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Serena Williams Says She Can Still Be Selfish in Her Marriage, and That’s All I Want

Serena Williams‘s husband Alexis Ohanian does a very good job at reminding me that I’m single. When he bought four billboards just to profess his love for her, I remembered my crush hadn’t texted me back in days. When he posted a tribute to her right before the U.S. Open, I thought to myself, “Wow! I absolutely cannot relate.” And when he asked Williams about her edges on behalf of women on Twitter, I was reminded of the time a guy ghosted me in the park.

Now, he’s at it again. In a new interview with Allure magazine, Williams reveals that she ultimately fell for Ohanian because he doesn’t “dim her light.”

Williams picked up this relationship barometer from Oprah Winfrey, who told her “Never let anyone dim your light.” “That really stuck with me,” the tennis pro tells Allure. “Alexis doesn’t dim my light. He doesn’t try to dim my light. He puts me in the light, even if I don’t want to be. He pushes me to further points I never thought about. It always was something that I could see in some relationships—my light would be dimmer. Now I feel like I can shine really bright and still do everything that I want to do.”

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She continues, “Not to knock anyone else I was with before, because they were all mostly amazing, but I know now I can be selfish, have a great career, and a great partner, someone that believes in me.”

It’s good that Ohanian realizes he’s in a relationship with the greatest athlete of all time and could never dim her light even if he tried. A marriage with someone who worships you that also allows you to be selfish sounds like the literal dream—and exactly what Serena Williams deserves.

For more of Allure‘s conversation with Williams, click here.

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Melissa McCarthy Was Asked About Working Despite Her ‘Tremendous Size’ During Interview

The “celebrity interview” process can be horrible, for various reasons. Journalists are tasked with coming up with questions that talent hasn’t heard 1,000 — often in the same day. Talent has to field left-field attempts by reporters to get a juicy soundbite. But Melissa McCarthy faced a shockingly humiliating situation when she was promoting her breakout hit Bridesmaids, where the interviewer zeroed in on her body type. McCarthy was doing an interview in behalf of her latest dramedy Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and recalled:

Melissa McCarthy was talking to InStyle about the double standard that she has encountered from some members of the press as she is trying to promote her movies. The recollection of the horrific Bridesmaids interview — which HAS to be a reference to Billy Bush, right? — was triggered by McCarthy recalling another reporter who questioned why she always looks so sloppy and unkempt in her on-screen roles. Sure, McCarthy sometimes plays messy characters in her comedies, but what kind of a question is that?

Melissa McCarthy brings up a good point in this regard. Certain male comedians — I think of the late Chris Farley and John Candy right away — were celebrated because of their size, and the way that they used their physicality to get a laugh. Farley notoriously sang “Fat Guy In A Little Coat” in his cult hit Tommy Boy. How often did a reporter incredulously ask him is his “tremendous size” impeded his ability to find work?

But the comedian gets the last laugh here, does she not? She was nominated for an Oscar for Bridesmaids. She’s still headlining major movies, and is doing this interview on behalf of Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which is getting all sorts of awards play. She was nominated for Best Actress at the Globes for that movie.

What do you think? Was that topic way out of line? How should Melissa McCarthy have handled it? Are you shocked that she’d even have to address such a question, in any interview format?

New Glass Clip Shows James McAvoy Rapidly Switching Personalities

We’re not that far now from the next (and final?) chapter in the story that started almost 20 years ago with Unbreakable. Glass will bring the hero and the villain of that film together with James McAvoy‘s Kevin Wendell Crumb from Split and we’re all very excited about the possibilities of where it could go. One thing we know for sure is that we’re going to dive deeper into the psyche of McAvoy’s character and meet even more of his personalities. A new clip gives us a tease of what’s to come. Check it out.

The clip, courtesy of Fandango, sees our friend with multiple personalities and Samuel L. Jackson‘s Mr. Glass inside the asylum that we’ve seen in the trailers. Exactly what Mr. Glass is up to is unclear without context. He’s working on something with lights, but while he does, James McAvoy’s character shifts between different personalities making small talk around him.

It’s an entertaining scene if only for the way it’s shot. The camera is continuously circling the room, frequently showing us nothing and only showing us the characters as they return to the frame. Every time we see McAvoy, however, he’s portraying a different personality. Shifting between aww shucks good old boy and fire and brimstone preacher, as well as the nine-year-old boy that we got to know so well in Split.

