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Why Mulan Became A Hero To The LGBTQ Community, According To Ming-Na Wen

Mulan is one of Disney’s most popular Princesses, especially to a particular subset of fans. While the character was obviously a big deal to fans of Asian descent, Mulan also became a sort of accidental hero for LGBTQ fans. Ming-Na Wen, who voiced Mulan in the original Disney animated classic, points out that since they had few big screen heroes of their own, the gender switch in Mulan was enough to touch many LGBTQ fans and make Mulan their hero. According to the actress…

It’s amazing how things work out. As Ming-Na Wen says, there was never any specific intention to make Mulan a gay story, and yet, that’s exactly what happened. Mulan takes on the guise of a male character and then proceeds to have feelings for her commanding officer Li Shang. While the audience knows the truth, the relationship looks like one man having feelings for another. Even Li Shang has to come to terms with the fact that he discovers he has feelings for Mulan, somebody that he, until recently, believed was a man. The film doesn’t actually present it in quite that way, but it’s not difficult to make such connections. It may not be much, but considering how few LGBTQ characters were out there, it was embraced by many.

Now, Mulan is set for the live-action adaptation treatment from Disney. A few things have been changed up for the remake. Rather than seeing Mulan fall for her commanding officer, the character that was Li Shang has been split in half. Donnie Yen will play Commander Tung, the leader of Mulan’s regiment of soldiers. Yoson An will play Chen Honghui, a fellow soldier who will fulfill the love interest role. It will be interesting to see if the new film decides to play up the LGBTQ aspects of the relationship or if the film will leave the idea as subtext only.

As far as what the future holds for Ming-Na Wen and Mulan, she’s not talking. While she has continued to provide the voice for the animated Mulan whenever necessary, Entertainment Weekly asked if we might see her make an appearance in the live action film. She would not confirm or deny a cameo, which makes it sound like such an appearance might at least be a possibility. She has previously expressed a desire to appear, so if the movie wants it to happen there’s a good chance it will.

Pippa Middleton Just Gave Birth

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews are officially parents. The happy couple welcomed their first child, a boy, on Monday afternoon (October 15), People reports, at around 1:58 P.M. London time. The baby boy weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz., and Middleton’s rep told the outlet, “Everyone is delighted, and mother and baby are doing well.” Middleton reportedly gave birth at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in the Paddington neighborhood of London, the same place where her older sister, Kate Middleton, has welcomed Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis in recent years.

George, Charlotte, and Louis’s newest cousin arrived only hours after Kensington Palace confirmed that they’ll be meeting yet another cousin — from their Uncle Harry and Aunt Meghan Markle — some time in spring 2019.

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Middleton and Matthews confirmed they were expecting in June, not long after they celebrated their first wedding anniversary on May 20. The big reveal came via Middleton’s regular fitness column for Waitrose Weekend, in an article she wrote about “exercising during pregnancy.” “When I learned the happy news that I was pregnant, I realized I needed to adjust my normal 4 to 5 day a week routine and find a way of continuing my exercise safely throughout the three trimesters,” she wrote. “I’ve noticed my body change and weight increase, but through effective exercise and sports I feel that it’s being strengthened to support a healthy pregnancy, birth, and recovery.”

Rumors that Middleton and Matthews were expecting a baby cropped up in April, overlapping just slightly with Kate’s own third pregnancy. However, Pippa waited several weeks after Prince Louis arrived, on April 23, to confirm her own pregnancy, and she was among the first to visit her sister and the newborn back home at the palace the very next day.

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Alec Baldwin’s New Show Did Not Do Well In The Ratings

Compared to shows on some of the other networks, the Alec Baldwin Show had a worse rating than the other later program, Madam Secretary, which nabbed a .6 rating over on CBS. Fox’s new sitcom Rel did a .5 rating, as well, according to TV By The Numbers. So, The Alec Baldwin Show really had the worst numbers, both for a debut or returning show on Sunday night.

New DVD Release: When To Buy The Latest Movies In October 2018

Beyond the usual forays to apple orchards and pumpkin patches and the popular pastime of giving kids candy that will rot their teeth, October has a lot going for it on the home entertainment front, as well. From Digital releases to some big Blu-ray sets, October has some fun releases. It’s also already a month that is setting up for the holiday season. You can take a look at the major list, which includes a Marvel title, flick from The Rock and some deluxe sets, as well.

