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A$AP Rocky On Testing And His Rumored Tyler, The Creator Collab: ‘I Was Bullshitting’

By Kat Bein

Miami’s witchiest hour got a lot prettier when A$AP Rocky rushed the Mind Melt main stage at III Points over the weekend. The three-night music festival saw headline performances from Erykah Badu, SZA, and Rocky’s musical bestie Tyler, the Creator, who appeared onstage with A$AP Sunday night (February 17) to scream through energetic renditions of “Potato Salad” and “Who Dat Boy.”

Rocky’s set may have been the wildest moment of the weekend. “Distorted Records,” “Praise The Lord (Da Shine),” and more tracks from his latest album, Testing, brawled through the speakers, but it was the second half of the show, with absolute bangers from “Wild For The Night” to A$AP Ferg’s “Plain Jane,” that incited the most gruesome mosh pits.

The New York City rapper is truly a madman with a high-art addiction. MTV News caught up with the high-fashion rapper and “Babushka” enthusiast backstage before his set to hear about Testing and his favorite new fashion accessory, as well as whether or not that WANGSAP collaboration is still a thing.

MTV News: Welcome to Miami. You’ve been here awhile, right? You arrived Friday to play with Tyler, the Creator.

A$AP Rocky: Yeah, that’s a while for me, man, because, Miami is the fast life. Technically I spent about – I don’t know how many dog years. I spent about two Flacko years here.

MTV News: Tell me about your history with Florida. You have Kodak Black on your last album, Testing.

A$AP Rocky: Yeah man, shout out to Kodak. I always wanted to work with him, but aside from that, I wanted to put him on a song that people weren’t used to hearing him on, like, the textures. I don’t make songs. I don’t make clothes. I don’t make music. I make textures. Everything is a texture and a feeling, right? I mean it’s equivalent to it at least, and opposed to having him rapping and trying to go for a No. 1 hit, I had him crying on the phone, explaining his plight, his devastation while on the jail phone.

MTV News: Yeah. It’s really intense.

A$AP Rocky: It’s just him explaining and expressing how his child was taken away from him, and how he was stripped of his dignity and freedom. People, they just want to hear me talk about how I’ve got 100 bitches. How I fucked 100 dude’s bitches all day. That being said, Florida harvests a lot of great artists. You’ve got to pick and choose who you want to represent you, or who can help complement your body of work.

MTV News: I want to hear the story about you using “Porcelain,” the Moby sample. That album was huge for me when it came out, and that’s not a pop-off song.

A$AP Rocky: We reached out to Moby, and once we finally got the OK from him, he re-sang the vocals. We replayed the instruments. He’s also in the end of the “A$AP Forever” video. I feel like his cameo being so short, it was that artistic value like we’ve been talking about — [as] opposed to just, let my nuts hang and saying, “Oh look, I got Moby in the video.” Just like how people don’t know Lauryn Hill played a big part in the last track on that album with Frank Ocean. It’s not just getting it cleared. It’s people re-singing stuff and all that. It’s appreciated. Shout out Dean Blunt. Shout out Hector Delgado, man. Shout outs Frank Ocean and shout out Miss Lauryn Hill.

MTV News: That’s interesting. I was talking with my boyfriend the other day about how Dr. Dre will create beats out of samples and then get musicians to replay those samples.

A$AP Rocky: I think it just brings some type of depth to it. It’s already deep, but when you really think about how much effort – it took a lot just to make these tracks. You could easily just sing or rap on a two-track or instrumental and call it a song.

MTV News: When people put their human element into whatever it is, whether listeners realize they’re registering it or not, that energy is there.

A$AP Rocky: What you get is what you manifest. What you manifest is what you get.

MTV News: What are you manifesting right now? What’s up with the “Babushka” track? I saw a kid out in the crowd, all day he’s been wearing it. People are shouting it out.

A$AP Rocky: I want to encourage more people to wear babushkas. Babushka boy.

MTV News: What inspired it in your own life?

A$AP Rocky: When I got this scar right here. I was skateboarding. I was on the half pipe. Just so you know, I’ve got a new story for everyone who I tell about this scar.

