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Selena Gomez Returns As A Stronger Version Of Herself In ‘Lose You To Love Me’

At last, our long national nightmare is over: Selena Gomez has returned with new music!

Following a few days of exciting build-up, the singer released “Lose You to Love Me” at midnight on Wednesday (October 23), and it’s a predictably raw and emotional affair. Produced by FINNEAS (Billie Eilish’s brother and collaborator), the piano-driven ballad finds Gomez closing a painful chapter of her life and finding peace in the process. “We always go into it blindly / I needed to lose you to find me / This dancing was killing me softly / I needed to hate you to love me,” she sings. The accompanying video is fittingly stark and intimate, with Sel singing straight to the camera and smiling by the end of the cathartic tune.

On YouTube, Gomez wrote, “This song was inspired by many things that have happened in my life since releasing my last album. I want people to feel hope and to know you will come out the other side stronger and a better version of yourself.”

Prior to releasing her new single, Gomez teased fans with a series of childhood photos and cryptic clues posted over the past week. Each one was accompanied by a poetic caption like, “We always go into it blindly,” and “You promised the world,” which we now know were sneaky lyric previews.

“Lose You To Love Me” may be the first taste of Gomez’s as-yet-untitled third album, which would mark her first full-length project since 2015’s Revival. Selenators are itching for that Revival follow-up, and the excitement is definitely warranted — after all, she’s been hinting at a new era for a long, long, long time. It seemed like the new album might finally arrive in 2017; that was the year she dropped “Bad Liar” and “Fetish” in quick succession, followed by the Marshmello-assisted “Wolves.” And even though she teased that an “epic album” was coming “very soon” that December, nothing ever materialized. She did, however, reemerge a few times in 2018 with a handful of collaborations, as well as the solo hit “Back to You.”

Now that she’s returned from her (well-deserved) break from the spotlight and seems to be in a healthy and happy place, we’re glad to see she’s back on track with new music. Back in June, the 27-year-old revealed that she’s “actually done” with her new album while on The Tonight Show.

“I have to do, like, a few finishing things with it, but I’m just relieved,” she told host Jimmy Fallon. “It took me four years now to even feel at a good place with this album, and it’s just because I had such huge moments that happened in my life personally that [it was like] how was I going to capture that and how was I actually going to feel good about what I was saying? So, I kept going and I’m relieved now.”

It’s good to (finally) have you back, Sel!

Jared Leto Is Right To Be Pissed About The Joker Situation

Jared Leto as Joker in Suicide Squad

The new Joker movie is a massive hit that has won over both critics and the box office. The film is already in the top 10 global box office list of films based on DC Comics characters, and critics are wondering if the Oscars could be in the film’s future. It seems everybody loves Joker to one degree or another. Well, except maybe Jared Leto, that is.

Over the weekend, a report claimed that when he first learned of the plan for Todd Philips to make a standalone Joker movie, Jared Leto, who had most recently played the character in the DCEU-set Suicide Squad, was less than happy. While Leto’s people deny the claim, the report states that Leto tried to get his agents to kill the new project before it was ever made.

And honestly, if it is true, can you blame him? I say this as somebody who was largely underwhelmed by Suicide Squad as a whole, but the dude got screwed.

Almost from the beginning, when Jared Leto was cast as The Joker in Suicide Squad, it was clear the actor was going to be dealing with an uphill battle. The first image of the well-tattooed Clown Prince of Crime seemed to set a lot of people off. It was, to be sure, a very different direction for the character. At the same time, most people weren’t excited by the idea of Heath Ledger playing the role in The Dark Knight, and that certainly worked out, so there was always a chance this would as well.

However, it seems like the deck was stacked against Jared Leto’s Joker from the word go. The history of Suicide Squad‘s production is one of the more interesting stories in recent Hollywood, and while a lot of what actually happened is less than clear, there were almost certainly too many cooks in that kitchen. Multiple edits of the films were shown to different test audiences in an attempt to figure out just what the hell sort of movie to even release. Director David Ayer has specifically stated that the movie we saw was not his original vision.