If you are still looking for the stuff coming out in September, we have you covered. In addition, as always, Digital releases are the same day as Blu-ray and DVD releases, unless otherwise noted in the early Digital release section.

Tuesday, October 2 Blu-ray And DVD Releases

The First Purge
Sicario: Day of the Soldado
Barry: The Complete First Season
The Good Witch: Season Four
The Originals: The Fifth And Final Season
DC Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis
Blue Iguana
Three Identical Strangers
Vikings: Season 5, Volume 1
The Catcher Was A Spy
Leave No Trace
Monster Family
Death Race: Beyond Anarchy
S.M.A.R.T. Chase
The 12th Man
The Resident: Season 1
Tales From the Hood 2

Week of Tuesday, October 2 Early Digital Releases

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Tuesday, October 9 Blu-ray And DVD Releases

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Hotel Artemis
Eighth Grade
Killing Eve: Season One
Constantine: City of Demons — The Movie
A Prayer Before Dawn
The 100: The Complete Fifth Season
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot
Private Eyes: Season One
The 100: The Complete Fifth Season
The Witch Files
No Postage Necessary

Tuesday, October 16 Blu-ray And DVD Releases

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: The Complete Third Season
The Affair: Season Four
Down A Dark Hall
Unfriended: Dark Web
Black Sails: The Complete Collection
Dust 2 Glory
Buy Bust
Cold Skin
Warning Shot
He’s Out There

Tuesday, October 23 Blu-ray And DVD Releases

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Sorry to Bother You
The Americans: Season 6
Scorpion King: Book of Souls

Week of Tuesday, October 23 Early Digital Releases

Incredibles 2
Juliet, Naked

Tuesday, October 30 Blu-ray And DVD Releases

Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies
The Spy Who Dumped Me
Slender Man
The Darkest Minds
Never Goin Back

Ben Affleck And Henry Cavill Likely Are Done Playing Batman And Superman

The direction of the DC Universe is shifting. After numerous attempts at silver screen success, Superman and Batman appear to be giving way to Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn and Batgirl. Buried in the story that DC and Warner Bros. are postponing The Flash with Ezra Miller, it is stated that the studio will NOT move forward with Batman or Superman movies starring Ben Affleck or Henry Cavill, respectively.

Is that the end of an era? The current DCEU, as positioned as a rival to the efforts of Marvel Studios, trace back to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, which cast Henry Cavill as the new son of Krypton, and the centerpiece of the DC Cinematic Universe.

It only took one movie, though, for DC and Warner Bros. to cram both Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) into the convoluted Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And by the end of that movie, Superman had been killed off.

Variety doesn’t cite any additional details when it says that Warner Bros. is choosing not to move ahead with either Henry Cavill or Ben Affleck, though they do take the next step to say that the role of the Caped Crusader will fall to a new actor when the character returns to the big screen, assumedly in Matt Reeves’ planned reboot of the Bat franchise.

This does further the narrative from a few weeks back that DC was moving on from Henry Cavill following his work in Justice League in 2017. Even though Cavill’s reps countered that rumor (and really, they had to do that), the math simply doesn’t add up. There’s no Superman script in development at the moment, and no announced release date for a Superman movie in the near future. Plans now swirl around a Supergirl movie, while rumors of Cavill making a cameo in Shazam! were shot down.

Ben Affleck, meanwhile, has been off the radar dealing with personal issues, and doesn’t appear ready to step into the cape and cowl of Batman any time soon. Matt Reeves has already expressed a desire for a younger Batman, one who could hold down a possible trilogy. Makes sense to us.

There are six titles on DC’s radar that will be making their way to theaters soon, and none of them involve Batman or Superman. Jason Momoa’s Aquaman surfaces in December. Shazam! is on deck next, followed by Gal Gadot’s triumphant return for Wonder Woman 1984.

As for movies that are just starting to take shape, we know of a Joker origin story with Joaquin Phoenix, and DC just ramped up casting on its Birds of Prey film. Add the delayed The Flash movie to the mix, and you have a number of tangible features that can entertain audiences before Batman and Superman need to come back to theaters.

