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Aquaman Director James Wan Responds To Trailer Backlash

DC’s live-action universe has had a very trick road to the theaters, filled with both peaks and valleys. While there have been high moments with Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, the franchise as a whole feels in flux, as actors Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck reportedly plan their exit. The pressure is on for DC to deliver another critical darling, with the next installment being James Wan’s upcoming blockbuster Aquaman. The acclaimed horror director will take us deep below the surface, and bring back Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry after his debut in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. A new Aquaman trailer just arrived, with some fans taking umbrage with it, and claiming it gave away too much of the film’s contents. Now James Wan has responded to those concerns, saying:

Talk about a mic drop. James Wan doesn’t seem concerned about the contents of Aquaman being given away in the trailer. After all, that’s what they all do. Plus, there’s an entire movie full of plot twists to enjoy.

James Wan’s comments come from his personal Twitter, no doubt after hearing plenty of hate throw Aquaman‘s way. Superhero movies have a particular pressure attached, and comic book fans are looking for accurate adaptations, epic action, and an emotional story. DC fans have had their fair share of disappointments, so those moviegoers also seem easily triggered by any possible missteps.

Aquaman‘s extended trailer certainly featured way more footage, and outlined much of the film’s plot. James Wan’s blockbuster will focus both on Arthur Curry’s right to The Throne, as well as a particularly powerful trident that has the potential to change the power dynamic between land and sea dwellers. Furthermore, it showed more of Nicole Kidman, including her big action sequence as Arthur’s mother Queen Atlanna. You can check out the trailer below.

Pretty wild, right? While there was a ton of new footage debuted, almost half of it came from one exciting action sequence shared between Arthur Curry and Amber Heard’s Mera. As such, there’s likely plenty of more surprises to comes once Aquaman finally arrives in theaters, and continued the DC live action universe.

Aquaman will arrive in theaters on December 21, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Moving Into Kensington Palace

Ever since their May wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been navigating a schedule chock-full of royal outings, charity engagements, weddings, and Meghan’s cookbook launch; they even managed to sneak away for a top-secret trip to Amsterdam and bring a new, adorable addition into their family. But when they do have down time, you won’t find them living in Kensington Palace: Instead, they’ve been staying in the two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage on the palace grounds, next door to Princess Eugenie and her fiancé, Jack Brooksbank.

Until now, that is: Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex are moving—across the yard.

According to MailOnline, Meghan and Harry are packing up their belongings and moving into their permanent home: an apartment in Kensington Palace. The outlet reports that the couple’s new home has been undergoing a year-long, £1.4 million (approximately $1.8 million) renovation, with a specific focus on repairs to the roof and windows, which explains why the Duke and Duchess have waited until now to finally move in.

The spectacular 21-room Apartment 1, located on the west side of the Palace, also neighbors the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who live in Apartment 1A. Take a look at the newlyweds’ new home below, when it was still under renovation:


PHOTO: Max Mumby/Getty


PHOTO: Max Mumby/Getty

The two sets of couples apparently even have adjoining doors! Yeah—we’re officially jealous.

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Another Halloween Movie Is Rumored To Already Be In The Works

Blumhouse Productions has been behind some of the most successful horror movies from recent memory, including Get Out, Split, and The Conjuring. The company also knows how to keep franchises running, including Paranormal Activity and The Purge. Blumhouse is now turning its focus on the classics, bringing a new Halloween movie to theaters this year, with OG scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis returning as Laurie Strode. While the marketing indicates the movie is her final conflict with Michael Myers, could the franchise actually keep going? Jason Blum recently teased just that, and now a new rumor indicates the property may be moving forward quicker than anyone could have guessed.

According to a new report, Blumhouse has already moved forward with a new Halloween movie, and with a brand new team behind it. This latest rumor indicates that current writer/director team David Gordon Green and Danny McBride won’t be back for the next installment, and that the studio is trying to move forward as quick as possible. What’s more, another Halloween may hit theaters as soon as October 2019.

This wild new report comes to us from Bloody Disgusting, as the outlet apparently has some inside information from the folks over at Blumhouse. While still unconfirmed, news of another Halloween movie shouldn’t be too surprising. The horror genre has always relied on sequels, with Blumhouse’s upcoming Halloween marking the whopping 11th film in the franchise. Furthermore, Jason Blum recently weighed in on the possibility of continuing Michael Myer’s reign of terror, saying:

Well, that does seem to make Jason Blum’s intentions clear. As long as Halloween is a hit when it arrives in theaters in a few weeks, we should probably expect Blumhouse to make the most of their rights to the property. So while Jamie Lee Curtis likely won’t come back again, Michael Myers might still have a chance to massacre a few babysitters and scare the crap out of moviegoers.

