Hateship, Loveship” and “The Skeleton Twins” — mean she is drifting away from the comedic realm. “It’s just the timing of it,” she promised.

Still, by the end of 2015, audiences will have a fuller interpretation of Wiig’s range. In August, the ’70s-set “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel of the same name, will arrive with almost no “SNL” trappings whatsoever. One of this year’s Sundance Film Festival standouts, the dramedy finds Wiig playing Charlotte Worthington, a self-absorbed Patty Heast obsessive glued to the halcyon hippie days that have just passed her by. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård) is having an affair with her dumpy teenage daughter (Bel Powley). Powley is at the film’s center, but Wiig’s performance is her most dynamic work yet. In Charlotte, she captures both the anger and idealism that boiled beneath 1974 San Francisco as it reeled from Watergate and the Vietnam War.

Also due out in the near future is “Nasty Baby,” an even smaller-scale indie about a gay couple in Brooklyn (Sebastián Silva and Tunde Adebimpe) attempting to have a baby with their close friend. A down-to-earth Wiig portrays said friend in the movie, which begins mostly as a comedy before its third act takes a swift dive into thriller territory.

After premiering at Sundance, “Nasty Baby” was acquired without a set release date. If it opens in 2015, the movie could be sandwiched between Wiig’s part in this summer’s bombastic heist comedy “Masterminds” — the latest offering from “Napoleon Dynamite” director Jared Hess — and a supporting role in Ridley Scott’s much-anticipated “The Martian,” which could factor into next year’s Oscar race.

For “Welcome to Me” director Shira Piven, there was never any doubt that the same actress who gave us Target Lady and Gilly would fit firmly into Eliot Laurence’s script, which Piven helped to develop. She told HuffPost she was targeting an actress who existed in a “comic space” and could stretch into dramatic characterizations, rather than the other way around — Bill Murray in “Lost in Translation,” for example. (Were she to recruit a dramatic actress who can pull off comedy, Piven said Kate Winslet would have been her first choice, citing “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” as evidence.)

“We batted around a lot of lists of actresses, but in my mind she was really the one,” Piven said of Wiig. “I love those performances from comic actors who are asked to do something really heartbreaking.”

Wiig was the first to sign on, and a slew of others followed: Linda Cardellini as Alice’s patient best friend; Tim Robbins as her patient therapist; James Marsden, Wes Bentley, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Joan Cusack as the patient network executives who supervise Alice’s show.

Wiig acknowledges that Alice is hard to like, but because the character occupies some of the same fictional space that her “SNL” roles did, Alice’s idiosyncrasies — often tied to the demonstrative facial expressions that highlight Wiig’s humor — accentuate the character’s oddities without dehumanizing her.

“Eliot wrote such a detailed description of this character that I kind of just pictured it in my head as I was reading it,” she said. “It was so great just having him on set, even for little things like saying, ‘I feel like when I walk maybe I should be a little stiff up top.’ He was like, ‘Oh yeah, show me. Yeah, that feels like her.’ Because she has a mental illness, I wanted to be respectful of it and not comment on it and not make fun of her in any way, and if comedy came out of it, it was because of her just doing something funny, not because she’s sick.”

There’s something similar happening in “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” where Wiig is in full bad-mother mode. Unlikeable for entirely different reasons, the character still manages to ignite sympathy because Wiig’s performance is full-bodied in both appearance and actions.

In keeping, this transition to deeper storytelling seems natural for someone whose more memorable “Saturday Night Live” moments seemed to inhabit her entire body, à la Dooneese and impressions of Suze Orman and Liza Minnelli. In the same way that Wiig’s Oscar-nominated screenplay for “Bridesmaids” (written with Annie Mumolo) was heralded as a watershed for women in comedy, the future of Wiig’s career seems destined to become one of the “SNL” roster’s big-screen triumphs.

That’s the mark of a prosperous “Saturday Night Live” departure: a career that draws from and dismisses its sketch-comedy roots in the same breath. Meet Kristen Wiig, burgeoning indie queen.

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With ‘Welcome To Me,’ Kristen Wiig Dons Her Newfound Indie Crown

“Saturday Night Live” alumni tend to form predictable career paths: They star in broad comedies that double as extensions of their work on the series, then attempt to wow us with an off-kilter dramatic performance that confirms they’re worth more than sketch-show idiosyncrasies. Some forge their own paths in television (see: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jimmy Fallon), but most linger in the admittedly fruitful shadow of the famous words “live from New York.”

Kristen Wiig, on the other hand, has been quietly breaking with her “SNL” heritage since exiting the show in 2012, and this year offers a trifecta of films in which the she not only masters dramatic roles — she is a marvel in them.