So, is this the end for Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck? And if it is, is that the right move for DC? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Tried (and Failed) to Get a Koala’s Attention in Australia

How would you react if you ever came face to face with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? One koala was confronted with that exact situation when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited it during their royal tour of Australia on Tuesday (October 16).

But rather than ask the royal couple for a selfie or for clues about the name of their upcoming baby, the koala just hung out, looking deeply unimpressed. In fact, it couldn’t even be bothered to stop eating when Markle and Prince Harry came around, as seen in a video posted by Daily Mail reporter Rebecca English.

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Yesterday, Markle and Prince Harry announced that they are expecting their first child. “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace posted to both Twitter and Instagram on Monday morning. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

The couple is currently on a two-week tour of Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. Here are all their planned stops:

Wednesday 17th October: Dubbo, Australia

Thursday 18th October: Melbourne, Australia

Friday 19th October: Sydney, Australia

Saturday 20th October: Sydney, Australia

Sunday 21st October: Sydney, Australia

Monday 22nd October: Fraser Island, Australia

Tuesday 23rd October: Suva, Fiji

Wednesday 24th October: Suva, Fiji

Thursday 25th October: Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga

Friday 26th October: Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney, Australia

Saturday 27th October: Sydney, Australia

Sunday 28th October: Wellington, New Zealand

Monday 29th October: Wellington and Abel Tasman, New Zealand

Tuesday 30th October: Auckland, New Zealand

Wednesday 31st October: Rotorua, New Zealand

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Eminem Becomes A City-Hovering Villain Doing ‘Venom’ On The Empire State Building

Tom Hardy is Venom; we know this much to be true. But Eminem made his own impressive play for superhero (antihero?) greatness on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night (October 15) by performing his song “Venom” at the top of the Empire State Building.

You’re probably thinking, “Oh cool, the top of the ESB. I did that when I was 14.” And sure, same. But this dude goes to the top — meaning the observation deck where we’ve surely all been by now — and then he goes further up the spire.

And then, somehow, he travels up even higher, to the point where the fog at such an elevation creates an ominous sheen on the whole ordeal. It’s pretty cool, and it finally explains the building’s wild nighttime light show noticed by New Yorkers earlier this month.

To be fair, this is less of a performance than a high-stakes, vérité music video, but Em pulls it off with his trademark fierceness and determination to conquer the city. It’s all part of the show’s annual week of filming in Brooklyn as opposed to its usual home in L.A. — and this time, at least Jimmy made someone other than Guillermo ascend the great Art Deco landmark. By elevator.

Guillermo, naturally, makes a brief appearance to awkwardly embrace Em and be his buddy as they climb up to the spire. I hope he wasn’t made to pick up all the microphones Em discarded throughout the building because there are a lot of them. I feel legitimately bad for the person who had to.

“Venom” appears both on Em’s new album, Kamikaze (which dropped in late August), and on the soundtrack to the film of the same name. As far as I can tell, there are no scheduled screenings to watch the movie at the top of the ESB, which is a missed opportunity for sure.

Instead, you can watch Em complete his impressive feat and live vicariously through him in the video above.

Keira Knightley Says She’s Banned Her Daughter From Watching Some Classic Disney Movies

Keira Knightley has been in her share of Disney movies. She’s appeared in most of the Pirates of the Caribbean films and will next be seen in the upcoming holiday movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. However, it turns out that while the actress doesn’t mind working for Disney, some of the studios’ films are banned in her house. It seems she doesn’t want her 3-year-old daughter taking the wrong lessons from Cinderella or The Little Mermaid. During a recent appearance on The Ellen Show, Knightley revealed…

Keira Knightley revealed her Disney Black List while appearing on Ellen this week. It’s not all that surprising when you think about it. Disney’s Princesses haven’t necessarily aged well over the years and Knightley isn’t the first to point it out. When it comes to agency, the classic era Princesses like Cinderella and Snow White don’t really have it. Things get slightly better during the Disney Renaissance, but it’s certainly true that Ariel is willing to give up her voice in an attempt to be with a man, the metaphor couldn’t be more clear.

