Padma Lakshmi opens up about childhood sex abuse

“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi was raped by a boyfriend when she was 16 and molested by a relative of her stepfather when she was 7, she revealed in a first-person essay published Tuesday.

The model and actress wrote in The New York Times that she began dating the boyfriend — who was a 23-year-old…

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BWW Review: Janet McTeer Speaks The Speeches Ever So Trippingly in Theresa Rebeck’s BERNHARDT/HAMLET

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Review: Is Prince’s ‘Piano And A Microphone’ Release Worthy Of His Legacy?

If you’re a Prince fan, you’ve likely been in mourning since he transitioned to the upper realms 2 and a half years ago. Since then, amongst the infighting among former camp members, the ongoing mystery of the circumstances behind the alleged overdose death of one of the world’s most clean-living musicians, the big question has been how do you best respect his vast legacy?

With the number of releases in Prince’s famed vault of unreleased recordings said to be able to provide new music until the next millennium, the challenge is figuring out how and what and when to release it. Prince was an active musician for 37 years and, according to the archivist charged with cataloguing all his vault tapes, was working on music almost up until he passed away.

Given that Prince was on “The Piano and a Microphone” tour in the last year of his life, that the first vault release reflects that is fitting, although it would be great if the Estate would release the video from the very first one he did in January 2016 at Paisley Park. Those who have been to the Celebration at Paisley can attest that it is among the most personal of his concerts as he details, using the piano, his evolution as an artist from the very beginning.

But until then, Piano and a Microphone 1983 offers an intimate look into his artistic process. From the opening where Prince asks ‘Is that my echo?’ and then asks for the lights to be turned down, you are intimately immersed into a fluid musical mind. The 9 tracks are a window into the creation of such classic Prince songs as ’17 Days,’ ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘Strange Relationship’ as well as some segues into covers of Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case Of You’ and the gospel standard ‘Mary Don’t You Weep,’ which provided the coda for Spike Lee’s latest film Black KKKlansman.

As any true Prince fans knows from years of collecting bootlegs, Prince often did multiple versions of his songs. There are at least 10 versions of ‘Something In The Water Don’t Compute’ from 1999, all of which are completely different takes on it. It’s as though Prince heard and explored every possible way one song, chorus, lyric and melody could be modified, upgraded, turned into an instrumental or subtly changed by altering tempo, changing the instrumentation or the way the hook was played or sang. That is showcased on Piano and a Microphone 1983 from an a capella version of the chorus of “Purple Rain” to an early working version of “17 Days” to a portion of “International Lover.”

What this provides is a close-up view of a great artist creating. You can hear everything from his foot stomping the piano’s pedals to him sniffling on “Mary Don’t You Weep” as having a cold didn’t stop his creating one bit. Collaborator Jill Jones has described laying under Prince’s piano looking out onto the Minnesota countryside in the early years while he played for hours. That you won’t ever have that experience is somewhat alleviated by the fact that through Piano and a Microphone 1983 you can at least get a sense of what that may have felt like.

Piano and a Microphone 1983 Track Listing:

“17 Days”

“Purple Rain”

“A Case Of You”

“Mary Don’t You Weep”

“Strange Relationship”

“International Lover”


“Cold Coffee & Cocaine”

“Why The Butterflies”

Watch the “Mary Don’t You Weep” video here.






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Do You Buy Duplicates Of Your Favorite Clothes?

do you buy duplicates of your favorite clothes?I thiiiink we’ve talked about this before (possibly in our discussion of shopping habits or in this long ago discussion of what clothes do you buy again and again), but it’s been ages and ages: Do you buy duplicates of your favorite clothes? This can either mean, “Hey, these pants ROCK and I am going to buy them in every color,” to “Man, it stinks that my favorite t-shirt is often in the wash, so I’ll just buy 3 more,” to “I love this dress SO MUCH and if I am ever unable to wear it I will be sad, so I’m going to buy a backup!”

For a long time this was default advice for fashiony people — if you love it, buy duplicates! But in the age of minimalism, do you think that’s still true? If you wear a work uniform or a capsule wardrobe for work, do you like this idea? On the flip side, if you’re in a style rut, do you blame too many similar purchases?

For my $ .02, I kind of do tend to buy duplicates of my favorite clothes, and I’ll admit that I sometimes regret it. Right now I think I have four each of my favorite black t-shirts from Everlane (affiliate link) and Lands’ End (which I’m now happy about since I think they stopped selling my preferred slub jersey!). I have two colors of my favorite Hue leggings and an additional one that I bought on sale (with tags still on in case). I have the exact same pair of jeans in two washes. I have multiples of the same sheath dresses. I do this with makeup too — I have the same eyeliner in multiple colors, and I just bought a backup of my favorite splurge-y lipstick because I believe it’s being discontinued. If I like something, I use some of my favorite online shopping apps to watch for sales and then strike.

How about you, readers: Do you buy duplicates of your favorite clothes? Do you buy them OFTEN or only if you see a crazy sale? Have you ever regretted buying a duplicate of something?

Stock photo via Deposit Photos / kopitin

Do you buy duplicates of your favorite clothes for work and beyond? Do you buy duplicates because you love the fit, you worry it will sell out or be discontinued, or to simplify your shopping and work outfits? What other shopping habits do you have for your work wardrobe? Great discussion with the readers.


Versace sold to Michael Kors in $2.1 billion deal

More than two decades after Italian designer Gianni Versace was murdered in front of his Miami mansion, his namesake fashion house has been sold to Michael Kors for $ 2.12 billion.

The late designer’s sister, Donatella Versace, will remain on as creative director of the luxury brand.


Life Style – New York Daily News


6 Most Anticipated Games of October 2018

October is right around the corner, and that means it’s officially videogame season! Loads of highly anticipated titles are about to drop, and it’s going to be nearly impossible to keep up with them all. Don’t worry, though, there’s no shame in adding a few or even all of these upcoming games to your backlog for future fun.

This October will, unsurprisingly, feature a plethora of Triple-A titles. However, there will also be a couple of high-profile, smaller titles available for anyone looking for a more intimate undertaking. These are the six most anticipated games releasing in October 2018.

Mega Man 11

  • Release Date(s): October 2
  • Developer(s): Capcom
  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Genre: Action Platformer

Unless jumping through doors is a must-have feature for you, the upcoming Mega Man 11 looks like a nostalgic delight. Combining the classic Mega Man formula with the graphic affordances of modern hardware, this game is sure to offer a terrific experience for newcomers to the series and veterans alike. Also, Mega Man 11 will introduce a mainline counterpart for Blast Man — a character from the spin-off title Megaman Battle Network 6. This will be the first time the main series games have adopted a spin-off character, which should be a fun treat for fans of the surprisingly good Battle Network series of games.

The Mega Man franchise is so prominent and refined that you pretty much know exactly what you’re in for with Mega Man 11. Using the same successful formula as previous entries — 2D platforming, an impressive variety of enemies and bosses, and power-ups galore — Mega Man 11 doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel to be a great game. All it has to do is deliver on the fun and challenging gameplay the series has refined over the course of more than 30 years.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

  • Release Date(s): October 5
  • Developer(s): Ubisoft Quebec
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Genre: Action RPG

After the overwhelming success and critical acclaim of last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins, do we really need another entry in the franchise to release so soon? The answer is a resounding yes. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is set to be one of the most ambitious and over-the-top entries in the series so far. Set in Ancient Greece, the game will lean into that rich mythology and have the player face off against Minotaurs, Gorgons, and a many more fantastic foes.

Early impressions of Assassin’s Creed Origins suggest that this game will lean even further into RPG elements than previous titles. For a series that felt stagnant just a few years ago when Syndicate dropped, these innovations are more than welcome. Hopefully, this title continues Origin’s momentum and delivers dozens of hours of stealth-heavy combat. Also, Socrates analyzes and critiques every single decision you make in the game, which is bound to be meme-worthy.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

  • Release Date(s): October 12
  • Developer(s): Treyarch
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Genre: First Person Shooter

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (stylized as Call of Duty Black Ops IIII) may have a frustrating logo, but the game itself looks like it’s going to be a ton of fun — with scores of throwbacks for longtime fans of the franchise. While the game is ditching a narrative-driven campaign, it will feature a variety of online multiplayer modes. Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and Zombies all make an expected return alongside Blackout, the new battle royale mode.

The addition of new mode implies Treyarch is trying to shake up the classic FPS series. Even so, Black Ops 4 still looks to be a by-the-numbers Call of Duty game. However, first-person multiplayer shooter fan interested in seeing Treyarch’s take on battle royale genre are sure to have a good time. With the rise of titles like Fortnite and PUBG, it feels the industry might be moving past the age of Call of Duty. Here’s hoping Black Ops 4 manages to prove that there is a place for the series in the modern gaming landscape.

The World Ends With You: Final Mix

  • Release Date: October 12
  • Developer(s): Square Enix and Jupiter
  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
  • Genre: Action RPG

The fantastic game The World Ends With You was unfortunately overshadowed by other titles in the Nintendo DS’ massive catalog of incredible titles. Thankfully, the Nintendo Switch is giving the game another chance to shine with an enhanced port simply titled, The World Ends with You: Final Mix. On top of a new control and display scheme to make the game a better fit for the Switch, this port will also feature a few new story beats and character interactions.

The World Ends With You is a delightfully weird game about teenagers trapped in an alternate version of Shibuya, Japan after they die. They are forced to compete in different challenges for a chance to return to the living world or transcend to a higher plane of existence. A lot is going on in The World Ends With You, and, thankfully, it’s all a stylishly good time. If you like melodramatic teenagers and innovative combat that brilliantly utilizes a touchscreen, this port will totally be worth your time.

Soulcalibur VI

  • Release Date: October 19
  • Developer(s): Project Soul
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Genre: Fighting Game

After six long years of waiting, Soulcalibur VI will once again bless the fighting game community with its arena-style, weapons-based combat. Between the unmitigated success of Dragon Ball FighterZ and the hype surrounding Super Smash Bros Ultimate, it’s clear that fighting games are hot right now. Soulcalibur VI’s three-dimensional battles and overall goofiness set it apart from its more serious competitors.

While lots of fighting games embrace a handful of ridiculous elements — like Street Fighter’s incredibly weak Dan Hibiki or Mortal Kombat’s gory finishing moves — Soulcalibur really leans into the bizarre. The franchise has had some amazing cameo fighters, including Link, Darth Vader, and Kratos; and is set to keep the trend going with Geralt from the Witcher series. If you can look past the somewhat dated and problematic designs of some of the female fighters, Soulcalibur VI is sure to be full of fights to remember.

Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Release Date: October 26
  • Developer(s): Rockstar Studios
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • Genre: Action-Adventure

Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR 2)is arguably the most anticipated game of this console generation. The original Red Dead Redemption was nothing short of a masterpiece, and its sequel looks to be everything that made the first great, and more. If RDR 2 incorporates the original game’s expansive open world, rewarding combat and missions, and fun Easter eggs; it will be a frontrunner for the best game of 2018.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is the prequel to the first game and will have players take control of the outlaw Morgan, a member of the Dutch Van der Linde gang. Comprised of character from the first game, the gang and yourself will explore the wild west and witness the adventures hinted at in the first game. While it’s not totally clear yet how the gameplay will be different from Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar’s handling of the Grand Theft Auto and Max Payne series certainly inspire confidence. Really, the only major worry is that it will be too good and addicting. We do have other games to play this fall and during the holidays.

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‘Million Little Things’ offers hope for suicide survivors

A wife left without her husband. Two kids left without their father. A young woman without a boss — and possibly a job. And a raft of friends robbed of the man who acted as a mentor, a father figure and a benefactor. Life changes in an instant for the characters on ABC’s new series…
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Aziz Ansari’s Comeback Gigs Split Opinion


The paths of rehabilitation for comedians accused of sexual misconduct as part of the #MeToo movement are winding. But one thing is clear: They all appear to include a stop at the Comedy Cellar in New York’s Greenwich Village.

After Louis C.K., the latest performer to make an appearance on the Village’s hallowed Cellar stage is Aziz Ansari—who faced an uncertain future after an anonymous 23-year-old woman accused him of pressuring her into giving him oral sex after the two went on a date.

Ansari sort-of apologized for his behavior, while denying he had been aware of doing anything wrong.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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Dancing With the Stars Season 27 Front-Runners Dish Injuries, Challenges and Those High Scores

Dancing With the Stars, DWTSOne performance in and we already have front-runners on Dancing With the Stars. DeMarcus Ware and Tinashe each received a 23 out of 30 score from judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len…

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Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet With the Cast and Creatives of LARAMIE: A LEGACY

Tectonic Theater Project presented LARAMIE A LEGACY, a reading of The Laramie Project honoring the life and legacy of Matthew Shepard for the 20th anniversary of his death, on Monday, September 24th at 7pm at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College. Featured Content


Ashley I. and Jared: We’re Inviting Ashton and Mila to Our Wedding!

Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon’s wedding is shaping up to be a wild night! The Bachelor in Paradise alums revealed to Us Weekly exclusively that they extended an invitation to superfans Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis after bumping into them at an event in August.

“We got to meet Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, which was one of the coolest moments of my life,” Haibon, 29, told Us at the Night School premiere at Regal L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Monday, September 24.

Iaconetti, 30, chimed in, “They’re Bachelor fans. They’ve talked about us publicly, personally multiple times. So we knew all we had to do was make eye contact with them. When we did, it was like all our dreams came true. Ashton was like, ‘No way!’ He got so stoked.”

As for the Bad Moms star’s reaction? “Mila was like, ‘Don’t even tempt us with inviting us to the wedding because we’ll actually take you up on the offer,’” the Bachelor Winter Games alum told Us.

Haibon echoed, “We’re like, ‘Don’t you worry, we’re inviting you.’”

Iaconetti told Us that she reached out to her wedding planner without hesitation. “We’re like, ‘OK … you’ve got to find their address,’” she joked.

Fans have said for years that the Ranch star, 40, is Haibon’s celebrity doppelgänger. They showed off their resemblance on Instagram in August in a selfie with Kunis, 35, and Iaconetti at Clayton and Ellen Kershaw’s Ping Pong 4 Purpose event in L.A.

The Bachelorette alum thinks he and Kutcher have more than just physical similarities.

“They’re very well known to be best friends and now in a relationship. Very similar to us,” Haibon told Us of Kutcher and Kunis, who wed in 2015. “It was cool seeing that friendship and rapport between the two of us. … She was like, ‘Oh, that is the show that we always watch together.’ He was like, ‘Oh, well, you end up falling asleep on the couch and I end up finishing it.’ It was like, ‘Oh, my God, they’re just like us!’”

Iaconetti and Haibon met on the set of Paradise in 2015, but they did not start dating until earlier this year. He proposed in June during a special trip back to Mexico, which aired on the ABC reality series later in the summer.

“We want a yearlong engagement,” he told Us on Monday. “We’re getting married next August … in Rhode Island.”

Us Weekly


The best kitten heels for women who hate stilettos

I remember the uni days when I dance all night in the most ridiculous high heels. Walking in them made me look like Bambi, and God knows how I managed to not end up in A&E once.

That’s not to say I hate stilettos, they can be beautiful on other women, but they are just not for me. So I must admit I welcomed the kitten heel trend with open arms last season.

They were everywhere on the catwalk, from Balenciaga to Prada and Gucci, Miu Miu and The Row. Even stiletto lover Christian Louboutin got in on the action, a sure sign that this trend is here to stay.

As last season’s Marks & Spencer kitten heel mules proved, this trend isn’t for everyone, however if you want to join me, this is how I’m wearing it.

How to wear kitten heels

You’d be better off asking, how don’t you wear kitten heels, that’s how versatile I’ve found them. They add an elegant touch to cropped jeans, go superbly with a silk midi dress and even better with a checked or corduroy suit. I would say the one rule I abide by is to show a little bit of ankle if you’re wearing kitten mules or sandals as otherwise it can look a little unflattering, and if you’re worried about being cold in winter, pair them with a metallic sock, or swap them for some kitten boots.