Narratively, the new Halloween also seems to set up a sequel fairly easily. Set 40 years after the events of John Carpenter’s iconic original movie, the new sequel will ignore all of the sequels, and function as a direct sequel to the first film. Laurie will have to protect herself, as well as both her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson. So if Curtis decides not to come back (or gets killed off), then there’s two other Strode women to possibly carry the torch.

Halloween will arrive in theaters on October 19th. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

‘Going, Going, Gone…’: Banksy Artwork Shreds Itself After Sale

LONDON—Banksy, the anonymous British street artist famous for his eye-catching political spoofs, has pulled a £1 million prank on a buyer of one of his own works.

The framed “Girl With Balloon,” a stencil-spray-painted piece from 2006, was auctioned at Sotheby’s in central London. Moments after it was sold to an unnamed buyer for £1.04 million ($1.4 million), the canvas passed through a shredder that appeared to be hidden inside the frame, emerging underneath in thin strips.

15 Years After ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven,’ Mitch Albom Says Who Comes Sixth

‘You said it was the first stage of heaven—what’s the second?’ Mitch Albom recalls people asking him after reading his best-seller ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven.’ His new book, ‘The Next Person You Meet in Heaven,’ attempts to answer that question.
‘You said it was the first stage of heaven—what’s the second?’ Mitch Albom recalls people asking him after reading his best-seller ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven.’ His new book, ‘The Next Person You Meet in Heaven,’ attempts to answer that question. Photo: Chris Arace for The Wall Street Journal

As publishing propositions go, this one was fairly straightforward.

Take “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” Mitch Albom’s best-selling spiritual fable, and update it by sending five new people into the afterlife. The result: a sequel built on a market-tested idea.

“It definitely gives us a hook in the world of book publishing and marketing and trying to rise above the noise,” said Karen Rinaldi, Mr. Albom’s editor at HarperCollins.

While the sequel has potential for big business, Mr. Albom said his reason for writing it is personal. He called the book his way of processing the past three years, when he experienced the deaths of both his parents and a 7-year-old Haitian orphan he had come to view as his child.

15 Years After ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven,’ Mitch Albom Says Who Comes Sixth

Of all his novels, “Five People” is the one readers ask him about the most. “I hear people saying, ‘You said it was the first stage of heaven—what’s the second?’” he said.

With “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven,” out on Tuesday, Mr. Albom tries to answer that question, putting the same fictional twist on religious faith that made the original a hit 15 years ago.

The sequel centers on 30-year-old newlywed Annie, entering heaven after a hot-air balloon accident. As with the 2003 novel, the five people waiting for her reveal their influence over her life in ways she hadn’t realized.

One of them is Eddie, an amusement-park maintenance worker who died rescuing her from a broken ride in “The Five People You Meet in Heaven.” For Eddie, Annie becomes “the next person” of the sequel’s title.

I think that you will get to see the people that you loved and be with them again, and I think that they will be able to unlock some of the secrets and things you didn’t know about.

—Mitch Albom

Mr. Albom, whose books have sold more than 39 million copies, said he hasn’t ruled out another stage of heaven—and a third book in the franchise.

When the author, who is Jewish, was asked why he chooses nominally Christian characters for his “Heaven” books, he paused. “As opposed to?” he asked. He said he hadn’t thought about the characters’ religions while he was writing the novels, which both are prefaced with reminders that the works are fiction.

The 60-year-old Detroit writer, whose nearly unlined face is framed by a cap of brown hair, has appeared at corporate gatherings, religious venues and other stops on the speaking circuit thanks partly to the mass appeal of his first “Heaven” book.

The original “Heaven” followed “Tuesdays with Morrie,” his 1997 nonfiction best-seller that examined mortality and the meaning of life. His longtime agent David Black recalled that publishers were unsure what to think when they learned that Mr. Albom, a writer for the Detroit Free Press, wanted to write fiction for his high-stakes follow-up. The novel, which tapped into the “Morrie” fan base, became a best-seller. (Mr. Albom’s writing continues to appear in the Detroit Free Press, including a recent column on Brett Kavanaugh.)

Asked to explain the success of the first “Heaven” book, Bob Miller, the former Hyperion publisher who championed it, pointed in part to its title, which neatly answered the question of what happens when you die. “It is one of the great titles of all time,” he said.

The sequel is published by HarperCollins, which like The Wall Street Journal is owned by News Corp .