MTV News: So it’s shrouded in mystery, and now a babushka.

A$AP Rocky: But the babushka came because I didn’t want to reveal the scar yet.

MTV News: What’s going on with your collaborative project with Tyler? Is that still in the works?

A$AP Rocky: Nah man, I was bullshitting. Fuck Tyler [laughs].

MTV News: You did show up to his set on Friday though.

A$AP Rocky: Yeah, we did “Telephone Calls.”

MTV News: Is there anything else you want to say or mention?

A$AP Rocky: Shout outs MTV. I used to be part of the staff over there, so shout outs to my ex-comrades and ex co-workers. Hope everybody’s well over there. Shout out the world, shout out to music lovers and music makers across the board. I just hope I stay pretty forever and my spirit stays beautiful.

MTV News: Inside –

A$AP Rocky: And out!

Shawn Mendes Channels Elvis With A ‘Hound Dog’ Cover, Hip-Thrusting Not Included

Aside from flexing his abs for a new Calvin Klein campaign, male model Shawn Mendes also took some time this weekend to make some sweet music. Or, more accurately, to cover some sweet music. The Canadian crooner was part of the star-studded lineup for NBC’s Elvis All-Star Tribute, which involved a bunch of musicians you’d expect for a tribute to The King — like Blake Shelton and John Fogerty — and a lot that you wouldn’t, including Mendes, Jennifer Lopez, and Post Malone.

All randomness aside, Mendes nailed his solo rendition of Presley’s “Hound Dog,” flexing his falsetto and looking sharp in a red silk jacket. What he lacked in lip-curling and hip-thrusting, he made up for with undeniable charm.

The “In My Blood” singer also joined Shelton, Malone, Carrie Underwood, and Darius Rucker for a version of “If I Can Dream” that was just crazy enough to work. While Mendes put a little growl into his voice, Posty left fans all shook up with his impressive pipes.

The Elvis All-Star Tribute also included performances from Alessia Cara (“Love Me Tender”), Ed Sheeran (“Can’t Help Falling In Love”), and J. Lo (“Heartbreak Hotel”). See all of the performances on NBC’s website.

Kehlani And Dom Kennedy Confront The Ashes Of A Bad Relationship On ‘Nunya’

Kehlani is the complete catch; she is beautiful, has a sharp tongue, and can sing softly enough to calm even the most violent storm. To have her and lose her has to be a fate worse than death. Her latest release is “Nunya,” an angry message to a distraught lover – a morose, indifferent verse from Dom Kennedy is his rebuttal – about leaving her the hell alone. Don’t let Kehlani’s soothing singing style fool you; this is a rant, not a ballad.

“Nunya” is a little slower than the energetic, feisty Kehlani that the world is used to. Even though it’s a little slower and smoother, Kehlani’s lyrics are daggers. Here’s a plot synopsis: before the events of the song, Kehlani was in a relationship with a man who decided to get friendly with other women. After finding out and leaving, she finds someone else and, of course, here comes the bad guy snooping around. The song is a confrontation of sorts, a climax to the boiling frustration that she’s felt from the entire situation.

“You put on a show/’Cause you don’t want the world to know/That you lost a girl who got it on her own/ It’d be good for you to let it go, let it go, let it go,” she sings, drawing blood with each slash of her tongue. It’s clear that her sneaking ex woke up the long-dormant dragon. Kehlani lets her ex know that her new man has more money and, well, girth than him. Kennedy comes in at this point and gives his own perspective on the situation. He acknowledges his wrongdoing and comes to the realization that he messed up. Yeah buddy, you messed up big time.

“Nunya” appears on her upcoming mixtape While We Wait that is set to drop on Friday. The project will also include her previously released tunes “Nights Like This” and “Butterfly.”

Listen to the agency-claiming tune “Nunya” up above.

New Avengers: Endgame Theory Brings Hank Pym Into The Story

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a fascinating place right now, as the devastating affects of Avengers: Infinity War are still being dissected and discussed by the rabid fanbase. No one expected Josh Brolin’s Thanos to actually win, succeeding in assembling the Infinity Stones and wiping out half the galaxy with the snap of his big purple fingers. Moviegoers were left to sit in horror as countless fan favorites faded to dust, with just the OG Avengers and a few other survivors managing to escape with their lives.