The version that we got had almost no Joker in it, and what was there wasn’t given a lot of love by critics. But Jared Leto has said he filmed a lot more than what we saw, and that, in the end, almost his entire performance was left on the cutting room floor.

All this likely resulted in an already pretty annoyed Jared Leto. Say what you will about his performance as The Joker, but he certainly made the role his own. He gave it everything and tried to make something out of it, and most of us have apparently never seen what he did. His role, which was supposed to be significant, was cut back so much it was entirely superfluous to the plot.

It felt like the character was only being shoehorned into Suicide Squad in order to get him introduced in the larger DC universe, but even from that perspective it didn’t work.

Regardless of what happened with Suicide Squad, it initially looked like we were in for some more Jared Leto Joker anyway. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was the big hit of Squad, and since Joker and Harley are a double act, we figured we’d be seeing more of them both. There was Birds of Prey and Gotham City Sirens announced as vehicles for Harley that certainly could have included Joker. Suicide Squad 2 was given the green light quickly, and while it’s turned out that it will be a very different movie than originally conceived, at the time, the expectation was that most of the original cast would be back. One of the announced projects that was even reportedly given a director was a movie specifically set to focus on the Joker and Harley Quinn as a couple.

The recent report also claims that WB had told Leto he would be getting his own standalone Joker movie. That obviously never materialized. Instead we got something entirely separate from Leto’s character.

It’s easy to see any move to squash Todd Philips Joker, if that in fact happened, as sour grapes, but there’s certainly more going on than that. There’s no good end to this scenario from Leto’s perspective. While Philips’ movie was always designed to be something separate from the DCEU characters, that minor detail was never going to matter. If Philips’ movie bombed, it would only mean stock in the Joker as a character would go down. If the movie was a hit, as it has now proven to be, then interest in The Joker goes up, but nobody is looking for Leto to reprise the role.

Following Justice League, it feels like the DCEU is being largely ignored entirely. Movies like Aquaman and Shazam! technically took place within it, but not in any way that really matters. It’s also looking The Batman will be set in its own continuity rather than Robert Pattinson playing a younger version of Ben Affleck’s Caped Crusader, meaning it’s clear there’s no place for Jared Leto there either.

We’ve seen numerous ideas, like the Joker Vs. Harley Quinn movie, go through early development before fading away, apparently never to be heard about again. Is there still supposed to be a Cyborg movie? I’m pretty sure there is still supposed to be a Flash movie happening, but it won’t be a Flashpoint movie; that’s a different thing that got announced before being discarded.

And then, of course, on top of all that, there’s simply the fact that seeing another Joker movie happen so soon after Jared Leto played the role makes it clear that there was no real support for the actor following Suicide Squad. That had to be frustrating.

Jared Leto will be fine. He’s an Academy Award winner who will always be in demand, but, stories to the contrary, he’s human too. This entire situation was a mess, and it mostly had nothing to do with him. It was all about a studio that clearly didn’t really know what it wanted and was just throwing things at the wall to see what stuck. Evidently Leto’s Joker wasn’t one of those things that stuck, and that’s fine, but I doubt the situation was presented to the actor that way.

And at this point, who knows what the future holds. Leto will try his fortunes in a different superhero franchise, as he boarded Sony’s Spider-Man universe as Morbius. Clearly, based on recent comments regarding how Spider-Man will be fitting in there, there are plans for universe expansion here as well, and one assumes Leto’s character will be part of that.

Whether or not Jared Leto tried to kill Joker, I have no idea. Clearly, it didn’t work. But regardless I can certainly understand the actor’s frustrations.

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Terminator: Dark Fate Reviews Are In, Here’s What The Critics Are Saying

It’s not secret among Terminator fans that the franchise has been navigating rough waters for a while. The last three movies ranged from not coming close to measuring up to the original two installments to just being outright bad, and even the well-received TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was cancelled after two seasons. So there’s a lot riding on Terminator: Dark Fate, which serves as a sequel only to The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, to reverse the Terminator franchise’s fortunes.