Mr. Albom has dedicated “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven” to Chika Jeune, an orphan from Haiti who was diagnosed with a brain tumor and came to Detroit in 2015 to live under the care of the author and his wife. Mr. Albom, who travels frequently to Port-au-Prince to run an orphanage there, embarked on an international quest to find a treatment for the girl’s disease in the months that followed. Chika died in April 2017. The couple has no biological or adopted children.

The new book deals tangentially with the death of a child when a character in the afterlife is reunited with a lost baby. “I think the line is, ‘She felt utterly complete and utterly vacant, which is what having and losing a child is like,’ and that’s exactly how I feel,” Mr. Albom said. “I’ve never been more fulfilled in my life and I’ve never felt more empty in my life.”

He said he admits every child to the orphanage himself and decides who to turn away based on need. “You have to play Solomon,” he said, adding that the 10 or 15 children who are rejected for each one admitted “haunt my memories for a long time.”

The writer, who also founded S.A.Y. Detroit, an umbrella group for nine charitable operations in the city, said he would pay for the higher educations of the orphanage’s 47 children. He said he hopes they attend college in the U.S. and return to Haiti to do good there.

Though his personal faith offers no universally accepted view of heaven, Mr. Albom himself believes in the afterlife. “I think it’s somewhat like I’ve described,” he said. “I think that you will get to see the people that you loved and be with them again, and I think that they will be able to unlock some of the secrets and things you didn’t know about.”

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In London, Collectors Get Fired Up for Ceramics

One of Picasso’s vases. Ceramics were in focus at several auctions in London, as well as the art fair Frieze.
One of Picasso’s vases. Ceramics were in focus at several auctions in London, as well as the art fair Frieze. Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd.

Asian collectors have long prized porcelain vases as much as paintings, but until recently, art lovers elsewhere largely treated ceramics like a second-class craft. Now, the global art market is trying to elevate clay art into the realm of the blue chip.

Christie’s and Phillips for the first time added stand-alone auctions of 20th-century and contemporary ceramics to their high-profile set of evening sales in London with examples by artists like Paul Gauguin, Lucio Fontana and Thomas Schütte. All but three of the 36 pieces in Christie’s $4 million “Un/Breakable” sale on Tuesday found buyers.

Across town at the art fair Frieze London, which overlapped with the week’s auctions, at least half a dozen galleries also offered ceramic works in their booths, including Robert Arneson’s 1983 bust of his wife Sandra Shannonhouse, “Woman in Gold,” at Venus Over Manhattan’s booth. It was priced at $650,000.

Paul Gauguin, ‘Vase porte-bouquet "Atahualpa"’
Paul Gauguin, ‘Vase porte-bouquet “Atahualpa”’ Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd.

Another highlight: Spanish-Egyptian artist Teresa Solar Abboud’s 2018 “Everything Is OK,” a salmon-colored column of lumpen ceramic bowls that evoke an intestinal tract, priced for around $5,800. As of Friday afternoon, Ms. Solar Abboud’s piece was still available, and Venus Over Manhattan declined to divulge the status of Mr. Arneson’s piece. The fair concludes Sunday.

Elsewhere this season, several tastemaker galleries and museums are also playing up pottery. Gagosian’s gallery in Geneva, Switzerland, has a “Fire and Clay” show running until Dec. 15 that includes potters Shio Kusaka, who is based in Los Angeles, and Ron Nagle, who is from San Francisco. In New York, the Museum of Arts and Design just opened an exhibit of apocalyptic ceramics by Los Angeles’s Sterling Ruby. It runs through March.

Pablo Picasso’s granddaughter Marina Picassogave the contemporary ceramics market a jolt three years ago when she enlisted Sotheby’s to sell off a portion of her inherited trove of the artist’s playful pottery. Collectors over the course of three sales bought every ceramic piece, in some cases paying six-figure sums that would have been unthinkable a decade ago. “Jurassic Park” actor Richard Attenborough’s estate sale of Picasso ceramics at Christie’s two years ago stoked a similar buy-it-all frenzy, with a Picasso vase selling for $909,407.

The canny push from auction houses also comes at a time when collector confidence remains highest in the middle of the market where pieces typically sell for between $500,000 to $5 million as opposed to the trophy top of the market where pieces can top $100 million, according to the auction-tracking firm ArtTactic’s Contemporary Art Market Confidence Report issued Tuesday.

Ai Weiwei’s ‘He Xie,’ incorporating porcelain sunflower seeds and river crabs, sold for $793,000 on Friday.
Ai Weiwei’s ‘He Xie,’ incorporating porcelain sunflower seeds and river crabs, sold for $793,000 on Friday. Photo: Phillips

Trophies are still selling at Sotheby’s, though: On Friday, its sale of part of New Jersey management consultant David Teiger’s estate included a $12.4 million Jenny Saville, “Propped,” that reset the record for a living female artist at auction.