Since then, Marvel Studios has been very cagey about the contents of Avengers: Endgame, with the official title and first footage only recently arriving. Because so little is known about the film’s contents, the rabid fandom has crafted countless fan theories as to what the Endgame might include. And the newest one indicates that Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym could play an awesome role.

The theory, which comes to us from Reddit, has to do with Ant-Man’s seemingly inevitable journey through time in Avengers: Endgame. The mid-credits scene of Ant-Man and The Wasp showed Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang stranded in the Quantum Realm, as Hank, Janet, and Hope faded to dust as a result of Thanos’ snap (aka The Decimation). Just moments before, Janet warns Ant-Man about time vortexes, so smart money indicates that the hero will end up traveling through time before eventually appearing on The Avengers’ CCTV footage.

During Ant-Man’s journey through time (which should also include the Battle of New York from The Avengers), the new theory indicates that Scott would actually travel back to 1983, and meet a young Hank Pym. This meeting would make Hank’s actions in the first Ant-Man make more sense, as he meets the hero who he’d eventually trust with his fantastic tech. Much of Ant-Man focuses on Hank trying to keep his inventions from his colleagues/competitors, so it was surprising when he ended up passing on the mantle to Scott without much resistance. That is, unless he’d actually met Scott decades prior.

If this theory ends up being legit, it would be a bit shift in the MCU. On top of giving Michael Douglas’ character a larger role in the greater shared universe, it would also make the Ant-Man franchise an essential part of the overarching narrative. The Ant-Man movies have largely functioned in its own little corer of the MCU, save for a quick appearance by Falcon and the Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s mid-credits scene. But with so many heroes having faded to dust thanks to the power of the Infinity Stones, the Avengers are going to need all the help they can get, with Ant-Man and Captain Marvel helping to fill out the ranks.

Of course, Michael Douglas isn’t currently listed in the cast of Avengers: Endgame, so there’s no guarantee that this fan theory will come to fruition. But if the Russo Brothers are planning more surprise cameos, then it stands to reason that Hank Pym’s inclusion hasn’t been announced. But Marvel’s finest did assemble for that giant 10 year anniversary photo, so maybe there’s a massive ensemble scene coming, and/or Douglas could have quickly filmed his role while on set.

Answers will finally come when Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters on April 26th, one year after the Infinity War ending shocked us all. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

The True Confessions of a Serial Houseplant Killer

PLANT PARENTHOOD How to make peace with having a black thumb.
PLANT PARENTHOOD How to make peace with having a black thumb. Photo: Illustration by Serge Bloch; istockphoto (plant)

DESPITE MY BEST EFFORTS, I keep killing my houseplants. “Please don’t leave me, cranky little man,” I implored the other day, stroking a plant’s wrinkly, desiccated limb. But it was too late. One of Mr. Fern’s crispy brown leaves fell to the floor, and another old friend was gone for good.

Mr. Fern had fabulous fronds when I brought him home and put him on the mantel, where he added feathery elegance to the living room. But a few months later as I was dumping his remains into the compost bin alongside other victims—including Fiddle-Leaf Frank, Mr. Fern Sr. and Robert (a finicky begonia)—I realized I had to face the truth: I’m a serial plant murderer.

This confession, by the way, comes from a person whose job is to keep plants alive. I not only love the look of greenery as décor, I’m the editor of Gardenista, a horticulture website. I dispense advice like “Don’t overwater your plants” daily. If I can’t keep my houseplants alive, what hope is there for my readers?

My epiphany is coming just as houseplants are having a moment. Sales of plants are up. Nearly one-third of all American households grew houseplants in 2017, and the $1.6 billion they spent on them was a 29% increase over the previous year, according to a nationwide survey by Garden Research, a Vermont market analyst. Not since the 1970s have interior designers accessorized clients’ homes with so many potted plants. On Instagram, it’s getting hard to see the furniture through the foliage.

But not at my house.