First up is “Welcome to Me,” which opened in select theaters this weekend and expands nationwide on May 8. Wiig’s best role since “Bridesmaids,” the film casts her as Alice Klieg, an Oprah-obsessed hermit with borderline personality disorder who uses her $ 86 million lottery winnings to fund her own daytime talk show. Its topics, all of which revolve around Alice, are very un-Oprah-like. Instead of finding “aha moments,” Alice devours an entire piece of homemade meatloaf cake (after discussing its “carbohydrant” quantity), reenacts melodramatic moments from her adolescence and neuters dogs on live television. That description sounds like one long “SNL” sketch, and parts of “Welcome to Me” very well could have been. But that’s what makes the movie a perfect interlude in Wiig’s career: The accessories of her broad-comedy background are intact, but what resounds is a heartfelt character study that never reduces Alice’s mental condition to a punch line.

kristen wiig

Clockwise: “Welcome to Me,” “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” and “Nasty Baby”

Wiig, whose participation in movies like Paul Feig’s female-centered “Ghostbusters” reboot indicate she hasn’t abandoned big-budget comedies, does not think of her indie-film trajectory as strategic. In fact, while discussing “Welcome to Me” earlier this week, Wiig told The Huffington Post that she receives fewer “SNL”-esque scripts than one might imagine. There’s a misperception, then, that her dramatic parts — which have recently included “Hateship, Loveship” and “The Skeleton Twins” — mean she is drifting away from the comedic realm. “It’s just the timing of it,” she promised.

Still, by the end of 2015, audiences will have a fuller interpretation of Wiig’s range. In August, the ’70s-set “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel of the same name, will arrive with almost no “SNL” trappings whatsoever. One of this year’s Sundance Film Festival standouts, the dramedy finds Wiig playing Charlotte Worthington, a self-absorbed Patty Heast obsessive glued to the halcyon hippie days that have just passed her by. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård) is having an affair with her dumpy teenage daughter (Bel Powley). Powley is at the film’s center, but Wiig’s performance is her most dynamic work yet. In Charlotte, she captures both the anger and idealism that boiled beneath 1974 San Francisco as it reeled from Watergate and the Vietnam War.

Also due out in the near future is “Nasty Baby,” an even smaller-scale indie about a gay couple in Brooklyn (Sebastián Silva and Tunde Adebimpe) attempting to have a baby with their close friend. A down-to-earth Wiig portrays said friend in the movie, which begins mostly as a comedy before its third act takes a swift dive into thriller territory.

After premiering at Sundance, “Nasty Baby” was acquired without a set release date. If it opens in 2015, the movie could be sandwiched between Wiig’s part in this summer’s bombastic heist comedy “Masterminds” — the latest offering from “Napoleon Dynamite” director Jared Hess — and a supporting role in Ridley Scott’s much-anticipated “The Martian,” which could factor into next year’s Oscar race.

For “Welcome to Me” director Shira Piven, there was never any doubt that the same actress who gave us Target Lady and Gilly would fit firmly into Eliot Laurence’s script, which Piven helped to develop. She told HuffPost she was targeting an actress who existed in a “comic space” and could stretch into dramatic characterizations, rather than the other way around — Bill Murray in “Lost in Translation,” for example. (Were she to recruit a dramatic actress who can pull off comedy, Piven said Kate Winslet would have been her first choice, citing “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” as evidence.)

“We batted around a lot of lists of actresses, but in my mind she was really the one,” Piven said of Wiig. “I love those performances from comic actors who are asked to do something really heartbreaking.”

Wiig was the first to sign on, and a slew of others followed: Linda Cardellini as Alice’s patient best friend; Tim Robbins as her patient therapist; James Marsden, Wes Bentley, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Joan Cusack as the patient network executives who supervise Alice’s show.

Wiig acknowledges that Alice is hard to like, but because the character occupies some of the same fictional space that her “SNL” roles did, Alice’s idiosyncrasies — often tied to the demonstrative facial expressions that highlight Wiig’s humor — accentuate the character’s oddities without dehumanizing her.

“Eliot wrote such a detailed description of this character that I kind of just pictured it in my head as I was reading it,” she said. “It was so great just having him on set, even for little things like saying, ‘I feel like when I walk maybe I should be a little stiff up top.’ He was like, ‘Oh yeah, show me. Yeah, that feels like her.’ Because she has a mental illness, I wanted to be respectful of it and not comment on it and not make fun of her in any way, and if comedy came out of it, it was because of her just doing something funny, not because she’s sick.”

There’s something similar happening in “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” where Wiig is in full bad-mother mode. Unlikeable for entirely different reasons, the character still manages to ignite sympathy because Wiig’s performance is full-bodied in both appearance and actions.

In keeping, this transition to deeper storytelling seems natural for someone whose more memorable “Saturday Night Live” moments seemed to inhabit her entire body, à la Dooneese and impressions of Suze Orman and Liza Minnelli. In the same way that Wiig’s Oscar-nominated screenplay for “Bridesmaids” (written with Annie Mumolo) was heralded as a watershed for women in comedy, the future of Wiig’s career seems destined to become one of the “SNL” roster’s big-screen triumphs.