Kitten heel mules

These are by far my favourite, as a pretty velvet kitten mules goes with everything. Everyone on the high street has gotten in on the trend, with Mango and Zara serving up some great options.

Shop now: ACNE STUDIOS Leather mules for £330 from Net-A-Porter

Kitten heel boots

Kitten heel boots are the ideal solution to take the trend into autumn/winter. This season is of course all about animal print, so mix two trends in one by opting for a leopard print or snake print style.

Shop now: SLINGBACK KITTEN HEELS for £29.99 from ZARA

Kitten heel shoes

I’m loving the bourgeoise take on the trend, in the form of low courts, preferably the tweed or slingback variety, as seen at Balenciaga, Mulberry and The Row. For a more modern approach, look to Neous and By Far.

Shop now: Leopard print boot for £115 from Dune

Keep scrolling to shop my edit of the best kitten heels right now.

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‘Venom’: 10 Crucial Terms You Need to Know Before You See It

On October 5, Tom Hardy (and a heavy dose of CGI) will bring the beloved Spider-Man villain Venom to the big screen. For die-hard comics fans, bringing Venom to life in his own film has been decades in the making. For the casual moviegoer, however, deciphering the complex mythology surrounding alien symbiotes and shadowy foundations might seem daunting, to say the least. To help, here are some names and concepts likely to play a role in Venom.

1. The Symbiote Costume

Spider-Man in Venom suit
Goth Spider-Man — skull rings sold separately.

In Secret Wars, Spider-Man — along with other heroes and villains — is whisked away to a far-off planet by the all-powerful Beyonder. There, a machine Spider-Man discovers produces a black sphere that attaches to him and turns into a costume, a black version of his traditional red-and-blue threads. Not only does it take the form of any clothing Peter imagines, it also enhances his strength and ability. Spidey makes the strange material his new costume.

Back on Earth, the costume begins to misbehave — taking over Spider-Man’s body while he sleeps and attacking people on its own. Peter discovers the costume is actually a living, sentient alien attempting to bond permanently with him. He tries to rid himself of the costume but it refuses to let Peter go. Knowing that sonic waves hurt it, Spider-Man is able to seemingly destroy it by overloading it with the sounds of church bells.

2. Venom

Venom looming over Spider-Man
What’s black and white and… never mind.

The symbiote manages to survive in the church until disgraced reporter Eddie Brock — who blames Spider-Man for ruining his career — happens upon it. Sensing the shared animosity toward Spider-Man, the symbiote bonds with Brock, forming the creature known as Venom. Venom’s combined hatred of Spider-Man causes him to attack Spider-Man and terrorize his loved ones.

Eventually, Spidey stops Venom and an uneasy truce is formed. Venom agrees to end his vendetta if Spider-Man agrees to leave him alone. Venom eventually becomes something of a vigilante, returning to San Francisco and protecting the homeless there. As an anti-hero, Venom avoids killing innocents but has no problem taking the lives of those who would seek to harm them.

3. Klyntar

The Klyntar
It’s impossible to get a hotel during the Symbiote Convention.

The Venom symbiote is actually a member of an alien species known as the Klyntar who hail from the planet of the same name. Symbiotes, as a species, are shape-shifting alien beings who seek hosts with which they form a symbiotic bond. Created by the malevolent god Knull, the Klyntar rebelled and imprisoned him on Klyntar, a planet of their own creation.

The Klyntar bond with host species to form a new entity, in much the way Spider-Man’s symbiote costume bonded with Eddie Brock to form Venom. Each host creates a distinct entity, and over the centuries, the Klyntar’s symbiotic bonds have added much to the Klyntar essence, including alien concepts such as honor and peace. Because of this, not all symbiotes are malicious, but even the “good” ones are the product of an evil god.

4. Knull

Knull, God of the Klyntar.
Knull, God of the Klyntar.

The God of the Symbiotes, Knull is a powerful being older than the universe itself. He possesses godlike powers and uses them against the Celestials, who were busy creating the universe. He even created a sword, All-Black, from his shadow. Angered that darkness would be broken by the light of creation, he wages war against the other gods.

To aid in his fight, Knull creates an army of symbiotes to lay waste to countless worlds. After a battle with Thor, Knull finds himself trapped in the symbiote dragon Grendel, breaking his hold on the symbiotes he’d created. The symbiotes then turn on their god and imprison Knull’s body on their homeworld.

5. Symbiote Imperium

Symbiote Imperium soldier
Soldier of the Imperium.

After freeing themselves from the control of Knull, the Klyntar hive-mind, influenced by the many benevolent hosts the symbiotes had bonded with, decides to leave their dark past behind and become a force for good in the universe. However, the Klyntar with corrupt hosts reject this idea and are shunned from the hive mind.

The renegade symbiotes form the Symbiote Imperium, an army of destruction designed to continue the Klyntar’s original purpose of bringing death and devastation to the universe. So successful is the Imperium that the name Klyntar becomes synonymous with evil, despite the existence of so many peaceful symbiotes. Venom was once a member of the Imperium.

6. Carnage

He makes Venom seem easygoing.

Venom’s arch-nemesis (outside of Spider-Man), Carnage is “born” when the Venom symbiote breaks Eddie Brock out of prison. Demerged from the symbiote, Brock is sent to a prison for non-powered humans where he shares a cell with vicious serial killer Cletus Kasady. Among other crimes, Cletus killed his grandmother, tortured his mother’s dog, and burned down an orphanage.

In the haste to escape, Venom leaves a piece of itself behind. That piece bonds with Kasady, forming the symbiote known as Carnage. Far more violent and powerful than any other symbiote, Carnage’s bloodlust leads him on a vicious murder spree. Only by joining forces are Spider-Man and Venom able to defeat the deadly symbiote. Carnage’s presence in Venom has not been officially announced, but fans are hopeful he’ll make an appearance, even if it’s only a cameo.

7. Riot

Just your everyday symbiote throwdown.

A symbiote created from the Venom symbiote, it originally bonds with mercenary Trevor Cole. Reportedly the film’s main antagonist, Riot instead bonds with Dr. Carlton Drake, who created Riot and its siblings in the comics. In Venom: Lethal Protector, the Life Foundation creates five symbiote “children” from extracts of the Venom symbiote. Riot proves to be the most violent and unstable of the bunch.

The symbiotes are to serve as the guardians of the Life Foundation. Unfortunately for the foundation, the symbiotes choose to test their newly acquired abilities on Spider-Man and a very peeved Venom. Ultimately the symbiotes, including Riot, are artificially aged to dust by Venom, and their powerless hosts are caught in an explosion. Eventually, though, both the symbiotes and the hosts return, because comics.

8. Dr. Carlton Drake and the Life Foundation

Dr. Carlton Drake in front of members of the Life Foundation.
“This probably won’t end in our violent deaths.”

The Life Foundation, led by Carlton Drake (played by Riz Ahmed in the film), is a survivalist organization convinced that doomsday is right around the corner, particularly in the form of nuclear holocaust. The foundation dedicates itself to preparing for that outcome, building fallout shelters to protect the wealthy elite. Through his foundation, Drake has stolen, kidnapped, and even murdered to further his group’s goals.

Drake seeks to employ superpowered individuals to protect the foundation’s clients, kidnapping them if necessary. In San Francisco, Drake and his partner, Roland Treece, attempt to steal gold buried under the city. Drake uses a captured Venom to create five new symbiotes — Riot, Scream, Agony, Phage, and Lasher.

9. Genetic Memory and Parasitic Inheritance

Venom's human host talking to onlookers.
Be careful who you loan your sentient clothes to.

All symbiotes gain abilities through Parasitic Inheritance, the ability to mimic powers and skills through interfacing with the host’s genetic code. In the case of Venom, it was able to mimic Spider-Man’s wall-crawling powers and even his web shooters. When the symbiote passed to Eddie Brock, it retained these abilities, gaining new ones as it passed from host to host.

Genetic Memory, in the case of the symbiotes, refers to the ability to access information by tapping into the memories of its host. It can even recall memories of previous hosts, much to Spider-Man’s dismay. Venom was able to track down Spider-Man — and terrify Mary Jane — because the symbiote knew his secret identity from having already bonded with him.

10. Venom: Lethal Protector 

Venom Lethal Protector cover
Venom’s debut solo outing.

After Venom’s immensely popular run as a Spider-Man villain and occasional reluctant ally, Marvel gave Venom his own limited series, the eight-part Venom: Lethal Protector. The series sees Eddie Brock return to his hometown of San Francisco, having given up his vendetta against Spider-Man. While there, he turns to vigilantism, particularly helping a group of homeless people living under the city.

Venom soon runs afoul of the Life Foundation, who capture him and extract five “offspring” from the symbiote. These new symbiotes bond with volunteers to become the guardians of the Life Foundation. With Spider-Man’s help, Venom defeats the guardians and ruins the foundation’s plans to steal an underground gold deposit. The film is reportedly based in part on this mini-series.

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Losing my dad felt like losing my connection to my Latinx culture

Losing my dad felt like losing my connection to my Latinx culture

Losing my dad felt like losing my connection to my Latinx culture

September 15th through October 15th is Latinx Heritage Month.

Spending time with my dad in our Southern Texas town of Corpus Christi was always an adventure. Whether it was an early morning trip to the neighborhood carniceria to get barbacoa for breakfast or a visit to his favorite nursery to check out the perennials, my dad made everything about our culture feel accessible to me. He could walk into any space and instantly be at home. His habit of talking to every person he met in his friendly, fast-flowing mix of Spanish and English helped to quickly endear him to others. Strangers became his friends, friends became his family, and family was something to be treasured above all else. My father’s ability to make friends wherever he went created so many adventures for his children. And when I accompanied him to these places—a flower shop, a panderia, or some distant relative’s home—I felt like I had a touch of the magic he possessed, too.

Of course, it wasn’t technically magic that opened these worlds to my father. It was his birthright and his culture—an ancestry built on the offspring of indigenous Northern Americans of South Texas and Mexico and their Spanish colonizers.

A background rich in color and flavor, toil and subjugation, mysticism and piety. All places linked by taste, sound, and a mother tongue.

He made me feel perfectly accepted and comfortable in his heritage, but being of mixed blood meant that I never fully felt entitled to those sacred spaces and inherited rights without my father as my guide.

I didn’t anticipate losing him so soon.

His initial cancer diagnosis was dire, but optimistic PET scans gave us every reason to be hopeful. But when he got the news that the cancer had spread to his bones, we could no longer postpone the inevitable. Dad left us less than 3 weeks later.

Without my father, that magic was gone. Once I lost that physical connection to him upon his death, I was cut off from his endless love and support. The spark he brought to my life simply by being in it left me suddenly. But it wasn’t just him that disappeared.

I lost a connection to the Latinx community that I felt certain I could only get through my dad.

That specific hurt feels all the more noticeable during this time of year. September 15th marks the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, and with it comes the reminder of all the adventures I shared with my father—along with the ones that never got to happen.

But if I take time to be introspective, those feelings of loss as a Latina didn’t start with the death of my dad.

As a mixed person, I’ve never felt fully entitled to my Latinidad. Even at my most suntanned, I’ve always been fair skinned. “Weda,” a word used by Mexicans for light skinned Europeans and Americans, was a common nickname, but anyone who knows our culture knows that it’s not a term of endearment. It’s a label of otherness.

Besides not “looking the part,” I also only understood enough Spanish to follow orders, and only spoke enough to answer back. My dad always joked that he didn’t teach my sister and me the language so that we’d never have the words to disobey our white mother.

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I know his hesitation had more to do with what he experienced as a child during the mandated integration of schools in South Texas. Texas was especially late to desegregation—the last school not complying until the 1980s—and Latinx students paid the price. Spanish may have flowed easily for dad as an adult, but during his elementary school years, his culture was suppressed. He was forced to assimilate or face punishment.

Belittled by teachers and administration, Latinx children—like Black children during desegregation—were given the least desirable accommodations and tools. Growing up in an educational system that saw them as less than their white classmates, my dad and the rest of the Latinx student body were devalued because of their heritage, families, and homes.

I wonder if he thought of his own forced assimilation when he spoke to me as a child, when I cried about not fitting in to our predominantly Latinx neighborhood, when I begged him to help me learn how to roll the double r’s in our last name—a goal we both knew I’d never master because of my lisp. Did he ever watch me and my sister lip synching and dancing to Selena, and realize that his school’s assimilation practices might not have worked as well as they’d hoped?

Author's father
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I never had to prove my Latinidad to my dad. It was never a prerequisite to get his advice or go on his adventures; he never placed limitations on his love based on how “Latina” I could be. While the physical connection to my dad is gone, it feels like it’s still there—like a phantom limb. It’s funny, in a heartbreaking sort of way; I can still feel the love and acceptance flowing through it, from him to me.

And, if I can still feel that, perhaps the connection to my Latinx culture isn’t as far away as it feels.

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Cosby victim asks only for ‘justice’ at sentencing hearing

The woman whose complaint led to Bill Cosby’s conviction for sexual assault called for justice in brief testimony on the first day of the comedian’s two-day sentencing hearing on Monday, where prosecutors asked for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
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Halle Berry And Lena Waithe To Executive Produce ‘Boomerang’ Sequel For BET

Halle Berry and Lena Waithe, two women with an Oscar and an Emmy respectively between them, have signed on as executive producers for a series based on the 1992 rom-com Boomerang, that starred Berry and Eddie Murphy. Murphy played Marcus Graham a self-centered executive working for a Black-owned cosmetics company while Berry, as Angela, was his love interest. Robin Givens played Jacqueline Boyer, Marcus boss and girlfriend, whose dating-like-a man tactics led to the relationship ‘boomerang’ of the movie’s title.

The movie also spawned the million-selling Boomerang soundtrack that introduced Toni Braxton to the public.

Produced by BET Networks and Paramount Television, the 10-episode half-hour series will premiere in 2019 on BET. This new series will follow the lives of Jacqueline Boyer’s son and Marcus and Angela Graham’s daughter as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

“I’m thrilled to team up with Lena on this project as she is without a doubt a leading voice of her generation and a trail blazer in her own right. I’m truly excited to be a part of bringing this iconic and beloved film to the small screen,” said Berry.

“This is less of a reboot and more of a continuation of the original story,” said Waithe. “There’s no point in trying to remake a classic. It can’t be done. So we want to create something fresh that speaks to a new generation. We hope people will come to the show with an open mind and ready to embrace the new world we’ve created!”

Berry will next be seen in John Wick: Chapter 3 as an assassin named “Sofia” opposite Keanu Reeves and Anjelica Huston. She recently announced she’s making her directorial debut with Bruised, in which she will also star. The movie is about the world of MMA fighters.

Waithe, the creator of the Showtime series The Chi won an Emmy for the “Thanksgiving” episode of Master of None, co-written with show star and creator Aziz Ansari.

No word on whether any of the movie’s original actors including Berry, Murphy, Grace Jones, Chris Rock or Robin Givens will make any guest appearances.





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Sixers’ New GM Elton Brand Will Bring Prestige, Trust Back To Position

Duke University produces some of the greatest basketball players, but the thread of intellectual prowess that runs through generations of these true student-athletes is even more remarkable. Duke basketball players become college and pro coaches, NBA executives and even General Managers.

Elton Brand is an African-American who not only took advantage of his opportunity to play ball at one of the nation’s flagship universities but parlayed a potent education into becoming one of two African-American general managers — three of color — in the NBA today.

The Twitter burner account scandal that led to Bryan Colangelo’s resignation — a scandal draped in the attempted character assassination of African-American employees and franchise players — has manifested itself in Brand, a person of color, getting a rare opportunity to lead one of the NBA’s 30 franchises. He joins Knicks GM Scott Perry and Toronto’s Masai Ujiri as men of such distinction.