“People are starting to call me the angel of death,” I told Prof. Stanley Kays, a horticulturalist at the University of Georgia.

“Everybody kills a lot of houseplants,” he said. “Of course, the industry isn’t extremely upset. Growers can sell them again and again.”

“So why do we keep buying them?” I asked.

“People think plants in a house improve the air,” he said.

Don’t they?

‘Maybe it’s a delusion of grandeur to think you can sustain a fern indoors.’

“Maybe. But to aerate the house, your best bet is to open a window,” he said. There’s no proof houseplants significantly improve air quality in homes. That’s because studies that show plants absorb airborne toxins have been conducted in sealed laboratories, not a typical house, he said, where the indoor air exchanges with the air outdoors every hour.

That said, Prof. Kays has his own houseplant collection. “If you’re a horticulturalist, it’s practically required,” he said. “You are probably overwatering yours.”

Maybe I should set all my plants free. Every indoor plant would rather live outside in its native habitat. Unless you’re a horticulturalist like Prof. Kays, maybe it’s a delusion of grandeur to think you can sustain a fern for any length of time indoors.

“Don’t look at it like that,” said Eliza Blank, co-founder of The Sill, a houseplant seller with two shops in Manhattan and a third in Los Angeles. “Houseplants aren’t going away, because they connect us to nature.”

When Ms. Blank launched The Sill in 2012 (as a houseplant-delivery service), “there was already a movement to embrace nature,” she said. “People had chicken coops in their backyards. That wasn’t going to last. But finding a way to return to nature is just going to get more important.”

If you feel so guilty about killing a plant that you don’t want to try again, you’re missing the point, Ms. Blank said. “We have customers who buy a plant because it will look good on a bookshelf, and it dies in three months. The next plant they buy, when they see the health start to degrade, they put it in a sunny window,” said Ms. Blank. “Having plants is a process, and hopefully you learn something from the experience.”

Comedians on Their Foliage Failings

“I don’t have the knack for growing houseplants. I bought a hanging fern and the rope died.” —Milton Berle

“I like to tease my plants. I water them with ice cubes.” —Steven Wright

“I have no plants in my house. They won’t live for me. Some of them don’t even wait to die, they commit suicide.” —Jerry Seinfeld

“My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.” —Mitch Hedberg

This view, it turns out, is shared by my friend Margot’s mother, Estelle Guralnick, who may possibly own the world’s oldest living houseplant. Her husband, Eugene, who introduced her to gardening when they were newlyweds in the 1950s, brought a monstera home one night.

“I named it Monsterioso, and it only had two little leaves when my husband picked it up at an A&P supermarket on his way from work,” she told me the other day.

Ms. Guralnick doesn’t live with Monsterioso anymore. After a stroke three years ago (“Thank God it didn’t affect my marbles, but it did affect everything on my right side”), she decided to move permanently to an assisted-living facility in Cambridge, Mass. By then the houseplant—which nowadays looks more like a tree—was too big to move with her.

It still thrives in a sunny spot in the nearby apartment she keeps for her visiting children. It is sending restless roots over the lip of the pot to explore the living room. “It has roots like tiny fingers that destroyed a small scatter rug I had,” she said fondly. “Some of the roots were really embedded.”

Since the stroke, Ms. Guralnick has built a new collection of houseplants. “Nothing that needs too much maintenance. With the wheelchair, it’s hard to maneuver,” she said.

She has orchids she found discarded outside other residents’ rooms after they stopped blooming (“I get them to bloom again in three months”), geraniums, succulents and scented paperwhites (“very sweet this time of year”). Oh, and a ponytail palm. Plus a new monstera, tabletop size.

I told Ms. Guralnick that I am a houseplant failure.

“Stop saying that,” she said. “That’s like saying you’re giving up on the miracle of life. Nothing is more independent and inexorable than Mother Nature. Don’t you think it’s very exciting to see plants grow?”

She offered some tips: “Try something easy. Succulents are good. And don’t overwater. Do you know what that means?”

“Maybe not,” I admitted.

“Use common sense. Use your fingers to test the soil, and only water when it’s dry,” she said. I started to feel cautiously optimistic.