The scene looks to be done in a single take. Either that, or it’s been expertly edited to make it appear that way. It’s well done, with the constantly rotating camera being somewhat disorienting, which is surely the feeling that M.Night Shyamalan is going for.

James McAvoy’s performance as the different personalities of his character Kevin was viewed by many, both critics and fans, as the highlight of Split. He played several different characters all inhabiting the same body, but one of the things we learned about the character in that film is that there are many more personalities inside the character that we have yet to be properly introduced to. It seems Glass may change that.

Of course, the most terrifying of the personalities inside Kevin is The Beast, a vicious monster that came to the surface in the previous film. When a creature that powerful aligns himself with the brilliant Mr. Glass, there’s no telling what they could accomplish.

Standing in their way of course, will be Bruce Willis‘ hero from Unbreakable, who goes by the name The Overseer. He’s been playing the hero ever since the first movie, but one certainly assumes he’s coming up against something that he’s never faced before.

Following the success of Split and the general love for Unbreakable ever since its release, a lot of fans are looking forward to this new chapter.

Glass arrives in theaters on January 18.

Ulta’s Love Your Skin Sale 2019 Has So Many Great Deals

Skincare products are based on promises we all want kept, like fresh, radiant skin, invisible pores, and preternaturally clear skin. But they can often be hit-or-miss—and when any given serum or eye cream comes with an expensive price tag, it’s especially high-risk, high-reward. That’s the case most of the year, but from now through Saturday, January 26, Ulta’s Love Your Skin sale is making that investment a little more appealing. With 50 percent off some of Ulta’s best skin care, we narrowed down the best deals worth knowing from each day (and did the math for you; the prices here reflect the discount). Get your pen out, because you’re going to want to take notes.

Captain Marvel’s Pre-Sales Are Among The MCU’s Best

Superhero movies are the most popular genre in filmmaking, with droves of loyal fans willing to shell out cash and see the next comic book adaptation on the silver screen. Given the scale and budget of these projects, it stands to reason that even casual moviegoers would prefer to see these projects in theaters. As such, franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been able to make insane amounts of money over the years.

The next installment in the MCU is Captain Marvel, starring Oscar winner Brie Larson as the title character. Despite being the last movie before the phase-ending Avengers: Endgame, anticipation for the 1990’s intergalactic adventure has been steadily building. And with tickets now on sale, it’s already one of the MCU’s top 3 pre-sale performers on multiple ticketing sites.

One of the sites that Captain Marvel is already breaking records for is good old Fandango. While pre-sale tickets for Captain Marvel went up just days ago, the upcoming blockbuster is already the third biggest pre-sale Marvel movie. It trails just behind Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, which are two of the most popular installments in the entire shared universe.

Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis made a statement about Captain Marvel‘s outstanding pre-sale performance, saying:

Erik Davis seems to believe that Fandango users are snatching up tickets for Captain Marvel partially because it is breaking new ground for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Add on her upcoming role in Avengers: Endgame, and fans are eager to meet Carol Danvers and see her vast powers in action.

But Fandango isn’t the only ticket service seeing impressive pre-sales for Captain Marvel. Atom Tickets also revealed that they’ve seen big numbers from the upcoming origin story. Captain Marvel is second on the pre-sales list, with only Infinity War beating it. But considering that the movie is still weeks out, Captain Marvel has the potential to win out and take Atom’s number 1 Marvel spot.

One thing is clear from these reports: moviegoers can’t wait for Captain Marvel to arrive in theaters. The penultimate installment in Phase Three, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s Marvel debut will be a capsulated time piece, while also helping to flesh out MCU favorites like Nick Fury, Phil Coulson, Ronan, and Korath.

Captain Marvel will arrive in theaters on March 8th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies.

New Aquaman Images Show What It Looked Like Before The Visual Effects

Aquaman has been a box office hit that has been largely praised for its use of visual effects. Since so much of the story takes place underwater, VFX were going to be key to making Atlantis feel like it was a real place. Now, one of the studios responsible for that work has shared a peek at what the movie looked like before all that work was done. Check it out.

These pictures come courtesy of HALON Entertainment, a studio that has done digital work on both films and video games like The Meg and the recent God of War. They show a number of shots from Aquaman in various stages of the process.

We see a shot of the final battle that looks like it’s taking place on a really foggy day rather than on the ocean floor. Jason Momoa and Amber Heard and embracing in the water and the wires holding her up are still visible. We also see Heard using her water abilities in an unfinished form and Momoa riding a seahorse with the unfinished battle in the background.