Choosing Brand is a shrewd move for a franchise that needs to capture the moment that the city is in. Philadelphia has become the center of sports blackness, from the triumphant struggle of rapper Meek Mill to avoid unjust incarceration to the outspoken, politically conscious players on the Eagles Super Bowl-winning team, to the burgeoning wave of interest created by young NBA Kings Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. An infusion of young, freakishly-talented blood has made Philly an elite franchise again and the poster child for why tanking wins, having accumulated a roster of captivating all-world talent for the first time since the Allen Iverson Era.

Brand, who already proved his savvy as VP of Basketball Operations and GM of Philly’s G-League affiliate, replaces Brett Brown, who was serving as interim GM.

“He spent two years in this organization and has been around this organization,” said NBA TV analyst Steve Smith. “When (he was a player in Philly) and they wanted to bring a vet back for those guys… they brought in Elton Brand to be at the end of the bench and console them in tough moments and consult with those guys and be a big brother type.

Read the full story at The Shadow League.

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Why It’s Time To Invest And How To Get Started

While the President likes to tout the strength of the stock market, which, by the way, started long before he took office, the fact remains that most Americans aren’t benefitting from the stock market boom. In fact, only 54% of American adults have investments in stocks, either directly or through a company sponsored retirement plan.

With regard to African-Americans, the picture is even more grim. Only 36% of African-American adults have investments in stocks.

Yet, throughout history stocks have proven to be one of the best tools for creating and growing wealth, so anyone who is serious about improving their financial situation should definitely include investments in the stock market as part of their overall financial plan.


To put this in some perspective, let’s use Nike for example, since there’s been lots of talk about either buying Nike products or Nike stock after the company released its new ad campaign featuring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

If we go back to January of 1985, roughly the time that Nike released the first Air Jordans to the public, shares of Nike were trading at about 13 cents a share. 13 cents!

At that time a pair of those Air Jordans would have cost you $ 65.

Well, if you spent that money on those Air Jordans back in 1985, today you have…well…nothing. I’m sure those shoes have long since been replaced. If you had instead put the $ 65 in a checking or savings account, and earned 1% per year, you would have about $ 90.

Today Nike shares are trading at $ 85.55. That’s a 69,000% increase!

So, if you had taken that $ 65 and bought Nike stock in January of 1985, today you’d have more than $ 45,000!

And before anyone dismisses this example as a one-off success, take note of this:

Between 1991 and today, a period that includes both the dot-com bust and the financial crisis, stocks in general (as measured by the S&P 500) are up more than 700%, while housing prices have increased just 164%.

Most of us simply cannot create the type of wealth that will truly move the needle for ourselves and our families by relying on our own wages or savings accounts alone.

You have to make your money work harder for you.

And speaking of working hard, Nike shares are up about 5% since they released the ad with Kaepernick, which translates to a $ 6 billion dollar increase in Nike’s market value.

How’s that boycott working out?


You know, when a lot of us think of investing, we think of movies like Trading Places, and we think that we have to invest in complex things like pork bellies and soybeans.

But in reality, investing doesn’t have to be that complicated. I always suggest that people start by investing in what they know.

For example, I suggest that anyone interested in getting started with investing begin by going through their bank statement for the last few months and taking note of the top 20 places that they spend money.

Of those 20 places, I can almost guarantee that at least 10 of them will be public companies. (Think Apple, McDonalds, Wal-Mart, Netflix, etc.)Those 10 companies become your short list for companies that you could potentially invest in.

Now to be clear, just because you know the company, doesn’t mean that it will be a good investment. At one point we all knew Blockbuster, but of course that company is no longer around.

But by starting with companies that you know well, and doing additional research, you’ll give yourself a much better chance at success.


The last step is to open an account at a brokerage firm like Fidelity, Charles Schwab, eTrade, TD Ameritrade, etc.

They are all reputable firms and have pretty low costs.

You could also try an app like Robinhood, which doesn’t charge any trading commissions, and there’s another site called Stockpile which is great because it allows you to buy fractional shares of stock in case the amount you’re starting with isn’t enough to buy a whole share.

(So if you don’t have $ 1,900 for one share of Amazon, Stockpile allows you to start with, say, $ 20 of Amazon and you can build from there.)

But the most important thing is not the amount you’re starting with, but rather building the habit of investing regularly and staying on top of your investments.

That’s how you build real wealth over time. If you’re truly serious about learning how to make your money work harder, I’ve created a free Intro to Investing training video to help you get started.

You can find the free training video at







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Activists to NFL: ‘Deposit Funds Into Black-Owned Banks’

The Seattle Medium is reporting that activists in Seattle are calling for the NFL and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, to deposit 10% of all revenue as well as one-third of the funds making up player pensions, into black-owned banks.

The demands are reportedly spurred by the recent news that Allen, who also co-founded Microsoft, donated $ 100,000 to the Republican Party to help it retain control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. According to Federal Election Commission findings, it is the largest political donation Allen has made to an individual or committee.

“I have been out here protesting the economic injustices that have occurred in professional sports and to add insult to injury the owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers, Paul Allen donated $ 100,000 to the Republican Party so they can maintain control of the House of Representatives,” said activist Eddie Rye Jr. to The Seattle Medium.

“ESPN, CBS, were bidding over $ 1 billion dollars to have the broadcast rights of NFL games. So out of all the money being generated and the NFL being 70 % black, none of that money is coming back to the black community,” he said.

Rye and several retired NFL players are part of the movement, NFL/Black Community Revenue Sharing Program, to reap benefits for the black community from the economic windfalls black athletes’ talents have provided sports leagues and team owners.

Many black athletes have been inspired to engage in activism since Colin Kaepernick shook up the sports scene by protesting racial injustice with his #TakeaKnee campaign.

In what many considered a bold and risky public relations move, Nike recently made Kaepernick the face if its newest “Just Do It” ad campaign. The decision to use Kaepernick was financially advantageous to the sports apparel company. Ten days after the ad debuted on social media, Nike stock rose to an all-time high on Sept. 13 at $ 83.90 and then closed at $ 83.49 on Friday afternoon. That’s a 4% increase since the ad’s release on Sept. 3, according to CBS News. In addition, Nike’s online sales jumped nearly 31% from Sept. 2 through Sept. 4, which is nearly double the profit that the company garnered during the same period in 2017, according to a research report by Edison Trends.

—Selena Hill and The Shadow League contributed to this report. 



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The Games We’re Looking Forward to in the Next Few Months

Every now and then we look forward, to the tune of a few months, and try to discern the best of the bunch. This will naturally be an extra special edition of this staple. Not only are we getting into the typical holiday madness, but this seems to be an extra busy year, full of quality.

OK, it kind of feels like we say that every year, but 2018 marks the return of two franchises that are far from annual appearances: Red Dead and Fallout. Those, on top of the already released Monster Hunter World, Marvel’s Spider-Man and God of War, make this a stellar year already.

And that’s before we even take into account the reliable regulars we’ll see soon. Even familiar faces like FIFA can put up a surprisingly thoughtful entry, raising the quality of the year as a whole. We’re yet to see how Call of Duty and Battlefield will fare, but we’ll definitely be playing to find out.

Red Dead Redemption 2

The biggest no-brainer in a list populated mostly with no-brainers. Red Dead Redemption 2 is actually Rockstar’s first game on this generation of hardware. That’s how long it’s been, and fans are all kinds of keen.

We’ve played a couple of hours, and walked away with some thoughts about the tiny, conversation-worthy moments the game is full of, as well as seeing how the new horse system works, and why maintaining your guns is a lot more important this time around.

Fallout 76

It almost feels as if the franchise itself has been locked underground for ages, about to step into the light again. This is hallowed ground though, because Fallout 76 is going back to the very first vault that opened on Reclamation Day.

As for the new features, though? It’s not exactly classic Fallout. This newer game is an online experience, in which everyone you encounter is a real player. You’ll be able to turn this off, but the game is designed with cooperation and PvP in mind.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

After a hiatus of a few years, the Assassin’s Creed franchise was back with a bang last year in Origins. Now, Odyssey is a game that very much follows suit. It’ll use the same combat system that doesn’t choreograph the whole fight for you. If you miss, it’ll let you miss.

That said, we’ve been looking at the skills present in Odyssey, and they look a lot more inventive and outside-the-box. You have Ghost Arrows that can go through walls, and certain shots that do +800% Hunter Damage.

We’re not sure what we can do with all that yet, but we’re keen to find out what interesting assassinations we can pull off.

Darksiders III

Consider the size of Darksiders III, there are some very big shoes to fill here. The action franchise follows various horsepeople of the apocalypse, making it as if each game features a different RPG class. Now that we’ve seen the tanky War, and the roguey Death, it’s on to Fury — a chain-wielding warrior capable of Devil May Cry-esque air combos.

You can check out what it’s like to fight the first boss in the above video, or in our preview. Here’s hoping there’s a similar variety in the gameplay, such as the Shadow of the Colossus moments from the last game.

Soulcalibur 6

Also known as “The Geralt one,” this fighting game is bringing in the star of such games as The Witcher and The Witcher 2, and believe it or not, The Witcher 3. The White Wolf will face off against series regulars like Kilik and Mitsurugi on cramped platforms where falling off is absolutely possible. All done with an epic voiceover to remind you how epicly epic your fights are.

We’ve previously written about how we’re not the biggest fan of the Critical Edge system the game brings in, but it shouldn’t affect serious play too much. It’s moreso an unnecessary nod to newer players that oversimplifies the Soulcalibur system. It sure looks purdy, but it’s not a great fit.

But that doesn’t change the fact that the Soulcalibur 6 fighting system will be fantastic. We can’t wait to engage in footsies and distance management with Kilik’s staff. Not to mention this one comes out a few months ahead of Dead or Alive 6.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

You knew it was coming, and it finally happened. Battle royale has made its way into both Call of Duty and Battlefield. Call of Duty will always be Call of Duty, and it’s not known as the most innovative FPS game. But Black Ops 4 does take place in our favourite setting: Not World War II.

Early impressions of the new Blackout mode (see: battle royale) have been positive, and it features several older CoD maps stitched into one expanse of high-pitched VOIP and teenage teabaggers. The subseries has come a long way from asking Mason what the numbers mean, but there are always some highly polished campaigns to experience here, and we’ll be doing just that.

Battlefield V

As the perfect segue, Battlefield V won’t feature a traditional campaign — instead, it’s continuing its popular war stories mode, exploring the lesser known tales of World War II. This shooter will focus on areas like Norway or Northern Africa, as opposed to retreading the D-Day landing and conflicts over Paris.

We should re-emphasise how bored we are of World War II, if only to give our next point more weight. When playing Battlefield V, we were completely sold. Hate the setting, but loved the game. It was a lot of fun, and it didn’t take long to realise it.

Building fortifications was somewhat akin to Enemy Territory. You can only build them in pre-approved spots, but the maps are much more open than Enemy Territory‘s ever were. That makes us pretty excited about what routes and lines of sight you can gain or obstruct when trying to get the advantage. There’ll be a lot to learn about any given capture point.

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Card combat takes place across three separate lanes in Artifact.


Valve’s card game based on DOTA 2 is slated for late November, which doesn’t necessarily mean Artifact will actually come out then, but probably. The highly anticipated collectible card game is being designed by the original creator of Magic: The Gathering, Richard Garfield — lending some impressive weight to a project that’ll be entering an already crowded and competitive space.

While Magic remains the least random of all the major CCGs out there, Garfield has defended randomness in videogames and will be incorporating some Random Number Generation (RNG). Much less than the norm established by Hearthstone, mind you. But there’s an inherent randomness after each round, when creeps will spawn in two of the three lanes.

Its three-lane system is an extension of Legends‘ two-lane system, and fits the idea of being based on a MOBA quite well. We’re expecting good things, and hope the RNG is kept to a minimum to keep it competition-worthy.

Phoenix Point

There are a lot of X-COM-likes coming up. We’ve already had Phantom Doctrine to enjoy, and Phoenix Point together with Mutant Year Zero will well and truly scratch that itch. Phoenix Point involves Julian Gallop, designer of the original X-COM, and we were fortunate to catch up with them to talk about the game’s direction.

Thanks to the wonders of crowdfunding, it’s already wildly successful. There’ll be a more involved and strategic metagame on the world map, and you’ll be able to target specific body parts, Fallout style.

This one was pretty hard when we played it earlier this year. Player after player would try and fail the demo mission at the Game Developer’s Conference. They may have tweaked that by now, and expect difficulty settings — but either way, it’s going to be an incredible timesink.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

Another game offering top-down, turn-based tactics, Mutant Year Zero is based on a European board game. Former Hitman developers have joined the project to really nail the stealth portions, and the result is very interesting.

Mutant Year Zero seamlessly switches between real-time stealth and turn-based combat. As soon as you’re “discovered,” the game transitions to turns. Anything you can do beforehand to give yourself an advantage is fair game, but it’ll be a stealth challenge — and you won’t want to get caught out in the wrong spot.

This one also has an interesting way of dealing with RNG. Die rolls still affect whether or not you’ll hit your enemy, but modifiers have drastic effects. The extreme degree of this means you’ll likely see a lot of 0% and 100% indicators. If the shot is 40-60%, you know it must be seriously close. Anything you can do to help yourself first, like destroying the target’s cover, can bump you back up to that 100%.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Oh don’t you worry, we didn’t forget. The series that dominates every fighting game tournament, numbers-wise, is getting its Switch version. We’ve had a play of this one too, and had a lot of fun with the Splatoon character.

You can expect a steady trickle of character and stage announcements until December. After which, every videogame bar and event will have Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the projector, because hey, give the people what they want.

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Facebook India Hires Former Head of Fox’s Hotstar Streaming Service

Facebook has hired Ajit Mohan as managing director and vice president for India, the company announced Monday. Mohan will join in early 2019. Mohan was formerly chief executive officer at 21st Century Fox’s Hotstar, India’s market leader among streaming services. Under Mohan’s leadership, Hotstar achieved between 75 million and 100 million active users a month, more […]



Keira Knightley talks historic gender politics in ‘Colette’

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September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, and there’s no better time to share the story of Kennedy Cooper, a precocious girl with sickle cell disease. In her deeply personal blog for Texas Children’s Hospital, Cooper tells her story of pain and perseverance while educating the masses on the disease that affects so many. “To […]

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10 Surprising Books Every Teen Should Read Before They Graduate High School

They’ll read classics in high school, but those books shouldn’t be their only required reading.

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Here’s why Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank had to delay their engagement

Uh oh.

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By Rebecca Fearn.

Every bride-to-be wants the spotlight to be on them during their engagement, but it seems Princess Eugenie had to wait her turn.

Reports have surfaced that Eugenie and Jack – who are due to marry on 12 October – had to postpone their engagement because of Prince Harry’s proposal to Meghan Markle.

Allegedly, the couple had decided they wanted to get married as early as last year, but due to the impending royal wedding of Harry and Meghan, they had to delay their official engagement and announcement.

A source revealed the details to Vanity Fair: “It’s my understanding that Eugenie and Jack decided some time ago that they wanted to get married, and there was some talk about a wedding in 2017, but they had to wait for Harry to go first.”

This postponement has left Eugenie’s nearest and dearest feeling that she deserves a big blow-out wedding now:

“The feeling among the Yorks is that she deserves her moment in the spotlight and a big royal wedding with all the frills,” the source added.

However, it sounds as though Eugenie was pretty chill about the whole thing: “There are no bad feelings at all. Eugenie is very close to Harry, and she knows how the system works.”

Roll on October 12 – we hope the Princess gets the big day she’s been waiting for!

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‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ ticks to No. 1 in theaters

The Gothic family fantasy “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” exceeded expectations to debut with an estimated $ 26.9 million in ticket sales at the weekend box office, while audiences showed considerably less interest in Michael Moore’s Donald Trump-themed documentary, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” than…

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Michelle Williams & Her Fiancé Chad Johnson To Star In Reality TV Show About Love

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Michelle Williams has confirmed that she and her fiancé, Chad Johnson, will be starring in a new reality TV show called Chad Loves Michelle. 