“Maybe I’ll get another fern,” I said.

“I would like a report in six months,” Ms. Guralnick said, adding that in the meantime she will be coaxing more orchids to bloom. “I can’t wait to see what they produce.”

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How Queen Reacted To Performing At The Oscars

Queen frontman Adam Lambert, who has taken over vocal duties with the band in recent years as a fill-in for Freddie Mercury, said that he and Queen would be performing at the Oscars over the long weekend. However, now the rest of the band members have also confirmed the musical event with a fun posts to their fans.

Roger Taylor confirmed in his own jokey manner, as well, saying about the Oscars, which air on Sunday, February 24.

Previously, Adam Lambert shared a video of Queen performances when he revealed the band would be there on the big awards night. Still, given Brian May and Roger Taylor have been big names associated with Bohemian Rhapsody in recent months, it’s good to hear from the horses’ mouths that everyone is pumped to perform.

And just to make it official, The Academy has also confirmed the band will perform during the big show. Take a look:

Bohemian Rhapsody has done well this awards season, particularly at events like the BAFTAS and The Golden Globes. Now, it’s also been nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, despite only middling reviews from the critics. It’s been a real crowdpleaser and the voters during awards season largely have seemed to have changed their minds about how good the story of Queen really is on the big screen.

As for the 2019 Academy Awards, there’s a lot of good stuff we already know is coming, particularly in regards to the music. Queen and Adam Lambert are playing, but there’s also a lot of buzz surrounding a performance by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born. Bradley Cooper has even previously revealed he’s terrified at the prospect of singing “Shallow” in front of so many of his peers at the main event of the awards season. Plus, Bette Midler will be performing music from Mary Poppins Returns. She’ll be singing the memorable original tune “The Place Where Lost Things Go” in place of Emily Blunt, who starred in the movie.

It should be a fun night for movies fans, although we’ll have to wait and see if Bohemian Rhapsody is able to bring home the fairest prize of them all. Tune in for the full Oscars event on Sunday, February 24, only on ABC. Before the big event, be sure to take a look at the full list of nominees, as well.

See What Mahershala Ali Could Look Like As Blade In The MCU

Oscar winner Mahershala Ali has technically already been a part of the MCU as the villainous Cottonmouth in the first season of Netflix’s Luke Cage. That character was underused though, and I don’t think fans would be continuity sticklers if he were to bring his formidable acting talents to another comic book character, specifically Blade. Take a look below to see what Mahershala Ali could look like as Blade in the MCU.

Yup, as you would imagine, he looks awesome, and if this fan art from BossLogic is anything to go off of, Mahershala Ali can definitely pull off the vampire fangs required for the role. BossLogic also imagines Mahershala Ali’s portrayal of the character with more tattoos than the Wesley Snipes version, and with a smile on his face conveying a less dour Eric Brooks and one who might have a bit of fun once in a while.

In his tweet, BossLogic indicates that he wanted to do this piece after seeing Alita: Battle Angel, and if you’ve seen that film or even the trailers, you can understand why. Mahershala Ali’s dastardly Vector, like Blade, also dresses in all black and wears sunglasses. Mahershala Ali can clearly rock the all-black look and that isn’t a bad quality for a Blade candidate to have.

This fan art shows that Mahershala Ali would look the part as Blade, but whether he, or anyone else for that matter, gets to play the daywalker in the MCU is a mystery. Like much of the MCU’s future beyond Avengers: Endgame, we don’t know if there are any firm plans to finally bring the vampire hunter back into the fold.

If it were to happen, we also don’t know if Wesley Snipes would reprise his role as he has occasionally teased. It does seem like the time is right though for a new Blade. With the MCU moving to a new phase, presumably without many of the faces that have got it this far, some new blood will have to step in to carry the torch.

Maybe Blade could show up on a Marvel series on Hulu or, with Marvel seemingly warming to R-rated films, Blade could return to the silver screen. If either of those were to happen, Marvel couldn’t do much better than Mahershala Ali. In addition to this fan art that proves the concept, Mahershala Ali has proven what a talented and compelling actor he is on both television and in film.