While speaking to Ellen DeGeneres, Keira Knightley admitted that the Little Mermaid ban is a tough one, as she herself loves the film. It’s a problem that many have probably dealt with in their own way. Ariel gives up her voice, her very identity, and in doing so very nearly dooms her father, and as a result… she gets everything she wanted, which caused all the problems in the first place. “Under the Sea” and ” Kiss the Girl” are great songs, but are they worth the message behind the movie?

One assumes that these bans won’t last forever, but it Keira Knightley’s decision to not expose a 3-year-old to those themes is a personal one. Perhaps when she’s older and can understand them in context they’ll be fine.

More modern Disney films are more acceptable to the actress.. Keira Knightley also said on The Ellen Show that Dory is popular in the house, so both Finding Nemo and Finding Dory appear to be fine. She also says that Frozen and Moana are perfectly acceptable. There has certainly been a change in the way Disney’s female heroes are handled and the newer women are clearly better role models for little girls. Frozen sees Anna take the path that you might expect from a more traditional Disney Princess, which ends up going very badly from her. Moana is one of the most proactive of Disney’s heroes. It’s hard not to love her.

It will be interesting to see if the story of The Little Mermaid goes through any changes in the planned live-action remake that might make the character a bit more modern.

Amy Poehler’s ‘Making It’ Overalls Are the Only Pure Thing Left in the World

There’s a good chance that, like me, you’ve spent the last couple weeks (months? years?) searching high and low for soothing content as respite from an alarming, often draconian, news cycle. Cat videos, frenzied online shopping sprees, meditation apps… all well and good, but in my eyes, nothing beats Amy Poehler’s overalls on Making It as pure medicine for my tired soul.

Hosted by Poehler and Nick Offerman, the NBC show is, by far, the feel-good show of the year. It’s a crafting competition full of adorable pun-offs, sweet bits, and the kind of gentle encouragement most of us can only dream of ever receiving in a work environment—think The Great British Baking Show, but with woodworking instead of Victoria sponge cakes. It’s an absolute delight. In every episode, Amy appears in a pair of sturdy overalls; her version of a host uniform. And at this point, spotting her signature outfit is as comforting to me as catching a whiff of my favorite calming candle. As soon as I lay eyes on those strapping dungarees, I know that I’ve made it to the good place.

These overalls are a quiet constant in an increasingly inconsistent and discordant world—and every week, Amy delivers. They bring peace and harmony to my aching psyche and deserve to be celebrated as such. Having spent the majority of the mid-’80s and early 90’s frolicking in overalls of the OshKosh B’Gosh variety, seeing Amy in her own grown-up version of the ultimate play clothes tugs at my heartstrings in a way I never anticipated. These aren’t high-end silk “fashion” rompers we’re talking about—they’re utilitarian, comfy, and simple, just like the overalls my sister and I lived in during our blissed-out, sweet childhood.

Poehler’s overalls set the down-to-earth tone that underlies the entire series. Her casual, easy-going attire helps the contestants feel at ease and lets their handicrafts shine. As the host of a TV show on a major network—and a legitimate celebrity—Amy easily could have made every episode a dramatic fashion moment designed to make her look her glamorous best. But nope! She went the overalls route, and whether they’re maroon, blue denim, olive green, or black, they’re always practical, comfortable, and low-key (and almost always are paired with an equally chill button-down top.)

Much like exercising, listening to true crime podcasts, and petting my dog, Amy’s overalls are the balm for which my soul has been yearning. (And if you’re not caught up, wait until you see her formal overalls from the season finale.) Have you ever heard of anything so pure and good? And as if that weren’t enough, they’re also the best fall outfit inspiration for the cozy weeks and months ahead. While Amy’s overalls are of the hearty, utilitarian variety, there’s a whole host of styles available these days, for any type of shopper.

My Shameless Quest for A ‘Skinny Mirror’

FOR YEARS I’ve been searching for a so-called skinny mirror, a full-length mirror rumored to exist that makes any person who possesses it look significantly thinner.

I first heard the legend of the skinny mirror from my mother, who in the 1970s removed a full-length Sears & Roebuck mirror from her bedroom on the grounds that it “told damn lies.” Instead, she drove to Ruby’s clothing store to use the fitting room in the Ladies department if she felt a need to see a full-length reflection. “It’s the only skinny mirror you…