The show, which is slated to premiere on OWN this fall, will follow the couple’s love journey as they transition from engagement to marriage. Viewers can expect an inside look at their pre-marital counseling sessions, how they’re managing Michelle’s mental health struggles, and their relocation to Los Angeles where they’re sleeping in separate bedrooms in an effort to refrain from having sex before marriage. 

“Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Chad and I are so excited to announce a partnership with [OWN TV] in the premiere of our new show Chad Loves Michelle #AndILoveHimToo,” Michelle wrote on Instagram. “I know, I know ‘Don’t do it,’ ‘Why in the world would you guys put yourselves out there?’ This is an awesome, unique opportunity to show what God is doing! We mutually wanted to show our journey to marriage.’


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Both Michelle and her husband-to-be will serve as executive producers on the show. Catch it Saturdays at 9 p.m., starting November 3!




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Tiger Woods Gets a Kiss From Girlfriend As He Wins First Golf Tournament in Five Years: Pic

Winners are grinners. Tiger Woods raised his arms in celebration as he won his first golf tournament in five years on Sunday, September 23, and scored a kiss from his girlfriend, Erica Herman.

The champ, 42, placed first at the 2018 Tour Championship in Atlanta — his 80th PGA title — after leading the field all weekend. It was his first win since 2013 and after several back surgeries, and the moment wasn’t lost on him, or the crowd, which cheered in excitement and loudly chanted his name.

“I had a hard time not crying coming up on that last hole,” he told the Golf Channel.

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Tiger Woods and his girlfriend Erica Herman celebrate after the final round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia. Stan Badz/PGA TOUR

Later, as he was presented with the Calamity Jane trophy, Woods admitted he had teared up as he lined up his final shot and said, “I can’t believe I’ve pulled this off.”

Another emotional moment came after he played his winning shot and he headed to the clubhouse. He was greeted by his girlfriend, who wrapped her arms around him for a long hug followed by a kiss. He could be heard thanking Herman and saying “love you” before their liplock.

USA Today reports that Herman is the general manager of Woods’ restaurant in Jupiter, Florida, and the pair have been dating since October. They were previously spotted sharing a kiss as he went to turn in his scorecard after a PGA Championship tournament in August.

She was also seen watching Wood play alongside his kids, Sam and Charlie, with ex-wife Elin Nordegren in July. Woods and Nordegren split in 2009 after reports emerged that he had been having affairs with several women. He subsequently sought treatment for sex addiction.

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‘Overlord’ Review: WWII Monster Movie That Plays Like a Celluloid ‘Wolfenstein’

What is Overlord?

On June 4, 1944, a battalion of American paratroopers are dropped into Nazi-occupied France, on a mission that’s crucial to the Allies’ success. But a Nazi commandant stands in their way, who harbours a dark secret involving evil experiments on the locals, and enemies that are no longer human.

Forget Cloverfield

Produced by J.J. Abrams under his Bad Robot banner, Overlord is an over-the-top WWII picture that combines men on a mission movie with creature feature. One that doesn’t — as previously rumoured — take place within the Cloverfield universe. But does straddle genres as effortlessly as Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane, combining action and adventure with horror, laughter, and maybe even the odd tear.

The film kicks off in startling fashion, aboard a C-47 transport carrying American soldiers to France on the eve of the war’s most important day. Their mission: to destroy a radio tower that sits on top of a church, so that the airforce can properly support the D-Day landings by sea.

Via quick-fire conversation we’re introduced to the main cast of characters. There’s Boyce (Jovan Adepo) our likeable lead who might be a bit too nice for this war malarky. Ford (Wyatt Russell) an explosives expert whose frosty exterior suggests he’s experienced the true horrors of war first-hand. Tibbet (John Magaro), a wise-cracking smart-arse with just a hint of the bully. And Chase (Iain de Caestecker) a photographer more worried about his camera than his wellbeing.

The guys are set up in effective and economical fashion; their personalities, their hopes, and most obviously their fears all well defined, so that when the proverbial hits the fan, you genuinely care about their survival. And hit it does, in breathtaking fashion as their plane is fired upon, and the soldiers are forced to parachute towards their intended target as chaos reigns in the skies.

Underground Horror

What follows starts out a pretty straightforward war adventures, the Americans endeavouring to locate each other on the ground while avoiding detection by the Nazis. They befriend a tough local called Chloe (Mathilde Ollivier), whose parents were killed by the Germans, and who therefore wants revenge of her own. And together they formulate a plane to take down the tower.

Then everything changes. Because underneath the church that’s underneath said tower, Boyce discovers true horror. With the Nazis kidnapping the villagers, and “giving them a purpose” by experimenting on their minds and bodies, in an effort to create Hitler’s desired super-race. Meaning their enemy is no longer human. And also meaning that they now have to destroy the basement as well as the tower.

And while we won’t reveal exactly what goes in their subterranean laboratories, it’s enough to earn the film Bad Robot’s first R-rating, with Overlord‘s make-up department — frequently using prosthetics over CGI — doing amazing things with torn flesh, ripped skin, and rancid open wounds.

Special mention should also go to Pilou Asbæk — best known as Euron Greyjoy in Game of Thrones — who plays the movie’s true monster in the shape of Nazi officer Wafner, a character as charming as he is evil. And who very nearly steals the film from the likeable good guys.

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Genre mash-ups like this aren’t exactly unique. And what follows is a battle between good and evil that’s reminiscent of relatively recent releases Dead Snow and Frankenstein’s Army, just done on a much larger scale.

And on the videogame front, if you’ve ever wanted to watch a film version of Wolfenstein series, you need look no further, with the movie hitting several of the same story beats.

But what sets Overlord apart is the skilled direction, and that character work that happens at the start of the movie, and continues throughout. You genuinely care about these characters, making it heartbreaking when they start losing their lives.

While the dynamic way in which director Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) pulls everything together means that the film can handle those violent shifts in tone, with Overlord an emotional rollercoaster that manages to move and thrill and scare. Sometimes within the same scene.

Is Overlord Good?

Overlord is an entertaining B-movie that’s been given a blockbuster budget, and it’s all up there onscreen, the film kicking off with that spectacular set-piece, and following it with striking action and stomach-churning horror.

The film might not bring much new to the genres it straddles, but that doesn’t matter when it’s done with such energy, commitment and skill. Making Overlord a wonderfully bizarre addition to WWII movie canon, and a seriously fun night at the pictures.

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Trailblazing Black Ballet Dancer Arthur Mitchell Dies

Arthur Mitchell, a New York City Ballet lead dancer and the co-founder of the Dance Theatre of Harlem has passed away at 84.

Mitchell defied racism and misconceptions about African Americans’ ability to study the physically challenging art of ballet. In the 1950s he became the first black dancer to join the New York City Ballet troupe–making history.

According to Famous Black People, he grew up poor in Harlem and his father spent time incarcerated. Mitchell worked an array of odd jobs: he shined shoes, mopped floors and delivered papers. He also flirted with gang life. However, his talents were recognized when he was accepted into the High School of Performing Arts in New York City. It was there that he became determined to master classical ballet.

Mitchell was particularly lauded for two performances, as “the central pas de deux in Agon in 1957, and as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1962, reported Dance Magazine; he performed a dance in the former show with a white ballerina–a highly controversial performance in 1960s America.

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The critically-acclaimed dancer received a number of awards throughout his life, including one from Dance Magazine, a Kennedy Center Honor, a MacArthur “genius” grant, and the National Medal of the Arts. Sarah L. Kaufman, a Pulitzer-prize winning dance critic for The Washington Post, called him “ballet royalty” and writes about the time she attended a dinner where Mitchell was also a guest, at The White House:

He had that trick of being exquisitely formal and playful at the same time. His face was square, sharp-boned, magazine-cover beautiful. He knew, as the best performers do, when to wait and when to seize the spotlight, as he did after the audience joined Green in belting out his soul hit “Let’s Stay Together.” Mitchell pulled Laura Bush onstage, whirled her around and turned the presidential affair into a dance party.

According to Kaufman, Mitchell co-founded The Dance Theatre of Harlem after Martin Luther King’s assassination as a form of social justice activism. He and his co-founder Karel Shook launched the theatre in a garage.

Mitchell was acutely aware of the bias surrounding black dancers and ballet. In an interview with The New Yorker he said, “there was a fallacy that blacks couldn’t do classical ballet, because they had big butts and they had flat feet, and . . . all like that.”

The Dance Theatre of Harlem posted a tribute to Mitchell on its Instagram page with the statement, “His legacy of passion, power, and perfection will live on through each and every person he’s touched in his lifetime. We love you and we honor you, Mr. Mitchell!”

Ballerina Misty Copeland has cited Mitchell as an inspiration. She also paid tribute on her social media: “You gave me so much, through our conversations, your dancing and by simply existing as a brown body in ballet. But you were so much more than a brown body. You’re an icon and hero,” she posted on Instagram.

After all his accomplishments, Mitchell realized there was still a long way to go to diversify the ballet world. In one of his last interviews with Dance Magazine, he said “Name all the companies in America. How many have a leading African-American ballerina? There’s only one in a major company, that’s Misty Copeland in American Ballet Theatre. There’s still work to be done.”

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J.J. Abrams’ produced ‘Overlord’ beats up Nazis and wins over audiences at first screening


Director Julius Avery’s Overlord screened for the first time at Fantastic Fest on Saturday, and the jam-packed war thriller has audiences buzzing with excitementCollider praises the film’s blend of gore and drama and its commitment to genreThe trailer offers enough to pique our interest – World War II but with super-soldier monsters – but early reactions promise one hell of a ride.

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New York City Ballet’s dark, seductive ‘Black Swan’-like secrets set the stage for scandal

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Anthony Bourdain’s Message of Tolerance Continues On After His Death


Anthony Bourdain had, arguably, the best job in the world. Traveling across the world to try new foods and, more importantly, learn about local culture and politics for his show Parts Unknown afforded the former chef turned bestselling author a certain worldview that left an indelible mark on his legacy. The first of the final episodes of his travel series will premiere Sept. 23 on CNN.

The season 12 premiere, screened at the Tribeca TV Festival, focuses on Bourdain’s travels to Kenya with guest W. Kamau Bell (of United Shades of America). Over local dishes like fried whole tilapia and goat’s head soup, Bell and Bourdain learn about some of the issues plaguing Kenya, like the dominance of secondhand clothes from the U.S. absolutely decimating the Kenyan textile industry, and the delicate balance local wildlife conservatories must maintain between indigenous tribes and international efforts.

While some—most notably the president—continue to view the African continent as a primitive “shithole” devoid of real culture, Bell, himself of African descent, said during a panel after the screening that Bourdain’s approach toward filming the Kenya episode couldn’t have been more different. “He did not see it as one big country. He saw it as lots of different places,” Bell said. “And he was really read into all the issues in ways that most people who do shows like this just aren’t.”

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comfortable magic pants for workWe’ve included these pants in a lot of roundups over the past year or so, but I don’t think we’ve ever featured them by themselves for a Workwear Report. Heralded by the readers as “magic pants” and “professional pajamas,” these pants are the thing you wear when you want comfort and style — certainly a solid pick for when you’re seeking comfortable workwear for late nights. They are a pull-on style, have no pockets, and have instructions to “dry clean or machine wash cold, tumble dry low.” They’re $ 168-$ 178, available in regular, petite and plus sizes, and come in a bazillion colors in the slim ankle pants (pictured in navy), as well as in straight leg full length styles. Eileen Fisher Stretch Crepe Pants

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‘Apostle’ Review: Dan Stevens Stars in Horrific Period Piece

Apostle screened at Fantastic Fest and hits Netflix on October 12.

What is Apostle?

In this gripping period piece — set in 1905 — a former missionary travels to a remote island to rescue his sister, who is being held captive by a religious cult. But when he arrives there’s no sign of said sibling. While the powers that be are onto our hero, setting in motion a tense game of cat-and-mouse, that ends badly for all involved.

A Major Departure

Apostle is a pretty major departure for director Gareth Evans. The Welshman made his name with The Raid and The Raid 2, turning him into the go-to guy for astonishing Indonesian action. But along the way he also snuck out a segment of anthology horror V/H/S 2, that acts as something of a precursor to his new release.

That extended short — set in the present day — revolves around a camera crew visiting a cult, and becoming embroiled in the horrors therein. Apostle covers much the same terrain, albeit at the turn of the last century, and at a much more stately pace.

Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Legion) plays Thomas Richardson, a former missionary who is spurred into action by a ransom letter detailing his beloved sister’s abduction. And Richardson has issues. He’s addicted to drugs. There’s a cross burned into his back. And he has the haunted look of a man who has witnessed unspeakable horrors. But he’s also unwavering in his determination to rescue his sister. Making Richardson a seriously compelling protagonist.

Thomas makes the long journey to Erisden by boat, switching tickets with another passenger so he can go undetected when he arrives. And on the island he discovers a seeming paradise, where money doesn’t change hands, freedom and equality reign, and crime has been replaced by compassion. Or so we’re told.

The cult’s leader Malcolm (Michael Sheen) worships the Goddess of the land, who speaks through him, so she may “enrich the mind’s of men.” But it quickly becomes clear that Malcolm is using religion for political means, to control and oppress his people. And we meet him at a time when something is seriously rotten in that state, the crops failing, society falling apart, and his followers starting to question Malcolm’s word.

The Secrets of the Island

What follows is a slow-burning thriller in which Thomas searches for his sister while Malcolm tracks  him. But one that turns into horror as the island’s secrets are revealed, the film taking a surprising supernatural turn that has bloody consequences for all.

So while it starts out like a cross between horror classic The Wicker Man and found footage flick The Sacrament, the film Apostle most resembles is The Witch, in terms of pace, and style, and tone. Unfortunately, at 129-minutes, the movie ultimately outstays its welcome. Indeed there’s a moment where Malcolm states that “it ends tonight,” which feels like a natural place for the story to conclude. But it doesn’t, with Thomas’s mission continuing for what feels like an age.

It looks amazing however, cinematographer Matt Flannery capturing the both the beauty and the brutality of the island. While the horror is illustrated in graphic fashion, making it frequently hard to look at the screen. And this being Gareth Evans, there are snatches of the amazing action with which he made his name, Stevens kicking ass in a style that’s reminiscent of his fantastic turn in The Guest.

But The Raid this ain’t, with Apostle a more sedate affair. But one that’s no less powerful, attacking organised religion head-on, shocking with its hardcore horror, and proving that Evans is much more than just the action guy.

Is Apostle Good?

Apostle is far too long, and it times it feels like the material would have been better served as a mini-series rather than a single feature. But there are moments of greatness peppered throughout. Michael Sheen eats up the scenery as Malcolm, a magnetic presence who improves the film whenever he’s onsreen. And it’s nice to hear him using his own accent for once.

The oppressive atmosphere is impressively maintained throughout, the film feeling like a waking nightmare at times. The brief action is as good as you’d expect. And the movie has much to say about the corrupting influence of greed and power. Making Apostle Gareth Evans’ most intelligent and thought-provoking movie yet. If not quite his best.

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Hot List: Here’s what’s new in your favourite stores and online this week

Marie Claire’s edit of the best things to buy, browse and book

Allow us to introduce: hot list. Whether it’s some much-needed pampering, a quick interiors update, a cool event to book tickets for or a wardrobe refresh, here’s Marie Claire’s edit of the best ways to indulge.

Here at Marie Claire HQ we’re constantly seeking out secret sales, new brands, fun events, exclusive beauty treatments and cool coffee table books. We also love updating our home with a cool new piece of pottery, art or a delicious new candle.

We’ve rounded-up all the coolest things to do, see and buy this week. There are new store openings, new fashion brands, A-list collaborations, grooming updates and generally gorgeous and useful things to know so that your downtime is as stylish as you are.