It seems like Mahershala Ali is everywhere now too. He is on the big screen in Alita: Battle Angel (which more people should really give a chance!) and on the small screen in the return to form that is True Detective season 3.

Mahershala Ali may also find himself back on the stage at the Dolby Theatre with a statue in hand, as he is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Green Book at this year’s Academy Awards. He’s already snagged a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a SAG award for the role, so he’s probably the frontrunner.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in fan casting and check out our release schedule to see all the movies you can look forward to in 2019.

‘Documentary Now’ Returns With a Wink

Cate Blanchett and Fred Armisen in an episode from the new season of ‘Documentary Now.’
Cate Blanchett and Fred Armisen in an episode from the new season of ‘Documentary Now.’ Photo: Rhys Thomas/IFC

“Waiting for the Artist” presents an overview of the long and storied career of the acclaimed Izabella Barta, featuring such memorable works as “Coat Rack,” “Late for Dinner” and “Ein Tag, Ein Frankfurter.”

Except the artist, and her work, isn’t real. Neither is the documentary—it is an episode in the third season of “Documentary Now,” premiering Wednesday on IFC. The television series is produced by “Saturday Night Live” alumni Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers, with a cast that includes Michael Keaton, Natasha Lyonne and Cate Blanchett, who plays Ms. Barta.

As in past seasons, which included sendups of “Grey Gardens,” “The Thin Blue Line” and “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” the new season pays winking homage to well-known documentaries. The re-creation of the look and feel of the source material—in everything from production design, to the particular way people behave on camera, to video technology and techniques—is meticulous and painstaking.

“Every episode begins with detective work,” says series co-director and co-showrunner Alex Buono. “Part of the game is laying the groundwork of verisimilitude, figuring out the style, the language of each episode, and to get as close to the world you’re trying to re-create. We’re really adopting the identity of whoever’s shooting this.”

As series co-creator and director Rhys Thomas points out, the parodies come from a place of affection. “Everybody involved in the show is a docuphile,” he says. “It’s not cruel. To me, at least, good parody has a sincerity to it.”

In the case of “Waiting for the Artist,” a riff on the Marina Abramović documentary “The Artist Is Present,” the process involved coming up with several decades’ worth of performance-art pieces, replete with photographs and performance videos shot on period equipment. Ms. Blanchett went through 13 wigs in four days.

“She provided some of her own costumes,” says Mr. Thomas. “She really met us on the plane of obsessive detail.”

John Mulaney and Renee Elise Goldsberry in ‘Documentary Now.’
John Mulaney and Renee Elise Goldsberry in ‘Documentary Now.’ Photo: Rhys Thomas/IFC

Occasionally, the detective work will involve conversations with the original filmmakers. For one new episode, Mr. Buono sought advice from D.A. Pennebaker on his 1970 fly-on-the-wall documentary “Original Cast Album: Company.”

Where Mr. Pennebaker’s film documented a late-night recording session for the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company,” the “Documentary Now” episode, written by John Mulaney and Mr. Meyers, features Broadway actors performing Sondheim-inspired numbers. In a further blurring of the line between life and comedy, IFC announced plans for a vinyl album based on the episode, the third time the series has spawned a musical release.

“We can’t wait to find out what Stephen thinks of it,” says Mr. Buono.

Season three of “Documentary Now” begins airing on IFC on Wednesday.

Willem Dafoe Really Loved Playing The Green Goblin In Spider-Man

If you’re a superhero making your first appearance on the big screen, you want to make that you have a a good villain to fight in the story. For Spider-Man, that villain was longtime arch-nemesis Norman Osborn, a.k.a. The Green Goblin, played by Willem Dafoe in the Sam Raimi-directed 2002 flick. It’s been nearly two decades since Spider-Man was released, and Dafoe still has fond memories of bringing the Green Goblin to life, namely because of the duality of the role. The actor explained:

Norman Osborn has frequently been depicted as being insane in the comics as a result of taking that enhancement formula that boosted his physical abilities, but depending on the writer, it varies whether or not Green Goblin is a separate aspect of his personality. The first Spider-Man movie opted to go the split personality route with Norman, which is why Willem Dafoe enjoyed the role so much. Norman could present himself as normal to other people, but in an instant, he could turn into the Goblin, an unhinged super villain who had no qualms about killing anybody who stood in his way. Plus, playing Green Goblin allowed Dafoe to chew up that scenery, providing those moments of humor that Dafoe mentioned.