The public is still a little over a week from getting to see Terminator: Dark Fate, but early reviews are now pouring in following the initial reactions. Judging by what critics have written, it looks like this movie finally places the franchise on firmer ground, although like the previous three installments, it doesn’t hold a candle to The Terminator or Terminator 2.

Starting off, CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg gave Terminator: Dark Fate 3.5 out of 5 stars in his review, acknowledging that while its plot is very reminiscent of what we saw in the first two Terminator movies, it still works because of the “outstanding collection of dynamic and fun characters, great performances from the whole ensemble, and some bold and thrilling action sequences.”

IGN’s Jim Vejvoda heaped even more praise onto Terminator: Dark Fate, giving it an 8/10 score. In his eyes, what makes Dark Fate an improvement over the last three movies is because it knows that “less is more when it comes to the T-800/Arnold” and that the first two movies were about Sarah Connor, not the eponymous robot assassin. That makes it all the more pleasing that Linda Hamilton came back to reprise Sarah after nearly three decades away from the role.

But not everyone thought Terminator: Dark Fate was a return to form. Darren Franich from Entertainment Weekly stamped the movie with a C grade, calling it another bad sequel in the Terminator canon. Franich believes Dark Fate is packed with cliches and lackluster story beats, though he noted that at least it’s “frequently bad in a funny way, without the dutiful dullness of the last couple sequels.

The AV Club’s Jesse Hassenger was similarly unimpressed with the R-rated Terminator: Dark Fate, giving it a C+. Although he admitted that the storyline of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 is one of the “few genuine surprises” the movie has to offer, Hassenger found Dark Fate as whole to be unremarkable and serve as “a case study for the difficulty of crafting a satisfying follow-up to a pair of certified classics.”

Back in more positive territory, Jill Pantozzi from io9 commended Terminator: Dark Fate for its female protagonists, as Sarah Connor is joined by Mackenzie Davis’ Grace and Natalia Reyes’ Dani Ramos. Pantozzi mentioned that the CGI in Dark Fate is a “mixed bag” and the movie’s biggest issue, but the story nonetheless has “dynamic action pieces and inventive fight sequences” that are “high octane” and “will leave you gripping your seat.”

Finally, Empire’s Helen O’Hara awarded Terminator: Dark Fate 4 out of 5 stars, complimenting the movie for taking “true narrative risks.” She labeled Dark Fate as a “worthy descendant rather than a cheap cash-in” and felt we can now look to the future of the Terminator franchise with hope.

Overall, while Terminator: Dark Fate won’t overthrow The Terminator or Terminator 2 as one of the franchise’s best offerings, it sounds like it takes a step in the right direction. We’ll have to see who Dark Fate performs commercially, but if it does well on that front, perhaps it will indeed launch a new trilogy, something Salvation and Genisys both failed to do.

You can judge Terminator: Dark Fate for yourself when it opens in theaters on November 1. Don’t forget to consult our 2019 release schedule and 2020 release schedule to plan your moviegoing visits over the next 14 months accordingly.

No, The Avatar Movies Won’t Have A High Frame Rate

Director James Cameron has cultivated a reputation as someone who loves to use cutting edge technology to make films like the Avatar franchise into technical marvels that tell a blockbuster story. So it may surprise you that in a recent interview, the man who seems to invent new technology almost every time he directs a movie will not be using a High Frame Rate presentation to showcase Avatar 2, or any other film of his for that matter.

Cameron explained during a recent roundtable for Terminator: Dark Fate just what he feels is the proper usage of High Frame Rate:

Rather than rejecting High Frame Rate filmmaking wholesale, James Cameron seems to be using this medium as a fix for certain aspects that leave the 3D experience a bit inaccessible to some viewers. With a typical 3D conversion, moments may seem to ruin the picture’s clarity, leading to some confusion from the eyes. It’s moments like those that Cameron speaks of when he says he’d use High Frame Rate to fix the 3D on a film like Avatar 2, which was strangely enough rumored to be filmed in 60 frames-per-second in its earliest phases.