This is your ultimate shopping list, so check in with us every week so you can hit the shops fully informed on what’s new and cool each week. Click through to see our favourite picks…

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Colin Kaepernick To Be Awarded Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal

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Keke Palmer Shows Off New Tattoo On Instagram [PHOTO]

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Keke Palmer grew up before our eyes and is now showing just how grown she is. She went from Hollywood actress to a singer, songwriter and a dancer. Keke was recently on vacation in Budapest and while there gave fans a view of her new tattoo.

According to The Jasmine Brand, the tattoo was done by Vivien Vamosi. The tattoo is placed on the side of her stomach and is of flowers as well as butterflies. Keke used her hand to cover up her breast as she took the picture.

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Keke said in the post, “Eight hours of pure pain. The first 5/6hrs I was completely fineeee. Handling the pain perfectly well … then IT BECAME WAYYY TO REPETITIVE. Going over the same spots repeatedly lmao omg. Lining, shading, coloring 😩 and I refused to break it into two sessions 😭. Thank you @vivitattoos5, I love it. A wonderful memento from my time in Budapest and an awesome addition to what was once just one lone sunflower and butterfly ❤🙌🏾🙏🏾.” The tattoo goes from her armpit to her waist.

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Michael B. Jordan Announced As The First Global Face Of Coach Men’s Wear [Video]

NEW YORK — Coach has announced that actor and producer Michael B. Jordan has been chosen as the first global face of the Coach menswear business. Jordan’s partnership with Coach will include global advertising campaigns for men’s ready-to-wear, accessories and fragrance, beginning with the Spring 2019 season. The partnership will also include special design projects with Creative Director Stuart Vevers and philanthropic endeavors with the Coach Foundation.

Founded in New York more than 75 years ago, Coach began as a men’s accessories brand and has built its reputation on leather innovation and craftsmanship. Today, it is a global fashion brand defined by a free-spirited attitude rooted in New York City. Jordan, a star who is redefining Hollywood standards as a leading man and producer, creating opportunity and empowering the careers of others, is also a long-time friend of the brand and shares Coach’s belief in the modern American Dream and values of optimism and inclusivity.

“I’m honored to be joining the Coach family and have so much respect for Stuart Vevers’ vision,” said Jordan. “I’m looking forward to jumping into the creative process and exploring fashion through a different lens.”

“Michael is cool and authentic, and he really embodies the Coach guy,” said Vevers. “I’ve had the chance to get to know Michael over the last couple of years. He always looks great in Coach, so it felt really natural to build our relationship.”

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Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Adds Color to Sci-Fi Heroism

Alita: Battle Angel, the live-action adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s cyberpunk action manga Gunnm (known as Battle Angel Alita in the West), hits U.S. theaters this December. The Hollywood film hopes to achieve something no other adaptation has: box office success. FANDOM got the chance to sit down with Alita‘s producer, Jon Landau; writer/director, Robert Rodriguez; and Alita herself, Rosa Salazar at Crunchyroll Expo to discuss the difficulties the filmmakers have faced, the importance of diversity in Alita: Battle Angel, and the possibility of a sequel.

The Problem With Hollywood Adaptations

Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell
Johansson’s portrayal of the Japanese Mokoto Kusanagi drew the ire of both fans and non-fans.

Lately, the words “live-action adaptation” are often met with eye-rolls or outright scorn, and it’s not just anime fans who are skeptical. A quick glance at the box office numbers or Rotten Tomatoes score of any recent adaptation, and it becomes clear that moviegoers, in general, dislike these films.

Take Dragonball Evolution or Death Note (2017), for example; online discussions of these films are full of fans and non-fans alike who disliked these adaptations. Poor acting, changing the source material, hokey special effects — it’s enough to keep anyone out of the theaters. The recent Ghost in the Shell adaptation infamously tried to break free of this curse by casting Scarlett Johansson as its star, Mokoto Kusanagi.

That’s right, a white woman played a Japanese character, and it went exactly as you might expect. Cries of whitewashing rang out before the film even hit theaters, where it subsequently tanked — despite Johansson’s supposed star appeal.

So, how does one go about creating an adaptation with just the right elements to satisfy everyone? Well, if you’re Jon Landau, you don’t focus on selling movies with a big name — but a big heart.

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According to Landau, it's emotional scenes like this one that will make the adaptation stand out.

“I don’t want to take anything away from other movies, but [Alita: Battle Angel] is a movie that’s all about heart. It’s about creating a character that’s emotive, engaging — and that you feel something. Why? Because you see her feel something. You said you saw the trailer. There’s a shot in there where she cries. You can’t pick that moment out of any of those other films you are talking about.”

Landau might be on to something. The visually stunning Ghost in the Shell fell short in the story department, leaving many to feel something got lost in translation. Alita: Battle Angel, on the surface, appears to be on a similar path. The latest trailer dazzled us with stunning effect and action. However, Salazar, echoing Landau, insists it has more to offer, which is partially due to the film’s Latinx star and director.

“I mean, you have two Latinos behind the camera here,” Salazar beams. “You’re going to get a lot of emotion. You’re going to get that heart. I think the heart, the relationships, are built. It doesn’t take, you know, a whole movie necessarily to start to build a relationship. It’s just these relationships [in Alita], they form very organically, but they are there. It’s not like introduce a character, introduce this character, ‘why are we here?’ Explosion. There’s a real reason to care here.”

A Realistic Character in a Manga World

There’s also a real reason for fans to get excited. The latest trailer showed off a near-perfect recreation of the manga’s world, including a deep dive into the Scrapyard, where the story takes place, and a peek at the aerial city of Zalem (or Tiphares) from below. Clearly, Rodriguez and Landau have done their homework.

“I think we really looked at the movie as an opportunity to, for one of the first times ever, really bring a manga to life — and pay homage to the style of it, but incorporate it into a Hollywood cinematic world,” explains Landau.

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Alita may look like a manga character, but we can still tell that Salazar portrays her.

To pull this off, they made the main character as realistic as possible. “Our biggest challenge really was the character of Alita and being able to push her far enough that it did pay that homage to the manga, but not make her unrelatable or not accessible,” says Landau. “ And I think that when … you get into [the film], you forget, and you just accept her in this world. And coming up with the design for that and the execution of that, that people forget [Alita is a CGI character], was the biggest challenge.

The combination of motion capture and CGI seemingly work well together in Alita: Battle Angel. So much so that Alita is the spitting image of Salazar, even with anime eyes. “I had a guy at a coffee shop recognize me from the trailer. I thought, ‘This is great. I will amass some fame, and then I’ll be unrecognizable.’ They’re making it so photoreal.”

Making Room at the Table for a Latinx Sci-Fi Lead

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Sci-fi heroines like Ellen Ripley have rightly become icons, but it's time to make room for Latinx and other women of color.

But maintaining Salazar’s appearance in Alita: Battle Angel does more than just result in a hyper-accurate depiction of the title character. It gives us something that Hollywood has sorely lacked: a badass Latinx sci-fi heroine.

Ellen Ripley, Sarah Connor, Princess Leia, these are usually the first names to come to mind when thinking of iconic sci-fi heroines. Salazar’s casting could change that by opening the door to new Latinx talent.

But this isn’t a case of diversity for diversity’s sake. Salazar explains: “I was lucky to be cast based purely on my performance. That was like talent recognizing talent and wanting to come together to collaborate. It wasn’t like a diversity hire, which is, it’s very different, that kind of hire. … I was lucky to get in the room.”

The star also hasn’t forgotten her upbringing, or how far she’s come. “I was really fortunate to be able to go on this journey, and I really do hope it changes things because I’m just a poor girl from D.C., and I don’t look like a lot of the heroines that I look up to. You mention Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor, of course, and even Rose [from Titanic] — I didn’t look like that either. If anything, I was below the level with the rats and the jig dancing.

“But yeah, it feels amazing.”

The Impact of Representation

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When you’re from an underrepresented group, seeing someone who looks like you starring in a heroic role is everything.

This year’s UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report put official numbers behind what we already knew: Latinx actors are underrepresented in Hollywood. Only 2.7% of roles in the top movies of 2016 were played by Latinx actors. Not only that, films with Latinx (or Black) leads are distributed in fewer international markets than other films. It’s why the success of films like Alita is crucial. However, despite this, Salazar remains hopeful that she’ll be a guiding light for others.

“I don’t feel the weight of [being a Latinx sci-fi lead],” Salazar says. “I feel the responsibility of it, and I feel like I really cut my teeth taking the right steps to build my craft and the right steps in my career. That is essentially what got me to this point, and to show that you can take those steps as a woman of any color and you can achieve that goal in this new world, it’s a beautiful thing. It’s a really beautiful thing.”

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I really do hope it changes things because I’m just a poor girl from D.C., and I don’t look like a lot of the heroines that I look up to. — Rosa Salazar

“And it is for us as well, you know,” Landau adds. “[F]or us to be able to introduce playing [Alita], a woman of color, that’s very exciting for us, not just for Rosa. But I think to show the world, especially in today’s day and age, I think it’s more important than ever to show that.”

There’s nothing quite like seeing someone who looks like you on the big screen, something that Salazar is also aware of: “[W]hen you hear the Latin youth go like, ‘Oh my god,’ to just feel how excited everyone is, that’s just, what a gift. That’s just beautiful. Yeah, I feel very proud. I feel like I am ready to take on that responsibility. Totally, I want to see that. I was rushing the gate.

Alita: Battle Angel’s star and director, along with its South American setting, means that we might actually get a rich (perhaps multilingual) adaptation that accurately depicts the diversity found in the manga series.

What to Keep and What to Cut

Ido pulls Alita out the trash in the manga
Daisuke Ido pulls Alita from the trash in the original manga, a moment the movie keeps.

James Cameron worked on the script for Alita: Battle Angel for quite some time before handing his tome-like work over to Rodriguez. Yet despite the script’s length, it had a clear focal point. “[Cameron] found a very specific area to focus on, which is the first couple of stories,” Rodriguez explains. “You introduce Ido with her, and also bring Yugo into it, and then pull some motorball.”

But there’s more to the story than the ever-popular (and violent) motorball scenes. Those who’ve read Battle Angel Alita know that it’s also about Alita’s relationship with others, something Cameron picked up on.

“I thought the area he was focused on helped him focus mostly on the relationship [between Alita and Ido] first and building her up, giving her a really good arc for the first story,” notes Rodriguez. “Even though it was the only story that has a good arc — where she goes from someone who is literally in the trash heap, which is the best opening, and then getting to find out what her inner power really is. I mean, that’s a great story from beginning to end.”

Alita in the misdst of battle
Alita's unlocked powers lead to a journey of self-discovery.

But as Salazar points out, Kishiro’s world is also full of “amazing supporting characters” — like hunter-warrior Murdock or the orphan Koyomi — who pay off later in the manga. Rodriguez, fully aware of this, elaborates, “So, it’s like, some of these [characters] might have to just be introduced later so they can pay off later… and for this story, who all do we need? And what elements does the story need? So it’s a process more of elimination cause there’s obviously a ton of great material.”

What About the Rest of the Story?

Alita in the Badlands in the manga
The live-action adaptation won't take us to the Badlands just yet.

With Alita: Battle Angel only tackling a fraction of the source material, you might assume that this new film will be a part of a trilogy — or at least have a sequel in the works. (After all, Rodriguez confirmed to FANDOM that we wouldn’t venture out to the Badlands or actually see Zalem from up high.) But that’s not the plan at all.

“I think the key to any successful property that becomes a franchise is the first movie has to work standalone,” says Landau. “I think that was one of everybody’s goals … to tell a complete, succinct story. The public decides afterward [if they want a sequel], but we didn’t want to go in with the hubris that, hey, we’re going to go in, and we’re going to be making three movies.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean the filmmakers don’t want to explore Kishiro’s cyberpunk world further. Salazar, in particular, can’t wait to jump back into her role. “I want to go to Zalem,” Salazar exclaims. “When I asked Jim, I was like, ‘Hey, when are we making two, man?’ I’m like high on the process, and I’m like, ‘We gotta do that number two.’ He said, ‘We’ll let the audience tell us.’ And I touched my heart like, oh, yeah, that’s what you want to hear actually. You want them to respond to your film and let you know. That’s the way to do it. I’m learning so much obviously from the titans of making films.”

Alita: Battle Angel hits U.S. theaters on December 21, 2018.

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Justin Theroux on Jennifer Aniston Split: It Was ‘the Most Gentle Separation’

Opening up. Justin Theroux is finally addressing his split from Jennifer Aniston.

In an article published in The New York Times on Saturday, September 22, Theroux spoke out for the first time about his February breakup with the Dumplin’ actress, 49.

“The good news is that was probably the most — I’m choosing my words really carefully — it was kind of the most gentle separation, in that there was no animosity,” the Maniac actor, 47, told the publication. “In a weird way, just sort of navigating the inevitable perception of it is the exhausting part.”

He also gave some insight into what caused distance between the two. “These are actually in reality small events that take place. But everything can feel like 10 on the Richter scale if you make the headline big enough and salacious enough.”

Now, seven months later, Theroux says he’s adjusting well, noting that breakups in Hollywood are of a different beast due to what he called a “kind of carny lifestyle” with frequent scenery changes. “[It] doesn’t have that seismic shift of an ordinary couple, where everything is, like, you have to tear a baby in half,” he said. “Neither one of us is dead, neither one of us is looking to throw hatchets at each other. It’s more like, it’s amicable. It’s boring, but, you know, we respected each other enough that it was as painless as it could be.”

He continued: “It was heartbreaking only in the sense that the friendship would not be the same, as far as just the day to day. But the friendship is shifting and changing, you know, so that part is something that we’re both very proud of.”

Theroux also hinted that he may be dating again, responding to questions about his love life by saying, “Is this the part where I coyly raise an eyebrow and not answer the question?”

Aniston, for her part, isn’t too emotionally broken up, either:  “It’s pretty crazy,” she said in August. “The misconceptions are ‘Jen can’t keep a man,’ and ‘Jen refuses to have a baby because she’s selfish and committed to her career.’”

She continued: “Or that I’m sad and heartbroken. First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken. And second, those are reckless assumptions. No one knows what’s going on behind closed doors. No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me. They don’t know what I’ve been through medically or emotionally.”

A source told Us Weekly in March that the one-time loving twosome had barely spoken since the split. “She wishes the best for Justin. They had some wonderful times together but are better off going in separate directions,” the source said, with a separate insider noting, “After taking a step back, it’s very clear to Jen that they were not suited for one another.”

As Us revealed in July, the Friends alum is also dating again, with a source revealing that she was being wooed by multiple men at the time. “Jen’s group is excited that she’s dating again,” an Aniston insider said.

The former couple, who tied the knot in August 2015 after four years of dating, released a joint statement to Us at the time of their separation: “In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation. This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”

The statement concluded: “Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly. Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.”

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Twitter Sounds Off On High-Fashion Homeless-Looking Sneakers

New sneakers are a luxury not frequently afforded to many people living below the poverty line. As a result, taping, stitching, and wearing old, holey shoes is an unfortunate norm, not a fashion statement, for those struggling to make ends meet and afford basic life necessities. While poverty is an epidemic that many try to escape, it also appears to be a source of inspiration for some fashion designers selling high-end derelict-looking items.

Social media users blasted Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, an Italian high fashion sneaker brand, for its new $ 530 “Superstar Taped” sneakers, which are covered with duct tape across the toe and heel. Nordstrom’s website describes the “distressed leather sneaker” as having “crumply, hold-it-all-together tape” and a “grungy rubber cupsole.” Twitter users, however, said the scuffed, battered-looking shoes are offensive and make a mockery of the poor.

There are people in the world wearing plastic bags as shoes because they can’t afford any but these HIDEOUS things are selling for $ 500, one person wrote in a profanity-laced tweet that’s been liked more than 49,000 times.

Others tweeted that the shoes are distasteful and represent the epitome of capitalism.