It’s great to see images like this because they make clear just how much work is really done by the visual effects studios. A movie like Aquaman has so much of it take place underwater that eventually you’re likely to stop noticing it. However, every second of footage that is shot like that requires a lot of work to make it look like no visual effects work is being done at all.

If the work is done badly then you realize you’re looking at visual effects the entire time. When it’s done well, you get to ignore it to focus on the characters and the story. Of course, since you eventually stop noticing the work, it’s nice to have this reminder of everything that was done to make Aquaman work.

While Aquaman isn’t the best reviewed DC movie to date, many have praised the film’s visual style and use of effects. What the movie may lack in critical praise, it has more than made up for in box office success. Aquaman is the highest grossing DC movie to date and that’s at least partially due to the fact that the VFX are the sort of thing that you want to be sure to see on a massive movie screen.

With success like Aquaman has seen we can all be fairly certain that we’ll get a sequel before too long. This means we’ll get to see these impressive effects once again. Of course, there will be an expectation that a sequel takes things to the next level. It will be exciting to see what they come up with.

EXCLUSIVE: Cub Sport Falls In Love All Over Again In New ‘Party Pill’ Music Video

If you haven’t already heard the love story of Cub Sport’s Tim Nelson and Sam “Bolan” Netterfield, an exclusive first look at their brand new music video for “Party Pill” should drop some hints.

Tim and Sam, the band’s lead vocalist and keyboardist, respectively, barely go a frame together without embracing as the song’s lyrics narrate the couple’s journey from catching feels to a lifelong romance. The two got married in August 2018 after falling in love while writing Cub Sport’s 2017 album, BATS.

“Bolan and I first fell in love when we were 17 but I was super scared of what would happen if I came out and decided it’d be better for us to just be friends,” Tim said in a statement about the “Party Pill” music video. “This part of our story had been weighing on my heart for a long time and I’d held onto a lot of shame and embarrassment, but I realized last year that I needed to let go.”

Tim, Sam and the rest of the Cub Sport crew – lead guitarist and bassist Zoe Davis and drummer Dan Puusaari – channeled that experience into Cub Sport, the self-titled album the band is set to release on January 18. After teaming up with the Dolan Twins for their final music video of the BATS era, Cub Sport has already teased fans with songs “Sometimes” and “Summer Lover” off the new album.

“I finally turned the pain of those years into something beautiful and it feels like I’m setting myself free,” Tim said about how “Party Pill” captures the Cub Sport love story. “Love is stronger than fear. When you live in love, there’s a lightness that follows.”

Get an exclusive first look at Cub Sport’s “Party Pill” music video below!

I Got Rid of All My Old Underwear, and It Was Life Changing

A few weeks before Thanksgiving last year, I was on a panel for a lingerie brand where we were talking about who our underthings were for. Namely, when we slipped on a pair of sexy underwear, did we do it for ourselves, or did we do it for the person who might be lucky enough to slip it off? I argued that it wasn’t an either/or issue—it could be a both/and. “I feel sexy when I know that someone wants to rip my panties off,” I argued to a room full of gals grasping gin cocktails.

Then the next morning, I rolled out of bed, took a shower, and opened my underwear drawer to start getting ready—and I was horrified by what was looking back at me. My bras were ratty and stretched out. My underwear were old and full of holes. It was a bleak scene. This was the panty drawer that, according to what I’d told a room full of women the previous evening, was my source of strength and sexiness. And it was a f*cking mess.

Now, looking back at the year I had in 2018, and the lack of sex I had in said year (it was the driest of spells, my friends), it’s not surprising that my panty drawer looked like a post-apocalyptic relic. I worked through a series of hard knocks and bad dates. I lost my job in the beginning of the year, so instead of focusing on dating and caring for myself, I focused on getting my career back on track. Because of my professional pitfalls, I felt like a loser and a failure. And that’s not exactly the hottest feeling in the world, so my dating life suffered. I was in survival mode, not siren mode. My clothing, both visible and not, took a hit as a result.

But that was then. And in the cold light of day, I realized that I needed a change. I wanted my sexy back, and I was going to start with my underwear drawer. But instead of just relying on the same stretch cotton I typically did, I was going to finally indulge in some lacy underthings. (My fun fact is that, in the years before this panty overhaul, I’d just go commando on dates where I thought that sex was a possibility. Yes, even in a dress. I know.)