It’s an interesting outlook on what could be considered a technological achievement as cutting edge to our modern world as 3D seemed to be back when Avatar jumpstarted the world of the third dimensional presentation. In fact, at that point in cinematic history, some folks saw that very gimmick as something that could liven up certain sequences in a film, rather than show an entire product in 3D.

When Avatar’s 2009 release took 3D out of the usual method of showing limited scenes in the format, typically confined to only IMAX presentations, and brought it to full movies, regardless of what theater it was shown in, some looked upon it in the same way as James Cameron told CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg and other reporters he looks at High Frame Rate. While Ang Lee sees Gemini Man as a symbol of what the future of films could be, Cameron sees it as a tool rather than a method of exhibition.

As usual, it will be up to history to prove which director seems to be correct; but so far it feels like James Cameron does have the advantage. Unless the marketplace at large rallies behind High Frame Rate in the same way he took 3D to the masses, the medium could see itself die out before it can truly flourish. Which means that maybe Ang Lee and James Cameron should sit down together in the near future, and put their minds together to find a happy medium.

Rian Johnson Had The Best Response To Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’s Final Trailer

At long last, we finally got a good look at J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker last night when the trailer dropped during Monday Night Football and then on YouTube for millions of fans to see. The trailer naturally inspired plenty of reactions, speculation and more than a few tears as the final chapter in the Skywalker Saga. Perhaps the best response to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s final trailer came from the director of the not-at-all controversial Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson. Take a look:

Simple and concise, Rian Johnson’s Twitter reaction to the Rise of Skywalker trailer was one of pure glee and appreciation for the Star Wars franchise. He clearly was a big fan of what he saw from the follow-up to his own Star Wars film. Watching the Rise of Skywalker trailer, the thing that came to Rian Johnson’s mind that he felt he had to express was just how much he loves Star Wars.

Although there are undoubtedly dissenters who disliked the trailer (this is the internet after all), Rian Johnson’s reaction is one many of us felt watching the Rise of Skywalker trailer. I mean, how could you not just feel full of love for Star Wars watching that trailer? It has lightsaber fights, Palpatine and battles on a scale we’ve never seen before.

The stirring music (seriously, give me that on streaming or vinyl now) and all the emotional moments conjured up all kinds of feelings for Star Wars fans. It was especially powerful because it is the final trailer for the final Skywalker Saga film, so it packs an extra punch. We are seeing characters we love for the final time knowing that “The saga will end” even though “The story lives forever.”

Amid all the dissention the Star Wars fandom has had in recent years, in no small part thanks to Rian Johnson’s own film, the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was just a huge reminder of why we love this franchise. Episode IX will give us things old and new to love as well. We don’t want this Saga to end because we love it, and Rian Johnson does too.

Rian Johnson is a Star Wars fan even if his take isn’t for everyone (I’m kind of in the middle). Those who completely hate what he did in The Last Jedi (minus the bad faith trolls) do so because they too love Star Wars and care about the story. So Rian Johnson’s reaction to The Rise of Skywalker trailer is one that all Star Wars fans can (but won’t) agree with, regardless of individual tastes.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all of the movies still to come this year.

Tweed Hair Is the Coolest New Color Trend for Fall

Ever since the technique went big in 2014, balayage—or, hand-painting highlights directly onto hair—has become to gold standard for natural, lived-in hair color. It’s also crucial for getting the swirling, dimensional look that makes fun color trends like Iced Coffee and Mushroom Blonde possible. While balayage is also key for getting flannel hair right, there’s a new fabric-inspired color that’s gearing up to be the next big trend for fall: tweed hair.

According to Chicago colorist Rex Jimieson, his clients have been moving away from the darker roots and lighter ends they’ve been loving in recent seasons. Instead, they’ve been asking for a look which Jimieson dubbed “tweed hair,” essentially subtle highlights that are evenly distributed. While ombré had its moment, Jimieson says now it’s about fine color woven through the whole head, not just highlighting the ends.