The mood has nudged collectors to bolster ceramic pieces for dozens of artists like Peter Voulkos, whose 1958 stoneware abstract, “Rondena,” sold at Phillips last December for $915,000, over its $500,000 high estimate. The sale also established a new auction high bar for a 20th-century ceramic made by a U.S. artist.

That price still pales in comparison with the $38 million paid for a Chinese ceramic at auction—Sotheby’s sold a Northern Song-era vessel for washing paintbrushes—but the overall recalibration could expand the collector base. Watch for prices to rise for modern ceramists like George Ohr—the self-proclaimed “Mad Potter of Biloxi”—as well as postwar potters Lucie Rie and Hans Coper. Their works have long been funneled into decorative-art sales alongside lamps and sofas, rather than with paintings, sculptures and other fine art, but Christie’s expert Leonie Mir said such designations are blurring because younger contemporary collectors don’t sift or rank artworks strictly by medium anymore.

Neither do contemporary artists like Ai Weiwei, who incorporates all sorts of materials in his work. Among his recent installations: Room-size piles of hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds and river crabs.

“There’s a lot of cross-pollination going on,” said Meaghan Roddy, a senior international specialist at Phillips, who sold the river crabs, or “He Xie,” for $793,000 on Friday.

Here’s a look at five other artists from Frieze Week who got creative with clay.

Picasso’s ‘Grand vase aux femmes voilées’ (A.R. 116)
Picasso’s ‘Grand vase aux femmes voilées’ (A.R. 116) Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd.
Pablo Picasso

Picasso started making earthenware plates and bowls in the 1940s as a breezy summer pastime, but he stuck with it for the rest of his life—eventually making more than 600 types of pieces, often shaped like animals or adorned with images of mythological characters. On Tuesday, Christie’s top lot was a 1950 terra-cotta “Large Vase With Veiled Women” that sold for $526,175, slightly over its $520,000 low estimate. But there are signs that collectors are starting to flip his pottery like they do his paintings: Christie’s also sold his 1950 “Tripod (A.R. 125)” vase depicting his mistress, Françoise Gilot, for $195,000—but the seller paid Sotheby’s $272,060 for it only two years ago.

Fausto Melotti, ‘I gessetti’ (1959)
Fausto Melotti, ‘I gessetti’ (1959) Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd.
Fausto Melotti

Fausto Melotti, an art-student pal of Lucio Fontana, initially gained fame in the 1930s for making wiry, geometric sculptures, but after his Milan studio was destroyed during World War II, he turned in grief to terra-cotta. He started making clay scenes with tiny figures often separated as if living on separate floors. He hinted at stories with this series of puppet-theater works, said Ms. Mir of Christie’s, adding, “There’s a domesticity to them, but the figures are isolated.” Today, Melotti’s quivering metal sculptures have sold for as much as $665,000, but Christie’s reset his clay record Tuesday by selling 1959’s “The Chalks,” for $416,975.

‘Overgrown’ by Kathy Butterly
‘Overgrown’ by Kathy Butterly Photo: Phillips
Kathy Butterly

New York artist Kathy Butterly has spent the past couple of decades crumbling clay into cheery, misfit forms that appear to topple, yet don’t. She has used nail polish as a glaze, sometimes firing her pieces dozens of times and risking destruction in the process, according to her dealer James Cohan, who has a solo show of her work, “Thought Presence,” up through Oct. 20 in New York. On Friday in London, Phillips’s $3.3 million sale included her 7-inch piece, “Overgrown,” that sold for $21,160. It was priced to sell for up to $20,000.

Betty Woodman’s ‘Balustrade Relief Vase 07-4’ (2007)
Betty Woodman’s ‘Balustrade Relief Vase 07-4’ (2007) Photo: Phillips
Betty Woodman

Betty Woodman, who died earlier this year, studied pottery in New York in the late 1940s, but after that she spent time in Tuscany, where she gained a reputation for creating vases that looked like they’d been deconstructed and pinned to the wall. “She’s creating three-dimensional works in a 2-D way,” Ms. Roddy of Phillips said. In 2006, Woodman was the first living ceramist to get a retrospective of her work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and since then her market has started to tick upward. On Friday, Phillips sold her 2007 “Balustrade Relief Vase 07-4” for $61,850, tripling its high estimate.