To me, lingerie was always the ultimate indulgence. It was one of those things I’d dreamed of owning when I was broke and living off pasta in college. “When I make it, I want to invest in some amazing lingerie,” I’d tell my friends. “That’s how I know that I’m successful.” In the meanwhile I relied on bargain-bin panties and bras at a heavy discount. Were they cute? Absolutely not. But economic? Of course. My Depression-era grandmother would be proud of those panty purchases.

Tossing out the old undies felt like I was cutting ties with a part of myself that no longer served me.

One of the benefits of the tough 2018 I’d had was that I started making good money as a freelancer—more, in fact, than I’d made in my previous full-time jobs. I hadn’t exactly “made it” per se, but I did have a little extra income to splurge on some bras and panties. Couple that with the insane Black Friday sales that came up a few weeks later, and I was able to do a complete overhaul for a grand total of less than $300. I shopped around but got the most stuff from Savage x Fenty, because their sizing was amazing and their deals—like three-packs for $30—were fabulous. (Leave it to Rihanna to do lingerie right.)

Every time a package arrived, it felt like it was Christmas morning. I’d open it up, lay my bounty on my bed, and do a little fashion show for myself in the mirror of my bedroom. The transformation I felt was instant, and it was incredible. Slipping on the new underthings, for me, was like popping on Wonder Woman’s arm cuffs. I felt invincible and confident, regardless of what I was wearing on top of the underwear. Underneath, I had super powers.

Tossing out the old undies felt like I was cutting ties with a part of myself that no longer served me. I was saying goodbye to the sad, schlubby gal who spent her days in leggings and cried because she didn’t know how she was going to pay her bills. I’d replaced her with a newer, more confident person who felt good in her skin. My underwear, surprisingly, was the foundation of that transformation. I’d slip it on in the morning and look at myself in the mirror with nothing but my panties on. I felt good about the way I looked, which made me want to take that energy into the rest of my day. I started dressing in clothing, not loungewear, and I started feeling better about the way I looked. And all it took was a new wardrobe of underwear. Who knew?

Since then I’ve become a big proponent of the lingerie overhaul. I know it’s a luxury that seems incredibly unnecessary for a lot of women. I get it. I used to order packs of underwear from Amazon and call it a day. But I cannot stress the beauty of doing something that’s solely for you. Your underwear don’t have to be frilly and lacy with mesh or bows—just something you feel excited to put on each morning the same way you do with a favorite dress or pair of boots. For me, that’s a sheer lace bra and G-string. If someone else gets to see them? Well, that’s great too.

Maria Del Russo is a sex and relationship writer in Brooklyn. Her first book, Simple Acts of Love, will be out this summer.

I Got Rid of All My Old Underwear and It Was Lifechanging

A few weeks before Thanksgiving last year, I was on a panel for a lingerie brand where we were talking about who our underthings were for. Namely, when we slipped on a pair of sexy underwear, did we do it for ourselves, or did we do it for the person who might be lucky enough to slip it off? I argued that it wasn’t an either/or issue—it could be a both/and. “I feel sexy when I know that someone wants to rip my panties off,” I argued to a room full of gals grasping gin cocktails.

Then the next morning, I rolled out of bed, took a shower, and opened my underwear drawer to start getting ready—and I was horrified by what was looking back at me. My bras were ratty and stretched out. My underwear were old and full of holes. It was a bleak scene. This was the panty drawer that, according to what I’d told a room full of women the previous evening, was my source of strength and sexiness. And it was a f*cking mess.

Now, looking back at the year I had in 2018, and the lack of sex I had in said year (it was the driest of spells, my friends), it’s not surprising that my panty drawer looked like a post-apocalyptic relic. I worked through a series of hard knocks and bad dates. I lost my job in the beginning of the year, so instead of focusing on dating and caring for myself, I focused on getting my career back on track. Because of my professional pitfalls, I felt like a loser and a failure. And that’s not exactly the hottest feeling in the world, so my dating life suffered. I was in survival mode, not siren mode. My clothing, both visible and not, took a hit as a result.

But that was then. And in the cold light of day, I realized that I needed a change. I wanted my sexy back, and I was going to start with my underwear drawer. But instead of just relying on the same stretch cotton I typically did, I was going to finally indulge in some lacy underthings. (My fun fact is that, in the years before this panty overhaul, I’d just go commando on dates where I thought that sex was a possibility. Yes, even in a dress. I know.)