“A contrast is still present, but not as ‘overachiever’ as seen in recent seasons,” says Jimieson. “Bases are shifted lighter to compliment light blond strands, or the light strands are less dramatically lifted to accommodate a brunette background. We are painting balayage with foiling and single processing—even combing the techniques to create a custom fabric of complimentary colors. Our hair is a natural fiber, so think pinstripes or tweed as opposed to color-blocked, or earth tones as opposed to metallic tones.”

While it has a similar vibe to flannel hair, there are subtle differences. “Tweed uses smaller sections and exposes the natural undertones in your hair rather than removing them completely,” says Jimieson. “Flannel is more edgy, while tweed is more sophisticated. If your hair doesn’t have a lot of color build up, bleach may not even be needed to achieve the dimension and subtlety of tweed.”

Jimieson recommends the technique for people who want a more natural tone that’s still dimensional, as the contrast between the base and lightness isn’t so extreme. If you want to try the shade, ask the stylist to unify your color and start your highlights close to the roots instead of midway down your hair. The two key things to getting the trend right is a very subtle shade difference between your base and highlights, and making sure the highlights are fine to get that sophisticated look. And as always, Jimieson stresses the importance of coming with plenty of examples so you can get what you really want.

For your convenience, we pulled some of our favorite examples, below. Now all you have to do is call your salon.

Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.

Kawhi Leonard And Arnold Schwarzenegger Made A Terminator Commercial And It’s Even Weirder Than You’d Guess

The NBA season is about to tip off, and all eyes are on Los Angeles, where both the Lakers and the Clippers are making headlines because of their various off-season acquisitions. LeBron James continues to hold down the spotlight, but the… unusual Kawhi Leonard gets his fair share of press for being kind of robot. It’s a running joke amongst NBA fans that Leonard’s an unfeeling cyborg, so naturally The Terminator franchise leans into that with this hilarious ad for the new movie, Terminator: Dark Fate.

The clip is very clever, if you happen to pay close attention to the soap-opera sidebar jokes from the NBA. And it only gets stranger as it goes.

For starters, we have the former “Governator” himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, pumping iron and running into Kawhi in the gym. After a welcome to L.A., Arnold nicknames Leonard a “Terminator,” leading to an amusing Paul George cameo.

That, alone, would be enough. In an effort to compete with the star power of the Lakers, the L.A. Clippers lured Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to Southern California in the offseason, and seeing them in a spot with Schwarzenegger is the right level of Hollywood.

But before you can say “James Cameron,” Paul George name-drops Linda Hamilton, and the bit continues. That when the badass known as Sarah Connor pokes fun at Kawhi’s robot laugh, Paul George calls him a “fun guy,” and NBA Twitter explodes.

The joke of the laugh stems from this clip, when Kawhi Leonard shifted from the San Antoni Spurs to the Toronto Raptors. Kawhi is a superstar in the NBA, but because San Antonio’s off the grid, he’s largely a mystery to casual fans. When he tried to open up to reports at an NBA Media Day, this happened:

I love the self-awareness of the Terminator/Clippers ad. It’s not just another lazy movie gig. It plays into the frenzy around the launch of the NBA season, and the impending launch of Terminator: Dark Fate. More sports should play along with these partnerships, like when the NBA and Sony built ads around the launch of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Taika Waititi Explains Why Jojo Rabbit Uses Comedy To Tell The Story Of World War II

Comedy and World War II aren’t exactly a peanut butter and jelly kind of combination. Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party’s political takeover is often characterized as the darkest time in modern history, ridden with appalling ignorance and bloodshed. The time period has often been brought to the big screen with immensely dramatic films such as Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan and Hacksaw Ridge. However, Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker Taika Waititi decided to approach Nazi Germany with humor in Jojo Rabbit.

Another World War II drama may not catch eyes, but a subversive take such as Jojo Rabbit that tackles the time period with a different approach will find an audience. It certainly helps that Taika Waititi is a hot name in movies right now, as he comes off a refreshing take to Thor in 2017’s Ragnarok and soon with Love and Thunder, also starring Natalie Portman. Audiences like to be challenged and gravitate to fresh renditions in movies.