One user said paying hundreds of dollars for worn-looking shoes is a waste of money.

Another user said that the sneaker, which is part of Golden Goose’s new fall ’18 collection, is glorifying poverty.

On the other hand, some defended Golden Goose, noting that the Venice-based brand is known for selling vintage clothing since its launch in 2000. “Why are people acting like Golden Goose making beat-up sneakers is new? They’ve BEEN around. People in Italy actually enjoy that distressed look in everything,” wrote a private Twitter account user, according to The Independent.

Profiting Off The Poor

This is not the first time that Golden Goose has come under fire for its shabby-looking merchandise—nor is it the only luxury designer selling products like this. Back in 2016, the brand was blasted for a similar style shoe that included ripped laces and silver duct tape. In response to critics, Golden released a statement, calling itself a pioneer in pre-distressed footwear and clothing.

“[Our] company is proud to highlight its pioneering role in the booming of the distressed look, one of the current biggest trends in fashion,” the Venetian label said in a statement to Us magazine. “The duct-tape reinforcements appearing on the [Superstar sneaker] style pay homage to the West Coast’s skater culture — professional skaters, who have inspired the brand’s shoe collections from the beginning, repair their shoes with the same kind of tape,” reads the statement, reports

Maison Margiela, a French luxury fashion house, also currently has scruffy-styled sneakers on the market. The brands leather “Fusion Sneakers” are decorated with glue, duct tape, and stitches. They’re being sold for over $ 1,600.


Likewise, hip-hop star and fashion designer Kanye West caught a lot of flak with the release of Yeezy fashion collection, which featured dilapidated merch that he, himself, described as “ripped homeless sweaters.” It was priced at over $ 2,000.

Meanwhile, a Canadian restaurant owner was slammed last summer for opening a bar in Brooklyn, New York, that featured a wall decorated with bullet holes. Critics accused the owner of glamorizing the violence and poverty that existed in the Crown Heights neighborhood back when it was largely populated by working-class people of color, before being gentrified.

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Kevin Hart Talks Diversity in Hollywood at ‘Night School’ Premiere

Comedy wasn’t the only thing taking center stage during the premiere of Kevin Hart’s new movie, Night School. The star, and members of the all-star team behind the film, kicked off the 22nd Urbanworld Film Festival with messages about the importance of continuing the push for diversity in Hollywood.

“This is yet another labor of love that is produced, directed, written, and starring folks that look just like you and me and I’m very proud,” producer Will Packer said as he introduced the film.

“I’m so honored to be here. I’m somebody that has been supported by festivals like this and people like you. You’re my peers, you are the next generation of filmmakers that are coming up,” Packer said to the audience packing the SVA Theater on opening night of the festival.

“I win because you win; when you win, I win. I want to thank you so much for being here, for being in the room. If we’re not in the room, we can’t influence what happens and help take things to the next level.”

The importance of black film festivals to the careers of black filmmakers and to the effort to advance diversity in Hollywood was underscored by the movie’s director, Malcolm Lee. It was a homecoming of sorts for Lee, who got his start at Urbanworld almost two decades ago.

“Nineteen years ago at this festival I launched my first movie, The Best Man,” Lee said. “And it was the word of mouth of this festival that propelled us to a No. 1 ranking at the box office—a whopping $ 9 million. That’s what was success back in 1999.”

Packer and Lee were joined onstage by some of the Night School cast: comedian Tiffany Haddish, rapper Fat Joe, and Hart, who produced, wrote, and stars in the film.

“As he told you this is our seventh movie,” the star said of frequent collaborator Packer. “We’ve had a lot of success together. Four number ones, two number twos. We’re hoping to have another No. 1.”

‘Night School’ producer Will Packer, director Malcolm D. Lee and stars Tiffany Haddish, Fat Joe and Kevin Hart at UrbanWorld promoting their new film ‘Night School.’
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Hart also gave credit to Lee, a “new addition to my entertainment career, but a very valuable one,” calling him “an amazing director, a guy who understands comedy at a very high level and understands an ensemble cast and brings the best out of everybody.”

Haddish not only received praise from her co-star, but a standing ovation from the crowd. “I’m very fortunate to get this woman in this movie, especially when we got her—as the star continues to rise. I just want to take time to celebrate this woman the way she should be celebrated because success is earned, it’s not given. And the opportunities that she now has have been earned.”

“I know where you came from and I know the work that you put into your craft and I know what you have coming,” Hart told Haddish, congratulating her on her recent Emmy award.

But Hart saved his most passionate commentary for last, as he spoke of the work that’s being done to solve the problem of diversity in Hollywood.

“We’re in a business where people of color have asked for opportunity. We’re now in a position where people of color are not only getting these opportunities, but we’re getting recognized. I can say that this road to equality is a long road that we’re fighting for but, that we’re seeing progress.”

“When you see people in a position where they’re winning, and they’re one of us, celebrate those people and don’t choose to tear them down, because you become a part of the problem,” Hart continued. “Celebrate us when we see us winning. We can’t win as people if we don’t allow us to open up the doors for more of us. It’s that simple.”

Haddish, with her perfect comedic timing, then chimed in to add “And if you ain’t got nothing nice to say, don’t say nothing at all.”

For more on the premiere, check out Urbanworld’s video recap:

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The best highlighter for your glowiest skin ever

The fastest way to get an added radiance boost

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First came contouring, then came the best highlighter in every shade, finish and intensity imaginable.

With so many on the beauty market, it can be overwhelming to know which is the best highlighter for you to stock up on.

Read on as the Marie Claire beauty team chart the latest and greatest formulas, from liquids to powders and everything in between.

Best drugstore highlighter

NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder, £9, Boots

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NYX makes some of the best highlighters you’ll get your hands on for under a tenner, available in rosy blush and bronze finishes. Don’t be put off by the blue shade – it adds a bright, silvery, ethereal glow that’s out of this world. Collect them all!

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, £59, Space NK

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When it comes to the best highlighter palettes, Hourglass users are rarely (read: never) disappointed. Their Amibent Lighting Palette gives skin a gleam in different blushing shades and makes it instantly look five times healthier, whatever the weather. Dust all over for a radiant glow or apply to cheekbones to make your whole face pop.

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Iconic London Illuminator Drops, £33, House of Fraser

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Iconic’s highlighting drops are, well, pretty iconic in the beauty community. Liquid highlighter is great because it’s so versatile: for a seriously extra chrome glow, apply these drops straight onto skin; or mix a drop with your best foundation or moisturiser for an overall healthy finish to your skin.

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Best highlighter for fair skin

BURBERRY Fresh Glow Stick in Nude Radiance, £25, Fabled

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Developed with the help of legendary make-up artist Wendy Rowe, you can see why this is the perfect stick for highlighting dozens of models backstage at fashion week; it’s super-quick and easy to use and creates a natural-looking radiance in seconds. The colour finish is a creamy, butter like shade, making it perfect for fairer skin tones.

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Glossier Haloscope, £18,

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Instagrammble brand Glossier, brought to you by blogger extraordinaire Emily Weiss, has completely taken off since its UK launch. Their Haloscope stick highlighters contain a sheen, crystal-enriched highlighting formula as well as a solid balm core to up your skin’s sheen. Plus, the stick formula makes them handbag-friendly for on the go glow ups.

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Now go forth and shine bright.

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Film Review: ‘A Happening of Monumental Proportions’

Some projects presumably gather their own momentum heedless of whether they ought to have gotten rolling in the first place. A first directorial and screenplay feature for actors Judy Greer and Gary Lundy, respectively, “A Happening of Monumental Proportions” boasts a cast of worthy names (down to some significant cameos), no doubt each of whom […]



Kim Kardashian finds Kanye West ‘exhausting’ and ‘overwhelming’

Even Kim Kardashian is having trouble taking “Mercy” on Kanye West amid his latest tirade.

The reality TV star found her husband’s blabbering this week “exhausting” and “overwhelming,” a source close to Kardashian told People mag.

First, West told the crowd at a Monday open-mic event in Chicago…

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Will Smith Makes Stand-Up Comedy Debut Opening Up For Dave Chappelle [PHOTO]

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Will Smith has been making us dance and laugh for year. For the past couple months he’s also been entertaining us with everything he does on Instagram. This week he got a chance to perform at a surprise comedy show in Los Angeles at the Peppermint Club.


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Billboard reports that the evening was filled with unforgettable laughs and Smith actually made his stand-up comedy debut and got the opportunity to open for Dave Chappelle. Before he began performing Smith told the audience to do stand-up was on his bucket list. He also talked about adding bungie jumping from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon.

While on stage he joked about his love of social media even though he joined it late. The love he has for his family and even shouted out his wife, Jada Pinkett and daughter, Willow Smith who were in the audience.

After Will left the stage, Chappelle said, “There’s a new sheriff in town!”

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‘Halloween’ Review: Solid Sequel That Lacks the Simplicity of the Original

What Is Halloween?

Michael Myers is back. The masked killer who murdered his sister — then 15 years later, a group of teens — has been in prison for 40 years. But he escapes the night before Halloween and makes his way back to Haddonfield, where he has plans for Laurie Strode, the girl that got away.

Changing the Narrative

The new Halloween takes an unusual approach to the sequel business, picking up the many films that followed John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, and throwing them out the upstairs window and onto the grass below. The new chapter, a direct sequel to the original, connects with heroine Laurie Strode precisely 40 years after Michael Myers massacred her friends during what’s now called “The Babysitter Murders.”

And it’s a very different Laurie we meet today. One who has been bruised, battered, and broken by that tragedy. Retreating into herself, Laurie has spent four decades waiting for the killer to come home, imprisoning herself in a heavily secured compound, building up an arsenal, alienating two husbands, and having her daughter removed from her care. She calls herself a “basket case,” but Laurie knows what’s coming, and she’s determined to be ready — and will do whatever it takes to protect her family.

Unfortunately, the film doesn’t spend nearly enough time on her story. The first half instead focuses on a pair of English podcasters recording a Serial-style podcast about the events of that fateful Halloween night. The pair visits the now 60-something Michael in prison to talk to him, and provoke him, in a scene that looks amazing — Myers chained up in a courtyard, on what looks like a giant red chess set, and surrounded by equally sick individuals — but sadly plays a little silly.

So when we should be learning about Laurie’s PTSD, and the way in which her pain and grief has affected both her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Mattichak), we’re instead listening to the podcasters’ unnecessary exposition —  and watching them enable Michael to reclaim his mask and return home in a contrived and clumsy fashion.

Michael Kills

The first half of the film is all over the place, checking in on Laurie but also introducing doctors, police officers, horny teenagers, and members of the Strode clan. The film gives them little time to establish themselves and make their mark on the audience before the killing begins.

And begin it does. The second half of the flick follows Michael on a gruesome killing spree as he journeys back to Haddonfield, and towards Laurie and her girls. But director David Gordon Green and his co-writers Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley take an unusual approach to those kills, choosing to show the aftermath of much of his mayhem rather than the acts themselves. Their finest moment is a riveting tracking shot that follows Myers in and out of houses as he delivers brutal death, sometimes offscreen.

The filmmakers have filled the film with Easter eggs, with new Halloween echoing and shadowing the original, frequently poking fun at it, and using the audience’s knowledge of that celluloid history to great effect. It’s a very funny flick, with Green and McBride putting their comedy skills to good use, and the jokes rarely feel out of place. Though the way in which Allyson loses her phone is pretty painful. And not in a good way.

Unfortunately, the movie builds and builds towards that final face-off between good and evil, but fails to stick the landing. The sight of three generations of Strodes doing battle with ‘The Shape’ oftentimes feels silly and underwhelming when it should have us on our feet.

Is Halloween Good?

When dealing with Laurie, Halloween is terrific. Jamie Lee Curtis delivers a career-best performance as a woman who has been driven mad by both the events of October 31st, and the fact that no one will believe what she knows to be true: that Michael Myers will return.

Her interactions with her daughter and granddaughter, the way in which she has passed on her paranoia and neuroses, and the exploration of that generational trauma, is genuinely affecting.

The narrative also features dopey teens, dumb journalists, and eccentric doctors, however. These characters annoy, frustrate, and slow proceedings down so that the film feels like every one of its 109 minutes. The new Halloween is a solid sequel, but one that lacks both the simplicity and efficiency of its predecessor.

Halloween was reviewed at Fantastic Fest and hits screens October 19.

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Do You Keep Your Personal Life Private at Work?

how to keep certain parts of your personal life private at workKeeping aspects of your personal life private at work may feel necessary to you, or it may just be a personal preference. Maybe you’re worried that certain information about your life outside of work will make you a source of coworker gossip, or lead people to stereotype you, or even cost you your job. Or maybe you feel that some parts of your personal life simply aren’t anyone’s business. We thought it’d be interesting to talk about the things that readers prefer to keep quiet at the office — and why. Readers, do you keep certain parts of your personal life private at work? What parts, and why? 

We’ve frequently discussed this issue in the past, including discussions on how to deal with nosy coworkers, and LOTS of talk on medical issues (how to announce your pregnancy at work, decide whether to tell coworkers about your miscarriage, deal with frequent doctors’ appointments, make time for therapy, share a diagnosis like ADHD or autism), handling political talk at the office, and you keep your personal life private at work

The posts linked above highlight many possibilities for topics you’d rather your coworkers didn’t know about — but of course, there are many other issues that you might only feel comfortable discussing with friends and/or family members. So, do tell: Do you tend to keep your personal life private at work, or are you more of an open book? What would you rather not reveal to your coworkers? Health problems, religious beliefs, family issues, unusual hobbies or activities, political opinions, tattoos/piercings? On the flip side, is there anything you’ve discovered about a coworker’s personal life that made you see that person differently, either in positive or negative ways?

I connected with several women who shared aspects of their lives that they feel they shouldn’t or can’t share at work. That information included everything from mental health conditions to political views. I enjoy the series “25 Famous Women On” at The Cut (they do similar roundups with not-so-famous women, too), so here’s “14 Women on Keeping Your Personal Life Private at Work”:

1. Helen M., Seattle: “One thing I typically keep to myself is that I attend church. I’ve found it exhausting to combat the assumption that practicing religion [equals] conservative and/or fundamentalist. This is not just at work but also socially.”

2. Natasha C., Rochester, New York: “My workplace is very conservative, so I keep my LGBT status and liberal political leanings very quiet, except among a few, who also keep these secrets. You just never know what people will do to hurt your career because they don’t agree with your ‘lifestyle choices.’”

3. Ashley Austrew, Omaha, Nebraska: “I don’t talk about my depression and anxiety with coworkers, even though I am a writer and have written about it quite a bit. For some reason, talking about it makes me feel like they will see me differently, even if I know they’ve probably read things I’ve said about it.”

4. Kerry, New Jersey: “I have Type 1 diabetes and am legally blind in one eye. Oh, and I’m a transplant recipient. And chose my profession based on how long I was projected to keep my eyesight at age 22.”

5. Karin, New York City: “I don’t feel like explaining my whole life to coworkers; they usually don’t share my interests or life experiences so it’s more likely to cause them to view me as an outsider. And that doesn’t help my career prospects. Once you become ‘other,’ you’ll never be seen as part of the team and they’ll get rid of you first.”

6. Chris M., Rhode Island: “I’m a quiet person, so I probably don’t share a lot unless in a one-on-one discussion with a coworker that I am comfortable with. I don’t discuss my husband’s depression and limit what I discuss of a personal nature with anyone in a position above me. I should add that I’m in a manager role, too, so I try to walk the line of what I present to others carefully. I want to make sure people feel comfortable coming to me, so in that way I share some of my personal struggles in way to help them know they are not alone, but I pick and choose what I share carefully.”

7. Allison R., Chicago [formerly of San Francisco]: “I keep any strong feelings I have that comment on other people’s life choices private (religion, politics, drugs, last name-changing, etc.) but I have a few colleagues I talk to about most things, as we are friends. Though in San Francisco especially, most people would joke about drugs at my workplace a bit. Generally things that are too opinionated, I try to keep to myself.”