Yeesookyung, ‘Translated Vase_2016 TVJ 2’ (2016)
Yeesookyung, ‘Translated Vase_2016 TVJ 2’ (2016) Photo: Gallery Hyundai

Since 2002, Seoul-based artist Yeesookyung has gathered potsherds of traditional Korean ceramics broken by manufacturers because they have flaws. She takes the pieces and builds them into new, bulbous shapes using an ancient technique where 24-karat gold leaf is used as a binding seam. Her “Translated Vases,” as she calls them, have since been collected by museums, displayed in last year’s Venice Biennale and sold at auction for as much as $33,231. During the VIP day for Frieze on Wednesday, Gallery Hyundai sold her 2016 “Translated Vase_2016 TVJ 2” for $26,000.

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Meet the 9-Year-Old Telling You What to Wear

Giana, a 9-year-old artist and fashion fan, has accumulated 22,800 followers on Instagram.
Giana, a 9-year-old artist and fashion fan, has accumulated 22,800 followers on Instagram. Photo: Justin Clemons for The Wall Street Journal


One of fashion’s “It” girls is actually a girl. Not a young woman. Not a teen. A girl.

Giana, known to her 22,800 Instagram followers as Dear Giana, is a photogenic 9-year-old artist and fashion enthusiast with an elfin frame and a marketing heft that brands want to harness.

Through her street-style flair and fashion drawings displayed on an Instagram account her mom runs, Giana has corralled fans, including art galleries,, streetwear fashion blog Highsnobiety and Nike . The sneaker and apparel giant collaborated with Dear Giana on three T-shirts to be released Oct. 11, the International Day of the Girl.

“It’s very cool, for sure,” said Giana during a recent interview, where she had on Nike Air Force 1 sneakers and Nike socks.

In images from her ‘Dear Giana’ Instagram, the young fashionista shows off streetwear looks.
In images from her ‘Dear Giana’ Instagram, the young fashionista shows off streetwear looks. Photo: g.von.g

Giana is among the stylish pre-teens made famous by social media and anointed mini-influencers or mini-creatives. Their ascent comes as marketers are striving to reach Generation Z, the roughly 67 million individuals born roughly between 1997 and a few years ago. They have about $44 billion in purchasing power, according to Mintel. Thanks to social media, members of Gen Z can see a staggering array of merchandise, and pinpoint precisely the clothes and shoes they want to wear, even if their parents are still paying for them. Gen Z also is the most racially diverse generation in American history: Almost half are a race other than non-Hispanic white.

“They already hold much influence, particularly due to their unprecedented digital access and resources, which is prompting them to try things while they are young that weren’t possible for past generations of kids,” said Meredith Hirt, senior insights writer at Cassandra, a research firm specializing in young consumers. “Children don’t have to wait until they grow up to be influential, …which is causing brands across all industries to take notice.”

For 33% of 7-to-12-year-olds in the U.S., clothing ranks second behind technology in categories they consider worthy of splurges, according to Cassandra, showing that pre-teens are focused on fashion and nearly as interested in it as millennials are. Clothing ranked second for 36% of 13-to 20-year-olds. “We’ve noticed a rise in car makers targeting parents through their kids,” Ms. Hirt added, “recognizing that kids and tweens are influential and have sway as to what their parents decide to buy.”

Nike’s director of communications for North America, Jenna Golden, wrote in an email, “We feel that Dear Giana is such an inspiration for young girls everywhere.” The company declined to disclose financial terms of its contract with her. Earlier this year, Nike worked with eight young “athlete influencers” and asked each to design children’s versions of one of the company’s shoes.

Trend forecaster WGSN, which has tracked Giana since she entered the scene two years ago, labeled her the “girl of the moment” and the “next leading mini-creative” in a recent report. Giana has a gap-toothed smile, dark bangs and loves sunglasses. She is of Filipino and Mexican ancestry and lives with her parents and two younger siblings in Dallas. Gena, her mother and manager, asked that the family’s last name be withheld for security reasons. “It’s just to keep her safe,” Gena said.

The fashion industry, perennially in search of the new, has a complicated history with youth. In 1980, Calvin Klein drew criticism for ads with a 15-year-old Brooke Shields. About a decade ago, 11-year-old Tavi Gevinson became famous for her fashion blog. In 2011, fashion line Miu Miu tapped actor Hailee Steinfeld, then 14, to star in its ads. Today, 14-year-old actor Millie Bobby Brown is a fashion muse. Spotlighting children raises concerns about exploitation and privacy. This year, Vogue pledged to stop using models under 18; some modeling agencies said they would cease using models younger than 16. Last year, two luxury conglomerates, LVMH , which owns Louis Vuitton, and Kering, which owns Balenciaga and Gucci, banned models under 16.