To me, lingerie was always the ultimate indulgence. It was one of those things that I’d dreamed of owning when I was broke and living off pasta in college. “When I make it, I want to invest in some amazing lingerie,” I’d tell my friends. “That’s how I know that I’m successful.” Until then, I relied on bargain bin panties and bras at a heavy discount. Were they cute? Absolutely not. But economic? Of course. My Depression-era grandmother would be proud of those panty purchases.

Tossing out the old undies felt like I was cutting ties with a part of myself that no longer served me

One of the benefits of the tough 2018 I’d was that I started making good money as a freelancer—more, in fact, than I’d made in my previous full-time jobs. I hadn’t exactly “made it” per se, but I did have a little extra income to splurge on some bras and panties. That, coupled with the insane Black Friday sales that came up a few weeks later, and I was able to do a complete overhaul for a grand total of less than $300. I shopped around, but got the most stuff from Savage x Fenty, because their sizing was amazing and their deals—like three-packs for $30—were fabulous. (Leave it to Rihanna to do lingerie right.)

Every time a package arrived, it felt like it was Christmas morning. I’d open them up, lay my bounty on my bed, and do a little fashion show for myself in the mirror of my bedroom. The transformation I felt was instant, and it was incredible. Slipping on the new underthings, for me, was like popping on Wonder Woman’s arm cuffs. I felt invincible and confident, regardless of what I was wearing on top of the underwear. Underneath, I had super powers.

Tossing out the old undies felt like I was cutting ties with a part of myself that no longer served me. I was saying goodbye to the sad, schlubby gal who spent her days in leggings and cried because she didn’t know how she was going to pay her bills. I’d replaced her with a newer, more confident person who felt good in her skin. My underwear, surprisingly, was the foundation of that transformation. I’d slip it on in the morning and look at myself in the mirror with nothing but my panties on. I felt good about the way I looked, which made me want to take that energy into the rest of my day. I started dressing in clothing, not loungewear, and I started feeling better about the way I looked. And all it took was a new wardrobe of underwear. Who knew?

Since then, I’ve become a big proponent of the lingerie overhaul. I know it’s a luxury that seems incredibly unnecessary for a lot of women. I get it. I used to order packs of underwear off of Amazon and call it a day. But I cannot stress the beauty of doing something that solely for you. They don’t have to be frilly and lacy with mesh or bows—just something you feel excited to put on each morning the same way you do with a favorite dress or pair of boots. For me, that’s sheer lace bra and G-string. If someone else gets to see them? Well, that’s great too.

Maria Del Russo is a sex and relationship writer in Brooklyn, NY. Her first book, Simple Acts of Love, will be out this summer.

Lady Gaga Apologizes For 2013 R. Kelly Collab, Pledges Support For His Accusers

Since it aired last week, Surviving R. Kelly — Dream Hampton’s probing Lifetime docuseries into the artist’s history of alleged abuse against women and girls — has given a megaphone to Kelly’s victims and may have even roused a Georgia D.A. to open a new investigation into their claims. Another key takeaway is the reaction of the music community itself, made up of many artists who continued to work with Kelly despite persistent rumors of abuse.

John Legend, on one hand, readily appeared in the series and denounced Kelly, tweeting, “I believe these women and don’t give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist.” Hampton herself revealed that she’d asked artists like Lady Gaga, Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, and more to appear in the series, but they all declined.

Early Thursday morning (January 10), though, Gaga — who collaborated in Kelly in 2013 for the song “Do What U Want” — took to Twitter to clarify her stance: “I stand behind these women 1000%, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously.”

Gaga called the allegations against Kelly “absolutely horrifying and indefensible” and after acknowledging that she, too, is the victim of sexual assault, she went in detail about the genesis of their joint song and video, which she said was created “at a dark time in my life.” “My intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life,” she wrote. The song’s single artwork and its unreleased video were both shot by Terry Richardson, who also has a long history of troubling sexual abuse allegations against him.

Gaga said she’s grown since then, in part because of therapy, and pledged to keep supporting “women, men, and people of all sexual identities, and of all races, who are victims of sexual assault.” The first step, for her, is removing “Do What U Want” from “iTunes and other streaming platforms.” She concluded her note with a vow to never work with Kelly again, and a message of love.

Elsewhere in the note, she writes, “Til it happens to you, you don’t know how it feels.” In 2015, she co-wrote and performed “Til It Happens To Youwith Diane Warren for The Hunting Ground, a documentary about rape on college campuses. Kesha later covered it.

Read Gaga’s entire note above.