8. K.G., Pennsylvania: “The fact that I’m actually a pretty soft-spoken and quiet person outside of work. I’m way more assertive and direct at work than anywhere else (working on extending that to my personal life).”

9. Yu, California: “Something I don’t tell my colleagues is that I’m a pole dancer. I do it mostly for fitness purposes, since pole requires lots of strength. I perform in dance studios’ showcases occasionally. At my previous workplace I told my colleagues and my supervisors because it was a very supportive environment. I’m at a new place now so I’m unsure about revealing it yet.”

10. Sarah A., Ardmore, Pennsylvania: “My queerness, my mental health problems (I’ve always been told talking about my depression and anxiety could scare away potential employers), my weight, my income (this is a big one, I feel like people casually talk about their expenses and other things that make me super uncomfortable to discuss), my outside-of-work attire and tattoos/aesthetic.”

11. L.R., Alabama: “The fact that I am leaving the job as soon as possible because I dislike this town and my spouse detests everything about living in Alabama. Everyone I work with is a lifer who loves it here.”

12. Sara B., Maryland: “Working with two male physicians who are both older (and have more experience) than I do, I am careful to appear confident in my decisions, even when I’m more like 95% confident most of the time. I am generally too quick to share my insecurities with coworkers and I believe this is something more common to women in the workplace. Also, I save my complaining for home.”

13. A.L., Boston: “I’m non-monogamous/polyamorous. I live with a partner of six years who has another partner of five years.”

14. J.M., Indianapolis: “I don’t reveal how nerdy I really am. My line of work tends to value ‘cool,’ and I am decidedly uncool. I get excited about stuff nobody at work could ever identify with. I really have to tone this down at work and fake coolness.”

Let’s hear from you, readers: Are you careful to keep aspects of your personal life private at work, or are you more laid-back about it? If it’s the former, is that because you learned the hard way that being open about some things can be risky? Have you shared things at one employer that you’ve kept quiet at another? Do you reveal details to work friends that you’d never mention to your boss? (To go with  yesterday’s discussion on the idea of having distinct wardrobes for the weekend you vs. weekday you  – how different do you choose to look when you’re “off-duty,” if at all?)


‘FBI’ takes viewers on dramatic NYC ride-along

“Law & Order ” franchise creator Dick Wolf is one of the executive producers of CBS’ new fall series, “FBI.” So you know what that means: reliable, meat-and-potatoes drama that doesn’t reinvent the wheel but also won’t disappoint viewers who’ve tuned into all of those Wolf-produced procedurals (cops, firemen, lawyers, doctors) for nearly 30 years….
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Carrie Underwood gets emotional at Walk of Fame ceremony

Carrie Underwood, who shot to fame after winning ‘American Idol’ in 2005, gets emotional as she receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rough Cut – no reporter narration.

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Naomi Osaka Becomes Brand Ambassador for Nissan

US Open champion Naomi Osaka signed a three-year endorsement deal Thursday with Japanese carmaker Nissan, according to Business Insider. The Japanese-Haitian tennis player had been relatively unknown before she lifted her first Grand Slam title this month against veteran Serena Williams. The match became infamous for Williams’ fiery comments toward the presiding umpire. However, several onlookers […]

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Duchess Meghan joined by her mother for launch of London Grenfell cookbook

Meghan Markle, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, was joined by her mother and husband Prince Harry on Thursday for the launch of a charity recipe book to help a community cooking project set up in the wake of London’s Grenfell Tower fire disaster.
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Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of The New Group’s THE TRUE

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Cary Joji Fukunaga To Direct James Bond 25

The director of big star movies Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the 25th official James Bond edition. His name was announced Thursday by producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and the lead actor Daniel Craig. “Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig announced today that Bond 25 will begin filming at Pinewood Studios on 4 March 2019 under the helm of director, Cary Joji Fuku
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SVU’s Detective Olivia Benson ‘Is the Mother of #MeToo’


Never have the opening lines of a TV show been met with such fervent enthusiasm as the introduction for Law & Order: SVU.

Die-hard fans (myself included) can easily recite it by heart: “In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories. Dun dun.”

If you haven’t seen SVU and were unable to infer the premise from the pithy opening sequence quoted above, the setup is deceptively simple: tireless detectives from Manhattan’s Special Victims Unit (SVU, for short) combat sex crimes in an engaging, instantly iconic police drama with moments of wry humor and tongue-in-cheek allusions.

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5 Cartoons to Watch If You’re an Anime Fan

Anime’s unexpected growth in popularity in recent years has led to many series getting Western live-action adaptations. Unfortunately, these adaptations typically aren’t as well received as their Japanese counterparts. Yet there is another Western creation that is a hit with anime fans: cartoons, especially the anime-inspired ones. Several series animated in the West have managed to capture the spirit of Japanese animation, including its aesthetics, immersive plots, and character types — like the ones on this list. Here are five cartoons to watch if you’re an anime fan.

Samurai Jack

cartoons to watch if you love anime Samurai Jack

Samurai Jack follows an unnamed Japanese samurai who’s on the verge of beating the shape-shifting demon “Aku.” However, before he can strike the final blow, Aku sends the young man to a retrofuturistic Earth where the creature rules with an iron fist. Now, with the new nickname Jack, the young samurai must travel back in time and defeat Aku before it takes over the world.

But Jack’s journey won’t be that easy. The Earth he once knew has changed, with aliens, robots, talking animals, and everything in between inhabiting the planet — and many of them work for Aku. Add the bounty on Jack’s head to the equation, and the samurai’s attempt to get back home becomes even trickier. Luckily, Jack will make new friends who will help him along the way.

Drawing influence from samurai culture — including the Bushido code — Samurai Jack is a cartoon that samurai anime fans will love.  Jack’s personality and actions, along with the dystopian setting, will feel familiar to fans of anime greats like Samurai 7.

Voltron: Legendary Defender

cartoons to watch if you love anime Voltron: Legendary Defender

Praised by critics and fans alike, Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender has been a resounding success for the streaming giant. The cartoon takes place in the distant future where the Galra Empire has enslaved many races and destroyed countless civilizations for nearly 1,000 years. The only one who can stop it is Voltron, a giant robot comprised of five lion mechas piloted by five Paladins. But before they can form Voltron, they must learn to work together to stand a chance against the Galra.

The reboot of an 80’s cartoon — which itself is an edited version of the anime Beast King GoLion — Voltron: Legendary Defender is a must-see for anime fans. It uses an anime-influenced animation style to breathe life into its various characters, outer-space backgrounds, and settings. The series’ main leads bring with them a plethora of emotions and personalities, the result of their varying circumstances and shared dark past. Also, like some of today’s most popular anime series, Voltron: Legendary Defender features a complex storyline full of strong arcs that continue to build with each new season.


cartoons to watch if you love anime RWBY

Often mistaken for an anime, RWBY is actually an American cartoon from media and entertainment company Rooster Teeth. The series owes its anime-like animation style to its creator, the late Monty Oum. In RWBY, mysterious creatures, known as “Creatures of Grimm,” wreak havoc in the world of Remnant. Fortunately for humans, there exists a mysterious element, called “Dust,” that can help them fight these monsters.

The cartoon follows four girls — Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang — who together form team RWBY. They study at the Beacon Academy where they train to fight the Grimm with weapons powered by Dust, but defeating them won’t be easy.

RWBY‘s breath-taking fight sequences will surely hook fans of action anime. Each strike of the girls’ unique weapons highlights the level of detail the animators put into the show’s fight scenes. To top it all off, the plot features many magical creatures, such as fairies, and also tackles serious themes like gender roles and inequality.

Steven Universe

cartoons to watch if you love anime Steven Universe

Possibly one of the most popular cartoons in the West, sci-fi comedy Steven Universe is a coming-of-age tale about a young boy, Steven, who lives with the Gems, a race of magical humanoid aliens. Steven, who’s half-gem, goes on adventures with his friends and helps the Gems protect the world from those who seek to ruin it.

After premiering in the fall of 2013, the show quickly gained popularity with adults and anime fans. The series pays homage to many anime favorites, like Sailor Moon, which Steven owns, and Dragon Ball Z. The show is even put together like an anime. Its episodic structure allows the series to explore complex topics, such as gender barriers, in a way similar to Revolutionary Girl Utena. The transformation sequences and battle scenes in Steven Universe also pay homage to the oft-praised LGBTQ anime. But like most anime, some dark moments lie beneath the surface of the cartoon’s cutesy art style.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

cartoons to watch if you love anime Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender takes place in a world where people can manipulate the elements — water, earth, fire, and air — using a martial arts technique known as “bending.” The series focuses on Aang, a twelve-year-old boy who’s the human embodiment of light and peace, aka the Avatar. Aang is destined to bring harmony and unity to a world ravaged by war and destruction. But he won’t have to do it alone. With the help of his friends, Aang sets off on his quest to save the world.

The inspiration for Avatar: The Last Airbender came from the creators’ — Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko — love of anime. By combining Japanese and American art styles with East and South Asian influences, they created an immersive fantasy world for the acclaimed cartoon. Despite its cool bending movements, colorful personalities, and rich cultural world, Avatar is still mistaken for a kids’ cartoon — a problem that anime shares. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Throughout the show, we see Aang struggle with his decisions, which often lead to anger and sadness but also strength and willpower — themes commonly found in anime like My Hero Academia.

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Harvard’s Hasty Pudding theater club casts 6 women after 175 years of all-male shows

There was nothing hasty about this decision.

It took nearly two centuries, but Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals has cast six female students for its 2019 show after using only males since its first show in 1844.

That means the production’s 12-member cast will feature an even number of men and…

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Member of First All-Black Group to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro Recounts Feat in Fascinating Blog Post

In June, a group of black travelers scaled 19,341 feet to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The adventure was organized by Outdoor Afro, a “network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature,” according to its website.

One of the hikers, Leandra Taylor, provides an account of the experience to Here is an excerpt:

“We were headed to the Lava Tower [15,000 feet] that day, and the hike was finally catching up to me. This was one of our longer hikes and the distance that we were planning on going should have taken us 4-6 hours, but at the 7 hour mark, we were only about half way. I was on my period, so I felt cramp-y and emotional during our lunch break, but I was also just physically exhausted.

Eventually, we had to descend a rock wall, and it was a worst-case scenario for me because of my fear of heights. When I tried to get down, I could feel a panic attack brewing: I thought, ‘I could lose my footing and fall down.’ All of my teammates were well aware of my anxiety by this point, and they were just behind me and supporting me. But as the light started to die down, I was getting more and more panicked. I just kept repeating to myself, ‘I am strong. My body’s strong. My legs are strong.’ I ended up making it to camp, and setting up my tent with the help of my troop.”

The team’s rigorous expedition schedule is on Outdoor Afro’s site:

Day 1:  Pick up from the Kilimanjaro Airport and drive to hotel in Arusha.

Day 2: Set off climbing gently through the south-western slopes of the mountain. This is old growth montane forest, carpeted with unique “busy lizzie” flowers, begonias and ferns. First camp among the giant heather at 9840 feet. A 3,936 foot ascent and six hours walking.

Day 3: Emerge from the forest into the giant heather zone and onto fine open moorland. There are fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera. After 3,000 foot ascent and 4-6 hours walking, the team will arrive at camp 2 by the Shira Cave at 12,500 feet.

Day 4: On this day, the team will climb to almost 16,000 feet, but will end the day around the same elevation they started. This helps with acclimatization.  They will climb towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders.

Day 5: Climb steep to the Barranco wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and then drop down again to the Karanga Valley.

Day 6: Climb above Barafu Hut perched high on a rocky bluff at 15,580 feet. There will be fantastic views of Mawenzi peak in the distance.

Day 7: An early 2-3 a.m. alpine start to climb the steep frozen scree. They will aim to reach Stella point at 18,600 feet, on the crater rim for a rest and hopefully sunrise, then continue another hour to the highest point on the continent at 19,345 feet; usually in warm sunshine.

Day 8: A descent of approximately 4,600 feet  and 4-5 hours through the forest to Mweka Gate.

One of the hikers spoke with ABC News about how he prepared for the daunting climb. “I would go on 6.5 to 10.5-mile hikes carrying packs with weights on my back once per week,” said Olatunde (Ola) Gholahan.

The number of black people traveling has steadily increased the last several years. Millennials of color are particularly interested in exploring the farthest reaches of the globe. Several travel startups have emerged; many of them catering to Millennial wanderlust.

Evita Turquoise Robinson is the the 34-year-old founder of Nomadness, an organization with the purpose to “show the world that travel has no racial, gender, religious, economic, or interest limitations.” The Nomadness community is 20,000 members strong across social media.

Sister Traveling Solo is a company founded by Coleitha Banks to assist and encourage women of color to travel solo. Haywire Weekend is a luxury travel site targeted to diverse Millennials.

Read Leandra Taylor’s entire blog post at

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Suge Knight Will Serve 28 Years in Prison for Hit-and-Run Murder

Marion “Suge” Knight struck a plea deal on Thursday, September 20, three years after he murdered Terry Carter via a hit-and-run outside of a restaurant in L.A.’s Compton neighborhood, Us Weekly confirms.

Knight, 53, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter at the Los Angeles Superior Court and will serve 28 years in a state prison. Knight will be credited the three-and-a-half years he’s already been behind bars awaiting trial and he will be on parole for three years after his sentence.

The former Death Row Records executive’s previous 1996 felony conviction for beating Tupac Shakur contributed to his longer sentence, and he was also given an additional five years because Carter’s death was ruled a “serious and violent” crime, and another year because his truck was deemed a hazardous weapon. Before Thursday’s ruling, Knight had been facing a possible life sentence.

Terry’s youngest daughter, Crystal Carter, was present in the courtroom wearing a pendant reading “Carter” to honor her late father, according to the Los Angeles Times. The publication also reports that Crystal called the court proceedings “a complete circus” since they begun in 2015, and while she is glad they are over, “it will never be a win to the family. Can’t bring my dad back.”

Knight made headlines in January 2015 after he ran over Carter with his car at a Tam’s Burgers parking lot in Compton before fleeing the scene. He also struck another man during the incident. The businessman claimed that he drove away quickly because he believed both men were trying to kill him.

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3 Ways To Use Coconut Oil For Your Hair


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Stretching far beyond the kitchen, coconut oil has become a popular beauty solution in its smooth transition out of drinks, dinners, desserts and into hair.

The coconut itself is more than just a tasty tropical drupe. The oil of the palm’s giant ball of yum also acts as a natural repair (or maintenance) kit to many manes. The nutrients in coconut oil help promote shine and prevent hair loss through styling. That in part is due to its vitamin E and lauric acid components that penetrate deep into the hair shaft, making hair strong and healthy. Fuller hair growth, radiance and softness can be facilitated by the use of the oil as it nourishes, moisturizes and protects the scalp and hair.

Best part? Because it’s also used for cooking, you can easily find it in your local food market.

Between the purchasing convenience, inexpensive cost and alluring, yet playful scent, coconut oil is a winner. Check out three ways to incorporate it into your routine hair regimen below!

1. Deep condition

Deep conditioning at least once a month helps restore nutrients that slip away during heat styling, some washing and different product use. Coconut oil as a conditioner is different from your typical post-shampoo conditioner, but essentially follows the same steps. After spooning out coconut oil in a bowl and heating it up in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds (or, stick jar in bowl of warm water until melted), massage the coconut oil into your scalp. If the coconut oil is hot, wait until it’s warm to proceed. Work your way downward from your scalp, rubbing the coconut oil into your hair and all the way to your ends. Place hair in a plastic cap and let sit for about a hour to let the oil soak in. Proceed to wash your hair as normal, 2-3 times or until hair no longer feels oily. During your last wash, rinse with cool water to lock in moisture, make silky and help eliminate frizz.