While fashion’s highest levels took steps to keep children out of the limelight, social media offered them an entirely new platform. The pre-teen market took off in 2010 with the launch of Instagram. Ms. Hirt, of Cassandra, said a few years ago J.Crew commissioned Sydney Keiser, a blogger from Milford, Ohio, to design a special collection for children. At the time, Ms. Keiser was 4. J.Crew came across her paper reconstructions of red-carpet dresses on her mother’s Instagram account.

Parents who post images of their children’s handiwork can find themselves being contacted by brands or talent scouts scouring Instagram for the next potential star. That’s how Giana was discovered. According to her mother, Giana started to show an artistic bent at age 3, when she would tackle coloring-book pages with watercolors or stage “art shows” with little rock formations in the backyard.

Artwork by Giana, who a few years ago began tearing out pages from her mother’s copies of Vogue and customizing them.
Artwork by Giana, who a few years ago began tearing out pages from her mother’s copies of Vogue and customizing them. Photo: Dear Giana

At 5 or 6, Giana was pulling pictures from her mother’s copies of Vogue and customizing them with crayons, pencils and markers. Gena started posting images and videos of her daughter’s efforts on Instagram. In 2016, when Giana was a 7-year-old second-grader, a children’s clothing brand called même. proposed hosting her first art exhibit in Seattle, Gena said. Giana displayed more than 40 works in the show and was on her way. Drawing pictures and styling streetwear looks that catch fire online comes naturally, Giana said. “I just did what I like…I just buy some clothes and wear it how I want to wear it.” Gena said Giana loves what she is doing. Giana said her mother “never forced me to do anything. She just let me do what I wanted to do.”

In the two years since Giana’s first art show, there have been three more, including one with Nike. Streetwear-style blogs like Hypebae and fashion and entertainment news sites like Complex have taken note of the pint-size cool girl who is a fan of Supreme, Louis Vuitton, and Virgil Abloh of Off-White. Brands are asking Giana to wear their clothes and accessories and post about them.

After discovering Giana on Instagram, Highsnobiety published an interview with her in December. “Even more than here’s this little girl that wears pretty cool clothes, it’s the fact that she wants to be an artist and has an outlet to reflect her creativity,” said Jian DeLeon, Highsnobiety’s editorial director. “The fact that she’s doing a Nike collaboration is truly mind-blowing.” asked Giana to illustrate a few looks from New York Fashion Week in February and captured her at work in a video. Vogue saw that “Giana wasn’t playing dress-up, she actually had something to say and share with the world,” fashion news editor Monica Kim said. Giana’s passion for streetwear and her art encourages other children to be creative while inspiring adults too, said Erin Rechner, senior kidswear editor at WGSN. “They’re looking to her for new, fresh inspiration.”

To keep Giana from taking all the attention too seriously, her parents “limit how much stuff that we tell her,” Gena said. “We’re keeping her grounded.” Her father, Anthony, is a creative director. Gena, who studied set design and retail window display, says their daughter still has household chores, such as making her bed and cleaning her room.

Gena, above, with her daughter, says the family is keeping Giana grounded amidst her growing fame.
Gena, above, with her daughter, says the family is keeping Giana grounded amidst her growing fame. Photo: Justin Clemons for The Wall Street Journal

This year, the family hired an agent, Jeffrey Klein, director of the influencers division at Photogenics, a Los Angeles talent agency. In an email Mr. Klein wrote that he is wrapping up deals for Giana with “major brands for design collaborations to drop in 2019 and as far out as Spring 2020.”

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What Will This PG-13 Deadpool Movie Actually Be?

Going into 2018, it looked like this would be the biggest year yet for the X-Men franchise, as three mutant-centric movies were scheduled for release. But within months, Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants were pushed back to 2019, leaving only Deadpool 2 to entertain audiences. And the Merc with the Mouth certainly delivered on that front, earning positive critical reception like its predecessor and making over $734 million worldwide. After Deadpool 2 had its theatrical run and was released on home media (both the theatrical version and the Super Duper Cut), naturally it was assumed that Wade Wilson’s time on the silver screen this year was done, but word came in last week that a PG-13 Deadpool movie is arriving in December, leading fans everywhere to utter a collective, “Wait… what?”

Let’s backtrack a little bit. Last week, Ryan Reynolds posted the below picture on social media, showing Deadpool in all his costumed glory reading to an adult Fred Savage in his oddly juvenile bedroom.