That’s the mark of a prosperous “Saturday Night Live” departure: a career that draws from and dismisses its sketch-comedy roots in the same breath. Meet Kristen Wiig, burgeoning indie queen.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, a fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo, was crowned Miss USA 2014 on Sunday night.

The 24-year-old from Las Vegas beat out 50 other contestants from all the states and the District of Columbia for the title of 63rd Miss USA. First runner-up was Miss North Dakota Audra Mari.Erin Brady, of South Glastonbury, Connecticut, the 2013 winner, gave up her crown to Sanchez after a three-hour telecast from the Baton Rouge Civic Center in Louisiana. Other runner-ups, judged on interviews, evening gowns and swimsuits were: home state beauty queen, Miss Louisiana Brittany Guidry; Miss Georgia Tiana Griggs, Miss Florida Brittany Oldehoff and Miss Iowa Carlyn Bradarich. All the titles included USA after the state.

Bradarich got a second chance when the viewing audience gave her the most votes on Twitter in the pageant’s first-ever “Save the Queen” option.

Sanchez will go on to represent the U.S. at the Miss Universe competition later this year.

In a vibrant red floor-length fishtail gown, Miss Nevada talked about the importance of women being able to defend themselves when asked a question about the high rate of sexual assaults on college campuses. Judge Rumer Willis, the 25-year-old daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, said 19 percent of U.S. undergraduate women are victims of sexual assault and asked Sanchez why she thinks this is being swept under the rug and what should be done about it.

Sanchez said bringing awareness to the issue was important, as well as women taking it upon themselves to learn how to defend themselves.

The subject of sexual assault was also on the mind of Miss Pennsylvania Valerie Gatto. She made headlines this week when she said she was the product of rape. During a taped segment that aired when her name was called, Gatto said her mother was 19 when she was attacked leaving work in Pittsburgh and became pregnant.

Gatto said she is living proof “that your circumstances do not define your life.”

First runner-up Mari said she overcame being bullied in high school by competing in ice hockey. The Fargo, N.D., native wore a green floor-length evening gown and in her final interview talked about the importance of getting an education and going to college.

Contestants entered the stage on a glitzy float as Louisiana native singer-songwriter Marc Broussard sang the New Orleans hits “Iko Iko” and “Hey Pocky Way” to kick off the 2014 contest. The women introduced themselves while holding Mardi Gras masks in their hands as purple, green and gold confetti fell in the background.

The pageant also included musical acts by the country music duo Florida Georgia Line, rapper Nelly and Latin pop band Camila.

Celebrity judges walked a red carpet in evening gowns and tuxedos before the start of the show, posing for pictures and talking about the qualities they would be looking for in the beauty they crown the winner.

“It’s very important that she has confidence,” said Barbara Palacios, Miss Universe 1986 and a coach and judge for the new Telemundo reality show, “Miss Latina Universo.” ”The right attitude and perseverance are also very important.”

“It’s all about the eyes,” said Lance Bass of the pop singing boy group NSYNC. “I just want to see a girl that is just really having a good time up there.”

Others who walked the red carpet were former NBA star Karl Malone; actors Ian Ziering, Melissa Peterman and Rumer Willis; pageant show host Jeannie Mai; and Donald Trump, who owns the Miss Universe Organization, which includes the Miss USA pageant.

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RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6, Ep. 13 Extra Lap Recap: 'Countdown to the Crown' (VIDEO)

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“It’s Milkin’ Time on this week’s Extra Lap Recap!”

This week, as RuPaul’s Drag Race brought in past legends to dish on Season 6, my former “Drag Ya Later” recap partner Jon Mallow returns too — with some Milk!

Yup, this week’s recap episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race was all about looking back at Season 6, so for Extra Lap Recap it’s time to gush about some of the season’s best unsung moments! Let’s hear it for Trinity, Vivacious, Gia, Joslyn, and Milk (who pops by for a pants-free cameo! #MilkWithoutPants). And I get excited to celebrate Adore’s most underrated performance! And let’s hear it for my extra-special guest, my “Drag Ya Later” recap spouse from seasons past, Jon Mallow! (Together again! Cue the Janet Jackson!)

Also this week, big props to Cher’s mom Georgia Holt, Cabaret-style chair dancing, and some La Toya Jackson love!

It’s sort of all over the place, but why not play a little before the big reunion/finale coming next Monday, May 19?! In the meantime, sound off via Twitter or in the YouTube comments about who you want to win. Feeling #TeamAdore, #TeamBianca or #TeamCourtney? Or #TeamLaToya?

P.S. To catch the entire “Countdown to the Crown” episode, go to LogoTV.com.

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