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79 amazing little details in ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’


Red Dead Redemption 2 promises an unparalleled level of depth, from its vast, sprawling world, to the people and animals within it, and how it all fits together in a way that is quite unlike any open-world game before it. You never quite know how each encounter with another character will pan out because each person is different. Similarly, it’s filled with moments where you’ll ask yourself, “I wonder if I can do that?”, and chances are you probably can, no matter how outrageous it is.

Below is a list of the cool, quirky and downright awesome little touches we’ve noticed so far with our time in Red Dead Redemption 2. If you want to know more, check out our impressions of Red Dead 2 after playing it for two hours, or how the new dialogue systems turn the game into a comedy. Read more…

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Here’s why everyone’s talking about Brad and Angelina’s ‘secret face to face meetings’

But what does it all mean?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Credit: REX

Despite filing for divorce 27 months ago, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s custody battle is still ongoing – yes, really.

When Angelina Jolie originally filed for primary physical custody of their six children back in 2016, Brad Pitt kept a relatively low profile, and although we knew they were disputing over custody in court, little news has since emerged.

Then three months ago, the former couple’s divorce took a turn, with a court order issued over the custody of Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 9-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.

The verdict? Angelina was reportedly required to give Brad more access to their children and help improve their relationship, with Brad given unrestricted phone rights and summer visitation.

Then it all got very messy, with Angelina claiming that Brad had yet to pay any meaningful child support, and Brad’s team calling it ‘a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage’.

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This week however it emerged that the Pitt-Jolies could be moving forward, with it reported that the former couple had seen each other in ‘secret face to face meetings’.

The topic of these meetings? Well, according to Entertainment Tonight, they have focused on co-parenting amicably, with both parties reportedly keen to do what’s best for their children.

‘Brad and Angelina actually set up a secret meeting at her house,’ the source added. ‘It’s the first time they have truly gotten together to make things work since their group therapy with the children.’

And the verdict? ‘Brad and Angie’s meeting was a success. They are going to stay with the plan set forth through the courts.’

‘Angelina decided it was time to try to make things work and Brad was relieved and very ready for the offer,’ the source concluded. ‘Brad has been dedicated to making peace throughout the process and now it finally seems like they are at a point where they can create a calmer situation for the kids.’

Well, that sounds like it’s good news all around.

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Kanye West Wants Nick Cannon, Tyson Beckford & Drake To Stop Talking About His Wife

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Kanye West is about tired of Drake, Tyson Beckford, and Nick Cannon’s S**T. Ye has been using Instagram a lot lately and took to the social platform to address his issues with the 3 men, mostly over his wife Kim Kardashian.

First Ye addressed Wild N’ Out host Nick Cannon:

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Then he directs his thoughts to Drake. He addresses rumors that Drizzy has slept with Kim, Pusha T finding out about his son and the track “In My Feelings” where he uses “Ki-Ki” which many are under the assumption that the song was aimed at Kardashian.

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Earlier this year, Tyson Beckford had some thoughts on KimYe and Yeezy had time today to address him as well.

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At the end, Ye just had to simply say he can’t get the men on the phone so Instagram it is.

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Michael Cerveris and Original Cast of TOMMY Will Reunite at Rockers on Broadway’s 25th Anniversary Benefit

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A teen was suspended for showing her knees—and told she needed to consider “guys and their hormones”

A teen was suspended for showing her knees—and told she needed to consider “guys and their hormones”

A teen was suspended for showing her knees—and told she needed to consider “guys and their hormones”

Now that the new school year is in full swing, reports of sexist dress codes are once again making the rounds. In the latest ridiculous dress code violation, one Florida student was suspended for wearing ripped jeans that exposed her knee.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay claimed that her daughter was removed from class at Forest Hill High School and told that “she needed to consider the guys in her class and their hormones” when dressing for school. In a September 13th Facebook post, McKinlay wrote that her daughter was in the middle of a quiz at the time, and as a result of receiving in-school suspension, missed all of her core classes that day.

“Perhaps she should have worn a different pair of jeans,” McKinlay ceded in the post. “But why should she have to worry about dressing a certain way to curtail a boy’s potential behavior? So, like, it’s her fault if the boy touches her because of what she was wearing?”

She continued by noting that her daughter had missed important information in class because of the dress code violation, and also wondered if the administrator also pulled boys wearing shorts out of class.

“Sexism. Victim blaming. Girl shaming,” McKinlay wrote.

So…Mom rant. Dear Palm Beach County School District:My daughter wore a pair of jeans today to school. They had a…

Posted by Melissa McKinlay on Thursday, September 13, 2018

Forest Hill High School Principal Mary Stratos told the Long Beach Post that ripped jeans and torn clothing of any kind constituted a dress code violation, but the first offense usually results in a lunch detention. She promised to investigate the administrator’s comments, but defended the school’s dress code as “gender-neutral.”

In a follow-up post on September 14th, McKinlay wrote that she spoke to members of the school board and was “confident that they are addressing the situation.” She acknowledged that her daughter had indeed violated the dress code by wearing ripped jeans, but argued that the punishment had been too severe.

“My daughter indeed violated her school’s dress code and she will bear the consequences of that,” she wrote. “But such a violation never warrants the experience she had yesterday.”

Followup:I have spoken to the wonderful principal at my daughter's school and members of the School Board and am quite…

Posted by Melissa McKinlay on Friday, September 14, 2018


Recently, school districts have (thankfully) been taking complaints about sexist dress codes more seriously. In August, one California district even implemented a dress code that allows students to wear almost anything within reason. However, clearly, young women are still unfairly targeted by the rules in many districts—even when the policies themselves are “gender-neutral.”

Sexist double standards have got to end—and boys’ “hormones” should never be used as a justification to limit girls and women.

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How Comic Book Costumes Make the Transition from Page to Screen

Have you ever wondered what goes into creating a superhero costume on screen? It’s a lot more involved than you might think. It’s not just a case of copying the comic book illustrations. In fact, the two are often poles apart. And while a costume designer working on a superhero movie will look at the evolution of the costume on the page, it’s a very small part of bringing the costume to the screen.

For the comic book artists, it’s unlikely they’re thinking much further ahead than the blank page they have to fill. Artist Alan Davis has been prominent in the field for more than 30 years. He’s worked for both DC and Marvel, and for him, it’s about keeping things simple.

Making Life Easy for 22 Pages

Batman's ears look just about the right size, but as for Catwoman's nose…

“Where we differ from film is that with a real-life costume, you can make it as detailed as you want and film it from every angle. I’ve got to draw it and I don’t want to draw every detail so simplicity is usually one of the things I consider,” says Davis.

The artist, who has worked on 2000AD; X-Men, Avengers and Fantastic Four titles for Marvel; and DC’s flagship Detective Comics among others, adds “I don’t think [a director or costume designer is] going to care what I’ve done. They’re going to want to do something that’s going to make a good toy. I’m worried about my considerations, which are that I’ve got to draw it for 22 pages so it needs to be something I can draw quickly and economically. They’re looking at something that’s going to be flashy so it’s completely different.”

But does Davis find he has to stick to a set of limitations? Either because of the iconic nature of a character on the comic book page or because a certain style of artwork is considered ‘sacred’?

“Oh without a doubt,” he says with no hesitation. “Yeah, the first criticism I got was: ‘Make Batman’s ears smaller’. That I’d made them too big. It was: ‘Make Batman’s ears smaller and make women’s noses smaller’. Those were the two criticisms I got on my first job. I was drawing women with real-sized noses. It didn’t go down well at all.”

Wonder Woman Challenges

Lynda Carter's iconic Wonder Woman costume with Michael Wilkinson's modern version from Batman v Superman in the background at London's DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes.

For costume designer Lindy Hemming, who worked on the Dark Knight trilogy with Christopher Nolan and Wonder Woman with Patty Jenkins, the route to finished design and beyond is far more involved and labour intensive. And that’s despite the fact that on Wonder Woman, she had a previous screen design to work from.

Lindy explains, “The great thing about designing the Wonder Woman costumes was, and you can’t imagine how liberating it is, that they had already had Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman. So I had a kind of backstory to fall back on. I wasn’t falling back on Lynda Carter twirling, I was falling back on [costume designer] Michael Wilkinson and Batman v Superman. So my challenges to bring it from the script to the screen were to try to create a world for the Amazon women which somehow keyed into the end result. Which is that Wonder Woman takes this costume and leaves the island of Themyscira and goes off into the world.”

Integrating Wonder Woman Into the Real World

Wonder Woman
One of Wonder Woman's most memorable scenes.

Hemming continues: “So all of the costumes for the island of Themyscira needed to somehow, design-wise, make sense with this costume. Instead of it being a standalone thing that comes from nowhere and is only originating from [Lynda Carter’s 1970s] cloth costume, it came from some logical armour.

“My other challenges in this film were to bring the worlds which she then goes to save, or help with — which was the First World War — to make it feel as absolutely real and horrible and muddy and dirty … so that when you see her in her superhero costume you accept it as more real and more believable because the world she’s entering is a real and believable world. That’s the sort of juxtaposition which you can say you want to do, and you can only know if it works when you watch it happening in the film.”

It’s probably safe to say it works – and the swathes of people who went to see the film will most likely agree.

Ancient History + Comic Book Art = Screen Design

Wonder Woman concept
Wonder Woman concept art.

Although Lindy admits to taking inspiration from the pages of the comic books, she points out that what Alan Davis and other artists like him do is a “different discipline.” When she’s designing for a film, Lindy’s process is all-encompassing.

“You must look at everything,” says the Oscar winner, who’s worked on everything from Harry Potter to James Bond. “I looked at ancient Greece, I looked at ancient Thrace, all these places and then I also looked at the way… the people drawing the comic book art had obviously looked at the same things, and [I looked at] how they’d interpreted them. So, you’re every day allowing yourself a bit of leeway when you design things because you look to see what the [comic book artists] did and how [what you do] will be acceptable to the fans. You think: ‘Would they believe this, would I believe it if I saw it? So you do look back at the comics.

“Every day we work with concept artists and illustrators. So every day we’re handing over our stuff to them. But that’s a different process really. I don’t actually think [comic book artists would] be that interested to talk [to us]. It’s a different discipline, what they do.”

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Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight.

One of Lindy’s favourite costumes she’s worked on is Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight. For Lindy, the challenge was conveying why he would have green hair, why his face looks the way it does and why he would wear the clothes he does. She took inspiration from real life ‘dandies’, as she calls them. She cites Keith Richards, Sid Vicious and Malcolm McLaren, as well as one other surprising one-time darling on the UK indie scene, ex of Kate Moss and former Libertines singer Pete Doherty.

They all use or used the look of madness as a method of getting their own way – that’s the conclusion she came to, and that provided the justification she needed. She borrowed ideas from fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen and eventually landed on Ledger’s iconic look. With some input from Christopher Nolan, who was the brains behind the green waistcoat.

Batman’s costume was another, more complicated, matter. With Nolan intent on conveying gravity, and bringing a patina of reality to the character and his story, Hemming had her work cut out.

For Lindy, it was a case of trying to understand who the person that chooses to dress as ‘the Batman’ really was. And that was her springboard. This meant that the costume had to be logical, practical and modern. She took inspiration from the multilayered materials used in the manufacture of Nike trainers, specifically, shoes built for protection, flexibility and lightness. She investigated plastics, meshes and metal meshes as ways to create depth, and she also looked at military gear.

Batman’s cloak, in particular, was a challenge. She rejected Nolan’s suggestion of velvet as a fabric because, although it gave a look similar to the one she was after, it didn’t move in the way she felt the cape should. So she ended up consulting costume designed Graham Churchyard – known for his work on various Marvel and DC films – who suggested flocking kite fabric. Which turned out to be just the ticket.

Building a Leather Library

Wonder Woman and the Amazons in their Themysciran warrior attire.

And if you’re in any doubt, picking fabrics isn’t simple.

“I have a team of people who go out and I ask them to look — for instance, [for Wonder Woman], I asked them to bring me as many leather samples as I could specify: animal print skins, different textures of leather, different weights of leather,” says Hemming. “I began to make a sort of leather library so that I could use it for the Amazon armour. But also for the Veld, the Belgian village, we were looking for fabrics all over the place that were cottons, that were of the period, so that they looked like they belonged there.”

So how does she come to a final decision?

“So, you sort of make a room of fabrics and you’d have your character pinned on the wall, what you think you’re doing,” Hemming explains. “And then your fabrics, as you choose them, you pin them beside it and so slowly you build up a picture. Maybe the person only has one costume, then you have few fabrics. Or maybe they have ten costumes, so you sort of build your line of what the costume will entail and what you will buy and use for it. Sometimes you’re limited because the costume has to be a multiple costume for a stunt. You’re not able to use the thing you’d like and so what you do then, if you’re lucky enough, you find the perfect example and then you get the fabric printed.”

Next time you watch a superhero movie, think twice before criticising the costumes — if that’s your tendency — now you know the lengths they go to to get them just right. It’s one thing to draw them on the pages of a comic book. Bringing them to life on screen is a completely different thing altogether, involving endless research, countless 2-D and 3-D designs, the meticulous investigation of different materials and fabrics — as well as plenty of other practical considerations too granular to detail here.

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Weekend Wednesday: Where to Shop for “Tough Girl Chic” Clothes

where to shop for tough girl chic clothingI have some mom friends who are really (really) into Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines type of preppiness — and I thought it might be fun to round up different stores selling “weekend vibe” clothes in different personalities for our ongoing Weekend Wednesdays series. After all, we’ve talked in the past about the weekend you vs. the weekday you — as well as sharing our best tips for upgrading your weekend clothes and cultivating style in general. I tend to associate Lily et al. with the summer months, so we’ll save preppy weekend looks for next spring — and instead let’s start with the weekend vibe of tough girl chic, which has always been one of my preferred options,

Let’s back up a bit, though: As a reminder, there was an old style book I had where the author (CNN style commentator Elsa Klensch) talked about how “[m]any successful businesswomen I know tap into their private visions of themselves and express that inner being in their weekend wear. … On weekends, I want to be softer, more romantic. My fantasy in the summer is to look as though I just stepped out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel wearing Gatsby-style long skirts and gently flowing chiffon scarves.”

So I’ve always had the idea that a bit of separation of your professional and private self is necessary, even healthy as a boundary ritual. “Tough girl chic” (a flawed term, to be sure, but I’m not quite sure what else to call it) has always been one of my preferred weekend vibes, primarily for comfort/ease/flattering but with an edge. The big pros for me are a lot of flat boots and denim, a lot of black (making for an easy capsule wardrobe), a non-fussy aesthetic (perfect for someone who avoids ironing like the plague and is happy when her jeans get new rips), and easy upgrading with concert t-shirts and things like that. Score!

There are a few brands who I think of as selling great tough girl chic clothes if you want to move away from jeans, boots, and graphic tees, so I thought it would be fun to explore some great stores selling “tough girl chic” clothing today.

Readers, do you have a distinct “weekend personality”? Do you like the vibes of tough girl chic or rocker chic — and if so, where do you shop and what do you buy to bring your vision to life? 

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Building Blocks for Tough Girl Chic

Tough Girl Chic with a British Edge: AllSaints

I love AllSaints for a bit of “tough girl chic with a British edge” — I always stop in when I’m near their store in SoHo. In addition to having their own store, the brand is also available at Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.

Where to Shop for Tough Girl Chic Clothing: AllSaints
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Where to Shop for Tough Girl Chic Clothing in Sizes 6–32: Universal Standard

Universal Standard is available in sizes 6–32 and has a new “Fit Liberty” program where, if your size changes within a year of purchase, they’ll send you a new shirt. In addition to having their own store, the brand is also available at Nordstrom & J.Crew.

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Pictured above: one / two / three

(I have top #3 and like it a lot!)

Let’s hear from you, readers: Do you have a “weekend personality” (or personalities!), whether it’s a tough girl or not? Where do you love to shop for weekend clothes?


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