The scene is clearly a parody of Fred Savage being read to as a kid by Peter Falk in The Princess Bride, and if you look closely, you’ll see that one of the pages shows Juggernaut ripping Deadpool in half. Reynolds didn’t provide any context for his post, but minutes later, word came in that 20th Century Fox had scheduled an untitled Deadpool movie for December 21. Officially, that’s all Fox is willing to say, but it was subsequently reported that this will be a PG-13 version of Deadpool 2, which is an unusual idea since Ryan Reynolds’ version of the character is right at home in the R-rated realm. Days later, word came in that this Deadpool movie is supposedly called The Deadpool Before Christmas, suggesting there will be a holiday feel to this presentation.

Until Fox provides more details, we can’t say with 100% certainty what this December Deadpool movie is. But working off the available information, it appears that the studio decided to give Deadpool 2 a little extra time in theaters and make it a little more family-friendly. Now that by itself isn’t enough to warrant being called The Deadpool Before Christmas, so either some extra scenes have been thrown in that have a holiday-bent, or we’re actually getting cutaway gags of Deadpool reading to Fred Savage Princess Bride-style. Remember when Peter Falk told the young Fred that he’d skip over the scarier parts of the story? This is Deadpool’s excuse to follow suit and skip over the gorier and raunchier parts of his sequel adventure.

On the one hand, the opportunity to see Ryan Reynolds riff with Fred Savage is almost enough to get me to see Deadpool 2 in theaters again, and I already own a copy of the movie. And sure, this would allow the young’uns to catch a movie that they’d normally only get to watch on the big screen if there was an adult accompanying them or if they snuck in (c’mon, we all know this still happens). Nevertheless, I still can’t help wondering why Fox decided to do this. First off, it’s not like Deadpool 2 was commercially unsuccessful. Yes, it made a little under $50 million than Deadpool did, but sequels don’t always outperform their predecessors, and Deadpool 2 was unquestionably still profitable.

Plus, the weekend of December 21 is already incredibly crowded. Even with Alita: Battle Angel moving to February 14, 2019, we still have Aquaman, Bumblebee, Welcome to Marwen, Holmes & Watson and Cold War all coming out as well, not to mention Mary Poppins Returns arriving two days earlier and movies like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Mortal Engines still catching eyes. Admittedly, releasing a Christmas-themed Deadpool 2 wouldn’t work if it came out after Christmas, but there are only so many people who will want to check this out when there are so many movies that haven’t already had their time in theaters available.

Most importantly, why give us a PG-13 cut of an existing Deadpool movie when these Ryan Reynolds-led stories works so well within that R rating? It is possible to give kids their own version of Deadpool to enjoy, as the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series proved, but needless to say, the current Deadpool movies are in no way meant for children. They thrive in getting to be super violent, utter profanity left and right and toss around innuendos. And, of course, break the fourth wall, although that trope knows no age limit. Which leads me to wonder if this is Fox testing the waters for what’s to come with a certain Mouse House.

As most of you reading already know, Disney bought 20th Century Fox, which means that eventually the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties will absorbed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney CEO Bob Iger said last year that there might be an opportunity to create an R-rated Marvel brand so that Deadpool’s current adult-oriented schtick wouldn’t be affected, but what if this PG-13 Deadpool 2 is a way to gauge audience interest in Deadpool movies that better fit within the MCU. Opinions will vary on if this a good idea, but if this is indeed the reason for the re-release, it’s an interesting approach. Regardless, this December Deadpool movie is coming, so if you’re a fan of the character and looking to see his take on holiday cheer, then you’ll have the opportunity to do so just days before Santa Claus comes crawling down the chimney. And rest assured, as more information comes in about the Merc with the Mouth’s winter theatrical appearance, we’ll let you know.

As things now, aside from this December Deadpool movie, the Merc with the Mouth is expected to return with Cable and Domino in the Drew Goddard-helmed X-Force. There is also a Deadpool 3 in development, although who knows if that can move forward before the Disney/Fox deal goes into effect. You can check out our X-Men movies guide to learn what other projects are being worked on for the franchise.

Do you think a PG-13, Christmas-themed Deadpool 2 is a good idea?

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First Shadow Of The Tomb Raider DLC Adds Co-op Puzzle Solving

We’re just barely a month removed from Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal, and Square Enix‘s release of Shadow of the Tomb Raider for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but the game is already set to receive its first major DLC add-on that adds something a little extra to the overall experience. The sugary and spicy expansion brings an all new cooperative puzzle-solving experience to Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which is bound to give puzzle-fanatics something thick to sink their teeth into, and it might even encourage those who aren’t into puzzle games to give the game a try if a friend convinces them that co-op play is worth checking out.