Willem Dafoe also mentioned during his interview with GQ that among his favorite scenes to shoot in Spider-Man was the mirror scene, where Norman talks out loud with his Green Goblin personality about having murdered the OsCorp board of directors. Although it was cut up in the final product, Dafoe shot that scene in one take numerous times, and Sam Raimi gave him Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to read beforehand to prepare. You can watch that unsettling scene below.

While Green Goblin died at the end of Spider-Man in a manner similar to his first demise in the comics (being impaled by his own glider), that didn’t mark the end of Willem Dafoe’s time in the first Spider-Man film series. He cameoed in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 when Harry Osborn, who now knew that Peter Parker was Spider-Man, saw visions of his father that pushed him towards seeking vengeance against Peter for Norman’s death. Since Chris Cooper only briefly appeared as Norman in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the same movie where Dane DeHaan’s Harry took on the Green Goblin mantle, Willem Dafoe is still the definitive cinematic version of Norman, and fortunately for the actor, he had a good time acting out the character.

It remains to be seen if/when another live action version of Norman Osborn Green Goblin will be introduced, although an animated version did briefly appear recently in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse that was modeled after his Ultimate incarnation. For now, stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the latest Spider-Man movies news. The Web-Slinger will swing back to theaters for his next standalone adventure, Spider-Man: Far From Home, on July 5. You can also see Willem Dafoe leave his mark on the DC Comics mythology as Vulko in Aquaman, which is winding down its time in theaters and will be released on Blu-ray March 26.

Meghan Markle’s Baby Shower: All the Details

It’s happening, people: Meghan Markle‘s highly-anticipated baby shower is going down in New York City today (February 19). Details about the gathering have slowly been trickling out, but now that it’s fully underway we have even more information.

Before we get into it, though, one interesting thing to note is royal mothers-to-be typically don’t have baby showers. Victoria Arbiter, a royal expert, told ABC News in 2013 such events would be seen as “highly inappropriate” because the royal family is “clearly very wealthy.” “There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves,” she explained.

But Meghan Markle‘s baby shower is different. The gathering is more of a way for Markle to reunite with close friends than receive actual presents (though we’re sure there will be some of those too).

Here’s everything we know (so far) about the fun celebration:

It’s happening in New York City. Specifically at a swanky uptown hotel, according to Hello. Very fitting for a duchess.

The guest list is stacked. Omid Scobie, an ABC News royal contributor, tells Good Morning America 15 guests are slated to attend. “[Guests] include best pal Jessica Mulroney, actress and close pal Abigail Spencer has flown in and Priyanka Chopra is supposed to be flying in especially for this from London Fashion Week,” he says, adding, “It’ll be a celebration with her closest friends.”

Why this date. “The trip was planned some months ago and, with [with an official trip to] Morroco this weekend, is the last available time Meghan can travel before the Baby Sussex is born,” Scobie tells Good Morning America. “Over the weekend she has been catching up with some of her closest friends, visiting favorite spots in the city and even shopping for baby clothes.”

A second baby shower is also happening in England. According to this tweet from Scobie:

The décor. Official photos probably won’t come out from this super-private gathering, but paparazzi did catch pink roses being delivered to the reported location before Markle’s arrival. Hello notes the orange, yellow, and pink hues to the others flowers could be a nod to Markle’s spring due date. Someone was also spotted carrying in an orange tree, which symbolizes prosperity, happiness, and luck—the perfect message for an expecting mother.

What Markle’s wearing. A casual-chic ensemble: grey coat and skinny jeans, matched with a light beige bag and beige pumps.

The gifts. Again, this information probably won’t officially be released, but paparazzi did snap a Babyletto crib getting delivered to the shower’s uptown New York location.