Jojo Rabbit draws in an audience with this interest to see what Taika Waititi will do with his imaginary Hitler character. Once it softens the blow of the topic with its humor, the movie still seeks to remind the audience of Nazi Germany where the horrible Holocaust occured. It’s clever to bring in an audience with laughs and an important and poignant message in mind by the end. Jojo Rabbit is also a coming-of-age story about a young boy – a universal struggle.

With this in mind, Jojo Rabbit could be an Oscar frontrunner. Aside from Taika’s Hitler, the movie stars Scarlett Johansson as the vivacious mother to Jojo, Rosie, as well as Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson and Stephan Merchant as characters of the Nazi party, and Roman Griffin Davis as the titular 10-year-old boy.

Jojo Rabbit is now playing in select theaters.

Meghan Markle Just Wore a $50 Dress With $625 Heels

If there’s anyone that could anoint the next “it” color, it may just be Meghan Markle. So long, millennial pink—hello, regal purple.

The Duchess of Sussex stepped out to the One Young World Summit Opening Ceremony at Royal Albert Hall in London wearing an Aritzia dress in a striking shade of deep purple. And, honestly, it’s all we can think about.

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It’s actually a re-wear from her maternity wardrobe: She was first spotted in the Aritzia dress in January, during a visit to Birkenhead.

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Then, Markle styled it with a bold red coat. Now, worn on its own, though, the look is reminiscent to one worn by Princess Diana in 1996.

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Markle’s Aritzia dress is also an affordable pick—which, unfortunately, has sold out. It originally retailed for $138, and was then discounted to $49.99. A good deal combined with the Duchess’s seal of approval means, of course, it’s no longer available.

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She paired it with a pair of $625 Monolo Blahniks, for another great high/low moment.

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See How Crowded Joker’s Stairs Are Now That They’re A Tourist Trap

You can tell a movie is incredibly successful when its influence extends past the box office. Case in point, ever since Joker hit theaters earlier this month, many fans who enjoyed the flick have flocked to The Bronx to visit the stairs Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck danced down after he embraced becoming The Clown Prince of Crime.

On the off chance you didn’t believe these stairs have become a tourist trap following Joker’s release, here’s a video to really hammer home its popularity.

The Bronx is already home to popular destinations like The Bronx Zoo, Yankee Stadium and the New York Botanical Gardens, but this staircase could be added to the list of locales to visit in the area. Connecting the Shakespearean and Anderson Avenues at West 167th Street, these stairs once weren’t particularly notable, but after that footage of Joaquin Phoenix dancing down them in clown makeup was released to the public, and especially after Joker arrived in theaters, that’s changed.

Thanks to this video from GravitysEnemy, you can see a bunch of people hanging out at the stairs, with a few of them even costumed Joker-style, much to the dismay of the person recording the video. As noted in earlier reports, the influx of these Joker fans has been a source of annoyance for nearby residents, as naturally they need to actually trudge up or down those stairs for everyday life, as opposed to simply posing on them.

Alas, with Joker’s continued success, it’s a good bet the Bronx inhabitants will have to keep putting up with people visiting that staircase either to just hang out or reenact Arthur Fleck’s time dancing his heart out on them. Even once the movie leaves theaters, I wouldn’t be surprised if that staircase continues to attract numerous fans, even though the crowd size has to diminish at some point.

In any case, this is just indicative of just how Joker has penetrated the public consciousness. The movie was already generating conversation ahead of its wide release for the kind of social commentary it would deliver, but since coming out on the evening of October 3, it’s made over $738 million worldwide, making it the fourth highest-grossing R-rated movie ever at the time of this writing.

Critically speaking, Joker has earned mixed-to-positive reception, but Joaquin Phoenix’s performance and other elements will surely put it in contention for the forthcoming awards season. And if you happen to be in The Bronx, feel free to tell Joker fans what you thought of the movie while visiting those now-iconic stairs.