Over on the official Tomb Raider website, there’s a post about the new DLC titled The Forge. It will be the first of seven new DLC packs planned for release for the third-person action-adventure title. The Forge, however, will not be a premium piece of DLC when it launches. You’ll be able to get your hands on it for free on the Xbox One, Xbox One X, PS4, and on Windows for PC starting November 13th next month. That’s right, you’ll be able to get the DLC for free. The rest of the DLC packs will be premium priced, unless you purchase the season pass.

The content pack will come with a brand new journey into a new challenge tomb known as Kuwaq Yaku. This is a lava-filled Forge that was home to the fallen gods of old. And yes, the tomb will be playable in solo play or as a cooperative adventure with a second player.

The new DLC will also come with new costumes and weapons, including a new Brocken outfit, an all new grenadier skill, and the Umbrage 3-80 weapon. There are some screenshots of the new DLC but none of the screenshots showcase what the new weapon or outfit looks like for the upcoming Shadow of the Tomb Raider DLC.

The screenshots do, however, showcase who the second player will be and what the stage looks like. It appears as if players will take on the role of Jonah’s love interest, Abby. We see that she’s still wearing the red and white baseball cap and short-sleeved leather jacket. What we don’t know is if there will be co-op mechanics implemented similar to games like Army of Two or A Way Out, where both players will have to work together to achieve certain goals or if it’s just setup where two players are in the same map at the same time.

Either way, The Forge will be the first of seven monthly DLC packs that roll out for Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The content will center around locations based around the city of Paititi, which was one of the central locations featured throughout the main campaign of the game.

Each of the DLC packs will come with new weapons, new outfits to gather or craft, and new skills for Lara to utilize. I’m also wondering if the second player will share Lara’s skills or will players have to unlock new abilities for them separately?

I’m sure once the DLC drops we’ll find out more about how that all works with the co-op mode and progression. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is available right now for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, and the first DLC will be available starting next month on November 13th.

The Boys Trailer: Amazon’s New Comic Adaptation Gives The Middle Finger To Superheroes

Superheroes are all the rage nowadays on the big screen and small screen alike, and a whole bunch of new TV shows are in the works thanks to Marvel on the Disney streaming service and DC on DC Universe. With The Boys, Amazon is adapting a group of unconventional heroes that fewer people will recognize than Captain America or Superman but could be a fantastically entertaining change of pace in the superhero genre. In the first trailer, the titular Boys are giving the middle finger to the shining and beautiful superheroes we’ve come to expect from our comic adaptations. Take a look!

In case you were thinking that the lead characters of The Boys were going to be the heroes standing tall and proud in their capes and supersuits, looking as clean-cut and respectable as we might expect out of a superhero project, the final moments of the trailer proved you very wrong. No, The Boys (one of which is actually a woman) are a group of vigilantes who aren’t afraid to fight dirty and use their blue-collar “grit” to take down the corrupt. In this case, it just so happens that the corrupt are the glamorous superheroes, who many viewers will likely recognize as looking awfully similar to Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and more.

Yes, in The Boys, superheroes have lost their sense of righteousness due to the fame and perks of life as a celebrity so worshipped that they’re practically gods to their followers. Why use their superpowers to fight evil when there are more self-promoting ways to use them? As is clear in the commercial that makes up most of the trailer, the heroes are supported by a multi-billion dollar company by the name of Vought that manages them. As is even more clear by the end of the trailer, The Boys do not have billions of dollars at their disposal. Their powerless quest to expose the venerated heroes will be an uphill battle, and probably as entertaining as it is gritty.

The Boys stars Karl Urban as Butcher, Jack Quaid as Hughie, Laz Alonso Mother’s Milk, Tomer Kapon as Frenchie, and Karen Fukuhara as The Female, all as the titular Boys. Vought’s Vice President of Hero Management (and therefore probably a villain) is Madelyn Stillwell (Elisabeth Shue, and she manages corrupt superheroes The Deep (Chase Crawford), A-Train (Jessie T. Usher), Homelander (Antony Starr), Starlight (Erin Moriarty), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell). It was announced on October 5 at New York Comic Con (via TVLine) that Simon Pegg is on board to play Hughie’s dad. Jennifer Esposito’s role remains a mystery.

Created by Seth Rogan and a long time in the making, The Boys is based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. If Rogan’s success with Preacher is any sign, The Boys could be a hit for Amazon. We’ll have to wait and see. The Boys won’t debut until 2019, so we’ll have to content ourselves with all the superhero offerings currently slated for release this fall.